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Title: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on October 20, 2012, 02:07:12 am
well, since most of you started your own blogpost, i thought i'dd start my own (sure will beat searching threads to post/repost in.

so lest get started on post number 1  :mellow:


modeling activity has been very low lately, work, chores, feeling down-times....but i have been doing some small parts to keep things going.
i have a sh*t-ton of work on the bench at the moment, from newbuilds to restoring older models, both Realworld and what if.
progress on the 1/144 carrier HMS Courageous is nearing the end, but its going slow, snailspeed slow, even "Chinese Ex-Varyag" slow, with work only progressing from time to time, same goes for the refit of my first 1/144 carrier (currently converting to STOBAR configuration).

aircraft wise, there is a 1/72 F-4E Phantom, made up as a Netherlands AF tigermeet bird, on the bench for over 3 months now with no progress, might have to finish that up soon.

right now, i am building 4 RW Belgian 1/72 Westland Sea Kings Mk.48, witch are currently on priority 1.
2 of them are for my collection, the other 2 are being build on request for friends. the first one, destined for my own collection, is already 30 percent finished, the other 3 are awaiting paint (inside) and sub assemblies.

once the Sea Kings are done, work can begin on the next project, witch is either 1/144 F-15's, F/A-18E's or F-22's.
some of you might remember my WWII beyond '45

thread: http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,34057.msg538065.html#msg538065

started this a good year ago, inspired by The darkmasters's "Empires Twilight", but set in a '46 enviroment.
some luftwaffe aircraft have already been built, but the project has progressed little since it started a good year ago.
i have recently aquired a number of aircraft that will fit in the theme (A-1 skyraiders, Shinden, Bearcats, P-51D's, Luft'46 aircraft, DH Vampires, Spitfire F.Mk.22's, AN-2's, Be-6's, YAK and MIG's....) but also on the list are Missiles, Armour and even ships.

as for scenario's, already noted in the theme earlier was South America, but im currently trying to make up storylines for South East Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Belgian Congo, USSR,.....


as for the future, i have been looking to build a small WW2 escort carrier or camships out of old shiphulls i have here, but Revells newly re-released microwings are a bit harder to find here then i first thought. so im gonna try to visit Ostend and Brugges while im at home to see if i can find any of those there, or i might ask my local LHS to order them special.


all in all:

while physical builds have been on the low lately, mentaly, my mind is popping with ideas, i have a weeks vacation comming up after next week, so i hope to get some work done, so can finally get things moving and clear the stash a bit.

more soon.... :mellow:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on October 28, 2012, 07:08:52 am
Blog Entry 2

this week i continued to work at a slow pace, mostly on the 4 Sea Kings on the buildtable, the decals for the 4th still need to be ordered.

meanwhile, ive been doing some dryfit tests on a number of early mark spitfires, for a possible 2-seat racer conversion.
i have a revell 1/72 Mk.V in the stash to be converted to a Mk.Vb floatplane version with the parts of a PM Foatplane Spitfire (cheap kit, its cheaper then the aftermarket parts). anyway, the fuselage of the 1/72 PM Spitfire is utterly useless and not meant for the serious modeler, same goes for the canopy, however, it makes excelent whiff fodder  ;D

im looking to converting it to a 2-seat racer, with the leftover canopy from an Airfix DH Chipmunk and the black/gold scheme and decals from the Airfix DH Comet racer (im planning on building that as a high speed RAF reccon bird anyway). other modification to be included are 2 3-blade contra-rotating props from 2 airfix Spitfire Mk.1 kits (the newer Airfix Mk.I/Mk.IIa comes with 2 3-blade props and a 2-blade fixed-pitch prop).

work on that should start as soon as the first Sea Kings are completed.

earier mentioned projects and theme builds are also expected to continue soon after.
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on November 03, 2012, 02:36:32 pm
Blog entry #3

in the week that ive been home, i took the liberty of looking at the planning paper i posted 5 months ago:

in the WWII'46 listings in the near future im going to build:

-F8F Bearcat (Danish Air Force, 1945)
-Spitfire F.Mk.22 (Belgian and Netherlands Air Forces)
-DH Chipmunk O.1 (Observation version of the Chipmunk trainer for the RAF, armed with smoke rockets for FAC/target designation)
-SAAB J21 (Swedish Air Force)
-DH88 Comet (Swedish Air Force reccon aircraft)
-Spitfire PR9 (user unknown)
-MIG-15 Fagot (user unknown)
-P-39 Cobra (User unknown, possibly Danish or Australian)
-Bristol Baeufighter Mk.X (thinking Polish Air Force)
-F-86 Sabre (user unknown)
-F4U Corsair (Netherlands Navy, carrier HrMS Ruyter, Dutch east indies)
-DH100 Vampire (Belgian Air Force)
-Douglas Skyraider (Royal Navy)
-various Luft'46 models and planned IJN'46 (research pending)

in the 1/144, i got planned:

-refurbishment of my first 1/144 aircraft carrier (BNS Dendermonde) into a modern STOBAR carrier, with 3 MIG-29K's (operator classified)
-F-22 Raptor (RAF 111 squadron and USAFE 32TFS "wolfhounds", 3rd F-22 might be an Israeli version)
-E-2C Hawkeye (Royal Navy FAA, Hawkeye AEW.1)
-Sea Tornado GR2 (Royal Navy FAA, 2 versions)
-Merlin HC.4 Commando
-Zombite Fighter (from Thunderbirds "The Uninvited")
-Various F-15's (C, D, E and S/MTD, no idea what operators yet, some RW)
-3 x F-14 Tomcats (1 will propably be Genovian Air Force, another will be a French Navy bird, as for the 3rd, thinking an Area88 version)
-F-117N Navy Nighthawk
-Rafale-C (Morrocan Air Force)
-MIG-23 (RAF, 3 squadron, Flogger FGR.1)
-F-4 Phantoms (No ID. yet)
-F/A-18 Drones
-F/A-18E (1 Belgian, 1 NVLM and 1 might be Canadian)
-C-17I Globemaster III (Israeli Air/Space Force)

and as for other aircraft (all 1/72), i got planned:

-RAH-66 Commanche (USMC)
-2 x Angel Interceptors (OOB and Belgian AF, a 3rd might be added later)
-F-4E Phantom II (RNLAF, currently gathering dust on the waiting line)
-Royal Genovian Air Force F-22 or Sukhoi T-50
-SAAB JAS-39 Gripen (Belgian Air Force, maybe a Tigermeet version)
-P-51A Mustang (Luftwaffe, depicting a Bf109 as in Iron Eagle III)
-YF-22 Lightning II (might build it OOB, or as a whif)
-Tucano (might become a COIN fighter, thinking RAAF markings)

there are many, MANY more, but a lot of models have been stored away.
this list does not include RW models.

looking at the list of possible projects, i almost started getting stress-block  :-\
part of me really wants to build these, but another side says "what was i thinking?".
i dont know whats wrong with me, could be stress, or maybe even a depression forming, but i kinda been having a hard time finding my creativity mojo, hense why my modelling activity is more mental then physical.

looking at the stash, even looking at some kits bought almost 6 years ago, wondering why i even bought them?
sorting out the stash, listing the projects, i made a desision, im now planning (uh oh, im "planning" again!  :blink:) to relook al my projects and re-organise them into new seperate themebuilds, as noted in post 1, nspired by TheDarkmasters Empires twighlight.

so this is what i came up with at the moment:

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WW2, Beyond 1945

this buildtheme, as planned about a year ago with already some models build, remains unchanged.
looking into the future, storylines for a reformed allied and nazi forces in Europe, with the European nations regaining theyre independent armed forces, plans also include storylines from South-East Asia, Australia, South America and even a Central-African campaign.
some extra models might be added, such as upgraded versions of aircraft seen late in the war, like the Me262, Hawker Typhoon/Tempest,...even Aircraft carriers might be added, but then in 1/144 or smaller.


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Cold War II / World War III

formally known as the 1/144 themebuild project, currently under the working title "Rising Dragon".

with most of the aircraft in that theme has a storyline in the 2015/2030 timeframe, i decided to make it a theme on its own.
looking at recent events in the media and speculations on the rise of China's military power, in this buildproject, the idea is that near 2020, China would rise, equal, or at a point even replace the United States as the worlds leading military superpower. details are not figured out yet, but im thinking a large number of Chinese foreighn bases in Central-Africa, Pakistan, Cuba, Venezuela and other countries with relations to china.
might even ad a few spacecraft, ships and submarines to the theme. the 1/144 HMS Courageous aircraft carrier, now nearing completion, might become a part of that.
more details as they follow....

furthermore, im started to get re-equanted with 1/72, having been building in 1/144 for so long, its a welcome change.
having a large number of 5th Generation aircraft/helicopters in the stash, i cant wait to get started on them. starting perhaps with a Belgian Army Eurocopter Tiger-AHB (Attack Helicopter Belgium).

to reduce workstress and smooth contiuation of these theme's, other planned themebuilds such as "Cold war in the 30/40's" and 'return of the roman empire" (the latter started about 2 years ago, but with no recent activity) have been cancelled, parts of witch might be implemented in the 2 themes.

but first i need to set my priorities by finishing whats on the bench now.
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on November 04, 2012, 02:16:17 am
Nils we all go through periods like this. It will go and the mojo will return.

I learnt a while ago not to make to many concrete plans (especially on paper) you only end up disappointing yourself. If you have themes, as I do, then keep them broad. If something your building fits then great, if it doesn't then don't try and force it. Just build it the way you want.

Chris

Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on November 12, 2012, 12:22:43 pm
Blog entry #4

with the lack of motivation/inspiration, i decided to take Narses's advice and just build the first thing that pops up in my head, just to get the gears turning.

and last night i started with a simple 1/144 build, an F-117N, using one of Bagera's profiles, printed to scale as a reference.
had to reverse engineer it a bit to get the scale to be printed right. i already get a pair of new scratchbuild wings, sanded down and engraved a bit. still need to build new rear tail surfaces. as for the nosewheel, im gonna get one of a 1/144 F/A-18D kit i bought for parts (canopy and cockpit for a MIG-29KUB conversion)

here a couple of pics, still trying to get used to the new photobucket layout (witch i hate btw).

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn292/Nilssteyaert/what%20if/1-144/002-32.jpg)

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn292/Nilssteyaert/what%20if/1-144/001-35.jpg)

in the meanwhile, in an attempt to get my inspiration/motivation back, i bought a new book online, gonna have a good read before going to bed, a bit of research for my WW2 beyond '45 buildtheme.

(http://images.amazon.com/images/P/1857800524.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg)
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on November 13, 2012, 01:33:56 am
Looks good Nils and like you I'm no fan of the new Photobucket layout  :banghead:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on December 01, 2012, 01:27:47 pm
Blog entry #5

with the work on the carrier HMS Courageous now completed (airwing pending) i can now focus my efforts on the 4 Seakings on the bench + 1 thats under restoration.
work is starting to slow down again, as i am to mentaly exhausted to get anything else done.

reason is that things did not go wel personally this week, i am on the verge of loosing my job, following a corporate takeover (company might be moving to a location out of the area, might have to look for a new job), a Revell Miniwings order (48 kits) is over 10 days late as the courier apparently is an idiot that cant read a map/GPS or roadsigns (saying my home adress does not exsist, thank you gouverment who gives a greencard to anyone who cant read/speak/undestand our language). not to mention im still not over my flu 100% and my bike broke down last night.

at this moment im to tired/busy to do anything, but ive been through worse.

as soon as the Seakings and other models currently on the bench are done, im gonna start work on some of my best creations yet.
this will include a Belgian AF A400M (of witch 7 are on order for delivery in 2020), Belgian JAS-39 Gripen (additional decals from DACO on order, to go with my Belgian A400M and NH90TTH/NFH).

also on the list, for a spitfire GB on another forum is a Belgian Army Aviation Spitfire Mk.1
(2-blade prop, painted in the same colorscheme and markings as the Belgian Hurricane Mk.1 was in 1940. the spitfire was actually concidered but cancelled in favor of the Renard R.38, witch was eventually cancelled aswell, leaving the Hurricane as the only alternative, Belgium would have built 80 aircraft under licence)

also to be added later in 2013 (as part of the Euro'41 theme) are Belgian Douglas DB7 (revell 1/72 Boston Mk.III), Breguet Br693, Renard R38 (converted from a 1/72 MIG-3, preferably revell), Grumman G-36A (land based F4F Wildcat, not ordered in time, subsaquentially went to  the RAF and French Aeronavale) and Brewster B-339 Buffalo (semi-whiff, not delivered in time, 6+ aircrft got detained in Bordauox in June 1940, other 34 of 40 aircraft ordered transferred to RAF/RN)
im also planning to ad some Savoia-Marchetti transports to the collection.
there are many aircraft the other Allied countries (Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Norway, France,...) ordered that never got delivered by the time Germany invaded.

its similar like the earlier started "WWII 1946" themebuild plan, witch im now concidering canning aswell, and just stick to 1 or 2 themes (being the 1/144 theme and/or a "yet to be decided" theme) rather then multiple.

furthermore, my Cold war 2/WW3 plan (1/144 build) got canned, but im replacing it with a "Cold War Continued" 1/144 build, figuring Russian aircraft are more available then Chinese in that scale, not to mention Russian aircraft have a wider choice. might even include some East-German aircraft (SU-37, Su-47, MIG 1.44, IL76....).


more soon...



Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: McColm on December 01, 2012, 02:01:42 pm
Your F-117N looks promising. I'm still pondering on an idea of putting a set of 1/72 F-14 swing wings on a F-117. Although they appear to be roughly the same size, getting the shoulder moulding in the right place, seems tricky. :banghead:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on December 02, 2012, 01:36:17 am
I'm really interested in your alternative Belgium AF Nils  :thumbsup:

Built the Renard R.38 and the twin fuselage project R.40. Got an R.42 still to build
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on December 29, 2012, 09:34:08 am
Blog entry #6

bench activity has been increased the last couple of days, as im trying to get 4 RW seakings (including 2 on commision) finished as soon as possible. and with 2013 only 2 days away, i started looking back at 2012.

now 2012 low kind of a low key year, i had more models added to the stash then the number that have been reduced, i even had to put about 50+ kits on the attic for long term storage, allong with a number of older pre-build models to make room on the shelves. in the mean time, im already starting to look at what im gonna build in 2013. i think i might start the yer with a1/72 JAS-39C Gripen in Belgian markings, although i do have to get things moving that are on the bench first.
i still have a 1/72 F-4E Phantom in Dutch markings, witch has been on the bench gathering dust for months, and i have the earlier started 1/144 F-117N SeaHawk, 1/144 L-188 Electra and 1/72 Spitfire Mk.V racer that need to get moving.

also, im getting in the mood to finally start work on that 1/72 Belgian Airbus A400M and many of those 1/144 kits.

EDIT: Furthermore, with the recent passing of the great Gerry Anderson, i have been looking at the stash and im gonna be building a number of tribute models, including Thunderbird 6 (Tiger moth 1/72), 2 Airfix Angel Interceptors and a 1/144 Zombite Fighter.

anyway, on a personal note, regarding to the recent takeover at work, i have decided NOT to move to the new factory some 50km away, reason is that i cant get there without a car (even with the company carpool, concidering the distance between home and rendez-vous point, it takes to long). so i said im willing to stay on where i am till the old place closes down (witch wont be for another 3 to 6 months). in the mean time, im gonna look out for a new better paying job closer to home.

2012 was a good year, but 2013 will prove to be a bit turbulent, i have been through worse, so i say "2013, bring it on!"  :mellow:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: McColm on December 29, 2012, 11:11:59 pm
All the best in getting a new job. :cheers: :cheers:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on January 20, 2013, 04:22:38 am
Blog entry #7

first new blog entry of the year, not much to report, except for some good and bad news.

lets start of with the good news, i started building whif's again, after a small hiatus. im currently working on a 1/144 MIG-29KUB, using experience gained with the earlier MIG-35 attempt. further, 2 more MIG-29K's will be added to those and will be placed on the refitted ex-Dendermonde aircraft carrier, in New-Flanders Navy markings. the carrier refit itsself is also making progress, with the first layers of new paint being added to the deck. other, more personal, good news my lovelife is changing, for some time i believed nobody liked me, and now im being chased by girls  ;D

(http://cdn.elitedaily.com/elite/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/54171.jpg)

and now, the bad news  :-\, in terms of employment, its a bit worse then i first thought, apparently the place will be closing down much earlier then first was announced, namely as of the end of February, so i have to get a new job quicker then i thought.
with the crisis in Europe at the moment this is going to prove to be a challenge, but ive been through worse.


im hoping to post pictures of new models very soon  :mellow:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: PR19_Kit on January 20, 2013, 06:12:11 am

(http://cdn.elitedaily.com/elite/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/54171.jpg)

im hoping to post pictures of new models very soon  :mellow:

The pictures of the other 'models' are pretty good already......  ;)
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on January 27, 2013, 03:13:47 am
Blog entry #8

after a long whif-downtime, i finally got my mojo back  ;D
earlier this week, i started on some smaller 1/144 kits and also managed to continue the refit of my first 1/144 aircraft carrier.

in the meantime, the idea's are flowing in again, and my motivation has also made a comeback.
im gonna try to finish the 4 RW seakings this week, so the bench can be cleared to start new 1/72 whiffie goodness.

already on the drawing board for 2013 are:

Modern/next gen:

-1/72 Belgian AF Eurocopter Tiger-ARH
-1/72 Belgian AF Saab JAS-39C Gripen (Daco decals have already arrived for this kit)
-1/72 Belgian AF Airbus A400M
-1/72 Belgian AF EC-135 (the "would-have-been" replacement for the Alouette II)

-1/72 DDR Mig-37 Ferret (currently making Low-Vis markings for that)
-1/72 Genovian AF Eurofighter Typhoon
-1/72 Genovian AF F-22A Raptor
-1/72 West-German army EC145 (SAR, UH-1D replacement)
-1/72 USMC RAH-66 Commanche
-1/72 .....
-various 1/144 aircraft

Vintage:

-Various 1/72 Luft/RAF/USAAF/Euro'46 projects
-1/72 Belgian Aèm Spitfire Mk.1 (1940)
-1/72 Belgian AF S.A.Bulldog
-1/72 RNLAF Stearman
-.....

i also have various models planned for theme/group builds, as for the asiarama i was thinking of a 1/144 PLAAF Tu-95 Bear-D with some modifications, maybe even remove the reccon gear for a new bombbay & cruise missiles  :mellow:

more soon....



Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on February 10, 2013, 05:08:37 am
Blog entry #9

as i said before, im back in the modelling bussiness, and my motivation is at an all time high.
my BAF Gripen is going very well, just started painting  :mellow:

meanwhile, i have started making parts for my next build, a New-Flanders KC-787 Tanker/Transport.
about an hours work this morning has been spent on the boom, to be fitted on the tail of a revell 1/144 Boeing 787-8, most of the time being spent on digging in the spares box.

after a lot of sanding, cutting and dremeling, i came out with this.
i did a dry fit on the kits tail, fits quite nicely.

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn292/Nilssteyaert/what%20if/1-144/KC-787/001_zps85dbd4f9.jpg)

this afternoon, im gonna be looking into converting a pair of 1/144 droptanks into underwing HDU's for the tanker. followed by painting the rest of the Gripen.
as for the KC787 color scheme, im thinking of a civilian style scheme, overall white with a yellow/black trim, grey underside and a yellow tail with a Flemish black lion. (the scheme inspired by the previous civil-style color scheme of the Dutch KDC-10 and Belgian A330). im also gonna be building an airbus A320 in the same scheme.

meanwhile, i just a 3rd commision build for yet another Belgian Seaking Mk48 (this time a camo version), so thats expected to start soon, that is as soon as the other 2 commision-built (and 1for myself, the other being recently completed) seakings are done.

more soon....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on February 15, 2013, 01:30:57 pm
Blog entry #10

the bench has been very quiet for the past 2 days, following the completion of the Gripen.
there has been more modelling activity this week, even only minor parts building and research.

research work for my next project, the KC-787 Next-Gen Refueling Tanker has been completed.
additional parts for this project (Refueling boom and 2 HDU pods) have been scratchbuild.
building will start as soon as i can clear some space on the shelves.

last night, i also printed out a small decal sheet for the next projects (usually make a new sheet (10 x 15cm size) every 2 or 3 months, depending on the planned projects and required sizes).

decals have been printed out for the following projects (markings only):

What if:
-1/72 Eurocopter tiger (Belgian)
-1/144 New Flanders Air Force (decals for KC-787, Airbus A320, future transport aircraft
-1/72 Genovian Air Force (EF2000 and F-22, forgot squadron emblems  :banghead: )
-1/144 PLAAF TU-22M1 Backfire
-1/144 various undecided PLAAF aircraft (2 fighter aircraft, type yet unknown)
-1/144 North Korean aircraft (2 fighter aircraft, type yet unknown)
-1/144 Spitfire Mk.V (New Flanders Historic Flight)
-1/144 Boom receptor holes (scanned from revell f-16 sheet, scaled down and pasted)

real world:
-1/72 NH90TTH & NFH (Belgian Air Force)
-1/72 MD520N (Belgian Police, because Revell is releasing a kit for it this year)
-1/144 F-16AM MLU (Belgian Air Force, for new revell F-16C kit, also includes parts for early block A-models)


looking (far) into the future, i have noticed that 3D printers are becoming more and more affordable, i was thinking maybe in a year or 2/3, when the concept is perfected and more commercialy viable and available (not to mention cheaper), i might aquire one. however, i have been thinking, if start making models/parts with a 3D printer, it would kinda take the fun away out of scratchbuilding, not to mention im not exactly good with CAD/CAM software  :-\

but thats for future-Nils to worry about.
before starting on the KC787 tomorrow, im gonna check if the temperature in the workshed is warm enough to spray the decals (and warm enough for the coating(s) to dry).


more soon... :mellow:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on February 24, 2013, 02:39:52 am
Blog entry #11

this week, i have started on the first part of what i can now call the "World War 3: rise of the dragons" alternate history story / build theme.
this replaces my earlier 1/144 build topic and will concentrate on a near future conflict where China rises to  a world superpower level, and a world where the Soviet Union never collapsed, but more on that in the original upcoming thread. this will be a very ambitious buildtheme/storyline, spreading over Asia, Europe, the Middle east and the American continents. most of the builds will exist out of upgraded current generation aircraft, future 5th generation aircraft and helicopters and scratchbuild prototype fighters, transport aircraft and drones. i might even ad some ships/subs into the mix.

meanwhile, i gotten to take a look at the current line of builds and i really need to get those done at some point (being 3 1/72 seakings nearly completed, a 1/72 dutch F-4E Phantom, 1/72 spitfire racer and a 1/144 L188 Electra and F-117N) i also have to get going on refurbishing some older builds.

on a personal note, on monday i am starting on what might be my last week at work, with the workshop closing down after the new owners took it over last october and decided to move all activity to a new facility out of range from where i live, making it impossible to get there. so i have started looking out for a new job a few weeks ago, but with the crisis in the metal sector, it looks like i might be home for a while, i might even be concidering changing my line of work and re-educate to another profession, as the metalworkers market is flooded with low-wage Eastern-European workers (no offence, but almost every company in Belgium prefers to work with immigrants over indigenous people, witch i think is kinda discriminating.), and it kinda kills the branch. i could go on and on about this, but i do not wish to offend any of our Eastern European members on the board.

*rant mode off*  :dalek:

more soon...
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on March 10, 2013, 11:04:35 am
Blog Entry #12

modelling has been quite quiet for the past week, but in the next days/weeks/months (hopefully not years) there will be almost daily activity.

reason for this is that past friday, i finished my last workday  :-\ (as noted ealier, the workplace is closing down, following takeover)
Not knowing when/what my next job will be, i will have to keep myself from sinking into depression again, so i will be going into styrene Therapy for the time being. beginning with FINALLY finishing those commision builds (2 Seakings) i have going on, witch have been delayed for some time, and i have another one in the pipeline aswell (another seaking, appears there's a huge demand for Belgian Seakings at the moment).

when the first 2 commision builds are done, im gonna start work on 2 new builds, Realworld Belgian NH90TTH & NFH's.
but before that, i have to (again) finish what i got on the bench at the moment, in order to free up space.

all that would take at least a week or 2 (or more).

furthermore, later this week im gonna go shopping for more storage cabinets and DIY shelves, replacing some older, space eating ones.
this to at least solve part of my storage problem (realising now that im kind of a hoarder, HELP  :blink:).

meanwhile, im also gonna reorganise some paperwork and, most importantly, my workbench.


more soon...
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on March 15, 2013, 11:28:56 am
Blog entry #13


the workbench is finally clearing up, i got 2 realworld projects finished, a 1/144 Belgian F-16AM and a 1/72 Seaking.
the latter is one of the 3 (previously 2) commisioned builds, it has been picked up here this morning and is now on display in an office at the Saint Jan's hospital in Brugges (where the real thing regulary lands).

other project on the table now are 2 more RW Seakings (1 for me and 1 commision, 3rd commision Sea King has not been started yet)
Whiffs on the table ar.................ARGH, i just be repeating what i mention in earlier posts  :banghead:

another project on the bench is a practice kit, to experiment on stealth conversions, at the moment im toying with a cheap academy 1/144 Tornado GR1. ive implemented some of the proposed Tornado 2000 features and ironed out some of its design mistakes (most obviously the lack of weapons carrying capability deu to the conformal feultank on the bottom)

meanwhile, im also designing a new indigenous stealth fighter (currently known as YF-X) for my WW3 themed build, im using a trumpeter 1/144 YF-22 as a basekit.
i dont know what faction or nationality yet, but im leaning to a Taiwanese or Japanese design (joint with the US, like the F-2, KAI T-50 and the F-CK-1)


more soon....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on March 17, 2013, 02:36:11 am
All 3 designs look good Nils. My personal favourite is the bottom one - looks like an updated Viggen ?
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: eatthis on March 17, 2013, 04:10:20 am
version 3 for me
i think the f23 looked much better than the f22
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Rheged on March 17, 2013, 07:22:50 am
All 3 designs look good Nils. My personal favourite is the bottom one - looks like an updated Viggen ?

Concur!!  Next Swedish aircraft after Draken and Viggen........possibly the Kraken?
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on March 25, 2013, 03:14:01 pm
Blog entry #14

little to no change compared to last week, except for fprgress in a long standing project.
ive been taking another look at the minicraft 1/144 L-188 Electra, and figured i have no idea what to do with it.
i finally decided to cut her up and convert it into a P-3 Orion derivative. conversionwork that has happened at the moment include a nosejob (737 nose and plenty of PSR), shortening the forward fuselage (15mm plug cut out) and adding a stinger to the tail.

browsing through the sparesbox, i found an old 1/144 radome from a scrapped revell E-2 Hawkeye, and im currently building an AEW version of the orion, similar to that used by the US dept. of Homeland Security (ex US Customs).

i dont know what marking im gonna use yet, might go US Coast Guard or a Danish Air Force version, but im seriously thinking of going USCG on this bird  :mellow:, similar to this profile of Cliffy B that i found here.

(http://i647.photobucket.com/albums/uu194/CliffyB/Artwork/P-3Orion-USCGClearwater.jpg)

last sundays visit to the Bronco Fan Day (see Plane Spotting thread) really sparked up my motivational engine, and im concidering building 1 or 2 1/72 OV-10 Bronco's. i already have an academy OV-10D in the stash, thinking of building a Genovian Air Force version of that aircraft, might even buy another OV-10A, and build it as a RW Luftwaffe machine (as the 99+18, seen last sunday).
i always though the bronco was kind of a small light aircraft, but now that i had a chance to get up close and personal with it, ive seen that that thing is huge  :o.


more soon,.....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on April 07, 2013, 06:56:48 am
Blog Entry #15


my workbench is clearing up. i just finished building the last of the first batch of commision built seakings, and the last one on the table (one for my peronal collection, painted up in the colors of the one i flew in 2 years ago) is also nearing completion.

next on the table will be 2 newly become RW NH90TTH en -NFH's in Belgian Markings, the first Belgian NFH is expected to make its official first flight tomorrow, with delivery by the summer, im gonna see them fly over here very often then.
also im preparing to start on a new WHIFF, a USAAF Northrop N-9MA (modified to an in-service fighter version, the P-45 Stingray).

furthermore, last weekend i recieved some great news, my other brother announced that he's going to be a father, he and his girlfriend are expecting a baby, epected by december. looks like im going to be an uncle, AGAIN  ;D

back to modelling activity.

i also have a little announcement regarding my "WW3: Rise of the dragons" story build.
Due to recent events and tentions in the DPRK, i am currently postponing any posts on that project.
when things calm down, i will be making new posts/models in that thread.


more soon...
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on April 10, 2013, 02:15:31 pm
Blog Entry #16

after putting the "WW3: Rise of the dragon" in Hiatus due to rising DPRK tentions, i decided to look further on this story themed buid.
over the last few days, i started looking at some youtube videofootage of the former DDR, particulary its armed forces.
i had already forseen that in the storyline, the Soviet Union would not have collapsed, and that by then, East-Germany still existed.
but looking at the last ORBAT of the DDR-NVA dating back 1990, i thought about replacing the by then obsolete MIG-23's en MIG-21 by new air defence fighters, im thinking either 4.5 Genereation fighters like the Su-37 Terminator or the 5th Generation Su-47 Berkut.
as for an SU-22 replacement, im still working it out, i might go for UCAV's (even though i dislike unmanned combat drones).

im currently making a list of what countries should have what equipment, then i would buid these in 1/144 or 1/72.
at this moment im just looking into the air assets, but ive recently put together one of those anti-meteor misilles from an 1/72 Airfix TSR.2 (Stratos 4 version) and i think with a good paintjob and decals it would make good nuclear cruise missile, still need to look into making a launcer for it. could also aquire a Academy 1/100 space shuttle and use the booster rockets/fuel tank for a set of Western/eastern missiles.

on the list of plans i currently have:

USAF:
-F-22A Raptor (USAFE, 32TFS, Soesterberg, The Netherlands)
-yet unknown planned drone (UCAV,or USB (Unmanned Strike Bomber)) made from spares
-B-2A Spirit (might be able of make a What-If version, with toned down splinter camo)
-6th Generation Strike aircraft (based on YF-22 and lockheed JAST proposal)

US Navy:
-F-23A Sea Ghost (navalised YF-23, 2-seat conversion)
-F-117N Sea Goblin (navalised F-117, currently under construction)

US Marines:
-F/A-18E Super Hornet (we all saw this one coming back in the day)
-AH-64M Sea Apache  (the real replacement for the AH-1 Cobra)
-RAH-66 Comanche (had this one on the drawing board for a while, in AH-1W grey/green camo)

Royal Air Force:
-Neptune MRA.1 (UK version of Boeing P-8 Poseidon, Decals already designed)
-Raptor F.2 (F-22A in RAF service, decals already printed some time ago)
-Tornado GR.6 (Stealth derivative, with Tornado 2000 features and single seat version)

Royal Navy:
-Sea Tornado GR.2 (orignally planned for HMS Courageous carrier, but i plan to integrate them in the storyline)
-Hawkeye AEW.2 (E-2C in FAA service)

Soviet Russia
-SU-47 Berkut
-Sukhoi Su-50 (pak-fa)
-Mig-39 (Mig-1.44 production vesion, to replace MIG-31)
-TU-XXX (unknown future russian Stealth bomber, copy of B-2, subject to change)
-IL-86 (or IL-96) AEW "Madhat" (AWACS version of IL-86 or 96, to replace A-50, idea needs work)
-Tu-160 Blackjack (Why Not?)

DPRK (North Korea)
-Tu-95 Bear
-Su-47 Berkut

DDR-NVA (East Germany)
-Su-47 Berkut (to replace MIG-23)
-unknown light fighter (to replace MIG-21)
-Il-76 Candid (to replace AN-26, model will be a repaint of an earlier build version)
-Mi-28 Havoc or Ka-50/52 (to replace Mi-24D's)

Netherlands:
-UH-60 Blackhawk (to replace Cougars)

Belgium:
-EC665 Tiger
-F/A-18E Super Hornet
-EC-135 (light utility/training helicopter, should have replaced Alouette II)

Morroco:
-Dassault Rafale (replaces Mirage F-1)


i still need to look at my stash and shelfspace to determine where to go further from there :mellow:
im also concidering buying 2 more 1/144 Gepard-class schnellboats and maybe sovietise one of them into a Soviet Navy fast patrol boat.
might even ad some older but still modern equipment for African and South/Central American countries.
might even bring Cuba and Argentina into the game
so by the time the storybuild gets going again, i will have lots to build/share.
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on April 15, 2013, 01:46:07 pm
Blog Entry #17.

thought i would take a break from some of the RW builds and focus a bit more on my true joy, whiffing  ;D
my WW3 storybuild may still be on hiatus due to Kim Jong Un's sabre rattling, but behind the scene, im still working on some of the models for the storyline.

a first model, for a later chapter in the story is nearly done and will remain a surprise. i just started prelimenary paintwork on another model in the same chapter, a Royal Air Force F-22 Raptor. the model itsself still needs to be build, but i started on painting a colorfull tail for this aircraft, witch will recieve 111 (F) Squadron markings  :thumbsup:

the table is now being cleared to start work on the next model in the timeline, a DPRK Su-47 Firkin-A, witch will be painted in a similar scheme as the DPRK's MIG-29's.

also on schedule, is a undisclosed secret project in the story, witch will be revealed when the time is right.


to be continued...
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on April 23, 2013, 11:49:19 am
Blog Entry #18

spring is in the air, time for some cleaning. thought i would sort out the 1/72 stash, make room for more by placing some less urgent builds on the attic. filled a box with about 20+ kits to go into long-term storage. later this week i'll be clearing the shelves, placing some older built models on the attic, make room for the newer and better ones.

its been about a month and a half since i got laid off, and the job search has not been easy.
i havent had many calls or interviews (only 2 in the past month) mostly because due to the financial crisis in Europe, finding work has never been harder. and i i did found something, the pay they are offering is way below my standards. ive been thinking about changing to another line of work, but i dont see any jobsectors with a shortage at the moment. companies in Belgium tend to hire low-cost Eastern european workers or are moving to Eastern Europe (the Czech Republic and Poland are popular atm.).

i dont want to go into it further, or im just gonna start ranting and end up being depressed again.

And, if thing here werent bad enough already, my LHS, witch is only 5 minites away by bike, has now been closed. the owner said the landlord has given him an eviction notice since he wants to level the place to build 2 appartment buildings.
he eventually found a new location, but its way out of my range, so now i have to travel 10 to 15 kilometers to the nearset store if i need glue or paint. so its obvious im kinda dissapointed :(

anyways, sorting through the stash, ive gathered all my '46 related kits to see what to build next.
there is a '46 groupbuild starting on another forum next week, thought i might use the opportunity to build a few more kits for my "WW2 beyond '45" storybuild. after all the German kits, a few Allied/Neutral vehicles might look nice ammong the collection.

now, witch ones of these should i enter  :-\

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn292/Nilssteyaert/misc/001-16.jpg) (http://s307.photobucket.com/user/Nilssteyaert/media/misc/001-16.jpg.html)

Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Radish on April 24, 2013, 04:19:06 am
Oooooh...... :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Dizzyfugu on April 24, 2013, 04:57:17 am
You need professional help (like anyone around here...) ;)

For inspiration: how about mating a Shinden fuselage (and maybe wings) with the Saab 21 wings and twin booms - and adding Luftwaffe colors? Could look interesting...
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on May 01, 2013, 03:47:45 am
Blog Entry #19

the bench has just been cleared this week, and a number of new project are currently occupying it already.

the first 2 are a pair of Belgian RW NH90's (TTH and NFH variants), with the interious of the TTH now almost finished.

also on the holdline, are the first 2 1/72 models for the WW3 storybuild, the first helicopters, an EC635 and an EC665 Tiger-AHB (AHB = Attack Helicopter Belgium). although i might take another 1/72 kit in between.

also, preliminary work has begun on a Belgian Spitfire F.Mk.22, for the beyond '46 GB over on BTS. the kit will be the excelent Airfix Spitfire F.22 combined with DACO's new Belgian Spitfire decal set.

regarding the WW3 build, i was concidering switching from mostly 1/144 to 1/72, and use the smaller 1/144 scale mostly for the larger transports, bombers, AEW&C, maritime patrol aircraft,.....
reason is that practicly everything is available in 1/72, although it does sacrifice shelf space, something i have a shortage of.
i will still include the occasional 1/144 fighters or helicopters.

also, a couple of days ago, i was strongly concidering taking up another hobby, namely vlogging.
i was going to make it an aviation news themed vlog, but now im starting to concider making it a scale modelling vlog, with DIY instructional video's for the budget minded modeller and kit reviews.
the name i came up with was "Runway 29" (read Two-Niner). although like most of my plans, i think that might end up in the "project cancelled" bin.

until next time....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on May 01, 2013, 07:16:47 am
Excuse my ignorance Nils, but is a Vlog a video blog ?  Otherwise it's a tribe Noggin the Nogg found in the frozen north
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on May 01, 2013, 08:51:26 am
Excuse my ignorance Nils, but is a Vlog a video blog ?

yes it is, but i doubt that idea will ever see the light of day  :-\
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on May 08, 2013, 10:21:58 am
Blog entry #20 (edited)

high activity on the bench, im currently finishing up a 1/144 Shwalbe UAV (Unmanned version of the Me262, using a cheap revell microwings kit). i also just started another quick build, a revell 1/144 Ju-87 Stuka.

the stuka will be used as a testmodel for a future German escort Carrier (or MAC ship (Merchant Aircraft Carrier).
meanwhile, im also finishing up a 1/125 mine hunter (see the NVMS Hannigan thread).
still, little to no change of the NH90's and Spitfire F.22. my 2 earlier announced projects (1/72 Belgian EC635 and EC665 Tiger) have been put on hold till the spitfire and Hannigan are finished. also on the WW3 list is a German Army EC145 in SAR markings. i started the assebly some time ago, but its kinda on hold aswell.

its currently WW2 week on the National Geographic channel, and it kinda has my WW2 mojo going.
looking back at my earlier, ill fated, WW2 beyond '45 theme, i knew i should have gone for a europe '41 themed build.
documentaries on NatGeo actually gave me ideas for '41 themed models, such as Belgian Spitfire Mk.1's (2-bladed prop version), Douglas DB-7, Caproni Ca311 and BP Defiants. as well as Netherlands Hawk-81's, Douglas Devestators and Lockheed Hudsons, Danish Bf109E (pre-war),....kinda got me thinking about Belgian Lancasters and Dutch B-17's (if only i had the shelf space). could even see a couple of German Aircraft carriers like the Graf Zeppelin and Seydlitz.

i started thinking about scenario's where the Belgian Army Aviation withdrew to the Belgian Congo to regroup and re-equip.
seeing Belgian, British, American and French armies operate allongside each other in the Africa theater.

the earlier planned videoblog, not going to happen, turns out im not that videogenic as i thought  :rolleyes:

last night i started reading "Japanese Secret Projects", very nice read, plenty of IJN'46 ideas to chose from.
i notice the same place where i ordered it from also has the book on the carrier Graf Zeppelin, so thats on the future library additions list  ;D

oh, and BTW, this friday (at least in Australia and the pacific), there is going to be a Solar eclipse (just like last time 18 years ago in Europe, its on my birthday, what a coincidence  :lol: )


Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on May 12, 2013, 12:25:08 pm
Blog Entry #21

finished with the Spitfire F.22, time to go back to business as usual.
thinking i would give 1/144 a rest for a while, gotten re-equanted with 1/72.

still on the bench, aside from the RW stuff, there is this half started EC145, witch i have no idea what to do with.
looking at the decal stash, i think i might build it as either a Angolan, Lybian (khadafi-era) or Czech version.
still need to look into the Belgian EC635 project, i have the roundels/flags but i dont have the serials yet.
i was thinking of an E-** serial, with the E-standing for Eurocopter, dont know the codename for the EC635, could name it Egret or Erne, that way i can keep the E-serial (like how the H-** serial on the A109BA, with the H standing for Hirundo.)

also, i found an idea with what to do with that old Mastercraft F-16B i have in the attic.
yesterday i was watching the DVD of the movie "Jewel of the Nile", and it gave me an idea  ;D
all i need is a 1/72 scale Michael Douglas, Katheen Turner and an arab nomad  :lol:

(http://impdb.org/images/8/8a/Jewel3.jpg)
(http://impdb.org/images/thumb/5/5c/Jewel4.jpg/500px-Jewel4.jpg)

looking at 1/72 builds, im thinking of Getting some 1/72 trainer/COIN jets, im eyeing a Kawasaki T-4, BAE Hawk 120 and a K-8 Karakum.
one of these im planning to build as a Belgian, as an Alpha Jet replacement (i was thinking of a M-346, but isnt available and the Yak-130 is a but hard to find here atm).

browsing through my favorite online model store, ive been making a wishlist for 1/72 kits i would like to have for the WW3 build, asside from the models i already have, ive been looking at newer craft, such as the A-model Ka-60 Kasatka, Hobbyboss A-10B, Trumpeter J-10, JF-17 and J-20, Italeri A-129, Ka-52 and C-27J,...


friday the 10th was my Birthday, and after the setbacks i had on that day in the last 2 years (2 years ago, my sister left her husband, and last year, my dad cut 2 of his fingers off while sawing wood (dont worry, he still has all 10 of them)) the day went really well and uneventfull  :thumbsup:
on a lighter note, today i have exceded 4000 posts on this forum (nothing big, but hey  :rolleyes: )

unemployment is starting to get to me, even though im still modelling, boredom starts to be a pain. ive also gained some weight, 5 kilo's over the past 5 weeks, im weighing in at 90.5 kilograms (little under 200lbs), and i can stand to lose 10 to 15 kilo's (22 to 33lbs)
so i decided to go on a diet. i tried one 6 months ago, but i couldnt stay on it, now im gonna have another shot at it.
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on May 21, 2013, 04:11:16 am
Blog Entry #22

there has pretty much been no activity over the past week, as i just couldnt find the motivation.
last weekend's trip to Blankenberge was cancelled due to bad weather, this friday, the Belgian Defence is hosting an open day at its ATCC facilities in Semmerzake (near Ghent), and the weather does not look good, i might have to cancel that plan aswell.

the weather here has been horrible, in the past month, we only had about 2 days of sunshine, next weekend they are even talking about snow (in may?!) for the ardennes.

the bad weather, allong with unemployment is making very irritable, grumpy and extremly angry inside. at some point i almost want to break down and cry. could be a depression building up, but its to early to tell. i need to get out, get some fresh air, go places, somewhere where i can jumpstart my creative mojo again. the reccesion here is really starting to take its toll on my mental health.

but enough with the depressing rants (sorry, just needed to get it out of my system).

thought its about time to get into some Styrene Therapy, i really gotta start finishing some of the models i started on so long ago.
the 1/72 Dutch F-4E has been sitting there for almost a year now, allong with a 1/144 F-117N.
the EC145 i started on about 2 weeks ago, i decided to go for a German Army SAR helo.
but before any of those continue, im gonna have a look at some of my non-modelling related long term projects.

more soon....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: McColm on May 24, 2013, 12:31:04 pm
Hang in there, I know the feeling of being out of work but if you keep looking something will turn up. It did for me, not ideal but it pays the rent and my travel expenses, plus a few kits from time to time.
Ever tried Trade Plate driving?
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on May 29, 2013, 01:52:51 pm
Hang in there, I know the feeling of being out of work but if you keep looking something will turn up. It did for me, not ideal but it pays the rent and my travel expenses, plus a few kits from time to time.
Ever tried Trade Plate driving?
sounds like a good idea, but i have one problem regarding that, i dont have a drivers license  :-\ (i did 2 theoretical tests and failed, hopefully 3rd times the charm).


Blog Entry #23

this week, im kinda finishing up long overdue builds, beginning with the refit of my first 1/144 aircraft carrier (ex-Belgian Navy BNS Dendermonde) into a STOBAR carrier. im also gonna start on 2 1/144 MIG-29K's this week, to make up the strike package.
as for a colorscheme, i kinda have my mind set on the US Navy 60's grey/white scheme.

a 1/72 Dutch F-4E Phantom also needs to get finished at some point (just decals, landing gear, and armament) aswell as a 1/144 F-117N SeaGoblin.

the WW3 build is kinda on a stalling point at the moment, due to writers/modelers block.
but im still looking into getting extra kits for the storyline, but with my current unemployment situation, i kinda started cutting my hobbybudget, and save up some money, cause i dont know how long this will take given the EU financial crisis and continuos "Social dumping". so its better to have something stuffed away in case of emergencies (medical expences, unexpected taxes, sudden replacements of broken items,...). luckily i still live with my parents and have no serious downpayments/debts (i still need to pay rent, internet and TV bills of course).

its just another dark page, but there is always light after the darkness. i still believe better things are coming my way.
im still struggling with stress from unemployment and unexplained high bloodpressure and weightgain.

but i have started improving myself, i have picked up my weapons ans started fighting back.
im going on a diet, trying to loose at least 20lbs.  started look more activly for work, but without falling down to the level of an immigrant (like what happened last month, i get more from unemployment benefits in a month then the salary they offered), i havent lost my dignity yet. so any employer who offers me a pay below my educational/experience level, gets the word NO.

the battle againt personal austerity has begun.

more soon...
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on June 09, 2013, 12:20:39 pm
Blog Entry #24


i have been stuck with a bit of a cold for the past few days now, so a good opportunity to clean off the worktable and continue with a few kits.
i currently doing the final touches on a RW Belgian NH90-TTH, but will be a part of the what-if WWIII storybuild. after that, im gonna start work on another RW NH90, namely a Belgian NFH version.
i also just started resoring an old 1/144 UH-60 back into a presentable condition, painting it as a Netherlands Air Force version.
i also need to finish 2 1/144 MIG-29K's for my refurbished 1/144 Aircraft Carrier.

looking further down the line, ive also started looking for space to place a 1/72 Airbus A400M, witch i quite a huge piece of kit, to make room, i might have to cancel my plan to build another 1/144 aircraft carrier (small German escort carrier).
i have had my eyes on this Italeri 1/72 XB-35 bomber for some time now, and i think it would look great in my '1946 collection next to the AR.555 i have in the stash.

oh, and i have been thinking of doing some changes in the WWIII storyline, such as Turkey becoming a new European military superpower, Chinese vs. West conflicts on the African continent, a new Russian Missile crisis,...
this can, atm, all be done with the current stash and weapons resources i have, so expect something on that soon.
also on the list of soon-to-start projects is an RAF P-8i Neptune MRA.1.

but, as i mentioned before, first im gonna look at finishing what is already started on the bench  :mellow:

on the bench at the moment:

-1/72 NH90-TTH, Belgian AF (90% completed)
-1/72 EC-145, West-German Army (5% completed)
-1/144 MIG-29K New Flanders Navy (50% completed)
-1/144 F-117N Sea Goblin (20% completed)
-1/72 F-4E Phantom II, RNLAF (75% completed)

the Spitfire Racer i planned to start building has been cancelled.
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Radish on June 10, 2013, 03:43:38 am
Oooooh.....good ideas. :banghead: :party: :party: :party:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on June 14, 2013, 03:35:11 am
Blog Entry #25

the bench is clearing, as yesterday i have finished 2 of the larger 1/72 project, the first of 2 RW Belgian NH90's (the TTH version) and the 1/72 Dutch F-4E Phantom have now left the bench and onto the shelf.
also  a small number of models for the WWIII storybuild have now been finished and will be posted here soon.

next to finish are the 2 1/144 New-Flanders Navy MIG-29K's. another build on the table is a 1/72 German Army EC145 in SAR configuration (UH-1D replacement). but that project might be moved to the "near-to-long term" list where the F-4 used to be.


also, i have been concidering restarting my cancelled extended "WW2: Beyond '45" theme build
see: http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,34057.msg538065.html#msg538065

however, im thinking to either continue the exsisting thread, or start over from zero, story would then include a failed normandy landings, a succesfull German invasion of Britain, where the British armed forces are forced to withdraw to the US mainland, India, Iceland and Canada. might even feature some Luftwaffe Amerika bombers, RAF Victory Bombers, US intercontinental bombers,....
to complement the storyline, a 1/72 Italeri XB-35 has been ordered, i have been eyeing that kit for some time now  :mellow:
im just about to start on a Revell 1/72 Arado Ar.555 bomber

ive also been doing some research on german rocket/missile development, and im kinda looking into scratchbuilding some Hs117 surface-to-air Missiles, aswell as other systems.

i have also been doing more research on German Aircraft carriers, Hitler's Germania (rebuilt Berlin), Nazi nuclear weapons program and a scale-o-rama of a 1/48 Arado AR.234 into a 1/72 Lufthansa jet airliner, connecting the anexed countries with Germania.
of course im not gonna let the germans have all the good stuff, also planned are USAAF/RAF/Allied fighters, Bombers, carriers, ships...

i still need to work out the viability/affordability/shelfspace for the project...



Bench Status:

1/144 MIG-29K (2 aircraft, 50% completed)
1/72 EC-145 Heersflieger SAR 5% completed, moved to near-to-long term list)
1/144 F-117N Sea Goblin (20% completed)
1/72 Arado Ar.555 (about to  start)
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on June 22, 2013, 09:57:21 am
Blog Entry #26

model production here is in full swing, long due projects are finally getting done and others completed.
following the end of my Airwolf Mk.3 build and the 2 1/144 MIG-29K's, the benchs more and more empty.

i havent been in the mood to complete my F-117N but i might look into the next week (just to get things moving).
2 new project are about to get started, both 1/72. the first is a 1/72 Arado Ar.555 for the 'WW2 beyond '46 GB over on BTS.
the second is a 1/72 Sukhoi T-50 PAK-FA, in Royal Genovian Air Force markings (see movie: The Princess Diaries 1 &2, got both films for Whiff research purposes........OK, and Anne Hathaway  :wub: (before she looked like a tomboy))

OK, back to the point.

for the T-50 (Su-45), im planning to open up the bottom and fit 2 weapons bays. as for armamant i think imgonna equip it with 4 AMRAAM's or Meteors and 2 AIM-9X (or IRIS-T) in the sidebays  :mellow:
i have another T-50 kit in the stash, but that will become a Russian Air Force strike fighter, im planning on getting a set of ICM 1/72 Russian modern Air to Ground ordanance (to also be used on the Mig-37, Mig-1.44 and possibly an Su-30/35).

i might even take a small 1/144 model in between as a sideproject, dont know what yet.
but before all that, i gonna start making more space on the shelves (running out of space, FAST!)  :rolleyes:

Bench Progress:

-1/72 Arado Ar.555 (0% progress)
-1/72 Sukhoi Su-45 (T-50, about tot start)
-1/144 NVMS Jan Zonder Vrees (refit 90% complete)
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on June 28, 2013, 11:50:22 am
Blog Entry #27.

2 main projects on the bench this week, an 1/72 Arado Ar.555 and a 1/72 T-50 PAK-FA.
both models are currently in various stages of building, with the T-50 now mostly assemble (except for the landing gear).
one thing i shoulf mention, is that the bottom fuselage of the Revell/Zvezda T-50 is a real pain to build.
had some problems with the fitting of the intake cowlings and the main wheelbays, serious fitting problems, not what you would expect from such a recent kit. not much hope for when im gonna start on the second kit on a later date.

im also been looking to the continuation of my WWIII storybuild, im already working on a number of projects and many more in the pipeline. an DDR-NVA IL-76 is pretty much done, and work has been going good on a Fokker F100 SOSTAR-X.
with Revell now re-releasing the Airbus A330-300 kit, i no longer have to convert that A340 i have stored in the attic. so that aircraft might be built a militarized aircraft, Maybe a tanker, SIGINT/ELINT, AEW&C or VVIP aircraft, propably in French markings.
the future A330 (and even the A350) could also have future military WHIF versions. the announcement of the Tu-144 has got me thinking of new fresh ideas  ;D

with the start of my diet, i thought i'd fire up the Wii balance board, only to find out the darn thing's broken.
so off to the dump with that thing (already ordered a new one).

no modelbuilding tomorrow, as im of to the Opendoor & Fly In at Ursel Airfield. i only hope the weather isnt gonna ruin things like the last 4 events i was planning to go to this year  :-\
so expect some nice pictures on maybe sunday  :mellow:

Bench Progress:

-1/72 Sukhoi Su-45 (T-50, 80% completed)
-1/72 Arado Ar.555 (75% completed)
-1/144 NVMS Jan Zonder Vrees (refit 90% completed)
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on July 02, 2013, 12:29:08 pm
Blog Entry #28

modelbuilding is making progress. the Sukhoi T-50 is almost finished, it just needs a second layer of grey on the top before splinter camouflage is applied.
im also making steady progress on the Arado AR.555, assembly is almost done, and should be ready for paint later this week.

last weekends trip to Ursel was not unrewarding, as i have been whif inspired by the Belgian Air Force themself  :mellow:
it has already been announced that Belgium is looking to buy a narrow body airliner in Quick-Change configuration, as the lease on the Air Force's Airbus A330 is to expire at yearend. pilots of the 21st Squadron (white fleet, VVIP, Medevac, casevac,.... transport) have told me they are most likely to lease or buy secondhand Airbus A320's (1 or 2 aircraft). i have one in the stash that was intended to be AEW&C converted, but now im thinking of turning it into a Belgian transport aircraft (already have the decals for it).

i also discoverd other aircraft that were concidered, such as the Dornier/Fairchild 328, Bombardier Global 6000, ....
i also found information regarding Belgiums cancelled MRCA and Sepecat Jaguar plans and even discovered belgium was looking into buying the Breguet Br.941 (but instead got the C-130H) and Mitsubishi MU-2 (but instead bought the Islander).

meanwhile, back on the modelling front, im also been looking at builds to follow after the completion of the T-50 and Ar555.
thinking of finally starting on a 1/144 Belgian Air Force Airbus A320 and RAF P-8I Poseidon (as part of the WWIII storybuild)
in terms of Combat aircraft, im also looking at starting on a Realworld 1/144 Serbian AF MIG-29A, kitbashing a Revell and Minicraft kit into 1 decent fulcrum.

also, this Saturday i will be off to visiting the Belgian Navy during the NavyDays in Zeebrugges  :mellow:
so expect me to come back in a nautical mood (completing the 1/144 carrier refit, perhaps start on new ships).

Bench Progress:

-1/72 Sukhoi SU-45 (T-50, 90% complete)
-1/72 Arado Ar.555 (80% complete)
-1/144 NVMS Jan Zonder Vrees (no progress in refit)
 
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on July 11, 2013, 01:11:52 pm
Blog Entry #29

there finally is some decent progress on the Arado Ar.555, landing gear assembly is complete and im about to give the underside a second coat of blue/grey. should be done by sunday (hopefully).
i also started another project, a 1/144 Boeing 737 AEW&C. after my AEW conversion of an Airbus A319 about a year and a half ago, i looked into the design of the Northrop MESA "Top Hat" antenna, aand after some additional research, i found that the specified height was incorrect. using the new information, i recalculated the scale and im about to start scratchbuilding a new and improved version. i might build 2 antennae, so i have 1 in backup for a future project.
as part of a steady stash reduction, im doing my best to keep a pace of 2 or 3 projects simultaniously, with 1 or 2 finishing each week.

and now for the personal part of the Blog. as you might have read earlier in the beginning of this topic, i said that i was gonna become an uncle for the 4th time. regarding that, i have some better news, yesterday, my brother and his girlfriend came over, and asked me to be the Godfather. i happily said yes  :lol:

Today was a holiday in the Flemish part of Belgium, 11 of July is the Flemish Community holiday. its kinda like an independence day, where we celebrate the victory in the Battle of the Golden Spurs.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Golden_Spurs

(http://aphs.worldnomads.com/l-a-u-r-e-n/13100/DSC00069.jpg)

the upcoming week is gonna a big one for us in its whole. next Fridaynight im leaving for Britain (RIAT, so expect aircraft pictures and stash additions (lots of Airfix)).

the following is a more politicaly toned post, so sorry in advance if i broke a rule  :-\

but when i get back on sunday the 21st July, Belgium's independence day, we are gonna have 3 reasons to celebrate. next to out independence, we will also celebrate the Abdication of King Albert II and the corronation of King Fillip I.....sorry....King Phillipe I (he prefers his French spelled name as king, witch kinda is a sting to the Dutch speaking flemish community).
im not really the Royal minded (proud to be a Belgian, but with recent events the last years, i lean more towards Flemish independence) but a corronation is always something special. (i only watch for the Military parade anyway)


Bench Progress:

1/72 Arado Ar.555 (90% completed)
1/144 737-AEW&C (20% completed)
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on July 16, 2013, 12:30:54 pm
Blog Entry #30

the stash is currently being balanced. i hope to have a steady reduction this year (got enough kits to last me propably 20 years or more).
earlier this week i managed to finish the Arado Ar.555, and im about to continue on the 1/144 737-AEW&C.

as for the new second project, im taking a look at that 1/125 U-99 U-boat i bought at a rumage sale last sunday.
the last owner attemted to build it, but apparently didnt have the skills to continue and finish it, so i adopted this project for a fiver including the paint, glue and paintbrushes. at first glance it looks pretty banged up but fixable.
the 2 fuselage halves were already put together, but i had to force the top open a bit for the flooring to fit.
some of the propellor-shafts are broken to, but can be fixed or replaced. as for the decals, the kit still had its orriginal decals, but im thinking of making a WHIF out of it, might concider decorating it as a Bordurian Navy version (since they already had Heinkel 115's,  Bf.109's and other German hardware in the tintin comics) ;D

tomorrow, im gonna start clearing the shelves as im running out of space. some older models will leave the shelves for a new spot on the attic. so more space can be made for newbuilds

further modelling activity might be low the coming days, as im currently making preperations for my UK Visit coming saturday (RIAT Fairford). i still need to get some supplies (travel sickness pills, bottles of water,....) and prepare my camera equipment.

i will also be visiting various modelling stands (including the expected Airfix tent). im currently making a list of hard-to-get airfix kits (i hardly find them in Belgium atm), got a 80 to 100 GBP budget set for stash additions  :mellow:

on the shopping list at the moment are:

-2 or 3 1/72 Airfix Vampire T.11's
-new airfix 1/72 Gloster Gladiator
-various unknown 1/144 and 1/72 kits (airfix Lancaster B.II looks possible  :mellow:)
-(hopefully) a 1/72 Savoia S-21 (porco rosso)
-British (yorkshire) Tea (for my dad  ;) )

Bench Progress:

-1/144 Boeing 737-AEW&C (20% complete)
-1/125 U-99 (under repair)
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on July 17, 2013, 07:18:29 am
-British (yorkshire) Tea (for my dad  ;) )


Glad you've got your priorities right Nils  ;D

Enjoy your trip
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on July 23, 2013, 04:52:43 am
Blog Entry #31

there are 2 projects on the bench at the moment, both 1/144 Boeing 737 derivatives. the first is the earlier announced AEW&C version, but there has been no progress this week due to the heat.
the second project that i started was a P-8I Neptune, to be painted as an RAF 51 Squadron Neptune MRA.1, the "what should have been" Nimrod replacement.

last weekend at RIAT in Fairford was great, although it wanst that good with the absence of the Americans  :-\
pictures of the event will be posted soon (allong with those from the Belgian Navydays and Ursel Fly-in)
but i did manage to get a few stash additions, including a pair of Airfix 1/72 DH Vampire T.11's, of witch one will be built as a Belgian AF machine, i was thinking a fighter conversion with AIM-9's and painted in vietnam-style camouflage or air superiority grey.
i would build it as a radar equiped FB.15 version (daytime version of the NF.10)

Bench Progress:

-1/144 737-AEW&C (20% complete)
-1/144 P-8I Neptune MRA.1 (5% complete)
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on July 30, 2013, 11:11:23 am
Blog Entry #32

last weekend we had a heavy Thunderstorm, witch was expected seeing the temeratures we been having here lately.
something local must have been hit by lightning, as my Internet connection was out for the past 4 days.
our internet provider sent us a technician and in less then an our we had our connection fixed (had to rewire our phoneline, install a new router and repair our home wireless network).
however, i had one problem afterwards, my powerline network adapter didnt wanna work anymore. still need to fix that, currently working with the WiFi tinfoil dish again as a stopgap till that problems fixed.

Modeling side, since i was going "Ghost Protocol" for the past 4 days, i used the offline time to get things on the bench moving.
i have just finished the RAF P-8 Poseidon for the WW3 Story build, so expect pictures on that soon.
with no internet in the past days, looking for reference/walkarround pictures was impossible, but that was overcome by doing reseach the old-fashion, pre-internet, way. looking into back issues of Air Forces Monthly for decent pictures of the P-8 and the Nimrod MR2/MRA4.


Bench Progress:

-1/144 737-AEW&C (25% completed)
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on August 06, 2013, 04:04:47 am
Blog Entry #33

honestly, i havent been in the mood for modeling for the past week, except for some small progress work on the 1/144 carrier refit, i decided to look at the current problem im facing, image hosting.
for the past few months i have been cery dissapointed in Photobuckets new 10GB bandwidth policy.
looking at other alternatives, such as Flickr, Picasa, imageshack, Devianart....i dont see any improvement or even more limited storage space.
as a stop-gap till better options come along, i have created a second Photobucket account, solely for model pictures and website images.
the current main account would then only be used for my airshow and aviation pictures. all WHIFF pictures will be moved to the new account in a while. furthermore, to decrease bandwith use, im planning on turning off publik linking for a few albums.

on a personal note, modeling has been low-key the past 2 weeks, due to a possible upcoming depression.
i have been stuck at home unemployed for the past 5 months now, i i havent even had 1 job proposal, the EU economic crisis is hitting hard and the flooding of the metalworkers market with cheap eastern-european labour forces has me concidering re-educating to another line of work. i dont know what field yet, but i will think of something.
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on August 06, 2013, 07:06:14 am
Nils. Retraining may be a good idea.

Hope all goes well for you  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on August 08, 2013, 10:48:37 am
Blog Entry #33b

this weekend is the annual Wings & Wheels event at Ursel Airfield is East-Flanders, hope toi find some nice Luft46 kits there like i did last year and the year before. weathers looking excelent.

however, i dot some rather dissapointing news today.
back in december 2010, i had a chance to fly in a Belgian Air Force Sea King Mk.48 helicopter. it was great experience.
however, today, i have learned that the helicopter i flew in, Serial RS03, is to be retired following the planned introduction of the NH90 later this year. first flown in April 1976, it has the most flyinghours in the fleet (about 13000+ hours). if course i was kinda dissapointed when i got the news.
im gonna mis her, farewell old friend.

on the modeling side, im currently cleaning up the bench to start assemblyline-building 4 trumeter 1/144 F-22 Raptors (1 USAFE, 1 RAF and 2 New Flanders).
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on August 16, 2013, 01:39:29 am
Blog Entry #34

things are moving allong nicely this week, with 2 1/144 F-22's now finished (2 New Flanders ones, off the record).
2 more F-22's are currently on the bench, 1 in RAF No.111 (F) squadron markings, the other to be painted in USAFE 32TFS markings.
both for my "WW3: Rise of the Dragon" storybuild.

regarding the storybuild, after seeing this (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwXDPxzeVfU) and this (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxzK8ylaqYY), i have found new inspiration for the next instalment, a JMSDF Aircraft Carrier (same as in the videos) and a JMSDF F/A-18E Super Hornet. there are also some PLAAf and PLANAF aircraft in the pipeline, so expect more  ;D

as for the Japanese Aircraft Carrier, i bought a Revell 1/1200 USS Nimitz for conversion. the shape seems about right and a new island superstructure wont be that hard to put together. i found a few pictures from "Perfectbook 2025/2035" via Google images, although the resulution from a scan-in is not perfect, they're good enough for reference.

(http://i.imgur.com/Zd00J.png)

Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on August 25, 2013, 03:38:30 am
Blog Entry #35

once again, i diverted from the WW3 build and got into building some WW2 stuff.
im currently putting some finishing touches on the 1/72 Renard R.38 witch wil be finished real soon.
ive also started on a restoration project, i had an old 1/72 Airfix Brewster Buffalo on the shelf in Belgian markings witch i built about 12 years ago. it was in a very sorry state and i though about replacing it with a newer kit, but since the airfix buffalo is hard to find at the moment, and the hobbyboss kit seems a bit pricey, i started restoring this old kit, taking of the clear parts, repainting and re-decaling.

also on the bench are 2 1/144 F-22 Raptors for the WW3 build and a 737-AEW&C still awaiting conversion.
early WW2 aircraft, especially in service of European Air arms in 1940/41 sooms very intresting and i might have to make it into a theme in the future.

still on the drawingboard are  a 1/144 JMSDF F/A-18EJ Super Hornet and a 1/1200 JMSDF Aircraft Carrier for the WW3 build.
i also have a Kamov Ka-50 in the stash that can look good in East German or Russian Navy markings.
im also thinking of building a North-Korean Tu-95 Bear.

but for now, there's still a lot to finish...

Bench Progress:

2 x 1/144 F-22A Raptor (RAF and USAFE, 50% done)
1/144 Boeing 737-AEW&C (no progress)
1/72 Renard R.38 (90% done)
1/72 Brewster Buffalo (Under Restoration)
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on August 25, 2013, 06:45:47 am
Ooooh I like the idea of the Belgian Buffalo  :thumbsup: Looking forward to it.  After seeing the idea on here I'm thinking of a Belgian P-36
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on September 02, 2013, 02:14:21 pm
Blog Entry #36

been feeling kinda low and tired the last few days, with little to no progress.
however, yesterday i started on a new long-due project, a realworld Belgian NH90-NFH.
furthermore, im looking to start on a second one, witch i will then present the 40th SAR squadron in Koksijde as a gift, to congratulate them when the first of the real NH90-NFH's arrives in November.

it has been a very turbulent week. being gone almost everyday for 4 days straight.
first there was a Charity Event at Koksijde Air Base to raise money for seeing-eye dogs for the blind, although i did not participate in the sporting event, i did however support the cause.
Day 2, also at Koksijde Air Base, was the final flight of Sea King RS03 (see topic in plane spotting).
Day 3 was a Emergency Services 112 Safety day in Nieuwpoort (with a SAR demonstration by the Sea King), pictures to follow.
and Finally, Day 4, last Saturday, was the visit to the 40th annual Hobbytime Modelshow (with some good inspiration and stash additions).

it was a nice escape from the sometimes depressing life of unemployment, even if it was for just a few days, get to spend some time with good company, friends and Sea King Helicopters :)

the jobhunting is still ongoing, but after 5 months with no calls or open applications, it kinda gets you demotivated. in the past years, many metal workshops have either moved to Eastern-Europe, or bring cheap Polish Labour here. even though these companies then save loads of money this way, it is very hurtfull on the jobmarket, seeing highly trained and educated Belgians being dumped and cased aside, in favor of untrained, cheap eastern-European Cowboys.

i wont go any further into that, to avoid an international incident here.....
i really am hoping things will get better, i try to stay optimistic, but its hard to keep it up much longer...

no modeling tonight, i spent the whole night waiting for a rat to come out so i can shoot it (with an 4.5mm air gun, usually used against burglars).
we have a rat behind our tomato plants in the shed, and its eating our produce, i took i shot at it earlier but it appears i missed.
then we set up a trap but failed, i will have to try agian tomorrow morning.
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on September 10, 2013, 05:25:56 am
Blog Entry #37

there has been little to no activity in the past week, due to a small case of modellers block.
but things are going well on the drawing board part. im getting new ideas for my WW3 build, cause lately ive been having problems looking further the the things i got on the bench now. im also thinking, to get the gears moving, to repost some older pre-built models and writing them into the storyline.

speaking of the WW3 built, ive focusing to much on 5th generation equipment, so im thinking of adding some upgraded older 70's era aircraft in the mix, maybe as mercenary planes or operated by 3rd world countries such as in Africa.
looking at Revells new 1/144 F-16C, im thinking of getting some more and give them a 5th Gen make-over.

like the proposed delta winged Block 60 for the UAEAF

(http://sitelife.aviationweek.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/7/11/d71a074f-bea9-4f1a-8b08-36fb25a524e7.Large.jpg)

its to bad Airfix/Arii 1/144 F-16XL's are out of production, they would make a great addition to the storyline.
im gonna be sorting out through the stash this week, see what can fit in the storyline.
of course im still gonna take in a few smaller "in between" projects, such as WW2 and/or Luft46 models.

furthermore, ona personal note, im pulling myself out of depression, i already have 2 calls for work since monday, im going to Brugges tomorrow for 2 jobproposals. it will most likely end up being a lie (like what happened in the past, they call you, say they have a job for you and when you get there, they withdraw they're offer). ah well, at least while im there i can visit some modelshops  ;D.

just hope i can get rid of this nasty cold ive been having  for the past 4 days  :-\
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on September 10, 2013, 05:35:48 am
Was the Neptune dropped ? Haven't seen it in the updates.

Loved the Sea King pics BTW...thanks Nils !

 :wub: :tornado: :cheers:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on September 10, 2013, 07:01:10 am
Was the Neptune dropped ? Haven't seen it in the updates.

Loved the Sea King pics BTW...thanks Nils !

 :wub: :tornado: :cheers:

the Neptune was finishd over a month ago, Cap  :mellow:

http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,36704.msg606574.html#msg606574
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on September 20, 2013, 01:57:10 pm
Blog Entry #38.

this week, i had another model finished, this time a Realworld Belgian C-130H Hercules (Revell/Matchbox 1/144 kit).
for the rest there has been no progress, as i have been to busy playing the new Grand Theft Auto 5 game for the past 3 days.
also, i had to go to my Aunt to take apart a closet, and put it back together again a few days later.
so its been a very busy week.

no progress tomorrow, as i will be off visiting an opendoor at Melsbroek AB, the military side of Brussels Airport.
where not only the Belgian AF's transport fleet is based, but also the Police Aviation Wing. so expect some nice pictures when i get back.

furthermore, the Jobhunt is finally picking up pace, i already recieved multiple calls for work, although half the times its to far out of the area, or required additional or completely different skills then whats on my resume (kinda wondering of they even read that thing?)

but at least things are getting better :) (for now)
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on September 21, 2013, 02:30:09 am

furthermore, the Jobhunt is finally picking up pace, i already recieved multiple calls for work, although half the times its to far out of the area, or required additional or completely different skills then whats on my resume (kinda wondering of they even read that thing?)

but at least things are getting better :) (for now)

Glad to hear that Nils - best of luck
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on September 27, 2013, 02:57:12 am
Blog Entry #39

with the Airshow season now as good as over, i can finally concentrate my free time towards modelbuilding once again.
first of, im dusting off the WW3 build, and numerous new models are underway, with the first 3 nearing completion.
the workbench is in desperate need of clearing, as i have way to amny projects going at the moment.

underway for the WW3 storybuild (in 1/144) are a DDR-NVA Luftstreitkräfte MIG-29SMT (modified and corrected academy mig-29a kit), USAFE and RAF F-22 Raptors, Netherlands Air Force UH-60 Blackhawk and an unknown Boeing 737-AEW&C. the F-117N i started a while ago also needs to be completed at some point.

on the realworld builds, im currently building 2 Belgian 1/72 NH90-NFH's witch i might implement into the storyline aswell (1 model for me, another for the Koksijde based 40th Squadron due to operate the aircraft)

but im not stopping there, im also currently designing decals for future additions in various scales. including Khemedi Su-37's, JMSDF F/A-18EJ, Belgian Airbus A400M and A320. and the first Aircraft Carrier for the storyline, the JMSDF Shinano II (see earlier post about "Perfectbook 2025").


now, im gonna give you a glimps of whats to come  :mellow:

first off, the 737-AEW&C, currently under construction.

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn292/Nilssteyaert/what%20if/1-144/extras/001-1.jpg)

the WW3 build fighter aircraft (or part of it, ignore the Mig-3, witch is part of another future build)

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn292/Nilssteyaert/what%20if/1-144/extras/002-1.jpg)

and here, the AMARG shelf, these older models are all going to be refurbished and repainted and might become part of the WW3 build.
not all of them will make the cut, the TBM Avenger, Sea Harrier, F-111 and BAC Lighting will be for my realworld collection.

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn292/Nilssteyaert/what%20if/1-144/extras/003.jpg)
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on October 04, 2013, 10:34:09 am
Blog Entry #40

little activity this week, i have completed painting in a 1/144 Su-37 Terminator in sand/brown desert camo, awaiting decals (dont know what nationality yet).
also, i have been working on a 1/144 Mig-29SMT aswell, however i ran into a snag with the 3-tone splinter camo due to paint running beneath the maskingtape, had to repaint and need to start over  :angry:

thing on the bench need to start moving fast, some projects dating back months. i still have about 5 1/144 models and 2 1/72's on the go right now, and i want to finish them all before moving on to what i like to call "The Big One" for the WW3 build.

regarding the WW3 build, i ran into some problems and delays, but im looking on getting back on track really soon.
at the moment, 1 model for the stooryline is finished, 3 or 4 others are almost ready for painting.

the 2 1/72 models on the go are 2 Revell NH90-NFH's, both RW Belgian machines.

still on the shopping list for next week is a new cutting mat, and use the old one as a paint mat.
my older paintmat will be thrown away, as its layers are getting to thick to work on.

see here.

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn292/Nilssteyaert/misc/002.jpg)

here's a cross cut of the thickest part, now, how many layers can you count, i lost count at about 100  :rolleyes:

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn292/Nilssteyaert/misc/001.jpg)
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on October 05, 2013, 06:08:50 am
Flippin' eck Nils  :blink: :blink:

Don't throw it, sell it as a modernist relief painting
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on October 10, 2013, 12:57:34 pm
Blog Entry #41

finally, things are moving again.

finally making significant progress on the 1/144 F-117N that was supposed to be finished months ago.
while waiting for that to dry, im looking into the Mig-29SMT. once those 2 are done, im gonna look into finishing the 2 1/144 F-22 Raptors and the 737-AEW, after that, im gonna focus on 1/72 for a while, as the stash desperatly needs slimming.
im already looking into more kits, but i barely have storage and/or shelf space for what i have now. i already packed some older builds in boxes to be put on the attic.

fighting both the stashgrowth and unemployment depression, im gonna stop buying new kits for a while and just buy the basic modeling needs (fresh tools and paints,....). i might get a small kit in between, but those will usually be the planned acquisitions (new releases, cheap on-sale kits & rare kits).

the main reason for the stashstop is mostly due to overstock and cutbacks, as ive been home for 7 months now, you never know when surprise expenses come up or my unemployment benefits are cut (i hate using unemployment wellfare). cause things are getting worse out there and im affaid i might be stuck in it for the long haul.

finding work has become harder then it was a few years ago, and i think im going to need professional help soon, as im starting to get frustrated, bored, demotivated, anger issues, and weight gain.
i have been on a diet some time ago, but i barely lost anything. i might have to start again, this time with a bit more motivation.
i will get through it, i got the will, got a (mostly) healthy mind and good physique, i might get out of it some how.


Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: kerick on October 10, 2013, 06:37:43 pm
Blog Entry #40

see here.

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn292/Nilssteyaert/misc/002.jpg)

here's a cross cut of the thickest part, now, how many layers can you count, i lost count at about 100  :rolleyes:

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn292/Nilssteyaert/misc/001.jpg)

Careful with that paint mat, Jackson Pollack paintings go for a lot of money these days!
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on October 13, 2013, 02:00:31 pm
Blog Entry #42

im making rapid progress on reducing the number of projects on the bench right now.
with 3 of the projects now completed (see WW3 build topic), the bench is starting to clear up.
this weekend i spent most time trying to finish up the last 2 Trumpeter 1/144 F-22A Raptors.

the trumpter F-22 is an excellent little kit and the detail and fit is no more then excelent, comparable with Revell's 1/72 scale version.
however, the kit has one small flaw that i found dissapointing, namely that the wheels are moulded to the landinggear legs, witch made it dificult to work arround with, compared tomost other models where these parts are seperate.

if all goes well, these should be done by wednesday, allong with the next chapter of the WW3 storyline.
and, there will be a bonusmodel in the story aswell, but that im not going to reveal yet.
also note that these 2 Raptors will be the last 1/144 models in the series for a while, as i want to concentrate on the larger 1/72 scale for a while.

still on the bench, but not part of the WW3 build is a Boeing 737-AEW&C, a modified revell 1/144 737-800. this one should also be finished later this week  :mellow:

next on the bench after these are 2 Revell 1/72 NH90-NFH's in Belgian markings (realworld), as noted earlier.
once the pre-mentioned 1/144 models are done, next in line will be 2 other 1/72 kits, the first being a EC665 Tiger in Belgian markings and the other is yet to be determined.

here some pictures on the bench progress  :mellow:


(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn292/Nilssteyaert/what%20if/1-144/WW3%20Builds/001-9.jpg)

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn292/Nilssteyaert/what%20if/1-144/WW3%20Builds/003-6.jpg)

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn292/Nilssteyaert/what%20if/1-144/WW3%20Builds/002-7.jpg)
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on October 14, 2013, 06:49:09 am
Looking good Nils
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on October 26, 2013, 03:52:42 am
Blog Entry #43

some more progress on the bench. the 737-AEW is now 98% done, all it needs is the decals.
meanwhile, progress on 2 NH90-NFH's is slow but steady, most work going into the interiour.
i have been in the mood to build Luft'46 themed models again, i might start on one or two very soon.
but today, there will be little to no activity, since i have to help my brother move into his new place.

this week, i just made a new small decal sheet for a number of upcoming projects, such as a Belgian Army EC635, JMSDF F/A-18EJ, civilian NH90, Iraqi F-16C, Blackwater aircraft (type unknown), Belgian Next Gen jet trainer.....

so there is a lot coming  :mellow:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on October 30, 2013, 09:48:37 am
Blog Entry #44

still working on the 2 NH90-NFH's, but no progress since the last blog entry.
the 737-AEW is finished, so its time to start on more.

i have decided to take a break from the WW3 storybuilt for a while and get back to one of my favorite modeling subjects: Luft'46  :thumbsup:
decided to pick where i left off, the WW2 continued storybuild

see topic: http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,34057.30.html

i will update this topic in the next few days, adding some pictures of already built models to the storyline.
to get things started i got a 1/72 DH88 comet racer (militarised version) and a Northrop N-9 on the bench right now.
although the comet is an ancient Russian-made kit (think KP or Novo) i got for free some time ago, dont expect something great compared to the Airfix version.

on the Northop N-9 (1/72 Sword kit) i already scewed up the soft vacform canopy, but i managed to replace it with a spare canopy from an Airfix 1/72 Spitfire Mk.22. all it needt a bit of filler  :mellow:
this will be painted up in USAAF markings  :mellow:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on November 06, 2013, 09:06:10 am
Blog Entry #45

slowly making some progress, work on the 1/72 Northrop N-9M is almost completed, although i ran into some more problems with the kit.
the fit of the resin coclpit isnt all that good, and the finning of the noseweel-well was so bad, i had to leave it out, building it wheels up.
there was also a gap in the front, so i had to PSR that up. another problem was that the plannes spitfire f.22 canopy didnt fit, so i had to look in the sparesbox again and found a spare from a P-47D, witch, after some modifications, fitted nicely.

work on the 1/72 DH88 Comet racer has come to a temporary halt, after constant problems with this kit, not to mention some missing pieces.
i will finish building it, but i might need to scratchbuild some new parts.

right now, im going to look into finally finishing the 2 NH90-NFH's, so i got some space on the workbench to begin with the Italeri 1/72 XB-35, to be build as an operational Northrop B-35A Mantaray intercontinental bomber, designed to attack targets in Japan and Germany from bases in the US.

also in the design stage are some IJN and IJA Aircraft, mostly license built German aircraft, such as the Ki-201 (licensed copy of the Me262) and the Nakajima N90Y "Nina" (light bomber and torpedo bomber version of the Messerschmitt P.1099A/B).
there is also a plan to include Argentina in the fight, giving they're relation with Germany during the war.


new stash additions will be kept to a minimum, due to the need to reduce the stash i have now. i will still get a few new kits, but it will only be the planned buys, no "spure of the moment" buys anymore. also continueing unemployment and financial uncertainty is forcing me to cut the hobbybudget.
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on November 11, 2013, 06:25:16 am
Blog Entry #46: Breaking News

before the big announcement, a model progress update:
the 1/72 Northrop N-9MA has been completed, completion pictures will be posted later tonight.
currently making up plans for Luft'46 Romanian and IJA 1/72 Me262's and a (perhaps Italian) FW Flitzer.
no progress on the 2 NH90's.

And now, for the big announcement!  :mellow:

3AM this morning we recieved a call from my younger brother telling us his girlfriend went into labour  :o
this came as a huge surprise to us as we wernt expecting it for another 2 or 3 weeks.
then later came the news, 9AM this morning (6 hours ago now), we recieved word she gave birth to a healthy baby boy  :thumbsup:

weighin in at 2.8kgs, 48cm tall, we said hello to little Joey. father, mother and child are in good health.
i just got back from visiting them at the hospital, and i couldnt be more happy, not just as an uncle, but also as the godfather!

although November 11 was a day to remember the fallen, today it is day we celebrate the arrival of a new member to the family.
so, here's to you, Joey.

 :party: :drink: :cheers: :drink: :party:

*picture to follow*
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on November 13, 2013, 06:18:07 am
Well done Uncle Nils  ;D
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on November 18, 2013, 11:29:02 am
Blog Entry #47

taking it easy this week, thought i would take a few weeks off from what-iffing to come up with new ideas.
the plan for the 2 1/72 Me262's is still on track, but there are still a few things i need to work out.
in the meantime, i thought i would take use of the downtime to start on some more realword models.
at the moment, im building a 1/144 East-German Mil Mi-24P Hind-F (revell kit with homemade decals, originals were not in the box).
tomorrow im expecting delivery of a number of new kits, and i would also start on 2 1/144 Mig-29A's (East-German and Serbian).

furthermore, i really gotta get going on those 2 NH90's, but the last few weeks, im lacking the mood.
other planned RW projects in 1/144 include a Tornado GR.1 "Mig Eater", a Tigermeet german Tornado ECR and a Sri-Lanka AF F-7GS.

but that does not mean im quiting on whifing  :rolleyes:
im still making plans on a Belgian AF Airbus A320, USMC F/A-18E, another Mi-24 Hind (North Korean?) and a RN/FAA Hawkeye AEW.1.

and many more  :wacko:.....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on November 18, 2013, 11:36:04 am
and many more  :wacko:.....

Atta boy !

 :thumbsup: :tornado:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on November 25, 2013, 10:38:41 am
Blog Entry #48

things are going smoothly, this week i finished 3 1/144 models, a Mi-24P Hind-F and 2 Mig-29A's.
i really want to clear out the bench as fast as possible, so i can start on some of the larger 1/72 kits in the stash.
kits such as the XB-35 and other Luft46 kits (both Allied, nazi and axis,....) are on the top of that list, allong with some of the newer 4.5th and 5th generation aircraft and attack helicopters.

just to get things moving, im gonna try to build one of each theme at a time (WWIII and WW2: 1946 themes)
but first, im gonna finish the 2 long-due NH90's so the bench is pretty much clear by the holidays (or by the time i start on a big project)

but there is a problem, one that i (and i guess i lot of us) have encountered before: the lack of shelfspace  :rolleyes:
my shelfspace for 1/144 kits has pretty much ran out, so i will have to store some of the older models and throw away the ones that are to be replaced by new ones.
1/72-wise there is still some space left, but i have no idea where to put the A400M model once i start on it  :-\

last weeks arrival of a new set of kits did not help the stash reduction either, but i think i can make some changes here and there.
i can always make space if needed  :-\

but first, i gotta clean up the worktable, AGAIN  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: TallEng on November 25, 2013, 12:04:52 pm
Surely you can store some of the 144th scale kits inside the A400M?  ;D ;D

Regards
Keith
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on November 27, 2013, 06:48:30 am
Hang 'em from the ceiling with thread. I need to start doing that to preven el Cato from destroying them all !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on November 28, 2013, 07:13:45 am
Hang el Cato from the ceiling ???? Only joking cat lovers  :rolleyes: ;)
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on December 03, 2013, 05:05:59 am
Blog Entry #49

still working on the 2 1/72 NH90-NFH's, with interiours now completed and the 2 fuselage halves met, assembly will be going a lot smoother and faster from here on in.
furthermore yesterday i had a request to build a 3rd Belgian NH90-NFH, with the kit and crew figures being supplied by the customer.
all i have to do is build it.

no other modelling activity will be made until the first 2 NH90's are finished.

meanwhile, ive been looking into the shelf shorage problem and i just got back from the hardware store.
3 new 120 x 30cm shelfsplanks have been bought allong with the railings to fit them.
so this afternoon im gonna remove the computer from the desk for a bit, remove the old shelves and place new new ones.
this will give me more room to build again  ;D

in other news, the jobhunt goes on, yesterday i went to an interview, but unfortunatly, i failed to meet they're requirements.
i also sent out a resumé to another metalworkshop near the hospital in Brugges.
if i can get an interview and the job, i might be seeing EMS helikopters and Sea Kings (and next year NH90-NFH's) almost everyday.
an ideal location for bussiness and pleasure  :thumbsup:

here's to better expectations :cheers:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on December 03, 2013, 05:39:09 am
Go Nils ! I guess that would be a dream job eh ? Good luck.

And the new shelves sound good. Post up some pics when you get done. And of the NH-90s as well  :wub:

And Chris, you leave el Cato alone ! Besides, she seems to do her own amount of flying as she falls off of shelves and suffers from the invariable cat-toss now and again  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on December 03, 2013, 08:49:39 am
Go Nils ! I guess that would be a dream job eh ? Good luck.

And the new shelves sound good. Post up some pics when you get done. And of the NH-90s as well  :wub:

thanks Cap, i need it  :mellow:

oh, and the new shelves are fitted, had to remove my PC during the works.
and as you wished, some pictures.

these are the old shelves, witch will still be used down stairs for other purposes.

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn292/Nilssteyaert/misc/001-2.jpg)

and here are the new ones, i just finished setting them up
right now, bottom shelf has my 1/144 models on it, the top shelf some stash boxes.
center shelf will be left empty for future builds  :thumbsup:

there are provisions for additional shelved to be added in the future if needed.

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn292/Nilssteyaert/misc/002-3.jpg)

Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on December 09, 2013, 09:29:41 am
Blog Entry #50

still trying to finish the RW NH90's, progress is going well, guess about a week or 2 to get them finished.
in terms of what-if, im trying to get my creative mojo working again.
also, ive taking out an old airfix 1/72 E-boat kit and put a scratchbuilt deck on it, im gonna be looing into building it into a 1/144 Soviet-Russian patrol frigate  ;D

i can hardly post pictures, as my internet connection is incredibly unreliable (and has been ever since i moved here 4.5 years ago), as my connection keeps falling out every 5 minutes or less. but we have contacted the cable company and were hoping to have a new cable installed after newyears, and were switching providers as the current has been very dissapointing in terms of service.

anyway, 2 weeks from now, it will be that time of year again.

the time wher we all have a pinetree in our living rooms, waiting for Santa to bring us more stash/loft isolation.
the time of year where the radio will be playing christmas music hours on end in loop and the TV will be showing us endless rebroadcasts of "Shrek" and "The Sound Of Music"  :-\.

on other words, Christmas time  :party:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on December 10, 2013, 09:44:07 am
NOTE:

tonight, what i always feared has finally happened, i had a nervous breakdown  :-\

the unemployment, constant unfixable problems with my internetconnection and various other factors (i cant name right now) have finally made me snap.
after the billionth time i had to fix the internet connection (witsh never stays fixed), i finally lost control, went into an anger fit, just when my 2 year-old cousin was here. (only a verbal fit, no people were physicly or mentally harmed, thank god).
i always feared that one day something inside me would snap, so bad i would hurt the ones who love me.
im feeling pretty bad about myself right now.

my worst fear had come true, i've finally been broken.

in a moment of clearity,

i just wanna say im going to go offline for a few days, just to puzzle myself back together, maybe even get some help.
i will be back once i feel better about myself.
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on December 11, 2013, 07:01:31 am
Nils, I hope everything is ok mate. I've been in some dark places in my life and believe you me if you can rationalise about what you have done, which you have here, then you are not to far down that dark path. Only advice I can offer is to get professional help from your Doctor, it really does help even if it's just someone to talk to.

Chris
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on December 11, 2013, 09:05:24 am
Hope you're feeling better Nils. It happens to the best of us...life is too fast these days, especially around Christmas.

BTW, the shelves look great. Nice that you can add a few more layers to them as well.

Looking forward to seeing the NH90s. That's a neat looking chopper for sure.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on December 17, 2013, 01:35:16 pm
Blog Entry #51

its been little over a week since my nervous breakdown, and im psychologicly recovering a a good pace.
but just as things couldnt get any worse, only about half an hour after my fit, the police came to our door to tell us that my Uncle Eddy has passed away, reports indicated he died 3 days earlier. i never really knew the man, i never met hem (appart from when he visited once when i was 12). he was burried only yesterday in a discrete ceremony.

so its been a really mentally hard week, my uncle's death made us realise just how short life really is and we should cherrish every moment of it.
i havent been in the mood to do some real modelmaking, today i went to help my mother and aunt to clear out house (witch isnt easy as it turns out he was also a hoarder  :-\)
not to disrespect the man, but the place was a dump, hasnt been cleaned in years, i was surprised of how anyone could even live there.

there wont be anything on the workbench for at least a few days, since i have to help clean out my uncles house and due to the upcoming holidays.

but i am doing OK, and will be building/posting stuff soon
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Geoff on December 17, 2013, 02:19:23 pm
Look after yourself mate. It will get better as time goes on. Getting medical help is always a good idea though. (been there)  Sorry for your loss.
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on December 18, 2013, 07:36:26 am
Geoff's right it will get better, look after yourself Nils
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on December 19, 2013, 08:13:48 pm
Glad to hear you're feeling better Nils. Too right life is short, but sometimes it's hard to see it that way. Look ahead to after the crazy Christmas season is over, and a have a new start !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on December 23, 2013, 11:20:27 am
Blog Entry #52

thought i would write another blog entry before going offline for Christmas.
i finally managed to get some model work done this week  :thumbsup:
just to get me back in the groove i decided to finish a revell 1/125 U99 U-boot i got at a rummage sale last summer.
it was already started but looked like a very sorry start, so i took it appart, replaced missing parts with spares and scratchbuilt ones.
that work was already done months ago, but it just needed a good paintjob, and so i finally gave it one  :thumbsup:

pics on that to follow later.

meanwhile, the house just got a little more crowded, as my older sister and my 5 year old nephew (who has ADD an Autism, so its kinda lively here) have temporarily moved in today as she left her boyfriend.
so she will be joining us for christmas and staying with us until she finds a new place and job.
chances are she might move into an appartment 2 houses from us, so we will see her often.

im working on a few thing model wise, as for jobhunting, im keeping my eyes and options open.
im gonna register for a CAD/CAM designing course if i dont find something soon, but that plan B, just in case plan A (finding work) backfires.


more soon, until then;

HAPPY HOLIDAYS, EVERYONE  :party:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on December 25, 2013, 08:24:42 am
See you after Christmas Nils ! Have a great holiday ( and hopefully your Nephew doesn't break too many models  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on December 29, 2013, 09:02:47 am
Blog Entry #53

ok, last blog entry of the year, and its a nice moment to reflect back on 2013.
i had a lot of ups and downs this year, but more down then ups unfortunatly, but thats something im working on for 2014.
im hoping things will go better in the new year, new challenges, more models and, most importantly, new job.

in terms of work, i have decided to register for reschooling, having my eyes set on a course AutoCAD 2D/3D and Inventor software programming and drawing, in short, Industrial Technical CAD designing. figured i can get more work done in that field.
another possible course was Welding, but due to health problems i cannot work in a welding station for prolonged times (Asthma).

thats Newyears resolution 1, resolution 2 is returning to my plan to lose weight, since ive been unemployed i gained 10kg (about 22lbs).
i have tried a diet earlier this year, but failed to keep it, but this time im gonna try again, and this time taking it more seriously.

in terms of modelbuilding, i already finished a U-99 sub last week and im currently working on a 1/144 F-4J Phantom II (real world) just to get my mojo back.

below are a pair of pics of the sub and the WIP Phantom.
here's all the best for te new year and hoping for bigger and better things in 2014  :thumbsup:

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn292/Nilssteyaert/realworld%20models/1-144/006-1.jpg)

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn292/Nilssteyaert/realworld%20models/1-144/005-3.jpg)
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on December 29, 2013, 09:40:52 am
Nice little Phantom Nils !

See you next year

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on December 30, 2013, 07:47:18 am
Nice little Phantom Nils !

See you next year

 :cheers:

Nice sub as well  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on January 04, 2014, 04:31:16 am
Blog Entry #54

first new blog of this year and the first activity of this year  :thumbsup:
in the past week, i finished 2 models, but both realworld for a change.
first is the F-4J Phantom, second a Se210 Caravelle (both 1/144)

the Mistercraft caravelle looks horrible, but what do you expect from re-issued vintage 1960's ex-RUCH kit.
i did like the decal options that came with it, but thats about the only good thing about this kit.
however, i am gonna build a What If model soon, as preperations have already begun for a Sabena Airbus A350-900 (changed from the orriginal 787-8 plan).

at the same time, im also doing some more research work for more WWIII storybuild models.
i got a J-20, Mig-37 and various other models on the waitingline.

furthermore, im gonna be introducing a new force to the storyline, the United European Defence Force (UEUDF).
i got the idea from recent proposals from various EU countries to merge all theyre armed forces under one command.
common sence tells me that in the real world thats gonna end up being a failure and a distant utopia, but it makes a good what-if subject.

i was thinking of serial markings similar to the United States, but for the roundel, i was thinking a circular EU flag with 2 thin outboard yellow/gold rings, with an anchor in the background for the Naval Forces.
but however, i would keep the UK armed forces seperate, as the UK doenst want to be part of anything Joint European, but would still cooperate.

im thinking the following seperation:

-UEUDF-AC (United European Defence Force - Air Command): this is all the airborne assets of the EU under one force, this wuold be split into 3 devisions: Air Defence Devision (containing Air Defence assets such as Typhoon, Tornado ADV,...), Transport & Logistics Devision (transport aircraft, tankers and SAR Assets) and Strike & Support Devision (containing all Air-to Ground and CAS/COIN assets)

-UEUDF-NC  (UEUDF - Naval Command): these would be a merger of all maretime assets such as Ships, Aircraft Carriers, Carrier Aviation, Maretime Patrol Aircraft,.....

-UEUDF-AGFC (Armed Ground Forces Command): this would include all ground based assets from the EU forces, such as infantry, armour,....but would also have an Aviation component including all attack- and transport helicopters and Special Operations Aircraft (Helicopters and Fixed wing).

i still need to work out a few things, this idea could be dropped later  :-\


here are some pics of the models finished this week, more soon  :mellow:

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn292/Nilssteyaert/realworld%20models/1-144/001Kopie.jpg)

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn292/Nilssteyaert/realworld%20models/1-144/001Kopie-1.jpg)
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on January 05, 2014, 02:23:58 am
Nice Nils
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on January 05, 2014, 07:39:34 am
Nice work Nils ! The little Phantom looks awesome. Lots of detail to busy it up....must have been alot of squinting to get her all painted !

The Caravelle does look like a bit of a dog, especially around the nose. But again, you've busied her up nice and the decals do look great !

 :tornado:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on January 13, 2014, 03:32:12 am
Blog Entry #55

no modelling physical activity, but ive been sorting out the stash boxes and spaces, as to what projects will be started this year.
i have ben taking a RW sabatical in order to figure out what whiff projects to build, and i have figured it out what will be next on the list.
im gonna be building 4 projects at a time, 1 for the WW3 build, 1 for the Luft46 build, 1 large whiff superproject and 1 commision build.

so first up, planned for the bench now:

-1/144 CATIC Y-14EW (Chinese Air Force, Airbus A340 based Electronic Warfare aircraft, similar to the Boeing E-4 Doomsday Plane)
-1/144 Airbus A350-900XWB (Sabena, currently in Decal Designing stage)
-1/72 Dornier Do335 Pfeil
-1/72 A400M or B-35A (to start as soon as the bench is clear)
-1/72 2 x NH90-NFH Belgian AF (50% completed)

ive also recently been getting back into making Real World models as a way to get what-if ideas for alternatives.
the 1/144 being my favorite scale to work with, but i do sometimes get pulled back to 1/72  :mellow:
i will be building some more of that scale as 1/72 offers more models in different subjects, as well as lower cost compared to rare and exotic 1/144 scaled kits.

i do often get new whiff ideas, so i write the down to remember them and to revisit them in the near future.


on personal note, i have put in motion my long-term unemployment backup plan.
last week, i have registered to start a new re-education course in the field of Industrial Drawing (using AutoCAD 2D, 3D and Inventor CAD/CAM design software).
with 3D printing now on the rise and the "soon to be expected here" large scale 3D printed Production, i thought this might be the best idea to take the course to enter this new field of work.
somewhere later this month or early februari there will be an info-session in Ghent, followed by 2 preliminary tests/exams, then another phycho-technical test. if all goes well, i should then start the training in May  :thumbsup:

if course this is just a backup plan, i will continue to look for work in my current field until then, but i dont expect to much succes.
but at least it keeps the administration- and unemployment office off my back  :rolleyes:


-more soon....

Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on January 17, 2014, 08:54:25 am
That's quite the collection of whifs ! Looking forward to the Chinese bird, as well as the 350, the A400 and the NH-90s...such a perfect looking chopper !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on January 20, 2014, 12:20:02 pm
Blog Entry #56

due to circumstances (helping my sister move into her new appartment in the city),
there has been little to no progress in modelbuilding  :-\

however, im getting my mojo back and last night, i had another dream that inspired my with a whiff idea.
in that dream, i was in a field, when a Belgian AF SeaKing passed overhead with an Alouette III.
at first i thought it was a Belgian Navy helicopter, but as it landed, it turnedout to be a Brazilian Air Force Helicopter.  :o

so that Brazilian Alouette III (with the 2-tone Jungle Camoflage) is definatly on my list of future what-if projects.  :thumbsup:

at this moment, im about to start on some more decal designing, beginning the ones for a RCAF CF-188E Super Hornet (1/144)
ive also been playing with idea's for future projects, including a new Air Force One, Based on the new Boeing 747-8.
also concidering a new Shuttle Carrier and Doomsday Plane, also based on the new 747-8 platform, an idea that van be done with simply cross-building the Revell E-4B and 747-Shuttle carrier with theyre recent 747-8 kit. but these project are in the long haul due to space restrictions.

in the more immediate future, im currently getting in the mood for F-15's, some Real World, Some What-if.
one idea im having is for the F-15ST Eagle (version of the F-15E for the Turkish Air Force). and F-15C/D, also TuAF.
looking at Revell's 1/144 F-16C (of witch i have 4 in the stash), im also looking into converting one with an RCS reduction treatment, and a new delta wing similar to the F-16XL (although with a standard fuselage).

in 1/72 scale, im also examining a 21st Century Me262, P-51D and Ho229, equiped with modern weapons and a glass cockpit.
for the Horten Ho229, im thinking of Low-Vis modern Luftwaffe markings, with a 2-tone light grey splinter camo.
for the P-51D, im thinking F-15 camo with AIM-9 A2A missiles under the wings.
kinda think of it, other early jet aircraft or later props could also do with a 21st Century make-over  :rolleyes:



more soon....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on January 26, 2014, 12:21:43 pm
Blog Entry #57

this week, ive mostly concentrated all my energy into finishing the 2 NH90-NFH's currently on the bench.
those should be finished some time later this week or early next week.

meanwhile, ive been looking at the backlog of the commision-build orders (requested by friends).
right now, the orders (all Belgian and 1/72) consist of:

-4 x Seaking Mk.48 (3 standard camo and 1 in the 25th anniversary scheme)
-2 x NH90-NFH (not the ones on the bench, one for a friend in Brugges who will supply his own kit, and once ordered special today by the first Belgian NH90 instructor pilot)
-1 x AB412SP (in dutch markings, still need to get the kit)

i will look into taking 2 of these orders on the bench at once, as some log back almost a year.
of course will focus most of my energy into what-if models, and as soon as the bench is clear, im gonna start on a 1/72 Airbus A400M.
i might take the 1/72 XB-35 kit in a later stage as an in-between build.
other projects in queue are various 1/144 models and 1/72 Tiger-ARH and EC-635 in Belgian Army markings.

more to be posted soon, in the mean time, here's a pic of the 2 NH90's on the bench.

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn292/Nilssteyaert/realworld%20models/NH90/003-5.jpg)

Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on January 26, 2014, 02:07:22 pm
Royal Navy 01 and 02 ?

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on January 27, 2014, 12:24:20 am
no, thats the designation the RW NH90's got in Belgium.

(http://www.helispot.nl/hs/photos/images/helis/404_large.jpg)
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on January 27, 2014, 07:09:52 am
Looking good Nils
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on February 02, 2014, 12:48:57 pm
Blog Entry #58

work on the 2 NH90's have encountered delay due to family problems.
these will be finished in the next few days.

meanwhile, im looking into some future project and ive just started looking at the WW3 build timeline.
im currently writing up the timeline so far, and i am looking at adding more chapters.
im hoping to close the Russia chapters of the story soon and start on the main China theatre.
as for Russian hardware still to be built (in all scales) im looking at Ka-58, Mig-37, Mig-39 (1.44 MFI), T-50 Pak-fa,...
meanwhile im also making up a wishlist for future additions such as more Su-30/35 & J-11/15 variants, Tu-160, J-20, B-2A Spirit,......

projects im examining right now are the PLAAF A340 airborne command post, PLAN J-24 Firkin (Su-47K Derivative), North-Korean Tu-95 Bear-D (Sigint Platform) and various F-16C, F/A-18E/F, Eurofighter and Rafale's for different allied countries.
of course there is much more to come but i havent worked out the details yet.

in terms of decal designing for some projects, i still need some more time/ideas as i want to fill an entire A4 size sheet first (inkjet cartriges and decalpaper is a terrible thing to waist). so im gonna look into some additional realword model decals in various scales.
so far i have created decals for a 1/144 Belgian Airbus A330 & A321, Sabena A350 and a RCAF CF-188E Super Hornet.

more soon....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on February 03, 2014, 07:37:51 am
Are both the RW ones and yours going to stay in that boring grey ? Kind of a let down after their beautiful Sea Kings !

 :blink:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on February 03, 2014, 08:19:01 am
Are both the RW ones and yours going to stay in that boring grey ? Kind of a let down after their beautiful Sea Kings !

 :blink:
unfortunatly, yes.
but there was a desision made recently that the low-vis roudels will be decaled over by the traditional tricolor high-vis roundels.
reason is that the low-vis markings make it difficult to identify the helicopters nationality, even with the "BEL" text under the roundels.

but no worries,  im working on whiffing a more colorfull alternative ;D
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on February 03, 2014, 08:58:53 am
Atta boy Nils ! Would look awesome in the Sea King scheme  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on February 10, 2014, 01:24:40 am
Blog Entry #59

the NH90's are finally done and the bench is now as good as empty.
first up on the list today is to clean up the workstation before starting on new projects.
im also expecting a package of stash additions to arrive today, including the huge 1/72 Mi26 Halo im building for my little brother.

yesterday, i spent most of my time looking at designing new decals for future projects.
ive been getting in the mood to build some ships lately, so i might have a look in the ships stash to see if i can find something that tickles my fancy.
as for aircraft, i think im gonna start with something small, luft46 or a small 1/144 model. i was gonna start with the 1/72 Airbus A400M, but i have some problems regarding space at the moment, but i should take care of that.

i guess thats about it for now, i got tons of ideas i want to build, but i can only take a few of them at a time.

so, more soon, in the mean time, here's a pic of the NH90's.....

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn292/Nilssteyaert/realworld%20models/NH90/008-1.jpg)
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on February 10, 2014, 07:19:53 am
I like those Nils  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on February 10, 2014, 05:44:55 pm
They do look good Nils ! Can we see a few more pics of them ? Maybe beside a Sea King too ?

 :drink:
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on February 17, 2014, 12:47:16 am
Blog Entry #60

started on a new what-if project today, a Lunar Exploration Tank for the Space GB over on BTS.
the idea came fror an image i saw in a TinTin comic. as a basis im using a leftover Armourfast 1/72 Crusader II tank, im gonna add some modifications such as glass domes, FLIR camera, searchlights,.....
ive already started with removing the provisions for the gun.

as for aircraft, im gonna stick with some 1/144 Real world kits for a while, but i have been looking for some 1/72 projects.
one idea that i might start soon is a 1/72 CF-105 Arrow in Belgian Air Force markings and a Vietnam Color scheme.
serials have already arrived last week from DACO, thinking of using the large FC-xx serials originally used for the TF-104G.
as for a TSR2 planned later down the line, i think im gonna use some leftover Mirage 5BA serials.

but the workbench is still largely empty, so im thinking of adding a 1/144 whiff to the line, im thinking a 1/144 E-2C Hawkeye in RN Fleet Air Arm markings for my HMS Courageous aircraft carrier.  :thumbsup:

also, in order to relieve some pressure on myself, i decided to cancel my WWII: 1946 story build.
i am still going to build all the '46 themed aircraft i planned, but as seperate builds.

more soon.....
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on February 17, 2014, 07:13:33 am
Sounds like a good plan Nils ! Look forward to seeing your spoace tank. And the Belgian Arrow sounds awesome ! I still consider mine to be one of my favourite Whifs, and has a special place on my shelf.

 :cheers: :wub:
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on February 23, 2014, 04:52:24 am
Blog Entry #61

lots of activity on the bench this week.
while the moontank build is stalled at the moment, 2 more projects are on the go.
first one is the 1/72 CF-105 Arrow in Belgian markings, and i decided to go for the canadian grey/green camo patern.

the second project is a small side project in 1/144. its a redesigned and updated version of the Alpha Jet.
using a Revell Alpha jet as a basis, i scratchbuilt new tailplanes, similar to that of the Kawasaki T-4.
im also planning to change the landing gear to something more modern.
i call it the Alpha Jet 4 (or IV).
the main changes include revised tails, a lowered wing, revised intakes (removal of the diverter plates) and reframed canopy.
the changes are similar ot the kawasaki T-4, but from a certain agle is shows similarities to the M-346/yak130. mostly due to the shorter tail.

furthermore, in the design phase, i have a 1/144 Boeing 737-800 tanker version in the works, and im thinking of building it in RNZAF markings, to go together with another undefined fighter (possibly an aircraft with a refueling probe, as the KC737 wont have a boom).
also waiting in line is a Revell 1/72 Beriev Be-6 Madge, witch im planning to build as a German Blohm & Voss seaplane in a Luft'46 plan.
i got a backstory in the works aswell.

and now, for more good news.
this week, i heard im going to an uncle (yes, AGAIN, 5th time  :rolleyes: ) as my younger brother and his girlfriend are expecting theyre second child. i guess my 2 year-old nephew Jayden is going to have a little brother or sister to play with  ;D

more soon...
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on February 23, 2014, 07:16:43 am
Congrats on the uncle thing Nils. I'm a great, great uncle now  :blink: :blink:
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: McColm on February 27, 2014, 01:15:27 am
You'll find that the plastic on the Revell Madge is very thick and brittle. More old style than the plastic injectionmoulds of today. Great for a donor kit. Basically a reboxed Playfix kit from East Germany.
Great work.
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on March 03, 2014, 07:40:56 am
Blog Entry #62

very little activity this week, i have been trying to look into alternative parts for my lunar exploration tank, as the glass dome from a 1/72 TBM Avenger seemed a bit to large.
still havent found anything, but ive been thinking of scratching a clear polyester cabin, as used on training vehicles for future tank drivers.

for example:

(http://anzacsteel.hobbyvista.com/Armoured%20Vehicles/Images/Leodvr01.jpg)

in other news, no progress on the CF-105 or the Alpha Jet 4, but im gonna continue with that shortly.
development on the KC-737 is also stalled, but im thinking of building it as a flying boom tanker, as the Boeing 737 has a lot of design commonalities with the 707/KC-135.
as for markings, i thinking of going Belgian, with my own Low-Viz markings design (lightened tricolor, similar to the RAF roundels in Desert Storm).
for a color scheme, im thinking all desert pink with light grey underside. maybe with a darker sand colored trim  :mellow:

furthermore, im looking into something new to build, as i noticed that all my recent models are to much boring grey  :-\
so for a smaller side project, im looking into something more colorfull, i dont know what to build yet, but im thinking of a helicopter in 1/72  ;D

more soon...
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on March 03, 2014, 06:09:28 pm
Could you just rob a cab from a toy truck ? We have dollar stores around here that have all sorts of cheap toys that could be 'whiffed'.

 :drink:
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on March 03, 2014, 06:11:14 pm
PS-I like the idea of the Madge. Look forward to seeing the kit being built...I'll have to ask my LHS if he can find one, I never even knew they existed until the other day !

 :tornado:
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on March 07, 2014, 01:01:40 pm
Blog Entry #63

ok, usually i post blogs somewhere in the weekend, but since my weekend gonna be pretty filled up, im gonna post one now.

no physical modeling activiy this week, but there has been a lot of research work for the lunar tank and i think i have a good final design.
no progress on the CF-105 this week either due to lack of time.
the Alpha Jet 4 is nearly finished and i ready to recieve paint.

tomorrow, no activity as im off to the openhouse at the local airport, there will be visits from various types of old & modern aircraft, from a Boeing Stearman/Kaydet and SA342 Gazelle, to a Sea King  :wub:
sundays also out due to a special reason.

and now, a personal note: im saying goodbye to the single life, as of yesterday i am now in a commited relationship  :thumbsup:
we met each other on a datingsite 2 weeks ago and started chatting everyday ever since, and we appear of have almost everything in common. yesterday was our first date, and we felt so good about each other that today we have started our relationship.
this will not change my modelbuilding abilities, as we have both agreed to continue doing the things we like and respect each others freedom. (yes, she's a keeper and we love each other very much). off course, we have both agreed not to rush into thing to quickly, as we want to get to know each other better. but let me tell you, i never thought love could feel this good  :wub:

ok, enough with the mushy stuff!  :rolleyes:

so, sunday im spending the day with my girlfriend, and perhaps sunday evening when i get back i might start work on the lunar tanks new cabin. the CF-105 might also  need some scratchbuilt parts for the cockpit.


more soon....
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Gondor on March 07, 2014, 02:11:00 pm
Congratulations with the relationship  :thumbsup:

As you said "committed" and that's what most of us should be the way we feel about our other half's, the best of luck with her.

Gondor
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on March 08, 2014, 01:23:03 am
Best of luck mate  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on March 17, 2014, 01:46:57 am
Blog Entry #64

there has been little progress on the bench this week, the Alpha Jet 4 is nearing completion, the lunar exploration tank and the CF-105 have no progress.

however, i have started a new smaller build this week, another 1/144 scale Alpha Jet, to be painted up in the colors of the New Flanders Air Force "Comets" Aerobatic team, in a yellow/black color scheme :mellow:

not much model time last week as i wanted to spend some time with my GF, but as i said before, i will not stop building models (and she doesnt want me to  :wub: ).

yesterday, i went to Wevelghem municipal Airport for the 2nd annual Bronco Fan Day, to see the Bronco Demo Team's newly restored OV-10B Bronco. compared to last year, the weather was nice and warm so the BBQ outside was great (compared to last year when it was freezing cold and snowy and the event was moved indoors). so expect pictures of that event later today  :thumbsup:

i might even start on some Bronco kits when the workbench clears up  :rolleyes:

more soon...
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on March 19, 2014, 02:10:04 pm
Congrats on the GF Nils ! Way to go buddy ! As a fan of your work, I'm glad you're not going to let your new relationship get in between you and your plastic....but I bet it's going to slow it down quite a bit !

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on March 24, 2014, 06:11:59 am
Blog Entry #65

finally clearing up the workbench, its been a busy week.
last week i had to go to Ghent for in infosession on my planned retraining course (Industrial Technical Drawing 2D/3D).
my first evaluation test is tomorrow in Brugges, but getting in is not as easy as i first thought, last week there were about 60 or 70 people at the infosession, while there are only 20 openings for the course (10 in Brugges and 10 in Antwerp), so my chances of succesfully getting in are roughly 7 to 1, but i like those odds  :rolleyes:. and since i already have some knowledge in the skills and field of work, i have a good advantage.

in terms of modeling, i just finished my "Comets" Alpha Jet and my Alpha Jet 4 is ready for decals, but ive made some big changes on this little 1/144 kit, including a Russian shielded nosewheel, and it kinda has that Russian-feel to it, so i might rename it as a Russian built trainer (thinking of naming it MIG-UT or Yak-150, or PZL I-25) a small ellementary jet trainer similar to the Macchi M311 (M345) and Fouga Magister.

next on the list is to get that Lunar exploration tank moving, as the project has been pretty much gathering dust lately and needt to be done by mid-april (BTS space GB). the CF-105 also needs to get moving, as so far, no progress has been made due to lack of time.

as said before, next in line are a 1/72 Beriev Be-6 (alt. WW2 luftwaffe), Sea King (RW Belgian commision build) and a 1/144 Boeing KC737 tactical tanker (decals under design, im thinking Belgian low-vis grey or Desert Pink (RAF in Iraq 2003))

decal designing is also underway for other future projects, such as alternate markings for a Tupolev Tu144D (thinking East-German Interflüg), 1/144 RNLAF Fokker-100 SOSTAR-X (or other ELINT platform), East-German army vehicle markings (future armour vehicles), NATO+OTAN markings for Airbus A340 or other aircraft,......

the sheets design is about 75% full, so i still have some space left for other planned decal designs still in the thinking-stage.

more soon....
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on March 25, 2014, 04:42:36 am
Out of those 6-70 at the info session, some might see that many applicants as a threat and drop out, increasing your adds again ! Plus your aformentioned training....you're a shoe-in  :thumbsup:

Still looking forward to seeing the Arrow but especially the Beriev. Would like to see some build pics of that one.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Rheged on March 25, 2014, 05:03:26 am
Congratulations with the relationship  :thumbsup:

As you said "committed" and that's what most of us should be the way we feel about our other half's, the best of luck with her.

Gondor

Best of luck from family Rheged too.    I've been with Madame Rheged for 28 years so far  and We both hope you manage the same or better!
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on March 31, 2014, 04:45:22 am
Blog Entry #66

i just finished the Alpha Jet 4 earlier this week allong with the "Comets" Alpha Jet, pictures will be up soon.
now most of the work will go to getting the Lunar tank project moving.
the CF-105 has no progress due to lack of time this week, but im gonna get it moving again in the next few days.
meanwhile, im putting the finishing touches on a secret project ive been working on for some time, pictures will be up tomorrow  :mellow:

weanwhile, the workbench is being prepared for the next projects (1/72 Belgian Seaking (commision build) and 1/72 Beriev Be-6 in luftwaffe markings, might start on another commisionbuild NH90-NFH to).
the 737 tanker has been put on hold till after the decal design stage. im also looking of taking some RW and whiff 1/144 projects in between.

meanwhile, last week i took my first of 3 tests (math and numbers) for my Industrial Technical drawing re-education course, and i recieved news that i have passed this test :thumbsup:
i have been invited for a motivational interview tomorrow morning (2nd test) and should know the results of that in about 2 weeks time.
my chances of getting in have improved from 7 to 1, to 4 to 1, but im not in yet. if tomorrow's interview went well, there's still a psycological test in 3 weeks time, but i think i already passed the hardest part, but i dont want to cry victory to soon.

meanwhile, last saturday i visited my GF's parrents, it went very well from what ive noticed  :thumbsup:


more soon....
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on March 31, 2014, 06:51:54 am
Well done mate, best of luck with the rest of the tests
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on April 02, 2014, 10:31:48 am
Blog Entry #66
meanwhile, last saturday i visited my GF's parrents, it went very well from what ive noticed  :thumbsup:

As in 'they didn't chase me out with a shotgun' ?

 :thumbsup:

Looking forward to seeing some pics. Which Sea King scheme are you building ?

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on April 02, 2014, 10:43:25 am
Blog Entry #66
meanwhile, last saturday i visited my GF's parrents, it went very well from what ive noticed  :thumbsup:
Looking forward to seeing some pics. Which Sea King scheme are you building ?

 :cheers:

im building them (2 or 3) in the green/sand camo with the orange/red nose & tail.
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on April 02, 2014, 10:50:18 am
Perfect. Your commission wants one of each ?

Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on April 07, 2014, 07:25:25 am
Blog Entry #67

Deu to a bad case of the flu, coupled a few days of laryngitis, i wasnt able to get any activity done this week  :-X
medication and antibiotics dont exactly help with my concentration. but i have been feeling better today, so i might get some work done.
im looking at starting on a small RW 1/144 Tornado GR1 or F-104S, just to get me motivated.
the CF-105 also needs to make some progress.
as for the Lunar Exploration Tank, i decided to exit the Space GB over on BTS and put the project on ice for a while.
it will gave me a chance to start on other more immediate projects, beginning with some Luft46 models  :thumbsup:

i have to start on Commision builds this week, the list at the moment stands on 2 NH90-NFH's and 2 SeaKing Mk.48's, for 3 customers.
however, these will likely be the last commision builds as i decided to put an end on incomming orders until the current orders are fullfilled.

furthermore, i have some bad news  :-\
in regards to my re-education in Industrial 2D and 3D drawing, last week i went for the 2nd test, the motivational interview.
it didnt went as good as i first thought, and apparently, im out :angry:

on one side, im dissapointed, but on another, im relieved. i gave it my best shot, no one can say i didnt try  :-\
now im gonna put some extra effort in getting work, witch is near to impossible in the current social-economic climate.
guess im gonna have to go to start competing against Eastern-European low-cost workforces (who work for 1/3 less then indigenous personel). its against my ethics, but at this point i dont have much choice, ive been at home for over a year, and boredom and frustration is destroying me.
but im gonna find some type of work, even if i have to kick-in doors, if needed.  :tank:

more soon....

Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on April 07, 2014, 07:27:23 am
Sorry to hear that Nils, but you have exactly the right attitude. Best of luck
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Dizzyfugu on April 07, 2014, 07:32:44 am
Be-6 in German markings sounds interesting... any updates about that?

I considered converting one into a FAA aircraft, but finally rejected the plan due to space issues.  ;)
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on April 14, 2014, 05:38:08 am
Blog Entry #68

been stuck in a rut this past week, as i just cant seem to find my mojo again  :-\
still grumbling about the failed tests, still all quiet on the job hunting front,....

i have had a lot of time this weekend (as the GF was out of town with her friends) to do some research, just to get me motivated again, starting with simple things, like reading up on Luft'46 and IJA/IJN'46 books, and thinking of future projects to build.
before getting busy on current projects, im gonna do some cleaning of the workbench. might even have to start on the big spring cleaning.
got a lot of things i want to store in boxes and get on the attic.

i have been getting in the mood to build some 1/144 kits, i might start with some RealWorld project, just to get my mojo back.
later this week im gonna look into getting some cardboard boxes to store long-term stash projects.
furthermore, stash additions will be kept to a minimum, as my financial situation is changing and i need to cut  a few things from the budget. so for now, no more "heat of the moment" buys  :-\

hoping things get better soon, more soon.....
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on April 14, 2014, 09:09:16 am
Sorry to hear about the test Nils, but as you said, maybe a good thing in the long run.

We have that going on here as well. TFWs, Temporary Foreign Workers. To fill in spots when there are too many jobs and not enough bodies to fill them. Problem is, able bodied CDNs are sat at home while TFWs are working. I wonder why ?

 :banghead: :banghead: :banghead:

As for modelling....144th sounds great !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on April 20, 2014, 10:30:50 am
Blog Entry #69

been a slow week, but i finally got around to some modelbuilding  ;D
ive just started with a Revell 1/144 F-15E Strike Eagle, witch im gonna build as a Realworld F-15D Eagle in USAFE 32TFS markings.
just to get my mojo warmed up  :mellow:
furthermore, ive been looking into some more decal designs for future projects, including the SABENA markings for the Airbus A350-900, Fokker F100 SOSTAR-X (operational Netherlands AF markings), RCAF CF-188E Super Hornet,..... i also need to start designing decals for the KC-737 tactical tanker, im also thinking of an A320 tanker/transport version (Belgian AF, inspired by the new A321 transport, maybe in combination with an F/A-18E).

ive put the 1/72 CF-105 on hold for a while, i will continue work on it occasionally. but first, i have to get a move on the commisioned builds. starting with a pair of Seakings and NH90's (the latter's decals are still in the design stage).

in terms of finding a job, all is quiet on the front for now (the financial crisis isnt making it any better). hope thing will get moving again after the national elections next month. but im keeping my hopes up, hoping something will pop up soon.


more next week.....
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on April 22, 2014, 07:25:18 pm
That's it ! This used to be my favourite blog....but with the Arrow on the shelf I'm going on strike ! Who's with me ? No more views or posts until the Arrow is back on the bench !

 :thumbsup:

What ? You're still doing a bunch of 144th and helicopters ? Ok, I'll come back......

 :cheers: :tornado:
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on April 27, 2014, 04:46:23 am
Blog Entry #70

smooth sailing on the bench at the moment, with a 1/144 F-15D Eagle (RW) nearing completion, should be done in a few days.
meanwhile, ive been thinking of my next projects, reviving the 1/72 CF-105 build as an "in-between" project.
another 1/144 project planned after the F-15 is a British FAA E-2C Hawkeye AEW.1 (to be based on the 1/144 HMS Courageous aircraft carrier).
im also thinking of delaying the Luft'46 Beriev Be-6 build until the CF-105 is finished, so i can spend some timeon the commisionbuild SeaKings (first 2, followed by the NH90's).

building the new Revell 1/144 F-15E kit (as an F-15D), i noticed this kit is a real gem, its fit is perfect, it goes together very easely and the level of detail is excellent  :thumbsup:
i still have 3 or 4 more of those kits in the stash, and i have various whiff versions planned. adding Thrust vectoring nozzles looks quite easy on this kit, combined with canards from the F-15S/MTD (F-18 tailplanes), i could build something to rival the Su-35/37, maybe in USAF or RAAF markings :lol:, another kit could become a Turkish AF F-15DT Anatolian Eagle.

meanwhile, in terms of decal designing, i just finished designing those for the new Belgian Airbus A321, and i made 2 sets, as to use one for a possible A320/321 tanker/transport version  ;D
as for the 1/144 KC-737 tactical tanker/transport planned, im thinking of a Belgian Air Force version, combined with an F/A-18E.
looking at the Airbus A340 in the stash (witch i had no use for) im now thinking of shortening the fuselage (and converting it to an A330-200) and build it as a RCAF KC-45 (CC-145T Ajax) multi-role Tanker/Transport.


more news, same time next week  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on April 28, 2014, 08:25:16 pm
Look forward to it ! I gotta get myself a few of those F-15 kits when I see them.

The Ajax sounds interesting....and it's also right in the Rat's backyard !


 :cheers:
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on May 04, 2014, 02:03:23 pm
Blog Entry #71

the workbench is on the move again, with 2 1/72 SeaKings under construction, and the CF-105 Arrow build being revived.
the F-15D was finished earlier this week, so thats one project done.

i was planning on building more today, but since my cat Rossi dies yesterday, i wasnt in the mood to build  :-\
so today i decided to go to a large swap meet in Brugges, just to get on the bike, get some air and to clear my mind.
afterwards i texted my GF and payed her a surprise visit, ended up spending most of my afternoon there with her and her 5 year-old niece.
we had fun, felt good to have a laugh and a giggle  <_<
my Birthday is coming up next weekend, she said she had a surprise for me, something Hobby related  ;)

if its going to be a new modelkit for the stash, then i know she really is the one  :lol:  :wub:

in terms of jobhunting, al quiet on the western front  :-\
ive had a call for an interview in another city last week, had to take a 2 hour bike and trainride to get there, but turned out to be nothing. as expected, they call you, say they have a job for you and once you get there, they dont  :angry:
ive told them a hundered times already, "if you dont have an job-opening for me, dont bother calling!"
not to get political, but the national elections are coming up in a few weeks, and im really hoping things will change for the better this time. (you wouldnt believe the absolutly absurd laws they past recently).

on a lighter note, later this week (weather permitting) im going to Koksijde AB to witness the arrival of Belgium's first NH90-NFH helicopter. and im really hoping to get some good pictures of the new machine  ;D


more next week....
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on May 04, 2014, 07:38:24 pm
Sorry to hear about your cat. Always sad to lose a pet like that....

Glad to hear the Sea Kings and Arrow are back on the go.

Sorry to hear about the job situation. That's gotta be tough, but you;ll get there eventually, and hangups like this just mean that the right job is still out there.

Glad to hear your're going out to Koksjide to see the chopper come in. Very cool !
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on May 12, 2014, 01:48:05 am
Blog Entry #72

little progress was made the past week, except some small works on the 2 SeaKings.
hoping to get the CF-105 moving agian, maybe today  :mellow:

ive been in the mood for some more building lately, perhaps i will start on some more 1/144 models, as i really want to revive my WW3 storybuild, witch has been stuck in writersblock for the past 6 months. im starting on some additional 1/144, 1/72 and 1/700's really soon.
as soon as the CF-105 Arrow is done, im gonna start on a luft'46 model soon, perhaps that PM 1/72 Ta.183 (i have a revell FW190 cockpit set aside for it  :mellow: ). im thinking of scratchbuilding some Air-to-Air missiles for that, might even build some more for a future Ho.229 night-fighter (i have a PM 1/72 2-seat Nightfighter in the stash).

last friday i went to Koksijde Air Base to witness the arrival of the first NH90-NFH for the local SAR unit. 4 of these will replace the last 3 SeaKing's and 3 Alouette III (destined to be retired by januari 2016).
many spotters from over the country came to witness the arrival of the first machine, witch will be presented to the press on Tuesday.
when i came home, ive seen myself on the 7 o'clock news, and the day after, i was in the papers (alongside my friends).
Friday on TV, and Saturday the 10th in the newspaper, great way to celebrate my 30th Birthday.

had my Birthday party last saturday  :party:
was a great day, nothing special, my GF came over for coffee and waffles, and she got me a little crystal airplane (a rael Swarovski (she didnt pay to much, as she said it was secondhand), she must really love me, like the way i love her :wub: ).
i really had a great time, and had a lot of fun with my family and friends  :cheers:


more next week.....
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on May 12, 2014, 07:01:17 am
Glad you enjoyed your birthday mate  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on May 13, 2014, 07:51:47 pm
Arrow ! Arrow ! Arrow !

 :thumbsup:

I'd like to see an NH-90 up close, and in the air ! Where's the pics ? I'll go look in Plane Spotting' in case there are some there.

Glad you had a nice birthday Nils ! You gonna whif the crystal plane ?

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on May 19, 2014, 04:08:19 am
Blog Entry #73

little to no progress on anything what so ever  :-\
had some personal things to do the past week so i had little time to do some modeling.

yesterday i went to Leopoldsburg for the Belgian Army opendoor, had a great time and got to see the new NH90-TTH in action  :mellow:
also got to see the aircraft up close on the ground, pictures to follow on a later date.

modelling wise, im decided im gonna continue with some decal designingfor future projects.
i have a 1/144 Tupolev Tu-144 in the stash that i was gonna convert into a supersonic bomber, but i decided to put that project on hold and build the Civilian version OOB, in a What If Livery. i decided to go for the East-german Interflug scheme.
im gonna start designing the decals later this afternoon.

i really want to get the bench moving again, so im gonna be looking into some current projects this week (1/72 SeaKings & CF105), and maybe start a new 1/144 one (thinking RW Tornado GR.1 in Desert Storm scheme), might even build a small extra 1/144 whiff in between, but i dont know what yet.

as for the planned Boeing 737 tactical tanker, ive been playing with the idea of adding a refueling boom to the tail, but i think the real 737 would not be able to be fitted with this system, concidering the small size and structural integrity of the airframe, so i guess im gonna have to stick with the 2 or 3-point HDU version. scratchbuilding a boom isnt that hard, all it takes is a bit of leftover sprue and plasticard.
the planned A330 based RCAF CC-145T Ajax will be fitted with a boom.


more next week....
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on May 19, 2014, 07:43:01 am
Looking forward to seeing that Ajax Nils !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on May 19, 2014, 08:09:02 am
Looking forward to seeing that Ajax Nils !

 :cheers:

i just finished designing the decals for it (and other projects), its printed out and  the first layer of sealant is currently drying.
i'll check again in 10 minutes, its its dry, im gonna apply a second coat  ;)
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on May 19, 2014, 01:31:02 pm
Sweet ! If they turn out maybe you can make a second set for a certain Canadian  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on May 24, 2014, 08:41:55 am
Deu to the National & EU elections in Belgium tomorrow, an early blogpost  ;)

Blog Entry #74.

im coming down with a bit of a bug the last few days, i was gonna go out with my GF this afternoon, but i wasnt feeling that good.
at least i now have some time to get some work done on the bench.

ive mostly been doing planning and decalmaking these past few days. but instead of making the usual 4 x 6inch sized decalsheets, i made an A4 sized one as it had more room for the larger projects.

decals were made for:

What If:
-1/144 Fokker F100 SOSTAR-X (RNLAF operational markings)
-1/144 KC-737 (Belgian AF, in Desert Pink and toned down roundels)
-1/144 CF-188E Super Hornet (RCAF)
-1/144 Airbus A350 (Sabena)
-1/144 Tupolev Tu-144 (Interflug)
-1/144 Airbus CC-145T Ajax (A330-MRTT in RCAF markings)

Real World:
-1/72 NH90-NFH (Belgian)
-1/144 Airbus A321 (Belgian AF, made 2 sets as one will go to an A320)
-1/144 Airbus A330-300 (Belgian AF)
-1/144 F-16A/C (USAFE, IDF/AF, Iron Eagle)

Misc:
-1/144 roundels for swiss F/A-18C/D
-1/72 DDR-NVA (East-German Army) vehicle roundels (for future vehicles/tanks)
-NATO-OTAN Fuselage markings (for planned ISR-aircraft, possibly A319/320 based)
-Various bort-numbers and names for ships.
-Helipad for future ship project.


as far as phisycal building goes, no progress.
im starting on some new project soon, so expect some pictures of those very soon  :mellow:
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on May 30, 2014, 05:14:40 am
Blog Entry #75

there has been some progress on the bench this week  :thumbsup:
i have just finished the first new model for the WW3 story build, a Sigint/Elint version of the Fokker 100.

also on the bench are 2 RW 1/144 F/A-18C/D (single- and 2-seater in Swiss markings), that are nearing completion, and 2 Whiff 1/144 F/A-18E's.
one is a Canadian CF-188E Super Hornet, the other is a Belgian AF F/A-18E (Boeing offered the SH to the BAF in March this year). these should be finished by next week.
no progress on the 1/72 CF-105 or SeaKings this week.

this weekend there will be no modelling activity as im going to be spending the weekend over at my GF's place in Assebroek (Brugges), with a trip to Blankenberge tomorrow for the harbourfestival. should be back home on sunday in the late afternoon.
expect some pictures of the many ships and the SeaKing (or NH90) helicopter when i get back :)
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on June 06, 2014, 08:17:50 am
Blog Entry #76

the bench is clearing up again, 2 1/144 F/A-18C/D's (Realworld Swiss AF) have been finished this week and im now about to start on 2 1/144 F/A-18E's, 1 Canadian and the other Belgian. might even add a 3rd one later in JMSDF markings.
 
since i dont have anything to do this weekend (GF's off to london with her friends) im gonna see if can get some work done on the CF-105  :mellow:
i also need to get those 2 SeaKings moving, or at least finish the interiors.

in terms of mental well being, ive been feeling kinda down lately  :-\
i had an interview a few days ago for a metal press operator, terms were good, but the next day i recieved the call that i have not been accepted.
the reason:.......... "been at home for to long"  :unsure:

ive heared a lot of dumb excuses for rejection in my days, but this one can fit up there with the top-5 of dumbest reasons (with No.1 for being a man (darn feminist b*tch!)). ive been at home, unemployed for 16 months now, i didnt ask for this and it surely didnt want this!
sometimes when i wake up, i wonder why i even bother getting out of bed  :-\
ive been at home for so long now, i dont even have a vision of work in my future anymore.
i havent heared from my employment office counciler in almost 3 months, im starting to think they forgotten me and abandon me.


but back on topic,

more modeling activity updates soon....
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on June 07, 2014, 05:42:38 am
Nils, friends of mine have had the "been at home for to long" excuse for not getting a job in the past. Now from experience of interviewing people I do know where they are coming from however unhelpful that may be.

The way to deal with it is to do some charitable work in order to get you back into the feel of the world of work. Now I don't know about Belgium but in the UK there are loads of ways of doing that. Employers tend to be quite impressed when they see that on your CV. Only needs to be a day or so a week and one person I know helped out in a local dogs home. took the dogs for a walk twice a week, loved it and it helped with his CV. Employers are strange like that.

Best of luck mate

Chris
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on June 13, 2014, 07:09:52 am
Blog Entry #77

this week, ive started on a side project, the upgrade and restoration of an old (and horrible) Airfix 1/144 F-16XL, build about 16 years ago.
using parts from the newer Revell 1/144 F-16C, ive managed to turn this turd of a kit, into a little gem  :mellow:
still need to do some finishing touches, and some decalwork, should be done soon.

as for the 2 1/144 F/A-18E's, i havent really started on them yet, due to lack of spare time this week.
as for this weekend, i wont be able to continue modelling until sunday evening, as my GF is coming over to spend the weekend here with me  :mellow:

im also been getting in the mood to make some Luft'46 themed builds.
thinking of starting off with a PM 1/72 Ta.183.
its quite a simple kit, having already build one before, but this one im going to build with upgraded parts,
including the cockpit from a revell 1/72 Fw190A, 2 or 4 scratchbuilt X-4 Missiles and a few more bits and bobs  :mellow:

in terms of work, the main unemployment office once agian sent me an invite (witch im forced to go to) for an infosession for a line of work im NOT qualified for. they already invited me for that same position 6 months ago, and that turned out to be a waste of time.
im affraid this one will be the same thing (it is for the same company (the railway) and for the same position). guess some people dont even bother to read your file/resumé, i starting to wonder why i even bother writing them.


more soon..........
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on June 19, 2014, 12:07:51 pm
Blog Entry #78

little progress this week, just finishing up the restoration of the old Airfix 1/144 F-16XL (ex-LS kit).
in the mean time, ive been preparing to start on the 2 1/144 F/A-18E's on the bench (Belgian and Canadian).
there might also be the start of the 1/72 Ta.183, but that will happening after the weekend (spending it @ my GF's place).

in terms of stash growth, i really needs to stop, as im starting to run out of storage space.
also, due to the turbulent financial situation im gonna have to start making cuts in the hobbybudget.
im gonna stop buying kits for a while, except for the more rare ones that intrest me.

me and my GF had also been planning to go on holiday this summer, but the prices they ask in nearby holiday resorts is ludacris,
its much cheaper to take a 4-night holiday to the Costa Del Sol, all in! but timing problems and previous engagements have thwoarted our plans, so were gonna start looking towards next years holiday  :mellow:

also, the summer is aproaching fast, with various weekend events  :mellow:
next weekend, im going to a Fly-In at Ursel Airfield, im expecting to see some WW2 vintage aircraft and RAF Tornado and Belgian F-16 fighters.
the weekend after that im going to the Belgian Navy Days, then 2 weeks later there's my Godsons baptism,......
looks like its going to be a busy but fun summer  :rolleyes:

of course there will always be time for modelmaking and other things  ;)


more next week, in the meantime, here's a picture of me and my GF, from our daytrip to the Blankenberge Seaside a few weeks ago  :mellow:

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn292/Nilssteyaert/misc/0032Kopie.jpg)
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on June 20, 2014, 07:13:24 am
I have very fond memories of Blankenberge from when I was there as an 13/14 year old. Still got loads of photos (slides) of the annual carnival. My first experience of Belgian beer. Dad let me have half a pint and I walked into the bar's door on the way out  ;D :drink:
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: PR19_Kit on June 20, 2014, 08:42:01 am
My first experience of Belgian beer. Dad let me have half a pint and I walked into the bar's door on the way out  ;D :drink:

Hehehe, the only time I ever tried Belgian beer, in Amsterdam, it triggered my asthma so badly that I ended up in hospital!  :o
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on June 27, 2014, 12:47:52 pm
Blog Entry #79

little to no progress, except for some research for future project, including Managuan AF F-18's and F-104G's. (from a Buck Danny Comic)
i havent had a chance to do any building this week, due to more important things, like getting some papers sortedn doing my taxes, going out with my GF,................

but, Jessica is out of town to a concert for the weekend with her friends, so this weekend is mancave weekend  ;D
i was planning to go out myself to a fly-in not to far from here, but it looks like bad weather has caused me to change those plans  :-\

im gonna look at getting some progress this weekend on the 2 1/144 Super Hornets, and maybe get some minor work done on the 2 1/72 Sea Kings.
reading those old and new Buck Danny comics (a Franco-Belgian counterpart to Biggles) has really jumpstarted my motivation.
many of those comics have some great WHIFF ideas, from simple alternate markings to original designs, from WW2 to present day.
info video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikixUccFGjc

meanwhie, ive also been looking throught the stash, to potential future projects, both RW and WHIFF.
i have a spare 1/144 F-14 and Tornado to mess arround with, to i might be able to do something with those.
in 1/72, that A400M box under the bed is looking tempting, so i might eventually start that one, as soon as the bench is clear of the SeaKings and NH90-NFH's  ;D


more soon..........
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on July 02, 2014, 07:16:58 pm
Finally caught up on the updates Nils !

Sorry to hear about the job situation. Having been on pogey ( the dole ) many times before I know how frustrating the Gov't can be in 'helping' you find a job !

Great pic of yourself and the GF....congrats bro.

Look forward to seeing some pics.

 :tornado:
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on July 04, 2014, 07:52:09 am
Blog Entry #80

there is movement on the bench this past week  :mellow:
and for this, i have a big photo-heavy update.

first up, a small project that took just a few days time, a little realworld.
the 1/144 Minicraft TBF-1 Avenger was in a very bad condition, build in my early modeling days about 16 years ago.
but it was in a repairable state, so after a few days work, it went from this:

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn292/Nilssteyaert/realworld%20models/1-144/002-6.jpg)

to this  :thumbsup:

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn292/Nilssteyaert/realworld%20models/1-144/001-9.jpg)

an older Airfix 1/144 F-16XL has also been repaired and refurbished, but the end results will be posted later in the WW3 storybuild thread.

meanwhile, work is also progressing on 2 1/144 F/A-18E Super Hornets.
below a picture of the models under assembly. Left is a Canadian CF-188E (with a hole drilled for a searchlight as on the current A-models), and on the right a Belgian Air Force F/A-18E.

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn292/Nilssteyaert/misc/001-3.jpg)

and here, an overview of the current projects workspace, also note the 2 commision-build 1/72 Sea Kings and 2 NH90-NFH.
work on the CF-105 is also planned to continue shortly. the SpaceShipTwo model is just there due to lack of storagespace, but im planning to build that one in the future as a Russian or Chinese Balistic Missile carrier/launcher.

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn292/Nilssteyaert/misc/002-4.jpg)


for the rest, i have no idea yet, but i might start on a new 1/72 project as soon as the CF-105 is finished.
as i said before that 1/72 PM Ta.183 is looking ideal, combines with some new parts and decals.
there's also a 1/72 Messershmitt P.1099b witch im planning to build in a stripped-down IJA/IJN torpedobomber.
there are alos plenty of 1/144 models waiting in line when the super hornets are finished.

this weekend, im going to Zeebrugges for the navy days, but that trip will depend on the weather witch doenst look very good this weekend  :-\
i really hope it will improve by sunday, i already missed the ursel Fly-in last week  due to bad weather and a UTI, im gonna be really pissed off if im going to have stay another weekend indoors  :angry:
there are already some great visitors in port there right now, including the Belgian Navy's new patrolboat the P901 "BNS Castor" (the first of 2, the second, P902 Pollux) is expected by yearend).
the Belgian AF its new NH90-NFH, and the USS Mount Whitney with a SH-60 Seahawk  :mellow:

i really want to go, i never gotten the chance to see the SH-60 version of the S-70 hawk, and the last time there was one here, i had the flu.


more next time........
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on July 10, 2014, 11:36:00 am
Blog Entry #81

things on the bench are moving allong smoothly, mostly because bad weather didnt permit me to go anywhere this week.
the 2 1/144 F/A-18E's are nearly finished. the paintwork on both is pretty much done, although the Belgian one still needs its wheels.
the armamment still needs to be done, but they should be done my the end of the week.

no progress on the 1/72 SeaKings or the CF-105, but i will try to work on these as soon as the super hornets are done.

to be honnest, ive been feeling kinda low these past few days, the unemployment situation is getting worse.
a few days ago, it was in the news that a marine-tool building company, where i used to work briefly after i graduated from high school, has closed down due to the recession and the unbeatable competition from Eastern and Chinese companies. i also went to another job interview today for a metal parts installer, but i failed to get the job as im affraid of heights (working on a 3-story high ladder wasnt in the job description).

things are going from bad to worse, every week there is at least one newspaper article from metalwork companies going out of bussines or moving East. im feeling really bad and i want to blame the gouverment for destroying the sector, but im starting to feel bad about myself, its now been 16 months since i was layed off, and nobody's hireing. im starting to feel like a loser, pretty worthless and pathetic right now.
yesterday i ran into an old collegue of mine, he started working at a company where i worked before the recession. he said he's gonna put in a good word for me, but i dont think it will work, as i already re-applied 6 months ago, but didnt got in.

im still hoping thing will get better, but im starting to lose hope fast.
i really want a job, just to have a reason to get out of bed in the morning.


but enough of the bad stuff, here's a couple of pictures of the 1/144 super hornets that are nearly finished.

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn292/Nilssteyaert/misc/001Kopie-2.jpg)

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn292/Nilssteyaert/misc/002Kopie-1.jpg)

Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on July 13, 2014, 05:00:01 am
Blog Entry #81b


just a small update of the previous entry :)

the first of 2 1/144 F/A-18E's (an RCAF CF-188E Super Hornet) is now completly finished, the second will be done a little later.
im gonna have little time for modelmaking in the next week, as in a few hours i will be off to stay at my girlfriend's place for a few days. were planning to go north of the border to Sluis (The Netherlands) for a daytrip, but i will see if there are any modelshops there :).

im gonna be offline until then, but i should be back on Tuesday. wednesday im going to Koksijde, for a presentation of Belgium's new NH90-NFH's to the public.
thursday will be a free day, might do some modelbuilding then, and friday my girlfriend is coming over to stay with me for a few days (till monday) and on sunday my cousin Joey (my godchild) is getting baptised.
so its gonna be a very busy week, but i hope to get the bench moving, even if its only for an hour.

i hope the enxt few days with Jess are gonna help me clear my mind, as its been a very depressing week (see previous blogpost).
i should have a new blog entry and pictures of the finished Super Hornets up on thursday.


until then, have a good week  :mellow:
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on July 15, 2014, 06:40:34 pm
Glad to hear ( and see ) things progressing Nils ! Look forward to seeing the CF-188E. The searchlight is a nice CDN touch !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on July 18, 2014, 05:15:24 am
Blog Entry #81


little to no progress this week, but i did a little bit of modelwork last night. it was hard to get some sleep in the heatwave currently over Belgium (temperature outside atm is 30 to 34°C). so just to pass the time, i got the decalswork on the bottom half of the 2nd 1/144 F/A-18E done. for the next few days, there wont be any work done modelwise. im curretnly cleaning up the workplace as Jessica is coming over to spend the weekend with me (and joining me at my cousin/godchild Joey's baptism on sunday).

modeling wise, im starting to look into more future projects.
im also gonna ad a RW airliner to my collection, a 1/144 Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner in Jetair Fly colors (i was next to the runway in Ostend at the delivery in december last year). yesterday i got the kit, and im currently waiting for the Skyline Decals sheet to be delivered, some time next week.

giving military aircraft a rest for a while, i decided to concentrate on Civil aircraft for a while, and im gonna start on a 1/144 Airbus A350-900 XWB next week, in Sabena markings. i made the decals for it myself, as the DACO/Skyline decals for 2000-era Sabena aircraft were no longer available (or become to expensive) and the 90's era decals are easy to make by myself (blue markings over an all-white color scheme). because the model is so large, and white paint is a real pain to apply by hand, im think im gonna spraypaint the whole thing. if i have to paint by hand, im gonna thin out the paint even more and workk in 2 or 3 layers, as im affraid the spraypaint is gonna chip off when i apply a clear-gloss layer for sealant.

for the Interflug Tu-144 im planning, thats gonna be a bit tricky, as a noticed the old 1/144 ICM mould revell released is a bit warped, so i might run into some trouble once i start on that one.

but for now, that worries for later  :mellow:
once the stash is clear of the larger boxes, i might get a 1/144 Concorde and make that one in Sabena markings  :mellow:
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on July 22, 2014, 11:03:47 am
Blog Entry #82

The bench is clearing up, i just finished building both 1/144 Super Hornets,
pictures can be seen here: http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,36704.msg645390.html#msg645390

preperations are now being made to start on the next projects.
the biggest one is the 1/144 Airbus A350-900XWB in SABENA markings.

in 1/72, im gonna get things moving on the 2 Sea Kings, and im also gonna get ready to start a new small project, A PM Model Ta.183.
i have already build one a few years ago, but this one will be mode detailed, including a cockpit (from a revell 1/72 Fw190A) and maybe some X4 missiles (made from 1/72 Mk.82 bombs and plasticard, might even look at 1/144 Mk.83/84 for conversion).

there's still more to follow, but for now, i need to get things moving that have been on the bench for some time now....
yesterday was July 21, the Belgian Independence Day, so it was the ideal time to finish my Belgian 1/144 F/A-18E (see link above).
as for the WW3 build, im gonna put in on hold for a while, until i can get the other projects on the bench moving  :mellow:

in the mean time (and this is for Captain Canada), enjoy this picture of the CF-188E Super Hornet  :thumbsup:

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn292/Nilssteyaert/what%20if/1-144/WW3%20Builds/005Kopie-1.jpg)
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on July 23, 2014, 06:07:38 am
Looks good mate  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on July 23, 2014, 07:24:24 am
What a beauty....looks perfect ! Love the markings Nils. Nice work !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on July 31, 2014, 10:22:01 am
Blog Entry #83


work on the bench is progressing nicely, the Airbus A350 is nearly finished, all i need to do is finish the engines.
should be done in a few days.
work is also expected to begin shortly on a PM Model 1/72 Ta.183 Hückebein.

i have no idea what the next project will be, might be naval ship, dont know yet.
anyways this weekend, weather permitting, im going to Koksijde for the first (possibly annual) Fly-In. and my girlfriend is coming with me.
i really hope the weather will improve, forecasts dont look to good. on the other side, im stuck with a bad summer cold that i just cant seem to get rid off  :-\

next week im taking my GF to the Zoo in Antwerp, havent been there since i was 5 and she really wants to go.
also next week, im off to the annual Wings & Wheels show in Ursel (only about an hour's drive from my GF's place by bus), so expect some stash additions from that  ;D
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on July 31, 2014, 06:20:57 pm
Sounds like a busy few weeks !

And go for a boat build....not enough of them around here !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on August 06, 2014, 01:21:19 pm
Blog Entry #84

the 1/144 Airbus A350-900 is now finished, the last bits of work have just been done tonight, should have pictures up sometime later this evening, or tomorrow afternoon.
next to start is the 1/72 PM Model Ta.183, with the A350 done, im nog gonna concentrate on this build and the 2 1/72 SeaKings.
there might be a smaller project in between, but i dont know what yet  :rolleyes:

there will be no building activity this weekend, as early-evening tomorrow im going to Brugges to spend the weekend over at Jessica's.
we were planning on going to visit the Antwerp Zoo on friday, but bad weather pretty much washed away that plan  :-\
on saturday its the annual Wings & Wheels in Ursel, and weather permitting, me and Jess are going to make a visit.
its gonna be her first time viting the event. last weekend we visited the first annual Fly-In in Koksijde, we had a great time.
here's one of Jess in front of the NA. T-6G Texan, more pictures to follow later  ;)

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn292/Nilssteyaert/misc/124Kopie.jpg)

its been a very busy week, chores wise, but i still managed to find the time to get some modelbuilding done.
next weekend, Jess wil be staying over, were planning on going to the sand-sculpures festival.
then the next few weekends are empty, so time enough to get some modelbuilding done  :mellow:

more soon.....



Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on August 12, 2014, 05:16:56 am
Blog Entry #85


work has begun on the PM Model 1/72nd Scale Ta.183 Hückebein. since the PM kit is tad basic, im gonna spruce it up a little bit  ;D
for starters im gonna add a more detailed cockpit, using a leftover revell FW190 cockpit from a previous build.
also, i started scratchbuilding some Rurhstahl X-4 missiles, using 4 Mk.82 bombs from an academy 1/72 OV-10A.
they've been shortened and fitted with plasticard fins, they will recieve some more details later, including the wire housings on 2 wingtips.

i have no idea what the color scheme will be, but im thinking underside grey with 2-tone green splinter camo on the top.
having already built a Ta.183 some time ago (in desert markings) i know that there are some inaccuracies with the kit, but im gonna see if i can improve this otherwise basic-looking kit.


i might start a smaller in-between project allong the line, im thinking either a 1/144 scale fighter aircraft or another 1/72 Luft46 model.
ive been doing some research on the German Kriegsmarine's aircraft carrier Graf Zeppelin, and i think i might build a navalised Fw190 or Flitzer. another '46 project down the line is a Messerschmitt P.1099 based torpedo bomber in IJN/IJA markings  ;D
im really getting into a '46 mood lately, and im also thinking of other ideas, including an Italian or Croatian B&V P.194  :mellow:
i also have another 1/72 Arado E.555 in my stash, and im thining all-metal scheme Amerika-bomber with an atomic bomb payload.

of course im also thinking of allied aircraft, including USAAC P-80's, B-35's, USN A-1 Skyraiders, RAF Bearcats,....
im also thinking of German V-1 equiped submarines (licence build I-400 Subs), Aircraft carriers,.....


more soon  :mellow:

PS: i recently got a Tablet (Samsung Tab4), so i can check on updates and make posts here while im at my GF's place :)
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on August 20, 2014, 10:55:03 am
Blog Entry #86


making good progress on the 1/72 Ta.183, with the paintwork almost done, and most parts assembled.
i decided to keep of the horrible PM rear wheels from the kit, and i replaced these with a pair from a Revell FW Flitzer, a perfect fit.

i dont know what im gonna build next, i might do some RW builds. have planty of kits in the stash to choose from.
i might build a few 1/144 Tornado IDS/ECR/GR1's. i might even build another Luft46 model.
still on the bench are 2 1/72 Sea Kings, i still have 2 more in the stash and im concidering building at least 1 Whiff version.

on the jobsearch front, the intensified search has given results, tomorrow i have an appointment at a company that makes radiators in Zedelgem, and i have another possible (urgent requirement) interview in the pipeline.

i havent had much time for modelling, due to various tasks both at home and elsewhere (at family/friends who needed an extra pair of hands), and the next few days is no different.
and to top it all off, the last 2 days i have been coping with a horrible toothache  :-\ and i fear its gonna cause problems in the next few days during job interviews. if its not the pain, its the drunk/high feeling of painkillers thats gonna cause problems.


more soon........
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on August 21, 2014, 05:55:13 am
Best of luck with the interview mate and the toothache
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on August 21, 2014, 10:26:47 am
Blog Entry #86b

after the interview this morning, ive got a phonecall for another one a bit closer to home, and it was a dayjob rather then 2 shifts.
it was as a CNC machine operator, i went to the interview, and it went great, I START TOMORROW  ;D
pay appears to be reasonable, so is the work, its a 5-day interim job (trials) with possibly a more permanent contract if the trialphase goes well.

after spending a year and a half in unemployment, it will be great to get back to work  :mellow:
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: darthspud on August 21, 2014, 10:52:33 am
 :thumbsup: :party:
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Gondor on August 21, 2014, 11:44:27 am
Congrats Nils  :party: :thumbsup:

Gondor
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on August 22, 2014, 07:12:58 am
Yup congratulations Nils  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: PR19_Kit on August 22, 2014, 10:14:54 am
Magic stuff Nils, that's REALLY good news!  :thumbsup:

Must be a huge relief for you.
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on August 28, 2014, 11:14:40 am
Blog Entry #87


bench is all quiet at the moment, after finishing the 1/72 Ta.183 earlier this week, all that on the bench right now are 2 1/72 Sea Kings (long-due commision builds). ive had little to no time this week to do some modelbuilding, mostly due to the fact im back at work.

ive been thinking about doing some Real World builds next and get those SeaKings built. as soon as those are done, i can start on the 2 commision build NH90-NFH's, and then, finally, that 1/72 scale Airbus A400M. the latter is gonna be a bit of a problem, mostly due to lack of shelfspace. with Revell now releasing a 1/144 version very soon, im thinking of putting that 1/72 version on the attic, atleast until i have more space again (or when me and my GF get a place of our own in a good year or so).

as for RW builds, im thinking of building 3 or 4 1/144 Tornado's, just to get the stash slimmed. curretn RW tornado plans are a Tornado GR.1 "Mig Eater" (Desert Storm), Tornado IDS "Marineflieger" (MFG1 markings) and a Tornado ECR "Tigermeet 2011". there might be room for another tornado, i still have a leftover Dragon/DML Tornado F.3 ADV in the stash. i also want to build an Italian AF F-104S some day soon.

of course im still thinking of building Whiffs, currently on the decal design plans are a Managuan AF F/A-18C (as seen in a Buck Danny comic book) and a Turkish Air Force F-15T Strike Eagle.
ive also been thinking on what to do with the smaller airliners i have in the stash, atm there are 1 Airbus A319, 2 A320's and a Boeing 737-800.
for the A319, im gonna build that as a New Flanders Air Force VIP aircraft, one A320 im thinking of building in Genovian Air Force markings and the other A320 might become either a tactical tanker aircraft or an Maretime patrol aircraft.
as for the Boeing 737-800, im thinking of keeping that one for an RW project  :mellow: or as a JSTARS replacement based on the P-8  ;D.


OTHER:

no modelbuilding plans this weekend, as im staying at my GF's place, but i am planning on visiting the Hobbytime model show in Blankenberge this weekend, so i might find some new stash additions  ;D


more soon....
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on September 02, 2014, 01:00:29 pm
Blog Entry #88


no activity this week, but i hope to get started on new stuff soon.
im curretnly making up a list of decals that needs to be designed for certain builds, in the whiff list there is the Turkish AF F-15 Strike Eagle, Managuan Air Force F/A-18C, Belgian Airbus A400M (1/144 version)...

last weekend at Hobbytime, i bought a mistercraft 1/72 F-84G Thunderjet, mostly cause it said it had Belgian decals inside, witch it hadnt and more then half the decals were missing :/
so i decided to put the aircraft in the "WW2 1946" to-do pile, and convert it into a P-84A/B (planning on getting a P-47M canopy to replace the kit's framed F-48G canopy).
as for color scheme, im thinking either bare-metal or olive top/grey underside in USAAF markings (based at Duxford, december 1946).
i really want to slim that '46 stash, but i regret i didnt buy that Brengun 1/72 C2 Wasserfal missile kit at hobbytime  :banghead:
but after reading a review of the boxing, its a good thing i didnt buy it, because 13 euro's for something that small, and with only 1 missile, seems kinda steep to me, i can scratchbuild them cheaper.

the East-German decals i got at the show, im planning to use those on a number of 1/72 projects, including a DDR-LSK Mig-37 Ferret and Mi-28 Havoc  :mellow:
looking at that 1/144 P-38J Lighning i bought, im still thingking of painting it in either Euro-green, or bare-metal in red bull markings (RW). the revell 1/144 EE Lighning i got there is going to be built OOB in RSAF markings, although im also thinking of going RW RAF (as the kit is to rare to be whiffed, but i will be building a 1/72 lighning whiff in the future).

but first, i think im gonna start with a RW Tornado GR.1 in desert storm markings (Mig Eater).




more soon....

Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on September 02, 2014, 03:58:45 pm
Congrats on the job Nils....hope it went well !

PS-Arrow ?

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on September 05, 2014, 09:52:51 am
Congrats on the job Nils....hope it went well !

PS-Arrow ?

 :thumbsup:

Thanks, the job is only a temporary contract, it was expected to end yesterday, but the contract has been extended to wednesday.
after 16 months at home, it feels good to get some work, even if it was only temporary.

as for the Arrow, its still on ice, but i plan to get going at it again soon. im planning on adding some external weapons, maybe some AIM-9B's and AIM-7 Sparrows  :mellow:
as for the color scheme, im planning on changing it from SEA-camo to 2-tone bare metal  :mellow:
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on September 08, 2014, 01:07:04 pm
Blog Entry #89


no physical activity on the work bench this last week, but i have been busy in terms on designing the next batch of decals, first came RW project ive been needing to do for some time, a Belgian Police SA330 Puma in 1/144 scale.

in terms of whiffing, i finally settled on a next project  ;D
in front of me, i have a Zvezda 1/72 Mil Mi-28A Havoc, and a TOM 1/72 East-German decalset.

decals: http://www.scalemates.com/products/product.php?id=191401

im thinking the DDR-NVA would have ordered these somewhere in 2014/15 to replace its ageing Mi-24 Hind-D's and Hind-F's at some point.
as for camo, im thinking the sand & light olive camo with underside light grey, just like the Hinds.
the original plan was to have a Ka-50 in these markings, but  think an Mi-28 would be better and more plausible.

staying in a German mood, ive also been looking at other projects i started some time ago, such as a West-German Army EC-145 (as a SAR UH-1D replacement) and the Belgian CF-105 Arrow. these builds might be revived very soon.


Job wise, everything is going smoothly, but all good things must come to an end, tommorrow or wednesday will be my last day there, it was expected as it was only a temporary intermjob. but at least i had some work done, and after 18 months at home it felt good to finally have a reason to get out of bed in the morning. but i will be looking out for something more permanent now. i dont really like short-term interms jobs, as they dont really get me out of the unemployment situation and dont give any real jobsecurity. sure i heve work, but after a few weeks or months im out of a job again. but for now, it really got me motivated to go jobhunting again, this time with a bit more experience under my belt.


more soon........
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on September 08, 2014, 01:22:20 pm
Good stuff Nils. I know it's a pain going from job-to-job, but as you say, every little bit of experince will help !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on September 09, 2014, 09:17:34 am
Good stuff Nils. I know it's a pain going from job-to-job, but as you say, every little bit of experince will help !

 :cheers:

i know, but there is some conselation, the chances are the contract might be extended again  :mellow:
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on September 15, 2014, 09:36:10 am
Blog Entry #90


been stuck at home last thursday, after my interim contract ended, with a case of a stomach flu  :-\
i was planning on going to the Belgian Air Force Days last saturday, but that flu put that plan down the drain (including the money i payed for the tickets  :angry: ).

so as i said, the interim job ended, they decided to let me go. but as i went to pick up my stuff, the boss couldnt help but make a smart alleck comment on my unemployment situation ("you like staying at home, dont you?"). he's lucky i kept my cool, and i didnt smack his head onto his desk!  :angry:

and if things werent bad enough, my GF's stuck at home this week with a overstrained muscle in her back, quite painfull from what i heared, gonna try and visit her tomorrow to see how she's doing  :-\
the only good news i heared today, is that im getting a gennerous tax refund  ;D


but anyway, back to the bench  :rolleyes:

the 1/72 Mil Mi-28 is making good progress, the main assembly is completed and ready for painting. i still need to put together the weaponsload. im going for the light tan/green East-German Hind-E camo, with GDR markings.
the 1/72 CF-105 is also back in the game, should look into that one later tonight.

there's also a new stashload expected to arrive in the next 2 days, including revell's new 1/144 Airbus A400M (might get a second one on a later date). im gonna start on the 1/72 version very soon, as soon as the bench is clear of the current projects + the Sea Kings & NH90's.
im also planning on a What-If Belgian Air Force SeaKing, an upgraded Mk.48A, as there were plans in the 90's to aquire a 6th machine (would have possibly been an Ex-RAF HAR.3, modified to the same Mk48 standard).
might put it in a all-green land forced camo, or a splintered version of the standard tan/green camo with red nose & tail, or a special anniversary paintjob.

as for 1/144, i have a few realworld and what-ifs in line. i still have an extra A320, so i might make that into a French MPA aircraft to replace the Dassault Atlantique II's.


more soon.....
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on September 23, 2014, 04:16:00 am
Blog Entry #91


i just finished refurbishing an old Revell 1/144 NH90, i still have a second one on the shelf that can use a similar repair and upgrade job  :mellow:
work on the 1/72 Mi-28 is also progressing at a good pace, should be finished shortly.
meanwhile, im going to take a look at designing some decals for future projects, including 1/144 Belgian AF A400M, Belgian Police Sa330 Puma (RW), Turkish AF F-15TK Strike Eagle, Managuan AF F/A-18C, Argentine Navy F4U Corsair (RW),.....
in 1/72, i still need to look what projects need decals  :-\

as for future projects, i really (desperatly) need to finish those 1/72 Sea Kings so i have room for other projects.
im thinking of stopping building aircraft for a while, and start building some of the ships i have here in the stash.

as for stash, the number of kits here is starting to spiral out of control, i might need to start thinking about selling some of them.
i am going to get some more big cardboard boxes and store another number of long term projects on the attic.
this afternoon or early evening, im gonna take a look in the current stash and see what to build next and what to store (or sell).

after the successfull tests od Revells paint remover, im gonna use the product on all aircraft curretnly in line to be restored/repaired.
i got an old Academy 1/144 F-111 Aardvark that really needs a repair, and im thinking of repainting it into a RAAF aircraft (RW).


more soon....
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on September 23, 2014, 05:24:47 am
Some more of your ships would be nice to see Nils !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on September 30, 2014, 11:37:49 am
Blog Entry #92


not much activity on the bench the past week due to personal and more important things (such as jobhunting) and the same goes for the next few days.
but there has been some activity in terms of restoration of some older builds.
on the restorationline are a 1/144 F-111F and a pair of 1/144 Eurofighter Typhoons. the F-111 will be realworld, while the Typhoons will be whiffs, most likely including a West-Ukraine Air Force version. as for the other typhoon, i dont know yet, might go with Malta or Scotland (flying ex-RAF tranche 1 aircraft)

there are also plans on future newbuild whiff typhoons, including an RAF desert pink version (single seater with Storm Shadow missiles).
as for 1/72, i havent had much time to continue on the Mi-28 and CF-105, but work is going to resume soon, possibly over the weekend.
there are so many builds planned, but so little space on the bench & shelves  :-\
the next few days i have to much on the to-do list that i have very little time for modeling work.
first, im gonna look into getting those SeaKings and that Mi-28 done as fast as possible, so i can begin on new projects.


more soon......
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on September 30, 2014, 08:38:31 pm
Look forward to seeing the refurbs. Those little Typhoon kits are beautiful !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on October 06, 2014, 12:56:28 pm
Blog Entry #93


Paintwork on the Mil Mi-28 is almost done, the camo has been applied, all thats left to paint is the underside (very light blue) and the various antennae. after that its applying a coat of gloss-clear (for smooth decal surface) and a few more bits and bobs.

ive been looking into the stash for future projects, ive got 5 1/144 Eurofighter Typhoons (2 single- and 3 twin seaters) 3 of witch im going to build RW OOB, 2 others (2 twin-seaters) will be whiffs (i bought them for the Taurus and Storm Shadow weapons), im thinking a Desert Storm version and the other is yet to be determined. ive got 2 pre-build blank typhoons on the sideline, im thinking Western Ukraine and maybe a Slovakian AF fighter.

in 1/144, there are also 3 real world Tornado's (a Desert Storm GR1, a tigermeet ECR and a German Navy version) waiting in line.
also an  Italian F-104S-ASA.
still looking at the 1/72 range, im also going to look into continuing the Belgian CF-105 Arrow. a Belgian Spitfire Mk.1 is also on the line (changing from spares sourced decals to those from Airfix's early Hurricane Mk.1).

there's a also that pair of 1/72 SeaKings that need to get done, preferably sooner then later  :-\
these are 2 commision builds and they really take up a lot of space on the workbench, might put those on the high-priority list.


on a personal note:

Jobhunting is not going as planned, my new counciler asked me to send out sollicitation letters to 10 different local metal companies in 1 week, witch is impossible as there arent even that many in the whole province anymore. they are either all in financial debt, going out of bussiness or moving to Eastern-Europe. im lucky to have found 4 or 5 so far  :-\
the man is out of his mind, this isnt 1985 anymore, when you had hundereds of metal companies in the region.


more soon....
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on October 11, 2014, 12:28:45 am
EXTRA NEWSFLASH

as of yesterday afternoon, i have become an uncle for the 5th time  :party:
my younger brother's girlfriend gave birth to they're second child, Lucas.

im going to visit them at the hospital this afternoon,
after the Belgian Modelers membersday (witch is only 5 minutes away from the hospital)  :mellow:
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on October 11, 2014, 06:59:18 am
Well done mate, especially combing two things at once  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on October 11, 2014, 07:08:45 am
Congrats Uncle Nils !

I don't think I've ever seen the 2 seat 144th scale bird...I'll have to ask my LHS guy. Love that little kit.

Now, on with the Sea King and on with the Arrow !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on October 12, 2014, 08:49:13 am
Blog Entry #94

work on the East-German Mil Mi-28 Havoc is nearing the end. decals have been applied, sealed and paintwork on the rotors and weapons has begun. as for other projects, work is about to continue on the 1/72 CF-105 Arrow as soon as the Havoc's done.

tonight, im gonna look into making some progress on those 2 1/72 SeaKings, the fact they they are gathering dust and take up most of the workspace is starting to get on my nerves, i really want to start on other projects.

today, i was sorting out the stash, and i must admit that its starting to get out of hand. most of the stash are luft46 models.
sorting them out, i put IJA and IJN decals in 1/72 Me.1099 and Me262 boxes, and marked them as short-term projects. i dont have any Japanese WW2 aircraft on the shelves yet, and would be a welcome change from all the Allied and Luftwaffe '46 models.

as for 1/144 models, im planning on starting on some realworld models soon, just to slim the stash a bit. as soon as i have some bigger boxes, im gonna start moving some kits in the back of the closet onto the attic.

and as ai noted yesterday, ave become an uncle for the 5th time yesterday, as my younger brother and his girlfriend welcomed they're second son into the world, Lucas  :party:



more soon......
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on October 12, 2014, 09:18:22 am
Stash out of hand ? Never !

Looking forward to the Arrow and Sea Things.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on October 20, 2014, 10:51:54 am
Blog Entry #95

little to no updates since the last entry, but i have mostly been doing some research into future projects.
i have 4 1/144 revell F-16C waiting in the stash, but ive been wanting to update 2 of these to Block 52+ standard.
ive been looking into ordering some sets of Retrokit 1/144 CFT's (Conformal Fuel Tanks) for these little falcons, but the payment options on the retrokit website put a stop to that plan (to complicated), so now im gonna look into getting some of those CFT's in retail.

the 4 F-16's will be built in Israeli (standard F-16C), Polish (Block 50/52), USAF and "Iron Eagle" markings.
there might be the additional Block 50+ (or block 60) in the future, maybe in Indian Air Force version  :mellow:
at last weeks belgian modelersforum membersday, i managed to buy a revell 1/144 Mig-31 Foxhound, but looks more like a Mig-25.
im gonna try to convert it into a more accurate version of the Mig-31 with a new undercarriage, weapon pylons,...

of course there are still the usual what-if models, down the line im gonna look into starting on an Area 88 F-14 Tomcat.
im also looking into converting a trumpeter 1/144 Su-27 into an Su-35S. im also looking into building 2 upgraded variants of the Su-47 Firkin. the first is a Chinese J-18 Firkin-B (a license build copy of the Su-47K Naval Firkin) and the Su-47S Firkin-D (improved version of the older Su-47 with TVC engines, no canards,...)

so, im still busy making (and writing down) new ideas  :mellow:


more soon....
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on October 21, 2014, 06:09:18 pm
The Mig-25 to -31 conversion sounds interesting ! There were a few great photo articles in Combat Aircraft this past year.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on October 27, 2014, 02:22:28 pm
Blog Entry #96


the 1/72 CF-105 is now finished, after sitting on the workbench for months its finally done  :thumbsup:
build thread: http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,38498.msg656941.html#new

next up, is the real world 1/72 SeaKing Mk.48's. the long-due commision builds have to get finished as they just take p to much space on the bench.
as an in-between project, im gonna look into some realworld builds in 1/144, might take up an F-104S-ASA or Tornado GR.1/IDS.
of course there are still what-if projects in line, including some RAF/IJN/USAAF/Luft'46 models and some next-generation fighters/helicopters in 1/72 and 1/144.

ive been feeling a bit under the weather lately, after going out this morning, i got hit in the gut by a stomach flu  :-X
i really hope i will feel better tomorrow, as there were a number of foreign gouverment aircraft expected at the local airport (including Algerian Gulfstream, Luftwaffe A319, Slovakian Yak-40,..)
as for jobhunting, im gonna try to visit some interm offices aswell tomorrow, see if they have any openings.


more soon........
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on November 03, 2014, 11:16:07 am
Blog Entry #97


its been a very moving week since the last blog-entry. but before that, the bench update.
after the CF-105 was finished, there were no other whiff projects made.
hoawever, over the weekend, i opened up a small kit to get me motivated, after watching the movie "Blue Tornado", i got in the mood to build some long due RW kits, so i started with a  Revell 1/144 F-104G Starfighter, that i converted to an Italian AF F-104S ASA-M, a simple conversion, nothing fancy  :mellow:

but now, im getting really tired of boring old grey, and want to build something with a little more color, so next in line in the RW list are 4 Panavia Tornado's: an RAF Desert Storm GR.1, A Marineflieger IDS, a german Tigermeet ECR and an RAF F.3.
might take on a Heller A-10 Thunderbolt after that, crossing it with the better decals from the Revell box, so the Revell A-10 might be a future Whiff (French maybe?).

as for WHIFF's, in 1/144 im looking to make decals for an F-104G and F/A-18A in Managuan AF markings (from a Buck Danny comic).
ive also designed decals for a Turkish AF F-15T Strike Eagle.
i also recently got a Revell 1/72 Twin Otter, im thinking a Belgian Navy floatplane version for SAR  ;D

as i said before, its been a moving week. a few days ago, my godson, Joey (1 year old next week) had to go to hospital with a a intestants (hope i spelled it right) problem. and last night, my other brother had to take his second son, Lucas (3 weeks old) to hospital with a serious illness, hope the little guys gets better soon.
and last but not least, after a few days of not eating, drinking and struggling to breathe, our cat Oscar was put to sleep. we couldt stand to see him suffer any longer :(

i really hope things get better, the kids get better, i get a job soon.... because this past week has been really depressing.
ive been at home for ove a year and a half now and its driving me insane of boredom. i can hardly find the mood or motivation to modelbuild anymore. i had a job interview last week for a temporary opening, hope to get news on that in the next few days.
tomorrow im going to Brugges to see if i cant find anything there. im really trying tostay positive, but it gets harder and harder  :-\


more soon.....
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: kerick on November 03, 2014, 06:15:36 pm
I know how you feel my friend. I was out of work for quite a long time and it really gets a person down. If you have the time try volunteering for something. It gets you out of the house and you might be able to network yourself into a paying position.
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on November 04, 2014, 06:55:21 am
Hope everything gets better for you mate
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: zenrat on November 05, 2014, 01:52:31 am
Yeah, good luck Nils.  I know what it's like being out of work.
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: McColm on November 07, 2014, 05:05:29 am
I know what's that's like. Sent off my security license renewal documents but my license has expired before they have been processed. The security company that I work for won't pay me any leave either until the authorities start processing it. Could be a couple of weeks.
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on November 07, 2014, 07:56:33 am
Best wished Nils.

The Twin Otter sounds interesting !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on November 08, 2014, 02:01:28 am
since i wont be able to make a blogpost on monday, im gonna post one early  :mellow:


Blog Entry #98

the bench is moving again, at this moment, there are 2 RW 1/144 builds on the move, a pair of RAF Tornado's (a GR.1 and an F.3).
the 2 other Tornado's (Luftwaffe tigermeet'11 and Marineflieger) im gonna bild on a later date.
also there is 1 Whiff on the line aswell, im almost finished refurbishing an old revell 1/144 F-5E Tiger II, and its painted as Shin Kazama's Tiger from the old Area 88 anime :mellow:
also on the waiting list is another Area 88 aircraft, an F-14A Tomcat, flown by Mickey Simon. i also have a spare A-10A and Harriers in the stash, might make those in Area 88 colors aswell  ;D
also in 1/144, there is still an old F-111 awaiting decals, im curretnly looking into making some Australian ones.

there are more WHIFFs on the horizon, as im planning on building a Fleet Air Arm E-2C Hawkeye EAW.1 forthe long overdue HMS Couragious Aircraft carrier, allong with a pair of Sea Tornado FGR.2's (navalised GR.1's).

as for 1/72, im still looking into that, i have a 1/72 EC-145 thats been gathering dust on the sidelines, i was going to build it as a Luftwaffe/Heersflieger SAR helicopter, but since Germany is now actually going to operate the type, i think im gonna build it in French or British markings (Gazelle replacement).

on a personal note, things are getting better. ive got another job interview next week and my little nephews are getting better  :mellow:


more soon........
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on November 08, 2014, 06:05:35 am
Love all the small sacle stuff Nils. Look forward to seeing the F.3. Have not seen that kit in 144th scale.

Good luck with the interview as well buddy !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on November 11, 2014, 07:20:03 am
,on a personal note, things are getting better. ive got another job interview next week and my little nephews are getting better  :mellow:


more soon........

Glad to hear that mate
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on November 17, 2014, 10:43:07 am
Blog Entry #99


there has been little to no progress this last week, im still working on a 1/144 Dragon Tornado F.3 (realworld), im gonna start on the GR1 a little later.
i had little time to model as i have shifed my priorities to jobhunting.

this week, i will have little time to model aswell, as all week, the military is holding large scale exersises in the city,
today the troops arrived on the beaches and airport and have established a forward operating base in the harbour.
also, the Belgian Air Force has detached 4 C-130H's aircraft to the local airport this week, ive seen the fly over here in pairs many times today.

tomorrow i hope to see some helicopters aswell, most likely they will be Belgian Agusta A-109BA Hirundo's, but who knows, maybe they will have an NH90-TTH flying allongside, our air force got the last of 4 TTH versions last week  :mellow:


i course, there will be some modelingwork this week, even if it is only minor work, or even decal designing  :mellow:


more soon.....

Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on November 17, 2014, 10:53:16 am
Exciting times with all that military action going on around you ! Lucky you !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on November 23, 2014, 03:35:34 am
Blog Entry #100  :party:


2 years since i first started making almost weekly blog entries, and now we come at update number 100.
so lets get you up to date with the latest modelling news from this end  ;)

im curretnly putting the finishing touches on the 1/144 Tornado F.3, should be finished tomorrow.
im also preparing for the next RW project, also 1/144, a Tornado GR1 "MIG Eater", using the revell GR1 kit with the decals from the Academy GR1 box (witch is only good as a cheap source for decals and Sea Eagle missiles).

as for what if, i should start on an 1/144 Area88 F-14 Tomcat soon.

as for future projects, im thinking or reviving my 737-800 tactical tanker idea (KC-40 Icarus), im thinking of getting another Minicraft 1/144 KC-97G kit as a rource for conversion parts (and use the kit aircraft as an airliner whiff). looking at the boom of the already aquired kit, conversion should not be that hard (and i know a spot in Brugges that still has an old KC-97 on the cheap that been lying arround for over a decade).

looking at the other kits on the stash, ive taking another look at the 2 1/144 Airbus A320's and i think i know what to do with them.
one might become a Belgian Air Force transport aircraft, the other im thinking of the old RAF transport command scheme (white/grey with blue flash), as used on the DH Comet C.4 and the Bristol Britannia C.1 and others.
another kit in the stash thats looking tempting, is the White Knight II and SpaceShip II, im thinking either NASA or RAF Space Command markings (equiped with ASAT missiles).
 
as for today, little to no modeling activity, i have to go to a birthday party/baby shower this afternoon (my nephew Jayden is turning 3 today and the baby shower is for his little brother, Lucas (1 month old)).
until then, im just gonna do some cleaning up of the bench, i can hardly find anything on it anymore  :-\


more soon........
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on December 03, 2014, 01:31:12 pm
Blog Entry #101


im a little late with this blog entry, my girlfriend spent the weekend here and stayed until teusday (busdrivers were on strike on monday).
but here's an update on the bench  ;)

things are moving slowly, i did managed to get some work done on the seats for one of the 2 SeaKings im building, im also repainting 3 1/144 Mig-29K's in Russian Navy markings as a side project.

also, a very old Minicraft 1/144 Lancaster that i was about to throw away is gonne be repaired, so far i just got the paint stripped, but the propellors were damaged beyond repair, so i wil have to replace those. also the gun turret on its back was broken, but i was gonna remove it anyway as it was to foggy from the excesive glue use back in the day. kinda looks like a Mk.III or B.Mk.1 Special (if i cut open the bomb bays). as for the lost propellors, im thinking of replacing them with those salvaged from Revell's Miniwings (from 1/144 Spitfires or Hurricanes).

ive also been thinking of looking at the Luft'46 stash agian, might pick out a kit to build, i already got my eyes set on the 1/72 Do335 Pfeil.
also got a Japanese torpedobomber version of the Me P.1099 in the planning stage (R2Y alternative).
 

on a private not, being home now for the past 21 months with hardly any work found, and the metal industry in Belgium pretty much dead or going down, im re-concidering changing my field of work. as you read an earlier post in march, i tried it by registering for a CAD/CAM designer course, but i failed the entry interview due to bad crittics. now im gonna try again in a different field. i have no idea what yet as i have been working in Metal since i got out of high school almost 10 years ago, and not having my drivers license (yet) pretty much limits my options. might have to make that last one top priority.

i have a feeling im gonna come down with a depression, i havent been feeling myself lately and the last couple of days im having trouble sleeping and lay awake restless, being worried about my future. luckily i have my parrents and my girlfriend morraly supporting me on my way to find a job.


more soon.........
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on December 04, 2014, 06:07:27 am
Nils if you feel you may get depression then go and talk to your doctor. Believe me it is the best thing you can do.
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on December 05, 2014, 05:55:21 am
Sounds good. Look forward to seeing the Tornados. I love those wee kits !

As for the airliner whif, another Sabena bird ? A Stratoliner would look great in those colours and has that big fat fuselage for a nice speedbird or somat.

And keep up with the Sea Kings, you know you want too !

As for depression, don't forget excercise. You're young, get out there and bike, run, walk, climb, lift weights etc. Motion does the body good and gets the blood flowing to the 'happy' parts of the brain !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on December 08, 2014, 04:33:49 am
Blog Entry #102


little activity on the bench the past week, but there are a lot of 1/144 projects in various stages of completion.
mostly refurbished old models, some new.

-3 x MIG-29K (ex-New Flanders Navy aircraft, currently being repainted in Russian Navy colors, 2 single- and 1 twin-seater)
-HH-60 Blackhawk (previously a prototype for SeaHawk conversion, now a Blackhawk again, to be painted in Royal Navy FAA colors)
-MH-60K Seahawk (first of 2, converted from Dragon SH-60F, in New Flanders Navy markings, the second one is unknown)
-F-111F Aardark (refurbished old Minicraft kit, awaiting decals, USAF or RAAF)
-Avro Lancaster (old Minicraft kit, undergoing restoration, many parts to be replaced)

i have another old 1/144 S-70B Seahawk (converted from a Blackhawk) that im going to strip the paint off soon, im thinking of repainted it in either Belgian Navy or Polish Navy colors.

as for 1/72, the 2 SeaKings are making progress, but its very slow, mostly the building and painting of the interiour takes time  :-\
im hoping to get those finished and out the door soon, so i can start on the 2 NH90-NFH's (also commisioned builds)
once the current 1/144 projects are done, im gonna look into starting building some new ones, i have a need for some Soviet/Russian types on the shelves at the moment, might have to start on a Mig-31 or Mig-25 soon (Real World) alos got a couple of Mig-23, Su-22, Su-27, Su-34, Su-47 and Mig-1.44 to start on soon, perhaps even a Tu-95 Bear-D. i have been in kind of a Soviet mood lately  :thumbsup:

as for Whiffs, im looking into revaming my WW3 storybuild, thats why im currently working on something big, witch include those 3 repainted 1/144 MIG-29K's. also on the "kit-buy" list are (in 1/144) Rafale-M, Rafale-B, Su-27UB/Su-30, Another J-20, EA-18G Growler,...and (in 1/72) A129 Mangusta, Ka-52, Su-47,...
of course all of this will depend on what my modeling budget will be after the holidays, as i already had to cut back this year on stash additions.

for today, im doing "Stash Inventory Management", in other words, seeing to stock some more long-term build in boxes and put them in the attic to make room for more.


i unemployment news, i still have no idea in what area to re-train in, as i noted earlier, finding work in the metal sector in Belgium is almost impossible, and im not willing to travel/move to the other side of the country just for that. i have a good life and good friends here and im not gonna leave that for a dead end job on the other side of Belgium, so ive beenlooking at what fields i can re-school in, ive been looking at offering from Adult Education courses, long-term unemployed courses and even night schools, but so far, i have found nothing that really intrests me, i have to meet with my guidance counseler on Thursday to make my desision, but its very hard to make choice and i need more time to do so.

i have been working in metal-production since i graduated 9 years ago, and i have taken additional courses to specialize myself in the field of CNC machinery (Turning and Milling), to suddenly change to a different line of work is a real culture shock, but i have been at home for almost 2 years now, and im not gonna be stuck here for god knows how much longer. i need to do something, even it its just for a reason to get out of bed in the morning. as i noted in the last blog entry, i think im on the brink of a depression. i have spent the weekend over at my girlfriend and her parents house, witch to me was a welcome change of scenery, even if it was just to get my mind of the stress.

this week its gonna be more busy the usual, jobhunting, visisting my guidance counseler, the weekly wednesday employment meetings, christmas shopping, chores at home.....


more soon...
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: McColm on December 09, 2014, 04:29:31 am
Have you thought of seasonal work, you might have to swallow your pride and take up a mundane job but at least its something?
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on December 09, 2014, 06:12:27 am
Take what you already know about metals, and start thinking about minerals and the rocks from which they came, and become a geologist or somat. Still lots of jobs in the oil patch. Travel, adventure, money. And if you find yourself offshore, lots of boats and helicopters !

Looking forward to seeing some Sea King pics too.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: zenrat on December 09, 2014, 10:13:36 pm
When I was made redundant and thinking about a change of direction I identified that the two areas which are expanding are Occupational Health & Safety and Age Care.
Have you thought about OH&S?  It's mostly common sense with the application of simple techniques.  The trick is to remain realistic and not get carried away with the power, The Power, THE POWER! HAH HAH HAARRGGGH HAAAAARRRRGGGGHHHHHH cough cough splutter choke.

Sorry, about that.  I'm cooking marmalade and I think the sugar fumes went to my head.
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: PR19_Kit on December 10, 2014, 01:12:55 am
Have you thought about OH&S?  It's mostly common sense with the application of simple techniques.  The trick is to remain realistic and not get carried away with the power, The Power, THE POWER! HAH HAH HAARRGGGH HAAAAARRRRGGGGHHHHHH cough cough splutter choke

Sadly many practitioners of the 'art' do exactly that and morph into mini-Hitlers!
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Rheged on December 10, 2014, 06:12:23 am
Have you thought about OH&S?  It's mostly common sense with the application of simple techniques.  The trick is to remain realistic and not get carried away with the power, The Power, THE POWER! HAH HAH HAARRGGGH HAAAAARRRRGGGGHHHHHH cough cough splutter choke

Sadly many practitioners of the 'art' do exactly that and morph into mini-Hitlers!

Yes, I've met a few of them too.  The regulations themselves are usually quite reasonable, it's the way that the H&S commissars apply them that needs attention.   Speaking of which, Zenrat, keep your head down about the marmalade fumes or one of them will have your breakfast comestible classed as a prohibited substance---------and you'll probably find Paddington Bear and his mates all "preserve sniffing" outside your kitchen window.
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on December 14, 2014, 10:11:34 am
Blog Entry #103

little movement on the bench this week, i had very little time to do any modeling work at all.
but i am making progress on some of the current 1/144 projects, the MH-60R SeaHawk's almost finished, the 3 Mig-29K's are still in need of the final camo patches before decals can be applied, and the 1/72 SeaKings are also making more slow progress, but things will speed up once the interiour is done.

looking at near future projects, im currently looking at a 1/72 Hobbyboss Dornier Do335 Pfeil, looks like a simple kit, few parts, good detail, might start on it once the workbench clears up. on the other hand, ive been in a Soviet mood lately, and im thinking of taking in some 1/144 RW Russian models in between, might have a look at the old Revell Tu-95 Bear-D, witch has been in the stash for almost 4 to 5 years now, might have a go at that. might take up a few 1/144 Mig's and Sukhoi's as an escort  :mellow:

i didnt have much time to get anything done this week, mostly due to jobhunting, job interviews, christmas shopping,...
since were so close to the holidays, i dont think anyone will be hiring at this moment, so i might get some work done.
next weekend, im helping my sister move to her new house closer to here, so no modeling then. also, no modelbuilding the week after since i will be spending christmas with my Girlfriend and her family (she will spend newyears eve here, with my family).

also, yesterday, me and Jessica went to the travel agency in town to book our first holiday together, so on the weekend of my 31st birthday in may, were going to ...........Disneyland, Paris  ;D


more soon, comrades...........
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on December 15, 2014, 08:48:57 am
Sounds good. Enjoy your family time over the Holidays !

 :drink:
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on December 22, 2014, 03:18:57 am
Blog Entry #104


thought i would post one more blog entry before the holidays  :mellow:

on the bench at the moment, just started, is a 1/144 Revell F-14A Tomcat, this will be a what if version, from the anime/comic Area 88, flown by Mickey Simon. decals have been sourced from another Revell kit (Black Tomcat, for the Playboy Bunny logo).
so im gonna try to get some progress today, but its not gonna be done this week.

also earlier this week, i finished another project, a 1/144 Sukhoi Su-47 Berkut, a revell kit, build OOB with RW markings.
ive been sorking through the stash and i found a pair of Trumpeter 1/144 J-7II's witch i have no idea what to do with.
but im thinking of building one as an Area 88 enemy Mig-21, would go nicely with the earlier built F-5E and the WIP F-14A.

looking at the number of Soviet Aircraft in the stash, im hoping to start on a pair of 1/72 scale Mig-37 Ferrets in the new year.
one will likely be a Soviet/Russian fighter, as for the other, im thinking either Czech, East German or Polish AF. also on the projects list is a 1/72 Mig-1.44 (to be built as an operational Mig-39). im thinking either a Heavy Interceptor (MIG-31 replacement) or a ground attack version (using an ICM 1/72 Russian weapons set). im also planning on getting a 1/72 Su-47 Firkin.

the majority of these project will be part of the WW3 story build i have going for some time now.
there are still a lot of western aircraft on the list aswell, including a Belgian F-35A, EC665 Tiger and EC635, German SAR EC645, and lots of 1/72 and 1/144 5th generation aircraft, helicopters, ships,....

as for now, those projects will have to wait until 2015, as for now, im planning on spending the holidays with family and friends.


there will be a new update next week, but until then:

HAPPY HOLIDAYS (http://www.hiddenobjectfun.com/wp-content/thumbs/custom/B/big-santa-find-numbers.png)
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on December 22, 2014, 06:25:02 am
All the best to you as well Nils  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on December 28, 2014, 03:47:01 am
Blog Entry #105


alright then, the last Blog entry of 2014  :mellow:

no progress this past week due to the holidays, and i dont think there will be anymore finished models for 2014  :-\
still in progress on the bench is a 1/144 scale F-14A Tomcat, to be in Area 88 markings.

im also gonna start on decal designing for a new project for 2015, a Managuan Air Force F/A-18C Hornet, from the Comic book, "Buck Danny: Battle over the Mountains". this will be an entry from the Buck Danny Group Build over on the Dutch modelbuilders forum.
the scale will be 1/144, although im concidering upping it to 1/72  ;D

here's a pic of the project:

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn292/Nilssteyaert/misc/F18C-Managua.jpg)


other projects currently on the drawing board are a 1/144 Mig-21 from Area 88 (using a trumpeter J-7II kit) and the 2 1/72 SeaKings.
meanwhile, i decided to cancel my 1/144 Belgian AF Airbus A320, and use the decals on a Zvezda A321 (kit announced for 2015).
this means i now have 2 A320's for Whiff projects, im thinking of building one in new SABENA markings, similar to the Airbus A350 i built earlier this year (see here (http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,38213.15.html))
as for the second one, im thinking of a A320-MPA version for the French Aeronavale, as a replacement for the Dassault Atlantique II.
although i could go for a NATO SIGINT platform aswell  ;D
but im thinking of painting in vintage RAF Air Support Command markings with the Grey/White/Blue scheme.

also on the projects list is a 1/144 Airbus A400M in Belgian Air Force markings, A CC-145T tanker aircraft (Canadian A330-MRTT), Interflug Tu-144,.......but thats for later in 2015.

of course there are 1/72 projects aswell, such as a Mig-39 Flatpack in Russian AF service, A GDR Mig-37 Ferret, a Beriev Be-6 in Luft'46 markings (due since 2013), belgian A400M (Due since 2013),.......
so there are plenty of ideas to chose from  :mellow:


the holidays went by pretty good, Christmas eve at Jessica's place was nice, Christmas was a tad low key, since her mother had a case of the flu and couldnt eat much. but we had a good time.

Jess got me a very nice christmas gift, a Revell 1/72 F-4F Phantom "Pharewell" and a 1/144 Tornado ECR "Tigermeet 2011".
if course i was very happy with her gift, and she was with her's aswell (got her a nice silver/blue stone necklace).
some day im gonna propose to her, as a wise man said "Any girl/woman who gives you modelkits for Christmas is the one you're gonna marry." but not yeet, we've only been together 10 months, maybe an idea for next Christmas  :wub:

newyears eve is coming up this week, im gonna be spending it at home with my family and Jessica  :mellow:
as for new years resolutions, at the moment i only have 2.
1. get a new job, 2. get my drivers license.

until then: Happy Newyears, everyone  :drink: :party: :cheers:


more soon......
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on December 28, 2014, 07:03:27 am
Cool cartoon. Lots of action going on down on the ground !

Glad to hear you got some plastic. I never do anymore. If only. I love fondling that stuff on Christmas morn !

I'd also like to file a complaint. All this ramble and not a single mention of the Arrow or your Sea Kings ? What up with that ? lol

Happy Holidays Nils. See you next year !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on December 28, 2014, 09:13:35 am
I'd also like to file a complaint. All this ramble and not a single mention of the Arrow or your Sea Kings ? What up with that ? lol

the Arrow was finished 2 months ago

http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,38498.15.html
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on December 28, 2014, 09:29:50 am
LOL and upon re-reading the whole thread I see you still have the Sea Kings on the drawing board.  :blink:
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on January 03, 2015, 04:09:15 am
Blog Entry #106

first new entry for 2015, so lets get down to bussiness  :mellow:

the 1/144 F-14A is moving again, starting with the tail sections, witch still need an tip of yellow and decals.
should start on the cockpit later today aswell.

meanwhile, i also started on a 1/144 Airbus A319 in New Flanders Air Force markings, but i had some problems with the second layer of white this morning, as as soon as i applied it, it started crisp and peel off, so i had to strip it off and start over  :angry:

as a change of pace, ive started work on a new ship, a 1/144 New Flanders navy Corvette, using a hull from an airfix 1/72 E-100 Shnellboot i got on the cheap and a scratchbuilt top contruction of my own design, witch will include a helicopter deck. i already salveged a gun turret from a scrapped Revell 1/132ish USS Defiance gunboat. (the remains will be converted to an unarmed Belgian coastguard vessel).

as for the 2 Airbus A320's i have in the stash, witch will be built on a later date, i have decided to paint one in a new SABENA color scheme, the other will be painted in RAF Air Support Command markings.
at the moment, im currently designing decals for the 1/144 F/A-18C in Managuan Air Force colors.

no progress on the 1/72 SeaKings in the past week.

in 1/72, im gonna start on a new next-gen project as soon as the bench clears up, im thinking of a Mig-1.44 in Air-To-Ground configuration and/or a MIG-37 in GDR and VVS markings.
although for the Mig-37, im planning on closing up one of the weapons bays (witch are way to small for my taste) and cut out 2 new larger ones to accomodate a pair of KAB-500 Laser guided bombs or a pair of R-77 Adders.


more soon.........
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on January 03, 2015, 08:26:54 am
Sounds good Nils, especially the ships and the ground attack Mig. 1.44.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on January 12, 2015, 07:21:20 am
Blog Entry #107


the Bench is starting to clear up, i just finished an Area 88 1/144 F-14A Tomcat (Revell), expect pictures later today  :mellow:
meanwhile also on the bench is a revell 1/144 P-51B Mustang, that was converted to a P-51D, the result isnt that good, but good enough for a 99 cents kit  :-\ still need a paintjob for it, dont know what markings yet.

no progress on the SeaKings  :-\

with the bench now clearing up, i might start ona Real World 1/144 Mig-31 Foxhound, got a Revell kit in the stash, but the aircraft needs some serious work to make it correct, especially the landing gear, witch appears to that of a Mig-25  :unsure:
there's also numerous modifications needed to make it look like a Mig-31, the landing gear is gonna be the hardest part, trying to find replacement parts that fit, and wheels big and flat enough to fit on them, its not gonna be easy  ;)

also on the "soon to start" pile are a 1/144 scale F/A-18C (revell) and Su-27 (trumpeter).
the F/A-18 will be painted in managuan Air Force markings for a Buck Danny Comic Book GB over on the Dutch modelers forum.
as for the Su-27, i have 2 kits, one will be built OOB, with Russian AF markings, the other will be converted to an Su-35S (possibly Russian AF). im hoping to get a pair of 2-seaters soon (Trumpeter Su-27UB and Su-30MKK).

as for the larger projects, in 1/72 im still looking into building a Russian version of the Shorts Tucano, and a more advanced version of the Mig-37 Ferret. research in both subjects is nearly done. for the tucano im thinking Russian rocket pods and a pair of AA-8 Aphid AAM's, and the aircraft painted in desert camoflage with lightgrey or lightblue underside  :mellow:
as for the Mig-37, im thinking either 3-tone slinter camo, or 80's Grey/green camo like on the Mig-29A.


more soon........
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on January 12, 2015, 09:50:10 am
You had my interest until I got to the Sea King part lol. When did Revell release the wee Mustang ? Can't say as I've ever seen or heard of a 144th scale Mustang before now.

No word on any of your ship projects ?

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on January 12, 2015, 11:02:08 am
on the Naval front, Cap, all is quiet, but, im gonna look into that soon.

the revell mustang is part of theyre "micro wings" series, they are not the best out there though,
the moulds date back to the 1970's and the fit is way to far from perfect  :-\

but they do make a good source for whiffs or spare parts, i got 4 hawker typhoons, just for the propellors to fix an old Lancaster  ;D
i might cut off the Sabre Napier engines for another project  ;)
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on January 12, 2015, 11:34:10 am
I like that idea Nils ! A 4-engined Napier Sabre engined Lanc ! In 144th scale, of course  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on January 19, 2015, 04:24:57 am
Blog Entry #108


on the bench at the moment is a realworld Revell 1/144 Mig-31 Foxhound, undergoing some corrective surgery and upgrade.
changes include reshaping of the inert intake walls, new landing gear, fitting of airbrakes, new tailplanes,...

on the whiff line, there is a 1/144 F-22A Raptor all ready and painted up (for WW3 story build), but i dont know what markings to apply yet.
it used to be in New Flanders Air Force markings, but i torn those off and now im looking to a new operator. i was thinking Saudi Arabia, but looking at the current situation, im thinking of re-equiping them with Russian/Chinese aircraft, im thinking Su-35 or Su-47 and J-20.
also, in the WW3 build, im curretnly looking at the YF-23 as a JSF alternative, i can easely get the trumpeter 1/144 version and im thinking of painting that in Dutch, Italian, USAF,....versions. in the same dark color scheme as the F-35A with lighter grey/metallic panel lines.
using the low-vis dutch decals from italeri's F-35A (witch look a bit to small for my liking, wish they at least added serials to the UK, AMI, RNLAF and BAF decal options  :-\ )

im thinking taking in some 1/72 models in between to, i got some ideas figured out for the Mig-37 and Mig-39 (Mig-1.44)
this weekend i also got a 1/72 Italeri Kamov Ka-52 Alligator, im thinking Czech Army or Saudi Army. ive also got plans for the Ka-58 stealth helicopter :)

im still looking into some naval models aswell, im gonna look into continueing the building of the 1/144 Corvette, there's also plans for a 1/144 frigate in the future, as im planning to scrap my old westkerke-class frigate and use the hull to build a new main assembly for a new and better frigate design. also got plenty of old ship-hulls to convert into 1/144 patrol boats and LHD's.


more soon........
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on January 19, 2015, 05:01:57 am
I like the idea of the Saudis switching to Russian stuff. And who knows ?

Look forward to seeing some pictoral updates. I love 14th scale stuff, as well as the naval builds.

 :cheers:

Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on January 25, 2015, 08:38:05 am
Blog Entry #109


lots of work on the bench at the moment. but no real progress this last week due to more urgent personal matters.

on the bench are:

Quote
1/144
-Mig 31 Foxhound (realworld 80% done)
-F-22A Raptor (awaiting decals)
-P-51D Mustang (awaiting paint/decals)
-USS Defiance (old 1/131 revell kit, undergoing restoration and conversion to a Belgian Coastguard ship)
-SH-60 Seahawk (old one being converted to a Fleet Air Arm/Special Forces Blackhawk HC.4).
-Flandria-Class Corvette (NVMS Artevelde, New Flanders Navy)

1/72
-2 x Seaking Mk.48 (realword, more then 8 months behind shedule)
-2 x NH90-NFH (to start as soon as the SeaKings are done)


on the drawing board are 2 x 1/72 Mig-37 Ferrets (with updates), a ground pounding Mig-39 (mig-1.44) and many more.
also on the drawing board are some more 1/144 models, including various Sukhoi Flanker Variants (Su-27, 27UB, 30, 34 & 35) and a couple of YF-23's. but i havent worked out all the specs and further details yet, so the YF-23's and a mayority of the flankers are blank-tails at the moment, but im thinking of building a Khemed Air Force version for the Su-35S Flanker. i got some more Su-47's in the 1/144 stash, i might make one in a Royal Saudi Air Force version.
also there are plans for an F-15S/MTD Active Eagle in USAF colors, im thinking low-vis grey and light-grey markings, like the F-35.
if course not all aircraft are going to be boring grey, as im also planning on adding some more colorfull Russian Aircraft in the mix.

as for the planned 2 Airbus A320's, the one in RAF Air Support Command markings is still on, but thesecond one in Sabena markings, im thinking of changing into either a Small Tactical Tanker or a Maretime Patrol aircraft. im still working out the details on a tanker version of the Boeing 737-800, and im thinking an Iraqi Air Force version would be nice, to refuel the F-16C and Mirage 2000's (ex-UAE), im even thinking of adding some ex-USAF F-15D/E's in the mix.

i wont have much time to build in the next few days, as im currently overbooked, got a job interview on monday and thursday and on teusday and wednesday i have to be in town on follow-up interviews in an employment consulting office. im gonna try to get something done in the evening, but i havent been feeling to well the last few days and i think im coming down with something, might be a flu.
havent done anything the past few days as my girlfriend Jessica came over for the weekend. for tonight, i might get back to work on the Mig-31, and clear up the bench this week.

more soon, until then, here are a couple of pictures from the bench at the moment.  :mellow:


(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn292/Nilssteyaert/misc/001-4.jpg)

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn292/Nilssteyaert/misc/002-6.jpg)
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on January 25, 2015, 05:15:48 pm
Yup. That's a busy bench !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on January 26, 2015, 06:55:32 am
Best of luck with the interviews Nils  :thumbsup:

Hope you don't get the flu. Apparently it's a particularly nasty strain this year
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on January 31, 2015, 03:47:26 am
Blog Entry #110


dispite having very little time to model this week, i have managed to get a few things done :)
i just finished some decal designs for various projects, but i have cancelled my plans for a new Sabena Airbus A320 and used the free space on the decal design to add a few more projects, including an Afghan Antonov AN-2 (someone requested decals for this, as he's building a Back Danny AN-2 over on the dutch forum and asked for my help in making decals).
on the freed up space, i made some additional future project, including for my personal F-20 Tigershark from "Ace Combat Infinity" in 1/72 scale.

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn292/Nilssteyaert/misc/004.jpg)

i also made additional decals for some modern Area 88 aircraft (such as Shin Kazama's F-16C or Gripen, Mickey Simons F-15C maybe).
among other projects, there are also designs for a 1/144 Belgian Airbus A400M, 1/144 RAF Airbus A320 C.1, Turkish F-15T Strike Eagle,....


in terms of physical builds, the 1/144 MIG-31 is nearing completion, i just need to add weapons and decals.
im also making progress again on the 2 1/72 SeaKings, with the interiour of the first one almost done.

this week im gonna look at freeing up some shelf space, as im running out of space for 1/72 builds and the larger 1/144 models.
im also gonna start doing some stash sorting again this week, maybe even fill another box for attic storage (gotta remember to set some mouse/rat poison near those boxes, as i heared there might be rodents up there).

in terms of job hunting, its been quite a busy week, monday i had to have an interview to work in a new pottery factory (witch was a complete and total bust and i didnt agree with the reason for rejection, being more experienced in operating machinery then with hands-on work)
on teusday i had a meeting with my employment consultant, wednesday i had an interview for a CNC machine operator at a former employer and thursday i had a job interview at a factory that makes frozen meals.
so yes, there is some progress in terms of jobhunting, 1 was a bust, 2nd one will be a fail 9 out of 10 times and the third one is a slim chance (i used to work there as an intern 5 years ago for a few random days, until i started my CNC re-education course). but seeing as there were 40 applicants for 3 openings, the odds dont look that good.

but im hanging in there, and hope to have more succes as i hope to find something in the (hopefully near) future. its been 2 years that im stuck at home unemployed, and its very hard to find work when most companies in this age of economic crisis are either going bankrupt, hiring cheap eastern-european workforces or are moving to low-cost countries in the east  :-\
these days finding a job is like looking for a needle in a haystack :(


more soon......
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on January 31, 2015, 05:24:48 am
Keep at it Nils, you'll get something eventually
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on January 31, 2015, 03:57:30 pm
Ya it's a mixed up world out there Nils. In another few decades there will be nothing but rich people and unemployed people. Oh, and another world war..... :banghead:

But politics aside, keep at 'er, I'm sure somat will come up !

Glad to hear the Sea Kings are moving. Funny you brought up Ace Combat. I used to love those games and was just thinking about getting back in to it !

 :cheers: :tornado:
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Zombolt on February 01, 2015, 11:57:42 am
Blog Entry #110



on the freed up space, i made some additional future project, including for my personal F-20 Tigershark from "Ace Combat Infinity" in 1/72 scale.


I play a bit of ACI(Running free) If you want tot play sometime, it be nice to play with people not from ES every so when.
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on February 05, 2015, 04:49:44 am
Blog Entry #111


since i  wont be available for the next 2 weekends, im gonna post my blog updates a bit earlier.

a bit of progress on the bench these past few days, the 1/144 Mig-31 has been put on the side for a while, as im not in the mood to finish it right now. a have started work on a new 1/72 model for the Floaty/Ship/Naval GB over on BTS.
the project is an old Revell 1/72 Beriev Be-6 "Madge" kit, to be built in a Luftwaffe'46 scheme as a Blohm & Voss BV.240 flying boat (as a replacement for the Do-18 and He-115). i was originaly thinking of making a French Navy DHC-6 twin Otter, but i wanted to go a bit bigger.
i have other plans for the twin otter in the future.

as for what i have on the drawing board, as soon as the decals are printed out, im gonna start on a 1/144 F/A-18C in managuan markings.
i also have 4 1/144 Revell Hawker Typhoons on the side to be used to refurbish an old minicraft Lancaster, mostly for its props and engines.

another Luft'46 project in the development stage is a civilian one for a change. looking at the Hobbycraft 1/48 Ar234 i got some time ago, im thining of converting it into a 1/72 jet airliner in lufthansa markings. i just need redesign the nose/cockpit section, otherwise conversion wont be that hard, new shorter landing gear, drilling out windows, replacing the 2 1/48 engines with 4 1/72 versions (from scrapped 1/72 Me262's, needs little modification) cut out a door,......

there are also various other projects in the thinktank, but i havent yet figured out the details.
some of them include 1/144 F/A-18F Super Hornets in various markings, Chinese Su-47's, Netherlands Navy E-2C hawkeye.....
there's also a number or RW 1/144 projects in line, including various F-16's and Su-27/35/30 Flankers.
in 1/72, there is still the Russian Tucano COIN aircraft, Mig-37's and various Russian and Western aircraft/helicopters.


more soon............
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on February 05, 2015, 07:12:27 pm
Be interesting to see what you end up doing with the Twotter.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on February 11, 2015, 11:18:30 am
Blog Entry #112


Another early blogpost since i wont have time to post one tomorrow.

the bench was moving very slowly the past week. the 1/72 BV.240 was progressing slowly, the main assemblies were done last week and today, the wings recieved a first layer of underwing grey paint.
no progress on the 1/144 models, but i might look at finishing them some time next week.

for the past few days ive been doing mostly research, i didnt have much time to get things done, so no progress on the naval builds or the SeaKings. after revisiting the Wunderwaffen comic books and the Luft'46 books, ive been thinking of building some 1946 related goods.
im thinking of the Blohm & Voss P.194's (2 in the stash) as Ju-87 repacements, one in luftwaffe markings OOB and the second one im thinking in Italian colors. am also looking into building a ground attack version of the FW Flitzer (with a MK114 cannon offset under the fuselage) but i cant seem to find any images of the MK114 cannon. a carrier-based version is also on the drawing board.

im also revisiting the idea of a 1/72 Messerschmitt P.1099 (Me.362) in IJN markings as a carrier based torpedo bomber.
and lets not forget allied aircraft, such as the USAAF P-84A Thunderjet, P-86 Sabre and DeHavilland Vampires  :mellow:
there's also a lot coming in 1/144 modern equipment.

the next few days there will be little to no activity due to the Valentines weekend. i wont be online because me and my girlfriend are spending the weekend at the seaside  :mellow:
should be back on monday afternoon.

in terms of jobhunting, nothing new except the same old rejections.
today, i applied for a job as a handyman at a hotel, the hours are OK, pay is decent, but there are a few legal/union issues that are making me concider rejecting the job (issues, regarding working on holidays, no double pay for working on sundays ans holidays, witch the law states i should have). its also a 6-day (40+ hour) week, it would be to much of a burden on my social life and my relationship.
im holding on, but i hope to find something soon, as i just dont know how much more i can take in terms of rejection and lack of job openings!

Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on February 11, 2015, 07:55:48 pm
Not too many jobs out there that aren't 40+ hours a week these days.....and then some ! I'd say go for it, but the legal issues might be a sticking point.

The '46 Allied stuff sounds interesting, but it would be nice if you'd get those Sea Kings going. Aren't there any deadlines on your commission ?

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on February 12, 2015, 07:07:42 am
Yup sometimes it's better to take a job when you've been out of work for a long time so you get used to working again. Also prospective employers can look more kindly on you.

However people should not use the current European employment situation to break the law or expect you to help them in doing so.

Best of luck anyway and have a cracking weekend  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on February 20, 2015, 12:35:16 pm
Blog Entry #113


very little progress on the bench this past week, the BV.240 got its primer on, no progress on any of the other projects.
the 1/144 Mig-31 is still on hold, the Seakings have seen very little attention this past week, and there are various reasons.

first off, my girlfriend was staying over till monday, coming back from our valentines weekend at the seaside.
second, i havent been feeling very well the past few days, being stuck at home with a nasty cold  :-\

a fair warning, the next part of this entry might get a bit dark  :-\


i have not been feeling like myself these past few days, one thing was the cold i have for the past few days, second is the innability to find a job. as i have said before, its been 2 years i have been stuck at home, and things are not getting any better, in fact, they only are getting worse.

today i have recieved a phonecall from my counceler, stating that i might be getting into problems if i dont find something soon, i might even lose my benefits, and thats all i have left now (even though i dont like it).
i am in a dark place right now, and im scared, its like how hard i try, its never hard enough. no matter what i do, its never good enough.
the last few days i have been alone with my thoughts, im starting to have a feeling of worthlessness, under-apreciation, no one to talk to.
im starting to think that the people who are supposed to help me out of this mess are turning against me, over the past few sessions with my unemployment consultants, i have a feeling that they are not listening to me, are not reading my file and are not paying any attention to my skills. they keep offering me these job aplications for work im not qualified to do or dont have the knowledge to do. i feel like my other tallents are being ignored. i get a feeling like the whole world is against me.

there was a time that i saw my future was bright, now i wonder if i even have a future, because everytime i get somewhere in my life, there are always people to break me down and ruin my future plans, im to affraid to dream anymore!
luckily i have my girlfriend who i can talk to, at least she is the only one who listens.

i had that same feeling 1.5 years ago, before christmas, where i just couldnt take it anymore, where something inside me snapped.
now im getting that horrible feeling again, and im affraid im not only gonna hurt myself, but also the ones i care about.


im sorry you had to read this, just needed to get this off my chest!
im really hoping thing will get better soon, or i might have to bring out the big guns and force them go give me the jobs i want!

if the whole world is against me, then its me against the whole world, come at me!!!


more soon........
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on February 21, 2015, 05:43:56 am
Nils. Make an appointment and see your doctor. Don't just let it creep up on you. I speak from experience, a long, long time ago, but I was somewhere near where you are. Maybe not as down but I was getting there.

Chris
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on February 21, 2015, 06:57:15 am
thanks for the advise Narses, im gonna do exactly that.

this morning things got a whole lot worse, i felt like i really hit rock bottom and had a nervous breakdown, so im planning to make an appointment at a psychologists office on monday.
im not gonna be online much for the next few days, as i still need to puzzle myself back together.
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: DogfighterZen on February 21, 2015, 09:06:05 am
Hey there, hope you're feeling better. Don't know if you have any idea of the work situation in Portugal but i can tell you, it's bad. Before i found my current job, i was also unemployed for almost 2 years, i was about to lose my benefits, living with my parents at their house, had to sell my car and on top of that, my girlfriend dumped me... I was about to crack when the social security sent me a bill of 660€ to pay and my unemployed benefits were 350... All i had going, very slowly btw, was my band. And even that was in danger cause i didn't have money to pay for the rehearsal room's rent.  A few days after that, i had an offer to work at an hostel, being the receptionist of a building with 10 rooms, 4 beds each, but also, i had to clean up the rooms, making beds and everything else that a house maid does... While attending to the front desk as i was alone.
 It wasn't my dream job but i had to do something and i needed the money as food was becoming an issue at home. I worked for 9 and a half hours a day, 7 days a week and the pay was 650€. I had to stop band activity for a few months till i got organized again, no partying, as the hours were crap and i got home too beat. I know that we shouldn't cope with exploitation from employers but when you don't have food on the table at the end of the day, you have to do something. I'm not saying that you have to be a slave but, sometimes we have to swallow our pride and move on, even if means putting some stuff on hold. Maybe you should try to find some temporary job and keep looking for a job that you'd really like to do. At least, it'll give you something to keep going. I have a lot of friends that are on a similar situation right now but i've seen some of them refusing job offers just because it's not what they studied for, or just don't like the job because, being a gardener is not a glamorous position in society. I see people leaving the country looking for dreams and that is ok with me, but some of them return after only weeks saying that it's not as they expected. Life can be a bitch but we have to kick it in the head and get it going where we want to. Even if it's at a slow speed and through a different road... 
I'm no doctor or a wise man, and it is different for everyone but just don't lose hope and get out of your house as much you can. Locking yourself up won't help. I've found my bmx bike to be one of the best things to clear my mind for a while. Maybe, if you can, try to do some kind of activity where you have to be outside to do it.
I'm sure things will get better for you, it can't rain all the time...

Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Go4fun on February 21, 2015, 09:44:39 am
Nils, I have been down that path myself more than once.
Believe me, there are people out there more than willing to help you any way they can from talking on the phone or in person to seeing if there is an underlying physical cause.
It took me many years of trial and error(With a lot of help) to defeat the chemical imbalance in my brain that caused my problem, with the right medication. Just remember there is no more shame in emotional imbalances than there is in any other disease or condition. It's a medical condition and can hopefully be overcome with proper treatment.
I'll say a special prayer for you my friend.
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on February 22, 2015, 10:24:45 am
thank you all for the good advice,

im feeling a bit better now, except for a stingy feeling in my chest (witch is normal in a depression).
my brother has given me the advice to visit the CGG (Center for psychological Healthcare), im gonna give them a call tomorrow morning (as they are closed over the weekend) to get information into treatment, witch im hoping to start as soon as possible.
with my unemployment problem and uncertein financial status, its the best and cheapest option into healthcare (only costs about 4 euro's a session, the rest is payed my my health insurance).

Go4Fun, thanks for the advice (and offering phonenumber), but calling to the United States from Belgium is very expensive, but thank you for offering to help.
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: DogfighterZen on February 22, 2015, 11:35:36 am
Hey Nils, good to know you're feeling better, just take it easy and you'll be fine.
 :cheers:
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on February 22, 2015, 02:59:17 pm
Sorry to hear that Nils. Keep your head up it can only go up from here ! Are you still riding your bike ? Maybe try and spend a bit more time cycling and enjoying the views and getting exercise and forgetting about your worries...

 <_<
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: kerick on February 22, 2015, 03:27:12 pm
I second the advice on seeing a doctor. Being out of work for so long will do it to you. I can personally attest to that. It was nearly five years for me. At least I was able to go back to college on the US GI bill. Now I see a doc at the VA clinic. Its helped beyond measure. Don't be surprised if the first thing the doc wants to do is give you a complete physical exam. They have to check for any physical cause for your symptoms. Mention the feeling in your chest too. Chest pain is not something to self diagnose.

Depression is a disease and can be managed. Listen to the previous entries as they all they know what they are talking about.

Get out of the house and meet some people, even if its just walking down the street. Everything helps.
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Go4fun on February 22, 2015, 04:11:41 pm
Nils, I'm retired on the "Less is better than nothing' plan but anything I can do to help would be worth it to me. I can tell you when you hit rock bottom at least you can say "It can only get better from here"!
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on March 01, 2015, 11:49:32 am
Blog Entry #114


About one week after my Nervous Breakdown, im starting to recover, although i still have some problems controling my nerves  :-\
over the weekend i managed to forget all about it, spent the weekend at my girlfriends place and we spent the night in Antwerp on friday after coming back from a Ladies od Soul Concert, i actually quite enjoyed it, but the night at the hotel was a living hell that i rather not talk about (nothing to do with my girlfriend).

anyways i just got back home, during the weekend everything felt fine as i could forget about my problems, guess the change in scenery did good, however when i got home, my nerves and chest stings started to work up again, must be because tomorrow i have an appointment with my second employment consultant (the one who called last friday and triggered my breakdown). to play it safe, and in case anything goes wrong, i have decided to start recording our conversations in secret on my phone, in case she eversteps the line again, i have evidence and something to bargain with to her bosses.

still had no callback from the CGG (phychiatric clinic) for an intake conversation, if the dont call tomorrow, im gonna call them again.


but enough whining for now, lets get to what this Blog is actually all about: Models  ;D


little progress on the bench over the week, but im curretnly working on something new. some time ago, i attempted to build a 1/144 scale Tornado 2000 out of a spare Academy Tornado GR.1 (witch i bought as a source of Decals and Sea Eagle missiles) but i failed at actually getting it right. now im gonna try again on a similar project to build a 5th Generation upgrade to the Tornado, the Super Tornado 2020, using an old Revell Tornado Gr.Mk.1 kit (80's mould) i bought on the cheap as a source for parts. certain new features will include new engines (Eurojet EJ200 or GE F414), a new stealthy nose profile (reshaped using a new experimental procedure), new fixed and reshaped wings and tail, replacing the centerline pylons with an internal weapons bay, CFT's, internal sidewinder launchers,.....
i have another future project planned, very similar to this one but using an Su-47 instead (Su-47Gen5 Firkin-F).

furthermore, ive been looking into other future project this week for the WW3 storybuild. in a future installment, the US breaks its relationship with Saudi Arabia after discovering they have been supplying certain terrorist groups with weapons bought from the west. as a result, all US FMS sales to Saudi Arabia are cancelled and an arms embargo is emposed. as a result, the Saudi government turns to China and Russia for new weapons. im thinking of RSAF Su-47, Su-30's, Mig-29's, IL-476 transports, IL-96-400TZ Tankers, Mi-35 Helicopters and Sukhoi Superjet 100 Maretime patrol aircraft.

my mind is going a mile a minute, and im starting to remember older ideas aswell. with newer airliner kits now on the market or coming out, im thinking of a new line of military derivatives, such as an AEW Embraer 170, Maretime Patrol Embraer 195 and Sukhoi Superjet 100MPA (Sukhoi Su-100, NATO codename "Mayvis", as a replacement for Russia's IL-38 May).

of course there will always be the 1/72 projects, such as Iranian Su-35's, Russian Tucano-based COIN aircraft, various Mig-37 ferrets,...but also western aircraft including an RAF F-22A Raptor (17 Squadron), Turkish F-20A Tigershark,....
in 1/144 im also planning a line of different F-23 Grey Ghost fighters in different markings, including Dutch and Norwegian versions. as for the F/A-18 Super Hornet, im also planning on building German versions of both the F/A-18E (Tornado IDS replacement) and EA-18G Growlers (Tornado ECR replacement).


More soon.........
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on March 01, 2015, 07:04:48 pm
Glad you're feeling better Nils.

Sounds like that huge workload of models should keep you distracted for awhile eh ?

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on March 08, 2015, 09:57:22 am
Blog Entry #115


a week has passed with little progress on the bench.
i have got some paintwork done on the BV.240, but im not entirely satisfied with the result, so i might have to do some repaint work on it  :-\
no progress on the SeaKings or the ships this week due to lack of time.
research has been completed for the building of a 1/72 scale MIG-21F-13 for a What-If cold War GB over on Facebook.
the kit will be an academy 1/72 Mig-21 in Royal Netherlands Air Force Markings with a bare metal paintscheme, using decals from an Italeri F-104G Starfighter.

this week, im planning to do some reorganising of the stash, im concidering putting some lesser wanted kits up for sale (belgium only, to keep the mailing costs down). the reason im doing this is because i have been at home for 2 years now, and im having to cut back on the budget, so im selling some stash in order to have a reserve funds in case things go bad.
im also gonna have to buy a new Dremel powertool, as my brother borrowed it over the weekend to fix the car and he broke it  :angry:

earlier this week, i had a call from the CGG about the treatment of my depression, im sheduled for an intake conversation next monday.
although im feeling better, i have a feeling its not over yet, i have been feeling kinda edgey lately and my nerves are sometimes acting up for no reason, so its better to have it checked out.

as far as jobhunting goes, i sent out a number of applications again, but so far, again, no result  :-\

On a lighter note, my girlfriend Jessica stayed over for the weekend, friday was our first anniversary, so we went to the seaside as the weather seemed to be quite good. i got her a new Nintendo 2DS, as she mentioned a few months ago she would like to have one.
i recieved my gift last weekend, 2 nights for 2 at the hotel in Koksijde where we spent our valentines-weekend, were planning to spend it there in late June.


more soon.....
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on March 15, 2015, 02:52:50 am
Blog Entry #116


not much done this week, i could hardly find the time due to more important things.
i did however managed to finish decal designing, im now waiting to print them out as its to cold in the shed to spray a coat of sealant (to cold, it wouldnt dry).

i dont plan on doing much today except for re-organising the workspace.
for today i was planning on going to the OV-10 Bronco Team Fan Day at Wevelghem Airport today, but i havent been feeling to well, i think  im catching a cold as im very tired, my legs are feeling heavy and im not feeling to good.

for tomorrow, i have my first intake conversation with a shrink at the CGG (psychological clinic) in ostend, in regards to my depression following a nervous breakdown some time ago. my nerves are still acting up  now and then and i have the feeling im not getting the full 8 hours of sleep i need.


OK, modeling related news:

ive decided to get extra furnishings for the workspace, including a second desk/table or a bookshelf to replace an old desk im using as storage. ive been looking at different options, but the limited space (under the angled lining of the roof) makes it kinda difficult to find something that both offers good storage and limited space (space between the roof, wall and door i roughly 1 meter).
i will find a sollution, i could also get another desk and fit an extra set of drawers underneath it. its mostly gonna be used to place my books and research materials.

ive also been looking to restore a pair of older 1/144 F-4 Phantoms, one is an Academy F-4F that im planning to repair and repaint as a USAF F-4E, the other is an F-4G Wild Weasel (converted F-4F) that needs repairs.
there's also a 1/144 Avro Lancaster waiting in line for repair and restoration, and to be fitted with the props/engines. as for markings, im thinking French Navy  :mellow:

but first, i gotta clear some other projects currently on the bench  :mellow:


more soon..........
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on March 22, 2015, 08:16:11 am
Is the motor of the dremel still spinning ? If so there is a little plastic piece that is designed to break that connects the motor to the head. It stops people from killing themselves when they get to rammy with the tool. I think you need to get it straight from dremel tho.

Good luck with your shrink as well.

And as for stash sell off, I wouldn't bother. You have already paid for them, and will probably get less than you paid, so that loss, combined with the small amount of cash that is too be made really doesn't add up ( to me anyway ). And then further down the line, when you guys are married with kids, you won't have the cash to re-purchase said kits at regular price. And even if you did, the retail price you will pay combined with the loss you took combined will equal paying for the kit twice yet only having 1 kit !

Devil's advocate right there.

 :wacko:

Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on March 25, 2015, 03:21:40 am
Blog Entry #117


im a little late with this entry, mostly due to more lack of time  :-\
anyway, its time for an update.

not much done this week except for the final touches on decal designing for near-term projects.
ive also been looking into another future project, including an extended life version of certain early jet aircraft for the "extended life/back dated GB" over on BTS. im thinking either an updated ground attack version of the Me262 or an upgraded interceptor version of the FW Flitzer in post-war luftwaffe markings. although i am keeping my options open and am concidering maybe an updated COIN P-51 Mustang or modern day F4U Corsair in modern US Navy markings. but i could also use the Airbus A320 in RAF Air Support Command markings as a possible entry  :mellow:

im staring to get my inspiration back, so things might start moving again.
but before all that starts, i got to finish what i have on the bench right now, including 2 1/72 SeaKings (witch seems like theyve been there forever), a 1/144 Mig-31 Foxfound, A 1/144 FAA S-70 Blackhawk, a blank 1/144 F-22A Raptor and a 1/144 P-51D Mustang.

also on the bench, is the 1/72 BV.240 (luft'46 version of the Beriev Be.6 Madge), witch is due to be finished soon.

on a personal note, due to health problems and asthmatic attacks being more frequent, ive used my ecostamps from my previous workdays to buy an electric bicycle, this is to be used on the longer range trips and for future work traffic.
this will bridge the gap until i get my drivers license and a car. im hoping to do my first theoretical exams later this or next week.


more soon........

Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on March 26, 2015, 08:28:38 pm
Cool. Look forward to seeing the Beriev !

 :wub:
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on March 29, 2015, 11:50:25 am
Blog Entry #118


just coming back home from a weekend away at my girlfriend's place, i pretty much immediatly started looking at the ammount of projects on the bench. so i made it the priority to finish them all before continuing on other projects.

the cold war GB aircraft (a 1/72 dutch Mig-21F-13) will have to wait a while before starting.
the Berviev Be.6 has a priority at the moment, with the naval GB on BTS ending soon after an extension. the model is about 80% finished, the fuselage needs a second coat of paint and certain areas ned more attention before decals are applied. also, the wings need a full paintjob on the topside and floats.

other projects include a 1/144 Mig-31, S-70 Blackhawk and P-51 Mustang. all about 90% done, but on the non-priority list. also on the bench is a completed 1/144 F-22, void of markings, im still wondering what to do with that one.

work will also be fonused on the SeaKings, witch to mee seems like a neverending story, but i said to myself that after these (and the 2  NH90's) there will be no more commision builds from me.

looking into future project, im looking at the stash, wondering what to build for next week's "1 week group Build". im thinking of entering that Russian COIN Tucano in 1/72 i have been planning for so long. everything is already here, so all that needs to be done is start it.

another project is an upgraded modern-day ground attack version of the Me262 for another GB on BTS due to start.
improvements include a new glass cockpit, moders ground attack weapons, possibly hellfire or LGB integration and various new sensors.
to be painted in modern luftwaffe markings.

looking into other models on the to-do list, include a Luftwaffe SAR H145M (formerly EC645) ammong others...



more soon.......
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on March 29, 2015, 12:05:04 pm
No fun when builds become a chore.

 :banghead:
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on April 03, 2015, 02:02:33 pm
Blog Entry #119


ok, with Easter this weekend and Jessica coming over to stay for a few days, im gonna post an early blog entry  :mellow:

the bench is clearing up, the BV.235 (formerly known as BV.240) now finished, i can now concentrate on the other projects on the bench and add some new ones. at the moment, there are 3 and a half 1/144 aircraft in various stages of completion and 2 1/72 SeaKings.
for those who remember the 1/144 ships i started a short while ago, im gonna look into completing those aswell.

also, im planning to do something for the 1 week GB, but i have no idea what yet? i was thinking of a 1/72 Belgian P-51D Mustang in brown/green RAF camouflage  :mellow:

this week a finally managed to print out new decals, with the temperature in the shed now warm enough for sealant spraying.
decals included some for RW builds, but also a number of What If projects.

decals are:

RW:
-1/144 F-16C poland (serials and stenciling for the cockpit area)
-1/144 SA330 Puma of the Belgian Gendarmerie (+ a backup set)
-1/144 Afghan Air Force AN-2 (commision decals for someone on the dutch modeling forum)
-1/144 NH90-NFH, Belgian Air Force
-1/72 NH90-NFH, Belgian Air Force (2 sets, for commision builds)

What If:
-1/144 F-15T Strike Eagle (Turkish Air Force)
-1/144 Airbus A320 CC.1 (RAF Air Support Command)
-1/144 Airbus A400M (Belgian and New Flanders Air Forces)
-1/160 Belgian Coastguard Ship (converted old revell USS Defiance)
-1/144 F/A-18E & -F Super Hornet (New Flanders Air Force, including a solo display scheme for F/A-18E)
-1/144 F/A-18C Hornet (Managua Air Force, for a Buck Danny GB on the dutch modeling forum)

Misc:
-various serialnumbers and squadron logo's


but none of the larger model projects are going to go ahead unless the bench is cleared, so for now its bench clearing time.
the commision builds still need to get done, so im gonna concentrate on those for a while.

in terms of jobhunting, things are picking up pace again, im starting to get multiple phonecall a week, mostly for places i already worked at or for places/positions to far out of range or jobs im (by lack of know how or due to medical conditions) not qualified to do. also, i really need to find work due to financial reasons, as for the 2nd consecutive month, my benefits have been lowered by almost 15% and i dont have a lot as it is. im also forced to cut back from the hobby-budget, so not to many new stash additions for the time being. i am still looking to buy a new Dremel powertool and i think i found one on the cheap online (about 30 euro's). its a cheap basic brand, but for styrene working, it will suffice. but that will have to wait, as i already had to spend a lot this week on rent, healthcareplan, our trip to Disneyland next month,......its all becoming a bit to expensive, so its gonna be time to do some serious saving and cutbacks.


more soon....
Title: Re: Nils's Weekly WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on April 10, 2015, 08:16:04 am
Blog Entry #120


its been very busy on the bench this week, everything i was working on was put on hold due to the 1 week GB.
after a couple of days of thinking, i decided to enter with a 1/72 P-51D Mustang in Belgian Air Force markings.
at first i startd of with a Revell P-51D, but the fit and quality of the kit was so bad, i had to start over using a 1/72 Airfix P-51D witch i was saving for another project. in the end, it proven to be the bast desision to go with, and the revell kit ended were it belonged, in the garbage can.

build thread + pictures: http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,40440.msg680080.html#msg680080

meanwhile, at this moment, ive started work again on the 1/144 corvette ship i started a while back.
i wasnt happy with the way the bridge looked, a bit to high for my liking, so i took it down and im gonna build a new one half the size.
i also just fitted a smokestack on the rear of the main structure.
at this moment, i have to many ship models in the stash or undergoing a refit, so im gonna be looking into completing them as soon as possible. on the go at the moment aside from the corvette, im also refitting a defiance class gunboat into a Belgian Coastguard ship, decals are already printed and im hoping to complete the work soon. i also got a 1/144 tugboat today, so i might induct that ship into my naval fleet  ;D

as for some of the ships in the stash, im planning to store away some long-term projects, some include a Kriegsmarine'46 Type XXIII U-boat (wilhelm bauer), a heller 1/400 Duguan Trouin Frigate, a revell 1/530 USS Hornet (planned to be build as a light LHD),...
another ship in the stash is a revell 1/72 S-100 fast attack boat i got on the cheap. im planning to use the hull to build a new 1/144 navy ship, might be a frigate, AEGIS cruiser or corvette. and use the parts to create a flak-tank (using the chasis of a Panzer IVd and the flack turrets from the S-100). other ships include a 1/72 Seehund midget submarine, a 1/720 Graf Zeppelin, a 1/700 zerstorer 1936 (as an escort vessel to the Graf) and a 1/200 Netherland coast guard ETV Waker.


in terms of aircraft, im still looking into finishing some of the current projects, im also gonna start work on a 1/144 scale F/A-18C Hornet in Managua Air Force marking for a "Buck Danny GB" on the Dutch forum.
2 1/72 SeaKings are also recieving some attention today, im really hoping to get those finished ASAP. next in line after the SeaKings are 2 NH90-NFH's, these would not be as complex as the SeaKings.

also on the "to do list" is a 1/144 Airbus A320 in RAF Air Support Command colors for a tima warp GB over on BTS, but the start of that project will have to wait. things are moving at a steady pace, but im gonna wait with the build of larger projects until the bench is cleared and all commisioned builds are completed.


more soon....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on April 15, 2015, 10:12:09 am
Blog Entry #121


ok, the past few days have seen a lot of activity on the bench, especially when it comes to clearing out long-term projects that have been gathering dust for so long now.

i just finished restoring/upgrading an old 1/144 UH-60 Blackhawk, and painted as a FAA Westland/Sikorsky WS-70 Knighhawk HC.5 (pics to follow) as used by Royal Navy SpecOps Commando's.

also im finally making progress on the first 2 commision build Sea King Mk.48's, with the interiours done and the 2 fuselage-halves met.
it should be progressing smoothly from here on in, should have them finished in a couple of weeks (if all goes well) :mellow:
that after that, its time to start on 2 other commision builds, a pair of Belgian NH90-NFH.

im also about to start on some new projects in 1/144 scale, as announced earlier, one will be a WHIF F/A-18C Hornet from a Buck Danny comic (in Managua Air Force markings), the other is RW project, an SA330 Puma, in Belgian Rijkswacht/Gendarmerie colors.

another project on the bench at the moment, is a revell 1/144 Mig-31 Foxhound i attempted to correct and improve, but so far im not having any good results. you can pollish a turd, its still a turd  :-\ might have to bin the project and use the rest as spare parts.
another larger project on the waiting list is an Airbus A320 CC.1 in RAF Air Support Command markings, that project should start very soon.

there are still many what-if and realworld projects to come down the line in all different scales, including 1/72 Belgian Tiger-ARH, RQ-9B Reaper, H135M and a 1/144 A400M among others....

more soon... :mellow:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on April 17, 2015, 05:56:45 am
Sea Kings ! The big A400 is going to be cool. Still haven't seen one yet.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: PR19_Kit on April 17, 2015, 10:29:41 am
The big A400 is going to be cool. Still haven't seen one yet.

 :cheers:

It's pretty large in 1/144 scale, in 1/72 it's ENORMOUS!  :o
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on April 18, 2015, 06:02:27 am
I haven't seen either kit. I'd really love to see that 144th scale one. Such a lovely aeroplane. The youtube videos of her showing off are really somat to see.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on April 20, 2015, 03:33:03 am
Blog Entry #122


bench activity is up again. im making good progress on various projects.
a couple of days ago, i started on a 1/144 F/A-18C Hornet, in Fuerza Aerea De La Managua markings.
as i said before, this is for a "Buck Danny GB" over on the Dutch modelers forum. the plane comes from this comic, i might even build the drugcartel's Hind allongside  ;D
there's also a lot of F-104G Starfighters in there, a good idea for a future project, i believe someone here already made a Managuan F-104 in 1/72 a few years ago.

(http://s.s-bol.com/imgbase0/imagebase/large/FC/5/8/9/3/1001004001523985.jpg)


other projects at the moment are the commision 2 1/72 SeaKings, witch are making good progress after gathering dust for the past few months. the interious are done and ive now started on the exteriour of the models. that work should progress at a more rapid pace now.
also about to start is a 1/144 SA330 Puma in Belgian Gendarmerie colors.

on the "on hold" side of the bench are 1/144 Mig-31 Foxhound and a 1/144 P-51D Mustang. there are also 4 revell miniwings Hawker Typhoons to be used as a parts source for the refurbishment of an old Minicraft Avro Lancaster. i might paint it in French or Dutch navy markings.

im also looking to start decal designing on another project, a 1/72 Thunderbird 6, the new Airfix Tiger Moth should be an ideal kit for the job  :thumbsup:

(http://i.stack.imgur.com/wnkVH.jpg)


more soon....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on April 21, 2015, 02:38:09 am
Blog Entry #122b


one more addition to the blog i forgot to mention.
aside from modelbuilding, i took the time to do a little charity work.

this big jar of small change has ben sitting in the closet for years, all pieces of 1, 2 and 5 cents.
the content of the jar is estimated at roughly 20 euro's or more. since it was to creul to take these to shop to spend, the content has finally been put to good use and has been donated to the cancer reseach fund, witch is collecting rusty's as part of its fundraiser.

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn292/Nilssteyaert/misc/11088396_10206367816051415_7537792565385251843_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on April 21, 2015, 07:28:15 am
Well done mate  :thumbsup:

A lot of pubs and bars over here have large jars/bottles to collect small change in
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on April 21, 2015, 08:54:44 am
Nice one Nils !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on April 23, 2015, 10:37:10 am
Blog Entry #123


not much movement on the bench, except for the managuan F/A-18C, its now about 65% completed,
just need to put the doors on the rear landinggear and its ready for the paintshop.

no progress on the SeaKing, expect to continue on them in the weekend.

also been doing some thinking on future projects, ive been planning to build a Canadian Airbus A330-MRTT (CC-145T) for some time,
now im planning to build another one, in Belgian Air Force colors, following yesterday's announcement the we might be buying 3 tanker of our own  :thumbsup:
i still need to design some decals for the Belgian MRTT, i already have them for the Canadian AF version, but i still need to make some additional stenciling. i also need to do some reseach on the design of the boom and the HDU pods.
in 1/72, im also planning on building my first drone kit, an italeri MQ-9B Reaper, in Belgian markings, and an AH-46D Longbow Apache, also in Belgian markings.

ive been planning to build a lot of Belgian equipment for some time, including a 1/72 H135M (formerly EC635), Tiger-ARH, F-35A, A400M,...but all in good time.

meanwhile, also no progress on other projects, such as various ships.


there wont be much activity for the next few days, because as of today, until the end of next week, i am back at work! ;D
after 7 months since my last interim job, i now have another one, its only temporary, to fill in for someone who's on sickleave, but its better then nothing.
there is a chance that there might be another one in the future, the last few weeks calls for work have been rolling in, 90% of them witch are out of my range/league. ive also been going to a number of job interviews lately, but none of them have bared any fruits  :-\


more soon...
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on April 24, 2015, 06:44:27 am
Best of luck with the job mate even if it is temporary. It may well lead to something else
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on April 25, 2015, 03:31:13 am
Blog Entry #124


as you noticed, i decided to change my blog activity from weekly to periodicaly, as updates tend to change more often, or i forget to post one every now and them.

this update includes pictures this time arround  ;D

i wasnt planing on doing anything today, except go shopping with my girlfriend, but she just called in with bad news about her grandma, so our shoppingplans were cancelled. her grandma has just passed away today, so its understandable she needs to be with her family now, wished her lots of strengh to get through this difficult time. i really have been thinking a lot about her the past few days, and told her im here for her if she needs me. :(

but lets get back to the modelling side of the blog (thats what its for in the first place).  :mellow:

at the moment, im slowly making progress on the Managuan Air Force F/A-18C, heres what i have now,
today im gonna focus on putting on the last parts before painting can start.

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn292/Nilssteyaert/what%20if/1-144/F-18C%20Managua/003_1.jpg)

meanwhile, have started development work on the A330-MRTT's for the Belgian and Canadian Air Forces.
the Canadian decals might need to be redesigned, but both the BAF & CAF aircraft need additional stenciling.
to make these, i start out with a rough sketch on paper, writing down the dimensions requred for the formation lights, director lights, the length of the booms,....the decals for the nationality markings will be designed on PC using paint.net and a scanner.
at the moment i have one Revell A340 kit for the Canadian version (to be converted to A330-200) and im planning to get another Revell A330-300 to convert into the Belgian version. i already have an A330 kit in the stash, but im saving that one to build a RW Belgian version (CS-TMT, an aircraft that was leased from HiFly up until last year).

Physical changes to the kits, aside from the boom and underwing HDU pods, include shortening of the fuselages, addition of various antennae, camera stations under the fuselage for the boom operator,...

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn292/Nilssteyaert/what%20if/A330-MRTT/001.jpg)


other projects will also get some attention this weekend, such as the 1/72 Seakings and the 1/144 Mig-31.


oh, and almost forgot, in regards to work, yesterday i heared there is a possibility that the 5 day contract might be extended by another few days or even a week, although i did have to note that i cant work on may the 8th and 11th since my and Jessica are going to Disneyland Paris for that weekend (although there is a risk the trip might be cancelled due to her granma's passing).

so the past few days has been a real mix of good and bad news  :-\


more soon.....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: kitbasher on April 25, 2015, 06:02:37 am
Mixed news indeed Nils.  Hopefully the positives outweigh the negatives (and carry on doing so).
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on April 25, 2015, 07:40:04 pm
It's about time you got back to work ! lol. Congrats Nils, hope it works out for ya ! The wee Hornet and Airbus are looking good. Love the MRTT idea.

Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on April 29, 2015, 11:23:20 am
Blog Entry #125


work is slowly progressing on the FADLM F/A-18C, the landinggear is now fully painted, so now im gonna have a look at fitting the clear parts, then its off to the paintshop again for the main scheme  :mellow:

on the planned A330-MRTT's, decal designing of the additional stenciling is done, the Decal designing for the Belgian AF version are finished, now i need to redesign the ones for Canada, i think im gonna go with the dark grey low-vis markings, like those on the CC-177 Globemaster III, as said earlier, the designation for the RCAF A330 tankers will be CC-145T. however, i was thinking about building the RCAF with a 3-point HDU system, but with the CC-177 not having a refueling probe, im thinking of adding a boom on the tail anyway.

When the F/A-18 is done, im gonna start on another small 1/144 project, a realworld SA330 Puma, in Belgian Gendarmerie colors.
other 1/144 whiffs down the line include more F/A-18E/F super hornets, both in  single- and twin seat variants (twin seaters being built out of Revell EA-18G Growlers).

with so many ECM and jamming pods being stripped from the revell growlers, im thinking of building some additional WHIF Electronic Warfare platforms. im already thinking of a Tornado ECR2 Jammer aircraft, possibly in low-vis German Bundesluftwaffe colors, but also an EF-16G "Sparking Falcon" in USAF colors (Electronic Warfare/Jammer version of the F-16C Blk.52+, as an EF-111A replacement), might try to get some Retrokit CFT's for future F-16's to be built, might find some at the Middelkerke Modelshow on May 17, or This Weekend at the 20th annual Modelbuilding Festival in Bissegem (Kortrijk) ;D


more soon......
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on May 03, 2015, 03:31:33 am
Blog Entry #126


work on the F/A-18 is almost finished, im just putting the final touches on the paintjob before i start on the decals.
i also already started work on a 1/144 SA330 Puma, but only just.

development on the A330-MRTT's is also going smoothly, the decal designing for the Belgian version is already done, and im now looking to make the ones for the Canadian version.
im still looking at building that tanker version of the Boeing 737-800 i noted some time ago, i was planning a Belgian version, but with the A330 tankers now in the works, im thinking of building the KC-737 in different markings, i was thinking maybe Israeli AF or Croatian AF.

looking at the stash, i should really start slimming to down, especially the numbers of Super Hornets, Tornado's and Flankers in 1/144 scale, as well as the amount of 1/72 models. the because im concidering buying additional new kits, im eyeing a few recent new releases and re-releases, most obvious are Airfix's 1/144 Vickers Vanguard, Boeing 707 (witch i find quite pricey for an old mould, might go with minicraft instead), trumpeter J-20..., in 1/72 im looking to get the RQ-9B Reaper, AH-64D Longbow Apache,.......
i have a big wishlist at my usual online store, but i think i might wait until later this month when Revell's 1/72 Agusta A109 and Su-27SM becomes available. i dont know witch ones im gonna order, as i always set a certain budget for online purchases.

im now looking at continueing my WW3 story build, might have a place in it for the Managuan F-18 im building right now.
other aircraft on the planning list include many versions of the Super Hornet, Su-30/35 Flankers, PLAAF J-20A, Russian AF Mig-39 (Mig-1.44), Su-47SM, USAF F-15E/SE/SMT Active,....
there's also a stealthy 5th Generation version of the Tornado down the line.

there wont be much time to model, as i still have to work from monday to thursday, then on friday im off to spend the weekend at Disneyland Paris with Jessica and wont be back home til monday.
i was planning on going to the Moorsele Modelshow yesterday, maby get some new stash, but unfortunatly, i was unable to make it, no thanks to the Belgian Railways, who decided that this weekend was the best time to work on the lines  :angry:
usually it take about an hour to get there by train, but due to the works, its either 2 and a half hours by bus, or 3 hours by detoured train. that way to long for me, especially for such a short trip. maby better luck in 2 weeks time in middelkerke, witch is about an 45 minutes by e-bike  ;D


more soon.........
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on May 03, 2015, 08:31:16 am
i was planning on going to the Moorsele Modelshow yesterday, maby get some new stash, but unfortunatly, i was unable to make it, no thanks to the Belgian Railways, who decided that this weekend was the best time to work on the lines  :angry:
usually it take about an hour to get there by train, but due to the works, its either 2 and a half hours by bus, or 3 hours by detoured train. that way to long for me, especially for such a short trip. maby better luck in 2 weeks time in middelkerke, witch is about an 45 minutes by e-bike  ;D


more soon.........

I feel your pain my friend. I've missed a few UK shows because of Weekend Engineering Works. However they can't really shut the network down during the working week

Enjoy Disneyland ..... I did  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on May 12, 2015, 06:01:49 am
Can't wait to see the Airbus Nils...especially the RCAF one !

Be sure to take lots of build pics I'm planning on somat similar one day.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on May 12, 2015, 11:40:07 am
Blog Entry #127


little to no activity this past week, mostly as ive been to busy at work and last friday until yesterday i was in Disneyland, Paris with my girlfriend.

while i was there, my whiff inspiration has been renewed, with a visit to Disney Studios, ive seen the Space Shuttle frm "Armageddon" and in the Disneyland park, the main street arcade was filled with Steampunk art & designs. many of the things ive seen really inspired me to do some kitbashing, and im looking into building something really soon  ;D

back on the bench, no progress on the 1/144 SA330 Puma, should be continuing that build some time tomorrow or during the long weekend.
still on the bench is the 2 1/72 SeaKings (a neverending story  :rolleyes: ) that need some attention.
also, i really need to get back at the designing of ther decals for the RCAF Airbus A330-MRTT. another project that needs decals is the Royal Saudi Air Force Su-30MK Flanker, might even design a Saudi Su-47 while im at it  :rolleyes:
there are for the revived WW3 storybuild, im also gonna look for extra Su-47's to build Chinese and upgraded Russian AF versions.
there are still plenty more on the list, but i still need to work some things out.


more soon.....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on May 12, 2015, 01:34:09 pm
Welcome home !

I know the feeling with that steampunk stuff...need to start collecting interesting bits one of these days !

Too bad the Sea King story wasn't a neverending story in real life....love to see them fly on. But in the civil world, thy just might !



 :cheers:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on May 14, 2015, 05:03:04 am
Blog Entry #128


i just finished designing the decals for the Canadian A330-MRTT, but i decided to change the designation from CC-145T to CC-165T.
dont know if the fit's going to be perfect, but it should be fine  :mellow:

with the long weekend just started, i might find some extra time to do some modelbuilding and relaxing.

this afternoon, im gonna do some cleaning of the workspace and then check the list to see if any other projects need decals/parts.
after thats its gonna be time for some actual modeling, thinking of giving the SeaKings some attention, since the progress the last few weeks has been to slow. might even do some work on the 1/144 SA330.
im also gonna see if i can design some more decals for other future projects, both realworld and whiff, including decals for a Belgian F-16AM and BM, Belgian F/A-18F (two-seater to go with the earlier built single seater). an old F-4G Wild Weasel also  needs decals, aswell as the future RAF F-4K Phantom FGR.2 (camo version). still need to check the list for more.

tomorrows plans are mostly errands, getting some supplies (paint cleaner, paint, maybe an extra revell A330 for the tanker conversion) and shoes for the GF's mother's wedding next month, otherwise im not gonna find the time to get them.

if the weather is good, im planning on going to the annual Harbour festival in Blankenberge on saturday, might get some good pictures of the NH90-NFH, i already have some of the delivery flight and on the ground, but i still need a few close airborne shots.

on Sunday, its the 5th annual Middelkerke Modelingshow.
info: http://daniel-brackx.blogspot.be/2015/05/5e-modelbouwbeurs-middelkerkse.html

might get some new stash additions there on the cheap  ;D
Retrokit is going to have a stand there, and i do need some (about 5 sets) of 1/144 Conformal Fuel Tanks for the F-16C's i have in the stash. im also gonna see if i can find some parts for future WHIF projects (including refueling booms for the A330, otherwise im gonna have to scratchbuild them).


more soon........
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on May 16, 2015, 05:18:14 pm
Well, if you're going to be printing off a set of RCAF MRTT decals..... :thumbsup:

The Phantoms sound interesting.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on May 18, 2015, 11:24:15 am
Blog Entry #129

again, little to no movements on the bench, i have been finding it difficult to find the time to some modelbuilding due to personal issues and commitments. im cleaning up the bench at the moment so i can continue on the 1/72 SeaKings and the 1/144 Puma.
im also gonna look to start another set of builds, including a Polish AF F-16C, using the Retrokit CFT set for the revell kit (bought 3 sets of CFT's over the weekend, was hoping to buy 5 but they didnt have enough).

a dry-fit shows they look quite good, and im looking at using them on future WHIF F-16's. im thinking of Croatian and Romanian AF Block 52+ vipers  :mellow:.
my WHIF inspiration is a bit low at the moment, so im going to build some RealWorld 1/144 kits for a while, i might even take up a what-if or 2 in between. i always seem to get re-inspired when i build RW, thinking of the alternatives  :rolleyes:

the JBR Decals MIG-21 decal scheet gives me ideas for future projects, maybe even Croatian Gripens or Cuban F-16C's. m also thinking about West-Ukrainian F-15E's and F-16C's.

im still working the interim job, after 1 month things are going quite good, i had a bit of a bad start today but hey, its monday for a reason  :rolleyes:
just heared they want me to stay for the rest of the week, so thats good. the problem with this job is that any day can be my last, and i never know when my last day can be. it was originaly going to be a 5 day contract, im now at day 24, so thats a sign that they like my work.

i will not be building this weekend, staying the weekend at my GF's place again, going to Antwerp to a fundraiser this Sunday to raise money for the earthquake victims in Nepal.


more soon....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on May 19, 2015, 09:48:02 am
Good stuff Nils. Have a great weekend !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: ChernayaAkula on May 22, 2015, 06:00:34 pm
Blog Entry #125 <...>
with so many ECM and jamming pods being stripped from the revell growlers, im thinking of building some additional WHIF Electronic Warfare platforms. im already thinking of a Tornado ECR2 Jammer aircraft, possibly in low-vis German Bundesluftwaffe colors, but also an EF-16G "Sparking Falcon" in USAF colors (Electronic Warfare/Jammer version of the F-16C Blk.52+, as an EF-111A replacement), <...>

Sounds good!  :thumbsup: Another obvious option would be Revell's F-15E!
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on May 22, 2015, 09:15:31 pm
Pods under the fuselage or underwing ?
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on May 25, 2015, 08:46:33 am
Blog Entry #130

just got home this afternoon, after a very busy but exhaustive weekend.
on Saturday, me and Jessica went north of the border to the Dutch town of Sluis (just over the Dutch/Belgian border).
i managed to get some nice stash additions, although i didnt find the ones i was looking for, but i get some none the less  ;)

i finally got that other A330-300 i needed for the A330-MRTT project im planning. this will be cut up and shortened to an A330-200 first, before tanker conversion can begin. im also gonna start looking into scratchbuilding the refueling booms. as for the underwing HDU pods, im thinking of converting some Tornado GR.1/4 external tanks, as these are roughly the same size/shape.

earlier this week, ive started restoring an old Revell/LS 1/144 SAAB JAS-39C Gripen. with the kit being hard to find these days and no longer available in these parts, i thought of using the old kit as a prototype for improving the horrible old mould.
main changed include new wingtip launch rails, nose extended by 2 millimeters, new scratchbuilt canards in a more correct shape, some new pylons for underwing weapons and a new centreline Fuel tank (from a revell F/A-18C/D).
as for colors, im thinking a Croatian Air Force version.

there is also a lot of other work that needs to be done, including new decals for older models that need to be restored (F-4G Wild Weasel, F-111E Aardvark,....)

i got a bit of a backlog of newbuild and restauration work for various kits, so im gonna see if i can find some time to start those  ;D


more soon......
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on May 25, 2015, 11:56:57 am
Looking forward to the MRTT Nils. Those are going to be great.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on May 28, 2015, 11:39:39 am
Blog Entry #131


with the Gripen almost finished, i thought i would take a break and do some decal designing.
i just finished the designs for a RW 1/144 Belgian F-16B, for witch the kit has just been ordered online.
im also gonna look into designing decals for a 1/144 RAF Phantom FGR.1 (to be converted from an academy F-4F).

i really need to get things moving on the current projects before starting any new ones.
the 1/72 seakings are becoming a real drag as they should have been finished ages ago, but due to lack of free time, they just keep gathering dust.

more soon, in the mean time, here are 2 concept profiles of the planned Belgian and Canadian Airbus A330-MRTT's

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn292/Nilssteyaert/what%20if/profiles/A330-MRTT%20BAF.jpg)

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn292/Nilssteyaert/what%20if/profiles/A330-MRTT%20RCAF.jpg)
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on June 07, 2015, 01:44:42 pm
Blog Entry #132

a new blog entry was long due, but i havent been at home this weekend, and writing one on a tablet isnt that easy.
i was out of town as my (possibly future) mother in law was getting married and i was invited to attend the wedding on friday.
first time i wore a suit, looked like a boss  :lol:

now back at home, im gonna do some priority re-organising of the bench and projects.
first off, im gonna clean up the bench tomorrow and start looking into making a new layout as i can hardly find anything under this mess  :-\

second, im going to re-organise the projects currently on the bench.
i have made the following plan.

the new priority #1 project on the bench is a 1/144 Boeing 377 stratocruiser for a 1/144 transport GB over on Kampfgruppe 144, the first of possibly many Group builds. the current 1/144 revell Mig-31 Foxhound on the bench (witch started out as an attempt to correct the horrible 80's mould) will be scrapped! i have gotten a new 1/144 Mig-31 kit to try again, this one will go better as revell has upgraded the mould, including the redesigning of the main landing gear & wheels and the scoops above the intakes. the kit is still bad and i think revell would have been better off designing a new mould from scratch  :-\ "you can't polish a turd, its still a turd!"

the 1/144 Gripen upgrade will be put on hold for now, but its nearly completed. as for decals, i have decided to go with Croatian AF colors.

the 1/72 SeaKings will also need some attention this week, so i might look into those aswell. i have the day off on monday for a job interview and on Thursday i took an administration day to get some things sorted out.

im gonna be out next weekend aswell, as me and Jessica are going to the zoo in antwerp (visiting the monkeys, or as she likes to cal it "visiting the family"  ;D )



more soon.....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Gondor on June 07, 2015, 02:21:39 pm
Blog Entry #132

 "you can't polish a turd, its still a turd!"


Actually the Mythbusters proved that you can  :blink:  ;D

Gondor
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on June 08, 2015, 11:03:05 am
The CDN MRTT needs to be updated as it would have RCAF titles now  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on June 11, 2015, 12:27:21 am
Blog Entry #132

 "you can't polish a turd, its still a turd!"


Actually the Mythbusters proved that you can  :blink:  ;D

Gondor
so they did, but even if you can polish a turd, its stil a turd  :-\


Blog Entry #133

Work has begun on the 1/144 Boeing 377 Stratocruiser, i finished the main assembly last night, so that project is gona take up most of my time this week.
meanwhile, ive been sorting through the stash last night, mostly throught the nautical its and placed a number of ships/boats into temporary storage.
on the other side of the stash pile, is a sh*tload of aircraft kits, from various era's, with little room left over for new additions, i thought about tackleing the biggest stash problem first, being the bigger boxes (large airliners, bombers, transports, 1/72 fighters....). once these are out of the way, it would leave open room for more projects, but at this moment, i thinki have more kits then i can build in my lifetime  :-\

the first thing im gonna do this morning, is sort out some paperwork (including my taxes  :angry: ), then im gonna start re-organising the workbench. i found out my current system is inneffective, the bench is always cluttered and needs cleaning. im gonna move some things arround in order to improve the workspace. might be looking for some new desktop forniture (drawers) for decals and paint storage.
i need to make the bench/desk more efficient  :rolleyes:

this afternoon, i have an appointment with my shrink, first time im going to a psychiatrist to talk about my stress/depression, its been a while since ive talked about it, but as i have been at work for the past month and a half, ive kinda had something to occupy my mind.
i still have a few thoughts, as i noticed the last few weeks i have been having problems getting motivation and joy  out of my modelbuilding hobby, its something ive been strugling with for some time. there was a time i used to build and finish something every weekend, but now it takes over a month to finish even the simplest model. i even have been starting to lose my motivation to get a steady and fixed job (not the temporary interim job i have now). i would like to get my life moving again, get a steady job, move out of my parents house so me and Jessica can get a place of our own, get a car/drivers license,.....

but the financial crisis and the crisis in the jobmarket are making it very hard to realise those dreams.
ive been thinking about it last night and im thinking of moving out and find a place to live with Jessica (who also still lives at home with her parents). job or no job, i might have more luck in another region.

this weekend, im spending it with my GF, her parents are gone for theyre hoenymoon and we got the house to ourselves.
were planning on going to the zoo on saturday, she's been talking about it for some time now. might be good to have something to get my mind of off things  ;)


more soon......
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on June 11, 2015, 06:44:55 am
Nils we all have more kits then we will ever build, it's just normal  ;D

As for the psychiatrist. When I was suffering from stress I found a chat with my doctor and a psychologist one of the best things I did. As an old UK advert used to say "it's good to talk" and as the proverb says "a problem shared is a problem halved"

Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on June 12, 2015, 05:40:03 am
Good stuff. Enjoy your weekend off and away Nils !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on June 19, 2015, 11:24:49 am
Blog Entry #134


its been over a week since my last blog entry, thought i would post an update.

there has been little movement on the bench the past week, as i have found very little time to do anything.
but this weekend im gonna look into doing some building as for the first time in over a month i have a weekend largly to myself, so im gonna take this opportunity to sleep out (as i am very exhausted the past few days) and do some fun things.

on the shedule for tomorrow is a trip to Brugges to go shopping for modelling tools, supplies and additions to the library.
then in the late afternoon/evening, its time to break open the toolbox and do some modelbuilding work  :thumbsup:
as for sunday, its going to be modelbuilding most of the day  :mellow:

on the bench at the moment is a 1/144 Boeing Stratocruiser, witch i wanna get finished ASAP, same goes for the 2 1/72 SeaKings and a partially started 1/144 SA330 Puma.

ive been getting into the mood to build some Russian stuff lately, so as soon as the bench clears, im gonna break open a couple of Mig and Sukhoi kits in both 1/72 and 1/144 scale.
still on the waiting list are 2 1/144 Airbus A330-MRTT's, for witch the decals still need to be printed. i also got loads of Realworld models on the waiting list, and of course some WHIFs, including the Su-47S, an upgraded version of the Su-47 Berkut, with some Su-35 features.

as for next week, its going to be busy again, i took 3 days off from (temp) work to do some jobhunting (for a more permanent job).
on monday i have to be in Brugges to see about a job as a conventional miller/cutter, on tuesday, i have be be in Brussels to take an exam for a job at the railway, and on friday im going to Semmerzake to visit the Belgian Air Force Air Traffic Control Center (ATCC), there's going to be loads of helicopters there and numerous (old and new) aircraft will fly by  ;D

im hoping the trip to the latter will gekindle my inspiration, as i havent been feeling my modeling mojo in full effect lately.
must be the lack of free time  :-\


more soon....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on June 19, 2015, 01:14:43 pm
Good thing you took a week off you're going to be a busy man !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on June 23, 2015, 11:36:11 am
Blog Entry #135


bench progress is going well, the 1/144 Stratocruiser is nearly finished, all it needs are the decals, landing wheels and props (currently drying). again, no progress on the SeaKings  :-\

its been a very busy week so far, and its not over yet. yesterday i had to go to Brugges for a job interview, witch ended in zero result.
today, i had to go to Brussels for my railway exams, went pretty good IMO, should expect the results soon.

furthermore, it continues to be busy, on friday im going to Semmerzake (as noted in the previous entry), on saturday i heve to go to my nephews baptism, on sunday the inlaws are coming back from they're honeymoon (we're decorating the house) and on monday, me and Jess are going House Hunting for the first time, we found a nice rental home in the town of Oedelem, price is decent, looks newly refurbished,...only thing i hope is that the second bedroom is big nough for a hobbyroom/mancave  :mellow:

im currently very tired, im hoping to get some rest and relaxation time after this  :rolleyes:


more soon....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on June 30, 2015, 08:43:42 am
Blog Entry #136

with the B377 Stratocruiser recently finished, i thought i would take a break from the bench for a while, before continuing with other projects. the main reason is the heatwave we are expierencing at the moment, with temperatures reaching 32°C and higher.

and now a small (modelling related) announcement.

me and my girlfriend have started looking for a house of our own. looking at something with at least 2 bedrooms (one to become the "Modelbuilding room" or "Mancave"  ;D ). yesterday we went to see our first possible home and were impressed. its quite fair, rent wise, and its very energy friendly and looks great. if all goes well, we should move in there from september the 1st. this however, will all depend if we are allowed to get it, with my current job situation, the landlord could opt not to let us rent the place. for this im going to get information from my union (who pays out my unemployment benefits) if there would be any changes. at the moment i have been at work for the past 3 months, but the job is only temporary, and i expected to end after July 17, when the summer holiday begins and the factory closes for 2 weeks.

what does this have to do with modelling, simple, if im moving, to ease the workload, i am putting on hold all larger sized builds as of now, until after the move (including the 2 planned A330-MRTT's, larger Luft'46 models.....).

this weekend there will be no bench activity, as my girlfriend is coming over fort he weekend and were going to a Fly-In on Saturday.


more soon..........
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Gondor on June 30, 2015, 08:54:26 am
Congratulations, apart from the job  :thumbsup:

Gondor
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on July 01, 2015, 06:16:57 am
Yup, hope all goes well Nils
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on July 07, 2015, 11:03:00 am
Blog Entry #137

not finding any inspiration for a next whiff project, im planning on going on another WHIF sabbatical, so im gonna focus on some RW builds for a while, hoping to find some new ideas on the way  :mellow:
ive been thinking of taking on some Luft'46 models, as ive been getting some ideas on that field lately.
as for RW, i now have a1/144 Revell SA330 Puma on the go, other projects on the list to start are a pair of Soviet Russian Mig-29A's and 3 Panavia Tornado's.

as for the civilianise/militarise GB, i was thinking of convering a 1/48 Arado Ar.234 into a 1/72nd Airliner with 4 Jumo 004 engines under the wings. although the project is in doubt as the 1/48 model isnt all that big, might be better to wait until a 1/32 version comes out (i know about the FLY kit, but im waiting for something more affordable and easier to find).

with the move getting closer, im gonna start some serious stash management soon, kits that are coming with me will be put in boxes, some other kits, witch i dont really plan on building or are in surplus, might be put up for sale.

Personal news:

ive put all larger sized modelprojects on hold, after the possible move out in September, me and Jessica have found a place and today we put our names on the candidate list to rent it. however we found out the possible future landlord is kind of a (very naughty word), as he apparently didnt want to rent it out to couples where 1 is either a temp worker or unemployed (IMHO, as long as he gets his rent at the beginning of the month, he has no right to complain and/or discriminate!).

today we started shopping for various items were gonna need soon, like steakknives, forks, decorations, bedsheets.....and we also started looking for furniture. with the summer sales now on, we hope to find something nice ammong them, we already found some things we like.
ive also been looking at what i call a big stash storage closet (mostly a cheap large dresser). all in all were getting there, and even if we dont get the house, then we have at least done some preperations, there are still plenty of homes out there that will suit us.

more soon........

PS: you can now also find me ScaleMates, i will mostly be posting realworld projects there.
https://www.scalemates.com/profiles/mate.php?id=20365
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on July 07, 2015, 02:34:46 pm
Sounds like you're growing up Nils !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on July 08, 2015, 06:11:16 am
Best of luck with things Nils  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on July 09, 2015, 10:36:44 am
Blog Entry #137b: Breaking News


we interupt this Blog to bring you a breaking news report!

i have good news! 3 hours ago, i got a call from the realestate office, theyve spoken to the landlord of our potential home and can now officially say, "We're moving in, september 1st".

so its time to start making plans for "Mancave 3.0", there's not much room (3 x 2.5 meters) so im gonna have to make the most of the limited space, i got 3 high straight walls, so im thinking DIY shelves all arround the room, with a desk on 2 sides ;D


more details soon.....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on July 10, 2015, 06:15:54 am
Congratulations mate. All the best to you and your lady  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Gondor on July 10, 2015, 09:13:57 am
Congratulations mate. All the best to you and your lady  :thumbsup:

Agreed  :thumbsup:

Gondor
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: DogfighterZen on July 11, 2015, 12:59:23 pm
Congratulations mate. All the best to you and your lady  :thumbsup:

Agreed  :thumbsup:

Gondor

I make the gent's words my own and reaffirm them, all the best for the couple! :cheers:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on July 11, 2015, 06:14:54 pm
Good stuff Nils....congrats to you both ! The wee man cave sounds exciting too  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on July 14, 2015, 12:16:00 pm
thanks everyone :)

Blog Entry #138

at the moment there are 6 models on the go, 3 1/144 Tornado of different marks in RAF, Luftwaffe and Marineflieger markings (realworld), a 1/144 SA330 Puma in Belgian Police colors and (still) 2 1/72 Sea Kings. im really hoping to get the latter finished before the move in September.

and my WHIF ideas are coming back  ;D, as ive been getting ideas for various production YF-23's in different markings.
designated the F-23C, this version of the F-23A is upgraded with various features that are also implemented on the F-35A, its basicly designed by Northrop Grumman to be an alternative for the F-22A Raptor on the Export market  :mellow:

ive been thinking about building a few of them in 1/144 scale in USAF, Norwegian, Dutch and Singapore Air Force markings. for a color scheme i was thinking of the dark metallic grey with the edges of the panels in a lighter tone, similar to some F-35's.


regarding the House, the contracts have been signed, last weekend i spent almost a months wages on furniture. ive also been doing some roughsketch designwork on what will eventually become Project: Mancave 3.0. i think ive also found a way to get the most out of the limited space in that room. the most difficult part will be the shelves, as the walls are possibly stone, i might have to drill holes and use plugs before i can screw them on, compared to here where the walls are wood and simple woodscrews suffice.

in terms of stash storage, since we already bought a new dresser for the bedroom, im gonna use her old one (about 1.7 meters high with 2 doors and 3 drawers) as a stash storage cabinet. by the looks of it, i think i just about fit the whole stash in there (or ate least most of it  ;D).

anyways, i got some more good news, my internship (temp job contract) has been extended again, as of friday the factory will close for 2 weeks (summer vacation) and when it re-opens on august 3, ive been asked to come back, of course i said yes  ;D

in the next 2 weeks, i hope to finish some projects, box up some of the stash for the move and get home insurance sorted out.


more soon......
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Gondor on July 14, 2015, 02:48:16 pm
Sounds good  :thumbsup: best of luck with everything

Gondor
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: zenrat on July 15, 2015, 02:52:42 am
If I may, I would suggest free standing shelving units rather than fixing shelves to the wall.  They are more flexible and you can rearrange them when you realise you can squeeze out a bit more stash space if you just move that one along there and...
You should be able to pick up cheap open fronted softwood bookcases, perspex sheet (to cover the front) and magnetic catches (to hold the perspex in place) for less than the cost of the timber and fixings you'd use for shelves.

Best of luck.
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on July 15, 2015, 05:10:54 am
I agree with Zenrat. You had also better check your contract and be sure you are allowed to be drilling holes !

I'd also suggest double boxing. If your stash is to remain in your hands and be built, start tossing the excess packaging etc.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on July 22, 2015, 02:07:07 am
Blog Entry #139


The bench is starting to move again, the 3 1/144 Tornado's are progressing well, although no work has been done on it over the long weekend. no progress on the 1/144 SA330 Puma for over a week, same for the 1/72 SeaKings.

there is however 1 project that got finished, a Trumpeter 1/144 F-22AJ Raptor in JASDF markings.
this is one of 2 F-22 from what i like to call the "Blank fleet", witch is a small number of models with the paint and stenciling on, but no nationality markings. another such model is a restored/upgraded JAS-39 Gripen, witch im gonna paint in either Croatian or Romanian markings.

while pre-packing some of the stash for the move, i came across an ols shoebox with old discarded 1/144 whiffs. i threw most of them away due to ageing and glue/paint damage. i did however recover a 1/144 revell YF-23 in IRIAF markings i built for a 1-week GB a few years ago, its not the best looking model, but i think i can improve it. i stripped it of its decals, and modifications, sanded down the edges of the weaponsbay doors and soon i will strip its paint and repaint it in prototype "Grey Ghost" colors. this will also serve as a prototype for future YF-23's (or F-23A or F/A-23) to be built.

as for today, i have inventory duty, its boring but it has to be done  :-\
i need to make a list of everything Jess and i have for the move, from electronics to coffee spoons.
then i need to scan in the sketches and dimentions of the rooms of our new home, last monday i was there to measure the dimentions of the new room, including those of "Mancave 3.0" (witch will need some reorganising). i also have attic duty today to see if i can find some dinnerplates and drinking glasses, and also to see what old models are staying or going. at some point next week, im also gonna look into stash reduction, by selling off some unwanted kits, mostly 1/48 & 1/32 (aircraft) and 1/43 (cars).
im also thinking of selling my old Nintendo Wii, since i dont use it anymore and hasnt played in almost 2 years.

so there is still a lot of work to be done, but that doesnt mean i will enjoy life. i still have a week and a half vacationtime, and at the end of the month, me and Jess are going to spend a weekend at the seaside in Koksijde (home of the Sea King and NH90-NFH).

Bench Status:


-2 x 1/72 Seaking Mk.48 (50% finished)
-3 x 1/144 Tornado GR1/IDS/ECR (30% finished)
-1/144 SA330 Puma (5% finished)


more soon...........
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on July 24, 2015, 09:17:06 am
Blog Entry #139b


an extra blog update, with some bad news  :-\

this morning, we recieved news that my aunt Rita was dieing :(
she had been suffering from Lung- and Bone cancer for some time and last week was taken into hospital after she got very ill.
we were all shocked of her condition deteriorating so fast, she was in chemotherapy for some time, it looked like she was gonna make it.

this afternoon, it was all over, she passed away peacefully.

RIP Aunt Rita, we will miss you :(
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on July 25, 2015, 06:28:11 am
Sorry to hear that Nils. All the best to you and yours
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on July 26, 2015, 09:33:24 am
Blog Entry #140


work on the bench is at an all-time high, in the past week, several models have left the bench, including a restored1/144 Revell YF-23 and a 1/144 F-22 raptor in JASDF markings (for the WW3 storybuild). and now, i have another restoration project on the go, an old revell 1/144 X-35B, witch currently being repainted in USMC colors after being stripped of its paint and parts (previously in Royal Navy FAA colors), the nosewheel didnt survive the work, but has been replaced with a spare from a trumpeter YF-23, witch is about the same size.

the 3 1/144 tornado's are going smoothly, as main assebly is about 95% finished and they are nearly ready for painting, the 1/144 SA330 Puma is also nearing the end of its build, as the assembly is completed and a first layer of paint has been applied.

on the planning list, i still have a few production versions of the YF-23 in 1/144.

i know, i know, ive been focusing a lot on this scale, but thats because its my favorite scale to work in  ;)

dispite an emotional setback earlier, with my aunt Rita passing away, i have been holding strong, although i do feel like im having difficulties.
with the stress from the move, my nervous breakdown a few months ago and now this, its very difficult to keep your head cool.
ive decided not to attend the funeral, as the stress and emotional burden would definatly sink me into another breakdown or even depression, thats why ive dived into the stash the past few days, to keep me occupied.

my last week of vacation has started, on Friday, me and Jessica are going to spend a weekend at the seaside in Koksijde. im gonna need this weekend away more then her. we both have been busy and stressed out in preperations for the move to our new home in Oedelem (near Ursel, RAF wartime airfield B67). next monday its back to work for me, so i need something to give me some stress relief.


more soon...
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: DogfighterZen on July 26, 2015, 02:56:35 pm
Sad to hear about your aunt... but she's resting now, no more suffering.
Take it easy.
My condolences
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on July 26, 2015, 05:21:33 pm
I love 144th scale Nils !

Glad things are still going well and enjoy your time away my friend !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on August 02, 2015, 09:36:14 am
Blog Entry #141


the bench has progressed conciderably before the weekend. the 1/144 SA330 Puma is now finished. focus now shifts towards the 3 1/144 Tornado's. there's also a little extra side project on the go, just a little experimental in-between project.
the 2 1/72 Seakings will also be recieving some attention tonight, mostly detail parts before the first paintwork begins.

the past 3 days there has been no bench activity due to a weekend away at the seaside, i got some hilarious pics from the 3D world exposition to share with you guys, will upload them later  :lol:

as soon as these projects are finished, there will be NO new builds until after the move in September.
i still need to order a few things for "Mancave 3.0", like new small drawer-units for the paint-tins, styrene sheet- and decals storage.
im also gonna box up some more of the stash tonight.

i just finished designing, printing out and sealing the next decal sheet  ;D
project on the scheet include:

What if:

-1/144 A330-MRTT's (Belgian and Canadian)
-1/?? secret side project (a car with a big "currently Politicaly controversial" flag on the roof)
-1/?? Ghostbusters logo's (for matchbox toy to Ecto1 conversion test)

Real World:

-1/144 HH-60J Jayhawk (USCG)
-1/144 F-16BM (Belgian AF)
-1/144 Phantom FGR.2 (RAF)
-1/144 F-4G Wild Weasel (USAF)
-1/144 F-111F Aardvark (USAF)
-1/144 32TFS "Wolfhounds" emblems (on demand)

there will be more What If projects on the next run of decals, but these will be done after the move.
there will most likely be some Russian Aircraft in Saudi markings.


more soon...........
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on August 06, 2015, 11:52:42 am
Blog Entry #142


bench activity is slowing down again, the 3 tornado's have been untouched for almost a week now and the 2 1/72 Sea Kings feels like the neverending story  :-\
since i started working again on monday, i had very little time and motivation to do any modelbuilding work, since most of my free time is going into pre-packing the stash. about 90% of the stash is now in boxes ready for the move next month.

yesterday, the 2 new drawerboxes for "Mancave 3.0" have arrived, these will replace the old wooden and broken down plastic sets and will be used for storing styrene scheets, Humbrol/Revell paint tins and decals.

(http://s.s-bol.com/imgbase0/imagebase/large/FC/6/5/7/1/9200000020951756.jpg)


also, tomorrow i expect the delivery of what will most likely be the last stash additions for some time.
i will be holding off buying of new kits until after the move. this weekend there will be no bench activity, as i will be spending the weekend at my girlfriend's parents place.

and bad news seems to be coming on a regular basis the past few weeks. 2 weeks ago, as noted earlier, my aunt passed away.
and now, at the worst possible time, i heared that next week will be my last week on the job  :-\
only Teusday, the company i work at has been taken over by a Dutch industrial group, and yesterday, i recieved news that im going to loose my job (again!!! :angry: ).
this is all Deja Vu to me, as the past 3 jobs i had, ended in a similar scenario, someone takes over the place, and i lose my job! this has got to be the 3rd or 4th time now!
for pete's sake, i just signed the rentlease for our new place!  :banghead:

im not going to look for new work until after the move, i might find something closer to (the new) home  :unsure:


more soon..........
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on August 07, 2015, 06:03:55 am
Sorry to hear that mate. Best of luck
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on August 11, 2015, 06:03:39 am
That's some bad luck for sure. Hope it work's out for you !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on August 13, 2015, 12:24:12 pm
Blog Entry #143


i promised myself, no new builds until after the move, and yet i have started another.
this time a Trumpeter 1/144 YF-23A, only modified into a production machine, ive slightly revised the intake, added an EOTS, cut out the weaponsbay doors and added an internal weapons bay. ive also added 2 external hardpoints for additional fuel tanks.
it will be painted in USAF markings.

the 2 SeaKings and 3 Tonka's still need more work, no change since last week  :-\

ive also got some good news, my unemployment has been postponed for atleast another week 2 weeks, so that a good thing  ;D


more soon......
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on August 20, 2015, 06:40:40 am
Sweet ! Some good news is always....good ! The little F-23 would be hard to pass on, I keep thinking the same things anytime I see a stealthy type on a store shelf.....must cut open weapon bays....

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: DogfighterZen on August 20, 2015, 01:17:29 pm
That F-23 will surely be a nice one, i'm watching out for that! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on August 21, 2015, 12:10:53 pm
Blog Entry #144

going into the last week of building on the old bench before packing everything up to move.
the bench is making good progress, bit by bit. 2 out of 3 Tornado's are almost finished.
the F-23 is also making great progress, all 3 should be finished by the end of the weekend.
the 3rd Tornado is gonna take some more time, but should be finished before the move.

as for the 2 1/72 SeaKings, there is no way they will be finished before the move, so im prepping them for transport to the new workbench.
the move is moving closer and closer, and there is still more packing and stash inventory checks to do.
im also gotta find time to sort through the boxes with older built models/whiffs, might even throw away some older builds or scrap them for parts.

on monday i will enter my last week on the current job, however, there is a possibility they are going to give me a permanent steady job, it was already brought up during the meeting of the personel manager and the union reps. after a total of 75+ workdays (witch is way more then the 5 they first needed me for) they feel obliged to keep me. im hoping for the best, but from previous experiences i dont want to keep my hopes up to high.

more soon.......
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on August 22, 2015, 05:05:19 am
I hope it works out for you mate  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on August 22, 2015, 08:36:30 am
Exciting times Nils ! I hope it all works out for you as well. A permanent job would be a life changer for you.

As far as Sea Kings go, we've only been waiting ten years lol  :thumbsup:

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on August 22, 2015, 09:45:07 am
Thanks  :thumbsup:

anyway, the F-23 is now finished  :mellow:
http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,36704.msg697166.html#msg697166
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on August 23, 2015, 05:28:47 am
Blog Entry #144b: Continued

im curretnly preparing the stash for the move, all this has to be moved in 2 weeks.
these boxes represent about 60% of the stash, the other 40% is already pre-boxed for storage.
the 1/144 stash is not fully represented here, only the bottom left box and top left is 1/144 (rest is 1/72),
there's still more under the bed and in the attic  :rolleyes:

its only when i start packing that i realise how big the stash is  :blink:  :unsure: :rolleyes:

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn292/Nilssteyaert/misc/001_3.jpg)
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on August 26, 2015, 05:51:35 am
Cut open them boxes so we can see it all ! lol. Packing is defo an eye opener. As is moving.....once a few years go by, and you realize there are boxes full of stuff you still haven't touched.... :blink:

Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on August 28, 2015, 07:38:55 am
Blog Entry #145

This will be the final Blog Entry to be posted from my current location, the next entry will be posted from my new home.

preperations are underway to move all my modelbuilding activity to my new home in Oedelem (10 kilometers west of Brugges).
over the past days, all the stash has been boxes up and prepared for the move.

as for the WIP models, i dont think i will finish them in time. the 2 1/72 SeaKings are almost prepped for travel.
progress on the 3 1/144 Tornado's is nearing completion, but i dont think they will be finished in time for the move.
the GR.1 "Mig Eater" is about 95% finished, it just needs its weapons and external tanks. the Marineflieger IDS is in the same spot, also at 95% finished and the German Luftwaffe ECR Tigermeet'11 is about 80% finished, should be looking into getting some decals on it, maybe before the move.

its going to be a very,very busy week ahead, with no modelbuilding activity for the next 2 weeks.
the shedule at the moment doesnt allow it, witch is as follows:

-Monday: Signing the final lease, energy contracts (electricity, gas and water) and the final pieces of paperwork.
-Teusday: to Beernem cityhall for registration into population register, to post office to change my mailing adress.
-Wednesday: back home for the final stages of packing, might move some boxes to the new home if possible.
-Thursday: delivery and assembly of new furniture.
-Friday: delivery of washing machine and installing connection to the internet.
-Saturday: the biggest part of the move, moving all our (me and Jessica's) stuff from our old homes to the new one.
-Sunday: Unpacking and interior works + building Mancave 3.0 (might even start on Saturday with that)
-Monday: Back to work, business as usual.....


its going to be a very busy and stressfull week, but it will be worth it in the end.
the most difficult part will be to get my current collection of models there in 1 piece, during the last move, about a third of it got damaged due to somebody that didnt pay attention to large word FRAGILE written on the boxes (mostly broken wheels, but some got damaged beyond repair). to ensure they arrive safely, i will be packing them myself and im going with them to make sure i dont have to replace or repair half of them.


more soon, from the new location......... :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on August 28, 2015, 07:53:59 am
Yup. That's going to be busy ! good luck Nils
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on August 29, 2015, 04:54:36 am
Yup good luck Nils. Don't get to stressed....just walk away and count to 100  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: DogfighterZen on August 31, 2015, 10:45:45 am
Good luck! Get that man cave up and running A.S.A.P., you hear? I wanna see those Tornadoes whirling...  ;D :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on September 02, 2015, 11:17:32 am
Blog Entry #145b

the move is going smoothly, although i have my stress moments. being scared that im not going to get everything moved or settled in in time.
a small part of the stash has already been moved, aswell as some 1/72 completed builds and almost all the completed 1/144 scale models.
tomorrow im going to start with the assembly of the furniture, witch will be delivered in the morning.
some stash might end up being left behind, to be collected at a later date.

friday im gonna go back home disassemble my bed, take all the cubberds downstairs and prepare everything to be moved in the morning.

Saturday will be the hardest day, with all the cubberds , library, stash and other things being moved.
on Sunday its going to be building and sorting everything, and start the works on the rooms, including mancave 3.0.
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on September 03, 2015, 05:50:09 am
Sounds good Nils ! And don't stress too much.....you're almost there and will be relaxing in your own home in no time !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on September 10, 2015, 02:54:27 am
Blog Entry #146

First new Blog entry in the new home  ;D

the moving went off pretty smoothly, although i had some severe stress moments.
about 95% of the stash made it here, a small box was left behind, to be picked up at a later date.
the built models made it here in 1 piece, only light damage was noticed on a few, but its fixable.

work has started on Mancave 3.0, with most of the funishing assembled, however, i hit a slight bump   :-\,
a large old closet that was intended as a stash storage closet, was unable to be brought here as it was to large to move downstairs and could not be rebuilt if taken appart. so as a replacement, i ordered some heavy duty shelf units, big enough to accomodate most of the stash, should be expected here tomorrow  ;D

there is still too much to be done in the house itsself, i need to fit a new shower head, toilet seats, lighting,.....
this weekend im gonna look at hanging up the shelf units, but first i need to find a new key for the power drill  :rolleyes:
i hope to start actual building within a week or 2, as i have encountered some delays and unforseen problems.

healthwise, im holding up, although i appear to have come down with a flu, so im at home right now resting (and getting some things done).


more (and pictures of Mancave 3.0) coming soon  :thumbsup:.........
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on September 10, 2015, 05:02:53 am
At least you got the important stuff done and checked on the models before you worried about nonsense like toilet seats and shower heads  :thumbsup:

Glad to hear it went well, and hope you're feeling better soon !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on September 12, 2015, 06:23:13 am
Blog Entry #147: Mancave Begins

now that downstairs is almost settled, i have started on the Mancave.
there have been some bumps and setbacks allong the way, buy im finally getting there  :mellow:

so, lets give you an update:

Day 1:

arrival of the furniture from my old place in the new place, started storing some of the moving boxes and the built models.
damage so far has been minor to minimal. space is a little cramped, but workable (3 by 2.5 meters).
since other work in the house has priority, the mancave will have a little day by day progress

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn292/Nilssteyaert/what%20if/Mancave3/003.jpg)

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn292/Nilssteyaert/what%20if/Mancave3/004.jpg)

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn292/Nilssteyaert/what%20if/Mancave3/005.jpg)


Day 2:

the worktables have arrived the previous day, and the next day i started putting them back together.
i still need to organise everything and store everything away.
noticable in the first pic, are the new black plastic drawer units where i will keep the paint, styrene, spare tools, decals,....

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn292/Nilssteyaert/what%20if/Mancave3/006.jpg)

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn292/Nilssteyaert/what%20if/Mancave3/007.jpg)

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn292/Nilssteyaert/what%20if/Mancave3/008.jpg)


Day 3:

while i was waiting for my new shelf units to arrive, i started sorting out the boxes of stash, library and tools.

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn292/Nilssteyaert/what%20if/Mancave3/009.jpg)


Day 4 (Today):

last night, the shelf units finally arrived, so this morning i started assembly of the whole package.
after 2 hours of swearing and cursing (as there were serious fitting problems), i managed to finish it  :rolleyes:

so after that, i started storing and stocking up the stash....

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn292/Nilssteyaert/what%20if/Mancave3/010.jpg)

3 hours later:

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn292/Nilssteyaert/what%20if/Mancave3/011.jpg)


there is still loads more to be done, im getting some help on teusday to hang up the shelves above the worktables.
i got some housework to do now so i might get to work on it some more tonight.

and just as i thought things were going good, they started getting harder,
after falling sick with a flu a few days ago, i recieved a phonecall that i lost my job (AGAIN!  :banghead: ), i havent even moved out for a week and those *ssh*les already ruin it for me. luckily i have some financial reserves to live on for a while and i already started looking for a new job closer to the new home.

to rpevent myself from sinking into another depression, im going back into the styrene therapy as soon as the mancave is complete  ;)


more soon.........
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on September 12, 2015, 06:34:19 am
I was really excited and happy for you, enjoying the photos and imagining your excitement....right until the last paragraph !

 :banghead:

Great selection of kits Nils, and bot you sure have a lot of finished models ! I guess we all do, but you just don't realize until the are all boxed up like this. The group of in progress ships looks awesome. I'd love to see more of them with a synopsis of your plans for each, They all look ( form the small pic ) aviation related or capable.

I hope the styrene therapy does you some good and you get out there confident and find that dream job !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Gondor on September 12, 2015, 06:37:19 am
Just remember that you now live with your girlfriend. She can be a great help if you are feeling depressed in any way as well as the plastic.

Gondor
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on September 21, 2015, 01:45:51 am
Blog Entry #148

having a bit of a sore back this morning, been gone all day yesterday to an airshow (been up since 4AM, getting in bed at 11PM).
i will post pics of the show later.

there has been no progress on the mancave for the past week, most of the effort went into installing the new lighting arround the house.
today i will replace all the halogen lights with LED light (to save on electricity). if there's still time, im gonna see if i can hang some shelves on the mancave.

i really want to get back to the modelingbench, there's still a lot of projects that need to be finished before starting new.
new projects in line are a 1/72 Spitfire Mk.I in Belgian Markings for the BoB GB, and a 1/72 Tucano in Russian AF markings (for the COIN GB over on BTS, starting october 1st).

yesterdays trip to Sanicole really gave me the inspiration i needed to start building agian, and new ideas have popped up to keep me busy a little while longer  ;D


more soon.......
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on September 21, 2015, 06:25:42 am
Getting back at the bench will definitely make you feel 'normal' again ! It's been a big part of your life and with all of the changes I can guess how you'd miss it.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on September 30, 2015, 03:07:47 am
Blog Entry #149


work on the new mancave has been on hold for the past week due to lack of assistance for the final parts.
although i can start working on new models in its current state, its impossible to display them as the shelves are not fitted yet.

next in line on the buildlist is a 1/72 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.I (early) in Belgian markings for the BoB GB.
i also already designed decals for another future project, a DH Comet 4B in Belgian Air Force markings. for that i will be using the recently re-released 1/144 Airfix kit.

im still missing an office chair for the mancave, but im thinking of ordering a cheap one online.
ive been having very little time for building lately, got my hands full with housework, jobhunting, grocery shopping...

however, i am currently doing research on another big project, cant tell you much yet as i havent worked out all the details yet.
there's also another smaller project on the drawing board, a German WW2 escort carrier (in 1/144), maybe even a second one, as i have a spare 1/350 Bismark hull. im also still in design work on a small 1/144 LHD, but i havent figured the details on that one out yet.

at this moment, im making an overview of what i have planned, what i have going and what i will build in the future.
most of it is 1/144, but i also have a few planned projects in 1/72, including advanced models of the Me262 and FW Flitzer.

for the Me262 im planning a heavy ground attack version with a 50mm cannon under the nose, similar to the V083 with Mk214 50mm cannon, but slightly different, think of it as a Luft'46 A-10  :mellow:

i dont have a full list of ideas, but i will give you a small overview on that soon  :mellow:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on September 30, 2015, 06:20:59 am
Some interesting ideas on the burner there Nils, always like the naval stuff.
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on October 05, 2015, 04:46:32 am
Blog Entry #150


im almost ready to start building again, as the work on the new mancave has entered its final stages.
here are the latest pictures of the progress  :mellow:

first up: the shelves above the worktable, there are 5 of them, measuring 30 x 120cm.
each rail is attached to the wall with 3 8mm plugs (and about 25 to 30mm deep), so they should hold.
these will be displaying my 1/144 builds, ive had some equipment problems in the final stages, but they appear to be holding.
i finished placing these saturday afternoon, and all the smaller 1/144's are now placed  :mellow:

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn292/Nilssteyaert/what%20if/Mancave3/001.jpg)


the biggest challenge in the mancave at the moment is the larger and longer shelves for the 1/72 collection.
ive had some difficulties in drilling the holes to hold the plugs, especially when one of my drills was starting to get bent (and using a drilling tool thats underpowered).
i really am not used to drilling holes and plugs into a brick wall, as these are hollow bricks, im always scared they are gonna fall down soon after, im very insecure about this kind of work, but its the cheapest and most effective way to place display shelves without having to sacrifice space and furnishing.

for the larger ones i though i would play it safe, and mount the rails with 4 plugs each instead of 3, just to compensate for the extra length and weight. just a moment ago, i put on the first 3 shelves (30 x 200+ cm), a 4th was left off as i deemed it to long and im gonna look into shortening it by 50cm, other wise it would put to much stress on one of the support-rails.

im not gonna place any models on them yet, at first i want to give it the 24 hour stress test, to see if they will hold the weight.
the completed models are safely stored in the hallway, still in the moving boxes.
if the shelves hold, they will be put on they're display-place some time tomorrow.

at the moment, the mancave is about 95% complete, its ready to be used, but im still waiting for a new office/mancave chair to arrive tomorrow. i want to sit comfortable when i restart building models.


(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn292/Nilssteyaert/what%20if/Mancave3/002.jpg)

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn292/Nilssteyaert/what%20if/Mancave3/003_1.jpg)
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on October 05, 2015, 11:41:49 am
Looking good Nils ! Nice and clean without anything on them  :thumbsup: Hopefully the supports pass the stress test and the models can go up !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on October 06, 2015, 03:48:46 am
Thanks cap  :thumbsup:

well, they appear to be holding on, the mount is much stronger then i thought.
this afternoon i have some more work to do, such as filling the shelves, clean up the dust from the drilling,...
also, less then an hour ago, the last part of the mancave arrived, the new workchair, so that going to require some assembly ;D

mancave should be styrene ready by tonight, if all goes well  :mellow:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on October 06, 2015, 04:54:42 am
Nice ! And the first thing you`re going to do is finish those long-suffering Sea Kings ?

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on October 06, 2015, 05:26:55 am
Nice ! And the first thing you`re going to do is finish those long-suffering Sea Kings ?

 :thumbsup:

its on my to-do list, but yes, they will have to be finished soon  ;D
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on October 06, 2015, 05:38:06 am
Cool. Instead of just razzing you I should have also mentioned how happy I am for you to be back at the bench, or at the new bench. That's going to feel great and be just what you need after all this work and stress etc !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on October 13, 2015, 03:56:28 am
Blog Entry #151

the new mancave is up and running and fully operational  :thumbsup:
work has resumed on the 3 1/144 scale Tornado's and the 2 1/72 Sea Kings.
there is still some work left on the new workspace, but its only miscellaneous tasks (hanging up posters, a clock, cleaning....)

as soon as the Tornado's are done, im gonna start on the next 2 projects, a 1/72 Airfix Spitfire Mk.1 for the BoB GB and a 1/72 Airfix Embraer/Yakovlev Tucano COIN aircraft (in Russian markings and with russian A2G weapons).

meanwhile, Job Hunting is still proceding at a steady pace, however without results yet.
ive also finished decal designing for another future project, a Belgian AF DeHavilland Comet 4B.
im also gonna look into other future decal designs, including serials for a German Mig-29 (RW), Saudi Su-30MKS, Polish Su-22 Fitter (RW),....
im still looking at the stash and what to make for future projects, im also thinking of designing decals for 1/72 S.H.I.E.L.D AH-1W Cobra's and AgustaWestland AW109's  ;)


i will post some pictures of the new mancave later today  :mellow:.......
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on October 13, 2015, 06:53:35 am
Sounds good. What do you use to design and print your decals ? That's something I would really like to try.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on October 13, 2015, 11:36:21 am
Sounds good. What do you use to design and print your decals ? That's something I would really like to try.

 :cheers:

i use paint.net for the designing, i scan in the parts on my scanner and then use another layer for the decals test.
before using the decalpaper, i print it out on regular paper for size comparison and fitting tests.
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on October 15, 2015, 01:24:17 am
Blog Entry #151b

as promised, the first pictures of the completed mancave  :thumbsup:

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn292/Nilssteyaert/what%20if/Mancave3/001_1.jpg)

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn292/Nilssteyaert/what%20if/Mancave3/002_1.jpg)

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn292/Nilssteyaert/what%20if/Mancave3/003_2.jpg)

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn292/Nilssteyaert/what%20if/Mancave3/004_1.jpg)
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on October 15, 2015, 05:53:33 am
 :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: PR19_Kit on October 15, 2015, 08:47:45 am
Amazingly tidy Nils.  :thumbsup:

Will it stay that way for long though?  ;D
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Dizzyfugu on October 15, 2015, 08:58:08 am
It's certainly all photoshopped...  ;)
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on October 15, 2015, 10:32:07 am
Great stuff Nils ! So nice and bright and organized ! You`re definitely a multi-kit kind of guy eh !¸

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: kerick on October 15, 2015, 06:19:10 pm
Empty shelf space! I see you planned ahead!
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: DogfighterZen on October 16, 2015, 06:36:07 am
That Man Cave looks comfortable and practical enough for some serious modeling! :thumbsup:

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on October 19, 2015, 07:20:42 am
Blog Entry #152


im nearly finished with the 3 1/144 Tornado's and i just started on a 1/72 Spitfire Mk.1.
work will also continue on the 2 1/72 SeaKings, witch i want to finish as fast as possible, as they are becoming a bother due to the too long time they have been on the bench.

next in line on the bench are a pair of 1/144 Mig-29's (and at least 2 more in 2016) and a 1/72 Short Tucano (with Russian markings and armament).
ive reverted back to realworld builds for a while, while thinking of a next WHIFF project, and i came up with quite a few.
thinking of building a Cuban Mig-29 in 1/144 scale, made me think of replacements, maybe an Su-30MK in DAAFAR markings (blue/green camo like the Mig-21/23's).

in terms of decal designing for future project, im still stuck at 2, a Belgian DH Comet 4B and a German Mig-29 (both 1/144).
other projects that need decal designing are the Saudi Su-30, Cuban (post-Castro) and Libyan (Post-Ghadafi) F/A-18C's, Bangladeshi Su-47A, upgraded Russian Su-47M (with Su-35 radarnose and TVC engines),....

there are still more projects to come, but i havent quite figured those out yet. the previously mentioned projects (Belgian and Canadian A330-MRTT's, Belgian A400M,....) are still on the waiting list, but the bench is to crowded at the moment to start on them. should start when the Seakings are done.


more soon.........
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on October 21, 2015, 02:08:28 am
Blog Entry #152b


i spent all morning making backups of my PC files (music, video's, pictures, decal designs, files, firefox bookmarks....) as im planning to do a clean install upgrade to Windows 10. this could take several hours to several days before everything is back to normal.
i wrote all the most important information down on paper, as not to forget certain paswords (that i dont use often).

i know i said i didnt intend to upgrade to Win10 (from Win7) since my PC is over 5 years old (but still running like new), but since im planning to get a new PC in about a year from now, i figured "what do i have to lose?" the upgrade is free, so why not  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on October 21, 2015, 05:22:23 am
I still have to get on with that myself.....some day ! Looking forward to seeing the Sea Kings Nils, and too right they must be a bother, they've been on the go for years ! It will be like another fresh start for you when they are done  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on October 26, 2015, 12:49:56 am
Blog Entry #153


the bench is back on the move once again, of the 3 1/144 Tornado's, the first one is now finished (ECR, Tigermeet 2011), a second one should follow some time today (the GR.1 "Mig Eater") and a 3rd (IDS, Marineflieger) should follow soon.

here's a pic of the finished ECR, (revell kit, OOB )

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn292/Nilssteyaert/realworld%20models/1-144/002_1.jpg)


meanwhile, work on the other projects are also going well.
the 1/72 Spitfire Mk.1 for the BoB GB is nearing its final stages, all it needs is one more layer of aluminium paint on the underside, before decals can be applied, should be done this week if all goes well.

next in line on the bench is a 1/72 Tucano, to be built as a Russian Air Force COIN aircraft, using weapons from an ICM russian a2g weapons set.

there are so many projects to choose from, i dont know what to build next.
as for 1/144 models, i have 2 RW Russian Mig-29's next in line, other versions of the Mig-29 im planning is a German and Cuban version.
after the first 2 Mig's im going to build 2 new 1/144 F-4 Phantoms (one USAF, one RAF FGR.1) and restore 2 (German F-4F and converted F-4G Wild Weasel) that are in storage awaiting repairs. there's also  that one Gripen thats been improved, thinking of puting Croatian markings on it.

im also looking into getting back into Luft'46 builds, might have to take one out whan the Tucano is done.
ive been playing around with some idea's regarding other '46 builds, including USAAF P-84A, Croatian Blohm & Voss P.194, Argentinian Me262....


more soon.....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on October 26, 2015, 07:01:10 am
That's neat Nils  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: ChernayaAkula on October 26, 2015, 04:17:23 pm
Nice work on the Tiger Tornado!  :thumbsup: Must have been a helluva lot of work applying all those decals.
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on October 27, 2015, 01:01:27 am
Nice work on the Tiger Tornado!  :thumbsup: Must have been a helluva lot of work applying all those decals.

thanks, and indeed, it was a real challenge in applying all those decals, took me a few days in several shifts  :-\
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Dizzyfugu on October 27, 2015, 03:52:53 am
Looks great, esp. for a small 1:144 kit!
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on October 27, 2015, 05:38:49 am
Great job on that one Nils ! Might be OOB, but it's one of your best yet ! Great job on such a wee kit. I Sea there are no mention of heliKopters though ?

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: DogfighterZen on October 28, 2015, 04:47:44 pm
Great work, Nils, that  :tornado: sure looks good! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on November 03, 2015, 01:28:01 am
Blog entry #154


and with this entry, i will have reached the 5000th post on this forum  :drink: :party: :cheers:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v54/RedKittieKat/5000_zps61f225fd.gif)


now, lets get to the point :)

in the past week, the bench has been in full swing and 4 completed projects has left the bench, this included 3 1/144 Tornado's and a 1/72 Spitfire Mk1.

work on the 2 1/72 SeaKings has also entered full accelaration, smaller detail parts have been added and the fuselages are now being prepped for paintwork  :thumbsup:

meanwhile, ive started to make preperations on the next series of projects.
in 1/72 i have an Airfix Tucano, to be built as a Russian Air Force COIN aircraft, with armament coming from an ICM 1/72 soviet A2G weapons set, witch will also be used on other planned Soviet/Russian builds.

in 1/144, im still choosing between 2 realworld aircraft, either 2 F-4 Phantoms (USAF and RAF) or 2 Mig-29's (both Russian, operational fighter and a Swifts aircraft).

ive also been looking at other future projects, after the SeaKings, i have 2 1/72 NH90-NFH's next in line, hopefully the build of these wont last almost 2 years like the SeaKings  :-\
other projects in line are the 2 planned 1/144 A330-MRTT's (Canadian and Belgian), Belgian DH Comet 4B (in decal design stage), various Super Hornets,......
i still have tons of builds planned, including some Luft'46 themed builds, some of witch will be scale-o-rama builds in either 1/72 or 1/144 scale or smaller.


more, much more, soon....... ;)
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on November 04, 2015, 05:09:47 am
You're a busy man Nils ! Love all of the idea....can't wait to see some, especially the ( you know whats ) and the MRTTs !

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on November 09, 2015, 03:52:05 am
Blog Entry #155


over the past few weeks, ive had an urge to build agian, in the past week that was no different.
the 2 SeaKings are still awaiting a first paintjob, and i havent started on the Tucano yet.

in 1/144 scale, ive been working all week on not 2, but 4 F-4 Phantoms in 4 different versions (real world, 2 refurbished older F-4's and 2 new builds).
yesterday, the first one was finished, a refurbished F-4G Wild Weasel. ive converted this one about 15 years ago, and was in urgent need of upgrading and repairs.
so, after stripping the paint, weapons, canopy and engines, i managed to completly give this old kit, witch was destined to be scrapped, a new lease of life.

the result:

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn292/Nilssteyaert/realworld%20models/1-144/001_5.jpg)


meanwhile, another refurbished Phantom, a German F-4F version, is also just finished.
of the new Phantoms, an RAF F-4M Phantom FGR.2 (converted from an F-4E) is aslo in the works, but the conversion was not that simple.
changes include new scratchbuilt RR Spey nozzles, a RWR antenna on the tail, new radar nosecone and revised front landinggear.

the 4th Phantom is a USAF F-4E, in SEA camo, this one is only just starting, with only the basic pre-assembly done.

after browsing through the spares box, i came across a spare, partially started, 1/144 F-4F Phantom, witch was used as a testkit for an RF-4E Conversion (witch didnt turn out that great). i might complete this kit and make a What If version, maybe an RAF PR.4 (RF-4C(UK) for example) version in all black?

when the 1/144 phantoms are done, i might eventually start on the 1/144 Mig-29's.

ive also been examining another Tanker conversion. aside from the 2 A330-MRTT's and a smaller KC-737 conversion, ive started examining a Russian built tanker. earlier this week, i bought a Zvezda 1/144 IL-86 Camber. a few months ago, ive been thinking of a more advanced and more dedicated tanker then the IL-78 Midas.
ive came up with a 3-point tanker version of the IL-86 (inspired by the recently announced IL-96-400TZ tanker for Russia).
to mix it up a but,  ive been thinking of a Cuban Air Force version of the IL-86TZ Mudgeon (Cuba would have 2 aircraft in 2001, converted from ex-Cubana airliners)

a concept profile:

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn292/Nilssteyaert/what%20if/profiles/IL-86%20DAAFAR.png)


more soon......
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on November 09, 2015, 08:27:44 am
Phantom looks great Nils ! Love the weapons load.

The profile looks great as well.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on November 17, 2015, 12:41:39 am
Blog Entry #156

work on the bench is booming, as one project after another starts to see the light of day.
i am currently finishing up the last of 4 relworld 1/144 F-4 Phantoms. Last week i showed you a restored old F-4G Wild Weasel, since then, 2 more Phantoms have left the bench to the shelves, a restored F-4F Phantom II and a newly built Phantom FGR.2.
the 4th and last Phantom is curretnly being finished, a USAF F-4E in Vietnam war camo.

also, last night, ived started on a new WHIF project, the first of 2 Airbus A330-MRTT  ;D
for research and test purposes, ive decided to start with the Royal Canadian Air Force version, the CC-165T (converted from a spare A340).
ive already done the cockpit and front wheel and assembled the fuselage, the fuselage has also been marked for cutting, as will have to be cut down to -200 length (-6 framed from the front and -4 framed at the rear).
the Belgian version of the A330-MRTT will start as soon as the other F-4 is finished.

no progress on the SeaKings in the past week, but work should continue during this week.

when the A330-MRTT's are done, im hoping to start on the 1/144 Airbus A400M in Belgian markings.
im still doing my research for another tanker, the Cuban Air Force (DAAFAR) IL-86TZ Mudgeon.
another project im planning on reviving is the Tu-144 in East-German Interflug colors. that project also got me thinking about building a Lufthansa Concorde to go alongside it  ;D
after seeing a Video on the Tu-114 (converted Airliner Tu-95) ive also been thinking about converting a Tu-95 into a Civilian airliner.
i still have loads of window decals left from older Revell airliners. the conversionwork itsself would not be that difficult, lust removing the belly radar.
looking at the Hasegawa 1/144 YS-11 and Airfix Vanguard on the stashshelf, ive been thinking of painting these in RAF markings and convert the Vanguard into an RAF AEW aircraft as a Shackleton replacement.

as for decal designing, so far i have designs ready for a Belgian AF HD Comet and RW German and Cuban Mig-29's.
im still looking to design markings for the Saudi Su-30MKS. in terms of other project decals, i still havent figured it out yet.
one project thats going to need decals is the RAF F-104K Starfighter F.3.


so many project, so little time  :rolleyes:

more updates soon, until then, enjoy the pics of these 2 recently finished Phantoms  ;D

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn292/Nilssteyaert/realworld%20models/1-144/003_6.jpg)

this RAF Phantom has had several conversion modifications, including:

-new radar nose
-RWR antenna on the tail
-Rolls Royce Spey engines (scratchbuilt)
-.....

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn292/Nilssteyaert/realworld%20models/1-144/002_8.jpg)
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on November 17, 2015, 01:04:44 am
Luftwaffe one in particular looks very neat Nils  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on November 17, 2015, 06:04:16 am
Great stuff Nils love them both...as Chris said the Luftwaffe one looks excellent in that camo, but I've always had a spot for an RAF Phantom in that scheme.

 :wub:

Now on with the Sea Kings  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on November 19, 2015, 12:25:53 am
Blog Entry #156b


just finished the last F-4 Phantom, an F-4E in USAF Vietnam camo.
also, there will be no activity on the bench for the next few days, as i am out of town for my sisters wedding (im the photographer).

so until then, have a great weekend.
also, here's a pic of the finished Phantom  ;D

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn292/Nilssteyaert/realworld%20models/1-144/001_10.jpg)
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on November 19, 2015, 05:27:14 am
I see you named it Ed ! have a great weekend Nils and congrats to your Sister. have a great weekend yourself !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on November 25, 2015, 05:08:16 am
Blog Entry #157


there has been little physical progress the past few days, mostly due to more pressing matters.
before the weekend, i managed to finish up my last 1/144 Phantom, see my last entry.

last weekend, i could not do any modelbuilding, sice i was out of town to be the photographer at my eldest sister's wedding.
me and the missus had a great time, although my diet is kinda ruined, as the next day, my Nephew Jayden was turning 4 and my brother held a party for him.

now, back on topic...

Today, i finished designing a new decalsheet, for various future WHIF and RW projects.
to sum them up:

Real World:

-1/144 Mig-29A Fulcrum (German & Cuban AF versions)
-1/144 F-104G Starfighter (Netherlands AF)
-1/144 F-16BM "20 years OCU" (Belgian AF)

What If:

-1/144 DH Comet 4B (Belgian Air Force)
-1/144 F-104G Starfighter "Area 88"
-1/144 F-16A Fighting Falcon "Area 88" (my alternative for the F-20 for Shin Kazama)
-1/144 F-20 Tigershark "Area 88" (Shin Kazama)
-1/144 F-16A "Sonny Tuckson" (from a Buck Danny comic, unmarked with a black skull and number 13 on the tail)
-F-35A-style refueling boom recepters for F-23's (1/144)
-various 1/144 secret projects....

compared to last time, there are no 1/72 projects on the sheet, but those will most likely appear on the next decal design.
as for the next few days, im gonna look into finishing the A330-MRTT and the 2 Sea Kings.
next in line to be built is a series of single type aircraft, im still decided between F-16A/B/C's, Mig-29's, F-23's and F/A-18E/F's.
as for the F-16's there are at least 8 in line, half of them are WHIF projects.

looking at the stash, there are a lot of potential future projects. a Hasegawa 1/144 NAMC YS-11 for example, im thinking of building it as an RAF HS.748 series 3 (or HS.749, or super Andover).
im also planning on building an RAF Vanguard AEW.1 using the radar of a heller E-2C Hawkeye. as for a color scheme, im thinking similar to the Shackleton AEW aircraft (overall dark grey with light grey/blue underside).

also in 1/144, i have 4 F-104 Starfighters. 2 have been earmarked to be build, a Dutch and an Area 88 version. a 3rd one will be an RAF machine and the 4th one will be Converted into a Zombite Fighter.
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on December 01, 2015, 07:18:41 am
Blog Entry #158


again, a lot of activity on the bench the last few days.
the RCAF Airbus A330-MRTT has been put on hold for a while due to development problems with the refueling kit (boom design).
also, i have started work on 4 realworld 1/144 scale Mig-29A's (3 revell and 1 academy). the 4th one (academy) was pretty much unwanted (bought it just for the decals), but i had an old "The Swifts" mig-29 that needed a replacement, so i thought "want not, waste not".
the 3 revell kits are being built as Russian AF, Cuban AF and German Luftwaffe fulcrums.
ive had to make some modifications as to make them look like fulcrums. changes include a 4mm nose extension, shorter and revised rear landinggear struts, shorter and repositioned weapons pylons, new ordanance (for some, salvaged from a trumpeter Su-27/30).....

ive also done some work on the SeaKings, mosty the assembly of the landinggear pylons.

as for what to build next, after the Mig's, i still dont know, im thinking some 1/72 Luft'46 kits might be a good idea, still have a lot of those in the stash, although ive been in the mood for Russian equipment lately, so im thinking a 1/144 Tu-95 Bear-D. ive also been playing with the idea of buying one or 2 more bears and convert them to a Civilian airliner (like the Tu-114 "Cleat") or even a tanker derivative (Tu114TZ or Tu-95TZ "Meat").


lately, i havent been feeling so good. for the last few days, i feel tired, my chest feels heavy and i get nervous for no reason.
i think i might be coming down with something, or maybe its just cabin fever trying to get to me, as ive been unemployed for the past 3 months and i havent had any succes finding a new suitable job. for the moment im doing fine, but living on my own with my girlfriend is quite expensive and my unemployment benefits are barely enough to support me. i have to put on a little of my savings on top of it, just to get by. i can hold out for a while, but i need a better income. i really hope to find something, but with the holidays only 3 weeks away, i dont think im gonna find something until after newyears.


more soon....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on December 08, 2015, 06:05:34 am
Blog Entry #159


more progress has been made, i am now in final stages of completing the last 2 of 4 1/144 Mig-29's.
the aircraft for The Swifts and Luftwaffe were completed earlier this week.
the other 2, an operational Russian AF and Cuban AF version, are in final stages of painting and assembly.

pictures of the completed Fulcrums:

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn292/Nilssteyaert/realworld%20models/1-144/Mig-29/005_3.jpg)

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn292/Nilssteyaert/realworld%20models/1-144/Mig-29/003_2.jpg)


no progress on the 2 1/72 SeaKings or the 1/144 RCAF A330-MRTT this week.
looking at the stash, i have a hard time selecting the next projects, on one side i have3 or 4 1/144 Alpha Jets to be built, while on the other ive been  wanting t odo some WHIF building, looking at 3 1/144 Su-47 Berkuts, in witch i plan to build 1 Russian AF, 1 PLAAF and 1 New Flanders version. for the Russian version, various upgrades are in line, including a new radar nose section, thrust vectoring nozzles, a new Su-37 style slinter camo,....

there are also plans to design new decals for the first projects for 2016, WHIF projects including: Saudi Su-30MKS (long overdue), French Aeronavale A320-MPA, RAF F-104K Starfighter F.3....
i still havent figured out most of the WHIF project, but lately ive been workign on a number of RW projects, like the F-4's and the Mig-29's. other RW projects in 1/144 for 2016 are 3 F/A-18C Hornets (US Navy, Spanish and Canadian AF versions), various F-16A/B/C's (decals already printed in the last run),.....

im really looking at getting back into the 1/72 arena, i still have tons of '46 themed models waiting to start, also some modern and classic jets and helicopters. i also recently found my lost Revell 1/72 Fairey Rotodyne, witch i planned to build in Belgian AF colors.
ive also been looking at a series future Belgian AF whifs that needs to be built, including the Tiger ARH, H135M and possibly a KAI T-50BE (as an Alpha Jet replacement).

there are still many more, but to su mthem all up would take forever, for now, im gonna look at finishing up what i have on the bench now, and then stop building new models until after the holidays.

ive been stuck with a horrible cold for the past 2 days now, im going to the doctors office tonight to get me checked out.
i asked for a housecall, but they were overbooked already  :-\ so now i have to go 7 kilometers to another town to get a checkup, i need to be there by 18.00 (3 hours from now). the missus isnt to happy about my sickness, my shortness of breath is keeping her up.
hopefully i can get better by the weekend.


more soon..... ;D
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on December 15, 2015, 03:39:11 am
Blog Entry #160


this morning, i finished up the last of the 4 1/144 Mig-29's, pictures will follow soon.
right now, the next thing to do, as the end of the year is closing, is to clear whats on the bench, being a A330-MRTT and 2 1/72 SeaKings.

meanwhile, ive started preperations for 3 more new builds, the first WHIF's for 2016.
these are 3 1/144 Su-47 Berkut fighters. 2 will be built as a New Flanders AF and an operational Russian AF version.
also, the 3rd one will be quite different, as i plan to upgrade it to an Su-47S Berkut-E standard. this upgraded version will include new TVC nozzles (from a trumpeter Su-27 kit) and a new Su-35 style nose (also from the trumpeter Su-27). as for a color scheme, im thinking 2-tone desert spinter camo (sand/brown) in the same style as the Su-37 Terminator, with the black forward canopy of the new Su-35.

in 1/72, im looking to start on new '46 themed models, including the P-84, AW Meteor, Luft46,....i mentioned a previous time.
since i have a larger workspace now, im even thinking of starting on that 1/72 Italeri B-35 flying wing bomber i have in the stash.
im also planning a number of Civilian models in the new year, including the scale-o-rama Ar.234 Airliner conversion.
other long overdue civilian models include an InterFlug Tu144, Sabena Vickers Vanguard (or Bristol Brittania),...

there are also the very long delayed builds, such as my 1/72 future Belgian Air Force project (Airbus Helicopters Tiger-MRH, H135M, KAI T-50, F-35A, A400M.....).

so there's still lots and lost more to come in 2016.  :mellow:


more soon....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on December 22, 2015, 03:52:15 am
Blog Entry #161


Wing assembly on the Airbus CC-165T Manitoba (A330-MRTT in RCAF service) is done, but i still need to do some corrections on the refueling equipment. i already finished one of the planned 3 1/144 Su-47's, the other 2 might get started after the holidays.
im also getting some space ready for a few '46 themed builds in 1/72 scale.

meanwhile, ive been eyeing that Mig-1.44 MFI in my stash lately (both the 1/144 and 1/72 versions) so those might be the next 5th Generation fighters i will build.

there has not been much activity on the bench in the past few weeks due to other commitments, and most likely there will be no further activity due to the holidays, maybe after Christmas i will get things moving again.


last saturday, me and the missus traded christmas gifts, this was because we will be spending christmas at our families (christmas eve with mine, and christmas day with hers), so we decided to give our gifts early so we could enjoy them before we left.

i got her a brand new laptop, as i saw that she was struggling with her old one (couldnt work without the powercable, malfunctioning SD & USB ports,...). she was obviously very happy with her gift  ;D

i was really happy with mine to, no new stash additions unlike last year (that was before she saw the actual stash), but i did get a new Playstation 4  ;D, it didnt come with games, so the next day she went out to get some (Transformers: Devastation & GTA 5).
and with the announcement of Ace Combat 7 a few weeks ago, it really was a gift with potential  :thumbsup:


next week will be my last Blog entry for this year, so for now,

Merry Christmas!

(http://cdn4.dualshockers.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/37799ACAH_DLC_A-10A_Holiday_01-ds1-670x377-constrain.jpg)
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on December 23, 2015, 01:49:08 am
All the best Nils, have a good one  :party:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on December 28, 2015, 05:38:30 am
Blog Entry #162


no progress this week, but ive mostly been doing some planning for the new year.
ive been clearing the worktable and im about to do some cleaning and stash management the next few days.

looking at the stash, ive started planning for after new years.
earier this week, ive partially started on 2 trumpeter YF-23 Black Widow II's (to be modified and built as production machines) and i have 2 more in the pipeline.

in 1/72 scale, im hoping to start on a new Luft46 project soon, i havent figured out witch one yet, but before i start, i have to get some tins of Humbrol RLM enamel paint.
furthermore in 1/72, im planning on revisiting my Belgian AF: 2025 project, beginning with an Airbus Helicopters H135M.
other plans include a H665 Tiger-ARH, Lockheed F-35A Lightning II, Airbus A400M (both 1/144 and 1/72) and an Airbus A330-MRTT (1/144).

the first project to be finished after newyears is the 1/144 scale CC-165T Manitoba (Canadian A330-MRTT).
also, there are 2 Su-47's and a Mig-1.44 next in line (the latter will be RW, but there is a 1/72 WHIF coming).

2015 has also been a very productive year for me modelwise, completing more project then i did in 2014 and 2013 put together.
here's to a even better 2016  :cheers:

until then, enjoy the last days of 2015  :thumbsup:


more soon....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on December 28, 2015, 07:06:16 am
Merry Christmas Nils ! Sounds like you had fun and what a great gift to give the GF !

Cheers to 2016 !

PS-looking forward to some Manitoba progress pics  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on January 07, 2016, 12:40:24 am
Blog Entry #163

im a few days late with this blog entry due to other priorities, but here it is  :mellow:
the last week ive been focusing my efforts on 2 1/144 scale YF-23's and a 1/72 Mig-21F-13 for the Cold War GB.
the Mig will be painted in a Dutch all-metal color scheme in 321 Squadron markings.
so far, only the pilot figure has been painted.

the A330-MRTT and the 2 Sea King have been put on hold this week due to lack of motivation.
as soon as the YF-23's are done, priority will shift to the Sea Kings.

ive started to make a list of all the projects im planning for this year.
with Revell re-releasing the 1/144 F-5E, im planning on building a couple of these, including a RNZAF version (allong with an A320 Tanker), an attempt at an F-5A/CF-5/NF-5A conversion (did some research, it can be done) and many others.
revell also is rereleasing an Su-27 in 1/144, but ive build this one before and im not going to put any effort in this horribly innacurate kit, besides, i got plenty of Trumpeter flankers to keep me busy.

for now, im going to do some cleaning and reorganisation of the workbench and do some stash sorting.
there are still many projects in the pipeline, but im not going to reveal much about that until the workbench has been cleared.


more soon....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on January 07, 2016, 04:43:11 am
Sounds like a plan Nils. Look forward to Seaing the Sea Kings  :thumbsup:

Also nice to hear that the F-5E is coming back out.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on January 12, 2016, 01:25:45 am
Blog Entry #164


little bits of progress at a time, last night, i finished 2 trumpeter 1/144 YF-23's, and im already thinking of starting a 1/72 version soon.
meanwhile, work has (AGAIN!) restarted on the 2 1/72 SeaKings. i have 2 more seakings in the stash, and im thinking of building 1 in RAF SAR colors (the yellow one).

the Airbus A330-MRTT in Canadian markings has been put on ice for a while, as im gonna move forward with the Dutch Mig-21 (witch shouldnt take that long).

looking ahead into the stash, i have 2 more 1/144 YF-23's there, and im thinking of building one of them as a German Luftwaffe aircraft as a tornado replacement. the other im thinking of building in either USAFE or RCAF markings.
still waiting in line for the 1/144 collection are 3 Russian aircraft, 2 Su-47's and a Mig-1.44.

there is still lots of work planned for 2016, and this afternoon, im gonna do some stash management.

as for future builds, i have this planning, mostly limited due to hobby-budget limitations:

-as soon as the 2 SeaKings are done, work will begin on 2 1/72 NH90-NFH's (also commision builds)
-bench planning will include at one time: 2 small 1/144's, 1 larger 1/144, 1 1/72 build and 2 1/72 commision builds (progress & priority to varry).
-reduced new stash buy until the current is slimmed down (will still get new stash, but will be 1 for every 3 or 4 gone).


more soon....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on January 19, 2016, 10:22:09 am
Blog Entry #165

the past week, ive been focusing all effort and hobbytime on the 2 Sea Kings. progress is very good, and the first layers of sand/green camo are applied. if all goes well, they should be done by the end of next week.
the 1/72 Mig-21F-13 and 1/144 A330-MRTT have been put in the fridge until the Seakings are finished.

when the SeaKings are done, work will begin on 2 1/72 Belgian NH90-NFH's.

this week, ive been looking into getting back into the Civilian modeling sector, ive been looking at reviving old disbanded Belgian airlines (SABENA, CityBird, Air Belgium, Young Cargo....) with newer equipment. DACO still has some Citybird decals available on the cheap, so these will most likely be aquired for newer airliner (A320neo, A320, Boeing 737-800,...), ive been looking at getting a pair of Concordes for Sabena and Citybird (or maybe JetAir).

so while Military models wil still be built, i will be looking at civvy models aswell  ;D

but for now, no new builds this week as the missus is stuck at home due to a stomach bug, so im gonna be spending some time with her and get her better.


more soon.........
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on January 26, 2016, 10:16:19 am
Blog Entry #166

 
work has been very slow this past week due to more urgent priorities, but im getting there  ;)
the 2 Sea Kings are making good progress, bith of them have recieved its camoflage colors and one of them already has a layer of orange/red on the nose and tail.
it might need to be touched up as some of the paint managed to get beneath the maskingtape.

no progress on the Mig-21 or the A330-MRTT, work will continue as soon as the SeaKings are done.
there will be little time this week to do some actual building, last week my GF was home with a stomach flu, this week she's home due to a bad back (again, last time she was at home for almost 6 months).

this weekend there will be no building, as im gonna spend the weekend with the missus at my parrents place.

back to modeling  :mellow:,

ive been researching a conversionwork for a 1/144 MAN 630 truck from the revell Bundeswehr vehicle set.
i have been looking into converting one or 2 into fuel trucks for an airfield diorama set (with an F-104G).
research is still going on for a series of civilian aircraft models, such as Lufthansa, Sabena & Jetair concordes, A320's,....

so yes, its been a slow week, but i hope get things up to speed again soon  :mellow:


more soon....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on February 02, 2016, 04:58:15 am
Blog Entry #167


Main paintwork on one of the SeaKings is done, but work on both models is temporarily halted due to other priorities.

this week, i have started sorting out the stash, and have already sold one of the surplus kits, a 1/72 Heller Ju52.
still need to sort out what else to sell, but right now, im busy assembling 3 new cabinets.

ive also got an Airbus A300B on the way, witch plan to convert into a A300-600F first, and then into a refueling tanker.
nationality will still remain secret for now.

the bench also needs cleaning, so that space is freed up again for more work, including on the 1/72 Mig-21F13.


sorry for the short blog, will post a longer one at a later date....

more soon...
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on February 04, 2016, 05:35:51 am
Blog Entry #167b


time for a more filled blog entry  :mellow:

work on the 2 SeaKings is progressing slowly, with one seaking now fully painted and the other awaiting its red/orange nose.
work on the 1/72 Mig-21F-13 and 1/144 Airbus A330-MRTT is currently on hold, awaiting completion of the SeaKings.

meanwhile, the next load of projects is undergoing research, i have a Revell 1/144 C-17A in the stash that i was planning on building in SHIELD markings, but now im thinking of building it in a Civilian freighter version, BC-17X, in Belgian Citybird colors  ;D
thinking of either the green or white color scheme, but im leaning towards the green scheme  ;D

im also planning an Airbus A320 in the same scheme, both models will be using the Skyline/DACO decals orriginaly meant for a Boeing 737, 767 and MD-11.

(http://d121tcdkpp02p4.cloudfront.net/clim/49303/088925-city-bird-green.jpg)

also, research has started on a conversion of an Airbus A300 into a refueling tanker, using the Airfix/Skyline kit that arrived today.
for the underwing pods, i thinking of again, using the hindenburg droptanks from a revell 1/144 Tornado GR.1. as for the refueling boom, i will be scratchbuilding one, using new materials and techniques different from those im using on the A330-MRTT's. i also thinking of a different refueling boom, maybe similar to that used on the KC-10.

of course there is much more planned, including more 1/144 scale fighters and 1/72 fighters & Helicopters, im thinking of reviving my Belgian Army H135M & Tiger-ARH helicopter projects, allong with several other realworld & WHIF builds.

pending on the weather, this sunday im planning on going to the Eeklo scale modelfestival, maybe get some new inspiration and stash additions  ;)

meanwhile, jobsearching is still not progressing as well as i thought, since being stuch at home since september, i figured out that finding decent work has become almost impossible. and to make matters worse, my missus her back is starting to hurt again, last year she spent six months at home due to her bad back. she works at an industrial laundry service not far from here, but as of today, she has started looking for a new & less stressfull job, something that wont strain her back to much. i suggested something in household cleaning services or cashiers work, but also for housekeeping at an old-folks home.
she's not fired or anything, she just wants to look at the alternatives. she had her first job interview this morning and from what she said, aside from her back problems (that could become an issue), it went pretty good.

also, valentine's day (and 2 weeks after that our 2nd anniversary) is coming up, as she doenst read the boards here, so i think its safe to tell here. although financially were still a bit uncertain, i have been thinking of getting a ring, and ask her "the question".


more soon.....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on February 04, 2016, 06:22:35 am
Best of luck with that one mate  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: PR19_Kit on February 04, 2016, 08:25:13 am
LOVE the idea of a CityBird C-17!  :wub:

It's a superb scheme and there's a precedent for civvie C-17s anyway, the Qatar Air Force fly theirs in a Qatar Airways scheme.
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Rheged on February 04, 2016, 12:18:28 pm
Best of luck with that one mate  :thumbsup:

.....and from me too!
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on February 11, 2016, 01:51:01 am
Blog Entry #168


the paintwork on the seakings is done, i finished the last details earlier this week, still need to get the tires painted and assemble the rotors.
with the main fuselages pretty much done, im ready to start on decals shortly.

Last sunday i went to the Eeklo modelshow, although it wasnt a big event, it was quite interesting.
i havent uploaded the pictures to an external host yet, but i did upload it to my Facebook page (album should be public):

https://www.facebook.com/nils.steyaert/media_set?set=a.10208510538578139.1073741867.1148021640&type=3&pnref=story


with the seakings almost done, work on the 1/72 Mig-21 and 1/144 A330-MRTT is expected to resume shortly.
ive also been sorting out some stash and looking to sell some surplus kits, the first one, a 1/72 Ju52, has already been sold and is out the door.
there are still more kits in storage at my parents place, those still need to be brought here and sorted out.
most likemy, im planning to sell all my stored 1/48 and 1/32nd scale kits.

also, ive been sorting out the projects and im looking to start on a new build once the current ones are done.
in 1/144 i have various aircraft, with 150+ models to be built in various sizes. same goes for 1/72 scale.
in WHIFs i have various Su-47's and Mig-1.44's, but also, in 1/72, an F-20 Tigershark, 2 Mig-37's, a Belgian Agusta A109, H135M and Tiger-ARH.

on a more private note, valentines day is coming up, but since were going to a birthday party on sunday, we're moving valentines day to saturday. as noted in my previous post, i gonna ask my GF to marry me and i already got an engagement ring, i just hope she will say "yes", ive been quite nervous the past few days  ;)


more soon......
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on February 11, 2016, 06:41:01 am
Best of luck mate
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: DogfighterZen on February 11, 2016, 07:32:32 am
Good luck!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Gondor on February 11, 2016, 08:41:00 am
Best of luck though I am guessing that she will say yes

Gondor
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on February 13, 2016, 08:44:53 am
Blog Entry #168b


She said YES!!!!!
 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: TomZ on February 13, 2016, 08:56:11 am
Congratulations!!!!!!

 :cheers: :cheers: :cheers: :cheers: :cheers: :cheers: :cheers: :cheers: :cheers: :cheers: :cheers: :cheers:

TomZ
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: DogfighterZen on February 13, 2016, 09:02:20 am
Congratulations! All the best! :thumbsup:

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Steel Penguin on February 13, 2016, 09:12:37 am
congratulations to both of you,  and I hope the start of many happy years,  :party: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Gondor on February 13, 2016, 09:20:30 am
Congratulations. I knew she would.

Now all you have to remember is to learn how to compromise with her and to spoil her every now and then.

Gondor
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Dizzyfugu on February 13, 2016, 10:09:30 am
Congratulations from here, too!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on February 14, 2016, 07:55:24 am
Yup, congratulations to the pair of you  :thumbsup: :cheers: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: kitbasher on February 14, 2016, 08:36:22 am
 :thumbsup: :cheers: :party: :drink: :wub:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: PR19_Kit on February 14, 2016, 11:04:21 am
Excellent Nils, congratulations to both of you.  :cheers: :drink: :party:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Rheged on February 14, 2016, 11:23:23 am
Congratulations to the pair of you!!!
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on February 15, 2016, 05:38:59 am
I wish I would have talked to her first, I'd ask her to say yes conditionally, and there will be no wedding until the Sea Kings are finally done ! lol Congrats Nils ! Glad to hear she said yes, and that the nerves are finally gone. Well, until the big day that is  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on February 16, 2016, 09:01:01 am
Blog Entry #169

first off, i want to thank everyone for the best wishes, both sides of the family have been overly positive about our engagement  :thumbsup:

now, back to models  :mellow:

progress on the Sea Kings is going slow but good, the first one already has its first decals on and recieved a coat of sealant.
ive also been looking into starting some other projects soon, including various 1/144 Super Hornets, F-16's and F-15's.
im also gonna look into continueing on the Mig-21 this weekend.

ive also been researching on more projects in 1/72 scale, including a strike version of the Mig-1.44.

sorry for the short blog entry, there just hasnt been much building going on lately.


more soon....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on February 24, 2016, 10:48:09 am
Blog Entry #170


work on the Sea Kings is progressing slowly, should be done soon  :mellow:
i also started work on 4 1/144 Super Hornets (1 twin- and 3 singe seaters) including a single seat growler  ;D

next in line in 1/144 is a couple of F-16, including an EF-16C electronic warfare aircraft, as a replacement for the EF-111A.
i also have a couple of Russian Air Force fighters coming soon aswell in both 1/72 and 1/144.

time has been limited lately due to more pressing matters. i had a few job interviews this week, just got back from one in Brugges that went prtetty well.
tomorrow morning i have another interview. after that, me and the missus are going to the seaside for a day.


more soon...
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on February 24, 2016, 02:03:15 pm
I like the sound of the EF-16 Nils ! Always good see hear that the Sea Kings are still progressing.

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: kerick on February 24, 2016, 02:17:32 pm
Sorry for not keeping up on this thread.
Belated congratulations!!!!!  :cheers: :cheers: :cheers:
Better get these projects done before the wedding and honeymoon!
Won't be long before there is a little Nils and Nilsette running around. Better teach them how to build models!
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on February 26, 2016, 08:22:39 am
Blog Entry #170b


good news and bad news.

Bad News: our trip to the seaside was cancelled due to me having the flu, but im starting to get better now  ;)

Good News: got a call yesterday, i got a new job, i start on Tuesday as a driller at BEP Europe  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on February 26, 2016, 08:39:39 am
That's better than good news Nils ! Congrats ! But what kind of a driller ?
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: PR19_Kit on February 26, 2016, 08:57:59 am
Great new Nils, well done.  :thumbsup:

I guess that's a slightly larger drill than a few millimetres though?  ;D
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on February 26, 2016, 10:35:45 am
That's better than good news Nils ! Congrats ! But what kind of a driller ?

thanks, its to drill holes in attachment plates for car testbeds (like the ones they have at a car inspection or the DMV).
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on February 26, 2016, 01:49:18 pm
Sweet. Hopefully it goes well and becomes long term. Just don't let theis 'work' thing get in the way of your Sea King builds ! lol
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: kerick on February 26, 2016, 06:55:35 pm
Let's see. Engagement, new job and an awesome build in progress! You are busier than a bed bug in a mattress factory!
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on February 27, 2016, 05:36:44 am
Let's see. Engagement, new job and an awesome build in progress! You are busier than a bed bug in a mattress factory!

 ;D ;D Yup. Lets hope it's all coming together for you Nils, well done  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: DogfighterZen on February 28, 2016, 05:11:54 am
Let's see. Engagement, new job and an awesome build in progress! You are busier than a bed bug in a mattress factory!

 ;D ;D Yup. Lets hope it's all coming together for you Nils, well done  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

And let the times roll!! :cheers:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on March 05, 2016, 01:18:36 am
Blog Entry #171

due to starting of my new job, there has been no recent modeling activity on the bench.
there will be some progress on my 1/144 Super Hornets this weekend, but only minor paintwork.

looking at the stash, after the Superbugs, im planning on starting a new couple of 1/144 kits, been thinking either Alpha Jets or F-16's.
there are also a series of F-104's down the line, including an RAF F-104K and a Zombite Fighter conversion with scratchbuilt parts.

no progress on the 1/72 seakings this week.

on a personal note, my new job is going great, pays good and the collegues are very pleasent and fun to work with.
tomorrow is me and the missus our second anniversary, so yesterday i came home with flowers, today, im taking her out for a day of shopping in Oostkamp :)


more soon....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on March 12, 2016, 01:54:08 am
Blog Entry #172


after some time away from the bench, im finally going to get some work done today  :mellow:
first on the list are the 4 1/144 Super Hornets, followed by the 2 1/72 SeaKings.

meanwhile, im still doing research for the next projects, including a 1/144 zombite fighter (built from a revell F-104G) from Gerry Anderson's Thunderbirds:
http://thunderbirds.wikia.com/wiki/Zombite_Fighter_Jet
http://s405.photobucket.com/user/phrigbyx/media/_snapshot_040410_20100620_220256.jpg.html

i remember building a 1/72 one almost a decade ago for the USAF group build on this forum, i think i ended in 3rd place back then.
for the smaller one, im going to put in a little more effort, of course, now i have access to more materials & resources compared to 9 years ago. the only thing i cant seem to find easely is the zombite's "ZZ" logo. but i have some old Thunderbirds comics in the archive somewhere, so im gonna try to scan in a clear logo or try to make one myself.

other starfighter variants im planning on building are 2 Whif's (RAF F-104K and an Area 88 F-104G) and 2 realword versions (German and Dutch).
with revell re-releasing the F-5E in 1/144 scale soon, ive also started researching a conversion to build an F-5A variant (NF-5A, CF-5A,...)
i also have plenty of other F-5's planned, including a new and decent Area 88 version, agressor versions and various others....

but before that, im gonna see to finish that Canadian Airbus A330-MRTT (CC-165T) tanker before starting anything new.


more soon.......
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on March 27, 2016, 03:24:07 am
Blog Entry #173

this is going to be a very short blog entry.

over the past 2 weeks, there has been no physical progress on the bench.
also, due to the terror attacks in Brussels earlier this week, there has been no progress either.

i have a lot on my bench going at the moment, so there is some pressure to finish them.
projects on the go right now are:

-4 x 1/144 Super Hornets
-2 x 1/72 SeaKings
-1 x 1/144 Airbus A330-MRTT RCAF

next week i have the whole saturday to myself, so i will get some of those finished, most likely the superbugs as these are near completion.
yesterday i went to the seaside for the missus her birthday, and in a good 20 minutes, im going to my parents house and wont be back until tomorrow afternoon, then its back to work on teusday.


more soon.....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on April 02, 2016, 05:40:31 am
Blog Entry #174

After almost a month of no activity, i finally managed to get back in front of the bench  ;D
i have just managed to finish one of the 4 1/144 Super Hornets and am now going to do some work on the other 3.

still no progress on the seakings, but i will look into those later.
last weekend, i was at my parents house for easter and brought home the last box of stored stash from the attic.
after emptying the box, i have started setting aside some of the kits i will be putting up for sale, mostly 1/48 stuff and 1/43 cars.

i might have some luck, as via facebook, i might have been able to score 2 1/144 SeaKings (Sweet) free of charge from someone in Japan ;D
would look great next to the 1/72 examples in the display case.

once the 1/144 A330-MRTT and Super Hornets are done, i might shift my focus to either an Airbus A300-MRTT or some 1/72 Luft'46 models.
as for realworld stuff, im going to start on 3 1/144 Alpha Jets when the Super Hornets are done.
there's also a couple of F-16's (roughtly 8 or so) and F/A-18A/C's (at least 2) down the line. i still have to design some decals for other projects aswell, such as 1/144 Belgian Spitfires (air force + civil), Sabena & Lufthansa Ju52's, 1/72 Thunderbird 6 (tiger moth),......

so although things are going slow, there's a lot more coming down the line  :mellow:



more soon...
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on April 04, 2016, 04:28:48 am
Been a long time since I`ve caught up with one of my favourite blogs....time sure does fly Nils !

The Zombite looks like a super cool idea.
You just wouldn`t be you if you didn`t have 72nd scale Sea Kings mentioned. Sounds like you`ve got an excuse to finish them tho, with the arrival of the 144th scale examples ! I`ve always wanted some of those Sweet Sea Kings. On this year`s list for sure.

Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on April 11, 2016, 09:07:39 am
Blog Entry #175


no progress in the past week, and i dont think there will be much done this month due to various engagements (wedding of my brother in law this weekend, next weekend a trip to antwerp,....)

however, yesterdays trip to Bissegem has inspired me to build again, and i have been thinking of new projects  ;D
yesterday, i got revell's new Embraer 195, and looking at DACO/Skyline's 1/200 Citybird Boeing 737 decals, it looks like a match made in heaven, and i can see a great looking WHIFF airliner in this combination. i have a similar plan for a Boeing BC-17 Freighter, using the 1/144 DACO/Skyline MD-11 decals for a Citybird cargo livery  :thumbsup:

no progress on the Super Hornets, the tanker or the SeaKing, i had no time at the bench the past week and its starting to get on my nerves, i really want to do some building again!

more soon......
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on April 26, 2016, 02:31:30 am
Blog Entry #176


its been a while since my last entry, as ive mostly been busy. mostly with work, then 2 weekends with no time (concert visit, brother in law's wedding,.....). however, i am stuck at home this week with a muscle infection in my right foot, that limits my mobility.

im pretty much forced to sit still and limit walking/standing for an entire week (or longer). so thats enough time to get back in the mancave  :mellow:

there has been pretty much no movements on the bench in the past 2 weeks, but later today, im getting back to work on some long overdue projects.
the last few days ive been mostly focused on planning realworld build, mostly fighters & helicopters.
but in terms of what-if, im pretty much in a Civilian kinda mood, leaving the bombs and guns aside for something more piecefull.
ive been looking at reviving some old real/fictional Civilian Airlines, as noted last time, there are plans for a CityBird Embraer 195, Boeing BC-17X, maybe an Airbus A350 or Boeing 787....
but this week, ive been looking at upgrading the fleet of Yamato Airlines (Area 88), swapping the older Boeing 747-200's for the more advanced 747-8. im also planning a freighter conversion of the Airbus A320, possibly TUI/Jetair Cargo.

last weekend i went to a Album Release party of Belgian popstar "Natalia", my GF's a fan and won tickets to this exclusive event.
we didnt only end up on the biggest celeb site in Belgium, but also on the 7 o'clock news on TV  ;D (will find a non-geoblocked video later).

(http://www.showbizzsite.be/fotoboek/natalia-cd-voorstelling-in-my-blood-2016-in-antwerpen picture No.5)




more soon......

Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on April 26, 2016, 06:29:56 am
Sorry to hear about the foot Nils but at least you get some modelling time  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on April 30, 2016, 07:28:04 am
Blog Entry #177

just a small update:

all 4 Super Hornets are now finished, and i have now started work on 3 1/144 Alpha Jets (realworld).
im thinking of starting another smaller 1/72 model in between, im thinking a Luft'46 model, as one is long overdue.

but im also thinking of holding that plan off for a while and continue on that Canadian 1/144 A330-MRTT thats been gathering dust in a dark corner of the bench. ive been wanting to start a new airliner project when that tanker is finished.


more soon....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on May 12, 2016, 04:46:23 am
I like that plan !

How's the foot doing ?

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on June 03, 2016, 10:42:25 am
Blog Entry #178

its been over a month since the last blog update, mostly due to lack of time and priorities (such as wedding planning and family matters).
the 3 1/144 Alpha Jets on the bench havent been going anywhere since the last time, and i dont know if im going to have time to finish them.
next week there will be no update, me and the missus are going to Disneyland next weekend.

lots of projects are starting to gather dust, the RCAF A330-MRTT and the 2 1/72 Sea Kings have been put on hold for a while, but once i have some free time, will start into making progress on those projects.

meanwhile, ive also been thinking of what to build next  ;D

in 1/144, i have plans for an Airbus A300 tanker, but im planning to convert the DACO/Airfix A300B2 into a freighter first.
as for color scheme, im thinking a USAF KC-135 style grey with the black trim on the nose.
nationality, im thinking New Flanders or Israel. before that, there's an Embraer 195 in Citybird livery, there might be a BC-17X in the same livery in the future.

also on the waiting list are a number of Luft'46 projects and 1/144 warbirds.

in 1/72, there are a number of helicopter projects, including the long-delayed German Bundesheer H145 in SAR livery and Belgian Air Force H135M and EC665 Tiger-ARH. also in the think tank is a Cuban Air Force AS532 Cougar (H225M).
of the H145, im also planning a Navalised version, as a potential Allouete III and/or Lynx replacement.


more soon....


I like that plan !

How's the foot doing ?

 :cheers:

foots doing alright now, but i have an appointment with a peddiatrist on the 17th, seems i need support soles  :-\
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on June 04, 2016, 05:11:12 am
Disneyland Paris Nils ? Could be a bit busy with the Euros taking place plus I hope the weather improves for you  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on June 05, 2016, 06:27:23 am
Sounds good Nils ! Have a great holiday and see you when you get back !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on June 24, 2016, 10:56:54 am
Blog Entry #179


not much progress aside from a few paintjobs on the Alpha Jets, witch are now nearing completion.
today, ive also browsed through the stash and put some redundant and unneccesary kits up for sale (2 of witch have been reserved).
looking at the bench, there is still alot to be done in very little time, aside from the 3 1/144 Alpha Jets, there are also 2 1/72 seaking, a 1/144 Airbus A330-MRTT and a 1/72 H135M (to be started soon).

i still have some decal designwork to do for certain projects, including many 1/144 realword and what-if aircraft.
there are also some 1/72 Luft46 models in the pipeline, including 2 Focke-Wulf Flitzers.
also on the drawing board, is a 1/144 Messerscmitt, Me264 Amerika Bomber (converted out of a 1/144 B-29 and 4 revell miniwings FW190's).


more soon....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on June 27, 2016, 10:56:41 am
Blog Entry 179b

my first Alpha Jet is done  ;D
an older Alpha Jet in the same color is in too good a shap to throw away, so the old one will be repainted in a Red Devils display team color scheme  :mellow:

here's a pic of the new Alpha Jet, the first of 3  :mellow:

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn292/Nilssteyaert/realworld%20models/1-144/2016-06-26%20001%20001.jpg)
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on June 28, 2016, 03:18:10 am
 :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: DogfighterZen on June 30, 2016, 02:35:32 pm
Nice! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on July 02, 2016, 01:43:52 pm
Blog Entry #180

with the first of 3 1/144 scaled Alpha Jets now finished, i have decided to add a 4th one. but this will be a repaint of an older Alpha Jet (witch has been replaced by  a new one). this one will be another Belgian, but a What If version in the colors of the Red Devils aerobatic team (currently flying the sf260).

i still have a lot of decal designing to do for future projects, many in 1/144 scale, but also 1/72 scale.
the planned Belgian Navy and Air Force H135M's need decals (im planning both BAF and BN versions), so those will be designed in the next few days.
most project for the decalsheet will be realworld, including Canadian and Spanish F/A-18A's, Lakenheath F-15E, Belgian Spitfires and Ju52's, Belgian AF Boeing 727-29QC,.....

WHIF projects due to recieve decal designs are a Cuban F/A-18C (or F-16C), USAF EF-16G, USAF F-15S/MTD (possibly with ASAT missile)....

so there's still lots more to do and there's lots more to come in the near future.


more soon.....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on July 12, 2016, 12:22:55 pm
Blog Entry #181


very little progress on the bench lately, as i have hardly found the time to do some modelmaking  :-\
i do however have some movement, im almost done with a second 1/144 Alpha Jet, a german version. all that needs to be done is stick on the decals.
a 3rd Alpha Jet, a Patrouille de France jet, still has a long way to go.
i have started on a 4th Alpha Jet, this one will be a What If  ;D, its a repainted old one that im repainting and modifying into a Red Devils demonstration aircraft.  :thumbsup:

i have been thinking, lately i am in the mood to leave the military equipment on the side for a while and switch to do some Civilian modeling.
as read in my alternate news thread, i am planning a Citybird Embraer 195, but during a brainstorm at work today, an idea for an Airbus A350 in the same green color scheme popped into mind, and it looked perfect  ;D so thats definatly going on my "to do list".

also, im planning to use the spare Airbus A320 in the stash and build it in new VLM colors.

either this:

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/6a/Fokker_50,_VLM_Airlines_AN0880378.jpg/640px-Fokker_50,_VLM_Airlines_AN0880378.jpg)

or this (or a combination of both)

(http://www.air-journal.fr/wp-content/uploads/air-journal_VLM-Airlines-F50.jpg)


i alos noticed a spare airfix Boeing 727, im thinking of building an upgraded version with winglets, new engine,.....
i have no idea on what operator yet  :mellow:


more soon.....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on July 24, 2016, 06:35:29 am
The Alpha Jet is looking good Nils ! Look forward to seeing how the Airbis turns out. Great shots of the friendship. I haven't reallt seen any pics of her with the new engines, looks good !

 :drink:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on July 24, 2016, 09:54:12 am
Blog Entry #182

there has been some movements on the bench in the last few days.
the 2nd Alpha Jet, the Patrouille de France version, is now in its final stages of completion, although some surfaces need another layer of decals.
the 3 one, a German Jabo43 special, has been put on hold due to faulty decals, so this one might be modified into a civil registered agressor aircraft.
a 4th alpha Jet, a WHIF Red Devils version, is also making good progress. this one is an old revell kit i am repainting.
here's a pic:

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn292/Nilssteyaert/realworld%20models/1-144/007_3.jpg)

meanwhile, the bench is being cleared to continue on other project that have been gathering dust, a long-due 1/144 croatian gripen has just been finished, and now im about to restart progress on the RCAF A330-MRTT (CC-165T Manitoba).
also, im about to start on a number of larger boxes to reduce stash.



more soon........
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on August 01, 2016, 11:26:25 am
Blog Entry #183


just got back from a day at the seaside, so since im tired im gonna make this a short blog entry.

more movement on the bench this week. the last 2 remaining alpha Jets, the Belgian Red Devils and the Patrouille de France version, are now finished.
work has now been shifted to the completion of the 1/144 CC-165T (RCAF Airbus A330-MRTT) and the 1/72 SeaKings.
for simplicity and time saving, the Canadian A330-MRTT will have no flying boom, similar to the RAF's Voyager tankers and the RCAF's current A310-MRTT (CC-150T Polaris).

planning on the next project has already begun, but to reduce the stash, im going to be concentrating on the larger boxes, so i might start on either 2 1/144 Airbus A400M's, a Citybird A350-900 or the Belgian A330-MRTT (WHIF for the moment) and A330-300 (realworld).

im also going to be looking into decal designs for the next round of builds, at the moment those are classified.


more soon.....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on August 06, 2016, 05:34:10 am
work has now been shifted to the completion of the 1/144 CC-165T (RCAF Airbus A330-MRTT) and the 1/72 SeaKings.

You have my attention. But a Nils, without a pair of incomplete Sea Kings, cannot exist ! So be careful young man  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on August 12, 2016, 06:36:09 am
Blog Entry #184


thre has been little progress on the bench lately. the 1st of 2 seakings is now almost done, it just needs its rotors and the decals on the bottom.
the 1/144 CC-165T has also made progress, with the landdinggear now fitted and the pylons for the HDU pods.

ive also started with some stash sorting. been looking at the huge load of revell miniwings kits (1/144 scale) wonder how & what im ever gonna do with those. i already have some plans for most of them, but many of them will be used as a source for parts and WHIF fodder, especially the Spitfires (with have now been replaced by the superiour Eduard kits). the German aircraft (Fw190 & Me262) will be converted to naval aircraft for the long-planned Kriegsmarine escort carrier.

also, looking at the Wilhelm Bauer U-boat (Type XXI) ive been thinking of converting it into a Kriegsmarine'46 attack u-boat, with a V1 or V2 launch silo. ive aslo got a type XXIII U-boat to act as escort.

for now, there's still more stash sorting to be done, maybe even put some boxes into long-term storage or even put a few more up for sale.

tomorrow, me and the missus are planning to go to the annual Wings & Wheels event in Ursel, witch is not far from here.
im hoping to find some more luft'46 kits again this year  ;D


more soon.....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on August 12, 2016, 08:56:03 am
I like the sub ideas Nils and have a fun day tomorrow ! Happy hunting !

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on August 20, 2016, 11:20:57 am
Blog Entry #185


work on the bench this week has been quite slow, but were getting there.
ive started a small side project earlier this week and its almost finished. its a Revell 1/144 F4U Corsair, built as an Argentine Navy variant.
the missus is out of town tonight and tomorrow, so im gonna look at getting some building time.

the RCAF A330-MRTT is progressing slowly, about to start on painting the landing gear and build the engines.
the seakings (the neverending story) will also recieve some attention, obviously  ;)

meanwhile, ive been looking at further stash reductions, earlier this week, ive sold my 1/24 trabant kit, and 3 more redundant kits are also expected to leave the stash next week.

ive lately been in the mood to build some 1/144 warbirds, in an attempt to slink the huge stash of revell miniwings & zvezda 1/144 kits.
ive also been looking into more exotic post-war markings for those aircraft, hense why i started on that argentine corsair mentioned earlier.
althought many of them  will be realworld build, including an Ecuadorian P-47D at some point, there are also a number of WHIF's planned, including an Australian or Canadian Navy F4U Corsair, a Tempest II conversion of a Hawker Tempest Kit, a Belgian Martlet Mk.I (planned both in 1/144 and 1/72), a Belgian Navy Dauntless,...


more soon.....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on August 22, 2016, 05:58:00 pm
Sounds good Nils. I'm getting in the mood to build a 144th scale WWII fighter just reading you talk about building them !

 :wacko:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on September 04, 2016, 05:15:52 am
Blog Entry #186


i finished my 1/144 corsair 2 weeks ago, was quite a nice build for an old revell kit, although it needed a lot of PSR.
now im finishing up one of the 1/72 Sea Kings and a little work on the A330-MRTT.
also started on a new project, a realworld East-German Mig-15 in 1/72 scale (airfix kit).
there are also 2 1/144 versions in the pipeline, another east-german and a Russian one.

in terms of WHIF's, im still in the research phase, looking at Soviet/Russian aircraft, such as Su-30's (possibly Irianian) and Mig-21's and Mig-29's. there's also a WHIF version of the Mig-25 in the planning, thinking either a GDR or Cuban versions (maybe both?).
i also have a few spare trumpeter 1/144 F-7II's (Chinese Mig-21's), and im thinking of building a Belgian version.
in 1/72, im researching how to turn the Italeri Mig-37 Ferrets into a more F-35-like fighter with increased internal payload.

as for Western aircraft, im revisiting the 1/144 F-104K Starfighter F.3 in RAF markings. also im looking at a strike version of the F-22A, the F-22B Strike Raptor (upgraded F-22 with F-35 features). in 1/72 there are various helicopters in the pipeline, some that have been on the waitinglist for over 2 years.

but first, i need to clear the bench and do some inventory work.

more soon......
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on September 04, 2016, 05:40:54 am
On the Russian front I like the Ferret idea....that will be cool !

On the Western side I'd love to see the RAF 104, and how you go about doing the strike Raptors !

Cheers Nils !

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on September 18, 2016, 02:40:55 am
Blog Entry #187


very little movement the past 2 weeks due to various events such as airshows & trips with the missus.
there has been some activity however, mostly stash management.

the A330-MRTT has been put on hold for the moment, with work shifting into completing the first of 2 1/72 Seakings.
the first one is nearly completed and only needs the rotors. the other still needs decals and wheels.

meanwhile, the 1/72 Mig-15 ive started is also on hold for the moment, this will be a realworld east-german version.

the kits for the next projects have already been lined up, when the A330-MRTT is done, work will begin on either a Belgian AF A321 or an A300-MRTT. after the Seakings, there are 2 NH90-NFH's. other project in the line-up are a WHIF 1/144 CH-53D, various Mig's and Sukhoi's,....
im also about to start on designing new decals for future projects, such as Belgian WW2 aircraft in 1/144 (WHIF & Realworld), Ecuador AF P-47D, RAF F-104K, Cuban F/A-18C?,.....


more soon...
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on September 18, 2016, 04:41:56 am
Sounds good Nils. Love the heavies. Can't wait to see the Sea Kings. I feel like a Toronto Maple Leafs fan waiting to see them win the Stanley Cup lol. The CH-53 sounds great as well, combine all of my faves : heavy, helo, whif ! What is she going to be ? A Belgian Special ?

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on September 24, 2016, 12:32:48 pm
Blog Entry #188


got the house all to myself tonight, so i hit the bench as soon as i got home from shopping.

first off, i FINALLY FINISHED one of the 1/72 SeaKings  ;D (Hallelujah!).
second one will follow in a few weeks time, depending how much benchtime i can get.

ive also restarted work on the 1/144 RCAF A330-MRTT (CC-165T Manitoba). landing gear is now mostly done and the tires are painted, might post pictures later.
tomorrow im gonna start on the engines. i wanna get this finished so i can start on the next projects.
no progress on the Mig-15 i started 2 weeks ago.

meanwhile im just gonna start on decal designing for the next round of builds. this include as mentioned earlier, a Ecuador P-47D, Belgian F4F Wildcat, Belgian Navy Dauntless and new on the project list, a 1/144 Cuban F/A-18C Hornet.

there might not be any activity next week or the weeks after due to family visits, daytrips with the missus,....


next in line for building are:

-2 x 1/72 NH90-NFH (to be started as soon as the 2nd SeaKing is done)
-1/144 Embraer 195 in Citybird Livery (after the 1/72 Mig-15)
-1/144 Airbus A300-MRTT (to be started after the A330-MRTT)
-2 x 1/144 CH-53D Stallion (Belgian and/or Austrian)
-random 1/144 fighterjet, no idea witch one yet.


more soon.....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on September 24, 2016, 01:19:06 pm
What ? I'll believe that when I see it. Like I say, a Nils, without a pair of unfinished Sea Kings, cannot exist ! Ok, I stole that from Seinfeld lol. Greta list of projects too Nils !

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on September 25, 2016, 01:44:36 am
What ? I'll believe that when I see it. Like I say, a Nils, without a pair of unfinished Sea Kings, cannot exist !

ok, you want proof, here it is  ;D

(https://www.scalemates.com/albums/img/1/9/9/282199-20365-14.jpg)
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on September 25, 2016, 05:23:49 am
That's nice mate
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: TheChronicOne on September 26, 2016, 04:19:16 pm
Wow... I'm impressed.  She's glorious.   :mellow:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on October 01, 2016, 10:16:41 am
Blog Entry #189

no activity in the past week, might get some benchtime tomorrow.
on the list of things to do are:

-start first phase of painting for the CC165T (A330-MRTT)
-make progress on the 1/72 realworld 1/72 Mig-15
-make some progress on the last 1/72 Sea King
-make preperations to start on 1/144 Embraer 195 in Citybird livery.

ive been looking into some future builds and ive been doing some research.
for starters, this afternoon i think ive finally found a way to correct revell's horrible 1/144 Mig-31 Foxhound.
i found a diecast Mig-31 in a discount store for less then 1 euro, and seems perfectly to scale. since many parts are in plastic (such as the AA-9 Amos missiles, canopy and tailplanes), these can be removed and refitted on the 1/144 kit.

another new WHIF project ive been looking into, is a Belgian Air Force Tornado IDS. the Tonka was concidered in the 1970's as a possible replacement for the F-104G. at first i had no idea on how it would look if it was selected and in service today, but now ive figured out a way to build a current day MLU version with fitting markings. im gonna look into building a profile soon.

another realworld project im currently starting is a 1/144 RF-4E Phantom II conversion, i have a 1/72 version of the Luftwaffe AG52 "Black Panther" scheme, and ive managed to scale down the decals for a 1/144 version. i still need to testprint this out on paper to see how the fit goes, but fitting of the decals on a scanned-in F-4F sprue, it looks promising.

in 1/72, ive also been thinking of building a AS532 Cougar in Cuban Air Force markings, with a 2-tone or 3-tone blue camoflage and lightgrey underside. still need to work out the details but im thinking maybe a SAR or transport configuration.

more soon.....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on October 07, 2016, 04:02:48 am
Blog Entry #190

ive been stuck home since yesterday with a terrible cold, and since im not fit to work i can get some more benchtime.
this afternoon im gonna look at doing some more work on the A330-MRTT, perhaps apply a second coat before starting to paint the wings.

the 1/72 Mig-15 also needs some attention, aswell as a partially started 1/144 RF-4E conversion of an F-4F Phantom.

as for WHIF projects, im about to start on the Citybird Embraer 195 airliner.
kit, paint and decals are all here so im ready to begin once the A330 is done.

looking into the future, there are some interesting projects coming down the line. for 2017 i already have some ideas in the think tank, such as a 1/144 CF-105 Arrow (converted from a revell Mig-25), 1/144 Mitsubishi F-2A (built from a revell F-16A/C and F/A-18C). im also revisiting my Boeing 737 tactical tanker idea, perhaps with Israeli markings. there are many old projects that need to be looked at, such as the RAF Airbus A320, YS-11, F-104K and Vickers Vanguard AEW or MPA, Belgian Tornado IDS, DH Comet 4B, H135M, H665M Tiger,....if i can find another 1/72 SA365 Dauphin, i can plan to make a Belgian Navy version.

reading back on on my blogposts over the past years, there are many projects listed that never saw the light of day, i might have to revisit those aswell.

for the rest, there might be some more decal designing for future WHIF & realworld projects, but thats for another time.


more soon.....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Dizzyfugu on October 07, 2016, 05:09:42 am
in 1/72, im researching how to turn the Italeri Mig-37 Ferrets into a more F-35-like fighter with increased internal payload.

I converted one a long time ago, with longer wings and two additional weapon bays (for a pair of Aphids) under the wing roots, wo that the two standard bays could take dirt movers.
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on October 16, 2016, 11:48:15 am
Blog Entry #191


little progress this week, full of ups and downs  :-\

the RCAF Airbus A330-MRTT is making good progress, the main paintwork is mostly done, now come the trimming and detail-painting.
i expect it to be done by by the end of the week, if all goes well.

no progress on the Mig-15 or RF-4E, i should look into those of the next few days.

and now for a negative note:

i encountered a big blow this week, as on monday i was called in at the boss his office with the bad news i was going to be layed off (again). ive already been fired and layed off so many times over the past 11 years since i graduated, i gotten used to it. tomorrow i have an appointment for a new job, i really hope to find something now real fast, as i have rent to pay and a wedding to save up for  :-\
i already insured the missus of one thing: "the wedding will NOT be postponed."

anyway, on a more positive note, i will have more benchtime over the next few weeks (months?) while i wait for better news and new employment opportunities.
ive also started making designs and plans for a very special project, not to be revealed until august 2017  ;)

still to mcome, i need to look at what to build this year, and what projects will be moved to next year or later.



more soon.......
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on October 17, 2016, 06:12:33 am
Sorry to hear that Nils, best of luck with the job hunt
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on October 24, 2016, 05:47:35 am
Blog Entry #192

the bench has been clearing up lately, with the A330-MRTT now done, only a realworld 1/72 Mig-15 and the last 1/72 SeaKing remaining on the bench. with pretty much nothing on the go at the moment, im gonna look at the idea list to see what project will be built next.

lately ive been looking at airliner models in the stash, one of the next projects imstarting with is either an Embraer 195 in CityBird livery, a RW Airbus A321 in Belgian AF livery, or a tanker version of the Airbus A300.
on the list, there is also an Airbus A320 in RAF Air Support Command livery.

there are a number of RAF aircraft on the list in 1/144, including the F-104K Starfighter F.Mk.3, a NAMC YS-11 (Super Andover C.5), Vickers Vanguard AEW.1 (with the radar of an E-2C hawkeye) and a few more.

there's also a Cuban Air Force F/A-18C on the planning for 2017, aswell as a 1/72 Cuban AS532 Cougar in SAR configuration.
in realworld 1/144 im looking to start on either a few F-16A/C or F/A-18A's.

but for today, im going to do some stash management.


but now, for a personal note:

its been a week of more down then ups on a personal level, the first week of jobhunting has been met with dissapointment, lies and idiots who run the employment offices these days  :-\
and if that wasnt enough, my older sister has been diagnosed with skin cancer (possibly in a very early stage) after removing a birthmark.
when i turn on the TV or radio, all i ever hear is cancer, cancer, funeralplanning, cancer,.... its enough to make a man depressed  :-\

this weekend, me and the missus are going to the seaside for a few days. although i was first planning to cancel the trip due to cost cuts following my jobloss, we can both really use some rest & relaxation and a change of scenery, so there migth be no activity in the next few days.
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on October 24, 2016, 06:15:21 am
Enjoy the weekend mate and I hope your sister is ok. Mate of mine was diagnosed with early skin cancer and after a very minor operation he's had the all clear. So hopefully your sister will be  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on November 02, 2016, 03:40:52 am
Blog Entry #193


its been a slow but busy week on the bench, although i didnt have any building time the past weekend as i took the missus to the seaside on a weekend vacation.

modelwise, the bench is now clear enough to start new builds. with the finishing of the A330-MRTT and the recent completion of a 1/144 CH-53D+ (pics to follow later) i have started preperations for the next build project.

the next 1/144 builds that are about to start are 3 Super Hornets/growlers (1 RW EA-18G Growler, 1 RW F/A-18F in US Navy markings and 1 Whiff F/A-18E in USMC markings, there might be a USMC F/A-18F in the near future). still need to give the last 1/72 SeaKing and the Mig-15 some attention aswell.

im starting to run out of space on the stash shelves, so i might have to get started on some of the larger boxes to gain more space, or start on a mass production on various smaller boxes.

i still need to do some more decal designing this week, including  the ones for "the Wedding Project", i cant tell you anything about it yet, except for the fact that its gonna be a large model and its sheduled to be finished/revieled in August 2017.

other 1/144 projects that need decals are:

-Cuban F/A-18C hornet
-Belgian Tornado IDS
-RAAF F/A-18F Super Hornet (RW)
-RAAF AF-18A Hornet (RW) cancelled
-Belgian AF Boeing 727-100 (RW)
-???


more soon.....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: TheChronicOne on November 02, 2016, 10:33:12 am
Cuban Hornet!!   :mellow: :mellow: :mellow:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on November 09, 2016, 02:27:45 am
Blog Entry #194

i started work on 3 1/144 super hornets a few days ago, and i just added a 4th one to the assembly line (Australian F/A-18F).
decals for the RAAF one are not yet printed but the designwork is done.

ive started the 4 superbugs as a stash slimming measure, taking on multiple smaller 1/144 kits at once.
i might take a pair of Valom 1/144 T-6G Texans in between, since the dont have many parts, would make a nice quick build.

also on the list for next projects are a small number of 1/144 classic hornets (3 RW and 1 WHIF, plans for an RAAF F/A-18A have been canned).


also, i longer have an LHS nearby (well, not literally), as the last pure modelshop in Brugges (Neverland) screwed me over on my last visit, increasing the price of theyre painttins by 80% (with no pricetags on the shelves) and by selling me a used empty one between the full tins, ended up paying 17 euro's for 7 (well, 6 usefull) tins! the store was already too expensive for my liking (asking 20 euros for a revell 1/144 Mig-31, while others charge 5 and asking 30 euro's for a revell A320 when the retail price is 13) and this incident really was the last straw, im no longer going there ever again, if i need humbrol paints, i'll go to Ostend or buy them online  :angry: .


meanwhile, the jobhunting isnt going as good as planned.

i found a job last friday and started on monday, a interim job at a factory that makes packaging materials.
all i can say is that i underestimated the job, it was mentally and physicly exhausting and way to stressfull (making me operate 5 short-running machines simultaiously and other tasks in between). it was horrible and i was forced to quit it, i couldnt hande that ammount of work/stress. im now looking for something else, somewhere they dont treat me like a machine.


more soon.....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on November 17, 2016, 03:21:55 am
Blog Entry #195


all quiet on the bench the past week, i have 4 1/144 super hornets on the go (2 US Navy, 1 USMC and 1 RAAF), they should be ready for painting very soon.

in 1/72, no progress on the Mig-15 or the Sea King.

for today, im gonna do some decal designing, last week i have completed the design for the top secret Boeing 747-8 project.
now im gonna design the decals for a few more projects, including 1/72 Belgian Army & Navy H135M's, 1/72 Agusta A109 (Belgian) and (maybe) a 1/48 AS355F1 (local EMS helicopter, dont usually do this scale, but the helicopter is only available in this one, and its a AS350).

im also planning to change my buildplans for the old kit GB, switching from the 1/100 Antonov AN24 to a revell 1/113ish Martin PBM-5 Mariner (in Belgian Navy markings).

jobhunting isnt going as good at the moment, mostly because this time of year, there arent that many openings, esspecially with the holidays aproaching. for the moment, i have a lot of administration to go through (im really lacking behind on my paperwork).


more soon...
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on November 22, 2016, 04:35:33 am
Blog Entry #196

more slow but sure progress on the bench, the 4 1/144 scale Super Hornets are almost ready for a first layer of paint, but before that i still need to place on the landinggear doors. the 1/72 Mig-15 is making good progress as the cockpit is done and the wings are placed on.

i just finished printing out a new set of decals for current and future projects including:

WHIF:
-1/144 Grumman G36 Martlet (Belgian)
-1/72 Airbus Helicopters H135M (Belgian Air Force and Navy)

Realworld:
-1/144 F/A-18F Super Hornet (RAAF)
-1/144 P-47D Thunderbolt (Ecuador Air Force)
-1/144 Boeing 727-100 (Belgian AF)
-1/144 Junkers Ju-52 (Sabena and Lufthansa)
-1/48 AS350 (local EMS Helicopter)
-1/72 Agusta A109H (Belgian AF, serials only)
-1/144 AW101 Merlin (Norwegian Air Force)
-1/144 F-16A (Romanian AF, serials only)
-1/144 Sepecat Jaguar-A (French AF, serials only)

i didnt want to use my standard decal paper, as im saving those up for a later project, so i used a set of Bare-metal Expert Choise inkjet decal paper i had lying arround. i already applied a first layer of sealant/varnish so i will see how that turns out, i heared some bad thing about the product, but i thought i would find out for myself.

i now have decals for most of my planned project for this year and next year, the only ones i still need to print out are those for the secret Boeing 747-8 project. if the BMF paper works well, i will use this, otherwise its back to the standard decalpaper.

the decals for the Cuban AF hornet are on hold, until i can figure out a color scheme, i was thinking the 2/3-tone blue/grey aggressor scheme used by the US Navy's Top Gun school. the plans for the Belgian Tornado IDS have also been postponed until the next decal sheet.


more soon....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on December 01, 2016, 03:24:46 am
Blog Entry #197

more movement this week. the Airfix 1/72 Mig-15bis (East German AF) is now Finished and the 1/144 RF-4E Phantom sideproject is also nearing completion.
no progress on the last SeaKing or the 4 1/144 Super Hornets.

i just got back from the Sait-Jans hospital in Brugges. no worries, its modeling related. since a few weeks ago, the national TV station VTM started a reality series on the local EMS helicopter (the only one in Flanders, witch lives solely on crowd-funding and donations). they had a 1/35 prebuilt desktop model of the Eurocopter AS355F1 they use in the institutes main office and would like to have it repainted in the current red/white livery with the current sponsor logo's.

like this:

(http://blogimages.bloggen.be/philipdebrandweerman/2929823-c1db91f83689a78f203ed6351a679e2e.jpg)

i had volenteered to do this job free of charge (and AFAIK, i was so far the only modeler in the region who makes his own decals).
i still have the decal designs for the 1/48 version i was planning, i only need to upscale it a little. ive only started and i ran into a problem, the stickers/decals on the helo are a bit hard to remove, im gonna try to remove them with a hair dryer, or, if that doesnt work, will use paint remover. in the worst case, i will have to repaint the whole model, witch i want to avoid as the model is already in an all-white paint scheme.

meanwhile, im also making preperations for the next build, either a 1/72 Agusta A109 (Belgian Army, RW), 2 H135M's (Belgian Air Force and Navy) or a 1/144 embraer E195 in citybird livery.


more soon....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on December 01, 2016, 06:09:27 am
Well done mate  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on December 07, 2016, 03:05:17 am
Blog Entry #198

more bench activity, after a week of work, the AS355F1 model is ready to be handed back to the St Jans Hospital in Brugges.

the result:

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn292/Nilssteyaert/misc/006_1.jpg)

meanwhile, final work is in progress on a 1/144 RF-4E, all it needs are some stenciling and a layer of varnish.
still in need of attention are the 4 1/144 Super Hornets that have been put on hold for a week or 2 now.

also, still to be started is the secret Boeing 747-8 (to be revealed in August 2017) witch the missus, strangly enough, is urging me to start on.
there will still be a number of project be taken in between, one of witch is the Citybird embraer E195. another project i want to start are a number of 1/72 Luft'46 themed models and a number of 1/72 Belgian AF Whiffs (H135M, Tiger-ARH,...).
looking at some armour in the stash, i have a revell 2-pack of humvee's, witch im planning to building Belgian Army markings.

looking back in the blog to some unrealised ideas, im gonna take up some of those pland in the 2017 projects list, these include, in 1/144, F-104K Starfighter F.Mk.3 (RAF), NAMC YS-11 (RAF, Andover CC.4), Airbus A320 (RAF),....
in 1/72 there are plans for mig-37's, Mig-1.44, Su-47, F-22A, F-35A, H145M...... there's also a plan to build a Bolkow Bo-108, using a Eurocopter EC135 with the tail from an EC145, im thinking Austrian Army markings.


more soon.....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on December 07, 2016, 06:28:30 am
Come out well Nils  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on December 07, 2016, 10:26:57 am
Blog Entry #198b

ive been looking into building a number of Civilian WHIF airlines, to go with a number of surplus airliner models in the stash.
ive been doing a little research and came up woth these, one is a WHIF, the other a "never was".

first off, is Yamato Airlines, people familiar with "Area 88" will know this name.
this is an attempt to give the airline a modern day revamp. i havent found any clear images of the YAL logo, so i decided to give the Japan based airline a new logo. as for the fleet, i was thinking of a number of Boeing 737's and 747's, maybe replace the older 747-200's with the newer -8 model. so here's the planned new logo, a bit simple but subject to change.

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn292/Nilssteyaert/what%20if/profiles/YamatoAirlines.jpg)


the other im planning is Flanders Airlines, the company only flew a few years, from 1986 to 1992 (operating 6 Fokker F27, 3 swearingen metro's and 3 (leased) Bandeirante's).
ive redesigned the old logo with a bit of an 80's classic vibe. im planning on replacing the Belgian civil OO- registration with Flemish WHIF VL- registrations. for aircraft, im thinking of Boeing 727-400's (CFM56 powered 727-200) and maybe a smaller turboprop (maybe AN-24). i could also concider using an Airbus A320.

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn292/Nilssteyaert/what%20if/profiles/FlandersAirlines.jpg)


aside from these 2 Airlines, there are also plans for Citybird aircraft (Airbus A350-900 and Embraer E195) and VLM Airlines (possibly A320/319).


more soon........
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: PR19_Kit on December 07, 2016, 11:06:24 am

..... there are also plans for Citybird aircraft....


 :thumbsup: :thumbsup: LOVE that oh so green scheme!  ;D

I've had a CityBird MD11 (Welsh Models vacform) under way for many years, but it needs some more time and enthusiasm on my part to get it done.
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on December 14, 2016, 06:08:20 am
Blog Entry #199


made some more progress today, 3 out of the 4 1/144 Super Hornets are ready for painting, the 4th one will be put on hold for a while.
next in line waiting on the bench is a 1/144 Embraer 195 with DACO/Skyline Citybird decals (using a 1/200 boeing 737 sheet), work should start later today.

also on the bench now is the top secret Boeing 747-8 ive been planning for some time, this project will use a number of new techniques witch im practicing at the moment, including Airbrushing.

to test out the airbrush and to do some practicing, im using an old Boeing 787-8 dreamliner (the New Flanders Air Force KC-48 tanker version ive built a while ago, now serves as a testing model). so far for full surfaces it looks good, but still need to practice more to improve paint coverage. if succesfull, i might redo the whole model in Yamato Airlines colors.

another problem i have for another future project, a TUI/JetairFly Boeing 787-8, is masking curved lines, i dont thing the Revell tape can make those bends, so i might have to BlueTac the whole thing.

once the 1/144 Superbugs are done, im gonna look into organising WIP builds, so at all time i have in progress:

-1 or 2 small 1/144 aircraft
-1 Luft'46 model
-1 1/72 side project (WHIF or RW)
-1 or 2 special projects (like the commision builds (Seakings and NH90-NFH's) or the secret Boeing 747-8)

the past week, not much was done, most of the time went into cleaning the mancave, reorganising the stash and cleaning out the spare decals box.

in terms of building more Luft'46 models, im revisiting the Arado Ar.555, having already build one of these fine and impressive models, im planning a long-range intercontinental version, with 2 large external tanks, replacing the 6 Jumo 004 engines with 2 BMW 018's and reducing the payload to a single atomic bomb. im also planning a ne 1/72 Arado fast tactical  bomber, by scale-o-rama'ing a 1/48 Ar.234 with a new cockpit, canopy and swept wings (from a 1/48 F-84F Thunderstreak ihave in the spares pile). still need to do more research though. i also want to get my hands on another HUMA 1/72 Ju288, so i can build a jet version (based on the EF.132), just need to find a good donorkit for the jet engines, wings and tail, maybe a Tu-16 might do it?
 



more soon.....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on December 20, 2016, 03:49:18 am
Blog Entry #200


wow, the 200th blogpost already?  ;D

there has been little activity in the past week, no progress on any of the models on the bench.
ive spent the whole week practicing and refining my airbrush skills, but i keep running into problems (paint runners, spatter,....).
im experimenting with 2 kinds of paint, enamels and waterbased paints (using revell/humbrol enamels and Aqua paints).
i will post pictures on my practice later.
this is my finding so far (positives and negatives):


Enamels:

+sticks better to the surface
+cheaper and easier to come by.
+already familiar with the thinning process

-needs more ventilation
-smell spreads all over the house
-needs more layers.
-prone to chipping when layers differ in ammount of thinning.


Water Based paints:

+covers better
+no bad smells
+can be thinned with water
+easy to clean

-prone to runners
-different paint-to-thinner ratio (sometimes too thick or too thin)
-a bit more expensive and harder to come by here.


im currently thinking of building a spraybooth, using an old box (plastic or wood) and an old PC cooling fan, might ask some help from my PC savvy little brother on the latter part.

i was thinking of using the airbrush for the Citybird E195 im about to start on, but since im still having problems with it, i think i'll wait and go back to the old paint and brush. so there is still along way to go until i can perfectly airbrush a model, although i will still be doing the smaller parts by hand.

this week im gonna be looking at making some more progress on the Super Hornets, and start on sub assemblies for the E195 and Boeing 747-8.
after newyears, im gonna look at finding my old 1/72 Airfix Tucano for the Soviet GB, i started that project a year ago, but it never actually got built.


more soon...
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on December 21, 2016, 02:10:32 am
Blog Entry #200b


just got news, i have a job interview this afternoon at the Belgian Navy (at a private contractor, who maintains the fleets Tripartite-class Minehunters) as a turner/miller/metalworker  :thumbsup:
if all goes well, i can start after newyears  :mellow:

*sings "In the navy"...*
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on December 21, 2016, 06:27:16 am
Best of luck Nils
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on December 21, 2016, 10:18:39 am
and i just got news, ive got the job  ;D
after newyears im joining the Navy under a civilian imterim contract  :mellow:

i will mostly be turning parts for the Belgian and Dutch Navy's Tripartite-class minehunters!

(http://www.mil.be/sites/mil.be/files/styles/large_article_colorbox/public/material/M924_02.JPG?itok=lGOoso0O)
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Rheged on December 21, 2016, 10:29:16 am
Delighted to hear this good news, Nils!!  It's a good Christmas present to you from the navy.
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: DogfighterZen on December 21, 2016, 05:24:49 pm
Sure is good news, congrats on the job, Nils.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on December 22, 2016, 06:17:14 am
Great news Nils  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Dizzyfugu on December 22, 2016, 07:54:35 am
Congratulations!  :thumbsup:

And certainly very inspiring, too.  ;)
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on December 28, 2016, 10:27:44 am
Blog Entry #201


last entry for this year, so im gonna keep it short.

aside from the 4 1/144 Super Hornets, ive started on 2 more projects,

the first is the Embraer 195 in Citybird livery, this is quite an easy and straight forward kit and goes together very well.
in only a short hour, ive managed to get to the point where the model is about 60% completed.
subassemblies such as the landinggear and engines is gonna take a little longer.

progress pic:

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn292/Nilssteyaert/what%20if/1-144/003_4.jpg)


the second project, is the top secret Boeing 747-8, i cannot reveal much about it, only that it will be presented to the public in August.
if all goes well, and you've been good, you get a sneak peak  :mellow:
what i can say is that its gonna be a surprise for my wedding  ;)
today, the cockpit has been started, still need to color the seats. the wings and tail are also assembled, but still need work.

here's a pic of the cockpit.

(http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn292/Nilssteyaert/what%20if/1-144/004_3.jpg)


as soon as the Embraer is done, i will take another 1/72 in between, possibly a Luft'46 model or a modern helicopter type.
ive also been thinking of reviving my "WW2 beyond 1945" storybuild, but im also looking at possibly restarting it with a new storyline and a new set of builds. after reading the first 6 issues of Wunderwaffen, ive refound the inspiration to continue the story.

there wont be much time to build after newyears, as of the 2nd of Januari, im starting my new job at the Navy base  :mellow:

but for now:



Happy Newyear, and best wishes for 2017
  :party: :drink: :party:


more soon...
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on January 14, 2017, 10:43:37 am
Blog Entry #202


first Blog entry of the new year, ive been delayed due to work and lack of free time.

there has been no progress on any of the models on the bench, with the exeption of the Embraer 195.
the second coat of paint has been applied and the engine parts are fully painted and ready to be assembled.
work on the first aplication of decals are expected to start soon.

next in line to start is a 1/72 Soviet Tucano for the Soviet GB, a project that was planned to be built last year but never got started.
armament is to come from a 1/72 ICM Soviet Air-to-ground weapons set.

also, modeling time has been cut since my girlfriend bought a Lego Disney castle, witch will take ages to assemble  :-\

im also looking at a number of new projects for this year. my new job at the Navy base is giving me loads of inspiration.
already on the planning list are Belgian Navy Mig-29A's, Embraer 195-MPA and H135M. looking at the 2 1/144 scale Albatross-class attack boats i  have in the stash, im thinking of building one in Belgian Navy markings, and the other in a Sovietized East-German Volksmarine version.

the missus is going out tomorrow afternoon, so i wil have the rest of the day to spend on the bench  ;D
i will also take the time to look at the stash and plan ahead with a few additional WHIF projects.


more soon.....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on January 15, 2017, 04:24:50 am
Blog Entry #202


first Blog entry of the new year, ive been delayed due to work and lack of free time.



In a way Nils that's a good thing. At least the ideas are still coming thick and fast  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on January 26, 2017, 10:35:24 am
Blog Entry #203

a little progress has been made on the bench today, being stuck at home with the flu and a fever of 38.1°C (100°F) last night, i needed something to keep me busy.

the Embraer 195 is now completly finished (and thanks Narses for the Whiffie nomination btw). more progress has also been made on the still secret Boeing 747-8. meanwhile, the 4 1/144 F/A-18 Super Hornets are still gathering dust since those are on hold for the time being.

the next project to start is the 1/72 Airfix Tucano in Soviet Air Force markings, for this years Soviet GB.
this will be an armed version, with weapons from an ICM 1/72 soviet Air-to-ground weapons set.

im still looking into starting more 1/72 kits, looking at the large stash of kits that doesnt seem to be slimming.
as soon as the superbugs are done, im looking at starting either a 1/72 Agusta A109, another Luft'46 model (witch is long overdue) or both  ;D
of course im still looking into some more civilian stuff, including another Airbus A350-900, a pair of Airbus A320's, a Boeing 727-200,....


more soon....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on February 22, 2017, 11:47:58 am
Blog Entry #204


its been almost a month since my last entry, so i guess its time for an update.
not much has progressed, 1 of the 4 Super Hornets has been put on hold, pending the finishing of the other 3.
the secret 747-8 project is also progressing at a steady pace, most assemblies are done and its almost ready for paint.

next in line are the 1/72 Soviet Tucano and a yet unknown Luft'46 project.
i have been researching a number of Luft'46 projects, using current day tactics/mission gear with 40's/50's gear, not ust in terms of aircraft, but also in terms of armour and ships/submarines.

there wont be much time on the bench the next few weeks, especially in the second half of March.
i already missed 2 modelshows, but i will be attending the IPMS Moorsele show the first weekend of April near Kortijk.


thats all for now, more soon....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: TheChronicOne on February 22, 2017, 12:46:16 pm
Interesting stuff here....  747 sounds glorious!!  Tucano sounds interesting, too... not something one would think of when thinking of Soviets!
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on March 14, 2017, 07:28:09 am
Happy New Year to yourself as well Nils ! Hope all is well...cheers !

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on March 17, 2017, 10:01:06 am
Blog Entry #205


its been almost another month, but there is steady progress  :mellow:
the secret 747-8 is almost ready for paint, the 4 Super Hornets are currently on hold.
also in progress on the bench are a 1/72 Soviet Tucano, a 1/72 Belgian T-33A (RW) and a 1/144 Anigrand AW101 (in norwegian markings).

im also finding new inspiration for new builds, as soon as the 747 is done, im looking to start on 1 or 2 1/144 Airbus A400M's.
ive also started research on another long-term project, a small 1/144 escort carrier for the Belgian Navy, and German Kriegsmarine.
for the Belgian Navy im thinking of building some 1/144 F4U Corsairs, Wildcats and/or Dauntless (as i have these already in the stash) but i could also go for the supermarine seafire (i have an overstock on spitfire Mk.V and Mk.IX). in 1/72 there's also a Belgian Navy F4U-4 Corsair in the planning stages, aswell as the long-expected 1/72 H135M and 1/144 Belgian Navy maretime patrol aircraft.

aside from these projects, there are still many Luft'46 and Kriegsmarine'46 (and a single panzer'46) model in the design phases, including a planned V1 (or V2) equiped Type XXI u-boat, a flak/AA version of the Panzer IV, kriegsmarine FW226 Flitzer, Ar.555 Amerika bomber (with nuke)...



more soon......
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: TheChronicOne on March 18, 2017, 12:19:13 pm
Multiples here I can't wait to see....   Good stuff!
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on April 12, 2017, 07:23:10 am
Blog Entry #206


there has been little progress in the past month since the last blog entry.
the 4 Super Hornets are still a WIP, with the first one nearly done, 2 others are to follow shortly, the 4th one has been put on hold.
also in progress is an anigrand 1/144 AW101 in Norwegian markings aswell as a 1/72 Belgian AF T-33A.

i course there is still whiffery going on, with the 1/72 Soviet Tucano, but the project has encountered some delay due to lack of benchtime, might end up getting cancelled in favor of another project.
also in progress is the secret Boeing 747-8 im working on, main assembly is nearly done, the engines are currently in the paintshop, the wings are expected to follow shortly. as for the fuselage, im waiting for the temperature to get warmer so i can take it to the garage for spraypainting.

looking at other what if projects, there are a number still in line waiting to be started.
in the luft'46 field im planning a nuclear bomber version of the Arado Ar.555, V2 (or V1) capable Type XXIb submarine, Belgian Navy F4U Corsair (in 1/72 and 1/144) & Dauntless (1/144), Belgian Navy & Air Force H135M's,.....

as for Belgian Whiffery, im looking at building a number of Belgian models, including a small Belgian Naval Aviation fleet (with Corsairs, Dauntless, Martin Mariner, Supermarine Walrus,...).
For the Air Force im planning a significant number of models aswell, such as Airbus A330-MRTT, A400M, F-35A, H665 Tiger-ARH, maybe jet Provost or Folland Gnat,.....

im stuck sick at home for the next few days, so im gonna have a look at getting some benchtime  :mellow:


more soon...
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on April 13, 2017, 05:51:21 am
Some nice ideas there Nils  :thumbsup: Hope you feel better soon
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on May 06, 2017, 08:45:03 am
Blog Entry #207


lately ive been feeling that many of the projects on the bench are taking too long, but having only very little free time doesnt alow me to do much.
but the missus is out of town tonight, so i intend to use that time to get some modelwork done  :mellow:

im nearing the end on one of the 4 1/144 Super Hornets (a realworld VFA-103 F/A-18F), and a 1/144 Anigrand AW101 (Norwegian) is also nearing completion.
the 2nd Super Hornet, a RAAF F/A-18F, has been put on hold for now, the 2 other Super Hornets are going to be completed at a slow pace and might become "in between" projects.

other projects on the go is the Secret Boeing 747-8 project, with the painting on the engines nearly finished, i should be starting on decalwork very soon.
other porject on the bench are a Belgian 1/72 T-33A (RW, about to start), Soviet Tucano (on hold) and the last 1/72 Sea King (that has been gathering dust for a few months now).

as soon as the AW101 and the first Super Hornet are done, im gonna start on a larger 1/144 WHIF model, propably an airliner, transport or bomber, i havent quite decided yet. im also gonna look at getting started on at least 1 Luft'46 themed model.

in the research phase are the German WWII escort carrier project, V2-launching U-boat and various Belgian Naval Aviation models (Dauntless, Corsair, Martin mariner,...). im also starting to look at a number of ship models, including a sovietised Gepard-Class attack boat, maybe in GDR Volksmarine markings. im also  still doing research on alternate RAF aircraft, including the F-104K Starfighter F.3, Vickers Vanguard AEW.1 and/or MR.2 (would make a good nimrod/P-3 orion alternative) and Airbus A320 CC.1.

aside from Belgian, German and RAF plans, i also have plans for various Soviet/Russian aircraft, including an IL-86TZ Tanker, a couple of upgraded Su-47's and realworld Su-30 and 35. in whiffery there are also plans to build various Mig-37's (Russian AF, Navy and GDR versions) but im also looking to build a ground attack version of the Mig-39 (Mig-1.44) and a fighter version of the Su-47 in 1/72 scale.


more soon....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on May 07, 2017, 07:02:01 am
Blog Entry #207


lately ive been feeling that many of the projects on the bench are taking too long, but having only very little free time doesnt alow me to do much.
but the missus is out of town tonight, so i intend to use that time to get some modelwork done  :mellow:



In a way that's a good thing mate.

Enjoy your modelling time  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on May 07, 2017, 10:02:49 am
Last Sea King ? Did I miss the second last one ? But please remember, a Nils, without an unfinished Sea King on the bench, cannot exist !

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on May 20, 2017, 05:36:44 am
Blog Entry #208


another weekend to myself to get some benchtime, the missus is out of town with some friends and im all alone till tomorrow  :mellow:
today, im gonna get some projects done and tomorrow im off to Middelkerke of a modelshow, so expect some new stash additions  ;D

so what does the bench look like at the moment?

well, the 1/144 AW101 was finished last week, and im now concidering a 1/72 version in the future.
the first of 4 1/144 Super Hornets should also be finished today, the second one (an E-version) should be the next one to be finished in what-if USMC markings.

the secret 747-8 project will also recieve some attention today, at least the wings, the main fuselage will be spray painted once the temperature in the garage is up and i have a spraystand set up.

EDIT: with weatherconditions and temerature in the garage just right, i was able to start spraypainting the 747, will put on a second coat later, but im kinda (like always) having problems with runners  :-\

in 72, im about to start on a realworld Belgian AF T-33A and a yet to be determined WHIF project, either 1/72 or 1/144.
there are also a number of future projects that need decals, so i might get some decal designed for those.
looking at the list of projects, some of them dating back as far as 10 years, there is plenty to choose from. another plan i have is to build another few civilian models, including a Flanders Airlines Airbus A320 or Boeing 727-200 (with new engines) and a Yamato Airlines Boeing 747 (from Area 88, have managed to design the logo for the 2004 version).

as some of you have noticed, my stash growth has been kept under control since the beginning of the year. i am trying to put in a stash stop until i can reduce the current stash or get some more space freed up. with the money im saving, im planning to get some better tools and new racks for paint-tins, as im having problems with the current drawers-system that sometimes get jammed.


more soon...
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: TheChronicOne on May 22, 2017, 06:23:27 pm
You're like myself with the spray paint... I get too heavy handed at times. I have to force myself to remind myself (ha) to try to do mist coats but I mess that up, too.  ;D

Lots of neat projects in the wings and of course I can't wait to see the 747.......
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on May 25, 2017, 02:46:29 pm
T-33 ? Yes ! Straight wings and tip-tanks ? One of my favourite a/c.

 :wub:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on June 02, 2017, 11:35:13 pm
Blog Entry #209


more movement on the bench this past week  :mellow:
another project has just been finished this morning, namely the secret 747-8, reveal will be in 2 months time for a special reason  ;)

meanwhile, other projects will be dusted off, including the last 1/72 Sea King, a T-33A and a new project still to be determined.
3 1/144 Super Hornets are also in need of attention, but will likely be put on hold for a little while longer.
for one of the next projects, i might do a Luft'46 model, witch is long overdue, still have no idea witch one.

in terms of future project, there are a number of both WHIF and RW models on the planning board, im also been looking at reviving another old idea, namely a 1/72 S.A. Bulldog light COIN/FAC aircraft, perhaps armed with light bombs, rockets and/or stinger missile tubes. perhaps painted in markings of some small asian or african country. in RW, im also planning an F-104C in 1/144, with Retrokit's F-104C conversion set and paint in in SEA vietnam camo. there's also pans for a 1/144 A-6 Intruder for a Vietnam GB.

there are also plans for a fleet of Belgian Navy ships and aircraft, aswell as a 1/144 sovietized Gepard-class attack boat in east-German Volksmarine service  ;D.

more soon....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on July 14, 2017, 09:11:32 am
Blog Entry #210


its hard to believe its been almost a month since my last Blog entry  :o

a lot has changed over the past month, with projects coming and going, so here's an update.

on the bench at the moment:

-2 x Valom 1/144 T-6G Texan (1 Belgian & 1 yet to be determined)
-1 x scratchbuild 1/144 Stampe SV.4b
-1 x Huma 1/72 Junkers EF128

the 3 1/144 Super Hornets and 1 1/72 SeaKing have been put in the fridge until a later date.

there are various plans for both WHIF and RealWorld models. projects include a 1/72 Belgian Agusta A109 (RW), 1/72 Belgian Army Humvee's (WHIF), 1/72 Belgian AF RQ-1B Predator and still waiting to be built, the Belgian Army Airbus H135M and H665 Tiger-ARH.
in recent light of the Austrian Eurofighter replacement decision, im planning on building an Austrian AF SAAB Gripen (still choosing between the single- or the 2-seater).

in Luft46, im researching 2 new projects, the Arado Ar.400 Jet Airliner (1/72 scale, built from a 1/48 Ar.234) and a jet powered 1/72 Junkers Ju.288 (with the swept wings of a 1/48 F-84F Thunderstreak) and an Arado Ar.555 in Amerikabomber configuration (with 2 BMW-018 engines instead of 6 Jumo-004). im also looking to start a USAAF P-84A Thunderjet.

there are also a number of Civilian build in the line, including a CityBird Airbus A350-900, Flanders Airlines Airbus A320,...


more soon...
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on July 15, 2017, 05:19:42 am
Like the idea of a jet Ju.288 in particular
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: TheChronicOne on July 17, 2017, 06:38:39 pm
I like the Texans!!   :laugh: :laugh: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on July 28, 2017, 06:15:48 am
Blog Entry #211

the bench has seen more movement in the past week, 1 of the 2 1/144 T-6G Texans is now almost finished, it just needs a set of replacement decals as those supplied by Valom were quite brittle and have an urge to curl up.
another 2 projects were added to the bench last week, a revell 1/72 Agusta A109 to be built in Belgian Air Force colors and a revell 1/72 HMMWV to be built as a WHIF Belgian Army version. the Huma 1/72 Junkers EF.128 has been put on hold, awaiting upgraded parts.
meanwhile, on eof the next projects in line is a revell 1/144 F-104G Starfighter, to be built as a USAF F-104C (using retrokit's F-104C conversion set) in Vietnam camo & markings as an entry for the Vietnam GB over on KG144.

meanwhile, as of today, i have started designing new decals for future projects, including those for the F-104K Starfighter F.3, Sea Harrier FA.2, Thunderbird 6 tiger moth and the aformentioned USAF F-104C,...
looking back at previous posts, im looking to get reseach started on a few old and new projects. im reviving my RAF Air Support Command Airbus A320 CC.1 allong with several other projects. looking at the Eurofighter Typhoon, im thinking of backdating one to the late 60's early 70's, in RAF camo (grey/green camo with black nose and large serials under the wings) thinking of redesignating it the BAC/Dornier Typhoon FG.1 and/or T.2. ive also been looking into developing a new V-bomber replacement force, including the Northrop/Avro Vengeance (B-2 Spirit bomber) and the BAe Vindicator (bomber version of Concorde with Skybolt missiles).

i have had a very unlucky week, monday i couldnt leave to work in time due to a heavy thunderstorm, tuesday my bike ran a flat, wednesday an order i placed was delivered to a wrong adress and yesterday i lost my job  :-\, its a miracle i survived today without incident.
on the plus side, the final preperations for the wedding are finally coming together, with 28 days to go, im starting to get quite nervous. not for the thought of being married, but the feeling we've forgot something. this weekend im spending at my parents place, so no benchtime, but i will hit the bench several times this week as part of my styrene therapy to keep my mind off possible upcoming depressions and boredom that comes with unemployment.


more soon.....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on July 28, 2017, 07:09:08 am
Commiserations over the bad week Nils, particularly losing the job  :-\

Thinking you've forgotten something when it comes to planning a wedding is only natural and happens to most of us. Don't worry about it
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: TheChronicOne on July 29, 2017, 06:10:26 pm
Sounds like "one of those" weeks. 

You'll come back from the job mess better than ever. Hang in there.
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on August 07, 2017, 06:40:27 am
Blog Entry #212

progress on the bench is going smoothly, im almost finished with a 1/72 Agusta A109BA (converted froma revell A109K2) witch took loads of modification work to get it look right. all that needs to be done is the decals and a coat of varnish.

next project to be finished is a 1/72 Huma Junkers EF.128, a good project to test out Humbrols RLM color line.

looking at this project, i have been playing with the idea of a Luft'46 based Lufttwaffe advanced flight school, imagine somewhere in Bavaria or Czechoslovakia in 1946, a large airbase where only the best selected Luftwaffe pilots go to learn to fly the most advanced aircraft. im thinking Ar.96's and Me.262B's in an all-metallic scheme with red/black trims. still need to do more reseach on this topic.

im also revisiting some old Cold War RAF idea's i had, thinking reviving the F-104K and the Airbus A320 CC.1 projects.
im also playing with the idea to get another Airfix Vickers Vanguard, so i can build both AEW.1 and MR.2 variants, i was thinking of building only 1 but couldnt make up my mind on witch one to build.

im also still trying to figure out what to do with the Revell C-17A Globemaster III in the stash, at first i was thinking of an Israeli version, then a Civilian Citybird Cargo version, but now im playing with the idea of a Netherlands AF version  :unsure:

might even lookat making some progress on the last SeaKing thats been gathering dust for over 4 months.
next in line to start is a 1/144 F-104G that to be converted into an F-104C. i also need to finish up a scratchbuild 1/144 Stampe SV.4b i started some time ago.


more soon....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on August 15, 2017, 12:39:26 pm
Blog Entry #213

more progress on the bench.

the 1/72 A109BA is now finished and a Huma 1/72 Junkers EF128 is also nearing completion.
ive also started on a 1/144 Academy Mig-23 thats gonna recieve a number of improvements and be converted into a Mig-23ML. if succesfull, im gonna build a Mig-23BN version. both floggers will be painted in East German camoflage.

that doesnt mean im gonna stop building Whifs for a while, as a matter of fact, im also gonna start on a new WHIF project when the EF128 is finished. im thinking of starting on the RAF Airbus A320 in RAF Air Support Command markings. as im also gonna start on the 1/144 F-104C, i might take another F-104 and build the RAF version aswell, the F-104K Starfighter F.3.

also, the reveal of the secret Boeing 747-8 i have been working on for some time.

there are more project in the works, and i managed to get some new ideas for future projects, including a 1/72 Cuban AS532 Cougar, 1/72 East German Airbus Helicopters H145M & Yakolev Yak-130 (as soon as Zvezda's new kit gets out), 1/144 East German Mig-25,....

however, as of next week i wont have time to build for at least 2 weeks, my marriage is coming up and all my free time will go into the final preperations. we have run into a few problems on the way there, but those are now as good as solved.
in terms of looking for a job, im gonna hold off the hunt until after the wedding and the honeymoon, so can get back into it with a clear head in the beginning of september.


more soon.....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on August 16, 2017, 06:01:40 am
Glad you sorted the marriage hiccups  :thumbsup: I think we all have them in the run up to our nuptials. Mine was that I only found out two days before that I was slated to organise the wedding cars  :o :banghead:

By the skin of my teeth I managed to sort a white Rolls Royce  ;D  I still see my ex Janet, and she still doesn't know that story as I think she'd still probably hit me  ;)
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on August 19, 2017, 08:39:31 am
Blog Entry #214

this is my last blog entry as an unmarried man, as im gonna do my "I do's" at the end of next week.
therefor, there will be little to no progress in the next few weeks.

the 1/72 EF128 is in the painting stage and is nearly finished, a realworld 1/144 Mig-23 also recieved a first layer of paint.
meanwhile, ive started another new project, a DACO/Skyline (ex-airfix) 1/144 Airbus A300, currently being converted to MRTT standard (MultiRole Tanker Transport). the start on the RAF A320 has been put on hold for a while.

lately ive been getting in the mood for East German themed builds and have already started on decal designs for both Realworld and WHIF project. in the realworld builds, ive designed decals for a Tupolev Tu-134A and im gonna start on Mig-21's soon. in terms of Whaf Ifs, im currently thinking of 1/144 Mig-25, 1/72 Yak-130 (as soon as the zvezda kit is available), 1/72 Mig-37, 1/144 Interflug Tu-144 (decals made some time ago) and maybe a 1/144 IL-62M based tanker (VC-10ski) when i get the kit.
also been thinking about Airbus H145M as a possible Mi-2 replacement in DDR Volksmarine service, im also planning a Sovietized Gepard-Class attack boat  :mellow:

more soon....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: TheChronicOne on August 19, 2017, 09:04:55 am
Oh hey!! Congratulations, bud!!  All the best to you both.   :mellow:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on August 20, 2017, 12:39:52 am
Yup, congratulations Nils, enjoy the day and best of luck to the pair of you  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: DogfighterZen on August 20, 2017, 03:23:30 pm
Congratulations. :cheers:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on August 31, 2017, 07:39:35 am
before i start on the next blog entry, i want to thank everyone for the best wishes with my marriage.
it means a lot to me and the wife  :thumbsup:

Blog Entry #215

after nearly 2 weeks of closure due to the wedding, the bench is back in bussiness  :mellow:
ive started with the final paintwork on the Junkers EF128, should be finished soon. meanwhile, i also started paintwork on the Mig-23ML's camoflage. as for the Airbus A300-MRTT, ive started with the construction of the wings and fuselage, most of the windows have also been PSR'ed shut. the refueling boom is also nearly finished, just need to start on the underwing HDU pods.

meanwhile, plans for the next series of builds is underway. last week i got an Airbus A319 on the cheap at a rummage sale, and im thinking about converting it ,into a Maritime Patrol Aircraft. as for markings, im still choosing between a French Aeronavale or German Marineflieger version. im looking up what other conversions i need to do to build the A319-MPA.

the (previously secret) 747-8 project recieved a lot of attention at the wedding, people stating it was a brilliant idea and could be a commercial goldmine if offered as a commision build. although i agree its a good idea, i dont think its viable or justifies the costs to start it up.

regarding the wedding, it was huge success, people were having fun and everyone was happy. truely a day to remember.
there were some technical problems at the beginning of the festivities, but nothing that could be solved.
so far, married life is good, hopefully it stays this way  ;D


more soon...
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on September 01, 2017, 06:44:12 am
Glad the wedding went well Nils  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on September 05, 2017, 04:47:54 am
Blog Entry #216

another week of progress, and 2 current projects are nearly finished.
paintwork on the 1/144 Mig-23 and 1/72 Ju EF.128 are done, should start on decals tomorrow.
meanwhile, work on the Airbus A300-MRTT is on hold due to supply issues.
still to come is more work on decal designing, work was halted for a week or 2, as i was starting to get the new PC running (some issues havent been resolved yet, such as Win10 activation problems).

as the 2 projects are nearing completion, im looking to start 2 new ones. first up is a realworld 1/144 F-104C witch ive been meaning to get started on for over a month. the other i dont know yet, might be the RAF A320 CC.1 or a pair of B-2 Bombers (RW USAF and WHIF RAF version).
in 1/72 scale, there are a number of projects waiting in line, such as the last of the infamous SeaKings aswell as other plans. might start on a pair of Mig-21's, including a Dutch Mig-21F-13. in terms of helicopters, i have an EC145 ive started on a few years ago as a Luftwaffe SAR helo (UH-1D replacement) might look into getting that one back on the rails. also lots of Luft'46, Soviet and East-German themed models in the development stage  :mellow:


more soon....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on September 12, 2017, 12:41:55 am
Blog Entry #217

another week has passed, but movement has been slow this past week.
both the 1/144 Mig-23 and the 1/72 Junkers EF128 are both finished and the next series of builds is already underway.

the first is a realworld 1/144 F-104C Starfighter in USAF Vietnam colors (Revell kit with RetroKit conversion) for a vietnam GB over on KG144.
the second one is a 1/72 Italeri Mig-37 Ferret with various scratchbuilt modifications, including 2 enlarged weapons bays to replace the 2 smaller ones. im gonna add some weapons from a ICM soviet air-to-ground weapons set, thinking 2 KAB-500's would go good with it. but i am concidering putting this build on hold and start on a 1/72 YF-23 in USAF or RAF markings.

various other builds are also getting in line to start, ive been thinking of taking in a couple of 1/72 Mig-21MF's in between.
one will be a realword East German version, the other a WHIF, im thinking Belgian  :mellow:

after a long time searching, ive finally found a 1/72 Gloster Javelin, got one last weekend at the Sanicole Airshow.
im planning to build this one as a Belgian Air Force version, ive been playing with the idea for a few years now.
at that same airshow, another old idea has sprung back into mind, a Morrocan AF Rafale, i have a few 1/144 versions in the stash so this could very will find its way to the bench. other ideas i have include a Cuban F-5E Tiger II and F/A-18C Hornet in 1/144, in 1/72 im planning a Cuban AS532 Cougar in SAR marking sand a 2-tone blue camoflage.

more soon....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on September 18, 2017, 12:19:41 am
Blog Entry #218

Bench Activity is on the rise again, with more new projects on the way.

projects on the go are:

-1/72 F-23A Grey Ghost (now in the painting stage)
-1/72 MQ-1B Predator (Belgian Air Force)
-1/144 F-104C Starfighter (realworld, USAF, for KG144's Vietnam GB)
-1/144 Airbus A300-MRTT

Projects on hold:

-1/72 SeaKing Mk.48 (RW Belgian)
-1/72 Mig-37 Ferret
-1/72 Belgian Army HMMWV
-3 x 1/144 F/A-18E/F Super Hornets

as you can see, many ideas i had in the past are seeing the light of day. the F-23A is currently in the final stages of building, and the first coats of paint have already been applied and parts for the landinggear and weapons are awaiting the finishing touches. Last night, i also started on a smaller quick side project, an Italeri 1/72 MQ-1B Predator drone, to be painted in Belgian Air Force markings (serials, flags & roundels leftover from an Agusta A109 built earlier).  the F-104C and Airbus A300 are also slowly making progress.

meanwhile research has begun on the next 2 projects, also larger 1/72 models. after a long time working almost only in 1/144 scale, you start to appreciate the smaller scales making the larger scales seem easier. one of the next in line is the first of 2 Luft'46 larger projects, a Ju.232 (a swept wing, jet powered version of the Ju.288 bomber) and Arado Ar.434 (prop powered airliner, scale-o-rama of 1/48 Ar.234).
the other project being one of the East-German themed models im planning.

also, im looking into a number of future projects and experiments. the first is the fingernail decals experiment, i ordered a large number of these of of AliExpress as you can buy 50 sheets for the price of a humbrol enamel tin. they are cheap and easy to come buy and would make a nice collection of nose arts and markings.
another future project im looking at (budget and shelf space permitting) is a new Luft'46 airliner, a scale-o-rama of a 1/32 Me262 into a 1/72 jet or turboprop airliner (or 1/144, if 1/72 would be too big).

but the first thing im gonna do this morning is reorganise the workbench, as im always having problems opening those darn plastic drawers where i keep my painttins & decals. i need to get them place next to one another, instead of on top of each other. it also is in desperate need of a cleanup.


more soon....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on September 25, 2017, 02:23:11 am
Blog Entry #219

i havent had much time to do some modelbuilding this week, due to other priorities and the wife being home with the flu, but i did manage to get a few things done.

first off, the 1/72 F-23A is as good as done, just needs one more coat of varnish, the 1/72 MQ-1B Predator was also finished earlier this week.

http://www.whatifmodellers.com/index.php/topic,44287.0.html

2 new projects are now being prepared on the bench this week, both 1/72 scale and Luft'46. first off is the Junkers Ju.487 (a jet powered, swept wing version of the Ju.188), the other is a Arado Ar.434 transport/airliner (scale-o-rama of a 1/48 Ar.234 with the Ju.188 wings and engines). the latter might be painted in Lufthansa markings.

other plans this week is decal designing for various current and future projects.
first plans are for a number of 1/144 scale Mig-21's and J-7's. in 1/72 i have plans for East-German L-39 serials, Lufthansa markings for the above mentioned Arado Ar.434 and a Belgian WHIF Mig-21MF.
decals for other WHIF projects, including a Thunderbird 6 tiger moth (using the newer Airfix kit) have also been designed.


more soon...
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on September 29, 2017, 04:10:35 am
ok, for some reason the entry vanished, so lets try again  :-\

Blog Entry #220

there's been a change of plans on the bench this past week.
the 2 larger Luft'46 projects have been put on hold for a while longer. instead, work has now shifted to a 1/144 Airfield Diorama, replacing the older one that was lost in the move 2 years ago. this time, it will be built in a soviet style way, it will feature a new control tower, a hardened aircraft shelter, new scenery, a fuel bowser, civilian cars on a parking lot and personel figures.

other WHIF projects im gonna start building is a number of Mig-28's, a sovietized F-5E as seen in Top Gun, however, this one will have an upgrade, and will carry actual russian weaponry, thinking AA-8's or AA-11's on the wingtips, soviet style bombs & rocket launchers,....
2 are in the planning, Soviet and GDR versions, there might be a Cuban or 2-seat UB version in the future.

this morning, the bench got a well needed cleanup and reorganisation, making more space to build. moved a few drawers and tools arround to make it better to work on.


more soon...
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on October 02, 2017, 06:26:33 am
Blog Entry #221

making good progress the last few days, started on 2 1/144 F-5E Tiger II's, one build as a RW Swiss AF, the other as a WHIF Mig-28bis in Soviet markings.
also, last night i dusted off an old project that was cancelled due to faulty decals, a 1/144 Alpha Jet-A.
it was orriginally planned to be painted in a RW Oldenburg special scheme, but due to decay of the supplied decals, the project has been cancelled and the nearly finished model started gathering dust. now i dusted it off, removed the wings and have started repainting it in 2-tone green camo, similar to the East-German L-39C's. might give it Soviet markings and finish it as an agressor, perhaps armed with some soviet rocket launchers under the wings.

still being looked at, is the 1/144 Airfield Diorama, the foundation for the hangar has been set and the concrete floor has been painted, still needs its lines though before the hangar can be built arround it. im also gonna convert on of the MAN 630 trucks from Revell's bundeswehr vehicle set into a fuel bowser. designing of the control tower is as good as done, just need to figure out what details to add.

i also printed out some new decals last week for the following projects:

-1/72 Thunderbird 6 (using Airfix's new tiger moth)
-1/144 Mig-21MF (east German markings)
-1/144 F-15I Ra'am
-1/144 Tu-134A (East german AF)
-1/144 Airbus A320 (WHIF Flanders Airlines).

im gonna look at scratchbuilding 3 UPAZ-1 refueling pods for another future project, an Ilyushin IL-86TZ Refueling tanker, possibly in Cuban or Soviet AF colors. in 1/72, there are also a few thing in the planning, including the 2 larger Luft'46 projects that have been put on hold last week.


more soon...
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on October 09, 2017, 12:03:27 am
Blog Entry #222

slow activity on the bench this week, i did manage to finish 2 1/144 F-5's, one Swiss and one as a Mig-28 (pics to follow).
work will now resume on the Airbus A300-MRTT and Airfield Diorama. for the latter, the vehicles for the scenery were delivered last week, im still waiting for the arrival of the trees. right now, im working on the aircraft shelter. the front of the hangar has been cut and carved out of foam card, at the moment, im working on the interiour, that made of plasticard. the center-railing for the lighting has already been fitted (styrene rod) and im now looking at how to add detail to the interiour.

as for new projects, im doing research on 2 more '46 universe projects (aside from the larger Luft'46 projects). the first is a USAAF P-84A/B Thunderjet, the other is a navalised version of the Focke-Wulf Flitzer for the Kriegmarine (with folded wings). i have a large number of '46 themed aircraft in the stash, and not just Luftwaffe projects but also IJA/IJN and RAF/USAAF themed models. ive been meaning to get some of those built for a long time.

other projects that are due to be completed are a 1/144 F-104C Starfighter and maybe on of the 3 Super Hornets that are on hold.

as far as jobhunting goes, its going bad, really really bad  :-\
had another failure this morning and im 100% sure im going to make a career switch, ive had it with the metalworks!


more soon....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on October 09, 2017, 06:12:16 am
Sorry to hear about the job search Nils. Hope it goes better in future
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: TheChronicOne on October 12, 2017, 04:21:21 pm
Hang in there, buddy. Perhaps the shift in modes that you mentioned is exactly what the doctor ordered.  :thumbsup:

Job hunting can be the worst... ... ..
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on October 14, 2017, 11:12:31 am
Blog Entry #223

time for another bench update while the missus is out tonight with her mother  :mellow:
having been stuck at home most of the week due to a bad cold, i havent been able to do much  :-\

earlier this week, i started on 2 revell 1/72 Me262's, both What Ifs.
one will be a German pure-fighter version, Me262A-6a, the other will be a Ki-201 Karyu (Japanese license built Me262) in IJA markings.
other WHIF projects, either 1/72 or 1/144 scale are yet to be determined. the P-84 Thunderjet project is currently on hold due to kit issues (witch is to expect from a mistercrap kit). the 1/144 Airbus A300-MRTT is also on hold while i source some new refueling pods for under the wings.

i also have plans for at least 3 more 1/144 Mig-28's (Soviet copy of F-5E) and 2 WHIF 1/144 Mig-25 Foxbats (1 East-german and 1 Communist New Flanders). a number of earlier RAF projects are also planning to be started soon, including the F-104K Starfighter F.Mk.3, A320 CC.1, Vanguard MPA.1 & AEW.2 (second kit to be sourced)....

at the moment, most of those builds are currently on hold as i am running out of shelf space, both for the 1/72 and 1/144 models.
i might have to look at adding additional shelves.

also, last night, the final parts for the Airfield diorama have arrived, namely the trees for the background.
so tonight, i might get some work on that done, so i have some nice scenery to photograph new 1/144 models.


more soon...
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on October 19, 2017, 01:56:02 am
Blog Entry #224

im starting to make more progress on the already very crowded workbench.
at the moment, a pair of 1/72 Messerschmitt me262's are being built, one German and one Japanese.
i also started on another little side project, a 1/144 Northrop NF-5A Freedom Fighter in Netherlands Air Force colors, converted from a revell F-5E.

the Airfield diorama has made a lot of progress in the past week, with much of the work now done, it should be completed very soon.
the control tower is currently recieving the most attention, there is stil a lot of painting and detailing work to be done on it.

as noted last time, im currently looking at revisiting a number of unrealised ideas and projects, such as the various Belgian, RAF, Luft'46,....builds i have planned over the years. a number of them have already found its way to plastic, others remain unrealised.
as the larger boxes are starting to take up most of the stash space, a number of these might be taken up in between builds.

but at this moment i have a problem, seeing that there has been so much build activity over the past 3 months (did more in this time then i did in a year), the workbench and shelves are quickly running out of space. so for today, im gonna put everything on hold and do some cleaning, and (although painfull) throw away some of the older failed builds (mostly old glue stained models from the early days, that are due for replacement). the bench is littered with pieces of sprue, masking tape, plastic, old instructions,.... i really need to clean this up if i am to start on some larger new models soon.

more soon...
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: TheChronicOne on October 19, 2017, 07:44:24 am
Oh nice, I love Freedom Fighters!
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on October 23, 2017, 02:44:30 am
Blog Entry #225

progress is going slow, but were getting there  :mellow:
main work on the 2 1/72 Me262's is now mostly done, paintwork is about to begin on the landinggear before assembly.
the 1/144 NF-5A and F-104C (both realWorld) have recieved some attention, the NF-5 recieved its first layers of camoflage paint, the F-104C has resumed progress after over a month on the waiting shelf due to decal sourcing problems.

meanwhile, im looking at the stash for my entry into the Flying Boat GB.
i got quite  a few kits to choose from and i have narrowed the list down to the following possible projects:

-Martin Mariner in Belgian Navy service (vintage 1/150 scale revell kit)
-Supermarine Walrus in Aeronautique Militaire Belge markings, May 1940 (revell 1/72 kit)
-Boeing 314 Clipper in either RAF Coastal Command, French Navy or other military/civilian colors (Airfix 1/144 kit)

one or even 2 of these projects will be built for this GB.
meanwhile, im still looking into freeing up space on the shelves, but i still have a spare shelf that can be used, it just needs to be shortened in to fit the room. one issue im worrying about atm is weight, these shelves are quite heavy and im worried they might give way and crash down, destroying my entire 1/72 collection. another option would be to replace all these with a lighter plywood/triplex shelfing system.

thats about all i have for this update, for now, im gonna leave you with this WIP picture of the NF-5A  :mellow:


more soon.....


(https://i.imgur.com/LRad7TG.jpg)
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: TheChronicOne on October 24, 2017, 04:55:23 am
 :lol: :mellow: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on November 09, 2017, 10:08:21 am
Blog Entry #226

there has been very little progress on the bench the past 2 weeks, as the missus is home with back problems.
i did get some bench time and managed to get some of the ongoing projects some attention.

the 2 1/72 Me262's are making good progress, the main assembly is done and work has begun on the landing gear.
the 1/144 NF-5a has now been put on hold until decals are printed out. the F-104C is also recieving some attention, with the main assembly almost done i can start on painting soon. i wasnt sure if i was gonna get it finished by the 12th, but the extension of the Vietnam GB on KG144 has given me enough time to get this one finished.

in terms of future project, development is underway for a 1/118 Martin Mariner in Belgian Navy service. decals for this project have already been designed but need improvements. aside from that, i will have a look at the "shelf of shame", the part of the mancave where WIP builds gather dust until the inspiration comes to finish them. ive decided to finish some of those builds there to free up space, before starting any further new builds. on the lot are 3 1/144 Super Hornets, a 1/72 SeaKing and a 1/144 Airbus A300.

job hunting is, as i said earlier, NOT going well. working with interim-offices, compared to earlier experiences, has become almost impossible.
offering over a 100 times the same job, sending me to job interviews at the same companies 10 times over, expecting a different result.
its like working with toddlers, tell them not to do things and they will do it anyway. i feel like im working with idiots.

i have been feeling anxious the last few weeks because of this, as everytime they send me to an interview, its for a job im either not qualified for, unable to perform, already worked there or is simply too far out of range. my heart beats overtime everytime they arange an interview, im starting to get anxiety attacks and nightmares everytime i have a job interview or even go to looking for jobs. ive had so many failures and bad luck the past 12 years, i think i lost my confidence and good faith. i feel like im going to the same dark place i was 3 years ago, and im affraid i might sink nto another breakdown or depression.


more soon....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on November 16, 2017, 03:18:27 am
Hope things get better for you Nils
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Gondor on November 16, 2017, 02:01:29 pm
Blog Entry #226

job hunting is, as i said earlier, NOT going well. working with interim-offices, compared to earlier experiences, has become almost impossible.
offering over a 100 times the same job, sending me to job interviews at the same companies 10 times over, expecting a different result.
its like working with toddlers, tell them not to do things and they will do it anyway. i feel like im working with idiots.


Why not apply for their jobs? It sounds to me that with the experience you have trying to find work gives you all the qualifications to do their job and to help others find a job.

Gondor
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on November 21, 2017, 10:21:44 am
Blog Entry #227

slow but surely progress on the bench. the 2 1/72 Me262's are nearing the end of the paint progress, the IJN version is now mostly painted, and the Luftwaffe version has already recieved a coat of grey primer (will be an Aluminum with 2-tone green/grey camo (RLM74 & 75 camo)). the 1/144 F-104C is slowly getting there, just fitted the wingtip lauchrails and is now being prepped for painting.

there will be very little benchtime next week, as me and the missus are going to Disneyland Paris for a few days (she won the trip on a Radio contest a few months ago).

once im back, i will look into starting on the Martin Mariner for the Floatplane GB. decals are designed and are awaiting printing.
im also gonna be revisiting the "Shelf of Shame" to see what projects can be completed.


more soon....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on November 22, 2017, 05:29:14 am

there will be very little benchtime next week, as me and the missus are going to Disneyland Paris for a few days (she won the trip on a Radio contest a few months ago).



Enjoy it mate  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on December 08, 2017, 07:28:13 am
Blog Entry #228


little bit of progress since the last time,

good progress is being made on the Martin mariner from the Floatplane GB, main assembly is as good as done and the props and engines are now being prepped for paint. the main fuselage is ready to recieve a first coat of paint, it will be standard FAA 2-tone grey, as applied on the Sea Fury & Fairey Gannets in the 50's, the tail rudder will recieve a full Belgian tri-color finish with an anchor in the middle, similar to those of the French navy.

with the new year approaching fast, there will be little time to get started on a new project, so im gonna look at getting some other projects fnished, the last of the 1/72 SeaKings are begging for attention and i still have 3 1/144 Super Hornets waiting on the Shelf of Shame (a USN EA-18G, a USMC F/A-18E and an RAAF F/A-18F). there's still a lot of decal designing work to be done for other future projects.

looking into the next year, there are a lot of great build ideas to see the light of day, including lots of RAF Aircraft, both realworld & WHIF,...


so stay tuned for more.....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on December 30, 2017, 01:29:10 am
no blog entry, but since im gone this weekend for new years day:
Happy Newyear!!!

see you all in 2018  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on January 06, 2018, 01:50:38 am
Blog Entry #229

its been a while since i last posted a decent blog entry, so here it is:

the bench is starting to clear up, with the 1/144 F-104C now finished and the 1/118 Martin Mariner nearing completion, i have started on a new in-between project, a 1/144 Sukhoi Su-47M in Russian Air Force service. once the Mariner is done, my focus will shift to completing the kits that are currently on the Shelf of Shame (started kits, long overdue to be finished, the include a 1/144 NF-5A, 3 F/A-18E/F/G's, 1 Airbus A300-MRTT and 1 1/72 SeaKing) once these are finished, i can focus on new builds.

2018 brings a new year, and new builds in the pipeline. aside from a tanker A300-MRTT i started a few months ago, but the project has been halted for a bit due to decal sourcing problems, i will also start work on a new tanker soon, of witch the kit has already been ordered. i decided to cancel my IL-86 tanker plans and switch to another platform, the IL-62M. looking at the decal option in the kit, i decided to convert it into a IL-62MTZ aerial refueling tanker in East German markings, with 2 UPAZ-1 HDU pods under the wings (propably scratchbuild or sourced from a future IL-78 kit).

2018 also marks the 100 anniversary of the Royal Air Force, and RAF Group builds will propably be held on various forums (including on KG144), for these GB's, i have already searched out a number of projects to be built this year (some of these might never see the light of day), these include (all 1/144 scale, except noted otherwise):

What If:

-Northrop/Avro Vindicator B.1 (B-2K Spirit bomber, Vulcan replacement)
-BAC Vengeance B.1 (Bomber version of Concorde with 2 Blue Steel missiles, Victor replacement)
-Lockheed Starfighter F.3 (F-104K, RR Spey powered F-104G)
-Lockheed Nighthawk GR.1 (F-117C, as offered to the RAF in the late 80's)
-Airbus A320 CC.1
-Vickers Vanguard AEW.1 & MRA.2
-Bronco OAP.1 (1/72 OV-10A in RAF service)

Realworld:

-BAe Harrier GR.7
-Eurofighter Typhoon T.1 & FGR.4
-Sepecat Jaguar GR.3
-Boeing C-17A CC.1
-Avro Lancaster
-Supermarine Spitfire
-...

of course there hare WHIF planned 1/72 scale too, due to start are 2 1/72 Airbus H135M's in Belgian Army and Navy markings, others are a H665M Tiger-MRH in Belgian Army markings, IL-86 in JetAirFly colors (possibly with DACO/Skyline Boeing 787 decals) and an Embaer 190/195 SIGINT version.


more soon.....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on January 06, 2018, 02:00:11 am


2018 also marks the 100 anniversary of the Royal Air Force, and RAF Group builds will propably be held on various forums (including on KG144), f

And on here, although I can't say when yet
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on January 07, 2018, 09:36:10 am
Blog Entry #229b

today, i have started leveling up my modeling skills after many of my friends noted that my models look a bit too glossy, so i have decided to start experimenting with the Airbrush again. so ive masked off the 1/144 Su-47M im currently building and started spraying again. after a number of failures in the past, i think ive finally got the paint/thinner ratio and air pressure right.

ive applied a first basecoat of soviet blue over the entire model, so in the next sessions im gonna practice camoflage.
ive got an imcomplete 1/144 Mig-29 ive got as a bonus in a secondhand kit, im gonna use it as a testbed for camoflage spraying.

here's a pic of my first airbrush attempt.

(https://www.scalemates.com/albums/img/3/9/4/424394-20365-16.jpg)


with the workbench almost as good as empty now, im gonna start on finishing some previously started builds that have been gathering dust on the shelves.

more soon....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on January 08, 2018, 06:09:44 am
Looks all right to me Nils
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: DogfighterZen on January 09, 2018, 01:52:31 am
Yup, looking smooth... i'd say that was a good first experience with the airbrush, it's a cool tool. ;D :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: TheChronicOne on January 09, 2018, 03:30:03 pm
Nice looking to me as well. I like the color, too!
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on January 15, 2018, 11:00:34 am
Blog Entry #230


Last week, ive started using an airbrush for the first time (see previous post). it started of OK for single colors, but when i taped the model off for the splinter camo, it turned into a nightmare. the canopy was okay, but the paint for the splinter calo managed to get under the maskingtape edges  :-\, im gonna have to respray it and start over.

another project im about to start on is a realworld Eduard 1/72 Aero L-39 in East German colors. as for What Ifs, im currently looking into a number of 1/144 Su-47M's, incloding a Slovakian, Bulgarian and maybe even a Czech version. this will complement the Russian version im working on right now.

im also looking for some great camo paters for European based MiG-29's, i have 4 1/144 versions in the stash and im planning on building a few of these with the Romanian SnipeR upgrade, but these will take a while before i start.

before starting on a few larger builds, im about to do some stash management, perhaps looking into selling off some of the impulse buys from over the years. the stashis starting to get out of control and i have no more room for new kits. so its either mass build them or sell some of them off.

as far as jobhunting goes, im having some serious problems on that field that its harming my mental health. i will write more about that some other time as its kinda complicated to explain it.



more soon...
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on January 26, 2018, 05:56:21 am
Blog Entry #231


little progress has been made on the bench, the 1/144 Su-47M is nearing completion, the model is fully painted and decalled, just waiting now until the wheels and weapons are dry before fitting them on. i also used a few new techniques on this model, including Airbrush coats of finned enamels and Humbrol clear as a sealant (works better with an airbrush then brush painting).

as this model nears completion, the next projects are those on the Shelf of Shame, including 3 1/144 Super Hornets, 1 Airbus A300 and a 1/72 SeaKing. those will be completed befor starting on the next new projects.

Future projects are already being looked at, including Mig-21's in various scales & versions, an IL-62M tanker version in GDR markings, and various RAF themed models.

and now for a personal update:

as ive mentioned last time, im once again suffering from mental health issues, the many failed job interviews and past experiences that have resulted in layoffs have caused signifficant damage. on the verge of a nervous breakdown (and evenually having had an emotional breakdown), ive started therapy an job coaching a few months ago, and although im starting to feel better, when it comes to jobhunting, ive still lost all confidence. but luck is now gradually starting to change, as i had another job interview yesterday and it went quite well, this has somehow started to restore my faith in the field of looking for work in the metalworks sector. i should get news regarding that later today. its been 6 months since ive left the Navy job, and money is starting to become an issue, ive already cut back on certain points, but its not a permanent sollution. i feel like im being forced to take whatever they offer me.

however this is is still conditional, on one hand im happy that there are people looking to hire me, but on the other hand im still doubtfull it will result in any permanent employment. for the past few months ive felt like ive been sabotaging myself, ive had a few offers from other companies, but they have a bad reputation in regards to treating theyre personel (and i know due to the temp jobs i took in said companies). in most cases (appart from the companies previously noted) they offer me jobs for a possition that ive been (or not) trained in, but have little to no experience in that particular task.

as they say: "when you've hit the bottom, there's nowhere else to go but up".


more soon
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on January 27, 2018, 01:49:25 am
Best of luck to you Nils. I had some similar problems,but 40 odd years ago now, so although I do know a little of how you are feeling the whole work situation has changed completely so I can only partially understand. None the less I'm glad you are seeking professional advice, it worked wonders for me, that and good friends.

I'm not sure what the situation is in Belgium but here in the UK more and more employment opportunities are becoming temporary contracts. Unfortunately seems to be the way things are going. I had 3 jobs (and one of those was for 6 months) in 40 years, not the way of the world now though.
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on February 11, 2018, 05:13:24 am
Blog Entry #232


its been a while since i last posted an entry, so here's the next installment.

the workbench at this moment is empty (aside from the shelf of shame), i havent has time to do anything lately as i am back at work since last monday.

one of the next projects on the bench is an Eduard 1/72 L-39 Albatross, to be built as a realworld East-German aircraft. in terms of What If's im looking at starting on a number of 1/144 MiG-29A's.
meanwhile preperations are underway for a number of RAF themed builds for various forums and group builds. these projects are:

-1/144 Eurofighter Typhoon T.1 & FGR.4 (for the RAF GB on KG144)
-1/144 Avro Lancaster B.Mk.1 (also  for the GB on KG144)
-1/144 Airbus A320 CC.1 (for the RAF GB either here or on BTS, if it will start soon)
-...

there are sill more RAF builds planned, including, in 1/144 scale, F-104K Starfighter, Vanguard EAW or MPA,....
meanwhile ive been looking at other Belgian themed builds, aside from the Airbus Tiger-MRH and H-135M's already announced, im also gonna look at restarting works on the 1/72 Humvee's that are sitting on the shelf of shame, i think i have enough airbrush exerience to make it look better. i also added 2 new project to the Belgian projects list, namely a 1/72 S300 PMU SAM Missile battery (radar truck and missile launcher), i mananged to find some cheap easy kits over on Aliexpress and with a respray and Belgian Army unit decals, these would look good in a What If scenario.



more soon...
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on February 11, 2018, 03:27:43 pm
Hey Nils ! Long time since I checked in. Congrats on the wedding ! I've been married over 20 years, and would certainly recommend it. Where's the wedding pic ? Be nice to see you two.

That NF-5 looks good. Looks like CDN camo !

Best wishes on the job front. And in the mental health front. Like I've said before, make sure you keep up with your exercise; Keeping fit and healthy is a great way to help the mind sort through itself.

 :thumbsup: :wub:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on February 12, 2018, 12:56:52 am
as you wish, Cap :)
here's a pic of me and the missus on our wedding day  ;)

(https://i.imgur.com/YRMw8pa.jpg)
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on February 13, 2018, 02:12:19 am
Great pic. mate  :thumbsup:

Glad to see you're at work
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on February 22, 2018, 12:01:49 pm
Blog Entry #233

just a quick update  :mellow:

being stuck at home for a few days with health problems, thought i would pass the time with some modelingwork.
over the past week i have started a few "in-between" projects, including a zvezda 1/144 Mi-24, being converted into an Mi-35M. this one was completed today, i will post pictures of that one this weekend.

another project is a 1/144 scale Mig-29A, being corrected and modified, there might be more to follow at a later date.
just started today is another 1/144 model, this time a realworld Avro Lancaster B Mk.1 for the RAF centenial group build over on KG144, a accompanying Hawker Typhoon and/or Spitfire will be added later.

ive started taking some of the larger 1/144 kits to make room on the stash shelves for more. one of the next builds is a revell 1/144 Tupolev Tu-95, being built as a Luft46 Amerikabomber in Luftwaffe colors.

in terms of 1/72 models, ive restarted researching some eearlier Luft46 project, including the jet-powered swept wing Ju188 and the Arado Ar.434 airliner i was looking into last year. im also starting to do some development work on some modern armour stuff aswell. i recently got a 1/72 S300 missile set (launcher + radar truck) on the cheap via aliexpress, these will be resprayed in NATO olive paint and marked up with Belgian Army unit markings & licence plates.


lots more soon......
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: strobez on March 11, 2018, 06:08:43 pm
Hey Nils glad to see you're making some progress.  Your 1/144 builds have inspired me, so I've broken free of the 1/72 rule and started putzing around in the 1/144 world.  Amazing some of those tiny planes have some great details. 
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on March 16, 2018, 08:52:29 am
Blog Entry #234

work on the bench has been very steady since the last blog entry, with multiple completed models leaving the bench.
in 1/144 scale i have finished a Revell Avro Lancaster B.Mk.1 (realworld) and a zvezda Mi-35M (converted from an Mi-24), right now, the finishing touches are being applied on a 1/144 Revell Mig-29A.

looking back at last years projects, there are a lot of them that never got built, so ive decided to review them to see if they are still viable ideas. a number of them got cancelled (including the IL-86 tanker), others got revised.

looking at what to build this year, i have narrowed down a number of larger projects to:

-Ilyushin IL-86 Classic in JetAir/TUI markings.
-Sukhoi SSJ-100 as a Russian AF AWACS.
-1/72 Arado Ar.555 as an atomic long-range bomber.
-1/72 Mystére IVA in Somalia Air Force markings.
-1/144 Tu-95 Bear-D as a Luft'46 Amerika bomber
-....

lately, i have been playing arround with an idea to slim down the 1/144 stash witch is getting overstocked.
i have been experimenting with nail decals as alternate markings, they are cheap, easy to come by and apply very well with no residue.
i have managed to get a large stock from aliexpress for less then a fiver and they are perfect for my next builtplan, witch is a modern version of Area 88 aircraft (call it an Area 88 2.0 idea  :lol: ). ideas are being made for new mercenary pilots, new aircraft and markings,....i still need to work out all the details.
there's also plans for various realworld and WHIF RAF themed models for various RAF Group Builds.

of course in 1/72 there are also big plans. i have revived my 1/72 P-84A Thunderjet project for the Allies'46 GB on BTS. other plans include various Belgian military equipment, including S-300 missile systems, Humvee (already in assembly), Airbus H135M's and Tiger-MRH, F-35A Lightning II,...



more soon....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: strobez on March 19, 2018, 08:45:41 am

... perfect for my next builtplan, witch is a modern version of Area 88 aircraft (call it an Area 88 2.0 idea  :lol: ). ideas are being made for new mercenary pilots, new aircraft and markings,....i still need to work out all the details.

Urm... count me in! I'd love to see what hat plan looks like!
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: TheChronicOne on March 19, 2018, 07:54:58 pm

... perfect for my next builtplan, witch is a modern version of Area 88 aircraft (call it an Area 88 2.0 idea  :lol: ). ideas are being made for new mercenary pilots, new aircraft and markings,....i still need to work out all the details.
Urm... count me in! I'd love to see what hat plan looks like!

I agree!!
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on March 27, 2018, 07:22:49 am
Blog Entry #235

more progress on the bench, i have finished another smaller in-between build, a revell 1/144 Bell P-39Q in Soviet markings.
also on the bench are 2 1/144 MiG-29's (coming from 3, one completed model has been set aside for the new Area88 project) and prep-work has begun on a revell 1/144 Hawker Typhoon.
i also just ordered an Academy 1/144 Mig-29 as a source of parts to rebuild a partially completed revell Mig29 model i got as a freebee in a secondhand AN124 kit.

lately ive been trying to slim the stash by takig in a couple of Revell microwings kits, i know most of them are horrible, but they make great whiff fodder and are used mostly for modifications and parts source, but i wanted to build at least one of each OOB, just to add to the collection. im also looking to build a couple of navalised Fw190's and Ju87's as naval fighters/torpedo bombers for a planned escort carrier project, using the regained hull of a 1/350 Bismark model i bought ona rumage same a few years ago. other miniwings will be converted to WHIF's (Soviet Dauntless, Typhoons & Tempests, captured aircraft, French Me262's, Belgian F4F Wildcats, Khemed Spitfires, Bordurian Bf109,...).

looking at 1/72, i just placed an order for new kits, including AMK's briliant new Kfir C.7, witch comes with a wide selection of decals and weapons options. i might build it as a Belgian version (upgraded & converted from older Mirage 5's). aslo various helicopters are planned, including Bell 212's in Luftwaffe SAR markings, civilian UH-1H, Belgian SpecOps A109K2 and mercenary choppers. there are more plans for 1/72 builds, but for now, im more focused on slimming the 1/144 stash.

more soon...
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on April 02, 2018, 10:53:20 am
Blog Entry #236


more progress made in the past week, and a lot more will follow. lately i had a lot more bench time, making it ideal to build and/or finish multiple projects.

at this moment, i have 4 1/144 builds on the bench that are nearing completion, 2 realworld (Hawker Typhoon and Messerschmitt Bf109E) and 2 WHIF (a pair of MiG-29A's). all are now fully painted and awaiting decals, this is to follow later this week, depending if i have to work or not (currently home for the bank holiday today and there isnt that much work at the moment, should know more tomorrow).

looking at the stash, its starting to get out of control. to make some room i will look into taking on some larger sized boxes.
in 1/144 scale that will be larger models, such as airliners, transports and bombers. one of them is a Luft'46 version of a Tupolev Tu-95 Bear-D.
in 1/72, im looking to tackle some of the more modern jet fighters and Luft'46 fighter/bombers. last weekend i managed to get hold of an Italeri Me410, these come with extra bombs & bombracks (the 50kg SC50 bombs). im planning on fitting these on either a Blohm & Voss P.194, Focke-Wulf Flitzer or any other fighter that can be converted to a fighter-bomber. i might even hang them under the wings or fuselage of an Arado Ar.555.

continueing with the RAF100 theme on multiple GB's in various forums, im planning to throw some What If's and cancelled projects in the mix. aside from the RAF F-104K Starfighter F.1, im also looking at the proposed F-117C, witch the RAF was looking at in the 1990's. i have a spare Trumpeter 1/144 F-117A in the stash and enough RAF roundels, serials and british paveway bombs in the sparebox to tackle this subject. others are a Vickers Vanguard AEW.1 of 8 Squadron (using the markings from revell's reissued Hawker Hunter).

more soon....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on April 06, 2018, 10:35:00 am
Blog Entry #237


being home at the beginning of the week, due to the bank holiday and insufficient work, i got some more time to spend on the bench.
all 1/144 builds (Bf109, Hawker Typhoon & 2 MiG-29's) are now finished, so that means more room for new projects.

as the stash of larger models is getting out of control, i have started work on some of the bigger boxes. first off are 2 1/72 F-16AM's, both will be realworld Belgian machines (one standard viper and 1 Tigermeet'09 version) and a 1/144 Tu-95 Bear-D (to be built as a Luft'46 Amerika-Bomber). there might be some smaller builds to be taken in between.

when the vipers are done, im going to start on a 1/72 WHIF, i have settled for a SAAB JAS-39D Gripen two-seater in Austrian Air Force colors (decals to be sourced from a EF2000 Typhoon kit). a smaller kit will be built allongside it, im thinking a 1/72 Mystére IVA in Somalia Air Force markings and desert tan/green camo (as seen on the Mig-21's). might add some rocket pods or bombs under the wings. AMK's new 1/72 Kfir looks amazing, and ive decided to build this one in Belgian markings, the extra weapons will be very usefull in future builds. the only thing im struggling with is the color scheme, im thinking 2/3-tone gray camo or the SEA camo as seen on the Mirage 5.


more soon....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on April 18, 2018, 10:48:10 am
Blog Entry #238

Very little progress on the bench the past 2 weeks, im currently focusing my efforst on 2 realworld 1/72 F-16AM's in Belgian Air Force markings (one standard viper and a Tigermeet 2009 version). another kit on the bench, a Revell 1/144 Tu-95 bear-D, is still to be started once motivation and time is found. this will be WHIF model in a Luft'46 version.

a little stuck in a case of WHIF-Block, i have managed to crawl out of it and came up with a few next-to-start projects.
the first one is a 1/72 Austrian Air Force SAAB Gripen, as the AAF is planning on replacing its Typhoons (witch IMHO it didnt need anyway), still need to choose between a single- or a twin-seater. another project im looking at is revised version of the Airfix Tucano. i started one some time ago for a Soviet GB, but the project got stuck after i had under-estimated the size of the Soviet armaments. now im thinking of building it as western COIN version, maybe in Belgian markings.

in 1/144, i have loads (overstock) of revell miniwings aircraft, although not as nice by today's standards, they make excellent WHIF fodder. a number of German aircraft (FW190, Ju-87, Me262,...) will be navalised for a 1/144 escort carrier. i have about 5 or 6 hawker Tempest V's, so next to a RW version built OOB, i will also built a Soviet, French and/or Italian versions. a few of the 6 spitfire Mk.1's will be used to convert a pair of Eduard Mk.IX's into Mk.V's (even if its just for the propellor). of the Bf109, one has already been built OOB, i still have plans to make Bordurian, Swiss & Dutch (dorito roundel) versions, might use the leftover kits to build Zweilings. as for the other kits (Hawker Hurricane, Typhoon, .....) i still need to look for potential ideas in the decals box, they might make good racers  ;D


more soon....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on May 21, 2018, 07:20:42 am
Blog Entry #239

its been over a month since the last entry, thats because ive been busy with a number of realworld projects in 1/72.
i just finished a Belgian 1/72 F-16AM, my first model to be painted fully by airbrush. another F-16AM, a Tigermeet version, is still in assembly stage.

as of today, i have started on 2 new WHIF projects. i am converting a revell 1/144 Tu-95 Bear-D into a Luft'46 Amerika bomber, its going to take a lot of modding, painting and sh*t tons of putty. i have sawn off the radar bulges, tail and salvaged a new tail from a Huma 1/72 Junkers Ju.288. so yes, it will be a Junkers bomber, im thinking of calling it the Ju.495.

another project on the table is a protytype of a new kitbashed model. i have a number of extra revell 1/144 F-5E's and prenty of spare F-16A/C tails, burner cans and other parts. as a testbed, im using an old 1/144 F-5E from my scrapyard, and shortening the tail and fitting an F100 engine on it, making it a more F-20-like aircraft. i have no designation for it yet, but im thinking of calling it the Tigershark II, but its not going to be a Northrop designed aircraft.


more soon....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on May 22, 2018, 06:55:19 am
Blog Entry #239


as of today, i have started on 2 new WHIF projects. i am converting a revell 1/144 Tu-95 Bear-D into a Luft'46 Amerika bomber, its going to take a lot of modding, painting and sh*t tons of putty. i have sawn off the radar bulges, tail and salvaged a new tail from a Huma 1/72 Junkers Ju.288. so yes, it will be a Junkers bomber, im thinking of calling it the Ju.495.



Sounds interesting Nils  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on June 01, 2018, 11:47:02 am
Blog Entry #240


this is going to be a quick update of the blog.
PRS work is still ongoing on the 1/144 Junkers Ju.495 (converted revell Tu-95), will need to more filling before assembly/painting can begin.
another few project have been added to the to do list. in the past i have built 2 1/72nd scale TinTin themed models, a Borurian Bf109 and Khemedi Spitfire. now im currently designing decals to replicate these models in 1/144 scale.

there will be no benchtime this weekend, me and the wife are going to invade The Netherlands this weekend (spending the weekend in Eindhoven), of course i will be visiting the local hobbyshops and bring home stash additions (if she can have shopping fun, so can i  ;D ). im hoping to find some Zvezda 1/144 Tu-204's  :mellow:

more soon.....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on June 06, 2018, 10:44:38 am
Blog Entry #241


no progress this week, but i will start again this weekend.

i have been looking at the number of civilian airliners i have in the stash, and ive been thinking about what to do with them.
they really need to go at some point, so after some thinking i have come up with the following:

-Boeing 727-200 (to be painted in WHIF SunAir colors, 80/90's scheme)
-Boeing 737-800 (Jetair, realworld)
-Boeing 787-9 (Jetair, realworld)
-Airbus A300F (previously planned as a tanker, now to built as a freighter, possibly a Citybird Cargo version)
-Airbus A320 (2 of them, 1 will be an RAF transorts aircraft, the other a WHIF Flanders Airlines version)
-Airbus A319 (no idea yet, maybe a WHIF Interflug version)
-Airbus A350-900 (WHIF Citybird)
-Tupolev Tu-204-100 (New Flanders Air Force)
-Tupolev Tu-144 (thinking WHIF LuftHansa)
....

more soon...

Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: TheChronicOne on June 07, 2018, 08:05:12 am
Three cheers!!  All this airliner stuff sounds fantastic.
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on June 09, 2018, 06:10:17 am
Blog Entry #242

ok, time for a decent blog entry  :mellow:

last night, i started on a new smaller side project (well 2 actually), this being 2 revell 1/144 Miniwings kits, a Bf.109e and a Ju-87 Stuka.
both models will be finished in WHIF Bordurian markings, as you might remember i built a 1/72 version a number of years ago.

i got the idea for the Bordurian Stuka after i found this picture on google.
so i thought "why didnt i came up with that?"  ;D

(https://pm1.narvii.com/6755/bd6d88f2a7fad03bdb3d656dac92deb8443d4adev2_hq.jpg)

i was first planning on building them for the 1 Week GB, but since i didnt have decals for either i had to start early, and add decals at a later date (designs are almost done, just need to make them for the Stuka).
other projects on the bench are the Junkers Ju.495 Amerikabomber, but no progress there lately.

as noted previously, i have a number of airliner WHIF's comig up, but i might make a few changes in the planning.
the SunAir 727-200 will most likely become a government transport aircraft in the colors of San Theodoros and an A319CJ i built a few years ago, will most likely be repainted in Syldavian government colors.

next to the area 88/mercenary aircraft in 1/144 scale, im planning on building a few new models for the TinTin countries Borduria, Syldavia, Khemed and San Theodoros.

for Khemed, im planning Mig-21's (both in 1/144 and 1/72), i have seen a CGI image of a Khemedi Mig-21 somewhere on the web a few years ago, i saved it with the intention of building a model of that some day  :thumbsup:
im also planning a Khemedi Su-27 Flanker in desert camo.

concerning Syldavia, im planning on building a 1/144 version of the Lavochkin La-5FN (based on the 1/72 version i built a few years ago). as for modern equipment, im thinking either American or European hardware, such as F-5E's, F-16's or Mirage 2000's.

San Theodoros was a bit easier to come up with ideas, basing it mostly on the militaries of Brazil and other South American nations.
first up, there are plans for an Mil Mi-24 Hind-D, Northrop F-5E (or Mig-23) and C-123K provider.

Borduria will mostly be German/Soviet equipment, aside from the Bf109 and Ju-87 currently in progress, i might add a Ju-52 transport to the fleet. for more modern equipment, im looking at building a Mig-15, Mig-21 and Mig-29.


imstill trying to get more ideas, both in 1/144 and 1/72, and im currently trying to look at earlier blog entries to refind those ideas  ;)


more soon...
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on June 10, 2018, 12:44:02 am
Your brain's been in overdrive Nils. Some fantastic ides/projects there
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on July 01, 2018, 10:05:24 am
Blog Entry #243

back at work, on an overcrowded bench. not only am i workign on another 1/72 F-16, 2 1/144 Hawker Tempest Mk.V's and 2 1/144 Hawker Hurricane Mk.1's, i also started on a 1/144 A-10 Thunderbolt for the RAF 100 GB.

i got some vacationdays coming up in a few weeks time, im thinking of taking some time to get things moving again on the shelf of shame, the projects that were started long ago, but still havent finished (currently a 1/72 SeaKing and 3 1/144 Super Hornets).
its taking up a lot of space and i really want them to go before starting on other new larger projects.
meanwhile, the 1/144 Ju.495 that was started a few weeks ago, is also put on hold for some time, awaiting enough free time to continue on it.

meanwhile, in the pest month, i had another stash boost, with over 12 cheap 1/144 kits i ordered from aliexpress, many more (especially gripens, F-111's and F-4 Phantoms) might be ordered soon. most of these for the Area88 themed builds.
right now, im looking at making decals for those projects, the first i completed are the ones for a 1/144 Mirage F1, fown by Kitri in the 2004 anime version. also next on the starting blocks when the bench frees up is a 1/144 F-5E Tiger II, to be painted in Shin Kazama's colors. an F-20 is also in the planning, but i still need scan in the sprues.


more soon...
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on July 16, 2018, 09:51:32 am
Blog Entry #243 and a half

just want to show yu the newest member of the family, as of today, me and the wife adopted an 8-week old kitten  :thumbsup:

meet Pickles  :wub:

(https://i.imgur.com/iPxn6ae.jpg)
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: PR19_Kit on July 16, 2018, 02:06:41 pm
I DO hope your model collection is in a safe place, that Pickles looks a right one to me!
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: TheChronicOne on July 16, 2018, 02:55:26 pm
^Aye!!!!  ;D ;D



Nice new addition to the Fluffwaffe.    ;D
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on July 17, 2018, 05:56:36 am
I DO hope your model collection is in a safe place, that Pickles looks a right one to me!

And to me  ;D Nice age to take on  :thumbsup:

By the way Nils, humans never adopt cats, they adopt us  ;) Dogs are different, but cats ??  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on July 17, 2018, 08:49:10 am
I DO hope your model collection is in a safe place, that Pickles looks a right one to me!

dont worry, all of them (most of them) are stashed away in the mancave, witch is off limits to her :)
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on July 18, 2018, 12:26:15 am
I DO hope your model collection is in a safe place, that Pickles looks a right one to me!

dont worry, all of them (most of them) are stashed away in the mancave, witch is off limits to him :)

Have you ever tried explaining that to a cat before Nils ? I swear they see it as a challenge  ;D
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on July 24, 2018, 10:56:41 am
Blog Entry #244

im at home for the next 3 weeks, as my workplace shuts down for the summer holiday.
more then enough time to get back on the bench, and i started with pacing up mass production.

after finishing the Thunderbolt GA.1 for the RAF100 GB last night, today i started on the next series of build, this time a series of Russian aircraft in 1/144 scale, 3 Su-34's (of witch 2 Su-32FN's in New Flanders Air Force colors) and 2 Su-47M's.
2 1/144 Hawker Tempests are on hold and currently moved to the shelf of shame, they will be finished on a later date.

while building the sukhoi's, im gonna do some research on my next RAF themed builds, one is a production derivative of the Fairey Delta 3 F.155, it will be a kitbash of a 1/144 scale Mig-25 with 1/72 Mig-21 wings and reshaped scratchbuild intakes. would look like a scaled down CF-105 Arrow.

on a lighter note, today we took our little friend, Pickles, to the vet for the first time for checkup and first vaccination.
the vet said that everythings okay, but we heard a rather embarrasing surprise. when we addopted the kitten last week we were told it was a male, but then the vet surprised us and told us that our Pickles was a girl  :-\ ,boy was our faces red!
well, that explains why she wants to sleep on my lap all the time, i must be her favorite.
anyway, SHE is doing fine, just needs to learn to drink more water.

there wil be no benchtime this weekend, me and the missus are off to the seaside for a whole weekend of sun, sea, sand and Seakings (or NH90's)  ;)


more soon.....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on July 25, 2018, 12:51:43 am

on a lighter note, today we took our little friend, Pickles, to the vet for the first time for checkup and first vaccination.
the vet said that everythings okay, but we heard a rather embarrasing surprise. when we addopted the kitten last week we were told it was a male, but then the vet surprised us and told us that our Pickles was a girl  :-\ ,boy was our faces red!
well, that explains why she wants to sleep on my lap all the time, i must be her favorite.
anyway, SHE is doing fine, just needs to learn to drink more water.



 ;D Don't be embarrassed mate, loads of people find it difficult to tell the sex of very young puppies and kittens, and yes quite often the female kitten/puppy will "favour" the male of the household and the male the female.  :thumbsup: At least you chose a gender neutral name  ;D
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: TheChronicOne on July 25, 2018, 08:33:50 am
 ;D    How cute. Reminds of Star Trek TNG.   Data's cat "Spot" was MALE the entire time until Spot became pregnant.  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on August 19, 2018, 03:05:19 am
Blog Entry #245

its been almost a month since the last update, so here's one  :mellow:

after recently finishing my 5 1/144 Sukhoi's, im now gonna clear and clean the bench, preparing for the next projects.
i dont know what to build yet, but im thinking about revisiting the Shelf of Shame and finish some projects started long ago.
on the shelf are two 1/144 Hawker Tempests V's, three 1/144 F/A-18E/F's, one 1/72 Westland Seaking and one 1/144 Airbus A300.
one thing im starting to get a serious shortage off is shelf space for both finished models and boxed kits.

due to a shortage of storage space, in going to do some stash reorganisations, and im enforcing a kit-buy-stop on myself until the stash has slimmed down. the only kits im gonna buy are those i splanned this year, and the Revell Haunebu II kit is back in my sights after they recently re-released it after the call-back earlier this year.

whats going on the bench next, who knows?

more soon.....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on August 26, 2018, 09:32:31 am
Blog Entry #246

and we have movements on the bench. with the space that came free on the table, i have now (re)started on 4 projects.
2 are revived from the shelf of shame, and 2 new ones (with only one to be finished in the short term).

from the fridge, i have brought back the 1/72 Westland Seaking Mk48 and the 1/144 Airbus A300-MRTT to the bench.
on the latter, the wing assembly has been completed, tanker parts have been added (from a Roden 1/144 VC-10) and the first layers of paint have been added to the inside parts of the engines. the Seaking will be finished up, as was planned years ago (i know, i know, i said that many times before  :rolleyes:). another previously started project, a realworld 1/72 F-16AM in Tigermeet markings, has now taken up the spot on the shelf of shame (AKA, "the fridge"), where the seaking used to be.

the other 2 new project are, again as prefered, 1/144 scale kits, however this time they are a bit larger. taken from the stash are 2 1/144 scale Airbus A400M kits, one will be a WHIF version, the other a realworld Belgian version (hense why im not going to finish that one this year, as the first Belgian Atlas is expected to fly in 2019/2020, and i dont know the markings & serials yet).

in terms of health, im doing better, both mentaly and physicly. ive been struggling with my left knee for the past 6 months, after taking a nasty icy fall with my bike last winter, i couldnt rest or lean on it ever since. a few weeks ago, i went to the hospital to get an MRI scan of it, turned out i still had a bruised spot and a swelling on some bone tissue on my kneecaps. should clear up with a week or 2 of Voltaren gel. mentally im doing better too, i have come to a point where i no longer need psychological help and im now strong enough to go without, hopefully this time it goes better, after 2 nervous breakdowns, it has to.


more soon...
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on August 27, 2018, 07:12:24 am
Really good to hear the news re your health Nils  :thumbsup:

Obviously I hope the knee gets better soon, but the touching all the wood going the important one is looking fine.
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on October 05, 2018, 10:41:34 am
Blog Entry #247

i really have to start giving more updates, so here's one for starters  :thumbsup:

a lot has happened since the last update, the bench is starting to clear up, the 1/144 Airbus A300-MRTT is now finished, pics should be posted soon. meanwhile, the 2 1/144 A400M's have been reduced to 1, with the second (the planned Belgian one) wil be put on hold until the first Belgian Atlas is revealed next year.

also started are 2 more Sea Kings, this time the new AVF Club versions in 1/144 scale. both Seakings will be built as realworld Belgian machines, using the westland parts and decals from a pair of Sweet Seakings i got from a friend a while ago. these wont take that long to put together compared to the 1/72 versions that seem to take forever.

looking at research for future projects, i might take up another Luft46 project, maybe a long-range version of the Arado Ar.555 with an atomic bomb loaded on  :mellow:

its been very exciting the past month, in the beginning of september, my wife and i finally got arround to my christmas gift from last year, a innitiation flight on a helicopter. usually it was suposed to be 30 minutes of flight with me and an instructor on a Robinson R22, but i had the option to change it to 20 minutes in an Robinson R44 Raven I, with the missus in the back. since she never flown before, i chose the latter. it was a wonderfull experience, where i had control of the stick for most part, i must say its not that easy flying a chopper, but its a great experience.

 no modelbuilding this weekend, as im going to be visiting my parents. on wednesday we are leaving for 3 days on a trip to Disneyland Paris  ;D


more soon...
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: kerick on October 05, 2018, 09:42:32 pm
Sounds like things are doing much better for you all around. Your projects sound interesting and it’s good to hear you are having good family time. I’d say carry on!
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on October 06, 2018, 01:45:42 am
Sounds amazing Nil's, fantastic experience  :thumbsup:

As Kerick says, things do appear to have turned around for you  :thumbsup: Keeping my fingers crossed that they stay that way  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on October 28, 2018, 05:20:16 am
Blog Entry #248

time for another update, and its gonna be a (not so) small one.
at this moment, i have about 17 projects  :o on the bench in various stages of completion, these will be finished first before staring on anymore projects.

projects on the bench atm are:

-1 x 1/72 Seaking Mk.48 (awaiting decals, wheels & rotors)
-2 x 1/144 Seaking Mk.48 (in progress, kitbash of AVF Club & Sweet kits, almost done)
-2 x 1/144 Hawker Hurricane Mk.1 (both realworld, awaiting decals)
-1 x 1/144 Messerschmitt Bf109e (Borduria, awaiting decals)
-1 x 1/144 Junkers Ju-87 Stuka (Borduria, awaiting decals)
-1 x 1/144 Fairey Delta IV (converted Mig-25, intended for RAF GB but didnt finish in time, 50% complete)
-1 x 1/144 Piper Enforcer Mk.II (converted P-51D, main assembly 80% done)
-1 x 1/72 Hummer (Belgian Army, awaiting paint & decals)
-1 x 1/144 Airbus A400M (Fuselage assembled, wing partially completed)
-1 x 1/72 F-16AM Tigermeet 2009 (realworld, awaiting paint)
-3 x 1/144 F/A-18E/F Super Hornets (on hold for the past year, will have to be finished at some point).
-2 x 1/144 Hawker Tempest Mk.V (one RAF and one Soviet, currently on hold)


so as you can see, the bench is overcrowded and there is no more room for any new projects. so before i start on any new builds, this pile has to be finished. already the next number of projects are in line once the bench clears, including a 1/72 Belgian F-35A (yes, we finally officially announced this machine will replace our F-16 fleet) among others.
im also gonna look at clearing out some stash and possibly selling some unwanted and older kits, just to free up space.


more soon....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on October 28, 2018, 06:41:41 am
Some interesting stuff on the bench Nils
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: TheChronicOne on October 28, 2018, 07:18:46 pm
Damn, dude!  ;D 

Good stuff.  I tell you... I'd love to see the Enforcer. .. .. . ..     :wub:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on November 28, 2018, 12:25:48 pm
Blog Entry #249

i was going to post an update on whats happening on the bench, however it will have to wait as tragedy has struck us this week.

Yesterday, very suddenly, my mother in law passed away :(
so the next few days will be dedicated to being there for my wife and help arranging the funeral with her brother and stepfather.

she was a real angel, loved her like she was my own mother, she will truely be missed :(



more soon...
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: strobez on November 28, 2018, 01:21:09 pm
Truly sorry to hear about your loss. My condolences to you, your wife, and the entire family.
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Gondor on November 28, 2018, 01:50:24 pm
Truly sorry to hear about your loss. My condolences to you, your wife, and the entire family.

The same from me and mine

Gondor
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: kerick on November 28, 2018, 01:56:15 pm
So sorry to hear about such a loss. Go and be there for your wife. She will need you now more than ever.
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: zenrat on November 29, 2018, 01:08:53 am
Sh1t.
Sorry to hear that.

Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: PR19_Kit on November 29, 2018, 01:22:15 am
So sad for you and your wife Nils. Unfortunately I know only too well how you're both feeling right now.

Time gets you through it eventually.
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on November 29, 2018, 06:09:04 am
Very sorry to hear that Nils, please pass my condolences to your wife

Chris
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Old Wombat on November 29, 2018, 06:34:30 am
Bugger!

Very sorry to hear that Nils, please pass my condolences to your wife

From me, too!
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Rheged on November 29, 2018, 09:35:33 am
Bugger!

Very sorry to hear that Nils, please pass my condolences to your wife

From me, too!

……..and from all of family Rheged too.
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Steel Penguin on November 29, 2018, 10:39:33 am
ill add condolences from Mrs Sp and Myself, to you and the family Nils
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: TomZ on November 29, 2018, 11:05:56 am
My condolences to you both.

TomZ
 
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: DogfighterZen on December 04, 2018, 02:30:56 pm
Sad news... my condolences to the family.
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: McColm on December 06, 2018, 10:39:02 pm
Ditto
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on December 10, 2018, 09:35:10 am
Blog Entry #250

being stuck at home last week, helping my wife with the preperations for the funeral last tuesday.
it was a beautiful ceremony, we were surprised with how many people showed up to pay theyre respects.

during my time i was home, i took to the bench a few time to ease my mind for a while.
the 1/144 Airbus A400M is almost done, the basecoat is on, camo should be applied soon.
also finished is a 1/144 Hawker Hurricane Mk1 (realworld, the first of 2).

looking back this week, i dived into the "work in progress pile and found a few partialy started Luft'46 builds.
first is a 1/72 Huma Junkers Ju288, witch im converting into a jet-powered strike bomber, similar to the french vautour.
another is a 1/48 hobbycraft Arado Ar.234 that im converting into a 1/72 airliner. and the other is a revell 1/144 Tu-95 Bear-D that im converting into a Junkers Amerika-Bomber.

finding these projects, im starting to get back into the Luft'46 mood, so i might take up one of those WIP projects.
one of the next projects in line is a 1/72 Mig-21 Fishbed, to be painted and marked up as a Khemedi AF mig in desert camo.
i think ive mastered the airbrush good enough to give it a decent desert camo paintjob.


more soon...
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Old Wombat on December 10, 2018, 04:55:43 pm
 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on January 11, 2019, 07:58:36 am
Blog Entry #251

First blog entry of the new year, so lets get started on this update  :mellow:

before starting new builds, im gonna start clearing out the fridge.
first to be put on the table is a pair of 1/144 Hawker Tempest Mk.V's (1 RW RAF built OOB, the other a Soviet lend/lease machine).
aside from that, the 3 1/144 Super Hornets that have been gathering dust for the past 2 years are also back on the bench.
also in final stages of construction is a 1/144 Airbus A400M, awaiting decals before final assembly can begin.
other project that are awaiting decals are (all 1/144) a Bordurian Bf109e, Ju-87D and Belgian Hawker Hurricane Mk.I.

Decals for the next project, a 1/72 Mig-21MF Fishbed of the Khemed Air Force, is now done, these will be printed out at the earliest convenience. aside from this, im planning to dust of some other WIP builds to take up in between paintworks. i have some Luft'46 models in the WIP pile that are starving for attention, so im gonna see witch ones can be taken up to the bench.

thats about it for this update, i havent found much time to do more lately, hopefully the next update will bring more news.



more soon...
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: ChernayaAkula on January 13, 2019, 01:41:51 pm
<...> next project, a 1/72 Mig-21MF Fishbed of the Khemed Air Force <...>

Cool! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on February 01, 2019, 07:30:07 am
Blog Entry #252

been stuck at home with the flu for the past 2 days, so the ideal time to keep myself busy with some building time  :mellow:

last week, the 1/144 Airbus A400M has left the bench and onto the shelves. with this gone the workbench is finally clearing up.
the next project to come out of the fridge and waaiting completion, is a Luft'46 themed model, a revell 1/144 Tu-95 Bear-D, being converted to a Luftwaffe transatlantic bomber (redesignated Junkers Ju-289). i started this one about a year ago, but has been gathering dust for quite some time. im building this one allong with another OOB revell Tu-95, for the Cold War GB over on KG144.

with some of these project now nearly done, space is finally clearing up for future builds. im thinking of taking on a few civilian themed models. but first, im planning on doing some stash management this weekend, as the stash has reached almost maximum capacity, im planning on getting rid and selling some surplus kits, looking at older outdated kits and off-scale kits and themes.

more soon...
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: TheChronicOne on February 02, 2019, 07:30:36 am
Feel better soon!!! That flu stuff is the pits!

Bomber sounds awesome.
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on March 28, 2019, 11:59:32 am
Blog Entry #253

its been almost 2 months since ive posted an update, time to do something about that.

progress on the bench has been quite slow, im slowly making progress on the first 1/144 Tu-95 Bear-D, the second one, the Luft'46 version, is currently on hold until the bench clears up. also on the bench is an "in between" project, also 1/144, hope to get it done by April Fools day, all i can say about it that its....euhm.......pink  :unsure:.

the start on my next project, the 1/72 Khemedi MiG-21, has been put on hold, as im thinking of getting another Eduard kit, as its more superiour to the current Mistercraft and KP kits, might make it into a diorama with a desert scenery and a Willies Jeep. this project might take some time as im going to be mostly airbrushing the external model instead of handpainting.

looking at the project in line, there's still more WIP models to be finished, both WHIF and Realworld.
i might revisit some older planned builds, using new skill, tools and techniques to get them on the workbench, these project include, in 1/72: Belgian Army & Navy H135M's, Belgian Army S-300 SAM systems, Russian or Indian Air Force Sukhoi Su-47,...

the stash might grow again over the next 2 weeks, as on saturday im off with the missus to Aalst (for a late birthday getaway for her), so i might get something from the LHS while im there :mellow:
next weekend its off to Kortrijk for the IPMS Modelshow on sunday, im really looking forward to the What-If Modellers table, ive been on this forum for so long and i havent met anyone from here face-to-face before.

more soon....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: TomZ on March 29, 2019, 02:21:51 am
next weekend its off to Kortrijk for the IPMS Modelshow on sunday, im really looking forward to the What-If Modellers table, ive been on this forum for so long and i havent met anyone from here face-to-face before.

Not sure if seeing me face-to-face is something to look forward to  :-\


TomZ
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on April 14, 2019, 03:30:10 am
Blog Entry #254

there has been little progress on the bench the last 2 weeks, mostly due to other priorities.
as noted here on april 1st, i finished a 1/144 F-4E Phantom in a pink Hello Kitty color scheme, not my best work but it isnt the best kit either.

looking at my previous build, im not looking step it up a notch and use new skills more often such as airbrush and im now going to start looking into experimenting with weathering powders (using the revell set as its cheap and easely available to start with). builds will now be finished at a slower pace as i noticed my last ones came out a bit toyish.


meanwhile on the bench....

steady progress on a real world 1/144 Tu-95RT Bear-D (revell kit), propellors are done, now its nearly time to mask everything off and airbrush the thing. as usual, still a 1/72 Sea King (as tradition here  :-\ ) and now i just added a 1/72 Hasegawa EP-3E Orion to the table to be converted into the L-188 Baby Electra. reseach on the latter has now been completed and i can now start masking, marking and drilling and filing out the cabin windows. in terms of decals, i have started looking into designing a few DIY versions, although the logo's need refining.

the resin EP-3 parts that came with the Hasegawa kit, has givin me the idea of mounting the underbelly radome to a Arado Ar.555, He.177 or Fw.200 Condor to create a luft'46 AEW aircraft. last week at IPMS Moorsele, after visiting the WHIF table, the missus encouraged me to pick up a Heller 1/72 Noratlas (i didnt wanted to buy it as im running out off space to store stash), but if the Electra build goes well, i might build a civilian version of that aircraft aswell, although im also playing with the idea of building it in Belgian or Netherlands Air Force colors.


other news...

im going to Denmark this summer (https://cdn2.iconfinder.com/data/icons/flags/flags/48/Denmark.png) ;D
me and the missus are going to fullfill my childhood dream, were flying to Billund for 4 days to visit Legoland, the Lego House....
ive been dreaming about going to Legoland since i was 5, and now that dream is finally coming true (i can finally scratch that one off the bucketlist).



more soon......
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on May 01, 2019, 02:27:17 am
Blog Entry #255

1st of May, its labour day, so no work today (at least not till monday as i took 2 more days off).
i wont be doing much work until then as all those days are occupied with other activities, but lets give you an update.

work on the 1/72 L-188 Junior Electra is going smoothly now, the wings have been spraye din an aluminium color, witch was a pain to apply with airbrush, so the next application of metallic paints will be applied with the good old paintbrush. another progress on the bench is the 1/144 Tu-95RT Bear-D, witch needs another coat of aluminium paint.

when the Electra is done, i might get some older in-progress projects another look, just to free up benchspace.
meanwhile looking at the  stash, ive been thinking of other future projects. a 1/144 revell C-17A has been sitting in the stash for quite a few years now, im thinking of reviving my plan to built it as an Isreali C-17I ממותה (Mammoth) instead of a civilian Citybird Cargo version. the Khemedi MiG-21 will be postponed until i can get hold of another Eduard 1/72 MiG-21 kit.

i also have another revell 1/144 Bf109E on the ready line, to be painted in Spanish civil war colors (realworld).
 
looking further, im also planning on several 1/144 Area 88 themed builds, i got the motivation back from watching Strobez's builds.
i home to build Saki Vashtahls B-1 lancer, as son as the Academy 1/144 kit comes out here. decals for Kitori's Mirage F-1 and Saileen Babnocks's F-104G have already been designed, but im also planning to build Shin Kazama's F-5E & F20 once decals have been designed. once Eduard releases the 1/144 F-8 Crusader, i might build that one aswell (allongside Borris's F-8). i might get onther revell A-10A to build Greg Gate's Thunderbolt.


more soon....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Captain Canada on May 01, 2019, 12:34:11 pm
A Nils, without an on-the-go Sea King, cannot exist !

Have fun in LEGOLAND !

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on May 14, 2019, 09:39:35 am
Blog Entry #256

its time for another blog entry  :mellow:

work on the bench is going smoothly, the 1/144 Tu-95RT Bear-D is nearly finished and is awaiting decals. the 1/72 Junior Electra is making progress too, the wings are almost done, before starting on the landinggear, the wheelwells still need to be painted. the parts for the cockpit have also recieved a first coat of paint.

so far, everything is going smoothly and all builds are on shedule.

meanwhile, ive been looking into getting back in the 1/144 scale fighter bussiness, inspired by Strobez Area 88 themed builds.
having built Mickey Simon's F-14A a few years ago, im thinking of building a few additional Area 88 models to add to the collection.
i already designed the decals for the F-5E Tiger II (Manga version) but i might build the 2004 Anime version too. last week i recieved the Heller A-10 i ordered to be painted in Greg Gates's A-10 colors. i might even concider getting another Black Tomcat and redo Mickey's F-14 with the airbrush skills ive been refining lately.
all in all, i have about 30 Area 88 builds listed (including 2 fan made aircraft, my personal F-5E in desert camo and an EA-6B prowler).
to get me motivated, ive started rewatching all the 2004 anime episodes and started reading translated manga's online.

a provisionary list can be found here: https://www.scalemates.com/profiles/mate.php?id=20365&p=albums&album=49190


more soon....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on May 19, 2019, 07:32:56 am
Blog Entry #257

more progress has been made on the bench, i just finished the Revell 1/144 Tu-95RT Bear-D for the cold war GB on KG144.
also, the 1/72 Junior Electra is also making progress, with the cockpit assembled and the fuselage halves mated.
in the next session, im gonna start on detailing the wings and the outside of the fuselage before spraying on the white paint.
the latter job could be delayed as i might take up a few builds that wil be painted in the same white.

decals for the electra were printed out and sealed yesterday, allong with a few other designs for other future projects.
with the bear now completed, workspace has been freed up. so the focus will now go to completing the junior electra.
for in-between projects, im taking in a few smaller 1/144 scale builds, these will be either WW2 aircraft or a series of Area 88 themed F-5E's and an F-20 Tigershark. decals for these, have been printed out, allong with those for an A-10 Thunderbolt, Harrier and a provisionary decal for a MiG-23.

in the next series of decal designs, more Area 88 aircraft will be featured.


more soon.....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on June 01, 2019, 10:23:16 am
Blog Entry #258

its a long weekend, so more time to hit the bench again.
paintwork on the 1/72 Junior Electra fuselage is just about finished, the nosecone just recieved a thin coat of satin black, but will recieve a gloss coat later. also, the tail sections recieved a first layer of aluminium paint. despite having encountered many snags and issues on that proect, ive managed to save it from the bin.

ive decided to do a little "clear the bench-build", clearing all started projects, one build at a time. first all efforts will be focused on the Junior Electra, then the Sea King, then the 3 1/144 Super Hornets (that have been gathering dust for the last 2 years) and a1/72 RW F-16AM Tigermeet'09. i want to clear most of these projects before starting serial building several other 1/144 kits.

one of those projects are the first in a new series of Area 88 builds mentioned last time. im starting on 4 F-5E's (one RW patrouille Suisse) and an F-20 Tigershark. other projects in that series are an A-10A, Harrier, 2 F/A-18A's, multiple F-4 Phantoms, AT-6G texan,...
decals for several of these projects have been printed out, more will be designed at a later date.


more soon...
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on June 02, 2019, 01:20:53 am
Best of luck with the clear the bench builds. I started to try and clear mine by adding one "hanger queen" to every 2 fresh starts
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on June 10, 2019, 06:07:05 am
Blog Entry #259

more progress has been made on the bench, witch at the moment has just became half empty.
work on the Junior Electra has now been completed, i just finished decals and sealing, pictures of the completed model will be posted later today.

next in line, are the 3 1/144 Super Hornet variants that have been gathering dust for the past 2 years and the last of the 1/72 Sea Kings.
after that, its another RW 1/72 F-16AM (Belgian Tigermeet 2009) that needs to be finished.
once all that is done, i can start on more 1/144 builds, including Area 88 and WW2 model projects and the next commision build, a pair of Belgian NH90-NFH's in 1/72 (to replace the SeaKings on the bench).
the latter has been a very long time coming, but with new techniques mastered, such as airbrushing, i think it will be worth the wait.

of course there will be other projects in between these builds, having picked up a pair of 1/72 BAe Hawk T.1 yesterday, ive been thinking of building one of them in Belgian Air Force colors with Alpha Jet decals and Sidewinder missiles under the wings. the other will be painted in realworld Swiss AF colors.


as usual, more soon......
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on June 16, 2019, 09:08:41 am
Blog Entry #260

little progress made this week, i was planning on starting a few new projects, but right now, im doing a bench clearing build.

today, i restarted work on 3 1/144 scale F/A-18E/F/G super hornets, witch have been gathering dust on a shelf for almost 3 years.
other projects recieving attention are the last 1/72 Sea King and another 1/72 F-16AM.

over the next few months my benchtime will be reduced conciderably due to other priorities.
i cant go into details just yet, but lets say big things are coming...

until then, its bussiness as usual, next projects in line are the first 1/144 area 88 builds and 1/144 WW2 WHIFS. im also planning on dusting off a half-started Luft'46 project in both 1/72 and 1/144.


more soon......
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on June 17, 2019, 05:52:50 am

over the next few months my benchtime will be reduced conciderably due to other priorities.
i cant go into details just yet, but lets say big things are coming...



Tease  ;D
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on June 27, 2019, 08:53:23 am
Blog Entry #261

slow progress this past week, little progress has been made on the realworld (and 1 WHIF) 1/144 Super Hornets. the EA-18G Growler version is now for most part assembled and recieved its first decals, the rest wil be done at a later time. im waiting to continue with the single-seat (WHIF) until the two-seat F-version is fully assembled and painted. all 3 of them still need wheels and weaponry painted.

with the last of the realworld 1/72 Sea King's now in final stages of completion, i will take on some of the last sub-assemblies (rotors), but first the rotorblades need to be painted. i also found another WIP model on the fridge, a 1/72 F-16AM, but it still needs more work before it can be painted, som im going to look into doing some smaller assemblies over the next few days in short sessions.

in terms of future builds, im getting idea's for new Civil builds lately. i remembered i was planning to build a 1/144 Boeing 707 with 4 CFM56 engines (707-800 or -8), but i have 2 more CFM56-5C engines left over from a revell Airbus A340, i was thinking of putting those on a Roden VC-10 i have in the stash. ive been thinking of building it in WHIF Air Bruges colors. i also have plans for an A330-300 i have in stash for a while, and im thinking either Citybird or VLM Airlines colors.

next on the line are still the 3 1/144 F-5E Tiger II's, work will begin once the Super Hornets are finished. when the 1/72 Sea King is done, work should begin on 2 1/72 Belgian NH90-NFH's. 1/72 Luft46 projects will also continue once the F-16 is done.

More soon.....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: TheChronicOne on June 27, 2019, 10:37:41 am
I like the sound of these civvie birds.   :mellow: :mellow: :mellow:
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on July 06, 2019, 02:25:48 am
Blog Entry #262


the 1/144 Super Hornets are making good progress, the EA-18G version is now finished, the E-Model is not that far behind either. the Aussie F-model however is going to have to be cancelled, i used Revell spraycan primer for the first time and had some sputtering in the nozzle  :-\ result, the paintjob ended up with a poured concrete texture, useless  :-\
so the E- and G models wil be finished with the F- ending up being stripped for spare parts. i will buy a new revell 1/144 EA-18G to replace it at a later date.

the next model to be finished on the bench is the 1/72 Sea King Mk.48. this one still needs decals, rotors and its frons wheels, but for the rest is all finished.

for my next build, im gonna start on the 1/144 F-5E's and a single F-20 Tigershark next, but to prevent the mistakes i made with the Super Hornet, im gonna be using the Humbrol primer in the tin and airbrush it on.

i was planning on going to Koksijde today, for the Belgian Aerobatic championships, but severe exhaustion and a painfull lower back this week has prompted me to stay the weekend at home to rest.


big news is coming up next month, so stay tuned  ;D.....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: Nils on July 13, 2019, 12:50:34 pm
Blog Entry #263


bit by bit, the bench is getting empty, but just when space starts to clear, it gets filled again.
with one 1/144 Super Hornet now done and the other awaiting decals, have started on 4 new kits in assembly line mode.
these are 3 /1/144 Revell F-5E Tiger II's and a single Mini Hobby Models (ex-LS) F-20 Tigershark, all in Area 88 colors. a 4th F-5E might be added later.

the 1/72 Sea King is being prepped for decals and the rotors are being prepped for paint.

building the old 1/144 LS F-20, ive been thinking about giving it a major upgrade, by kitbashing it with a Revell F-5E to create a somewhat decent version of the tigershark. on both the upgraded and OOB versions, im going to ad a new engine nozzle, from the cancelled RAAF F/A-18F.

the last week has been a roller coaster ride with ups and downs, mostly on my wife's side. upside was her cousin just had her first baby boy born on tuesday. but the down side is her last grandmother passed away last sunday, we went to attend the funeral today. of course this has brought back some memories of her mothers funeral last november, specially as it took place in the same location.  :-\

of course there is some good news, but i wont be able to give it until the beginning of august, just to be sure nothing goes wrong.

more soon.....
Title: Re: Nils's WHIF activity blog
Post by: NARSES2 on July 14, 2019, 03:49:00 am
Please pass my condolances on to your wife Nils.

Oh by the way you are a big tease  ;)