AMT’s Slave 1 from Star Wars.

This one was finished earlier this year, but then I used Flickr as host. Time to put it here too.

Slave 1 -  pic 1.
Slave 1 – pic 1.
Pic 2
Pic 2.

Even though the instructions was wrong and made me paint it green instead of red, I’m quite happy with it.

F-16C – build update 1.

To fit the pilot to the handles in the cockpit, I had to assemble the seat and place everything in the cockpit.

Pilot fitted to the seat and the handles.
Pilot fitted to the seat and the handles.

I painted the main gear bay and surroundings in white.

Main gear bay and intake painted white.
Main gear bay and intake painted white.

Then I painted the cockpit tub in ocean grey and the small tank in silver. the intake fan is painted in gun metal.

The seat also got some ocean grey. Forgot to add it to the previous picture.

Ejection seat painted grey.
Ejection seat painted grey.

The front part of the intake goes together quite nicely. Here the fuselage parts are just test fitted as the rod should be fitted first. But before that the seams needs to be taken care of and the inside of the intake painted white.

front intake part.
Front intake part.

It’s quite a bit of pieces that needs to be sorted before I can start assembly the fuselage. Then I guess the whole build will gain speed and start to look like a plane pretty quick.

Matilda tank, almost done!

The tank commander got some dry brushing with tropical tan, and some details painted. I also added a wire to his mic.
The tank itself got some more dust and sand. I used both pigments and diluted sand colour. Need to practice more to get it look like sand entered every nook and cranny.

Tank commander in place.
Tank commander in place!

I’ll check it over and then I’ll take some better pics for the final reveal.

F-16C/J – Tamiya 1/48 – my Secret Santa build.

I recieved this kit as a part of a Secret Santa group build on a Swedish forum. I was gladly surprised to get such a quality kit.

F-16C box art.
F-16C box art

As many airplane kits even this starts with the cockpit. I must say it looks quite nice and will look good with some dry brushing and picking out some details.

cockpit tub.
Cockpit tub.

The loose handle is supposed to be fitted to the pilot’s hand, so I’m leaving it like that for the time being.

Next to do is the combined front wheel bay and intake, as both that and the cockpit needs to go into the lower fuselage in the next step.

Front wheel bay and intake parts.
Front wheel bay and intake parts.
Assembled wheel bay and intake.
Assembled wheel bay and intake.

There was quite a few ejector pin marks to deal with and not on easy to deal with places.

Next I’ll glue the top part of the intake, and try to get the seam as nice as possible, and get everything ready for paint.
I might need to to step ahead and assemble the seat and pilot, so I can get the arm and handle positioned right.

Matilda tank – weathering

I started weathering the tank with oil washes, Vallejo and Lifecolor paints, and Tamiya weathering sets. Building up both dirt, rust and dust.

Weathering started.
Weathering started.

Quite happy with how it looks so far, but looking at the pics I realise it needs some more in the openings among other places. Maybe some more sand and grime.

Last thing to do is to finish the tank commander. It’s been a while since I started this kit, so I’m not sure which colours I’ve used. Have to do a search for British desert camo during WW2.

My gift from secret Santa! :)

Today (on Christmas eve) I got a package from a friend at a Swedish forum I’m a member of and where we held a secret Santa event we’re holding there for those who wanted to participate.

F16C box art
F16C box art

It looks like a quite nice kit, and Tamiya usually isn’t bad! I’ll do my best to do it justice. Hopefully I’ll have the colours needed.

Turkey shoot weekend build – part 7

The Gannet got a cote of Vallejo silver.

Painted silver.
Painted silver.

It turned out looking pretty nice and all flaws are self inflicted.
The colour covers very well and sprays evenly as long as the airbrush is set correctly.

Seems like I’ve missed a few scratches that needs to be polished and repainted.

Jumping from one subject to another. I found the Matilda tank commander. He had fallen off the shelf and landed behind a box on the floor.

Matilda tank commander.
Matilda tank commander.

I need to finish painting him and place him in the turret once he and the tank is done. Will add a wire to the mike too.

Matilda tank, old Tamiya, long overdue update.

I think I started this one last year, and the reason it stopped was that the decals fell apart and I couldn’t get hold of new ones with less than buying a new kit. Time went by and recently In made a decision to try and finish it anyway.

So I handpainted callsign and numbers and then masked for the white and red markings on the sides of the hull and turret.

Masked and ready for paint.
Masked and ready for paint.

Next I painted white and then masked off for the red colour. Here’s how it turned out.

Markings done!
Markings done!
other side
Other side.

I noticed that the red and white fields wasn’t same size as the other side. Might have to try and adjust that somewhat.

Left to do now is finding the figure and do some weathering.

Turkey shoot weekend build – part 7

The Gannet was painted black. Partly as a primer and partly as a base for the planned silver colour, but perhaps the ordinary Vallejo black wasn’t the best choice. Sadly it scratches easily and I’m afraid it might not hold once I get the silver on and mask it for the red and black fields later.

Painted black.
Painted black.

I discovered a few seams that needed to be taken care of. After that it got a new cote of black.

Painted black again.
Painted black again.

Seems like I’ve forgot to dust it of properly before doing the black layer. Have to check that later.

The prop is done.

propeller done.
Propeller done.

Looks like I didn’t mask off the yellow in the same lenght on all blades. Have to sort that too. Otherwise the prop looks pretty nice.

Next I’ll do a cote of silver to see how it turns out.