USSR Aircraft Carrier Kiev – Trumpeter 1/550

This kit have been laying in my stash for several years, and now I got an opportunity to build it in a Soviet themed group build.

Boxart
Boxart
Contents
Contents

This kit can be motorized and supplied are 2 shafts, rubber hosing, propellars and clips for the batteries. As I got this kit 2nd hand, I’m not sure if engines also was supplied or if they’re supposed to be bought separately. There are nothing in the instructions telling how to install the engines or wiring and switch.

Anyway, I’m not doing it motorized as I only will have it sitting on my shelf. Luckily there are plastic shafts and scale propellars included in the kit. As I don’t want to risk breaking them while handling the model in the early stages of the construction, I skipped that step in the instructions for now.

Instead I started with the radar and whatever it is that sits on top of the main structure.

Radar and whatnot
Radar and whatnot

Then I started with the two topmost buildings.

Building parts
Building parts

Assembled!

Assembled and test fitted
Assembled and test fitted

Parts to the bottom part of the structure.

Parts to the bottom structure
Parts to the bottom structure

The stand also needed some attention!

Parts to the stand
Parts to the stand

Some filler was needed to sort minor gaps and other cavaties on the structure buildings.

Building structure sub assemblies
Building structure sub assemblies

More radar parts to assemble that needed some touches of putty.

More radar parts
More radar parts

To continue I needed to assemble more small parts. I also test fitted the building parts.

Main building and more small parts
Main building and more small parts.

The underside of the hull had a seam that needed to be taken care of.

Underside of the hull
Underside of the hull

I test fitted the main deck which contains of three parts, here the aft.

Bit of a gap between deck parts
Bit of a gap between deck parts

And the front.

Front deck sections
Front deck sections

I also did a test fit of the main building.

Main building test fit
Main building test fit

A dozen small Yak-38 planes took a while to clean up.

A dozen Yak-38 planes
A dozen Yak-38 planes

I still need to figure what colours to paint them in as well as the helicopters that I haven’t started on yet.

Radar and search lights assembled.

Radar and search lights
Radar and search lights

Sometimes clamps are useful, like when holding parts to the hull while the glue dries.

Clamped parts
Clamped parts

Once the internal parts like bays for the boats was in place, I could glue the deck parts.
The instructions says the mid sections should be last, which I think is due to the motorized version where this part needs to be removable. But as there was a bit of a gap between the mid and rear section, I glued the rear section last, and will push the rear part of the hull forward to close that gap as much as possible instead.

One of the reasons for this is the raised detail on the deck, which makes using filler a bit harder without destroying the details. Not sure I can avoid that entirely, and I would have prepared decals for the helicopter pads and landing/start strip.

Deck sections glued to the hull.
Deck sections glued to the hull

Some plastic and filler was needed to sort some seams and gaps. I’ll see how the rear seam turns out. In the front I have a slight step that needs to be taken care of as well.

Soon I can start painting. I just need to figure what paints to use, as I don’t use or have Gunze colours.

Bf110C-4 nightfighter – Revell 1/32

I started building this kit many years ago, built the engines and started to hollow out the exhaust pipes. For some reason I decided to put it back in its box. Maybe cause I found it a bit daunting with the etch (for a G) and having to rescribe all the panel lines.

Anyway, with increased skills, I’ve decided to give it a go again. A friend of mine sent additional stuff like resin exhaust pipes, propeller blades, machine gun and decals for an all black nightfighter.

Box
Box
Contents
Contents
Additional stuff
Additional stuff

I started by removing the parts to the wings, fuselage and fins and cleaned them up, as I need to rescribe them.

Main parts
Main parts

As usual Revell had put their copyright mark on the wing.

Copyright mark
Copyright mark

I’ve started re-scribing the wings.

Re-scribing
Re-scribing

All the straight lines are fairly easy, but some curved ones are hard to do as well as some that require a template, that I don’t have at the moment.

1/48 Tamiya – F4-U1 Corsair “Bird cage” – final reveal

This kit was started on Christmas 2008, and for some reason ended up on a shelf. It was picked up in turns, were little was done each time. One of the things was removing old masking tape and blue tac and paint was touched up somewhat.
And now finally I’ve taken the time to finish it! Here’s some pics of the finished build!

Enjoy!

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On to the next build! πŸ™‚

F4-U1 Corsair final touches

The underside got black oil wash on the white belly and grey on the dark blue areas.

Underside wash done
Underside wash done

Here’s how the topside turned out. I also glued an antenna that I’ve nearly forgot.

Topside with antenna glued in place
Topside with antenna glued in place

The antenna got some paint and the fuselage and wings got some chipping. All made by hand with Vallejo alumnium colour.

Chipping done
Chipping done

Which means I now consider it done! Here’s a close up on the cockpit with the canopy open.

Close up on cockpit
Close up on cockpit

I’ve done a few minor touch ups and have taken pics for the final reveal that I’ll put in a separate post.

Shelf queens – Corsair progress.

I’ve glued the landing gears and covers in place.

Landing gears in place
Landing gears in place

I then continued with the topside. Removing tape that had been sitting there for years wasn’t fun. I also had to remove the front glass in order to glue the sight parts in place.
The pilot was also seated. Thought it could look nice!

Topside with canopy open
Topside with canopy open
Topside, canopy closed
Topside, canopy closed

After that I started the weathering process by giving all the panel lines on the topside an oil wash in grey. A tad bit on the tick side for being a wash.

Grey oil wash
Grey oil wash

As it’s oil colours it’s quite easy to remove the excess with cotton buds and perhaps some white spirit and paper cloth. I’ll show the result later.

Academy 1/48 – P-47D Thunderbolt “Eileen” – finished

After doing some final touches with chipping and finally getting the gear sit as it should, I decided to declare this kit as finished.

If you want a easy to build P-47 that looks nice, I can recommend this kit, but get other decals as the kit ones are very stiff and hard to work with.

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Fun build, but right now I’m glad it’s done! πŸ™‚

Academy 1/35 – M3 Stuart Honey – finished!

Here’s some pics of the finished Stuart Honey! Enjoy! πŸ™‚

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Even if the build totally took quite some time, it was a fun build. Nice with interior details even if they’re not seen with the top on. The worst part of the build was the stiff decals, which seems to be a problem on older Academy models. Newer models have decals made by Cartograph, that are excellent.

If I can find a suitable figure set I might do a small dio.

Shelf queens update 3

Starting with the Stuart, I put the hatches in open position and added struts for the front ones.

Open hatches and struts added
Open hatches and struts added

Then I continued with the weathering, creating worn off colour and scratches, using both olive drab and gun metal, and the a bit of rust pigment. I feel it’s hard to get a sense of when to stop, and maybe I’ve gone over the top with this, but I’ll consider it done.

Chipping added, kit finished
Chipping added, kit finished
Rear view
Rear view
Left side view
Left side view

I need to add the tow cable, and maybe sort a few things I’ve noticed in the pics, then I’ll take better pics against white background. Feels good to be done!

The propeller to the Corsair waas painted.

Propeller painted
Propeller painted

All decals except for the ones for the prop and front landing gear covers.

Decals added
Decals added

I need to do the remaining decals and seal them before I continue with final assembly and weathering.

Hopefully the gears for the P-47 will hold, as it only need prop and final weathering to be done.

Shelf queens update 2

The P-47D got a clear cote on the topside, and the gear leg gave away again.

Clear cote painted
Clear cote painted

I’ve glued the leg again, but are thinking of securing it with CA glue. I also have started weathering the plane and will show pics of the result later.

I added a few details to the Stuart like tracks, gun and antenna.

A few more details
A few more details

Like the P-47D this is also an Academy kit with their old decals, which are quite stiff to work with, making them hard to conform to the surface. I think these turned out better than on the P-47.

Decals on
Decals on

Once all the decals was in place I sealed them with a clear cote.

Decals sealed
Decals sealed
Other side
Other side

Before continuing with the weathering, I needed to sort the hatches that I plan to have open.

Hatches removed prior to inside colour application
Hatches removed prior to inside colour application

I just need to check which colour the inside of the hatches should have.

Lastly the landing gear covers and the drop tank for the Corsair got some white paint and the propeller tips got a cote of pink.

Covers and tank painted white
Covers and tank painted white
Tips painted pink
Tips painted pink

Next will be to paint them yellow, then I’ll mask and paint the blades black. I might need to redo the hub paint as it’s easier to mask the blades.