Newly bought neccessities.

I picked up a parcel today with 2 needed items for my builds.

Argentinian AF colours and nozzle for my airbrush.
Argentinian AF colours and one .4 nozzle for my airbrush

So now I have the paint needed for my Argentinian Mirage and the nozzle will hopefully solve the problem I have with my airbrush.

Fw190F-8 painting started.

With the canopy in place I could start doing preshade lines after adding a little RLM66 on top of the frame.

Preshade lines painted.
Preshade lines painted

I noticed that I missed a few spots, but got that sorted when I touched up the black on the Mirage cockpit.

Mirage IIIE – build start.

Finally I’ve actually got something done! I’ve started assembling the parts for the cockpit and then I’ve painted it all black.

Cockpit assembly and test fit.
Cockpit assembly and test fit.
Cockpit painted black
Cockpit painted black

Not much additional painting needed. The seat cushions will be khaki and the I’ll pick out some details and dry brush the entire cockpit. I just realised that I forgot to paint the inside of the fuselage black.

Mirage IIIE Argentine AF – Kinetic 1/48 – introduction

This will be the first Kinetic kit I’ll build. So far I’ve only looked through the parts and the instructions to see what I have to work with and to check which colours I need.
Here’s some pics of the contents.

Mirage III boxart
Mirage III boxart
Instructions, front page
Instructions, front page.
Sprue-bag 1
Sprue-bag 1
Bag 2
Bag 2
Decals
Decals

My first impressions with this kit is that the instructions are very sparse when it comes to detail painting instructions, so you better have to prepare and do research on what colours to use in the cockpit and other details.
2nd the panel lines is a bit on the thick side. Pretty much like some of the Airfix kits. How fit is and how it is to build, is something I’ll experience, once I get started.

Ju-87B – first 2 colours

After getting the canopy in place, I could start doing preshade, and then start painting.

Presahde
Preshade

Then some RLM65 on the underside.

RLM65 blue grey
RLM65 blue grey.

After having some problems with my airbrushes, I finally got the top cote on.

RLM79 painted
RLM79 painted.

I’ll let this dry a while and then mask for the next colour.

Ju-87B – Canopy masked

Masking the canopy parts took a while. The frames is barely visible, which I guess is due to part of the frame sits on the inside. Anyway, this made it very hard to follow the frames with a blade when cutting the tape. Instead I had to work with thin stripes and put along the frame lines and then fill upp inside to mask all the small window pieces.

Canopy masked and glued.
Canopy masked and glued.

Next I will paint the frame colour and then lay a cote of primer. Mainly to see if there’s any visible seams that needs to be sorted.

J-35 Draken – small update.

I got the information that Humbrol 87 should be a good match for the underside colour, so I mixed a batch and laid a cote on the underside.

Underside painted.
Underside painted blue-grey.

As it’s a Humbrol I’ll wait a bit longer before I mask for the next colour/s. A large part of the belly should be in aluminium. Then I hope the colours for the topside camo is useable.

J-35F Draken – Airfix 1/72

Many builds that I’ve started lately seems to belong to group builds on different forums, and this one is no exception! The group build is called “Be a kid again” meaning build those kits that you once built when you where young or when you started the hobby.

As I recall, my first kit was the Lindberg Draken with spring loaded robot, that I built together with my dad. Or at least he and I started, and I finished it. That kit is a bit hard to come by now adays, so I opted to build Airfix old Draken kit, which I had lying in their “History of Swedish Air Force” boxing.

I decided to build it out of the box and I think the rules state that too. The greatest difference between now and then is my knowledge and that I’m gonna use an airbrush.

I could have re-scribed it, but opted out as it feels more old school that way.

After checking with a friend, I painted the pilot in a beige/khaki kind of colour, and then the seat and cockpit surroundings was painted in green and aluminium. Not much of a cockpit so the pilot is needed to fill the empty space! 🙂

The pilot painted
The pilot painted
Cockpit area painted green
Cockpit area painted green.
Test fit
Test fit I did before I started to paint and assemble.

After the pilot was done, I could start with assembly of the plane. It was pretty straight forward and went together pretty well for an old kit from the 70’s.

Fuselage glued.
Fuselage and pilot glued in place.

In the last minute I realized that I’ve forgotten to add weight to the nose, which caused a bit of a problem as I accidently pushed the pilot a bit. It took a while to set him straight again and still get the weights to stay.
After that I glued the nose in place and also the wings.

Only a small amount of filler was needed to take care of the seams. I used a wet q-tip to remove the excess putty.

Pylons and some of the open position covers was added to the underside.

Pylons added.
Pylons added and tanks and robots assembled.

After checking with a friend, I could mask the canopy in the correct way for a F version,which have the rear portion covered.

Getting ready for paint.
Getting ready for paint.
As are the tanks and covers too.
As are the tanks and covers too.

I’ve also painted the wheels and landing gears.

Just recently I’ve painted pre-shade lines and after painting the robots white, I painted some white on different panels. Not sure if that’ll show, but it’s fun to try different things.

Pre-shade
Pre-shade
Robots and exhaust painted.

I checked my colours that I’ve bought for my 1/48 Hasegawa Draken, and the blue-gray that was goey back then, was even worse now. I’ll consider it useless. I don’t think I’m gonna buy that brand again. So next time I’ll order MRP (Mr Paint) instead. I’ve heard that they’re good.

I hope I can find matching colour in Humbrol or some other brand that I already have at home. If not, I have to order,which will cause a delay in the build.

MiG-29 Fulcrum A – Revell 1/144

This is a kit I’m building for a group build or SIG for MiG planes. I choose this as a kind of warm up. So far it has taken a bit longer than anticipated.

MiG-29 boxart
MiG-29 boxart.
Sprue 1
Sprue 1.
Sprue 2
Sprue 2
Sprue 3.
Sprue 3
Decals
Decals.
Instructions.
Instructions.

As can be seen in the instructions it is not many steps and the build was fairly quick. The fit was fairly good, except for the nose which had a slight step that needed some TLC. Also the intakes needed a bit of putty and sanding as well as the underside of the wing joints.

Fuselage and wings assembled
Fuselage and wings assembled.

Someone else on the forum was building the same kit from another boxing, and he pointed out that there was a quite prominent detail missing.
After checking pics on the net I tried to sculpt something that looked like whatever it is on top of the nose.

While painting white on some parts for another kit, I painted the missiles.

Missiles painted.

I’ve asked if a friend of mine can use his CAD skills to create a seat, and then hopefully another friend can do one on his printer.

P-47D – Painting done!

Well almost atleast! I unmasked it and then masked around wheel bays and painted them zinc-chromate yellow.

masking removed.
Masking removed.
Wheel bays painted.
Wheel bays painted.

I’m gonna put a cote of Pledge over the paint to get a gloss or semigloss finish for the decals.

Left to do is landing gears and painting all the small stuff that needs to go on. I decided to go with rockets on this one, just cause it looks so cool.