More parts added and some painting done!

I added some boxes and whatnot to the rear and sides.

Parts added to the hull.
Parts added to the hull.

The part that covers most of the front is assembled earlier in the instructions, but either check the fit then or wait with the lower part to ensure it fits as it should on the lower part of the front. I had to break up mine and re-glue it.

The rear side
The rear side

Continuing with some of the parts for the turret. Some of them got painted in the interior green.

Some of the turret parts
Some of the turret parts

In order to get the wheels on, I started to paint the lower hull and backside of the armor plates in the darker tan colour.

Some paint on the lower hull.
Some paint on the lower hull.

Need to do some touch up before using the lighter colours for toning/post shading.

Deciding colours for the Warrior.

I did a test with two different colours to tone the tropical tan with.

2 different tones
2 different tones

For me I think I prefer the lighter one of the two, and I will probably use that one. The choice was so clear I also painted some of the wheels as well.

Wheels painted.
Wheels painted.

I’ll see what the community have to say about my choice of colours.

I’ve also started to sort the hatches to cover up the interior when I start to paint. I’ll see if I can keep them in place with some blue tac while painting.

Some of the hatches on
Some of the hatches on

As soon as I’m sorted with covering all the openings, I can start painting the underside at least, so I can get the wheels and tracks in place.

Colour test and tracks for the Warrior.

I tried 2 of the tropical tan colours on the armor plates.

Armor plates painted
Armor plates painted

It was hard to take a good picture and hard to tell the difference between the two colours.
One is slightly brighter, but that hardly shows in the pic. I’m thinking of using one of the slightly brighter colours to tone any of these, just to get that sand dusty look I’m after.

I put some gun metal colour on the tracks parts.

Tracks painted metal
Tracks painted metal

I think I need to darken the tracks with some brownish colour and some rust perhaps.
The pads needs to be painted in rubber black as well.
I’ll need the tracks pretty soon to continue the build.

Progressing with the Warrior.

With internal armor plates painted and in place I could finally glue the upper hull in place.

Upper hull glued
Upper hull glued.

The fit wasn’t entirely perfect, so I had to use some filler.

Putty applied.
Putty applied.

After the putty had been sanded down I could start to assemble the torsion arms. There is included some sort of jig to get the alignment right, but every arm is put in a slightly different position, so the jig only fit some of the arms. I saw no real use for it.

Jig for torsion arm in place.
Jig for torsion arm in place.

All the suspension arms in place and a few of the support wheels.

Suspension in place.
Suspension in place.

As i soon need to start painting, at least some of the parts, I need to figure which paint to use. I’ll ask my model building friends if any of these will do. If not I have to order new colours.

Possible colours, maybe
Possible colours, maybe.

Next I’ll start with the parts to the tracks, so I can continue the build.

More assembly and some weathering on the Warrior interior.

While the colours were drying, I assembled a few other bits.

Some pieces sorted and partly assembled.
Some pieces sorted and partly assembled

Assembled the rear wall.

Rear compartment with backpiece assembled.

The underside plate is on.

Bottom plate on
Bottom plate on

I did some weathering dustying it somewhat.

Dusted interior
Dusted interior

Lastly I painted primer/interior colour on some parts that go on soon plus the turret parts.

Primer painted
Primer painted

Those two plates go to the inside of the upper hull and can be positioned in two positions. Not sure which position to chose. They should also be painted green as the bottom interior.

BAE Warrior update.

I assembled the sides to the bottom. I also removed and cleaned up some additional parts for later use.

Firsst bits of assembly.
First bits of assembly.

Once that was assembled I added the seat holders and some other interior parts as they should have the same colour. I then painted the interior parts with primer, whcich turned out to be one of the interior colours. Then the floor part and lower walls was painted green and then the seat cushions got a different shade of green.

Interior painted
Interior painted

Next will be to assemble and perhaps touch up a few parts. I will also add some dirt and wear.

Secret Santa gift reveal.

This is what I got from my Secret Santa this year.

My Secret Santa gift
My Secret Santa gift

It looks like a nice little kit and can be a fun build as I normally don’t build modern armor stuff. I will start building asap as that’s part of the Secret Santa group build.

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.

Latest arrival to my hobby room.

Today I got a pretty large box, delivered by UPS at my door. From the start I was only supposed to get micromesh and polishing compounds, and maybe some colours, but I just happened to see that they had this kit at a reduced price.

Hataka paint sets.
Hataka paint sets.
F6F-5 Hellcat 1/24th kit
F6F-5 Hellcat 1/24th kit.

It’s not often I buy kits like this, but at a price much lower than in my local hobby shop, it was a no brainer.

Now I just need to collect the guts to build it. Does it need any extras? Not sure I’m gonna bother as it’s pretty good as it is.