Academy 1/35 – M3 Stuart Honey – finished!

Here’s some pics of the finished Stuart Honey! Enjoy! 🙂

Finished 1
Finished 1
Finished 2
Finished 2
Finished 3
Finished 3
Finished 4
Finished 4
Finished 5
Finished 5
Finished 6
Finished 6
Finished 7
Finished 7
Finished 8
Finished 8
Finished 9
Finished 9
Finished 10
Finished 10

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 Queen update

A while ago I decided to try to finish some of my so called shelf queens, meaning models that have been sitting on my shelf or lying in their box, waiting to be finished.
The P-47D I’ve shown here is one of them, which now is nearing finish. So the other day ig got a clear cote on the underside.

Underside clear cote on
Underside clear cote on

I will do the clear cote on the topside asap.

Next in line is my Academy 1/35 M3 Stuart kit. I’ve started to paint it, but evidently it got stuck there. I started with painting the underside and part of the sides and rear in olive drab. The idea is to make it look like it’s been painted over with the desert colours.
I started with the sand colour.

Olive drab underside
Olive drab underside
Sand colour painted
Sand colour painted

Then I masked and painted the next colour.

2nd colour painted
2nd colour painted

Just to realise that it was the wrong colour. So I just painted the “correct” colour once this one had dried.

New camo colour painted
New camo colour painted

Once dry, I masked and painted the last colour.

Last colour painted
Last colour painted

Then I removed the masking tape.

Unmasked
Unmasked

Lastly I started painting details like the tools.

Tools painted
Tools painted

Next will be a clear cote and then decals.

Lastly I picked up this kit again. Had a search session for the box, and found it, but now I must find the instructions and covers for the landing gears. Otherwise it’s ready for decals.

Ready for decals
Ready fo decals

I hope I can get at least one of them done before the end of this month.

Mirage IIIE and Lighting progress.

I’ve assembled all the weapons and tanks for the Mirage.

Missiles and stuff
Missiles and stuff

For some reason I can’t find anything on how to paint any of them in the instructions, and I also need to figure out the loadouts for the Argentinian AF during the Falklands conflict.

The instructions doesn’t say anything about weight or how much, so I just threw in as much as I could in the nose cone, and then glued it in place.

Nose glued in place
Nose glued in place

This kit is fighting quite a bit and there are things that could have been done better and in a slightly different way to avoid some issues. I have some steps on panels that needs to be taken care of.

On the Lightning I decided to go with an aluminium cover instead of chrome. Here the area is masked.

Area around cover masked
Area around cover masked

I think it turned out ok, but forgot to take a pic, so after a while I masked the entire bottom area, making it ready for the next step, black basing. So I painted black to cover all areas that should be painted with squiggles later.

Underside painted black
Underside painted black
Topside painted black
Topside painted black

As I never done black basing before, I needed something to practice on, and as the Harrier should have the same colours, I thought it would be a fitting subject.

Harrier black basing test
Harrier black basing test

I sure need some practice to get the squiggles right, and I will add a few other grey nuances before I start painting the camo colours.

Lightning paint progress.

I decided to try and paint different shades of metallic on the wings and the underside, as they vary quite a bit in reality.

Painting metalics started
Painting metalics started

Masking and painting in sections.

More sections painted
More sections painted

Right now it looks like this!

All sections and wings painted
All sections and wings painted

I might paint some smaller panels in different shades as well, otherwise I’m ready to start masking for the topside camo, now that I got the colours I need.

Progress with the Lightning, Weekend build meeting, and my new purchases.

Earlier last week I was asked if I wanted to join a weekend gathering were we could sit and build and talk. After not being able to meet like this for quite some time, it was a no brainer, adn with my girlfriends permission, I was ready to go.

I managed to to do a little on the Lightning beflre it was time to pack everything for the little more than 1½ hour trip to the meeting.
I assembled the exhaust pipes, painted the chrome on the rear piece, added decals to the cockpit and started painting the pilot.

Exhaust pipes, pilot and cockpit
Exhaust pipes, pilot and cockpit

The seat was also painted.

Ejection seat painted
Ejection seat painted

I got some wash on the exhaust and intake parts, to enhance them a bit. Not that they are very visible inside, but anyway.

Exhaust and intake
Exhaust and intake

That was how far I got before the meeting. At the meeting I glued the intake to the fuselage and added some weights to that half.

Intake glued and weights added
Intake glued and weights added

For some reason the the pilot didn’t fit, at all, at least not without major surgery, so I decided to skip the pilot. So I added seat belts made of thin stripes of tape.

Seats with belts added
Seat with belts added

Landing gears assembled.

Landing gears assembled
Landing gears assembled

Wings assembled.

Wings assembled
Wings assembled

The cockpit fits nicely on top of the intake. More weights was added and secured with white glue.

Cockpit and weights added
Cockpit and weights added

Missiles and over wing tanks built.

Missiles and tanks
Missiles and tanks

Landing gears painted black.

Landing gears painted black
Landing gears painted black

I decided to switch object and started a new kit, a Swedish personal carrier, BV206S.

Boxart
Boxart

I forgot to take pics, but after some time I had gotten this far.

Wheels and chassies assembly
Wheels and chassies assembly

Talking about forgetting to take pics, which is easy to do when building and making conversations with my fellow model builder friends. So all of a sudden, I had gotten this far with the lightning.

The lightning assembled
The lightning assembled

After some more time I hade masked the canopy parts, painted the inside, glued them to the fuselage, and assembled a lot of small parts on the body.

At the end of the weekend
At the end of the weekend

One of the kits I picked up from a visiting vendor, was this M3A1 Scout car in russian service.

Boxart
Boxart

Same problem here, I forgot to take pics during a large part of the build process.

Frame and upper hull almost done
Frame and upper hull almost done

Another find was this lamborghini kit.

Boxart
Boxart

And this one.

Boxart
Boxart

On a table was a few kits that caught my attention, and especially one of the kits, I wasn’t sure who had brought them to the meeting, but when I asked it turned out they were for sale, so I snatched this beauty.

Boxart
Boxart

And it came with this book.

Book cover
Book cover

I came home sunday afternoon, and before putting all model stuff in place I cleaned up my workspace! Much needed, and now I only need a new cutting mat.

My workbench
My workbench

It was a great weekend, even if my girlfriend complained about spending too much money.

EE Lightning F-2A/F-6 – Airfix 1/48

With the Warrior done, I decided to start a new build. As Lightning is a cool plane and I wanted to build something better than the old Airfix kit I just finished, I picked out this kit from the stash.

Ligthning box
Lighting box

I haven’t fully decided which version I’ll make, but it looks like any of the germany based, or grey and green. I’ll decide later.
Anyway I started as usual with the cockpit.

Cockpit parts and pilot
Cockpit parts and pilot

I painted the cockpit and seat black, and then the cockpit got medium grey.

Cockpit painted grey
Cockpit painted grey

There are raised details, that would be easy to pick out and there is also the option to use the decals.

Cockpit decals
Cockpit decals

By the look of it, the decals doesn’t match the colour I painted, so I still need to decide what to do.

I’ve also painted the intake and exhaust pipes.

Intake and exhaust parts painted
Intake and exhaust parts painted

I used my chrome pen on the intake fan hub.

Chrome painted
Chrome painted

That’s it so far. I’ll paint pilot and ejection seat and decide which way to go with the decals.

The Warrior finished and some figure building

After doing some additional weathering and painting, I consider the Warrior finished.

Finished, rear view
Finished, rear view
Finished, front view
Finished, front view

I’ll take better pics of the finished build later. I need to push on with the figures to get them done. Here’s a pic of the current progress on the figures.

Eight figures on the go
Eight figures on the go

It has taken some time to clean up all parts, and fitting the arms in order to hold the weapons properly.

Warrior, weathering and final steps.

I’m getting closer and closer to finishing this kit, and one part of the process was adding all the 7 decals, which at some point turned out to be harder than I’ve thought. Two of the decals go on the fire extinguishers, wouldn’t conform to the cylindrical shape, and required some extra work, but in the end I got all the decals in place!

Decals on
Decals on
More decals
More decals

I have no idea why the rear panel is slightly tilded, but I can’t adjust it now without the risk of breaking something.

After the decals was in place I did some weathering with brown oil colour and Tamiya weathering sets, mainly sand and light sand.

Weathering done
Weathering done

Then I could start with the protective bars that goes around the vehicle.

Protection bars awaiting assembly
Protection bars awaiting assembly

Putting all those bars/plates took a while, and once done there isn’t much left to do, except some additional weathering to tie it all together.

I also need to assemble and paint all the figures. They look quite nice but the guns are very delicate. I’ll have them on their stands for now, until I decide about a possible dio.

Almost done
Almost done

BAC Lightning – Airfix 1/72 old kit

With little more than a week left on the Airfix groupbuild, I decided to have a go at this old kit.

Lightning F3 box
Lightning F3 box
Contents
Contents

As this had to be a fairly quick build, I decided not to put too much attention to details.
I painted the cockpit black and added some green to seat rest, and painted the pilot.

Cockpit and pilot painted
Cockpit and pilot painted

There was a few ejector pin marks to sort, and I also added some weight and painted the inside of the covers.

Covers and exhaust
Covers and exhaust

The fuselage went together well.

Fuselage glued
Fuselage glued

I had to tape the front to prevent the white glue from seaping out while drying. I also hade glued wings and prepared the missiles.

Weight added and wings glued
Weight added and wings glued

I forgot to take a few pics, so after the underside was painted, I masked it for the next colour.

Masked and ready for paint
Masked and ready for paint

Topside freshly painted

Topside painted
Topside painted

As I’m painting with Humbrol, there’s a bit of drying time between each cote. For some reason I didn’t have the proper colours in any other brand.

Here it is fully painted.

Painting done
Painting done

Next will be a clear cote to prepare for the decals.

The inside of the covers was also repainted, as the ejector pin marks showed too much.

Covers painted again

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.