F-16C German AF – update 5

I glued the main gear in place as well as parts to the bay.

Landing gear added
Landing gear added

The tires and rims was painted and the seam on the intake as well.

Tires and rims painted
Tires and rims painted

Then the wheels was assembled.

Wheels assembled
Wheels assembled

The intake was glued in place.

Intake in place
Intake in place

The canopy was masked.

Canopy masked
Canopy masked

Gear parts and missiles painted white.

Parts painted white
Parts painted white

Then I started adding the pylons.

Pylons added
Pylons added

I had to re-glue the cockpit tub and put the HUD in place before adding the canopy and later the nose (after addding weights).

Nose and canopy in place
Nose and canopy in place

A bunch of bombs was painted with OD.

Bombs painted
Bombs painted

The bombs will be masked and painted yellow on their noses. I also need to figure the proper colours for the missiles provided.

Not much left to do before it’s time to put some primer on. I think I’ll go with AK’s grey primer, even if it smells a bit. It gives a very nice and smooth surface.

BMW 507 Cabrio – Revell 1/24

I bought this kit 2nd hand quite a few years ago, and the main reason for building it, is to test some kind of silver metallic as body colour.

This is what it looked like when I started.

Partly started car parts
Partly started car parts

The engine got some more parts.

Engine almost built
Engine almost built

To be able to test colours, the hood got some primer.

Hood primed
Hood primed

I decided to have a black leather/vinyl interior.

Interior painted black
Interior painted black

Then I masked parts of the interior and painted the engine room with steel.

Engine room painted
Engine room painted

Perhaps not very visible in the pic, but the ejection pin marks, I thought I had scraped away, was still visible. Time to sort that!

Pin marks sanded and puttied
Pin marks sanded and puttied

Time for some more primer.

Some more primer painted
Some more primer painted

I should have masked the interior better, so now I had to redo it, after painting over the red with flat black.

Gloss black primer painted
Gloss black primer painted

It turned out the body had some mold line and other flaws to take care of, and the hood and underside of the chassie got some steel paint.

Steel painted
Steel painted

Then the engine room was painted again.

Engine room repainted
Engine room repainted

After sorting the flaws, the body got some more primer.

Primer painted
Primer painted

I wasn’t happy with the steel colour, partly because I had problems painting it good enough on the topside. I’ve also had problems with Vallejos primer.
Anyway I decided to use Vallejos new metal colours. I tried aluminum on the hood.

Hood painted aluminum
Hood painted aluminum

I changed to medium grey and gave the body a cote.

Body painted grey
Body painted grey

The outer rims was painted aluminum.

Rims painted
Rims painted

The exhaust pipes was painted with brass.

Exhaust pipes painted
Exhaust pipes painted

Some parts was painted black and the mufflers was painted with gun metal.

Parts painted
Parts painted

I’ve also assembled engine, transmission and exhaust system.

Exhaust system in place
Exhaust system in place

Two problems have arised during this build. 2 parts are missing and I should have checked better, but as my my intention was to test body colour, my check wasn’t as thorough as it should have been.

I’ve asked for help, and possibly a friend of my son can print the parts on his 3D printer. I’ll see how that goes. Possibly I can make one of them myself if I can get the plastic material needed.

I’ll build and paint as much as I can, and hopefully the parts will be sorted so I can continue.

Warrior – Revell 1/72

This is a kit that have been sitting on the shelf for several years. When looking for something else I found the instructions and “missing” parts, I decided to try and finish it.

Little  shelf queen
Little shelf queen

From the start I intended to do somekind of what if future vehicle, but decided to build it as it is this time.

Revell has it own colour markings with their colour brand and very often mixes which doesn’t make it easy to translate, and it isn’t always easy to find the right corresponding colour.

I was told that Hu29 with some white might work, so I tried.

Dark earth painted
Dark earth painted
Turret in place
Turret in place

While handling it I accidently broke the barrel. Have to sort that later.
I wasn’t happy with the colour though, so I ordered a colour I think should be a proper match and repainted the vehicle.

Repainted
Repainted

Now I’ll just mask it and paint the od colour. Then I need to paint the tracks and wheels and all the details.

F-16C German AF – update 4

After getting the cockpit and the exhaust addition in place, things went pretty fast, and the fuselage, wings, stabilizers and fin was assembled.

Body, wings and things assembled
Body, wings and things assembled

Not entirely without problems as there are some things to sort.

Seams and fin to sort
Seams and fin to sort

I had to cut a little to make the prolonged exhaust fit with the locator tabs on the inside.

Inner part of the exhaust
Inner part of the exhaust

Just to check, I fit the outer part of the exhaust to the body.

Exhaust pipe test fitted
Exhaust pipe test fitted

I think that turned out looking pretty good, and I’ll only need to touch up a little.

Next will be to sort out all the seams and also sort some panel lines to connect the upper and lower body panels. Then it’s time to start sorting the landing gears and some other stuff that will be needed later.

F-16C Germany 1/32 – update 2

I tried to make up for missing depth in the exhaust pipe. So I wrapped a piece of plastic with thin stripes around the “fan” and glued the ends. It wasn’t easy to get it entirely even.

A bit of scratch building
A bit of scratch building

I added the same kind of stripes to the existing parts.

Stripes being added
Stripes being added

Typical Revel stunt on older models.

Visible copyright on the wing
Visible copyright on the wing

I decided to glue the turkey feathers to the can.

Exhaust nozzle
Exhaust nozzle

My plan is to cover the inside with something that resembles the real thing Not quite sure how yet, but I’m working on it.

For some reason tabs was missing on the bomb parts.

Missing tabs
Missing tabs

Re-scribing and working on parts like landing gears and weapons, have kept me busy for a while.

Assorted parts getting ready
Assorted parts getting ready

Re-scribing is tedious and takes a while. I still got some more scribing to do. The top fuselage is quite complex.

Once the scribing is done and the interior got some more paint, I think I can start assemble.

Tornado ECR – part 3

The seams on the front fuselage part is now sorted to my satisfaction!

Front fuselage done
Front fuselage done

I continued painting the exhaust parts. This time with a mix of steel and brown.

Exhaust cans painted
Exhaust cans painted
Pipes tested in place
Pipes tested in place

Not quite happy with that as I think it needs to be a lot darker colour to create that burnt look I’m after. I’ll do a test with a darker metal colour and perhaps more or darker brown.

I started using putty to get the weights in place, but that got too tedious, so I decided to use white glue instead. I poured some into the nose after having glued the radar in place.
Then I dropped the rest of the weights and then some more glue to cover them.

Typically there was small gaps in some places around the radar were the glue could and did seap out, and I think it took 2 days for it to cure enough to stop seaping out.

After removing excess glue and touching up the radar, I could finally glue the front to the main frame. In the process, I accidently broke off one pylon. Somehow I have to sort that later. Maybe I fix the wings and pylons in one position later.

Body glued
Body glued

I took a pic of the pile above the plane, with all the missiles and other parts that I’m working on while other things is drying, not realizing until afterwards how much of the pile that could be seen in the pic above. Anyway here’s the pile again! 🙂

Pile of missiles and stuff
Pile of missiles and stuff

Not quite happy with the inside of the intake so I applied a little more putty that needs to be sanded and polished, and painted again to look good. Then they’re going on as well.

I’ll check all seams and also see if I can re-scribe missing panel lines. Then it’s time to add everything needed before painting with the black primer that also will double as the body colour.

F-16C – Revell 1/32

This is the kit I plan to build for the F-16 group build on IPMS Gothenburg.

Boxart
Boxart

I actually started building this kit many years ago. I think one of the reasons I stopped was because I tried to figure a way to cover the landing gear well bulge inside of the intake.
Not entirely an easy task, I’ll see what I’ll do. Perhaps a FOD cover solves the problem.
Here’s a pic on what was done then.

Previously built
Previously built

And here’s the decals I intend to use, if they still work.

Decals
Decals

My plan is to start the build after I’ve finished the Tonka I’m working on.

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.

Fw190F-8 – prepping parts for paint and assembly.

It kinda started with the engine parts, that are next more or less. Quite a lot of flash in some places like between the cylinders.
One strange thing is that the instructions tells you to cut away a bit of sprue between each cylinder. But after looking at pics there is actually something between each cylinder, so I might just have left it as it was.

Cleaning up engine parts.
Cleaning up engine parts.

For some reason I continued cleaning up more parts like bombs and flaps. I’ve also glued the bombs and the drop tank.

more cleaning up and assembling.
More cleaning up and assembling.

Next I’ll start to paint the engine parts in different metal colours, and then all parts that need it in RLM02.