M3A1 Scout car finished, well almost!

I decided to put all the figures in place, and build wise that finishes the kit.
I still want to put it on a small base, but I still need to buy materials to do that.
So for now I consider this build finished!

Finished pic 1
Finished pic 1
Finished pic 2
Finished pic 2
Finished pic 3
Finished pic 3
Finished pic 4
Finished pic 4

Next will be creating the small dio.

M3A1 decals and weathering

There are decals for 3 versions in this kit, one american and two russian. As there are russian soldier provided with this kit I decided to go with one of the russian options.
Only three decals and the set I thought looked the coolest, but also turned out to be the most difficult.as one is quite large and covers the rear side of the vehicle.
I actually broke the decals when sliding it on to the surface and then had a lot of problems moving the pieces around. I managed to get it right in the end and after some micro sol it sits quite nicely.

Decals on
Decals on

I assembled and painted some ammo boxes to put in the car.

Painted ammo boxes
Painted ammo boxes

I did a new test fit with the figures and guns.

Test fit with soldiers and guns
Test fit with soldiers and guns

Looks pretty ok to me. I still need to get the driver in place, but first some weathering. I sealed the decals yesterday, and today I used black oil colour to make a pin wash.
I also painted exhaust pipe and some other spots on the underside with rust.
Then I started working with Tamiyas weathering sets, adding mud and rust to certain areas.

Weathering started
Weathering started
The other side
The other side

I think I’ll need to do some additional weathering later. I’ll do some weathering on the figures, get the driver in place, and start to plan for a small dio. Might add some more mud once the base is done.

The russian figures painted.

I consider the figures to the scout car done. I still need to do some weathering that’ll go hand in hand with the weathering of the car, and perhaps a small base.

Figures painted
Figures painted

I also did a little test placement of the figures.

Figures placed in the car
Figures placed in the car

I prepared to apply the decals, and then I will see if I can get the driver in place.

Then guns and stuff needs to be placed and the figures put into position, and some weathering done. That’s more or less it! 🙂

I want it painted black, and some figure painting.

I needed to check for seams that need more attention, and painted the entire Lightning black.

Bottom side painted black
Bottom side painted black
Topside painted black
Topside painted black

As can be seen in the pics, there are a few issues, at least on the underside. Everything else looks pretty good. One of the reasons to use black is that the underside should be in silver.
I’ll go over the seams with putty and carefully sand them down to look smooth and nice.
On the topside i think I’ll try some black basin.

The second part of this post will be about the russian soldiers for the M3A1 Scout car.

One thing I really did like about the figures in this kit is those tabs that help the parts to fit properly. Tamiya has done this very well I think.

Nice with locator tabs
Nice with locator tabs

Two more figures built.

Gunner and soldier
Gunner and soldier

Pretty soon all soldiers were built and some even got a little paint.

All five soldiers built
All five soldiers built

I started to paint their faces and hands with different skin tones. Some I painted and some I dry brushed. I think it turned out ok. I also started painting the uniform on one figure, but realized that I had to check if I used the right colour. It seems like I did. So now I only need to paint all the other figures except the driver who is dressed in black.

Painting started.
Painting started.

I also think I need to drill holes in the bottom of their boots and put them on sticks to make painting a bit easier.

The M3A1 build continues and a quick update on the Lightning.

First the hull and chassie was assembled. The wheels had poly caps so they’re just pushed on.

Chassie and hull assembled

The machine gun railing was assembled. A bit fiddly with the movable gun holds, other than that they went on smoothly.

Railing added
Railing added

Then I started with some of the small parts like front lights. Accidently dropped the clear piece and couldn’t find it. I’ll see if I can solve that later.

Working on small parts.
Working on small parts
Rear view
Rear view

Lastly I’ve started to paint the seats and the front windows.

Seats painted olive drab
Seats painted olive drab

The seats cushions will be painted next.

I’ve also done a little puttying on the belly of the Lightning.

Seams puttied
Seams puttied

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.

SU-34 Fullback Fighter bomber- build start.

I bought this kit on a meeting earlier this year, and it’s been lying in the stash calling for my attention, and now it’s time to start the build.
I need to order a colour set for the Fullback fighter, so I have the colours I need once I get that far.

Boxart
Boxart.
Big box with plenty of parts.
Big box with plenty of parts

The box is filled with parts and will make a pretty big bird once it’s built.
As in many kits it starts out with the cockpit. I started with the seats and the bottom of the pit tub. Also had to fold a piece of photo etch (pe), which went fairly well as I’m not used to handle etched parts.

Bottom of the cockpit.
First steps of the pit tub.

The seats was pretty easy to assemble, and looks pretty good for being kit seats.

Seats and tub.
Seats and most of the tub parts assembled.

Getting parts ready for paint, but as my airbrush doesn’t work as it should, painting have to wait a while. Looks like there are several sub-assemblies I can do without having to paint. Fun kit and good detail so far.