F-16C – build update 4.

Next up is the landing gears and some other small stuff that needs to be done. The landing gear and parts to the bay have small ejector pin marks that needs to be taken care of. Some not so easy as they sit in areas that are hard to reach with sanders, or even hard to scrape with a blade. A bit annoying that the front wheel have marks too.

Front wheel with ejector pin marks.
Front wheel with ejector pin marks.

Front landing gear assembled.

Front landing gear.
Front landing gear.

I also assembled the fin and prepared the stabilizers and flapperons. Here together with the parts for the landing gears and bay.

Parts prepared to get painted.
Parts prepared to get painted.

All the landing gear parts was painted white.

Landing gear parts painted.
Landing gear parts painted.

Some of them need to be turned over and painted on the other side.

When that is done I’ll paint details and add decals. I also intend to add some plumbing to the landing gears.

F-16C – build update 3.

First I painted the exhaust parts black. The afterburner ring was handpainted with chrome and gun metal. The inside of the can was dry brushed lightly with white.
The outside was painted with a mix of black and chrome, then I used a Molotov chrome pen to paint the rim.
The turkey feathers was painted in steel, and then masked of for the next colour.

Exhaust parts painted and partly masked.
Exhaust parts painted and partly masked.

After painting a mix of black and chrome on the inner feathers, I removed the masking.

Turkey feathers painted.
Turkey feathers painted.

Then I did a simple dry fit.

Exhaust dry fit
Exhaust dry fit

The inside of the feathers was dry brushed with an off white.

Feathers dry brushed.
Feathers dry brushed.

Quite happy with that. Now I only need to assemble it. I think I’ll give parts of it a black pin wash to enhance some details. I might also use sooth pigment from the Tamiya set.

F-16C – build update 2.

The cockpit panels was painted black and then dry brushed with the cockpit colour and then a slightly lighter shade.
Then the cockpit and wheel bay/intake was glued to the lower fuselage.

Lower fuselage with cockpit and intak/wheel bay.
Lower fuselage with cockpit and intake/wheel bay.

Then the upper fuselage was painted black around the cokpit frame and then glued to the lower fuselage. The upper fuselage consists of two pieces and even if the fit was nice, I had problems with getting the two halves level, so some sanding might be needed.

Upper fuselage in place.
Upper fuselage in place.

Now it starts looking like a plane, but still there’s a lot of small parts that needs to be done.
Next will be the engine where I’ve started painting everything black as a base for the metal colours.

F-16C – build update 1.

To fit the pilot to the handles in the cockpit, I had to assemble the seat and place everything in the cockpit.

Pilot fitted to the seat and the handles.
Pilot fitted to the seat and the handles.

I painted the main gear bay and surroundings in white.

Main gear bay and intake painted white.
Main gear bay and intake painted white.

Then I painted the cockpit tub in ocean grey and the small tank in silver. the intake fan is painted in gun metal.

The seat also got some ocean grey. Forgot to add it to the previous picture.

Ejection seat painted grey.
Ejection seat painted grey.

The front part of the intake goes together quite nicely. Here the fuselage parts are just test fitted as the rod should be fitted first. But before that the seams needs to be taken care of and the inside of the intake painted white.

front intake part.
Front intake part.

It’s quite a bit of pieces that needs to be sorted before I can start assembly the fuselage. Then I guess the whole build will gain speed and start to look like a plane pretty quick.

Matilda tank, almost done!

The tank commander got some dry brushing with tropical tan, and some details painted. I also added a wire to his mic.
The tank itself got some more dust and sand. I used both pigments and diluted sand colour. Need to practice more to get it look like sand entered every nook and cranny.

Tank commander in place.
Tank commander in place!

I’ll check it over and then I’ll take some better pics for the final reveal.

Krupp Protze – a minor update

When I was about to put the flatbed in place, I realised that I’ve put the towbar and hooks upside down. Using ethyl acetate and minor violenced, I managed to pry the parts away. And after some cleaning up I could put the parts back as they should.

Towbar and hooks pryed away.
Towbar and hooks pryed away.
and glued back the right way
And glued back the right way.

I’ve also sorted a few of the things that is supposed to lay in the flatbed compartment. But first they need some paint.

Some parts prepared for paint.
Some parts prepared for paint.

The MG and rifle was missing, and I’m guessing the former owner of the kit have taken them along with the driver, who also is missing.
Perhaps I can find a rifle and a MG that I can use, from my spares box.

Krupp Protze – frame assembly and some painting

The frame is done and ready for the other parts like hood, cabin and flatbed.

Frame assembly.
Frame assembly.

The exhaust pipe looks a tad bit red. Something I need to adjust with some weathering later.

The flatbed was first painted dark grey and then I added some thinned dark brown in an attempt to make it look like worn wooden planks.

The flatbed painted.
The flatbed painted.

I will do some dry brushing with different shades of grey and the seats will be painted in khaki.

Krupp Protze – more building and some painting

I started assembling the rear compartment/flatbed, which was quite straightforward. A few pieces left to glue when the pic was taken.

The rear compartment
The rear compartment.

Exhaust pipes and front wheel suspension was assembled.

Front axle and exhaust pipes.
Front axle and exhaust pipes.

From the start I intended to build as much as possible before painting, but I realised I had to paint some parts in different colors to be able to assemble it without having to try and paint details where it’s hard to reach. So on with some dark grey.

dark grey painted
Most of the parts painted in dark grey

Next I’ll paint some more, and hopefully also start assembling.