Bf110C-4 nightfighter – Revell 1/32

I started building this kit many years ago, built the engines and started to hollow out the exhaust pipes. For some reason I decided to put it back in its box. Maybe cause I found it a bit daunting with the etch (for a G) and having to rescribe all the panel lines.

Anyway, with increased skills, I’ve decided to give it a go again. A friend of mine sent additional stuff like resin exhaust pipes, propeller blades, machine gun and decals for an all black nightfighter.

Box
Box
Contents
Contents
Additional stuff
Additional stuff

I started by removing the parts to the wings, fuselage and fins and cleaned them up, as I need to rescribe them.

Main parts
Main parts

As usual Revell had put their copyright mark on the wing.

Copyright mark
Copyright mark

I’ve started re-scribing the wings.

Re-scribing
Re-scribing

All the straight lines are fairly easy, but some curved ones are hard to do as well as some that require a template, that I don’t have at the moment.

1/48 Tamiya – F4-U1 Corsair “Bird cage” – final reveal

This kit was started on Christmas 2008, and for some reason ended up on a shelf. It was picked up in turns, were little was done each time. One of the things was removing old masking tape and blue tac and paint was touched up somewhat.
And now finally I’ve taken the time to finish it! Here’s some pics of the finished build!

Enjoy!

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On to the next build! 🙂

Academy 1/35 – M3 Stuart Honey – finished!

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

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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 queens update 2

The P-47D got a clear cote on the topside, and the gear leg gave away again.

Clear cote painted
Clear cote painted

I’ve glued the leg again, but are thinking of securing it with CA glue. I also have started weathering the plane and will show pics of the result later.

I added a few details to the Stuart like tracks, gun and antenna.

A few more details
A few more details

Like the P-47D this is also an Academy kit with their old decals, which are quite stiff to work with, making them hard to conform to the surface. I think these turned out better than on the P-47.

Decals on
Decals on

Once all the decals was in place I sealed them with a clear cote.

Decals sealed
Decals sealed
Other side
Other side

Before continuing with the weathering, I needed to sort the hatches that I plan to have open.

Hatches removed prior to inside colour application
Hatches removed prior to inside colour application

I just need to check which colour the inside of the hatches should have.

Lastly the landing gear covers and the drop tank for the Corsair got some white paint and the propeller tips got a cote of pink.

Covers and tank painted white
Covers and tank painted white
Tips painted pink
Tips painted pink

Next will be to paint them yellow, then I’ll mask and paint the blades black. I might need to redo the hub paint as it’s easier to mask the blades.

P-47D final assembly part 1.

In attempt to solve the problem with the decals, I tried to use Pledge on a few of the stencils. It turned out quite well and I think I’ll use the same method for the rest of the decals.
Meanwhile i glued rocket launchers, bombs and rear wheel.

Bombs and stuff added
Bombs and stuff added

Shortly after I also added tank and landing gears.

Gears and tank added
Gears and tank added

There I left it to dry over night.

Next to do is the rest of the decals before I paint it all with Pledge, then antenna and gun barrels and a few glass pieces needs to go on as well.

P-47D decals part 2.

Now I finally have got all the decals and stencils in place!

Stencils in place
Stencils in place

The decals sure needs some work to sit properly, but with the stencils I might have found a method that might work. As they seems to look in place when wet, I used some Pledge and laid a thin cote with brush on a few stencils. Have to see how that turns out when dry.
No return from that method though!

Gears, covers, bombs, and rockets sorted and some made ready to paint.

Landing gears and other stuff assembled
Landing gears and other stuff assembled.

Then I painted the outside of the covers, bombs and rockets.

Bombs, rockets and covers painted
Bombs, rockets and covers painted

Next will be to get the decals to sit, make brake lines for the landing gears and then do some final assembly.

P-47 Decals part 1

The original decals to this kit isn’t the easiest I’ve worked with. Even on relatively flat surfaces it’s hard to get them to confirm properly, and even with decal fluids it doesn’t seem to work as I want. I just might need to live with silvering in some areas.
Also I need to buy stronger decal fluids, but that won’t help on this one I guess as I won’t get them fast enough.

All large decals on.
All large decals on

So far I’ve done all the major decals and left to do is all the stencils, and normally stencils have a tedency to silver. I just have to see how it turns out with these.

I also must check that I have all other things ready for assembly later.

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 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

Bf110E Tropical – Airfix 1/72 done!

Now I’m finally done with this build!

First I sorted all the small things on the underside.

Underside stuff glued
Underside stuff glued

Removing the mask from the canopy, caused a few problems.

The unmasked canopy
The unmasked canopy

I had to paint the missing frames by hand. Once that was done I could finish the topside.

The finished build
The finished build

Here are some pics of the finished build!

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That’s all for now!