Achtung! Luftwaffe! Heinkel He-280.

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Re: Achtung! Luftwaffe! Bf-110.

Postby RAAFBrat » Sun Mar 05, 2017 12:09 pm

Fully decalled now & glossed. Took me 1 1/2 hours to do all the stencils, which are very comprehensive & the lower wing crosses, which ended up coming from the spares box as the new ones died too. Without slagging off an aftermarket company, I wouldn't be buying these decal again. Even with decal bonder on them they were still disintegrating. Maybe I just got an old sheet, though it doesn't look that old. On to masking the canopy courtesy of Eduard & yikes! But I thought that the Dauntless or Mosquito canopy was complicated! :D
She's starting to look ok but the jinxed decal situation is frustrating, plus I made a few errors along the way through lack of attention. :roll:
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Re: Achtung! Luftwaffe! Bf-110.

Postby RAAFBrat » Wed Mar 22, 2017 6:17 pm

So close to finished I can smell it, just the tanks, gear doors & a couple of antennae to fit & she's done. But after a massive day at work I'm wasted & not touching it in case I stuff something up. Made enough blues on this one as it is. I accented the major lines - ailerons, flaps, slots etc but was getting frustrated (as usual) with the Tamiya panel-line accent so didn't push it. I contented myself with some light weathering, a bit of chipping here & there, coated it with Humbrol matt-lacquer & played around with some Tamiya Smoke for effects.
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Re: Achtung! Luftwaffe! Bf-110.

Postby Kahunaminor » Wed Mar 22, 2017 7:17 pm

Best advice you can have, don't push it when you are tired. Looking good matey.

Regards,
Kent in Oz
Bench: 1/48 Eduard Bf 109E-7, Libya, 1941; 1/32 Tamiya Spitfire Mk XVIe
Completed: 1/48 SH CAC CA12 Boomerang; 1/32 Eduard Bf109E-4; 1/48 Eduard Spitfire Mk IXc;1/32 Hasegawa Bf109G-6;1/48 Eduard Fw190A-8.
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Re: Achtung! Luftwaffe! Bf-110 - Finished.

Postby RAAFBrat » Sun Mar 26, 2017 5:57 pm

Thanks Kent.Calling this one done after I finally got the tanks on today. While this a Revell boxing, the "MM Inc" under the tail-plane gives the game away & this is probably the only Monogram kit I've done that wasn't a pleasure to build. I think in having at least 3 variants in this kit (3 different noses, including the resin nose & guns on this one) plus a couple of different gun-packs & under-wing options that Revell might've slightly over-done an old kit.
That said, it goes together ok with only a few fit issues. I wasn't impressed with the wing engineering, but the engraved detail is pretty good & as above, it does have plenty of options.
The decals were a disaster & the replacement after-market ones weren't much better. I ended up using some crosses from the spares box for the underwings so she's a bit of a mish-mash of markings.
The Eduard PE was just a delight & really lifts the cockpit, especially the lattice-work gunners seat & I hope that I've done the combo Splinter/Mottle paint-scheme justice. It does amuse me that the Luftwaffe went to all the trouble of designing the various camouflage schemes & colours only to allow some almost WWI-era decorations & theatre-markings to totally compromise them :D .
All paint is Tamiya acrylic sprayed through my $15.00 air-brush, except for the interior which is brushed. I used Tamiya Gloss instead of my usual White-Knight spray, but stuck to the Humbrol Matt lacquer for the finish. There's a bit of Tamiya Smoke here & there + some panel-line accent in a few spots.
So overall, this one was the biggest battle of my little Luftflotte, but I'm reasonably happy with how it turned out.
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Re: Achtung! Luftwaffe! Bf-110 - Finished!

Postby bell209 » Sun Mar 26, 2017 7:19 pm

I like it.
Rob

On the bench:

1/48 Airfix Hawker Hurricane Mk.I
1/48 Classic Airframes de Havilland Vampire Mk.35
1/48 Revell SNJ Texan
1/72 Hasegawa SP-2H Neptune
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Re: Achtung! Luftwaffe! A Bf-109c With Teeth.

Postby RAAFBrat » Sun Apr 30, 2017 2:28 pm

The latest addition to the "Luftflotte". I'd always wanted to do an early 109 & the B's, C's & D's are all pretty similar, so when I saw this old Hobbycraft kit, I jumped on it - especially as the HC Sea Fury I did came up so nicely. Once the kit arrived though, it threw up some questions. The canopy (like the Sea Fury's) was one-piece. Being heavily framed, I wanted a masking set. There is no early 109 PE around - E-model is the closest I could find. The decals were very old & looked a little dodgy. So, after finding a mask set & decals (fortunately from the same seller) I couldn't justify the cost of a vac canopy & PE, which likely wouldn't be accurate for this version anyway.

So I contented myself with just painting in the moulded seat-belts & cockpit detail & dry-brushing the Inst. Panel. As this was a very simple little kit I didn't bother with my usual build thread - but the devil is in the detail! The painting, decalling & weathering took longer than I thought, added to which Footy & Dance seasons have started so spare time was short.

I ended up using the very basic original decals, thinking I could fall back on the new ones if needed. I'm glad I did, because once I started using the stencils from the new set they revealed their true character - it starts with "B" :D . Even after a hit of Testors decal bonder, they were incredibly thin, fragile & folded the second they were off the paper, which was about 2 seconds after wetting. Most of those on the model were unfolded & teased straight AFTER getting them there - fun!

Paint is all Tamiya acrylics, gloss White Knight spray-can, matt Humbrol spray-can, weathering with Tamiya "Smoke" & thinned paint - black & flat aluminium. A bit of the Tamiya panel-line accent but I still struggle to get that stuff to work properly.

A couple of the pics are for comparison between another Shark-Mouth & also the later E-model - with it's very different paint-scheme.

Btw, this lairy scheme is from 1939, which pre-dates the RAF P-40's in the Western Desert & the Bf-110's they are purported to have copied & way before the AVG Flying Tigers ;).
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Re: Achtung! Luftwaffe! A Bf-109c With Teeth.

Postby RAAFBrat » Thu Apr 08, 2021 2:47 pm

I've done a couple of Luftwaffe subjects recently. Just finished this one & nearly done on another.

Hobby-Boss 1/48 Fw-190D-12. Quite impressed with it. Good fit, quite detailed & included a small PE fret to which I added an Eduard cockpit set. Paint is all Tamiya & Mr Hobby acrylics - my first serious attempt at freehand. Tamiya spray gloss & Testors Dullcote. As this is fairly late war & these often had a short, exciting life I went light on the weathering. Antenna is Mig "Ezi-Line" & yes, it's meant to look like that. :)

Decals are all OOB, very thin & a bit touchy but otherwise ok. Only one option OOB. Compared to my Son's Eduard 190D it was a simpler build, not as highly engineered. The 190A is a first-release, ancient Monogram kit I did about 7 years ago. Interesting comparison. Oh, I lost the Pitot Tube (so far) & purists relax, it has Swazis which will go on post-pics.
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Re: Achtung! Luftwaffe! Butcher Bird!

Postby RAAFBrat » Mon Apr 12, 2021 1:24 pm

Next one: Eduard 1/48 Heinkel He-280. It competed with the Me-262 for the Fighter contract & lost. Only 9 prototypes built with various engines.

Eduard Profipack, fit not that great & a bit light on detail. PE & mask-set included. Paints are all Tamiya & Mr Hobby acrylics, Tamiya spray-gloss & Testors Dull Cote to finish. Kit decals with Swazis to go on now post-pics.

Prototype scheme was very dull overall grey, so I chose to do an operational scheme as a "Demo" model.

The 262 is often referred to as "shark-like". To my eye the 280 is even more so.
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