I’ve been working on a couple of models… a 1/700 Space Battleship Yamato from the 1980’s. Hopefully, I’ll have that done in time for Wonderfest. I also designed and printed new turret guns for that kit. You can see them below.
Well the decals, gloss coat and weathering and final parts were all together on my B-47. But I needed to do a quick mask and spray of the tip of the vertical fin. So I took my trusty Tamiya tape and masked a quick line…. It wasn’t quite right so I adjusted it…and took off the fin decal with the tape…#$%^&*(*&^%$%^&!!! One of a kind decals. Nuts. Well this ones in the dustbin… and that’s a damn shame because it was looking really sweet. Sometimes I hate this hobby… hah.
The Skyhawk is a great little kit,as we’ve become accustomed to from Airfix. Detail is refined with a slightly pebbled surface that looks good under paint. The kit goes together very well with little need for filler. Below you can see the detail on the engine fan face and the engine exhaust… which is buried very far inside the fuselage.
Here you can see the fit of the intakes to the fuselage sides. I would say this is the worst fit to be found in the entire kit. The parts needed some careful clean up and there was still a small at the rear of the intake.
The cockpit was nicely detailed and the kit decals were more than sufficient to represent the instrument panels. I applied a thin wash of oil paint to subdue the bright white on the panels. I also used a Pavla resin ejection seat since I had one on hand. The kit seat looks great though too. The Pavla seat did sit a little high in the cockpit though and precludes closing the canopy.
So the Skylab shroud arrived and I am thrilled with it. There is only one thing I’d change and that is to put a more positive alignment part at the top of the S-IVb stage under the shroud. Its still good but because I had to break it into two parts in order to fit it into the polishing machine, I should had reinforced that area of the part…and I’ll do that for the 2nd version. But enough…take a look at these parts alongside the kit S-IVb (Note the kit seam). This part was printed in WSF- polished.
So I have been back fiddling with the i-19 since the hobby show and wonderfest. I also picked up some stuff from shapeways. It’s the first time I’ve used it and I have to say that it’s incredible! I bought the man in space update parts and they simply blow me away in their detail.
The reason that it’s split is that the fully stacked skylab and shroud were to big to fit in the polishing machines. by splitting it, I can use the cheapest material and still get a smooth finish. You can buy the shroud for your own use.
I’ll add more when I get the shroud.
Swannys Models is having a Great War modeling contest. I decided to throw my hat in the ring and decided to build a zeppelin. I’m building the Imperial German Navy L3, the zeppelin work number LZ-24, an M-class dirigible.
The L3 will go down in history as the first zeppelin to drop bombs on England, thus making it the pioneer of a centuries worth of total war on civilians. It is thus fitting in historical significance for a build, I think.
The first requirement is to post a picture of the kit with some proof of the starting date/time.