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August 30, 2022

Modeling the Airfix B5N2 Kate

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:52 pm
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I am in the middle of building the Airfix B5N2 Kate.  While this is an almost an OOB build, I have looked at available reference.  By far, the best is the  Kagero book on the Kate (#79), with the FAOW #32 on the Kate as the second, though if you have the Kagero book, you will have almost all of the photos from the FAOW #32.  If you are going to detail the cockpit, the Mikesh book on Japanese Aircraft Interiors is a must.  I am waiting for some decals from Hannants,, and will update you further.

January 12, 2021

Airfix 2021

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 12:15 am
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On January 7th, Airfix announced their 2021 new releases.  While not as numerous as years past, it is good.  See here.

June 30, 2020

Airfix MiG-17 #12 Finished!

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:05 am
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Well, it is done.  I took a few cell phone shots. (see below) I hope to have studio shots and some thoughts posted in the near future.














































June 6, 2020

AK weathering pencils

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:27 pm
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With the MiG-17, I am going to use AK weathering pencils for the first time.  Here are some helpful videos.



June 5, 2020

Airfix MiG-17 #11 Weathering

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 4:37 pm
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Previous post here.

The MiG has the decals on and has entered the weathering stage.  I start most of my aircraft weathering,, with a panel line wash, or sludge wash, mad with low odor mineral spirits and tube oils.

Here is the tops side after I’ve applied and removed the wash.  I used a combination of Burnt Umber and Black.
























Here is the underside with the wash applied before removal of most of it with a Q-tip.  Always remove by wiping the Q-tip in the direction of the airflow.  The wash is a combination of blue, black, green and a touch of yellow.





















Finally, here is the underside after the wash has been removed.


May 15, 2020

Airfix MiG-17 #10 Decals

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 4:34 am
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Previous post here.  I am into the decal stage.  Using Xtracals sheet 72-313.  The instructions show the national insignia in 6 positions, but the sheet only gives you 4.  This caused momentary panic and anger until I looked at the photos of the plane and determined that the wing insignia were upper left and lower right only, not all 4 wing positions as indicated on the instructions.

Here is where I am now.



May 13, 2020

Airfix Spitfire Vc

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 3:50 pm
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I have always been of the opinion that the Spitfire V was the ugliest Spitfire.  However, I must say, this new Airfix kit looks rather nice, and you know the price will be right.

Airfix MiG-17 #9 Out of the paint shop

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:47 am
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Another update.  Previous update here.  The MiG is done with painting and has now been glossed in anticipation of decals.  So far, so good.












And here she is glossed up.

April 26, 2020

Airfix MiG-17 #8 Better late than never

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 9:58 pm
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The last time I posted an update was on April 4th.  My apologies.  While I have been building on the MiG, I haven’t posted an update.  The model has been primed and the flaws revealed have been fixed.  I have begun painting the underside blue.  I preshaded and then applied a light base coat and a highlight coat.  Here is where it stands.

Underside blue

April 24, 2020

Plastic Model Mojo Episode 10

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 3:02 pm
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Though I noted that the episode had been recorded here, I completely forgot to post several days ago when the episode actually became available. It is out and you can listen here.

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