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March 2, 2018

2018 Modeling #18

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 6:47 pm
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Date: 2/28/2018

Time 10:15 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. (.58 hrs.) and 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (1.0 hrs.)

2018 Total time: 21.22 hrs.

With this entry, February is in the books.  As I predicted, I couldn’t keep up the January pace. I got in 12.99 hours in January and this dropped in February to 8.23 hours. I am on pace for 127.32 modeling hours for the year.  At an average of 40 hours a model, this will have me completing only 3 models in 2018, well below my goal of 5.  Depressing.

This session was spent mostly drilling holes in the hull of the T-34/85 for the grab handles, which I am going to make out of fine wire as the plastic ones in the kit are too chunky.  I also got the major components of the T-33 together and used plastic strip to fill the gaps created by the odd engineering choices made by Platz.

Here is where the models stand at the end of February.


February 26, 2018

2018 Modeling #16

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Date: 2/24/2018

Time 1:40 p.m. to 2:10 p.m. (.5 hrs.), 4:00 p.m. to 4:30 (.5 hrs), 9:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. (1.0 hrs)

2018 Total time: 18.39 hrs.

Finally got back to the bench after 10 days away.  Sadly, my prediction that February would not be as modeling intensive as January is coming true.  Worked on both the T-33 and the T-34/85.  Both are progressing well.  I suspect that as I predicted, the T-33 will require about 40 hours total to finish.  The T-34/85 won’t take that long.  Pictures with the next update.

January 28, 2018

2018 Modeling #10 & #11

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Date: 1/25/2018 & 1/27/2018

Time 6:50 p.m. to 7:40 a.m. (.84 hrs.) & 9:30 p.m. to 11:05 p.m. (1.58 hrs.)

2018 Total time: 11.82 hrs.

Photos.  Finally we have some photos.  Even thought the Platz T-33 I am building is for a display case, I am taking some time detailing the cockpit.  The reason I am doing it is I wanted to take the opportunity to try out some new techniques, and this is perfect, since I don’t care how the cockpit turns out on this one.  I used Mr. Color RLM 66 to paint the cockpit.  This is the first time I’ve used this paint since it isn’t readily available here.  I must admit it sprayed well, and it was very durable.  I used a dot filter over the cockpit color to break up the monotone.  It worked out quite nice, though the bright yellow I used as one of the colors was a bit stronger than I would have thought.  I then used Roy Sutherland’s Future wash technique on the cockpit.  I didn’t add enough pigment in retrospect, but I think the way the technique works and will use it in the future. (pun intended).  Here is a crappy cell phone photo of the finished product.


I also began work on a Trumpeter T-34/85.  I want to do a Bay of Pigs Cuban T-34/85 to go with the SS-4 I completed earlier.  I have just started the kit.

T-34 lower hull




















Next post will contain some depressing analysis of my chances of completing 5 kits this year.

January 23, 2018


Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 9:16 pm
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I read this story in mid-2017 when it first happened. A canadian sniper team achieved a kill at a range of 2 miles.  Yes, you read that right, TWO MILES.  This story emphasizes how hard that is to do.

2018 Modeling #8 & #9

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 8:21 am
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Date: 1/21/2018

Time 12:00 a.m. to 12:40 a.m. (.67 hrs.) & 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (2.0 hrs.)

2018 Total time: 9.4 hrs.

I had a 9 day gap since my last modeling session.  Not good. I will try not to let that happen again, since I’ve become convinced that modeling isn’t like riding a bike.  If you don’t model regularly, you do lose skills and lose your place on your current project.

One benefit of keeping track of my modeling time like this is I’ll be able to tell how many hours it takes for me to complete a project.  My goal is always to finish 5 kits a year, but that may be unrealistic given the number of hours I model in a year and the number of hours that it takes for me to complete a project.  We will see.

I know I keep promising photos, but really there isn’t much to photograph.  I did a lot of work on the cockpit of the T-33.  I used a dot filter technique to break up the monotone color of the interior.  I followed it up with Roy Sutherland’s Future wash technique.  This was my first time using this technique and I am generally pleased with it.  Next time I’ll use more pigment in the wash.

I swear there will be photos next time, and I hope it won’t be another week and a half.

January 15, 2018

A new model paint brand

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:40 pm
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True North Paints, apparently out of Canada.  I think they are trying to replace the reduced Model Master line.  I am interested and will report further when I have more info.

January 14, 2018

Travelers TV show

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I recently found this Netflix show due to a friend’s post on Facebook.  Normally I am not a fan of time travel themed books, movies or TV shows.  However, Travelers is pretty well done and the acting is very good.  I recommend it.

January 12, 2018

2018 Modeling #6

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 9:40 pm
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Date: 1/11/2018

Time 10:00 p.m. to 10:55 P.M (.92 hrs.)

2018 Total time: 5.93 hrs.

More work on the Platz T-33.  Doing cockpit details.  I have found that as I get older, my tolerance for doing detail work has gotten much less.  I can only go about an hour before my back and eyes hurt too much.  I did get some non-detail assembly done as well.  Updated photos with the next post, I promise.

January 9, 2018

2018 Modeling #4

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 9:58 pm
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Date: 1/8/2018

Time 7:30 p.m. to 8:45 P.M (1.25 hrs.)

2018 Total time: 5.1 hrs.

No photos this post.  Worked on the Platz T-33.  Nothing special. Sanding on the wing tanks.  Trying to eliminate the seam lines.  It is amazing how much of modeling is just simple work that doesn’t show as progress until later.  However, Skippy has taught me that putting in the time to pay attention to the details pays off in the end.  More to come….

January 8, 2018

2018 Modeling #3

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 8:58 am
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Date: 1/5/2018

Time 5:30 p.m. to 10: P.M (2.5 hrs actual modeling time.)

2018 Total time: 3.85 hrs

A great modeling day.  Friend of the blog Scott “Skippy” King stopped by for some modeling and a libation.  While Skippy worked on the RS Bloch 152, I continued working on the Platz T-33.  It turns out that disregarding the kit instructions was the correct move.  I test fit the fuselage halves and they fit beautifully when assembled as described in the last post.  I test fit the fuselage to the wings and they appear to fit beautifully as well.

I sprayed the cockpit interior with Mr. Color RLM 66.  This was my first time spraying this paint, thought I’d heard good things about it.  I must say it sprayed very well. I will be interested to use it again in the future.

T-33 test fit

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