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November 10, 2020

MiG-17 decals

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 4:20 pm
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Ohhh.  More MiG-17 decals.  I have not heard of Model Maker decals before.

September 16, 2020

MiG-17 build

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:59 pm
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A great build of a DML MiG-17 in VPAF markings. (h/t to Jim Bates for the link)

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 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 9, 2020

MiG-17 OMG

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 9:18 pm
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Guys, fair warning. I have fallen down the rabbit hole on the new Airfix MiG-17.  I apologize, but a lot of MiG-17 posts are coming, starting with a deep, deep dive on the 400L drop tanks.  Feel free to mute this if it gets too obnoxious.

April 4, 2020

Airfix MiG-17 #7 I’ve been framed

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 7:11 am
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The MiG is ready for primer.  However, before that could happen I needed to paint the canopy frames Alclad Dull Aluminium so that you’d see that as the inside frame color.  Wiled I was at it, I sprayed a bit of Dull Aluminum in the intake tunnel to cover some minor touch up and also painted the underside of the tail under the burner can.  I also assembled the two drop tanks.  While I am not going to use them on this model, I know this isn’t the last Airfix MiG-17 I’ll be building and most of them carried the wing tanks, so this will get me ahead of the game in the future.  Also, I want to use the opportunity to do a little research and see what I can do to improve the kit parts.

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