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September 11, 2019

I love it when a plan comes together

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 4:25 pm
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I’ve blogged this before here.  However, now that Special Hobby has released the Delta on floats, I can start one of my “before I die” builds.  The story of the aircraft in question is here.

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September 10, 2019

AS-1 build

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 7:29 pm
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No, not mine.  This is one from about 12 years ago when the Amodel kit was still marketed under the MP Models label.  It is built by master modeler Yufei Mao.  This is something to tide you  over until I get my but in gear and do some posting of my build.

September 7, 2019

AS-1

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:18 pm
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I am currently building the AModel AS-1.  I had previously started a resin version of the AS-1, but due to wing warping and other issues I stopped that build.  One of the things I have to decide is the color scheme.  I have an interesting set of choices.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This one is overall painted silver.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a ground launched version in a Cuban museum.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a gray one with a white radar nose.

 

 

 

 

 

And here is a museum example red, with a yellow nose.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I think I am going to go with overall bare metal as illustrated on the boxtop, since I want to push myself with a bare metal finish.

 

 

September 6, 2019

Happy Viktor Belenko day

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 2:34 am
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Story here.

September 5, 2019

Book review: The Bulgarian Air Force in World War II

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 12:12 am
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The Bulgarian Air Force in World War II

Author: Eduardo M. Gil Martinez

ISBN:978-83-65437-55-6

108 pgs

The stories of the air forces of the Axis minor allies are some of the more interesting stories of WWII.  I have a particular fascination with the Romanian air force.  One of the smallest axis allied air forces was that of Bulgaria.  The book tells the story of the Bulgarian air force before during and immediate aftermath of WWII.

The book is a good book with plenty of information for the modeler interested in doing a Bulgarian aircraft.  Where it suffers is that English is not the author’s first language and the translation from Spanish to English on the subject of Bulgarian aircraft makes for some awkward sentences.  There are some really nice photos that go well with the text and numerous color illustrations that make me want to build several of these aircraft.  The Eduard B.534 is a particularly good model for a Bulgarian aircraft.

I do recommend this book, even with the limitations imposed by some awkward translation issues.

September 3, 2019

Special Hobby Potez 25

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 6:51 pm
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Here is a preview of color schemes and markings options.  Color me…..interested.

Labor day weekend

Filed under: Family,Modeling — dknights @ 4:09 pm
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Apologies for the lack of posting over the last 3 days.  It was the Labor Day weekend and I was occupied with various and sundry holiday activities.  I did actually get some modeling done, as well as modeling related stuff.  All  of it is fodder for posts as soon as I get the time.  Check back later today.

August 30, 2019

I must have this

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 3:13 pm
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Turns out Bronco Models out of China is going to be doing a 72nd scale DF-1 SRBM.  The DF-1 is the Chinese copy of the Soviet SS-2 Sibling SRBM.  This will definitely fill a hole in my collection.

August 29, 2019

Trumpeter Tu-22

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 3:42 pm
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The Trumpeter Tu-22 has been released.  This will be a welcome addition to modelers of Russian/Soviet aircraft.  The old ESCI/AMT kit is long in the tooth.  Can’t wait to see it in person.

 

August 28, 2019

Actual modeling content

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 6:25 am
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In working on a project (more about that later in a future post) I had a problem with a seam in a difficult spot.

Normally I would use Mr. Surfacer here, but given that clean up with denatured alcohol is required, it would affect the Alclad sprayed on the tailpipe.  However, I happen to have some Vallejo putty that I have had for years, but never tried.  Its virtue is that it cleans up with water.

Here is the first application.  Like many water soluble putties, it has an issue with shrinkage, so I am going to apply another application after this dries.  It doesn’t have to be perfect, and considering it will be over sprayed with Alclad I am resigned to it not being perfect, but if it hides the seam, I’ll be happy.

I recently watched a YouTube video from Vallejo on the use of this putty.  We will see how it works.

More later.

 

 

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