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January 16, 2020

Paint and masking test–part #2

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 4:08 pm
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In a previous post I discussed using a spare Phantom wing from the scrap box as a “testing mule” for using the Molotow masking fluid pen over several different type of paint to see what effect it might have on the paints. I’ve applied  some masking fluid to each paint area.  All the paints were allowed to dry for at least 24 hours before application of the fluid.  Molotow recommends not leaving the masking in place longer than two days, but I am going to push that and see if longer exposure has any ill effects.  You can see in the photo below the masking fluid applied to each painted surface.

January 15, 2020

Test, test, test….paint and masking test

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 6:00 pm
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On episode 3 of the Plastic Model Mojo podcast I mentioned that I had picked up a Molotow 2mm fine liquid masking pen.  I was initially impressed and decided to run a  test to see how it reacted to various paints.  So, I grabbed a old F-4 Phantom wing from the scrap box and laid down three different paints to test.  From tip to wing root I laid down some Mission Models acrylic paint thinned with their thinner polymer mixture, some WEM Colourcoats enamel, and some AK acrylic thinner with Mr. Color leveling thinner.  Photo below.  I will be posting updates as the test continues.

Paint/mask test. #1

 

January 13, 2020

PZL.37B

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 3:17 pm
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IBG has release another boxing of this kit and this is one I am interested in since it will help complete the Romanian collection.

January 10, 2020

Beer review: Gumballhead by 3 Floyds brewing

Filed under: Beer — dknights @ 11:27 am
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Mike Baskette, my co-host on the Plastic Model Mojo podcast recommended this Indiana based brewery’s beer on our last episode. (episode 3).  As I am a fan of wheat beers, and I’d never heard of this one before, I had to give it a try.  Gumballhead is a bit different from most wheat beers. Most wheat beers have little or no hoppy taste.  I generally don’t like the bitterness of hops which is why I prefer wheat beers. Gumballhead has a significant hoppiness. The first sip shocked me.  However, the hop flavor fades in subsequent sips and half way thru my 12 oz, I found myself enjoying the beer.  It is a 5.6% ABV, so not weak but not overpowering.  Thanks to mike for the recommendation.

January 8, 2020

A-4

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 6:59 pm
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I really like the A-4.  It is a cool little hot rod of an aircraft.  I particularly like it in its aggressor role.  I’ve always wanted to do the aggressor that had a MiG-17 silhouette painted on it.  That means I will need this. 

Podcast news

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 3:32 pm
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The first three episodes of the podcast are out.  Give them a listen. If you have any input or suggestions, email Mike and me at plasticmodelmojo@gmail.com.

 

January 7, 2020

Potez 25 TOE

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 3:53 pm
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Special Hobby has released the box art for their upcoming Potez 25TOE.  As luck would have it, those are the markings I’d like to do it in, which I believe are an aircraft in French Indochina.

MXY-7 Model 11 Ohka

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:58 am
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I’ve been building the Brengun kit of the MXY-7 Model 11 Ohka.  It is finally finished and I got a few rushed cell phone shots of it last night.  The Ohka was one of Japan’s late war attempts to stem the inevitable tide of the US Pacific fleet.  The Ohka (cherry blossom) went from conception to production to deployment in less than a year.  we know that about 755 Model 11s were made.  It is unclear how many were actually used, though some number went down with the carriers Shinano and Unryu and a number were captured intact on Okinawa.  The Ohkas are known to have sunk 3 ships and severely damaged 3 more.  However, none were carriers or battleships and on the whole the effort and cost expended on these manned rocket powered bombs seems to have been a waste of resources as well as their pilot’s lives.

The Brengun kit is relatively new, having been issued in 2018.  In addition to the basic kit, Brengun makes, a separately sold vac canopy, a photo etch set and canopy masks.  I recommend getting the photo etch (though not all of it is usable) and the canopy masks. (always get the canopy masks)  While not perfect, it was a fun build and I like the way it came out.

SAMs

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 5:50 am
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While I am mostly an aircraft guy, I do have other 72nd scale interests. One of them is missiles and rockets.  Of particular interest to me are SAMs, especially Soviet/Russian/Chinese SAMs.  As such I am very happy to see that Trumpeter has announced for 2020 an SA-4.  This will be a 2020 must purchase.

January 6, 2020

Another decal sheet

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 7:40 pm
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I need another decal sheet like I need a hole in my head.  Yet, I think I’m going to have to pick this one up.  I am a sucker for P-51s in ANG markings and in smaller air forces markings.

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