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August 4, 2021

I clearly need help

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 12:09 pm
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Hi, I’m David and I am a decalholic.  I have easily over 500 aftermarket decal sheets.  I have more than I will ever build in a lifetime.  (PS, I turn 60 tomorrow and this has brought that fact ever closer to home for me.)  Yet, I can’t resist them, and here are a few that have caught my eye.

A great manufacture of decals, Furball, is doing a sheet of FM-2s.

One of my favorite manufacturers, Starfighter, (Hi Mark) is doing a new P-40 sheet.

Finally, just because it is cool.

Help me.  I am David and I am a decalholic. (Hi, David).

January 10, 2019

The P-40 in Soviet service

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:08 am
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An interesting article on the P-40 in Soviet service during WWII.

February 5, 2017

P-40 series

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 8:52 pm
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Special Hobby is going to do a P-40E to N series.  Most welcome.

January 11, 2015

More Nikon D3200 model photos

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:42 pm
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So, I continue to play around with the Nikon.  I drug out an old P-40 and put it on the GHI base and took some beauty shots. Here is one.

















I didn’t do any retouching.  I like the way this camera shoots.  The menu isn’t quite as easy as the Olympus, but that might just be what I am familiar with.

With shooting models, extreme close ups are an important feature.  I use a +4 magnification filter to take this shot.  I didn’t use any software zoom.  This is straight from the camera.

P-40 nose

P-40 nose

















A nice close-up.  Note the dust on the nose that the camera picked up. (I should have dusted the model before I took the photos, but this was just about testing the camera.)

Here I took the previous shot and used Photoshop elements to zoom in.  The detail stays sharp.  Note how pebbly the paint looks at this magnification.

Extreme close up.

Extreme close up.













I think this camera will more than work for my needs.

January 28, 2013

The 2013 modeling project (entry 10)

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 2:32 pm
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Date: 1/27/2013

Time: 10:26 a..m.- 11:17 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.-10:04 p.m.

Session time: 1 hour 55 minutes

Total time for the Year: 12 hours 1 minute.

Two separate sessions on this day.  Did not make a lot of substantive progress.  Paint on the SSBN, but it needs another coat due to my overly thinned paint.  Began work on a long-term project on the new Sword Ki-44.  The P-40 and the MiG-21 are in a long term holding pattern.


January 15, 2013

The 2013 modeling project (week2)

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 6:37 pm
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The second week of the project is in the books.  I modeled on four occasions totalling 5.4 hours.

This is an increase over the first week.  I have no illusions that I can keep this pace up.  At this pace, I’d finished the year with 221 hours of actual building.  There is simply no way that is going to happen.

The P-40 is close to being done.  The SSBN is a simple kit that is taking a bit longer than it should since I am trying to concentrate on making it a construction and painting exercise.  The MiG-21 is moving, but not as fast as I’d like.

My goal this week is to post more photos with these entries, as I think it will make them a little more interesting.

January 9, 2013

The 2013 modeling project (entry 4)

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 8:10 pm
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Date: 1/8/2013

Time: 9:30 p..m.- 10:23 p.m.

Session time: 53 minutes

Total time for the Year: 4 hours 0 minutes

Got back to the bench and modeled while Skyping with Mr. Bates.  Spent the time adding data stencil decals to the Pearl Harbor P-40.  Yuck!  I hate doing data stencil decals.  They are small and a pain in the ass.

January 15, 2012

Pearl Harbor P-40 update

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 12:30 pm
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The upperside OD has been applied.  Time for shading and highlighting.

P-40 topside

January 10, 2012

More Pearl Harbor P-40

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 12:12 pm
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I did some building and painting on the Airfix P-40B during the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  I’m only now getting a chance to post the photos of progress.

These two photos are of the P-40 with some rough preshading.

Preshaded P-40

Here is the underside after some overspraying, but before some highlights and shadows.


January 4, 2012

Pearl Harbor P-40 progress

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 12:03 pm
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Over the last 45 days I’ve been working on the Airfix P-40B that I intend to put in Pearl Harbor markings.  Sadly the holidays kept me from finishing it by the Dec 7th deadline for the group build over on UAMF.  In any event, I’ll post updates here.

Here is the P-40 after its initial coat of Medium gray that will constitute the underside color.

Underside medium gray.

 Here is the top of the aircraft in the same gary which in this case acts as the primer.

P-40 topside


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