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March 17, 2018

2018 Modeling #21

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:08 pm
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Date: 3/15/2018

Time 9:00 p.m. to 10:20 p.m. (1.33 hrs.)

2018 Total time: 24.63 hrs.

Finally got back to the bench after 11 days away.  This is what happens to me every year.  As I get further into the year, my bench time gets less and less.  With recent life developments, I don’t see this year being any different.

I did get some building done.  Mainly added some of the grab handles on the T-34/85 and worked a bit on the MXY-7.  Primed the interior and then painted it with Alclad dull aluminum.  The grab handles on the T-34/85 have been very time consuming.  I think they will look much better than the plastic parts, but what a pain.


March 6, 2018


Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:29 pm
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I am a huge F-106 fan.  Looks like Trumpeter is ready to release their two seat F-106B.  I can’t wait.

March 5, 2018

2018 Modeling #19

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 9:46 pm
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Date: 3/1/2018

Time 4:00 p.m. to 5:05 p.m. (1.08 hrs.)

2018 Total time: 22.3 hrs.

The first session of March.  I just wish it was more productive.  I spent all my time drilling holes in the T-34/85 chassis to mount scratchbuilt grab handles.  I then made the handles out of very thin wire. Spent an over an hour and didn’t finish.  This armor stuff has a lot of tedious parts to it.

February 26, 2018

2018 Modeling #16

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 12:02 am
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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.

February 15, 2018

2018 Modeling #15

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:28 pm
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Date: 2/14/2018

Time 4:00 p.m. to 4:50 p.m. (.83 hrs.)

2018 Total time: 16.39 hrs.

Got some time in at the bench.  As I suspected, I haven’t been able to keep up the pace set in January.  I did manage to close up the Platz T-33 fuselage.  I also got some more work done on the T-34/85.  (In the photo below, the chassis is just sitting on the hull.) The tank is coming along nicely.  I don’t think it will take me 40 hours to finish the T-34/85, but I am pretty sure that it will take that many hours to finish the T-33, especially with the finish II’ve chosen.

Moving along

February 11, 2018

2018 Modeling #14

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:57 pm
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Date: 2/9/2018

Time 9:35 p.m. to 10:50 a.m. (1.4 hrs.)

2018 Total time: 15.56 hrs.

Watched the Olympic opening ceremonies and worked on the T-34/85.  Made some progress.  However, given the progress I’ve made in February I don’t have hope that I’ll match my January hours.

February 4, 2018

2018 Modeling #13

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 4:51 pm
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Date: 2/2/2018

Time 7:40 p.m. to 8:50 a.m. (1.17 hrs.)

2018 Total time: 14.16 hrs.

Got in some quality time to start off February.  If I have any hope of finishing some models, I need to keep up the pace.  Did a little work on the Platz T-33.  Got the cockpit and other interior parts in, and am ready to seal up the fuselage.  It should move quickly from there.  More work on the T-34/85. Man, I thought canopy masking was bad.  However, nothing is more mindless that road wheels on tanks.  Not hard, just repetitive and boring.  Here is where the T-34/85 is at.  (I promised more pictures)

T-34 main parts

February 2, 2018

2018 Modeling #12

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 8:09 am
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Date: 1/31/2018

Time 7:30 p.m. to 8:40 a.m. (1.17 hrs.)

2018 Total time: 12.99 hrs.

Worked on the Trumpeter T-34/85.  Man, I don’t see how armor modelers get thru dealing with road wheels.  It made me dream fondly of masking greenhouse canopies without pre-cut masks.  Also, given that filing and sanding seams is more difficult on armor, you have to really work on making sure everything fits well.  Finally, this kit has some flash on some of the parts.  Frankly, I’ve been building new kits lately and haven’t had to deal with flash on parts in a while.  It isn’t awful flash, but it is annoying.

Now, on a more serious note, the month of January is in the books.  I managed to model for 12.99 hrs in January.  Usually, January is a good month for me, so it is unlikely that I’ll keep up this pace all year, but if I did, I’d model for 155.88 hours.  Since I’d like to complete 5 models this year, and I figure it takes me about 40 hours to complete an average model, I don’t see any way in hell I finish 5 kits this year.  Stay tuned.

January 28, 2018

2018 Modeling #10 & #11

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 12:51 am
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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 20, 2018


Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 10:12 pm
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I cannot tell you how excited I am for this kit!  I’ve got the Amodel kit but haven’t been brave enough to attempt it.  Let’s hear it for Trumpeter.

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