Starting another post for the 2nd half of this kit, so the site doesn’t load too slowly (with all the images).Â The first post can be found here.
The decal kit is great, and is a lot of fun, challenging.. but not back breaking.Â I spent a couple hours putting on the main decals so far, using the standard soak in water for 20 second method.Â What I’ve found, and strongly suggest is that everyone should invest a little time and locate some Walthers Solvaset.Â Used, while a decal is drying or dried, just gently spread some drops of it on top of the decal, and let it do it’s magic.Â The first time you use it you will think it’s melting and ruining your decals – but you really just have to wait it out..Â After it’s completely dry you will notice the decal appears like it is literally painted on your model, hugging all the fine grooves and surface features of the plastic itself.Â In my opinion, next to detailing (which I do after all decals are set) is the most important thing you can do to make your model look like an actual piece of art, as opposed to a toy.
Anyways, here’s some photos.
Without a doubt, the hardest part were the black D-Day stripes on the underside of the wings.Â You can see on the picture of the decal sheet that they simply aren’t 8 different stripes, rather they are cut up into various small segments.Â This is due to the fact that they span the landing gear as well.Â What a pain, but it’s really a nice effect when you work through it.
In this pic you can see the difference solvaset makes.Â On the cream fuselage stripe near the tail, notice how you can see the decal snug up and hug the columns of raised rectangular features on the plastic.Â Also, if you look a little to the left of that feature you will notice that the “JR371” decal doesn’t look that good – you can see the film of the decal sheet.Â This is because I haven’t applied Solvaset to it yet. Anyways, will post more pics as I finish up decals and move on to detailing and weathering!
Started this sweet hawker typhoon kit today! Will upload pics as I progress
Pics taken from iPhone and the whole post is being written and published from the WordPress app for iOS.
Kit is nice but a little disappointing in areas such as the wing to fuselage fit. Check out the surprisingly large gap on the top. Luckily the underside is a nice snug fit, but I’m not looking forward to filling in a gap that size wih putty. 🙁
This was a nice Tamiya kit I built a couple years ago. It’s a 1/48 scale version with a few sprues. I can probably find and scan the instructions if anyone is in need, but this kit is still pretty easy to find in stores and online so I doubt it’ll be the case. This is really the first kit I tried any weathering techniques on, and while preshading the panel grooves with a dark grey spray really had no effect, post washing with 75% India ink solution did seem to work nicely. For gun smoke burns I ground up some artist charcoal and lightly brushed on. After painting, using a compressed air can and a 2 stage gun, I sprayed the whole kit with a Future varnish.
Just got Tamiya’s 1/48 scale Brewster Buffalo (Pacific Theater) kit from Amazon”! Free shipping and around $20, a fair find considering they are running about the same on ebay plus some shipping. The kit itself looks rather simple, as you can see there aren’t many parts. One of the big draws for me was the option to use Dutch or British decals. I’d love it if the kit offered Finnish decals – now that would be a really hard choice for me … Dutch or Finnish? Hmm, either one is suh a treat for the obscurity factor alone. Anyway, it’ll probably be a couple months before I get to this kit. I need to finish the Tamiya, Grumman F4F Wildcat I’m working on first. Look for later update as I start working on this kit.
I’ll post some pics of the Wildcat as a work in progress too.
Length 26 ft 7.9 m
Wingspan 35 ft 10.7 m
Height 11 ft 11 in 3.6 m
Wing area ftÂ² mÂ²
Empty 3785 lb 1717 kg
Loaded lb kg
Maximum takeoff 5040 lb 2286 kg
Engines Wright Cyclone R-1820-34
Power 950 hp 708 kW
Maximum speed 311 mph at 18000 ft 500 km/h at 5500 m
Combat range 1000 miles 1600 km
Ferry range miles km
Service ceiling 33000 ft 10100 m
Rate of climb ft/min m/min
Guns 1 x 0.30 cal (7.62 mm) machine gun + 1 x 0.50 cal (12.7 mm) machine gun in the fuselage plus optional 2 x 0.50 cal (12.7 mm) machine guns in the wings. In Finnish service: 4 x 0.50 in (12.7 mm) machine guns.