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OFFICIAL: Jolly Rogers Campaign
MichaelSatin
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Posted: Thursday, May 02, 2019 - 01:15 AM UTC
Well, time to haul down the flag on this one. Well done to all who finished and thanks to all who participated! Ribbons have been awarded so let me know if you didn't get one and think you should have.

Garr, see you all next time!

Michael
b17-peter
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Posted: Wednesday, May 01, 2019 - 11:33 PM UTC
Well done, John! Very interesting technique and impressive result
john41492
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Posted: Wednesday, May 01, 2019 - 04:29 PM UTC
Hi All,

So I've been modeling along, and looked to see where I left off to do an update. Much to my surprise, I haven't really done one! Fortunately, I was able to load a couple of shots into the gallery, whew!

So without further ado, here's how my build of the 1/48 Tamiya F4U-1A went.

This is a great kit! After doing some research and seeing the F4U-1A recently pulled from Lake Michigan, I opted to use the red primer. Additionally, I got it into my head to try the "hairspray" chipping technique for the first time.

All the interior was painted, and the cockpit assembled. All fit perfect, and the instrument panel fit like a glove.






Assembly, was very fast and straight forward, I simply followed the instructions! I recall building the F4U-1D back in the late 90's and had fits getting the wings to behave at the wing-fold. This was where I really learned how to use superglue as a filler.

This kit had the same issue for me. Fortunately, I now had Mr. Surfacer in the arsenal, so what took days before, now took me a few hours. Yay for progress!

With the airframe built, it was time to try the "Hairspray" method! First I primed the bird with Mr. Leveler 1500 black, diluted 1:4 with Mr. Leveler thinner. I really like how this performs and is great if you're going to use the black base method for painting.

I followed the primer with a coat of Alclad II aluminum on the areas that I thought I'd be chipping on.



I then gave it a nice shot of cheap hairspray and let it dry for a spell. Next I painted the red primer seen on a recovered F4U-1A from Lake Michigan. It should be noted that IPMS Stockholm's paint Guru calls this a salmon color, which I suppose it is, though to my eyes it really looks like the red based primer that I used when painting restored rust spots on my old car.



This was then covered with a shot of hairspray and left to dry.

Feeling pretty good about the whole affair I proceeded to lay the colors on, starting with Insignia white on the bottom. Where I'm at, my paint variety is limited pretty much to Tamiya and Mr. Color. So, for insignia white I mixed Tamiya X-2:10 Plus Tamiya Deck Tan XF-55:1, diluted 1:4 with ML thinner.



I liked how it turned out! I followed this with Intermediate blue, also a mix of Tamiya colors. This made by making a 1:1 mix of Medium blue XF-18 and White X-2, then diluted 1:4 with ML thinner.



The final color of Non-spec Blue was added, again a Tamiya mix of Sea Blue XF-17:5, Blue X-4:3, and White X-2:3, all diluted 1:4 with ML thinner. To me, this seemed too blue for a bird hanging out in the sun and fun of the South Pacific, so I added more white, make the new ratio X-2:5. To my eyes this looked more correct, call it scale effect!



Next up was to be the fun part! Chipping away!

I started the process using some warm water and letting it sit on the area that was to be chipped, then using a toothbrush I started removing the top layer of blue. Once started the paint came off easily, revealing the red primer below.

Getting the aluminum to show through was a different story! I resorted to using a clean toothpick to break through the red primer. I believe this was caused by the double layer of hairspray, with the hairspray atop the aluminum having really cured well to the red primer. Needless to say, once through the aluminum came to light! In fact so much to light that Rosie asked me if they really were that worn and chipped. Back to my references, and sure enough, I'd gotten very carried away!

Back to the paint bench for some more blue, this time leaving only the areas that were really worn on. Specifically, the leading edge of the wing where the prop wash would be, the leading edge of the stabilizers, and the main walkways along the top of the wings. I did layer the non-spec blue in places so that a hint of the red primer would peek through.

Upon final review I think I still over did it, but, I does look different and pretty cool. For me, in the future I'll use this method in conjunction with the salt technique and various washes. And with a Japanese plane in the works, it would seem that will happen pretty soon!

I then moved onto decaling!




Tom Blackburn had what the US Navy would call, a fabulous career. Starting as a combat training instructor in Florida, then charged with forming and leading VF-17 during the pivotal time for the US in the war against Japan, to becoming the CAG (commander air group) on the USS Midway in 1947, ultimately becoming her Captain, and retiring in 1972. He passed away in 1994, a great run if you ask me!

Since this campaign was all about the Jolly Rogers, I felt it only fitting to do Blackburn's corsair while on Ondonga, in 1943. After all, he's the one who started the whole Jolly Roger's legacy.

Tamiya's F4U-1A's kit comes with marking for "Big Hog" Blackburn's mount. These were printed in 2000, so one can see that Tamiya after years of complaints finally got their decals more in line with mainstream decals (thinner and opaque). Unfortunately, while applying then I discovered too late that the national insignias were slightly out of register. I believe this is due to having the modeler adding the star with blue background to the bar/red outline decal. So, be warned! If you're going to go the path of red surround US insignia get after market decals instead of piecing together two decals. Aside from that they all went down nicely, and I have found the best decal setting solution to use on Tamiya decals is Solvaset. Though I would cation one to use it sparingly, it will eat at the acrylic clear coat. In my case I use Future (Pledge Floor Care) mixed 75% Future, 25% IPA (isopropyl alcohol 70%) and drop of liquid soap. For me, as a clear coat, it's wonderful. I believe because of the high heat and humidity of where I live to be the reason. Or it could be magic!

I finished the decals, sealed them with Future, and then gave everyone a final coat of clear flat (Mr. Color 182 diluted 1:3 with ML thinner).

Then came the fiddly bits, which really were only the tailwheel gear covers. I'd recommend putting them on before adding the tailwheel assembly.

Overall a great kit, and I highly recommend it!

Due to lighting issues, for this campaign I wasn't able to lay the bird out all pretty with a nice background. So here she is, Blackburn's "Big Hog" of VF-17 circa November 1943.





Thanks to all of you for making this a great and fun campaign! There's really some good models in the gallery. A big thanks to Michael for leading yet another fun campaign!

I'm now off to Learn to fly! Also, for those who didn't make it, don't forget that you can still complete your builds and showcase them in the Hanger Queen 9 campaign going until the end of the year!

Happy modeling, and have fun!

John

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Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 06:13 PM UTC
So close and yet so far.

Sorry guys just couldn't get it done.
bomber14
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Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 03:40 PM UTC
thanks peter and oliver. getting a little better at my skill with each model. i would like to achieve the degree of wash you do though oliver. my build is still in need of a wash but i will do that at a later date.




joe
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Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 03:33 PM UTC

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well done .very beautiful joe ,nice work
and thank you for your advice . i repaint them in white.


cool,glad i could help, and thanks. i see though i forgot to install the pitot tube though. i will go back and do that and add a booster seat for my pilot-lol

joe
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Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 09:22 AM UTC
Joe: Lovely built Corsair. I like the subtle chipping very much! Congrats .

Oliver
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Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 08:17 AM UTC
well done .very beautiful joe ,nice work
and thank you for your advice . i repaint them in white.
b17-peter
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Posted: Monday, April 29, 2019 - 08:48 PM UTC
Looks phantastic, Joe!
bomber14
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Posted: Monday, April 29, 2019 - 04:26 PM UTC
FINISHED!!! my birdcage corsair is done. these down to the wire finished are becoming a too often occurrence for me.
i will post in the gallery shortly.
joe

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bomber14
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Posted: Sunday, April 28, 2019 - 03:38 AM UTC
my birdcage is almost done. got the paint work done, just have to glosscote and decal. then add the little bits. i may weather it more later on some time so i will hold off on the dullcote for now.
the insignia white is tamiya rattlecan and the rest is model master enamels non specular sea blue and intermediate blue.

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Tank178
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Posted: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 12:03 PM UTC

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Art,

If you've only been working on it for 2 months then it was started during the campaign period and I would allow it. However, the campaign ends on 1 May, this coming Wednesday.

Michael



Thanks for pointing that out. In my excitement I must have missed it. Oh well, maybe the next one!
MichaelSatin
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Posted: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 01:38 AM UTC
Art,

If you've only been working on it for 2 months then it was started during the campaign period and I would allow it. However, the campaign ends on 1 May, this coming Wednesday.

Michael
Tank178
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Posted: Friday, April 26, 2019 - 06:56 AM UTC
Quick question, I just saw this and have been working on a Jolly F-14 for about 2 month. Needless to say its more than 25% started, but I do have several pictures of it in the beginning stages. Can I still join this campaign?
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Antilles
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Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 03:51 AM UTC
Jeff, Peter and Pasi: Wow that is a triple of outstanding nicely built Phantoms. Congratulation and cheers to You!

Oliver
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Posted: Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 05:22 AM UTC
It's crunch time..... Nice work guys.
bomber14
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Posted: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 03:45 AM UTC
working hard to get this birdcage done in time. just about ready for paint. need to prime and check for seams. already hit the wing fold area with primer, looks good. don'y know what the fuss some had with gluing the wings unfolded, i had no issues.

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md72
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Posted: Sunday, April 21, 2019 - 03:08 PM UTC
Tiny progress, got the plane primed.

b17-peter
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Posted: Sunday, April 21, 2019 - 10:36 AM UTC
Nice work, Pasi, congrats!
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Posted: Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 02:20 AM UTC
I think I have third F-4 to finish:


Two more pictures are in the gallery, and try to spot three very obvious errors...

Fun campaign and very enjoyable kit to build. Had pleasure following other builds.
MichaelSatin
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Posted: Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 01:43 AM UTC
Very nice work here, everyone!

I have come to the conclusion that I can't get the Tamiya 1/48 F-14A done in time. I have the decals on both sides of the fuselage and tail and the tops of both wings and stabs. But I don't have the bottom and top of the fuselage done nor the landing gear built or gear door edges painted red. And I have to travel on business next weekend, which I'd forgotten about. It's a drag, but there it is. It's great to see everyone else's progress though!

Michael
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Posted: Friday, April 19, 2019 - 06:06 PM UTC

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hi everyone ,nice job guys
finally i found some time to work on my kit ,( this kit is horrible ,lots of fitting problem, lots of putty....)
i hope finish this soon.






Majid



hi majid. nice work on that corsair. i like your work on the engine. thought you might like to know though, if you want to be accurate the landing gear and bay should be white unless your doing an overall gloss sea blue. and then i'm not sure but they may be blue also. i'm doing a birdcage corsair, got the white down having trouble nailing down the correct blues. which paints are you planing on using?
joe
b17-peter
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Posted: Friday, April 19, 2019 - 01:42 AM UTC
Hi mates,
at last my F-4J is finished, after removing the wrong parts on the intakes...
Pictures in the gallery will be changed now.
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Posted: Monday, April 15, 2019 - 02:55 PM UTC
Tinted Canopy's !!!!!
Good idea but I've always had a hard time myself with a good finish.

In this experiment, I used two canopy's and two different processes to achieve a 'LOOK'.
My colors of choice are these 3 Alclad Transparent: Yellow, Smoke, Clear Medium and Tamiya Lacquer Thinner.
I can't give an exact recipe here because it's a personal preference (eye) and some continual mixing of transparents... But for me, I continually mixed ratio's with each other color to get an acceptable 'Tint'. Then when that was done, I cut the final color with a 60% thinner to 40% color ratio to airbrush on.
Here, Left canopy has been sprayed on the 'inside' with nice wet strokes across long ways. (est. 20psi and about 4" off surface)
On the Right, same color with not as much thinning and applying the tint on the 'outside' of canopy.



In my eye, the left canopy process is my winner!!
This process was easier, coats were applied long ways and in the end, because the exterior surface of the canopy was first polished with 'novus scratch remover', it gives off a smooth sheen finish in the end.

I'll be using this canopy for my build and this process with future tinting...

Completion date?...................... Soon!