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k_mero4
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Posted: Monday, July 08, 2019 - 06:08 AM UTC
Thank you, Thorsten, Oliver.
BlackWidow
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Posted: Sunday, July 07, 2019 - 05:53 AM UTC
Kalin, congrats on finishing your P3. Though I am no fan of weathering, here it doesn't look overdone. Just right.

Peter, that's a lovely little bird. Well done on crossing the finish line!

Oliver, my bottle is already a few years old but have you looked at Kaufland stores? They have it in their assortment. It's a blue bottle. Meanwhile I have a yellow bottle in use which says "Emsal Boden-Pflege Voll Glanz". It's the same as Glänzer and it's also produced by Erdal. Have a look.

Okay, enough of advertising. While I'm still working on the last decals for my Hs 129, today I gave the MK 103 a few layers of a special paint. I work in a paint factory and sometimes we produce paint with glitter. I have an older sample here. It sticks very well to plastic and here I've tried it on metal for the first time. It's Anthracite with Aluminium glitter. That glitter is expensive stuff. Of course it's made for bigger surfaces than this tiny gun. But I like how it comes out here. Not easy to focus on the gun with the white background. I needed a few attempts.

Here with flash ....

.... and here without flash, just the bench lamp ....

.... as I said the paint is made for bigger surfaces. In my company we paint wood panels with it and that looks great ....


I'm at the last stencils for my tin opener and beside that I'm also working on a larger project, my K9 Moukari. But I hope to cross the finish line by next weekend or so.

Have a nice week!
Torsten
b17-peter
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Posted: Sunday, July 07, 2019 - 03:11 AM UTC

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Peter: Nice Progress on Your bird. Looks like You are close to the finishing line. Looks good!
Oliver



Thanks, Oliver!
Here she is finished, I just put my pictures into the gallery
Antilles
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Posted: Sunday, July 07, 2019 - 02:38 AM UTC
Radoslaw: Congratulation for finishing the build. The result is really stunning!

Kalin: Congratulation to You as well! Very nicely done. I like the sagging of the tracks very much.

Thorsten: Camo Looks spot on. But, where do You still find Erdal Glänzer. I have not found it in the shelves for several years. Normally, I buy Pledge in the Netherlands.


Peter: Nice Progress on Your bird. Looks like You are close to the finishing line. Looks good!


Oliver
MichaelSatin
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Posted: Thursday, July 04, 2019 - 12:41 AM UTC
Really great work everyone!

I just received a bench-clearer as a quarterly bonus from SWMBO, and I'm afraid it doesn't fit in this campaign. So that's that. But I sure enjoy seeing everyone's work!

And too all of my fellow Yanks, happy 4th of July!

Michael
b17-peter
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Posted: Wednesday, July 03, 2019 - 07:32 PM UTC
Hello,
after decals only minor corrections, a little more matt varnish and the glueing of four tiny PE counter weights on flaps and ailerons is left.

k_mero4
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Sofiya, Bulgaria
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Posted: Tuesday, July 02, 2019 - 07:40 AM UTC
Hello everyone!
I ended up with my project in the campaign. These are the final photos.





The campaign is great and it was a pleasure to participate in it.
Good luck to all!
Kalin
k_mero4
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Posted: Monday, July 01, 2019 - 06:30 AM UTC
Torsten, thank you! This is only the initial stage. Following are the decals. Here are some photos.




Then it's the order of weathering.
Kind regards!
Kalin
b17-peter
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Posted: Sunday, June 30, 2019 - 07:56 PM UTC
Hi mates,

enduring the summer heat here in Germany I still can report further progress towards the finish line..




Gloss cote is now on, decalling will follow soon.
Get going!
BlackWidow
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Posted: Sunday, June 30, 2019 - 06:36 AM UTC
Good progress on your P3, Kalin. But I guess it will become a bit more colourful in the end, right?

It has been well tempered here in Germany this week. This morning at 9:00 h we had already 33°C (91°F) and now in the evening it's still 36°C (96°F) outside. The wind is like coming from a hair dryer .... Though I have 29°C (84°F) inside I managed to bring my tin opener close to the finish line. Everything except the MK 103 is assembled and painted. Yesterday I sprayed Erdal Bodenglänzer (the german equivalent to Future) all over. It's so thin that it doesn't give problems with spraying. Spraying paint is a bit more problematic with these temeratures, I guess. The paint is already dry before it's on the model. So next week it's decal time ....




Have a good week!
Torsten
k_mero4
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Posted: Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 05:34 AM UTC
Hello!
My work progress on my project. The model is 95% complete. I brought him the basic color of the paint and kept going ahead. Here are photos of my work.










Good luck.
Kalin
BlackWidow
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Posted: Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 08:47 AM UTC
Radoslaw, congrats on finishing your build. Very well done!

This week I have made a big step forward with my build. As I said before there was a lot of masking to do to cover Dunkelgrün RLM 71. I have used 6 mm Tamiya Tape and stripes of Kip Tape for the bigger parts ....


Thursday it was action time for my airbrush again ....

.... and I have used Revell Aqua No. 40 Schwarzgrün RLM 70 for it ....

.... time for demasking. The work of several evenings is just a pile of masking paper in the end ....

.... et voilà ....


Demasking is always like unwrapping a christmas present. You never know what you really get! But I'm quite satisfied with the result. Have to do some touch ups here and there because some of the green paint went under the mask of RLM 65 Hellblau but that should be no big deal.
My plan with this build was to have it done for the model show in Strasbourg/France. Well, that didn't work, because the show is this weekend. I came home from there earlier this evening. It's just some 80 kilometers down the highway so I can sleep at home and drive there again tomorrow morning.

Have a nice weekend!
Torsten
b17-peter
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Posted: Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 01:26 AM UTC
A little progress on my bench:


Mating of fuselage halves, wings and empennage completed. Fits rather good for a short-run kit.
Shrimpman
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Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 07:06 PM UTC

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Shrimpman: Nice choice. Is it the same as the Revell kit?


Oliver



Actually I don't know Revell set, so wouldn't be able to compare. So far all I've done is study the instructions, examine the pieces and plan my approach. I am very impressed by level of detail and overall quality. This will be a big chalenge for me.
RadekZ
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Warszawa, Poland
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Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 01:31 AM UTC
@Oliver

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Radoslaw: Thank You for the instruction. I will try this on one of my next kits.



You welcome, Oliver. If you want I can try to make some step-by-step tutorial how I do it.

@Torsten

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Radoslaw , that's truely a battle weary P4 you've built there. A bit too much weathering for my taste, but that's up to everyone's choice. But it looks well done anyway.


Thanks . These chipping effects look so cool I cannot resist to overdue them... I'll try to do it better next time (who am I fooling? ).

Ok, I'm calling the P4 done. It was hard 2-3 days for me, I was hit by some nasty infection, but I managed to get it done. Last retouches here and there, some messed up mounting strut for turret side armor, but it's done

Here are the pics of finished model:









Selected pics added to gallery.

Thank you all for great campaign and good luck for all who are yet to finish

Cheers,
Radek
Antilles
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Posted: Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 11:28 PM UTC
Ken, Radoslaw and Torsten: Thank You for Your comments!


Radoslaw: Thank You for the instruction. I will try this on one of my next kits.

Torsten: The Stuka should be the plane of the commander of II. Gruppe, StG2 Immelmann.


Shrimpman: Nice choice. Is it the same as the Revell kit?


Oliver
Shrimpman
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Posted: Monday, June 17, 2019 - 07:05 PM UTC
Hi,
Here's my entry: FW 189 recon plane. I can already see it is going to ba a challenge, but I am up for it.
I've smuggled in my I-15 into the time stamp photo, it wasn't a valid entry, being pre-war model, but I am so happy to have finished it!

BlackWidow
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Posted: Sunday, June 16, 2019 - 06:33 AM UTC
Radoslaw , that's truely a battle weary P4 you've built there. A bit too much weathering for my taste, but that's up to everyone's choice. But it looks well done anyway.

Oliver, that's a lovely Ju 87 kit there. What unit is it? I think I also need to build one in the future. Have 3 Stukas somewhere in my stash ....

Ken, you will love this kit! Though it says Eduard on the box, it's Zvezda inside. I have built the Peshka some time ago for the Soviet Phoenix Campaign and really enjoyed building it. Have build a plane of the 125. GvBAP (all female aircrew). Very intersting story of this unit.

Angel, thanks for the history lesson. Interesting facts about the "Fliegersichtzeichen". But isn't a white square (or flag) more common in use for surrender ....? Honestly, I had to check what colour is on top of the bulgarian flag. Sometimes it's all a bit confusing. Just like in which order are the colours of the lithuanian flag or the estonian. Okay, that I know by now because they are hanging in my room ....

Anyway, I came a bit further with my tin opener. There's a lot of masking to do now.
The whole underside is covered ....

.... Thursday I sprayed Dunkelgrün RLM 71 on the top side ....

.... with Revell Aqua No. 39 ....

.... yesterday I started masking the splinter camo for Schwarzgrün RLM 70, which will be done with Revell Aqua No. 40 ....

.... it looks a bit confusing right now but it's not finished yet. Hope all masking is done in the next few days, so I can carry on.

Happy modelling!
Torsten
RadekZ
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Posted: Sunday, June 16, 2019 - 02:08 AM UTC
@Oliver
first of all - your stuka looks great!


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Radoslaw:
This truly is a heavy worn Panzer IV. Great weathering on this one. Really fine! How did You do this chipping?



I used a sponge/small brush technique.
Light colour of base camo first - sponge moistened in paint (I remove quite decent amount on towel paper, almost like with drybrushing ) to apply random spots of paint chipping in desired area. I also add some scratches and marks with small brush to improve chipping results and variety in some areas.
Next I repeat same technique but with dark brown colour to achieve rusty look. Also - sponge and later corrections with brush.
The important thing I learned is that it's good to hit surface at random angles at same spot with sponge, otherwise chipping will look unnaturally duplicated.

69mudbone
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Posted: Sunday, June 16, 2019 - 12:09 AM UTC
Hi Oliver, a really nice looking build, your figures add a lot to your presentation
Antilles
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Posted: Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 10:16 AM UTC
Torsten:
Wow, great upgrade of the cannon! It was worth every cent!

Angel:
Great work on that StuG. Congratulation!

FirstSergeant:
Wow, that is enthusiasm. Overpainting a good Job to fit the original. Kudos for this one . Looks nice from here!

Rodolfo:
Outstanding work on that StuG. I really like the weathering You have applied. Congrats!

Peter:
Nice kit You have chosen there, but I will always like the shape of a Spitfire like the one in Your background!

Radoslaw:
This truly is a heavy worn Panzer IV. Great weathering on this one. Really fine! How did You do this chipping?

Ken:
Nice choice. I will follow with interest.


My Stuka is now finished with some decent weathering and a little base.

Fujimi Junkers Ju 87 D-1 in 1/72 scale







Oliver
69mudbone
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Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 04:57 AM UTC
Hi Guys, finally able to jump into the campaign. I have not built a airplane kit in a very long time. This should be great time. Have not decided on markings .

RadekZ
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Posted: Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 08:34 AM UTC
Wow, I see we almost have a full platoon of StuGs already – great job Angel & Rodolfo!

@Torsten – great update on Duck. This gun replacement was a must! Sometimes kit barrel part looks kind of okay-ish to keep building without replacement, but definitely not this time – it was a must.

@Peter – nice choice, recently I peeked into IAR 80 box from Hobby Boss and … this is one of these odd planes you feel some strange feeling you ought to have one on the shelf.

@Michael – good luck with this old junk .

@Burak – welcome aboard and good luck.


Okay enough of these pleasantries

Time to get messy on my Pz IV … Of course if it comes to chipping I just can’t stop or my brain just melted due to this heatstorm over central Europe … 35-38C for several days and forecast called we can expect cold snap tomorrow … down by 1-2 degrees… cold snap my a** ...
Ok, back to the pint...point, two colour chipping was applied , first with lightened dunkelgelb and followed by dark brown colour (from Vallejo). Next I modulated colour a little bit with rust pigments and rusty oil / acrylic washes. And now the tank looks like it was in intensive combat for several years with climate changes on daily basis. I’ll get it toned down a little bit with dust & mud pigments and other “ointments” , but I definitely have to snap myself hard next time I’ll go for chipping.
Here are the pics after all of this:








Cheers,
Radek
ayovtshev
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Sofiya, Bulgaria
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Posted: Sunday, June 09, 2019 - 06:10 AM UTC
You're welcome, Rodolfo!
BTW, your StuG really looks the part!!!Well done!

Thanks also Torsten!
With regard to the flag- the air recognition marking for Bulgarian vehicles in September-December 1944 was a white square, painted on the upper surfaces(roof of tank cupola or truck's engine hood), like in these examples:



The picture I used for my model was taken during December 2nd 1944 parade in Sofia.
All participating tanks had names of cities and vilages,where heavy battles were fought, written on their glacis or turrets.The StuG had the Bulgarian flag- held in place with the scissors on one side and the tracks on the other.

The funny fact about that particular flag is-for all visitors of the parade the Bulgarian flag was inverted(white should be on top, while red-at the bottom).
Inverting the flag is considered casus belli, or a sign of being at war.
What was exactly the case at this moment-for Bulgaria was at war not only with Nazi Germany, but also with the Western Allies(United Kingdom and USA), and had just signed an armistice with the Soviet Union(who declared war on Bulgaria on September 5th 1944)...

I am sure there were no allusions with inverting the flag- obviously the flag was laid by some member of the crew and when looked from the hatches of the StuG it was laid correctly

MichaelSatin
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Posted: Saturday, June 08, 2019 - 09:00 AM UTC
Really nice work going on here! Very impressive!

Time is moving on and I don't seem to be any closer to starting on the Buffalo. Just can't seem to get motivated. Then, a couple of days ago, it suddenly dawned on me that the end date of our final WWII 75th anniversary campaign just happens to coincide with the 80th anniversary of the first day of the war!

Seriously, this just occurred to me. I think I need to lie down for awhile.

So, I thinks to myself, what better way to commemorate that coincidence than...



This bad boy has been in my stash for awhile (as witness the condition of the box.) But the plastic, etc. are just fine:



As you can see, I've made a very small start with some painting, but that's it. The only real problem is that the version of the kit I have doesn't include markings I'm especially enamored of. But fear not! I also have the much less detailed Ltd. kit of the P.11c, and it has markings for Wladislaw Gnys, at least generally considered to have scored the first Allied air-to-air kills of the war! And those decals look to be in great shape:



So, for the moment at least, this is my new plan. We'll see how this one goes!

Michael