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So while waiting for the spray can to arrive, I started work on the wing. The 'blu tac' thing worked, but I rolled slightly thinner pieces to get a slightly finer shade-line at the edges.

 

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I taped the separate engine cover panel and rear section in to place, where they also had the camo touching them, so everything lined up.

 

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Success!

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These panels are just in place for spraying the green...

 

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Now it was time to put the decals on the wing. I used the HGW wet decals again...

 

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The blue sheet are the wet decals - the white sheet is the Tamiya one. At least it meant I had spares!

 

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Had issues here with the normal tamiya decals, which I needed to use for the roundels. I was getting spots on the decal - seems I just needed to not let drops settle, as it was marking the decal. Someone said that I was using the wrong decal solution for Tamiya decals, someone else said use My Mark setter, which I did....luckily later application of clear seemed to disguise the marks....these were NOT air bubbles (as everyone on the forum insisted!)

 

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Annoyingly, this was the one wet decal from HGW that I did not use - the one with the largest area of clear carrier on the normal decals. The HGW one was misaligned on the sheet, with the white under the red showing slightly - and worse, it was slightly wide and smudged, so it hung over the edge. So in this picture you see the kit-supplied tamiya decal. This set with no problems - phew, again!

 

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So some of you may have noticed that I did not do any pre-shading on these surfaces. Two reasons - I didn't want to use the airbrush to do this , but rather wanted to use the oil paint method on top of the paint instead. It gave me more chances (you can wipe off and start again) and freedom. Secondly, with a mainly wooden construction there are few areas with visible ribs underneath the skin.

I figured I'd try the smallest part first - the tail plane. Deep breath, and cover the whole lot with very thinned black oil paint - ooh, after first spraying some clear - I used tamiya from a can.

 

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....and then simply wipe off. I made sure to wipe in the direction of the airflow, so any marks would be 'streaks'...

Now this is all very subjective, and over the next few hours I changed methods, learnt and developed - so the order of events got a bit mixed up. I used panel gap black to highlight areas, but i was then wiping this back out again as I worked the oil, so I need to tweak my methods going forward - but using the always-wet oil gave me the ability to 'play' and learn.

NOTE: my Mosquito is grubby and oily, so the back worked well - but any excess is easily removed with (odor-less) thinners.

 

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Oiled on the left...

 

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Pretty chuffed with first attempt! You need to be REALLY careful about finger prints, as the oil paint is never 'dry' so marks - but you can brush them out with a soft dry brush, re-apply oil etc etc

 

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Then it was the top surface - same process...

 

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To 'fix' the finish I used 'flat' tamiya clear from the can. I tried something else first, but was not happy with how it went on - it was 'rough' and will be a bugger to get off and try again - I used the fin for that (later)

 

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Was VERY pleased with how this looked once dry...

 

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On the pic above you can see my oil ribbing shading - more detail on that in the wing pictures...but basically I did this...

 

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...and wiped off, dry brushed, experimented etc - and removed some oil paint 'between' the rivet lines to lighten the shade....I lucked out for the first attempt :)

 

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Very similar method on the fin - I even tried lightening the grey between the ribs with white oil, and it does work...

 

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I cocked this part up with a different flat varnish - hopefully I can remove without damaging the decals. (not shown here)

 

So - I had my method - now it was the wings...much bigger! I did each side, top and bottom surface, separately...so I had somewhere to hold!

 

Scary moment...

 

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And wiped....

 

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I highlighted rivets and brushed gently  - always thinking of airflow...

 

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...and again highlighted any ribs or rivets on the metal control surfaces.

 

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Very slight mottling caused by flat clear application - but in reality this is a close zoom - don't see it really.

 

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Example of thinking about airflow - this streak around the curved top surface was blended in to give a hint of exhaust and rubbish coming back from the prop...

 

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Ribs below the rivet lines...

 

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Finished on the right...

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...now left!

 

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Daylight!

 

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Just got to make the other side look the same now!

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Spray can arrived, so it was on with getting the camo sorted on the fuselage - that was holding me up!

I popped the half-weathered wings in place so I could line up the camo, and proceeded with the blue-tac method again....

 

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I admit I rushed this a bit so I could let everything set over night, so a tiny bit of over-spray - but that will 't-cut out' :)

 

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I like the finish that  the tamiya flat clear has given the model...you can see the difference in the green particularly...

 

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Couldn't resist adding various bits....

 

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Hoping to get quite a bit done this weekend....got to apply all the decals to the fuselage, weather the left port wing and fuselage and assemble the bits.

Small matter of building another Merlin engine as well....

 

Getting excited for how this is turning out....

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Fuselage...applied all the smaller wet decals, now it was the 'normal' the big decals from the kit...

 

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Once the decals were on and sealed, it was time to weather - I used the same method I had used with the wings etc - flood with diluted oils and wipe off - was a bit nervous about that bit, as the streaks would all have to be 'in line' with the airflow - the wings were easy as it was simply 'front to back', but the fuselage is a bit more 3D...once I had figured out how to hold it without touching anywhere, it went surprisingly easily. I am aware this only works for a grubby plane! Sealed with matt clear and I'm pleased. I will now do a bit more work locally' once more is assembled (nothing is fixed in these pictures)

 

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Fantastic progress and thanks for taking the time to post your build photos, useful reference for those tempted......:ph34r:

 

Like the grubby weathering.

 

Doc

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Thanks guys - I'm enjoying it.

 

Starting to assemble the various parts now...

 

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***TIP IF YOU ARE BUILDING THIS KIT***

Note the silver collars on the end of the outer gun barrels of the belly gun. These barrels disappear into the body work under the cockpit, and are visible as the ends of the gun barrels on the underside of the plane - but the visible parts are a separate part in the kit - no point in extending huge barrels under the cockpit. That is why these gun barrels are tapered - it is so they can be easily threaded into the fuselage and hidden. The silver collars butt up to the bulkhead. As molded and glued (they slip over the ends), they are too close to the ends of the barrels and prevent the gun assembly from sitting properly. I ended up cracking them off as you cannot see them in situ. Now these are Eduard parts, but I thing I recall reading that the same happens with the Tamiya bits, in that book you can buy about building the kit.

 

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It could be that I could have pushed my collars on further before gluing?

 

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Bomb rack fitted...

 

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This little panel covers the radiators.

 

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They are held on by the magnets you can see in the shot below - very neat (you glue two small PE flats into the panel underside)

 

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Now fitting the fuselage sides that are under the wing structure, and line the bomb/gun bay sides...

 

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Also fitting the hydraulic struts that open/close the doors...

 

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More pics - sorry, I'm using this as a ref. for myself as well....

 

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I'm learning about the aircraft here as well - wondered what the silver blocks were in the bomb bay doors - now I have fitted them I see that when closed they fit directly over the guns and allow spent shells to eject out of the aircraft...

 

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Lights below are Molotow marker with clear tamiya color dropped in...

 

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Silver panels around the exhausts on the side panels...

 

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All this detail on the front of the Merlin is about to disappear...

 

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Method for grubbiness...

 

Cover in diluted oil paint...

 

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Wipe off! (in direction of airflow (or gravity)

 

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I like the way the oil gets left behind around features - just like in 'real' life...

 

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Undercarriage assembly...

 

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Note the piece at the top of the struts that Tamiya supply in order to keep everything lined up during assembly...

 

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Cockpit hatch (gloss before weathering)

 

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Can't resist test assembling - but it is always night time when I get to this stage!

 

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Saying goodbye to this view as I attach undercarriage doors...

 

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Can't put it off anymore - I have to build the other engine so I can fit the other side together!

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Right - built the 'kit' engine now - as supplied in the Tamiya box - this one will be hidden by the panels, so don't need the full detail, but I thought it would be good to compare the Tamiya Merlin and the Eduard one, which will be on show. The tamiya one is still superb...\

 

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Tamiya tell you to leave that bit of sprue (bottom frame) on while you are building - I forgot on the top one!

 

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You won't see any of this, but I'll still make it look nice :)

 

Joined with the previously prepared parts - all fits perfectly...

 

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So now she can finally sit on here 3 wheels!!

 

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Still gotta do exhausts...but panels will fit nicely...

 

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Lots of stuff to work on obviously, but last big job is the canopy - a part that received universal praise in the reviews when the kit first came out....

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I made the bomb bay gun that comes in the kit - the Eduard one is in the model...

 

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Canopy - multi-level this one - after masking, you spray the interior colour on the outside, so it shows through, then the outer colour over the top of that! Throw some PE inside as well, and it looks amazing - with an interior framework also built onto the model...

 

Tamiya supplies masks, but not die-cut which is a pain - Eduard do...

 

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I used the tamiya ones to fill in the centers left by the Eduard ones - if that makes sense!

 

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'Inner' color - cockpit green...

 

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Followed by outer colour...

 

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Some of the camo green goes over the cockpit...making sure it lines up!

 

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Had to weather the visible strips!

 

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Slight seeping removed with Windex on an cotton bud...

 

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Now the frame...

 

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Dipped into Future/Pledge to clean off the canopy - worked a treat...

 

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Eduard extra PE set has a nice frame for inside the canopy...

 

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Tiny PE parts within...

 

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Dry decal on the top (with film on in this shot)

 

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Just placed in to position, so not seated properly...

 

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Right - bit of a break now - I'm relocating back to the UK, so all this has to be packed up for a few weeks - no idea how - then I can finish and photograph properly - so close to the finish as well!!

 

Back soon....!

cheers

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Angus, I dont frequent the airplane section often but my god I am so glad I did today because this looks spectacular! the canopy work came out very very good, I look forward to seeing some more pics of this once complete.

 

And goodluck with the move back to the UK, I think you have moved already as its 4th of February now :P

 

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Thanks guys!

Yes, back in the UK now - just a few days so nothing unpacked! Looking forward to getting the model making set up again!

The mossier made it back ok - after the TSA took my BT52 apart when I hand carried it - wa*kers - I risked putting the plane in a checked bag!!! It was full width, so thought it might get bent/cracked, but luckily was absolutely fine - I removed the engine/undercarriage...looked like it was in a plane scrapyard!

 

 

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Glad to see it survived the journey. Looking forward to seeing the next updates, although I’m guessing it will be a while yet while you sort yourself out. 

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This is simply an incredible amount of detail showcasing some really mad skills. You plane guys sure put a ton of work and detail into areas that are only seen once during the assembly process then forever hidden away. Awesome work all round. 

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lol - soon! I'm still gathering all my stuff in one place! I think I have the engines and wheels here, but the main model is at a mates waiting for me to bring back - couldn't fit it in the Caterham!

But looking forward to re-assembly and finishing...and then taking some decent pics.

 

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i'm enjoying this, great job on the weathering! Got this one on my wishlist.

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Posted (edited)

About time I updated this thread! 

Amazingly - I've finished the model! I can't wait to be settled enough to set up a proper 'permanent' man-cave modelling table, but right now I am still semi-permanent, so modelling has taken a back seat for a while - but I HAD to finish this beauty, as I was so close...I did sneak the Airfix 1/24 Spitfire build in, which I built for a friend - I already posted that on here.

I'll carry on and update the build process first..

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