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Tamiya 1/32nd De Havilland Mosquito

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6 hours ago, caterhamnut said:

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..

 

Looking forward to seeing the final result....

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So, where was I - the Mossie made it back from New York ok, but has been sat waiting for the final touches - fitting the canopy, tail fin, exhausts, props & final weathering touch ups etc....and some crew! I'd left it too late to add any crew into the cockpit (I wanted everything visible and not blocked - of course, once closed up you can't see anything anyway) - but there is a pilot posed to climb the ladder into the cockpit, so I may well use him. Never having painted any figures, I painted all of them while I did the 1/24 Spit pilot.

 

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First layers of colour...now adding some depth. Gloss will be removed at the end (matt)

 

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At this point I took some new shots in the photo cube...just testing!

 

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Engines have no detail paint at this point - or exhausts...

 

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Also got a few shots of things that will soon disappear!

 

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I added a bit of shadow to the canopy...

 

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...although I seem to have not taken any pictures of that!

I bought one of those plywood frames to hold the plane while I work on it - a bit flimsy, but I recommend it - saves damage from fingers etc, especially when working on the underside. At this point I was touching up chips etc where paint had fallen off some PE bits...

 

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It can be adjusted for different sized models...

Props were next - I had left them as I did not want to damage them. Although I painted and 'weathered' the hubs, they won't be seen (of course!)

 

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I did add some 'chips' to the leading edges of the blades, and add some 'streaks' - but kept it quite subtle.

 

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Next it was the exhausts. I used some of that 'buffing' Humbrol paint which I had from years ago, oils and some rust 'powder' - no real planned combination, but it came out ok!

 

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...again, some of the shine was taken back later.

Almost forgot the mesh guards that are on the air intakes!

 

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I used graphite pencils and some wash to add depth to the engine that would be on display...this is a 'finished' shot...

 

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I had to tweak the multi-part canopy a bit to help it fit - the internal frame was a little high and was stopping the clear bit from fitting easily, so I had pried it off the model, and shaved a tiny bit off the frame so it sat a fraction lower - then I glued the canopy itself on with white glue.

 

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And that was pretty much it!

 

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I took lots of 'finished' photos (which I'll post in the 'finished' section!) and only after taking these did I realize I had missed off one part - the windscreen wiper!! (now added)

Now I just have to figure out how to display/mount it. I like the idea of keeping it clean, but it needs something, so maybe a grassy base....then what - I don't know! No where to display, and the joy was in the building for me, so maybe sell it? But then again I like the idea of displaying it with the 1/32nd Lancaster (HUGE) and a 1/32nd Spitfire and Hurricane!

 

Finished photos next...

 

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