Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Airfix 1/48 Hurricane Mk I

After me raving about the Vallejo Surface Primer a week or so ago I've had an issue with it in that trying to rub down the joints that needed filling, the primer has just peeled off;

It's as though there is no 'bite' to the primer whatsoever. I've since received some advice as to where I might have gone wrong (applying it too thickly instead of thinner coats, not letting it cure for a long enough period) so I will reserve judgement and experiment further on an test piece.
In the meantime I washed it all off using IPA (Iso Propyl Alcohol) and will go back to the Games Workshop rattle cans for now. I have to use white as the areas for the national markings will be masked off prior to painting as dark paints will only show through the decals.
Also the primer had to be removed as I'm not sure what reaction would occur between the Vallejo and putting the Games Workshop stuff over the top (probably a bad one knowing my luck).


After cleaning up the wing root joint again the model was sprayed with Games Workshop Corax White (which isn't white, more an off-white for some reason) and this time it's worked;

Now I can get on with applying masks for where the national markings will be and painting the thing. Finally!

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Miniart Farm gate with base

Well I managed to glue it all together but it's taken a LOT of work to get it to this stage plus a lot of filler to hide the gaps. The biggest problem was actually getting the kit halves to stick together as the plastic seemed pretty impervious to liquid glue and because it was a vac-form the mating edges are very thin. The styrene strips I added helped to a degree but it was still very easy to flex the parts and crack the joints, also the the joints seemed to 'flare out' to the middle which made filling difficult.
Copious amounts of superglue finally managed to stick the walls and gate to the base so it's now being left to set before I undercoat it;

The doors were glued shut with the hinges added after. I left the smaller door ajar and added the handles from wire along with a strip of styrene down the front;

As I said in a previous post this is mainly to test out some sets of Lifecolour paints I got for review so I'll post a pic of the finished piece...that's if it doesn't spring apart before hand....

Monday, 9 October 2017

Takom Leopard and Airfix Hurricane

The Airfix Hurricane received a coat of Vallejo Surface Primer the other day to show up any flaws in the wing joints and it did exactly that;

As you can see the joint is not brilliant and needs some more filling, after which the model will get another coat. Also the model will require a light sanding as lumps of primer attached themselves to the surfaces as they shot out of the airbrush.
The Takom Leopard finally got the base coat on using a mix of Tamiya XF-67 Nato Green, XF-65 Field Grey and XF-57. Prior to spraying the base coat I went over the black primer with grey, lightened more for the top surfaces;

The base coat was mixed in a 3 parts Nato Green to two parts Field Grey ratio with some Buff thrown in to suit, the mix being very kindly supplied by Anthony Seward who commanded a Leopard C2 in the Canadian Army;

The paint looked a bit too bright but after a coat of Tamiya X-22 Clear it altered the tone somewhat;

So now I have a shiny (ish) Leopard after a mammoth spraying session. The decals will be put on and a pin wash applied before spraying it with matt varnish as a glossy surface helps the flow of paint when applying pin washes.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Miniart 1/35 Farm Gate with base (Kit Number 36034)

I recently bought this as I need to do a demo of some new Lifecolour paints for a magazine review. I've never had one of these kits before so I thought I would do a quick build review for my blog (you will see it painted but photo's will be limited due to the mag).
The kit is actually vacuum formed and after my experiences with this type of model I knew what pitfalls were ahead. Firstly the parts were removed from the backing sheet by flexing the sheet until the parts broke free although I had to cut some away due to their placement, then they were given a clean up.
With vac-form kits you often get thin areas where the plastic has stretched over the mould particularly on corners and this model is no exception so car filler was used to pack out the thin areas for strength;

I added strips of styrene sheet to the inside edges to help keep the joins flush;

The assemblies were then glued together with lots of tape to hold them together;

The joints are not the best on this kit and will require some serious filling before I can paint it;

On the whole it won't look THAT bad after putting some effort into it but for buildings in dioramas I think plaster cast ones are better, still it looks quite pretty on the box;

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Airfix 1/48 Hurricane Mk I

The build is now complete and the model needs a clean before applying the primer coat. Before the main gear was painted I added the brake lines using copper wire and small strips of masking tape to represent the fasteners that hold the brake lines to the door. The wheels are Eduard Brassin items.

Although you can get pre-cut canopy masks, for simple framing like the Hurricane it's just as quick to do it yourself using Tamiya masking tape, a cocktail stick (to define the tape around the frame), a fresh scalpel blade and a steady hand. Care is needed as I have rescribed canopy framing before now...oops!

Once the transparencies were masked the windscreen was fixed into place using G-S Hypo Cement. This stuff is mainly used by jewellers for repairs but it's great for model canopies as unlike superglue it doesn't fog plus I find it stronger that PVA type glues such as Krystal Kleer. You can eliminate the fogging of clear parts by dipping them in Johnsons Kleer and leaving them to dry however I'm going off the stuff personally.

The wingtip navigation lights were drilled into then drops of Tamiya clear red (for port) and green (for starboard) were put in to simulate the coloured light as the covers were clear.


All I need to do now is mask off the wheelbays, cockpit and windscreen, clean it down and get some primer on to see if I really have made a good job of those wingroots.

Friday, 29 September 2017

Airfix 1/48 Hurricane Mk I

The wing roots are all filled, sanded and polished and just need some primer spraying on the model to highlight any poor joins;

I was hoping to avoid destroying the raised detail around the carburettor intake but to get a good joint it was unavoidable. To replace it I drilled holes then inserted short pieces of 0.75mm styrene rod that had the ends drilled out with a 0.4mm bit;

The panel lines were also restored by scribing new ones using electrical tape as a guide, liquid glue was then run into the lines to remove the swarf;

The radiator got some TLC next and although Airfix have you glue this to the underside I found it far easier to glue it together first as the joint needs cleaning up when set, also the panel lines were rescribed as per the method mentioned above. The radiator flap was fixed into place but I realised that the ends of the radiator fairing should match the end of the flap;

The ends were squared off, strips of styrene were glued into place and when set sanded to shape;

Actuator rods were added to the inside of the flap and the braces replaced with styrene rod, I also found that if you scraped some plastic away from the top of the radiator housing the fit was much better to the underside;

The radiator will be left separate for painting as it will be tricky to mask the radiator faces front and back plus now I've got it to fit nicely there shouldn't be a gap all around it (I hope!).
It is coming together slowly as the undercarriage is next to sort out and once that is done I can get some primer on it;

Before priming I will fix the windscreen in place and landing light covers as no doubt these will give me problems and will require filling and polishing. I *may* glue a chunk of clear plastic into the wingtips for the navigation lights and polish them to shape as kit items rarely fit without putting up a fight.

Friday, 22 September 2017

Airfix 1/48 Hurricane Mk I

I removed the masking tape that was holding the model together and it looked like this;

The leading edges and roots look much better now. The gaps at the back where the sections were removed were filled and for this I used Milliput as you can smooth it out with water and it saves destroying any surface detail;

When the Milliput has set I still need to clean the joints but it's much better than when I first started. The joint between the nose and lower wing is greatly improved too and with a bit of luck all the joints will disappear under a coat of paint....I hope....

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Airfix 1/48 Hurricane Mk I

A couple of days ago I fitted the lower wing to the fuselage then the upper wings after some good advice from a modelling buddy and left it to set. Now I had heard that the wing roots could be a poor fit on some Airfix kits but not on others so guess who has the kit with the dodgy wing roots?

Now it might be my fault OR it could be a fault with the moulding but after my experiences with the Airfix Dakota wing roots my money would be on the moulding process. To me it *looks* like there has been some slight shrinkage around the curves of the inner lower wing, maybe being due to the part coming out of the tool too early (I saw this a lot in my time at a plastics factory).
Anyway this problem needs addressing so after a think and a cup of tea I decided to hack out a section either side of the lower wing;

These sections will be glued back in flush with the leading edges, at least this way the gap will be at the back and easier to fill without destroying any surface detail (that's the plan anyway).
This also gave me the opportunity to reset the joint between the lower wing and nose as there was a noticeable mismatch between the two, hopefully it will now be flush;

A bit of a setback but with a bit of luck I will be able to make the joints disappear, anyway this HAS to be better than what I started with.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Airfix 1/48 Hurricane Mk I

The cockpit is now painted so I was able to glue the fuselage together. When dry it will be filled and cleaned up before the lower wing with the cockpit assembly is fitted;

The seat belts are by HGW and they do look good however it is VERY easy to split them in two when threading them through the buckles and bending them to the contours of the seat. Next time I'll use two layers of masking tape cut into strips and then paint them, that way I won't have to try and colour match the belts like I did with these in places.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Life Miniatures German tank commander bust

While I was in an airbrushing mood I masked off the face of this bust and sprayed the hat with a matt varnish as you may remember the Vallejo paint dried with a sheen that just kills the look;

All I need to do is paint the panzer badge, add the headphones and I can call this bit done.

Airfix 1/48 Hurricane Mk 1

I sprayed the cockpit green/grey today using Tamiya XF-71 however I put some light grey and a lot of white in the mix as straight out of the jar the colour is too dark for RAF aircraft;

I probably could have gone even lighter as pin washes will darken the base colour but I'm happy with it. I'll get on with the detail painting later, add the seat belts and apply a pin wash then I can get the fuselage glued together.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Airfix Hurricane Mk I

After priming the interior with Vallejo Surface Primer I tried another new product from them for the cockpit, floor and wheel wells, this time it was their Metal Colour (77-701 aluminium).
Again I tried this on my test piece and straightaway it looked very promising so I sprayed it on the Hurricane. This stuff does not require any thinning as it will spray straight from the bottle and it covers very well, the only downside for me is that the tip of the needle clogged quite quickly but that's always been an issue with me and acrylics. Next time I'll use acrylic retardant to see if that helps, anyway here's what I got with using the paint;

The next job will be to mask off the fuselage framing and cockpit sides as these, the rear bulkhead and seat will be sprayed with Tamiya XF-71 Interior Green/Grey. When completely painted I will be fitting some HGW Model seat belts then the whole cockpit will be weathered with washes and dry brushing.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Prime time for the Takom Leopard and Airfix Hurricane

Now that the Leopard had dried out and the Hurricane is up to the stage of being painted internally I primed both models using Vallejo's black Surface Primer. It's the first time I've used this stuff on current projects as I've only done tests on an old model but I do like it, I usually use Games Workshop rattle cans for priming but as I have to use it outside I'm at the mercy of the British weather so to have a good primer I can use through an airbrush is a big bonus.
The only downside is that being acrylic based I found I had to clean the needle a couple of times due to the build up of paint and at one point I had to clean the airbrush out as paint was starting to block the nozzle, however I can live with that if it means I can get stuff primed quicker rather than having to wait for a break in the weather. Also I shall try it again with acrylic retardant to see it that makes a difference;

 Oh and the Vallejo primer doesn't smell bad either so it's pretty family-friendly.