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 Post subject: Huibs Portfolio
PostPosted: Wed 13 Jan 2016 20:42 pm 
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My story is very comparable to that of many of you.

My first model was a 1/72 Heller Curtiss P40-E which I built together with my father when I was seven years old. For old times sake I recently purchased the same model in the same old box on Ebay:

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My whole youth I was heavily involved in modelling. I built mainly aircraft and military vehicles, preferably in 1/72, which I used in combination with Airfix and Matchbox soldiers to play battles from World War 2 and other conflicts. In my teens I changed for a while to Tamiya racing cars in 1/20 scale. And after that I did military vehicles in 1/35 scale, mainly Tamiya and Italeri. And then it stopped.

For more than 20 years I did absolutely nothing in the field of modelling. Only now and then I visited a hobby shop if accidentaly stumbled upon one and had a look around out of curiosity. Until my son bought me a model for my birthday. His argument was that he thought I would like it as I was always so much interested in World War 2. It was an Airfix 1/72 Consolidated Liberator. Not the smallest model to start with. So I bought myself some glue, some putty, and some paint and I started to build this model. From that moment on I was totally hooked. This is now almost four years ago.

In these four years I have built almost 40 models. These are all 1/72 British and German military aircraft from World War 2. Recently I started also with 1/72 military vehicles from World War 2. My stash also contains a nice collection of Italian aircraft of WW2 (mainly Italeri) and French aircraft from World War 2 (mainly Heller), that guarantee a lot of joy for the coming years. During the last few years I found out that my personal modelling niche is upgrading old and outdated Airfix, Matchbox, Frog, Heller, Revell and Italeri kits: buying a cheap old kit and make the best of it by making improvements and scratchbuilding details. That is what I like most. (There are more of this specimen around here.)

I will start this portfolio strictly chronological, starting with my first build after a more then 20 years break, the Consolidated Liberator, and continuing till present. I expect it will take some weeks or maybe months to fill it completely. I think and hope this portfolio will nicely show my development in modelling during the last few years. It will start with models that do not meet my present standards anymore. But they show where I am coming from. I hope you'll enjoy it, dear reader.

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PostPosted: Wed 13 Jan 2016 20:50 pm 
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Airfix 1/72 Consolidated B-24 Liberator B VI
Built July-August 2012

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This was my first model after my return to the hobby. I built it completely old-skool, as I started where I had left more than 20 years ago. The canopy frames are crudely hand painted, the best I could do at that moment. There was one innovation: I used putty for the first time in my life, to close the awful seams in the hull. It is still the biggest model I made in the last few years. Altough I like the big bombers, they take so much space, I can't have many of them. It is also the only US aircraft I made till now. I am not so much interested in them and prefer the British, German, Italian and French aircraft of this era.

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Airfix 1/72 Bolton Paul Defiant
Built September 2012

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My second model. I was always fascinated by this strange and unlucky fighter. In my youth I didn't posess this Airfix model, but friends of mine did. Now I took the chance to buy it myself. I didn't know yet how to mask canopies, and did the cockpit framing with a fine black permanent marker. It has a glossy finish with Klear. Great stuff, that was also new to me at the time. (I don't do glossy finishes on aircraft anymore since my fourth model.) I have another old Airfix Defiant in the stash. I am looking forward to give it a decent nose job once. Altough the new tool Airfix Defiant looks terrific, I have more modelling fun by unlashing the razor saw on the old one.

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PostPosted: Wed 13 Jan 2016 21:08 pm 
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Nice start to your portfolio buddy :thumb:

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PostPosted: Wed 13 Jan 2016 21:10 pm 
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Airfix 1/72 Handley Page Hampden
Built October 2012

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A very characteristic aircraft, the Hampden. I didn't know it very well in my youth, just like the Blenheim and the Whitley. All books were about Lancasters, Halifaxes and Wellingtons. But these early backbones of Bomber Command are as beautiful and interesting. Again in a glossy finish. The first model where I masked the canopy windows with Tamiya tape. Still a bit crude, but it is a start.

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PostPosted: Wed 13 Jan 2016 21:24 pm 
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Revell 1/72 Junkers Ju 87 B Stuka
Built november 2012

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This is in fact a Revell reboxing of an Italeri model. Nice model to build. My first one with a matt finish (Much better!) And a lot of canopy framing, so I got experienced. With this model I started experimenting with weathering, which was also new to me. I did some shading in the cockpit with a permanent marker, and I drew the panellines with a soft pencil. Altough quite crudely done on this model, it is a method that I still use now and then. Sometimes you can create really nice effects with pencil.

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Revell 1/72 Messerschmitt Bf 110 E
Built december 2012

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This is in fact a Revell reboxing of a very old Frog model. My first attempt at a mottle camouflage. Not very succesful, but I have learned a bit since then. This is also the first aircraft model in which I scratchbuilt a cockpit, as there was nothing inside, using plastic card and sprue. I did some weathering by drawing the raised panellines with a pencil, and added exhaust stains by rubbing soft pencil streaks with my fingers.

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PostPosted: Wed 13 Jan 2016 23:04 pm 
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Great start to your portfolio, keep 'em coming!! :clapping:

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Thanks for sharing your models and your story. I love the look of that old Heller P-40. Your models are excellent! I am looking forward to seeing what you are working on now.

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Very nice portfolio. The Hampden is my personal favourite.

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Thank you very much for the warm welcome, guys!

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Your Hampden is one of the best I've seen. Great finish. (Are they the kit decals?)


Thank you! Yes, these are the kit decals of the latest boxing.

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Airfix 1/72 Messeschmitt Bf 109E-4
Built january 2013

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Most of you will recognise this as the new tool Airfix Bf 109. A very nice kit, and I am still happy with how it came out. As you can clearly see on the wheels I used a wash of black watercolor on this model. A new step in modelling for me. But this kit also learned me something. There is not much to improve on this model. Building it was in fact a little bit boring, as it was following the instructions as Airfix had ment it. How different that was compared to my next model!

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Airfix 1/72 Bristol Blenheim Mk IV
Finished February 2013

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This is the old tool Airfix Bristol Blenheim. And many of you will know, from your own experience or from hear say, this is a pig of a kit. But how good was it to try to build this kit into something reasonable. I didn't quite succeed, but that is of less important. This was the first model where I dared to take the razor saw, the Stanley knife and the drill to separate control surfaces from the model, to open up windows and access panels. This was absolutely thrilling for me at that moment. And it still is for me when I start hacking away in a brand new model. I heightened the turret glazing with aspirin bubble plastic and added framing with painted Tamiya tape. I also scratchbuilt an interior, for the cockpit as well as for the gun turret. And opened up the cockpit access door of top of the plane. I went wrong with the notorious difficult cockpit glazing and had serious problems with the removal of the cockpit masking, tearing off large parts of the matt varnish. The cockpit looks quite awful now. So with this model I will never win any competition, but boy, was it a good experience with a steep learning curve.

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Very nicely finished additions! :clapping:

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Revell 1/72 Bristol Blenheim mk I
Finished March 2013

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This is a Revell rebox of the old Frog Bristol Blenheim. I was surprised what a nice kit it still is, with a very good fit. Although I would take a different approach if I would build it again, I am still happy with the result of this build. I have two more of these in the stash. As you can see on the left, I built it with flaps down, and I added some extra details to the engines and the cockpit.

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Cracking start to your 'new' hobby! Interesting story which I think has so many of us nodding our heads in agreement. I look forward to seeing more of your work.

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Airfix 1/72 Dornier Do 17 E/F
Finished April 2013

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I love Dorniers. This is the first one in a long row of Do 17's, Do 215's and Do 217's that I have built or are still in my stash, waiting to be built.

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Revell 1/72 Dornier Do 17Z-2
Finished May 2013

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This is a Revell re-box of an old Monogram model. I am still happy with the outcome of this model. It belongs to the best I have built. And, despite its age, it is also a very nice kit. Overall shape is accurate, fit is good, undercarriage is very detailed, interior is basic but very OK, transparencies are very clear and Revell provides an excellent decal sheet. The kit has raised panellines, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. I recently acquired a second one very cheap, an original Monogram issue, with a different decal sheet. So I can enjoy building it another time in the future.

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