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 Post subject: Re: PWT32's Workbench
PostPosted: Fri 12 May 2017 16:35 pm 
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That is a great paint scheme and you have made an excellent job with it. I shall look forward to seeing her in all her glory. :clapping:

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Thank You!

I applied the decals this morning. I used a generic sheet of late war Italian Insignia, some German numbers and a squadron insignia stolen from an MC.202. I did not have anything close to the profile squadron marking so I choose one that would stick out on this scheme. Since I stole the squadron marking and I would not be building this version anyway from the sheet, the same MC.202 version had the pilot name in script under the cockpit so I grabbed that too.
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Looks close enough...Detail painting of exhaust, etc... next and then a seal coat of gloss.
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Great colour scheme! :thumb:

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I really like your work... I went back through your old posts - I admire your work with vintage kits! Some of my faves: The JoHan Me109... JoHAN!!!!!! :clap:The Heller Dewoitine, Airfix sherman calliope (wow!), Italieri russian 76 mm artillery piece and Matchbox tank transporter. You show how even old kits can be made into works of art. Keep up the great work!

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Thanks Rootbeerfloat. My favorite thing is to redo those vintage kits and make them look like current ones. I love when people ask me if that's a trumpeter, Hasegawa or Fujimi kit and I say nope its a vintage Revell, Airfix or Jo-Han kit...

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Very unusual colour scheme, for an Italian, ( I love doing the Italian mottle schemes), (and the Japanese too), well done.
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Nice paintjob on the Italian bird. :clapping:

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Love a good 3 colour camo scheme and this one is particularly fab!

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Thanks!

I was able to finish up my Fiat build last night. I gave the aircraft a flat coat on Saturday night. Sunday morning I removed the cockpit masking.
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I had detail painted all the parts on Saturday including washing them with Dark Gray and they also got the same flat coat. The Landing gear required a bit of trimming for a good fit and I think the tail wheel is way to low. I applied some dirt pigments around the landing gear after gluing the landing gear in place.
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The prop was a major hassle. I should have done a better job fitting this before painting. The prop would not lay right in the nose cone. In the end I trimmed off the piece that goes inside the body and eventually just glued the prop cover directly to the model.
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With the prop on, I added the antenna and antenna wire, put some scratches around the ammo doors / wing root and used some pencil lead to highlight the wing guns. With those last few items complete the model is finished.
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GREAT model. I like old kits treated this way.


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Lovely result Paul. :thumb:

You've gotta just love some of the Italian paint schemes. :D


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Fab Fiat!

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Good job on that Paul :nod:

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Thank again. The Fiat was a fun build.

I made a start on this older Hasegawa kit (90's) kit. It has raised panel lines but the fit looks good.

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Instructions - Painting and decals provided for 2 ace aircraft.
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Work starts in the cockpit/engine area. Nakajima aircraft used a cockpit color loosely translated as "Bamboo" (not metallic blue like Mitsubishi). I mashed with a brown over the base colors to create shadows and added foil seat belts. The engine was painted black and rubbed with pencil lead to bring out details. The instrument panel is a decal.
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Fuselage and wings went together nicely.
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Wings slid into place perfectly with no filler needed. There was a small nick caused by me when I cut the fuselage from the tree that required some filler in the cockpit area. The rest of the seems were nice and clean. The top of the engine cover was an OK fit but not perfect. It may requires some filler after it dries. I will continue sanding and looking for issues tomorrow as the aircraft will be painted mostly metal color which shows flaws easily.
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Great work on the Fiat!

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I used to enjoy the Hasegawa kits as they usually fitted together quite well. You are doing a great job Paul.
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Very pretty Fiat. Love the dinosaur :clapping:

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Thanks! The fit is usually pretty good on the Hasegawa kits regardless of age.

After attaching the wings the special butterfly fowler flaps (which made this aircraft so maneuverable) had a seem line in them so I made sure to fill them in and sand them to a single unit.
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The only time I have seen the Ki-43 with drop tanks is when someone builds the Hasegawa model with the drop tanks. I used the ends of some stretch sprue to plug the holes then sanded them smooth.
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After painting the area behind the cockpit black I added the masked canopy and she was ready to start painting. I added the landing gear legs as they would be painted silver as well.
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Step 1 was painting the "extra" colors first. I painted the anti-glare panel interior black, the cloth flaps IJA Gray and the yellow recognition stripes on the leading edge of the wings. These will get taped up before painting the aircraft aluminum tomorrow. I will finish off with a field applied Green camo mottle.
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What do you use to mask the cockpit?

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I use Scotch tape - the type with the green plaid design on it. I find it sticks ok but lifts fairly easy if you don't leave it on longer than a week. Its also easy to see the panel lines on the canopy through the clear tape, especially if they are not raised. You need to use a new X-acto blade and I just carefully trim along the panel lines and lift the small pieces of tape off. Need to burnish down whats left and most important - clean your fingerprints up on the inside before you glue it into place!

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