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 Post subject: pandrew's WIP
PostPosted: Thu 13 Feb 2014 00:26 am 
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Hello there, Here are the works in progress from the workbench in "Daddy's Room"...

First up are some 1/72 Revell Fallschirmjagers. I was disappointed by these figures out of the box, but let's see what they'll look like with a dab of paint. I started with blocking in the base colours:
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Then I had a crack at painting the Splittermuster:
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No "rain" yet on these, but here are some of their comrades who are a step further on:
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 Post subject: Re: pandrew's WIP
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wow! great work! nice figs!

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 Post subject: Re: pandrew's WIP
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Your 'dab of paint' must have removed your disappointment with the figures; they look damn fine now :)
Excellent work :thumb:
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 Post subject: Re: pandrew's WIP
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Fantastic work! You have made those figures exceptional.

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 Post subject: Re: pandrew's WIP
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Excellent! Fantastic job on the camouflage smocks.

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 Post subject: Re: pandrew's WIP
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incredible job on the figures they look great :D

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 Post subject: Re: pandrew's WIP
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Thanks for the kind comments folks - much appreciated, as always. It's been slow progress this month, mainly the tedious job of basing up some figures, but I kept my hand in with the Fallschirmjagers. Here are my first attempts at Erbsenmuster and Sumpfmuster camo. They've yet to be detailed and washed but I'm reasonably happy with the Erbsenmuster at least.

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 Post subject: Re: pandrew's WIP
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yet more outstanding figures they look great :clapping:

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 Post subject: Re: pandrew's WIP
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I'm taking a bit of a break from the figure painting as it seemed to be turning into a labour rather than a pleasure. To change it up, I'm having a crack at the Benevolent Fund Hawk (so that the boys can have one Hawk each). First up, the cockpit. From my experience with the Red Arrows Hawk I know that I need to shave a little off the bulkhead so that the pilot's legs fit in OK:

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After some paint and the decals:

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And then assembling the fuselage and cockpit:

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 Post subject: Re: pandrew's WIP
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Progress of a sort. I assembled and added the wings, and internally painted, assembled and mounted the jet intakes. All went pretty smoothly and the parts fitted well with no filler needed. After that, I looked to add the tailplanes, remembering that there is a pesky raised plate around the locating hole that makes the tailplanes stand off the fuselage:

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A sharp knife and a little patience later and I had solved the problem:

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Now the tailplanes will sit snugly. Good job, I thought. But no. It turns out (of course) that they should be there, because the tailplanes are dynamic. Live and learn, but I'm not correcting them back now. Pushing forward, I painted and mounted the shroud over the rear instrument panel, then assembled, cleaned up and mounted the smoke generator pod:

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But seeing as this is not a Red Arrow, it shouldn't be there. Oh well, one step forward, two steps back...

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 Post subject: Re: pandrew's WIP
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I've now finished off the cockpit and pilot, painted the MDC on the inside of the canopy and masked it with Tamiya tape. After affixing the canopy with Revell Clear Adhesive, it's ready for priming using an aerosol primer. I'm building this one undercarriage down (which I always seem to do; not sure why), but have used the undercarriage doors to mask off the internals. I'll pry them off afterwards. Or try to...

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 Post subject: Re: pandrew's WIP
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Wow....Your figure painting is incredible! :notworthy:

Don't suppose you fancy doing a company of late war Panzergrenadiers for me do you? :pray:

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 Post subject: Re: pandrew's WIP
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Thanks for the compliments Sarge and 5716, very much appreciated. Now then, a company of Panzergrenadiers - how many would that be? At my completion rate any more than a handful would take months to finish. Actually, I do have some disembarking panzergrenadiers from Preiser in the stash that I must try at some point. And having a crack at your pinwashing technique. Yes, lots to do...
The Hawk has now had a coat of primer, and hopefully tomorrow I'll apply a coat of gloss black. I can't help but think that satin might be nicer though...

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 Post subject: Re: pandrew's WIP
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Your WIP is mightily impressive so far; fantastic figure painting. I'm glued to your hawk build (no pun intended)

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 Post subject: Re: pandrew's WIP
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Thanks milktrip! This build is going to take longer than planned... After an aerosol coat of Tamiya Fine primer:

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Should have a nice grey interior canopy frame :) After leaving overnight to dry, I sprayed Humbrol Gloss Black from an aerosol can. Disaster:

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Not sure what has happened here. It's a very non uniform finish with glossy patches and rough patches. Primer too rough? Air too humid while drying? Answers on a postcard... Anyway, I tried glossing over with a coat of Humbrol Clear, with no joy - the surface is obviously too rough. I've gently sanded it back all over with wet'n'dry, now it's in a bag with some Cif oven cleaner...

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I can never get a clean gloss black finish takes a few cotes of Klear to blend in the matt areas. The build looks good so far.

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 Post subject: Re: pandrew's WIP
PostPosted: Tue 27 May 2014 13:07 pm 
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Thanks Arpie, good to know that it's not just me. An overnight Cif oven cleaner treatment didn't touch the paint one iota, so now I'm resorting to some Fairy Power Spray. I don't expect it to be much different, if I am honest, but it has seemed to work for many others...

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 Post subject: Re: pandrew's WIP
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You could if careful rub down with 1000 grade wet&dry, wet and soapy, dry off and apply another coat. :shrug:

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On small scale models, why not use matt paint and apply Klear.....Full on gloss can be overpowering on small models, making them look toy-like, plus gloss is just nasty to work with! :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: pandrew's WIP
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Thanks for the advice gents. I'm not sure that I'd be careful enough with the sanding to get a good finish all over, so I'll persist with the strip option.The Fairy power spray has started to soften and lift the paint after an overnight treatment, so I've reapplied and will try to be patient. I think I agree with you on the risk of a toy-like appearance for a high gloss finish Sarge; perhaps matt black and a clear coat is the way to go.

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