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Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2007 - 07:49 AM UTC
Well I think that this has been decided, I normally do Aircraft so I'll do an AFV. I plan on doing the Dragon Tiger that I have (I don't really want to be buying any more armour models, just yet). I will be adding the zimmerite and, if all goes well (unlikely) I will attempt to at least put it on a base, if not in a diorama (blast, I wish I could learn t' keep me gob shut)

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Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2007 - 08:13 AM UTC
Mal

You'll enjoy it - armour has a host of different challenges.

Looking forward to seeing it

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Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2007 - 08:29 AM UTC
Hi Mal

You'll enjoy the DML Tiger it's a fantastic kit.

I'd like to take part in the theme and do maybe a wingy thing or a Truck as the other subject, as well as my usual 1/72 scale armour.
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Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2007 - 08:35 AM UTC
Yep I'm looking forward to it, I picked up paints at Telford. I reckon that I might do the Hasegwa Ju 87G-2 (or should that be JU87g2 ) tank buster to go with it, that should make a great pairing

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Posted: Sunday, December 09, 2007 - 01:46 AM UTC
Well in between Miracle Masking I have actually started to build the Dragon Tiger. Don't get too excited as I have only glued on the final drives and one torsion bar fixing, but it's a start. Actually I realised that I probably should have a applied zimmerite to the glicis plate first but you live and laern My method of doing zimmerite, if it works, will be uniqe so watch this space
(thinks) Mmmmmm, maybe I shouldn't have mentioned zim (that's what the "experts" call it), because if my method doesn't work I'll look a right chump(thinks)
Well maybe don't watch this space, but I will post pics later, zim or no zim
(thinks)at least I'm sounding as if I know what I'm doing la,la,la,la )

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Posted: Sunday, December 16, 2007 - 06:42 AM UTC
Pics as promised




I have only finished applying the torsion bar anchors to on side of the hull, but all the others, along with the suspension arms are cut off the sprue.

I'm a liitle stuck (what already?) yep. I posted on Armorama when I first aquired the kit and was directed to a wonderful web site that gave me some great info on the small amount of corrections required to make this m odel as accurate as is possible. I can't now find the site and I'm sure that there was something about the TA wheel and the guide on the hull. It was something to do about which wheel to use and the angle of the guide, so I have stalled until I can find out the answer

Anyway I have made a start, along with 4 other models which are not in the slightest associated with the poles apart theme

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Posted: Sunday, December 16, 2007 - 10:53 AM UTC
Hi Mal

You may mean this site? http://tiger1.info/, there is general stuff, and articles specific to building the Dragon Tiger late.

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Posted: Monday, December 17, 2007 - 08:50 AM UTC
Thanks Ian, that's the one (thinks) damn, no excuses now (thinks)
I'll be able to make my Tiger as accurate as possible
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Posted: Monday, March 10, 2008 - 07:42 AM UTC
Well I haven't got very much further with the Tiger, although I have found the way forward, I think. I have though been getting on with the other half which is a 1/32 scale Fw 190D-9.
I had got stuck at fitting the coming from the MDC cockpit detail set because the gun sight protrudes through it and therefor it had to be alighned correctly. Having cut off the original I realised that I had cut away too much, so the rebuilding began. Off course this became the hurdle that I had to get over to continue the build, which I managed to do this last week end. I have also finished the cockpit interior which I am about to insert into the fuselage.

This shows the amount of the cock up.


This shows the coming fitted and filler applied.


I made the seat belts out of Port bottle (From my Senior Drill Course) foil and etched buckles.


The belts painted.


The belts weathered and fitted into the cockpit tub


Another view of the tub, showing the instrument panel.


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Posted: Tuesday, March 11, 2008 - 01:23 PM UTC
The Tigger's BRILLIANT, Mal! I Lurve It!!! Except, um.....where ya gonna put the wings?

OOOHHH- I gawt it! A set of USAF Block 50 STOL C-17 wings complete w/ RR 400 Spey/tey engines! Max Load lift >72 metric Tonnes (though I admit the aerodynamics are a bit off...). You could launch it from Merlin & Flitzers Dreamwerk Graf Spee, escorted by a squadron of Pee-tahs' "Eisvogeln". Just fit the wings in a Parasol Config (ala the Moraine Bullet) and use some Horten elevons for Lateral control. This one'll be a doddle!

(NOTE: Tongue firmly set in cheek. FW-190 looks aces, despite the MDC buggery. looking forward to more from the Hirsuite-challenged Master... )
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Posted: Wednesday, March 12, 2008 - 07:57 AM UTC
Errrrr, thanks Robert, I think

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Posted: Friday, March 14, 2008 - 10:17 PM UTC
Coming is sorted, just needs a little dry brushing and the cockpit is in along with the rear decking.


I have also glued on the upper wings. Gluing the upper wings, on their own first, ensures the best possible wing root join. Any seams will be at the leading edge and will be much easier to deal with.


More soon.

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Posted: Friday, March 14, 2008 - 10:18 PM UTC
Lower wing and tail plane are attached.


A couple of views of the underside showing the rear of the engine instalation in the gear bay. I have also boxed in the cartridge ejection chutes for the wing root cannon.



This shot shows the amount of gap that requires filling at the root leading edge. It isn't much but enough to require a thin piece of plasticard, rather than just asome filler. This discrepancy would have been on the upper surface wing root joint, if I hadn't glued the upper wings on first.


I hope to have the gun sight in and the canopy masked and in position, plus the cover over the central wheel bay, later today. I am also considering which of the cowl flaps to use, open or closed.

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Posted: Sunday, March 16, 2008 - 01:59 AM UTC

I have cut away the plasticard inserted into the slight gap at the wing root and add a little filler. I also filled out and inserted a piece of styrene tup into the 2 wing root cannon openings. These are in the process of being reamed out. This process gices a very neat round hole and also fills in any discrepency at the join. The gun camera opening will get similar treatment but, as you can see, there is a lip around the opening so this will be done after the final sanding of the wing leading edge.


The gun sight was added and I used the kit sight glasses as I think that they will be better than the acatate which is recommended. The canopy was washed in Isopropynol and dipped in Klear and has been masked with Parafilm-M, really easy in this scale.


The underside fairing has been added, this took a little trimming to get it to fit, especially at the pointy ends, nearest to the comling. It is now an almost perfect fit I also decided to use the open radiator flaps so painted the forward recess RLM 02 and drilled a series of holes which line up with the cowl flaps, these will take lengths of wire which will represent the operating links.


I was hoping to get some paint on this this week end but but a few masking projects are in the way

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Posted: Wednesday, March 19, 2008 - 11:51 PM UTC
Front end pieces all on, cowling gun barrels drilled out as is the fresh air scoop


The wing root cannon openings have been reamed out to take new stainless steel barrels. The gun camera opening has been sorted and requires just a little more reaming to get the required thinning to the lens cover.


This shows the new stainless steel barrel, outer sections, in place. The cannon barrels themselves will be added, using the same material, at the end of the build.


This shows the radiator flap actuators.


An overall shot, the rudder has been re-atached, slightly offset to Starboard, and the cockpit has been maske, ready for painting. I have started to clean the plastic ready for paint and I ned to remove any of the overspray from when the cockpit and undercarriage bays were painted. This is because the primer that I use (Halfords white plastic primer) will "eat" the overspray causing it to lift and crinckle and not look good. The pito tube will be added before painting starts.


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Posted: Sunday, March 23, 2008 - 12:01 AM UTC
This will probably be the last update until after the Cosford show (6th April) as I need some paint and Hannants wont deliver unless you buy a kit. The other answer is to find out what RLM colours when mixed together give RLM 84. RLM 84 isn't an official designation and it is believed to be a mix of standard RLM colours (I believe).

I masked off all the openings, using Tamiya tape as "greedy boards" and to give a clean edge, then gently packed in kitchen towel which had been soaked in water then rung out. The turbo intake had a small piece of sponge inserted. The wind screen was protected from the primer otherwise you get a nice white (or whatever primer colour) edging. The model was then sprayed with Halfords plastic primer straight out of the rattle can.


When the primer is dry I give it a rub down, whether it appears to require it or not, with 0000 wire wool. This evens up the surface and smooths it out if the primer goes on grainy (if too cold). Using wire wool protects raised detail from being inadvertantly removed.


Then it's back into the spray booth for the pre-shading. I use gloss black. The cockpit canopy and the propeller blades were also painted at this time.


I have also been experimenting with what to use for the antenna wire and how to make the spring and insulators for it as well. As we all know the antenna wire in late Focke Wulfs wasn't tensioned when the canopy was open and hung down on one side of the fuselage. I think that I have the answer, more when I get to it, at the end. I have made a spring though, and this was inserted at the tail. It is about in scale, but again, more when I come to the finishing

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Posted: Sunday, March 23, 2008 - 12:32 AM UTC
I had another go at mixing "RLM84" and bingo bloody obvious when you know. Approx 2 parts RLM 65 (light blue) to 1 part RLM 04 (yellow) I said it was obvious, give SKY. I have actually got SKY bang on, close enough so that it could be used on RAF aircraft and you would know that it was mixed and better than Humbrol I will add a touch more RLM 65 I think, as I don't want it to look exactly like SKY. In the future I will just mix the shade so that no 2 models have exactly the same shade, which is how it would have been.

Off skipping to the spray booth (I will mix a batch spray and let it dry before comitting to the model though).

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Posted: Monday, March 24, 2008 - 07:26 AM UTC
So here are the results of my colour mixing Just like my tests, 2 parts RLM 65 (Hellblau) to 1 part RLM 04 (Gelb). I did add a little white but it isn't noticeable. I was slightly wrong, in that it isn't possible to match RAF Sky, bang on, although it is very close but a little greener. The beauty is that it doesn't look contrived and, because it is mixed from standard colours, it is therefore believable. I'm very pleased with it and the next stage is to try the same thing with Colourcoats as this was mixed using Xtracolor.






Only the fuselage and tail planes received the "RLM84" mix the wings will be natural metal with RLM 75 leading edges. That is apart from the flaps, RLM 84 and the ailerons and wing tips, RLM 76, as are the drop tank pylon and drop tank.


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Posted: Monday, March 24, 2008 - 10:06 PM UTC
Looking good Mal, Nice to see you getting some quality bench time in.

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Posted: Tuesday, March 25, 2008 - 07:19 AM UTC
Thanks Andy, yes I've been able to get quite a lot done I have also started on the cockpit for my Do217E-5 for the Twin Spinners campaign, plus I have started getting parts ready for painting on my Hasegawa 1/32 P-47 These are all actually to promote my Masks, but don't tell anyone

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Posted: Friday, March 28, 2008 - 08:20 AM UTC
I have sprayed the RLM 75 on the upper wings and it wraps around the leading edge and includes the undercarriage doors. So that the pre-shading works for the other colour (RLM 83) on the upper wing I have left areas unpainted. These areas are smaller than that which the RLM 83 will occupy so that there is a bit of an overlap between colours. I hope that you can see how the white primer works to lighten the centre of the panels. To achieve this the paint is first of all sprayed to deliniate the boundry of the colour. Next the different panels within the "borders" are filled in, working form the outside in, letting the primer lighten the colour towards the centre. Care is taken not to paint out the black pre-shading but it can be "cut back" a little where necessary. When all areas are completed to this stage the paint nozzle on the airbrush is opened a little further and all areas are blended in. The idea being that the black pre-shading and part of the white primer are only partially covered, allowing them both to show through, subtley. The effect needs to be slightly overdone to allow for the weatherering which will help to tone it down a little.


A couple more pics.




I hope to finish the painting of the wings and make a start on the fuselage tomorrow, stay tuned

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Posted: Saturday, March 29, 2008 - 09:54 AM UTC
Upper wings completed with RLM 83 Dunklegrun and RLM 81 Braunviolet applied to the area around the cockpit and the canopy, plus the first bit of mottling (which may be revised).
The same painting technique was applied as for the other areas.














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Posted: Sunday, March 30, 2008 - 07:15 AM UTC
I have finished the upper camo with RLM 82 Licht grun. I do like this colour. Again using the same pre-shading method as before.










I still have to paint the NMF section on the lower wing, for which I will use Allclad II but the real fun can now begin as I will be painting on all the markings.

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Posted: Wednesday, April 02, 2008 - 08:32 AM UTC
Thanks Derek, yes I like the coming together of the paint scheme, I chose this one because it was the most complicated of the kit offerings and I like doing things like mottling This will, of course, recieve it's markings via paint masks
I should actually be doing things like drilling out the exhaust pipes, but I'm also getting on with my "Twin Spinners" campaign entry, which is also coming on quite well and I ought to post pics here

Mal