Kamis, 15 November 2012

Korean War Three View Profile Aircraft

Bell F-15A-5 Reporter (USAF)

Douglas F3D-2 Skyknight (USMC)
Full Size F3D-2

Fairey Firefly FR.Mk.5 (Fleet Air Arm Royal Navy)

Lockheed RF-80A Shooting Star (USAF)
Full Size RF-80A

Lockheed F-80C Shooting Star (USAF)

Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-15bis Fagot-B (DPRKAF)
Full Size MiG-15bis

North American F-86E Sabre (USAF)

Minggu, 11 November 2012

Spitfire Three View Colour Profile Aircraft

Supermarine Spitfire Mk.1 (RAF)

Supermarine Spitfire PR.Mk.1G (RAF)

Supermarine Spitfire F.Mk.9C (RAF)

Supermarine Spitfire PR.Mk.9 (RAF)

Supermarine Spitfire PR.Mk.11 (USAAF)

Supermarine Spitfire FR.Mk.14E (RAF)

F-16 Three View Colour Profile Aircraft

General Dynamics F-16A Block-15 
(Fuerza Aerea Venezolana)

General Dynamics F-16A Block-15 OCU 
(Pakistan Air Force)

General Dynamics F-16A Block-20 
(North Dakota Air National Guard)

Lockheed Martin F-16C Block-52+ (Polish Air Force)

Lockheed Martin F-16D Block-52 (Heyl H'Avir)

Kamis, 08 November 2012

Academy MiG-21bis Fishbed-L Scale 1/48

Hi... My name Chris Wauchop. I want share my experience building MiG-21bis at 1/48 scale in 1996, not long after the Academy MiG-21MF Fishbed-J kit was released. After-market accessories were not as prevalent in the mid-1990s as they are today, especially for such a recently released kit as Academy's Fishbed. I must scratch built the cockpit interior, including dozens of tiny switches on the side consoles, and significantly rebuilding Academy's KM-1M ejection seat.

Additions and modifications for upgrade MiG-21MF to MiG-21bis include :
·     Trailing edge static dischargers from fine wire with a red-painted blob of super   glue on the end
·      Nose probe extended
·      Wheel well plumbing added using solder
·      Landing gear hydraulics added using solder
·      Angle of attach sensor added to port side of nose using plastic card
·      Wing leading edge antennas and navigation lights added, using Krystal Kleer
·      Trailing antennas on top of tail added
·      All small cooling intakes etc, hollowed out
·      Tyres slightly flattened

The model was painted using the Testor Aztek A470 airbrush. Being built nine years ago, I'm cannot recall all the exact paint colours and brands used for this model. I remember that the lower surface colour was Gunze RLM 76 Light Blue. However, I applied weathering techniques, including post-shading panel lines with a thinly sprayed mix of Tamiya acrylic Red Brown and Black. 

Markings for this Angolan subject were sourced from Aeromaster Decals sheet 48-240. The camouflage pattern on the decal instructions differed significantly from those seen on reference photos in World Air Power Journal Vol. 19. I'm used the reference photos as guide. The national markings and aircraft numbers were weathered by carefully hand painting over the decals with the underlying camouflage colours... Enjoy!

Hasegawa F-8E Crusader Scale 1/48

Hi..., I’m Mark A Sindiong. Here is Hasegawa’s new 1/48 scale F-8E Crusader. After roughly 20 hours of work over a week and a half, I’ve finally finished this new kit. The model was built 99.8% box stock with the only exception being the addition of two AIM-9s stolen from a Hasegawa weapon set (no air to air ordinance is included in the kit). Why did I decide to build this straight out of the box? Primarily, to enter it in our local IPMS chapter’s box stock night and I was anxious to see how the kit went together. Well, all I can say is that it went together! 

The kit was pretty straight forward, but there are many small fit issues. The cockpit was assembled and painted and all the other interior parts attached then sandwiched between the two fuselage halves. There were not fit problems encountered there. One note - make sure you remember to put all the poly caps in place per the instructions. 

The wing was then assembled and the flaps animated in their lowered position. There was a slight problem with the fit of the leading edge flaps in their lowered position. A little sanding corrected this quickly. Again remember the poly caps, this time inside the wing. The wing was then attached to the fuselage so I could get an idea of what the aircraft looked like with the wing in the raised position and that’s when I discovered the next fit issue. 

The flaps actually contact the fuselage with the wings raised and the flaps lowered. It took quite a bit of sanding to correct this, but luckily it doesn’t appear to be that noticeable and the shape of the flaps had not been changed. I’m pretty sure that this is actually a fit issue with the kit and not something I screwed up. But who knows, it may just be my building skills…The rest of the kit went together pretty well, but here’s a quick list of some of the other quirks I discovered over the build :
1.   The ejection seat interfered with the canopy and required sanding to allow the canopy to close. (Maybe my mistake.)
2.   Ejector pin marks. Several located on the model, many of which can easily be seen on the built up kit. Both the outboard leading edge flaps and outer portions of the pylons suffer from large ejector pin marks.
3.   Burner can and augmenter. Both need to be sanded to achieve a flush fit of the jet exhaust area.
4.   Somewhat weak panel lines on the belly of the fuselage and misalignment on many of the Zuni warheads (really poor molding on a couple of them).
5.    Frosty canopy that required a lot of polishing (at least in this kit).
That’s pretty much it for the areas of irritation I encountered. I also corrected a few of the small quirks, but didn’t mess with opening the canopy. I am saving that for my next Crusader project. 

Moving to painting, I took a different approach to what I normally do. I didn’t have Model Master colors for the exterior and decided to prime and paint the model using Gunze lacquers. Both the gull grey and white were thinned at approximated 60% thinner to 40% paint. This provided me with a really smooth durable finish that dried extremely fast. The paints were applied using my Thayer & Chandler Vega 2000 airbrush (gravity feed). Detail parts were painted with Model Master enamels and Alcad II metallic lacquers. Once the primary colors and detail colors were complete, the decals were added. 

Decaling the kit was straight forward using the kits decals. This time I used some additional Gunze products and achieved some really nice results. Before I placed the decal in its spot, I coated the respected area with Gunze Mr. Decal set and then followed up with Mr. Mark Softer to get the decals to conform to the model surface. I’m not sure if it was just dumb luck or if Mr. Decal set is some kind of amazing product, but there was absolutely no silvering once this process was complete. I’m sold on these Gunze products. 

Next was weathering, the final step for this model. Again I used another different technique, one I never tried before. I tried the technique described by Mr. Paul Boyer called a “sludge wash”. I ended up using some Testers Model Master acrylics, thinned with water and a few drops of dishwashing detergent. The sludge was then added to the models panel lines with a small brush section by section. This wash dries very quickly, so you have to be fast in wiping it away before it really sets up. I was really happy with the effect, but I didn’t take Mr. Boyer’s advice on the colors to use. In his Fine Scale article he suggests a medium gray and I used gunship gray, far to dark for this paint scheme. Oh well, I screwed up and will use the lighter gray on my next similar project. That’s pretty much it for the kit. I created a very simple generic base to place the model on. I neglected to mention the additional weathering with some pastel chalks, but really didn’t do too much of that. I wanted to keep the aircraft relatively clean representing the CAGs aircraft parked on a navel air station ramp.

Even with some of the fit issues and possible accuracy issues (most of which I have no clue of), I found this kit still enjoyable to build and quite convincing as an F-8 Crusader. I am looking forward to building several more in some of the fancy liveries these aircraft flew in.... Mahalo Nui Loa! 

Rabu, 07 November 2012

Hasegawa Canadair Sabre Mk.6 Scale 1/48

Hi guys... I’m Mike Robertson. I will share experience when building Canadair Sabre Mk.6. The basis of this kit is the Hasegawa Luftwaffe Sabre that included resin wingtips to reduce the span thus providing the slatted 6-3 wing. The markings are from On Target Decals sheet number MA-48120 which feature aircraft profiled in On Target Profiles 6, North American, Canadair & Commonwealth F-86 Sabre in RAF, RCAF, RAAF, SAAF, Pakistani and Malaysian Service, published by The Aviation Workshop Publications and authored by Jon Freeman.

Generally, the kit went together quite well with light filling required at the lower wing to fuselage joins. The nose cone caused some difficulty due to the larger circumference of this part in relation to the attachment area on the forward fuselage. Considerable sanding was required to obtain a good finish. The resin wing tips were a generally poor fit overall being thinner in section and a butt fit as provided. Holes were drilled in the resin tips and area of the wing where they join to provide strength by inserting plastic rod. This was followed by a coat of filler to increase the tip thickness to match the wing and the inevitable sanding, filling, sanding process to obtain an even thickness. The scoop found on the right fuselage adjacent to the speed brake was removed as this is appropriate for the F86F-40 Sabre of the JASDF. 

The ‘sugar scoop’ intakes were made from plastic strip and square stock and slowly shaped to match photos. The Sabre featured is an ex-Luftwaffe jet and featured a Martin Baker ejection seat. The seat used in the kit is from the Hasegawa F8 and modified to represent the seat fitted to Luftwaffe Sabres. 

The author notes that the ex- Luftwaffe Sabres flown by the Pakistani Air Force may have retained their Luftwaffe colours. This is the choice I made and I welcome information from any modeller that can shed some light on the subject as I am planning a similar project in 32 scale. Xtra colour Luftwaffe enamels were used to paint the kit. The initial coats of each colour were lightened with white then weathering was applied with darker tones of the colours to reflect the appearance of the aircraft operating in the climate of Pakistan. The decals were applied using Micro set and sol with no adverse reactions. The decals were in register apart from one minor inconsistency with one roundel. A final coat of Testor's semi-matt varnish was applied to seal the decals. 

I am quite happy with the end result in general. I didn’t quite get the sit of the open speed brakes right and the ‘sugar scoops’ look a little too big but then, that leaves me room for improvement. Many thanks to Jon Freeman for the inspiration from the book and, the Pakistani Air Force for painting their Sabres. If you want to build Pakistani Sabre Mk.6, this kit the best choice...

Selasa, 06 November 2012

Three View Colour Profile Helicopter

Aerospatiale Gazelle AH.Mk.1 (British Army Air Corps)

Agusta A129 International (Aviazione dell'Esercito)
Full Size A129

Bell AH-1G Cobra (US Army)
Full Size AH-1G

Bell AH-1W Super Cobra (USMC)
Full Size AH-1W

Kamov Ka-29TB Helix-B
(Aviatsiya Voyenno Morskogo Flota Rossii)
Full Size Ka-29TB

McDonnell Douglas AH-64A Apache (Heyl H'Avir)
Full Size AH-64A

Mil Mi-24P Hind-E (Aviatsiya Sukhoputnykh Voysk)
Full Size Mi-24P

Mil Mi-35P Hind-F (Aviatsiya Sukhoputnykh Voysk)
Full Size Mi-35P

Mil Mi-28A Havoc-A (Voyenno Vozdushniye Silly Rossii)

Sikorsky HH-53C Super Jolly Green Giant (USAF)

Sikorsky MH-53J Pave Low III (USAF)
Full Size MH-53J

Sikorsky HH-60G Pave Hawk (USAF)
Full Size HH-60G

Westland Wessex HAS.Mk.3 (Fleet Air Arm Royal Navy)
Full Size Wessex HAS.Mk.3

Westland Whirlwind HCC.Mk.12 (RAF)
Full Size Whirlwind HCC.Mk.12