Thursday, 25 August 2016

Too Big & Too Heavy! A Work In Progress.

Hello!

This evening gave me the time to continue work on my Revell/Monogram 1/48 P-47N Thunderbolt.

The kit decals are old and not the best, so I have mixed and matched the box decals with an aftermarket sheet from SuperScale. The aim is to have these really nice colourful markings look good on the model and to replicate the real aircraft as it would have been based on the pacific islands all those years ago.

So I now have all the decals on the airframe and they have received a nice coat of Microsol solution to soak in that should hopefully get all of the decals to snuggle down. Then I can gloss the model and set about the weathering process. I may pose this model on a display base, a scene from Le Shima perhaps?

We'll see how this build goes..........In the meantime, check out my latest progress pics and Happy modelling!

Darren.











Imperial sniper.

Hello!

After having such fun with my American Sniper figure, I wanted to try my hand at more figure work. This time, the figure comes in the form of the 1/12 Bandai Sandtrooper.
As regular readers will know, I am a huge Star Wars fan so the chance to have a go at modelling a well known SW character was a project I could not resist!



These figure kits are fantastic! They come pre-painted on the sprue and just click together. The thought and layout of the fit and parts is right up there as one of the best fitting kits I've ever worked on. I have already purchased the phase 2 clone trooper kit as I really like the look of the armour on that figure as well.This kit is great value for money too, you get a choice of poses with full articulation, separate weapons to choose from and other equipment. Bandai also provide sheets of decals and stickers for the smaller details as well.

I have already assembled the figure, this took me a leisurely couple of hours and was so easy to do! If only Bandai made model aircraft! 

Here is the result of what I have done so far, I will add a lot of weathering to this figure as to make him appear as though he is on patrol somewhere on Tatooine. 







Hope you like what you have seen of this one so far! Take care and Happy Modelling!

Darren.



Tuesday, 16 August 2016

American Sniper: Work In Progress.

Hello!

I have had a little time to myself today so I did some more work on my 120mm US Navy SEAL Sniper.

I have nearly finished this one now, it's a great sculpt I just wish I was a better figure painter! Still, I am enjoying this project and I'm happy with what I have got so far.

Hope you like it! Until next time- Happy Modelling!








Friday, 12 August 2016

Sunday, 7 August 2016

2 BRAVO.

Hello!

This weekend has seen the completion of my 1/35 scale diorama "Generation Kill". I have been working on this for quite a while now and I have enjoyed it throughly!


This project was inspired by the book "Generation Kill" by Evan Wright. It tells the story of his time as a Rolling Stone magazine correspondent embedded with Bravo Company, 1st Recon. Batt. USMC during two months of the Iraq war.

The book led to the HBO TV series which only fuelled my imagination even more! The experiences, humour and spirit of these Marines was great to read and watch and I became so fascinated with the Humvee's that they used during their deployment that I wanted to build one. 

Then came the question....Which one? I soon learned after doing a little research that many of the vehicles in Bravo Company were different from each other, depending on what kit was available at the time of deployment. I couldn't decide on one single variant  so I began a project to build two Hummers, both from 2nd Platoon Bravo. 

The first Humvee was the hardtop callsign "Hitman 2-1" and the second the open top callsign "Hitman 2-2".

The kit used for "Hitman 2-1" was the 1/35 Tamiya M1025. This suited me well as little modification would be required. I then set about making "Hitman 2-2". This was more difficult as I needed to make this vehicle from other kits. The upshot was that I cross kitted the Zvezda and Academy kits to make the modern day open top. I modified the bonnet mesh, scratch built new mirrors and cobbled together a mount for the .50 cal and some stowage racks. 

Everything else was from the spares box or donated by my good friend Eric, who as an armour modelling expert gave me a lot of help with this project. Thanks mate!

Well, time to show you all how this build turned out, I hope you enjoy it.

Happy Modelling!

Darren.















Monday, 1 August 2016

A Jug, Two Hummers and some figure painting too!

Hello!

It's been a while since my last post, I have been inundated with work so hobby time has been at a premium. Needless to say, to have an evening to myself at the bench has been most welcome!

The Jug:

 My Revell/Momogram P-47N. The last time I showed you this model, I was having some trouble with the natural metal finish and I had to strip back and repaint certain area's of the airframe. 

I have been using AK Interactive Xtreme Metal paint for the NMF and I have to say I think the paint is superb. My problem was that I did not prepare my surfaces properly and every little blemish stood out like a flashing hazard light! 



Well, I had to sand that sucker back right down to the plastic and start again! It was a total ball ache but I got it done! 

So with the xtreme metal dry, I set about masking up and adding the O/D Green and Yellow panels. I used Tamiya acrylics for this. 


I still have a long way to go, but she's getting there at last! Here is how she looks now:






The Two Hummers:

Work still continues with my Generation Kill diorama, I have done a little more work to the display base and I am adding all the little details here and there, here is how they are looking this week:





And some figure painting too!

Yes, I am still working on the figures to go with my Hummvee's. Here is one I have almost finished now.........



So, that's all for this update, stay tuned for the next one! 

Happy Modelling!

Darren.








Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Seam-ingly Impossible!


Hello! 

Seams. They are driving me mad on my two current aircraft builds! However, with more and more filler and lots and lots of sanding I am beginning  to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Here is how the current projects are looking at the moment:




So after much frustration I am cracking on with this peoples choice build-I must stress I do not blame this kit for my problems, those were of my own making!

I have now painted and installed the engines, assembled the wings and tailplanes and filled in more seams! Yes, every time I thought I was done with filling and sanding, this model kicked me hard! 

I am almost there now-seams filled and sanded again so that I can get some paint on this build! Now it's looking like a B-17 at last, I have begun the painting process. The fuselage was sprayed with interior green and then I used NATO brown to pre-shade the panel lines. I know pre-shading is not so fashionable these days, but it still works for me. 

Here is how "Nine O' Nine" looks today......




Next to see is my Revell/Monogram 1/48 P-47N  "Too Big & Too Heavy" This is an older kit that I have wanted to re-visit for many years, the plan to make a better job of this version that my last! 

Well, I have to hold my hands up and admit to struggling yet again with those fuselage seams! I honestly don't know what is up with me! At the remedial work is done now and I can get back to painting. I am using True Metal polished aluminium for the NMF , the lesson I have learnt here is that with these new metallic paints is that they show up every single blemish on the surface of the airframe! 

AAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!


Never mind, after a cup of tea and more sanding/filling/sanding polishing I somehow managed to get the desired result. By desired, I mean it ain't perfect, but it will do for me! 

So we see this build as it has had its black primer sprayed onto the parts of the model that required more attention. 

I have also put the engine together and installed it to the airframe, no added details here, just build and painted the old fashioned way! 

Here is what it looks like now:






Take care and happy modelling!

Darren.