Drone moves to paint

Main assembly on the D-21 completed
Main assembly on the D-21 completed
First coat on the D-21 using AK Extreme Metal
First coat on the D-21 using AK Extreme Metal

Well there wasn’t much construction to the drone itself as you can imagine, so I have put down my first coat of paint on her. For the paint on this I am going to be using AK Xtreme metals and the first one down is the White Aluminum. I will be picking panels out individually in alternative shades to try and get a convincing natural metal finish on this. We will see how it actually ends up looking though!

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Vampire rises from.. the corner of the bench.


So whilst this isnt quite a ressurection of the undead from beyond the grave I thought it about time we did some more work to the Vampire build. I had a few issues with the fit of the intakes, this seems to be a common issue for me and I am starting to wonder if it’s the way I am building the kits.

With the benefit of hindsight I don’t think I would follow the construction order given in the instructions for this if I was to build these parts again I think I would either attach the intake to one half of a wing, attach this to the fuselage then complete with the other half of the wing, or attach the intake to the fuselage first, then put the wing in place before the glue between the wing halves cures just so I can move all the parts in relation to one another to try and get the best possible fit.

However it is what it is and I have a slight step and some gaps to deal with so I go with my tried and tested method of Mr Surfacer 1000 to address this issue. Here’s some photo’s waiting for the 2nd coat of Mr Surfacer to cure after the inital coat was sanded.

So much for keeping it simple



So much for keeping things nice and simple. As I had almost finished the paint I removed the masking tape and blue tack covering the cockpit and it really struck me how poor the cockpit was looking (there isn’t even a control stick) and the seat especially was annoying me, it looked pretty bad and also seems to sit too far forward leaving quite a big gap between the back of the seat and where the none existant bulkhead should be. These photos are from earlier on in the build to illustrate how poor things are looking as standard.

 

Intakes done


Progress slowed a little of late on this one but the intakes are looking OK to my eye, I put primer on to see what they looked like in paint and I don’t think they too bad at all considering the size of the step that was there. I left her belly up with the primer drying on the underside last night, which meant I spent a lot of time looking at those dodgy wheel wells. I may throw in some cabling or something to try and add a bit of interest, depends if I can find any reference images or not.

1/72 Airfix Spitfire PRXIX with Resin Camera


A new project begins! So I have been pottering about the bench and started a couple of kits but my heart just wasn’t really in them, a combination of not really being interested in the subject matter and difficulties with the builds meant they stalled. So after my visit to the Scottish Nationals I figured I would just throw myself back into it, I was looking through the stash for something that would be a simple enough task but would still produce a good looking model at the end and I settled on the Airfix 1/72 Spitfire PRXIX. 
I had a couple of resin cameras in the stash that would fit this kit too which I had picked up for about a pound from an online clearance sale so I figure I may as well use one on this build. 

I have decided to go with the Swedish markings for this build, I have a couple of these kits in the stash after picking them up at £2.99 a kit and I am glad I did buy in multiple on this occasion, the kit looks great from what I can see, no flash, nicely engraved detail, although the panel lines may be a little deep its only a small thing that could easily be rectified and for the first time in a long time I find myself looking forward to getting on with the build! 

Jaguar Camo Mask


As work had began again on the Jaguar it quickly became time to mask the camo scheme up ready for more paint.

I decided to try a technique new to me instead of the usual blu-tak worms or pre cut vinyl masks, this time I scanned the images of the gree/grey scheme from the instruction sheets decal and camo layout. I had to enlarge the image and print to the size of the model, this was done by working out the percentage increase between the instruction sheet image and the actual size of the model.

I then printed these and cut out the paper shapes for the flat surfaces, now I had to find a way of getting the paper masks to stick, I have seen others try this method using Pritt Sticks or PVA glues etc and they always seem to have issues with residues being left on the models or the masks not coming off after paint.

What I decided to do was paint the back of the paper masks with a nice coat of Humbrol Maskol and then stick them down on to the model so the maskol was between the base paint layer and the paper mask. I did this for the top, bottom and sides where I could use a flat mask, I then joined and masked the curved parts of the model just by painting on the Maskol by hand. A couple of hours to let the Maskol fully cure and then some XF-13 Green was the order of the day!

Resurrection!


Ok as I mentioned in an earlier post I have picked up the Italeri Jaguar again in between working on the Cobra so I thought I would give a couple of quick shots of where I have got to with it. I lost a couple of antenna and once I had put the Dark Gull Grey down it became I had lost a few panel lines so I have given one or two a rescribe.

I will go back at her later with the Dark Gull Grey to cover the panel lines and then get busy with the masking for the green.

Build Complete!


Well I am calling it done, there’s one or two things I would like
to have changed, for example I kind of wish I had modeled her in flight,
I have decided against weathering it as granted there’s not a vast
amount of images of them in this scheme but those that are seem to show
some pretty pristinely kept airframes, although should could probably
benefit from a very light panel wash in the future I dont have the right
colours so no point putting a dark one on for the sake of it as it
probably wouldnt look right.

All in all for a low budget kit that has risen from the ashes of the
failed Tan models project I think that its a great little kit, sure it
has its inaccuracies but so do a lot of kits that cost a hell of a lot
more than this ones £10 price tag and it really is a fun little kit to
build, the decal sheet is extensive and is great to work with, plenty of
options to build but the instructions probably could do with improving
to say the least