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Wouter

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About Wouter

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  • Birthday 04/21/1979

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    Male
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    Netherlands
  • Interests
    WWII, luftwaffe, dutch, early civil aviation 30's - 50's

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  1. Wouter

    Ju 388 L-1

    I skipped a few steps posting, so it appears i made some big steps in the mean time. For painting I went with only a slightly weathered look, but due to the end of the war conditions I wanted the paint to start fading a little. Getting there ever so slowly and I found some time to take a few beauty shots outside in the sun. Steps done after last post: - camouflage painting (all done with MR paint - paint) - gloss coat - decals and sprayed markings. The larger decals in the kit didn't adhere very well so I ended up spray painting them. Looks better anyway and lesson learned that shortcuts don't work in modelling... - panel line wash - sprayed exhaust staining - satin coat - removed canopy mask! yeah. On to the last bits and bobs (landing gear, antennas, guns, periscope). Cheers, Wouter And one of my favourite angles
  2. Wouter

    Ju 388 L-1

    Hi, it's a kit form JH Models. I bought mine from the Aviationmegastore, but you can also order direct from JH models: http://www.jhmodels.eu/plastic-models/model-stands/no-3201-stand-new/ Yep, the foam is just temporary for painting
  3. Wouter

    1/48 Wellington Mk.X (He727 NA-K)

    OMG Jeroen, you really like to torture yourself with that PE... impressive stuff! Love the printed aerial picture, it's gonna be a model/memorial to cherish when finished.
  4. Wouter

    1/48 Wellington Mk.X (He727 NA-K)

    goed bezig
  5. Wouter

    1/48 Wellington Mk.X (He727 NA-K)

    Hnnnnngggg... eye twitch... That's some serious test for your patience
  6. Wouter

    Ju 388 L-1

    And we've got wings! No turning back now. I've spent a copious amount of time to blend the wing root smooth, but the time spent here will pay off at the painting stage (so I hope ). Next update we'll see some color.
  7. Wouter

    Ju 388 L-1

    So, I'm slowly working to on this one to get to the painting stage. Lot's of sanding, filling and (re)scribing to do. It's just so hard to get the panel lines straight, especially when they cross different materials like resin, filler and plastic. I'm now at the stage I'm calling it a day because I'll never get them perfect. Anyway, besides that, one of the smaller but still prominent part of the build is the turbo scoop beneath the engines. It's a tricky shape to get right. John mentioned this in the manual that he thinks the scoop should be altered and I tend to agree with him. I haven't found one picture showing the original scoop in good detail, but after studying the available material I found the parts provided in the kit to round and to short and not enough definition at the base. Here's how the look unaltered: Here are some of the better pictures I found showing the shape of the scoop Looking at these pictures I found the shape to be oval from the front, longer from the side profile slightly tapering to the back, and a flared base. On the last picture you can also see that there is a panel line between the front and the rest of the scoop. I reshaped the kit parts using milliput. In the end I omitted the panel because I couldn't get a decent straight line around the scoop. But all in all I think the altered shape is closer to the pictures then teh unaltered one.
  8. Wouter

    Ju 388 L-1

    Alright, after a few evenings of putty, sanding, rinse and repeat, I've painted the canopy. I decided to pull off the masking because the canopy is now essentially finished. The real canopy was also finished in a black/grey color and not painted with the rest of the fuselage. I'm going to tape off the canopy as a whole for the rest of the build. I still have to do some touch up, but all in all it turned out pretty well. Considering this is my first vac canopy I'm pleased with the result. I'm was pleasantly surprised with what can be seen from the outside, so all the hard work and details are not for nothing. With the canopy finished, the rest of the build shoudl be pretty straightforward and I can see the finish line in the distance! Cheers, Wouter
  9. Wouter

    Ju 388 L-1

    ust a quick pic before going off to bed. The canopy is attached to the cockpit. First with just a few drops of CA and after that was set I ran epoxy through all the joints. This was left to dry for 24 hours. Currently working on blending everything together by eliminating unwanted seams, restoring details and corrections on the canopy fairing. Everything looks really messy right now, but we'll get it sorted out. Cheers, Wouter
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    Ju 388 L-1

  11. Wouter

    Ju 388 L-1

    Well, to put my money where my mouth is I dug op my dslr. The cockpit was placed on a makeshift photobooth to get some decent pictures. The dslr does take a lot better pictures then my mobile, so I should do it more often. I made the picture pretty highres, but tried to keep the filesize down for those on crappy internet. Now this is done I'll guess I'm going to close up the cockpit/canopy this weekend. Enjoy!
  12. Wouter

    Ju 388 L-1

    In another very lengthy session I finished the inside of the canopy. Framework, details like handle's, light fixture, wiring and not to forget the moisture taps in (almost) every corner. All 22 of them.. gasp. In finished of with painting the framing. In the picture it looks a bit messy because I didn't paint the whole frame on the inside, only the ribs. I figured this won't be seen when I have painted the outside framing. So, this was the last step before closing the cockpit. Before I'll do that I'm going to take some better pictures of all the details, so I can always look at those when I mess up ! Till next time, Wouter
  13. Wouter

    Ju 388 L-1

    Just had a very lengthy masking session with the upper canopy. Fresh blade, masking tape and a lot of patience. Now I can add the inner structure, moisture taps and other details. After painting I can glue the canopy in place, Woohoo! Can't wait to get there.
  14. Wouter

    Ju 388 L-1

    I'll finish with a few glamour shots (on the old legs by the way) Cheers, Wouter
  15. Wouter

    Ju 388 L-1

    Next up; something that brought me back to this build. The fantastic replacement propeller set by Henri Daehne! Oh boy, if haven't seen these in real life yet you're in for a treat. Excellent casting, superb detail and very accurate. Ok, one minor flaw due to resin shrinkage, the hubs had a few dimpels. These where easliy fixed with some filler. The resin used is pretty hard but also flexible. The blades are razor sharp at the trailing edge, but due to the flexibel resin the can take a beating. You have to purposely bent them (to far) to damage or break them. Here is a blade compared to the kit part, it's like night and day in details and shape After a little cleaning, cutting to length and adding the counterbalancing weigths you quickly have eigth blades and after painting Pre assembly and finished. I place them beside the kit part for comparison. If you're qoing to build this kit, do yourself a pleasure and buy this easy and relatively cheap upgrade. Henri Daehne also makes a version without the hub for even more detail!
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