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Everything posted by ophthoidoug

  1. trumpeter

    Amazing work! very eye catching model if time ever permits I'd like to do one if these & if I do this is the standard I'll strive for ...
  2. Enjoyed the recent JV44 190 post, will try to upload a few pics of my most recent build using my phone... Very basic build - Hasegawa kit with Aires engine, Gunze colors, markings are a mix of decals (walkways) & masks (insignia & the slogan under the cockpit believe it or not - masked using the Montex set)... V pleased with how it looks in the display cabinet alongside my recent 109 On deck now are the Wingnuts Se5a & ZM Pfeil as well as the (real!) '43 MB Willys I'm restoring in my garage Hope nobody minds me tacking a few in-progress pics & a jeep shot onto the end of my posting (?) Doug
  3. I'm an aircraft builder I'm not even supposed to be looking here :-) Your build is amazing!!
  4. Really nice!! Would love to see any in-progress build pics & hear more specifics about probs with this kit. Its on my list but not yet in my stash...
  5. Looks great! Love this aircraft. I have this kit in my stash, hoping to get to it soon (Wingnuts "hisso" on deck rn). I previously built the (ZM) Ta152 & Horten (& totally agree with your sentiments about clear plastic - sprayed the Horten sprue trees with Mr Surfacer before starting the build) and am happy with how both turned out. The Uhu however was a different experience for me & currently languishes in the stash of kits that may or may not ever be completed. The body breakdown was so (unnecessarily) extensive that I found it very challenging to end up with a decent looking fuselage - too many gaps & joints. Might just be my lack of skill & as I said it's unfinished but at least for now I've given up on it.
  6. Yeah, someone just forwarded the new duelist link to me (Camel + LVG) Best release I can remember! Despite having built a large number of the WNW kits (in fact switching to 1/32 pretty much because of them), I've been super-frustrated not to have bought or built an LVG (now of course out of production). This duel/kit is the perfect solution - a new offering as well as the chance to go back and pick something many missed out on. Great work Wingnuts!
  7. Looks like you might have derailed my own Wingnut Pfalz project by posting that giant Dora ... ;-)
  8. My jaw is sagging! Just amazing Would love to see it next to something to give an idea of size - like a person or piece of furniture? I'm really only a plane guy ... but ... I might just look around for one of these ... Whatever your "loss of mojo" moments may have been, I can tell you that your amazing build is an inspiration to others Thanks for posting all the construction pics Doug
  9. Hi all Almost finished my WNW tripehound Bit of a decal disaster with the rudder "flashes" (red/white/blue stripes) courtesy of my three-year-old and an uncapped bottle of Mr. Thinner! Is there any chance anyone has these specific decals spare (after perhaps building the French or captured version?) I've also asked WNW directly Considered trying to paint them but I don't think I could get a good enough match If all else fails I'm going to buy the Roden kit (again!) & just use the rudder and decals ... Thanks from a wet & rainy Southern California Doug
  10. Well I reached out to WNW but despite an initial positive response, then didn't hear much so I caved and bought a Roden kit, allowing me to use the rudder & decals and finally get this project finished. I had initially started the Roden kit before being able to source the (superior) WNW kit but a major Roden problem (in my opinion) was their poor-quality, fragile decals. ... so ... I now have a (near) complete Roden tripehound sheet (sans the tail flashes) and would be happy to give it anyone who's struggling with their own set of decals & perhaps needs a few spares? Best (from a wet & rainy Southern California)
  11. Just amazing work, loved reading it over a cup of coffee, looking forward to the finale - thanks for sharing!
  12. Just bought a CJ2a & parked it on our lower lot - planning a full rebuild, olive drab paintjob & a couple of large white stars :-)
  13. V pleased to see the 129 on the horizon. Will absolutely have to have one. Waiting to hear back from WNW about a replacement decal for my tripehound tail, then I can clear the bench and open up the ZM Pfeil which is next in line.
  14. Just beautiful
  15. Hey Rick I've requested occasional replacement parts over the years - never a full tree. The address I use for Tamiya here in the US is usa_support@tamiya.com They have always been great - always sourced what I needed & always got it to me asap in a carefully wrapped package. Their service & support has been excellent in my experience! Hope this helps Doug
  16. Have one of these in my stash Would like to do a metal finish After looking at it closely, my biggest concern will be joining the upper fuselage halves whilst preserving the fine rivet-detail... I don't like the idea of having to try to recreate significant amounts of rivet detail after heavy sanding (punch or riveting wheel) & I think a metallic finish will be unforgiving of poor workmanship ... Anyone who's already tackled this kit have any specific suggestions? I'll be following with interest (after doing the same with my birdcage corsair!) Doug
  17. Something I've looked at but haven't been confident enough to tackle. The glasshouse will make or break the finished model. Theres a v nice (albeit 1/48 scale build at FSM; http://cs.finescale.com/fsm/modeling_subjects/f/2/t/134417.aspx?page=1 I still have the Aims Mistel conversion in my partially-built-stack-of-shame. Will watch this with interest. Best Doug
  18. Have built quite a few WNW kits (& have quite a pile in my unbuilt stash). Without doubt they're fantastic! The first few on the shelf at my local hobby store were ultimately a scale-breaker for me & I haven't looked back since. The "sold out" theme is however frustrating when compared to other high-quality kit-manufacturers... I'm hugely disappointed not be able to build the beautiful LVG. I hear occasional rumors that OOP kits may be re-released as limited "special edition" runs but nothing concrete (?) I just gave up in frustration on Roden's (Sopwith) triplane (as well as their lousy decals) and sourced the WNG kit on ebay. Cost me $200 + shipping.
  19. Great idea for a project, I'll follow this one... I finished mine as the only all red example to add a little interest. http://www.hyperscale.com/2013/features/ta152h32de_1.htm Fit wasn't too bad for me (except for the tail section) but I think I helped myself by leaving so many panels open and not having to tackle those tricky joints... Used Mr Surfacer to blend everything before I painted it which I think really helped. I've just abandoned Roden's (Sopwith) triplane (&decals!) after much frustration & sourced the OOP Wingnuts kit on eBay, should be with me by the weekend...
  20. ... why would you do that to me? I was starting to get a handle on my burgeoning stash of unbuilt models... Just yesterday I found myself admiring a phantom in Vietnam-era colors in an "Aces High" magazine & now this... I guess I'll just need to go buy the Tamiya kit at the weekend :-) Your satin paint finish is superb (!!) - would love to know what your finial varnish coat was (?) Best Doug
  21. V nice indeed! Outstanding overall paint finish and just enough weathering to keep it real without being overdone. I absolutely want a jug in my collection ... waiting to see whether Tamiya brings one out next year (?) I finally broke down & had a carpenter put a wall of glass-fronted cabinets into my home office for the growing squadron of 1/32 birds. Very happy with the result & get a lot of pleasure every time I walk in and flip on the lights. Thanks for sharing!
  22. I'm not a facebooker so I'll have to make do with these pics. Looks v nice indeed, despite any problems you may have encountered along the way. Have considered this one a couple of times but have also heard that its not all roses... Totally agree with your sentiments - if HpH did a catapult I've have to build the combo ( I did the Arado/catapult & I love it) - can I ask (?) is that something that's being talked about right now, have HpH suggested or mentioned it? Is there any value to me poking them with a stick :-) I'd be happy to commit to buy if they were looking into the feasibility of a US navy catapult... I actually looked into having a resin catapult 3D printed but the estimated cost just to print the basic components for me was in excess of $1000...
  23. I have 2 projects on the bench close to completion - a 190 & a corsair in 1/32. I've just ordered the HGW "wet transfer" stencil sets for both but have never used these products before. A quick troll around the net reveals a mixture of "they're the bees knees - check out my amazing model" & "they suck - check out my crumpled, non-detached decals with carrier film" ... Seems to be quite a bit of advice about their use, much of it conflicting. The upshot (as best as I can determine) seems to be; *gloss surface *light application of microsol *wet transfer application & (warm) water removal with paper towel *carrier film "peeling" after 3-4 hrs Can anyone who has successfully used these things please provide comments, experience or advice before I tackle them ... All feedback greatly appreciated Doug
  24. Thanks Mark The paints are all Tamiya acrylics. I'd love to have more of the Gunze acrylic range but they seem v hard to source here in the US (?)I mixed & matched until I was happy with the blue/grey color. I've learned to use a new bottle(s) of paint for each build which I think helps keep the "paint-to-oily carrier ratio" constant. In the past, when using older bottles from the paint drawer, I feel like the paint atomizes and becomes dryer & "grittier" if it comes out of an older "half-empty" bottle (?) I use future to seal everything but during the course of this build have become leery of the effect which "Mr Mark Softer" has on that surface... Microsol always seems to settle my decals nicely. I've just finished laying down some dilute grey mixes & a flat coat to blend the decals in and with the canopy masks off I'm starting pastel-weathering as well as "chipping" using a silver pencil. I've also started the fuel stains using a mixture of "underlying airbrushed streaks" & "overlying hand-brushed streaks". I've definitely changed my preference from the dark bubble-tops to the light, weathered birdcages with their wings unfolded along the way... I think when its finished it'll look good alongside Tamiya's big Mustang.
  25. 3) wrt stencils (which was the point of the original thread!), I played around a little and overall I'm luke-warm about them - I don't love them & I don't hate them. Laying down "Mr Softer" (yes that's how its spelled on my bottle) is a little risky. Its seems that my Tamiya acrylic/future floor-polish surface will tolerate just a very faint layer without reacting badly and any excess of spills result in white blotches which are not easily washed off or "glossed out" - a perfect example being the drop I spilled on the bottom of the cowl and which I had to lightly sand & re-spray. Careful removal of the carrier film worked in most cases but sometimes left a glossy patch where it had been in contact with the paint which didn't easily wash off or buff out. Work with a q-tip & a light coat of future helped in these areas. Overall I prefer working with dry-rub transfers (when I can source them) & I'm limiting the stencil data on this build because of my constant fear of screwing up the paintjob. I'm just about ready to start the long but hopefully rewarding process of paneling & weathering & planning to try out some of the techniques others have shared ...