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Everything posted by DocRob

  1. Wow, wonderful result, great convincing finish. I'm looking forward to build my non car door version, albeit since I read your comment about the seams I am a little afraid . Cheers Rob
  2. Hey Jeroen, why caring about the opinion of others, when you feel different about it? Maybe the Lady from the Lake has some suggestions about aged canopies. Cheers Rob
  3. A very special bird you built there and a great result you achieved. As a friend of strange "what if's" or to name it in a more recent term "alternate facts", i have to applaude. Nice touch with the white wall tyres. I missed that plane in Chino, they must have hidden the Heinkel by the time I was there, what a pity. Cheers Rob
  4. Hi Bevan, it indeed caught my eye, mission accomplished Cheers Rob
  5. Hi Jase, thanx for your answer. It is a pity that there seems no way to purchase the figures, because I really like their natural poses. There are not so many convincing RAF-Pilots on the ground out there. Maybe I will contact HK about the source of the pilot-figures. I will not tell them that it is for a Tamiya Mossie build . Cheers Rob
  6. Great result and a marvelous paint job. Everything looks just right. Is the position of the tail wheel on purpose (maybe a dio)? Cheers Rob
  7. As I have the Mossie in my stash (along with a lot of AM), I'm really looking forward how your daring planned finish works out. I like the half and half Idea. Who produces these resin figures you where showing? I like them a lot and would be interested in a hint where to get them. Cheers Rob
  8. There is really no need to spoil your 190D-9 with a cheap- (Jeep-) Shot . Beautiful result. Sometimes it feels just great to build one straight forward more or less out of the box. Nice Job with the masking and the not too red underside. The Jeep is of course a completely different story. Cheers Rob
  9. Very nice result on the G6, heavily mottled and aged but not overdone. Not too many scratches, the ones which are there are in the right places. Congratulations to that worn fighter. Cheers Rob
  10. Wonderful pictures poet, just great shots, nice lighting and perfect "closeness" to the subject. I had sworn to myself to life out of my well filled stash for some years, but you are planting doubts in me about purchasing a 1/32 B17. I will give that some thoughts, in fact a lot of. cheers Rob
  11. Impressive outcome as we got used by your work. You have a real talent to capture a near cinematic moment in your Dios. I can't believe how you can be so fast and so good. It is hard to comment your work in the speed it is done . Cheers Rob
  12. Very nice result on a very beautiful plane. I specially like the at least for me unusal RAAF paintjob. The worn walkways look great and the "used" finish screams: salt, water and drops from seagulls .
  13. What an experience, sadly not many of us will ever make. Thank you for sharing that inspirational moment. Cheers Rob
  14. Ladies and Gentleman, get your cameras started. The fascination of airplanes and fighting the g-force to me had always an esthetical component. Since I was a kid the design of flying machines was like a magnet to me. Many Planes have their very distinctive way of showing elegance or purpose, sometimes both. The sheer brute force of a Convair Hustler e.g. reminds me always of a perfectly streamlined Bulldog, a Lockheed Starfighter makes me always wonder how these thin little wings might carry the bird. These thoughts in mind I’d like to invite you to take part in starting a little collection of artful (or not only documentary) pictures showing our favorite flying subjects. I was not sure if the placement in the Walkaround section would be ok, but in a way we do walk around the esthetics of flying and the fascination of technology paired with design. For me building a kit has always something to do with a personal interest in a subject on an abstract level. For instance building a Corsair was a lot of fun, because I liked the concept, I liked the technically solutions transforming to a certain distinctive design like the need of a large propeller leading to the bent wing design. My chosen pictures are mostly black and white, because I like the dramatic effect and the idea reduction. Feel free to add whatever comes to mind. Greetings Rob
  15. Can't see enough corsairs here and you did a great job on yours. what I specially like about your build is that you will open the hoods and do the interior jobs. You nailed the wiring on the engine in a way i get a little jealous while seeing . In another thread I posted some pictures of a stripped Corsair in restauration. It might help for the detailing inside. Cheers Rob
  16. Thanx coolbox, when you build such an almost perfect kit like the Tamiya Corsair that leaves a lot of headroom for painting and weathering. The Brassin engine was a story of love and hate. It is not easy to build, lots of resin and PE parts and in the end it didn't fit under openable cowls, but lessons learned. I will be more decisive now, if to open the easy way is not an option it s open or closed . Anyway I'm looking forward to build more Brassin engines for my BF-109E and my FW-190 A8 but next time no PE-piping and wiring, it's just not the right deal. Cheers Rob
  17. By the way of introducing myself I wanted to show the mighty F4U I built some time ago. When I was young I was building all the MatchboxAirfixRevellandevensomeTamiya stuff. About thirty years later I decided to reenter the Hobby because I found it really relaxing to give my best in Modelling after hard days at work. I'm not fixed on special subjects, so I do Airplanes as well as Armour and even some Steampunk and Science Fiction Stuff and Figures and there is no special era which I prefer. A Subject has to be of some fascination esthetically, in a technical way, or just be the perfect Subject to learn new techniques. Most of the times I loose interest when a kit is finished, it is more the building, painting and weathering I'm in for. Actually Im not building because I'm moving from Germany (You already guessed that English is not my Mother Language) to Spain and not only my Modelling stuff is in a Container somewhere on the Atlantic Ocean. The Corsair attracted me by it's look of grace and sheer power an I liked the Early war colors of the bird.It was the third Modell of my new career and there were some goals to achive and techniques I wanted to give a try. I wanted to go multimedia and added a lot of AM so that there would be no excuse for fails. KIt: Tamiyas 1/32 Birdcage Corsair an excellent Kit AM: Not really needed except for the wheels - Brassin Cockpit, excellent, but not much of the work will be seen. Lots of scraping and grinding was necessary to fit the cockpit into the fuselage - Brassin Engine, excellent, but I had my Issues later to be mentioned - Eduard PE and Placards - Maketar Masks, I didn't want to Use the Decals for Insignia, Numbers and Walking lines. - SAC Metal Landing Gear, nice but definitely not a must - Brassin wheels as mentioned - Lifecolor and Tamiya Colors, I like to work with Lifecolor in my Airbrush, less sputtering then other brands So there she is. Don't judge to hard on the bird and on my photo-skills, both are on their way of improving. Still on the Bench: And finished: For sentimental reason I will stress the engine theme a little. I loved the build of the Brassin-Engine a lot, it was tempting an satisfying an was a first for me handling huge amounts of resin and metal parts. There were some really upturning Moments in that period of the build. I used blue Micro Mask to mask off the Aluminium areas of the Cylinders and spraying the black air guiding parts. I will never use that stuff again, because it sticks like hell and is nearly impossible to remove, but the worst was yet to come. I decided that I want to show the engine details through removable cowlings. I failed after different attempts first using the Kit plastic parts (even thinned), second using the Brassin cowlings and at last bending and soldering PE-cowlings. But it was impossible to get a god fit and just snap lock the parts, so I ended the nightmare gluing everything closed. One more thing I learned was that it is better to do the wiring by yourself, then using PE ones which always look a little to flat (like the great build of DannyVM). I hope you enjoyed the ride Greetings Rob
  18. Very nice pictures crazypoet, it gets more and more difficult to get decent pictures of iconic planes mostly due to the surroundings. Bad indoor light, crammed museums, sometimes to many people, too many (often understandable) restrictions to access. But there are these rare chances, where everything is right, composition, lighting and then it is a pleasure to hit the trigger of the camera. You had all that combined with the eye for the right angle and moment combined in your pictures and created something of beauty about that beautiful B-17. That is the spirit that topic is all about. Cheers Rob
  19. I think I'm not the only AFV-builder who does not like Rubber-, DS-, Magic- or segmented tracks. Gentleman, there is a solution to our needs, somebody heard our cries. AK-Interactive has a range of different tracks in their Web Shop They carry tracks for Tiger I, Panther late, Panzer II, T-34, T-54, T55, T-62, Sherman, Panzer III early, KV 1, KV 85, SU 152, and BMP3 and the good thing you can get a limited amount of sets already assembled for a fortune (ca. 10 €). These sets are cast from white metal and look very similar to the Friul ones. The only difference I found was that there is steel instead of brass wire used for the connection. the whole length of the track is assembled, but the rods are not glued in. I didn't count the connected links but the length looked suitable. There are five spare track links per side. I love that offer and could hug the person who connected all the links and got bored instead of me Cheers Rob My set of Panther late tracks That's what is in the box. The tracks are separately packed with a short piece of wire and the spare links. Left - Magic tracks (not to bad but do not clip securely) Middle - Friul ATL-28 Right - AK Spare tracks Magic Track Friul AK And that is how it fits around the idler wheel of a Dragon Jagdpanther G2 without cleaning, I'm satisfied. One complete track. Its up to you to count the track links
  20. Fantastic work Jeroen, very convincing. The Art of deconstruction. @levier: Close but no cookies, Ausgezeichnet would have been right
  21. There is always something to improve, but what you show here is a very fine result. Nice paneling and the steel surface in front of the nozzles looks particulary great. On the Fotos I hardly see any stencils and while I think they are there this is good news. On my 1/48 IAF Eagle I had tons of problems with silvering stencils, while the insignia and colored markings went on perfect. Stenciling modern jets is always boring and painful. The builders should manifest the handling in a manual . Cheers Rob
  22. HPH

    Back to the big parts, it seems. When we collect the removed resin in that GB we could make some new kits out of the dust and scrap. As much as I like your attention to detail in the camera area, I can't wait to see how the big picture goes together. And now it starts to look like the real thing. Cheers Rob
  23. Some more pictures. Feel welcome to add some more not only documentary pictures of the stuff we modelers dream of. Cheers Rob
  24. Thanx Jeroen, sometimes I thought it would have been better to start with the single seater , but then what the heck with a little help of colored Photoetch everything gets a little easier with the cockpit. But building this little plane was in some ways a reminiscence of my days as a kid with an Airfix Phantom in 1/72 and no PE, no resin, no airbrush and no weathering at all. Modelling has changed a lot and lost some of it's innocence, but so have I. Anyway, I like to have all that stuff around nowadays and to challenge myself in building different kind of kits and learn new techniques. Cheers Rob
  25. Hola friends of the Polystyrol, big changes in our forum and a very tiny plane to show. My very last build before I left Berlin last year was a pleasant one, because the fit of the parts was ok and the addition of PE for the cockpit area made things easier, specially in 1/72. First I decided to go for a camouflaged finish, but then I changed my opinion, because I wanted to do my first Natural Metal Finish and trying different shades of Alclad Aluminium. I liked the result and the decals blended in well. The markings are finish and yes, there are some tiny parts missing. After 3000 miles in a container the little bird arrived in a not too bad shape. Cheers Rob