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karimb

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About karimb

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  • Birthday 05/07/1981

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    Lebanon, Qatar, Greece
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    WW1 aviation and basically anything that flies, scale 1/32 and above!

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  1. Rob, thanks for taking the time to leave such a kind comment. I have had a liking for metal finished lately and have been toying around with doing aircraft as they were produced at the factory prior to priming... the Junkers gave me the opportunity to start playing around with my techniques... Thanks for stopping by
  2. Brother Ernie thank you for the kindness as always... you guys hold my modeling skills in too much esteem to be honest
  3. Thank you Gus for taking the time to leave a word and for the kind comments!
  4. Bill thanks... i am faaaar from being a master my friend. I am glad she turned out to you guys's liking !
  5. Hi gang, I am unsure wether i have to post this here or in the armor section, so moderators please feel free to move this topic over to the other section of the forum and relink as you see fit. One of the rare times i have ventured into building a vehicle rather than building my usual preference of aircraft. The Marienfelde and the figures are the second and final part of my contribution to the collaborative diorama i am building in cooperation with Lebanese master modellers Bernard Bassous and Imad Bou Antoun. I present you the Aviattic Daimler Marienfelde in 1/32 scale. The kit is multimedia composed of resin parts, brass and acetate sheeting. I will not be reviewing the kit itself but i can tell you the parts are a mixed bag in terms of quality of the castings, and i can only recommend this kit to the advanced modeller. My kit came with 3 missing parts, the drum brakes were nowhere to be found, as well as one of the stowage boxes. The kit required a substantial amount of cleanup before assembly specially on the chassis and the wheels which had deep mold marks from the resin casting process. I scratchbuilt the drum brakes with styrene and scratchbuilt alot of other small details in order to enhance the overall look of the finished flatbed. I modified the flatbed as an infield modification carried out during the late stages of the Great War in order to add visual interest and also in order to be able to place the tail of the Junkers D1 in a position that would be suitable for the diorama and for the setting in relation to the figures. Woodgraining was done using oils on the inside of the cab, RB templates on the truck bed. All detail painting was done with tamiya and gunze paints, the outside of the truck was painted with tamiya paints and i tried representing the blotched appearance by using multiple layers and mixes of variations of the field gray colors. The metallics were all painted using alclad paints and MRP metallics. Weathering was achieved with AMMO mig products and oil paints kindly provided by Sukerumodera. Further weathering was done using pigments and prismacolor color pencils. The wheels and the chassis haven't been weathered as to give Bernard and Imad the chance to weather them in a way that will allow the truck and Junkers to be better integrated to the diorama base. The figures are from Czech company Black Dog and are resin, except for the truck driver which came with the Aviattic kit. This was also my first time painting figures and it took me three days until i settled with a technique for painting faces which i found worked for me, being a mixed of airbrushing, brush painting and oil transitions. The resin duck next to the driver is from a producer which i can't recall the name of now, and it is a throwback to one of my nicknames which adds a bit of a personal touch to the build. The leaves on the flatbed are from PlusModels of Czech Republic. The wood planks that cover the trailer chassis end are cut pieces of wood veneer and the chains are 1/35 armor chains from different producers, which have been burnished. Stay tuned for the final reveal of the diorama once we bring the whole project under way. All photos have been taken with my new EOS Rebel T3i and the studio light setup.
  6. Congrats Brother ! looking forward to your input on things!
  7. Welcome over Tim it’s good to have you here! Karim
  8. Thanks Hubert for the kindness. I have uploaded a gallery with photos of the work in progress on my blog in the folder Junkers D1 work in progress, below the shelf queen photo gallery I hope it will be of help. I quickly uploaded the photos in no specific order so youll have to sift through them, sorry just didnt have time to sort them out by date...
  9. Gaz its great to see you posting my friend. Sorry haven't had a chance to be around very much! Thanks for the kind words!
  10. Rob, You can critique as much as you want when it comes to me. I have been blessed to have parents who brought me up the old fashioned way when critique was not just expected but encouraged in order for people to improve. Unlike the snowflake generation trend you see going around on other forums, where any different opinion is frowned upon and positive reinforcement is always expected, with me you can go ahead and shoot straight Problem is i am not very good at taking photos, the technical side of it. I just bought a second hand EOS600D that was barely used and it was sold with two lenses the 18-55 and the 55-250 and three books with the bundle. I am enjoying reading the books before going to sleep. While some of the concepts are universal to the Sony RX100mk3 i have been using for years (the photos of the Junkers were taken with it), and all other cameras, i am getting acquainted with where to find everything on the EOS and how to tweak the settings. I am hoping this will help out in improving the overall photo quality even though the image sensor on the EOS is older and has less mpx capacity. This is countered by the fact its a proper DSLR where you can use the appropriate lens for the occasion. Thank you again for stopping by and for the recommendation and kind comments. I will have to try the 55-250 for the photos then and see how things go from there. The good thing is the F number goes quite high so i can keep every part of the model in focus lol!
  11. Gus thanks for the kind comment! Yes it seems the wingless version is indeed catching on lol... it's different and does indeed look good. I am working now on the Marienfelde truck and hopefully once that is done my friends and i can start on the layout and groundwork for the dio...
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