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rkranias last won the day on May 30

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About rkranias

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    Rick K
  • Birthday 02/09/1955

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    Washington, DC
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    Chasing my kids, making my wife laugh, gym rat, single malt with good maduro.

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  1. Paints, Washes, Pigments & Things Mr Paint 120 PRU Blue was used overall using black basing/marbling technique. Mr Paint 77 NATO Black was used for the propellers and Mr Paint 225 WWI Camo used for prop hubs. Give a subtle black contrast. MIG washes 1612 Green Brown applied to engine panel lines while 1603 Dark Sea Blue for remainder of panel lines. Using a short stiff brush and stipple application I applied MIG 034 Russian Earth pigment on the tires. MIG 025 Standard Rust applied to base of exhausts. Exhaust stains achieved by applying pigments using stipple in this order: 023 Black Smoke, then over the Black Smoke apply 026 Concrete keeping inside the Black Smoke pigment, then over the Concrete pigment apply 039 Industrial City Dirt DO NOT BRUSH! Stipple application will give the necessary breaks in the exhaust pattern.* Practice and have a reference photo handy. *This process worked for me and I will continue to experiment with desire to improve my skill sets.
  2. This was to be a OOB build to settle my angst with some resin projects that were killing my mojo. As usual I cannot leave things alone. This is a great little kit with typical Tamiya engineering and fit. I did struggle with the landing gear assembly and the 3 piece canopy gave me fits. That said, I ended up using a vacuform canopy and scratch building the cockpit inner frame with .30mm styrene rod. Then the brake lines. Then the cockpit and bomb bay plumbing. Then the various PE enhancement. Then MV Lenses for recognition lights. I need help. Here is the WIP. Paint/Varnish/Wash/Pigment Mr Paint 120 PRU Blue Mr Paint 77 NATO Black (prop blades) Mr Paint 255 WWI Night Camo (prop hubs) Vallejo 306 Dark Rubber (tires) Vallejo Matt Varnish Tamiya XF-71 (interior) Alclad 101 Aluminum (wheel well doors & wheel hubs) MIG Panel Line 1603 Dark Sea Blue MIG Dark Wash MIG Russian Dirt, Rust, Smoke, Industrial, Concrete Pigments Aftermarket Goodies Rob-Taurus 48069 Vacuform Canopy/Nose UltraCast 48104 Exhaust UltraCast 48045 Tail Wheel UltraCast 48247 Standard Wheels Block Tread Eduard PE 49242 Mosquito B.Mk.IV/PR.Mk.IV MV Lenses 502 2.2mm dia Red, Green, Amber
  3. great finish on one of my favorite WWII a/c!
  4. I wanted to post this before 4 June. Weekend full of family 5k race, 4 soccer games and equine test with my kids. Sue and I were dividing and conquering chauffeur duties. Whew! I am privileged to know a man whose brother was pilot in VT-6. kit is Monogram 1:48 TBD-1. This sat in my Dad's smoke filled HAM radio shack for over 25 years. I cleaned and restored his model after he passed away. This experience got me back to the bench in 2011. A few before pics.
  5. Watching this. you securing those bits and pieces of actual a/c...very cool. Jealous.
  6. FINISHED Will post better pics (these are iPhone, hence no depth of field) soon in the Finished section. Thanks for following.
  7. Thanks Rob. Every build these days is all about being resolute. ha, the HK 2 stage Mossie is in my sights. This time with USAAF markings. Cheers!
  8. Cheers Kahuna!
  9. The homestretch in sight. Almost ready to call this a wrap. A .35 drill and some EZ Line for the wip antenna secured with some Future. After the Future cured the EZ Line is trimmed. Vacu-Form nose glaze and intake screens installed. Bomb bay and landing gear doors installed. About those (Eduard) fenders... ...a figity pain. Like the look though. Exhaust stacks and stains applied. Pitot tube to be added, photo shoot...color this Mossie done!
  10. great dio. weathering and finish is spot on.
  11. lovely Wurger. great finish and resolute on the slightly faded camo colors. you pulled it off quite well.
  12. this is a unique bird on so many levels.
  13. you pulled off the turnbuckles quite nicely. beautifully nice finish
  14. you put a headlock on this REV kit. good work.