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PZL P.11c - Polish Fighter - IBG - 1/32


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13 hours ago, Peterpools said:

WOW, just incredible.  Your PZL is looking fantastic; decal work is perfect and the oil experiment a complete success. A half litre of Micro Sol, now that's taking charge of the action for sure.

 

13 hours ago, Bomber_County said:

Rob, sorry for my tardy attendance, actually got some work……

anyway Rob damn amazing, absolutely love the finish you have created congrats, another masterpiece……

 

4 minutes ago, Kaireckstadt said:

Simply stunning Rob! Love how it turned out up to now! 

Muchas gracias Amigos, in all, I'm relatively satisfied with the outcome of the oils experiment. It proved that it is possible to paint monochrome and used airframes with the medium. The hardest part is equal color distribution. I have no idea, how many brush strokes I made, first stronger and to the end barely touching the surface. 
Panel emphasize and a first grade weathering are possible with the oils. I sprayed some smaller parts, like the canopy framing and you have to find matching colors.
To me the most attractive aspect of this build was the challenge itself. I try to learn something new with every build, just to fire me up.

Cheers Rob

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Today I've done all the little things. First I added the exhaust collector and the fairing behind the engine, which I had forgotten to insert, before gluing in the engine. Luckily the plastic is really flexible and I managed to get the part in place. Then it was time for the cowlings, which were not so easy to install, without ruining the paintjob with glue. 

Next were the wheels, which received some pigments and were painted in different black shades before.

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I opened the hatches then, which were glued in place temporally for painting with a drop of white glue.

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I added tine PE brackets and silver nickel rods for the rudder horns.

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The cockpit is opened again and I added the seat belts and the leather headrest. The equally made from leather paddings around the cockpit will be painted later.

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The whole thing does look like this now.

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Cheers Rob

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Rob, I absolutely love your result. Gorgeous!

I built this kit the first moment it was released, got it from Hannants actually, as US suppliers hadn’t received any.

I thoroughly enjoyed the build and the only hiccup I had was the wing to fuselage join: there was a gap.  Not normally an issue, but the entire rest of the kit was almost flawless.

I always build mine closed up, so I found I needed to shim up the doors slightly. Test this before glueing.  
And getting a less than monochromatic finish with that Polish khaki was a challenge. I went back over it with shading a half dozen tomes followed by multiple washes before I was remotely pleased.

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16 hours ago, harv said:

Thats Sweet !!...harv

 

14 hours ago, belugawhaleman said:

Beautiful, very very well done!

 

14 hours ago, HubertB said:

Beautiful !

 

13 hours ago, Peterpools said:

Just awesome and looking simply stellar.

 

12 hours ago, Kaireckstadt said:

Beautiful!

 

5 hours ago, GazzaS said:

Looking fabulous, Rob!  The detail work is outstanding.  The exterior paintwork is very noteworthy!

Thank you fellas, I'm blushing. The PZL is slowly closing in at the closing line and I had so much fun with the kit, I nearly couldn't wait for the oils to dry properly.

Cheers Rob

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6 hours ago, Clunkmeister said:

Rob, I absolutely love your result. Gorgeous!

I built this kit the first moment it was released, got it from Hannants actually, as US suppliers hadn’t received any.

I thoroughly enjoyed the build and the only hiccup I had was the wing to fuselage join: there was a gap.  Not normally an issue, but the entire rest of the kit was almost flawless.

I always build mine closed up, so I found I needed to shim up the doors slightly. Test this before glueing.  
And getting a less than monochromatic finish with that Polish khaki was a challenge. I went back over it with shading a half dozen tomes followed by multiple washes before I was remotely pleased.

Thank you Ernie, I followed your great build by the time and referenced sometimes during my build. Like you, I absolutely enjoyed all aspects of the build and the kit itself is a gem, design-, detail- and fit wise.
I had no issues with the fuselage seam and the fuselage openings fitted perfectly, when I glued them in temporally for painting. The only weak part of the kit are the tiny spots, which are supposed to hold the wheels. If they hold, good, if not, I have to somehow insert some brass rod for enforcement. 

Normally, I prefer to build my birds closed as well, because all these opened hatches disturb the pureness of the design. With the PZL, I liked the opened panels a lot, as they do not alter the sleek elegance of the plane and add some detail to catch the eye in all that Polish khaki.

Speaking of the wheels, I used resin wheels from Aires. They were nicely detailed, but the flattened part was at the same place for both wheels, but the mounting rectangles are angled, therefore, one flattened area is in the right spot, the other is somewhere :wtf:. The masks were equally bad, so I cut my own.

Getting some type of modulation was the main idea for using brushed oil paints for the finish. It was a tedious process, but I like the result. I'm not sure, if I go any farther with weathering, using panel liners and pigments or not. 

Cheers Rob

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5 hours ago, Bomber_County said:

Rob, thanks so much for this class in oils, a complete eye opener. Congrats on a beautiful build. Now me having the nerve to do something like this is a different matter…

Thanks Phil, I love experimenting, but sometimes fear the outcome as well, but hey, we are not performing heart transplants. If something goes wrong it can be stripped and repaired or, ultima ratio, binned. Failure is only bad for the ego, but that can be healed with some Martinis :wine:.

Cheers Rob

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More detailing was prepared, as I assembled the only really essential AM for the PZL, the Master weapon set, which includes not only the nicely done brass barrels, but also the Venturi horn and the aiming devices. I used my usual method of burnishing the brass parts, moving them rapidly in the chemical solution, to hinder air bubbles and when the shade is right, I rinse the parts in clear water and put them on a paper towel.

There is still some brass showing, where there was contact with the CA, but that will be corrected later after gluing the parts to the model.

I glued the plastic bodies of the MG's, after some pigment treatment, into the open hatches, which was a bit fiddly and should have done before. The barrels will be added tomorrow.

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Cheers Rob

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16 minutes ago, Martinnfb said:

Damn, that looks sweet! I’m so tempted to get this kit. Such a classic design and you and Ernie make the assembly look so easy. :)

Do yourself a favor and buy one, Martin. It's a great and complete kit, where there is no real need for AM. Interior and surface detail is exceptional oob. It's a beautiful plane at least to me with the elegantly shaped gullwings, and nice proportions.

Cheers Rob

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10 hours ago, Peterpools said:

WOW, love the detail MG and your treatment of the parts is perfect.

Thank you Peter, burnishing brass parts is the way, I like to treat my brass parts. It has no thickness, like paints on these fine detailed small parts and has the right slightly metallic, matte black-browness.
The parts have to be fat free and moving them rapidly in the bath is essential, to hinder air bubbles to settle and stop the reaction, where they are. CA is a show stopper too, but with the sights and Venturi horn, there was no way around that. I dab on some black pigments later and all will look good.

Cheers Rob

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Done all the little things lately, like applying the barrels, the sight, the hatches, canopy and rearview mirror and lots of detail painting, I'm more or less there. There will be some touchups and then the PZL is done. 

It was an all out fun project and I love the shape of the plane and the very detailed interior. Albeit I used some AM, it can be built out of the box. The surface detail is exceptional and mirrors pictures of the real thing. 

The oil painting experiment was mostly successful, but it proved extremely difficult to distribute the color evenly. It's another approach. I applied more color than needed and then reduced the amount of color, by spreading it further and further, cleaning off excess color on a paper towel and add a bit more thinner with every pass. 

Cheers Rob

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