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DocRob

It's a bird, it's a plane, ... Red Star 47 Full Resin Kit

Hi Dustsniffers,

 

First I wanted to participate in the GB with a heavy resin added ME-BF 109 E, but decided to go full resin after a sighting of my stash.

Since I bought this little gem I always liked to build it, but leaving my country for another there was no time.

Then I discovered the term "Alternative Facts" and really liked it. The idea was born, I will do a setting with this strange bird, some mechanics possibly in a dio-setting with the Berlin Wall in the background as a Hommage to my old city.

 

The kit is a full resin kit made by Industria Mechanika. They have a great range of obscure, strange subjects in their program, If you have positive feelings to Steam Punk and weird Sci-Fi and Fantasy stuff just check it out.

 

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I couldn't resist a fast start, so I cleaned the resin of the crew and glued everything together. Small cast blocks and a good layout made it an easy job. The resin was bubble free and the details are fine.

Aren't they cute, looking like Smurfs for the adult :) . Can't wait to paint these guys. Anyway they are well protected against poisonous resin dust and airbrush mist :nuke:  .

 

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Yeah thanx Jeroen, I will do that. Nice design by the way.

In the moment it is more the hammer I need, literally spoken. The fit of the big resin parts is not always perfect, so I have to do a lot of scratching, grinding and sanding.

Pictures will follow.

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Hola Dusters,

 

My fingers are itching after removing "tons" of resin to fit the large pieces of the hull together. I have the feeling, that I reduced the weight of the kit by half. It's a garage kit and there is a lot of test fitting to do and lot of "adjustments" to make. Since it is my first full resin kit for me, there is a lot to learn, especially that this is far from Tamiya shake and bake kit  :lol:

Don't know why I have always doot, doot, doot, another one bites the dust... in my head.

 

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Hi GusMac, indeed, the surface detail is good and is crying for a nice weathered look.

 

But in the big picture the cleanup and test fit phase starts to annoy me a little. The bigger parts look a little as they are not made to fit and after a lot of usage of nearly all my tools things start to fit a little better.

But it is a time of decisions. I think I will translate the not so perfect fit into a reminisence of not so perfect Soviet engineering :) , other ways I would have to reshape a lot of the parts and I wanted a quick fun build.

Actually I started a Hasegawa Raiden as a relaxing side build.

 

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Hola Companeros,

Not much progress in the last days. I did just some PE-bending (the rolling tool in the picture is just great), and fitted some of the PE-grills into their frames.
Heating up the PE before rolling it is also making it easier to get even shapes.
The fit of the resin is suboptimal in parts and there are some statical issues in this kit, so I decided not to set the Red Star 47 on it's wheels and to let it hover (with a little help of a steel rod ;))
A thing I really like about the kits by Industria Mechanika is that there is adhesive plastic foil on both sides of the photo-etch, so nothing jumps into the eye, while cutting and you can put delicate PE-parts back into the sheet after fitting tests.

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Little by little things start to fit after removing tons of resin. The struts for the rudders were enforced with PE-parts. The clear windshield took me an hour to polish, but the result is not very good. The pilot will have a distorted view, because there is some irritation in the clear resin, maybe it looks better after a dip of Future and a yellow tint. I prepared some brass handles as a ladder for the pilot and try to keep the weird Smurfs in order :D

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I personally love the crewman with the briefcase...  it seems so incongruous , yet he fits in so beautifully!

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Yeah GusMac, it seems like the masks are keeping the fresh air out of their suits, whatever intoxication is happening on the inside :D.

Hi crazypoet, the little guy told me that it should be a tool case, but can we believe him? He looks like walking to his ninetofive-job and has just forgotten to change his suit.

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It has been a while since the last update of Red Star 47, but finally some progress is made. I primed the figures and all the extra parts which will be mounted to the main thing after painting. I used Alclad Grey Primer, which I like when mixing materials like resin and PE.

The figures where my first attempt in airbrushing those guys. I used colors of the Scalecolor range of Scale 75 (Fantasy & Game) , who I could hug because of the great names for their colors. There is 'Slimer Green' and 'Toxic Waste Green' among others. Felt perfect to give my Russian Toxic Smurfs the right color.
In the beginning I had some issues with clotting color on the needle, but after using some drops of Valejo Flow Improver and Tamiya Thinner it worked all well.
Strange, the Flow Improver never worked for me before, sometimes it pays to keep things for experimenting rather then throwing them away.
After drying the old school brush work will begin and the guys will come to life, whatever that means :D.

Say Hi, Iwan

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Some more progress on the ground crew. The painting is more or less finished. Some cleanups has to be made (especially around the Red Star decals. Tamiya flat base proofed to be a bad choice for blending in, even heavily thinned) and some light weathering when they will be set in the Dio

Here are the boys. I hope you like them.

Cheers Rob
 

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Every time I see these guys I smile...  Great job on the paint!

 

Ya know, I have to wonder if they still maintain full chemical and biological protection when they need to drop those "relief panels"

:D

 

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Thanx Gentlemen,

@crazypoet, I'm still not sure if the suits protect the Smurfs from the hazardous environment or if the suits protect the environment from the Smurf's Fallout :lol:.
It was fun to paint the guys and its no faces this time, which makes it a little easier.

Cheers Rob

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