Subscribers’ Gallery – aircraft
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An-124 by Alexander Kutovenko
Best wishes, Alexander K.
A-37 Tweet by Malcolm Ireson
A-7E Corsair II by Hong Hwan Jang
Albatros D.III by Jenny Wright
AH-64A Apache by Mohammad Adl
This is my second model.
We have limited equipment in my country (Iran), for example I built the engine from waste. I made Remove Before Flight tags by print on paper.
- AH-64A Apache
- 1:48 Academy
- Paint from Italeri
- build in September 2012
- I made this model during about 10 days
Already here is embedded my model.
Best regards, Mohammad Adl from Iran
Arado Ar196 by Vaughan Perks
Here’s a build that I completed back in January (2012) taking 4 months to build. A fantastic model with some very nice detail and at the incredible price of only £24.99. The only issues I had were with trying to close the fuselage at the wing roots. Masking and spraying around the floats was a bit of a challenge but being able to fit the wings afterwards was a great help. I’ve included some build detail as well.
A6M5 Zeke “Agguato Mortale” by Alberto Mazzucco
This is the Hasegawa 1:72 scale kit.
AU-1 Corsair “Miss Penny” by Jose Alvarez
The pilot for this plane is (still alive) Mr. Colonel Dick Francisco a former Marine in Korea and he named his plane as Miss Penny in memory of the daughter of his wingman Colonel Forest Nelson who was MIA in Korea. After Mr. Nelson left his family to go on a mission he never returned back home and he was declared MIA. Miss Penelope Robichaux-Kunts “Miss Penny” Mr. Nelson´s daughter was three years old back then. Her mother could not support her after she lost her husband and the USS Miss Pillion support her family. I own the book written by Miss Penny about her life. She is now a friend of mine in FB.
In this case I did also detail the cockpit from scratch. The pilot´s harness and belts are made using masking tape and copper wire for the buckles. I used stretched sprue and plastic card to detail the instruments, lights and more controls into the cockpit, opened the fuselage hatch and detailed the interior with communications and aerials and the control stick bar-system. Detailed the engine and the landing gear as well.
Jose Alvarez ECM Hobbies
Alouette II helicopter, Revell 1.35 by Hong Hwan
Anson “Colourful Annie” by Max Williams
This particular aircraft is painted in the markings of 6 SFTS Mallala, Victoria. R3518 actually crashed whilst being flown by a pupil pilot idoing a cross country solo in June 1943 – he became disorientated in cloud and dived into a hillside. He was killed and his plane written off.
Xtracrylics were used throughout, though I have to say I won’t be using these very often as they tend to clog the airbrush even, it seems, when thinned. Pro-Modellers “light dirt” was used to weather the model.
AH-64A Apache by Ian Whyte aka Big-E
As with most builds things started with the cockpit. I don’t know if any of you are familiar with the Apache cockpit, but to say that it is dull is an understatement! It’s basically black on black so the bring a little life to this area I indulged in a little “artistic” licence and used colour on the switches and instruments. The cockpit tub was sprayed Black grey and then highlighted with a dark grey mixed with a little light blue. The whole thing was then dry brushed with white to pop the detail and then the previously mentioned colours applied. The seats were painted in olive green and then an oil wash of lamp black was applied to show the creases. This was then put aside to dry and the next phase started.
My next task was to construct several sub-constructions, these being the engine nacelles, chain gun mounting platform, tail rotor hub (this contains 16 individual parts and is no bigger than your thumb nail!) and the main rotor. Once constructed one of the main flaws with the kit was discovered, the join on the engine nacelles. With a large amount of sanding, filling and more sanding the prominent seam was removed along with the entire lovely panel line detail and rivet pattern. I then had to consult reference material to re-scribe the panel lines and I then spend 2 hours punching the rivet detail into plastic softened with liquid poly. Once this was completed the cockpit was fitted into the fuselage and the 2 half test fitted. This revealed another major problem; the cock pit was over width and caused the fuselage to bulge. Not a great issue but lots of time spent trimming sanding and test fitting to get things right before committing to the final glue up. I am pleased to say that everything else went together well and the rest on construction went very smoothly.
One area that I did spend a little time on was the canopy. I removed this from the sprue with a hot knife as the plastic felt a little brittle and I was worried that the plastic would show crazing if too much pressure was applied. I then sanded the removal points flush with the wife’s nail file (she still thinks she lost it!!) and I then spent half an hour polishing the surfaces (in and out) with a polishing stick. Still being worried about the quality of the plastic I dipped all the clear parts in Johnsons Klear and left it to dry over night before masking with Tamiya tape. Once this was complete I then fitted the glazing to the fuselage with thin superglue and accelerator and addressed any joins that required attention.
Now the fun part, the painting stage. The whole kit was primed with Alclad micro primer and then base coated with Vallejo Model Air Olive Drab. I then highlighted the centre of all of the panels with the base coat lightened with about 10% sunny skin tone. Once this had been left overnight to dry I sprayed a highly diluted mix of the base coat over the entire model. I them applied a coat of Mig Filter ‘Tan’ for traditional camouflage, I find that this is best done now as the Vallejo Model Air paints I use give a nice semi gloss finish, a surface that the Mig filters seem to like. Once dry I then glossed the whole model with Klear and applied the decals with Micro set and Sol, I did however have to go back over the decals with Gunze Sangyo Mr Mark Softener (this is more aggressive than Micro Sol) before I was happy with the finish. I then applied another coat of Klear in preparation for the oil washes.
I used Mig’s Dark Wash for the pin wash on the upper surfaces and a mix of Payne’s grey and lamp black for the underside. Once dry the whole model was treated to 3 coats of Vallejo Model Air matt varnish. Job Done!!
Avenger III, FAA by Michelle Edwards
Paints: Tamiya, Citadel
No aftermarket extras, but scratch built the FAA navigator’s compartment behind the pilot.
Thanks, Mish E.
Avenger TBM by Juan M Villalba
Avenger TBC by Julian Seddon
It was made such a long time ago now I really can’t remember what I used but there was a small pack of brass and the exhausts. I think I jazzed up the engine but it disappeared into the body work! The original kit itself was very good and went together without problems. The markings were from the box.
Avro Anson by Max Williams
Other small additions to the basic kit includes windscreen wipers and motors, undercarriage up/down indicators in the upper nacelles, detailed Cheetah engines with con-rods and plug leads and of course the door in the open position.
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