It has been a few weeks (or more?) since I first posted about the Ta-152 project. Well, today I have some updates.
I have been working on it a bit, and am nearing completion. I would have liked to have been finished by now, but with Thanksgiving and my job, things have been somewhat busy. And when time is tight I have to choose: Family, or models…. Guess who wins out.
First up is the cockpit. It went together pretty easily. I like the instrument panel decals and the photoetch seat belts are really nice. In this photo I have included the engine as well. It is pretty simple in construction, but looks great. Unfortunately, not a bit of the engine can be seen once installed.
Next, is the fuselage. I have to say that this fuselage fit together flawlessly. I have never assembled a fuselage that fit together this well. The seems were aligned perfectly, so no filling was needed. All I had to do was lightly sand the seam where the melted plastic squeezed out. I also sprayed the rear platform in the cockpit and installed the radiator and cowling. Also, the photoetch vain-type thing in front of the intake.
I painted the gear door interiors and the gear bays. Then I attached the wings to the fuselage.
I decided to do something a little different on this kit. I am going to have the canopy closed (crazy, I know,) so I am attaching it before painting. I decided to make my own masks for the canopy and wind screen. I used regular painter’s masking tape and it looks like they turned out pretty good. I guess once I remove the masking I will see if my work paid off. I primed the plane with Model Master acrylic grey primer, and once that was dry, I sprayed the lower camo color. After that cured for a few days, I masked off the parts that needed it with masking tape and blue poster tack. Once that was done, I sprayed the base camo color. For all of my painting, I have been using Vallejo Model Air paints.
After that cured a few days, I masked off the areas that need the next upper-surface camo color. I used blue tack here to achieve a soft, hard edge… if that makes sense.
Next time I should have the remaining camo pattern done and clear coat and decals completed. Who knows… I may be completely finished with it!
So, until next time…