A New Aircraft Project

I have been wanting to start this new aircraft kit for a while now, but wasn’t too sure what kind of scheme I wanted to go with, hence my delay on moving forward.

The kit, which I obtained from my oldest son, is the 2015 release of the Revell of Germany, 1/32 FW190 F-8, kit number 04869.

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When the kit came out in 2015, the reviews were generally positive, and after having (mostly) built the Bf109 G-10 that was released in 2013 by Revell, I figured it would be a good kit. My son bought it for himself, but decided he was going to pass on it for now and gave it to me.

Once I cleared the bench of most of my lingering projects, I started looking for a particular aircraft I could build. Usually, when I build a kit, I like to go for something unique, or with an interesting backstory. After a bit of searching I came up with a solution.

On May 8, 1945, A feldwebel in the Luftwaffe named Eugen Lörcher, decided, with the Russians closing in, to “get out of Dodge,” as the American saying goes. Like most German military personnel, the idea of being captured by the Russians was not the least bit acceptable. So, Fw Lörcher rounded up his fiance, packed her into the fuselage via the radio access panel, and headed for home from his base in Czechoslovakia. Flying at low altitude to avoid enemy fighters, but leaving himself open to ground fire, he eventually made a successful belly landing near his parents home. He and his fiance were unharmed, and eventually got married. I have also read that he and his wife returned every year to the crash sight to toast their successful escape with champagne.

After I decided on this scheme, I had to find a decal set for this particular subject. After a short search, I found a set from EagleCals.

Eaglecals FW190

The markings I will be using are for Black 3 at the bottom. Another reason I chose this particular aircraft, is the somewhat unique paint scheme. The fuselage sides and lower surfaces are bare metal, with a very faint mottling on the upper sides and tail, with camo colors on the top of the fuselage and the tops of the wings. The elevators and rudder are coated with red oxide primer.

Another interesting tidbit on this project: I have never painted a bare metal finish model of any kind.

Should be interesting.

At this point of the build, I have built and painted the cockpit components, assembled the aftermarket seatbelts, and started painting the inside fuselage parts for assembly.

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I will be painting this plane with Tamiya paints for the most part, with the exception of the bare metal which will be Vallejo brand metal paint.

So, stay tuned if you want to follow along. This won’t be a blow by blow build log, but more of an occasional update as I progress.

Academy M4A3 w/T-34 Calliope Update

Wow.

I had good intentions with this kit and writing a build log. Really, I did. But, I just counted the photos and realized that over 100 photos with commentary is a bit much, so I will give a few comments and then post pics of the finished model.

First of all, I want to mention that this is my second Academy kit. The kit overall is pretty nice. There are a few detail things that are not to my liking, but easily fixed. Engine hatch grab handles come to mind. The ones on the kit are the solid, molded on type, and those were easily shaved off and replaced with some of the extra handles that come with the kit.

Fit is generally good with some not-too-difficult modifications to the rocket tubes to get everything to come together smoothly.

I built the kit mostly from the box, but added wiring to the rocket launcher assembly, and reworked the springs on the rocket launcher mounts to look a little better.

I also replaced the kit tracks. The ones in the kit are the rubber chevron type with extended end connectors, usually referred to as duckbill end connectors. The vehicle I was building had the steel chevron tracks, so I opted to go after market. The brand I chose was Kaizen.

I have messed with Kaizen tracks once before and really liked them, so I thought I would give them a try again. They are much cheaper than the metal tracks that are available and seem to be better quality than some of the other brands.

The one snag I ran into was that the drive sprockets were too narrow for the tracks. So, I had to cut the sprocket apart and add a spacer to make it wider.

Here is a photo of the tank I was recreating

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And here is my version

And a few more.

And that, is that.

For my next review, I will cut back on the photos and be a little more general, with emphasis on modifications or fit issues.

A Quick Update

Hi-de-ho, volks. 

Just wanted to drop a quick post to let you know that I am not MIA, or off on safari. I have been working on my latest project, the Academy M4A3 Sherman with T-34 Calliope, in 1/35 scale. I am foregoing my usual multi-part build format on this one and am going to do one, big whopping post on the whole thing and see how it works. 

Here’s the kit.

I am going to try this format for builds so I can do some blogs about other stuff as well: other military related stuff that ties in with modeling; previews of upcoming reviews and builds; techniques and products…. kind of what I intended for this blog from the start.

Stay tuned for more upcoming stuff, and let me know what you think of the new plan in the comment section.

CO2 For Airbrushing

I have had a few people ask about my CO2 rig for airbrushing, so I whipped up this video.

I have used compressors for airbrushing in the past, but this last time I got back into model making, I really wanted something I could use in the house since I use acrylics exclusively for my painting needs, and didn’t want a lot of noise. So, this is what I ended up with.

Enjoy, and if you have any questions or comments leave them below, or on my YouTube channel.

Tamiya M4A3E8… Complete

A couple of days ago, I put the finishing touches on the new tool Tamiya Sherman M4A3E8. I outline my thoughts on the kit in the video, but suffice it to say, I really enjoyed this one. The fit is perfect and the molding is outstanding… one of the bennies of a new tool kit!

There were a couple of minor things that I wish Tamiya would improve upon, however. With today’s technology, it seems that they should be able to mold the machine guns with bored out muzzles, and do handles on crew and access hatches as separate pieces, instead of the solid ones that are molded on. But, these are very minor annoyances that are easily remedied.

Anyway, here is a video of the finished product with my thoughts and a quick run through of some of the new (for me) products I used.