Genessis-Models

Genessis Models Survey

 

 

Genessis-Models
Sign up Calendar Latest Topics
 
 
 


Reply
  Author   Comment   Page 1 of 2      1   2   Next
HockeyDoc

Corporal
Registered:
Posts: 192
Reply with quote  #1 
Nothing like waiting to the last minute. Here is my entry into the WWII GB. I had been working on a bigger project that I was able to complete ~2 weeks ago when I realized I had a dive bomber in my stash that I could get finished by the deadline. So I pulled out this Airfix Douglas SBD-3/5 Dauntless in 1:72 scale.



I quickly found that this was an old tooling from the 60's with raised panel lines and rivets. I have never worked a raised panel model since my "rediscovery" of the hobby. I figured that a small scale plane might be a good one to try out for the fist time. The raised detail was very pronounced with the rivets being especially out of scale.

Here are the compulsory sprue shots, etc.



One single bag with all the sprues together.



The decals look quite nice. I can read them with a magnifying glass quite well.


I will have several updates to come shortly so I can make the final deadline.

Steve



__________________
On the bench: Takom 1/35 Skoda PA-II "Turtle"
0
HockeyDoc

Corporal
Registered:
Posts: 192
Reply with quote  #2 
UPDATE ONE

As usual the build begins with the cockpit. There is very little detail in the "office".
The instrument panel is nothing but a flat piece onto which a decal is applied.


I had the idea of thinning out the panel, drilling precise holes where the dials are located, affixing the decal to a white sheet of styrene and then attaching that to the backside of the panel. I made a photocopy of the instrument decal, then used that as a template to drill very precise holes through the panel. 



After spraying the panel, I held the decal to the back of the panel hoping to have created a nice instrument cluster. It ending up being a "cluster", but not the kind I wanted. It looked like a  panel with holes drilled through. What a surprise. So I abandoned that idea and attached the decals to the front of the panel as the instructions indicated. If I look closely the dials do have some indentations where they settled into those holes I drilled.



I moved onto the cockpit floor, bulkhead and seats. Quite plain is an understatement. I decided to make my own pilots seat from styrene after removing the representation from the bulkhead.



This photo shows the entirety of the gunners station and seat, except for his machine gun. So I decided to try and improve this by building my own gunmount and seat from styrene. It is pretty crude, but is better then what I was given.




The sidewalls were completely bare so I added some styrene to them to represent some controls, boxes, map pouch out of Miliput and some ribbing.



Some Model Air Interior green and some detail painting really livened things up.




Lastly I added a ledge, radio box and antenna hoop to the gunners compartment. The overall effect made a nice improvement, although as we all know, much of it won't be seen.



In this shot you can see the pilot sheet I fashioned from styrene and a back pad out of milliput. Still pretty crude, but better than before.


Here is a slightly out of focus picture of how it looks once installed into the fuselage.


I think that is all for this first build update.

Steve

__________________
On the bench: Takom 1/35 Skoda PA-II "Turtle"
0
irishmodeller

Avatar / Picture

Sergeant
Registered:
Posts: 240
Reply with quote  #3 
Good luck mate, ur really pushing it here..lol
__________________
On The Bench :1/72 Revell Ju88 C-6
0
HockeyDoc

Corporal
Registered:
Posts: 192
Reply with quote  #4 
Thanks
I am actually almost finished. I have been out of town for a few days so I am catching up with posting.
Steve

__________________
On the bench: Takom 1/35 Skoda PA-II "Turtle"
0
HockeyDoc

Corporal
Registered:
Posts: 192
Reply with quote  #5 
UPDATE TWO
Next is taking care of the raised panel lines and rivet detail.
For the panel lines I found that using the Dymo tape applied next to the raised lines worked the best. I then usually used the back of an 11 blade to establish the line. Then the Trumpeter scribing tool finished things off. Occasionally  the Tamiya scriber or a sewing needle in a pin vise was used. Once I finished scibing a panel I then sanded down the original panel line as well as the raised rivets. Often I would have to lightly rescribe the panel lines but since the lines were already there this part was quite easy.



On the right is an unfinished elevator and on the left after rescribing and sanding.


After a few sessions it was done. As you can see, the riveting detail was still visible after sanding and appeared more in scale. Overall worth the effort.

Steve

__________________
On the bench: Takom 1/35 Skoda PA-II "Turtle"
0
HockeyDoc

Corporal
Registered:
Posts: 192
Reply with quote  #6 
UPDATE THREE

The fit of the parts was really quite good. There was a little clean up at the leading and trailing edges of the wings, no filler, just some sanding. Fuselage halves came together with only a slight seam on  the top spine. The wing to fuselage join did have some gap when dry fitted. However as the Airfix plastic is softer I found that Tamiya Extra thin with some light rubber band upward pull closed the gaps very well. Only a very slight amount of Vallejo plastic putty was needed.

The only major fit issue was between the cowling and the front of the fuselage. The cowling was much thicker than the fuselage. I held it to the fuselage and traced the outline of the fuselage onto the rim. I then filed, carved and sanded the cowling so that it better matched up to the fuselage.




The engine was simply brush painted with Mr Metal Color Dark Iron, then buffed with Cotton bud and glued to the cowling.


The wind screen and canopies were then masked with Tamiya tape and attached to fuselage with thinned PVA glue. Several coats were then added to fill the seams as the canopies were terrible fits. Fortunately Phil's technique filled them to an acceptable status.




I then primed the entire plane with AK Interactive Grey Surface primer. I have been using this recently and have had no troubles with it and have gotten a nice finish spraying it neat.
Typical pre-shading with thinned black got me ready for some color.

In this picture you see where I didn't realize until this stage that I needed to fill a hole on each wing as the SBD-3 version did not use these for what I believe were some kind of antennae. 


More to come.
Steve

__________________
On the bench: Takom 1/35 Skoda PA-II "Turtle"
0
Kintoo

Avatar / Picture

Chief Technician
Registered:
Posts: 281
Reply with quote  #7 
great start, hope you can get it finished in time.
__________________
-Seth

[WWIIBomberGB2015]  [Phantom%20GB%202014]
0
Brundledonk

Avatar / Picture

Moderator
Registered:
Posts: 6,256
Reply with quote  #8 
You're a brave man starting so late in the day, but great progress and looking really good mate !

I hope you get it finished in time

Pete
0
vdbo76

Avatar / Picture

Group Captain
Registered:
Posts: 3,360
Reply with quote  #9 
Hey Steve, this will be one for the speed record books :-). Very nice enhancement of the cockpit!
__________________
Fabian
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
https://www.instagram.com/vdbo76/
0
HockeyDoc

Corporal
Registered:
Posts: 192
Reply with quote  #10 
Thanks everyone.
I am done with the hardest part. I know that I can get it finished now. More updates when I get home from work tonight.
Steve[smile]

__________________
On the bench: Takom 1/35 Skoda PA-II "Turtle"
0
TedUSA

Avatar / Picture

Air Commodore
Registered:
Posts: 9,505
Reply with quote  #11 
OK, you rocked that sequence. GREAT work to move forward so well. do you manage other things well under time pressure? I used to wait until the last minute to do school projects. did my best work in the proverbial "eleventh hour". everyone has a best environment. you nailed it!
__________________
Ted

pinterest pg. of scale models/dioramas:
http://www.pinterest.com/intrstinpintrst/awesome-scale-models/


0
HockeyDoc

Corporal
Registered:
Posts: 192
Reply with quote  #12 
UPDATE FOUR
Now for some color. The underside is Vallejo Model Air US Grey Light 71.045. I have had better luck with using the Vallejo thinner with this paint. Pre shadowing doesn't show up well in the pictures.


I painted the stabilizer and rudder with Tamiya XF-2 white to begin the process of painting in the tail stripes. I thought they would look better than the decals.



I then used some 2 mm tape to mask off for the red stripes. I used Tamiya XF-7 Red for these stripes. I used the paint neat to minimize bleeding under the tape. Only a small touch up of white was needed.




The upper surface is Tamiya XF-18 Medium Blue. I really like this color especially after some enhancements. I also painted on the walkways on each wing root with Tamiya XF-85 Rubber black after masking the top surface.



I then lightened the original medium blue with a little bit of XF-19 Sky Grey to do some bleaching. I tried to just do some random squiggles. I really like the effect.




 Post shading came next. On the undersurfaces I added a drop or two of black to the Model Air US Grey Light.


On the top side I again added a few drops of black to the Medium Blue.




The post shading and the bleaching really woke up the paint scheme.
A couple coats of Future was used to prepare the build for the decals.

Almost there!
Steve

__________________
On the bench: Takom 1/35 Skoda PA-II "Turtle"
0
HockeyDoc

Corporal
Registered:
Posts: 192
Reply with quote  #13 
UPDATE FIVE
The decals in this Airfix kit were great. All of the large decals conformed extremely well to the surface details. They settled down well on their own with just water. I added a coat of Micro Sol and they worked perfectly.
Before applying the decals I did use a fine tip red Sharpie marker for the perforations in the speed brakes.


You can see the slightly raised rivets that were left after sanding.








Two more coats of Future after the decals had dried were applied to prepare for the final weathering.

Steve

__________________
On the bench: Takom 1/35 Skoda PA-II "Turtle"
0
HockeyDoc

Corporal
Registered:
Posts: 192
Reply with quote  #14 
Quote:
Originally Posted by HockeyDoc
UPDATE THREE
Now for some color. The underside is Vallejo Model Air US Grey Light 71.045. I have had better luck with using the Vallejo thinner with this paint. Pre shadowing doesn't show up well in the pictures.


I painted the stabilizer and rudder with Tamiya XF-2 white to begin the process of painting in the tail stripes. I thought they would look better than the decals.



I then used some 2 mm tape to mask off for the red stripes. I used Tamiya XF-7 Red for these stripes. I used the paint neat to minimize bleeding under the tape. Only a small touch up of white was needed.




The upper surface is Tamiya XF-18 Medium Blue. I really like this color especially after some enhancements. I also painted on the walkways on each wing root with Tamiya XF-85 Rubber black after masking the top surface.



I then lightened the original medium blue with a little bit of XF-19 Sky Grey to do some bleaching. I tried to just do some random squiggles. I really like the effect.




 Post shading came next. On the undersurfaces I added a drop or two of black to the Model Air US Grey Light.


On the top side I again added a few drops of black to the Medium Blue.




The post shading and the bleaching really woke up the paint scheme.
A couple coats of Future was used to prepare the build for the decals.

Almost there!
Steve

__________________
On the bench: Takom 1/35 Skoda PA-II "Turtle"
0
HockeyDoc

Corporal
Registered:
Posts: 192
Reply with quote  #15 
Quote:
Originally Posted by HockeyDoc
UPDATE FOUR
The decals in this Airfix kit were great. All of the large decals conformed extremely well to the surface details. They settled down well on their own with just water. I added a coat of Micro Sol and they worked perfectly.
Before applying the decals I did use a fine tip red Sharpie marker for the perforations in the speed brakes.


You can see the slightly raised rivets that were left after sanding.








Two more coats of Future after the decals had dried were applied to prepare for the final weathering.

Steve

__________________
On the bench: Takom 1/35 Skoda PA-II "Turtle"
0
Previous Topic | Next Topic
Print
Reply

Quick Navigation:

Easily create a Forum Website with Website Toolbox.