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To keep my mind occupied, rather than worrying about dad, or stewing over markings debacles, I’ve been pottering around with some other bits ‘n’ bobs, mostly to do with weathering the floats and nacelles.  For this I used Ammo Mig pin wash, dark green grey, since I imagined the sea would weather the floats in particular quite badly, and the sea is, well, greenish grey!

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On the top, I used some AK streaking grime around the hatches, assuming they are fuel tank access panels, and would likely have a bit of spillage.  I did the same to the nacelles, on places I thought engine oil might seep out of.

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I then tried to airbrush some exhaust stains, but the manifolds are so small it was a bit hit and miss as to if it looked right or not.  Then I painted the resin exhausts with Alclad exhaust paint.  I bought this bottle ages ago, then forgot all about it, till I rediscovered it last week.  To be honest it just looks pretty much like common or garden variety black to me, but hey, I tried it!  The manifolds were then c.a. glued into place.

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The engine radiators were painted with Mr Metal buffable iron, then they too were attached permanently into place.

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Props, after being given a coat of Vallejo aluminium, were then painted black.  Once this was dry I lightly chipped the black away on the edges of the blades.

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Finally, I spent the afternoon doing my best to make those blots of markings go away, mostly with Flory sanding sticks, but also with neat IPA.  Well, I figured since it had caused all the problems, it may as well finish what it started.

A fresh coat of primer covered up all the nasty areas.

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I don’t have enough of the Mr Colour off-white left to re-do the whole kit, so I have ordered a new jar from PM models.  While that is on its way I’ll be looking into sourcing some decals of one sort or another.


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Haven’t done an awful lot lately, as during the previous weeks blistering heatwave my workshop reached oven temperatures, and naturally I didn’t feel like sweating my bits off while working, so most of what I’ve done is in the last week.  So, one step forward, two steps backward, and here I am, with the kit re-primed on the stripped areas, and the pre-shading reapplied, right where I was a couple of weeks back, before the debacle of the reacting paints!

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As before, I used Vallejo RLM 02 for the pre-shading, and as if to confirm what the team said on the live chat, where I slipped with my airbrush and laid a big splodge on, it has crazed again.  Not so worried though, as this will be covered up with the fresh top coat.

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I then laid down a new top coat of the Mr Color off-white, just as before.

Next came the struts, and how to tackle them.  All thirty-two of the little blighters!

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No way could I remove them all, one by one, clean off all the burring, paint them, and still manage to keep track of them.  Best thing to do, I decided, was to try and tidy them up on the runner, and paint them all in situ, then at least I have an idea which one is which.  That, in theory, will only leave a bit of touch up after cutting them off.  After about an hour of tedium with sanding sticks, however, I wondered if there was a quicker way of cleaning off all that burring.  So I gave the edges a brush with TET, and it actually seemed to work, at least well enough to pass at a distance.

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I wanted to try and copy another modellers build I saw on-line, and add some ropes to the floats.  I presume these ropes, on the real thing, would be for downed aircrew to grab onto until the crew could pull them aboard, or for mooring purposes, where the groundcrew, (water crew?) could pull it into it’s docking station.  I have some picture hanging wire which looked a bit rope-like, and with some other bits of lead wire and fuse wire had a bash at turning out something that looked about right.

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I painted the wire with Tamiya deck tan, then gave it a dip in Flory dark dirt wash, to make it look more rope like.  I then cut bits of fuse wire to replicate the cleats the rope passed through.  I’m not sure it worked though.  On the first float, the c.a. kept blobbing up, and the wire cleats wouldn’t pass over the rope where the c.a. was, and it all looks a bit messy, and out of scale.

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On the other float I tried a different approach, and glued the cleats to the rope first.  Naturally the carpet monster got a good feeding, as the cleats pinged off in every direction before I got enough of them in the right position!

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I think this worked a little better, as it doesn’t look so messy.

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Once that has all dried I splashed a bit of Matt varnish over it, to take away the shine of the c.a.  I’m still not convinced it looks quite right though.  The other guy seemed to do a more convincing job, but the floats will be sat under the wings anyway, so much of it won’t easily be seen.

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Tomorrow I’ll be making another attempt at the markings.  Hopefully I can make up all the time I’ve lost, and actually make some real progress.


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You made a very nice work with those ropes. I really like the way they look... to me they are very realistic. Well done !!!
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Thank you, Alain, you're very kind!
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Don't have much time for modeling at this moment, I'm more in construction... I'm adding a veranda on the side of my house... 1:1 scale scratch build with old doors and windows I found over the years.
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Good luck with the building, Alain, never done much of that sort of thing myself.
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Well, I managed to get most of what I wanted done this weekend.  First problem was the Luftwaffe lettering decals.  They look good enough quality, but even despite ordering 1/48, rather than 1/72, they’re still way too small, something like half the size I need for the wings.  They’ll do fine for the fuselage, but that means some very complicated mask making, something I wasn’t sure I was up to, not having a computer-powered cutter or any such technical assistance.

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Still, in for a penny, in for a pound, soonest begun, and other such self-motivational quips.  I laid out some 40 mm Tamiya masking tape on a piece of clean plastic card, and set to with a ruler and pencil, after some head-scratching calculations based on the original colour scheme.  Measure twice, multiply by 100, dived by seventy-two, take away the number you first thought of…

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Fresh blade in scalpel, and best ruler in hand, I removed the unneeded material.

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Next came the application of the masks to the wings.  I used cocktail sticks, which hugely helped with the handling.  Notice I have made them handed, one for the left, one for the right.

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Then came the laying down.  Not so easy, as it kept sticking when I wasn’t ready, and kept going of at a jaunty angle.  But after several attempts I got them roughly where I wanted them.

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Fuselage crosses were a little easier, not being letters and such.  Fin flash, too, was taped off.

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Then came painting.  I went into town yesterday morning, especially to pick up a jar of Tamiya flat red, which I mixed with a little brown, to tone down the brightness of the otherwise vivid red.  For the black I used Tamiya Nato black.  As Phil suggested, I laid it down in several thin coats, keeping the airbrush perpendicular to the kit as far as possible.

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And the moment of truth.

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Well, it’s a lot better than the last abomination, at least.  Granted the edges are a little fuzzy in places, and one of the crosses isn’t quite straight, but hopefully a little picking with a cocktail stick will sort some of it out, and some weathering might hide the rest.

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Of course, decals would be the preferred option, but from a distance I suppose they don’t look too bad.  I was planning to get the lettering decals on tonight, but since some of them need to go on the fin flash I had to lay on some klear, or they wouldn’t go down properly, so, having done that, the decals can wait till tomorrow.

Ironically, the whole reason I chose this kit for the Flory 'Rescue Me' SIG was because I thought a Supermarine Walrus would have been too obvious, and felt sure several other Flory members would do one.  And so far, how many have?!


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Oh whaouw... the result is awsome !!! Really happy you succeed with these masking and paint job. Also very instructive tutorial ... Thank you so much !!!
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Thanks, Alain, you're most kind!  They're not perfect, but I'm going to have a little fiddle with them tonight, see if I can get rid of some of the fuzzy edges.
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dad just passed away, about 6.15 this morning.  Not sure when I'll be feeling like posting again, but not for a while at least.
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My condolences. I pray you and your family will find joy again soon.

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Thank you very much, Brin, your kind words are appreciated.
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In these painful times that you are going through, I wanted to express my sincere condolences. Also will be here waiting until you come back. Take your time for you and your family.
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As you can all probably imagine, my heads been in a bit of a whirl over the past few days, but strangely, I just feel the need to step away from it all, at least for a while.  So, I thought, perhaps updating things on this thread, at least up to the point I was at when I stopped earlier this week, might be a sort of soothing balm.  After all, I do still want to finish this build, even if I miss the deadline, not that deadlines are really important right now.

So back in time a couple of weeks, and the arrival of the decals I had planned on using.  Generic swastika’s from Xtradecals, and the lettering from Microscale.  As mentioned earlier, the lettering was too small for the wings, but should be about right for the fuselage.

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All decals went down well, with just the use of Micro-sol, but I didn’t realise till the first letter went on that they had a white border to them.  Still, I don’t think it looks too out of place.

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Next came some weathering, with Ammo Mig’s grey-green pin wash.

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After a wipe with a cotton bud moistened with enamel thinners, it started to look pretty nice.  I went more heavily on the area under where the engine nacelles will eventually go, as I imagined that area would get a lot of leaks of fuel, oil and grease blowing back in the slipstream.

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Now all that’s left is to bring all the major components together with all those fiddley struts.  This could be the most challenging part of the build yet.

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Have to admit, even just writing this has proved strangely… therapeutic.

 
 
 

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