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BRITISH ROYAL NAVY – FAIREY GANNET

Revell Fairey GANNET T.5 1/72 scale kit with British Royal Navy color.

Kit has been builded direct out of box and detailed with some scratch build works mentioned IN PROGRESS page.

This Fairey Gannet is an abandoned airplane and builded to show extreme weathering effect.

All paints and weathering effects were made with acrylic paints.

 

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ABANDONED FAIREY GANNET

When I saw this photo while doing internet research I decided to do this model. An abandonet Fairey Gannet. Found on this LINK

I ordered Revell’s 1/72 scale Fairey Gannet T.5 model for this project.

Its a skill 3 model, grey color plastic parts and totally engraved panel lines. Engaved panel thickness is slightly more deep than usual and kit has some fitting problem mentioned during building steps.

Here some quick kit review.

Its an easy model for quick building with good detailed and size of model not more than a size of hand. No detail in wheel bays but detail of cockpit is normal for 1/72 scale models. All movable partls like flaps, ailerons given separately by the kit. Canopy also can be positioned open or closed.

Starting to build model from the inner parts. Cockpit, nose wheel and bomb bays must be together according to kit building plan.

All main cockpit bases are together now.

Model has very small 3 seat. I added some rivet details.

Cockpit side panels cleaned for next steps.

And side panels modified to give an abandoned appearance inside of cockpit. Some panels and gauges drilled.

Dry fit parts so far. Some white plastic addition done to floor of cockpit.

Some cable has been added inner of opened panel to make abandoned cockpit view.

All the parts have been painted black base so far.

And weathered with acrylics, color pen and pigments.

Close up view of seats.

Close up view of instrument panels.

Close up view of side panels.

Results are very small but appeared very detailed abandoned cockpit.

Gluing all inner parts inside of fuselage is a little tricky.

All parts must be level. Inner frame of fuselage must be good trimmed before gluing the parts. Closing the fuselage all parts together is totally difficult as shown big gaps occured between joining lines. Some gaps more than 1 mm.

Gaps filled and sanded with traditional methods. Glare shield has been detailed with some more wire additions.

There is another big gaps on the joinning line of fuselage and bomb bay doors. This gap was too big to fill with puty thats why this gaps eliminated with addition of plastic.

Some modifications done on damaged landing light on wings and bigger navigation light with some clear parts addition.

Broken right aileron have been detailed and its bay filled with white plastic.

Broken propeller rotor core created from the simple spare parts.

Finally all parts are ready to be together.

All glass parts of the canopy was damaged according to references.

To do this effect all the clear parts of the kit drilled to leave only canopy frame. After painting phase all broken glass remains is going to add from the thin clear plastic.

Preparing of painting.

All open areas have been masked with tape and masking fluids.

First color of the camouflage has airbrushed with acrylics. I used mix of Model Air 71045 and Model Air White.

Before painting the upper color some masking need to do chipping effect as shown picture below.

The mask of chipping effeckt is done with a part of old sponge and masking fluid. First the sponge sunk in masking fluid, excess of the fluid removed and touched to surface where chipping effect planned.

Main masking process completed for upper color after the masking fluid is dried.

Upper color has been airbrushed with mix of Model Air 71047 + 71004 and white. Result below are after all masks removed.

Clear coat has been airbrushed and decals applied.

The next pictures are shows the result after oil paint weathering with dark grey tones.

And the next pictures show the effect of lighter color of grey oil paint tones comparing both wings.

Another coat of clear airbrushed after all the oil weathering completed.

I used mainly the acrylic weathering on this model.Various color of the acrylics and various concentration of water and paint mix done as you wish. Touched to the surface with a brush where the weathering expected accroding to the reference. When the paint is wet unwanted excess can be clean or add more. After all the acrylic weathering finished the effect can be sand to make more worn over weathered surface.

The remaining photos shows the weathering done with only acrylic brown color paints. There is no more photo for different colors but all the remaining weatherings have been completed with same way.

The photos of the finished aircraft will be published as soon as possible.

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SUKHOI SU-33 FLANKER D

Hasegawa 1/72 scale, box number 01565 (E35), Su-33 Flanker D Russian Navy.

Nice sharp engraved panel lines. No ofitting problem if you build without any resin detail set. But after attaching Wolfpack resin detail set closing the body is tricky. Kit gives all air to air loading for this Su-33 but armament detail is weak. Thats why Zvezda armament was used.

Extras:

  • Scratch Build Radome Bay.
  • Scratch Build Landing Gear Hydraulic lines.
  • Scratch Build FOD covers for pitot tubes and safety belts.
  • Wolfpack Cockpit Set.
  • Wolfpack Wing Folded Set.
  • Wolfpack Wheel Bay Set.
  • Wolfpack Engine Nozzle Set.
  • Zvezda Weapons from Su-27SM kit.
  • Zvezda Ladder, Intake Cover and Chocks from Su-27SM kit.

Paints are Vallejo Acrylics

All detail information about kit is published on ” In Progres” page.

Click for building steps

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First Try at Moson Model Show 2017

22-23 April 2017 Mosonmagyarovar.

Fantastic organization, excellent shopping opportunities and more. Memorable show.

I was joined to competition with my Su-33 Flanker D.

Category was M-17 which is:

Master 1:72 and smaller, (with open service panels).

My Su-33 was 2nd prize winner of Master Category.

 

Gallery photos and all detailed progress are coming soon…

 

 

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TURKISH AIR FORCE KC-135R STRATOTANKER – ITALERI 1/72

TURKISH AIR FORCE KC-135R STRATOTANKER

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Model is Italeri, 1281 box number, 1/72 scale KC-135R/FR Stratotanker kit. Grey color plastic parts and engraved detailed panel lines. 2 piece fuselage, 2 part each wing and stabilizer. All these opposite parts (upper and lower wing or left and right fuselage) are not symmetric. I dont know this is special for this model or mold mistake but especially wing mounting impossible to make symmetric each wing, not possible mounting left and right wing symmetric to fuselage  and also give the dihedral angle. A lot of work need for this. Engine mounting to wing is also big problem. Engine pylons are not suitable to wing. There are really big gap between and you have very small area to make putty/sanding operation. Crew entry and cargo door can be open position. There are some detail in the fuselage but i did the cargo door closed. Cockpit is less detailed, instrument panel is decal. Not big problem, cockpit inside is mostly invisible because of the narrow cockpit windows. There are some gaps between clear parts and fuselage, eyebrow windows are most problem area in clear parts. Fitting main cockpit windows is mostly good. Nose gear bay has some detail but main landing gear bays are empty. Boom ruddervators has very small attach point so it is difficult to glue them and also you have to give special dehidral angle for boom ruddervators.

Modifications:

  • Some scratch build detail in the cockpit although difficult to see inside. Glareshield was detailed, engine fire switches added because they are visible from outside, thrust lever was added and seat belts. All added components are Evergreen plastic and seat belts are tamiya masking tape.
  • Landing gear bays were detailed with plastic and different size of wires.
  • Crew entry door was scratch build from evergreen plastic. Because no detail on the orijinal one.
  • Engine fan blades was built using evergreen plastic.
  • eyebrow, fuselage windows and boom operator windows were built with plexiglass plastic.
  • All big and small antennas are scratch build from plastic and cable antenna from fishing gut to make Turkish Air Force type KC-135. This antenna not included in the model.

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