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#4484992 - 08/03/19 11:40 AM Re: HobbyBoss Fw190 V18. High altitude prototype. [Re: Ajay]  
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For some reason a bunch of pics i took came out in 800 by 390, like this...

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Maybe my phone doesn't like me anymore, so i miss a few steps here to do with preshading and some layers as i was spraying the main colour.

Mucking around with the wheel covers deciding on whether i wanted a more greenish tinge or not. The later war RLM02 varies widely depending on what you read, who has done the research, retouched photos, age of photos...and then you have what was available with paint at the time, who was mixing it, where it was sprayed etc etc. There are some crazy threads about Luftwaffe colours with some rather angry people in them biggrin I just went with what seems to pass the eye test and then dabbled with single drip of paint either way to see how much of a difference it would make.

First off, absolutely terrible pic but good enough to see the difference a drop makes. The left one, as you look at it, is 5 drops XF22 ( Tamiya labels it as RLM grey) and 4 drops XF49 (Khaki). The right one is 4 and 4. The majority of Tamiya mixes seem to go with 1:1 but i went with a half drop to drop more of the grey depending on how much i mixed. The 1:1 was really khaki, and i just didn't really like it against the silver. Plus one of those RLM nuts may see this one day and blow a fuse wink


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So anyway, all that fun aside, on with it. Nearly ready to peel off the masking. I did a semi clear coat before i pulled the tape off because i wasn't sure if the clear may affect the silver. This is pre clear. Please don't mention the rear gun cowl seam clag, i still have to fix that and it irks me.


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Preshading shows through depending on the light and angle. I'm unsure if i like the effect but i wanted to try it out as my last attempt on the other FW was hidden by me laying on too much paint.


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Touch ups.


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Bit unsightly where i touched up some of the cowl tabs, hopefully i can remedy it tomorrow.


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Prop, spinner and belly scoop. The hub on the prop will be silvered. The green is supposedly RLM70, i just went for a straight XF27 which is Tamiyas black/green.


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As it sits atm with the cowl and scoops as yet unglued. I'm up in the air about doing any post shading type work on the silver as i am too worried i may ruin it, but it is lacking in any depth. I did attempt a thin bead of Tamiya smoke on the silver but it turned out rubbish, it's that janky looking mess at the rear of the lower front cowl scoop where it meets the front of the wheel wells and I'll have to respray that section tomorrow. This pic more than the others shows off the colour nearly spot on.


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#4485136 - 08/05/19 07:31 AM Re: HobbyBoss Fw190 V18. High altitude prototype. [Re: Ajay]  
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Exhausts and the last piece of turbo piping.

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Wheels needed correcting as the stubs locate them straight and not angled. I've seen a bunch of builds with the wheels left as if and they just look weird. Bit of fiddly chopping and sanding had them corrected.


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The remaining pieces to go on plus painting the canopy and decals.


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edit- Canopy, just knocked off for the night.


Masked and sprayed, couple of small edges that will clean up easy with a toothpick.


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Realising i painted the rear canopy the wrong colour, two drops of silver in the brush and fixed. Didn't bother use the Maskol product i bought either, wasn't needed.


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#4485808 - 08/11/19 08:32 AM Re: HobbyBoss Fw190 V18. High altitude prototype. [Re: Ajay]  
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Finito!

As usual, had some issues biggrin Put a big glue mark on the side of the fuselage when i was trying ever so gently to do the exhaust piping, bit of ca on my thumb and insta mess. I managed to sand most of it off with 1500 and then the remainder was nicely hidden under the gloss and then semi gloss when i was doing the decals. Scratched the canopy in a few places but no biggie. Still struggling a bit with the clear coat prior to decals, i need to sort that side of it out as some of them are a bit silvered. The kit does not supply the wing tab decals in red, only in white which i have left off until i get a a spare red set...or decide to put the white ones on.

Went out and purchased an Ikea cabinet (only $99!) to hopefully lighten the dust load on my models and managed to get in and out of the place in under twenty minutes. Got to be a record huh. Have a stack of pics and i could not decide which ones i liked the most, so i'll dump 'em all.


In her new home

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The colour changes so much, no wonder everyone struggles when trying to identify colours from 70 year old pictures.

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I was thinking at one stage to leave the decals off as she looked pretty racy!!

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I'm glad i did the seatbelts.

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Same shot as above but with the reflection uncropped.

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I was going to go darker with the pipes but happy that i didn't, i think the colour turned out well. Reminds me of factory exhaust manifolds on my old V8s.

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With her stablemate.

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And of course, the cabinet. These plus the Warspite is a years worth of modelling, how time flies hey! I think three more of these cabinets along the wall would be neat. Easy enough to bracket them together and make a solid unit, also easy enough to use a metal clip on the bars to add more shelves if need be, i sort of like the big space uncluttered look though. That poor old Sherman is looking a bit surrounded, some Allied air on the horizon soon, well maybe a 109 first wink


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#4485815 - 08/11/19 10:18 AM Re: HobbyBoss Fw190 V18. High altitude prototype. [Re: Ajay]  
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That looks really nice. A very interesting machine, and well displayed with the other FW190 so you can see the modifications to good effect. Your metallic work is very good, the piping looks great.


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#4485818 - 08/11/19 11:04 AM Re: HobbyBoss Fw190 V18. High altitude prototype. [Re: goon]  
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Thanks Goon smile Couple of issues but i am getting better at not being so ham fisted. I'm nearly more excited that i don't have to dust them weekly than finishing the kit lol.


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#4485845 - 08/11/19 05:08 PM Re: HobbyBoss Fw190 V18. High altitude prototype. [Re: Ajay]  
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Very nice job, and I agree it grows in presence by being next to the earlier version.

#4485891 - 08/12/19 10:19 AM Re: HobbyBoss Fw190 V18. High altitude prototype. [Re: Ajay]  
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Thanks Colonel. I think a D9 and Ta152 would look nice to complete a series of Focke Wulfs.


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#4485990 - 08/12/19 11:30 PM Re: HobbyBoss Fw190 V18. High altitude prototype. [Re: Ajay]  
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You sir, are a true craftsman. Those models are museum quality. I speak as an ex-modeller.


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#4485999 - 08/13/19 01:29 AM Re: HobbyBoss Fw190 V18. High altitude prototype. [Re: Ajay]  
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Thanks Max! I'm getting old enough to be put in a museum soon biggrin


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#4486001 - 08/13/19 01:32 AM Re: HobbyBoss Fw190 V18. High altitude prototype. [Re: Ajay]  
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Aren't we all. biggrin


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#4486118 - 08/13/19 11:56 PM Re: HobbyBoss Fw190 V18. High altitude prototype. [Re: Ajay]  
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WOW. JUST SUPER WORK

#4486143 - 08/14/19 09:55 AM Re: HobbyBoss Fw190 V18. High altitude prototype. [Re: Ajay]  
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Thanks Carrick, glad you liked it!


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#4486159 - 08/14/19 12:02 PM Re: HobbyBoss Fw190 V18. High altitude prototype. [Re: Ajay]  
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You do have a talent for model building.


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#4486213 - 08/14/19 04:58 PM Re: HobbyBoss Fw190 V18. High altitude prototype. [Re: oldgrognard]  
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Originally Posted by oldgrognard
You do have a talent for model building.

That he has,

Looks great Ajay, I've seen less well built models in some museums, you have some great skills there.


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#4486239 - 08/14/19 11:07 PM Re: HobbyBoss Fw190 V18. High altitude prototype. [Re: Ajay]  
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Very nice, clean work.

It is surprising how the colors change with angle and lighting!


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#4486378 - Yesterday at 10:43 AM Re: HobbyBoss Fw190 V18. High altitude prototype.- COMPLETED. [Re: Ajay]  
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Thanks again all, i'm glad you all appreciate my work, really smile

adlabs, that continually blows me away as well. I know i've mentioned it a few times but i do really need to sort out a lightbox setup to get more consistent pictures. I think another issue is the lack of a quality camera, everything is taken on an S8 which is decent but not on near the same level as a decent camera. The camera will have to wait though, probably the best thing i could get atm that would help is one of those phone tripods and do my pictures on a timer to at least get my shots stabilised.


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#4486410 - Yesterday at 04:11 PM Re: HobbyBoss Fw190 V18. High altitude prototype.- COMPLETED. [Re: Ajay]  
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To appreciate Ajay's workmanship even more, the wingspan of his A-8 is 8.6" (218mm), length 7.4" (188mm).


There was only 16 squadrons of RAF fighters that used 100 octane during the BoB.
The Fw190A could not fly with the outer cannon removed.
There was no Fw190A-8s flying with the JGs in 1945.
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