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Race against the snow - Part II : Finished & defeated

February 19 2012 at 4:01 PM

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Hello everybody

Almost two weeks ago we had snow in Belgium

And I decided to build a winter model - so I could take outdoor pictures in the snow

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Just a little after I had started, weather forecasting predicted higher temperatures - meaning the end of the snow

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Great - I could've known !

I still had almost 2 days left - if I wanted to take outdoor pictures on Sunday afternoon, the last day with sub zero temperatures

Friday evening - Febr. 10th

Tamiya rattle can fine surface primer

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I was in a race but I didn't want "something the dog ate" on my shelves - so I spend some time on touching up

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White paint - a terror in my dreams !

I discovered I didn't have Vallejo Model Air white in my paint stash... but luckily I had bought Tamiya white a few weeks before, for another future project on which I wanted to test this paint range

It worked well - though I was unsure with what to thin it - I used a little Tamiya lacquer thinner and it did the job though it didn't feel "normal"

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Saturday - Febr. 11th

A quick masking job to paint the undersides - after cleaning up the under carriage doors

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Then glue them in place temporarily with a little Maskol

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Vallejo Model Air 008 pale blue... as used for many schemes... but looking okay

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Many parts on this kit need clean up work

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Two types of "wheel holders" (parts 38 or 39)... but no indication as to which one to use

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So I went for the pretty one happy.gif

Despite looking rough - cleaning up the parts was very easy

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I discovered an ugly fit

Should I fix & loose time ... ?

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Of course

Some evergreen cut in angles - and some glue

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Let it set for an hour & sand = fixed

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I masked the straight canopy frames - for the touch up coat

But for one reason or another the paint was glossy...

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And it remained glossy

As you can see here after I hand painted the curved canopy frames

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I had to do another touch up coat to fix the previous touch up coat

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This brought me to Saturday evening, and I decided to let the paint cure overnight

Sunday - Febr. 12th : Last day of snow

First I placed the under wing decals and they worked marvellous

It was also the perfect time now for me to discover the instrument panel decal !

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Note I didn't use Future

Mostly because I was worried how it would affect my white paint in the long term & I didn't want to loose too much time

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I also didn't put a clear coat on the model after decaling - for the same reasons

Cutting off the exhaust pipes one by one from their backing plates

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Gluing the multi part under carriage in place would need some time

By now I knew I would not be able to finish the model on Sunday afternoon

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The wheel axles where too long, so they needed to be trimmed in situ

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Then I rushed through Sunday evening with working on final bits & a soft black wash

I choose only to use the top under carriage doors as they all are much too thick and I didn't have time to thin them & repaint/weather them

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I was hoping there still would be some snow on Monday during lunch break...

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Well...

Monday - Febr. 12th : Lunch break

There was still some snow...

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But it was not much

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And then it started to rain

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Ah well... maybe next winter

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In the evening I left for Prague

Where there was still snow !

My girlfriend said I should've brought the model with me

Sigh... had I known...

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I returned from Prague this weekend and I decided to do some final work on the undercarriage doors

Sunday - Febr. 19th : One week after defeat

Thinning them down - most right one not yet done - all others done

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And I added a very subtle burnt umber wash

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And a pitot tube

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I have to admit - the little Yak has really grown on me

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The model looks rough in the box

But the soft plastic makes cleaning up parts very easy

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Fit on most parts was excellent

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This was - after all - a very pleasant build

And I'm pleased with my first winter finish happy.gif

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But next time I use a green primer - just to show a little green under the winter camo

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Though apparently this aces aircraft (note victory markings behind canopy) was kept pretty white

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I still wanted "snowy" outdoor pictures - so I went out again

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Never mind the snow less trees in the back ground (there was a big earthquake and all snow fell out of the trees happy.gif!)

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I wonder why most victory markings are in white - you almost don't see them on this winter camo scheme

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It is funny but this is the first major Soviet type in my 150+ collection (though there is somewhere a white Heller Polikarpov I-153)

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But I'm getting the taste of them... and certainly for A-Model kits

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While I was taking pictures... it started suddenly to rain again (ah Belgium !!!)

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But it was not rain

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It was white..... but it was not snow sad.gif

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Time for the Yak to visit other - drier - locations

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And a little later the sun was back happy.gif

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I think it is time to build a Soviet summer subject... maybe a Lavochkin

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I'm sorry for the long mail, but I didn't have time to post "more and small" - so here is one big chunk for your Monday pleasure (or Sunday evening fix if you live in the Americas)

I want to thank you all for your support - and for keeping this forum alive (well I hope)

Over & out with my favourite picture

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This message has been edited by eazyprinz from IP address 195.144.82.217 on Feb 20, 2012 2:34 PM


 
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Dan Smith
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You succeeded!

February 19 2012, 4:55 PM 

William,

I see those shots turned out great! You licked it. I like the colors too. Red markings are hard to beat against white.

Your weather is like ours at times. Sunny, rain, sleet, rainbow, wind...all within 10 minutes.

Anyway, great result. Now you need to try some white wash over camo! That's fun too.

Cheers.

 
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(Login eazyprinz)
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All within 10 minutes

February 20 2012, 2:26 PM 

It's true !

Crazy weather - except snow when you need snow happy.gif

Yes, white and red looks pretty striking, and I want to do some more subjects like that - but I also want to do a white wash - something like you did with your Airfix Pe-2... so many ideas, so little time !

While posting the pictures I noticed I forgot to "bulge" the tires - I got out of this habbit, but once you start looking at it and noticing it... it looks kinda dumb, so next one I will try to remember

Take care



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Just like the perfect woman doesn't exist, I will never build a perfect model.
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(Login Allan31)
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Wonderful job William..........

February 19 2012, 6:19 PM 

Now that you've mentioned it, I don't think I have any VVS aircraft in the collection either. Ah, a VVS group build........
Cracking job on this one William, thanks for the Prague pics, look like a wonderful old city.

Thanks,
Allan

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(Login eazyprinz)
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A VVS group build !

February 20 2012, 2:33 PM 

I would love that - I'm still in the mood for this - maybe we can pull that off on this forum, there are so many subjects in 1/72 scale... and I still need to close some gaps in my collection, a Lavochkin, a Pe-2 and an SB-2... and even an I-16

But I also have Italian, Japanese and French gaps to close... so many ideas, so little time !





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(Login touristguide)
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Fantastic job, William.best regards from Johannesburg N/T

February 20 2012, 6:56 AM 



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(Login eazyprinz)
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Thanks Gavin

February 20 2012, 2:38 PM 

I just noticed your P-40 on the Airfix forum - I have to remember to hop over again to comment, I'm already working on my next project and I try to limit my Hyperscaling time - less talking, more walking (or something along these lines)

Hope all is well in J'burg too - and not too hot, I sure could use some extra degrees here, temps between 0 and 5 degrees is not exactly paradise

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(Login ffirefighter13)
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Excellent results William.....

February 20 2012, 9:48 AM 

I enjoyed the 'entire trip'. It has been awhile since I last visited Prague... wink.gif

Cheers, Vic

 
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(Login eazyprinz)
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I'm a regular victim

February 20 2012, 2:43 PM 

... of Pragues gravity field happy.gif

I will try to keep you informed - modelshow season starts late in Czech Republic, end of March - by that time we already had 3 shows in Belgium - and I hope I can improve my English somewhat, because after re-reading my post today I noticed some awkward sentences - next time I will try to proofread & edit more

Good to hear from you again Vic, been a while since we saw some plastic from you ?

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(Login ManusNigra)
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Nice, nice, nice!

February 20 2012, 11:31 AM 

You are as regular as clockwork with your reports every Sunday evening - wish I could do that! Something to look forward to every week.

That is one nice build (and a spectacular finish) of an A-model kit. They have a reputation for poor quality, which I don't think is quite fair (except for some of their very early kits). I started their I-207 some months back, and that is a fantastic little kit. Lots of cleaning up and a few fit problems, true. But the best surface detail I have seen in a long time and plenty of parts for the interior. But I digress...

How about a 1/72 vehicle to go with that - a GAZ AA, perhaps? happy.gif

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(Login eazyprinz)
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Surface detail is indeed amazing

February 20 2012, 3:13 PM 

I have to agree - it's very fine and delicate - the fabric effect on the rear fuselage of my Yak was amazing, I tried to bring it out, but didn't succeed very well... probably like on the real thing, only under certain angles you will notice it

I build their Be-2 many years ago - my first A-Model kit - and it was a bit clunky, one of their first kits and somewhat lacking in quality - just as you say
Now I have build my second one I'm sweetly impressed, and over the weekend I checked my Ar-2 (love these Soviet abbreviations happy.gif) in the stash and I have to agree again, these recent kits have some of the best surface detail I have ever seen, I only noticed this now - and I think I have to get more of them - I don't have the I-207 yet but I have the Pavla kit... though I don't think there will be a lot of building fun in this one

And somewhere in the stash there lives a Soviet GAZ-AAA truck... but I was thinking of building a GAZ-67, I found my old Al.by resin kit and it looks nice... but I better practice first on some regular kits - maybe the GAZ truck - or try to find the ACE Gaz-67

I will try to provide you with a regular Sunday fix happy.gif Though the current project is a little more involving, it might take me some more time

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wally
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A nice icy Yak! nt

February 20 2012, 4:57 PM 


 
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(Login eazyprinz)
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But it's not a civilian Yak :-) !

February 21 2012, 2:56 PM 

Though I have to agree it has lots of white - like most civilian aircraft, and I think this is one of the very few times in my life I got away with a white scheme, I don't know how you manage to do it with all those civilian types, in white, with silver and other glossy colours - not easy !

But thanks for dropping in Wally, appreciated


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(Login StuartMilliken)
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Lovely work and very fun post to read

February 20 2012, 4:58 PM 

The snow pics really did come out well--my favorite is the first outdoor picture with patchy snow; really made me feel cold.

I ought to do some VVS, though I also want to do some more SCW (including getting my CR 32 moving). I'd probably try to squeeze in something with red stars if a theme got going.

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(Login eazyprinz)
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SCW had some VVS types

February 21 2012, 3:03 PM 

You can combine happy.gif !

A tupolev SB-2 or a Rata... though I think they fought on the less colourfull side

And speaking about the cold - aren't you also not familiar with the pleasures of winter in your neck of the woods - China is also northern hemisphere, though granted it is a much larger place then Belgium - and probably has more climat areas then our single wet North Sea one




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Just like the perfect woman doesn't exist, I will never build a perfect model.
Puts me on a par with God

 
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Mike R
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Great work nice pics and the comments....

February 21 2012, 8:01 AM 

were very good as well..thnaks for sharing. Mike

 
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(Login eazyprinz)
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A race is always fun

February 21 2012, 3:10 PM 

It makes things more exciting, though this time I lost sad.gif

I sure would've loved to have some snowy landscape in the background of the pictures - ah well, maybe next winter - or maybe we still get an "indian winter" (hahaha!)

Occasionaly I find myself still struggling with the English language - what I suppose gets the rhytm out of the "story" - but I keep working on this - so thanks for the encouragment Mike, always good to hear this - and I hope to do better next time - then I have to win - against the stupid snow happy.gif !

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Just like the perfect woman doesn't exist, I will never build a perfect model.
Puts me on a par with God

 
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Bravo, William!

February 21 2012, 10:37 AM 


 
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(Login eazyprinz)
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Ted !

February 21 2012, 3:20 PM 

You're back again !

We need you here man - there sure must be a lot of kits in your stash that fit this forum - anything that stumbles around through the air and is 1/72 is perfect, even a 109 - and I think any plastic kit must be better then the thrills of a Canadian winter ?

Or maybe you are temporarily involved with the dark side of ground hugging equipment happy.gif ? I'm trying my luck again with them too after 20 or so years - got myself a nice small scale Kurogane which I hope to finish in a few weeks, it still is First Aircraft, but something is happening in the background

Anyways, thanks for dropping in and replying, all the best !

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Puts me on a par with God

 
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(Login TeddieP)
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William!

February 23 2012, 2:27 PM 


 
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Peter Lloyd
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Great to see a Yak, and YAY group build!

February 23 2012, 3:17 AM 

... and all rushed like Stalin himself was standing over you! VVS group build sounds good.

I made the A-model LaGG-3 (or was it Pavla?) and found it much the same: looks crude, but goes together well. Russian planes were wooden so the panel lines and 'sculpting' is less of an issue.

 
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Lovely Yak William!

February 23 2012, 6:18 AM 

What a nice view you have there out the window.

 
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