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Macross VF-11B 3 years 11 months ago #31

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Thats good to know :) When I get more practice I will be building one of mine

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Macross VF-11B 3 years 11 months ago #32

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A bit more done tonight. Finishing off the engine and main landing gear nacelles but the join isn't the best in the world, and considering this is a futuristic fighter, I want a nice finish on everything, so this needs to be bought up to par.


I had to fill in the gear bays so got the doors prepared


And these doors worked pretty well, although on this nacelle there were still decent gaps to fill.

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Macross VF-11B 3 years 11 months ago #33

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Finally, I put on the cockpit decals which means I can close up the nose section tomorrow and if I can, I'll mask the canopy and then it's just finishing off the bodywork for paint. That means sanding, filling and rescribing though. Not my favorite things :o

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Macross VF-11B 3 years 11 months ago #34

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Good luck with it! Rescribing isn't my favourite thing to do... I need to get some of that thick tape ot help for next time I have to
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1/72 Hasegawa Macross VF-11B 3 years 11 months ago #35

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I absolutely loath rescribing almost as much as masking canopies :pinch:

Looking great K1... looks like its going to build into a very nice model. B)
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Von Drinkoften wrote: I absolutely loath rescribing almost as much as masking canopies :pinch:


lol, i feel ya. Maybe I should switch to do armor? :lol:

I actually got on to do the masking this morning before work. It's difficult enough in 1:48 let alone 1:72. Used some 3mm tape for the first time and it worked quite well.


I also assembled the cockpit and closed up the forward fuselage.


Ready for some black to get the internal canopy frames set before I carry on with the rest of the assembly. Looks a lot like the SU-27 I think, especially in blue.

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And now everything is ready for a bit of a rub down with isopropyl alcohol and then off to primer.

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Macross VF-11B 3 years 11 months ago #38

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My Current Macross Timeline build of every Macross Varitech Fighter from the VF-0 prototype to the VF-25 so far and the Russian/Isreali SV-51

All these are getting made up on a carrier deck Cat launcher with Adruino controlled Lighting, Engine effects and Jet Blast Deflector raising and lowering.

In there somewhere is your VF-11 Thunderbolt "Nothung II"

Just so you are aware, the Nothung II is a civilian Reno Racer style Pylon race plane not a combat model. Hence the not so nice graphics.





And example of what can be done with these kits is below.
The first image is the "ESPN" Camera Chase Plane from the Race Series and looks nasty with those graphics and its giant camera pod here the cannon should be.


The second is the same kit reimagined as a two seater (The Thunderbolt was only available as a single seater apart from the Civi Camera version) into an ECM And Ground Attack Fighter Bomber. Looks pretty convincing in the Lo-Viz paint too.


If you have any questions on it drop a line and I can help out.
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1/72 Hasegawa Macross VF-11B 3 years 11 months ago #39

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Thanks mate. That's an awesome collection and a great idea for displaying them. Im currently looking at how to make a stand for this one so it's shown in-flight.

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Very nice collection alright! and sounds like a massive display that's for sure

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1/72 Hasegawa Macross VF-11B 3 years 11 months ago #41

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There are some ideas for flight stands on there.

Once you finish it, if you want to sell your left over parts, especially the spare pilot (These kits come with 2 pilots even though they only use one) as some of the earlier VF-1 Valkyries have no pilots and I have a couple of 2 seater versions. I also need to modify them all so they have their arms positioned to be holding the braces for a Catapult launch instead of the controls and also saluting the Shooter.

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I'm happy to just give you the spare pilot and also the canon if you want it mate.

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Sweet! Thanks. The Cannon is useful as there is a Navigation light in the end that needs an LED or Fibre Optic line fitted so a spare is good to practice on.

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NZEOD wrote: Sweet! Thanks. The Cannon is useful as there is a Navigation light in the end that needs an LED or Fibre Optic line fitted so a spare is good to practice on.


Cool. PM me your address and I'll pop them in the post

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Laid down the first primer coat this morning


I gave things a sand and fixed areas that needed extra attention. Then I got some of the parts I wanted to paint white like the intakes.


Using XF-1 unthinned at high air pressure I sprayed the white areas. Once they are dry I plan to mask them and carry on with the painting, but there will also be some parts I will add metallics to.

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In the meantime I have carried on the preparation of the parts for painting. That's the biggest thing I want to achieve here,. The best painting I have done yet.


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While waiting for the white to dry, I decided to lay down some of the metallics using Mr Metals buffables. This is a light section of the plane and will have a clear part put over it.


Some of the engine parts got some Mr Metals Chrome and will get a polish up tonight or in the morning

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Now thinking about how I will mount this, I decided to use the nice thick part of the clear sprue on the right, and with my knife carefully scribed and cut out a small rectangle area that was already recessed in the mould


Then just using a file I guesstimated the amount I would need to shave off the end of the clear, and buffed the area back up


and now I have a stand. Tomorrow I'll shoot out and get a picture frame for a base

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A bit of work this morning on bits and pieces. More sanding and preparing the fuselage for paining. I gave the parts I metaliser on a buff, and the sections at the leading edge of the wing roots I added some clear blue and white for lights, then put the clear covers on.


I masked up the intakes now the white was all dry (I hope)


And masked the tops of these parts, whatever they are, ready for the next bit of primer.

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After laying down the primer I shot out to the shops to pick up a picture frame for the base, with and idea I saw someone at florys do. It came with a thick core so I was able to cut out the centre of the cardboard and put in a piece of MDF I had lying around.


Given this is an RAF build, I found some creative commons aerial shots of London, and printed one to size. I did this just on thick paper, but might pick up some glossy paper to reprint it depending on how it looks when I actually put the finished model on.

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Coming along nicely K1. Great idea for the base, and should look pretty cool when done. B)
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Wow this build is blowing me away,... and that finished kit with the tinted canopy....wow,....just wow.

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Cheers guys. Tonight I will start preshading. Given this is my first 1:72 build, I don't want thick lines with the preshading. I was thinking lower air pressure and spraying closer to the surface. Does this sound right?

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nice work mate!!
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Thanks Jackie, and thanks Flying Kiwi who sent me the decals which turned up today. I'm trying out the Mig Ammo paints I got with the RAF Fighters pack.


I coated the exhausts and a couple of other parts in Mr Metals Aluminium, but it may be a bit too bright. If it is I'll do a coat of Stainless Steel instead.


And I'm really ashamed of my preshading work. I just couldn't get the airbrush to do what I wanted. It was spitting and throwing stuff everywhere, and the lines wouldnt go down nice and thin. By the stage you see here I had given up and just started doing what i could. I don't know if the paint was too thin, or what. I was using a Harder & Steinbeck Infinity with a .2 needle. I tried at low PSI (10) and it was spiderwebbing the paint when I got too close, or spitting like mad when I moved away. I do have a tiny bend in the tip of the needle as it catches on cotton swabs when I clean it. I don't know if that's a problem?
Anyway, the preshading is down and I masked a recessed area to stay black when I lay the grey over it tomorrow. Got to use the glass from the photo frame I purchased for the base as a cutting mat for the tape. I also am going to mask the nose cone to give it a slightly different shade than the rest of the body.

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Mate this is awesome!!

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Thanks Bishop. I wouldn't use the word awesome to describe that preshading, but it shows I need to spend some time practising.

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Apart from the pre-shading this is looking awesome. I would think that the low pressure wouldn't "push" the paint out as much, so that might be why it's webbing and spitting. Have a tester on a piece of paper first before putting it to the kit. This way you can have a bit of a practice, and get the lines you want. I wouldn't know the pressure to use, but try a bit higher, and practice on a piece of paper.

Otherwise, looking great

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Xtr3meNZer wrote: Apart from the pre-shading this is looking awesome. I would think that the low pressure wouldn't "push" the paint out as much, so that might be why it's webbing and spitting. Have a tester on a piece of paper first before putting it to the kit. This way you can have a bit of a practice, and get the lines you want. I wouldn't know the pressure to use, but try a bit higher, and practice on a piece of paper.

Otherwise, looking great


Agree with K2 about the practice...but use a piece of styrene sheet that has been primed as the paint will be absorbed in paper and may give you a false indication of what its doing...

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Ah probably a better idea :)

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