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The Skink Works 10 months 1 week ago #31

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grover wrote: Better than StinkWorks ;)


Oh that''s another little room in the house.....

So did the masking and a sanding took great care as to not destroy the raised detail (learnt a lot from the B-29) there was luckily a 10 cm set of parallel panel lines which run on the spine so that helped, i got the seam nice and flat although it still looks a bit raised in the light??

This is it compared to the 1:48 B-29 remember the B-36 is only 1:72!!!!!



I also tidied up my display unit and polished the perspex after the electricians been,... starting to look ok!


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Flying_Kiwi wrote:


Oooh, is that the 'Southern Cross' at top left?
I have the Zvezda 1/72 kit, then Valom brought out their version with the VH-USU markings that it flew with in NZ - so I bought that kit too. :whistle:
I'll build both one day as there're a few differences between 'Trans-Pacific' spec and the 'Tans-Tasman' spec - enough to make both worthy additions to my collection.

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The Skink Works 10 months 1 week ago #33

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that is the Zvezda southern cross, although Zvezda does some great models this was not one of them!!!

my execution was so so as well wasn't really feeling it and i just "got it out of the way" i'd like to revisit the model as for me its one of the most important aircraft in history.

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The Skink Works 10 months 22 hours ago #34

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ok so on with the show... B1-B is done

So i wasn't happy with the spine so round 3 of putty! man.....




AND lookie what the carpet monster spat out,... was cleaning up my kits shelving and lookie what i found the gun mount!!



More work tonight, i found a nasty glue dribble i will need to fix.
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The Skink Works 10 months 2 hours ago #35

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Ohh I'm investing in Putty stocks. :lol: And awesome to get one back from the carpet monster. Call that part Jonah. ;)

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The Skink Works - TU-160 9 months 4 weeks ago #36

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so still having trouble getting the top seam right so... start on the next one!

Tupelov Tu-160 "White Swan"

So this is the 1:72 from AMODEL and man its not the trumpetor kit! It is a mixed media kit which means the main body is actually a type of fiber glass. which means the dremel has had a hell of a work out. You have to cut sections out of it and mate the styrene parts with it (gear wells, engines) .... this will be hard

I'd also not really looked at the styrene parts close up and man they are bad. flash, poorly molded, fit is awful,.. although surprisingly the odd part has really good details ,.. others a just lumps.

So this is what it looks like in 1:1 its about twice the size of the B1, ...the 1:172 is almost as big as the 1:48 B1!





Anyway i'd dremeled the body about a month ago will find those photo's but here is the styrene cockpit. its big for a 1:72

so 3 guesses what this bit is... the crew hatch and...... yeah the toilet!!!!



Rear crew stations and the Pit primed







The nose has the fueling probe which i may model extended??? what do you think?



And here is the horrible body and the wings which actually don't match.... no idea what i'm going to do with that...



This is going to be by far the hardest build!

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The Skink Works - TU-160 9 months 4 weeks ago #37

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a really good idea of the scale.

Top model (green) 1:72 B-1

The 1:72 Tu-160 is underneath!


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The Skink Works 9 months 4 weeks ago #38

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Holy Crap that's big :ohmy: ** insert "that's what she said" joke here **

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grover wrote: Holy Crap that's big :ohmy: ** insert "that's what she said" joke here **


A phrase which is uttered a lot I my house!!

Sadly usually about 1:48 or 1:32 errr. Models.

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Bit more on this.

See how you have to dremel bits of the cast body out to insert the streyne parts, you can see here the swing wing mechanism.



i posed the Tu-160 next to the B-1b... remeber the Tu-160 is 1:72!!!!



Did a bit on the cockpit not going crazy with the detail as its 1:72 and you can see SWEET FA with the lid on. gotta say tho the seat detail is very accurate... they are K36 seats! its one of the weird thing about this kit some bits are hyper accurate... other bits are like a babies bum!!! (smooth and sh*tty)



and it fits.... mostly... i know you expect models to fit and fit well, i'd be happy if the gap was less than 4mm - seriously plastic card time




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The Skink Works Back to the B36 9 months 3 weeks ago #41

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So after letting it sit for a bit i'm fixing the defects on the B36 spine and starting the Gloss black Alclad primer

got the marker pen out!!




Its alot so paint !!!



its still big - but now its "big'n'black"




found some issues with the black primer will fix those then its the gloss white for the bottom and then i will start the silver
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Looking awesome :woohoo:

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The Skink Works 9 months 3 weeks ago #43

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Great stuff, Flying Kiwi; love your model display area. The Tu-160 is a big bird alright, as is the B-36; you must have some or all of the following;

1: tolerant wife
2: no young kids
3: big house
4: big garage/outhouse
5: low maintenance section
6: lots of time on your hands

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HAH!! yes well..

1) Tolerant Wife, well she was, even liked model making, thats not what caused the divorce ! The GF is fairly tolerant of model making, she makes jewelry.(also not the cause of the divorce)
2) No kids at all,... although two dogs... one like model parts and thinks they're yummy
3) Nope... mid sized
4) Big area/man cave that i build myself under the house.
5) No a big bush section which is in dire need of attention...i think i could have a whole village of pygmies on the section and not know about it, thats a summer job!!
6) No just a modelling compulsion!!!! ...... i do need to spend some couch time with the GF and not smelling of thinners all the time helps....

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The Skink Works 9 months 3 weeks ago #45

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Wow, that's a model and a half... wow.

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nuuumannn wrote: 5: low maintenance section


Hey nuuuuumann do you know my neighbor???? I got a complaint last night about some trees on my section, which then extended to some bitchy comments about it being generally untidy...(you could hide a tyrannosaurus ... untidy is not the word)

I wanted to say... "have you seen the size of the B-36 im building...."

out with the chainsaw this weekend.... although weather looking dicey.

My mate Photoshopped this for me a while ago,... it was my man cave window....seems appropriate

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So lots of outdoor acivites this weekend including the new smoker (see below the b36) I've eaten so much BBQ this weekend if i hadn't been chopping down trees i'd be nice big and fat

So 3 shades of alcald on so far, including the anti flash white under the fuse and wings. the chrome went on well on the front but needs a re-spray on the back

time to mask the wing walks now.... see you in 5 weeks once that is done.

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That Alclad is looking nice Lucas. Do you need to put a clear over it to protect it, or be careful handing it? I've found alclad to be quite fragile in that area.

Also, saw this on Trade Me and thought our your Skink Works project. Maybe something for it?
www.trademe.co.nz/toys-models/models/air...ction-1188380132.htm

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Hey grover i used dust gloves for handling as because it is "metal" finger prints leave acid marks but once its on and dried for a few days even lacquer thinner won't shift it and it can be masked quite happily

as you can see below.... the wing walk this took most of the night! paint is still drying so looks a bit blotchy, not looking forward to the decals.

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Hi FK,


Damn, there are some big aircraft there! That Tu-160 is a monster:blink: I bought the 1/48 B-1, but i think it is too big, i need to downsize it to 1/72 as i would like to hang a heap of cold war bombers from the ceiling and now you have made me want a Tu-160. I think i had better reinforce the ceiling too:P

5) No a big bush section which is in dire need of attention...i think i could have a whole village of pygmies on the section and not know about it

Maybe not Pygmies, but the Wilderpeople may be in there!!:woohoo:

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Hey woody,... you know if you wanted somebody to take that 1:48 B1 off your hands i know just the person..... ME!

It was possibly (aside from the engines which i won't do the same again) the most fun modeling i have ever had,... loved it!

I think the B36 is as wide as the B1 is long!

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I think you might have to get inline there for that B-1

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Hey first dibs Gary :-)!!!!

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Nah it's all good, I'll get one another time, I've got plenty others to build, even got one of these in 1/72 but I prefer working in 1/48.

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3 steps for forward 5 steps back

It seems masking Acrylic over the top of alclad then masking that is a recipe for disaster and bubbling and stuff, I've pretty much painted the top of the wing 3 times sometimes 4 in places. I know i sort of knew it was a bad idea to start with but hey i'm an idiot

I sort of have 3 options:

  • Continue spot fixing

    Sand the whole wing back re-scribe and repaint using either alcald or acrylic (but not both)

    Ignore move on and start decaling

Its hard seeing the imperfections as they show up in different light(being essentially different shades of the same color) and with a 1 meter wing span its a bit hard to chuck the thing about :-)

so i took a break yesterday and moved on to the jet pods, the gear and the props,, the phone died so only got a quick snap of the gear.

About 2 tamyia paint pots high.... and this is 1:72 folks!!!


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That's a bugger about the paint job - Hope you're able to wrangle it back in.

Amazing how big it is aye.

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So big weekend, got some of the TU160 done as well should be reading for painting soon.

Interest seems to be falling off the old Skink works so i thought i'd get on with it

The big job was re sanding the entire wing with 1200 and 2000 grit sandpaper in an effort (which worked) to preserve the raised detail.

Ready for decaling tonight!!!!




Hey K2 coming down your way at Xmas, sadly sans plane but still if you're about fancy a beer ?? and a bit of black ball salami!
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Wow, that's a biggie. :ohmy:

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Grant wrote: Wow, that's a biggie. :ohmy:

That's what she said!!! :P
Sorry, too obvious to pass up.

Looking forward to seeing the decals on there mate.

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Did some decal-ing on the beast last night having to use a ruler to get the decals in line, one wing has 3-4 lengths of black line that all have to line up.

gawd this took about 2 hours fiddly as feck..

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