January 17th 2016 will mark 25 years since the US-led Coalition began airstrikes in a prelude to boots on the ground to force the withdrawal of Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi forces from Kuwait. To mark the 25th Anniversary, we will be commencing a Kiwimodeller Group Build, beginning January 17th 2016, and finishing on the 15th of July 2016.
The build is open to any scale and any subject that played a role in Operation Desert Storm. This includes Iraqi forces. The model must be built in its entirety within the specified build dates and the build should be accompanied by a thread in the group build forum documenting regular progress. Post shots of your sprues at the beginning of your thread.
By the end of the GB (and no later than 24 hours after the completion date) participants should post five pictures of the completed build in the GB completed builds thread. There is no entry fee for the GB, but a donation for the upkeep of Kiwimodeller is welcome The winner of the group build will be decided by popular vote.
Voting will run for the week following the 15th of July, ending Midday the 22nd of July. A deadlock will be decided by a separate run-off vote.
Now the Tomcat Boneyard build has finished I got back to this. Then I noticed that the ODS GB ends in 2 days so I have to get a move on with this too.
Typical of me, I forgot to paint something while I had the right colour in the airbrush. The Bomb Bay doors needed to be white.
Because I hadn't primed them either, I just started with light coats of Tamiya Gloss White
And then got a little thicker. Lucky today was a fine day too and the garage door catches the sun and heats up, making the garage warm too. Allowed a short time between coats.
And also the landing gear, after I painted the shock struts in aluminium. One of the landing gear bays came loose while fitting in the gear. I hope it holds. I
That's about where I left it. I have a half day work tomorrow so will hopefully have some time to finish it off. I still need to weather the gear, and the bomb arms, decal the bombs, attach the wheels all the landing gear doors, decal the underside, attach the bombs and the bomb bay mechanisms and then flip it over, decal the top, flat coat everything, unmask, open the canopy, attach the seat, align and attach the canopy, attach the IP shields, do all the lights. all in a day and a half. HELP!
Yup, almost kaka'd my tarau there Andrew. Still keen to get this knocked off this week. There's something bittersweet about finishing a model.
Got a little more time tonight to carry on. I think I should have planned, some of the installation better, or at least planned how the installation would go. Ive really had to push some parts in place, hopefully without too much damage. Ive also been giving at the whites a nice grubby up. This pic is before i cleaned a lot of the wash off.
The bomb mechanisms were a real struggle to get in, and I should have tested the rear landing gear doors before installing the landing gear. Note to others, fit the rear doors BEFORE fitting the landing gear, even if they are just placed loosely.
I used superglue for the landing gear, but all the other parts I'm using Rocket Glue. I love the stuff. Trying to get things to fit and align however is quite difficult, and Ive managed to smear glue around the place. Lucky it cleans up nicely.
Tomorrow I will try and add the other gear door. I'll leave the bombs till last however. After that will be the rest of the decals, on the underside, and then I'll flip her over to work on the top side. Im really not too sure about the paint work. Not the colour, but the quality. I may polish some parts back and even do some re-spray. I think the paint was fine but the gloss really didn't work on this build for some reason.
Hang in there mate, you're almost there! It is looking good though, and I'm sure once it's finished you will be proud
I also buggered up the paint job on the Missouri (Hull - I sprayed floor polish on it the other night... and orange peel city... I don't know why but it ruined a nice flat finish. Sanding it back and respraying it has shown it not to be as good as previous... bugger). Point being, if the paint isn't too bad... trying to fix it could cause more issues than leaving it?
You could try dipping a cloth in to some more Klear and rubbing it on the hull this should smooth back the crap paint job, Klear as long as it's got the "Future" in it is one of only a few products that is self "dissolving" and will reconstitute itself.
Cheers for the tip Gary. Unfortunately I used a lacquer gloss. Still I think i'm OK.
Carried on with the undersides today. The bomb bay doors got some decal love
as did the tyres. Awesome you get these decals. Havent seen them on a kit before.
The rest of the decals were put on the undersides. Im trying the new AK Decal solution, but it doesn't seem to do much, like all the others I have tried. Am I doing something wrong? I've never seen decals shrivel and then settle. The red decal at the back where the tail hook comes out is still quite silver underneath. I pit some tiny cuts in it with a knife and have laid on the decal solution again, and use Micro Sol but still no change in the decal.
You've done an awesome job of this so far mate and is looking fantastic.
Can't comment on the AK decal solution as I've never used it... but the only time I've encountered decals shrivelling is after I've applied Micro Sol to intentionally shrink them to conform to an uneven surface.
Thanks guys and thanks Steve. Im going to stay away from panel line washes on this one though, as it's all composite materials and so doesn't have traditional panel joins as far as I can tell, especially after being RAM coated for operations.
I haven't checked this thread for a while - been having one of those months where life gets in the way of modelling - but this has come along nicely.
Nice touch with the decal on the inside of the door. Did the decal come with the kit? or is it something you found?
Cheers Malcolm. The decal came with the kit. It was quite confusing which way to put on. the kit was sitting upside down, and the the decal had to be upside down so when the doors opened it was the right way up and i was trying to think how that worked and by brain hurt and i didn't trust the instructions because they were upside down and you wouldnt believe how much time i spent on it. Then I realised if the kit was sitting the right way up, everything suddenly made sense, so I just followed the instructions
grover wrote: Cheers Malcolm. The decal came with the kit. It was quite confusing which way to put on. the kit was sitting upside down, and the the decal had to be upside down so when the doors opened it was the right way up and i was trying to think how that worked and by brain hurt and i didn't trust the instructions because they were upside down and you wouldnt believe how much time i spent on it. Then I realised if the kit was sitting the right way up, everything suddenly made sense, so I just followed the instructions
I love brain fart moments like that!... well maybe not at the time...
I had a doozey the other day while gluing the tow hooks in position on the front of the lower hull.
I did the first, and after fiddling about for a while managed to get the second in position... but then forgot that I'd already done the first and spent the next 20 mins or so scouring the work area and floor the "second" hook. Never mind that both were now installed in plain sight in front of me!