Saturday, April 13, 2019

Military aircraft vol.94: Mig9


Subject:
Mig9
Scale:
1/72
Manufacturer:
Amodel
Price
US$ 25,00 plus shipping
Description
Injected plastic model with waterslide decals.
Comments
This is Amodel's Mig9 in 1/72 scale. This manufacturer has a huge line of unusual subjects, mostly soviet era aircraft. The kits are of a short run kind, with flash and alignment problems. The manufacturer recommends the kits only to experienced modelers, but i must say that you need more patience then experience. Fit is difficult in most areas and the surface is rough, but if you want something like a Mig9, this is the way to get it. The model was built out of the box, painted with Tamiya acrylics. Decals are ok, a bit too matt once displayed on the kit, but react well to setting solutions. It was a pleasure to get this kit done, and i even got a few more Amodel kits to my collection. I hope you like this one. There are more to come! 








Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Military aircraft vol.93: Sukhoi SU15UM


Subject:
Sukhoi SU15UM
Scale:
1/72
Manufacturer:
PM Models
Price
US$ 10,00 plus shipping
Description
Injected plastic model with waterslide decals.
Comments
This is PM Models' Sukhoi SU15UM . The box describes it as Sukhoi SU21, but i found that it is a wrong designation due to some NATO interpretation on this sub type of the Flagon. The kit is nice with recessed panel lines, although  not entirely correct. Detail is very simple, but overall fit is ok. Decals are nice and go easily over a gloss finish. It was painted with Tamiya acrylics, in this case flat aluminium buffed with a soft cloth. The base was scratch built to simulate a Soviet airfield. This was a nice and simple project, with little caution to accuracy. 







Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Military Aircraft vol.92: Yak15


Subject:
Yak15
Scale:
1/72
Manufacturer:
PM models
Price
US$ 10,00 plus shipping
Description
Injected plastic model with waterslide decals.
Comments
This is PM Models' Yak15 in 1/72 scale. It is a very simple kit. Panel lines are almost non existent and a little bit raised. Clear parts look like magnifying lenses and wheel wells are almost flat. I lowered the panel lines according to some drawings i found on the internet. The kit was painted with Tamiya acrylics, with some tone variation done by adding white to the basic colors. Decals are from PM models and are a bit fragile. As this is a very basic and small kit, i placed it on a base simulating a Soviet era airfield. I hope you like it! It was a fun and relatively simple project.







Thursday, March 7, 2019

Experimental aircraft walkaround vol.10: Dassault Mirage IIIV


Subject: Dassault Mirage III V
Location:Musée d'lair et de l'espace, Le Bourget, Paris, 2015
Comments: The Dassault Mirage IIIV, also spelled Mirage III V, was a French vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) prototype fighter aircraft of the mid-1960s developed and produced by Dassault Aviation.The Mirage IIIV was a VTOL derivative of an existing conventional fighter, the Dassault Mirage III; the principal difference between the two types was the addition of eight small vertical lift jets which straddling the main engine. These lift jets would have been used during vertical takeoffs and landings, but would have been inactive during horizontal flight. The Mirage IIIV had come about as a response to the issuing of a NATO specification, NATO Basic Military Requirement 3 (NBMR-3), which sought a supersonic-capable VTOL strike fighter. The Mirage IIIV was a competitor with Hawker Siddeley's P.1154 VTOL fighter, a cousin of the Hawker Siddeley Harrier. Both aircraft competed to be selected to meet the NBMR-3 requirement. While the Mirage IIIV is commonly viewed as being more politically palatable due to an emphasis having been placed upon multinational development and manufacturing plans, the design of P.1154 (which only used a single engine) was seen as more straightforward and practical. Ultimately the P.1154 was selected to meet the NBMR-3 requirement to the detriment of the Mirage IIIV. One of the two prototypes constructed was destroyed in an accident; shortly following its loss, the whole project was abandoned; the surviving aircraft has since been placed on public display. (Source: wikipedia)








Monday, February 18, 2019

Racing vehicles vol.2: Ferrari F189 early version



Subject:
Ferrari F1 89 early version
Scale:
1/20
Manufacturer:
Tamiya
Price
US$ 50,00 plus shipping
Description
Injected plastic model with waterslide decals and ruber tires
Comments
This is Tamiya's 1/20 scale Ferrari F1 89 early version. What a great kit! Detail is fantastic and fit is above standard.Construction was out-of-the-box except for the radiator cooling lines that were done using plastic rod from evergreen products. With so much detail, i decided to display my Ferrari open as if it was in the boxes waiting for the mechanics. I hope you like.  

















Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Work in progress vol. 27: Ferrari F1 89 early version (UPDATED)


Subject:
Ferrari F1 89 early version
Scale:
1/20
Manufacturer:
Tamiya
Price
US$ 50,00 plus shipping
Description
Injected plastic model with waterslide decals and ruber tires
Comments
This is Tamiya's 1/20 scale Ferrari F1 89 early version. What a great kit! Detail is fantastic and fit is above standard. With these pictures you will see some captions describing details of the construction.I got bitten by the racing cars and motorcycles bug! Last November i was in São Paulo for the Brazilian GP of Formula 1 for the first time. It is awesome! Then i decided to build some of my F1 cars that have been stored for a long time in my stash. As i didn't have any references on the F1 89, i went to the web to find some nice pictures. What a surprise when i found not only the pictures, but also a Ferrari F1 89 for sale! It is one of the cars driven by Gerhard Berger and the salesman provided several pictures of the car and some nice details of the chassis, engine and cockpit. If you are interested in buying a Ferrari, you can visit the website www.artandrevs.com from where i took the pictures (credits to Art & Revs from Luxemburg).  

































The construction:

Here is the upper body cover for the Ferrari. I intend to display the interior of the car, including, engine, radiators and rear suspension with the gearbox.

To do that, i decided to remove the front part of the body frame along a line the actually is present on the real car.

I cut it cllean an preserved both parts, as the front one holds the front wing in place.

Tamiya's red plastic is translucent, as usually are these colored plastic parts. 

I painted the underside of the body frame in matt black. You see how dark it gets compared to the unpainted part.

One interesting thing about this kit is that the great quality of the model allows you to paint the several sub assemblies before gluing the parts. This made construction very easy. The sequence of pictures shows:

A) The body frame



B) The cockpit, front and rear wings and chassis.


C) Engine, radiator and transmission.


D) Front suspension:


E) Rear suspension:


F) Several other small parts:



The engine, transmission and rear suspension ready:





The cockpit and front suspension ready: