Friday, November 25, 2011

Military aircraft vol.22

Subject: Chance Vought V-173 and XF5U Flying Flapjack/Pancake
Scale: 1/72
Manufacturer: V-173 by Sword Models; XF5U by Hasegawa
Contruction: Out of the box. Painted with Tamiya acrilics and Alclad II



The two make a nice set on the shelve:

Models on video vol.1

This is a new section at the blog. I will upload or link videos about the models on display, specially those uncommun subjects. In reference to the posting of the V173 and the XF5U, next you see a video of the fly testing of these airplanes.
Video 1: The V173
Video 2: The XF5U Flying Pirate

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Helicopters vol.4: CH47D Chinook cockpit and crew

Subject: CH47D Chinook cockpit and crew
Scale: 1/35
Manufacturer: Trumpeter
Painting: Tamiya acrilics and Vallejo

Comments: When i first saw this  kit i thought it would make a nice vignette. What a better scene for a pilot then inside a cockpit? I started by building the cockpit out of the box, just adding the seat belts from a photo-etched set made by a local manufacturer called DR design. However, when i started the figures i got very disapointed by the out-of-scale moulding of the pilots. At the and, i just built one of the three figures inside the box, a cabin commander holding a gun. Now i have the cockpit just as a small vignette with no figures. Perhaps i would build the CH47 and use this cockpit instead of building another one.
Here are some photos of the construction:
Lots of ejector pin marks at the major parts
Everything treated with putty and plasticard

The instrument panel with some detail painted with vallejo acrilics

The cockpit floor painted with dark grey and dry-brushed with testors metalizer steel

Some small details...

...carefully painted and placed in their position.

The vignette almost done.

The cockpit on a display base: The vignette is done! Now, the figures...
I built the left one to place it with the cockpit as a combat set.
But, as you can see, the figure is out-of -scale. I decided not to build the pilots because it looked as a lost cause.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Military aircraft vol.21

Subject: Grumman/General Motors FM-2 Wildcat
Scale: 1/72
Manufacturer: Hobby Boss
Construction: Out of the box. Painted with Tamiya acrlics
Comments: This is one of the easy kits of this chinese manufacturer. I decided to post here to show the high quality of the injection, fit and detail of these little models. The decals are also very well printed and need no setting solution. The price tag and the simplicity of  these kits make them the perfect weekend project!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Military Vehicles vol.12

Subject: Autoblinda Ab41
Scale: 1/72
Manufacturer: Italeri
Construction: Out of the box project, painted with Tamiya acrilics, weathering with Humbrol enamel (drybrush) and pastel chalk. Decals from italeri.

Kit review vol.5:Apollo-Soyuz spacecraft

Subject: Apollo-Soyuz spacecraft
Scale: 1/96
Manufacturer: Revell
Comments: This is a special edition of Revell´s Apollo spacecraft that has been in the market for a long time now. What you get inside the box is the command and service module of the Apollo spacecraft with a complete Soyuz ship and the conecting device used during the famous Apollo -Soyuz cooperation mission. The kit has raised panel lines, average fit and detail. It comes with a display base with the mission badge engraved, but you will have to paint it to show the detail. It is interesting to know that the istructions were written in english and russian, with information about the spacecrafts, details of the mission and, of course, the plans to build the model. Here you have a picture of the  box art and the sprues: