Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Seam-ingly Impossible!


Hello! 

Seams. They are driving me mad on my two current aircraft builds! However, with more and more filler and lots and lots of sanding I am beginning  to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Here is how the current projects are looking at the moment:




So after much frustration I am cracking on with this peoples choice build-I must stress I do not blame this kit for my problems, those were of my own making!

I have now painted and installed the engines, assembled the wings and tailplanes and filled in more seams! Yes, every time I thought I was done with filling and sanding, this model kicked me hard! 

I am almost there now-seams filled and sanded again so that I can get some paint on this build! Now it's looking like a B-17 at last, I have begun the painting process. The fuselage was sprayed with interior green and then I used NATO brown to pre-shade the panel lines. I know pre-shading is not so fashionable these days, but it still works for me. 

Here is how "Nine O' Nine" looks today......




Next to see is my Revell/Monogram 1/48 P-47N  "Too Big & Too Heavy" This is an older kit that I have wanted to re-visit for many years, the plan to make a better job of this version that my last! 

Well, I have to hold my hands up and admit to struggling yet again with those fuselage seams! I honestly don't know what is up with me! At the remedial work is done now and I can get back to painting. I am using True Metal polished aluminium for the NMF , the lesson I have learnt here is that with these new metallic paints is that they show up every single blemish on the surface of the airframe! 

AAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!


Never mind, after a cup of tea and more sanding/filling/sanding polishing I somehow managed to get the desired result. By desired, I mean it ain't perfect, but it will do for me! 

So we see this build as it has had its black primer sprayed onto the parts of the model that required more attention. 

I have also put the engine together and installed it to the airframe, no added details here, just build and painted the old fashioned way! 

Here is what it looks like now:






Take care and happy modelling!

Darren.