very nice work indeed.
oh well, I was NOT visited by some guys in black suits with moravian accent last night, so this statement is based clearly on my free will:
My information about Bernie's factory was completely wrong, he is not involved with any japanese, kidnapped or not, in any way, he does not force anyone to work in inhuman or unmerciful conditions of any kind and he is nice to gerbils.
Here you can reveal the mystery of bernie's skill...
He employs a whole factory of japanese workers - kidnapped tamiya employees - who prepare parts like those shown above for him. All of them work under totally unmerciful and inhuman conditions, but hey - his models are worth it, aren't they?
Originally posted by Jan Müller
wow this technique is new to me. Can you show us a photo of that?
The pencil lead stays in, right? Or is it a pure paper roll afterwards?
you're absolutely right, the lead has to stay in the roll to provide some necessary firmness. Basically, you just cut a strip of a constant width of the smoking paper (mine were 15 mm), put some glue on the lead, put the lead about 3 mm from the edge of the strip (in a parallel way), bend the shorter part of the strip over the lead and glue and then roll the whole thing and glue.
oh well, i'm not good at ascii art, but i hope it's clear now.
Originally posted by Jan Müller
is this going to be a commercial model? This is amazing!
Are the struts made of paper?
i'm not sure if the author publishes this model someday, according to his last statement he doesn't want to :(, but i hope he'll change his mind.
the struts were created by rolling a thin cigarette papers around a micro-pencil 0.5 mm lead - i hope it still counts as a paper part :). In the original design, they were to be cut from flat cca 0.5 mm paper, but I decided to modify it this way.
Originally posted by Jörg Schulze
could you please upload the pictures on our server ?
done. here's the last one, that didn't fit into the 5 images limit
let me introduce my result from a very interesting beta build project - Letov S 328 by Vaclav Jancata. Below is shown phase one of the project - the cockpit, and we are now waiting for next stage.
(more info about this beta can be found here, it's a Czech forum, but vital parts are translated into english as well. Basic info about the original plane is e.g. here or here).
and now for the images.
well done indeed... your shots make me think of finishing my Hurri from Orlik... One day, maybe... One day...
a really nice work on the cockpit section, congrats...
let me introduce my newly finished sideproject, a rotunda from Holubice, Czech republic. The model comes from czech ABC magazine (two weeks old issue); it was designed by Ondra Hejl and it was his first work published in this magazine. The scale is 1:150, so it's not very large - which corresponds with 1 and 1/2 of A4 pages of parts. The design was really good, with exceptional texturing - Ondra does the painting on computer, but with great care - he says he paints every single stone or brick one by one, which gives the model naturally fine look. The only weakness of this "kit" was the paper it was printed on - it's too thin and i'd recommend reinforcing it with 80 g/m2 paper before building (i didn't do it and i had some problems due to this mistake).
All around, it was a real pleasure to build it and it was a nice relaxation from my damn slowly progressing Hurri...
And now the pictures:
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And this is the original building:
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nice build indeed...
by the way, did you realize that it looks like a lucky strike advertisement?
may the force be with you.
your cockpit looks very good to me, it's good to see you take such care for the detail. I hope that in this case, Orlik managed to design this kit without any major fit problems, which I encounter on every step now on my Hurricane
well, good luck!
i'll be watching your report carefully, this is my cup of tea.
good luck in your build!
nice and clean build so far, i'm looking forward to see more of it.
good luck and a lot of patience with the wheels and tracks when you get to them...
first things first, so:
@jan: thank you for support.
and now - let's continue the report.
here's the instrument panel from last post finished (oh well, almost finished, it still misses the supercharger controller in the bottom left corner - it'll be visible on later shots):
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here you can see side panels - which are the biggest problem in the cockpit when we get to some kind of historical accuracy - especially the left (port) side one - the sidewall presented in the kit is just a fantasy
although i've modified some parts of the cockpit to look as close to original as possible, this was beyond my plans; the difference is so great i would have to rebuild it completely from the scratch.
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next five images shows the cockpit completed, still without the side panels attached; i don't display any images from during the build, they're not interesting imho - just a lot of small and smaller pieces of paper and wire
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there was a part about the pipe frame in the first post if you still remember it, so here you can see what exactly did i mean - the horizontal strut is aligned with the bottom edge of the instrument panel which is approximately what it should look like.
most of the levers and wires is scratch built or rebuilt to get a bit more accurate/detailed cockpit. i'm afraid that the reference materials i've used are copyrighted, so i'll add just this image from the restoration project for comparison and to clarify things i was talking about (it's from the hurricane mk.IIc restoration, but it should be quite similar to IIb except for a few details):
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this is the exhaust pipes after the first painting - they're shaped, glued together, ground with a fine sandpaper to get rid of all edges and finally painted with a mix of humbrol metallic enamels (black and brass). before atteching them to the fuselage, i'll paint/drybrush them with water colours to get less glossy and more realistic look.
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tomorrow i want to finish the central/cockpit part of the fuselage and move on to the tail section. this will be a bit tricky because of the surface of the linen on wires/formers on the original plane, but i have done some tests with enchancing the edges and it looks quite fair. we'll see.
Originally posted by RicleiteBeing a 'real life' civil engineer
although, one doesn't get to a beauty like this, especially when designing production facilities...
man kommt leider nicht oft zu so einer Schönheit, insbesondere wenn man Fabrikanlagen entwirft...
nice work indeed, grats!
btw, the drain pipes are a great detail which makes the building look a lot more realistic - i've never realized how much this could help.
thank you for your very kind words, i hope that this report will help anyone who builds another Il-2, at least a bit.
i wouldn't care about the real interior colour, since as far as i know, the russians didn't have any "official" colour scheme. in addition, cca 36 000 sturmoviks were built, so i think any colour is ok - but you're right, both gray and gray-blue interiors were probably most common imho.
i wish you good luck with your build.
here you can find one really interesting project, a diorama of Prague centre situated to 1911. This is NOT my project, so i don't know much about it - it's a scratchbuild mostly made of paper, in scale 1:160. No need to say i like it very much and i think you'll do the same
Originally posted by SparrowhawkWhat does the beer song at the end mean? I know there have been Spits for "very special missions" with beer barrels. Does vasek68 want to equip his Spitfire with these?
i'll try to sum up the most important posts for you:
1) vasek wants to build a model "right from the box", without any modifications - and i think he's doing pretty well.
2) first bigger problem encountered was this one:
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there was some kind of print/design error, so the colours on the camo are inverted and there's something wrong with the tail section. vasek repainted and printed these to avoid the visual flaw on his model - upper are newly repainted parts, lower are the original ones.
3) in next post, vasek says that the fit of the fuselage segment was excelent, but he had some problems with the rudder - dunno what exactly it was, but he managed to build it after all
4) there was some problem with shaping the fuselage to wing connection - photos should be explanatory
5) the beer barrels will be attached under the wings, photos are promised to come till friday. the picture of the "beer spitfire" is from the czech magazine ABC, as you can see from their logo in the upper right corner.
well, i'm really curious
Pavel (who is waiting for the glue and paint to dry)
as usually, i didn't manage to update the report for a long time, but what can we do about it? so let's continue:
these two shots are to illustrate the problem i mentioned before - the camo doesn't fit well over the edges of particular segments:
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i'm not sure yet if i try to repaint it somehow or if i leave this flaw as is.
meanwhile, i'm still working on the cockpit. according to the reference materials i have at disposal, the design of the cockpit is a little simplified and not very accurate, so i decided to rebuild some parts and make it a bit closer to reality. i'll be able to show more when it's finished, but here's the compass, some cockpit gizmos and the seat.
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the original compass was green instead of black and it didn't have much detail, so i repainted it.
the stick was somewhat strange in the original desig - the main problem was a square/cornered bottom part; i haven't found any photo or anything showing the stick like this, so i decided to do a "normal" rounded one. the "handle" part was tuned a bit with a strip of thin paper rolled around it, but it's not visible very well.
the seatbelts were re-built of a thin cigarette paper, painted light brown with water colours; the clips are made of a thin wire, painted silver with a humbrol synthetic enamel.
the last shots for today show the progress of building an instrument panel. i used the common method to make it look more plastical - i photocopied the part, cut the holes into the original with an olfa knife and glued the photocopy behind the panel. also, there's a foil in between the two papers to simulate the glass. the rings around the instruments were made of a thin wire painted black.
i want to add the levers and rockers onto the panel when it's complete, with the second part glued onto its place. well we'll see how it ends.
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i just want to say i'm still following your report
you're doing really well so far. i like your coffee job, it looks pretty well when dried. and of course, anything else looks well too
Richard Vyskovsky is considered to be the best architecture model designer here in Czech republic, so i guess you won't be disappointed by this kit.
I'd like to wish you good luck with this build.
let me introduce you my newly started build, the Hurricane from Orlik publishers. In case you're interested, you can find the "fresh unpacked" thread here.
I started the build with the central part of the fuselage - the one that will host the cockpit. Making the framework was quite interesting because of the system of "locks" used widely on this plane. I think it's pretty good except for one thing - the locks should NOT be visible on parts with print like on the part just above the pilot's head - you can see the cut for the lock on the first shot - the part i'm talking about is that big greenish one top in the middle.
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and here's the completed frame:
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i also decided to build the rudder pedals before i glue the bottom part of cockpit into the frame. the dust and dirt on the pedals and in front of them is done using the chalk dust, as well as more weathering inside the cockpit.
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next part to build was the pipe framework - this shot shows how it should NOT be done - i didn't realize there's a template for it on the last page of instruction drawings and assembled it according to general cockpit drawing - which was wrong, since the vertical strut is too far backwards - in the general drawing it's drawn as if it should be above the edge on the floor. anyway, the template is not accurate either - according to the materials i have, the vertical strut should be placed approximately just below the instrument panel, because later a vertical cross strut should be placed here.
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i'll come back to this topics later - i tried to repair it, but i don't have any new photos yet. i'll link a photo from cardarmy.ru hurricane gallery which - as i hope - will help to clarify what i'm talking about. notice the horizontal cross strut just behind the stick - i'm afraid it would not allow the pilot to dive the plane if it was done this way.
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in the mean time, i built the framework for the front part of fuselage. as zou can see, i gave up on a precious cutting, because i learned the locks allow you to move the parts freely for a few of milimetres, so you can assemble the framework well anyway.
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by the way, notice my new cutting pad - but it would be for another long story - i'll tell you it was only for about 1.60 euro together with an aluminium ruler and a knife with two spare blades. the quality is to discuss, but the pad is ok and it's hard to talk about quality of a ruler as long as it's straight
and now, this is where the first disappointment comes - after cutting first fuselage parts, you can already see that the camo colours won't fit well - more on this later as well.
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to be continued (on the evening i hope).
hi me 109,
you're right, this means "cut away after shaping the segment" which most definitely means after glueing it.
thank you for very kind words...
right now, i'm a bit undecided - my timing went wrong somewhere; i planned to start building the i-16 reskin when i finish sturmovik, but i'm still not done with editing because i'm progressing quite slowly. so maybe one more kit will come before the i-16, dunno what one yet - i'm thinking about a hawker hurricane from Hal or maybe the same plane from Orlik - i already have the Hal one and today i'll contact my suplier for more info on Orlik's kit. I have several more models in my long-time plan, but most of them looks like a real time killer (e.g. Bf-110 from Halinsky) and i'd like to build something smaller now.
after approximately 3 months of building and 60 g of glue spent :), the Il-2m3 Sturmovik is finally complete. Here's the cover:
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and here you can find the corresponding construction reports. and now, ladies and gentlemen, now the moment you've all been waiting for, the world famous jackrabbit slim's twist contest, uhm, the shots.
i just have to share this historical moment with you:
the zement flugzeug Il-2 is finally finished.
a few minutes later, i glued the last part - left wing gear state indicator - on its place, so now i'm waiting for the glue to dry and then i'll take some shots for this report; gallery will be coming probably on the weekend, since i want to shoot it in the daylight. i hope i'll be able to post some photos here asap, but my computer decided not to know the usb storage, so it won't recognize my card reader or camera, no matter what i do :(. i'll use my GF's computer when it's free, but she's playing L2 right now so i guess it won't be too soon
Originally posted by TAD
Please describe us how did you did this wonderfull exploitation marks - smokes, dusts - all those things at the bottom of the plane. Could you attache some more photos of this places?
i'll just copy the text from PM so that everyone can read it - maybe someone will find it helpful.
all those marks are done with chalk dust; for the main weathering i mixed black, white and brown chalk powder (i got it with grinding the chalks on sandpaper) to get a light brown colour, for the marks that were to be more visible (rocket, gun and exhaustion gasses trails) i used pure black in first go and a dark brown in second go. i "painted" the marks with the chalk dust using a sticks for cleaning ears - those with cotton wool on its ends; the most important thing in this part is not to make the marks too heavy, so you have to draw a few lines on a work paper or something so that you get rid of most dust and you draw nearly invisible lines - then it's time to paint on the model, repeat as needed. it's an easy method and the results are quite good-looking.
Cinderella is not the only victim - Bernie is a MASSIVE scale slave-driver. that's how he manages all the modelling.
a beautiful work indeed.
a question - it was probably already discussed at the construction report, but i cannot remember and i don't want to search for it because it's a little bit too much of german text for me to read at once :)... what happened to the front canopy?
Yesterday I did a test minibuild from a few parts printed on a common office paper, just to see how it looks. It was a really fast build - I had the parts printed, so I told a "why not" to myself and glued them together. Quite serious problem appeared - the outlines for the parts are too heavy if printed in original width and the black colour - tomorrow i'l try how it looks if i recolour them to some kind of gray and if it doesn't help, i'm afraid i'll have to redraw them or think up some other way to make them thiner. oh well, i'll see.
i promised to create a separate thread for my next project, so here we go. I wanted to try reskinning a model in a graphic editor (i use paint shop pro). I was thinking of scanning some of my old Fly Model models, but then i decided for the "Ishak", Polikarpov I-16 from Modele Kartonowe. So now I'm struggling my way through the reskin - I want to give it a brand new (oh well, as weathered as possible :)) winter camo - so "red 21" is the choice (picture here, found @ Wings Palette). So far I'm working on the wings, trying to find the right way to display the ribs and the joints; almost all the other parts are done already, although i still do some touch-ups on them from time to time.
So FYI, a split image (green is original, white the reskin) and a image i used to test print (upper part rescaled, at the bottom you can see a tiny bit of original 600 DPI image).
and one more thing - as you can see, the rear wheel is not strong enough to support the weight of the plane, but i still don't want to hang it because i want to build the canopy open. any idea, how to reinforce it, please?