P-38 Lightning 1/48 Eduard ltd. ed.

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It’s been quite a while but my modelling is not stopped, unfortunately the time to publish wip posts is severely lacking, but I have a bunch of models finished or close to so new posts should be popping up.

The first one to be completed is the Eduard limited edition of the P-38 Lightning. The kit has the academy plastic with some Eduard upgrades, namely the resin wheels, superchargers and cockpit, a pair of photoetch frets, painting masks and cartograph waterslides for 5 different aricraft.

Usually Eduard does a great job and the detail is certenly there but the cockpit was quite difficult to put together. The side walls and the floor seem to be in a different scale with the walls being bigger than they should by a rather large margin. This made the assembly quite difficult and putting it in place inside the gondola a nightmare. With some effort I did manage, and you can’t really see much of the cockpit anyway so. I would probably skip it if I made another one and just use the plastic cockpit.

The rest of the kit was also somewhat complicated. This is not a kit for the inexperienced. It can build into a good looking model, but it requires a ton of work to fix all the alignment issues, and gaps. If you pick this up expect to spend a lot of time sanding and puttying.

Still, in the end all that work makes finishing it that more satisfying.

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Yamato 2199 1/1000 – Completed

 

And it’s done. Not the best kit from Bandai but it’s still a very high quality one and no fault at all on the looks. The only really big flaw is the fit on the tower as you can easily see with the big gap. Had I tested it before painting and final assembly it would have been an easy fix. besides that for anyone thinking on building one, I recommend that you assemble the whole hull as well as the decks, because when you snap those in place you need to apply quite a bit of pressure that can damage the work on the seems.

The colours I used :

Lower hull: eye balled mix of Mr Color Red (several tones), dark yellow and a dash of black.

Upper hull: eye balled mix of Mr Color  Neutral Grey, Intermediate  Blue and a dash of red and black.

Observation decks, windows and whatnot: Vallejo Model Air Chrome with Vallejo Model Color Transparent Green on top.

To finish it up I applied some washes with a couple of AK Interactive products.

Tell me what you think :)

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Yamato 2199 1/1000 WIP #3 – All Built up

Continuing in my slow pace the ship is all built up and ready for primer and paint. As I’ve said previously I was really not expecting so much work, but this kit has a lot of gaps to fill and a ton of parts with mould lines in inappropriate places that need to be cleaned up. All in all not the best Bandai kit, actually from those I’ve built this is the worst. Still it builds up to a very good looking Yamato on 1000th scale so it’s hardly a bad kit just a bit inferior to what I’m used from Bandai.

Note that the front piece of the tower is not completely in place since I will need to remove it for painting and it would be impossible to do so if it was firmly in place.

Anyway here are a couple of pics. Enjoy and leave a comment :)

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Yamato 2199 1/1000 WIP #2 – Filling gaps

     Slow and steady she goes. I’ve been working on the hull, cleaning up and filling gaps, and I can tell you that his is allot more work than I was expecting.

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There are two main problems here. One is that in order to have the colour separation there are allot more parts than would be needed otherwise. The second is that, to make it a snap fit, the actual fit of the parts gets affected in various ways.

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The underside had a considerably large seam that needed filling. Them seam was over 1mm it the furthest. Not terrible to fix.

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This one was much worse, specially since that section is loose without any support, which means that a slight mishandle would ruin all the work. It did happen a couple of times.

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With that out of the way I started on the hangar, which fits nicely in it’s slot. The problem is that the section of the hull that goes over this, needs to be puttied on the upside to cover a seam, but if that is done it will be impossible to uncover this part of the ship closing off the engine and hangar.

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It’s somewhat of a pity but I’ll just display the hangar outside and close the ship to have every seam fixed.

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Still quite a lot of work ahead. I thought this would be a quicker build but that just means that I will squeeze more hours out of it ;)

Yamato 2199 1/1000 WIP #1 – A look at the sprues

 

For certain reasons the Shadow Fox will have to be put on hold for a while, but I’m not keeping still. I have a little 1/24 car on the works and now I’m starting this little beauty, Bandai’s 1/1000th Space Battleship Yamato 2199

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Not a big box but packed. After I took the pieces out to check em I can no longer close it heh.

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The minuscule anti fighter/flak guns, are quite impressive considering the size. I just hope I don’t break or loose any.

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Some Transparent pieces if someone wants to light it up.

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This sprue doesn’t look like the Yamato and indeed it isn’t. It’s a Gamillas carrier that is included as a bonus.

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The main weapons. They look really sharp and detailed and the larger gun barrels are hollowed out. Really nice stuff.

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The underside of the ship. Sharp details should give it a really good look after a wash or two.

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Fighters. Really intimidating. With this size I don’t know how I will paint them … They do look really good.

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The rear of the deck and the base for the bridge superstructure.

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The main sections of the hull, again with some very nice detailing and besides some tide marks (which will disappear after painting) there is no problem with the plastic.

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Antennae, the bridge and assorted pieces that go around with the same consistent quality as previous parts.

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And to finish it off we have the display pieces with the stand, the fighter hangar and engine, both of which can be shown with the removal of a couple of pieces from the hull.

All in all an excellent looking kit. Can’t wait to get started.

 

Academy 1/35 M113, Portuguese BiMec APC

This guy has been finished for a while but unfortunately free time has been sparse. Regardless here he is all finished up.

Not much has changed from last time, he just got a little dust and a terrain. Some things could have been done better, like the decals and the weathering, but I’m calling this one done and get on with the next. For my first armour kit it was a great experience and it thought me a great deal.

I’ll definitely be building more, but for now enjoy the pics :)

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