Archive for February, 2013


K-19 was one of the first Soviet nuclear powered submarines and that could carry and fire ballistic nuclear missiles. The sub was commisioned in 1961 and its bad luck began a couple of years before that, as the bottle of champagne didn’t break upon christening the hull, and rather bounced of the rubber coating. Even before commisioning people died during construction and there was an accident on the boat which required nuclear reactor repair. During sea trials in 1960, a number of failures and accidents caused a few floodings and a loss of one crew member on seperate occasion. In 1961 the nuclear accident happened which made this sub infamous worldwide, claiming lives of heroic sailors that prevented nuclear catastrophe and earned her a “Hiroshima” nickname. In the ’70s and ’80s a few dozens of sailors died due to the fires and she was finally decommisioned in 1990 and scrapped in 2003.

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Image source: http://sunnycv.com/steve/filmnotes/k19.html

The kit I use for this project is Flagman in 1:350 scale. I strongly believe the moulds are the same as Zvezda’s from several years ago. The plastic has a textured look and some mould imperfections can be seen but on modern subs, these are easily sanded away as there is little detail on the hull. The part count is small and as such this should be a quick and easy build.

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By glueing together just 4 parts, you already have a hull finished – ain’t that nice?!

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The dryfit of the conning tower shows a perfect fit, which enables me to fit it later.

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I used Alclad Grey Primer that was shot over the join lines as black plastic is a little hard on the eyes to spot any potential mistakes that need to be sanded

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Two holes were drilled at the location of the conning tower and sprue rods attached for easier handling of the model during painting stages.

 

 

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I’ve added the railing around the conning tower – Flagman suggests using streched sprue but I find 0.3mm solder wire much more easier to work with, especially curving it around the tower.

There’s a ‘Slovenian History’ group build in progress on our modelling forum and this is one of my contribution for the build. I will be making a Welsh Models 1:144 kit of Bombardier CRJ-200 reginal jet in colours and markings of our national airline Adria Airways. This is a resin kit with some white-metal parts. As there are no wheel wells made and I don’t have a wish drilling them out I’ll be posing it wheels up and on a stand.

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The nose is cast in white metal to counter the weight of the engines in the back and as the fuselage is made of solid resin block, there’s no place to put nose weight in. It seems like a good idea, but the fact is, as you can see in the photo, the nose it too narrow and some Miliput blending is in order.

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Fitting the one piece wing to the fuselage once again revealed gaps at the front and back join which will need Miliput treatment as well.

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Luckily, the upper wing joins appear great and maybe just a smear of Mr. Surfacer will be needed to blend it in.

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Trumpter 1:72 UB kit, converted to UBM2, Linden Hill decals

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Model to be published in Scale Aircraft Modelling magazine

13th February 2013

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I have to apologize in advance. All forces have been thrown into finsihing the Flanker and work on the UH-1H had to be stopped for a while. But I don’t think it’s gonna be much longer as I anticipate Flanker will be finished next week. At least that’s the plan! And as soon that’s done, Another helicopter will join the WiP thread – Slovenian Army Bell 412. Lots of work has been done in the past few days on the Flanker, painiting and masking (do you hate it too?) of all the little details across the airframe. After a good coat of clear gloss varnish decalling is now in progress. Luckily, Kazakhs didn’t reapply all the little stencils so at least a bit time has been saved.

10th February 2013

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There it goes – the top camo is finished – all that now remains is the bottom light blue colour and various details like dielectric panels, wheel bays, intakes, etc. I just hope the gloss colours won’t take too long to dry.

Recently I’ve been bitten with this New Zealand bug and though the Vampire is already in the 2013 queue, I might also add A-4K Kahu Skyhawk – and of course scratchbuild the differencies needed for this update. What can I say – I enjoy building rarely seen models ūüôā

UH-1H Part 1

A while ago, I was approached by guys at Balkan Models to build them a model representing one of the airframes from their Balkan Hueys decal sheet. Since I was given a Revell model of UH-1D in 1:72 scale I was limited to two choices РBosnian and Macedonian Huey. A while ago I set up a poll which of those you would prefer to see and Bosnian machine won by a slight margin. However due to the reason, the poll difference was small and the fact I received a whole lot of reference photos of Macedonian Huey, the decision was made.

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As usual Macedonian Hueys¬†are workhorses that cover many Air Force and Army needs. They were delivered¬†in 2001 from Greece. Revell’s model is quite an old tooling and unfortunately it’s starting to show its age. Quite a lot of sinkmarks are present, thick plastic and some flash present as well.

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I was thinking of displaying the helo with one cargo door open, but when I dryfitted the floor to the fuselage halves, large ungainly gaps appeared on each side which soon decided the faith and final look.

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Therefor cargo doors were glued in place. Dryfit showed some interesting angles at mating points, so some sanding was in order for better fit.

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Inner sides of the doors were filled with white glue to seal any possible cracks and small holes.

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After glueing together the pilot seat parts¬†something didn’t look right. Looking at the reference photos it showed that the seats should be mounted higher on the supports. After separating the supports by a¬†No.11 blade, they were¬†reattached to the proper location. Note the difference against the seat built by instructions.

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Copyright:¬†Dragan¬†Cvetińá

As you can see on the above photo, Macedonian Hueys are equipped with armored pilot seats.

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Using¬†a thin sheet of styrene (0.25mm) I created the armour plating and attached it to the seat. Quite a difference compared to the seat supplied in the kit, right? ūüėČ

Till the next time!

Eduard kits, Egyptian equipped with Brengun PE set

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Models to be published in Scale Aircraft Modelling magazine