Albatross 1/72 Declared Complete!

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    Albatross 1/72 Declared Complete!

    Post  Noel Petroni on Sun Nov 24, 2013 12:44 pm



    I'm really impressed with the level of detail of these Airfix kits!!!

    Look at all those lines!!!




    Wheels are also weighted!!!!


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    Post  Ray on Sun Nov 24, 2013 1:29 pm

    What a GIANT leap from Yesteryear's primitive tooling Evil or Very Mad 

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    Post  el manolo on Sun Nov 24, 2013 2:28 pm

    thanks to 3d modelling and 3d printing machines.

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    Post  Noel Petroni on Sun Nov 24, 2013 6:25 pm

    Let me share a little story with you......... if you are up to reading this than ... why not...... it's a pleasure to go along together through this read.

    Mela, the Airfix Spitfire has a place in my nostalgic heart. I grew up in the era of Airfix. As a young lad I used to build Airfix planes and slowly paving my way to becoming a Geek!  Anyway, God knows how I used to paint them.....!!  But I used to build and that is an essential part of my growing up. WWII movie films were being produced and lots of WWII toys around..... especially the Action Man!!

    Ok,....... so Airfix did not have a Spitfire on the market yet. Can you start to understand how long ago this was???  I was brought up in Kappara and our neighbours  were very close to us and they had a kid much older than me and we used to show each other's model Airfix kits that we had built. Our main shop, I remember was in Sliema called Bonnet.

    Anyway, one day I was coming down the stairs and my mum answered the door and in came my neighbour. In much haste, he asked me that the Airfix Spitfire came out and that he was going with his mother to buy one. He asked me straight out if I wanted one!  I was kind of shy to accept his offer but after a while and he being in a hurry, I said yes!!  To my surprise, he told me you can get one from Bonnet, and off he went!!!!!!!

    Since that day I never owned an Airfix Spitfire.

    Now, here I am, all grown up and with money in my pocket, I went with head held high and bought myself an Airfix Spitfire!!!!

    TRUE STORY

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    Post  Noel Petroni on Tue Nov 26, 2013 6:18 am

    I'm soon starting the paint for the cockpit..... can anyone tell me the approx colour for the interior from the Vallejo range, please.

    - Was all the cockpit in one colour including the seat?

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    Post  Ray on Tue Nov 26, 2013 12:46 pm

    Noel Petroni wrote:I'm soon starting the paint for the cockpit..... can anyone tell me the approx colour for the interior from the Vallejo range, please.

    - Was all the cockpit in one colour including the seat?
    Yes Twisted Evil 

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    Post  Noel Petroni on Tue Nov 26, 2013 7:18 pm

    What do you mean "Yes" ... is this picture I found correct?


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    Post  skyhigh on Tue Nov 26, 2013 7:28 pm

    Noel Petroni wrote:I'm soon starting the paint for the cockpit..... can anyone tell me the approx colour for the interior from the Vallejo range, please.

    - Was all the cockpit in one colour including the seat?








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    Post  bcauchi on Tue Nov 26, 2013 7:46 pm

    Interior green yes Noel, you can follow the picture you found, a bit of lightness or darkness here and there will not make that much of a difference especially if you give it a wash. Also if you plan to have the canopy closed as you did with the 109, nothing is going to show so don;t bother much.

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    Post  Ray on Tue Nov 26, 2013 8:37 pm

    bcauchi wrote:Interior green yes Noel, you can follow the picture you found, a bit of lightness or darkness here and there will not make that much of a difference especially if you give it a wash.  Also if you plan to have the canopy closed as you did with the 109, nothing is going to show so don;t bother much.
    You see Noel......I was CORRECT cheers 

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    Post  Noel Petroni on Sat Dec 07, 2013 9:13 pm

    I'm deciding one of these schemes .. Xtradecal have this which looks good but does not have the Green Snake....



    I also like this Green Snake scheme





    ...also this looks cool..



    Anybody knows where I can get good 1:72 decals....... please

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    Post  skyhigh on Sun Dec 08, 2013 8:09 am

    He heheh ......Noel that is not a snake ,,but a worm.. for the Sqd......

    http://www.asisbiz.com/Luftwaffe/jg3.html

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    Post  skyhigh on Sun Dec 08, 2013 8:13 am

    and this is the Aircraft , you want to build , my wish to build it in 1/32 if decals found.

    Luftwaffe-ace-I/JG3-Hans-von-Hahn





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    Post  Noel Petroni on Sun Dec 08, 2013 9:18 am

    skyhigh wrote:He heheh ......Noel that is not a snake ,,but a worm.. for the Sqd......

    http://www.asisbiz.com/Luftwaffe/jg3.html
    LOL!!! I saw that he had teeth and thought he was a snake!!

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    Post  bcauchi on Sun Dec 08, 2013 3:14 pm

    You're allowed a few mistakes Noel since you are new to this, he he!!1

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    Post  Noel Petroni on Sun Dec 08, 2013 7:05 pm

    Thanks Brian!!Very Happy  I going crazy on planes!!! I've started the Revell Albatros now!!!!

    The Albatros I'll be building with care because it's for my collection and not for kids room.


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    Post  bcauchi on Mon Dec 09, 2013 2:02 pm

    Nice work Noel. Neat and fast. keep the pics coming.

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    Post  Noel Petroni on Sun Dec 15, 2013 9:38 am

    bcauchi wrote:Nice work Noel. Neat and fast.  keep the pics coming.

    Thanks Brian!

    These are Mobile shots ... so not so good perspective. (It's seems I've gone nuts on planes and also WWI History!  Shocked 

    Spit ready for masking and painting


    ME 109.... progressing.....


    Revell Albatross nearing the end of construction.... Top wing will be left unattached for ease of painting.


    Did some little home-made upgrade to the Albatross tail support!


    My current work bench ..... note the large space left for doing stuff!!

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    Re: Albatross 1/72 Declared Complete!

    Post  Noel Petroni on Sun Dec 15, 2013 11:24 am

    QUESTIONS:

    Question 1:
    What tool do you use to inscribe lost panel lines?

    Question 2:
    When decals are laid down they produce a flat surface covering panel lines. What do you do to curve the decals into the panel lines!!! If the decal is cut along the panel line you end up with a split decal!

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    Post  Ray on Sun Dec 15, 2013 12:20 pm

    I can only answer Q1  Twisted Evil 

    A scribing tool  Cool or as Joseph Fenech uses......the back of a No11 Swan Morton surgical blade  Suspect 

    Found this link by IPMS Stockholm....... http://www.ipmsstockholm.org/magazine/1999/11/stuff_eng_tech_scribing.htm

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    Post  skyhigh on Sun Dec 15, 2013 4:00 pm

    Noel use decal solution ...... Idea 

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    Post  bcauchi on Sun Dec 15, 2013 4:35 pm

    Hi Noel, for a scribing tool, you can either buy one or improvise as Ray just pointed out. you can also use a sharpened nail or something else to simply scratch the plastic with. For the decals, as Marco said, you need a decal setting solution. i bought one from model shop by testors and it is ok. i find it ok.

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    Re: Albatross 1/72 Declared Complete!

    Post  Noel Petroni on Tue Dec 17, 2013 8:23 pm

    bcauchi wrote:Hi Noel, for a scribing tool, you can either buy one or improvise as Ray just pointed out. you can also use a sharpened nail or something else to simply scratch the plastic with.  For the decals, as Marco said, you need a decal setting solution. i bought one from model shop by testors and it is ok.  i find it ok.

    Thanks......

    I use this:


    What is the product called that you bought from Model Shop? I'll go and get one for me.

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    Post  Joseph on Wed Dec 18, 2013 9:53 am

    As a decal solution I use the 'Mr Mark Setter' and 'Mr Mark Softer'. For me the best combination for applying decals.

    The most important thing is that surface is GLOSS, mirror like and flat, so as to avoid silvering.

    J

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    Post  Noel Petroni on Wed Dec 18, 2013 3:24 pm

    Joseph wrote:As a decal solution I use the 'Mr Mark Setter' and 'Mr Mark Softer'.  For me the best combination for applying decals.

    The most important thing is that surface is GLOSS, mirror like and flat, so as to avoid silvering.

    J

    Thanks Brian..... if they work for you, they are good enough for me. I'll go and buy the Mr Softer.

    Issa..... how is the procedure...
    a) Gloss finish
    b) dip decal in water and take it out and leave for a few minutes.
    c) when decal is ready, apply a bit of SETTER and place the decal
    d) with a cotton ear bud wet the decal with Mr SETTER.

    Correct or not

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