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Airfix 1/72 Fokker Eindecker EIII
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Posted: Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - 12:28 AM UTC
Hi, guys!

UPDATE

The firewall and the front part of cockpit installed. The fit is excellent - Tamiya tape is there just "to make sure":


An oil wash applied over the engine, then detailed with Model Master Metallic Gold enamel:


Size comparison with 1 Euro coin:


Engine - propeller - firewall mock-up. I didn't like the look of the propeller and applied another home-brewed acrylic wash (no pictures yet):


Stay tuned!
More updates soon!

Cheers!
Gabriel
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Posted: Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - 08:39 AM UTC
beautiful
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Posted: Thursday, November 01, 2018 - 04:53 AM UTC
Looking good. I had trouble with a good wood look too. I settled on Model Master's 'wood' (seems like cheating) as a base coat and very thin lines of burnt umber oil.
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Posted: Friday, November 02, 2018 - 01:47 PM UTC
Thank you, Russel!

Joe, I think that is exactly what is going to happen next with my propeller. Thanks for suggestion!

UPDATE

I was saying in a previous post that the fit between fuselage halves gave me a step. I highlighted the joint with a black marker:


... and then sanded with nail buffers and sanding sponges until the line disappeared (almost) completely:


I also attached the Spandau machine gun and replaced the "muzzle" with stretched tube:


Thanks for following!
More updates in the making!

Cheers!
Gabriel
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Posted: Thursday, November 22, 2018 - 12:41 PM UTC
Hi, guys!

Small UPDATE
I've been busy cleaning my bench of unfinished builds - most notable the annoying Mack DM600 and now I'll try to carry on with this build. I primed the fuselage with Krylon gloss black as a first step before Alclad II Aircraft Airframe, but in my haste I forgot to mask and spray the wing grilles , so I have only the metallic cowling ready for now:


Cheers!
Gabriel
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Posted: Friday, November 23, 2018 - 01:38 AM UTC
Gabriel! Good progress! That engine is really super, what did you use for that metallic base coat? I haven't found any metallic paint that doesn't look "flaky" seen close up, that engine really looks metal!



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Posted: Friday, November 23, 2018 - 02:12 AM UTC

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Gabriel! Good progress! That engine is really super, what did you use for that metallic base coat? I haven't found any metallic paint that doesn't look "flaky" seen close up, that engine really looks metal!



Thanks, Magnus, for your prize!
I use nothing else but good old Alclad II. But I cannot stress enough how important the technique is!
I was experiencing lately a lot with metallic paints because, same as you, I hate the metallic flake - It basically ruined the looks on my last MiG-15! Here few of my finds:
- applying a gloss black base it's a must; the glossier the black, the shinier the "metal";
- I apply Alclad immediately after the black (just a small break to clean the airbrush and to change paints in the cup). In this way, the metallic paint fuses better with the undercoat and the tendency of "powdering up" diminishes;
- I try to apply the metallic paint from as close as I can without having runs, at low pressure (18-20 psi), from a single pass (maximum two passes). Any subsequent pass will give the powdery effect;
- however, it this last thing happens, you might try to fix it after drying by lightly buffing the Alclad with a q-tip. Here below an example where I went too heavy and I buffed the part afterwards:


If you are after a mirror like finish, I would suggest a hefty clear coat between gloss black and metallic paint (I normally use polyurethane clear), followed by another solid coat of clear. The exhaust pipe on this example is painted in the manner described above:


Final note: not always works as it should , depending on the pigment used by the manufacturer, as seen below:

The preparation and application went perfectly, but still a little grainy effect is visible.

The best results I have achieved with Alclad Polished aluminum, Alclad Airframe aluminum and Alclad Chrome.

I hope this helps.

Cheers!
Gabriel
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Posted: Monday, November 26, 2018 - 08:27 PM UTC
Looking mighty fine Gabriel!
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Posted: Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 10:33 AM UTC
Thanks, Russel! I'm trying to do this build in parallel with a GB build and I'm struggling to get regular updates, but they're coming.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheers!
Gabriel
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Posted: Saturday, March 02, 2019 - 12:54 PM UTC
Hi, guys!
I haven't abandoned this build - I was just all to busy with commissioned auto models.
However, I found a two and a half day break and that could save this little bird.

UPDATE
I sprayed the fuselage and the wings with Vallejo Air RLM 02. I'm not sure how accurate this color it is, but I decided to use strips of masking tape for the ribs and try Tamiya Smoke post-shading. This will naturally alter the base color and that's why I'm not too worried about the base:


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Gabriel
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Posted: Sunday, March 03, 2019 - 02:25 PM UTC
Hi, guys!

UPDATE
While browsing pretty much aimlessly the net some time ago, I've seen the method of post-shading with Tamiya Smoke and I thought the Fokker is the best test bed for it.
First, I masked the ribs with thin strips of Tamiya Masking Tape 10mm




Then I sprayed the wings and stabilizers with a filter made from Tamiya x-19 and MLT. Upon removing the masks, I found the contrast was a little too sharp:



I made and even lighter shade filter, and applied it again over the whole surface of the wings and stabilizers, to diminish the contrast and the sharp edges of the masking:




When the filter will be completely dry, I'll apply the decals. A secondary achievement of filtering with X-19 is the glossy resultant surface.

Cheers!
Gabriel
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Posted: Monday, March 04, 2019 - 05:21 AM UTC
Gabriel:
This looks really great!

Oliver
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Posted: Monday, March 04, 2019 - 08:41 AM UTC

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Gabriel:
This looks really great!

Oliver



Thanks, Oliver! Yes, the method brings some visual impact. Let's see how's gonna look all the way to the end - I'm curious myself!

Thanks for stopping by!

UPDATE
Superb decals from Cartograf in the Airfix box. No problem whatsoever here:


I have glued the wings in place afterwards, leaving the glue to dry with the plane in the suspended position, for correct alignment:


A satin coat will follow, to protect the decals.

Cheers!
Gabriel
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Posted: Monday, March 04, 2019 - 03:55 PM UTC
Hi, guys!

The Eindekker's unmistakable silhouette nearly completed: the rudder plane added and a Micro Satin Coat applied over the entire surface, minus the metallic parts:






Cheers!
Gabriel
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Posted: Monday, March 04, 2019 - 09:18 PM UTC
Gabriel, great to see this one back on the bench!

Truly you're working some magic on this one!
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Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 09:21 AM UTC

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Gabriel, great to see this one back on the bench!

Truly you're working some magic on this one!



Thank you, Russel. Sorry I let you hanging, I never thought this post is going to be so late...

UPDATE - Incident on the airfield!
Well, we all know that Fokker wings weren't the strongest in the business, but I think Airfix went to far in simulating the realism here :


The locator pin just gave way under stress when touched with the tiniest amount of Tamiya Extra Thin, and the wing fall down like a leave from the tree:


I drilled a small hole into the wing to accommodate an "implant""


The same I did in the fuselage:


The "donor" was a pin, severed with my cutters:


Implant successful: the airplane can lean now nonchalantly against the broken wing:


Cheers!
Gabriel
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Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 08:49 PM UTC
would've made for a nice battlefield diorama Gabriel

nonetheless, nice work on the repairs
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Posted: Monday, March 18, 2019 - 02:15 AM UTC
Hi Gabriel.

I have just had a slow stroll through this thread to catch up with your non-Auto builds, really nice detailing work in the construction and painting phases of such a small build. Very impressive work my friend.

Looking forward to more progress.

Cheers, D
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Posted: Monday, March 18, 2019 - 03:33 AM UTC

Gabriel,
another great work aside your Auto builds (awesome Porsche! in the cmpgn).
This Fokker is really looking pretty fine. The paint job with the filter shades turns out fantastic, the decals are spot on!

Have a nice trip to "good ol'" Europe, enjoy and turn back safe!
Th mas
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Posted: Monday, March 18, 2019 - 07:45 AM UTC
Gabriel! Well done fixing that wing! I hate doing that kind of structural stuff on something that is painted and finished. Your Fokker deserves a few real portrait photos, I'm eagerly waiting !

I should really get myself one of these...



Magnus