Sunday, August 24, 2014
More progress...crosses added to the upper wing. These are from the WNW set and I don't use the Solvaset. They sat down nice and tight over the Aviattic lozenge with just water. I sprayed the fuselage and lower wing assembly with Polly S satin finish and then pulled the Saran Wrap masking off and am currently doing a bit of touch up work.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Applying the Aviattic lozenge to the underside of the upper wing. I thought I would try something different...I usually work over a gray primer but for the upper wing I lightly over sprayed it with Vallejo Air White. Though it looks really white in the picture, I just kind of covered the gray, not spraying it a solid white. I am really happy with how it is looking so far. Kind of fun experimenting with the Aviattic lozenge!
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Preliminary colors sprayed...I used Tamiya Red Brown with a couple of drops of White for the cowling and Tamiya Dark Grey for the fuselage. Most accounts describe "U10" as being painted slate grey, almost black. I also highlighted the louvers a bit and painted the gas cap covers. When fully dry I will seal it with a gloss cote in preparation of weathering and decals.
Friday, August 15, 2014
I masked the cockpit coaming with green painter's tape and airbrushed the lilac and green camouflage. I also sprayed the axel wing and the wheel covers. Second picture shows the green painter's tape has been removed and touchups on the paint were completed by hand. Still have to paint the gas caps brass and then I will pick out details with oil paints later. Too bad most of this detail will be tough to see with the upper wing mounted.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Small steps but still moving forward...covered the pilot and engine with Saran Wrap and sprayed the fuselage with my usual gray primer. Next I will do some masking and paint the cockpit coaming lilac and green, the front cowlings chocolate brown, the fuselage a slate gray, and touch up the other details.
Friday, August 8, 2014
Thursday, August 7, 2014
Aviattic lozenge applied to the upper flying surface of the lower wing. This was put down over a glossy gray primer. I used a touch of Solvaset followed by a blast from the hairdryer and everything snugged right down. Just a little trimming to do when fully dry.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Started some preliminary work on the fuel cart crew from Aviattic. Some assembly completed and putty added where the upper and lower torsos come together on the first figure. It looks like a small swipe of filler will be necessary at the arm joins, but that is pretty standard. Clean up of seam lines was a breeze. Both heads and the reaching arm of the second figure are just held in place with blue tack for these pics. Final placement of the heads, arms, and fuel hose will not happen until it starts to come together at the end of the entire build. The set comes with three heads giving you a few options for the figures. A very nice set sculpted by Steve Warrilow...who also sculpted the pilot in the cockpit.
Saturday, August 2, 2014
Taking a break from the fuselage, I started applying the lozenge. I am using the Aviattic OAW, 4 color, faded, with blue ribs. This is my second go at the Aviattic cookie cutter set...I used it the first time on my Fokker built DVII. I prepped the wing with gray primer followed by a clear gloss coat. I used some Solvaset and then hit it with a blow dryer and the decals set down quickly. I will eventually be using oil paints for some shadow and weathering effects...that's a ways off though.
Working on the engine cowls. I had to remove three small louvers from each of the cowls (just to the right of the puttied seam) as per the "U10" instructions. WNW instructions call for filling these seams on both sides of the fuselage...I use Squadron Green putty diluted with a little Testors liquid cement. I'll sand them flush when the putty dries. The exhaust is not cemented into place yet. I will do some painting first and then attach.