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Done: Italeri 1/48 OH-58D Kiowa

So this one falls in the category “less than perfect”. Started as a quick build to get something done while being stuck in some rather involved projects, I soon noticed it would need some tender love and care – especially the cockpit, general fuselage seams and fit of the glass parts.

I picked that kit because of two reasons. First, I have Italeri’s SH-60B in the stash, and as its fit issues are plenty, I thought it would be a good idea to practice on another Italeri helo kit. Second, I needed a proper canvas for painting FS 34031 (also known as “US Helo Drab”).

After detailing the cockpit, nose section and main rotor base area, I spent a couple of days sanding, test-fitting and filling all the major components. the glass part for the nose did fit quite well, the canopy is a different beast – but it turned out good enough.

Helo Drab is a suprisingly underrepresented color, the only company supplying it being Testors. As I am not a fan of painting with enamels, I tried to come up with an acrylic mix. In the end, a 50:50 mix of Tamiya XF-51 Khaki Drab and XF-61 Dark Green did the trick. This was applied to a black base coat – if your base is lighter (let’s say grey), it might be a neat idea to add a little black to the mix.

Maybe, one of these days I can be bothered to add wiring to the rocket launchers…

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WIP, interrupted

How many half-built kits do you have? What’s the oldest of your shelf queens? And why do you have to confront yourself with such inconvenient questions?

Maybe the last one is the easiest to answer. I like to have a clear view on things. I like to know what lies ahead of me, and I somehow even like to plan my next steps. Do I hear shouts of “OCD!”? Anyone? Go ahead, I don’t mind. Fact is, I don’t like to leave things unfinished.

Sooo… I decided to introduce a new segment to this blog of mine. And thou shalt call it “WIP, interrupted”. Plan is (of course, I have a plan. Silly me.) to dig up my dearest shelf queens, blow the dust off and achieve some progress on them – maybe even finish them! Who knows…

To start things off, here’s where I am with Minimanfactory’s M916 Light Equipment Tractor. Beautiful kit, has been stashed away for almost two years now.

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And by the way: The answers to the other questions are of course “don’t ask” and “no idea, but I’m sure I payed for it in a currency that no longer exists”.

Done: Esci 1/35 M60A3 Patton

I always liked the M60A1 and A3 series of tanks – bulky, mean and somewhat agricultural looking. Slap on some MERDC cammo and you get the epitome of a Cold War tank.
Esci’s M60 series are still the best Pattons you can get – at least until AFV Club releases theirs, which will be miles ahead of anything, no doubt about that. Esci has gone out of business long ago, and only some Patton variants (M60A1 and the Israeli version of it) have been re-released by Revell and Italeri. Luckily I was able to track down an original Esci boxing on ebay which was collecting dust in a basement in Germany.
The first time I built that kit must have been some 20 years ago. Back then I wasn’t too concerned with small details and weathered finishes, so it was a straight OOB build with a very lose interpration of Gray Desert MERDC camouflage.This time, however, I wanted to build a classic Reforger tank, maneuver markings, cammo netting and all. Apart from that I wanted to try some heavier weathering, something I never had the guts to do when I was still building armor on a regular basis.
I added some small details, like nuts’n’bolts to the suspension and air cleaners, scratchbuilt a new infantry phone, added some details from Tamiya’s modern armor set and used AFV Club’s excellent tracks. The cammo netting was created by soaking gauze in white glue and sprinkling dried marjoram on it. For painting I used acrylics from Tamiya, Gunze and Lifecolor, weathered with oils and Mig Pastels. The markings are a mixture of Verlinden Reforger stickers and Echelon bumper numbers.

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