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muchas gracias seniores...

Hey folks,

Finally finished this project of one of the much maligned aircraft of WW2.  It is the Brewster Buffalo, of the 488 RNZAF Squadron stationed in Kallang during the defense of Singapore from November 1941.

Squadron motto> "Ka ngarue ratau" (Kiwi) = "We shake them"

As the first monoplane fighter of the US Navy, it was touted to be the only allied fighter that can actually out-turn a Zero, given the proper configuration and pilot. Unfortunately, the British/RNZAF version considered to be was underpowered, overweight and very much outclassed by the more modern fighters of the IJN and IJA like the Mitsubishi Zero and the Nakajima Oscar of that time.

The kit is an old Matchbox 1982 release of the Brewster Buffalo that came with the typical two-color sprue set, which needed a few modifications;

> Scrathbuilt a new cockpit, seat, dashboard and roll bar;
> Added front fuselage engine slits;
> Wider wheels;
> Modified prop and spinner;
> Added brass pitot tube;
> Added Aviation lights and wing camera;
> Added aerial antenna;
> Added gun and ejector ports for the engine cowling and wings;
> Added details for the wings;
> Re-scribed panel lines;
> Replaced landing gear doors with thinner styrene sheets;
> DIY markings and buzz numbers;
> Modified exhaust ports;
> Printed underside glazing;
> Filled wing roots and canopy gaps;

Colors were Gunze Sangyo acrylics of dark earth, dark green, midnight blue and a home brew of sky blue for the underside. Weathering was done with an oil wash, brush painted light grey paint for chipping and Mr Hobby weathering pastels and a final coat of Mr hobby flat coat. A graphite and silver colored pencil was used for scratches and smaller chipping effects.

The original decals were already flaking off and was not completely accurate, so DIY roundels and tail markings were printed.  The grey color serials were masked and airbrushed on.  Some stencils were from the spares box.

A 0.15mm fishing line was used for the aerials, while styrene sheets were used to fill-up gaps for the canopy and wing roots.

The canopy was a tad thick and had wide gaps if left alone, but was remedied by using styrene sheets, melted with thin liquid glue, then trimmed and sanded off.

The underside color scheme was the typical RAF two tone black and sky blue color and an underside glazing represented by a printed version.

Aviation lights and wing camera glazings were from spare clear sprues.

It didn't take much self-convincing to consider this project, as it comes with much significance related to Fortress Singapore's history in WW2, and how it's ill-fated defense and inevitable capitulation came to be.   

Hope I did justice to this most interesting subject, and hopefully I could do the whole flight line of this particular battle.

Model In-Progress / Re: MG Wing Gundam
« on: May 09, 2010, 09:41:03 PM »
Oooohh! those poses with the wings way up are awesome, haven't seen that.

Looks like a nice kit but it just lacks some much needed detail.  I think it needs a few additional panel lines and such.  That is just my opinion though.

I agree, especially if you're used to the old 1/100 HG kit which was chock-full of surface detail.

there's a fair bit of detail on the kit, maybe it's not that obvious yet, after painting and some washes perhaps...

some creative decal treatment would be great too...

additional panel lines and detailing is always an option for any kit...

Model In-Progress / Re: MG Wing Gundam
« on: May 09, 2010, 09:34:14 PM »
Do you think the hands has to do with the transformation, or are they just off?

the hands need to be taken off when in bird mode...

Model In-Progress / Re: MG Wing Gundam
« on: May 09, 2010, 03:54:35 AM »
Did the test-fitting, which shows superb engineering on non-evident seamlines, saving a lot of time in prep-work for the painting process.

One evident gripe would be the hands seem a tad out of scale.

Model In-Progress / MG Wing Gundam
« on: May 06, 2010, 10:14:33 PM »
it's been a while since i did a mech project, and this kit is just too good to pass for me...

Model Gallery / 1/72 Academy 2 1/2 Ton Truck
« on: April 16, 2010, 07:57:05 AM »
Here's my latest braille build intended to complement my WW2 aircraft builds.

Colors are done with Mr Hobby acrylics and finished with Mr Hobby Weathering pastels. Basically OOB except the addition of the windshield wipers, done with stretched sprue.

The kit details are fantastic for this scale, plus the kit comes with a lot of accessories as well, like drums, fuel containers, .30 cal and .50 cal guns and accessories.

More pictures in this link...

Model Gallery / Re: 1/72 Airfix Grumman J2F-5 Duck, circa 1939
« on: March 01, 2010, 08:09:47 PM »
very nice sir!chipping and weathering really blended well!mabuhay po kayo!keep it up. :D

thanks nath...

gotta love those pastels...

Model Gallery / Re: MG Victory Ver. Ka [MGX4 - 1 of 4]
« on: February 28, 2010, 08:46:15 PM »
another showroom piece ff...

Model Gallery / Re: 1/72 Airfix Grumman J2F-5 Duck, circa 1939
« on: February 28, 2010, 05:52:39 PM »
thanks folks...happy you liked it...

it's a real learning experience for me with the rigging work...

Model Gallery / 1/72 Academy USAAC Motor Tug
« on: February 28, 2010, 05:15:23 AM »
Here's another little project that would be useful for my WW2 aircraft subjects.  It's the typical motor tug that's always found in allied airfields, scurrying around carrying and loading ordnance and towing aircraft around.

The kit came with a 500 pound bomb which I wanted to depict with some bomb art, typical of the creative scribbles from aircraft mechanics.

Colors were from Mr Hobby acrylics and weathering with Mr Hobby weathering pastels. A lead pencil and silver colored pencil helped scratch-up this overworked mule.

Model Gallery / 1/72 Academy Dodge WC 54 3/4 Ton Ambulance
« on: February 28, 2010, 04:47:40 AM »
Here's a project that I really enjoyed putting together.  It's one of those ever present vehicles in WW2 movies parked on camp or along the roadside.

The details were already fantastic for this scale, as it even came with a detailed chassis, engine, suspension and transmission.  I decided to modify the kit a bit with a few touches;

1) Added windshield wipers from stretched sprue;
2) Turned the front wheels to have a more dynamic stance;
3) Clipped the door windows and left the quarter-windows open;

Paints with Mr Hobby acrylics and weathering with Mr Hobby weathering pastels, and then finished with a Mr Hobby Super Clear (Flat) coat.

Decals were from the original kit, which proved a bit difficult to pat down for the rear doors with all the raised door handle details.  This was remedied with some coaxing with Mr Hobby Mr Mark Setter and Softener.

The grime and muddy effect is just a blast to do with those pastels.

More pix here...

Model Gallery / 1/72 Airfix Grumman J2F-5 Duck, circa 1939
« on: February 28, 2010, 04:16:47 AM »
This is my rendition of the Grumman J2F-5 Duck seaplane which was extensively used during WW2 by the United States Navy.  This particular unit depicts the "Candy Clipper" of the "Bamboo fleet", a rag-tagged squadron of planes put together by Col. Pappy Gunn, which got it's nickname from the nurses who were all too happy to get their supplies of candy, when this duck was doing medivac and supply runs in and out of the Philippine islands just before the Japanese forces totally overran the allied forces in 1941.

The original kit (An Airfix Grumman J2F-6 version) was a freebie from Mr Nakamoto of the now defunct Achtung Japan shop, as he usually throws in some extra old kits when you get a few kits from him.  I was all too happy to get this kit as I have always wanted to do a "Candy Clipper" project.  But it had a catch, as it was missing a few parts here and there, which was scratch-built from styrene sheets, recycled sprues and aluminum sheets.

The modifications done on this projects is as follows>

1) Raised panel lines and rivets sanded down and re-scribed;
2) Shortened engine cowling;
3) Added an engine air scoop for the engine cowling;
4) Forward fuselage starboard and port blisters were deleted to depict the dash-5;
5) Replaced the missing prop from the spares box;
6) Replaced the missing tail wing from styrene sheets;
7) Added details on the canopy from styrene sheets, tape, brass rods and pipes, etc;
8) Custom decals;
9) Modified fuselage/float fairing details;
10) Added a .30 cal rear gun from another kit and mounting + holding brcket with styrene and aluminum sheets;
11) Added details for the float keel and ties;
12) Rigging and aerials from .15mm fishing line;
13) Added landing gear door details from styrene and aluminum sheets;
14) Added fuselage starboard and port step details;

Paints are all Gunze Mr Hobby acrylic paints;
> Light Grey;
> Cowling Black;
> Tire Black;
> Yellow and Clear Orange for the Chrome Yellow top wing;
> Navy Blue, Red and White for the tail rudder;

A Dailer-Rowney oil (Lamp Black color) wash was applied and then Mr Hobby Weathering Pastels wer used to add the well-used character of this subject, given the sorties it flew in and out of the Philippine islands to provide the remaining allied forces with vital supplies together with the rest of the "Bamboo Fleet".

Everything was topped-off with Mr Hobby Super Clear flat coat to seal up the pastel effects. 

No ordnance was shown though the Duck can actually carry bombs and depth charges for anti-submarine duties.

The color scheme was to show the typical navy colors for the US Navy of that era, before the transition to the typical US Navy tri-color scheme for all naval aircraft.

I have also decided to omit the pilot's and co-pilot's sliding canopies, after watching "Murphy's War", which made sense thinking of how much of the same abuse this aircraft would have gone through during the last it's days, as this unit was reported to be eventually shot down by Japanese fighter patrols during one of it's runs from Corregidor and Mindanao. 

I hope I did justice to this amazing aircraft, which was a stablemate to another legendary aircraft, the Grumman F4F/FM-1,2 Wildcat, which also explains the familiar main landing gear configuration.

More finished and WIP pictures of this project here.

Model In-Progress / Re: 1/72 Airfix Grumman J2F Duck WIP
« on: January 18, 2010, 09:50:03 PM »
yup, most notably "Murphy's War" with peter o'toole...

Model In-Progress / Re: Hasegawa Falke
« on: January 16, 2010, 06:30:48 PM »
lovely work always...

hmmm...that engine looks a lot like a yakult bottle...

Model In-Progress / Re: 1/72 Airfix Grumman J2F Duck WIP
« on: January 16, 2010, 06:23:36 PM »
I Like your wips they are always nicely detailed as your kits. Concidering the scale it's your detailing is impressive.

thanks nico...

i'm a huge fan of historical aircraft, most specially during the ww2 PTO (pacific theater of operations) that flew missions in and around the philippine islands, and i just hope that i do justice to them with my builds...

Model In-Progress / Re: 1/72 Airfix Grumman J2F Duck WIP
« on: January 16, 2010, 06:17:19 PM »
very cool subject! Would it be terribly difficult to dissuade you from shaving it down and re-scribing? I've seen these older kits down with the raised details here and they look amazing when top modelers like yourself do them. They end up looking more "real" in photos with the way the light works on the details. To my humble eyes. Quite a popular thing in Japan scale aviation recently, I've had the editor of said mag show me some at the artbox office. Very cool.

I'm actually really interested in seeing you do that version and think of the time and effort savings!


oops, maybe the next biplane sir...and i'm a far cry to being a top modeler...i'm just your garden variety 1/72 scale aircraft builder...

but i'll do my homework on raised details like you said...muchas gracias...

Model In-Progress / Re: 1/72 Airfix Grumman J2F Duck WIP
« on: January 16, 2010, 06:14:17 PM »
I noticed a lack of replies but don't let that discourage you. I love your aircraft work and always enjoy watching your threads. Nice work!

haha, no worries ff...i believe in the saying "do things to inspire, not to impress..."

and i'm just happy to share my WIPs sir...

Model In-Progress / Re: 1/72 Airfix Grumman J2F Duck WIP
« on: January 16, 2010, 09:51:48 AM »
The canopy needed more attention...

The cowling need to be shortened and the prop boss backdated for an earlier version for the dash-5 version...

The front intake opening need to be filled and repositioned above the pontoon panel line and new louvers added...

Model In-Progress / Re: 1/72 Airfix Grumman J2F Duck WIP
« on: January 07, 2010, 09:19:33 AM »
After pinning down the actual timeline for this duck, historical reference happens to state that a J2F-5 would be the appropriate version for this build, which were assigned in Cavite during the evacuation before the Japanese invaded the Philippine islands, given the fact that the J2F-6 would only come into service on 1941.

A top mounted intake scoop, created from styrene sheets needed to be incorporated and the front fuselage side blisters needed to be deleted.

I also wanted to show an open cockpit, so I decided to replace the sliding canopy for the pilot with a thinner version, made from recycled clear plastic sheet from an appliance packaging (a blow dryer came in handy for this process) as the original clear part is a tad thick.

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