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Re: DJG's Xmas Arado Ar.196

Postby Mark » Thu Jan 02, 2014 10:04 am

Brilliant detailing. You're giving Morrigan a run for her money this year :clap:
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Re: DJG's Xmas Arado Ar.196

Postby DJG Downunder » Sat Jan 11, 2014 2:10 am

I don't think I'll be giving Morrigan too many sleepless nights, my modelling knowledge mostly comes from reading the masterclass posts on this forum, and as you're all about to see, there is an immense amount of improvement potential for my painting skills.

I've built a forward frame, made a control column and glued the kit's column to the top of it. (The kit column was supposed to be glued to the instrument panel). And started the rear frame.

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More work on the rear frame, and the kit's instrument decal installed on a new panel, along with the scrztched up column and a set of rudder pedals

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Scratching up some rails for the sliding gunner's seat, tested my patience a little, but I got there in the end. (I've ordered some LED magnifying glasses, this all looks a lot better without the fluro light and the camera's optical clarity, so I think I need to enhance my own vision somewhat)

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Well that's about it for the cockpit, I'll have to look at a bit of detail work around the guns, once they go in, but that's after the rest of it is built.

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Here's the cockpit inside the fuselage, not glued yet,
I've assembled some of the major components now, and Morrigan's prediction of a lot of filler work was well justified...... the fit is definitely approximate in some areas.

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Re: DJG's Xmas Arado Ar.196

Postby Paul » Sat Jan 11, 2014 2:47 pm

Wow! It's really starting to come together :D :D :D K !!!!
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Re: DJG's Xmas Arado Ar.196

Postby casper » Sat Jan 11, 2014 3:35 pm

Nice work on the cockpit DJG :clap: :)
K for your additional frame for the sliding gunner's seat :clap:
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Re: DJG's Xmas Arado Ar.196

Postby morrigan » Sun Jan 12, 2014 9:41 pm

Very nice work DJG, the rear cockpit has come out beautifully. :clap: :clap:
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Re: DJG's Xmas Arado Ar.196

Postby Mark » Mon Jan 13, 2014 5:55 am

Its a great improvement over the original kit. A K from me too !!
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Re: DJG's Xmas Arado Ar.196

Postby DJG Downunder » Tue Jan 21, 2014 12:30 pm

A little more progress with most of the kit now assembled.

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One of the issues I'm going to have is that the struts attach via some big shaped blocks, which unfortunately don't fit very well into either the fuselage or the floats.
If I glue and fill the struts first it will be very difficult to paint with the floats on, so I decided to glue the struts and fill the fuselage joints first and then attach the floats after painting and try a fill and touch-up on the paintwork afterwards. I've also decided not to fit the supplied bombs so the holes in the wings for those have been filled.

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I still have to tidy up the filled areas around the struts a bit more, but it's nearly ready for primer.

There are however two glaring errors, well they're glaring in my opinion anyway.
The engine cowl has all the blisters over the engine's rocker boxes equally spaced around the cowl. Of course they're actually in pairs, so this is a fairly obvious inaccuracy, but its quite beyond my current skill level and/or patience to fix that at the moment so I'll just have to deal with it.
The other is that there are four rather obvious strakes or ribs along each float on the real plane, which are absent on this kit, and I'm going to have a go at adjusting that problem with some 0.75mm styrene rod.
Here's a before and after shot

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Masked up ready for primer....... but of course my airbrush has decided not to work (it's been a while since I used it).
Hey Morrigan did you actually hear me swearing from your side of the ditch, which prompted your airbrush maintenance tips in the Masterclass section, or is that just a weird and timely coincidence?

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Re: DJG's Xmas Arado Ar.196

Postby Paul » Tue Jan 21, 2014 6:11 pm

Hi DJG,
It's coming on really nicely :D :D :D and a K for all your efforts so far :)

What problems are you having with your airbrush?
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Re: DJG's Xmas Arado Ar.196

Postby morrigan » Tue Jan 21, 2014 8:04 pm

The Arado's looking good DJG.
I've posted some tips for you in my airbrush post.
The cowl bumps would definitely take some work to fix, the easiest fix would be to cut them carefully off and rearrange. But that could do ones head in tried to get then removed and then lined up again neatly, probably would require a lot of dried frog pills.
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Re: DJG's Xmas Arado Ar.196

Postby DJG Downunder » Wed Jan 22, 2014 12:32 pm

Thanks for the tips Morrigan, I'll bust out the Mr Muscle and see if I can resurrect it. It is a dual action Paasche airbrush, so it's worth the effort.
Paul, it's probably gummed up in the medium pick-up area.
Activating the airbrush, the air valve works fine, and I get a little air through the nozzle but it mostly blows back out the medium/paint pickup port, and doesn't spray any fluid at all. I just get bubbles in the paint cup. I've removed and cleaned the needle and nozzle, so it's fine.
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Re: DJG's Xmas Arado Ar.196

Postby Paul » Wed Jan 22, 2014 7:01 pm

Hi I DJG,
Great news that you've sorted the airbrush :D
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Re: DJG's Xmas Arado Ar.196

Postby DJG Downunder » Sat Feb 01, 2014 9:01 am

I was about to admit defeat and fess up that I had missed the deadline, until I re-read the rules and realised we still have until the end of this month.
Now that the airbrush issue has been sorted out I have managed to get some paint on the beast.
This is the first model I've attacked with an airbrush and I clearly have a lot more to learn, but there's progress nonetheless.
I painted the underside first with "Aircraft Blue" and moved on to the dark grey, which is described as dark green.

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I then started the marathon masking project.

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Next was the Olive Green colour.
I used Tamiya Flat colour for this shade, whereas I had used Lifecolour paints for the other colours.
I was fairly despondent with the result, especially given how nicely the Lifecolour paints flowed off the airbrush.

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Luckily I persisted and after a coat of Microscales Gloss Kleer, it came up a lot better.

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I've started the decals now, but I still have a long way to go.

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I'd like to thank all the forum members once again for their valuable build diarys, especially Morrigan.
I wouldn't have got this far without all the valuable info in your posts. I didn't even know most of the products that I'm now using even existed, before joining this forum.
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Re: DJG's Xmas Arado Ar.196

Postby number1 » Sat Feb 01, 2014 9:39 am

Hi DJG, glad you're persevering with the Arado, I'm a long way from finishing my entry, this forum has also helped me to try out different things, so a big thanks also to all the guys out there :clap: :clap:
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Re: DJG's Xmas Arado Ar.196

Postby Mark » Mon Feb 03, 2014 4:54 am

The camo came out brilliantly in the end :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: DJG's Xmas Arado Ar.196

Postby Eric » Mon Feb 03, 2014 9:34 am

Well done DJG, that camo looks fantastic! :clap:
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Re: DJG's Xmas Arado Ar.196

Postby number1 » Mon Feb 03, 2014 5:58 pm

K now given :handgestures-thumbup:
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Re: DJG's Xmas Arado Ar.196

Postby morrigan » Tue Feb 04, 2014 9:09 pm

Nice work on the Paintwork DJG. The splinter scheme has come out nicely :D
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Re: DJG's Xmas Arado Ar.196

Postby DJG Downunder » Mon Feb 24, 2014 1:19 pm

Ooops rapidly running out of time now.....
Tried my hand at a bit of freehand airbrush staining from the exhausts and wing guns, turns out I was a bit heavy handed unfortunately, but it can't be undone now,...... well not without a lot of grief anyway.

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Once all the decals were on, I hit the beast with a coat of clear satin, probably a little light handed this time.

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Floats are now on permanently.
I still have to touch up the strut joints and canopy surround, fit the outboard struts on both wings, the float rigging, mask and paint the canopy, gunner's weapon, aerial, engine and prop, oh dear...... still a bit left yet.

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I thought I better do the side rigging before I fit the outboard struts, or I won't be able to get in there.
I watched a couple of U-tube videos and then had a crack at stretching some sprue, and hey presto, the rigging just fell into place..........
Not fooled eh, well yeah, it wasn't quite that easy, but I got the hang of it after a while, I'm sure it'll get easier the more I do.
My first attempt looks a little loose in the photo,...... it must just be the camera angle eh?

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Re: DJG's Xmas Arado Ar.196

Postby Paul » Mon Feb 24, 2014 6:52 pm

Hi DJG,

It's coming on really great ! :D :D

NB, I also think that you have the right idea...... I always blame the camera ! :) :) :) :laughing-rolling:
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Re: DJG's Xmas Arado Ar.196

Postby DJG Downunder » Sun Mar 02, 2014 9:30 am

Thanks to the very generous time extension for the comp., I've managed to finish the Arado.

There are a pair of quite obvious air intakes just behind the prop, and in front of the engine's cylinders, which were not included in the kit's engine moulding, so I scratched up a couple.
I also fashioned some belt feed chutes for the gunner's weapon.
I had a rather interesting time masking up the canopy pieces, very fiddly indeed.

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My first attempt at rigging had to be replaced..... apparently it wasn't the camera angle that made it look loose.

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Well, There's always seems to be things that need touching up, after I take the photo's, but that will have to be some other time.
So here's the finished item.

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