1:48 Gloster Gladiator WIP

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1:48 Gloster Gladiator WIP

Joined: December 28th, 2016, 6:50 pm

June 12th, 2018, 5:39 pm #1

I haven't built a biplane in 14 years and have a few WWII biplanes in the stash so why not start with the one with the most rigging?! This is the cutting edge cockpit which is definitely an upgrade from the kit cockpit but also reminds me how far resin cockpits have come... It made me work for it and while it's not my best work I'm happy with it.. That's also the quickboost part of the upper part of the bulkhead behind the pilot, have the quickboost doors and a vac canopy as well. I like this Roden kit, it's the one I built 14 years ago but it does take some work. I think I'll deserve a couple shake and bake Tamiya builds when this one's done (actually, nice simple D.520's sitting on the bench right now too in case I need a break from this one) Will be in Greek markings when it's done.
(Anyone know how to rotate this pic?)
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Joined: March 22nd, 2018, 7:25 pm

June 16th, 2018, 7:29 pm #2

Looking good, and looking forward to updates.
I'm not retro, my stash got old. ~John Krukowski
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Joined: December 28th, 2016, 6:50 pm

June 18th, 2018, 5:04 pm #3

IMG_2942.JPG IMG_2944.JPG IMG_2945.JPG I decided to post my work in progress paint pics for the heck of it... I paint with a brush cause I just plan like it better than masking everything and cleaning airbrushes... Despite being time consuming and a real challenge to get half decent finishes on things like German paint jobs I find brush painting relaxing, maybe even a little therapeutic.. I'm always trying to improve the results and what I can do with a brush but I usually don't post in progress shots because they usually look laughably bad... but what the heck, where's the fun in that?
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Joined: April 23rd, 2006, 11:04 am

June 18th, 2018, 10:30 pm #4

Sure! IMG_2908.JPG

good job on the Gladiator!
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Joined: December 28th, 2016, 6:50 pm

June 19th, 2018, 3:25 pm #5

Today's poor quality cell phone pic.. IMG_2947.JPG
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Joined: December 28th, 2016, 6:50 pm

June 20th, 2018, 7:48 pm #6

Last of the first round of colour... next round will make it less painfully obvious it was brush painted... IMG_2951.JPG
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Joined: June 13th, 2010, 2:35 am

June 21st, 2018, 12:26 am #7

Outstanding!
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Joined: March 22nd, 2018, 7:25 pm

June 21st, 2018, 8:10 pm #8

I'm right with ya Mike. My airbrushing experience wasn't a fun one either, too much like work. Screw that lol. I look at it this way, if the boxtop artists can do fuzzed camo schemes with brushes so can we right? Sure brushing takes time but so does masking, and painting is a lot more fun than masking. I too HATE masking. Screw that too.

I borrowed a cassette tape my Dad had put together to play when I was painting these Monogram '109 sides, some traditional German polkas & waltzes which all sounds like army marching music ha ha ha...got me in the right mood for this job. I still remember that afternoon 24 years later, pretending I'm a little plastic Monogram guy with a spray gun in my hand. Gray paints were mixes from Testors square bottles over a spray can coat of Pactra Aero Blue. (This was to replicate the time period of experimentation with lighter camouflage colors before settling on the new standard of RLM74/75/76.) Red decals from Monogram's Fw-190 sheet, originally yellow overpainted with red. This is the kina fun I wanna recapture. I wanna remember doing my next model in another 24 years like it was yesterday: Picture058-1.jpg
Anyway Mike, yours is looking great and I'm not laughing, I'm jealous. :)
I'm not retro, my stash got old. ~John Krukowski
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Joined: December 28th, 2016, 6:50 pm

June 25th, 2018, 5:34 pm #9

Thanks StillTubeGlue! I like that 109! I have the Revell 109G-10 in the stash for the same reason, it was the last one I built in grade 9 before I discovered playing guitar soon after in 1994(?) and the model planes went on a long hiatus.... Well, slow progress which is more a reflection of the fact it's warm enough to go swimming after work and was just out camping this weekend... Did the second run of the lighter green and sand on the lower half... did it straight up, if the paint covers better on the first run I usually thin the paint for the second pass to get better coverage and less discernible brush marks but still with just enough variance and a hint of that preshading that hopefully makes it look a more realistic... IMG_2955.JPG
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Joined: March 22nd, 2018, 7:25 pm

June 26th, 2018, 11:42 pm #10

Thanks for showing us how you do it, it's always fun to see different approaches to similar tasks. Looking really good Mike. 
I'm not retro, my stash got old. ~John Krukowski
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