Race against the snow - part I

Race against the snow - part I

Joined: December 24th, 2005, 1:07 pm

February 11th, 2012, 12:53 am #1

Hello everybody

A week ago I finished my Polikarpov I-3

At the same time we had our first snow this winter - which worked very well for outdoor pictures



While driving to work on Tuesday morning, I had the idea to build another winter subject



Back home in the evening, I took a deep breath - and went into the stash

I came out with a little Yak



And it had a winter scheme



But it looked a bit rough



It featured a lot of small details, and several parts had flash



It was certainly not basic



I thought this was the cockpit floor... but it is one of the skis



A lot of interior parts for such a small kit



First step :

I had some problems with the exhausts



I didn't want to enlarge the holes, so I decided to cut them off from the backing plate, and butt join them in the end



One hour later the interior was assembled



And painted - with my own mix of Vallejo Model Air 013 Yellow Olive and Model Air 71008 Pale Blue



The big radiator housing followed



And so did the wheel bay walls



A careful wash and some painted Tamiya tape seat belts followed



Finally we assemble the fuselage

First I glued the top



Then the bottom at the front



Which had some kind of air intake

Which looked pretty rough



But we managed to get it into place



The bottom at the rear followed



Here I made a mistake - having not moved the part too the back enough...



The guns were on a separate piece



With average fit



Fitting the underwing revealed a problem - because the rear bottom part was glued a little too much to the front



I had to trim the wing parts until I had a good fit



Then I glued the top wings first



Excellent fit



And then the bottom wing

With the assistance of some famous mouse traps



Once the glue on the underwing had settled in the middle - the outer wing halves were glued together



The worst gaps on the kit were in the wing leading edges, near the root

But this is an easy place to fill & sand



The trailing edges were rather thick



Thinning them down



To fill & sand this join, I decided to remove the rudder



The wing light was not a great fit



Fill and sand... and polish later on



Clear parts added while filling & sanding

Tamiya primer will follow later this evening...



And I hope to be painting soon because...

It's the end of the snow !





From Monday on temperatures will climb above 0 again... many people will be happy... but the snow will melt

If I can still finish the model on Sunday, I think I might still get some snow pictures

So it's a race against the snow now

Good thing is I don't have much planned this weekend - let's see how the Gods feel about this

* <i></i> * *
William De Coster / Belgium / previous builds on HS : Plastic Stories

1/72 - AZ Model - Kawasaki Ki-78 : Part I - Part II/End
1/72 - AGA - Polikarpov I-3 : Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV - Part V�- Part VI /End

Just like the perfect woman doesn't exist, I will never build a perfect model.
Puts me on a par with God
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Joined: October 11th, 2005, 6:40 am

February 11th, 2012, 5:19 am #2

Looks like fun, William. Don't mind the snow.
Dan Smith and I had it last month. This weekend
will be scattered rain showers and 11 degrees C.
That's just the right weather to get some model
work done.

Cheers,
Kevin in Brown's Point, Washington
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Joined: July 27th, 2009, 4:13 pm

February 12th, 2012, 6:39 pm #3

Hello everybody

A week ago I finished my Polikarpov I-3

At the same time we had our first snow this winter - which worked very well for outdoor pictures



While driving to work on Tuesday morning, I had the idea to build another winter subject



Back home in the evening, I took a deep breath - and went into the stash

I came out with a little Yak



And it had a winter scheme



But it looked a bit rough



It featured a lot of small details, and several parts had flash



It was certainly not basic



I thought this was the cockpit floor... but it is one of the skis



A lot of interior parts for such a small kit



First step :

I had some problems with the exhausts



I didn't want to enlarge the holes, so I decided to cut them off from the backing plate, and butt join them in the end



One hour later the interior was assembled



And painted - with my own mix of Vallejo Model Air 013 Yellow Olive and Model Air 71008 Pale Blue



The big radiator housing followed



And so did the wheel bay walls



A careful wash and some painted Tamiya tape seat belts followed



Finally we assemble the fuselage

First I glued the top



Then the bottom at the front



Which had some kind of air intake

Which looked pretty rough



But we managed to get it into place



The bottom at the rear followed



Here I made a mistake - having not moved the part too the back enough...



The guns were on a separate piece



With average fit



Fitting the underwing revealed a problem - because the rear bottom part was glued a little too much to the front



I had to trim the wing parts until I had a good fit



Then I glued the top wings first



Excellent fit



And then the bottom wing

With the assistance of some famous mouse traps



Once the glue on the underwing had settled in the middle - the outer wing halves were glued together



The worst gaps on the kit were in the wing leading edges, near the root

But this is an easy place to fill & sand



The trailing edges were rather thick



Thinning them down



To fill & sand this join, I decided to remove the rudder



The wing light was not a great fit



Fill and sand... and polish later on



Clear parts added while filling & sanding

Tamiya primer will follow later this evening...



And I hope to be painting soon because...

It's the end of the snow !





From Monday on temperatures will climb above 0 again... many people will be happy... but the snow will melt

If I can still finish the model on Sunday, I think I might still get some snow pictures

So it's a race against the snow now

Good thing is I don't have much planned this weekend - let's see how the Gods feel about this

* <i></i> * *
William De Coster / Belgium / previous builds on HS : Plastic Stories

1/72 - AZ Model - Kawasaki Ki-78 : Part I - Part II/End
1/72 - AGA - Polikarpov I-3 : Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV - Part V�- Part VI /End

Just like the perfect woman doesn't exist, I will never build a perfect model.
Puts me on a par with God
It certainly looks like the archetypical A-model kit of a few years ago: Slightly crude, lots of clanup and load of putty needed - but a unique subject, Still, you seem to have things under control!

I'll be following this one with a keen eye, as I have wanted a Yak 1 for a while. Got the ZTS kit some years ago but gave it away. Simply too much work (yes, I'm a chicken, I know...).

Nice pic of your I-3 - looks at home in the snow.

_____________
CD

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Joined: June 13th, 2009, 11:31 pm

February 12th, 2012, 9:09 pm #4

Hello everybody

A week ago I finished my Polikarpov I-3

At the same time we had our first snow this winter - which worked very well for outdoor pictures



While driving to work on Tuesday morning, I had the idea to build another winter subject



Back home in the evening, I took a deep breath - and went into the stash

I came out with a little Yak



And it had a winter scheme



But it looked a bit rough



It featured a lot of small details, and several parts had flash



It was certainly not basic



I thought this was the cockpit floor... but it is one of the skis



A lot of interior parts for such a small kit



First step :

I had some problems with the exhausts



I didn't want to enlarge the holes, so I decided to cut them off from the backing plate, and butt join them in the end



One hour later the interior was assembled



And painted - with my own mix of Vallejo Model Air 013 Yellow Olive and Model Air 71008 Pale Blue



The big radiator housing followed



And so did the wheel bay walls



A careful wash and some painted Tamiya tape seat belts followed



Finally we assemble the fuselage

First I glued the top



Then the bottom at the front



Which had some kind of air intake

Which looked pretty rough



But we managed to get it into place



The bottom at the rear followed



Here I made a mistake - having not moved the part too the back enough...



The guns were on a separate piece



With average fit



Fitting the underwing revealed a problem - because the rear bottom part was glued a little too much to the front



I had to trim the wing parts until I had a good fit



Then I glued the top wings first



Excellent fit



And then the bottom wing

With the assistance of some famous mouse traps



Once the glue on the underwing had settled in the middle - the outer wing halves were glued together



The worst gaps on the kit were in the wing leading edges, near the root

But this is an easy place to fill & sand



The trailing edges were rather thick



Thinning them down



To fill & sand this join, I decided to remove the rudder



The wing light was not a great fit



Fill and sand... and polish later on



Clear parts added while filling & sanding

Tamiya primer will follow later this evening...



And I hope to be painting soon because...

It's the end of the snow !





From Monday on temperatures will climb above 0 again... many people will be happy... but the snow will melt

If I can still finish the model on Sunday, I think I might still get some snow pictures

So it's a race against the snow now

Good thing is I don't have much planned this weekend - let's see how the Gods feel about this

* <i></i> * *
William De Coster / Belgium / previous builds on HS : Plastic Stories

1/72 - AZ Model - Kawasaki Ki-78 : Part I - Part II/End
1/72 - AGA - Polikarpov I-3 : Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV - Part V�- Part VI /End

Just like the perfect woman doesn't exist, I will never build a perfect model.
Puts me on a par with God
William, You certainly produce a wide variety of subjects from a variety of manufacturers.

Looks like an interesting build that offers a few challenges and I suspect you enjoy that and it is coming along very nicely.

If you can do this a Lincoln is just a bigger build.

All the best

Fred

ps I don't miss those European winters!
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Joined: April 28th, 2005, 6:27 am

February 12th, 2012, 9:12 pm #5

Hello everybody

A week ago I finished my Polikarpov I-3

At the same time we had our first snow this winter - which worked very well for outdoor pictures



While driving to work on Tuesday morning, I had the idea to build another winter subject



Back home in the evening, I took a deep breath - and went into the stash

I came out with a little Yak



And it had a winter scheme



But it looked a bit rough



It featured a lot of small details, and several parts had flash



It was certainly not basic



I thought this was the cockpit floor... but it is one of the skis



A lot of interior parts for such a small kit



First step :

I had some problems with the exhausts



I didn't want to enlarge the holes, so I decided to cut them off from the backing plate, and butt join them in the end



One hour later the interior was assembled



And painted - with my own mix of Vallejo Model Air 013 Yellow Olive and Model Air 71008 Pale Blue



The big radiator housing followed



And so did the wheel bay walls



A careful wash and some painted Tamiya tape seat belts followed



Finally we assemble the fuselage

First I glued the top



Then the bottom at the front



Which had some kind of air intake

Which looked pretty rough



But we managed to get it into place



The bottom at the rear followed



Here I made a mistake - having not moved the part too the back enough...



The guns were on a separate piece



With average fit



Fitting the underwing revealed a problem - because the rear bottom part was glued a little too much to the front



I had to trim the wing parts until I had a good fit



Then I glued the top wings first



Excellent fit



And then the bottom wing

With the assistance of some famous mouse traps



Once the glue on the underwing had settled in the middle - the outer wing halves were glued together



The worst gaps on the kit were in the wing leading edges, near the root

But this is an easy place to fill & sand



The trailing edges were rather thick



Thinning them down



To fill & sand this join, I decided to remove the rudder



The wing light was not a great fit



Fill and sand... and polish later on



Clear parts added while filling & sanding

Tamiya primer will follow later this evening...



And I hope to be painting soon because...

It's the end of the snow !





From Monday on temperatures will climb above 0 again... many people will be happy... but the snow will melt

If I can still finish the model on Sunday, I think I might still get some snow pictures

So it's a race against the snow now

Good thing is I don't have much planned this weekend - let's see how the Gods feel about this

* <i></i> * *
William De Coster / Belgium / previous builds on HS : Plastic Stories

1/72 - AZ Model - Kawasaki Ki-78 : Part I - Part II/End
1/72 - AGA - Polikarpov I-3 : Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV - Part V�- Part VI /End

Just like the perfect woman doesn't exist, I will never build a perfect model.
Puts me on a par with God
I got out a Dakoplast Yak 9 kit from my stash and considered starting it after being inspired by what you have accomplished so far. Lots of pick-and shovel work, but it would sure be rewarding to have one in my collection!

Why are the red stars so anemic looking on these kits? A decent after-market sheet in 1/72 certainly would help for some of these subjects, wouldn't you agree?

Best
Chuck
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Joined: December 24th, 2005, 1:07 pm

February 12th, 2012, 11:55 pm #6

Looks like fun, William. Don't mind the snow.
Dan Smith and I had it last month. This weekend
will be scattered rain showers and 11 degrees C.
That's just the right weather to get some model
work done.

Cheers,
Kevin in Brown's Point, Washington
And I didn't manage to finish my little Yak in time

Tomorrow Monday we finally go above 0 degrees celcius again - after having been 15 days below 0, day and night - very unusual for Belgium and a record since 1941 - so the little snow that still remains will melt tomorrow, I wish we had a few cold days more but I can not say this too loud because I think my fellow patriots will kill me then

We also move to rain for next week - and as you say - excellent wheather to have some time spend at the bench, and I hope to finish the Yak soon - too bad I didn't make it in time - but it sure was fun - I always seem to need some kind of motivator - even snow...

Thanks for dropping in Kevin

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William De Coster / Belgium / previous builds on HS : Plastic Stories

1/72 - A-Model - Yak-1 : Part I

Just like the perfect woman doesn't exist, I will never build a perfect model.
Puts me on a par with God
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Joined: December 24th, 2005, 1:07 pm

February 13th, 2012, 12:04 am #7

It certainly looks like the archetypical A-model kit of a few years ago: Slightly crude, lots of clanup and load of putty needed - but a unique subject, Still, you seem to have things under control!

I'll be following this one with a keen eye, as I have wanted a Yak 1 for a while. Got the ZTS kit some years ago but gave it away. Simply too much work (yes, I'm a chicken, I know...).

Nice pic of your I-3 - looks at home in the snow.

_____________
CD
My bench is covered with tiny pieces of plastic, mostly cut of pieces of flash, but also from thinning plastic down... it's been a long while since I had a kit that needed so much clean up

But - I have to say, once cleaned up it's a VERY nice kit, I didn't have much fit problems, but the plastic is very soft (more then the new Airfix kits) and with some glue you can always direct the parts into the right position and shape, and even close gaps by melting the plastic with a little more glue - I really enjoyed it so far and it crossed my mind to do a few more

I assume the ZTS kit is the old Micro kit - after having started on this adventure I discovered I also have the Micro Yak-1 - ah the sweet surprises of the stash as one gets older and more forgetfull - but had I known I would've started this one as it is more easier, less detailled and according Internet it has a sound shape too

And Claus - you are no chicken - you build AZ Model and Ace limited run kits ! I think you are too generous

Thanks for commenting





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William De Coster / Belgium / previous builds on HS : Plastic Stories

1/72 - A-Model - Yak-1 : Part I

Just like the perfect woman doesn't exist, I will never build a perfect model.
Puts me on a par with God
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Joined: December 24th, 2005, 1:07 pm

February 13th, 2012, 12:12 am #8

William, You certainly produce a wide variety of subjects from a variety of manufacturers.

Looks like an interesting build that offers a few challenges and I suspect you enjoy that and it is coming along very nicely.

If you can do this a Lincoln is just a bigger build.

All the best

Fred

ps I don't miss those European winters!
I don't mind the work - but I'm easy prey for stalling - anything above 1 engine seems to take me months if not years, it took my some time to finish my Beaufighter and I still have a Beagle waiting to be finished - but the more you guys keep playing with these beautiful four engined bombers... the more I feel my hands itching, maybe I should start with a simple two engined thing as a step up

And tomorrow we will finally go above 0 degrees celcius again, just in time to be late with finishing my winter scheme build ! But to be honest - modelling issues aside - I hope it's the end of winter because I was not used to so much cold weather anymore

Global warming - my a** !

Thanks for the interest Fred

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William De Coster / Belgium / previous builds on HS : Plastic Stories

1/72 - A-Model - Yak-1 : Part I

Just like the perfect woman doesn't exist, I will never build a perfect model.
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Joined: December 24th, 2005, 1:07 pm

February 13th, 2012, 12:29 am #9

I got out a Dakoplast Yak 9 kit from my stash and considered starting it after being inspired by what you have accomplished so far. Lots of pick-and shovel work, but it would sure be rewarding to have one in my collection!

Why are the red stars so anemic looking on these kits? A decent after-market sheet in 1/72 certainly would help for some of these subjects, wouldn't you agree?

Best
Chuck
I bought some AML decal sheets last year, one for twin engined Yaks (-2, -4 and -6) and one for La-5s which offers a nice winter scheme, but I only have the Cooperativa La-5 in the stash which looks like a lot of work and which I could not finish in the short time I had, though it was my first choice for this race against the snow

I think AML might have more decal sheets for Soviet types, but I'm not sure, so far I never was deep into this subject

Besides another Yak-1 from Micro I don't have any other single engined Yak fighter in my colection nor stash, which is something like a major gap - I didn't know of the Dakoplast Yak-9 but according Internet it seems to be the best -9 in small scale so I'm pretty curious for it

Whatever you decide to build next Chuck, I'm curious & looking forward to it - having seen your 109 & 190

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William De Coster / Belgium / previous builds on HS : Plastic Stories

1/72 - A-Model - Yak-1 : Part I

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Puts me on a par with God
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Joined: November 13th, 2008, 10:18 pm

February 13th, 2012, 7:07 pm #10

Hello everybody

A week ago I finished my Polikarpov I-3

At the same time we had our first snow this winter - which worked very well for outdoor pictures



While driving to work on Tuesday morning, I had the idea to build another winter subject



Back home in the evening, I took a deep breath - and went into the stash

I came out with a little Yak



And it had a winter scheme



But it looked a bit rough



It featured a lot of small details, and several parts had flash



It was certainly not basic



I thought this was the cockpit floor... but it is one of the skis



A lot of interior parts for such a small kit



First step :

I had some problems with the exhausts



I didn't want to enlarge the holes, so I decided to cut them off from the backing plate, and butt join them in the end



One hour later the interior was assembled



And painted - with my own mix of Vallejo Model Air 013 Yellow Olive and Model Air 71008 Pale Blue



The big radiator housing followed



And so did the wheel bay walls



A careful wash and some painted Tamiya tape seat belts followed



Finally we assemble the fuselage

First I glued the top



Then the bottom at the front



Which had some kind of air intake

Which looked pretty rough



But we managed to get it into place



The bottom at the rear followed



Here I made a mistake - having not moved the part too the back enough...



The guns were on a separate piece



With average fit



Fitting the underwing revealed a problem - because the rear bottom part was glued a little too much to the front



I had to trim the wing parts until I had a good fit



Then I glued the top wings first



Excellent fit



And then the bottom wing

With the assistance of some famous mouse traps



Once the glue on the underwing had settled in the middle - the outer wing halves were glued together



The worst gaps on the kit were in the wing leading edges, near the root

But this is an easy place to fill & sand



The trailing edges were rather thick



Thinning them down



To fill & sand this join, I decided to remove the rudder



The wing light was not a great fit



Fill and sand... and polish later on



Clear parts added while filling & sanding

Tamiya primer will follow later this evening...



And I hope to be painting soon because...

It's the end of the snow !





From Monday on temperatures will climb above 0 again... many people will be happy... but the snow will melt

If I can still finish the model on Sunday, I think I might still get some snow pictures

So it's a race against the snow now

Good thing is I don't have much planned this weekend - let's see how the Gods feel about this

* <i></i> * *
William De Coster / Belgium / previous builds on HS : Plastic Stories

1/72 - AZ Model - Kawasaki Ki-78 : Part I - Part II/End
1/72 - AGA - Polikarpov I-3 : Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV - Part V�- Part VI /End

Just like the perfect woman doesn't exist, I will never build a perfect model.
Puts me on a par with God
That's an excellent photo right off the top, William - now that looks like a Russian aircraft! Good work on the Yak - you're right about all those cockpit parts - the instruction sheet shows - what? - are those gun charging handles on the instrument panel? Man, you don't see that too often in this scale!
Hey - nice to see you survived Europe's big deep freeze!
Best...Ted...

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