The Valentine treasure - Part III / finished

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The Valentine treasure - Part III / finished

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

March 31st, 2012, 11:20 pm #1

Hello everybody

On Valentine's day I bought in Prague the Special Hobby Bolton Paul Balliol, which was just released back then



I just finished it now, a month and a half later



I had some fun with it over the past month



The canopy has a not so good fit

I used some filler on it but I was sloppy in some areas



More sanding and polishing followed



Before I could finally start painting

I choose to do a Royal Air Force College example - with the blue fuselage band



The light blue band had thin dark blue outer bands



The wing bands were yellow - for which we used a white primer



Vallejo Amarillo Yellow was much too bright



So I used Mr Hobby Color RLM04 Yellow



Masking - and a coat of Tamiya TS-30 Silver Leaf spraycan

It is too "silver" - as the real aircraft were painted silver which soon weared down to a dull appearance



But the only way for me to get a good silver coat is with the Tamiya spraycan (thanks Vic)

Though I had some small problems - maybe I didn't clean the surface that well here



Anyway a second coat with the spraycan followed - making things even more shinier



I could be happy with this



But I don't like canopy masking



Especially not if the paint wears off when removing the masking

Vallejo paint lifts easily



And I had a lot of paint bleeding



Back to square one

Clean up the paint & polish again



And try to do it freehand - which is not very sharp



So I decided to use small strips of decals

And painted a big decal piece in the same Silver Leaf colour with the spraycan



While this was drying, I choose to already put on the kits decals



They worked very well - I only used hot water



I tried to tone down the bright silver look with a satin coat of varnish



And I cleaned up the canopy frames once more



With a lot of patience we worked our way through all the frames with the painted strips of decals



Five seconds before a nervous breakdown we finished



Adding the smaller parts... though it was not very clear were to put this tiny piece of rod - so I left it off



For the first time in my life I drilled out the exhausts



Masking and painting the antiglare deck



But when removing I lifted off some of the varnish

Three coats of Future remedied this



The undercarriage - with PE wheelbay doors



It took me 5 minutes to find out how to open these new Revell paint cans - but you really can open them



An ugly black wash followed - most of it will be wiped off after a few hours



Assembling the multi piece prop... I don't like this very much



But we made it look acceptable



I called it finished



Still some tiny things to do (decals on the props)



Again not my best build



Thanks to Vic I can now put a silver coat on a model with which I'm happy... but I still don't know very well how to weather it



It's a nice little kit - though a little bit complex



It needs time which I didn't give it in the end



Maybe I also should add some of the typical antennas on the rear fuselage



The few pictures I found showed pretty weathered aircraft



But weathering silver is still beyond me



One of my favourite pictures



Highly recommended



Now all I need is an Airfix Chipmunk in similar colours to park next to it



Our Ted is already showing the way



Thanks for your attention

On to the next one


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William De Coster / Belgium / Plastic Stories

1/72 - Special Hobby - Bolton Paul Balliol T.2 : Part I - Part II
1/72 - Airfix - Hellcat : Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV/End
1/72 - Airfix/Jo-Han - Mitsubishi Zero/Rufe conversion: Part I

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Puts me on a par with God
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Joined: December 2nd, 2005, 1:53 pm

April 1st, 2012, 2:39 am #2

Great save on the canopy. The end result is very pleasing.

Joe
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Joined: February 28th, 2005, 4:18 am

April 1st, 2012, 3:07 am #3

Hello everybody

On Valentine's day I bought in Prague the Special Hobby Bolton Paul Balliol, which was just released back then



I just finished it now, a month and a half later



I had some fun with it over the past month



The canopy has a not so good fit

I used some filler on it but I was sloppy in some areas



More sanding and polishing followed



Before I could finally start painting

I choose to do a Royal Air Force College example - with the blue fuselage band



The light blue band had thin dark blue outer bands



The wing bands were yellow - for which we used a white primer



Vallejo Amarillo Yellow was much too bright



So I used Mr Hobby Color RLM04 Yellow



Masking - and a coat of Tamiya TS-30 Silver Leaf spraycan

It is too "silver" - as the real aircraft were painted silver which soon weared down to a dull appearance



But the only way for me to get a good silver coat is with the Tamiya spraycan (thanks Vic)

Though I had some small problems - maybe I didn't clean the surface that well here



Anyway a second coat with the spraycan followed - making things even more shinier



I could be happy with this



But I don't like canopy masking



Especially not if the paint wears off when removing the masking

Vallejo paint lifts easily



And I had a lot of paint bleeding



Back to square one

Clean up the paint & polish again



And try to do it freehand - which is not very sharp



So I decided to use small strips of decals

And painted a big decal piece in the same Silver Leaf colour with the spraycan



While this was drying, I choose to already put on the kits decals



They worked very well - I only used hot water



I tried to tone down the bright silver look with a satin coat of varnish



And I cleaned up the canopy frames once more



With a lot of patience we worked our way through all the frames with the painted strips of decals



Five seconds before a nervous breakdown we finished



Adding the smaller parts... though it was not very clear were to put this tiny piece of rod - so I left it off



For the first time in my life I drilled out the exhausts



Masking and painting the antiglare deck



But when removing I lifted off some of the varnish

Three coats of Future remedied this



The undercarriage - with PE wheelbay doors



It took me 5 minutes to find out how to open these new Revell paint cans - but you really can open them



An ugly black wash followed - most of it will be wiped off after a few hours



Assembling the multi piece prop... I don't like this very much



But we made it look acceptable



I called it finished



Still some tiny things to do (decals on the props)



Again not my best build



Thanks to Vic I can now put a silver coat on a model with which I'm happy... but I still don't know very well how to weather it



It's a nice little kit - though a little bit complex



It needs time which I didn't give it in the end



Maybe I also should add some of the typical antennas on the rear fuselage



The few pictures I found showed pretty weathered aircraft



But weathering silver is still beyond me



One of my favourite pictures



Highly recommended



Now all I need is an Airfix Chipmunk in similar colours to park next to it



Our Ted is already showing the way



Thanks for your attention

On to the next one


* <i></i> * *
William De Coster / Belgium / Plastic Stories

1/72 - Special Hobby - Bolton Paul Balliol T.2 : Part I - Part II
1/72 - Airfix - Hellcat : Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV/End
1/72 - Airfix/Jo-Han - Mitsubishi Zero/Rufe conversion: Part I

Just like the perfect woman doesn't exist, I will never build a perfect model.
Puts me on a par with God
I'm not a plastic kit builder. I'm a styrene butcher.
I'm not a kit builder. I'm a styrene butcher.
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Joined: July 8th, 2008, 10:57 am

April 1st, 2012, 4:30 am #4

Hello everybody

On Valentine's day I bought in Prague the Special Hobby Bolton Paul Balliol, which was just released back then



I just finished it now, a month and a half later



I had some fun with it over the past month



The canopy has a not so good fit

I used some filler on it but I was sloppy in some areas



More sanding and polishing followed



Before I could finally start painting

I choose to do a Royal Air Force College example - with the blue fuselage band



The light blue band had thin dark blue outer bands



The wing bands were yellow - for which we used a white primer



Vallejo Amarillo Yellow was much too bright



So I used Mr Hobby Color RLM04 Yellow



Masking - and a coat of Tamiya TS-30 Silver Leaf spraycan

It is too "silver" - as the real aircraft were painted silver which soon weared down to a dull appearance



But the only way for me to get a good silver coat is with the Tamiya spraycan (thanks Vic)

Though I had some small problems - maybe I didn't clean the surface that well here



Anyway a second coat with the spraycan followed - making things even more shinier



I could be happy with this



But I don't like canopy masking



Especially not if the paint wears off when removing the masking

Vallejo paint lifts easily



And I had a lot of paint bleeding



Back to square one

Clean up the paint & polish again



And try to do it freehand - which is not very sharp



So I decided to use small strips of decals

And painted a big decal piece in the same Silver Leaf colour with the spraycan



While this was drying, I choose to already put on the kits decals



They worked very well - I only used hot water



I tried to tone down the bright silver look with a satin coat of varnish



And I cleaned up the canopy frames once more



With a lot of patience we worked our way through all the frames with the painted strips of decals



Five seconds before a nervous breakdown we finished



Adding the smaller parts... though it was not very clear were to put this tiny piece of rod - so I left it off



For the first time in my life I drilled out the exhausts



Masking and painting the antiglare deck



But when removing I lifted off some of the varnish

Three coats of Future remedied this



The undercarriage - with PE wheelbay doors



It took me 5 minutes to find out how to open these new Revell paint cans - but you really can open them



An ugly black wash followed - most of it will be wiped off after a few hours



Assembling the multi piece prop... I don't like this very much



But we made it look acceptable



I called it finished



Still some tiny things to do (decals on the props)



Again not my best build



Thanks to Vic I can now put a silver coat on a model with which I'm happy... but I still don't know very well how to weather it



It's a nice little kit - though a little bit complex



It needs time which I didn't give it in the end



Maybe I also should add some of the typical antennas on the rear fuselage



The few pictures I found showed pretty weathered aircraft



But weathering silver is still beyond me



One of my favourite pictures



Highly recommended



Now all I need is an Airfix Chipmunk in similar colours to park next to it



Our Ted is already showing the way



Thanks for your attention

On to the next one


* <i></i> * *
William De Coster / Belgium / Plastic Stories

1/72 - Special Hobby - Bolton Paul Balliol T.2 : Part I - Part II
1/72 - Airfix - Hellcat : Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV/End
1/72 - Airfix/Jo-Han - Mitsubishi Zero/Rufe conversion: Part I

Just like the perfect woman doesn't exist, I will never build a perfect model.
Puts me on a par with God
Some of those photos look like a real airplane. I admire your persistence on the canopy--framing is also one of my bugaboos.

Stuart
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Joined: July 27th, 2009, 4:13 pm

April 1st, 2012, 5:19 pm #5

Hello everybody

On Valentine's day I bought in Prague the Special Hobby Bolton Paul Balliol, which was just released back then



I just finished it now, a month and a half later



I had some fun with it over the past month



The canopy has a not so good fit

I used some filler on it but I was sloppy in some areas



More sanding and polishing followed



Before I could finally start painting

I choose to do a Royal Air Force College example - with the blue fuselage band



The light blue band had thin dark blue outer bands



The wing bands were yellow - for which we used a white primer



Vallejo Amarillo Yellow was much too bright



So I used Mr Hobby Color RLM04 Yellow



Masking - and a coat of Tamiya TS-30 Silver Leaf spraycan

It is too "silver" - as the real aircraft were painted silver which soon weared down to a dull appearance



But the only way for me to get a good silver coat is with the Tamiya spraycan (thanks Vic)

Though I had some small problems - maybe I didn't clean the surface that well here



Anyway a second coat with the spraycan followed - making things even more shinier



I could be happy with this



But I don't like canopy masking



Especially not if the paint wears off when removing the masking

Vallejo paint lifts easily



And I had a lot of paint bleeding



Back to square one

Clean up the paint & polish again



And try to do it freehand - which is not very sharp



So I decided to use small strips of decals

And painted a big decal piece in the same Silver Leaf colour with the spraycan



While this was drying, I choose to already put on the kits decals



They worked very well - I only used hot water



I tried to tone down the bright silver look with a satin coat of varnish



And I cleaned up the canopy frames once more



With a lot of patience we worked our way through all the frames with the painted strips of decals



Five seconds before a nervous breakdown we finished



Adding the smaller parts... though it was not very clear were to put this tiny piece of rod - so I left it off



For the first time in my life I drilled out the exhausts



Masking and painting the antiglare deck



But when removing I lifted off some of the varnish

Three coats of Future remedied this



The undercarriage - with PE wheelbay doors



It took me 5 minutes to find out how to open these new Revell paint cans - but you really can open them



An ugly black wash followed - most of it will be wiped off after a few hours



Assembling the multi piece prop... I don't like this very much



But we made it look acceptable



I called it finished



Still some tiny things to do (decals on the props)



Again not my best build



Thanks to Vic I can now put a silver coat on a model with which I'm happy... but I still don't know very well how to weather it



It's a nice little kit - though a little bit complex



It needs time which I didn't give it in the end



Maybe I also should add some of the typical antennas on the rear fuselage



The few pictures I found showed pretty weathered aircraft



But weathering silver is still beyond me



One of my favourite pictures



Highly recommended



Now all I need is an Airfix Chipmunk in similar colours to park next to it



Our Ted is already showing the way



Thanks for your attention

On to the next one


* <i></i> * *
William De Coster / Belgium / Plastic Stories

1/72 - Special Hobby - Bolton Paul Balliol T.2 : Part I - Part II
1/72 - Airfix - Hellcat : Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV/End
1/72 - Airfix/Jo-Han - Mitsubishi Zero/Rufe conversion: Part I

Just like the perfect woman doesn't exist, I will never build a perfect model.
Puts me on a par with God
Just kidding - it looks terrific! Nice to know those Revell paints actually do open...

Following the satin coat and the wash I think the silver looks just right. Great job drilling out the exhausts!

As to using strips of painted decal for canopy framing, I'm sure you'll learn to love it. To me it's the only way of doing decent frames. Did that with my Ki 78 and Zero (to be posted within the hour)

Looking forward to your Rufe!

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

April 1st, 2012, 8:32 pm #6

Great save on the canopy. The end result is very pleasing.

Joe
Or something like that I mean it feels like half of the work was spent on that canopy, but luckily it didn't proove to be a challenge each time - just lots of extra work

Otherwise it's a fine kit - and if I was a bit more patient it could've been a great build... but this was my first Special Hobby kit and I rushed it a bit too much, certainly in the end - a silver coat is also not my strongest point - so I hope I can do the next one more justice, I certainly will build more of these kits

Thanks Joe - hope to see another Czech kit from you soon !

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William De Coster / Belgium / Plastic Stories

1/72 - Special Hobby - Bolton Paul Balliol T.2 : Part I - Part II
1/72 - Airfix - Hellcat : Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV/End
1/72 - Airfix/Jo-Han - Mitsubishi Zero/Rufe conversion: Part I

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Puts me on a par with God
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Joined: December 24th, 2005, 1:07 pm

April 1st, 2012, 8:36 pm #7


I'm not a plastic kit builder. I'm a styrene butcher.
I also like these more unusual types... even very much... though for one reason or another I always end up building Zeroes, Hellcats or Spitfires - even under extreme torture I can not explain this

As I'm conquering my fear for these Czech limited run kits now, you can expect more unusual types - at least I hope to do so, the next one is anyway another unusual trainer

Thanks Chris

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William De Coster / Belgium / Plastic Stories

1/72 - Special Hobby - Bolton Paul Balliol T.2 : Part I - Part II
1/72 - Airfix - Hellcat : Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV/End
1/72 - Airfix/Jo-Han - Mitsubishi Zero/Rufe conversion: 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

April 1st, 2012, 8:46 pm #8

Some of those photos look like a real airplane. I admire your persistence on the canopy--framing is also one of my bugaboos.

Stuart
It only learns you painted decal strips actually work pretty well

It takes a little bit more work - and I don't know if I always will be able to do this, but the result looks better then I imagined - highly recommended

Thanks Stuart - and I vaguely remember a P-38

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William De Coster / Belgium / Plastic Stories

1/72 - Special Hobby - Bolton Paul Balliol T.2 : Part I - Part II
1/72 - Airfix - Hellcat : Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV/End
1/72 - Airfix/Jo-Han - Mitsubishi Zero/Rufe conversion: 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

April 1st, 2012, 8:56 pm #9

Just kidding - it looks terrific! Nice to know those Revell paints actually do open...

Following the satin coat and the wash I think the silver looks just right. Great job drilling out the exhausts!

As to using strips of painted decal for canopy framing, I'm sure you'll learn to love it. To me it's the only way of doing decent frames. Did that with my Ki 78 and Zero (to be posted within the hour)

Looking forward to your Rufe!

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CD
At first I thought there was a clicking system, or a hinging system... nope, just slightly turn and lift... who would've thought

And only afterwards one reads the instructions on the side - to see if one had opened the can correctly

At first I wanted to paint my Balliol with this paint - but (besides not knowing how to open it) I didn't know what to thin it with... so I used the Tamiya rattlecan instead, easy... but a bit too bright

I still have to learn how to weather silver schemes realistically though... I'm not entirely happy with my dirty black wash, maybe with the next silver kit

Painted decal strips are great, but on my Rufe I will use for the first time canopy masks - Eduard just released a set for the Airfix Zero and I picked up a set in Prague last time, so I'm curious how this will work out





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William De Coster / Belgium / Plastic Stories

1/72 - Special Hobby - Bolton Paul Balliol T.2 : Part I - Part II
1/72 - Airfix - Hellcat : Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV/End
1/72 - Airfix/Jo-Han - Mitsubishi Zero/Rufe conversion: 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: April 26th, 2011, 1:51 am

April 1st, 2012, 10:56 pm #10

Hello everybody

On Valentine's day I bought in Prague the Special Hobby Bolton Paul Balliol, which was just released back then



I just finished it now, a month and a half later



I had some fun with it over the past month



The canopy has a not so good fit

I used some filler on it but I was sloppy in some areas



More sanding and polishing followed



Before I could finally start painting

I choose to do a Royal Air Force College example - with the blue fuselage band



The light blue band had thin dark blue outer bands



The wing bands were yellow - for which we used a white primer



Vallejo Amarillo Yellow was much too bright



So I used Mr Hobby Color RLM04 Yellow



Masking - and a coat of Tamiya TS-30 Silver Leaf spraycan

It is too "silver" - as the real aircraft were painted silver which soon weared down to a dull appearance



But the only way for me to get a good silver coat is with the Tamiya spraycan (thanks Vic)

Though I had some small problems - maybe I didn't clean the surface that well here



Anyway a second coat with the spraycan followed - making things even more shinier



I could be happy with this



But I don't like canopy masking



Especially not if the paint wears off when removing the masking

Vallejo paint lifts easily



And I had a lot of paint bleeding



Back to square one

Clean up the paint & polish again



And try to do it freehand - which is not very sharp



So I decided to use small strips of decals

And painted a big decal piece in the same Silver Leaf colour with the spraycan



While this was drying, I choose to already put on the kits decals



They worked very well - I only used hot water



I tried to tone down the bright silver look with a satin coat of varnish



And I cleaned up the canopy frames once more



With a lot of patience we worked our way through all the frames with the painted strips of decals



Five seconds before a nervous breakdown we finished



Adding the smaller parts... though it was not very clear were to put this tiny piece of rod - so I left it off



For the first time in my life I drilled out the exhausts



Masking and painting the antiglare deck



But when removing I lifted off some of the varnish

Three coats of Future remedied this



The undercarriage - with PE wheelbay doors



It took me 5 minutes to find out how to open these new Revell paint cans - but you really can open them



An ugly black wash followed - most of it will be wiped off after a few hours



Assembling the multi piece prop... I don't like this very much



But we made it look acceptable



I called it finished



Still some tiny things to do (decals on the props)



Again not my best build



Thanks to Vic I can now put a silver coat on a model with which I'm happy... but I still don't know very well how to weather it



It's a nice little kit - though a little bit complex



It needs time which I didn't give it in the end



Maybe I also should add some of the typical antennas on the rear fuselage



The few pictures I found showed pretty weathered aircraft



But weathering silver is still beyond me



One of my favourite pictures



Highly recommended



Now all I need is an Airfix Chipmunk in similar colours to park next to it



Our Ted is already showing the way



Thanks for your attention

On to the next one


* <i></i> * *
William De Coster / Belgium / Plastic Stories

1/72 - Special Hobby - Bolton Paul Balliol T.2 : Part I - Part II
1/72 - Airfix - Hellcat : Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV/End
1/72 - Airfix/Jo-Han - Mitsubishi Zero/Rufe conversion: Part I

Just like the perfect woman doesn't exist, I will never build a perfect model.
Puts me on a par with God
I like the fact you didnt give in on the canopy and shelve this build!
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