Bela Russian hardware getting ready for a parade

Gotta love the colors on these vehicles, very nice reference.

Bela Russian armor

TA-152: Leveling out

Not much visible progress but i have finally mated the fuselage with the wings, made a quick jig from lego blocks to assure the dihedral also with the help of a square; things are looking right.

Wing roots are much better than i had anticipated in the previous update but they will still need some loving, if at all then it’ll be the very first time this kit will be needing putty, also as mentioned in THIS blog post as well – this kit is engineered very well.

That being said a seasoned modeler would notice that i made a mistake, attaching the air intake scoop and the photoetch guard underneath is an error at this stage; IF i have to fill and sand the wing roots those 2 pieces will be in the way – they might get damaged or disrupt the sanding… I shouldn’t have attached those this early, this is what happens when you only go by the instruction sheet!

In the mean time i have prepped and painted the parts like the propeller hub spinner and blades etc. Color details on these are hard to find, even harder to decipher because there are many inconsistencies…  in the end i decided to paint the spinner in gunze RLM 70 which is a very dark green and the blades in black, rest of the none camo cavities are gunze rlm 02 as usual.

Don’t want to be talking too soon but imho this is the best kit that i’ve built ever – it almost made me like building aircraft kits again, kudos to Hobby Boss.

Churchill Crocodile 1/72 Airfix 02321

Started the tank about 3 weeks ago as a supposedly weekend project to see the hairspray chipping technique / faded winter white washes in effect for the first time, it ended up as this vignette now. Everything except the tank on the scene is entirely scratch built from household materials. Enjoy.

Ta-152 C-1 1/48 Hobby Boss 81702

Great kit from Hobby Boss here, clever engineering with nice fit of parts, friendly price tag with a detailed enough photo etch fret in the box; what else would i want more, the kitchen sink?

Fuselage is all closed up but haven’t begun with sanding. Wings are entirely dryfit so don’t be alarmed with the gaps at the wing roots, i am expecting them to be mostly gone once their dihedral is set.

Hobby Boss made the cockpit instrument panels and dials detailed enough if the modeler wishes to paint em so they could. Hobby Boss is also providing full decals for the instrument panels for those willing to remove the details and use the decals. I did something in between; painted the panels in tamiya dark grey than cut the dials from the decals and used where appropriate. With the help of Micro Sol everything is fine and dandy.

What i am missing right now is some information regarding the radiator flaps/cowling and the control surface angles whilst the aircraft is on the ground and cold because Hobby Boss has provided a pair of radiators, one open and one closed, also the control surfaces are provided as separate pieces

As for something off topic, i have decided to go with 1/48 scale in aircraft from this era only. Reason is simple, i don’t have the room to place big huge fighter jets, namely the stalled F-15c project. Fighter planes of the ww2 are hardly large enough as a 1/72 modern fighter jet likes of the F-15 or Su-27. I might still build a modern jet as long as it’s dimensions are within certain limits, such as an A-4 or an F-5. Until i sort my space issue, or rather it’s lack thereof, find somewhere to donate these big kits where they will be well take care or better start selling these builds for money i will be limiting my 1/48 subjects. You might ask why insisting on 1/48 then? Well imho the scale makes the effort visible a lot more than 1/72 does.

Anyway, here are the pictures of the Ta-152 in progress, enjoy.

Avia S-199: Finished

Avia S-199: Matt coat on

Crocodile – WIP#08

Eighth update and it’s stil got work to do before seeing the end line…

Groundwork layed; Cheapo craft acrylics mixed with pva glue, carbonate and wood shavings, thinned down with water and mixed thoroughly. Weathered with oil paints than snow particles which i made of dried gunze flat base sprinkled and smeared all over. Also made frozen water puddles with craft gloss varnish and oil paints.

Gutter received a bunch of debris but i’ll add more, also sprinkled snow here but i think it’s a bit much will remove some.

Makeshift table under the wall is of balsa wood, milk jug on top of it is a fuel drum from the spares box cut and modified with heat.

TO DO: Add a signpost and a cable pole, paint the trim around base (not decided for a color, anyone?) and send it to the display case!

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