Friday, September 25, 2020

Friday, September 18, 2020

Nichimo Kingtiger 9/18/2020

 1/35 scale 1975 Nichimo Kingtiger done for now, possible fine-tuning later as it will be in a diorama. This tank and Panthers are so sleek I like to leave off tow cables, tools, etc. that clutter up the lines. Palettes show colors that were used, although much was covered by the whitewash:

Tuesday, September 15, 2020



Teaspoon for scale. If we have roast pork, we have zanahorias y papas.

Carrot (n.)
common name of plants of the genus Daucus, cultivated from ancient times for their large, tapering, edible root, c. 1500, karette, from Middle French carrotte, from Latin carota, from Greek karoton.

Zanahoria f. (n.) "carrot"
14th cent. Old Spanish çanahoria, dialectic variant safanòria. Borrowed from Andalusian Arabic *safunnárya 'id.,' itself borrowed from Ancient Greek σταφυλίνη ἀγρία (staphulíne agría) "wild carrot." Σταφυλίνη "carrot" is a diminutive of σταφυλή (staphulé) "grape," of unknown origin. Ἀγρία, when referring to plants meaning "wild," is from ἀγρός (agrós) "field" (see agro). 

The French in English; the Arabic in Spanish. They never get old.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Dornier Do-335, April 17, 2020

Monogram's 1/48 kit from 1974, airbrushed acrylics and enamels. I love the late-war Dark Green and Brown-Violet splinter camo, used it about 20 years ago on an Me-109. Paint was still good after all this time.

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Golden Hind finished

 March 9, 2020, sails all rigged. Done.

Golden Hind progress pix 5

 Attaching sails to masts.

Golden Hind progress pix 4

 The kit came with very nice billowing plastic sails, but I don't mind sewing, so I make my own. I was able to find a sail plan online. Scaled and printed its drawings to match the kit, then copied them onto starched fabric. Next step is to cut them out, and iron and hem the raw edges.

Sails done, dipped in coffee to age them, perimeters lined with thin wire for shaping later:

Golden Hind progress pix 3

 Masts & rigging:

Golden Hind progress pix 2

 Adding hull details: 

Golden Hind progress pix 1

Progress photos of 1/96 scale Revell-Heller kit, molds from 1965:

Starting on Heller's Golden Hind. It's usually done newly painted as though it were departing on its 3 year voyage. I've been leaning toward how it might've looked upon its return. I plan to make my own sails, and have them patched and discolored; and am fooling around with possible weathered looks for the tarred wood surfaces:

Sorted out the worn look about 95%. Black base color, with washes of grey and brown, all craftstore acrylics:

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Tupolev Tu-22 Blinder

ESCI's 1990 1/72 kit, finished on Jan 9, 2020. The silver and white are local hardware store spray-can enamels. I was pleasantly surprised by the paint quality, and the fine mist made by the nozzles. 1917 Fokker Triplane makes a nice contrast. Only 42 years separate the two.

F-14 Tomcat

 Completed Dec 6 2019. Revell 1/48 kit, molds from 1978. Airbrushed acrylics.