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World War II: Germany
Aircraft of Germany in WWII.
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RS Models 1/72 Heinkel 112B
Szmann
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Netherlands Antilles
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Posted: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 04:39 AM GMT+7
UPDATE

Hi, guys!
Finally I've got back to my modelling desk after Irma's passing. I still have no internet, but will follow soon I hope.

I continued with my build where I was stopped:
Chalks weathering








I still have to do the antenna wire and I think that'll be all for this construction.

Cheers!
Gabriel
Szmann
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Netherlands Antilles
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Posted: Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 11:30 PM GMT+7
Thank you, Oliver.

I live in Sint Maarten (former belonging to Netherlands Antillen, now independent in within the Netherlands), the first island in the chain to be affected by Irma. Reconstruction started. There is still a lot of hardship, but the show goes on... I cannot wait to get back to my modelling desk.

Gabriel
Antilles
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Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
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Posted: Friday, September 29, 2017 - 09:06 AM GMT+7
Hi Gabriel,
after Your post I reckognized Your place of residence. Good to hear You are all well!

All the best

Oliver
Szmann
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Netherlands Antilles
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Posted: Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 04:02 AM GMT+7
HURRICANE IRMA AFTERMATH:

Hi guys!

Unfortunately my island was into direct path of hurricane Irma. Although my house survived miraculously almost intact, my whole neighborhood is trashed. It will take months to recover. Furthermore I have to put on hold this building until at least the electricity will be restored (estimated for January).

Gabriel
Szmann
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Netherlands Antilles
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Posted: Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 03:58 AM GMT+7
@ Paulo: Thank you so much, mate. I appreciate you stopped by. Sorry for late answer, I have been without communication for a few weeks now.

Cheers!
Gabriel
ArmouredSprue
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South Australia, Australia
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Posted: Wednesday, September 06, 2017 - 01:06 PM GMT+7

Quoted Text

Hello, guys!

UPDATE:

After more than two hours decal session, I managed to get the things done. The decals are very thin and excess care is needed. They're setting very nicely just with water. The colors are good without unwanted transparency. Unfortunately, the Michael's Cross is a little off register. Hopefully the surrounding white will be less visible after weathering.
Word of advice: don't keep the decals more than 30 seconds in water (room temperature, in my case = 30C), otherwise they have a tendency to curl and to stick to themselves. The stencils are particularly prone to tear. Note on stencils: they are in Romanian and actually can be read, so they cannot be used for the German variant of the aircraft.
The colors are also slightly off, specially the blue, but I'm not going to dwell into it, because Michael's Cross is unmistakable and I don't think anybody can take it for Belgian.

Conclusion to this step: I'm glad I managed to completely avoid the looming disaster due decals' fragility. I'm pleased with the result. The model looks colorful and cheery, despite the grey overall scheme. A little bit too cheery for now, but the next steps will take care of it.






Thank you for following,
Cheers!
Gabriel



That looks really good.
Well done mate
Szmann
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Netherlands Antilles
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Posted: Monday, September 04, 2017 - 11:49 PM GMT+7
@Magnus: yes, thank you. It will be displayed "skilfully" to hide the blemish

@Spud: Yes, indeed! It's a very interesting subject that took me also by surprise when I start reading about. Interesting concept, interesting history but "unlucky" aircraft.

Thank you, gentlemen for expressing your thoughts.

Cheers!
Gabriel
Willard79
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Posted: Monday, September 04, 2017 - 09:53 AM GMT+7
That's a very interesting subject, can't say I was too familiar with it beforehand, but your[edit] build sparked my curiosity to learn more.

cheers.
magnusf
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Stockholm, Sweden
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Posted: Monday, September 04, 2017 - 08:00 AM GMT+7
Gabriel! You're right, don't turn a minor modelling disaster into a major one - leave that canopy alone !

I really like the look you've achieved!



Magnus
Szmann
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Netherlands Antilles
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Posted: Saturday, September 02, 2017 - 09:19 AM GMT+7

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Hope You find a cure for the canopy!



Thank you, Oliver, for considerations. Unfortunately, the only cure I know is to break the canopy apart and to polish it from interior. And that is not going to happen, because it will be setting me back too much and I have other builds boosting the pressure . Besides, that was only a practice build - a test bed for my new airbrush. Yes, I feel uncomfortable with the result, but I have learnt my lesson, as always, on the hard way

Thanks much for stopping by and taking time for a comment.
Cheers!
Gabriel
Antilles
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Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
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Posted: Saturday, September 02, 2017 - 05:16 AM GMT+7
Gabriel: Nice work on the Heinkel. Hope You find a cure for the canopy!

Oliver
Szmann
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Netherlands Antilles
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Posted: Friday, September 01, 2017 - 11:43 PM GMT+7
Hello, Guys!

UPDATE:

Making the last steps on this build:

I applied subtle oil filtering:



For this result:





I have just a few steps remaining:
- one more clear coat;
- scratch-build a pilot tube;
- add antenna wire;
- add smoke effects and weathering with chalks;
- polish the canopy (with the crazing in )
- call it done!
Szmann
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Netherlands Antilles
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Posted: Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 12:17 PM GMT+7
Hello, Guys!

UPDATE:

1. Airbrushed Vallejo matte clear that went on very nice:





2. Removed the canopy masks and here is the BIG disappointment. The canopy is crazed either from Loctite Superglue either from lacquer based Tamiya filler - most probably from CA.



I don't have the guts to break the canopy and re-do all the work from the beginning. It's only a practice build, anyhow, but is bothering me.

Yet I'm ready to move forward to oil filters application.

Thank you for following,
Gabriel
Szmann
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Netherlands Antilles
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Posted: Monday, August 28, 2017 - 04:57 AM GMT+7
Hello, guys!

UPDATE:
I applied subdued chipping and a very light oil wash to emphasize some detail. The photographs with Romanian Heinkels show them in rather pristine condition, so I didn't go wild with aluminum and grime.
Please have a look:







Following step: satin clear coat.
Please stay tuned!

Thank you for following,
Gabriel
Szmann
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Netherlands Antilles
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Posted: Saturday, August 26, 2017 - 12:26 PM GMT+7
Hi, guys!

UPDATE:
I managed to complete the building phase. I still have to do a couple touches with paint, especially on the landing struts. As expected, installing the landing gear assembly was a little fiddly and required modifications on both main struts and wheel covers. Because the entire assembly is so fragile, I'll let the glue set overnight before I start painting.









Thank you for following.
Cheers!
Gabriel
Szmann
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Netherlands Antilles
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Posted: Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 11:24 PM GMT+7

Quoted Text

Your 112 has come up very nice and colourful. I enjoyed your build log and took note of your warning about the decals. Cheers Phil.



Thank you very much for following and your feedback, Phil. The model is not completed yet. I have on video camera all the steps on this build and when is done editing a video will be embedded in the blog.

Cheers!
Gabriel
phumbles
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Australia
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Posted: Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 11:09 PM GMT+7
Your 112 has come up very nice and colourful. I enjoyed your build log and took note of your warning about the decals. Cheers Phil.
Szmann
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Netherlands Antilles
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Posted: Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 02:06 PM GMT+7
Hello, guys!

UPDATE:

After more than two hours decal session, I managed to get the things done. The decals are very thin and excess care is needed. They're setting very nicely just with water. The colors are good without unwanted transparency. Unfortunately, the Michael's Cross is a little off register. Hopefully the surrounding white will be less visible after weathering.
Word of advice: don't keep the decals more than 30 seconds in water (room temperature, in my case = 30C), otherwise they have a tendency to curl and to stick to themselves. The stencils are particularly prone to tear. Note on stencils: they are in Romanian and actually can be read, so they cannot be used for the German variant of the aircraft.
The colors are also slightly off, specially the blue, but I'm not going to dwell into it, because Michael's Cross is unmistakable and I don't think anybody can take it for Belgian.

Conclusion to this step: I'm glad I managed to completely avoid the looming disaster due decals' fragility. I'm pleased with the result. The model looks colorful and cheery, despite the grey overall scheme. A little bit too cheery for now, but the next steps will take care of it.






Thank you for following,
Cheers!
Gabriel
Szmann
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Netherlands Antilles
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Posted: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 08:24 AM GMT+7
Thank you, Oliver, for your appreciation.

I'm ready for clear coating now and decals.

Cheers!
Gabriel
Antilles
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Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
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Posted: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 02:42 AM GMT+7

Quoted Text

Of course during photo editing and tracing I lost a little from the original shape but the result is convincing enough:




Not only convincing. Spot on, IMHO. Nice Work!

Oliver
Szmann
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Netherlands Antilles
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Posted: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 12:55 PM GMT+7
Hi, guys!

UPDATE:

The "scariest" part for me in this build - besides the canopy that is - was getting the correct registration number for the aircraft flown by Slt. Av. Teodor Moscu. You can see the explanation in the video posted earlier on the blog. The writing is unusual and I couldn't use the printer because I didn't find the appropriate font. I photo-edited the original picture (also shown in the video) and then cut the masks with my plotter. Of course during photo editing and tracing I lost a little from the original shape but the result is convincing enough:





Thank you for following,
Cheers!
Gabriel
Szmann
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Netherlands Antilles
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Posted: Monday, August 21, 2017 - 09:22 AM GMT+7
Thank you, Spud! I'll go for it, then.

Cheers!
Gabriel
Willard79
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Posted: Monday, August 21, 2017 - 09:15 AM GMT+7
X22 is great. Mix 50:50 with Tamiyas lacquer thinner,(or Mr Color).
Will Paterson has a video on how to get good results, which I've replicated with success.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDqmFkHTbMA

regards.
Szmann
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Netherlands Antilles
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Posted: Monday, August 21, 2017 - 07:16 AM GMT+7
Hi, guys!

Update:

I removed the masks. All went flawless: on the smooth and hard enamel, Tamiya tape has very good adhesion and practically I had no seeping. Because I ended up applying three coats of acrylics, I have a little raised edge around the fuselage band. It doesn't bother me too much, because is along the panel line and a couple coats of clear will sort it out.


I am not sure how much of the preshading you can see, but I swear is there, very discreet.


And a small incident here: it was a very hot day in Caribbean and my UHU tack was unusually gluey. It pulled out a little paint around one of the wheel wells. No big drama - easy fix with a little paint and a brush.


I am ready now for clear coat and decals.

Any thoughts on Tamiya X22? I never used it yet.

Cheers!
Gabriel
Szmann
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Netherlands Antilles
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Posted: Sunday, August 20, 2017 - 12:37 PM GMT+7
Hi, guys!

Update:
1. I applied pre-shading (Tamiya NATO black), followed by an own mix gray (Homefront acrylics).






I am quite happy with the result, but yellow still shows in places and I need to apply a second coat of grey.

2. Because the final assembly draws close, I painted some other small details (I forgot to spray the wheel covers, though)


Hopefully, tomorrow I will manage to cut masks and apply the custom '13'.

Stay tuned!
More updates soon,
Gabriel