Showing posts with label 1/72. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 1/72. Show all posts

Sunday, January 27, 2013

The "Tiny Tiger" work: Revell 1/72.

This small (really small) vignette was inspired by some evocative photos of the Villers-Bocage battle on 13 June 1944, one week after D-Day. I used Revell´s 1/72 Tiger Ausf. E along with Mig productions detail set and Atak zimmerit set, really nice sets both of them.
Ob´s stürmt oder schneit...

The first picture below is a photomanipulation with the model, please don´t use it as documentation. I think that the Photoshop work is obvious but some people have complaint because they have been cheated by some of my former manipulations. Please remember the first rule in Internet: DO NOT BELIEVE ANYTHING!

The finished model photos were shot by Luciano Rodríguez. Thanks Lu.

Diego Quijano

Monday, June 25, 2012


"The final result cannot be called realistic, but I would not define it as fantasy either, but perhaps conceptual. I have mixed parts of different Cutlass into one, in several states that would not coexist in practice. The paintwork reproduces a complete restoration of the aircraft from one end to another. This allowed me to explore all the possibilities of the metallic finish over one single subject, and to appreciate all the variations. In fact the contrast is so high between both fuselage sides that I might actually describe it as two models in one. All these strong contrasts and the huge variety of effects and parts finally meant that the end result satisfied me much more that my original idea." -Ricardo Rodriguez.

Another masterpiece I love, again from Ricardo Rodriguez. This Cutlass, aside from the great paintjob and detailing skills, is a model full of interesting and original details. In first place I love two faced models, showing different things on both sides. Here you can see a degraded plane with opened panels on one side and a newly painted plane on the other. I also love all those interesting details as the detailed opened panels, the primer painted zones, the degraded paint, the weathering effects and the markings masking (a master touch). In short, a model that can be watched for hours.


Thursday, March 8, 2012

The "Cat from Hell" work: Eduard 1/72.

This is how the finished thing looks. The hangar deck catapult base is made from styrene sheet, I think it is a nice display for the Hellcat. I remade the antenna wire, added the missed pitot probe and made the light blue a little brighter with diluted white oil paint to enhance the contrast with the dark blue. I think that the whole thing looks better now.

Diego Quijano.

This F6F-3 Hellcat is a magnificent kit from Eduard (thanks Jindra). I wanted to try some heavy weathering with this little one and no spend much time detailing so it is built straight from the box.

I only added the barrels of the machine guns made from metallic tube, the antenna wire made with stretched sprue and the landing gear wires also from stretched sprue. 

Oh, and I riveted the surface with the spur riveter, as usual.

The dark blue is painted with several transparent layers of much diluted paint, that was an idea I had after a conversation with Mark Smith about dark schemes (thanks Mark).

The degraded paint effects are mainly airbrushed, is amazing the fine effects that you can get with Tamiya paints diluted with lacquer thinner and a 0.2mm nozzle.

The undersurface is entirely painted with airbrush. As usual, this zone is hard to appreciate, so I exaggerated the weathering to get a noticeable effect.

The dirt effects on the upper surface are made with enamel products (AK, pigments, and so).

The new antenna wire made from thinner stretched sprue works better than the old.

The hangar deck base. The pipes under the deck floor are entirely fictitious. Any resemblance to the real thing is purely coincidental. It is just a way to decorate that zone.

A picture just to make the size comparison...

Monday, January 30, 2012

GUEST GALLERY: Neil Armstrong´s F-104N 1/72 by RICARDO RODRIGUEZ.

This original F-104 monument was once flown by Neil Armstrong. Now is displayed in the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University campus, Prescott, Arizona. It is painted with zenithal light effect to reinforce the illumination and imitate the contrast of the sunlight. 
For more info click on the assembly process link.
Ricardo is a really skilled modeller who loves trying new products and techniques. This F-104 is one of his fastest works and he built it specially for the Basic Modelling Guide. I´ll post some of his more elaborated pieces soon.


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