vyxmf Obviously the TA-154 is the main star of the FAOW/WOTL Series 3 and will be the most sought after item....unless those Me-262's turn up as specials... . But, what ever happened to the Me-163's that were in the original Series 1 promo shots (as was the Ta-154).... they have never shown up! - then you have the Arado 234's that appeared from now where!? . The Me 163s would have appeared soon after the POPY projekt fliegers but that has never stopped, Takara, bandai or Drafon releaseing items close to each other! - Look how many Zero's, Bf-109s, FW190s and Panthers are out there all within a short space, or released again and again?
. One set does appear to be the Machinami Collection Series 6, which following on from series 5 seems to involve less items, but larger buildings! - it will be interesting to see if these have detailed interiors like 1-4 did (but not 5). . What is also interesting there seems to another new but related series going back to the smaller shops and stores of previous series - currently I do not have a name for this series but be sure to look for it, I think it woould be a popular series! .
Well ok, it looks like I have some distance to travell on the road to aircraft painting..... - This is an old "ARBA" 1/144 F190 D9 Kit (Resin & Metal) quite nice but not the easiet to build - quite easy to mess up the painting :) - The idea was to create a proper "Imperial german" FW190 as flown by the Red Baron had he survived the first world war. - It was a bit of an experiment, it hasnt quite worked but i think i have worked out why i went wrong so thats half the battle over..... The paint I used was a Tamiya Spray can of "Ferrari Red" in the end this was a little too bright and too shiney, I think a more subtle matte red would have been better? The weathering could have been done better - but by this stage I already new most of the battle had been lost!. To make a really proffesional job I should have used the alternative Imperial Decals i have which are the black Crosses in isolation and used painted bands on the fuselage and wings to mount them - I think this would looked good. - finaly the cockpit is not quite right! - the original had to be cut from a sheet and my knife wasnt sharp enough and caused problems (I know have a sharp knife - and a cut thumb!) - so I used an spare Bandai FW190 canopy, but sadly doesnt quite fit properl! - So Hope you not all dissapointed, but at least it show's that we all have our bad days! - Well there is always the MK.2 ? - My next project will be back to terra-firma!
There has not been much interesting news in 1/144 this week, maybe it is due to the summer? anyway, I have still been busy this week working on some model! . I have produced "KLEIN DESIGNS" Panzer IV "MOBELWAGON" Flakpanzer and a TAKARA WTM (illustrated chronicles kit) Panzer IV "WIRBELWIND". . The WTM was straight forward, I had thought of replacing the WTM guns with a "POPY" 3.7 to make an "OSTWIND" but had so much trouble with the MOBELWAGON I settled for an Easy life! . The "KLEIN DESIGNS" panzer was a nice change, this required a "POPY" kit of the "Vierlinks" flak to provide the main armemants, but with the gun barrells replace with "KLIEN DESIGN" replacement BRASS BARRELLS!!. . I have also added a few extra peices of metal work to add detail to the "MOBELWAGON", having taken inspiration from "El-Basser"! I hope I have done this quite successfully and not detracted from the overall look? I also had to extract some of the tooling from resin which as not an easy job - I had to buy some new blades for my knife to ensure it was sharp enough, and yes, i cut my thumb!! . Finally, I tried not to use too much paint! just the base coat to represent 'Vallejo Acrylics - DUNKELGELB" and "Mr Metal Color - DARK IRON" for most of the painting plus a few blacks and browns. I did try a new weathering technique and rather than dry brushing I used PASTELS and brushed these on, it gives a much more subtle effect and is quite easy to mix them together, mainly Black, Light Grey, Earth Brown, Rust Red the good news on PASTELS is these were a box from the cheap book shop no need to spend money on fancy artistic pastels!