Category Archives: Model Building (hobby)

Project status Italeri 1/72 F-104G/S Starfighter


Italeri F104 G ‘S’Here’s the latest- I took this and the Revell TF 104G on vacation with me. I’d made a drawing that cartooned the instrument panel, based on the Verlinden Lock On book primarily. With that sketch in hand, I painted both kit’s cockpits and fiddly bits, and started gluing, I’ve got this 104’s major fuselage assembled, with cockpit and intakes. Needs wings, aft fuselage attached, so forth. Paint too. Here’s the latest photo of it: Italeri F-104G/S its not actually an S, just a G, no Sparrow or Aspide missile, though there is a pylon for it at least. Interior parts cruder than Revell/Monogram/Revell Germany kit, I’ve painted in parallel. Going to build it as an S and to heck with getting the aft fuselage and intake trunk bulky-ness correct. With an AIM-7-ish missile on the pylon and pretty Italian markings it will look great. Big issue is getting something like but not TOO like British Ocean Gray/Mixed Gray and Dark Green for topside- each nation in NATO has its own paint scheme and the fact that they often resemble the Dark Green, Ocean Gray/Medium Sea Gray Day Fighter scheme from WWII European theater doesn’t mean that exact color matches are in stock.

Project status, Airfix 1/72 Britten-Norman BN-2A/B Islander


Airfix 1/72 Britten-Norman BN-2A/B Islander
I started this at home, worked on it on vacation, again at home, and then took it with me for Airliners International, 2010

Updated 21 October, 2010: The main gear repair worked, both axles on the port side had been sheared off the landing gear leg, so I drilled the remains out of the wheels with a hobby knife and glued a robust piece of round plastic rod between them. Of couse I cut it slightly oversize, and sanded it down to get the same wheel spacing as the intact, original, one. Then I had to remove what was left of the bottom of the leg so that the new axle could fit straight across. VERY gentle sanding stick work, holding the gear leg to keep from knocking it off. I scraped some of the axle flatter than it started, and filed a modest curve into the mounting point.

After a couple days drying, it stands nice and looks good.

I took the opportunity to use strip styrene to fill the seam above the cockpit and out between the port starboard wing and its wingtip.

Airfix Islander with styrene filler added

Now I’m feeding 20 AWG wire into the hole for the nose-wheel to serve as wieght… there’s not much space for weight. I’m crimping it but not cutting through with a pair of diagonal cutters. After a push a segment in, I bend the wire at the edge of the model skin to break off little pieces what will pack well.

Original posting from late July.

Airfix 1/72 "Britten-Norman" BN-2A Islander, Aurigny Airlines. Painting in progress.

Islander pieces the day before

Up in the hotel room the night before

Probably the best angle for the passenger seat...

I got almost all the pieces attached and had it neatly painted in time for the Saturday contest judging time.

Airfix 1/72 Britten-Norman BN-2A Islander

One main gear leg and its two wheels & tires got knocked off on the trip home, so (I’m taking advantage and fixing some filling issues before putting the leg back on, Then the nose weight get added, final painting and decals…

Project status Minicraft 1/144 American Airlines MD-82 (?)


Wow, thanks for the vote based on not much!
here’s the state of play- needs antennae, bits and pieces markings:

Minicraft 1/144 MD-80, F-104J/G, Spitfire

Minicraft American Airlines MD-82
Minicraft 1/144 American Airlines McDonnell-Douglas MD-80
I’ve got a pile of home-made detail decals to put on the AA MD-82, and it needs antennae and lights

Project status Airfix 1/76 M4 Sherman


Airfix 1/76 M4 Medium – “Sherman” tank
All *kinds* of progress to report-
I’ve removed the not-straight bogie units from both sides of the hull, coincidentally making it easier to mount the tracks. I’ve fixed the broken or bent track return rollers and applied reddish-brown ‘rust’ to the rollers.

I laminated up the ‘bustle’ of the turret and then sanded it to match the plan from Steve Z’s book.

I had to put a ‘skin’ on the left side of the hull because it took a warp after being left in the car one day… There’s a lesson learned. When I was done, it looked and measured the same as the undamaged part on the right side…

Airfix "M4" Medium Tank, Sherman

Some of the bent styrene rod lifting eyes were not as successful as others: the port side forward and one of the aft eyes on the turret were completely bad. So I’m going to redo them.
I’ve drilled out the bad lifting rings. You can see the bad ones in this photo, and I promise, the bogies I removed were NOT straight…

Airfix M4 (Sherman) with improved turret, gun, return rollers and return skids.

Project Status Don Schmenk 1/144 Hawker Sea Fury


Don Schmenk 1/144 Hawker Sea Fury – spinner shaped and painted, tail sanded down, corect dayglo rudder painted in. Need to finish overall Crimson with hard mask for rudder. Get it done!

Don Schmenk's Sea Fury T-20 resin kit

I’m a bit irresolute and keep going back and forth on this… I may have sanded down the rudder again… We’ll get there, one of these days.

Building Airfix’s 1/72 Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander: Interior references.


Lets say you’ve got one of Airfix’s BN-2 Islander kits, recently re-released by Hornby in a nice gray plastic instead of the yellow of the original, and you’d like to build it. Its got an interior, what color are you going to paint it? Here are some good photos and links to some great photos which are reserved and thus not visible here. I think these are some VERY high quality Islander and Trislander color photos, and I’m using them off the screen, no paper, as I build my kit Many, many, thanks to the photographers who kindly post their work, even if I can’t save a copy for myself. Seriously. I depend on you!

Here’s probably the most flattering photo of my model:

Pilot's seats are different shape than passenger seats

and the pieces before assembly:

Islander interior done, ready to assemble

Here’s the best photo of an Islander interior I’ve found, so far. Click through. It’s not shared, but its worth your time:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/_salvation/2638326095

Same sidewalls and headliner as the photo below, with bright yellow piping and Oxford Blue semi-matte rubbing surfaces inside the piping. Black seat belts with bare metal buckles.
The second row of seats has a lighter ‘medium blue” more like a KLM light blue. Just an indifferent match when they were reupholstered?

Here’s the second best Islander/Trislander interior that I’ve found, and it is shared. This is looking aft from the front rows: “Tim luxuriating” by tsallam, from Flickr
http://www.flickr.com/photos/annevoi/3244042691/

Headliner and down to the windows are very light gray, off-white, tweed? rubbing strip, a light beige, "cappuccino" below the window line. Flat Medium Blue seats,
LIfe raft and safety stuff behind the webbing in the back?

Islander/Trislander looking forward from the middle to back rows:
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Same off white up high, medium blue gray rubbing strip and walls below that. Blue-gray seat covers. Instrument pannel is all black, some are gray

Blue Islands Trislander G-BEDP On Route To Bournemouth (EGHH
Blue Islands Trislander G-BEDP On Route To Bournemouth (EGHH)

Another off white up above, and a glorious blue ground with metalic gold on the passenger seats. Pretty!

Open doors:
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BN-2 Trislander OF Aurigny, G-FTSE , at Alderney, May 09 – by calflier001
GFTSE TRISLANDER OF AURIGNY AT AT ALDERNEY MAY09

Winair BN2A Islander PJ-BIW at St Barths Lesser Antilles Dutch west Indies – by calflier001
Winair BN2A Islander PJ-BIW at  St Barths Lesser Antilles Dutch west Indies

Cockpit, front seat row:
http://www.airliners.net/photo/Britten-Norman-BN-2-Islander/1427666/L/

Main Landing Gear, from inside the cabin, in flight:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/_salvation/2717326370/

Main Landing Gear, from inside the cabin, in flight:

Main Landing Gear, from inside the cabin, in flight:

Attractive Islander/Trislander gallery:
A Benyhone Tartain Islander:

Interior Colors for BN-2 Islander- Air Jamaica/Rockhopper, Augerny, others.


From bits and pieces of interior pictures of Islanders, this was my first take on interior colors:

-Headliner: White

-Glareshield above instruments: Black

Framing betwen two front windshield halves: Black or white

-Notably asymmetric instrument panel: all black or possibly gray in the middle with black on the outside thirds, where the actual flight instruments are.
There are at least three different instrument configurations- what I take to be the original, with the old RAF “Basic Six” IFR instruments in two rows of three, with two columns of piston engine instruments on the centerline and to the right of the centerline in the panel. Radios to the right of that, a black stripe going all the way down the pannel past the throttle/prop pitch quadrant in the middle.
A second configuration still had a basic six, sort of, in the center, sort of, but they were scattered about, not in neat files. Panels could be overall black or gray. What I take to be the newest panels have LED/LCD graphic displays on them for navigation and the later, messier, panel layout.

-The radio gear mounted to the right of center is black, but the panel is gray on some airplanes.

-Control yokes, black or gray. “Cafe racer” style, bare metal with black hand grips.

-Engine controls black quadrant box with black plain bare metal handles sticking out and a pair of shiny black knobs on the left, thebright blue pair in the middle and the bright red pair to the right.: Not unlike the 1968-1979 VW Transporter’s vents and heater control :^) One pair of knobs is more or less centered, the other pair is on the right hand side.

-Important-looking stuff fixed to the roof above the instruments- black or gray panel, one red and one green (or was that blue?) knob to the left and right of center. Function?… The Trislander has 3 of these knobs and they’re all green. Fire extinguishers?

-Fixed interior walls. White or very light gray

-Door interior faces: White, light beige. In some cases there’s a rubbing strip below the windows- Herringbone Tweed in one photo I saw.

-Seats. Medium blue cloth, or KLM-like light blue, with an Oxford (dark, maybe not quite “Navy” blue) leather or vinyl high wear protector, 1 piece, a semi-gloss rectangle on the flat medium Blue color seat. Bright yellow piping around wear guard

Dark blue with gold/beige/dark-yellow piping
OR Dark blue with a broad gold element woven into the fabric. Gold rectangles maybe 5mm X 15mm (.2″ X .6″) spaced 30 or so mm apart, edge to edge (so 45mm center to center), perhaps a bit closer to each other up and down. Something like:

__________#####__________#####__________#####__________#####
__________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________
_____#####__________#####__________#####__________#####_____
__________________________________________________________
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#####__________#####__________#####__________#####__________

Does anyone have a concrete suggestion for what the interior colors of the Air Jamaica Isladers were, or what they were when the same aircraft were flying for Rockhopper?

If nobody has a suggestion, I’m going to go with blue upholstery, gray and black in the cockpit and light gray side walls and doors. White headliner, dark gray floor.

My conclusion is that the beige door interior would necessarily go with a beige/gold/darker brown upholstery, not the spiffy blue. Since the Jamaica Air planes start as basic white before the hot colors go on, and the Rockhoppers are overall blue, I figure a blue/gray/white interior can’t be too far wrong… unless Air Jamaica got the interior fabric to match their hot exterior colors! That would be something, yes 🙂