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Well as the other one wont be turning up until after the Easter holidays, I guess I'll do this one in stead!!!

Watch this space:

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Let the fun Begin.

Well call me a cheat. The time in Denmark is 00:15 and its April 1st!

So here are my box top and sprue shots!

what a nice little kit. Good tooling, no horid flashy bits to clean up and a nice set of decals to boot!

Lets se what it looks like by the time I have finished with it....

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Should you Klear the canopy before you mask and paint?
 

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lessons learnt so far...

Lesson for yesterday: Wash hands after eating anything resembling a roast beef sandwich!

Nice fat fingerprints in new paint are not the most simple thing to get gone!

Result. Remove paint. Fortunatly the paint had not had time to cure, so it came of pretty easy with turps and loads og bog roll!

The good side is that the second time around, the paint just looks better.

typical Tamiya kit. Simple construction, good detail and a pleasing result with out loads of hassle. Even the cock-pit went in first time with out fettleing! To think I even painted the instrument panel. you cant see it once its in.

Made the decals t'other night and found out that you can use humbrol clear as a sealant.

The test ones worked ok any way.

Still need a hint with the canopy though....
 

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I always Kelar the canopy after i have painted. But that's just the way i do it. I think you can do it either way.
 

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I always Kelar the canopy after i have painted. But that's just the way i do it. I think you can do it either way.
Al', being a 'Canopy newbie', after I paint the metal canopy frame work the same matt colour as the aircraft, then I 'Klear' it and the whole airframe, this will obviously leave a shine on the whole canopy glass and frame.

When the finished model is then Matt varnished does this mean you have to go over the canopy frame work again to return it to the original matt finish?

OR

Can you matt paint over the 'Klear' as the last job?

Hope that all makes sensible reading!

Sorry to borrow your thread Ian.

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Thank Al and Ron, Dont worry Ron Its all useable info.

I kleared the canopy last night, so I s'pose the next step is masking. Oh goody!

Just painted the landing gear, so waiting for that to dry untill doing that bit!

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Back in Peterborough, nice to be home but still crave for the hills....

Anyway, I always Klear the canopy by dipping it in Klear then resting the canopy on a cocktail stick on a piece of kitchen paper to wick the excess off. You have to move it slightly every minute or so it doesn't stick to the paper. You can dip it a few times to get a good coat on. It will then mask OK. The good thing about dipping in clear before you mask and paint is that if it all goes belly up, you can remove it all with an ammonia based cleaner or by re dipping and wiping it off as Klear will re dissolve itself.
 

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Welcome back Graham! Hows the feet?

Great tip that, sounds like I'm doing it more or less the right way then.

Having looked at the instructions, I learn that the window frames were the same colour as the camo on the out side. So that makes it a bit easier; I can stick it on and paint it at the same time as the rest of the 'plane...I was so close to painting it black!
 
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I always Klear the canopy first. Next I mask it and spray the INTERIOR cockpit colour. I rarely mask and spray inside a canopy and this cheat looks good enough for me. I fix the canopy to the model and spray it along with everything else right up to the final coat of varnish. I find this makes it look more part of the aircraft and less "stuck on". The only dodgy bit is the final unmasking which can be a heart stopping moment. Any minor leakage I clean up by scraping with a cocktail stick. Anything worse than that may need the ammonia treatment followed by a careful touch up of the relevant panel with Klear.If you are careful with your masking you shouldn't have much of a clean up.

Luckily for all of us doing the Fw190 GB the canopy is a nice easy masking job!

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Luckily for all of us doing the Fw190 GB the canopy is a nice easy masking job!Cheers

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Thats easy for you to say. This is only the second Aircraft kit in twenty years, and the first one aint finished yet!

And that didnt have a canopy!!!

Learning lots of new trick though, and thats what its all about in the end.

I did think of spraying the cock-pit colour, as you suggested to get the right colour on the inside... but who is going to see that on such a tiny plane! Now the 1/24 scale 'planes, that could be worth it.

Im rabbleing sorry, must be the paint fumes :-)
 

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Right then:

The inside of the cock-pit is done and the canopy masked and glued in place.

Next comes the joy of masking the under side off ready to paint the upper surfaces.
 

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Seems to be very quiet in this threed. Time to liven it up a bit.

Paint is on. Any one want to see it? or should I wait until I have made a pigs out of the diy Decals?
 

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I'll second what John said about what you said :smiling3:
 

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Introducing PE682

Well its got to the point where I cant keep it to my self any more.

Things to do:

Mount the armour ring on front cowl, stick the prop in place, ditto landing gear and diverse detail paint, guns exhaust, that kind of thing.

Klear; decals; more klear, wash for the pannel lines flat coat. Sound about right?

Right then lets have a preliminary verdict:

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Looking good Ian.
 
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Nice one,cool subject too.

Cheers

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Glad someone is doing a captured Fw190, nice work Ian.

Have fun, John
 

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Thanks guys. I have a question; Would a captured aircraft had the weapons removed? Or maybee swapped out with British guns?
 
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