Intermission – Going back in time

Day 246

Friday October 28, 2022

Time to reflect on several things on Day 246…

I must admit I wanted to stop writing this diary after having completed the PBY Catalina…

However I got curious on Day 245 and I found what I was looking for…

These are photos I took in December 2013 of my “stash” of unbuilt model kits. Well not all because I had kept two empty boxes…

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When I took those photos I was trying to jump start my forgotten hobby. Since 2013 many model kits have been built but those were eventually replaced with dozens more in 2019 and 2020…

I was tempted to add Tamiya’s Brewster Buffalo to my collection when I got an email from Plaza Japan a few days ago. However shipping rates were too expensive. Japan Post doesn’t ship to Canada anymore since December 2020 because of the pandemic. I don’t understand why since they ship almost everywhere now.

Yesterday I have completed the PBY Catalina display by using Clear Gorilla Glue.

In the background you will notice the Christmas gift I bought for my son in 2020 from Wholesale Hobbies in Edmonton, Alberta. The P-38 is still in its box.

Long overdue? I even have one I bought for myself!

I will finish ICM’s Bf 109F-4 first and then try to finish my son’s P-38 before Christmas time.

Next time…

As always things didn’t go as I had expected.

Intermission – Bf 109-F4: Sleeping on it…

Day 237

Wednesday October 19, 2022

Sleeping on it is sometimes the best thing to do, but I couldn’t wait.

I used a soft bristle paint brush with Vallejo Gray Primer to go over some areas.

Yellow identification markings had been added before to the Tempest using a Tamiya cotton swab and Vallejo yellow paint. I skipped airbrushing although I had masked the wings leading edges.

Not perfect but it will do.

It still needs a few touch-ups using Tamiya cotton swabs but this will have to wait.

I will now get back to the PBY Catalina and complete it. Displaying it will come later.

Which brings me to reflecting on what I have been saving all those years with all I have been building.

Why do I keep all this? Is all this useful!

I have thrown away most of my model kit boxes, but I keep saving the instructions sheets of model kits I have built. Some I still have but most I don’t have anymore like Monogram F-104.

Have you been saving this kind of stuff?

Intermission – Cutting corners

Lest We Forget
Day 186…

I have decided to repaint the Tempest with the right camouflage colors using my airbrush.

I have to stop cutting corners and stop going back and forth on what I am currently building.

Masking is done for the canopies but I will need to go back to JacHobby and get more Vallejo Air for the Tempest.

This will have to wait though…

I already have most of the paint I need for the Hurricane.

With masking completed I am waiting to spray on black primer later.

Creativity is the most enjoyable part of my forgotten hobby as well as getting around mistakes I have made since 2013.

We all make those don’t we?

Whoops!

There’s nothing that can’t be fixed.

About waiting to spray on black primer later?

The Savior of Ceylon

 

I had already posted this in April.

These are all the links to my research on the PBY Catalina I have been trying to finish.

I had that model kit since the 1990s.

I had decided to build it two years ago when I found the story of one particular PBY Catalina crew.

Birchall

Post 302 – The Saviour of Ceylon

Post 303 – RCAF Overseas Catalinas: The ‘Saviour of Ceylon’ and Beyond – 48th scale Decals ‘n Docs

Post 304 – Monogram 1/48 scale PBY-5 Catalina

Post 305 – Monogram 1/48 scale PBY-5 Catalina – Steps 2, 3…and beyond Intermission – G-PBYA Catalina guided tour (HD) on YouTube

Post 306 – Monogram 1/48 scale PBY-5 Catalina – …and beyond

Post 307 – Monogram 1/48 scale PBY-5 Catalina – Red yoke lock Intermission – PBY Cutaway

Post 308 – Monogram 1/48 scale PBY-5 Catalina – Mating the fuselage

Post 309 – Monogram 1/48 scale PBY-5 Catalina – Mating the fuselage – Part 2

Post 310 – Monogram 1/48 scale PBY-5 Catalina – Mating the fuselage – Part 3

Post 311 – Monogram 1/48 scale PBY-5 Catalina – Mating the fuselage – Part 4

Post 312 – Monogram 1/48 scale PBY-5 Catalina – Mating the fuselage – Part 5

Post 313 – Monogram 1/48 scale PBY-5 Catalina – Mating the fuselage – Epilogue

Post 314 – Monogram 1/48 scale PBY-5 Catalina – Next Step?

Post 315 – Monogram 1/48 scale PBY-5 Catalina – Get over it!

Post 316 – Monogram 1/48 scale PBY-5 Catalina – Fellow Modelers, Let’s Get Ready to Rummmmmmble…

Post 317 – Monogram 1/48 scale PBY-5 Catalina – Sheer Terror Intermission – Leonard Joseph Birchall…and his crew

Post 318 – Monogram 1/48 scale PBY-5 Catalina – Plastic Surgery

Post 319 – Monogram 1/48 scale PBY-5 Catalina – Masking Canopies Intermission – Rum and Coca Cola

Post 320 – Monogram 1/48 scale PBY-5 Catalina – Masking Canopies Take 2

Post 321 – Monogram 1/48 scale PBY-5 Catalina – Granville Charles Onyette

Post 322 – Monogram 1/48 scale PBY-5 Catalina – Lucien Angelo Colarossi

Post 323 – Monogram 1/48 scale PBY-5 Catalina – Ian Nicholson Davidson

Post 324 – Monogram 1/48 scale PBY-5 Catalina – Peter Nugent Kenny Post 325 – Monogram 1/48 scale PBY-5 Catalina – William (Ginger) Cook

Post 326 – Monogram 1/48 scale PBY-5 Catalina – Frederick Cecil Phillips

Post 327 – Monogram 1/48 scale PBY-5 Catalina – Sergeant Brian Catlin

Post 328 – Monogram 1/48 scale PBY-5 Catalina – The Crew

 

 

 

 

Airbrush problem

Lest we forget

Day 62

Last Saturday afternoon I tried to figure out what went wrong with my airbrush session.

I surfed the Internet where I found great advice.

https://metastatepaint.com/category/airbrushing/

Following the advice I have deep cleaned my airbrush accordingly. While looking for even more information I found this…

Don’t get caught up thinking fine, medium, and large indicate the line an airbrush will produce. This is only a minor nominal effect of the needle/nozzle size difference. The classification of Fine, Medium, and Large apply more to the recommendation of what media can be properly used. Fine for inks, watercolors, dyes – Medium for properly reduced acrylics, lacquers, enamels – Large for more viscous glazes, base coats, industrial coatings

Source

https://sites.google.com/site/donsairbrushtips/badger-350

Maybe that was the problem I had because I was using the fine nozzle size.

My problem started when I had used my airbrush to add a coat of grey primer on the F9F Panther.

The paint was creating splatter but I kept on spraying and spraying, praying I was just imagining things.

It wasn’t a bad dream.

It was either caused by a clogged nozzle, paint that was too thick, etc…

I then decided to stop, finish it off with a paintbrush and took a deep breath.

On Sunday I deep cleaned my airbrush once more even cleaning my spray booth.

I continued on working on the Albion fuel bowser.

Thin parts always present a problem since everything has to be precisely glued which can lead to frustration.

Part D18 was fragile and the instructions to glue it were vague.

Well they were at first.

I was be able to fix this with stretched sprue.

The Albion fuel bowser is now almost finished.

 

 

Once completed I will paint it and start the D-Day diorama.

Footnote

Tamiya Quick Setting cement is just what I need to glue thin and fragile parts.

The Savior of Ceylon

Lest we forget

Day 61

These are all the links to my research on the PBY Catalina I have been trying to finish.

I had that model kit since the 1990s.

I had decided to build it two years ago when I found the story of one particular PBY Catalina crew.

Birchall

Post 302 – The Saviour of Ceylon

Post 303 – RCAF Overseas Catalinas: The ‘Saviour of Ceylon’ and Beyond – 48th scale Decals ‘n Docs

Post 304 – Monogram 1/48 scale PBY-5 Catalina

Post 305 – Monogram 1/48 scale PBY-5 Catalina – Steps 2, 3…and beyond Intermission – G-PBYA Catalina guided tour (HD) on YouTube

Post 306 – Monogram 1/48 scale PBY-5 Catalina – …and beyond

Post 307 – Monogram 1/48 scale PBY-5 Catalina – Red yoke lock Intermission – PBY Cutaway

Post 308 – Monogram 1/48 scale PBY-5 Catalina – Mating the fuselage

Post 309 – Monogram 1/48 scale PBY-5 Catalina – Mating the fuselage – Part 2

Post 310 – Monogram 1/48 scale PBY-5 Catalina – Mating the fuselage – Part 3

Post 311 – Monogram 1/48 scale PBY-5 Catalina – Mating the fuselage – Part 4

Post 312 – Monogram 1/48 scale PBY-5 Catalina – Mating the fuselage – Part 5

Post 313 – Monogram 1/48 scale PBY-5 Catalina – Mating the fuselage – Epilogue

Post 314 – Monogram 1/48 scale PBY-5 Catalina – Next Step?

Post 315 – Monogram 1/48 scale PBY-5 Catalina – Get over it!

Post 316 – Monogram 1/48 scale PBY-5 Catalina – Fellow Modelers, Let’s Get Ready to Rummmmmmble…

Post 317 – Monogram 1/48 scale PBY-5 Catalina – Sheer Terror Intermission – Leonard Joseph Birchall…and his crew

Post 318 – Monogram 1/48 scale PBY-5 Catalina – Plastic Surgery

Post 319 – Monogram 1/48 scale PBY-5 Catalina – Masking Canopies Intermission – Rum and Coca Cola

Post 320 – Monogram 1/48 scale PBY-5 Catalina – Masking Canopies Take 2

Post 321 – Monogram 1/48 scale PBY-5 Catalina – Granville Charles Onyette

Post 322 – Monogram 1/48 scale PBY-5 Catalina – Lucien Angelo Colarossi

Post 323 – Monogram 1/48 scale PBY-5 Catalina – Ian Nicholson Davidson

Post 324 – Monogram 1/48 scale PBY-5 Catalina – Peter Nugent Kenny Post 325 – Monogram 1/48 scale PBY-5 Catalina – William (Ginger) Cook

Post 326 – Monogram 1/48 scale PBY-5 Catalina – Frederick Cecil Phillips

Post 327 – Monogram 1/48 scale PBY-5 Catalina – Sergeant Brian Catlin

Post 328 – Monogram 1/48 scale PBY-5 Catalina – The Crew

The story will be here on My Forgotten Hobby V if I can find out what went wrong with my airbrush on Saturday afternoon.

 

Buying Vallejo paints

Lest we forget

Day 60

It’s BIG!

The PBY Catalina is BIG.

My homemade Sky Type S was too bluish.  I then found a 20 years-old jar of Tamiya XF-21 which is exactly what I needed and gave it a try using a paintbrush.

I have come to realize that I need to use an airbrush instead because the PBY Catalina is so BIG.

BIG is beautiful.

So I bought these Vallejo paints Saturday morning at my local hobby shop.

Source Vallejo Website

71.053 Dark Sea Gray

71.302 Sky Type S

71.309 Dark Slate Grey

Matt acrylic colors, water-based and especially formulated for airbrushing. The Model Air color range contains the most complete selection of the military colors used in recent history, including the colors of WWI, WWII and up to the present. Each color is based on extensive research by our experts of the existing and previous military references so as to offer the modeler the highest possible historical accuracy. Model Air is used directly or diluted with Vallejo Airbrush Thinner or Flow Improver. It is recommended to first prime the surface, and then apply Model Air in several layers. The colors dry very rapidly and form a homogenous paint film of extraordinary resistance while preserving even the smallest detail of the model. For airbrushing these colors, the compressor air pressure is recommended at 15 – 20 PSI or 0.5 to 1 kg. Model Air can of course also be applied with a brush. For correct airbrush maintenance we recommend using the Vallejo Airbrush Cleaner.

Safety: Model Air is not flammable, and does not contain solvents. Please see also certified safety information of the product on the Safety page.

Packaging: Model Air is presented in bottles of 17 ml./0.57 fl.oz. with eyedropper. This packaging prevents the paint from evaporating and drying in the container, so that It can be used in minimal quantities and preserved for a long time.

Footnote

My figurines have made more progress since.

The fuel tank has been completed and installed.

They are now working on the left door.

 

There is an option. Door closed or door opened. Having options and noticing them after is what caused me to build the wrong version of the Bedford MWD Light Truck.

I love it anyway.