Continuing with the ME109G

Hi everyone,

I’m back now : ) The unexpected break in production was due to a change in employment (a much less stressful one!) and family commitments.

So I’ve made good headway with the ME109G Gustav as you can see.  I just want to put some mastic on the parts I’ve painted by hand and get some airbrushing done of the underside.  Here are some pics for you all:

Front shot of ME109
Front view of ME109

I’m really impressed at the build quality of this kit from Airfix, just hoping I can do a good job of it!

This is a first for me doing a WWII German fighter, but I couldn’t resist the urge!

Take care everyone, I promise it won’t take me as long to write my next blog.

Wayne

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Finished the P51!!!

Hey everyone,

So here we go, no pressure – I just don’t want the plane to look like a dog’s dinner because of the decals!!

Well, here are some photos of my progress so far, oh forgot to mention, the canopy went on really easily as well, it’s not perfect but I’m over the moon with that finish!!!

I am so happy with how these first decals have gone on the Mustang, I can’t believe I’m nearly done, the excitement is too much!

The first time I ever put decals on I was naïve enough to use my finger to position them and then wondered why the decals ripped!!  Now I seem to be getting the method down of using a damp paint brush to move the decals into position.  For the yellow decals I did consider using the yellow acrylic paint I’ve got and then told myself off for being a cheat!

So this can take pride of place on the shelf now, and I’m going to start unpacking the ME 109 now as part of the WWII collection, hopefully this will give me some time to practise the airbrushing on the side.

Thank you Amateur Airplanes for the tips about airbrushing! Your planes look amazing!

Enjoy the blogs everyone!!  Please feel to reach out to us – it would be great to hear from you!!!

Wayne

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Finishing the P51 undercarriage

Hi guys,

So here is the completed undercarriage and I’ve also managed to get the rest of the plane painted 🙂  I’m so glad I’ve got these blogs spare, I seem to have stalled with getting the workshop finished and I’m going to make buying the compressor a priority (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Badger-BA1100-Airbrush-Compressor/dp/B00I68KJPO).

I’ve really enjoyed working on this “legend of the sky”, and it’s good fun to blog about as well, I hope the blogs have been a worthwhile read and hopefully you’ve found some bits amusing.

I just need to get the decals done now and then the P-51 is going to take pride of place on the shelf.

Here is the completed undercarriage, I just need to paint the tyres black, when I get a minute, but not bad, don’t you think?

p51-completed-undercarriage

p51-front-view-undercarriage

I’ve found that that Humbrol acrylic paints I got have left a great finish and the toolkit is really useful as well.   Here are the links again if you do need a supplier.

Here are the links on Amazon for the Humbrol Acrylic paints I used for this build.  I’m going to have a go at airbrushing for my next project with some of these.  Apparently (I’ve been researching) and it is possible to mix these with water and they should airbrush fine…. Time for an experiment me thinks…….

The Humbrol toolkit was a great help when it came to letting the paint (and glue) dry.  I also got some pretty good photos using the stand as well.

OK, so now moving onto the decals, I always get worried about this part, but hey, practice makes perfect, let’s test that saying shall we….??

Please let me know your thoughts 🙂

See you next time!  (So happy with this picture)

p51-side-view-completed-undercarriage

P51 – Fitting the Wings

Hey everyone,

So continuing my migration of various blogs over to the Ace Aircrafts seems to be going well, as is the decorating of our new workshop room.  I’m really excited about this, there is better light in the room for starters : )  However, upstairs has been in somewhat disarray while we get it all sorted.

So I’ve been getting the wings sorted this week and I figured at the same time I would get the elevators / horizontal stabilizers fitted as well.  I always start to feel a sense of achievement when the parts from the sprue start to come together and the sprue starts looking emptier…..and emptier……..  I’m really excited about finishing this plane I only hope I can make a good job of the decals at the end!

Here are some pics of where I’m up to so far:

top-view-of-p51

The Humbrol Toolkit I got is a great set for helping you to build the kit.  I know the two clamps on the second picture are not meant to be used way, I just needed the nearest thing to stabilise the plane while the glue dried!

The wings were an amazingly tight fit into the fuselage, I was beginning to think that I wasn’t going to need any glue.  Of course I did use a bit just to be certain : )

front-view-of-p51

I just need to touch up the paint a little now I reckon!

I’m hoping to build this one with the undercarriage down, which is a first for me, up until now (and when I was a kid) I always built them to hang from the ceiling, so undercarriages up.  Let’s see how this goes………

Take care everyone – see you next time!!

Gluing / Painting the P51 fuselage

Hi everyone,

So, I’ve been working away on the P51 and it’s really starting to look good.  There was some touching up to do on the paint work inside the fuselage and I’ve taken some photos:

p51-work-in-progress

I’ve also made use of some tweezers which were no longer being used, this may sound crazy but I don’t know how I would have managed to secure some parts with my clumsy fingers!!  I’ve managed to get the seat in place, I was just surprised that you add the pilot after the fuselage has been glued together, but hey, I’m following the instructions, down to a ‘T’!

I’m really happy with how the propeller looks now, it needed some touching up mind, but I think it’s ok…..

clamped_p51

So after a day of painting and gluing this is what I ended up with, what do you think?

side-view-of-p51

I know my progress isn’t the quickest in the world, I just want to make sure I do a half decent job.  I think my next session will be another week of gluing and getting the wings fitted 🙂 Please be patient with me!

P51 Mustang

Hi everyone,

So I uploaded these blogs of my P51 Mustang onto the Hobbies360 wordpress site but I now want to migrate them over to the more purposefully named AceAircrafts site.  I’m really sorry to those of you who have seen this, but hopefully I might get to meet people with these extra blogs!!

I was given this P51 starter kit as a Christmas present and it was kinda cool because I got all the Humbrol acrylic paints and brush with it as well.  Here is the set:

 The P51 starter set

I’ve got all the humbrol tools ready to start taking the parts off the sprue; I just want to prepare how I’m going to do this.  I think painting some parts before gluing them is going to make life easier.  I’ve got some Airfix magazines which I’m going to look through to see if they give any pointers as well.

I’m just painting the fuselage and I also figured I’d try and get some decals stuck down as well, especially the decals which are on the inside of the finished plane.  Thought I’d share some pictures of my progress so far:

The partly painted fuselage:

p51-painted-fuselage

I’m really happy with how this went and I think it looks close to the picture on the back of the box.

A picture of the decal I’ve stuck down, these things can be tricky, I was so nervous about ripping this, but I think it turned out ok…

p51-cockpit-decal

Any tips for future builds would of course be much appreciated!

Take care everyone!!

 

Wayne

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A bit of extra info about the ME109

Hi guys!

So instead of just doing my usual thing and blogging about building the planes, I thought it might be to interesting to talk about the plane I was actually building – if that makes sense!!

This gives me extra time to prepare for the following week and avoid getting into a flap at the weekend – Oh no I haven’t built anything!! I’m sorry if a blog with limited pictures and building bores you, so please tell me what you think….?

So the ME 109 was one of the most advanced fighters of the era giving the Spitfire and (especially) the Hurricane a run for their money in the Battle of Britain. It includes features such as an all-metal monocoque construction, a closed canopy, and retractable landing gear. It was powered by a liquid-cooled, inverted-V12 aero engine. However, from the end of 1941, the Bf 109 was steadily being supplemented by the superior Focke-Wulf Fw 190 which I may include in future blogs. Of course as the Battle of Britain continued the allies were advancing the technology of their planes and the German Luftwaffe needed to keep up, so the Bf109G “Gustav” was introduced with a top speed of 387mph at 22,967 feet which enabled it to attack the Hurricanes from above.

The armament was also improved and could include an optional bomb on the centreline pylon and underwing cannons and rockets.

This variant gave the ME109 a hefty punch in air-to-air combat.

So there is some extra info guys I hope you enjoyed it, next week I’m hoping to do some building!

Oh, my featured image is courtesy of vqwarbirds.com thank you!!

Take care everyone and thank you for visiting AceAircrafts!

Wayne

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