Building & Detailing Scale Model Ships: The Complete Guide by Mike Ashey

By Mike Ashey

Exhibits tips to flip a regular send version right into a hugely distinctive masterpiece. presents thousands of easy options for development, detailing, scratchbuilding, and enhancing scale version ships. comprises 1000's of close-up pictures and tips about scratchbuilding designated components, seam removing, weathering, and masses extra.

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The final weathering step was a selective wash of thinned raw umber. The oil paint was applied along the edge of boxes and structural detail using a fine brush. When applied subtly, this oil wash represents grime quite well. The cockpit detail of switches, handles, seat cushion, harness straps, buckles, instrument bezels, electrical wiring, hoses and the oxygen regulator were all picked out with acrylic paint and a fine brush.

Fine Molds’ 1/72-scale Messerschmitt Bf 109F and G kits Summary Pros • Crisp, appropriate and restrained surface details • Separate radiator flaps • Excellent fit • High level of detail for this scale • High quality decals • Accurate Cons • One-piece canopy • Fixed main flaps and slats • Shallow cockpit sidewall detail Construction Construction started with the cockpit. The sidewalls from Hawkeye Designs’ excellent resin cockpit were added to the rest of the Fine Molds’ cockpit parts. Apart from the shallow sidewalls, Fine Molds’ cockpit parts are very good indeed.

This sleek hunter now featured a new large aerodynamic spinner, streamlined cowling and rounded wingtips. The Friedrich was arguably the most attractive of all the Messerschmitt Bf 109 variants. The installation of the Daimler-Benz DB 605 A engine in the Messerschmitt Bf 109G increased power, but an upgrade in armament, armour and options resulted in a corresponding increase in weight. The once-nimble fighter was becoming overloaded as more missions were demanded of it. Even so, the Gustav remained the workhorse of the Luftwaffe, with more than 12,000 of the G-6 variant alone being produced.

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