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Old 27 February 2010, 07:17 AM   #1
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I'm an obstinate... (Albatros D.III 1/48)

Hi friends,

It's genetical: I'm an obstinate...

Let me tell you "the tale of an Eduard 1/48th scale Albatros D.III that lived and still is living many adventures...

Episode I

I began that kit in 2007. After the Belgian NatCon where I bought a Kagero book on the Albatros, I was charmed by the decals offered with the book that permitted to realise a very nice and well-colored Polish Albatros D.III

I began very "hard", amelioration of the engine (95 elements added...)


The seat - I used Vallejo colors + aequous pencils for wood.


A general view of the interior:


And, after having glued the demi-fuselages together, masked the engine and the cockpit, I sprayed white as primer:


Then, Mister Kit colors, diluted with windows washer:

Good result for the light blue, but very bad result for the Albatros green...
OK, first removal of the paint.
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Old 27 February 2010, 07:20 AM   #2
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Episode II

This time I tried Tamiya and Gunze paints:


Well, good colors naturally, but not corresponding to the Mister Kit that are better for WWI...

OK, for the second time, removal of the paint ant the kit will stay approximatively one year on the shleves...
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Old 27 February 2010, 07:25 AM   #3
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Episode III

January 2010. Time to exhume that kit...

Back to the Mister Kit colors, but this time I use Tamiya thinner:




I'm happy now and I can continue:

The radiator


All is going fine:


The machineguns (from Karaya, pre-rolled!!!)


The exhaust

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Old 27 February 2010, 07:32 AM   #4
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...But the malediction is still there:

Now that I use the Techmod decals, it's catastrophic:




OK, OK... I will remove the decals and use caches. The most important thing is that the cat is in perfect state...

...But, removing the decals gives a lot of problems: they broke! But still are gluing on the aircraft!!!
So, I have to use lots and lots of MicroSet, with the result that my Pebeo varnish is attacked...


...And, having to correct the front of the aircraft (the green color have to go farter before the cockpit), I put masking tape on the cat. When I remove the tape: the cat comes with the tape...
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Old 27 February 2010, 07:39 AM   #5
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Episode IV - The Polish Albatros becomes a German one: the BLAU MAUS !!!
As I've said, I'm an obstinate. Forbidden to throw that kit away! The problems encountered are due to the (bad use of the) paints and the decals, not to Eduard's kit!

Once again, I remove the paint...
But, for the Blau Maus, I need a wing with central radiator and I don't have more the one of the kit box.
Thanks to the forum and to my friend Bob, a replacement wing flies from USA to Belgium, so I can continue the tale...


For the propeller, I've airbrushed Tamiya XF-59 and then with a fine brush, put oil color


White primer...


Then the Light Blue...


The black line and some weathering


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Old 27 February 2010, 07:43 AM   #6
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Propeller is finished with Tamiya X-24 and X-26 (transparent yellow and orange), decals and varnish


Decals on the wing


And on the fuselage


Tamiya tape on the ribs


Smoke diluted at 95% (not really visible on that picture)
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Old 27 February 2010, 07:46 AM   #7
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A wash


Pebeo matt varnish


Ink weathering (Citadel inks)


Tea bag: the chord stayed 24h in a cup of tea and will be used to make the sandows.


Like this:
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Old 27 February 2010, 07:48 AM   #8
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Weathering is continued with Tamiya pastels






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Old 27 February 2010, 07:51 AM   #9
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And the last pics of the serie: the aircraft as it is today:









Next step: haubaning.

Who will finally win: the bad luck, or me? I will fight until the last cyano drop...
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Old 27 February 2010, 08:36 AM   #10
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My God, Scimitar! After all she's been through, she's still a beauty (kinda like my wife)!
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