Revell Fokker D.VII

Ok, so its been a good while since I actually posted any modeling content on here. That’s because I wasn’t building any “classic” kits I guess. Just a few days ago I found a 1/72 scale Revell Fokker D.VII at a flea market for less than $1.00. I couldn’t say no.

The kit is 1960s vintage and possesses none of the finesse of the Roden kit of the same aircraft. It is buildable though. In the coming weeks I’ll be documenting the build on here.

Lets begin.

To start with, I wanted to see if I could do something about the practical joke of a decal that Revell supplies for the underwing lozenge fabric. Its a white decal with the little polygons outlined in black. You’re supposed to paint each one in yourself. Yeah right! That’s going to look real good.

I wanted to see if I could get around that by coloring in the lozenges with Prismacolor pencils while the decal was still on its backing paper. The decals are pretty flat, so they take the colored pencils well. Revell gives you more of the lozenge than you will need, so I tested on a fragment by coating it with some Microscale Decal Film. I let it dry for about 20 minutes and then trimmed a fragment of the decal.

What do you know? It worked! Unfortunately it still looks fakey with those black outlines.
So. Time for plan B. What’s plan B? I’m not sure yet. I would rather not have to purchase aftermarket lozenge decals just yet. Maybe I can find a scheme that had no unpainted fabric. Anybody know of any?

Still, its good to know that Prismacolor pencils can be used to draw on white, flat coated, decal paper to make intricate designs. Tuck that tip away for safe-keeping next time you need some nose-art. Cool!

Off to party away the old year now, but look for more updates soon.


2011, The Year of Indecision

Last day of the year, and it was a difficult one. A few things happened in real life this year which were less than pleasant. I won’t go into detail, but I will point out how the models I was working on while going through these events strongly remind me of what I felt at the time. So much so, that I began considering putting these kits out to pasture.

While going through these builds I began to look back on my modeling output for this year. I completed 18 kits; 11 1/72 scale aircraft, one 1/72 scale tank, two 1/35 scale tanks, and four 1/48 scale aircraft. There were at least a dozen other projects which I had either started this year, or continued to work on but didn’t finish. Among these were my two oldest in-progress builds: a Hasegawa B-26 I began in the fall of 2007, and an Esci F-5B first dabbled with in 2005. The B-26 is close to being done, the F-5, not so much.

Besides spitfires, of which I completed three, and almost finished a fourth, the common theme for this year was indecision. I bounced around from one project to another, unable to focus on any particular one. Modeling stops being fun when this happens, and often times, the kits suffer as a result. I ended up destroying two in-progress models, and canning a completed project mere months after it was done. Two of the four 48th scale planes will probably be scrapped for parts as well.

While I can’t foresee what 2012 will be like, I know one thing I can do to make it more fun is to not get so bogged down by multiple projects on the go. No more than two at at a time. Consider it a resolution.