Sunday, 20 January 2013

Revell T-2C/E Buckeye US Navy 1/72.

Hello all,

This was meant to be a nice simple build, but end up a sodding nightmare in the end!!!! I thought it would be nice to try and give it a bit of extra effort on this build, try and make it a looker. You get two different decal options with this kit US Navy or Greek air force. I was tempted to try the Greek option but thought I wanted a US plane, white is always a challenge.

This is the bait picture to get you to have a closer look at this post, not bad you might think, well read on sir!

The build was not an issue, it was a tail sitter so I loaded it up with about six grammes of nuts and stuff and filled every bit of nose space, so much that I had to cut the legs of the new Revell NATO pilots that I had painted to fit in.
I thought I would try my hand at masking. I had already sprayed the plane gloss white which nearly went  without a hitch.

I have had problems with the colour orange before so thought I would buy a spray can of it and see how it goes. I have Gnat in the stash so the colour will not be wasted. At this point I think everything is going well! 

Here we have skipped the horror of unmasking and finding the orange has leaked on to the white, a rather bodged job of covering can been seen if you look really hard. I have left the canopy mask on till I have sprayed the final coat of gloss varnish, been caught like that before.

Once the canopy mask is off the horror of leaking gloss paint (that has hardened) all over the canopy, not a f?£king again!!!!!!

On the plus side the decals went on like a dream all thing considered.

From a distance this looks like a good job but I know I am not happy with it, I learnt a few things mind you so not a total waste of time, I think I was just upping for a better result.

The pilots weren't bad and I did manage to make the ejector seat pull cords.

I have bought myself the new Italeri carrier deck diorama base and was planning on putting this on it but because it a crap job I will wait for something better to mount on it, that and the fact I have to build and paint the bloody thing.

The base is a bit of paper printed of the Internet which does just a good enough job for this pain in the arse.
I would like to buy another one of these and hand paint the bloody thing in Greek camo and hope it turns out better than this. I might try paint mask again for the canopy of my next build.


Cheers for looking,    Rich.


Gowan James Ditchburn said...

very nice jet... that is a really bright orange you used, I like the finished result very much

Nick Grant said...

Looks good to me. Very colourful.

So how do you solve the leaking-under-the-masking problem?

west1871 said...

Cheers lads

west1871 said...

That is a very good question mate, and if I find out I will let you know lol.

west1871 said...

Thanks mate.

Nick Grant said...

Ah, ok then!

west1871 said...

All I can think of is running a point along the edge of the masking tape and hoping, I will let you know how I get on mate.

Jay said...

A beautiful plane-build!

west1871 said...

If only mate, I saw a Greek one of these on the ATF so watch out for the next one!

Mojo said...

A first look at that model would never unveil the horrors you've been through with it ;)
What did you use? Tamiya masking tape?


west1871 said...

Cheers Mojo, it was the evil Tamiya tape.

Paul said...

Hi Rich, other than those tiny issues I think you have done a fine job.

Use the two foot rule mate for this scale. On the very plus side the white looks a treat.

Keep at it!

peter said...

From a distance it doesn't look bad. I think you're just a bit to hard for yourself!
Good paintjob!


FalkeEins said...

looks pretty neat to me too! well done on the finish!