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Bigkev

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Revell LZ129 Hindenburg 1/720th Scale
« on: March 21, 2020, 06:45:35 PM »
Hi All,
Just another project I've been working on.
It is a model of the 'Hindenburg Airship' in 1/720 by Revell.
It is a very straightforward model, but has a few sink marks in the moulding which need redressing, and the gondola's are very small, and need some fettling, originally got quite well on with the model, glued the fuselage together. Undercoated it and tried Alclad II Aluminium as a silver. I was not happy with the finish, or the sink marks visible.
These were filled with Mr. Surfacer 500, and the whole fuselage rubbed down with various grades of wet and dry until a really smooth finish was achieved.
Then once washed down and dry, I tried Vallejo Metal Finish Dialuminium, which is water based. With a few very thin misted coats the finish was brilliant, just what I was after.
Next job will be a varnish coat, before decaling and adding all the gondola's.
Some pictures follow:-
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« Last Edit: March 21, 2020, 06:47:48 PM by Bigkev »

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Re: Revell LZ129 Hindenburg 1/720th Scale
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2020, 07:53:57 PM »
I will not make any comments about a bag of wind - hohohoho - I think I will pay  for that comment

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Re: Revell LZ129 Hindenburg 1/720th Scale
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2020, 08:04:30 PM »
I will not make any comments about a bag of wind - hohohoho - I think I will pay  for that comment

Oh Yes, you will.....
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Re: Revell LZ129 Hindenburg 1/720th Scale
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2020, 03:59:20 PM »
Hi All,
Done some more on this model.
Have now painted the gondola's. and propeller's, cockpit gondola, and added the decals.
With the restrictions on the use of 'swastika's in kits I had to try something new to me and print off some myself.
Basically, I searched the internet, found a suitable image, then reduced it to size and the printed that onto clear decal sheet. In turn the 'new' decals were given a coat of Microscale Decal Solvent Solution to protect the inks used.
I am pleased with the result, though I admit the 'swastika's' are probably a little too big, and also not quite 'dense' enough due to the printing method.
But, a first attempt has produced something acceptable.
I have also given the props a base coat of 'desert sand' prior to an oil burnt umber wash, the gondolas and 'cockpit gondola, gloss black prior to the silver finish.
Some pictures follow:-
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Re: Revell LZ129 Hindenburg 1/720th Scale
« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2020, 04:11:56 PM »
Hi Kevin looks OK to me.
At Telford a couple of years ago needed some  swastikas for the German cruiser Lutzow for air recognition and found this set at Xtradecal number x72036 German WWII Luftwaffe Swastikas - can't remember the cost but its me so they would not have been expensive.

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Re: Revell LZ129 Hindenburg 1/720th Scale
« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2020, 04:14:47 PM »
Hi Kevin looks OK to me.
At Telford a couple of years ago needed some  swastikas for the German cruiser Lutzow for air recognition and found this set at Xtradecal number x72036 German WWII Luftwaffe Swastikas - can't remember the cost but its me so they would not have been expensive.
Hi Kevin, I also have a set of swastikas for German aircraft.
I could do a deal for one swastika for a piece of toilet paper.
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Re: Revell LZ129 Hindenburg 1/720th Scale
« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2020, 04:18:58 PM »
So Zak you are the person who has emptied all the shelf's of toilet rolls in the shops  -- the "Bog Roll Magnet of Bempton"

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Re: Revell LZ129 Hindenburg 1/720th Scale
« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2020, 04:30:19 PM »
Hi Kevin looks OK to me.
At Telford a couple of years ago needed some  swastikas for the German cruiser Lutzow for air recognition and found this set at Xtradecal number x72036 German WWII Luftwaffe Swastikas - can't remember the cost but its me so they would not have been expensive.
Hi Kevin, I also have a set of swastikas for German aircraft.
I could do a deal for one swastika for a piece of toilet paper.

Hi Zak,
Thanks, if I become desperate enough I might take you up on your offer.
Though I have retorted to wartime conditions, and have started to read the 'Financial Times' in place of the 'Sun'.
My newspaper sheets mean that my bottom is still 'cleannish', printing inks not withstanding. However my bottom, is much more informed as a result.
Cheers,
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Re: Revell LZ129 Hindenburg 1/720th Scale
« Reply #8 on: March 29, 2020, 07:06:31 PM »
Hi All,
Well the weekend of 'social distancing' and being cold outside has allowed me to do some more modelling on the 'Hindenburg'
The model is virtually finished now, just need to a slight touch up of paint on the engine gondolas, cockpit, and touch in the two 'landing wheels' on the cockpit gondola and lower fin.
Adding all the silver glazing strips on the fuselage and cockpit gondola from fine slices of silver painted decal strip, made my eyeballs go crazy, and needed several rests in the session.
Some pictures of the near finished article follow:-
Cheers,
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Re: Revell LZ129 Hindenburg 1/720th Scale
« Reply #9 on: March 30, 2020, 09:36:36 AM »
That's a lovely looking result Kev.  I have a couple of sheets of swastikas too (I bought one from Hannants shop in Colindale back in 1994 when I was home on leave from Germany.  I picked up quite a few second hand kits as well as a bottle each of microsol and microset both of which I still have and use!  Back in those days, it was mail order via their catalogue (paper form) and I used to place orders on a regular basis because Ray our clothing storeman was a keen military modeller.  Sorry for the digression!  It's still a lovely looking result.

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Re: Revell LZ129 Hindenburg 1/720th Scale
« Reply #10 on: March 30, 2020, 10:09:53 AM »
You now need a diorama to display it.
What about an airship hangar?
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Re: Revell LZ129 Hindenburg 1/720th Scale
« Reply #11 on: April 02, 2020, 04:10:37 PM »
Buildi g a new hangar Dave?
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Re: Revell LZ129 Hindenburg 1/720th Scale
« Reply #12 on: April 02, 2020, 04:22:16 PM »
I don't know how you guys manage to swap from one scale to another...
... I have enough trouble just keeping to 1/48th!

It's going to be an impressive model though Kev.

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Re: Revell LZ129 Hindenburg 1/720th Scale
« Reply #13 on: April 02, 2020, 09:35:59 PM »
Hi Biggles,
Thanks.
Might go to 1/32 next!
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Re: Revell LZ129 Hindenburg 1/720th Scale
« Reply #14 on: April 04, 2020, 07:19:46 PM »
Hi All,
Well managed to get this one finished.
Have added the control wires on the tail surfaces, touched in the control gondola, painted the landing wheels,
touched in the supporting struts of the engine gondolas.
A satisfying project.
Some final pictures follow,
Bigkev