Author Topic: Martin B-51G Panther “Tropic Moon III” Finished!!!  (Read 17038 times)

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Re: Martin B-51G Panther “Tropic Moon III” 06/9 update
« Reply #45 on: September 06, 2015, 10:00:54 PM »
That looks great, Rich! You've really done justice to the concept! Great work!

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Logan

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Re: Martin B-51G Panther “Tropic Moon III” 06/9 update
« Reply #46 on: September 06, 2015, 11:17:50 PM »
Jaw-dropping just in primer...this is really going to turn some heads when all is said and done.

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Re: Martin B-51G Panther “Tropic Moon III” 06/9 update
« Reply #47 on: September 07, 2015, 02:24:03 AM »
That looks great, Rich! You've really done justice to the concept! Great work!


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Re: Martin B-51G Panther “Tropic Moon III” 06/9 update
« Reply #48 on: September 07, 2015, 05:45:28 PM »
That looks great, Rich! You've really done justice to the concept! Great work!

Jaw-dropping just in primer...this is really going to turn some heads when all is said and done.

Wot they sed! :)
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Re: Martin B-51G Panther “Tropic Moon III” 06/9 update
« Reply #49 on: September 07, 2015, 09:06:30 PM »
Can't wait to see the finished product, were there licence produced in Aus like the Cranberry, or bought from the States like the F-111?

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Re: Martin B-51G Panther “Tropic Moon III” 06/9 update
« Reply #50 on: September 12, 2015, 03:49:02 PM »
Thanks guy's, sorry things have slowed down a bit as work has given me a new project, so for the next couple of weeks things will be progressing very slowly until the new roster starts.

Ok this is just a very minor update, as I just haven’t had much time at all to work on this.

The new Falcon vacform canopies arrived and I was all set to fit the B-57 one again, but looking at it I would still have the original problem.



While I like the shape of the B-57 canopy it really doesn’t fit the shape of the B-51, plus I would have to try and reshape it (a lot harder with a vacform canopy) some how. So I abandoned that idea and was going to wait for the B-57 kit.

I was looking at the rest of the canopies and noticed the shape of the B-47E’s canopy! It would fit and it looked and suited the B-51 even better than the B-57 one I was using.

So I had to rebuild the canopy frame to suit this canopy….would have been soooo much easier if I hadn’t made the original cockpit/canopy hole so large in the fuselage!!!



I think it looks much nicer and a bit more sleeker now plus it is a bit narrower as well which does suit the B-51’s thin fuselage. So I just have to clean up the new framework and fit the canopy and then it’s painting time!!





Oh and part of the reason I didn’t get too much done today besides waiting for filler to dry is I brought this beasty out.



National markings have been painted on, this is part of what caused the delay originally, plus cowlings/props/ and undercarriage have been fitted, I’ll update the original post.

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Re: Martin B-51G Panther “Tropic Moon III” 12/9 update
« Reply #51 on: September 12, 2015, 10:52:25 PM »
That looks great! I'm glad you found a canopy that fits!

Cheers,

Logan

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Re: Martin B-51G Panther “Tropic Moon III” 12/9 update
« Reply #52 on: September 27, 2015, 03:55:01 PM »
The canopy is so much better than I had hope, I wish I had thought of it early! Anyway....

Ok as mentioned in the Arado update, work is killing me at the moment, am flying of Sunday evenings and coming home Friday nights! So not too much modelling time!

Anyway, have finally finished sanding and filling this beast! Well I did find a spot I missed but will sort that out later.

I’ve added a few bits and bumps to her, to give her a more busy look, she’s not meant to have nice clean lines now…she’s a work horse!

So next up the canopy was masked up….for a second time..and no dust bunnies present either this time!

First up the panel lines were pre-shaded, I only have to worry about the upper surfaces as the undersides will be black. Though I will spray each one as a separate panel to help break the blackness!



Next up the first colour down was the Tan, I will be using enamels for the paint job instead of acrylics. As much as I like using them I do need to do quite a lot of masking and enamels just have so much better bit of the undersurfaces. Plus because the panel lines are quite deep (!) I don’t have to worry if the coats are a wee bit thick. That said the first coat went of perfectly!




The photos were taken just after I had painted her so there are a couple of spots that were still not quite dry and a bit shiny.  Now that it has dried some more she looks great, the first coat went on perfectly! It’ll have a full week to cure before I can start on the next part which will be Mid-Green.

She looks so much more like a real plane now with this coat on…I just can’t what to see the final results.

And the two beasties together!


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Re: Martin B-51G Panther “Tropic Moon III” Painting
« Reply #53 on: September 27, 2015, 09:38:02 PM »
Nice Tan lines.  ;D

What did you use to mask your canopy?
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Offline trickyrich

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Re: Martin B-51G Panther “Tropic Moon III” Painting
« Reply #54 on: September 28, 2015, 03:51:22 AM »
Just very thin strips of Tamiya masking tape and liquid masking solution

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Re: Martin B-51G Panther “Tropic Moon III” Painting
« Reply #55 on: September 28, 2015, 08:22:20 AM »
Looking good!

Cheers,

Logan

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Re: Martin B-51G Panther “Tropic Moon III” Painting
« Reply #56 on: October 01, 2015, 07:08:44 AM »
Yowsa, what an inspiration! That you can do such amazing work on such limited time is incredible!

I'm really looking forward to how this baby turns out. If the Tigercat is any indication, you'll finish it up an absolute gem!

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Re: Martin B-51G Panther “Tropic Moon III” Painting
« Reply #57 on: October 04, 2015, 06:02:18 AM »
thanks all...

ok, well two months into this GB/project and I have to admit I’ve made good progress on this build even if I keep getting distracted on other builds (old and new projects..must start thread for them!!). I should get this one completed in time.

So straight back into painting the next colours in the scheme. For these lots of small sausages of blu-tack were made, because of it’s scale I wanted the demarcation lines to be quite fine. Then liquid mask to protect…maybe not the best of ideas as it ruins the blu-tack and I can’t use it again (am going through it at a fast rate!).

So before the Medium Green FS.34102, I quickly redid the panels line with black again just to help them stand out again. Next the green coat, this was done in a slightly uneven manner to help give it a slightly faded look.



After a few hours drying, am using enamels this time, more re-masking and masking fluid before a coat of Dark Green FS.34079.



I was so tempted to then just rip of the masks and see how it all looks, but the paint was a a bit soft so the whole things just sat outside for a few hours in the sun to dry.

Once dry the masks and blu-tack came off, not the easiest of jobs either, and there you have it! I am really happy with the finish, the paint was nice and thin and went on perfectly, just a couple of areas that need touching up. The inside section of the left hand engine pod is a bit rough so I’ll re-mash and touch up that one. But boy she looks great!



...and yes some photo bombing by the SkyShark, she's not far off from being completed as well, so photos will be up soon-ish!




The Tan has settled down really nicely since it first went on, am hoping the greens will as well.

Next will be the undersurfaces, these will be black. Because it’s a big area there is a possibility it will look too black, so I’m going to try something I have been reading about. I will use NATO Black for this area, it’s really a very dark grey, but it allows you to use black for shading so as to give the finish more depth….well that’s what I’m told. So we’ll just have to see, plus it’s an acrylic so it’ll go on quite and dry quick…..and probably come off quick too!!!

I should have the painting done today and maybe a clear gloss coat as well.

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Re: Martin B-51G Panther “Tropic Moon III” More Painting
« Reply #58 on: October 04, 2015, 08:21:52 AM »
Very impressive ! I followed this topic from a far distance since its beginning and I couldn't wait to see the paint job ;)
(and I didn't know the story of the real Tropic Moon III before this topic, so thanks for that ;) )

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Re: Martin B-51G Panther “Tropic Moon III” More Painting
« Reply #59 on: October 04, 2015, 09:54:30 PM »
belately...: Wow! :-*