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14 January 2018

Myasishchev M-55 Geophysica 1/48 - Abandoned...

Yes, people. I abandoned this build. The half-finished frame lies in the bin. The printed pages are in the waste paper basket. I had serious trouble with the skin of the plane. It probably is my own incompetence, since I saw Maxim's finished version, which looked fine.
Fact remains that to me, this hobby is meant to be relaxing, a means to clear my mind of bothers and most importantly, to have fun. This build was troubling my mind and wasn't fun any more. So there.
What is next? Your guess is as good as mine. We'll see!

--PK

06 January 2018

Clear Skies, John Young.


NASA astronaut John Young has left the earth for good, 87 years old.
Being a veteran of two Gemini flights, two Apollo flights - one od which brought him ti the lunar surface - and two space shuttle missions under his belt, you can consider John Young one of the most broadly experienced astronaut of them all. No other astronaut has flown  that many different missions.
Being chosen to NASA in the second batch of astronauts,John Young trained together with Gus Grissom for the first manned Gemini flight. He was the first (and only) astronaut to smuggle a corned beef sandwich into space. He then commanded Gemini 10 with Mike Collins as his pilot. Apollo 10 was flown by Young as Command Module Pilot. His colleagues Tom Stafford and Gene Cernan descended to 15 km above the lunar surface with the LM to pave the way for Apollo 11 that would fly next and would actually land.
Young did land on the moon with Apollo 16. Together with Charlie Duke he drove around in a lunar rover and spent 71 hours on the lunar surface, conducting three moon walks.
Then, in 1981, he commanded the first STS space shuttle mission, together with Bob Crippen. They spent two days in space with the new spacecraft to test it. Young's last space mission was STS-9 in 1983. All in all he is the only one who has flown four different types of spacecraft, Gemini, the Apollo, the Lunar Module and the Space Shuttle orbiter. He kept working for NASA until his retirement in 2004, when he was 74.
He died on the fifth of january. Clear Skies, John.

photo: wikimedia / NASA

Myasishchev M-55 Geophysica 1/48 [part 1]

The first long-duration build of this year. Hopefully one with a prosperous end. Maxim from MaksArt treated us last year with a lot of splendid new models, amongst others this beautiful Myasishchev M-55 Russian (former) spy plane, designed to be built in 1/33!
photo: Wikimedia.org / Aleksandr Rebrov
The M-55 is quite an attractive plane to see, with its twin boom tail and its long wingspan. It also has an interesting history.
More on that below.

02 January 2018

Let's start 2018 with a 1/40 PZL-104 Wilga

And a happy new year to you all.
A new year with a couple of long during builds ahead and also hopefully a busload of inbetweenies. Here's a nice inbetweenie to start it all. 


Some time ago, paper model designer Julius Perdana made a model of a very charming little plane from Poland. The PZL-104 Wilga looks like it’s a ton of fun to fly. A thin tail boom, a straight high wing (providing a good view, also big (BIG!) windows) and a cabin that makes the whole of the airplane look a little like a dragonfly. Add those cute bendy knee-landing gear struts and you have an altogether very attractive plane. Sort of a modern nephew to the Fieseler Storch. I just made this model as-is. I only thickened the tail wheel and used some ribbed cardboard for the insides of the main gear wheels.
This was practically a one-day build, with a short night rest in between the two sessions.
The plane really was fun to build and the fit was next to perfect. I even left the glue tabs as it was, so no hassle with extra inner glue strips and all that. Just good fun. 

Below you'll find more pics and comments.

24 December 2017

Early Warning [yada yada yada] Fokker F-270 Skyguard part two! [end]

There it is, folks. A piece of plastic, intended to become a peaceful KLM City Hopper but turned military and dark with a big rotating dish on its ridiculously large tail.

Below you can read more on the how and what, but here is the finished product first:
 

17 December 2017

Early Warning is a dish best served Dutch: the Fokker F-270 Skyguard

Yes, I am doing something in plastic. For a change. And also to realise that paper modeling is 100 times cheaper than this stuff. However, it is fun and I really like what I am making.

This is my desk now:


...and this is what I had in mind before I started.



The story of the build is below.

07 December 2017

Still here!

Hi friends.
It has been a very busy month. But the fourth film in the architecture series is finished and looking good. 

© De Loods mediaproducties / Stichting Beeldlijn
It has become a very autumny film, lots of rainbows, sunny and rainy spells in one shot, great drone shots and a very comprehensive and interesting story on city-scaping and about how the post WW2 suburbs around my city came to be. In English the title is something like  "tinkering on a running engine", a reference to how the architect we portrayed is regarding his job.

So now it is time again to do some model stuff.
At the moment I am doing a bit of a deviation from the usual paper stuff. I will soon let you in on the details. For now, just bear with me a ittle longer, this week I hope I will get a new post online.
--PK

03 November 2017

Schiphol 1935 1/300 [part 2]

While we are very busy with filming the fourth installment in a documentary series on Northern Dutch architecture, I also found a little bit of time to fiddle with paper.
The HP.42 had to be finished and its sister in the KLM, the DC-3 also still had some stuff to be done.
In 1/300 everything is a bit of a challenge, but wing struts certainly are.
Here's where I am now, more follows further below in this post.

This is my 400th post on this blog. Just a couple of days after my 47th birthday, it is just another little milestone in my life.
I never dreamt I would be keeping a paper model blog when I started making models again and here I am. People from America, Turkey, Ukraine, France, Indonesia, Brazil and lots of other places far away from the Netherlands visit my humble little blog and read about my insignificant silly hobby. I feel happy when I think about that. So onwards to the next 400 posts!

25 October 2017

Schiphol 1935 1/300

Hi there.
In a way this is a follow-up of the last build, because it has the same subject in a diorama setting: 

The Handley-Page HP. 42 PH-PNG “Groningen” 
at Schiphol Airport, 1935.

It's not often that I revisit a story or a build but this one wasn’t finished yet, I guess.
After building the Handley-Page HP.42 in 1/100 and having recoloured it into a fictitious livery, I thought it would be nice to also do the other fictitious livery from the story, the KLM one. But not in the same scale.
It was long ago that I have tried a small scale build. Mainly because of my eyes have deteriorated a little and me being a little afraid to face a failed attempt to build in these little scales (which I always have preferred).



A little giveaway here, you can see some result in the top of the picture. More on that can be seen below.

Well, anyway, I just printed the HP.42 in 1/300. in its KLM livery, with the same registration as the Kroonduif one except for the nationality letters. So PH for the Netherlands instead of JZ for Dutch New Guinea. So this is the “Groningen”.
(something unusual for the time in KLM-tradition, since all their planes were named after birds, using the last letter of their registration code. Even the hard to name PH - AKQ was named after a bird. Kwak, a small heron. (It could have been Quetzal, but perhaps that was to long or still too unknown in the Netherlands at the time…)

The HP.42 build goes quite well, and I am pleased with it. I used a loupe once in a while to cut out things like the engine nacelles. But in the end it also could be done with just the old specs on the nose. It looks like it is going to work in this scale. work in progress pics further down the post.

But there is already something I can show in a more or less finished state. I wanted to create this into a diorama so I also wanted to make the Schiphol airport main building. There is a very nice little paper model of the building, originally called “Het Stationsgebouw”. It has been designed by Noorderlicht, the architect bureau that actually rebuilt the original Schiphol building at the Aviodrome in Lelystad, the National Dutch Air and Space Museum.

The rebuilt Schiphol main building like it looks today in Lelystad. Photo © Aviodrome Lelystad
They created the building like it was in 1928. By then, it was two years old and already had a little extension added (the part in the back with the four square little windows). Now in my story it is somewhere in the thirties, in the time the KLM HP.42’s entered service. I had to figure out how the building looked in, say, 1935.

It was quite hard to even find good photos of the building itself (it has been destroyed by bombardments in the Second World War) but it was even harder to date the photos. I got confused when I saw elements on photos I couldn’t find back in the building I was making.
It appeared that at a certain moment it was thoroughly expanded and changed. 



The restaurant part was rebuilt, moved forward and heightened. The tower got an extension with an external staircase and the lower roof was turned into a terrace. It took quite some time to figure out what happened to the building, and especially when it happened. Luckily, I finally discovered the elaborate rebuild took place in 1937 so I still could use the original 1928 model for my story.

03 October 2017

Handley Page HP.42 Kroonduif Airlines [1/100] part 2

So here's the next (and last) installment of the HP.42 "Kalong" of Kroonduif airlines.
The plane is ready and has taken a nice place on one of my shelves.

Here she is in finished state:


Now below is the build story.

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