Neo-Tanuki's new planes! (Updated 7-5-15)

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Neo-Tanuki's new planes! (Updated 7-5-15)

Postby Neo-Tanuki » Sun Jun 28, 2015 5:41 am

Hey guys! It's been awfully quiet here for a few months, but I haven't forgotten about Crimson Skies...in fact, I've been doing some painting the past few days!

So in the hope this will kick start things a bit for everyone, here's my two new planes. The first is a Boeing Groundhog, painted as part of the smuggler Nina Marsh's gang:

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And here's the second, a Pursuit F-37 Special, as seen in Patrick's excellent "Zeppelins and Bombers" supplement! The miniature is from fellow forumite Nick's Fen Edge Wargaming shop on Shapeways, and I have to commend Nick for another great job bringing Patrick's planes to life:

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I was originally trying for a police-style color scheme, as supposedly the F-37 is designed specifically for law enforcement (though apparently no one is quite sure what Pursuit Aviation is up to). It came out much more like a racer than I expected. But on further reflection, I suppose if you were trying to sell a plane to the police, you'd try and make it look snazzy, right? :lol:

And here's a shot of both my new planes together:

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Any suggestions for what I should paint next? I'm considering the following:

1. Badger Parasite Fighter from "Zeppelins and Bombers"
2. Bloodhawk E from "Zeppelins and Bombers"
3. Davis Mk IV Zion in Utah colors. SInce there's no existing official Zion miniature, I was thinking about using a Payen PA 200 as a proxy:

http://www.shapeways.com/product/EPARM5 ... d=43370340
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Re: Neo-Tanuki's new planes! Groundhog and F-37

Postby Cyagen » Mon Jun 29, 2015 11:30 am

For the Zion mkiv the MIG 3 is q good proxy. Scotia-G sells i t in 1:200.

Nice looking planes.

BTW I plan to use the Payen plane as the mini for the top French fighter.
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Re: Neo-Tanuki's new planes! Groundhog and F-37

Postby Neo-Tanuki » Tue Jun 30, 2015 5:59 pm

Cyagen wroteColonFor the Zion mkiv the MIG 3 is q good proxy. Scotia-G sells i t in 1:200.

N'est ce looking planes.

BTW I plan to use the Payen plane as the mini for the top French fighter.


The Payen is really interesting, isn't it? I like it because it's one of the few experimental propeller designs I could find that has delta-style wings.

Thanks for the suggestion of the MIG-3. It does look quite a bit like the Zion in pictures, especially when the cockpit is open and pushed back (giving the illusion the cockpit is closer to the tail.)

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Re: Neo-Tanuki's new planes! Groundhog and F-37

Postby FantomPencil » Tue Jun 30, 2015 9:36 pm

Some very nice paint-jobs there. Love the Groundhog - it looks like it means business..!

And like the brushwork on the F-37, too. I have one of those, purchased from Shapeways, but whatever I do I can't seem to get the surface as smooth as yours looks in the photo! What's your secret..?

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Re: Neo-Tanuki's new planes! Groundhog and F-37

Postby Neo-Tanuki » Wed Jul 01, 2015 6:55 pm

FantomPencil wroteColonSome very nice paint-jobs there. Love the Groundhog - it looks like it means business..!

And like the brushwork on the F-37, too. I have one of those, purchased from Shapeways, but whatever I do I can't seem to get the surface as smooth as yours looks in the photo! What's your secret..?


Lol, thanks but I have no secret, FantomPencil! Here's my prep process for the F-37:

1) Washed and scrubbed the unpainted mini to remove any chemical residue on the surface.

2) Once dry, I went over the rough surface with an old nail file to try and smooth down the rough texture a bit.

3) After filing, gave the mini one more rinse and let dry.

4) Spray painted Privateer Press white primer on the mini.

That's it! After I was done, the mini still had a somewhat rough feel but the white primer seemed to help it look smoother. (I don't know if Privateer Press primer is available in your area, but if so I highly recommend both their black and white primer sprays. They are very good. I also sometimes use Games Workshop spray primer, and that works OK too, but Privateer's seems to always apply super-smoothly and dry extra fast.)

I also try to apply the white in very thin, watered down layers gradually to avoid it 'clumping' or leaving rough lines.

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Re: Neo-Tanuki's new planes! Groundhog and F-37

Postby Cyagen » Wed Jul 01, 2015 8:25 pm

Yes the Payen is very cool!!!

Nick H actually suggested it by mentioning how he felt the Mirages where futuristic looking compared to British planes.

We both felt that the Payen at that UFO look that fits

As for the 3D prints, I also do something roughly similar to Neo-T but sometimes just spaying white gloss paint or primer is enough to make it workable.
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Re: Neo-Tanuki's new planes! Groundhog and F-37

Postby Neo-Tanuki » Thu Jul 02, 2015 6:05 pm

I'm also considering the Hutter Stubo 1 as a possible proxy for the Zion:

http://www.shapeways.com/product/35LLNP ... 36-stubo-1

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Re: Neo-Tanuki's new planes! Groundhog and F-37

Postby Cyagen » Fri Jul 03, 2015 9:08 pm

Yes, close fit but not as close as the mig IMHO
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Re: Neo-Tanuki's new planes! (Updated 7-5-15)

Postby Neo-Tanuki » Mon Jul 06, 2015 4:00 am

More new planes, and an update to the F-37!

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General Motors GM-1 Tempest:

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And a Hughes Devastator. I think this one is my favorite of the new batch:

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Re: Neo-Tanuki's new planes! (Updated 7-5-15)

Postby Cyagen » Mon Jul 06, 2015 8:13 pm

The devastator is nice, but the stats are really bad....

One detail, I notice that your decals do not blend well with the paint job. I managed to find a trick to have good results.

1- When your plane is finish vanish using a gloss vanish (I use a cheap spray on varnish). It needs to be really glossy where you want to put the decal.

2- Place the decal on the plane as you would do normally.

3- Brush on, using an old paint brush, a liberal ammount of rubbing alcool on the decal (I use an alcool based hand disinfection liquid). It will make your decal look terrible but...do not panic, Leave it to dry overnight. The decal should now have sinked in the recesses of the mini.

4- Spray with a dull coat/ matt varnish (again I use a cheap one from a hardware store). It may take you a couple of tries to perfect the technique or find the right varnish but event someone an untalented as myself can get good results with this.
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