Okay, here it is a week later and I actually have something to show for it. This is another small update for this week.
First, I painted the propellers for the A-400 in basic black:
And that's all I did on that plane. I guess I was too interested in moving forward on the An-124 instead because I kept going back to it. To wit: While chatting on the phone with someone, I picked up the one wing and started dry fitting the wing fences and engine pods, mostly to see what kind of adjustments I was going to need to do to make them fit:
Well, I took some time to make whatever adjustments were needed and the next day, I found myself pulling out my two-part epoxy and gluing them all down. I started with the wing fences first as two of them on each wing needed to be fit under the rear of the engine pods:
You can see just how big those wings are. They are overhanging my workspace by half!
The next day; after letting the wing fences dry overnight, I added the engine pods:
They are still drying there, later I'll have to do some filling and other repair work due to some issues with fit and my not paying enough attention to what I was doing till too late. Meanwhile, I decided to finish the nose section as well. I needed to cut two sections out of the bottom for the nose landing gear. I did that and then proceeded to glue in the nose gear 'bay'... such as it is:
This is all you can see of it from the other side. I guess there is no room for hanging gear doors, so this is what you get:
Hey, at least I don't have to worry about detailing it! LOL! Now all I need to do is find the missing nose gear strut so I can finish building it....
Oh, I also have to remember to put the ten pounds of nose weight in there so this will sit properly.
Now that the wings are done I can actually paint these and the tail feathers a light grey as called for in my chosen paint scheme. After all that work on this monster Russian, I was finally done with planes for a bit.
Back on Monday, it was actually cool enough to open my window to vent my airbrush. I jumped at the chance to finish the camouflage on the tank transporters. They were already masked with the Silly Putty so I loaded and shot the brown color onto the tractors and trailers.
First the tractors....
And then the trailers:
Then I moved and/or added more Silly Putty to cover the brown spots:
After that I shot the final green color on top:
A day later I peeled it all off and was pretty pleased with the results:
You can see I also lost the trailer hitch pad on the HEMMT tractor. Man, I cannot catch a break! Time to rob another kit for one!
There is still some additional painting and touch ups to be done, but these are getting very close to the clearcoat and decal steps. Finally!
Also, I shot a base coat of green on the BTR, but didn't shoot any pics of it. I'll try to remember to post them in the next update.
And that is a full account of my last week at the workbench. It ain't much, but I'm happy. Hopefully there'll be more to see next week.
Thanks all for looking in, comments are welcome.