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PostSubject: Aerosan RF-8 Soviet snow attack vehicle   Thu 05 Feb 2015, 1:31 am

This is another build I'm doing for a WWII GB on another site.  It is a unique subject I saw recently on the History Channel.  It showed a fleet of these attacking the German lines at 30mph - vintage shock and awe.

The Trumpeter kit is beautiful with no flash or injection marks.  Beautiful detail throughout.  It should be a very fun build.













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PostSubject: Re: Aerosan RF-8 Soviet snow attack vehicle   Thu 05 Feb 2015, 8:39 am

Oooooo!! I'm glad to see you doing this one Mike. I have often wondered about this kit.

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PostSubject: Re: Aerosan RF-8 Soviet snow attack vehicle   Thu 05 Feb 2015, 10:15 am

ive got this in the stash and have just watched someone else somewhere else build it.....goes together without any drama apparently

how are you going to tackle the whitewash?

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PostSubject: Re: Aerosan RF-8 Soviet snow attack vehicle   Thu 05 Feb 2015, 10:29 am

Unusual subject, looking forward to seeing what you make of it.

An idea I had for white wash I've used in the past is to give it a cream base coat and then brush thinned tippex (white corrector fluid/liquid paper) over it with a small flat natural hair brush letting some of the base coat show through.
Looks quite natural.
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PostSubject: Re: Aerosan RF-8 Soviet snow attack vehicle   Thu 05 Feb 2015, 3:09 pm

I plan to paint it white over grey primer. Then try to dirty it up a bit with washes around the rivet lines and edges. A little extra dirt and drippings on the engine cowling/radiator.

Suggestions/recommendations are welcome, of course.
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PostSubject: Re: Aerosan RF-8 Soviet snow attack vehicle   Thu 05 Feb 2015, 5:19 pm

First time I have ever seen that kit. I would like a shot at driving one of those even if it didn't have a machine gun.
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PostSubject: Re: Aerosan RF-8 Soviet snow attack vehicle   Fri 06 Feb 2015, 8:25 pm

The body pieces were assembled - a very good fit, but a gap so tiny I'm afraid to fill with filler.  I might try thick paint on a fine brush.


Also got the engine pieces together and will paint flat green.


Painted some wash in the joints to highlight the ribbing inside.  It'll be blocked mostly by the top pieces, seats and the occupants, so the painting isn't that critical.


I plan to add the wash to the recesses of the ski supports to darken it when I shoot the white paint.  Sorta preshading, I guess.

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PostSubject: Re: Aerosan RF-8 Soviet snow attack vehicle   Fri 06 Feb 2015, 8:46 pm

Looking good

Tippex will fill that little gap perfectly.
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PostSubject: Re: Aerosan RF-8 Soviet snow attack vehicle   Fri 06 Feb 2015, 9:52 pm

Lookin' Good. Super Glue would work on the gap also.
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PostSubject: Re: Aerosan RF-8 Soviet snow attack vehicle   Fri 06 Feb 2015, 9:52 pm

Skid wrote:
Oooooo!! I'm glad to see you doing this one Mike. I have often wondered about this kit.

popcorn

Ditto, looking forward to seeing this one come together Sir, how is the KFC supply...

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PostSubject: Re: Aerosan RF-8 Soviet snow attack vehicle   Fri 06 Feb 2015, 11:21 pm

Looking good Mike.

Tippex will fill that little gap perfectly. wrote:

You beat me too it Colin. LOL

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PostSubject: Re: Aerosan RF-8 Soviet snow attack vehicle   Fri 06 Feb 2015, 11:30 pm

I do like the look of this one.. Very different indeed
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PostSubject: Re: Aerosan RF-8 Soviet snow attack vehicle   Sat 07 Feb 2015, 12:28 am

Andy, I learned long ago that paint doesn't stick well over KFC fingerprints. LOLOL
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PostSubject: Re: Aerosan RF-8 Soviet snow attack vehicle   Sat 07 Feb 2015, 1:41 am

A swamp boat for the snow. Cool !!
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PostSubject: Re: Aerosan RF-8 Soviet snow attack vehicle   Mon 09 Feb 2015, 1:18 am

Added just a little shading around the raised parts as well as along the rivet lines.  Also put the two top panels on.


When I painted the interior color, I forgot to look further in the instructions to see the insides around the upper section would be white. Luckily, it should paint over.


Thanks Cole for the tip on using Tamiya Surface Primer for gap filler - it worked out great.


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PostSubject: Re: Aerosan RF-8 Soviet snow attack vehicle   Mon 09 Feb 2015, 10:24 am

The weathering is coming along nicely Mike.

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PostSubject: Re: Aerosan RF-8 Soviet snow attack vehicle   Mon 09 Feb 2015, 4:42 pm

Lookin' Good.
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PostSubject: Re: Aerosan RF-8 Soviet snow attack vehicle   Mon 09 Feb 2015, 6:13 pm

Definitely what they said above.


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PostSubject: Re: Aerosan RF-8 Soviet snow attack vehicle   Sun 15 Feb 2015, 9:12 pm

I painted the body and covering the gray primer all but obliterated any evidence of the attempt I made at preshading.  It probably would have worked out better if I had used Tamiya white primer.  I used a super fine sanding stick to wear down the white in side the panels.  After I started, I found out there aren't any rivets used in the construction as appear on the model.  It was all aircraft plywood and screws, but I left the model as is.



With the cover on, the engine detail won't be visible, so I didn't attempt any.




Skis haven't been sanded or washed yet.


Did a wash on the springs after filing down the seam lines.






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PostSubject: Re: Aerosan RF-8 Soviet snow attack vehicle   Sun 15 Feb 2015, 11:29 pm

Looks really good Mike.
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PostSubject: Re: Aerosan RF-8 Soviet snow attack vehicle   Mon 16 Feb 2015, 12:28 am

That thing is way cool. I am going to be looking for this kit.
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PostSubject: Re: Aerosan RF-8 Soviet snow attack vehicle   Wed 18 Feb 2015, 1:09 am

Work continues and the end gets closer.





Applied new gauges to the panel because the originals disappeared with the masking.  LOL




Added some liquid leakage/spillage around the gas filler and the radiator.






Next, some figure painting.

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PostSubject: Re: Aerosan RF-8 Soviet snow attack vehicle   Wed 18 Feb 2015, 11:34 am

Hmmmm methinks I may have to get this one too!

Question!! Does the engine cover have to be permanently in place? Just wondering why you didn't paint it!

Looking good though.

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PostSubject: Re: Aerosan RF-8 Soviet snow attack vehicle   Wed 18 Feb 2015, 2:01 pm

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Hmmmm methinks I may have to get this one too!

Question!! Does the engine cover have to be permanently in place? Just wondering why you didn't paint it!

Looking good though.

The engine cover can be left loosely placed to view the motor, but there's no detail on the interior panels and the very noticeable edge that keeps the cover in place. I've seen one modeller's version online where he provided a hinged cover and drop down side panel. I think it was by a different manufacturer, though.

I'm confused. Why do you say the cover wasn't painted?
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PostSubject: Re: Aerosan RF-8 Soviet snow attack vehicle   Wed 18 Feb 2015, 3:06 pm

That's a smart looking machine.. I really like it
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