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LUFTWAFFE 49 MERC (Junkers Stuka Inspired)


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#1 Dr. Cranky

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 06:13 AM

I've always love those big WWII airplanes, and probably my favorite of all time was the bomber Junker Stuka.  I had built a couple of planes in my time, but wanted to do a car this time, so one thing led to another and we immediately succumbed to the charm of the 49 Merc, another Salt Flats vehicle, this one with a bit of attitude.

 

I started to rob some parts I liked from a Hasegawa 1/32nd scale Stuka, and I transfered them to the right places on the Merc:

 

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Scratch-built some rear wing spoiler thingies . . . why not?

 

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Added the landing wheel covers from the Stuka and used them as skirts.

 

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 06:15 AM

Here are a few more shots of the naked styrene:

 

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Building like this is about as much fun as you can have building models.

 

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 06:17 AM

Next we turned out attention to the paint.  I used the color chart from the Stuka kit and went with enamels all the way on this one:

 

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You can have a relaxing time doing this kind of random camo pattern with tape.

 

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 06:19 AM

Here is the result of a couple of days of having fun with enamels:

 

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One buddy on YOUTUBE mentioned adding a siren to the roof, so I scratch-built one just for fun . . .

 

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There's something beautiful about military colors, in particular with German and American planes.



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Posted 16 March 2013 - 06:20 AM

A few more shots:

 

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The best part of working with enamels using Donn Yost's method is that you have to wait less time so a complicated paint job like this will not take weeks to finish.



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Posted 16 March 2013 - 06:22 AM

We are spending quite a bit of time gathering and applying decals and doing some of the finishing touches on the body.  Stay tuned in for more.



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Posted 16 March 2013 - 06:33 AM

I'm in love with those skirts!



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Posted 16 March 2013 - 06:41 AM

FUN STUFF DR.!!! Great Idea... Love the Paint!

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 06:47 AM

You're a sick man Virgil, and you have infected many with your disease! Keep it up and we'll all be building '49 Mercs like you!



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Posted 16 March 2013 - 06:51 AM

Realy cool Doc!

The graphics on the side is my favorite "thing" to this point. looking forward, what comes next.



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Posted 16 March 2013 - 06:56 AM

Cool !  

Very interesting !!

 

By "Donn Yost method", do you mean thinning the enamel paint with lacquer thinner?

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 07:37 AM

Yes, that's what I mean.  Well, that's just a small part of his method.



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Posted 16 March 2013 - 07:57 AM

HMMMMMM the Donn Yost method ???? I have been doing that for years. Glad to know i wasn't the only crazy one out there. But Dr. you are really making this Merc SWEEET!! really dig the skirts and i can imagine that siren at the 4 mile mark out on the salt screaming away like those old wwII movies . Very cool can't wait to see it done Michael

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 08:11 AM

HMMMMMM the Donn Yost method ???? I have been doing that for years. Glad to know i wasn't the only crazy one out there. But Dr. you are really making this Merc SWEEET!! really dig the skirts and i can imagine that siren at the 4 mile mark out on the salt screaming away like those old wwII movies . Very cool can't wait to see it done Michael

 

Thanks, Michael.   I think Donn would be the first to say that the mixing of cheap lacquer and enamels is an old trick the real car painters have been using, but I call it the Donn Yost method because Donn was able to put it all together in a DVD on how to paint shiny car models, show quality models, using enamels.

 

Donn's method, as he explains it in his DVD, is not just using cheap lacquer thinner.  There are other important aspects to it like the way he actually applies the paint without stopping.



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Posted 16 March 2013 - 10:14 AM

Dr.

 

Really like this one.  See you are a 49 mercury building spree.

 

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 10:21 AM

I sure am, Bob, I am a Merc-A-Holic!  LOL!



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Posted 16 March 2013 - 10:22 AM

Okay, I think I am done with this one.

 

Check out the pictures in UNDER GLASS!



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Posted 16 March 2013 - 10:29 AM

Stuka auf Radern!

 

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 10:37 AM

Stuka on wheels!  Yes, watch out!  Next up is the display base, some salt flat dust.



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Posted 16 March 2013 - 04:07 PM

You are one crazy and talented dude. Lovin' your builds.