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About the Author

About Frank Portela (Clanky44)

I'm an avid modeller, with about 20 odd years of experience. I belong to a very small group of modellers here in Guelph, Ontario that formed GPMG (Guelph Plastic Modelling Group) over 12 years ago. We have our annual show (WELCOME - Wellington County Modellers Exposition) in the spring. We pride ou...


WoW! I've checked out your site and you are a well rounded type of modeller. All types, ships planes etc. All are very very beautiful. I see I have lot to catch up on. Great job on this build. It's really beautiful.
JUN 26, 2006 - 09:25 PM
Frank, your model is fantastic. The paint job is what makes it great. I particularly like the exhaust stains behind the mufflers and the depth of the paint job over all. Great work! Can you please tell us your technique for finishing your tracks? They look awesome as well!
JUN 26, 2006 - 11:10 PM
Nice, straightforward build and paint job. These KV's lend themselves nicely to showing modelers skills in both basic(yet skilled) building and painting, weathering and demonstration purposes. Good job. Sean
JUN 27, 2006 - 01:59 AM
Thanks for the kind comments. Armorguy,... the tracks are spray painted with an acrylic flat black, and then resprayed repeatedly in random patterns with a very thinned out mix (70-80% Tamiya thinner) of red-brown and a dark grey. The tracks are then highlighted with a light drybrushing with oil paint. Frank
JUN 30, 2006 - 07:26 AM
Superb build Frank, I could stare at the paint job for hours, it looks so realistic. What did you use colour wise on the towing eyes, they look as if they have really been cast! Brian
JUN 30, 2006 - 12:36 PM
Thanks Brian, The ' towing eyes' where brush painted with Humbrol Metal Cote (27002) and then airbrushed with a very diluted (80% Tamiya thinner) coat of a dark reddish brown acrylic colour (mix of Tamiya and Polly Scale) sprayed in repeated layers over the brush painted metal paint. Frank
JUN 30, 2006 - 04:52 PM
Frank, that is a magnificent KV. The build, the painting and everything else.
JUN 30, 2006 - 06:46 PM
Mr Portela your project's are always "coups de coeur" to me ! Paint job is as usual simply outstanding, schemes are simple but incredibly deep and the photos makes it even better... A lot of great model are just wasted by a paint job too "ringard", your works have something "fresh", thanks for giving us the pleasure to admire such a nice job !
MAR 05, 2007 - 07:38 PM
Hi Clanky44, Another great job! I'll go . Joe
MAR 06, 2007 - 04:03 AM