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  • Member since
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  • From: western North Carolina
New to forum - some of my builds
Posted by kensar on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 8:17 AM

Hello everyone.  I'm new to the forum and thought I would show some of my builds.  I have been building model cars for some time, but have only built 8 aircraft, so I am still learning the techniques.  I have been looking around the forums and there certainly are some talented builders here.  I have learned alot and hope to be able to contribute in the future.

My builds:

1:32 Academy Sopwith Camel

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1:72 Academy F6F Hellcat


1:48 Eduard BF108 Taifun

I hope you enjoy the pictures and thanks for looking.



Tags: bf108 , Camel , Hellcat , taifun



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    July, 2017
Posted by bartenational on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 8:27 AM

Great looking stuff! I remember one of the first kits I built was a revell sopwith camel 1/72 scale. The black and white drawings specified the color as "Olive Drab". Being 8 or 10 I had no idea what that was! I had to walk around asking my family. 


Anyway looks like you nailed it! nice work, 


what did you use for the wires on your Camel, it looks like you have linkage at the ends, Nice touch


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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 8:36 AM

Very nice models.  Good photography too.


Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by BrandonK on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 9:05 AM

You're a skilled builder and it shows. Well done on those kits and that rigging is awesome.


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1/32 Kitty Hawk OS2U Kingfisher

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  • From: Albany, New York
Posted by ManCityFan on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 9:40 AM


You're a skilled builder and it shows. Well done on those kits and that rigging is awesome.



Ditto  I really like the prop on the Camel.  I also really like the camo scheme on the Taifun.  Looking forward to seeing future projects.

Have fun,


Dwayne or Dman or just D.  All comments are welcome on my builds. 


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  • From: western North Carolina
Posted by kensar on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 9:53 AM

The rigging is monofilament fishing line, 0.005" diam., colored with a sharpie marker.

At most of the ends there is a brass tube (~1mm long, 0.6mmOD/0.4mm ID), that the line goes through, then goes around a mounting point, then goes back through the tube, and is CA'ed.  The mounting points are either holes in the kit struts, or a loop of 0.5mm wire superglued into a hole in the plastic surface.  I tried using 0.5mmOD/0.3mmID tube but could not always get the rigging line through it on the second pass.  Its the smallest brass tubing I have ever seen.  It came from Albion Metals through Sprue Bros.

There is a tutorial on this rigging technique on which is another awesome site.

Thanks for the complements!





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Posted by Retired In Kalifornia on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 11:04 AM

For some years after turn of this century visited a hobby store next to SiSi's Hong Kong Cafe in the (San) Lorenzo Manor Shopping Center on Hesperian Blvd in the San Francisco East Bay Area, no surprise its gone but they'd hosted an impressive number of scale models made by local hobbyists in several fully enclosed display cabinets center of the store.

One model repeatedly catching my eye was an artifully modified 1/72 Revell Airco DH.2, The God who'd made it used the thinnest metal thread for rigging I'd ever seen up till then, His skill attaching the rigging was beyond amazing, no glue build-up on any attachment point. The God painted on simulated multi-color rigging attachment anchors, do swear they'd looked like were printed on!

As fully expected I was highly intimidated by His craftmanship, I just don't know if could even try to attempt to replicate what he'd done with that bear of a kit to build. If I do try to build another Revell DH.2 will have to use EZ Line thread, no way could I get away with using metal.

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Posted by Bish on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 1:23 PM

Lovely builds there, look forward to seeing more of them.

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Posted by fox on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 2:20 PM

Outstanding builds Kensar! ToastToastToast

I could use some lessons. Whats the going rate?Wink

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Posted by Greatmaker on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 2:51 PM

Welcome and thanks for sharing some exceptional work!

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Posted by Aggieman on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 3:04 PM

All very nice builds, but I am most impressed with your Camel.

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  • From: Streetsboro, Ohio
Posted by Toshi on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 3:38 PM

Welcome to FSM Forums!  All of your builds are of exceptional quality.  Thank you for sharing them with us.



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Posted by blackdog62 on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 9:41 PM

well may I say welcome kensar. all your models look great. I have yet to rig a biplane and your camels rigging looks awsom. can't wait to what els you have up sleeve.

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Posted by RadMax8 on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 9:55 PM

You may have only build 8 aircraft, but your skill is obvious. If you're looking for a tip, the only one I can think to give is in regards to canopies. When you paint them, use the interior color first. On a plane like your Taifun, which has a large "greenhouse", it would add another layer of realism to an already fantastic build. 

Nice work, and thanks for sharing!

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  • From: western North Carolina
Posted by kensar on Thursday, October 12, 2017 6:45 AM

Thanks, Radmax8.  That's a great tip.  I'll be using that in the future.

Again, thanks to everyone that commented.  This forum and others have a wealth of knowledge and experience that can benefit us all.

I have finished a LF-107 Lunak glider model that I will post soon in the civil aircraft forum.




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  • From: Denver, Colorado
Posted by MrStecks on Thursday, October 12, 2017 9:07 AM

These builds are beautiful.  I especially like the Camel.  Excellent work.  Yes

Cheers, Mark

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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, October 12, 2017 11:42 AM

Some really fine work there! 

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  • From: Salem, Oregon
Posted by 1943Mike on Thursday, October 12, 2017 6:40 PM

Yikes! Really fine builds here.

I have the Wingnut Wings 1/32 Camel F.1 which, when I get around to building, I hope I'll be able to do 1/2 as good a job as you've done with the Academy kit.


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Posted by Mopar Madness on Thursday, October 12, 2017 7:03 PM

Great work!  I really like that Bf 108.


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Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 9:02 PM
Very well done. Welcome aboard..

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Posted by keavdog on Thursday, October 19, 2017 12:58 AM

Nice clean builds and finish.  I want to see your cars!

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Posted by kensar on Thursday, October 19, 2017 5:20 PM

Posting some in the Auto forum.




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Posted by Jay Jay on Thursday, October 19, 2017 6:24 PM

Welcome Sign  Glad you're here Mate and TY for sharing your builds. That Taifun is remarkable and I for one am looking forward to learning from you.






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