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Encore/Squadron 1/48 A-37B Dragonfly, Off to the Show!

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  • Member since
    January 2015
  • From: Tumwater, WA.
Posted by M. Brindos on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 7:48 PM

You did a damn nice job on that one, Max!

Love the collection on the shelf!  :)

- Mike Brindos

Figure Painting Moderator -- Genessis-Models

  • Member since
    April 2016
  • From: Parsons Kansas
Posted by Hodakamax on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 7:55 PM

Hey thanks Mike! Did you see the P-40 on the lower shelf? I guess I'll keep it. Actually it looks fairly good on the flight line if you don't get too close! At least the pilot looks dashing! LOL!

Max

  • Member since
    May 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 7:59 PM

Very, very nice, Max! YesYesYes

Looks good on the shelf (I mean, in the museum) too.

-Greg

  • Member since
    April 2016
  • From: Parsons Kansas
Posted by Hodakamax on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 8:12 PM

Thanks Gang, I can't express how much I appreciate everyone's comments. I'm somewhat overcome! I hope I can do the Phantom justice. You guys are great with your advice and encouragement! Everone's help has brought me up a step in modeling. I'm still blown away by the talent on the Forum. Keep setting the Standards!

Max

  • Member since
    November 2003
  • From: Naples, FL
Posted by tempestjohnny on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 8:37 PM
Looks great. I like the shelves too

 

  • Member since
    April 2016
  • From: Parsons Kansas
Posted by Hodakamax on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 9:04 PM

The shelves continue a bit further. Here's a better view. Storage is always a problem and I have others on the other side of the office, er, Museum on the opposite side but not as many. Bombers are 1/72, most everything else is 1/48. 1/32 is looking better in my old age and I do have a 1/32 Me-109 as a practice run. A few models spill over into and around the house and my sweet wife is quite tolerant of my decor which includes a 1/1 motorcycle hanging in the living room. One's home should represent one's tastes I always say. Models represent lotsa hours, problem solving, even history and are good for the soul as decor. All good.

Max

fox
  • Member since
    January 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 9:35 PM

Nice museum Max! Can't think of anything to say about that georgous bird that hasn't already been said. 

So, a well deserved Bow Down Bow Down Bow Down.

Jim  Captain

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench:  Revell 1/96 USS Kearsarge - 70% 

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

  • Member since
    April 2016
  • From: Parsons Kansas
Posted by Hodakamax on Thursday, March 9, 2017 9:55 AM

A brief summary and review is probably in order for this drawn out post. First of all, part of this project involved my ongoing journalism career. I was always a photographer when covering a story situation and couldn't even type well. As semi-retirement has set in now I can fill in the gaps of story telling with the help of my dear wife who taught Journalism for years. She has been instrumental in developing my new passion and endeavour. She often edits my work with a large teacher-like red pen. The Forum has been a fun place to be allowed to rave on about other passions such as motorcycles, modeling, photography and writing. Thanks for your support!

Back to the Super Tweet. My mission in modeling usually is to build examples of aircraft history for my so-called Museum. They almost always are OOB and look as they came out the factory door. I appeciate everone's praise but my work doesn't even begin to approach the levels of talent shown on the Forum by others. Weathering and incredible detail work shown by the Gang is beyond my reach even though I try to dabble in it. Credit where credit is due!

I see the said model is on sale at Squadron for about $17, down from the earlier $50. The experience of the build was frought with issues of the concept of packaging aftermarket ideas in an existing kit from a Revell mold. Instructions seemed to be vague and disconnected from the original concept. Some resin parts were no better than the originals and you had to remove them from large blocks. The resin cockpit and seats were well detailed and the photoetched parts were superb. The instruments assembled in 3D and were pre-colored.

This was my first experience with resin parts. Almost everything I tried as adhesives didn't work. It was like glueing bars of soap together. In one case they said to cut off the original fueling probe and replace it with almost identical resin one. Good luck with that! None of the adhesives that I tried could make that work.

The biggest time consuming challenge was the fitting of the cockpit tub which had zero reference points and no place to attach. It also had to be installed before assembling the fuselage halves along with very large constructed weights. Add some side panels and an instrument panel along with these adhesive problems and the model was nearly put away. Ah, but modeling is problem solving but more than I wanted in this supposedly simple model. My final solution was to use hot glue to secure and provide mounting.

I suppose if you like challenges this could be one. It is cute when finished! If I was to do this again I think I would explore finding a better detailed kit at least for my purposes of display.

I did learn several things on the build or at least was introduced to them as in resin parts. My decaling finally got quite acceptable on this build, thanks to everyone's advice. My painting procedure still needs some work to obtain the gloss needed for decaling and I need to try some different types of paint. Several past masking issues were adressed such as tapes and methods. All positive.

Anyway, that's my semi-brief report. Plus and minus things, things learned, reporting W.I.P. was really fun and everyone's comments spurred me along. I got to write, photograph, interact with friends and came up with an acceptable Museum piece along with at least a small history lesson on the Super Tweet. What could be better!

Thanks for your support Gang!

Max

 

 

  • Member since
    April 2016
  • From: Parsons Kansas
Posted by Hodakamax on Sunday, April 2, 2017 9:23 PM

The A-37 "Super Tweet" did come out as one of my better works which only means it was not as bad as the last one, LOL! I've been doing the final touches on it for the Tulsa Oklahoma Modelers IPMS show April 8, 2017, like next Saturday in Bixby, Oklahoma. I'm never competitive in this event but it is fun to participate. I'll also try to bring a few other favorites. Check it out on the Tulsa Modelers site. 

Last time my Leopoard 1/48 Tank was not muddy enough and I got fourth out of four. I did eek out a 3rd in 1/48 Multi-engined/bombers with my Revell B-17G, not bad for my first competition at least I was pleased. Whew, lotsa seams showing. I'm learning! The Tweet won't win against the talent there but it is fun to enter and talk models. These guys are off the charts on talent. It does humble you and remind you where you need to improve. All learning experiences!

Make it if you can and look me up, always fun meeting faces from the Forum! There's also lots of vendors with great prices at the show, It's a great place to make some vintage and rare buys. 

OK, I know you've seen a lot of the A-37 W.I.P. pictures but check out the cool last detail antenna, does that look fast or what. Really, it should be straight standing still but hey, it's just some art or perhaps an aftermarket item from the A-37 catalog.

See you there if you can make it!

Max

  • Member since
    August 2013
Posted by Jay Jay on Monday, April 3, 2017 8:28 AM

Wow Max,

I think your Dragonfly came out excellent and you should do well at the show, so good luck Mate. I also enjoyed your W.I.P. done like a pro.

 

 

 

 

 

 I'm finally retired. Now time I got, money I don't.

fox
  • Member since
    January 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Monday, April 3, 2017 1:21 PM

 I use antennas like that on military vehicles to give them the look of being driven at speed for long periods of time. Used to have 2 cats and they left whiskers all over the house that make great ones. Don't worry about snapping them off in transport or a wayward child at a show with a "look at this daddy". 

Jim  Captain

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench:  Revell 1/96 USS Kearsarge - 70% 

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

  • Member since
    April 2016
  • From: Parsons Kansas
Posted by Hodakamax on Monday, April 3, 2017 3:20 PM

 

Max

fox

 I use antennas like that on military vehicles to give them the look of being driven at speed for long periods of time. Used to have 2 cats and they left whiskers all over the house that make great ones. Don't worry about snapping them off in transport or a wayward child at a show with a "look at this daddy". 

Jim  Captain

 

Hey Jim, the 12lb Monofilament came off the spool with the perfect curve! I'm outta cats, LOL!

Max

 

  • Member since
    March 2015
  • From: Streetsboro, Ohio
Posted by Toshi on Monday, April 3, 2017 3:32 PM

Good luck at the show.

Toshi

On The Bench: Revell 1/48 B-25 Mitchell

 

Married to the most caring, loving, understanding, and beautiful wife in the world.  Mrs. Toshi

 

 

  • Member since
    April 2016
  • From: Parsons Kansas
Posted by Hodakamax on Monday, April 3, 2017 3:51 PM

Thanks Toshi, good to see you moving again! As for the show, probably not a chance against the experts, I'm always humbled there! Credit where credit's due, they do awesome work. It is fun to enter and talk models, We'll have a good time! I'll try to get a few photos of the adventure!

Max

  • Member since
    April 2016
  • From: Parsons Kansas
Posted by Hodakamax on Sunday, October 8, 2017 11:02 AM

It was class reunion weekend and an old modeling friend was there from 1960. I'm just moving this to the top so he can find it and so he can see what fun we have on this site.

Max

  • Member since
    June 2018
Posted by pdxseabee on Friday, June 1, 2018 2:40 PM
I have acquired this same model and it's missing the instructions. Is it possible you could scan them and post them?
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