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Monogram Martin B-26 Marauder - FINISHED ?

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  • Member since
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  • From: Irmo, South Carolina
Monogram Martin B-26 Marauder - FINISHED ?
Posted by Shipwreck on Friday, April 14, 2017 6:16 PM

 

 

 

Greetings, I started this 1/48 scale build in February; but could not post it because Photobucket and my MAC had some type of disagreement. I noticed that Lananda has just started posting his excellent build of the B-26. It seems that I might be up and running  again on Photobucket, so I decided to give it another try. We are building the same kit ; but we are taking different approaches. Namely, Lananda is going all out with detail; I am trying to build it out of the box almost. I had enough detailing on my B-29!

 DSC03923 by Benjamin Zabriskie, on Flickr

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  • From: Irmo, South Carolina
Posted by Shipwreck on Friday, April 14, 2017 6:44 PM

No detail allowed, equals no wires!

 

The basic components almost ready to go together!

 

This kit requires alot of seam work. This is the worst one.

 

All seams required some work.

 

This is that tail gun position which everyone loves. You can see that there is more to be done here!

 

The B-26 was one of the first bombers to have butt panels, as opposed to overlapping panels, which are better represented by recessed lines; but the raised lines will do just fine! You may notice that the flight deck is green. Most B-26s were bare aluminum with back from the window frames up. However, the insulation was green. You can see it in the Flack Bait nose display as brown (that is faded green).

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Posted by stikpusher on Friday, April 14, 2017 6:45 PM

Sweet! There never enough Marauders   on here! OOB, or fully tricked out, that kit builds up nice. I wanna follow this.

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

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Posted by Toshi on Friday, April 14, 2017 6:51 PM

I'm definatey will be following this!  Nice start on a very cool aircraft.  Good luck on the seams.

Toshi

 

Retired due to work related injury

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

 

ON THE BENCH:

Revell B-17G Flying Fortress 

NEXT BUILD:

Mrs. Toshi just purchased for me a Tamiya 1/48 Ki-61 via eBay, when it arrives, as always, I’ll do a WIP.  Thanks to M.Brindos and Model Maniac for the heads up and the inspiration in obtaining this kit for my next build.

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Posted by Lananda on Saturday, April 15, 2017 6:37 AM

Different approach but the box is exactly the same!

I feel that your building will be more enjoying that mine....

Have a nice job!

Working on: Breda BA-65 1/48      

                                      

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Posted by Shipwreck on Saturday, April 15, 2017 7:11 AM

Well, Lananda, after beating myself up converting a B-29 to the Silverplate Enola Gay which included modifications, couple hundred scratch built parts, photo etch, and crew; I needed a brake!  Never-the-less, I could not resist adding the bombardier's armor.

Actually, I am taking a simpler approach to all my modeling because I have far more models than I can finish in the time I have left to do any modeling; so I want to limit the time I spend on each project! Hey, I love the detail that you put into your bird!

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Posted by Bossman on Saturday, April 15, 2017 12:34 PM

Looking good so far SW,

Have you decided on whether this ome will be a natural metal finish or Olive ?

Chris

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Posted by Shipwreck on Saturday, April 15, 2017 3:09 PM

Bossman

Have you decided on whether this ome will be a natural metal finish or Olive ?

 

Yes I have, Chris; it will be olive. I want to model Flak Bait; but the decals that I made from photos are very thick. If I find that they are not workable I may model Mild & Bitter. Both aircraft come from the same production batch and share similar service, so it would be easy to make the switch.

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Posted by Shipwreck on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 2:23 PM

I am about to spray can Tamiya Primer. This will show me what still needs more work. Lots, I am sure!

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Posted by Jay Jay on Thursday, April 20, 2017 11:44 AM

I am watching intently .

It looks like you have solved the worst fit issues and I'm looking forward to your next installment.  Mine was a putty monster but in the end this kit turns into a great looking B-26 ( my favorite bomber).   I only wish Hasagawa or Tamiya would produce this great plane in the future.

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Toshi on Thursday, April 20, 2017 11:54 AM

Everything looks good shipwreck.  Interested in seeing how the first coat looks!

Toshi

 

Retired due to work related injury

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

 

ON THE BENCH:

Revell B-17G Flying Fortress 

NEXT BUILD:

Mrs. Toshi just purchased for me a Tamiya 1/48 Ki-61 via eBay, when it arrives, as always, I’ll do a WIP.  Thanks to M.Brindos and Model Maniac for the heads up and the inspiration in obtaining this kit for my next build.

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Posted by Shipwreck on Thursday, April 20, 2017 3:12 PM

The first coat of primer went on yesterday. That means I had a lot of patching up to do this morning. This afternoon the second coat of primer was applied. There is still several minor touch ups that are needed, but it is close the next base coat of silver.

I suppose there has to be at least one uncooperative seam.

 

 

I have experimented with Lazer Bond on this model. So far the results are good. It is like a clear 2 part epoxy; strong bond, but it does not sand! It has a precise applicator for filling gaps; just clean up the excess, like immediately!

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     1/48 Star Wars X-wing

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Posted by Gamera on Friday, April 21, 2017 7:54 AM

Nope, can't ever have too many B-26s! Nice work, looking forward to seeing her all painted up. 

"Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed." -G.K. Chesterton

 

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Posted by M. Brindos on Friday, April 21, 2017 2:00 PM

Yep, lol. There is always that one seam.

- Mike Brindos

Figure Painting Moderator -- Genessis-Models

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Posted by Toshi on Friday, April 21, 2017 2:06 PM

M. Brindos

Yep, lol. There is always that one seam.

 

I have to agree with M. Brindos.  But knowing your skill set, you'll be painting the base silver coat in no time.  Everything looks great!

Toshi

 

Retired due to work related injury

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

 

ON THE BENCH:

Revell B-17G Flying Fortress 

NEXT BUILD:

Mrs. Toshi just purchased for me a Tamiya 1/48 Ki-61 via eBay, when it arrives, as always, I’ll do a WIP.  Thanks to M.Brindos and Model Maniac for the heads up and the inspiration in obtaining this kit for my next build.

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Posted by Shipwreck on Wednesday, May 03, 2017 6:48 AM

 

In preparation for the final camouflage and paint chipping, I airbrushed Chrome Silver X-11 on the top surfaces with some Flat Aluminum and Metallic Grey. The bottom surfaces were left prime with some Dark Grey.

 

 

 

 

The top surfaces were sprayed with Olive Drab XF-62 with Flat White and Dark Green. The bottom was sprayed with XF-53 Nutral Grey and some white, black and dark grey.

 

 

 

 

The paint chipping was done with salt. After some sanding, it will be ready for some Future and decals.

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Posted by Jay Jay on Wednesday, May 03, 2017 7:47 AM

OOOO me likey !  Yes

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, May 03, 2017 11:31 AM

That Marauder is not even finished and it already looms war weary... Very nicely done!

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, May 04, 2017 11:32 AM

She's lookin' good SW! 

You're making me want to pull mine out and start on it, last thing I need is to start something else... Sad

"Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed." -G.K. Chesterton

 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Friday, May 05, 2017 12:29 AM
Coming along nicely........

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Bossman on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 10:18 PM

Ship -

Wow ! - That's a masterful job of fading.  I can tell thats gonna look really nice already.

Chris

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Posted by DasBeav on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 10:24 PM

Looks great Mr. Shipwreck! This was one of the first models I have done in the past. Now I want to do another one and trash the first....

Sooner Born...Buckeye Bred.

 

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Posted by Shipwreck on Thursday, May 11, 2017 7:11 AM
Thanks for looking! Not much has been made in visible progress due to the distractions of life and it is time to make decals. My desire is to do Flak Bait, but I have to make decals from copies. My first attempt of the kill bombs has failed, but I have a new sheet which is drying and should be ready tomorrow, May 11. If all else fails I will go with Mild and Bitter, which saw basically the same service as Flak Bait and same production block; and I have decals for that! I hope to be able to post more photos by next week!

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Thursday, May 11, 2017 7:29 AM

Shipwreck !

 That is coming along nicely . I got to see Flak - Bait at the Smithsonian . That was a lesson in squish ! I had more room in the office of my B-25 . Anyway even if you have to do the other bird , you're doing a bang up job . War Weary in Miniature ! Cool ! T.B.

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Posted by Toshi on Friday, May 12, 2017 6:23 AM

Shipwreck,

I have used the salt technique several times and was very happy with my results.  I see that your salt technique is fantastic and I'm most impressed with the chipping effect!

Toshi

 

Retired due to work related injury

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

 

ON THE BENCH:

Revell B-17G Flying Fortress 

NEXT BUILD:

Mrs. Toshi just purchased for me a Tamiya 1/48 Ki-61 via eBay, when it arrives, as always, I’ll do a WIP.  Thanks to M.Brindos and Model Maniac for the heads up and the inspiration in obtaining this kit for my next build.

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Posted by cbaltrin on Sunday, May 14, 2017 10:45 AM

Looks good Shipwreck. Keep the pics coming.

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Posted by Shipwreck on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 6:03 PM

 

 

 

 

I have declared my B-26 build completed; now for clean-up and sealing, and maybe a hard stand. I did not have a decal sheet for Flak Bait, so I had to do the nose art and mission bombs from photos, the white call letters on the fuselage were brush painted, the national insignia from the kit sheet. At this point I will set it aside and think about it after a couple of days!

 

 

 

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     1/48 Star Wars X-wing

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     Stain kitchen and bathroom cabinets

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Posted by Toshi on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 6:18 PM

That sir looks fantastic to me.  I can't believe that's hand painted.  It looks like a decal to me, what a great build sir!

Toshi

 

Retired due to work related injury

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

 

ON THE BENCH:

Revell B-17G Flying Fortress 

NEXT BUILD:

Mrs. Toshi just purchased for me a Tamiya 1/48 Ki-61 via eBay, when it arrives, as always, I’ll do a WIP.  Thanks to M.Brindos and Model Maniac for the heads up and the inspiration in obtaining this kit for my next build.

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  • From: Sunny So. Cal... The OC
Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 6:22 PM

Beautiful!!! You really did a good job of showing how beat up she was at the end of the war! 

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

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  • From: Irmo, South Carolina
Posted by Shipwreck on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 7:04 PM
I suppose some explanation might be helpful. This rendition of Flak Bait is suppose to represent her on 18 April 1945 as she sits ready to lead the 322nd Bomb Group on their mission to Magdeburg, Germany. It was her 200th mission. There were to be 2 more bombing missions and 5 decoy missions for a total of 207; but the decoy missions are usually not counted. Most models and pictures of Flak Bait show her after the 200th run with a big red bomb marked with "200" or "200 Missions"!

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     Stain kitchen and bathroom cabinets

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