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Monogram's 1/48 C-47 Skytrain "Mini Whiskey 7 #2" Completed!

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Posted by Keyda81 on Monday, January 27, 2020 8:14 AM

lawdog114

Seamwork looks perfect.  I look forward to your Memphis Belle.  I built the Revell kit years ago and it was quite nice for it's age. 

Also, I'm sorry for your loss.    

 

Thanks lawdog!  I think I was on the brink of insanity with the putty, sand, prime, repeat rountine, lol.  So glad it's done.  I've got one more little kit I want to do, and then Mini MMB is up next. 

Thank you.

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Posted by lawdog114 on Monday, January 27, 2020 12:25 AM

Seamwork looks perfect.  I look forward to your Memphis Belle.  I built the Revell kit years ago and it was quite nice for it's age. 

Also, I'm sorry for your loss.    

 "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 Keyda81 on Sunday, January 26, 2020 8:34 PM

Finally some progress to report.  I haven't been getting much time at the bench, but I managed to get up there for almost all of today.

I'm finally done with the putty, sand, prime, repeat routine.  What a pain in the butt that was.  I'm happy with how it looks now, so I'm ready for paint.  I got most of the PE glued on, and some of the scratch made fiddly bits.  Still a few more to do. 

Most of the PE flaps are ready to go.  Still have two more sections to build. 

She should see Whiskey 7's signature colors this week.  Finally.  Lol.

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Posted by Keyda81 on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 11:14 AM

the Baron

 

 
Keyda81

...I do have a kit, and a ton of PE for Mini MMB.  It's the Revell B-17F kit in 1/48.  I will have to modify a few of the nose windows, but I think that is about it.  I haven't looked at the kit in depth yet.  

 

 

Yep, pretty much the only game in town for such a project. I've got that one in my stash, to convert it to a B-17E for my collection of American aircraft used at Midway.  For a kit that originated as a copy of Monogram's B-17G ("Don't let it happen again!" said the brass at Monogram to their opposite numbers at Revell), it's not bad.  The interior is really basic, but when it's all closed up, there's not too much to see, anyway.

I look forward to seeing your build of that one, too!

Best regards,

Brad

 

I've got all the PE for the interior and exterior for it, so that should spruce it up some.  Like you said though you barely see any of it anyway.  I'm alright with that though, there will be lots of progress pics along the way, so it will be seen, and I'll know it's there! 

 

Thanks Striker!  The troop seats were scratch built.  Whiskey 7 has seats from an R4D, so the kit pan seats weren't going to work.  I'm hoping to get done with the putty, sand, prime routine soon and get painting.

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Posted by Striker8241 on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 8:50 AM

Very nice build, Keyda! I'm impressed with your cockpit detail, especially the throttle cluster. And those troop seats - did they come with the kit or did you scratch build them? They look great!

The C-47 is one of my favorite WWII aircraft. I'll be watching your progress!

Cheers,

Russ

 

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Posted by the Baron on Monday, January 6, 2020 12:43 PM

Keyda81

...I do have a kit, and a ton of PE for Mini MMB.  It's the Revell B-17F kit in 1/48.  I will have to modify a few of the nose windows, but I think that is about it.  I haven't looked at the kit in depth yet.  

Yep, pretty much the only game in town for such a project. I've got that one in my stash, to convert it to a B-17E for my collection of American aircraft used at Midway.  For a kit that originated as a copy of Monogram's B-17G ("Don't let it happen again!" said the brass at Monogram to their opposite numbers at Revell), it's not bad.  The interior is really basic, but when it's all closed up, there's not too much to see, anyway.

I look forward to seeing your build of that one, too!

Best regards,

Brad

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

 

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Posted by Keyda81 on Sunday, January 5, 2020 7:43 PM

jeaton01

You're having too much fun, Keyda.

Here's the Revell 1/48 kit in MB markings that I did many years ago.  My wife has since helped with the weathering by hitting it with Windex (yeah, it had gathered some dust) once when it was on an open shelf before I had an enclosed display case for it.  Truth, it may have improved it!

 

Revell 1/48 B-17F

 

I try.  I love being at the museum.  It's honestly been my savior.  I lost both my parents less than 2 years apart, Dad at 62, Mom at 61.  Going to the museum gives me something to look forward to, and makes me feel like I'm a part of something.  I'm helping keep the history alive. 

Very nice!  Mini W7, and Mini MMB will both be kept in an enclosed portion of my stand, once we get around to enclosing it.  I've got a whole thing planned out!

 

 

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Posted by jeaton01 on Saturday, January 4, 2020 12:05 AM

You're having too much fun, Keyda.

Here's the Revell 1/48 kit in MB markings that I did many years ago.  My wife has since helped with the weathering by hitting it with Windex (yeah, it had gathered some dust) once when it was on an open shelf before I had an enclosed display case for it.  Truth, it may have improved it!

 

Revell 1/48 B-17F

John

To see build logs for my models:  http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.htm

 

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Posted by Keyda81 on Friday, January 3, 2020 3:55 PM

This will be the 2nd Mini Whiskey 7.  The first one I built I donated to the museum, and it resides in their gift shop. 

I do have a kit, and a ton of PE for Mini MMB.  It's the Revell B-17F kit in 1/48.  I will have to modify a few of the nose windows, but I think that is about it.  I haven't looked at the kit in depth yet. 

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Posted by the Baron on Friday, January 3, 2020 11:48 AM

Hitting myself because I missed this build!  Is this just your second build of this kit, or have you built more?

And do you have a kit picked out for the "Memphis Belle"?

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

 

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Posted by Keyda81 on Friday, January 3, 2020 9:37 AM

My love lies with Whiskey 7, but MMB is pretty cool too.  An interesting fact about her is she's never been out of service.  She's been flying since 1945.  I do plan on doing a Mini MMB this winter.  I feel fortunate to be a part of the museum.  I'll be headed there tomorrow morning.

Me and my kiddo last summer with MMB at the airshow.  We camped out for a few days to help out, even got to take a flight.

One of my favorite pics, tip of my boot and the shadow of the plane on the ground.  That is something I can't do in Whiskey 7, lol.

 

Thanks lawdog!  I'm hoping to be done with the prime, putty, sand routine soon!

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Posted by lawdog114 on Friday, January 3, 2020 5:30 AM
Coming along nicely Keyda...

 "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 Justinryan215 on Thursday, January 2, 2020 6:56 PM

Keyda81

 

 
Justinryan215

 

 
GMorrison

 They are hard to come by and there are constantly folks looking to buy them.

 

Bill

 

 

 

 

They certainly are! (And I am most certainly looking for a stick of paratroopers for an upcoming "what if" I am working on!"

 

Keyda, if you still have those figures, and have not plans/interestes in using them, I would certainly be willing to help take them off your Hands!  Lol

 

 

 

I honestly didn't even look to see if they were still in the box.  I'll check and if they are there, they are yours.  I couldn't help but notice the airplane in your pic is Movie Memphis Belle.  I help work on her in the summer time when she's in Geneseo.  She's currently enjoying warmer weather in Florida. 

 

 

 

That would be awesome! Thank You!

 

I took the family to see the movie star when she flew in to philly for a visit....it was an awesome Experience!

 

 

"...failure to do anything because someone else can do better makes us rather dull and lazy..."

Mortal as I am,I know that I am born for a day.  But when I follow at my pleasure the serried multitude of the stars in their circular course, my feet no longer touch the Earth...

 

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Posted by Keyda81 on Thursday, January 2, 2020 1:41 PM

Justinryan215

 

 
GMorrison

 They are hard to come by and there are constantly folks looking to buy them.

 

Bill

 

 

 

 

They certainly are! (And I am most certainly looking for a stick of paratroopers for an upcoming "what if" I am working on!"

 

Keyda, if you still have those figures, and have not plans/interestes in using them, I would certainly be willing to help take them off your Hands!  Lol

 

I honestly didn't even look to see if they were still in the box.  I'll check and if they are there, they are yours.  I couldn't help but notice the airplane in your pic is Movie Memphis Belle.  I help work on her in the summer time when she's in Geneseo.  She's currently enjoying warmer weather in Florida. 

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Posted by Justinryan215 on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 7:51 AM

GMorrison

 They are hard to come by and there are constantly folks looking to buy them.

 

Bill

 

 

They certainly are! (And I am most certainly looking for a stick of paratroopers for an upcoming "what if" I am working on!"

 

Keyda, if you still have those figures, and have not plans/interestes in using them, I would certainly be willing to help take them off your Hands!  Lol

"...failure to do anything because someone else can do better makes us rather dull and lazy..."

Mortal as I am,I know that I am born for a day.  But when I follow at my pleasure the serried multitude of the stars in their circular course, my feet no longer touch the Earth...

 

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Posted by Keyda81 on Monday, December 30, 2019 11:02 AM

TREYZX10R

Just caught up with this thread and its looking awesome! Way to whip this old molding into shape! Really like watching these non shake and bake kits get worked into nice rep's of the real deal! Looking forward to the next up-date!

 

Thanks!  I've got two more of these kits in the stash, one C-47 and one AC-47.  I have the Trumpeter kit as well, but not sure which route I'm going with that one yet.  I have to think of space restrictions, lol. 

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Posted by TREYZX10R on Sunday, December 29, 2019 9:05 PM

Just caught up with this thread and its looking awesome! Way to whip this old molding into shape! Really like watching these non shake and bake kits get worked into nice rep's of the real deal! Looking forward to the next up-date!

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Posted by Keyda81 on Sunday, December 29, 2019 6:42 PM

M. Brindos

Don't forget that you can use styrene strips or stretched sprue to fill gaps so you can rescribe them safely.

 

I like to use Apoxie Sculpt to fill the larger ones, it smooths with water before it dries.  Then I usally use PPP or dissolved putty. 

Now that hunting season, and the holiday festivities are over I can get back to my regularly scheduled programming, lol. 

Round one of putty, sand, prime, repeat is done.  Getting better, but still have a few more rounds in order.

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Posted by M. Brindos on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 8:21 PM

Don't forget that you can use styrene strips or stretched sprue to fill gaps so you can rescribe them safely.

- Mike Brindos

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Posted by Keyda81 on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 7:51 PM

I have a complete airplane now, and a lot of work to make it pretty!  I've got some fairly decent sized gaps to fill, a lot of seam sanding, and some gouges that I made while cutting out the hatch to fix.  I usually don't show the "ugly".  But I figured this time, why not?!  I've been down this road with the first one, and I managed, so I'm sure I can manage this one too.

The other side ft nice and snug, with just a little "well" to fill, this side....not so much.

A couple of nasty gouges I made.  Oh well.

I also made a mess with the glue.  Again, not the first time, lol.

Another pretty big gap.

I'll likely get started on the putty, sand, prime repeat process tomorrow. 

 

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Posted by Keyda81 on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 3:10 PM

It can be challenging some times, but it adds another level to the build itself, at least for me it does.  It certainly adds time to it, lol.

I finished up the passenger seats.  I added the parachute that is kept behind the cockpit.

Glued the fuselage and wing halves together.

Got the underside of the wings cut out to add the PE flaps.  But that is for another day.

I'm going to have a ton of putty and sanding to do.  Oh well, I'll get through it.  Not entirely sure when though, leaving for hunting middle of next week.  So it might be a little while.

 

 

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Posted by fotofrank on Sunday, November 3, 2019 7:31 PM

I really admire you folks who do this type of work. scratch-building is an art form...

OK. On the bench: Way too much to build in one lifetime...

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Posted by Keyda81 on Sunday, November 3, 2019 7:20 PM

Thanks lawdog!

Well after a few of the other volunteers that help work on Whiskey 7 "requested" some additonal detail in the cockpit I added a few more things, lol.  Both of which are barely visible, but oh well.

The first was the landing gear lock release handle next to the pilot's seat on the floor.  The second thing was a very small yellow dinosaur that is on a bungee just above the intrustment panel.  I decided on my own to add the black binder, and the pouches for the headsets in the cubby above the red door. 

Some of the stuff is so small my camera won't focus on it, lol.  I've started working on the passenger seats, and hope to have those finished up and the fuse closed up in the next few days. 

 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 3:00 AM
Coming along very nice Keyda.

 "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 Keyda81 on Monday, October 28, 2019 4:32 PM

Got a couple hours of time at the bench this afternoon.  I think I'm calling the cockpit done.  Added the seats, foot pedals, anti-slip strips, and some weathering.

I may stare at it, and see if there is anything else I want to add.  Now I have to get working on the passenger seats. 

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Posted by scottrc on Monday, October 28, 2019 8:53 AM

Count me in for watching this build. Big Smile

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Posted by Keyda81 on Monday, October 28, 2019 8:19 AM

Got some painting done on Saturday, glued in a few bits in the cockpit as well.  Starting to look like Whiskey 7's cockpit.

Hopefully I get some time later on today to start adding some details.  Then it will be moving on to the rest of the interior. 

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Posted by Keyda81 on Friday, October 25, 2019 10:14 AM

modelcrazy

There's some nice scratchbuilding right there K. There are few who would know the details as well as you.

 

Thanks!  I do spend quite a bit of time with Whiskey 7, lol. 

 

Mike, it was a lot of fun recreating that stuff.  It adds a lot to the building process.  I might even get into detailing the landing gear bays a bit on this one.  I didn't do that the first time around.  The model was glued down to a base, so you wouldn't see up there anyway.  But since I built that first one, I've stood on the tire, and worked in the gear bay, lol. 

Hoping to get some time this afternoon to work on it. 

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Posted by M. Brindos on Thursday, October 24, 2019 2:56 PM

That seriously looks fun! I'm sorry I missed out on following that build while it was in progress.

Fortunately, I'm here for this one!

- Mike Brindos

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Posted by modelcrazy on Thursday, October 24, 2019 10:10 AM

There's some nice scratchbuilding right there K. There are few who would know the details as well as you.

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