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Monogram 1/48 Tiger Shark P-40B

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Posted by DM1975 on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 10:32 PM

I did get where the bottom front of it's glued to the body off a little bit but ive massaged it back to looking ok. 

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Posted by nfafan on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 12:20 PM
Man, what kid didn't like these old Monogram kits - usually extra build options and almost always with some form of "working" feature to keep us young modelers happy. And all for typically a dollar!!
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Posted by the Baron on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 12:42 PM

And this one represented a leap forward from Monogram's first generation of plastic kits, too-the US Navy aircraft.  This generation of kits were models in the truer sense-more and finer detail, and greater attempts to be as accurate as possible.

The P-40B is one of my all-time favorites, too.

Great progress!

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

 

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Posted by DM1975 on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 8:29 PM

Yes, I always loved these old Monogram kits. I'll have to say that I recently bought an Airfix 1/48 P-51D and I'm pretty amazed at the detail. I plan on doing that one after my stepdads fathers P-51 from WWII if I can get some good pictures of it. 

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Posted by DM1975 on Thursday, January 14, 2021 2:35 AM

Primed 

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Posted by M. Brindos on Thursday, January 14, 2021 11:21 AM

Wing root looks great! And it looks like you got that nose sorted out well too, and that's a problematic area with that kit. I had to use filler and very carefully add the panel lines back to it. That took a lot of time with my build and I know you've earned the cudos for that part of the build alone.

What I'm saying is; Good Job! Smile

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Posted by DM1975 on Thursday, January 14, 2021 1:43 PM

I appreciate the kind words. I have accidentally obliterated some panel lines and I'm not sure if I want to re scribe them or not. Its for sure no magnum opus lol. 

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Posted by M. Brindos on Thursday, January 14, 2021 3:55 PM

I obliterated half of mine as well just trying to get that nose to get back into shape, but in the end I think I made the right choice by scribing the panel lines back in. Something I'm not going to do the next time I build this kit. 

The next one is going up on the ceiling with my P-36 and my Zero.

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Posted by DM1975 on Friday, January 15, 2021 12:39 AM

M. Brindos

I obliterated half of mine as well just trying to get that nose to get back into shape, but in the end I think I made the right choice by scribing the panel lines back in. Something I'm not going to do the next time I build this kit. 

The next one is going up on the ceiling with my P-36 and my Zero.

 

I have a zero in my build pile. It's another one of these white box exports. years ago I decided to get back into modeling so I pulled it out of my boxof models in storage, painted the pilot, glued him in and glued the fuselage half's together and quit lol. I may have to do it next. Maybe. 

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Posted by M. Brindos on Friday, January 15, 2021 2:03 AM

If it's the old Monogram kit then it will go together well, even though there's no real details inside it.

I built and painted mine simply as a decompression build. No extras except for scratch built cannon barrels and I painted over the canopy glass because I didn't feel like doing anything inside the interior.

I still enjoyed it and it looks good hanging up above. I'm sure you will enjoy the simplicity of it.

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Posted by UnwaryPaladin on Friday, January 15, 2021 6:48 AM

Looking great! This was the first kit I attempted when I got back into modeling and the seams were a bear. You handled them well.

 

Question on the wheel wells- I recall seeing some with canvas covers inside the wells. Any info on where/when they were used?

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Posted by DM1975 on Monday, January 18, 2021 1:09 PM

I have no idea on when the canvas was used or not in the front wheel wells. I added it to the rear gear but that's it. 

So after a few fights with my airbrushes and compressor I finally got it painted. Now for decals and details. 

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Posted by M. Brindos on Monday, January 18, 2021 1:16 PM

That's looking good! 

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Posted by DM1975 on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 10:34 PM

Since the canopy that comes with it is literally unusable so I ordered a vacuum formed canopy which to my surprise does not include the rear glass so I'll have to fab those. But so far I'm really happy with it. 

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Posted by M. Brindos on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 11:39 AM

That's excellent. I did end up using the kit canopy, but not without surgery and modifications to make it functional on my build. Really wish I could find the pictures, but I think I'm going to have to take some new ones.

Your build is really looking good!

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Posted by DM1975 on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 1:22 PM

Thank you. I plan on using canopy glue to attach the clear front wind screen. I've already separated the two from each other. 

Any words of wisdom on the use of "Canopy Glue" from Evergreen?

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Posted by DM1975 on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 4:01 PM

Made these today out of the clear plastic blister package that I got some paint mixing balls in. 

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Posted by M. Brindos on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 8:59 PM

Good choice. That's what I would've suggested. Again, I stuck with the kit parts and I did end up with a crack behind the coolent cap. I just had to accept it at the time because I entered it into a timed Group Build Competition over on Genesis Model's site.

I took some pictures this evening if you don't mind me sharing them here.

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Posted by M. Brindos on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 9:02 PM

DM1975

Thank you. I plan on using canopy glue to attach the clear front wind screen. I've already separated the two from each other. 

Any words of wisdom on the use of "Canopy Glue" from Evergreen?

 

Nope. I use Tamiya Extra Thin. I'm just very careful lol.

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Posted by DM1975 on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 10:32 PM

Feel free to share!

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Posted by M. Brindos on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 11:17 PM

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Posted by DM1975 on Thursday, January 21, 2021 7:49 AM

Very awesome!

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Posted by fox on Thursday, January 21, 2021 4:08 PM

Very nice build! Toast

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Posted by M. Brindos on Thursday, January 21, 2021 4:32 PM

DM1975

Very awesome!

 

Thank you. I hope that doesn't come off as pure showboating. I spent a lot of effort, like you have, invested in scratch building a lot of details to make my build above average. I want you to know that all of your efforts here is super appreciated and you will have yourself one heck of a sweet, satisfying adventure.

We here at FSM absolutely love this kind of work and love watching it all happen. Don't ever stop doing this kind of work. You will only improve and you will always get noticed.

You build like I do. It's awesome to watch.

Mike

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Posted by DM1975 on Thursday, January 21, 2021 7:04 PM

Thank! Right now I have to set it aside until I can order some decals for it. I have the canopy pieces roughly painted but I'm waiting to the very last to add those. 

I know I missed a lot of details here and there, and my airbrush technique needs to get better. I figure it has enough flash in the cockpit that maybe the things I missed don't stand out much.

And I figure it's my first model in like 20 years or so. To me I figure building more will just make me better. Big Smile

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Posted by M. Brindos on Thursday, January 21, 2021 10:11 PM

You sound a lot like the rest of us here, lol.

Practice, practice, practice. It's all we ever do here. I keep a healthy supply of old Monogram and Revell kits in my stash, but also have Tamiya, Airfix, and Hasagawa kits as well. I also recommend a few Academy, Accurate Miniatures, and Hobby Craft kits when you can find them. They build up nicely and let you add fun home-made bits too.

Just keep doing what you're doing. Enjoy yourself, or there's no point at all. You will get better and better.

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Posted by DM1975 on Thursday, January 21, 2021 10:20 PM

I've got a few Tamiya and Airfix kits in the pile right now. I really want to try an Eduards. 

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Posted by keavdog on Thursday, January 21, 2021 11:58 PM

Thats turning out great.  Nice work on the vac canopy - there's a reason why you usually get two :/  Strange that they didn't include the glass in the back, but it looks like you handled that like a champ.

Thanks,

John

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