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No More Excuses GB: Part Deux. Closed to New Entries But Finish What You Signed Up For

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Posted by Mobious on Saturday, November 26, 2011 10:49 AM

 I spent the last couple of weeks looking for the "Shelf Queens" I put into storage. I found them packed away in a box with kitchen equipment. The first kit I'd planned on completing for this GB is the 1/35 Tamiya StugIII G Early version. After researching a little more thru some of my recently uncovered library, It appears that zimm was not applied to these early G versions at all. I've decided to complete this kit for the "No More Excuses" GB. Appologies for jumping the start date, but after nearly a year away from the bench, I had to get started. A make shift bench in the spare room was readied and the tool box set into position. I'll post some progress pics asap.

 Mo

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Posted by macattack80 on Saturday, November 26, 2011 12:42 PM

Welcome aboard Mobious!  I will update the roster.

If y'all wanna get started we call it close enough. 

Kevin

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Posted by Thunderbolt379 on Saturday, November 26, 2011 4:19 PM

Mo -- I love that kit, I have three more in the stash. Are you sure about ther zim? Cavalier make a waffle-pattern set expressly for this kit...

Cheers, Mike/TB379

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Posted by Mobious on Saturday, November 26, 2011 6:56 PM

Thunderbolt, I'm not 100% positive. The few photo's I have of the early StugIII G are lacking the zim, much like the Panther D's also lacked the coating. Zimm was ordered applied at production levels starting Sept of 1943. Most of the photo's I have show the zimm applied to a "mid" production Stug. One that would also have the cast deflector around the commanders hatch and a base 80mm frontal armor. I'm not an expert on this and have been wrong many times, I'm just attempting to rationalize why I've decided not to use the cavalier set that I have for this kit. BTW, it is a nice set.

Mo

"It's a problem of applied physics" Roy Brown

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Posted by Mobious on Sunday, November 27, 2011 8:07 PM

 Got a quick shot of the progress,

[View:/themes/fsm/utility/Tamiya StugIII G Early:550:0]

 This is a really great kit. The fit is flawless. It's been a blast to build so far. I just built the StugIIIB last week and it was just as fun to build as this one. I still haven't decided to hang the skirts or spare T34 links along the hull sides of the Stug. Thanks for looking.

 Mo

 

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Posted by dupes on Sunday, November 27, 2011 8:24 PM

Alright Kevin, sounds like a good idea...my shelves could use some serious cleaning up. Put me on the roster - I'm back from vacation tomorrow, will get you a list of the offenders some time this week. Yes

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Posted by macattack80 on Tuesday, November 29, 2011 4:10 PM

dupes

Alright Kevin, sounds like a good idea...my shelves could use some serious cleaning up. Put me on the roster - I'm back from vacation tomorrow, will get you a list of the offenders some time this week. Yes

Thanks for signing up dupes!   I will update the roster.

Kevin

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Posted by sub revolution on Wednesday, November 30, 2011 5:04 AM

Oh wow... We finally got our last box from the states today, and um, this is what I see:

This poor guy is worse off than even I thought, and I'm pretty sure I am missing a lot of pieces now. I'm thinking maybe a junkyard scene is more in order for him now...

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Posted by macattack80 on Wednesday, November 30, 2011 3:41 PM

sub revolution

Oh wow... We finally got our last box from the states today, and um, this is what I see:

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7014/6430135957_de50cabc1a.jpg

This poor guy is worse off than even I thought, and I'm pretty sure I am missing a lot of pieces now. I'm thinking maybe a junkyard scene is more in order for him now...

I will update the roster with your entry Sub revolution!  A boneyard scene would be cool. 

Hey Mobious, I just realized I added you to the roster twice.  Sorry.  Brain fart I guess.

Kevin

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Posted by dupes on Wednesday, November 30, 2011 9:44 PM

The list for you.

Group Build fail: 1/35 Trumpeter Sturer Emil

Shelf Queens: 1/48 Monogram F-102, Revell EA-6A, 1/35 Academy M4A2, AFV Club M3A3 Stuart Flak Conversion.

There might be a couple more I can dig out...but we'll stick with those for now. Tongue Tied

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Posted by macattack80 on Thursday, December 1, 2011 4:05 PM

Sounds good dupes.  Can't wait to see the F-102 finished.  I always like the delta wings.  A delta wing GB crossed my mind at one point.  I may put out a feeler thread on that next year.

We are officially underway here at the No Excuses GB: Part Deux.  So let's GIT R DONE!!!!

Kevin

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Posted by ruddratt on Friday, December 2, 2011 9:54 PM

Yo Kevin, glad to get this show on the road. If it's cool with you, I've got a decade-old shelf sitter with just the 'pit installed into a semi-completed fuselage with the lower wing attached that I'd love to do for this GB instead of the Sherman. The kit I'm referring to is DML's 1/48 SPAD XIII. It was shelved over 10 years ago because I loathed the decals it came with. A short time back though, I was able to get my mitts on a sweet  Aeromaster sheet with markings for 5 mounts, including Frank Luke's '26'. Together with a 'Part Of Poland' PE set to beef up the Vickers guns, I think it'll be a cool addition to the GB.

 

Mike

 "We have our own ammunition. It's filled with paint. When we fire it, it makes pretty pictures....scares the hell outta people."

 

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Posted by 68GT on Saturday, December 3, 2011 9:00 PM

Well, I have oficially started!

This is the I Testor 1/72 F-4G I was building for last years Phantom GB.

I sprayed some gray as a guide coat.  I'll lightly scuff it and see if I need to fill anymore.  Its close but its been so long I can't remember.

On Ed's bench, ???

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Posted by macattack80 on Sunday, December 4, 2011 12:21 PM

ruddratt, no big deal sir.  I will update the front page with your update.

Kevin

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Posted by macattack80 on Sunday, December 4, 2011 12:24 PM

68GT

Well, I have oficially started!

This is the I Testor 1/72 F-4G I was building for last years Phantom GB.

http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h304/Scode68/Models/1323308.jpg

I sprayed some gray as a guide coat.  I'll lightly scuff it and see if I need to fill anymore.  Its close but its been so long I can't remember.

Glad you started 68gt!  Looking good already.

Been so long you can't remember.....hahahaha.  That's awesome. 

 

Kevin

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Posted by bufflehead on Saturday, December 10, 2011 11:24 PM

sub revolution

Oh wow... We finally got our last box from the states today, and um, this is what I see:

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7014/6430135957_de50cabc1a.jpg

This poor guy is worse off than even I thought, and I'm pretty sure I am missing a lot of pieces now. I'm thinking maybe a junkyard scene is more in order for him now...

OUCH!! Black Eye   I feel your pain sub revolution!  and I thought A-10s were supposed to be able take a beating!! Whistling

 

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Posted by bufflehead on Saturday, December 10, 2011 11:27 PM

68GT

Well, I have oficially started!

This is the I Testor 1/72 F-4G I was building for last years Phantom GB.

http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h304/Scode68/Models/1323308.jpg

I sprayed some gray as a guide coat.  I'll lightly scuff it and see if I need to fill anymore.  Its close but its been so long I can't remember.

All right!  Ed gets us started! 

I'll follow up shortly as I plan on getting that Pz. IV Ausf.A out of the closet tonight and planning my NO MORE EXCUSES battle plan!

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Posted by macattack80 on Sunday, December 11, 2011 5:25 PM

bufflehead

I'll follow up shortly as I plan on getting that Pz. IV Ausf.A out of the closet tonight and planning my NO MORE EXCUSES battle plan!

Nice.  Looking forward to seeing your Pz IV get finished and picking up a few armor building tips from you.  As far as my builds go I should get to work on the F-14 soon.  

Kevin

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Posted by 68GT on Sunday, December 11, 2011 7:37 PM

Don't get too excited as the only thing I've done since spraying the guide coat was to strip the cockpit mask.  I wasn't sure if it was trimmed or not.

On Ed's bench, ???

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Posted by macattack80 on Monday, December 12, 2011 3:15 PM

68GT

Don't get too excited as the only thing I've done since spraying the guide coat was to strip the cockpit mask.  I wasn't sure if it was trimmed or not.

Any progress is good considering the GB we are in....Wink

Kevin

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Posted by OctaneOrange on Thursday, December 15, 2011 4:47 PM

ok, i pulled out the shelf queen thunderbird that i never finished. it started where i left off, cutting off the flared fenders so i can replace them with flat ones. hopefully the sheet styrene will rescue this model.

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Posted by Screaminhelo on Friday, December 16, 2011 7:56 AM

I am still waiting on my box to arrive with a few needed items, I have been home for three weeks and the milvan is still somewhere in between here and there!  I will work on gathering the pieces of the queen for a photo op and begin planning the resurrection.

 

Mac

I Didn't do it!!!

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Posted by macattack80 on Friday, December 16, 2011 1:55 PM

OctaneOrange

ok, i pulled out the shelf queen thunderbird that i never finished. it started where i left off, cutting off the flared fenders so i can replace them with flat ones. hopefully the sheet styrene will rescue this model.

http://aussiemuscle.totalnfs.net/models/thunderbird11.jpg

http://aussiemuscle.totalnfs.net/models/thunderbird12.jpg

Judging by the outline for the cut out I believe sheet stryene will do the trick.  Looking good.

Kevin

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Posted by macattack80 on Friday, December 16, 2011 2:00 PM

Screaminhelo

I am still waiting on my box to arrive with a few needed items, I have been home for three weeks and the milvan is still somewhere in between here and there!  I will work on gathering the pieces of the queen for a photo op and begin planning the resurrection.

 

Looking forward to seeing where you stopped and where you plan to go with the Sea Venom.  Just like luggage....you arrive way before your luggage seems to...

Kevin

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Posted by Screaminhelo on Sunday, December 18, 2011 4:32 PM

Here is what I am starting with:

As you can see, there was an unfortunate glue accident while I was working on the first seat.  The damaged one seems to have salvageable portions.  Just in case, I still have the patterns that I made for the seats though.

I had intended on this being a bit of an exercise in scratch building.  I had started to do the panel but quickly came to my senses, realizing that it wouldn't be that visible down in that dark pit and decided to focus my efforts on the seats since they would be much more noticeable.

 

 

Mac

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Posted by macattack80 on Sunday, December 18, 2011 8:36 PM

I would do the same thing Screaminhelo.  No sense spending too much effort in a panel that won't be very visible.   A nicely detailed ejection seat always a good idea IMHO.  Like you said, they are much more noticeable.  Looking forward to seeing this twin boomer take shape. Yes

Kevin

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Posted by macattack80 on Thursday, December 29, 2011 3:47 PM

Here are a few pics of my first entry.  It is Revell's 1/48 F-14D with VX-9 markings.  I have some touch up painting to do on the forward fuselage and still have to paint the missiles and finish up the landing gear and exhaust nozzles.

I hope everyone's holiday season is going well and look forward to seeing your builds get completed.

Kevin

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Posted by sub revolution on Thursday, December 29, 2011 11:03 PM

Ah, VX-9. That brings back memories....

Looking forward to a sweet black Tomcat! Yes

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Posted by macattack80 on Friday, December 30, 2011 2:13 PM

Good memories I will assume?... 

I'm looking forward to finishing it!  Yes

Kevin

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Posted by sub revolution on Friday, December 30, 2011 4:16 PM

VX-9 was the test squadron that came out of VX-5 and VX-4 (5+4=9) at China Lake and Pt Magu, California. I grew up next to China Lake and always loved watching the jets fly over our house on their way to land. While  the F14s were at Pt Magu, and not China Lake, we did go to the airshow down there a few times and saw them fly. Yes, very good memories.

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