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Aces Group Build
Posted by greentracker98 on Sunday, December 7, 2014 8:16 AM

Aces Group Build Oficial Page

Please post your WIP photos here

Again here is a copy of the rules

Have fun everyone

Rules:

1) Sunday, December 7th. I will create our page to sign on and post our WIP pics

2 ) We will run this GB from January 20, 2015 until March 20, 2016, I am changing the starting date because of all the interest and it seems that a lot are commiting already. The dates  are by no means set in stone. I'm flexable

3) If you build 2 models yoiu will be a double ace. 3 models = a triple ace. etc etc. I will find a medal to add to your badge.

4 If any one commits to an Ace in a Day, (Five or more Kills in a single day), I'll look for a special medal for this

5) Any air craft flown by any ace in the last 115 years

6) We will use the 5 kill figure for an ace no matter what nation they are from.

7) You can build an aces plane at any time in their "ace career" To clarify,Right now, I'm considering Robert S. Johnson and Egon Mayer when they met up in the skies over France. It was almost Mayers end, but it was certainly Johnsons beginning

8) WIP's are strictly required

9) A character figure to stand in for the ace (Can be in or out of thier plane) Figures can be any scale  i"m allowing it because I'vs seen some really great figures in the larger scales . Some of the busts I've seen look really amazing as well; So yes busts are allowed.  The figure can be a general depiction of the pilot. While some of the figures are great, The faces are quite limited, this is in the spirit of the build, not about perfection. No already painted figures will be accepted

10) Plane with aces nose art and markings is a must. I realize some aces (Gabresky) didn't have nose art. So, Just build it like the Aces plane

11) After market goodies are encouraged and accepted

12) Any scale I'd love to get the 1/24 scale Jug for this, but I don't see that happening) Oh Well

13) When you sign-on, give us a little history on the man/woman along with their photo and their aircraft

14) Cross overs are allowed

15) Have fun

16) Please excuse my typos

A.K.A. Ken                Making Modeling Great Again

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Posted by greentracker98 on Sunday, December 7, 2014 10:02 AM

Here is a pic I made up for the badge. I'll work on making it smaller

Here is the NEW & IMPROVED BADGE  And the smaller version

A.K.A. Ken                Making Modeling Great Again

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Posted by greentracker98 on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 1:49 PM

Aces Group Build Roster

ajd3530

Clive "Killer" Cadwell's Spitfire Mk. VIII RAAF from 1945 Arii's (Otaki) 1/48.

English pilot figure in Tropical attire

BrandonD -

Adolf Galland Bf-109E -  Luftwaffe 1/48

Figure ?

BrandonK -

Neville Duke Spitfire Mk Vb - RAF 1/48  - Finished

Pewter "short sleeve" pilot standing

Karl-Heinz Krahl,BF109F-4 - Luftwaffe, 1/48 Finished

Verlindin Luftwaffe Pilot

William "Bill" Arthur Shomo  USAAF 1/48 ProModeler

pilot US    

Capt. A. V. Shlopov Soviet Union 1/48 Trumpeter Mig-3

Pilot-TBD

CheckMateKing02 -

Adolph "Sailor" Malan 1/72 Airfix Spitfire, Finished

RAF 1/72 figure from Revell/Germany.

GreenTracker98  -

Lydia "Lilya" Litvyak Yakovlev Yak 1b Alley Cat  1 32

VVS Russian Lilya in 1/32 scale

Hogfansfs 

George "Buzz" Beurling RAF 1/48 Tamiya Spitfire Vb Trop

1/9 scale custom made bust of Beurling

JoeRix  TBA

JugJunklie  TBA

lostagain 

 

Captured Luftwaffe Hasegawa 1/48 G-2.Me 109 Trop Piloted by Bobby Gibbes RAAF"Black 6"FINISHED

 

Figure  from Tamiya's British WWII Field Marshal Montgomery figure

 

 

Mij

Guy Pierre Bordelon USN 1 48 F4U Corsair

1 48 Navy Pilot

 Modelcrazy 

Emanuele "Ele" Annoni Italia 1/48 Hasegawa Macchi C 202 Folgore (lightning).

Generic 1/48 pilot.

The Red Barron 1/24 Revell Fokker Dr1, Finished

Figure from Kit

William Whisner 1/32 Hasegawa P-51D,  

Generic 1/32 pilot.

Nomad53

Fred J. Christensen, 1/48 Lindberg P-47D Bubbletop Ace in a day.  "Miss Fire"  - Finished

1/48 Pilot in seat.

PlasticJunkie 

Hauptmann Franz Dorr 1/32 ROG  Bf-109G-6

Ernest C. Fibelkorn 1/48 Monogram P-51D "Miss Miami" Finished

RaymondG   Robin olds?

SchattenSpartan

Gerhard Barkhorn Luftewaffe 1/32 Hasegawa Fw 190 D-9

54m (1/32) figure

 Trabi

Jorma "Zamba" Sarvanto Fokker D.XXI. Kit Pioneer 2/Frogg, 1/72 Finished

 

A.K.A. Ken                Making Modeling Great Again

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Posted by checkmateking02 on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 8:46 PM

Ken:  I'd like to contribute a 1/72 Airfix Spitfire, in the livery of Adolph "Sailor" Malan, with a 1/72 figure from Revell/Germany.

  

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Posted by greentracker98 on Friday, December 12, 2014 10:18 PM

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Posted by Nomad53 on Friday, January 9, 2015 6:03 AM

Ken,

I guess that my entry was deleted. Can't find it. My plane is a 1/48 Lindberg P-47D Bubbletop piloted by Fred J. Christensen, Ace in a day. The plane is called "Miss Fire" Pilot in seat.

Doug

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Posted by greentracker98 on Monday, January 12, 2015 8:07 PM
Nomad, You need to find a figure of a black cat for the build. Read this, it's interesting, especially the part about Sinbad, Colonel Christenson's black cat whom he found as a stray. I like the part about that cat always going with him on missions. So You could say Sinbad was an ace too.

A.K.A. Ken                Making Modeling Great Again

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Posted by Nomad53 on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 7:43 AM

Ken,

I will look into that. I am going to have to wait until next month to get back on the build. I need to order some AlcladII paint for the plane. No money right Now.

Thanks,

Doug

Also can you put me back on the roster? Lindberg 1/48 P-47D Bubbletop.

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Posted by greentracker98 on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 4:59 PM

Doug

I know the feeling I have no money now either. I probably shouldn't have, but I bought the Lufftwaffe Pilot ace figure. But then I had to get a new computer. Oh well. I have gas in the car to get me to my doctors appointments and I have food in the kitchen. So I'll be alright for the most part

Anyway, my apologies, I neglected to put a link in for that web site. Anyway, here it is.

http://www.boston.com/news/globe/obituaries/articles/2006/04/10/fred_j_christensen_at_84_world_war_ii_flying_ace/

Here is just a little beginning part of the Obit

Fred J. Christensen, at 84; World War II flying ace

"To make a point to fellow fighter pilots in World War II, Fred J. Christensen always flew with Sinbad, a stray black cat he had found.

Seeing him return safe from combat missions -- black cat and all -- helped motivate the other pilots, his daughter Diane Haagensen said yesterday.

And counter to traditional superstitions, Sinbad was very good luck for her father, who shot down 22 Nazi planes during the war, including six in a two-minute span of one air battle. . . . "

A.K.A. Ken                Making Modeling Great Again

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Posted by Nomad53 on Thursday, January 15, 2015 7:54 AM

Hey Ken,

I too had to get a new laptop. My old one was getting too hot and would shut down. I know the feeling about gas in the car and getting to doctors appointments. I read the piece you sent me the link to. I have been looking for a cat figure that I can use. I will put the cat on the base as the cockpit is too small for two figures.

Doug

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Posted by BrandonD on Monday, January 19, 2015 3:42 AM

Hello,

I'd like to join this one with my 1:48 Tamiya Bf-109 E4 that will wear Galland's paint scheme from JG 26.

Thank you!

-BD-

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Posted by greentracker98 on Monday, January 19, 2015 7:44 AM

Doug - You cab put the Cat on the wing or anywhere he would sit

Brandon - I'll get you on the roster later today

And no thanks are necessary. Its great fun for me too. Last night at 1 am, I put up a get started post. If anyone started because of that, It's okay. I don't know why, but I was thinking yesterday was the 19th. I ripped open the plastic bag to my Luftwaffe Ace figure. So everyone have at

A.K.A. Ken                Making Modeling Great Again

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Posted by greentracker98 on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 9:07 PM

Hey Everyone,

I just finished a new & Improved Badge. I think it looks a lot better.

I'll Work on medals now. How Ever, Medals 'WILL NOT' be given out until you have finished a build/project

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Posted by Nomad53 on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 6:33 AM

Good idea for the cat sitting on the wing.

I may be out for a bit as we have had a death in the famoiy and other major things happening here at this time.

I will be back on as soon as I can.

Doug

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Posted by greentracker98 on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 9:11 AM
Doug -
Nomad53

Good idea for the cat sitting on the wing.

I may be out for a bit as we have had a death in the famoiy and other major things happening here at this time.

I will be back on as soon as I can.

Doug

Doug - I'm sorry to hear about your loss, But I know the feeling. So take your time.

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Posted by Trabi on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 2:30 PM

Hi!

I still can´t find my name from roster, but the starting day was yesterday, so I venture to post my wip pictures from yesterday.

The kit:

Parts:

Instructions:

Decals. Have to find better ones.

To me that engine wich comes with kit looks more like few tin cans tied together, than radial engine, so I decided to replace it with resin one. I have suitable Bristol Mercury made by Vector and some time ago I took mold from it. Casted copy:

Next thing was, that the engine didn´t fit inside the original cowling. And if I would start to thin it it would be paper thin. So I made new one from sheet metal from mustard tube. Also plastic one was missing those bumps:

Now it fits!

 

To be continue...

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Posted by checkmateking02 on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 4:37 PM

Still looking good over here, Trabi!

  

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Posted by greentracker98 on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 7:02 PM

Trabi - I could swear I put you on the Roster, Anywho, Sorry for the mistake, As soon as I post this I WILL add you. Ken

I added you Trabi. Make sure I have it right

Everyone Don't forget to Get a Badge! I worked on it and made it better I don't like what this new computer does to the posts. does any one know how fix; it its windows 8.1

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Posted by greentracker98 on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 7:32 PM
Here is my German Ace (Egon Mayer) Box  The Sprue  and his Boots

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Posted by Trabi on Thursday, January 22, 2015 2:03 PM

Thanks!

And no worry Greentracker Toast

Minor progress. Wings  and skis glued together. Needs bit sanding still:

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Posted by BrandonK on Thursday, January 22, 2015 2:31 PM

I managed to get started on one of my 4 kits for this build, the Nevelle Duke Spitfire. It is an Airfix kit of thier dogfight series in 1/48. Initial impressions with the sprues in the bags was good. It seemed to have decent detail on the surface. It had raised but very light panel lines and rivets. They would be easy to completely remove.

Once I got the bags opened I discovered that this kit is pretty shoddy. There is a lot of flash and some quick trial fitting showed me that the fit is crap. So, since there is really very little detail to the cockpit, including no decals for instruments nor any raised features on the panel I will build it closed and in flight. Casket closed viewing if you will. I am going to make this a quick and dirty build and focus on making the exterior look good. The kit is not worth my time to try and detail it up. I would rather buy another maker's kit instead.

Now the Bf109 in the kit will get different treatment as I will have some left over PE and interior bits to use on it from my Zvezda kit. I will wait a bit to get started on that one. 

On the bench: Alot !

On Deck: Alot more !

 

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Posted by BrandonK on Friday, January 23, 2015 2:39 PM

Alright, I've had several hours now with the kit and I want to point out some things so I don't scare anyone away from Airfix kits.

First off, this kit I am doing is a 1979 mold and is rather sloppy and poorly detailed. That said, the newer Airfix kits are not this way. I have a new Spitfire with the new molds and the difference in the kit is night and day. The new kit is really nice with lots of surface details and plenty of small bits to give  it much more realism. This old kit just doesn't have that. The old kit is all pretty much small raised details while the newer mold is all recessed and much more detailed, very nice. 

There are two different Airfix dogfight series kits that have a 109 and Spitfire. One, mine, is a 109F4 and a spitfire Vb, while the other kit is a 109E and a NEW mold Spitfire, a much nicer kit. So, if you see one don't bother with the one that has the 109F4, get the other one though.

Now, back the Spitfire. The pieces just don't fit right and take a bit of work to get them somewhat lined up and even then I have had to sand a great deal away to get decent edges. I think when it's done it will look not too bad, but is not a kit you want to go all out on. If you want to challenge yourself and really go whole hog and doll this up, it will be like trying to make the old Revell Corsair look like a show winner. It can be done but your gonna test yourself with it. Just start with a better kit. 

I have the cockpit painted up in cockpit green with black highlights on controls and whatnot. I dry brushed the area with Tamiya's Master weathering kit in silver and cleared the whole lot. Then I gave it a wash of Flory black and sealed it all in with MM flat acryl. The seat is usually a red brown leather color so I used Mr Color brown to simulate that as I found it closer to photos than Tamiya's red brown, as it was too dark. The instrument panel lacks gauge details so I painted it gloss black, dry brushed the gauges and sealed it in with MM flay acryl also. I then dropped a dab of Future on each gauge to simulate glass.

I now have the two fuselage halves together and as you can see I have some work to do to get it nice. From bad panel alignment to sink marks and low detail, this will be a rough go to make it look decent. The wing parts are also complete now and look better than I though they would when I started at the leading edges were off my 1\16 of an inch. WOW !!!  They sanded out and look good now, so dodged a bullet on the one.

I was also working on the fuselage when I noticed a pen mark on the starboard side and when I went  to rub it off I found it to be a CRACK in the plastic. The funny thing is there is not stresses there and I haven't worked it over to cause this. I guess I will call that one an OLD AGE crack and glue it and fill it up. Not much more to do. I should be ready for paint Saturday sometime if things go well. We'll see.

On the bench: Alot !

On Deck: Alot more !

 

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Posted by BrandonK on Sunday, January 25, 2015 4:05 PM

Well, I hope the landing gear on this kit is strong enough to hold up this kit with all the filler it now has in it. The wing roots were huge and many of the parts fit together with way too much play and large gaps. I sanded and made things fit as best I could and now I have Milliput smeared in all the cracks to close them up. The kit is actually letting me fix most of this without too much trouble so I'm happy about that. Here is what i was up against before I added the filler.

In this last photo you can see the gap under the fuselage behind the wing root and the poor fit of the engine cover, etc. but you can also see that I've drilled a hole at each end of the crack to prevent it from getting any larger and then I glued it closed and added some filler. It will disappear but I was afraid it might return if I didn't prevent it from doing so by drilling it out.

On the bench: Alot !

On Deck: Alot more !

 

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Posted by greentracker98 on Monday, January 26, 2015 4:23 PM
I understand about things not fitting good, The P-38 I did last year for the D-Day build was like that. However, Yours is coming along nicely. Sometimes I wonder if the model companies know about these problems with their kits.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 8:05 AM

Hi Ken

Please update my entry to these two:

ROG 1/32 Bf-109G-6 flown by Hauptmann Franz Dorr, 128 kills.

Monogram 1/48 P-51D "Miss Miami" Flown by 8th AF Ace Ernest C. Fibelkorn. Being a Miami boy myself, and having the same first name inspired me to go with his ship.

 GIFMaker.org_jy_Ayj_O

 

 

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Posted by Nomad53 on Thursday, January 29, 2015 6:58 AM

Hey Ken,

Which thread are we using to update our photos on our builds? I have kinda got lost here.

I am ordering the Alclad paint in a few days so I can get baack on the build of the P-47D bubbletop.

Doug

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Posted by greentracker98 on Thursday, January 29, 2015 5:59 PM

Nomad53

Hey Ken,

Which thread are we using to update our photos on our builds? I have kinda got lost here.

I am ordering the Alclad paint in a few days so I can get baack on the build of the P-47D bubbletop.

Doug

Doug - We started using this one. So we'll use this one and go from here

Good Deal about your getting back to your Jug.

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Posted by modelcrazy on Friday, January 30, 2015 2:03 PM

Ken,

I've added 2 more aces, but I guess I'm informing you on the wrong forum.

Anyway,

#2 1/24 Revell Fokker Dr1, the Red Barron with a figure from kit.

#3 1/32 Hasegawa P-51D, William Whisner with a generic 1/32 figure.

I've added the info on my original post on the Aces forum.

Steve

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Posted by greentracker98 on Friday, January 30, 2015 3:33 PM
That's okay Steve, I'll add you later. I'll do it on my "old" desk top computer. It has Windows Vista, Yea, I know its ancient. But it works. This computer (Windows 8.1) really screws things up with the formatting of the posts. Does anyone know how correct this? See this is suppose to be 2 separate paragraphs. Now its 3 paragraphs.

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Posted by modelcrazy on Friday, January 30, 2015 4:07 PM

I don't seem to have any problems with 8.1 and my posts. I switch to the desktop, but I don't know if that makes any difference.

I know I had a "compatibility " issue with the website at first.

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