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  • Member since
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  • From: Lafayette, Indiana
Posted by Son Of Medicine Man on Sunday, March 8, 2015 3:19 PM

Hi Everyone,

Well I finally got the group build badge done for this group build.  Once again I must state that I don't consider myself an artist nor very skilled with Photoshop!  But it is done and on the first page for everyone to pick up.

Ken

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    November 2010
  • From: Lafayette, Indiana
Posted by Son Of Medicine Man on Sunday, March 8, 2015 4:38 PM

Hi Everyone,

A little more progress on my Zero.  I attached one of the seat belts to the seat using "Gator's Grip Hobby Glue".

I will let this dry overnight before attempting to bend the belt to conform to the seat.

I also painted the handle on the control stick black.

Ken 

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    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Sunday, March 8, 2015 7:40 PM

Jim: Well at least you do know what happened now... Gee... some people (sigh)...

Ken: Nice work on the new badge!

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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    May 2014
Posted by Nomad53 on Sunday, March 8, 2015 8:39 PM

Hey all,

Made some progress on the Panzer. Got some of the major assemblies done . I have the lower hull primed and will have the rest primed this week.

I forgot to post the photos of the kit laid out before I started on it.

Doug

Nomad53


 

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    July 2014
  • From: Boise ID area
Posted by modelcrazy on Sunday, March 8, 2015 9:34 PM

Well, we had our open house today. There were some interested parties. We'll see. Good news, I have the garage set up and the temperature was 63 today, so after our open house, I did a little work on the Indy.

I sprayed the Deck Grey 20, which is supposed to be equivalent to Vallejo's German Grey. I was convinced that it was WAY too dark.

However, I did a search and found a picture of the Indianapolis model at the Indiana War Museum. Now I'm happy with the color.
  
Next, I'll start on the superstructure. Come on PE. I figure I have maybe another week or two waiting for it to arrive from Australia.

I decided to build the 20 mm AA guns first. I have 32 more to build.
  

Steve

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    June 2009
Posted by jimbot58 on Sunday, March 8, 2015 9:46 PM

modelcrazy

Well, we had our open house today. There were some interested parties. We'll see. Good news, I have the garage set up and the temperature was 63 today, so after our open house, I did a little work on the Indy.

I sprayed the Deck Grey 20, which is supposed to be equivalent to Vallejo's German Grey. I was convinced that it was WAY too dark.

However, I did a search and found a picture of the Indianapolis model at the Indiana War Museum. Now I'm happy with the color.
  
Next, I'll start on the superstructure. Come on PE. I figure I have maybe another week or two waiting for it to arrive from Australia.

I decided to build the 20 mm AA guns first. I have 32 more to build.
  

Steve

32! Yikes!

*******

On my workbench now:

 

Academy 1/72 SR-71 and Monogram B-52 "Big, Bad, and Beautiful"


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Posted by jimbot58 on Sunday, March 8, 2015 10:17 PM

Hi everybody!

Many, many projects the last few days! One I mentioned was upgrade to the computer. I put in the new optical drive, with the only hard being getting my big ham sized hand down in there to plug in the SATA cable to the motherboard. I also hooked up an old multi-media keyboard I liked better than the one that came with the computer. The HP one was one of those low profile jobs with the flat keys, and the one I wanted to use has the old style keys and is nice and hefty. I had to buy an adaptor to get it hooked up to the USB.  After all that, plus Windows had to find drivers for them, I kick myself as I just spotted a multi-media USB ready keyboard for around 12 bucks at the store! Why did I do all that?

I did get a bit done on the A-10. Painted the wheels!

Jim

*******

On my workbench now:

 

Academy 1/72 SR-71 and Monogram B-52 "Big, Bad, and Beautiful"


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    June 2009
Posted by jimbot58 on Sunday, March 8, 2015 10:20 PM

Son Of Medicine Man

Hi Everyone,

A little more progress on my Zero.  I attached one of the seat belts to the seat using "Gator's Grip Hobby Glue".

I will let this dry overnight before attempting to bend the belt to conform to the seat.

I also painted the handle on the control stick black.

Ken 

Nice Ken!

Let us know how that Gator Grip works! Sometimes, CA doesn't work as well as I would like!

Jim

*******

On my workbench now:

 

Academy 1/72 SR-71 and Monogram B-52 "Big, Bad, and Beautiful"


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    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Monday, March 9, 2015 8:08 AM

Doug: That looks pretty cool, I'v'e always heard about those Monogram armour kits but never built one or even seen the sprues of one.

Steve: I would have thought that would be too dark too but gee it looks exactly the same as the professional model.

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

  • Member since
    July 2014
  • From: Boise ID area
Posted by modelcrazy on Monday, March 9, 2015 1:56 PM

Gamera
Steve: I would have thought that would be too dark too but gee it looks exactly the same as the professional model.

Yeah, I was thinking, Oh no! Now I'm going to have to find a better match. After spraying, I immediately searched for some pics of the late war MS 22 cruiser deck color. Imagine my relief when I found SEVERAL model pictures with the dark deck. Can't find color pics of the actual cruiser after her Kamikaze repair in July though. I'm assuming she was repainted to the Feb 45 MS-22 colors at that time.
By the way, this was the first time I sprayed Vallejo (not Vallejo Air). Not bad.

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Posted by Nomad53 on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 9:05 AM

Gamera

Doug: That looks pretty cool, I'v'e always heard about those Monogram armour kits but never built one or even seen the sprues of one.

Well now you can say you've seen them. Big Smile. It is a nice kit but the instructions are vague at times. Had to guess where to put some of the parts. Other than that very little flash on the parts so clean up was good.

I took sometime off building the Panzer and worked on the crew. This is the first time that I have tried to paint the Eichenlaub camo scheme so be easy on me. Here are the photos.

Doug

Nomad53


 

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 11:13 AM

Doug, the camo work looks fine by me!

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by jimbot58 on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 2:42 AM

Doug, that camo on those jackets looks incredible to me! I can't figure how you did that!

Not a lot to report here - mostly putting those tiny little data decals on the A-10, mostly those "NO STEP" ones that there seem to be so many of!

I also worked on the gear, adding the wash:

I also filled all those ejector pin marks on a dozen bombs. (pictured with the gear) I don't know why I did as I may not use them. I don't want to make it too busy, and a more realistic load would be maybe a couple of Hellfire missiles with some LGB's, an ECM pod and a brace of Sidewinders - not to mention that gun!

By the way, I had a visitor at the work desk last night!

Don't know how he got in the house, so I took him outside and placed him at the bottom of a pile of leaves - still chilly so I hope he survived!

Jim

*******

On my workbench now:

 

Academy 1/72 SR-71 and Monogram B-52 "Big, Bad, and Beautiful"


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    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 8:00 AM

Nice job with the wash there Jim, the landing gear turned out really good. And I guess at least the bombs will be ready if you use them on something else.

And nice ladybug- we're getting nothing but stinkbugs here.

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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  • From: Lafayette, Indiana
Posted by Son Of Medicine Man on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 8:53 PM

Gamera

Jim: Well at least you do know what happened now... Gee... some people (sigh)...

Ken: Nice work on the new badge!

Thank you Cliff for the compliment!

Ken

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  • From: Lafayette, Indiana
Posted by Son Of Medicine Man on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 8:58 PM

Nomad53

Gamera

Doug: That looks pretty cool, I'v'e always heard about those Monogram armour kits but never built one or even seen the sprues of one.

Well now you can say you've seen them. Big Smile. It is a nice kit but the instructions are vague at times. Had to guess where to put some of the parts. Other than that very little flash on the parts so clean up was good.

I took sometime off building the Panzer and worked on the crew. This is the first time that I have tried to paint the Eichenlaub camo scheme so be easy on me. Here are the photos.

Doug

Hi Doug,

That kit looks like it is very nicely detailed!  I bet it will look great when it is done.

And excellent work on those figures!  The camouflage looks spot on to me!  Yes  Yes  Very realistic.

Ken

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    November 2010
  • From: Lafayette, Indiana
Posted by Son Of Medicine Man on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 9:07 PM

modelcrazy

Well, we had our open house today. There were some interested parties. We'll see. Good news, I have the garage set up and the temperature was 63 today, so after our open house, I did a little work on the Indy.

I sprayed the Deck Grey 20, which is supposed to be equivalent to Vallejo's German Grey. I was convinced that it was WAY too dark.

However, I did a search and found a picture of the Indianapolis model at the Indiana War Museum. Now I'm happy with the color.
  
Next, I'll start on the superstructure. Come on PE. I figure I have maybe another week or two waiting for it to arrive from Australia.

I decided to build the 20 mm AA guns first. I have 32 more to build.
  

Steve

Hi Steve,

Good job on doing your research trying to find that color.  I know how it can be a daunting task.

And I have to repeat what Jim said, "32 Yikes!"  That is going to take some patience and perseverance!

Ken

  • Member since
    November 2010
  • From: Lafayette, Indiana
Posted by Son Of Medicine Man on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 9:14 PM

jimbot58

Doug, that camo on those jackets looks incredible to me! I can't figure how you did that!

Not a lot to report here - mostly putting those tiny little data decals on the A-10, mostly those "NO STEP" ones that there seem to be so many of!

I also worked on the gear, adding the wash:

I also filled all those ejector pin marks on a dozen bombs. (pictured with the gear) I don't know why I did as I may not use them. I don't want to make it too busy, and a more realistic load would be maybe a couple of Hellfire missiles with some LGB's, an ECM pod and a brace of Sidewinders - not to mention that gun!

By the way, I had a visitor at the work desk last night!

Don't know how he got in the house, so I took him outside and placed him at the bottom of a pile of leaves - still chilly so I hope he survived!

Jim

Hi Jim,

That landing gear looks great!  Nice job on the wash, it really makes it pop!  Yes Yes

Speaking of the weather, it has finally started to warm up here.  We actually got above the average temperature today!  59 degrees!  It was like a heat wave compared to the frigid temps we have been seeing.

Ken

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    June 2009
Posted by jimbot58 on Thursday, March 12, 2015 2:33 AM

Well, I think I finally have all the decals on the upper surfaces done!

Just a few on the bottom to do, plus some others on the pylons and I can move on!

As to the weather, it was warm enough that I could walk for over an hour! A long sleeve thermal shirt and no jacket needed!

I went in Walmart to get some Q-tips for the workbench (cleaning the airbrush and what-not) and found something much needed for it as well!

I already have the desk wired up with some powered speakers so I can listen to my MP3 player, but I am an album sort of person and often like listening that way instead of random mixed songs. This thing was only 20 bucks! I remember paying over $150 for the first portable I bought! I think my first home player was nearly $300!

I dropped in a CD to listen to and worked on and enjoyed as it played. What was the album? Well, one track tells me that "If I don't eat my meat, I can't have any pudding!"

Yes, it's Pink Floyd and "The Wall!" (Both discs!)

Jim

*******

On my workbench now:

 

Academy 1/72 SR-71 and Monogram B-52 "Big, Bad, and Beautiful"


  • Member since
    November 2010
  • From: Lafayette, Indiana
Posted by Son Of Medicine Man on Thursday, March 12, 2015 5:56 AM

jimbot58

Well, I think I finally have all the decals on the upper surfaces done!

Just a few on the bottom to do, plus some others on the pylons and I can move on!

As to the weather, it was warm enough that I could walk for over an hour! A long sleeve thermal shirt and no jacket needed!

I went in Walmart to get some Q-tips for the workbench (cleaning the airbrush and what-not) and found something much needed for it as well!

I already have the desk wired up with some powered speakers so I can listen to my MP3 player, but I am an album sort of person and often like listening that way instead of random mixed songs. This thing was only 20 bucks! I remember paying over $150 for the first portable I bought! I think my first home player was nearly $300!

I dropped in a CD to listen to and worked on and enjoyed as it played. What was the album? Well, one track tells me that "If I don't eat my meat, I can't have any pudding!"

Yes, it's Pink Floyd and "The Wall!" (Both discs!)

Jim

Hi Jim,

Good job on the decals, they look great.  Yes  Yes 

Congratulations on the CD player.  It is amazing how the price of those has gone down so much.

I have my computer with a nice set of Altec Lansing speakers right next to my workbench.  I have my entire CD collection ripped onto my computer.  I can call up any album to listen to.  I must have my tunes!

Ken

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    June 2009
Posted by jimbot58 on Thursday, March 12, 2015 8:30 AM

Son Of Medicine Man

jimbot58

Well, I think I finally have all the decals on the upper surfaces done!

Just a few on the bottom to do, plus some others on the pylons and I can move on!

As to the weather, it was warm enough that I could walk for over an hour! A long sleeve thermal shirt and no jacket needed!

I went in Walmart to get some Q-tips for the workbench (cleaning the airbrush and what-not) and found something much needed for it as well!

I already have the desk wired up with some powered speakers so I can listen to my MP3 player, but I am an album sort of person and often like listening that way instead of random mixed songs. This thing was only 20 bucks! I remember paying over $150 for the first portable I bought! I think my first home player was nearly $300!

I dropped in a CD to listen to and worked on and enjoyed as it played. What was the album? Well, one track tells me that "If I don't eat my meat, I can't have any pudding!"

Yes, it's Pink Floyd and "The Wall!" (Both discs!)

Jim

Hi Jim,

Good job on the decals, they look great.  Yes  Yes 

Congratulations on the CD player.  It is amazing how the price of those has gone down so much.

I have my computer with a nice set of Altec Lansing speakers right next to my workbench.  I have my entire CD collection ripped onto my computer.  I can call up any album to listen to.  I must have my tunes!

Ken

That is something I wish I could do, but my hobby room is a small spare bedroom. Both the size and configuration of the room prevent me from doing just that. I know the house was owned by a couple with a teenage girl, and the girl occupied this room. The room would seem cramped to me, even for a young person. A twin-size bed would have just about filled the space. I actually dismantled one of the closets and built my work bench into that space.

Jim

*******

On my workbench now:

 

Academy 1/72 SR-71 and Monogram B-52 "Big, Bad, and Beautiful"


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    November 2010
  • From: Lafayette, Indiana
Posted by Son Of Medicine Man on Saturday, March 14, 2015 11:52 AM

jimbot58

 

That is something I wish I could do, but my hobby room is a small spare bedroom. Both the size and configuration of the room prevent me from doing just that. I know the house was owned by a couple with a teenage girl, and the girl occupied this room. The room would seem cramped to me, even for a young person. A twin-size bed would have just about filled the space. I actually dismantled one of the closets and built my work bench into that space.

Jim

Hi Jim,

My area is not very big at all.  It actually started off as just my computer along with my wife's computer.  I squeezed in the workbench in-between her computer and mine.  It is a tight squeeze to get into it but it works.  It is actually a pretty decent setup.

I have the computer close where I can look up research while I build which has come in handy many times.  And the workbench doubles as a paint booth, complete with a hood fan that is connected to a hose going out the window.  I made a blank that fits into the window frame where the hose connects to an external vent.  I turn the fan on anytime that I am using toxic glue or paint.

Ken

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    November 2010
  • From: Lafayette, Indiana
Posted by Son Of Medicine Man on Saturday, March 14, 2015 11:56 AM

Hi Everyone!

I just discovered a new product that everyone may be interested in.  I think most of us has heard about the product that Cliff informed us of to attach photo etch called "Gator's Grip Hobby Glue".  Well the inventor of that product has discovered a newer version; "Gator's Grip Thin Blend".  It is thinner than the original and dries faster!  Here is a link:

http://www.gatorsmask.com/gatorglueorder1.html 

Ken

  • Member since
    June 2009
Posted by jimbot58 on Saturday, March 14, 2015 1:08 PM

Son Of Medicine Man

jimbot58

 

That is something I wish I could do, but my hobby room is a small spare bedroom. Both the size and configuration of the room prevent me from doing just that. I know the house was owned by a couple with a teenage girl, and the girl occupied this room. The room would seem cramped to me, even for a young person. A twin-size bed would have just about filled the space. I actually dismantled one of the closets and built my work bench into that space.

Jim

Hi Jim,

My area is not very big at all.  It actually started off as just my computer along with my wife's computer.  I squeezed in the workbench in-between her computer and mine.  It is a tight squeeze to get into it but it works.  It is actually a pretty decent setup.

I have the computer close where I can look up research while I build which has come in handy many times.  And the workbench doubles as a paint booth, complete with a hood fan that is connected to a hose going out the window.  I made a blank that fits into the window frame where the hose connects to an external vent.  I turn the fan on anytime that I am using toxic glue or paint.

Ken

My area would be a lot bigger if I were to dismantle the N-scale railroad layout that I no longer work on. It was just too much money and time to keep up with. Plus it was just so much maintenance just to keep it running. I do have a small bath with a fan that I run when I need ventilation. If I am working with anything toxic, I also run a small fan near the bench to push the bad air towards the bathroom fan. I can also crack a window next to me, weather permitting. Also nice to have that small bath right there for obvious reasons....

I started thinking about the people who used to live here, (I only ran into them once) and the how girls bedroom is that now my hobby room. She was maybe 13 at the time, and  that "kid" would now be in her late 30's with kids of her own and a husband (or two) by now! Where does the time go?

Jim

*******

On my workbench now:

 

Academy 1/72 SR-71 and Monogram B-52 "Big, Bad, and Beautiful"


  • Member since
    June 2009
Posted by jimbot58 on Saturday, March 14, 2015 2:51 PM

Son Of Medicine Man

Hi Everyone!

I just discovered a new product that everyone may be interested in.  I think most of us has heard about the product that Cliff informed us of to attach photo etch called "Gator's Grip Hobby Glue".  Well the inventor of that product has discovered a newer version; "Gator's Grip Thin Blend".  It is thinner than the original and dries faster!  Here is a link:

http://www.gatorsmask.com/gatorglueorder1.html 

Ken

Seems to have good reviews on the web. Is it available commercially or just at his website? Looks like it's worth looking into before I start my next build with PE parts.

*******

On my workbench now:

 

Academy 1/72 SR-71 and Monogram B-52 "Big, Bad, and Beautiful"


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    July 2014
  • From: Boise ID area
Posted by modelcrazy on Saturday, March 14, 2015 6:56 PM

I finally received the PE from Australia today, so I can get back on the Indy.

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Saturday, March 14, 2015 8:45 PM

Ken: Thanks for the head's up there! I didn't know about the thin Gator's Grip by I have picked out a little with a toothpick and added a drop or two of water to thin it myself. Wonder if the thin version is better than that? I might have to order some next time I buy it.

Jim: I think Red Frog carries GG but I always buy it from their site. It's only five bucks a bottle and S&H is pretty cheap. As to where does the time go I have no idea- I know I'm getting old when I hear a song on the radio and think that I liked that song- haven't heard it in a while and the DJ tells me it was the top single twenty years ago!

Steve: Hey that's great news! And yow that's a lot of teeny tiny PE pieces!

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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    May 2014
Posted by Nomad53 on Sunday, March 15, 2015 10:07 AM

jimbot58

Doug, that camo on those jackets looks incredible to me! I can't figure how you did that!

Thanks Jim. I downloaded an artical from FSM called Paint Military Figuers. It is a very good on giving great tips and information.

My whole family has been sick with a stomach bug that has been going around so I am just getting back to the bench to get some work done. Here are some update photos.

Doug

Nomad53


 

  • Member since
    November 2010
  • From: Lafayette, Indiana
Posted by Son Of Medicine Man on Sunday, March 15, 2015 10:13 AM

modelcrazy

I finally received the PE from Australia today, so I can get back on the Indy.

Hi Steve,

Like Cliff said, wow, that is a lot of tiny pieces!  I know it will make a big difference in detail once you have those on.  It will be cool to see!

Ken

  • Member since
    June 2009
Posted by jimbot58 on Sunday, March 15, 2015 10:17 AM

modelcrazy

I finally received the PE from Australia today, so I can get back on the Indy.

I do the same thing. Oftentimes I look for a PE set here and find they are out of stock, but still available "down under". Surprisingly, the shipping is usually cheaper (airmail) but the wait is what kills me.

It's just amazing to me the journey these things make! All the way from the Czech Republic in eastern Europe, through who knows how many countries, several continents, crossing the equator twice, and several oceans! Then maybe it's just me since I don't often even get out of my own city....

Jim

*******

On my workbench now:

 

Academy 1/72 SR-71 and Monogram B-52 "Big, Bad, and Beautiful"


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