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Modern Group Build - EXTENDED TO MID 2018

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  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, March 06, 2018 7:27 AM

Looks awesome LA! 

Funny, in the middle photo she looks menacing even as a civie bird. 

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

 

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  • From: Cincinnati Ohio
Posted by DantheMan85 on Friday, March 09, 2018 3:08 PM

Thanks Gamera.

Thanks Lostagain: Cobra Is looking great, like the gloss paint.

Thanks BrandonK.

Work on the F-14 Tomcat has been a little slow, have run into a problem with the swept wings. The fuselage has been leaving light scratches on the wings, when I sweep them forward and back. I built the Revell Tomcat many years ago and it also did that. I've sanded the inside of the fuselage where the wing retracts in but still scratches.

 15 by Daniel Smith, on Flickr

 16 by Daniel Smith, on Flickr

One way that might work is gluing the part of the fuselage in front of the wing with a little gap to add more space, that can be filled in with some thin styrene piece.

 

For the bottom of the wing in the rear is another story, both left and right wings rub on the fuselage. Not sure how I'm going to fix that. Huh?

 17 by Daniel Smith, on Flickr

Testors Gloss White #1145 for the landing gear, both the nose and main gear require some clean up.

 18 by Daniel Smith, on Flickr

Model Master Insignia White #1745, Flat Black #1749, Tamiya XF-11 Silver Chrome for the AIM-9

 19 by Daniel Smith, on Flickr

Model Master Light Ghost Gray #1728, Insignia White #1745, Tamiya XF-1 Flat Black & XF-56 Metallic Gray. For the AIM-7M

 20 by Daniel Smith, on Flickr

The AIM-54's are primed with Model Master Primer Gray #2737, I plan to paint the main body Light Ghost Gray #1728 and the front cone Testors Flat White #1168

 23 by Daniel Smith, on Flickr

To give a look of different boxes but together in the cockpit, I first painted a mix of XF-1 Flat Black and XF-83 Ocean Sea Gray 1 to 1, then painted some parts XF-1 Flat Black.

 22 by Daniel Smith, on Flickr

 21 by Daniel Smith, on Flickr

 

 

 

 

 

On my Work Bench: Academy 1/48 F-15E Eagle.

Up Coming: ?

           

 

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Posted by BrandonK on Friday, March 09, 2018 9:06 PM

Dan, I used to work around F-111D's and they sweep also and they usually had worn paint in the area where the boot drags on the wings. SO, you could use that to your advantage. Thats the only idea I have. Looks good man.

BK

On the bench: Monogram 1/48 Kingfisher with cockpit and resin engine. 90%

1/25 MPC Deserter GMC 4x4.   2%

On Deck: 1/48 Hobby Boss Ta-152C1/R14

1/650 AMT U.S.S. Enterprise

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  • From: Australia
Posted by lostagain on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 6:59 AM

Dan,

coming along nicely, detail painting is looking really good. Not sure about the swing wing scratches, but I do like Brandon's 'solution'- own those scratches and incorporate them into the weathering!

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    April, 2014
  • From: Australia
Posted by lostagain on Thursday, March 15, 2018 3:02 AM

I'm calling the Cobra done!

The Monogram AH-1S 1/48 kit was converted to the USFS Firewatch version, using digitally printed decals from Draw Decal

The exhausts were modified to remove the IR supression, the guns and missles were removed.

In the cockpit, the armour was removed and LCD screens replaced the old dials.

The IR ball in place of the gun was scratchbuilt and hung off the nose

The red paint was Gunze mixed to match photos

So this was a fun build and a good change of pace.

Brandon thank you for running the build and for the extension in time.

Thanks everyone else for your kind comments and sharing your builds.

Piers

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    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Thursday, March 15, 2018 7:53 AM

Dan: It's been a long time since I've built a swing-wing aircraft but I remember the whole scratch issue. Sounds like a great idea to me too to work it into the weathering. 

Piers: She looks perfect to me! Yes Maybe I'd see some of the mismatched paint in person but in the photos she looks flawless. And my hat's off to you for trying such an insane paint scheme. I have major issues with white and dayglow orange- both on the same model would probably end with the model getting slam-dunked into the trash... 

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

 

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Posted by BrandonK on Thursday, March 15, 2018 10:43 AM

Piers, that turned out fantastic. Super workmanship on all the kit mods you did to this to make it something it was not. It really looks great. Well done!! I'll update the front page and thanks for taking us along.

BK

On the bench: Monogram 1/48 Kingfisher with cockpit and resin engine. 90%

1/25 MPC Deserter GMC 4x4.   2%

On Deck: 1/48 Hobby Boss Ta-152C1/R14

1/650 AMT U.S.S. Enterprise

  • Member since
    October, 2009
Posted by JacknewbIII on Friday, March 16, 2018 9:34 PM

That Monogram AH-1S looks stunning!!

Brandon when was this build extended to? I am getting ready to crack open a 1/72 Academy OV-10A Bronco (twin turbo prop) if you will take a late entry? I will make this build my priority!

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Posted by BrandonK on Friday, March 16, 2018 10:22 PM

Jack, get on it, there is plenty of time. I'm thinking June or July to wrap this up.

BK

On the bench: Monogram 1/48 Kingfisher with cockpit and resin engine. 90%

1/25 MPC Deserter GMC 4x4.   2%

On Deck: 1/48 Hobby Boss Ta-152C1/R14

1/650 AMT U.S.S. Enterprise

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    October, 2009
Posted by JacknewbIII on Saturday, March 17, 2018 7:50 AM

Brandon count me in! I started yesterday and will get picks up tonight. Thanks!

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    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Saturday, March 17, 2018 8:07 AM

Jack: Sounds cool!

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

 

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Posted by JacknewbIII on Saturday, March 17, 2018 11:32 PM

Ok folks here is my entry: 1/72 Academy OV-10A Bronco. I unwrapped it last night and have the cockpit done so far. I am mulling over which paint scheme I am going with and will keep you updated. Thanks for letting me join the build!

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    April, 2014
  • From: Australia
Posted by lostagain on Saturday, March 17, 2018 11:58 PM

Jack,

Nice start to the Bronco. While you are mulling over the paint scheme, how about this:

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Posted by JacknewbIII on Sunday, March 18, 2018 10:48 AM

Lostagain I can't even think twice about that one. I love fire rescue schemes!! Where can I get my hands on decals like that in 1/72? Thanks!!

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Posted by BrandonK on Sunday, March 18, 2018 10:49 AM

Jack, you will finish this up in plenty of time. Looks good.

BK

On the bench: Monogram 1/48 Kingfisher with cockpit and resin engine. 90%

1/25 MPC Deserter GMC 4x4.   2%

On Deck: 1/48 Hobby Boss Ta-152C1/R14

1/650 AMT U.S.S. Enterprise

  • Member since
    October, 2009
Posted by JacknewbIII on Sunday, March 18, 2018 2:02 PM

So I just found them and they are $14 with shipping. I am just too cheap to turn this into a $30 kit so I am pressing on with one of the two color schemes provided. I am going to do one of these CA fire schemes in the future for sure so thanks for the heads up on those decals!!

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Sunday, March 18, 2018 5:32 PM

Jack: Nice work and looks like a good kit!

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

 

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  • From: Northern hemisphere - most of the time-
Posted by blkhwkmatt on Monday, March 26, 2018 9:51 PM

Guys,

I really want to get back on my F-16XL for this build, but still have not completed assembling my workshop since the move. My Masters program is eating up all my time it seems, and I am still missing all the paints needed for this build.  I do not want to have to purchase all the supplies I am missing all over again, that would be pretty expensive I have a feeling. 

Once I get in gear, I'll post some progress again.  Thanks for having me.

<Matt

Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum videtur!!! - Anything said in Latin sounds profound!

 

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    April, 2014
  • From: Australia
Posted by lostagain on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 8:17 AM

Hi Matt,

The pressures of life do get in the way, don't they? Looking forward to seeing how the XL comes out when you have the time.

Jack,

The Draw Decal range does have some great sschemes for civil aircraft, racers and water bombers. The decals go down well and look good.

Good start on the Bronco

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 8:29 AM

Just catching up on the thread and Piers, that looks amazing. Great work in the conversion and the scheme looks superbvly done.

''I am a Norfolk man, and i glory in being so''

 

On the bench: Rudel Stage 3

                     Academy 1/72nd Apache AH.1

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Posted by BrandonK on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 9:17 AM

Matt, no worries, life can get in the way, but we will be here when you are ready.

Jack, looks like a nice start. I really like the Bronco and can't wait to see it come to life.

BK

On the bench: Monogram 1/48 Kingfisher with cockpit and resin engine. 90%

1/25 MPC Deserter GMC 4x4.   2%

On Deck: 1/48 Hobby Boss Ta-152C1/R14

1/650 AMT U.S.S. Enterprise

  • Member since
    October, 2009
Posted by JacknewbIII on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 9:41 PM

Here are some progress pics of the Bronco. Pretty good fit as usual with the Academy kit. I have chosen to go with the green, grey and white USMC 1970 scheme because I think it looks more challenging than the grey and white offering on the box. I have most of the body together, filled, and sanded and have applied a coat of futures to the glass. I will check back in with masked glass and some painting!

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 2:17 AM

Nice progress on that one jack.

''I am a Norfolk man, and i glory in being so''

 

On the bench: Rudel Stage 3

                     Academy 1/72nd Apache AH.1

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  • From: Newington CT
Posted by tempestjohnny on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 5:01 AM

Bish

Nice progress on that one jack.

 

Ditto

 

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    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 12:03 PM

Looks cool Jack. That camo scheme is going to look really neat. 

 

 

I am embaressed that I pulled my F-16B back out at the beginning of the year but STILL haven't done any more work on her. 

I am going to find a hole to crawl into and hide now... Embarrassed

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

 

  • Member since
    October, 2009
Posted by JacknewbIII on Tuesday, April 03, 2018 9:42 PM

Here are some updated progress photos of the Bronco. I had to hide some weight in the nose as that was the only place I could find (photo 2). Fingers crossed its enough.

Current status: Windows masked, body was primed, painted the first coat of Gull Gray and then Medium Green. I am not sure why but masking glass is one of my favorite parts of the process even though I have not mastered the skill. I know some of you will frown on me using the blue painters tape but I have good results with the Orange one and it goes a long way! I will be back with the White painted on the top wings and the payload, wheels etc. Thanks again for checking in.

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  • From: Australia
Posted by lostagain on Wednesday, April 04, 2018 8:27 AM

Looks like a cool scheme there Jack

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Posted by BrandonK on Wednesday, April 04, 2018 9:17 AM

Looking good, Jack. I forgot the scale on the bronco until I saw it sitting on the turntable. It looks much larger than it really is. And yes, masking is a pain but with practice it gets less bothersome.

BK

On the bench: Monogram 1/48 Kingfisher with cockpit and resin engine. 90%

1/25 MPC Deserter GMC 4x4.   2%

On Deck: 1/48 Hobby Boss Ta-152C1/R14

1/650 AMT U.S.S. Enterprise

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Thursday, April 05, 2018 8:06 AM

Jack: Lookin' good! 

And maybe you'd like to mask all my canopies for me? It's pretty much my most hated aspect of aircraft modeling. Stick out tongue

And if the blue tape works for you great! One of our former club members who paints those insane splinter camo schemes the USN used in the Second World War always uses the blue stuff. Several people in the club have told him about Tamiya/Frog tape but he prefers the blue stuff.  

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

 

  • Member since
    October, 2009
Posted by JacknewbIII on Saturday, April 14, 2018 12:25 PM

So I am in need of some guidance. Everything was going great until decals. They didn't appear to have much if any silvering until I applied the testors flat clear over the top. I used MM enamels to paint and let it cure for almost a week before applying decals and then the testors flat coat. I am at a loss for how bad the silvering is and this is a new kit so it isn't the decals. I feel like I should have futured before I applied the decals and then used the enamel flat over that? Ugh I am trying to figure out what to do here!

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