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Weekend GB: See You Next Year!

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Weekend GB: See You Next Year!
Posted by lewbud on Monday, October 31, 2016 11:52 AM

That's right, the rumors are true! Coming soon to a work bench near you!  The Weekend Group Build is back!  Amaze your friends, amaze your family!  Become a Modeling god amongst mere mortals!  How do I do this you ask?  It's simple, finish a model within the time allotted.  But Buddy, you say, I can do that with any group build. True, you can, just about anyone can (your not so humble author is the exception rather than the rule).  However, I'm not asking for 12 months or six months, I want one weekend.  That's right, 48 hours no more, no less (unless you've got a really, really, really good reason/excuse).  I know you're thinking, but I need two months to research and gather every bit of aftermarket I can find, and at least 3-6 months to build, and another 2-3 months to paint and weather.  This ain't that kind of build.  This is an all out, full scale, brute force, blow out the cobwebs, get something done build.  However the rules don't preclude overly difficult builds, so if you think you can pull it off in a weekend we'll be here to root you on. Since the "R" word has been mentioned, the rules are as follows:

1.  You have 48 hours.  If you start at 5:00 pm on Friday, you've got until 5:00 pm on Sunday.

2. Have fun.

3. The kit MUST NOT be started. You can unwrap it and sniff the plastic, but that's it.

4.  Take pics, lots of pics. Most people put their cell phone with clock and calendar showing to document their progress.  A proof of nonstartedness is required.

5. Have fun.

6. Pick something you can finish.  However, there are some modelers whose eyes are bigger than their stomachs and they end up biting off more than they can chew.  If you're such a person, and you think you can pull off that I'll fitting flashfest that Mach Two calls a model, we'll pop some popcorn and cheer you on.

7.  Have fun.

8. Aftermarket- as much as you care to use.  Just remember, you've got 48 hours.

9. Have fun.

10. Crossovers allowed.

Start date:26 November.  I know it is Thanksgiving weekend for those of us in the US, but being FSM Land is international, it's as good a day as any (however, if the demand is there, 19 Nov. may become the start date).  This build usually peters out around Christmas, so you have several weekends to choose from. I understand that not everyone works a standard work week.  If you have your days off in the middle of the week, go for it.  We'll be watching. Most of all, have fun!

Badge (courtesy of lostagain):

 

 

Buddy- Those who say there are no stupid questions have never worked in customer service.

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Posted by lewbud on Monday, October 31, 2016 11:54 AM

Roster:

Lewbud: 1/72 Monogram F8F Bearcat.

                1/72 Hobby Boss F-5E Tiger.Whistling

                1/72 Italeri F-5E Tiger. Finished 11/27/16.Toast

Caveman: 1:24 Monogram MustangToast

Lostagain: 1/48 Tamiya Js-2-FINISHED 11/18/16Toast

Taxtp: 54mm Andrea Chindit. Toast

54mm Andrea British Officer-FINISHED 11/21/1Toast

BrandonD:  1/48 Tamiya Mustang III-FINISHED 11/6/16.Toast

Modelcrazy: 1/72 Trumpeter SturmtigerToast

Eagle90: 1/72 PM Lippisch P.13aToast

Scottrc: 1:72 Aoshima DauntlessToast

Pyrman: 1:25 Lindberg Crown Vic.

Dwsrazor: 1/72 Revell Cromwell Mk. IVToast

 

 

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Posted by Caveman on Monday, October 31, 2016 8:13 PM

Oh I'm in.  Need to make up for my performance last year.  I will get back to you with the projects.  Thanks for hosting this yet again.  I look forward to it every year!

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Posted by lostagain on Monday, October 31, 2016 11:48 PM

I am so in for this.

I have been working through a vac form all year and to complete a model in 48 hours will be a relief.

I'll nominate a 1/48 JS 2 from Tamiya. That should be sensibly achievable...

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Posted by lewbud on Monday, October 31, 2016 11:55 PM

Welcome aboard gents!  Roster is updated.

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Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 12:07 AM

I was wondering if somebody was going to run one this year... Hmm

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

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Posted by lewbud on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 7:10 AM

Shall I add you to the roster?

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Posted by taxtp on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 7:25 PM

Nice one Lewbud. Mark me in for another Airfix 1/72 Spitfire. Continues the theme from last year for me. I'll work out which marque later on.

I'm happy to do it on the 19th if there is demand for it, as I often enter multiple times and December gets very busy.

Cheers

Tony

I'm just taking it one GB at a time.

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Posted by lewbud on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 7:32 PM

You're on the roster Tony.  Welcome aboard!

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Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 9:41 PM

lewbud

Shall I add you to the roster?

 

Thank you, but no. I will pass this year. I am in the groove on a project now, and after a long period of modelers block for much of this year, I do not want to ruin that now...

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

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Posted by lewbud on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 5:42 AM

Ok.  Good luck.

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Posted by BrandonD on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 12:54 PM

Oh, man. I was hoping you were going to say it started Nov. 4, since the lady is out of town this weekend, and I've got a Tamiya Mustang Mk.III that's itching for a reason to be built. After this weekend things get pretty well booked up through the end of the year for me.

Well, I'll follow along on this one and wish you all the best!

-BD-

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Posted by lewbud on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 1:10 PM

As Grand Poobah and Chief Potentate I grant you a special dispensation to start this weekend.  What scale for the Stang?

 

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Posted by BrandonD on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 1:16 PM

lewbud

As Grand Poobah and Chief Potentate I grant you a special dispensation to start this weekend.  What scale for the Stang?

 

 

 

Ruh-roh, now I have to put my money where my mouth is Indifferent

In all seriousness, thank you. The scale is 1/48, and it will be in RAF markings for a Polish pilot.

-BD-

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Posted by lewbud on Thursday, November 3, 2016 10:10 AM

You got this BrandonD!  I may do a practice build, just to get my mind right.

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Posted by modelcrazy on Thursday, November 3, 2016 11:20 AM

I'm in again this year with..

I just need to come up the date, one that the wife agrees with (She still bothers me with a to do list, but an least I have a excuse when she agrees on a date)

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Posted by BrandonD on Thursday, November 3, 2016 4:19 PM

Oh, man, I think planning will be key to this one, so I made myself a to-do list with estimated times, and it's going to be tight, at best.

Since this is the time change weekend and I don't want to cheat, I'll make sure I take that into account on the ending time.

Today I got out most things I think I'll need.

I'm hoping to duck out of work an hour early tomorrow and kick this thing off around 4:30.

Fortunately, the scheme I'm building doesn't seem to have weathered all that much. Mostly just some scratches around the wing root, which will save me a lot of time.

Wish me luck - I think I'm going to need it.

-BD-

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Posted by taxtp on Thursday, November 3, 2016 6:57 PM

That Tamiya Mk III 'Stang is one of my favourite kits Brandon, it just goes together beautifully. Good luck with it.

I'm half tempted to have a crack at one this weekend too....I just don't have a reason to justify it other than enthusiasm.

Cheers

Tony

I'm just taking it one GB at a time.

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Posted by BrandonD on Friday, November 4, 2016 8:43 PM

Grr, Photobucket is down for maintenance. Well, I kicked this thing off at 4:01 p.m. today, Nov. 4. I'll post the pic once Photobucket comes back online.

Anyway, I shot the primer for the first wave of painting while the parts were on the sprue and moved directly into the first base coats (Testors Yellow Zinc Chromate for the wheel wells, Model Master Interior Green for the cockpit and Mr. Paint Duraluminum for flap interior parts, gear doors and legs, and wheels). Since I primed with Gunze Mr. Surfacer 1500 Black, I just didn't paint parts like the instrument panel, radio and fuel tank, since they were already black.

At this point I have the cockpit and wheel wells detail-painted, and they have a Flory Dark Dirt wash on them. Once I scrub that and drybrush them, it's time to glue the fuselage halves together, (wings are already together).

Then I can eat! (Which is actually ahead of the schedule I set for myself, so hopefully I don't run into a lot of seam work to do - I should't with this kit - and I will finish by Sunday at 3 p.m. Pacific time).

 

Thanks all. This is fun - and the fastest I've ever worked before!

-BD-

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Posted by lewbud on Friday, November 4, 2016 8:52 PM

Sounds like you're off to a great start!

 

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Posted by modelcrazy on Friday, November 4, 2016 9:44 PM

Lewbud ,  did you get my entry ?

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Posted by lewbud on Friday, November 4, 2016 10:54 PM

Modelcrazy, added to the roster.  Welcome aboard!

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Posted by BrandonD on Saturday, November 5, 2016 2:10 AM

Ok, end of day one.

Here are the original pics meant to go with above post:

I realized that clock didn't show the date, but just said "Today,) which is totally useless, so I started using the lock screen.

In the above pic, I had just finished up portions of thecockpit detail painting and they were awaiting a wash.

Just before closing the fuselage. Not quite 7 p.m.

And here I have the fuselage closed.

It needed some help being held shut at the top, and then I started masking the canopy. Off and on, when I was waiting for things to dry, I painted the wheels and propeller blade tips and that sort of thing.

One last look at the cockpit before I closed it up for good (Tamiya doesn't really provide a way to have the Malcolm hood open with this kit, and I'm totally OK with that this time. You can saw off the front piece, as there is a spare one of those, but you'd have to be pretty careful with the Malcolm hood itself, and I just didn't feel like doing that.

Here there was still a seam along the spine that needed attention. Right after this shot, I layed down some Mr. Dissolved Putty and then took the dog on a long walk because she was giving me that look.

Once we were back, I sanded the seam, re-shot the primer, and since it looked good, I went ahead and sprayed the stripes on the wings and horizontal stabilizers. Tamiya doesn't show these in the color scheme, but the pics I have of this plane definitely show these stripes or invasion stripes, so I figured I should add them.

First order of business for tomorrow is masking the stripes, then spraying the Sky fuselage band. That can cure while I do a run, and then I can mask it and get to work on the main colors.

Tomorrow is my dad's birthday, I basically realized that if I don't get this thing ready for a clear coat before I head over to my parents' place in the late afternoon, it isn't going to make the deadline of 3 p.m. Sunday (I have to pick up my girlfriend between noon and 2 on Sunday.

But at the end of day one, I'm cautiously optimistic.

Thanks for letting me take a crack at this one this weekend, Lewbud. This is the most fun I've had modeling in a while.

-BD-

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Posted by taxtp on Saturday, November 5, 2016 7:49 AM

Nice microwave Brandon :)) 

Great start, you've done a great job and kept to your schedule too.

Cheers

Tony

I'm just taking it one GB at a time.

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Posted by lewbud on Sunday, November 6, 2016 1:29 AM

How's it going Brandon?

 

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Posted by BrandonD on Sunday, November 6, 2016 3:10 AM

Well, today was a rush. Meant to post sooner, but got stuck in traffic coming home from my parents' house. Normally a 15-minute drive turned into an hour.

When I woke up, I masked the white stripes, then sprayed the Sky band and went for my run.

Once back from that, I masked the Sky band and shot the Medium Sea Gray underside, then went grabbed a coffee and took the dog for a walk while it cured.

Directly after that, I masked the demarcation line, then went into the garage fora marathon session to paint the rest of the plane. I ran into a time-killing "problem" that turned out to be my not realizing I had my air compressor turned off. I'd thought my airbrush was clogged and couldn't figure it out. Sad

Anyway, I got the paint done, then shot it with a clear coat and left at 3 p.m. to head to my parents' place for my dad's birthday.

Once I got home, I went straight to decals. Unfortunately, the yellow leading edge line decals disintegrated, so I will have to spray them tomorrow, which should be doable in the time limit, barely. I do have to finish by 3 p.m., but will likely be pulled away between noon and 2, so noon is my real deadline.

Anyway, I got the second gloss coat on tonight, and it's ready for a morning panel line wash, then flat clear, then those lines. And then some light weathering and attaching of the gear and fiddly bits, and it should be done. Here's to hoping I don't mess up the roundels with the tape I'll need to use to mask the yellow lines.

I think the white on the nose looks funky here because of the angle. Hopefully that's not another thing I need to fix, but I don't think it is.

-BD-

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Posted by taxtp on Sunday, November 6, 2016 6:35 AM

It's coming together really well for a weekend build Brandon, hope you can get that yellow sprayed and knock it over in the morning. The camo looks really good.

Cheers

Tony

I'm just taking it one GB at a time.

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Posted by lewbud on Sunday, November 6, 2016 10:59 AM

Looking good Brandon!Toast

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Posted by BrandonD on Sunday, November 6, 2016 2:54 PM

I finished!

Not as weathered as I generally like, but my pics of this plane show it to be surprisingly clean, maybe because it was thesquadron leader's aircraft. Anyway, that's one of the reasons I chose it.

Girlfriend ctually came home early, so I was a bit rushed, but I did finish in time for the armorer to hang the bombs from the pylons with care, in hopes they'd find a V-1 site, and destroy it from the air... (In keeping with the wonderful time of the year bit).

Well, that was an absolute blast. Thanks for letting me run this weekend, Lebud, and I can't wait to see what the rest of you pull off in the weekends to come!

-BD-

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Posted by lewbud on Sunday, November 6, 2016 3:13 PM

Outstanding!  Congratulations!  Which pic would like to go on the Wall of Fame?

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