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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 7:39 AM

Thanks! I may have to try that. 

I think I'm whined here enough that I always lose a couple parts from everything I build... 

"Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed." -G.K. Chesterton

 

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Posted by Bish on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 7:52 AM

You and me both G. I had one of the Reaper undercarrage legs broken and the piece was missing, so had to scratch that. And despite having little plastic tube i am supposed to put parts in, i always forget and end up loseing an antenna or seatbelt or somthing. Its then just a case of whether i scratch it, spares box or hope no one notices.

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

  

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Posted by Bish on Tuesday, September 05, 2017 2:21 PM

Got the Reaper painted and now ready for decals.

The weapons are also painted.

These are for both drones, not loading it up much.

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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, September 05, 2017 3:38 PM

Ohhhhh, looks wicked Bish!

"Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed." -G.K. Chesterton

 

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Posted by Armor_Aficionado on Tuesday, September 05, 2017 5:05 PM

Got some good progress made on the Spitfire this weekend.

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/e4/65/0c/e4650c6c2a4977dec5843fad7384d269.jpg

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/3c/24/d9/3c24d9a224071fbbcf26e512f0321044.jpg

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/3b/eb/17/3beb17898ffdad44f5e527d2454a7484.jpg

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/07/5e/57/075e576c4e90fd375eebf7ffe81429be.jpg

The cockpit is done, ready to slide into the fuselage.  I used a Yahu Models aftermarket instrument panel; real nice quality detailed look, but it was a real pain-in-the-ass to install.  Plus, the compass face they provide was WAY too big to fit the actual compass (almost 50% too big), so I left it off.

 

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/e2/7b/98/e27b9882e5fa6e67822d686f50a1246b.jpg

The fuselage halves are together, ready to accept the cockpit assembly.  I added a few scratchbuilt interior parts for extra detail.  Overall, so far I'm pretty pleaased with it, other than the fit problems I had with the aftermarket part.

 

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, September 05, 2017 5:37 PM

Sharp job on the cockpit there AA. Are you adding a pilot or any seatbelts? If you don't want to buy the PE ones tape ones look pretty good too.

"Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed." -G.K. Chesterton

 

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Posted by Armor_Aficionado on Tuesday, September 05, 2017 11:12 PM
Ah, thanks for the tip, G! I was mulling that over, whether or not to add the pilot. Tamiya provides a very nicely detailed pilot figure with the kit, but past experience tells me their figures don't always fit into their drivers' positions that well, plus that would obscure some of the nice detail work. I really didn't want to go through the added hassle of installing photo-etch seat belts, but I never thought of making them from tape!

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Posted by Armor_Aficionado on Wednesday, September 06, 2017 6:06 PM

Many thanks to Gamera forcthe tip re making seat belts from tape instead of buying photo etch.  Just finished them and it was so easy, and they look pretty darn good!

http://pin.it/szgcQdi

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Thursday, September 07, 2017 7:47 AM

Oh wow that looks fantastic! I normally just wimp out and use the PE ones but I've never got results with tape as good as yours. Yes

"Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed." -G.K. Chesterton

 

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Posted by lewbud on Thursday, September 07, 2017 4:26 PM

Bish,

Please add a 1/72 Heller Tempest Mk. V in addition to the Sabre.   Going to treat this one as a weekend build.  Hope to have it done by Sunday.  Lots of good work going on, keep it up!  Congratulations to all who've finished.

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

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Friday, September 08, 2017 6:40 AM

Will do lewbud, i will add that tonight.

AA, i'll chekc out your pics as well, can't see them from here. Looking forward to seeing how its coming along.

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

  

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  • From: East Gippsland, Victoria, Australia
Posted by damouav on Friday, September 08, 2017 6:50 AM

Hi Bish,

I'm not going to get to my other build any time in the distant future so best removing it from the list.

Thanks for the opportunity to have joined the group build.

Damian

In Progress
1/48 Hasegawa Corsair AU-1 (F4U-6)
Pending
1/48 Hobby Boss TBF-1C Avenger
1/48 Tamiya P-47-D Bubbletop
1/48 Hasegawa P51-D
1/48 Roden S.E.5a
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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Friday, September 08, 2017 7:07 AM

No worries Damian, it was great having you on board. If you think your able to get to it, i can always add it back. If not, there's always the Commonwealth GB next year.

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Posted by lewbud on Friday, September 08, 2017 6:36 PM

Anybody know how to get Flickr to show the pics, rather than just the URL?  I'd use my Fotki account, but I can't get the app to open on my phone (Android Razr).  Anyways, here we go.

The box.

https://flic.kr/p/YfDSVJ

The trees.

https://flic.kr/p/YicWtP

The beginning of the pit.  Very basic.

https://flic.kr/p/YicNun

The finished pit.

https://flic.kr/p/XeU6ab

Starting to look like a plane. Not much of a gap on the left side, the right side is another story.

https://flic.kr/p/XfUysw

Working on the starboard side.

https://flic.kr/p/YwHcPM

Will putty the starboard wing root tonight, as well as start painting. I've got some Tamiya medium sea grey in a rattle can for the underside, and some Model Master Dark Green. Will pickup some ocean grey tomorrow.  Hopefully the kit decals are usable.  If not, will have to cobble something together.

 

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

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Saturday, September 09, 2017 12:19 PM

Frontpage updated.

lewbud, there are a couple of ways you can do it. The one i use is to select Download this photo (downward pointing arrow) then view all sizes. Select the size you want, i go for 640, then right click the image, slect properties and copy a paste. Bit long winded but its my preffered way.

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

  

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Posted by Bish on Saturday, September 09, 2017 12:21 PM

AA, nice work there. Like those seatbelts.

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Posted by Justinryan215 on Sunday, September 10, 2017 12:39 AM

You need to use the 'bb code' selection to link the images for auto display....

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Posted by lewbud on Sunday, September 10, 2017 1:02 AM

Bish

Frontpage updated.

lewbud, there are a couple of ways you can do it. The one i use is to select Download this photo (downward pointing arrow) then view all sizes. Select the size you want, i go for 640, then right click the image, slect properties and copy a paste. Bit long winded but its my preffered way.

 

Thanks Bish, will give it try. Picked up a 1/72 Hasegawa Tornado GR Mk. I and a 1/72 Fujimi FGR.2 at a local contest today.  The Tornado will be done up as a bird from No.617SQN the Dambusters.  The FGR.2 will be done up as XT901 of No.565Sqd (RAF Wattisham) complete with sharks mouth.  Don't know if they'll make this build yet. Is there a rule somewhere that says all Phantom kits must have two-three times as many decals as there are parts in the kit? Also picked up a 1/72 Fujimi RF-4B and a F-4N of VF-111 (also with a shark mouth, I see a theme developing), Going to be in stencil hell if I go on a Phantom binge.

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

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Sunday, September 10, 2017 5:21 AM

Sounds like you have a couple of nice ones there. I am waiting out on the Airfix Phantom FG.1 and hopefully they will be doing an FGR.2, i'll see how many decals those have, sound slike you wil be having fun with those ones.

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Posted by lewbud on Sunday, September 10, 2017 11:21 AM

I'm waiting for the Airfix Phantom as well, although something tells it will be a while before it gets to this side of the pond. The price on the Fujimi's was just too good to pass up.  Do you know if Airfix AV-8A kit and the Harrier mk. I are the same kit?

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

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Posted by Bish on Sunday, September 10, 2017 1:18 PM

Well, hopefully it won't take to long. Its due out November here.

Ye, the GR.1 kit came first, than the GR.3 followed by the AV8. Just new parts for each version.

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Posted by Armor_Aficionado on Sunday, September 10, 2017 3:01 PM
Okay guys, need a little help here. I'm working on my Tamiya 1/48 Spitfire Mk. 1 and I've run into a puzzling situation. On Sprue "C" - the clear parts - there are several canopy pieces, as well as various lights, etc. The rear window is part 4, the front windscreen is part 2, and it gives you a choice of either straight or blown canopy (part 1 or 3, respectively). However, there are also some other clear parts that are not mentioned anywhere in the instructions. Part 10, an indicator light, appears to be a duplicate of part 5, and part 8, another blown canopy, looks to be a duplicate of part 3. But why? No mention is made in the instructions of these parts, and if they were duplicates, then why give them separate part numbers? It wold make more sense to just have two parts #3, or two parts #5, etc. And then part #9, which is also a front windscreen, is definitely NOT a duplicate of part #2, there are noticeable differences in the canopy framework. So what's the story, anybody?

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Posted by Gamera on Sunday, September 10, 2017 6:50 PM

LB: yeah not the most complex kit but she's looking good so far.

AA: I would hazard a guess they designed one sprue for different marks from I to V or so and just stuck it in all the boxes. I haven't noticed much of that from Tamiya before but Dragon does it all the time.

"Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed." -G.K. Chesterton

 

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  • From: ON, Canada
Posted by jgeratic on Sunday, September 10, 2017 8:37 PM

About the Tamiya's Spitfire clear parts, I'm thinking they provide two blown style canopies with one being a bit larger so it sits better if displayed open?

The front windscreen that has a thicker front facing, this is the armoured type introduced during the BoB.

Part 5 and 10 is the fuselage navigation light that sits right behind the radio mast, and they provide two just in case you lose one?

regards,

Jack 

 

 

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Posted by Armor_Aficionado on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 2:40 PM

Belly of the Spitfire has been painted, Sky green (Tamiya XF-21, Humbrol 90, or Vallejo BS 216.  I really like the look of this!  BTW, Jack, I took your advice and used the larger blown canopy so I can display it open.  Don't want all that good cockpit detailing I did to go to waste!

http://pin.it/fR5xcK-

 

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Posted by lewbud on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 1:03 AM

Color question.  Would the gear bays on a late war Tempest be British Interior Green or aluminum?  Would the wheels be the same as the underside color or aluminum as well?

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Posted by Armor_Aficionado on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 1:51 AM

I don't know about the Tempest, but I've seen several Spitfires that ALL have had aluminum wheels, even though various model kit instructions may say to paint them the same color as the underside of the wings. So, I just leave them aluminum, until I see a real-life example that says otherwise.

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Posted by scottrc on Sunday, September 17, 2017 1:23 PM

I am checking in and still with this GB.  I have the final coat of paint on the SE5 and setting it up on jig to install the upper wing.  But I got a little ahead of myself and forgot to put the decals on the bottom of the upper wing, so I need to take it off the jig and decale the wing.

Scott

        

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Posted by Bish on Sunday, September 17, 2017 1:54 PM

Nice job on the Spit AA.

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Posted by Bish on Sunday, September 17, 2017 1:55 PM

lewbud, from what i can tell, all British aircraft had unpainted wheels, but couldn't find anything that confirms that.

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

  

On the bench: Hasegawa 1/32nd Ju 87G-2

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