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Monogram Mafia IV Group Build

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  • Member since
    October, 2004
  • From: Northern Virginia
Posted by ygmodeler4 on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 9:37 PM
Alright Carlos, I’m in. Heading down to my parents’ where the model “stash” is this weekend so I’ll give you and update of which kits. Not quite sure which Revellogram aren’t started, but there may be an unstarted PT-109, Dragonfly, or SR-71 waitingto be built

-Josiah

  • Member since
    September, 2005
  • From: Central Nebraska
Posted by freem on Saturday, April 14, 2018 10:22 PM

Finally starting my builds.  These two beauties have between them around 40 parts!



Not going to show the nuke reactor.  If my study of images is close, the hatch is in the wrong location anyway too far forward.

Chris Christenson

 

  • Member since
    October, 2004
  • From: Northern Virginia
Posted by ygmodeler4 on Sunday, April 15, 2018 4:52 PM

Sub looks good so far

I've decided on my first kit for this build. Not starting it yet as I've got a couple I need to finish up first but I'll start with the F-5E seen below:

 Untitled by Josiah McDonald, on Flickr

-Josiah

  • Member since
    February, 2014
  • From: Michigan
Posted by silentbob33 on Thursday, April 19, 2018 3:49 PM

Great start on the sub Chris!  I don't think I've ever seen that kit before.

Glad to see you back Josiah, looking forward to seeing your F-5 come together.

I'm still plodding along.  Lots of filling and sanding on this bird.  Not to mention flash and ejection marks on every. Single. Piece.  But now she looks like an airplane.  Going to maske the cockpit and get some primer on her.

Also have the drop tank and ordnance ready for paint as well.

I probably won't be getting much in the way of bench time the next couple of days.  My kidneys have recovered enough that they've taken me off of dialysis, which is great news.  Tomorrow morning I'm going in to have the catheter removed and they want me to avoid moving my arm for a couple of days afterwards.  

On my bench: 1/48 Academy F-5E Lightning

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    April, 2005
  • From: Australia
Posted by taxtp on Monday, April 23, 2018 7:07 AM

All the best with it Bob.

Cheers

Tony

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

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    February, 2014
  • From: Michigan
Posted by silentbob33 on Monday, April 23, 2018 8:22 AM
Thanks Tony! Everything went great and I'm hoping to get back to the bench today. I may have cheated a bit and primed it this weekend. Hopefully I can get the preshading done today.

On my bench: 1/48 Academy F-5E Lightning

  • Member since
    July, 2004
  • From: Sunny So. Cal... The OC
Posted by stikpusher on Monday, April 23, 2018 11:56 AM

silentbob33
Thanks Tony! Everything went great and I'm hoping to get back to the bench today. I may have cheated a bit and primed it this weekend. Hopefully I can get the preshading done today.
 

”may have”?Hmm

Well, in any case it’s looking good. I like how you added the fences on the LEXs in front for the vertical stabilizers.

 

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

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

  • Member since
    February, 2014
  • From: Michigan
Posted by silentbob33 on Monday, April 23, 2018 7:48 PM

Thanks Stik! So far I'm pretty please with how it's looking.  And don't tell my doctor Zip it!

On my bench: 1/48 Academy F-5E Lightning

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    June, 2017
Posted by UnwaryPaladin on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 6:28 AM

After a rough start, we are up and moving on this GB! My intent was to build the old 1/48 F4F Wildcat, with the wings in the down position. That didn't go very well. It seems these kits build best as intended, with all the moving parts. The seams were impossible (for me at least) to fix, and after generating a pile of plastic sanding dust, wound up in The Pile of No Return. I didn't have the heart to trash it, but there she sits. 

So, on to the F84F Thunderstreak.

My dad was in the Pennsylvania Air National Guard in the 50's and 60's during the time they were phasing into jets. He has some artistic talent, and won a contest at the base for the painting scheme. I'd love to finish it in the same scheme, but have yet to turn up any references. 

The kit is very nice for it's age. It has finely raised panels and a bit of flash but the detail and fit are good. 

I started with the cockpit. I'm building it out of the box, but did add some seat belts and harnesses made from aluminum ducting tape and wire. 

I could tell this was going to be a tail sitter. The fuel tanks are large and with the exhaust assembly and large tail it would need some weight up front. Fortunaley there is ample room up front for weight. A 150 grain 270 bullet fit perfectly inside the intake assmebly, and a 60 caliber musket ball forward of the cockpit probably was overkill, but I'm not taking chances!

Update- All the main parts are put togther. Most things fit fairly well, but there is still some seam work and rescribing. The wing roots and stabilizers took some shims and putty, but they went together. 

I'm not sure what these hooks are on the underside of the fuselage, near the airbrakes. Any thoughts? They don't seem to appear on the instruction sheet drawings or any reference pictures I've seen. 

I'm also wondering what kind of bombs are provided with the kit. Can anyone identify them?

After wiping down the plastic with rubbing alcohol, I primed with decanted Rust-Oleum American Accents primer. I've yet to have paint peel  from masking after I started using this stuff. It goes on very thin, does not obscure detail at all. I vary the coverage a bit to give the top coat some variation. As long as there is some primer on the surface, it will provide enough bite for the top coat. 

I am going to top coat it with Model Master acrylic aluminum. To me, it provides a durable finish, and when burnished, looks very realistic. 

 

 

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    February, 2014
  • From: Michigan
Posted by silentbob33 on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 8:35 AM
Those seatbelts look awesome! How did you make them? I always go with the "more is better" approach when adding weight to the nose. I have an F-80 that I just barely put enough weight in. It tail sits every time a squirrel farts in China...I make sure I don't have that problem any more.

On my bench: 1/48 Academy F-5E Lightning

  • Member since
    June, 2017
Posted by UnwaryPaladin on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 12:02 PM

silentbob33
Those seatbelts look awesome! How did you make them? I always go with the "more is better" approach when adding weight to the nose. I have an F-80 that I just barely put enough weight in. It tail sits every time a squirrel farts in China...I make sure I don't have that problem any more.
 

Thanks! The seatbelt material is a foil tape. It has a bit of adhesive on the back, but not much. Just painted it and cut it into strips. I also noticed that Dove Chocolate wraps their candy in a foil that might work for seat belts, but I haven't tried it yet. The hardware on the belts is wire from some sort of connector or phone charger. I wrapped it around the tip of a triangular needle file, then cut the coil with a utility razor. 

The extra weight is nice, but I'm afraid of dropping the model. Dropping is never good, but musket balls tend to have some inertia and keep on going- smash!

  • Member since
    July, 2004
  • From: Sunny So. Cal... The OC
Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 4:53 PM

I like your idea of making the harness hardware by wrapping wire around an appropriately shaped item- a great idea! Much simpler than coming up with a jig... I’m gonna be using that idea since much harness buckle hardware has other shapes as well...

 

 

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

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

  • Member since
    February, 2014
  • From: Michigan
Posted by silentbob33 on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 5:34 PM
Thanks for the info, I may have to steal that for future use...

On my bench: 1/48 Academy F-5E Lightning

  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 8:11 PM

I just tried to build the Monogram Wildcat with my granddaughter.  The plastic was very brittle and a little warped.  The fuselage finally cracked in about 5 places and I had to send it to the round file.Crying

We're working on a Revell 1/32 Wildcat now. Going better.

John

To see build logs of my models, go here: http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.htm

  

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    February, 2010
  • From: New Jersey
Posted by 68GT on Friday, April 27, 2018 1:59 PM

Nice job on the Do335!

On Ed's bench, ???

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    February, 2014
  • From: Michigan
Posted by silentbob33 on Monday, May 14, 2018 4:33 PM

Thanks Ed!

I can't believe it's been a few weeks since I last posted any progress.  There have been some changes to my medications which have worn me out, and I haven't had the energy to get to the bench.  However, I finally managed to get some paint on.

On my bench: 1/48 Academy F-5E Lightning

  • Member since
    May, 2004
  • From: Land of Lakes
Posted by cbaltrin on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 3:51 PM

Great star on the thunderstreak! Love the cockpit!

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    July, 2014
  • From: Meridian, ID
Posted by modelcrazy on Thursday, May 17, 2018 10:16 AM

Don Stick,

Now that I'm back in fighting form, I'd like to try this again. I have 2 cars coming and would like to submit them to the family as my contribution.

They should be arriving sometime next week.

Steve

ON THE BENCH

1/48 Tamiya Mk.1 Swordfish
1/350 Tamiya Prince of Wales

In Que

1/700 Tamiya King George V

 

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    April, 2005
  • From: Australia
Posted by taxtp on Thursday, May 17, 2018 7:23 PM

We don't get to see many Hot Rods in GBs. Cool choice Steve. I haven't built one since the ZZTop Eliminator 34 Ford back in 1990. I know you'll work some magic with them. Very good to hear that you're feeling well :)

Cheers

Tony

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

  • Member since
    July, 2014
  • From: Meridian, ID
Posted by modelcrazy on Thursday, May 17, 2018 8:02 PM

Thank you Tony, I'm looking forward to them. I enjoy detailing the engines plus these old Fords look cool. Not sure I'm going with yellow though. Stick out tongue

Steve

ON THE BENCH

1/48 Tamiya Mk.1 Swordfish
1/350 Tamiya Prince of Wales

In Que

1/700 Tamiya King George V

 

  • Member since
    July, 2014
  • From: Meridian, ID
Posted by modelcrazy on Monday, May 21, 2018 9:40 PM

I received both kits today and started on the 32. The engine first. The instructions said it is a blueprinted small block Chevy....OK, I guess, I dont know the diffrence. So it's Chevy engine red then.

 

Steve

ON THE BENCH

1/48 Tamiya Mk.1 Swordfish
1/350 Tamiya Prince of Wales

In Que

1/700 Tamiya King George V

 

  • Member since
    April, 2005
  • From: Australia
Posted by taxtp on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 5:29 PM

Nice start Steve.

Cheers

Tony

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

  • Member since
    July, 2014
  • From: Meridian, ID
Posted by modelcrazy on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 8:44 PM

Thanks Tony,

I'm going to paint the body MM Silver Blue Metallic. I'm pretty sure it will be more difficult to cover than yellow so I laid down a gray base first. I also picked up some 28 ga wire for the plug wires.

Steve

ON THE BENCH

1/48 Tamiya Mk.1 Swordfish
1/350 Tamiya Prince of Wales

In Que

1/700 Tamiya King George V

 

  • Member since
    July, 2004
  • From: Sunny So. Cal... The OC
Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 8:53 PM

The MC we all know and love is working his car magic again on another classic...

 

 

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

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

  • Member since
    July, 2014
  • From: Meridian, ID
Posted by modelcrazy on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 8:56 PM

LOL, that's such a great video!

Steve

ON THE BENCH

1/48 Tamiya Mk.1 Swordfish
1/350 Tamiya Prince of Wales

In Que

1/700 Tamiya King George V

 

  • Member since
    July, 2004
  • From: Sunny So. Cal... The OC
Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 9:00 PM

All the ones with that car... except Sleeping Bag... they killed the car...

 

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

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

  • Member since
    July, 2014
  • From: Meridian, ID
Posted by modelcrazy on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 9:16 PM

I'll have to YouTube that one, I barley remember it.

Steve

ON THE BENCH

1/48 Tamiya Mk.1 Swordfish
1/350 Tamiya Prince of Wales

In Que

1/700 Tamiya King George V

 

  • Member since
    July, 2004
  • From: Sunny So. Cal... The OC
Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 9:18 PM

modelcrazy

I'll have to YouTube that one, I barley remember it.

 

ehhh... the song wasn’t very good... at least to my ears... not a typical ZZ Top style.

 

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

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

  • Member since
    July, 2014
  • From: Meridian, ID
Posted by modelcrazy on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 9:29 PM

Yeah, not their best. If I recall your music list I saw once, we have similar taste in music.

I watched it and it remember now, they turned it into a spaceship.

Steve

ON THE BENCH

1/48 Tamiya Mk.1 Swordfish
1/350 Tamiya Prince of Wales

In Que

1/700 Tamiya King George V

 

  • Member since
    July, 2004
  • From: Sunny So. Cal... The OC
Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 9:40 PM

Products of the same era Wink

 

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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