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  • From: Australia
Posted by taxtp on Sunday, April 15, 2018 7:46 PM

I've been in a rut too. I'm going to change my entry for this GB from a Meteor to an Academy 1/72 Me 163B. Definitely an interceptor !

Hopefully a quick build of this nice little kit will get my motors running again.

Cheers

Tony

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

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Posted by 68GT on Monday, April 16, 2018 6:42 AM

That should be a relatively easy kit to get you out of the rut.

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Posted by taxtp on Friday, April 20, 2018 7:53 PM

I've made some progress on my Komet. It's not the easiest build but it's pretty good. It's ready to prime now.

Cheers

Tony

 

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Posted by taxtp on Monday, April 23, 2018 12:20 AM

Here it is with the canopy masked, ready for priming. It needed a little filler here and there, but basically it's pretty good.

I just remembered to add the leading edge slats before I painted it. This time I chose to mask it with Braunviolett. After the first coat there were some areas near the wing roots where sanding marks were visible. I used a finer grade of paper to remove them then resprayed it. Since this was the primer, I then went over it with flat black preshading of panel lines and lightly sprayed over these again. I finished with a lightened colour for the middle of each panel. It's really hard to see in the photo though.

I think next time I'll prime with light grey or white as I normally do.

Next up is RLM 82 splinter camo.

Cheers

Tony

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

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  • From: New Jersey
Posted by 68GT on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 11:38 AM

The 163 is looking good there Tony!

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Posted by taxtp on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 7:49 PM

Thanks Ed, bit more progress.

Cheers

Tony

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Posted by BrynnWryttur on Friday, April 27, 2018 11:02 AM

Looks good for a 1/72 scale Komet, it's so small. Nice job!

 

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Posted by taxtp on Friday, April 27, 2018 6:40 PM

Thanks Brynn. I'm just decalling it, I'll post another photo after they're all on.

Cheers

Tony

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

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Posted by taxtp on Sunday, April 29, 2018 10:49 PM

Here it is, I got it done one day before the end of the GB :)

Academy's 1/72 Me 163B.

I can't help feeling I've got a few more of these in me. In fact, I went to the LHS this morning and bought another one of the same kit. I will do the all red one sometime in the future.

Cheers

Tony

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

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  • From: New Jersey
Posted by 68GT on Monday, April 30, 2018 1:00 PM

NICE work on the 163!

 

I'm going to keep the GB open for a while.  There are a bunch of loose ends that need to be completed.

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Posted by 68GT on Monday, April 30, 2018 5:59 PM

Did a little more work on the F-14 this weekend.

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Posted by 68GT on Monday, May 07, 2018 12:24 PM

Any Eagle news for us Goldhammer?

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Posted by goldhammer on Tuesday, May 08, 2018 6:07 PM

Finally got a chance to get back on her.  Got the dark gray shot today, and had already blown up the paint scheme in the directions to full size.  Will be cutting frisket over the next day or so and getting the light gray shot.  Will put up pics of the dark gray along with the final scheme when I get it painted, hopefully this week.  Then comes the tedious decaling.....

 

If you decide to  close out the GB, no biggie.  Been dragging my feet, and will fully understand.

 

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  • From: New Jersey
Posted by 68GT on Wednesday, May 09, 2018 8:55 AM

It's all good!  I've been pretty busy myself and haven't done much modeling. 

I'm going to keep the GB open to the year mark at a minimum cause I have to finish the 6s.

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Posted by goldhammer on Wednesday, May 09, 2018 9:30 AM

That will be appreciated by a lot of us.

 

Got a move coming soon, in the next month or so, but this one is being built at work so won't affect it .....much

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Posted by 68GT on Friday, June 01, 2018 1:03 PM

I've got to back into the swing of things with the builds.  I've  been checking the site but stalled out big time.

 

How is anyone else here doing?

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Posted by lewbud on Monday, June 11, 2018 8:16 PM

It's the second week in June and the Nationals are two months away so I figured I better get started on my F-102 for our club's group project (it wouldn't look good for me to not have a build ready since I'm leading the darn thing). The kit is Meng's 1/72 F-102 Case X flown by future President George H.W. Bush.  Starting with the wings. 

The wings consist of a port and starboard upper, with a one piece lower wing. The missile bay is also installed at this time. Time for the wingtips and ailerons.

Because the wing tips are different between the Case X and Case XX wings, Meng has molded them as separate parts. Don't know why the ailerons are separate, but they are.  Will have to wait until I get home tonight to install them. Fit so far is good, but I hear there are pitfalls ahead. Lawn darts forever!

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

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Posted by 68GT on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 10:33 AM

That looks like a nice kit and your subject is interesting as most probably wouldnt consider it.

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Posted by lewbud on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 1:08 PM

It should be future President George W. Bush and it is a nice kit. It does have some problems, but builds up nicely. How it will fare in my hands remains to be seen.

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

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Posted by lewbud on Friday, June 15, 2018 5:25 AM

Got some work done on the pit today. First pic is the painted tub with Eduard's PE attached. Sorry for the crappy phone pic. I'll have to go back in there and touch up the footpads with some aircraft interior black.

The panel. Eduard's panel looks great, but it's the wrong color. The pit is supposed to be Dark Gull Gray, but the instructions call for Aircraft Gray (which is what the exterior is to be painted with). I'm not going to sweat it because it won't be seen once the canopy is in place. Once again, sorry for the crappy phone pic.

Also painted the inside of the fuselage halves where the pit goes, but that's boring and not pic worthy. More soon.

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

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Posted by 68GT on Friday, June 15, 2018 10:14 AM

Nice work!  I just hope you cand see it when the fuselage is closed up.  I know with the 106s you cant see much even in 1/48.

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Posted by BrynnWryttur on Friday, June 15, 2018 10:54 AM
That instrument panel looks great, it'd be a shame if it wasn't very visible. Can't wait to see what the cockpit looks like when it's finished!

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Posted by lewbud on Friday, June 29, 2018 1:55 AM

68GT, thanks for the kind words. Looking forward to more of your Tomkitty.

Tony, your 163 looks great!

Goldhammer, looking forward to seeing your Eagle.

BrynnWryttur, your wish is my command.

The bang seat box stock.

The bang seat with PE. Crappy phone pic follows.

The pretty much completed cockpit. It's not great, but it will look appropriately busy throught the tiny canopy. Still have to paint the radar scope black, may try and fix that armrest. I think there is a PE piece that goes behind the bang seat, will check when I get home.

More soon. The goal is to have the fuselage closed and ready for paint Monday.

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

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Posted by BrynnWryttur on Saturday, June 30, 2018 1:08 PM

Hey Lewbud, my Martlet's cockpit doesn't look too awesome, but it also has a small canopy, so YesYes

Small canopies are there to give us a break when we need it Stick out tongue

Yours is looking much better than mine.

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  • From: Douglas AZ
Posted by littletimmy on Saturday, June 30, 2018 7:28 PM

68GT
I'm going to keep the GB open to the year mark at a minimum cause I have to finish the 6s.

Thank you !

I have completely "stalled out" on my P-61 ... ( apperently my wife think's getting the bathroom installed is more important. All the fixture's are currently piled up in MY workspace. )

I "should" be back on track by August..... ( finger's crossed...)

 Dont worry about the thumbprint, paint it Rust , and call it "Battle Damage".

  

 

    

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Posted by Sailing_Dutchman on Saturday, June 30, 2018 9:03 PM

Is it to late to join? If not then I am in with a Dragon 1/48 Focke-Wulf Ta 152H-1.

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  • From: New Jersey
Posted by 68GT on Sunday, July 01, 2018 8:05 AM

No, jump right in when you want to Dutchman

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Posted by lewbud on Wednesday, July 04, 2018 10:27 PM

I didn't reach the goal of having her ready to paint by Monday, but she's starting to look like a plane.

The exhaust. Consists of four parts, painted with Mr. Color Steel, burnt metal and silver. First time I've used Mr. Color and I like it so far.

The exhaust installed.

Blanking plate for the intake. Made from some strip stock that was lounging around not doing anything.

The fuselage is together.

The wings are on. This was probably the most difficult part of the build so far. I had a step form underneath the rear left wingroot. I cut down the bulkhead that the exhaust attaches to, that didn't work. I scraped and sanded the rear of the wing, that helped a little. I installed the main gear bay. that helped with the alignment, but didn't help the fit. I kept messing with it until it snapped into place. I MEK'd the heck out of it once it was there.

The underside.

I did more work today, but no pics. The splitter plates are installed. The piece for the closed bay doors for the missile bay is in. The canopy is installed and masked. The canopy didn't sit flush with the spine when I installed it. The reason for this is it it designed to be displayed open, but a little judicious sanding took care of that. With the exception of the fit of the canopy, so far the fit of this kit has been pretty darn good. I had to use a little tape to minimize the gap at the wing root join, but so far little putty has been used. The nose in front of the cockpit will need some putty, and maybe once I get her primed, I'll find some other problem areas, but right now I'm impressed with this kit. More tomorrow.

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  • From: New Jersey
Posted by 68GT on Friday, July 06, 2018 6:49 AM

Looking good there!

I keep telling myself I need to get back on the bench but I have nothing to show for the last few weeks.

 

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Posted by Sailing_Dutchman on Sunday, July 08, 2018 2:52 PM

I have begun work on the FW Ta-152-H.

The box and sprues.

I got the engine built.

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