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  • Member since
    October, 2009
  • From: Worcester, England.
Posted by aeroplanegripper on Monday, April 23, 2018 11:41 AM

Hello everyone,

Well I have finally finsihed the Airfix 1/72 Junkers JU-87, and backdated it to represent a B-1 as flown during the Battle of Britain. The kit was a complete joy to build and I thoroughly recommend it.

 After the Xtradecal decals were applied, I added another coat of Alclad Aqua Gloss and I used a Florry Models Black wash all over. I let that dry off sprayed an Xtraacrlics matt coat and then added the last items.

 The replacement aerial was a PE spare from a Hellcat, but near enough matches and the pitot tube a length of brass tubing.The machine gun barrel was from a spare brass .30 cal!

 The paints used were a mixture of Humbrol, Alcad, Xtracolor and a new brand I picked up at SMW 17, from a company called Sovereign Hobbies and their Colourcoats  enamel range. 

 Its been a great GB, and thanks to all for the encouragement Ive recieved, and to Bish and Theuns for hosting this. Having a short rest till the Commonwealth GB next week and the AZ Curtiss Mohawk!

Thanks for looking.

Best Regards

Mark

"bis vivit qui bene vivit"

 

  • Member since
    October, 2008
  • From: Georgia
Posted by Rigidrider on Monday, April 23, 2018 9:30 PM

Silent Bob... Yup and that's a cool story! It's been so long since I've been back to Detroit... I left there in 1978 ,  and other then an occasional trip back to see my one daughter, I keep my butt in GA. My Dad's Mom, worked in a little shop not far from where I was raised sewing parachutes during the war, and the Grand dad's ,1 worked at the Hudson plant making truck engines and the other worked at Kaiser making truck and Jeep parts. Both were mill hands and machinists. I've not seen Willow run in ages. I remember touring what was left of the factory in the late 60s as a kid but that was about it. 

Take care...

Doug

 

When Life Hands You A Bucket Of Lemons...

Make Lemonade!

Then Sell It Back At $2 Bucks A Glass...

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Posted by Theuns on Monday, April 23, 2018 11:30 PM

Very nice work on that JU 87, the canopy masking must have been a PITA but the result is exelent, well done and thanx for taking part.

 

Theuns

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    December, 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 1:55 AM

Great job on the Stuka, she came out great and i do like how you done the yellow on the spinner. I'll add a pic to the front page.

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

 

On the bench: Airfix 1/72nd Phantom FG.1

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  • From: Milaca, Minnesota
Posted by falconmod on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 6:23 AM

Just about done with the main painting,  tried to make the pre-shading very subtle as the pictures of the real thing look like,  kinda dirty and a little sun bleached.

John

On the Bench: 1/72 Ki-67, 1/72 PZL-23

1/72 LS Dinah III, Monogram 1/72 EF-111

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 6:28 AM

Nice paint job John.

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

 

On the bench: Airfix 1/72nd Phantom FG.1

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  • From: Georgia
Posted by Rigidrider on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 8:32 AM

Mark... Very nice finish on the Ju87. Well done!

Falcon mod, Nice subtle shading... It will look very realistic when done.

OK... a bit more from me.

I had searched for some PE for the interior on this one, but really dont think it will be needed. Its really fairly well detailed.

Little bit of an issue getting it to fit in the fuselage... The instructions were a tad confusing at first look.

Finally got it straight and where it'll fit correctly. 

Attached the upper wing section at the same time ... let it set for now. More later,

Thanks

Doug

When Life Hands You A Bucket Of Lemons...

Make Lemonade!

Then Sell It Back At $2 Bucks A Glass...

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    December, 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 9:42 AM

Great job on the pit Doug.

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

 

On the bench: Airfix 1/72nd Phantom FG.1

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    April, 2010
Posted by Theuns on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 11:04 AM

That is a very nice looking cockpit on the 17 :-)

 

Theuns

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    November, 2010
  • From: Florida-West Central
Posted by Eagle90 on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 3:30 PM

Rigidrider

Eagle 90... No unfortunately I didn't.  There are some cool stories about Willow Run, Old Henry Ford despised the Mayor of Detroit, (among many others) and didn't want to have to pay taxes in two different  counties being when the factory was being built part of it was going to have to extend into Wayne county, (Detroit is in Wayne county) and the Mayor thought he had ole Henry by the shorts, and he was going to milk him for taxes. Well, Henry Ford's plan was to build the B24 Like a car on an assy line. When the factory was at the stage where it was going to extend into Wayne county, Henry got the last laugh. He actually had the factory designed to make a 90deg turn at that end which kept it just over the line and out of the Mayors county!  The way he got 2 completed air craft, at the end of the contract, the dept of the Army claimed the last 2 aircraft that were done, but refused to pay for the ones that were not yet complete. Well, Ford's book keepers told him that the last two completed units had not been paid for yet. He refused to surrender them to the Army which pissed them off, but when they checked, they found that they weren't  yet paid for. They laid claim to them but refused to pay. After a lengthy court battle Henry won and was allowed to keep them. Well long and short of it is, they turned it into a museum until (I believe) a lightning strike set it afire and destroyed the entire site,.

Sorry for being so long winded , but I've  always got a kick out of the story. Again, great build and take care!

Doug

 

No worries being long winded...that is and awesome story!  Thanks for sharing!

 

  • Member since
    November, 2010
  • From: Florida-West Central
Posted by Eagle90 on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 3:32 PM

JacknewbIII

Eagle90 that paint scheme on the B-24 looks really nice!

Here are the pics of my SB2C kit before I start in with the glue and paint! I will report back with some progress pics soon!

 

Thank you sir!  It was a great kit!

I can't tell from the pic, will you drill out the holes for the dive brakes or are they drilled out already?  That looks like a great kit!!

 

  • Member since
    November, 2010
  • From: Florida-West Central
Posted by Eagle90 on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 3:33 PM

silentbob33

 

 
Rigidrider

Eagle 90... No unfortunately I didn't.  There are some cool stories about Willow Run, Old Henry Ford despised the Mayor of Detroit, (among many others) and didn't want to have to pay taxes in two different  counties being when the factory was being built part of it was going to have to extend into Wayne county, (Detroit is in Wayne county) and the Mayor thought he had ole Henry by the shorts, and he was going to milk him for taxes. Well, Henry Ford's plan was to build the B24 Like a car on an assy line. When the factory was at the stage where it was going to extend into Wayne county, Henry got the last laugh. He actually had the factory designed to make a 90deg turn at that end which kept it just over the line and out of the Mayors county!  The way he got 2 completed air craft, at the end of the contract, the dept of the Army claimed the last 2 aircraft that were done, but refused to pay for the ones that were not yet complete. Well, Ford's book keepers told him that the last two completed units had not been paid for yet. He refused to surrender them to the Army which pissed them off, but when they checked, they found that they weren't  yet paid for. They laid claim to them but refused to pay. After a lengthy court battle Henry won and was allowed to keep them. Well long and short of it is, they turned it into a museum until (I believe) a lightning strike set it afire and destroyed the entire site,.

Sorry for being so long winded , but I've  always got a kick out of the story. Again, great build and take care!

Doug

 

 

 

Yankee Air Museum is still at the Willow Run Airport, though most of the original factory is gone.  I remember reading something awhile ago about how some former Rosie the Riveters were able to drum up some support to rebuild a portion of it, but I can't be sure.  My great-grandfather worked there during the war as a painter.  My grandma was in elementary school at the time and loved to tell the story of how he was in the back of a Liberator doing some touch-ups while it was out on the runway, but no one told the pilots he was back there.  He ended up getting a free flight to New York, and once they touched down and stopped the plane he finally went up and talked to the pilots and asked how he was going to get back home, and that his wife would be very upset if he was late for dinner again.  Amazingly, he made it home just in time to eat.

 

Wow!  Another cool story!

 

  • Member since
    October, 2009
Posted by JacknewbIII on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 7:05 PM

Regarding the helldiver I am doing the USN scheme but I really like the decals for the other version that comes in this kit. This kit was released in 2011 and appears to have recessed panel lines. 

Eagle90 I am a bit green so forgive the dumb question but looking at how small the holes would be in 1/72 vs. the thickness of the plastic I have no idea how to approach drilling out those holes but am open to ideas!

  • Member since
    November, 2010
  • From: Florida-West Central
Posted by Eagle90 on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 7:37 PM

JacknewbIII

Regarding the helldiver I am doing the USN scheme but I really like the decals for the other version that comes in this kit. This kit was released in 2011 and appears to have recessed panel lines. 

Eagle90 I am a bit green so forgive the dumb question but looking at how small the holes would be in 1/72 vs. the thickness of the plastic I have no idea how to approach drilling out those holes but am open to ideas!

 

No such thing as a dumb question my friend.  Wink

When I got back into modeling I built a couple of 1/72 kits to get back into the swing of things.  I did the following kit.  Now you are correct on the scaling of the holes.  I used my micro drill bits and did each one by hand.  Took a bit of time.  LOL!  But as you said, the thickness of the plastic and the scale...may not be exact, but it is a cool effect.  Hope that helped.

 

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Posted by JacknewbIII on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 3:09 PM

Eagle90 I checked my tools last night and I dont have anything that small so I am heading to the local HS as I think I know just the hand drilling tool you might be refering to. I accept the challenge and will report back with some photos once I get them drilled (or attamped to drill). Thanks for the tips!

  • Member since
    October, 2008
  • From: Georgia
Posted by Rigidrider on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 3:45 PM

Bish, Theuns... Thanks! Being a pro Modeler, ImI not sure who actually molded the parts, but so far so good. It's fairly well detailed and actually looks like it's going to be OK to build. More in a bit! Take care all!

Doug

 

When Life Hands You A Bucket Of Lemons...

Make Lemonade!

Then Sell It Back At $2 Bucks A Glass...

  • Member since
    November, 2008
  • From: Hatboro, PA
Posted by Justinryan215 on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 5:17 PM

so many awesome builds going on in here!  Jack I'm gonna try to check in more often to watch that Helldiver in process!  I have the Dragon models offering of that bad Boy!

That Liberator is awesome Too, as well as the Stuart!

I haven't had much bench time the past few weeks....I woke up last Thursday with a dark blob in my peripheral vision of my left eye, which turned out to be a partially detached retina, requiring semi-emergency surgery last friday.  My left eyesterday still has some swelling, but also isn't able to focus strongly yet, so the wide told me I wasn't allowed to play....I've been out of work all this week, so I've been relegated to watching a lot of tv...

 

Keep up the great work guys! 

"...failure to do anything because someone else can do better makes us rather dull and lazy..."

Mortal as I am,I know that I am born for a day.  But when I follow at my pleasure the serried multitude of the stars in their circular course, my feet no longer touch the Earth...

 

  • Member since
    April, 2005
  • From: Australia
Posted by taxtp on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 7:59 PM

Hope it gets better soon Justin. I'm keen on that SB2C.

Great work on the 'pit RR, thats looking very good.

Cheers

Tony

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

  • Member since
    September, 2011
  • From: Milaca, Minnesota
Posted by falconmod on Thursday, April 26, 2018 6:20 AM

falconmod

Just about done with the main painting,  tried to make the pre-shading very subtle as the pictures of the real thing look like,  kinda dirty and a little sun bleached.

John

 

got some paint on the landing gear,  gonna be fun masking the inner part of the wheels so I can paint the tires!

John

On the Bench: 1/72 Ki-67, 1/72 PZL-23

1/72 LS Dinah III, Monogram 1/72 EF-111

  • Member since
    October, 2008
  • From: Georgia
Posted by Rigidrider on Thursday, April 26, 2018 6:25 AM

Tony, Thank you sir! Much appreciated. 

Justin... hope that eye gets better soon. I had a torn retina about 8 years ago... No fun. 

When Life Hands You A Bucket Of Lemons...

Make Lemonade!

Then Sell It Back At $2 Bucks A Glass...

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  • From: Milaca, Minnesota
Posted by falconmod on Friday, April 27, 2018 7:26 AM

falconmod

 

 
falconmod

Just about done with the main painting,  tried to make the pre-shading very subtle as the pictures of the real thing look like,  kinda dirty and a little sun bleached.

John

 

 

 

got some paint on the landing gear,  gonna be fun masking the inner part of the wheels so I can paint the tires!

 

John

 

Temporarily attached the main gear.  Did discover that I should have added weight to the nose!  its a tail sitter at the moment,,Arg!   I'll have to add lead in the intakes.  Not so bad as I was going to scratch build some red inlet covers anyway.

John

On the Bench: 1/72 Ki-67, 1/72 PZL-23

1/72 LS Dinah III, Monogram 1/72 EF-111

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    December, 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Friday, April 27, 2018 7:33 AM

Nice work on the undercarrage John, looking good.

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

 

On the bench: Airfix 1/72nd Phantom FG.1

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  • From: Milaca, Minnesota
Posted by falconmod on Friday, April 27, 2018 7:38 AM

Bish

Nice work on the undercarrage John, looking good.

 

Thanks,  need to touch up the black and add a brake line or 2.     filling the wheels with liquid mask after they were painted green painting them black and then using masking tape to pull out the liquid mask worked great.

John

On the Bench: 1/72 Ki-67, 1/72 PZL-23

1/72 LS Dinah III, Monogram 1/72 EF-111

  • Member since
    April, 2005
  • From: Australia
Posted by taxtp on Friday, April 27, 2018 6:41 PM

Great looking model of an impressive aeroplane John.

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

  • Member since
    October, 2008
  • From: Georgia
Posted by Rigidrider on Friday, April 27, 2018 7:29 PM

Falcon Mod... Nice work on the landing gear. My eyes would want to cross trying to do something that small any more! 

OK, a bit more from me... 

I've got the upper wing section and the tail section inplace and glued now. 

The upper and lower wing pieces glued and in place...

The engines and cowlings are coming together... Note to self... Fight urge to detail engines. They won't show once assy. is complete!

And they are installed... Let them set up and continue on maybe tomorrow. So far I've been impressed with this kit. Very minor fit issues and fine detail and panel lines. So far the way it looks I won't need the putty and if anything, just a touch of correction fluid will do the trick. Thanks all, Take care all and have a great weekend!

Doug

When Life Hands You A Bucket Of Lemons...

Make Lemonade!

Then Sell It Back At $2 Bucks A Glass...

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    September, 2011
  • From: Milaca, Minnesota
Posted by falconmod on Monday, April 30, 2018 6:43 AM

Got decals on the backfire this weekend.

On the Bench: 1/72 Ki-67, 1/72 PZL-23

1/72 LS Dinah III, Monogram 1/72 EF-111

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Monday, April 30, 2018 6:47 AM

Doug, coming together nicley there. Its looking good.

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

 

On the bench: Airfix 1/72nd Phantom FG.1

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    December, 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Monday, April 30, 2018 6:49 AM

Very nice work there John, paint job has really come out well.

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

 

On the bench: Airfix 1/72nd Phantom FG.1

  • Member since
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  • From: Milaca, Minnesota
Posted by falconmod on Monday, April 30, 2018 6:53 AM

Bish

Very nice work there John, paint job has really come out well.

 

Thanks,  now it just needs a good flat coat to bring out the neglected russian outside airfield look!

John

On the Bench: 1/72 Ki-67, 1/72 PZL-23

1/72 LS Dinah III, Monogram 1/72 EF-111

  • Member since
    November, 2010
  • From: Florida-West Central
Posted by Eagle90 on Monday, April 30, 2018 7:29 AM

JacknewbIII

Eagle90 I checked my tools last night and I dont have anything that small so I am heading to the local HS as I think I know just the hand drilling tool you might be refering to. I accept the challenge and will report back with some photos once I get them drilled (or attamped to drill). Thanks for the tips!

 

It can be a bit of work doing those holes, but it will look really cool when you're done.  Have you gotten the drill yet?  I'll post a pic of my little set.  It is pretty small.  The bits are in a small plastic case and are stored in the handle.  It has very tiny bits.  You can buy the bits seperate too.  They are very fragile, so be careful....yeah, I've broke a few.  Embarrassed

 

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