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Shelf of Doom GB II - 2018

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    June, 2008
Posted by lewbud on Sunday, July 29, 2018 11:14 AM

I started this kit back in June of 2015 for a flash D-Day build that Gmorrison started. It didn't make it. The last picture I had of it was dated March 5, 2016 and it was in this shape.

This is what she looked like when I pulled her box from the side of my work table last night.

Here she is getting some clear flat put on.

Before I went to bed, I pulled the canopy masking off, installed the radiator inlet mouth and exit scoop, and installed the unshrouded exhausts. I did not take any more pics before hitting the hay. The only real painting left to do is the tailwheel. Just need to decal the landing gear doors and flat them, then install the landing gear and prop and she'll be done.

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

  • Member since
    April, 2005
  • From: Australia
Posted by taxtp on Sunday, July 29, 2018 7:50 PM

It's good to see it getting so close Buddy, and it still looks great. That's exactly what this GB is for !

Cheers

Tony

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

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    June, 2008
Posted by lewbud on Monday, July 30, 2018 5:17 PM

Thanks Tony. This got shoved aside after I realized I had accidentally thrown out the clear sprue with the landing light lens still on it. After I bought a couple of extra kits, and I knew that all it would take was a couple of hours to finish it, I just wasn't interested. When I look at my work table, I can count about 12 models in various states of completion. I think my next one will be a Hellcat that I started for last year's Weekend GB. She was just about completed when I realized I didn't paint the white stripe on the cowling. After that, all I need to do is paint the canopy and attach the prop.

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

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    June, 2008
Posted by lewbud on Monday, July 30, 2018 5:24 PM

One thing I forgot to add. The only downside to this group build is that I will run out of display space.

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

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    April, 2005
  • From: Australia
Posted by taxtp on Wednesday, August 01, 2018 9:19 PM

lewbud

One thing I forgot to add. The only downside to this group build is that I will run out of display space.

 

1st world problem ! I've had to start boxing some of mine. Think of the space you're clearing on the bench though !

Looking forward to the Hellcat.

Cheers

Tony

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

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  • From: Bronze Squadron - Battlestar Cerberus
Posted by Lodni Kranazon on Thursday, August 02, 2018 2:19 AM

I realize you don't have a lot of time left on the GB but I would like to join. I have a 1/72 Mini/Hasegawa F6F Hellcat that I started for an ARC 'ANZAC' GB back in 2014. Trying to paint my own black & white ID markings really frustrated me - in addition to my airbrush giving me grief! I think I last worked on it in August of 2014. Here it is now:

 

 

 

Tags: 1/72 , ANZAC , ARC , F6F , Hellcat , ID Marks

[Admiring Starbuck's space fighter] Cassiopeia: It's a perfect machine! Born to dance amongst the stars! Starbuck: Yeah, it's bumping into them that has me worried.

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    June, 2008
Posted by lewbud on Thursday, August 02, 2018 3:15 AM

I look forward to your build Lodni!

As for Old Crow, stick a fork in her because she's done. Really not happy with the invasion stripe decals. They looked somewhat okay before I flat coated them. Afterwards, they started to curl at the edges where they'd been cut for panel lines. Should I ever do an invasion stripe B model again, I'll use them as templates and paint the doggone things.

Either the first or the last pic for the frontpage will be fine with me Tony.

Here's my next salvage project. A Revell/Germany reboxing of Italeri's 1/72 F6F-3/5 Hellcat. She's a little dusty, but should be done by the weekend.

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

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    May, 2013
  • From: From the Mit, but live in Mason, O high ho
Posted by hogfanfs on Thursday, August 02, 2018 9:52 AM

@lewbud,

Fantasic job on the Mustang! I always liked the B's with the bubble canopy. 

 

@Lodni,

I'm looking forward to seeing your progress on the Hellcat.

 Bruce

 

 

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  • From: Bronze Squadron - Battlestar Cerberus
Posted by Lodni Kranazon on Friday, August 03, 2018 1:54 AM
Thanks all! Lewbud, great looking 'Old Crow'!

[Admiring Starbuck's space fighter] Cassiopeia: It's a perfect machine! Born to dance amongst the stars! Starbuck: Yeah, it's bumping into them that has me worried.

  • Member since
    April, 2005
  • From: Australia
Posted by taxtp on Wednesday, August 08, 2018 7:43 PM

Apologies for all to the delayed response. You've caught me in a busy moment at work.

I have so many models that I could enter here, I think there's going to be a glut oif them in next year's Shelf of Doom GB.

Lodni, your F6F promises to have an interesting scheme, and is looking very neat as it is right now. As a lover of all things Hellcat, I'm really looking forward to this. You are most welcome here !

Buddy, Your 'Old Crow' is done. Brilliant work, it's a nice model of a famous aircraft, and surely one of the best Mustang schemes. I bet you're glad to get it off the Shelf and into the cabinet. I've used the first photo on page one.

That's the 13th model we've rescued from the Shelf of Doooooooom !

52 days to go in this GB guys, get cracking ! (Self included)

Cheers

Tony

 

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

  • Member since
    June, 2008
Posted by lewbud on Thursday, August 09, 2018 12:08 AM

Thanks Tony. I thought I might be done with Mustangs for a while, but I spotted a 1/72 Tamiya D model box languishing in the far corner of my worktable under a couple of 1/48 Eduard I-16s (I should probably finish those as well) and a 1/72 Zvezda PAK-50. The cowl stripe for the Hellcat is painted and the cowling has been reattached. I'm waiting on canopy masks to arrive (should be here when I wake up) and then I'll paint the canopy and finish number 14.

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

  • Member since
    July, 2014
  • From: Meridian, ID
Posted by modelcrazy on Thursday, August 09, 2018 9:28 AM

Hi guys, without notifications anymore I miss this thread on occasion. 

Lewbud, I see you're going after you P-51 stash LOL. Good on ya Yes

Steve

ON THE BENCH

1/72 Hasegawa Nell
1/48 Tamiya 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 Thursday, August 09, 2018 9:32 AM

Tony, I'm so close on the Comet I can taste it. The decals were missing but I found some that I can modify to work. All that needs to be done is add said decals, weather and stick the thing on the base with some mud to hide the missing track pieces.

Steve

ON THE BENCH

1/72 Hasegawa Nell
1/48 Tamiya Swordfish
1/350 Tamiya Prince of Wales

In Que

1/700 Tamiya King George V

 

  • Member since
    June, 2008
Posted by lewbud on Friday, August 10, 2018 4:30 AM

Steve,

I don't know if I'll get to it in time. I feel the same way about Mustangs as Bish does about Spitfires. I kinda shot myself in the foot with regards to the Mustang as I got the bright idea a couple of years ago to build one of each country that flew the Mustang.  I managed to source decals for all but about five countries that flew the Stang. However, it sits buried at the end of the table while a Hobby Boss F-5E is close at hand and will probably be next after the Hellcat and a kettenkrad for next year's chapter build. It could end up in Bish's Commonwealth GB if it's not too far along.

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

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    May, 2013
  • From: From the Mit, but live in Mason, O high ho
Posted by hogfanfs on Monday, August 13, 2018 4:43 PM

I'm getting closer on the Type 4. I haven't had a lot of time the last month. Anyway, I have the exhaust almost completed. The exhaust cans are protected by a screen, which I will show in the next update. Here are the completed exhaust cans:

Next I'll finish off the screens, I tried to bang them up a bit, then will chips and rust on them. Then finish adding the tow cables. I hope to finish the pin wash, chipping and rusting soon.

Then I will attempt my first figure for this tank. Surprise

 Bruce

 

 

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    May, 2015
Posted by Griffin25 on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 8:57 AM

Excellent rust effects bud 

 

Griffin

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 9:37 AM

Nice job on those Bruce.

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

 

On the bench: Amusing Hobby 1/35th Lowe

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  • From: From the Mit, but live in Mason, O high ho
Posted by hogfanfs on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 1:23 PM

Griffin, Bish,

Thanks for the positive comments!

 Bruce

 

 

  • Member since
    June, 2008
Posted by lewbud on Thursday, August 16, 2018 2:11 AM

Looking good Bruce!

Tony,

You can count the Hellcat as done. Here are the pics.

I learned a couple of things with this build. One, just because the parts on the 1:1 were interchangeable, doesn't mean the aftermarket model parts will be. I don't know where Italeri got their measurements for the canopy, but they are very different from the Academy kit. Also, I won't be buying another Italeri Hellcat again. To my eyes it looks too chunky in profile and squat. Since I only plan on building one more Hellcat, I'll stick to the Academy kit that I have in the stash already.

Since I already had the Glossy Sea Blue mixed up, my next build will be Hasegawa's ancient 1/72 F4U-1D Corsair in FAA markings. I started her years ago. Had to pull the wings apart and reglue them today, also squared off the wingtips for a British bird. The cowling was masked and painted GSB. Landing gear doors have been primered. Here's where she was when I started today.

If anyone knows why the Brits squared off the wing tips, I'd like to know. More pics to follow.

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

  • Member since
    May, 2013
  • From: From the Mit, but live in Mason, O high ho
Posted by hogfanfs on Thursday, August 16, 2018 6:10 AM

lewbud

Looking good Bruce!

 

Thanks, lewbud!

Great job on the Hellcat! And I do see what you are talking about with the chunkiness.

 

lewbud

If anyone knows why the Brits squared off the wing tips, I'd like to know. More pics to follow.

 

 

My guess is for a better roll rate, they eventually clipped the wings on the Spit, and I believe the Tempest too. 

 Bruce

 

 

  • Member since
    August, 2013
Posted by Jay Jay on Thursday, August 16, 2018 8:58 AM

I just discovered this thread and what a great idea for a GB. Due to the FSM email alerts not working I started browsing here and i wish I had found this earlier so I could participate.  The thought of having unbuilt models on my shelf of doom haunts me.

You expert modelers sure are doing a fine job in your rescue attempts.

 

 

 

 

 

 I'm finally retired. Now time I got, money I don't.

  • Member since
    June, 2008
Posted by lewbud on Friday, August 17, 2018 1:24 AM

Thanks Bruce. While it's possible that some roll rate was gained, the amount of wing that was removed was just a couple of inches in width (I think the width of the plastic I removed was maybe 1/16 inch wide at most). After looking at some of the ungainly wingfolds of British designed aircraft, part of me wonders if the amount clipped was just enough for clearance on the hangar deck.

Jay Jay,

You've got about two weeks. Pick a kit that's almost finished and get it done!

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

  • Member since
    November, 2003
  • From: Nashville, TN area
Posted by bobbaily on Sunday, August 19, 2018 6:22 PM

Great work all-it's good to see all these builds being completed and very nicely at that.

Lewbud inspired me to pull out the 1/48 Accurate Miniatures F-6B that I was going to build for the D-Day 'Flash' GB-got the interior painted and then it went to the Shelf of Doom.

Pulled it out last Sunday, got the interior installed and fuselage together.  Yesterday I primed and today I put down the white for the invasion stripes.  Hope to get taping and striping done along with the rest of the painting by the end of next weekend....but hey, it's been sitting for how many years?

bob

 

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