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Posted by Griffin25 on Monday, March 04, 2019 9:18 AM

 Thanks guys! 

 

 

Griffin

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  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Monday, March 04, 2019 5:12 PM

My lastest pics after oil wash and a light coat of Tamiya flat clear to give a semi gloss look

Nick.

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    June, 2008
Posted by lewbud on Tuesday, March 05, 2019 2:17 AM

Griffin and Crown, 

Nice work on the Hunters! Crown, I really like those roundels.

Here's my latest attempt. Tamiya's venerable 1/72 P-51 in Canadian markings.  I started this as part of the last weekend of the Weekend GB (goal is to build AND finish a model in 48 hours). I failed in the attempt. Anyways, on with the adventure.

Proof of unstartedness. Yes, I bit off more than I could chew and tried to do a twofer.

The first complete subassemblies. I know, boring, but at least they are done. 

The wings are done.

The pits are done. According to the Leading Edge decals, the aircraft I'm building had a black cockpit. The other pit is for a Guatemalan bird. Since Guatemala got some of their Mustangs from Canada, it got a black pit as well.

I now have two aircraft. At this point I should have decided to press on with the Guatemalan aircraft because it had the simpler paint scheme. However, I chose to press on with the Canadian bird.

Sometime later, I made the decision to go with one aircraft. Here she is all nice and shiny. Paint is Tamiya's rattle can TS-17 Gloss Aluminum (or should that be Aluminium?). I used Tamiya's Matt Black as a base, which brings out the grain a bit.

Here she is all masked up for a paint fight.

The red is on. I thought I used Tamiya's Bright Red, but I used their Italian Red instead. On the sheet are some markings for a couple of squadrons that had a big red lightning bolt running down the sides of the fuselage. I think the Bright Red will definitely be a better match for those markings when I get to them.

The decalling process has begun.

That is where she's at now. Tomorrow I should finish the rest of the stencils and get the blue pinstripes and speedbird on. Hope to have her done by Wednesday.

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

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  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Tuesday, March 05, 2019 2:58 AM

The black primer does the trick with the aluminum and the red trim looks awesome I wonder if those decals are offered in 1/48? Btw thanks for you comments.

Nick.

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Posted by lewbud on Tuesday, March 05, 2019 3:33 AM

Thanks Nick. Yes, they are available 1/48. They do Eastern Canada squadrons as well, they aren't as colorful though.

http://lemdecal.com/P-51%20Mustang%20RCAF%2048.80.html

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 Tuesday, March 05, 2019 6:13 AM

Nice work on the Mustang, i like the added colour.

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

On the bench: ICM 1/35th Sd.Kfz 251/1 Ausf A

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, March 05, 2019 9:31 AM

Nick: That wash looks perfect! Yes

Buddy: That's a beautiful P-51! Great job there on the masking. 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by lewbud on Tuesday, March 05, 2019 10:40 PM

Thanks Bish and Gamera.

I was able to add a few more decals before leaving for work. I've never been so nervous doing decals before. I think I dislike pinstripe decals more than I dislike masking invasion stripes. Still three more sets of the pinstripes to go.

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 Wednesday, March 06, 2019 2:24 AM

Ilike that lewbud, your a brave man for tackling those strips but its worked.

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

On the bench: ICM 1/35th Sd.Kfz 251/1 Ausf A

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    January, 2013
  • From: Athens, Greece
Posted by Zvezda1980 on Wednesday, March 06, 2019 6:13 AM

Hello Bish

Aknowledging it is rather late, I would also like to join this glorious GB. My kit of choice, will be the following:

My intention is to build this aircraft of 244 Wing, as operating from Goubrine, Tunisia in 1943

I had read that the batch of this plane was first delivered to Takoradi (nowdays Ghana), prepared and then flown to the North African front. Since I had been working for quite sometime in (and still occasionally visit) Takoradi, there is a personnal interest and if there is time, I will try to place it in a small diorama.

 

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Wednesday, March 06, 2019 6:39 AM

Glad to have you on boardZvezda, will add it to the roster.

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

On the bench: ICM 1/35th Sd.Kfz 251/1 Ausf A

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  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Wednesday, March 06, 2019 6:43 AM

 Lewbud great job on those pin stripes 

Nick.

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  • From: From the Mit, but live in Mason, O high ho
Posted by hogfanfs on Wednesday, March 06, 2019 7:07 AM

crown r n7

 Lewbud great job on those pin stripes 

 

Ditto!

I have to agree, a thin decal makes me very nervous. Great job!

 Bruce

 

 On the bench:  1/48 Eduard MiG-21MF

                        1/35 Takom Merkava Mk.I

 

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  • From: Athens, Greece
Posted by Zvezda1980 on Wednesday, March 06, 2019 7:07 AM

lewbud, that's one of the prettiest Mustangs I have seen. And it's obvious these strips are a razor's edge job. I got nervous just by thinking of them being applied.

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  • From: From the Mit, but live in Mason, O high ho
Posted by hogfanfs on Wednesday, March 06, 2019 7:10 AM

crown r n7

My lastest pics after oil wash and a light coat of Tamiya flat clear to give a semi gloss look

 

Nick,

The Hunter looks outstanding! I love how you do such a great job on the weathering.

 Bruce

 

 On the bench:  1/48 Eduard MiG-21MF

                        1/35 Takom Merkava Mk.I

 

  • Member since
    January, 2013
  • From: Athens, Greece
Posted by Zvezda1980 on Wednesday, March 06, 2019 7:28 AM

I admit that this Spit seemed very appetising, so I dipped my finger in the pie, a day before my 'official' enlistment in the Group.

Thus, yesterday, I did some cockpit works.

A nice PE set from Eduard was available in the stash (including nice unpainted seat harness)

and it was used to bring some extra detail to this area

The IP was painted black and details were added by dry brush, pencil, etc

Finally the assemblies were sprayed with Tamiya's acrylic interior green and after a while, shaded with some dry pastels.

  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Wednesday, March 06, 2019 8:39 AM

I think we can let your off with that one Zvezda. Nice start.

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

On the bench: ICM 1/35th Sd.Kfz 251/1 Ausf A

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, March 06, 2019 10:19 AM

Lewbud: Yeah, those pin stripes came out perfect! So easy to get them broken or wrapped over themselvies. 

Zvezda: Great job there on the cockpit, the PE looks fantastic! 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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    June, 2008
Posted by lewbud on Wednesday, March 06, 2019 10:58 PM

Thanks for all the kind words about the stripes. I still have three sets to go so there's plenty of opportunities to muck it up yet. Fortunately, there are spares.

Zvezda, nice work on the Spit's pit!

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

  • Member since
    August, 2015
  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Thursday, March 07, 2019 9:38 AM

Gamera thanks you I try to copy African dust.

hogfanfs many thanks the weathering is to me one of the best parts .

Zevzda thats a sweet build .

I managed to get the nose weight right or untill the drop tanks go on.The landing gear is in place with ALL braces and accuators.....thank god for tamiya extra thin cement!!!! appilied some wash on landing gear will trim up later

Nick.

  • Member since
    April, 2014
  • From: Australia
Posted by lostagain on Friday, March 08, 2019 6:09 AM

Hello again all, I really should report in more often - so much has happened with everyone else's builds.

Jack, again a thing of beauty being produced at your hands. Frightening to realise that is a 1/72 Siskin, at first I thought it had to be way bigger. And I like the custom markings too.

Griff the Hunter and base both look great. The shading has come up very well. The crew are great, really well painted and looking very natural in the setting (nice sunnies!). A bit of grass there breaks it up nicely too.

Nick, nasty case of worms there, your bird needs some tablets.... Your touch on the painting has given subtle panel variation, very nice. Looking great with teh weathering down too, not long to go.

Lewbud, smashing it out weekend style, respect! The Maple Mustang is coming up a treat, great work on those pinstripes, you've got it covered.

Zvezda, nice work on the "not a hurricane, the other one", that Eduard detail set really adds a lot to the cockpit.

With the Wessex I have got the decals on, it is starting to look the part:

So it is coming along okay. There will be minimal weathering on this one.

 

 

 

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  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Friday, March 08, 2019 6:37 AM

 very clean and  shiny chopper . The worms are a good thing ...lol and for me is the hardest part the canopy 

Nick.

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Friday, March 08, 2019 7:48 AM

Nick: She's looking friggin' perfect! 

Piers: That looks awesome! Again great job on the masking and I love the bright colours there- very eye-catching! 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

  • Member since
    May, 2013
  • From: From the Mit, but live in Mason, O high ho
Posted by hogfanfs on Friday, March 08, 2019 7:50 PM

@Zvezda,

Fantastic work with the PE! It really dresses up that cockpit.

@Nick,

I'm looking forward to seeing your Hunter finished. Superb job on this really slick looking aircraft.

@lostagain,

The Wessex really good with the declas applied. It really makes the paint job on this "pop"!

 

 Bruce

 

 On the bench:  1/48 Eduard MiG-21MF

                        1/35 Takom Merkava Mk.I

 

  • Member since
    May, 2013
  • From: From the Mit, but live in Mason, O high ho
Posted by hogfanfs on Friday, March 08, 2019 7:58 PM

Gentlemen,

A quick update on the MiG-21, I have the IP complete and have added some PE to the rear wheel well. The engine has PE added and has been partially assembled. I hope to shoot some paint this weekend and make some progress.

I'm in the process of finishing my basement, and while clearing everything out of the basement, I lost a couple pieces to the IP. I will attempt to scratch the missing pieces. And due to the new project, I'll do my best to have this complete before the end of April. Thanks for looking.

 

 Bruce

 

 On the bench:  1/48 Eduard MiG-21MF

                        1/35 Takom Merkava Mk.I

 

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Saturday, March 09, 2019 9:21 AM

That looks great Bruce! Sorry to hear about the lost parts but the IP looks fine even down to the weird green colour MiG used. 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Saturday, March 09, 2019 1:35 PM

Hunter looks nice with the wash done Nick.

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

On the bench: ICM 1/35th Sd.Kfz 251/1 Ausf A

  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Saturday, March 09, 2019 1:36 PM

LA, i would say thats more than ok. Good to see the decals on.

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

On the bench: ICM 1/35th Sd.Kfz 251/1 Ausf A

  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Saturday, March 09, 2019 1:38 PM

Some nice work there Bruce, that IP looks amazing. I am sure you will be able to scratch those parts no problem.

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

On the bench: ICM 1/35th Sd.Kfz 251/1 Ausf A

  • Member since
    August, 2015
  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Saturday, March 09, 2019 4:38 PM

Gamera many thanks it is my 1st time with a/k paints. its very different.

hogfanfs its getting close. your mig-21 is shaping up nicely and that P/E is very well done.

Bish thank you .I finally got the canopy in place.

my lastest pic still have some bits and peices to be done.

 

 

Nick.

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