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  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Saturday, March 09, 2019 11:00 PM

Nice and pretty, Crown.

John

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  • Member since
    August, 2015
  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Sunday, March 10, 2019 6:41 AM

John many thanks i did find another use for BMF and it’s for canopies for the wind shield with 3 coats of paint and BMF came off with very little fuss. Maybe I got lucky the first time the real test will be a b24d cockpit and nose in 1/72 

Nick.

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Sunday, March 10, 2019 12:01 PM

Nick: Looks perfect, she's almost there now. 

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

 

  • Member since
    June, 2008
Posted by lewbud on Monday, March 11, 2019 8:14 PM

Nick,

That Hunter is looking great!

Lost,

That is one colorful Wessex.

As for the Mapleleaf Mustang, it is done. I will tell that I cussed you guys a little bit for jinxing me the other day when I was putting the upper starboard set of pinstripes on. As I was pulling them off the backing paper they got all twisted up and tangled and I had to use the spare set. The rest went on without a hitch.

Now for the Sea Hawk.

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

  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 3:00 AM

That is one of the nicest looking Mustangs i have seen. Its a really nice scheme andyou have donea cracking job on it. Thank you for shareing that, and sorry foir the jinx Embarrassed

Will get theroster updated. Looking forward to the Sea Hawk.

''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
    May, 2013
  • From: From the Mit, but live in Mason, O high ho
Posted by hogfanfs on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 9:49 AM

Lewbud,

The stripes look awesome, and, (Yes, I'm slow), I just realized this is a 1/72 mustang. Those decals must be so tiny. Much respect for you! Great job!

 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 Tuesday, March 12, 2019 10:24 AM

Great job there!!! Love the pin-stripes, glad you were able to save them.

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

 

  • Member since
    April, 2006
  • From: ON, Canada
Posted by jgeratic on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 10:38 AM

Lewbud, great looking Mustang in that Canuck livery!Yes

Can just imagine the difficulty in getting those thin decals to lay down properly, but you persevered and here are the wonderful results.

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Nick, that is already a fine looking build, and love those roundels with the spears on top.

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Bruce, that is some real fine detail in those wheel wells.

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Piers, thanks for that.  Yor build is shaping up nicely too, and, as you say with a gloss finish, I wouldn't expect much in the way of weathering either.

 

regards,

Jack

  • Member since
    January, 2013
  • From: Athens, Greece
Posted by Zvezda1980 on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 12:11 PM

--LEWBUD: I also just realized this is 1/72. Man, you should have been here to hear the whistle!!!
 
--Crown: your hunter is a beauty. I especially love the shades of the camo.
 
--Hogfants: excellent surgical detail over there
 
--Lostagain: you achieved an excellent finish and clean demarcation lines between colors. Almost there, looking forward to seeing it completed.
 
Regarding the little Spit, major assembly was carried out with various fit problems. Some considerable gaps at the wing-fuselage root joint, lower fuselage, cowling and stabilizers could not be avoided, in order to not deform the beautiful curves of the plane.
So...filling and sanding (my favorites Angry). Filling was done with plastic sheet, melted sprue and/or a little filler. I restored the lost panel lines and let my hand take a rest.
 
Before:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
After some Filling/Sanding: Not finished yet of course
 
 
 
 
 
 

  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 10:20 PM

Yeeow, rough go, but good recovery.

John

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

  

  • Member since
    June, 2008
Posted by lewbud on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 11:05 PM

Thanks guys. When I bought the decal set, I bought it because it came with two aircraft that had big red lightning bolts running down the sides of the fuselage. This is by far the prettiest Mustang of the set and that I've built.

Zvezda,

Nice job on the Spit! I guess wing roots are the bane of every Spitfire kit out there. I know they have been for me.

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

  • Member since
    April, 2014
  • From: Australia
Posted by lostagain on Thursday, March 14, 2019 6:18 AM

Lewbud, super work on the Maple Mustang, you're right, that is a very pretty scheme. You did real good on the decals, I understand your relief at having two sets.

Zvezda, that Spit looks like a mongrel for you to tame, but you have done a great job with it. Looking forward to the finished product.

Nick, the Hunter is looking very good. The canopy masking is very neat. What a nice looking aircraft.

Bruce, nice work on the Mig. The PE details are very fine. Hopefully you come across the bits.

The wessex has progressed with the glasshouse revealed and wheels on. I also got the aerial supports on and the aerial installed. I have used EZ Line, supergluing it to the supports. Mostly went well.

I was thinking I just need to stick the rotors on and we're done. Then remembered the four prominent exhaust stacks on the nose... Picked up some brass tube to redo them as the kit ones were in two halves with a wierd shape. See how it goes.

 https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4740/39804623811_9d42f5cfc1_m.jpg

  • Member since
    May, 2013
  • From: From the Mit, but live in Mason, O high ho
Posted by hogfanfs on Thursday, March 14, 2019 6:32 AM

@Zvezda,

Wow! Those gaps look really bad! Fantastic recovery, I'm looking forward to seeing this spit painted.

 

@lostagain,

I really like that paint scheme! I would love to see the real helicopter in this scheme. Anyway, much luck on constructing the exhaust, but, I already know you will do a fantastic job.

 Bruce

 

 On the bench:  1/48 Eduard MiG-21MF

                        1/35 Takom Merkava Mk.I

 

  • Member since
    September, 2014
Posted by rooster513 on Thursday, March 14, 2019 8:22 AM

Bish - can I get in with Revell's 1/32 Spitfire Mk IXc? Not sure what markings I'll go with but being a Spit I'm sure it'll fall within the realm of the CommonwealthBig Smile

-Andy

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Thursday, March 14, 2019 11:28 AM

Zvezda: That turned out great! I've seen alot of terrible wing/fuselage gaps on Spits, even the Hasegawa kit has them. But you did a great job fixing it. 

Piers: Wow, looks awesome! 

 

Rooster: Month and a half to go if you can finish in that time. I dug my Corsair out and am trying to get a little more done on her. 

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

 

  • Member since
    September, 2014
Posted by rooster513 on Thursday, March 14, 2019 12:19 PM

Yikes! Thanks for pointing that out Gamera. Yeah I'm way too slow to get it done in that amout of time.

-Andy

  • Member since
    July, 2014
  • From: Boise ID area
Posted by modelcrazy on Monday, March 18, 2019 11:12 AM

I pulled out my Swordfish and got aquainted where I was with it, but found I was missing the decals. I searched everywhere and just can't find them, so I ordered a new set. They should arrive in a week or so and get back on it. It's very close to being finished at this point.

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Monday, March 18, 2019 11:28 AM

Steve: Looks good! Crossing my fingers the decals get there soon. 

"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 Monday, March 18, 2019 12:50 PM

I agree with Cliff, looks really good, Steve! I'm looking forward to seeing this one finished!

 Bruce

 

 On the bench:  1/48 Eduard MiG-21MF

                        1/35 Takom Merkava Mk.I

 

  • Member since
    June, 2008
Posted by lewbud on Monday, March 18, 2019 7:39 PM

I'm really liking the Wessex Lost! Everytime I see one of those I recall the hot pink one with the Rolling Stone lips from Riptide (an American detective series back in the 80's remarkable only for it's helo).

Steve,

The Stringbag is looking great. Can't wait to see it with decals.

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

  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 6:07 AM

Good to seeyou back at thatSteve, be nice to see it wrapped up.

''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 Tuesday, March 19, 2019 5:45 PM

Oh gosh has it been six friggin' months since I worked on this kit??? The roundels weren't the right colour so I laid her aside and then went on holiday/vacation, then Christmas, then got caught up in other stuff... Huh?

Anyway I painted up some clear decal material with USN Blue Angel Blue since it seemed pretty close and cut roundels out of it and laid them over the light blue NZ ones. But this looks so dark it blends into the USN blue paint. I've ordered some blue decal film and I'm going to try the same with them:

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

 

  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 4:03 AM

Good on ur for having a go at making your own. Hopfully the decal sheet will be a better colour match.

''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
    April, 2006
  • From: ON, Canada
Posted by jgeratic on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 11:04 AM

Clif, am imppressed - you were able to cut out a round decal by hand??

Not sure which paint to suggest, but it should be some form of RAF roundel blue, while the outlines of the bars would remain US Insignia blue.  The baby blue roundels was a result of the Corsairs sitting out in the open several years after the war.

regards,

Jack

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 11:29 AM

Thanks guys.

Jack I found that a US Kennedy half-dollar is about the same size as the wing roundels so I just used it to trace around and cut the result out with scissors. I never got the hole in the centre quite right. I might just cut a white circle and layer it over the blue one. 

Looking at the website you suggested Jack I found the photos that I printed off to try to get a good idea of the right shade. It's a  little bit lighter than RAF roundel blue. I'm going to try to get a happy medium between the wierd baby blue and something so dark it blends into the USN dark sea blue.  

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

 

  • Member since
    April, 2006
  • From: ON, Canada
Posted by jgeratic on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 12:48 PM

Do you have a colour printer that is compatible with your clear decal film?  Probably too late now, but scanning the correct size roundel and then changing their colour on screen before printing would be another way to go. 

I have this colour study on roundel colours - the 7,10, and 15 increments are percentages of decreased intensity:

regards,

Jack

  • Member since
    August, 2014
  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 4:48 PM

After putting off the masking for the second color, I buckled down and masked and shot it today.  Will have some touchups to deal with, but about ready to clear and decal.  Pics to follow as it gets closer.  Been taking a few, haven't downloaded from the camera yet.

  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 5:02 PM

Look forward to seeing them when you can GH.

''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 20, 2019 7:56 PM

Jack: Thanks again. My printer is ancient - around 20 years old and doesn't work that well. Guess I should replace it but I don't use it that much. Anyway I ordered the decals and they should be on the way.

 

GH: Sounds cool, looking forward to more photos!

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

 

  • Member since
    August, 2015
  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Thursday, March 21, 2019 6:02 AM

Hey guys been away for ten days and the room just stopped moving!!

Jack

many thanks  placed the wing tanks this a.m. pics to follow.

Gamera you did a fine job on those decals!

lostagain just stunning chopper!

zvezda nice recovery on that spitfire.

lewbud very sharp mustang great job on those decals.

steve nice paint on the swordfish.

I hope I didnt leave any one out?

here is the lastest pic with tanks in place 

 

Nick.

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