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  • Member since
    April, 2014
  • From: Australia
Posted by lostagain on Tuesday, April 09, 2019 11:27 PM

Zvezda, 

The Spit is looking great. I am looking forward to seeing it finished and in its setting.

Dwayne,

Is the Brewster planned to make an appearance at Noreastcon? Not much time left...

  • Member since
    September, 2016
  • From: Albany, New York
Posted by ManCityFan on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 12:50 PM

Hey LA,

No, I wasn't planning to take the Buffalo to the con.  I will be bringing a 1/72 Bf-109 I finished in October, and a T-34 I finshed in 2017.  The 109 will be in the Out of Box category.  I wasn't planning to enter anything, but a fellow IPMS local member encouraged me to enter. 

Still plugging away on the Buffalo, but not enough progress worth posting pics yet. 

Dwayne or Dman or just D.  All comments are welcome on my builds. 

  • Member since
    April, 2006
  • From: ON, Canada
Posted by jgeratic on Friday, April 12, 2019 4:47 PM

Dwayne, great looking work there, particularly the engine - reminds me what I have to look forward on my build.

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So got the generators and fuel pump made out of brass rods.  Various diameters cut into different lengths and slide fitting them into one another. Some sanding too to obtain smooth curves.  White plastic sheet cut to form the fairings and attachment points to the wings:

1. - 12 volt generator

2. - fuel pump

3. - radio generator

 

Up next will be the Hythe gun camera and upper wing details....

regards,

Jack

  • Member since
    May, 2015
Posted by Griffin25 on Friday, April 12, 2019 9:58 PM

Jack your attention to detail and the skill involved is incredible. Bravo. You might be crazy because it's crazy good! 

 

 

Griffin

  • Member since
    August, 2015
  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Friday, April 12, 2019 10:14 PM

Looking sharp with those tiny details

 

 Nick.

  • Member since
    April, 2006
  • From: ON, Canada
Posted by jgeratic on Saturday, April 13, 2019 11:13 AM

Thank you Grif and Nick. 

Was actually going to use plastic rod to make those last trio of details, but after stabbing myself while drilling a hole in the front end (and not even ending up centered), took the brass route.

regards,

Jack

  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Saturday, April 13, 2019 1:22 PM

Never fail to impress Jack, lovely work there.

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

On the bench: Airfix 1/600 HMS Belfast

                       Takom 1/35th FV 432

  • Member since
    April, 2006
  • From: ON, Canada
Posted by jgeratic on Sunday, April 14, 2019 10:08 AM

hello Bish - thanks!

 

regards,

Jack

  • Member since
    September, 2016
  • From: Albany, New York
Posted by ManCityFan on Sunday, April 14, 2019 4:27 PM

Jack, your skill and attention to detail never ceases to amaze me.

Noreastcon was this weekend, and to my very great surprise, the Bf-109 I entered won second prize in the 1/72 single prop category.  I have to give credit to this forum for helping me develop my skills.  Thank you all.

 IMG_0988 by Dwayne Munk, on Flickr

I was also, to my very great surprise, able to meet Piers (lostagain) at the convention.  He was in the area on vacation, and spent a fair amount of time at the convention.  As you may all suspect, he is a very fine gentleman, and it was a pleasure to meet up with him. 

Now to get back to the Buffalo.

Dwayne or Dman or just D.  All comments are welcome on my builds. 

  • Member since
    April, 2014
  • From: Australia
Posted by lostagain on Sunday, April 14, 2019 7:09 PM

Yowzers Jack that is eye crossing detail there, super stuff.

Dwayne, congratulations on the second place, well deserved from what I saw. Although you were worried about the number of entries, the level of skill on display was superb.

And I enjoyed the vendor hall too, not just because I won a prize!

And Dwayne is very much the gentleman himself, made me very welcome.

Piers

 

  • Member since
    May, 2013
  • From: From the Mit, but live in Mason, O high ho
Posted by hogfanfs on Sunday, April 14, 2019 7:24 PM

Dwayne, 

Congrats on second place! 

Jack, 

I am in awe of your detailing skills. So, much so, I decided to scratch build my missing piece since my co-worker wasn't able to 3D print the part. 

Here is the part before paint:

Here it is painted:

And attached to the ip:

It's not bad, but, I really think I can do better. 

Anway, I'm close to closing the fuselage, I did not do a great job on matching the paint PE from Eduard. As you can see in the pictures:

Although, I really do like this PE, the MiG-21 walk around reference I have shows cockpits with both colors. Next time, I'll get it right.

And here is a bit more of the PE added:

I apologize for the not so great pictures, my photo studio is in storage until I finish the basement. 

Bish, I will apolgize now, I will not make the deadline for this GB, but, I will finish in a couple weeks.

Thanks for looking.

 Bruce

 

 

 

  • Member since
    April, 2006
  • From: ON, Canada
Posted by jgeratic on Sunday, April 14, 2019 10:40 PM

Dwayne, thank you, and also congratulations on the prize win at Noreastcon.


Piers - thanks,  hopefully when done my eyes won't be as bad as those of Marty Feldman (as in your avatar)


Bruce, thanks and glad it encouraged you to try some gizmology.   It can be quite satisfying, but wouldn't want to rely on it for every build due to the time it eats up.  Your particular piece looks proper, and very good interior work.

 

regards,
Jack

  • Member since
    January, 2017
  • From: Great Southern Land
Posted by damouav on Monday, April 15, 2019 5:56 AM

Bugger me, I totally forgot that we had a deadline. 

I havent touched my P-51 for months.

I will hopefully take some time over the Easter Break and nail this build.

Thanks Bish for yet another great GB.

In Progress
1/48 Hasegawa P51-D
1/48 Hobby Boss TBF-1C Avenger
Pending
1/48 Tamiya P47-D Bubbletop
1/48 Roden S.E.5a
1/48 Airfix Walrus
1/48 Hasegawa P38-L
  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Monday, April 15, 2019 6:10 AM

No worries damo, if you haven't finished by the 29th youcan carry on posting after that date, so don't rush it.

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

On the bench: Airfix 1/600 HMS Belfast

                       Takom 1/35th FV 432

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Monday, April 15, 2019 11:18 AM

Jack & Bruce: Those look great guys!!! 

Dwayne: Congrads on your well-earned award! 

 

Sad to say I'm not sure I'll meet the deadline either. I picked this kit assuming it would be a quick easy simple build. These decals are giving me fits. I can't seem to cut the small roundels in a perfect circle. I tried punching them out and it fractures the decal film on the edges. I should have went with Jack's idea to overspray them with a darker shade. Or just left them as they were and accepted the colour as being wrong. Oh well, sorry for the whining... (sigh)... 

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

 

  • Member since
    January, 2017
  • From: Great Southern Land
Posted by damouav on Monday, April 15, 2019 4:59 PM

Hey Bish,

To be honest, Im almost over the line, since my last post I have completd a far bit.

I only need to complete final assembly, just had allot of work/family stuff to deal with recently.

Just a shout out to everyone whom I never congratulated on their respective builds, well done to you all!

I hope I can get sorted on my Airfix GB soon, that I also wont to start...

Cheers

Damo

In Progress
1/48 Hasegawa P51-D
1/48 Hobby Boss TBF-1C Avenger
Pending
1/48 Tamiya P47-D Bubbletop
1/48 Roden S.E.5a
1/48 Airfix Walrus
1/48 Hasegawa P38-L
  • Member since
    April, 2006
  • From: ON, Canada
Posted by jgeratic on Monday, April 15, 2019 6:39 PM

Hi Clif, thanks for the compliment.

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Hythe gun camera is done:

 

... and here it is mounted, but not permanent for painting purposes:

 

Period photo that also shows it upside down, those crazy Canucks ...

Next on the agenda will be drilling a number of holes for the rigging, and a pair of flare pods mounted on the underside of the lower wings.

regards,

Jack

 

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 11:36 AM

Oh wow Jack, that's some crazy detail there on the gun camera and control arms! Yes

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

 

  • Member since
    September, 2016
  • From: Albany, New York
Posted by ManCityFan on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 1:16 PM

Gamera

Oh wow Jack, that's some crazy detail there on the gun camera and control arms! Yes

 

Ditto As we used to say in High School....."I know, right?"

Dwayne or Dman or just D.  All comments are welcome on my builds. 

  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 1:48 PM

damouav

Hey Bish,

To be honest, Im almost over the line, since my last post I have completd a far bit.

I only need to complete final assembly, just had allot of work/family stuff to deal with recently.

Just a shout out to everyone whom I never congratulated on their respective builds, well done to you all!

I hope I can get sorted on my Airfix GB soon, that I also wont to start...

Cheers

Damo

 

I look forwrad to seeing it damo, and what you do for the Airfix GB.

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

On the bench: Airfix 1/600 HMS Belfast

                       Takom 1/35th FV 432

  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 1:49 PM

jgeratic

Hi Clif, thanks for the compliment.

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Hythe gun camera is done:

 

... and here it is mounted, but not permanent for painting purposes:

 

Period photo that also shows it upside down, those crazy Canucks ...

Next on the agenda will be drilling a number of holes for the rigging, and a pair of flare pods mounted on the underside of the lower wings.

regards,

Jack

 

 

Very impressive. I never knew that had gun cameras so early. I take it the flares are signal flares.

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

On the bench: Airfix 1/600 HMS Belfast

                       Takom 1/35th FV 432

  • Member since
    April, 2006
  • From: ON, Canada
Posted by jgeratic on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 4:56 PM

Thanks again Clif, Dwayne, and Bish.

The gun camera was first designed at the RFC Machine Gun School in 1916, at Hythe in Kent, and was meant only for target practice.  Basically the student pilot pulled the trigger when he figured the target was in his sights, and the image of the aircraft would be photographed over a grid or concentric circles in which his accuracy could be evaluated:

The flares I'm less sure about - have come across the mention of the Holt flare system (again from the First World War) and these were meant to illuminate the ground while landing at night.  Thing is, photos of the particular Siskin I'm building has no navigation lights on the wings in 1929.  It could be that, as part of the aerobatic display team, they were incorporated as part of their show?

regards,

Jack

  • Member since
    May, 2015
Posted by Griffin25 on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 7:00 PM

Dwayne congrats on the second place. Very cool bud 

 

 

Griffin

  • Member since
    May, 2013
  • From: From the Mit, but live in Mason, O high ho
Posted by hogfanfs on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 7:29 PM

jgeratic

Hi Clif, thanks for the compliment.

--------------

Hythe gun camera is done:

 

... and here it is mounted, but not permanent for painting purposes:

 

Period photo that also shows it upside down, those crazy Canucks ...

Next on the agenda will be drilling a number of holes for the rigging, and a pair of flare pods mounted on the underside of the lower wings.

regards,

Jack

 

 

You never cease to amaze me, Jack! Fantastic detail work!

 Bruce

 

 

 

  • Member since
    April, 2006
  • From: ON, Canada
Posted by jgeratic on Thursday, April 18, 2019 10:06 AM

Thank you Bruce.

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Found a bit more info about the flare system.  It was just a cartridge that was electronically ignited, and only lasted about 90 seconds.  It tended to give off a red hue when used, so I suppose it added some colour when used at airshows.

regards,

Jack

  • Member since
    August, 2015
  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Thursday, April 18, 2019 10:19 AM

Bruce , Dwayne and Jack. wow those tiny parts way to go!!

 

 Nick.

  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Thursday, April 18, 2019 1:17 PM

Nice info Jack, thank you. The use of the camera makes perfect sense now you mention it.

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

On the bench: Airfix 1/600 HMS Belfast

                       Takom 1/35th FV 432

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Thursday, April 18, 2019 6:02 PM

Moving slow but still moving forward.

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

 

  • Member since
    May, 2015
Posted by Griffin25 on Thursday, April 18, 2019 6:59 PM

Looking good Gamera. Never see those NZ markings before. Very cool. You better hurry up bud. Big Smile jk 

 

 

Griffin

  • Member since
    April, 2006
  • From: ON, Canada
Posted by jgeratic on Thursday, April 18, 2019 9:43 PM

Thanks Nick,

 ... and Cliff, that is a unique approach to the decals, hope it works out for you.  Don't worry about the deadline, I've already forgone any hopes of reaching it.

regards,

Jack

 

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