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  • Member since
    February, 2014
  • From: Michigan
Posted by silentbob33 on Monday, August 06, 2018 10:25 AM
I hear ya Eagle. I'm just about to the point where I need to build some custom shelves for my completed builds in my mancave. I have a few larger kits that I've had to hold off on building because I have nowhere to put them when they're done.

On my bench: 1/48 Academy F-5E Lightning

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    September, 2011
  • From: Milaca, Minnesota
Posted by falconmod on Tuesday, August 07, 2018 8:07 AM

Here's basically what I started with,  this kit was a raffle win so it was started already, just the cockpit.   had to remove and reposition some stuff there already,  glued the upper and lower wings together and thinned out the nacelle cooling flaps.

John

On the Bench: 1/72 Ki-67, 1/48 Airfix P-51D

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Tuesday, August 07, 2018 9:11 AM

Interesting subject John, never heard of LS.

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    August, 2016
Posted by Keyda81 on Tuesday, August 07, 2018 4:54 PM

Nope, I haven't fallen off the face of the earth or forgot about this GB, lol.  I've been busy with summer projects and activies, and haven't spent much time indoors.  Today was kind of a crappy day, and it looked like it was going to rain all day, so I started on the Voodoo.

Some bits painted, fuselage halves already glued together.

Might get some more done tonight, not sure though.  I have to cut the grass, boo for yard chores, lol.

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    January, 2015
Posted by BrandonD on Wednesday, August 08, 2018 11:50 AM

Ok, I've been working on the MiG-21R.

Got the cockpit together, and since I'm going closed canopy on this one, I didn't bother weathering it much beyond a simple wash. I used the kit seat with provided SuperFabric seatbelts, and only after I'd closed it up got a pair of seats for it for almost free. Oh well. One can go in the MF I have in the stash, and the other can just sit in the spares box.

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The fuselage halves joined beautifully, and Eduard provided a single-piece spine that joins with a half-and-half tail piece to really limit the centerline seam. The ventral fin helps with that underneath, and a nose piece helps up front.

I did buy the Barracuda shock cone that will let me install that piece after the build. They advertise it as being able to let you work on the interior seam in the intake, but you can't see it. What I like is not having to mask it, and being able to add nose weight when the build is over so I don't get it wrong and have a tail sitter.

One place this kit falls down a bit is on the wing join. My understanding is that this is specifitc to the MiG-21R and that the others don't have the issue. But what I ran into was about a 0.5mm gap where the lower fuselage (which is molded with the wings) joins at the leading edge area.

So I cut Evergreen sheet, shoved it into the opening and glued it, then came back with the sander.

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So then it was time to lay down some primer and check the main assembly.

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So now I have a little bit of cleanup after filling a few small joints with sprue goo, and then I need to add some fins and such, then it's on to paint.

-BD-

  • Member since
    February, 2014
  • From: Michigan
Posted by silentbob33 on Wednesday, August 08, 2018 1:25 PM

John and Keyda great starts!

Brandon that is looking really good, I think that cockpit looks really nice.

On my bench: 1/48 Academy F-5E Lightning

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    April, 2005
  • From: Australia
Posted by taxtp on Wednesday, August 08, 2018 8:36 PM

My word thats a vivid cockpit colour. Nice work Brandon.

Cheers

Tony

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

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    February, 2005
  • From: Cleveland, OH
Posted by RadMax8 on Wednesday, August 08, 2018 10:47 PM

Wohoo! Mailman brought me some goodies today! Although I’ve been distracted with a couple other builds, the first is Tamiya’s A6M5 Zero, which has received its bottom camouflage color. The second is a BMW 328i in the iconic Jägermeister scheme, which got most of its decals tonight. I suspect I’ll be starting my F-6B towards the end of this month. 

Ive been looking for reference photos to go off, but internet searches have not proven super fruitful. I’ve got both the Detail & Scale and Walkaround books for early P-51s, but not much to see regarding exterior shots of particular planes. Anyone have any ideas?

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    August, 2012
  • From: Parker City, IN.
Posted by Rambo on Wednesday, August 08, 2018 11:11 PM
Great starts guys. Also good to know about the weekend edition of that mig I didn't know there wasn't any plastic options for the PE will have to check my few weekend kits to see if they are the same way (they are not migs)

Clint

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    April, 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Thursday, August 09, 2018 12:23 AM

Looks sharp Brandon.  When it comes to the jet era, the Soviet Union/Russians built such beautiful airframes

Thanks,

John

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    June, 2008
Posted by lewbud on Thursday, August 09, 2018 1:04 AM

Tony,

If you think the Soviet Blue/Green cockpit color is vivid on a model, you should see it real life.

Nice work Brandon, Keyda and John!

Silentbob,

I'll just be doing the Global Hawk for this build so take off the Predator please.

 

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

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    July, 2014
  • From: Meridian, ID
Posted by modelcrazy on Thursday, August 09, 2018 9:37 AM

Supposed to be the bright blue/green cockpit color is to help battle fatigue during long flights. Don't have any experience either way though. No clue.

Steve

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Posted by Keyda81 on Thursday, August 09, 2018 10:40 AM

Still painting all the bits before I start glueing everything together.  It should start to look like a plane soon anyway. 

 

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    January, 2015
Posted by BrandonD on Thursday, August 09, 2018 5:06 PM

Thanks, all. Yeah that cockpit color is something else.

I've built other Eduard Weekend Edition kits, and aside from the MiG-21 and Bf-109E-7, they all can be built OOB with no additions. If you have the Profipacks, they typically will have the plastic bits called out to be discarded in favor of PE, but they are still present (think instrument panels, armor plating, etc.)

-BD-

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    April, 2010
Posted by Theuns on Thursday, August 09, 2018 11:40 PM

Hi would Maratime patroll qualify for this GB?

I have an ancient hobbycraft (frog) 1/72 Shackleton Mk3 that I can start with near yearend.

 

Theuns

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Posted by Keyda81 on Friday, August 10, 2018 12:38 PM

Got the cockpit done, and did a wash/dry brushing on some of the other parts. 

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  • From: Michigan
Posted by silentbob33 on Friday, August 10, 2018 1:31 PM

Tony, got you updated.

Theuns, I think that would fit in with the theme of the GB.  I'll get you added to the roster.

Keyda, those seats look really good!  Overall great job on the cockpit

On my bench: 1/48 Academy F-5E Lightning

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    July, 2008
  • From: Vancouver, the "wet coast"
Posted by castelnuovo on Friday, August 10, 2018 10:37 PM

Some progree on PO-2. It all went together very well. The green colour is a mix of all kind of Tamiya's green. Had a bunch of almost empty jars so I mixed them all to see what hapenes Smile

 

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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Saturday, August 11, 2018 12:17 AM

Keyda - great progress.  Pit looks good.

Castlenuevo - I wasn't familiar with the aircraft and was thinking that looks kinda Russian green.  After googling the aircraft -boom!

Thanks,

John

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Posted by Theuns on Saturday, August 11, 2018 12:19 AM

Thanx, I will post pix when I stat , just have to sort out some MOY builds for December.

In the meantime I will be lurking arround here ;)

 

Theuns

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  • From: Vancouver, the "wet coast"
Posted by castelnuovo on Saturday, August 11, 2018 1:39 PM

Keyda and brandon, those cockpits look realy great Smile

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  • From: Vancouver, the "wet coast"
Posted by castelnuovo on Saturday, August 11, 2018 1:41 PM

keavdog

Keyda - great progress.  Pit looks good.

Castlenuevo - I wasn't familiar with the aircraft and was thinking that looks kinda Russian green.  After googling the aircraft -boom!

Boom?? 

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    January, 2015
Posted by BrandonD on Sunday, August 12, 2018 12:59 AM

Got paint down on the MiG-21R. I picked this because I love the garish Cuban colors.

First up, I started with Tamiya RAF Dark Green. I have only seen a few photos of this scheme, and the one at the air museum in Havana (which is this particular airframe) is clearly a restore/repaint, so I'm not using it as gospel and just went with what looked close.

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Next up was the blue. I used Mr. Paint SU-27 Blue because I figured it was at least something in the communist system and would likely be close enough. I went with Tamiya Royal Light Gray for the bottom. The green panels are straight Tamiya Green, and the metallics are Mr. Paint Steel and Alclad Burnt Iron dusted with Mr. Paint Steel.

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Next up is painting the wingtips, then decals.

-BD-

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    April, 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Sunday, August 12, 2018 1:20 AM

castelnuovo

 

 
keavdog

Keyda - great progress.  Pit looks good.

Castlenuevo - I wasn't familiar with the aircraft and was thinking that looks kinda Russian green.  After googling the aircraft -boom!

 

 

Boom?? 

 

Boom means you're spot on

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    July, 2018
Posted by Backswampcub on Sunday, August 12, 2018 9:53 AM

  I will post some pictures in the next few days I am not enjoying this kit so I am a bit frustrated at the moment. This is my first Roden kit and will probably be my last and I have worked on some difficult kits but this thing is terrible as far as fit and warping. I have even assembled several williams brothers kits. They were great compared to this thing. 

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  • From: Parker City, IN.
Posted by Rambo on Sunday, August 12, 2018 2:40 PM
The Mig it's looking great Brandon.

Clint

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Sunday, August 12, 2018 6:20 PM

BD, Love those colors on that Mig!

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 GWH Fw 189 A-1 Nachtjager

On deck: 1/48 Bronco IF-17

In the hole: Who knows!  

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    August, 2016
Posted by Keyda81 on Sunday, August 12, 2018 9:11 PM

Still trucking along with the Voodoo.  I'll be stuck on the next phase for a while too, filling seams, and sanding. 

Co-pilot says Hi!  Lol.

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  • From: Vancouver, the "wet coast"
Posted by castelnuovo on Monday, August 13, 2018 12:51 AM

Well, the cockpit on PO-2 is a very simple thing

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Posted by BrandonD on Monday, August 13, 2018 11:10 AM

Thanks, Mopar and Rambo!

Keyda, looks like a lot of work on that, but it's paying off.

Castelnuovo - I'd always assumed the backseat faced backward in these. Learned something new!

-BD-

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