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  • Member since
    July, 2014
  • From: Currently in the Dallas area
Posted by modelcrazy on Saturday, November 03, 2018 9:43 PM

Bob, hang in there, I'm 7 months out of a double lung transplant and am doing great. You'll do fine. I'm sorry about your moter in law.

Steve

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1/48 Tamiya Mk.1 Swordfish
1/350 Tamiya Prince of Wales
1/200 AMT Saturn V

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    April, 2010
Posted by Theuns on Tuesday, November 06, 2018 7:29 AM

I have started on my Shackleton and this is an ancient kit with raised rivet and pannel detal but almost no cockpit or wheelwell detail.

As an experiment I lightly sanded the detail on the surface to see if I can tone it down however to get a nice equal look doesnt work for me so I will re'scribe some of the detail and sand smooth.

 

Theuns

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Posted by Theuns on Tuesday, November 06, 2018 11:23 PM

Here is the result sofar

 IMG_20181106_161037 by Theunis van Vuuren, on Flickr

 

Theuns

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Posted by BrandonK on Wednesday, November 07, 2018 10:19 PM

Theuns, that is a big improvement. I can see why you wanted to go through the trouble. Your version is much better.

BK

On the bench: 1/48 Kinetics E-2C Hawkeye

1/25 MPC Deserter GMC 4x4.   2%

On Deck: 1/48 Italeri Tornado IDS "Black Panthers"

 

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    October, 2009
Posted by JacknewbIII on Thursday, November 08, 2018 12:40 PM

I agree with BK that looks really good Theuns. Do you mind sharing what your prefered tool for getting these results is? I have never tried this for fear of butchering it - pun intended..

 

Nice work for sure!

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    February, 2014
  • From: Michigan
Posted by silentbob33 on Friday, November 09, 2018 7:21 PM

modelcrazy

Bob, hang in there, I'm 7 months out of a double lung transplant and am doing great. You'll do fine. I'm sorry about your moter in law.

 

Thanks Steve, I'm really glad you're doing well.  I had my appointment with the transplant team on Tuesday and they think I'll be a good candidate for transplant, but I'll find out for sure next week.  It's been rough on the family losing her, but I think we're doing as good as we can.

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

  • Member since
    February, 2014
  • From: Michigan
Posted by silentbob33 on Friday, November 09, 2018 7:22 PM

I've got to agree with the others Theuns, that looks really nice.  Night and day difference.

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

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    June, 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Monday, November 12, 2018 9:34 AM

I know I can speak for many others when I say we've been pulling for Steve, and the same can be said for you SB. We are all pulling for you.

BK

On the bench: 1/48 Kinetics E-2C Hawkeye

1/25 MPC Deserter GMC 4x4.   2%

On Deck: 1/48 Italeri Tornado IDS "Black Panthers"

 

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    April, 2010
Posted by Theuns on Monday, November 12, 2018 10:09 AM

I use a standard tamya scriber, for the straight edge I use a thin strip og litho plate that shapes well around corners.

 

I actually need another new blade for my scriber as the one I now have is getting dull, when it is new it really gives exelent sharp fine detail, a must have tool together with my trumpeter rivet tool....I cant go without them :)

 

Theuns

  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Monday, November 12, 2018 10:27 AM

Very nicely done there Theuns.

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Posted by Theuns on Thursday, November 22, 2018 10:24 PM

The scribing and sanding on the wings is complete, I however need to make a few parts as they are not in the bag in the box :-(

1 front spinner and the 1/2 upper section of the #4 necell /cowl broke off and is MIA.

 

The fuselage has been wrangled into place, it was warped like mad and I had to do small sections at a time by wraping it with tine and cementing.

 

Now I recall why I dont build  these old kits LOL

 

Theuns

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    April, 2010
Posted by Theuns on Sunday, November 25, 2018 8:57 AM

Here is the fuselage with the old detail.

 IMG_20181123_143842 by Theunis van Vuuren, on Flickr

 

I have sanded the one side smooth and will do other side soon ,then I need to mark out and scribe the new detail.

 

Theuns

  • Member since
    June, 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Monday, November 26, 2018 11:47 AM

I haven't been making too much progress on the Hawkeye as I have been busy with other things in life. I did complete the cockpit and I can live with it. I decided, after carefully examining the kit, to not pimp out the cockpit as you won't be able to see it hardly at all once completed. The windows on the pit are small and similar to a B-17 so all that hard work and detail would be lost inside. 

I used a Sharpie marker to paint the panels and instruments and I have to say I am very pleased with the speed I was able to do it and the outcome is pretty decent. They do make PE set for the cockpit on this kit and if you want to doll your's up I would go that route. I just didn't want to spend the extra money and not be able to see it anyway.

This kit is VERY tail heavy and I will be adding 100 grams of weight to the nose to keep it from tail sitting. I will take some photos of the fuselage as I close it up because it has one of the worst alignments I have ever dealt with. The panel lines will all line up, but the shape is all over the place and not one section allows alignment with another. I will have to align and glue one section at a time and let it dry overnight before moving to the next section to make it align well, and I'll still have seem work to do. It's a shame it is this poor on such a nicely detailed kit. I will post plenty of shots of this for you.

As far as size of AC this is, just to give you some reference on its scale, it is nearly as long, tall and wide as a 1/48 B-17, just skinnier. It's not a small kit.

BK

On the bench: 1/48 Kinetics E-2C Hawkeye

1/25 MPC Deserter GMC 4x4.   2%

On Deck: 1/48 Italeri Tornado IDS "Black Panthers"

 

  • Member since
    February, 2014
  • From: Michigan
Posted by silentbob33 on Monday, November 26, 2018 5:10 PM

Can't wait to see what you do with it Theuns.

That pit looks pretty good Brandon!  Hopefully you'll be able to wrestle the fuselage into the right shape.

I can't believe it's been two months since I've posted any progress.  The last couple months have been kind of tough.  I found out that my kidney function is dropping again so now they're looking at a transplant.  I went through the whole evaluation process and they determined I'd be a good recipient, and a few people have come forward that are willing to donate.  Between being tired all the time and appointments, I hadn't had much time for the bench.  Then at the end of last month my mother in law passed away kind of suddenly and we've been driving half-way across the state a lot lately. 

Anways, she's starting to look like an airplane now.  Still have some filling and sanding to do.  I also found some bits to use for the cameras in the nose, I just need to figure out how to get them attached.

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

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    April, 2015
Posted by Mopar Madness on Monday, November 26, 2018 7:11 PM

Some quiet bench time can be pretty therapeutic in times likes these.  She’s looking great.

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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    June, 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Monday, November 26, 2018 11:23 PM

Mopar Madness

Some quiet bench time can be pretty therapeutic in times likes these.  She’s looking great.

 

I agree with both statements. Looks good.

BK

On the bench: 1/48 Kinetics E-2C Hawkeye

1/25 MPC Deserter GMC 4x4.   2%

On Deck: 1/48 Italeri Tornado IDS "Black Panthers"

 

  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 2:07 AM

Some very nice work there guys.

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Posted by TheMongoose on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 10:56 AM

BrandonK

 

 

Brandon that IP is looking smart! I have a set of paint pens that I really haven't taken advantage of. THis motivates me to break them out and give it a thorough try instead of just using them for an occasional highlight or two.

On the bench - 1/48 Revell PT-17, on hold 1/32 T-38 Thunderbird custom build, and in the works a 1/32 kit bash F-18A Desert Storm Hornet.

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    April, 2010
Posted by Theuns on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 10:22 PM

I have completed 1/2 the scribing on this Shack, still need to do the whole fuse.

 

 

Theuns

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Posted by BrandonK on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 9:31 AM

Man, it is a ton of work rescribing a kit, but it looks so good when done.

BK

On the bench: 1/48 Kinetics E-2C Hawkeye

1/25 MPC Deserter GMC 4x4.   2%

On Deck: 1/48 Italeri Tornado IDS "Black Panthers"

 

  • Member since
    April, 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Tuesday, December 04, 2018 1:22 AM

EC-121 cleaned up, black based and ready for camo

Thanks,

John

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    August, 2012
  • From: Parker City, IN.
Posted by Rambo on Tuesday, December 04, 2018 1:47 AM
Haven't commented on this GB for awhile everything is looking great, I plan to start my Storch the first of the year. SB hope things start to look up for you soon.

Clint

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    December, 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Tuesday, December 04, 2018 2:17 AM

John, thats an impressive looking aircraft there. Nice work.

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    April, 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Tuesday, December 04, 2018 2:29 AM

Thanks Bish - looking forward to doing the camo - 4 colors.  And hoping I put enough weight in the nose.

Thanks,

John

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    January, 2015
Posted by BrandonD on Wednesday, December 05, 2018 12:43 PM

Well, guys, this one has been done for a while, but I was trying to take some better photos. That hasn't happened, so I'll post these before I forget entirely.

To recap, this is the 1/48 Eduard MiG-21R in Cuban markings. Paints are Mr. Paint SU-27 blue and Tamiya RAF dark green on top, and some gray on the bottom. I want to say Tamiya light gray, but it might be Mr. Paint or Tamiya royal gray. You get the gist.

Lenses for the recce pod and the Atoll missile seeker heads are from Bondic, which I'd never used before, but which I think is perfect for this sort of thing.

 

MiG-21R 01

MiG-21R 02

MiG-21R 03

MiG-21R 04

MiG-21R 05

MiG-21R 06_1

MiG-21R 07

Want to know what's annoying? When you buy two MiG-21s and then think it's perfect and buy two aftermarket bang seats for them, but you put the package of seats in one box, then build the other kit and forget about them, so you use the kit seat, which is fine, but not nearly as nice.

So maybe I need another MiG-21 now?

Anyway, this kit is one of Eduard's best. The only hiccup was in the 0.5mm gap running perpendicular to the fuselage where the wings piece isn't long enough. I'm told this is ONLY a factor on the MiG-21R, which has different wings than the other kits. Anyway, it was an easy enough fix with sheet styrene.

Thanks for having me, and sorry it took so long to get this thing posted!

-BD-

 

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    January, 2015
Posted by BrandonD on Wednesday, December 05, 2018 12:44 PM

Let's use the first pic for the front. It seems the most accurate color-wise.

-BD-

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    February, 2014
  • From: Michigan
Posted by silentbob33 on Thursday, December 06, 2018 6:43 PM

Looking really good John!  Can't wait to see some paint on her.

Thanks for the kind words Clint, I'm in the process of seeing if a potential donor is a match.  Fingers are crossed...

Brandon, great finish, I love the colors!  Especially since you don't usually see a Cuban bird.  I got the front page updated.  Thanks for participating!

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

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    April, 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Thursday, December 06, 2018 8:59 PM
Thanks SB. Brandon, that looks really cool.

Thanks,

John

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    June, 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Friday, December 07, 2018 9:23 AM

Wow, Brandon. You nailed that kit. The look, color and weathering are spot on. I am totally jelly of that kit. Very nice.

BK

On the bench: 1/48 Kinetics E-2C Hawkeye

1/25 MPC Deserter GMC 4x4.   2%

On Deck: 1/48 Italeri Tornado IDS "Black Panthers"

 

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