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Secret Santa GB 2018 - Nearing the Finish Line!!

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  • Member since
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  • From: Florida-West Central
Posted by Eagle90 on Thursday, May 9, 2019 11:15 AM

BrandonK

 

 
Eagle90
Brandon...thank you for hosting the GB!  I really enjoy this GB every year!  Gives you that being a kid feeling again.  LOL!

 

I appreciate that very much. The world could use a great deal more of the being kind feeling right now. I enjoy this GB more than all the others because it carries more meaning than just building a kit, you're building a gift and that's special. I really want to thank everyone for coming along, it makes it really fun.

BK

 

Very well put sir!!!!  

 

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  • From: Earth
Posted by DiscoStu on Thursday, May 9, 2019 1:10 PM

Eagle90

Again...great work being done!!  Very inspiring!

Well, I'm calling it finished!  What a great kit!!!!  I can not say enough good things about it.  I liked it so much...yes, I did...I went and bought another one!!!  I couldn't help it!  It was such a fun kit and I couldn't decide if I wanted to do a long range escort or ground pounder....so I got another one to do a ground pounder version.  LOL!

The fit on everything was great!  It just came together almost on its own.  The decals were good too.  I had issues with the cowling decals (checkered decals), but that was just me.  LOL!  This is one of Tamiya's best kits I think!

I'm not sure if the drop tank load out is accurate, but I couldn't help it.  They both looked cool!  LOL!

BK....thank you for hosting the GB.  I enjoy this one more and more each year! 

P.S.  BK, your choice on completion pic.  Thanks again!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glad you liked the kit!  You did a fantastic job on the Thunderbolt.  It's a real showstopper!

"Ahh the Luftwaffe. The Washington Generals of the History Channel" -Homer Simpson

  

 

  • Member since
    November 2010
  • From: Florida-West Central
Posted by Eagle90 on Thursday, May 9, 2019 7:15 PM

DiscoStu

 

 
Eagle90

Again...great work being done!!  Very inspiring!

Well, I'm calling it finished!  What a great kit!!!!  I can not say enough good things about it.  I liked it so much...yes, I did...I went and bought another one!!!  I couldn't help it!  It was such a fun kit and I couldn't decide if I wanted to do a long range escort or ground pounder....so I got another one to do a ground pounder version.  LOL!

The fit on everything was great!  It just came together almost on its own.  The decals were good too.  I had issues with the cowling decals (checkered decals), but that was just me.  LOL!  This is one of Tamiya's best kits I think!

I'm not sure if the drop tank load out is accurate, but I couldn't help it.  They both looked cool!  LOL!

BK....thank you for hosting the GB.  I enjoy this one more and more each year! 

P.S.  BK, your choice on completion pic.  Thanks again!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glad you liked the kit!  You did a fantastic job on the Thunderbolt.  It's a real showstopper!

 

I did sir THANK YOU!!!  I could not have been happier with that kit!  Like I said, it went together so well, it was effortless!  Like it so much...yes, I bought another one at the last show I went to!  I did this one as an escort fighter, the  next one..a ground pounder!!!

 

 

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Posted by TheMongoose on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 6:39 AM

Eagle90 those checkers and your weathering are superb. Nice job! 

In the pattern: Lots in my stash. But let's close out the SOD and do the 1/350 Enterprise I started a few years ago.

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Posted by TheMongoose on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 7:00 AM

keavdog

 

 

 

John the great thing is you can’t see “tacky” in pics. Appreciate hearing your experience as it’ll help us first timers with Alclad prep ours. Camo pattern and the color look really smooth!

In the pattern: Lots in my stash. But let's close out the SOD and do the 1/350 Enterprise I started a few years ago.

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  • From: Earth
Posted by DiscoStu on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 10:36 PM

Okay, almost halfway through the year and I'm officially halfway through my Secret Santa builds.  Calling it done on the Hellcat.  I still have the Me-109 on the bench, so it'll come up next.  For the Hellcat I dove into the spares box to find some left over PE, seatbelts and gun barrels.  I enjoyed the build.

 Hellcat by Stu George, on Flickr

 Hellcat by Stu George, on Flickr

 Hellcat by Stu George, on Flickr

 Untitled by Stu George, on Flickr

  Untitled by Stu George, on Flickr

"Ahh the Luftwaffe. The Washington Generals of the History Channel" -Homer Simpson

  

 

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Posted by keavdog on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 1:36 AM

Good looking Hellcat.  What color is that - black or dark blue?  Had to be a tough job being a carrier borne night fighter.

Thanks,

John

Ain't no reason to hang my head, I could wake up in the mornin' dead 

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Posted by DiscoStu on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 8:29 AM

Glossy Sea Blue.  Makes it easy to paint.  EVERYTHING is that color.  Plus, from what I read it was as tough as nails so weathering was minimal. 

Can't imagine being a Naval night fighter.  Really have to trust your instruments.  No thanks!

 

"Ahh the Luftwaffe. The Washington Generals of the History Channel" -Homer Simpson

  

 

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  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 9:30 AM

Nicely done on the 'Cat.

Before the F6's had their own radar they tried working a TBF (equiped with radar) with a pair of F6's.  On one of the first of those tries, Butch O'Hare was lost.

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Posted by BrandonK on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 9:40 AM

Stu, that is a crazy good looking Hellcat. It looks like everything went together just like it should and the paint and weathering look great. Very nice work, Sir. I will update the front page.

BK

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Posted by TheMongoose on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 10:46 AM

Nice looking ride you built there Stu! Love the smoothness of that paint for sure. Looking forward to watching the 109 come together as well.

In the pattern: Lots in my stash. But let's close out the SOD and do the 1/350 Enterprise I started a few years ago.

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 10:57 AM

That Hellcat looks sweet! 

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/144 Revell Snowberry

On deck: 1/48 Tamiya Fw 190A4

In the hole: 1/48 Hasegawa Fw 190A4

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  • From: Earth
Posted by DiscoStu on Thursday, June 6, 2019 11:16 AM

Thanks all!  The Eduard Hellcat is a pretty easy build and an even nicer kit.  Grumman didn't mess around with funky angles or gimmicks in their fighters.  This translated to a very simple build.  Truthfully it should have been done months ago. 

I'm still working on the resin additions on the 109.  Haven't even glued fuselage halves yet.

 

"Ahh the Luftwaffe. The Washington Generals of the History Channel" -Homer Simpson

  

 

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Posted by BrandonK on Friday, June 21, 2019 9:43 AM

My Hawkeye kit is nearly complete and will soon be off the bench and I will be all in on the 102 to get it wrapped up. I am totally looking forward to getting paint on that bad boy. I hope all is well with the rest of you guys.

BK

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  • Member since
    July 2014
  • From: Boise ID area
Posted by modelcrazy on Friday, June 21, 2019 9:53 AM

I'm doing great BK. Unfortunatly I get probably 15 min twice a week to sit at the bench. I am so busy with several things I need to do in the morning, working, making dinner, then usually working on our stuff in storage to get rid of all the excess, now that I can actually do the work, or spending a little time with my wife that that leaves me with very little time at the bench. Then it takes me all that 15 min to figure out where I left off Huh?

Once we get all this done my time will ease off a little.

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  • From: Florida-West Central
Posted by Eagle90 on Saturday, June 22, 2019 7:42 AM

TheMongoose

Eagle90 those checkers and your weathering are superb. Nice job! 

 

Thank you sir!  I can not recommend this kit enough!  It is a beauty!

 

 

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Posted by Eagle90 on Saturday, June 22, 2019 7:43 AM

Man, the builds in here are awesome!  Very inspiring!  Great work everyone!

 

 

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Posted by BrandonK on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 10:09 AM

Alright, the Hawkeye is parked and the 102 is back on the bench. I should be in paint this weekend and I'll post up some pics.

BK

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Posted by BrandonK on Monday, July 8, 2019 6:28 PM

 Ok, so I'm making progress on the 102. I decided I wanted a faded look on this one. SO, after referencing a ton of color pics for Vietnam of 102's and f4's I noticed that the triple color paint schemes where quite faded and blotchy with the greens almost blending together as if they were one color. With that I decided to use a dark tan and two greens or rather, a green and a field grey that looks green and then spray them blotchy and light to give them the sun beat look. I really liked how the greens turned out and the tan was a bit too "new" looking, so I faded it down using Tamiya Buff and blotched it up. I need to paint the nose yet and clear it before a panel wash and pastels to beat it up some more.

Overall, at this point in the painting I am pretty happy with the look. I should turn out quite nice when done. I look forward to seeing more progess pics from the other builds.

BK

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  • Member since
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  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Monday, July 8, 2019 9:04 PM

Nice camo fade on the 102.

Will be getting back on the Vindicator the week of the 21st

  We had one of our guys guit at work, so now I'm finally getting some more hours.

That week is RV camping with my lady's bus driver's retiree bunch, so I should have time on my hands

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  • From: Ice coated north 40 saskatchewan
Posted by German Armour on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 3:08 PM

Beautiful job there Brandon! That detail on the kit looks real nice!Yes

 Never give up, never quit, never stop modelling.Idea

 

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Posted by BrandonK on Friday, July 12, 2019 9:39 AM

Thanks for the kind words, gents. I am fairly pleased with the look thus far. I should have more updates in the coming few days.

BK

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  • From: Boise ID area
Posted by modelcrazy on Monday, July 22, 2019 4:46 PM

Since there's only 5 more months till Christmas I'd better stepp this up.

The Eurofighjter is still on the bench but wanted to get the MiG-29 done. This looks like it's going to be a quick build and started on it last night. As stated in an earler post, I bought a set of Polish decals for it.

I should be able to install the wings, fins and stabs tonight and start filling.

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Posted by BrandonK on Monday, July 22, 2019 5:34 PM

I love the Mig 29. It is one of my fave jets. I'm looking forward to seeing this one come together.

BK

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Monday, July 22, 2019 6:32 PM

Love the Mig 29.  You going with the camouflage version?

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/144 Revell Snowberry

On deck: 1/48 Tamiya Fw 190A4

In the hole: 1/48 Hasegawa Fw 190A4

  • Member since
    July 2014
  • From: Boise ID area
Posted by modelcrazy on Monday, July 22, 2019 9:59 PM

Thanks guys,

Chad, I'm going with the only UB on the sheet.

It kinda looks like the F-16's camo

Here's tonights work. The wing gaps are pretty large and not very stable so I applied some spru goo.

I'll work on the gaps tomorrow.

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    June 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 9:41 AM

Thats a dead sexy aircraft there Steve. I like the scheme too, you won't lose you mind trying to paint it.

BK

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  • Member since
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  • From: Boise ID area
Posted by modelcrazy on Friday, July 26, 2019 2:19 PM

Thanks BK, no, pretty easy scheme.

I filled the gaps and sanded and repeated. The wing joins look great dispite my misgivings. The intakes not so much. I sprayed the black primer and found the intakes still needed som work. I'll get on that tonight and hopefully the underside, gear, gear doors, weapons mounts ets will be ready tomorrow.

 

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Friday, July 26, 2019 4:32 PM

Awesome Steve! 

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/144 Revell Snowberry

On deck: 1/48 Tamiya Fw 190A4

In the hole: 1/48 Hasegawa Fw 190A4

  • Member since
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Posted by Mopar Madness on Friday, July 26, 2019 6:33 PM

Got a little time in the paint booth today myself. Laid down the RLM 04 and RLM 65.

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/144 Revell Snowberry

On deck: 1/48 Tamiya Fw 190A4

In the hole: 1/48 Hasegawa Fw 190A4

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