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75th Anniversary of 1944 Group Build (World at War)

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  • From: AandF in the Badger State
Posted by checkmateking02 on Saturday, May 23, 2020 5:31 PM

Excellent work, Zvezda!  Very convincing weathering!  It's a very attractive aircraft!

Front page is updated with the finish photo.  Thanks for being part of the GB.  It's a pleasure to see your work.

Hopefully, we'll pass through "our own troubled times" quickly and safely!

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Tomcat on Sunday, May 24, 2020 8:01 PM

Great work Zvezda, you nailed it!

The Hellcat drop tank repair is complete. It's not perfect but applying the 3ft rule, I think it passes. Heck, with my bad eyes, it passes from 1 foot Wink

The Jug and Cat are ready for primer...

and with primer (Model Master Aircraft grey) applied...

I have a few areas that need addressed and given some TLC before painting. Speaking of paint, for the Hellcat I'm going with the tri-color scheme and Techmod decals...

for the Jug, NMF color/paint and these decals...

Specifically I'm going with...

The only change i'm planning on making is adding the partial invasion stripes under the fuselage belly (as in the middle pic).

Mark aka Tomcat

On the workbench: Monogram 1/48 F5E Tiger II Aggressor; AMT Romulan Warbird;

Monogram 1/72 EF-111A Raven; Monogram 1/48 Me 262

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Posted by checkmateking02 on Sunday, May 24, 2020 8:50 PM

Nice fix on the drop tank, Mark.  Looks very good in the close-up photo.

A couple of fine looking planes, too.  You've chose some very colorful colors and markings.

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Tomcat on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 9:58 PM

I've made some progress on the Hellcat and Bolt. First the Hellcat, I am painting the tri-color scheme, working from the bottom up first applied is Insignia white:

Next up is the intermediate blue. Here I'm trying to make a soft transition line:

and finally the sea blue on top:

Now the decaling begins...

As for the Thunderbolt, I am doing a natural metal finish, with a yellow cowl, a OD green strip across the top and red and black stripes on the tail. I didn't want to first spray the aluminum and then have to mask it all off, with the prospect of lifting off that aluminum finish. In short I wanted to handle the NMF paint as little as possible.

So to that end I painted the "colors" first and then mask those and apply the NMF.

First the cowling and tail:

then the cockpit and unit stripes:

Now to mask those colors:

Now onto the NMF. Now, I have head that painting a gloss black sub surface will give the NMF a real nice seen. So I tried it by applying testors gloss black under coat (for color change) from an aerosol spray can. The results were not what I was expecting. It went on THICK. Like black tar. See here:

 

While I was thinking about what to do with that thick black paint. I experimented with an aluminum (again from an aerosol can) on the fuel tank and landing gear doors over that gloss black:

So far it looks promising. Back to the airframe. So I thought I would give the model a light sanding with some 000 steel wool to try and knock down the high spots where the paint oozed to. I was afraid of what would happen if I sprayed the Aluminum onto the sanded gloss so I set it aside and tried an experiment.

I was looking to see which aluminum I would use. Now, I have heard good things about Alclad but have no experience with it. In my experiment I sprayed that black gloss over a sheet of styrene. About half of which I rubbed it down with the steel wool. Then I masked off most of the sheet exposing a small section and resprayed the Aluminum I used on the gas tank. Well that paint crazed, like, a well, crazy. In fact each aluminum I sprayed onto the sanded area crazed, but not on the unsanded areas. So what to do about the airframe? 

Obviously, I have to respray the gloss, but not out of that spray can. So I decanted it and put through my airbrush where I can better control the flow and amount applied. With the gloss back, I chose my aluminum (yes, from a spray can). But wait. If I can decant the black I can decant the aluminum! So here it is after the aluminum was sprayed:

It does have a shine to it. And now after removing the masked "colored" areas:

There are a couple of areas to touch up, but all in all I am not too disappointed in the outcome. And, you might have noticed the .50 calibers are missing from the wings. I ended up breaking one off (as I knew I would) so I chose to remove them until the end and readd some better ones (better ones I hope).

Mark aka Tomcat

On the workbench: Monogram 1/48 F5E Tiger II Aggressor; AMT Romulan Warbird;

Monogram 1/72 EF-111A Raven; Monogram 1/48 Me 262

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Posted by checkmateking02 on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 5:09 PM

That's beautiful paint-work on both planes, Mark.  I really like the way the tri-color scheme turned out on the Hellcat.  I've been meaning to try something like that myself.

And an excellent save on the Thunderbolt.  The NMF looks very convincing.  I've never tried a black foundation with an NMF.  Conventional wisdom back 20 or 30 years ago was to polish the plastic, then paint the NMF directly.  

Everything looks great!

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by minitanker on Thursday, June 11, 2020 8:32 PM

I'd like to present another dio to the GB if I may. It will use the same base as the Light Armored Recon Company but will be Wespe & Hummel elements moving to the rear. It will depict "upper" discussing w/scout best route to take while everyone else waits. Here is a test fit of crew in a ROCO conversion of an early Hummel. PaulE

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Posted by Tomcat on Friday, June 12, 2020 11:56 AM

checkmateking02

That's beautiful paint-work on both planes, Mark.  I really like the way the tri-color scheme turned out on the Hellcat.  I've been meaning to try something like that myself.

And an excellent save on the Thunderbolt.  The NMF looks very convincing.  I've never tried a black foundation with an NMF.  Conventional wisdom back 20 or 30 years ago was to polish the plastic, then paint the NMF directly.  

Everything looks great!

 

After I applied the primer, I polished the fuselage with plastic polish which got the surface very smooth, that's why I was so aghast at the gloss black application. It looked like I was tarring a roof. In the end I think it will work out. Now I need to find a clear coat that won't dull that shiny finish. Looks like more experimentation is in order.

Mark aka Tomcat

On the workbench: Monogram 1/48 F5E Tiger II Aggressor; AMT Romulan Warbird;

Monogram 1/72 EF-111A Raven; Monogram 1/48 Me 262

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Posted by checkmateking02 on Friday, June 12, 2020 5:52 PM

Looks good, minitanker.  I've updated the build roster with your newest project.  Thanks for participating again!

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by checkmateking02 on Friday, June 12, 2020 5:55 PM

Mark:  I'll be interested to see if you can locate a clear coat that will retain the metal look of NMF.  I haven't found one so far, so I've left any NMF's I've done uncoated.

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by minitanker on Saturday, June 13, 2020 9:45 AM

Additional pics of early Hummel conversion. ROCO Nashorn & ROCO 15cm howitzer w/additional details & crew of ROCO & Preiser figs.

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Posted by checkmateking02 on Saturday, June 13, 2020 4:43 PM

Well done, minitanker!  Nice paint work.

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by minitanker on Saturday, June 13, 2020 5:42 PM

Thank you, next is a normal ROCO Hummel w/added details & crew.

 

 

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Posted by checkmateking02 on Sunday, June 14, 2020 12:32 PM

Another great looking vehicle, minitanker!  Good job!

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by checkmateking02 on Sunday, June 14, 2020 2:02 PM

Finally finished USS Iowa yesterday.  This photo shows her in her mid-summer 1944 camouflage measure.

I followed Tamiya's painting layout included with the kit; hopefully they were right.  I steared clear of any after-market parts, except for replacing the SK radar with PE from WEM and Kingfisher floatplanes from Trumpeter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • From: Dayton, Ohio USA
Posted by minitanker on Monday, June 15, 2020 9:00 AM

Thank you. This ROCO Sd.Kfz. 165 (SF) went back to trains for some engine work & upper authorized some recovered (Trident 251/21) sting to be added. PaulE

Sting added.

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Posted by checkmateking02 on Monday, June 15, 2020 3:37 PM

Again, very good work, minitanker.  Do you paint them with a brush or spray?  

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by minitanker on Monday, June 15, 2020 6:04 PM

Thank you. Hairy stick only. AB & I don't get along. A ROCO SdKfz 165 munitions carrier w/added details. I won't bore your audience with repetitive builds just the unique. PaulE

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Posted by checkmateking02 on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 8:03 PM

Excellent work with a paint brush, Paul.  They really look good!

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by minitanker on Saturday, June 20, 2020 9:19 AM

Thank you. Here are some progress pics. C&Cs encouraged. PaulE

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Posted by checkmateking02 on Saturday, June 20, 2020 9:35 AM

Well, done, Paul.  Nicely arranged action scene.  That ground-level view is particularly effective; very realistic!

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by minitanker on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 2:28 PM

Thank you. Now onto the Wespe elements. Working these in parallel.

#230 security track WIP.

Field telephone exchange track WIP

Working Wespes & FAO PzrIII WIP

Ammo carrier WIP

C&Cs encouraged. PaulE

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Posted by checkmateking02 on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 6:18 PM

These'll make up a decent size convoy!

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Tomcat on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 2:48 PM

Entering the home stretch for the Hellcat: A little weathering and a Satin finish (using a home brew of Acrylics):

The canopy is cleaned up and the underwings stores added. Here is how I add the radio antenna line. It's not elegant but it works for me:

Meanwhile decaling is proceeding apace on the "Bolt":

Mark aka Tomcat

On the workbench: Monogram 1/48 F5E Tiger II Aggressor; AMT Romulan Warbird;

Monogram 1/72 EF-111A Raven; Monogram 1/48 Me 262

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Posted by minitanker on Thursday, June 25, 2020 3:43 PM

More progress. #230 WIP

Comms Track WIP

HQ, Comm, & Trains' elements completed.

C&Cs encouraged. PaulE

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Posted by checkmateking02 on Thursday, June 25, 2020 4:02 PM

Mark and Paul:  your respective projects continue to look great!  Nice work all around!

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by minitanker on Friday, June 26, 2020 2:07 PM

Thank you. Here are some final pics.

 

 

C&Cs welcomed. PaulE

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Posted by checkmateking02 on Friday, June 26, 2020 8:45 PM

I wouldn't want to be on the receiving end of all that armor, Paul.

Do you have a preference for the finish-photo?

Thanks for being part of the GB.  Your work is always impressive and dramatic.

 

 

 

 

 

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  • From: Dayton, Ohio USA
Posted by minitanker on Monday, June 29, 2020 8:27 PM

1, 3, or 8 I suppose. Whichever you think best. You're welcome, thank you. PaulE

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Posted by checkmateking02 on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 5:51 PM

Thanks, Paul.  Update is in progress for the front page.

Thanks for your participation.  You make great looking dioramas!

 

 

 

 

 

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  • From: South west, PA
Posted by Tomcat on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 7:28 PM

Wow, a lot of great armor projects and modelling shown here. I'm really going to have to get back into that. 

Anyway, the decals are on the P47 and waiting for the last of the details to be added then we'll call it done...

Meanwhile here are the undersides of both planes all completed...

First the Hellcat...

and now the Thunderbolt...

Tomorrow, I will take some beauty shots of the two outside in the sun where that Bolt will really gleam. Big Smile

 

 

Mark aka Tomcat

On the workbench: Monogram 1/48 F5E Tiger II Aggressor; AMT Romulan Warbird;

Monogram 1/72 EF-111A Raven; Monogram 1/48 Me 262

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