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  • Member since
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  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Saturday, February 2, 2019 8:06 PM

kensar

I'm suprised at how popular these Boeings seem to be.  I finished one a couple of months ago.  Despite their age, the kit can build up into a nice model.

I had to recreate the decals for it.

 

 

 

The Clipper is one old airplane that I wish was still around. If some organization was flying one, I'd certainly buy a seat for a flight.

OK. On the bench:

Way too much to build in one lifetime...

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Saturday, February 2, 2019 9:16 PM

castelnuovo

I just can't decide Smile...

This one

 

or this one

 

And no, buying another one is not an option Smile

 

 

You’ve done so well on that engine it would be a shame to cover it up! I guess you’ll just have to buy another one to display it both ways!

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 Airfix Ju87 B2 Stuka

On deck: 

In the hole: 

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Saturday, February 2, 2019 9:18 PM

Keyda, Excellent finish on that Warhawk!

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 Airfix Ju87 B2 Stuka

On deck: 

In the hole: 

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    August 2009
  • From: MOAB, UTAH
Posted by JOE RIX on Sunday, February 3, 2019 12:06 AM

castelnuovo

I just can't decide Smile...

This one

 

or this one

 

And no, buying another one is not an option Smile

 

 

First off, fantastic work. Secondly, you've got to go with the engine. It's beatifuuly done and it would be a shame not to display it on this kit.

"Not only do I not know what's going on, I wouldn't know what to do about it if I did". George Carlin

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    August 2009
  • From: MOAB, UTAH
Posted by JOE RIX on Sunday, February 3, 2019 12:11 AM

modelcrazy

Bish, I'm finding the black baseing the whole thing is not nessesary, but it look good where there will be shadows such as wheel wells. I manly do the entire kit as a primer.

I got the green on.

 

Boy Howdy Steve, That technique your using is definitely producing some really sharp results and effects. Very nicely done.

"Not only do I not know what's going on, I wouldn't know what to do about it if I did". George Carlin

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  • From: MOAB, UTAH
Posted by JOE RIX on Sunday, February 3, 2019 12:27 AM

I'm over due for an update on my A-4. Unfortunately, I ran into some disappointment. The Pavla resin cockpit set I ordered over a month ago finally arrived a few days ago. I was immensely dismayed when I inspected it only to find that it was poorly molded. I suspect that it was a bad pour on this particular one. The wheel well was especially bad as it had a large glob of resin in it. Anyway, it's too much for me to try and grind out. Here's some pics of the issues:

As such, I'll be dressing up the kit cockpit with the Eduard PE set. 

"Not only do I not know what's going on, I wouldn't know what to do about it if I did". George Carlin

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    June 2017
  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Sunday, February 3, 2019 10:11 AM

Started closing up the WB-29 fuselage this morning. Probably take most of the day. I finally feel I'm starting to make some headway on the build.


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Way too much to build in one lifetime...

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    March 2017
Posted by Armor_Aficionado on Sunday, February 3, 2019 12:21 PM

Alright, the P-51D is ready for spray painting:

Just a couple of problems, one very minor, and one a more major annoyance.  The upper and lower wing halves didn't go together exactly perfect.  Was able to fill most of the gap in the front of the wings by running a thin line of liquid cement down it, except in the area where the machine guns are:

The major annoyance was the fitting of the bubble-top canopy.  It fit pretty flush on the left side, but the right side was off by quite a bit:

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  • From: MOAB, UTAH
Posted by JOE RIX on Sunday, February 3, 2019 12:59 PM

It is indeed nice progress there Frank. I'll be following a similar process with my A-4 when I get to it.

"Not only do I not know what's going on, I wouldn't know what to do about it if I did". George Carlin

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Posted by JOE RIX on Sunday, February 3, 2019 1:02 PM

Solid progress AA. Looking good despite the annoyances. I'm taking note of the issues you're encountering as I just recently picked this kit up myself.

"Not only do I not know what's going on, I wouldn't know what to do about it if I did". George Carlin

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  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Sunday, February 3, 2019 1:13 PM

JOE RIX

It is indeed nice progress there Frank. I'll be following a similar process with my A-4 when I get to it.

 

Thanks, Joe.

Zip-ties are your friends! Gonna be a lot of gap filling on the underside and around the bomb bay doors. Filling and sanding the seam top and bottom is going to be a chore too. That will take a bit of gap-filling CA for sure.


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Way too much to build in one lifetime...

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  • From: MOAB, UTAH
Posted by JOE RIX on Sunday, February 3, 2019 1:22 PM

fotofrank

 

 
JOE RIX

It is indeed nice progress there Frank. I'll be following a similar process with my A-4 when I get to it.

 

 

 

Thanks, Joe.

Zip-ties are your friends! Gonna be a lot of gap filling on the underside and around the bomb bay doors. Filling and sanding the seam top and bottom is going to be a chore too. That will take a bit of gap-filling CA for sure.

 


 

 

Now that's a clever idea. I like it!

"Not only do I not know what's going on, I wouldn't know what to do about it if I did". George Carlin

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Sunday, February 3, 2019 2:57 PM

JOE RIX

I'm over due for an update on my A-4. Unfortunately, I ran into some disappointment. The Pavla resin cockpit set I ordered over a month ago finally arrived a few days ago. I was immensely dismayed when I inspected it only to find that it was poorly molded. I suspect that it was a bad pour on this particular one. The wheel well was especially bad as it had a large glob of resin in it. Anyway, it's too much for me to try and grind out. Here's some pics of the issues:

As such, I'll be dressing up the kit cockpit with the Eduard PE set. 

 

Oh wow Joe, that is terrible news.  I bet your blood pressure spiked significantly! 

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 Airfix Ju87 B2 Stuka

On deck: 

In the hole: 

  • Member since
    July 2014
  • From: Boise ID area
Posted by modelcrazy on Sunday, February 3, 2019 5:32 PM

Joe, can you get your money back?

 

I'm done with my first build for this GB. Other than the nose issues, the kit went together great! The new Airfix decals are so nice and easy to work with.

  • Member since
    August 2009
  • From: MOAB, UTAH
Posted by JOE RIX on Sunday, February 3, 2019 8:34 PM

modelcrazy

Joe, can you get your money back?

 

I'm done with my first build for this GB. Other than the nose issues, the kit went together great! The new Airfix decals are so nice and easy to work with.

 

Your finished Blenheim is absolutely fantastic. Stellar work on the paint and weathering. Congrats on your finish.

As for getting a refund, I've sent a message to the seller to see what we can do. That was over a week ago and still have not heard back. Time I send them a reminder.

"Not only do I not know what's going on, I wouldn't know what to do about it if I did". George Carlin

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  • From: Vancouver, the "wet coast"
Posted by castelnuovo on Sunday, February 3, 2019 10:31 PM

Thanks Mopar Smile. The engine can not be covered up. This kit comes with an option to build either the engin visible or the cowling as the cowling does not fit over the engine. I was thinking to put the cowling on, and display the engine on some kind of stand separately. Decisions, decisions...........1st world problem Smile

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  • From: Vancouver, the "wet coast"
Posted by castelnuovo on Sunday, February 3, 2019 10:32 PM

modelcrazy

Joe, can you get your money back?

 

I'm done with my first build for this GB. Other than the nose issues, the kit went together great! The new Airfix decals are so nice and easy to work with.

 

This looks super Yes Yes

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  • From: Boise ID area
Posted by modelcrazy on Sunday, February 3, 2019 10:37 PM

Thanks Castel and Joe

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  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Monday, February 4, 2019 12:29 AM

Nice work on the Blenheim, Steve.  Multipart glass area always make me nervous.

John

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  • Member since
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  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Monday, February 4, 2019 12:31 AM

Joe R., that's about the worst resin I've ever seen.  They should definitely replace or refund that part.

John

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  • From: ON, Canada
Posted by jgeratic on Monday, February 4, 2019 12:33 AM

Steve, very appealing Blenheim bomber - great job! Yes

regards,

Jack

  • Member since
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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Monday, February 4, 2019 2:05 AM

castelnuovo

I just can't decide Smile...

This one

 

or this one

 

And no, buying another one is not an option Smile

 

 

It would be a shame toi hide that engine away, it does look nice.

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

On the bench: Dragon 1/35th Tiger I/AMT STAP with Battle Droid

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Monday, February 4, 2019 2:06 AM

UnwaryPaladin

Finally decided what I want to build. This kit was first produced by Airfix in 1967, the boxing I have seems to be from 1973. 

The kit comes in two configurations, a bare metal finish Pan American airliner and a WW2 era camo finished British Overseas Airways Corp aircraft. The kit appears to have very nice molding, but the decals seem to be questionable. I'm leaning towards the Pan Am Clipper version, taking off from a water base. Just have to finish another build (or two!) before this one. 

 

Thanks for singing up, will add it to the roster.

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

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Monday, February 4, 2019 2:07 AM

Steve, that has come out really well. I like that scheme with the black goiung around the fuselage, a bit different.

I'll get the front page updated later today, got a few things to add on there.

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

On the bench: Dragon 1/35th Tiger I/AMT STAP with Battle Droid

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Monday, February 4, 2019 2:11 AM

JOE RIX

I'm over due for an update on my A-4. Unfortunately, I ran into some disappointment. The Pavla resin cockpit set I ordered over a month ago finally arrived a few days ago. I was immensely dismayed when I inspected it only to find that it was poorly molded. I suspect that it was a bad pour on this particular one. The wheel well was especially bad as it had a large glob of resin in it. Anyway, it's too much for me to try and grind out. Here's some pics of the issues:

As such, I'll be dressing up the kit cockpit with the Eduard PE set. 

 

Thats bad, never seen a resin set like that before. I hope you can get it resolved.

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

On the bench: Dragon 1/35th Tiger I/AMT STAP with Battle Droid

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Monday, February 4, 2019 2:13 AM

Frank, nice soloution to closeing up that long fuselage.

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

On the bench: Dragon 1/35th Tiger I/AMT STAP with Battle Droid

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    July 2014
  • From: Boise ID area
Posted by modelcrazy on Monday, February 4, 2019 11:44 AM

Cheers Bish.

Put me down for the BV-141 next. It shouldn't take long to knock out. I enlisted the pilots a few years ago and pressed them into USMC service flying the Osprey, so I'll leave them out LOL

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    August 2004
  • From: Forest Hill, Maryland
Posted by cwalker3 on Monday, February 4, 2019 1:06 PM

ModelC, your Blenheim looks great. When you spray your camouflage colors, do you mask off or do my hand? Yours looks more soft-edge than hard. Or do you accomplish that look with the weathering process?

I’m ready to put the second camo color on my Lancaster. I primed with black, then sprayed on the dark earth parts. This pic is right before I sprayed on the green. I masked with Post-it notes. What a PIA.

 

Cary

 

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    April 2015
Posted by Mopar Madness on Monday, February 4, 2019 1:27 PM

I bet it will take you longer to mask that canopy than it will to build the rest of the aircraft! Can’t wait to see that Blenheim in person.  

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 Airfix Ju87 B2 Stuka

On deck: 

In the hole: 

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  • From: Boise ID area
Posted by modelcrazy on Monday, February 4, 2019 3:34 PM

cwalker3, I like to use Silly Putty which allows buth depending on how you apply it. For British I don't make the edges as hard as German but harder than American. The soft edges come more from the fadeing and weathering more than was original.

Chad, yeah I was looking at that. I'll more than likely hand paint them.

I'll start on it very soon. I have a Eurofighter I'm that's nearly at the paint stage and an F-35 that I'm masking a little each day. Thank goodness I don't have to mask the RAM tape.

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