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  • From: Cincinnati Ohio
Posted by DantheMan85 on Friday, September 13, 2019 3:05 PM

68GT: Nice paint job on the Eagle.

Fotofrank: The Buffalo is coming along great.

I started the Curtiss P-40B last Saturday, the kit only has four sprues trees. The cockpit went together well. I airbrushed on Model Master Acryic Interior Green, then brushed painted the detail colors on. The Fuslage was a tight fit, there was some hair line gaps. I used Vallejo plastic puddy.

 

 001 by Daniel Smith, on Flickr

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I plan to go with the December 7, 1941 paint scheme.

 8 by Daniel Smith, on Flickr

 

On my Work Bench: Zvezda 1/144 Boeing 747-8, Airfix 1/72 He 111 H-6, Tamiya 1/48 Bf 109 E-3

Up Coming: Airfix P-51D Mustang.

           

 

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Posted by Bish on Friday, September 13, 2019 1:05 PM

God to see the paint on the Eagle Ed.

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Posted by Bish on Friday, September 13, 2019 1:05 PM

Thanks frank, i have been a bt distracted this last week or so.

Nice to see your underway with the Buffalo, i hope you can find that P-39 soon.

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Posted by fotofrank on Friday, September 13, 2019 10:58 AM

Gotta move this thread back to the top!

I've been working on the MPC Buffalo since Dorian passed by. Before that I had everything boxed up and I was getting ready to run. Anyway, since then, I haven't been able to find the P-39 I was working on. It's here somewhere I'm sure. Under something I haven't picked up yet. In the meantime, pressing on with the Buffalo. I bought a decal set from PrintScale for this kit. The Buffalo I'm building fought at Midway, VMF-221. The interior is MM Interior Green enamel. Next I'll put the canopy on and get it masked then do the period camouflage. That's all for now.

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Posted by 68GT on Saturday, September 7, 2019 7:20 PM

I masked off the canopy and natural metal areas and spayed some ASB on the Eagle.

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Posted by Bish on Saturday, September 7, 2019 7:25 AM

Good to see you back Dan, i'll get the roster updated. I hope you like the 111, i did enjoy the P.

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Posted by DantheMan85 on Friday, September 6, 2019 5:50 PM

 

Hello everyone, I've been away from the group builds lately. I would like to enter in my three Airfix kits. The P-51D and P-40B look to be simple quick builds to help bust my build count for the year. The He111 H-6 my take a little longer, plus there are fairly new tooled kits. I'm waiting on get masks for the He 111 H-6. Big Smile

 IMG_3437 by Daniel Smith, on Flickr

 IMG_3436 by Daniel Smith, on Flickr

 IMG_3435 by Daniel Smith, on Flickr

 

On my Work Bench: Zvezda 1/144 Boeing 747-8, Airfix 1/72 He 111 H-6, Tamiya 1/48 Bf 109 E-3

Up Coming: Airfix P-51D Mustang.

           

 

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Posted by fotofrank on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 7:38 AM

I'm having so much fun!! I'm building kits I never thought I would ever build in a scale I thought was too demanding for an old fart like me. Thanks, Bish and thanks to all you folks who are taking part in this fun group build...

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Posted by Bish on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 4:23 AM

UnwaryPaladin

The builds on this thread are amazing. Thanks Bish for the great work administrating this GB, it's one of the best!

Joe

 

Thanks Joe, but i just host the GB and fill in the roster. Its you guys that make it such a great GB with all these great builds and creating a great atmosphere.

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Posted by lewbud on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 3:01 AM

Lots of great work going on here. I gotta get back to the bench.

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

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Posted by UnwaryPaladin on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 1:12 PM

The builds on this thread are amazing. Thanks Bish for the great work administrating this GB, it's one of the best!

Joe

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Posted by Bish on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 6:51 AM

Thats coming together nicely Piers.

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Posted by Bish on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 6:49 AM

John, that looks amazing. I really like the scheme with the contrast between the black and the yellow. And thats a lovely shiny finish. Thank you for taking part.

Front page is updated guys. You lot are really keeping me on my toes, so again, if i am missing anything please let me know.

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Monday, September 2, 2019 8:00 PM

What a beautiful gloss finish on that B-57!  How many coats of future did you lay down?

Chad

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At the plate: 1/48 Airfix Ju87 B2 Stuka

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Posted by lostagain on Monday, September 2, 2019 6:49 PM

John,

For some reason I cannot see your photos, not sure if I am the only one having the issue?

UP,

Your vampire is super. Looks attractive in Swedish markings. It is a great little kit, hopefully mine comes out half as well.

I didn't follow the instructions fully, waiting to put the intakes on once the wings are in place. And looking at the photo, I haven't put the ripcord on the seats although I did drill holes for just that... ...

 

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Posted by jeaton01 on Monday, September 2, 2019 6:14 PM

The TBD and Vampire look real nice, congrats to you both!

And, whammo, the 1/48 B-57B Canberra is done!  Well, not exactly.  The model was given a black color coat with Tamiya Flat Black, then a stencil was made for the USAF wing markings.  The Airfix USAF markings were much too large, and in my opinion so were the set from Superscale.  I should have also painted a white background for the stars and bars because the Airfix decals used for those markings were too translucent for the black.  Seems obvious in retrospect.  Several coats of Future followed, then Superscale MS481230 was used for the rest of the markings, and this set worked well.  Next the landing gear was attached, and at that point it was realized that 18 grams more nose weight was required.  A hole was drilled in the bottom of the nose cone and lead BB shot was added.  The model weighs a little over a pound when completed.   After that the flaps, bombs and hardpoints, speedbrakes, and various vents and antennae were added and a final coat of Future went on.  Because of its weight, size, and poor attaching methods particularly for the flaps and canopy, the model requires very careful handling.  The shape of the canopy is too shallow over the back cockpit so I chose to have it open to make that less obvious.  The panel lines are not accurate as to location, but that's all disguised by the shiny black paint, I hope!

 

 
 
 

 

 
 
 

 
Thin plastic rod was used to replicate vent lines on the tip tanks.
 
 
 
 

John

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Sunday, September 1, 2019 7:37 PM

I love the vampire in Swedish markings! I plan on doing one of these someday. I hope it looks as good as yours.

Chad

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Posted by Bish on Sunday, September 1, 2019 3:27 PM

Very nice looking Vampire, and it is nice to see a Swedish aircraft.

Thanks for shareing, i'll get the front page updated.

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Posted by UnwaryPaladin on Sunday, September 1, 2019 2:15 PM

I've been neglecting this group build, things got so busy!

The Vampire is finished, builds up very well. I was torn between the trainer and the Swede versions, but don't have anything representing Sweden in my collection, so went with that. The only trouble I had was with the wing warning decal on the port side. It folded over and in my attempt to straighten it, the decal curled up into a little ball of clear film. I got it straightened out on placed without tearing it, but after it was dry realized I had put it on upside down. So it's more of a white color than the yellow. Oh well! A nice little kit, will have to do another some day. 

 

 

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Posted by Bish on Sunday, September 1, 2019 2:08 PM

Nice progress there Piers.

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Posted by Bish on Sunday, September 1, 2019 2:06 PM

Nicely done frank, thats come out well. Thank you for shareing that.

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Posted by UnwaryPaladin on Sunday, September 1, 2019 1:55 PM

Very nice Devastator!

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Posted by fotofrank on Saturday, August 31, 2019 9:15 AM

Thanks, y'all. I do have another partial kit. It's missing a wing piece. If I can find another kit to replace the wing piece, I'll build that one too, maybe pre-war with the wings folded. Masking that canopy though, whew! I still have enough of the Techmod decal set to do the pre-war Devastator.

Mmm, Marty Feldman eyes...

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Posted by lostagain on Saturday, August 31, 2019 6:20 AM

That, Frank, is fantastic result from such an old kit. Great work on the glasshouse and the finish is super.

Good stuff!

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Friday, August 30, 2019 3:47 PM

Excellent Frank.  I have never seen a red tipped torpedo either!

Chad

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At the plate: 1/48 Airfix Ju87 B2 Stuka

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Posted by fotofrank on Friday, August 30, 2019 12:38 PM

Let's see what happens here. USE.com, the photo hosting site I've been using is going off the air next month. All of the pictures I've posted in the past will now be blank. Oh well. I'm starting a new folder with my SmugMug account for my models. Let's see if the photo sharing works. I finally finished the Devastator. I think it looks really nice. There's a lot of detail crammed into this little bird. I guess the toughest part was masking the canopy! I bought the Techmod decal and mask set to mask the canopy and have some nice decals for the build. The decal set is made for the Valom Devastator kit. The canopy mask didn't fit this Airfix kit so I had to custom cut masking for the canopy. Tedious!

The model depicts a Devastator aboard the USS Wasp, March 1942. It was an enjoyable build. Not real fiddley. For as old as the kit is, it has nice detail. It's all painted with Model Master enamels, a light blue I lightened with a few drops of Insignia White on top and Light Gray on the underside. Pre-shading was done with flat black enamel. The kit instructions said to paint the torpedo warhead red. I've never seen a torpedo with a red warhead. The torpedoes I've seen from the period are bare metal or painted gray, I think, so that's what I did. There's still a couple of things I need to do like fashion a radio mast on the nose  and maybe a little exhaust stain on the fuselage but essentially it's done. Now onto the next build...

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Friday, August 30, 2019 8:53 AM

I sure do love the vampire. Nice detail painting on that pilot!

Chad

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At the plate: 1/48 Airfix Ju87 B2 Stuka

On deck: 

In the hole: 

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Posted by lostagain on Friday, August 30, 2019 3:53 AM

Frank, the Denholm Elliot photo is interesting – the Vampire kit has a different canopy to the movie.
The Devastator has come along well – and already onto the Airacobra!
 
68GT, the eagle is coming along nicely with a bit of work on the way. Off to get another tube of putty? It all looks good under the preshading now.
 
Chad, I have built this model previously for a friend – it was her father who ejected out of it back in 1952. It is a nice little model.
There is a lot of good detail in the Stuka cockpit and you have finished it very well. The IP looks great.
The Crusader is building up quickly too, looking good.
The Bluetits are absolutely super! Great deal getting the detail back in with the missing feathers. The paint job is great, the colours are striking and the variation looks natural. Always good to see a completely new subject.
And then straight on to the Prinz Eugen, you are a machine!
 
The Vampire cockpit has been put together. There are some bits from an Eduard detail set. The pilot’s legs had to be a bit shorter in the end to fit it all together.

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Posted by Bish on Thursday, August 29, 2019 7:47 AM

Nice work on both of those Chad.

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 5:38 PM

The Crusader is ready for the paint booth. The kit is pretty crude by today’s standards but certainly easier to assemble than your typical 600 part count Dragon kit. Requires a little filling and sanding but I’m sure when it’s all painted everything will look fine.

Chad

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