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  • From: Naples, FL
Posted by tempestjohnny on Saturday, November 23, 2019 9:23 PM
John please change my kit for this. Just sent Roden an email because of some major issues with my Mohawk. I'll be doing the Italeri EB-66 Destroyer in 72nd scale John

 

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Posted by jeaton01 on Saturday, November 23, 2019 9:51 PM

Done.  Sorry about the OV-1.

John

To see build logs for my models:  http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.htm

 

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  • From: Naples, FL
Posted by tempestjohnny on Sunday, November 24, 2019 7:16 AM

Moving along quick. Cockpit done fuselage glued up. This thing is big. 13" in length

 

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Posted by cbaltrin on Sunday, November 24, 2019 7:25 AM

tempestjohnny

Moving along quick. Cockpit done fuselage glued up. This thing is big. 13" in length

 

Yea, got that one in my stash as well johnny. Big sucker even in 1/72. 

Got a P-2V neptune as well.  Waiting to find a Ap-2h conversion for it!

:-P

On the Bench:

  • Italeri F-100D 1/72
  • Monogram 1/72 F-4J
  • Revel 1/72 HH-3 Jolly Green Giant
  • Monogram P-47D
  • Monogram F-14A
  • Monogram P-51D
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  • From: Naples, FL
Posted by tempestjohnny on Sunday, November 24, 2019 9:50 AM

cbaltrin

 

 
tempestjohnny

Moving along quick. Cockpit done fuselage glued up. This thing is big. 13" in length

 

 

 

Yea, got that one in my stash as well johnny. Big sucker even in 1/72. 

Got a P-2V neptune as well.  Waiting to find a Ap-2h conversion for it!

:-P

 

HPMhobbies has the Falcon triple conversion with the AP-2 in it

 

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  • From: Sandy, UT
Posted by SteveCB on Sunday, November 24, 2019 6:04 PM

Is the group aiming for one example of each type?  I'm building an A-7A for the weekend build but someone is building one already.  Is that ok to have another?  I'm also partially into an F-111A. 

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Sunday, November 24, 2019 6:52 PM

Thanks for the PM John. Put me down foe a Trumpy 1/72 F-105G WW.

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Too many models to build, not enough time in a lifetime!!

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Posted by Real G on Sunday, November 24, 2019 8:16 PM

SteveCB

Is the group aiming for one example of each type?  I'm building an A-7A for the weekend build but someone is building one already.  Is that ok to have another?  I'm also partially into an F-111A.

That sounds like a wonderful goal!  I’d better decide quick or else there won’t be anything left!  And I did not buy the YO-3, which would have fit my taste perfectly.

Uh... OK, against my better judgement I’d like to enter my SOD Trumpeter 1/48 RA-5C Vigilante if that’s alright.

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

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  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Sunday, November 24, 2019 8:26 PM

Moving right along on the EB-66, John.  That's somewhere in my to do list, I have an Airwaves detail set for it.

 

PJ, I got you covered.

 

SteveCB, another A-7A is fine, if you can do different markings .  Maybe we will have a whole squadron.  The F-111 is fine also so long as it is the F-111A that saw service in Viet Nam.  Let me know the maker of your kits, please.

John

To see build logs for my models:  http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.htm

 

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Posted by modelcrazy on Sunday, November 24, 2019 9:50 PM

Speaking of the A-7A, I worked on the non existant pit. I used a seat from a Eurofighter, I think, instead for the F-4. I then added so extra plastic for the side panels so you can't see past the sides, to the bottom of the model, and added some scraps of PE. I also added some belts make from aluminum foil. I think it gives some more intrest. Now on to the detail painting of the pit.

The old pit

Steve

Building a kit from your stash is like cutting a head off a Hydra, two more take it's place.

 

 

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Posted by cbaltrin on Sunday, November 24, 2019 9:51 PM

Gregbbear

 

...  Blackbird models out of England is supposed to have a resin AP-2 conversion kit coming out, if that helps at all. 

Cheers, 

Greg

 

Great to hear. I'll keep my eyes open for it.

On the Bench:

  • Italeri F-100D 1/72
  • Monogram 1/72 F-4J
  • Revel 1/72 HH-3 Jolly Green Giant
  • Monogram P-47D
  • Monogram F-14A
  • Monogram P-51D
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    May 2004
  • From: Land of Lakes
Posted by cbaltrin on Sunday, November 24, 2019 9:55 PM

Glued things that come in halves together. Boy the fins on the drop tanks are paper thin. Gona have to be real carefule! Unfortunately, wont be able to model for about a week.. See you soon.

On the Bench:

  • Italeri F-100D 1/72
  • Monogram 1/72 F-4J
  • Revel 1/72 HH-3 Jolly Green Giant
  • Monogram P-47D
  • Monogram F-14A
  • Monogram P-51D
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    November 2016
  • From: Sandy, UT
Posted by SteveCB on Sunday, November 24, 2019 10:29 PM

The A-7 is Hasegawa, and the F-111 is Revell.

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  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 11:51 AM

John,

OK here is my official GB entry.  Since no one else has yet to sign on with Trumpeter's huge box of 1/48 scale disappointment, I will.  Might as well finish it so I can toss the box!

While it looks 90% done, it's all Tamiya tape.  I'll take it apart and post a "before" shot.  I'd also better check to see if I have Vietnam-era markings.

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

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  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 12:30 AM

Got you listed, Real G.  The Vigilante is a favorite of mine.  I have the Trumpeter kit, the Cutting Edge A3J conversion, and the Collect Aire kit.  I must be a Vigilante junky!

John

To see build logs for my models:  http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.htm

 

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    May 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 1:27 AM

jeaton01

Got you listed, Real G.  The Vigilante is a favorite of mine.  I have the Trumpeter kit, the Cutting Edge A3J conversion, and the Collect Aire kit.  I must be a Vigilante junky!

Thanks John!  Ambitious goal you have to make an A3J!  It looks positively rakish compared to the RA-5C.  If you look closely at the upper fuselage and wings of the Trumpy kit, you will see evidence of slide molds intended to allow the A3J to be made - too bad they never followed through.

And STILL no resin tires!

*Update*  Here is a photo of the Vigi as of last night:

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

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Posted by lewbud on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 2:45 AM

Nice job on the pit Steve!

Gregbear,

If you want to do a AC-130 but don't have the space, I can recommend Academy's 1/144 C-130 kit range. They offer an AC-130A and a AC-130H/U. Kind of pricey at around 30.00 USD, but they might be a solution.

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

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    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 4:48 PM

Looks simple enough. I'm not sure what the Farmer is doing with that F-84 but it could eat it's lunch.

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

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    October 2009
  • From: Texas
Posted by Gregbbear on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 10:33 PM

As an aside, anyone interested in building an Italeri/Bilek/Revell An-2, don't waste your time or money on the Pavla sets.  So far, most parts are unusable.  Ultimately, I think only the wheels and engine are getting used.  The engine actually fits better than the kit part, but the vacuform windscreen is so far off, I think it came from another kit.  The seats are undersized and the cockpit fit would require more work too.  I imagine that Pavla used to have a resin kit of the Antonov, and just decided to sell parts of it as detail sets.  The Bilek photo etch set is good, as is the Eduard.  The Eduard is only $3.21 from hannant's.  I thought I would just share my observations with anyone else interested in building the big old biplane, which I think is still a little bit smaller than a Skyraider.  

Greg

- yat yas!

 

   

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Posted by modelcrazy on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 11:10 PM

Nice start guys,

Glued the fuse halfs together. Here is a couple pics of the pit. The IP is going to get the decal.

Moving on.

Steve

Building a kit from your stash is like cutting a head off a Hydra, two more take it's place.

 

 

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    April 2005
  • From: Australia
Posted by taxtp on Thursday, November 28, 2019 12:22 AM
That all looks really good Greg. At this stage I'm changing my subject for this GB to the 1/32 F-105D Thud from Trumpeter. I'm looking forward to it. Cheers Tony

I'm just taking it one GB at a time.

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  • From: Naples, FL
Posted by tempestjohnny on Thursday, November 28, 2019 5:23 AM
Steve. Pit looks sooo much better

 

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Posted by jeaton01 on Thursday, November 28, 2019 10:51 AM

Steve, nice work on the cockpit.  You'll give the SLUF a good name yet.

Tony, the list is updated.  That's a serious upgrade!

John

To see build logs for my models:  http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.htm

 

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    May 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Friday, November 29, 2019 9:39 PM

Hey, if anyone is planning on doing a 1/48 F-111A, Caracal just released a dedicated decal sheet for it, including options for Combat Lancer.

http://caracalmodels.com/cd48139.html

One comment I have is that the Combat Lancer birds’ undersides might have been painted medium green, not OD.  Hopefully others who know will chime in, since it is unusual and unique to the mission.

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

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    June 2019
Posted by Mach1 on Sunday, December 1, 2019 10:38 AM

Kicking off on the F-14 now that the decals have arrived. Aside from the AM decals this will be built from the box.

Proof of unstartedness pic.

Pit nearing completion, just a small bit or two left to add.

Gluing up the wings.

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    December 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Sunday, December 1, 2019 11:52 AM

Good to see you starting the build, Mach1.  I may start on my C-123 today.  Raining here.  GMorrison should be seeing the same weather.

John

To see build logs for my models:  http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.htm

 

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    June 2019
Posted by Mach1 on Sunday, December 1, 2019 5:14 PM

Thanks jeaton01. Now that things are slowing down a little at work, I'll be able to get in quite a bit more bench time to do some serious building.

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  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Monday, December 2, 2019 8:38 PM

I've made a start on the Roden C-123.  It's a very detailed kit, however, I don't think their mold making abilities are quite up to handling the kind of fine details designed into the parts  That makes building more difficult.  Also, the plastic doesn't seem to like Tamiya thin cement, or CA for that matter.  I am using the Testors glue in the triangular bottle right now and it seems to be working, and will try the Touch and Flow Tenax like stuff also.  The engines have a lot of detail, most of which will be hidden.  I found on assembling the first one that the alignment of the cylinder banks is off, with the rear bank lined up directly behind the front bank, where the rear bank in the real world is offset so the rear cylinders are lined up with the air gap between the front cylinders.  It really doesn't matter in this case but being an old engine guy I just couldn't stand it.  I didn't fix the first one because I had already glued the front housing on and didn't want to mess it up trying to move it.  The pictures show how I modified the second engine. 

 

I didn't like their method of attaching the props, I'll do my usual brass tube and music wire method to attach them. 

 

The nose gear will ultimately rest on a spider web of struts so a lot of time was spent figuring how that was to be done. 

 

The main gear has an odd way of attaching the wheels, they have you put the inner wheel half on the strut, then there is a plastic keeper washer that is glued on to hold the inner wheel half.  Then you are to put the outer wheel half on.  Clumsy to sand and paint!  I assembled all of the main gear parts because I wasn't confident of how the parts fit without doing it all at once.  A little misalignment on that narrow gear and the wings will surely not be level.  The instructions are not clear enough for me on these assemblies. 

Some of the cockpit parts were assembled and two ejector pin marks on the back wall of the cockpit were fixed using melted sprue. 

I made masks for the wheels and windows this afternoon using a Silhouette Cameo vinyl cutter.  There will be paint soon!

 

 

 

 

John

To see build logs for my models:  http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.htm

 

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