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Viet Nam War Aircraft Group Build

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  • Member since
    August 2015
  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 9:03 PM

Omar nice recovery and super job on our A-7!

 .Nick

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Posted by oortiz10 on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 8:06 PM

OK FSM, one of my two is done! I knocked out the A-7. The A-4 is about 85% done. It's getting there...

OK, so while prepping for final assembly, I ran into a small problem on the Corsair. I peeled off the canopy's masking and found that Eduard's masks pulled up the paint that was supposed to represent the gasket around the windscreen's panes. 

I didn't want to have to re-mask and re-paint, especially the clear parts, so I had to come up with a Plan B.

I had some very small decal strips in my pile, albeit it black.

So, I cut off a few and sprayed them the same color brown.

After very careful trimming, I was able to use the decal strips to represent the orignally painted areas.

Not perfect but from 3 feet it should look fine.

OK, so I said I was done with the Corsair. I am. Here are a couple of pictures to prove it. I don't know if it stands up to stik's warhorse, but I'm (mostly) happy with how it came out. I'm satisfied with it as a 3-footer.

More pictures are posted in the Aircraft Forum. Check 'em out!

Now...on with the Skyhawk!

 

-It's Omar, but they call me "O".

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  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 5:35 PM

That's a great looking A-37, Nick.  Super photos!  Thanks for participating in the GB, it's the participants that make or break a GB.

Yer on the Wall!

John

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

 

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Posted by learmech on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 3:52 PM
Great job on the A-37. My ears hurt just looking at her. (If you've ever heard one idling on the ramp, you understand).
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  • From: Orlando, Florida
Posted by ikar01 on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 3:43 PM

A lot of stuff dropped during the war came from left over stockpiles.  They needed to be used up and this would have helped to keep the cost down a bit.  i used to occasionally have to check the bomb convoys before they were allowed on the base (looking for anyone hiding between the pallets of bombs), and some of them had faded and discolored paint that made them look like they had been outside for some time.  As they were assembled many of them ended up with brand new fin assemblies attached in a slightly different green, almost a field green

The B-57 was used early in the war and most likely its bombs were left over from Korea, which would also make them surplus WWII issue considering only a few years seperated those wars.

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  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 2:07 PM

Thank you Stik. Yeah night time is Charlie time big bugs for big Lizzards and bufo toads. A .177 air rifle works .

 .Nick

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  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 1:39 PM

Beautiful job on your A-37 Nick! You have done a most realistic finish!!! And it sure looks right at home on the ramp right next to that field of elephant grass. Hope you have some security forces to watch out for sappers in the grass. Wink

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

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  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 1:17 PM

The A-37 is done. 

Monogram A-37 in 1/48, built out of the box. I didnt like the refueling probe so I left it off. The kit was painted with Vallejo USAF Vietnam air war color series along with Vallejo gloss and flat varnish. The model air paint was thinned a tad more so I can paint the camo free hand with the protective cone on the air brush removed, so far so good with this stuff .I have one more prodject in the works for my Vallejo test. The weathering was done with Masters touch oil paint and some chalk.

Thank you for watching, your comments and for being part of this GB.

thank you John for hosting.

 .Nick

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  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 9:09 AM

TC. That AK stuff acts like Big Putty it comes in a big yellow egg that I bought at Publix in the kiddy aisle can it be reused? and that camo looks super tight. Yes

RG.that kit is good !!!

 .Nick

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  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Monday, May 4, 2020 6:28 PM

I'm behind the curve again and was slacking off and not paying attention.  The Vigilante is back on deck.

I had a look thru the box again, and have decided to use intake blanks instead of attempting to make tunnels.  The Steel Beach resin covers look terribly rough, so I'll make my own and design them to slip in afterwards to ease painting.  The red color will add a splash to the gull grey/white paint job.  I'll also save the Aires afterburners for another day, because the rest of the kit does not match their exquisite detail.  Plus the usual resin problem of the parts being slightly undersized.  Sad

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

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Posted by Tomcat on Monday, May 4, 2020 11:32 AM

stikpusher

Looking good Tomcat. Yes I’m surprised that this has the WWII type bombs and not the Korean War types like the M117.

 

Army surplus? I am no ordinance expert, as these simply came with the kit. They may not be correct, but they look impressive IMO. Big Smile

Mark aka Tomcat

On the workbench: Monogram 1/24 '69 Pontiac GTO and a Monogram 1/67 (box scale) B-26 Invader

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  • From: South west, PA
Posted by Tomcat on Monday, May 4, 2020 11:30 AM

jmoran426
Very nice paint finish. Love the SEA camo. What was the masking product again? I missed it.
 

Here is a pic of the product...

Some very interesting stuff. It seems stiff and rigid out of the box...er...can, but it kneads easily. When I pulled all of the masking off, I wadded into a ball and set it on the work bench. When I came back the next day the "ball" had flattened to a pancake, wierd. Look at this next pic, notice the nose and tail where the masking is drooping off. Not really a problem but something to be aware of. Of course, it could be just the amount I am using, probably user error, but all told it worked out ok.

  

Mark aka Tomcat

On the workbench: Monogram 1/24 '69 Pontiac GTO and a Monogram 1/67 (box scale) B-26 Invader

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Posted by jmoran426 on Monday, May 4, 2020 8:50 AM
Very nice paint finish. Love the SEA camo. What was the masking product again? I missed it.

jmoran426

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    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Sunday, May 3, 2020 11:38 PM

Looking good Tomcat. Yes I’m surprised that this has the WWII type bombs and not the Korean War types like the M117.

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

  • Member since
    April 2019
  • From: South west, PA
Posted by Tomcat on Sunday, May 3, 2020 4:07 PM

I've got the masking off the Canberra. It actually came off pretty easily. This is the first time I've used this product on such a large scale. I think it sometimes has a mind of its own. noticed I was able to fix that wing tip tank... 

Here is a picture of the rotary bomb bay all ordinanced up...

Mark aka Tomcat

On the workbench: Monogram 1/24 '69 Pontiac GTO and a Monogram 1/67 (box scale) B-26 Invader

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  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Sunday, May 3, 2020 2:15 PM

Nice Tweet, SilentBob.  The A-37 was the lowrider of the jets, wasn't it.  Barely room for all that stuff under the wing and must have been fun loaded like that in a crosswind.

Yer on the Wall!

John

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

 

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  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Sunday, May 3, 2020 1:31 PM

Oh wow, where did the time go?  I only noticed the GB closes at the end of this month!  I'd better get cracking.    Unleash the Kraken, I mean Vigilante!

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Sunday, May 3, 2020 10:19 AM

Great finish on your Tweety Bird SB! I love the back story, the photo of the actual aircraft, and your personalized Mk. 82s. Those are the perfect touch! 

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

  • Member since
    July 2008
  • From: Co.Kerry, Ireland.
Posted by Est.1961 on Sunday, May 3, 2020 10:12 AM

Nice finish; not knowing the aircraft the photo surprised me by how small it looks, but imagine it packed a punch. Will have to look it up. 

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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Saturday, May 2, 2020 9:14 PM

Nice job!

Thanks,

John

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  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Saturday, May 2, 2020 9:05 PM

Well done ! The camo is spot on . 

 .Nick

  • Member since
    February 2014
  • From: Michigan
Posted by silentbob33 on Saturday, May 2, 2020 8:25 PM

Awesome work all around everyone!

I finally finished!  This is Encore's boxing of the Monogram kit with all kinds of resin and PE.  The markings are for Captain John Lamb's Tweet as it looked for his 400th and last combat mission with the 8th Special Operations Squadron, Bien Hoa Air Base on 30 June 1971.  

Here is my rendition, it's far from perfect but I'm happy with it.

Thanks for hosting!

On my bench: Academy 1/35 UH-60L Black Hawk

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  • From: Co.Kerry, Ireland.
Posted by Est.1961 on Saturday, May 2, 2020 5:06 PM

Really nice builds, very taken with the weathering of your A7 Stik. 

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  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Saturday, May 2, 2020 3:29 PM

Nice progress all around.  The B-57 is looking good, except for the worm attack!

John

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

 

  • Member since
    August 2015
  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Saturday, May 2, 2020 3:14 PM

keavdog. good looking F-4.

Omar. sharp looking ordinance.

the A-37 ordinance is on . but its not as detailed. lol

 .Nick

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    December 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Friday, May 1, 2020 7:57 PM

Omar, the A-4 looks very nice, good save on the decal.

John

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

 

  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Friday, May 1, 2020 1:26 PM

keavdog

Those came out of my spares box but I think Hasegawa weapons set D has them

 

I looked in my Set D, and that has the older type of TERs... bummer.

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Friday, May 1, 2020 1:24 PM

Great progress on your projects Omar! Loving those war loads! The blue stuff is something you don’t see often in models but looks right here! The A-4 took another hit? Maybe you should work on the floor with it to reduce the chances of it falling, and if it does, it won’t fall far.

 

 

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

  • Member since
    February 2003
  • From: Between LA and OC, SoCal
Posted by oortiz10 on Friday, May 1, 2020 12:54 PM

I didn't realize that it has been more than a week since I posted last. Let's see if I can get you all caught up...

First, I've seen some great work over the past 10 days. stik, that A-7 looks great. I love the weathering! crown, I'm looking forward to seeing the A-37 all loaded up. Keep it coming! Tomcat, I can't wait to see how the B-57's camo looks when all the masking is pulled up. I dig the SEA-over-black scheme.

OK, so, last time I checked in it was after my minor decaling mishap. I debated leaving it but decided to fix it. I put it out in the FSM universe and the consensus was to correct the mistake. I was hesitant at first because I was happy with the paint and didn't want to have to sand and touch-up. Then I read keavdog's question about whether the decals were sealed, and it got me thinking. Usually, I gloss and seal with Future, which is not sandable. For whatever reason, this time I tried Tamiya's X-22, which IS sandable. So, I carefully sanded through the top "sealing" layer of gloss until I noticed that the underlying decals started to scuff. That told me I was through the protective layer and down to the decals. From there I took a piece of Scotch-type cellophane tape and laid it over the decal. With one pull the decal lifted off! Cleanly and in tact! (WOOHOO!) All I had to do was lay down a bit more gloss and reapply the decals. SUCCESS!

Unfortunately, I had a minor mishap during the process. I dropped the Skyhawk while I was sanding and damaged more slat struts. One broke off and one broke but remained attached. I was able to repair that damage fairly easily. You can't even tell they were damaged.

Anyway, after fixing the slats and decals, I started on weathering my Skyhawk. I wanted it to look used but not abused. I decided to go subtle with the weathering. 

The grey on the topside looks a lot darker in the pictures than it really is.

I also started weathering the A-7. My airframe's based on A-7s stationed at China Lake in '67-'68. Because the A-7 was relatively new to the squadron during those early years, they were still pretty clean. My A-7 is no exception. Weathering was kept to a minimum.

While researching my loadouts for my A-7, I ran across a very interesting picture. Originally, I was going to build a deployed A-7 with a war load, but when I saw the green sash of VX-5 I changed my mind. The problem was I wanted to show off what the A-7 could sling under its wings. A lot of China Lake pictures show A-7 carrying a load that didn't really demonstrate its potential. Then I saw this picture. It's not a VX-5 A-7, but it is a test A-7. When I saw it, I knew that was the load I wanted for my Corsair.

I went a little heavier on the pylon's weathering for a couple of reasons. One, in some of the pictures I've seen, the pylons are dirtier than the rest of the airframe. Two, in those same pictures,  you can see panel lines, rivets, and other details. Three, the kit's pylons have a lot of nice detail and I wanted to highlight it.

I also got the Skyhawk's ordnance assembled.

Now that all the things-under-the-wings are done, the last thing I need to focus on before final assembly is landing gear. I'm goint to get those assemblies done so that I can start finalizing these builds.

Again, comments, questions, criticisms are welcome. Feel free to drop your two-cents in the bucket.

Thanks for looking!

-O

-It's Omar, but they call me "O".

  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, April 30, 2020 8:41 PM

keavdog

Those came out of my spares box but I think Hasegawa weapons set D has them

 

I’ll have to go look... I have that set in my stash.... I found some resin ones online but they cost almost as much as the weapon sets.

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

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