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  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Saturday, April 25, 2020 6:25 PM

Thanks CB. I’m gonna try to get more work done around sundown when it cools off some here. 

 

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

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

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  • From: Land of Lakes
Posted by cbaltrin on Saturday, April 25, 2020 6:06 PM

stikpusher

 

 
GMorrison

If you haven't read this, "Bury US Upside Down", the story of Operation Commando Sabre. "Misty" pilots. They flew FAC over the HCM Trail in F-100F's.

 

 

 

Yes that’s one that I’d love to read. And I need a F-100F in my collection too!

 

 

Ditto that. Almost bought that book a few weeks ago!

 

Stik, Corsair looks great.  Looks like u r going to beat me to the finish line yet again. 

Actually, have not felt like modeling much lately with all the nonsense going on in the world, but I think I mightjust sit down at the bench tonight and try to get the hun done...we'll see how it goes though!

On the Bench:

  • Monogram P-47D
  • Monogram 1/72 F-4J
  • Monogram F-14A
  • Monogram P-51D
  • Revel 1/72 HH-3 Jolly Green Giant
  • Italeri F-100D 1/72  Done!
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    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Saturday, April 25, 2020 1:07 PM

GMorrison

If you haven't read this, "Bury US Upside Down", the story of Operation Commando Sabre. "Misty" pilots. They flew FAC over the HCM Trail in F-100F's.

 

Yes that’s one that I’d love to read. And I need a F-100F in my collection too!

 

This morning, before the heat really turned on here, I did the final airbrush session for this kit. Undersurface of the wings with a semi gloss topcoat, side whites and upper whites in satin topcoat , both to replicate the effect of weathering on the original gloss white paint. And another dash of flat coat to selected gray areas to better replicate tropical sun and salt water air effect. I also  removed the masks off the radome and canopy.

Here is a sneak peak...

 

 

This build won’t place in any contests unless I’m up against my grade school self, but it will look decent enough from a foot or two away in my collection.

 

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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Posted by GMorrison on Friday, April 24, 2020 1:33 PM

If you haven't read this, "Bury US Upside Down", the story of Operation Commando Sabre. "Misty" pilots. They flew FAC over the HCM Trail in F-100F's.

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

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Posted by GMorrison on Thursday, April 23, 2020 10:52 AM

I vote Plan A.

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

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    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, April 23, 2020 10:45 AM

keavdog

Whoops - wrong A7.  Sorry about that Stik.  Sharkmouth is cool on the big mouth birds.  That is a dirty working bird indeed!

 

Thanks John. And yes, the A-7 could get pretty dirty underneath in sustained combat ops

 

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: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Thursday, April 23, 2020 10:10 AM

oortiz10

AW CRUD!

I need some feedback here, FSM...

OK, so I have been working on my Skyhawks decals for the last few nights. I decided to leave the stabilizers off to help make room while I worked with the rudder's striping. Well, when I went to apply THE LAST TWO stencils, the markings that show the decflection of the stabilizers, I dry-fitted the stabilizers to line up the decals and...

GRRR!

I noticed that I applied the MARINES markings too far aft!

 

 

 

Really, my only two options are to sand, repaint, and reapply...

OR

Leave it.

What do you think?

At least Omar's not considering photoshopping itBig Smile

John

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

 

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    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Thursday, April 23, 2020 12:24 AM

Whoops - wrong A7.  Sorry about that Stik.  Sharkmouth is cool on the big mouth birds.  That is a dirty working bird indeed!

Thanks,

John

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  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 9:19 PM

Omar, I’m with JM on correcting the decals. I hope you have some spare Marine markings.

Jack, thank you. This one is getting there.

John, no green on my A-7. Just blue and some red.

 

For the past few days I’ve been fiddling with the weathering on this one. Add here, dial it back there. I am now at the point where I’m gonna stop while I’m ahead with the weathering. I want this one to look well used, and I think that I’m there now....

 

 

 

Next up, top coats, final detail painting, and adding the last bits such as wheels and ordnance...

 

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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    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 5:57 PM

Bummer on the decals.  Have you sealed them yet?  

Stik, that green pops!

Thanks,

John

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Posted by JacknewbIII on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 3:30 PM

Nice work Stik and oortiz! Looking really good over here. I agree with Stik on the stabilizing because I don't have that kind of dedication!

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Posted by jmoran426 on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 2:06 PM
Omar! Bummer, Dude! I've done the same thing though. I think Plan A is the only solution. No Marine maintenance man would let that go. Wash, rinse, repeat!

jmoran426

  • Member since
    February 2003
  • From: Between LA and OC, SoCal
Posted by oortiz10 on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 2:01 PM

AW CRUD!

I need some feedback here, FSM...

OK, so I have been working on my Skyhawks decals for the last few nights. I decided to leave the stabilizers off to help make room while I worked with the rudder's striping. Well, when I went to apply THE LAST TWO stencils, the markings that show the decflection of the stabilizers, I dry-fitted the stabilizers to line up the decals and...

GRRR!

I noticed that I applied the MARINES markings too far aft!

 

Really, my only two options are to sand, repaint, and reapply...

OR

Leave it.

What do you think? 

 

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

  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Monday, April 20, 2020 7:33 PM

Looking good there... but I think you’re something of a madman with all that drilling and pining....

 

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 Monday, April 20, 2020 5:16 PM

OK gang, I have some progress to share. Not much, but some.

The biggest hurdle with my Skyhawk was getting that slat strut fixed. I spent a little time working on it, and I'm happy with the way it turned out.

I think once the slat's installed, it will look fine. I can still see that it's not a perfect fix, but of course I think it's because the picture is zoomed and blown up. From normal viewing distances, things look OK. 

I started doing some decal work on both airframes. The A-7 is pretty much done except for some tiny stencils.

I noticed that one of the decals moved while it was drying. It's the plane number on the right side of the nose. It's not super-obvious, but I did see it. If you're not looking for it, you should (hopefully) overlook it.

My Skyhawk has most of the decals on. I'm waiting on the few remaining because I still need to paint the anti-glare panel on the nose. I figured it'd be easier to mask without having to worry about decals.

I'm not super happy with the way the national insignia settled over the vortex generators on the left wing's top, so I may need to sand some wrinkles out and touch-up with paint.

While the decals are drying and settling, I'm working on the ordnance. First, I drilled out all the sway braces for the Skyhawk. While dry-fitting, I noticed that the little "nubs" wouldn't be enough to hold the assemblies together. So, I'll use wire that runs up through the sway braces into the pylon(s).

I'm also using wire run through the A-7's Sidewinder rails to hold everything together.

Nice and strong!

I also added some wire to the A-7's struts to make it more robust. The "trailing" strut that makes up the main gear's "triangle" was just a butt-joint assembly. I wanted to make sure it would stand the test of time.

So, I'm going to spend some time with the fiddly-bits in preparation for the turn towards home.

As usual, comments, questions, and criticisms welcome.

Cheers!

-O

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

  • Member since
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  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Sunday, April 19, 2020 11:45 AM

Oh the fun part! I like weathering

 .Nick

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  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Sunday, April 19, 2020 11:28 AM

Started the weathering on upper surfaces yesterday...

 

 

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

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

  • Member since
    October 2004
  • From: Orlando, Florida
Posted by ikar01 on Saturday, April 18, 2020 10:17 PM

Always kinda liked the 6,000 pound dog whistles.

We used to have the Thai A.F. fly them in every so often to refuel on their way for a strike mission.

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  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Saturday, April 18, 2020 8:49 PM

Really looking good  !!!

 .Nick

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  • From: Michigan
Posted by silentbob33 on Saturday, April 18, 2020 7:59 PM

Fantastic paintwork guys!

I finally got all the decals on the Tweet.  I forgot to paint the colors at the tip of the tail, so instead of trying to mask over decals I painted it by hand.  It isn't perfect, but it's good enough for me.

I also have things for under the wings ready for decals too.

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

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    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Friday, April 17, 2020 10:47 PM

Here's what berny said:

"The proper loadout for Showtime 100 on their MIG killing mission is as follows.

One centerline 600 gallon tank

Two AIM-7E Sparrow missiles on the aft missile wells.  The forward missile wells were empty.

Inboard pylons loaded with TER's and 6 MK-20 Mod 1 Rockeyes.

Four AIM-9G Sidewinder missiles.

Outboard wing stations empty.  No tanks or pylons were carried.

The biggest defugity (Defined in the senior NCO dictionary as Something Ain't Right) were the markings.  The black triangle at the base of the vertical stab is shown with and without the MIG-21 outline.  No one can say for a fact it was or wasn't there.  The centerline tank is another problem as what type of markings were carried.  Some say the tank had a black stripe painted on it.  Most say the stripe was not there and had VF-96 painted on the tank.  Some say no markings were carried on the tank at all.   

 

Berny"

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Friday, April 17, 2020 9:14 PM

keavdog

 

 
stikpusher

John, your F-4 looks about ready for markings also! What markings are you planning to use?

Nick your Tweety looks great now. How about a load of Snakeyes and Napalm?

 

 

 
I'm doing Cunningham's bird.  He was my congressman after all...
 

Ok, IIRC, his loadout when launched for that mission on May 10, 1972 was 2x AIM-7, 4x AIM-9D or G, 6x Mk.20 on TERs below the Sidewindérs, and a centerline tank. No wing tanks carried.

 

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 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Friday, April 17, 2020 8:47 PM

stikpusher

John, your F-4 looks about ready for markings also! What markings are you planning to use?

Nick your Tweety looks great now. How about a load of Snakeyes and Napalm?

 
I'm doing Cunningham's bird.  He was my congressman after all...

Thanks,

John

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  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Friday, April 17, 2020 1:08 PM

[quote user="crown r n7"]

The A-37 is getting dirty w/ an oil wash. I havent made up my mind on ordinace yet...

[/quote

Bombs?

Rockets?

Napalm?

Minigun Pods?

With an A-37, the answer is...YES. Indifferent

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

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    April 2019
  • From: South west, PA
Posted by Tomcat on Friday, April 17, 2020 11:15 AM

So far this one has come together pretty quickly...

I have to glue on the canopy and a few small bits then its off to paint.

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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    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, April 16, 2020 12:28 PM

Omar, that color tease is a tease indeed! I can’t wait to see more color on her.

John, your F-4 looks about ready for markings also! What markings are you planning to use?

Nick your Tweety looks great now. How about a load of Snakeyes and Napalm?

 

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

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

  • Member since
    August 2015
  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Thursday, April 16, 2020 11:18 AM

Stik. Many thanks, your A7 w/ those decals and nice camo most impressive.

Omar. the camo on your A7 fanstastic.

John. the F4 and weapons look super for show time 100?

The A-37 is getting dirty w/ an oil wash. I havent made up my mind on ordinace yet...

 .Nick

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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Thursday, April 16, 2020 3:15 AM

Looking good Stik!  Little more work on the F-4J - lots of touchup to do, but got the ordinance and tanks started.  I've got then engine pulled out ( the 426 HEMI ) for detail...lol looking for real power here :)

 

Thanks,

John

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  • From: Between LA and OC, SoCal
Posted by oortiz10 on Thursday, April 16, 2020 12:09 AM

COLOR TEASE!

Some touch-ups to follow, but for its unveiling...not too shabby.

See y'all soon!

-O

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

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    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 11:52 PM

oortiz10

Hey stik, 

HB does include the parts for the fairing, but my A-7 is an early A-7 prior to its deployment.

-O

 

 

Got ya Yes

 

I guess it’s been almost a week since my last update. Aside from the final decal fine tuning with Solvaset, and touch ups with appropriate colors where needed on the old decals where they cracked, I also started doing detail painting and finishing up on the ordnance.

 

Washes and decals applied to ordnance (and wheels, no decals there). Just need to add some brown stripes to the Shrikes, but my brown paint pen was not co operating...

 

 

one detail I noticed in many photos was that the squadrons painted the Shrike rails and TERs with the squadron color. In the case of VA-93, that’s blue.

 

 

 

And I painted up the refueling probe tip...

 

 

Now I need to seal up the decals and start the weathering...

 

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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