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Viet Nam War Aircraft Group Build

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Posted by JacknewbIII on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 8:41 PM

The A-7 and the dragonfly are looking good guys!

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Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 7:12 PM

Thanks Nick! Your Tweet is looking sharp now in warpaint!

Today was an easy day... airbrush on a coat of Future, and start getting the decals ready. 

 

 

 

Since the Fowler sheet does not have anything beyond the modex and squadron markings, I will be getting national insignia, stencils, and that sort of stuff from an old Superscale sheet in my decal stash that I happen to have two of. 

 

 

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 crown r n7 on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 5:28 PM

Stik .The A7 is looking real good.

The painting stage using Airwar color series (Vellejo) 

comments to follow.

 .Nick

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  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Monday, April 6, 2020 4:10 PM

Todays update:

 

Walkways painted on with Humbrol Acrylic Dark Gull Gray. Hard to see here but I did do the marble type application. I also have removed masking from areas that will be decaled. I’m gonna let the paint dry overnight, then apply the Future gloss coat tomorrow... 

 

 

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: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Sunday, April 5, 2020 9:38 PM

Yeah, the Marines used their F-8s mostly as strike fighters, so they showed the wear from that service life.

 

Today’s progress report:

 

Touch up where needed with White and light Gull Gray. There had been a major step at the windscreen to fuselage join, so I hit it with some gel CA and accelerator, then sanded it to blend better.  Of course that meant touch up in that area. But mostly it was just dealing with the demarcation line between the two colors.

 

 

 

After letting the paint dry for a few hours, I masked off the areas where the walkways go on the fuselage rear and stabilators. I’ll paint those areas tomorrow. 

 

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 Sunday, April 5, 2020 2:31 PM

 

 

Here's a dirty F8E.

Da Nang 1966.

Early IRST sensor on the nose just in front of the windshield. Y shaped AIM racks. Bomb hardpoints under the wings.

 

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

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    April 2019
  • From: South west, PA
Posted by Tomcat on Sunday, April 5, 2020 12:01 PM

As I complete a few other projects, I started on the Canberra, completing a few ancillary items. bombs, missles and wing tip tanks...

More progress to follow.

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: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Sunday, April 5, 2020 11:16 AM

Yeah some putty here and there some more clean up . Preshadng how I miss these monogram kits. I got a mess of them in the stash

 

 .Nick

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    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Sunday, April 5, 2020 9:39 AM

Thanks Nick. Your Tweety looks almost ready for paint now.

 

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 crown r n7 on Sunday, April 5, 2020 8:42 AM

That's a neat little system. I've got the same one for some time it Does the job

 .Nick

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Posted by crown r n7 on Sunday, April 5, 2020 6:58 AM

Omar. The A4 is looking real good.

Stikpusher. The A7 is moving along nicely.

GM nice kit that F8.

up dated A37 pics.

 .Nick

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Posted by stikpusher on Friday, April 3, 2020 11:17 PM

Bill, when you’re out of Crusaders, you’re out of fighters.

 

John, very nice purchase. This should see you thru this crisis.

 

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 keavdog on Friday, April 3, 2020 10:35 PM

Back in business.  $96 shipped with an airbrush (which will go to my wife).  We'll see how this compares to CO2 (which I WILL go back to)... just can't imagine going 45 days without airbrushing anything

Thanks,

John

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Posted by GMorrison on Friday, April 3, 2020 9:00 PM

Afterburner:

Bang seat:

Intake and cockpit work:

Flight surfaces:

 
 

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

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Posted by GMorrison on Friday, April 3, 2020 8:58 PM

 
 

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

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  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Friday, April 3, 2020 6:56 PM

Another airbrushing session today... first masking off the flaps, ailerons, fin cap, radome, and rudder on the topsides, and protective masking over the front the pylons and in the intake. 

 

Marble base coat. Gunze Gull Gray 16440 w/their leveling thinner

 

 

Then a thinner coat misted on multiple times using the same color

 

 

Touch ups tomorrow...

 

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: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Friday, April 3, 2020 8:29 AM

keavdog

No moisture,  no noise, perfect pressure and pretty cheap to fill.  I've been using it for 20 years or so. 

 

How big of a tank do you use? How many projects will that last for on average? Where do you get it refilled, and for how much? I’ve always been curious about the CO2 tank method.

 

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: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Friday, April 3, 2020 8:27 AM

Very sharp looking cockpit Omar! 

 

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 oortiz10 on Friday, April 3, 2020 12:09 AM

Greeting FSM,

I'm here with an update on my Skyhawk. I got the cockpit done and the fuselage closed up. 

I used a resin seat with a scratched (wire) ejection handle. 

The kit's plastic has been used for various versions of the Skyhawk, so the E/F boxing has a bunch of parts that are specific to this model. The "modular" aspect of the kit leads to components that have to be carefully matched, but it also leads to some fit problems. You can see the fuselage looks a little rough, but that's because I was trying to clean up the seams as I went.

I also got the canopy and windscreen glued on, and the wings assembled. Here, the wings are just dry-fitted in place.

Their fit is pretty good. There are only a couple of small gaps at the very front of assembly, where the wing assembly meets the fuselage assembly behind the nose gear well. It shouldn't be too difficult to deal with.

So, that's what I've been able to accomplish. I still need to do some minor clean up on some of the seams. Nothing too bad. Hopefully I'll be able to get to paint soon.

Comments, questions, and criticisms are welcome. Stay healthy, stay clean, and stay indoors. Thanks for lookin'!

-O

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

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Posted by keavdog on Thursday, April 2, 2020 10:32 PM

No moisture,  no noise, perfect pressure and pretty cheap to fill.  I've been using it for 20 years or so. 

Thanks,

John

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Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, April 2, 2020 10:16 PM

I’m glad to hear that you have a compressor on the way. How does the CO2 work out for you? I presume that there is no moisture buildup in there so you do not need to worry about a moisture trap.

 

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 keavdog on Thursday, April 2, 2020 10:07 PM

That looks great Stik - may try that myself.  I had a compressor years ago but after converting to CO2 I never replaced it.  Called the local gas co here in town and no answer so I figure they are closed.  Amazon to the rescue.  I ordered a compressor with a small tank - I'll never give up on CO2 but there's no way I'm going weeks without painting!

Thanks,

John

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Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, April 2, 2020 10:02 PM

You do not have a compressor John? 

 

Today’s update- more airbrushing! 

 

First up, I decided to try a marble base coat of Tamiya Flat White on the lower surfaces and flying surfaces topsides.

 

 

 

then I lightly airbrushed on multiple coats of very thinned (2 parts thinner 1 part paint) Tamiya Gloss White over the base coat

 

 

 

not too bad...

 

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 1, 2020 10:58 PM

May not make the finish line.  The F-4J will sit with the F6F-5 (not for this build) as I've run out of  CO2...  I'll check here in town to see if they local gas co is open but...

 

Thanks,

John

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    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 6:29 PM

Today’s update: 

I finally set up my compressor and did some airbrushing! Woohoo!

 

I primed white in the intake using Tamiya White Liquid Surface Primer. That should give a nice vivid white in there

 

 

I airbrushed on a coat of Humbrol Enamel Flat Black on the canopy for the framing interior color

 

 

and lastly a coat of Tamiya Gray Liquid Surface Primer overall after masking off the intake and the exhaust.

 

 

 I’ll let that dry overnight, then tomorrow start on white for the control surfaces and undersides.

 

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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    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 6:03 PM

Oh, there are a couple of Tweets in progress here! Nice!

Greg, your Phantom looks great! But I might suggest another type of Sidewinder. Those look like Air Force J models and not Navy/Marine Corps D/G type.

 

Today’s progress update...

 

Canopy masked off with Tamiya tape, then installed. For the windscreen I am trying Humbrol Clearfix, which I accidentally picked up instead of their Liquid Poly on one of my last visits to Brookhurst Hobbies... must pay better attention to what I pick up... the hood I am attaching temporarily with Testors clear glue, as I am going to pose that open once completed

 

 

 

I had attached the landing light to the gear door yesterday. Today I foiled it up and masked off the lens

 

 

and lastly, another coat of white onto the Shrikes and Rockeyes

 

 

Tomorrow, set the airbrush up and time for primer...

 

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 crown r n7 on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 4:56 PM

wow awesome stuff fellas.

what is done with this mongram puzzel.

 .Nick

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Posted by crown r n7 on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 4:55 PM

wow awesome stuff fellas.

what is done with this mongram puzzel.

 .Nick

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  • From: Between LA and OC, SoCal
Posted by oortiz10 on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 3:25 PM

Hey gang,

I'm thinking about working on a couple of other projects alongside the Skyhawk. I found a couple of unfinished SR-71s at a garage sale.

It seems that all the parts are there to complete them...

...but they're started but in bad shape. There's an -A and a -B that need some love. I'm going to try to restore the -A for this GB.

My focus will be the Skyhawk, but I'll try to interject with the Blackbird when I can.

-O

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

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Posted by cbaltrin on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 12:29 PM

Boy I love me a big grey and white F-4. Looking good Greg!

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