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The 50 Shades of Gray Group Build!
Posted by Glamdring on Friday, February 21, 2020 8:47 PM

Alright guys, leave the romance books and fluffy hancuffs elsewhere, this build is dedicated exclusively to subjects whose primary color is a shade of GRAY.

Rules

-Start Date: 3/1/2020

-End Date: 3/1/2021 

-Crossovers will be allowed.

-Kit can be started, but only is progress is within the first couple steps of instructions

-As long as it is gray, subject matter can be a planes, tank, car, figure, sci-fi, what-if camo, etc.  A variety is encouraged!

-Kit can be OOB or packed with AM, your choice.

-Some progress photos are necessary.

-Not mandatory, but try to have fun!

 

If there are any questions about if a subject is allowed, feel free to ask for a ruling.  I promise to try and not to be picky.  For instance, a battleships with wood decks or a figure in a gray uniform will be allowed.  Bonus points if some one does the entire figure in grayscale.

I will try and put together an eye catching badge, but if there are any talented artists I'd be appreciative!

If this is a success, I see this being an annual build with a different color each year!

Completion Badge:

Robert

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Posted by Glamdring on Friday, February 21, 2020 8:48 PM

Roster and Completed Builds

Glamdring - TBD

tempestjohnny - 1/72 SAAB Gripen

stikpusher - 1/48 X-35

lewbud - 1/72 Revell/Germany F/A-18C 

lostagain - 1/350 Academy (Reuben James), as HMAS Melbourne

Bish 1/72 Airfix Harrier GR.9A

UnwaryPaladin - Accurate Miniatures Dauntless SBD-1

modelcrazy - TBD

Tomcat 1/72 Monogram Ef-111A

68gt -  1/72 Fujimi F-4D 

Theuns - 1/48 Academy F-4b

Crown r n7 - 1/48 Haseawa F-16C

Hutch6390 - 1/144 scale Revell Type VII C U-Boat 

Real G - Bandai Imperial Super Star Destroyer

Plasticjuunkie - 1/32 Revell F-14A

 

Robert

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Friday, February 21, 2020 8:50 PM
I'm in. 1/72 SAAB Gripen. Also I think the end date is 3/1/21 not 20

 

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Posted by Glamdring on Friday, February 21, 2020 8:53 PM

tempestjohnny
I'm in. 1/72 SAAB Gripen. Also I think the end date is 3/1/21 not 20
 

Good catch!  Yes it is for 1 year, not 1 day.  That would otherwise be cruel.  Big Smile

I'll add you, and welcome!

Robert

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Posted by stikpusher on Friday, February 21, 2020 9:04 PM

Sign me up for a 1/48 X-35.

 

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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Posted by lewbud on Friday, February 21, 2020 9:20 PM

Put me down for a 1/72 Revell/Germany F/A-18C in Canadian markings.

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

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Posted by lostagain on Saturday, February 22, 2020 1:31 AM

Shame, I was looking forward to the 24 hour challenge...

HMAS Melbourne, 1/350 Academy kit (Reuben James)

Don't have decals yet, but that's a minor detail...

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Posted by Bish on Saturday, February 22, 2020 8:51 AM

I'm in. Airfix 1/72nd Harrier GR.9A.

''I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so''

On the bench: Academy 1/35th Warrior FV511

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Posted by UnwaryPaladin on Saturday, February 22, 2020 9:01 AM

I'm in. Accurate Miniatures Dauntless SBD-1, Ewa Field, December 6 1941

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Posted by modelcrazy on Saturday, February 22, 2020 12:11 PM

I'm in with something.

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Posted by lewbud on Saturday, February 22, 2020 5:07 PM

Glamdring

 

 
tempestjohnny
I'm in. 1/72 SAAB Gripen. Also I think the end date is 3/1/21 not 20
 

 

 

Good catch!  Yes it is for 1 year, not 1 day.  That would otherwise be cruel.  Big Smile

I'll add you, and welcome!

 

Depends on the kit. A Tamiya 1/72 P-51D could definitely be started and finished within a day.

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

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Posted by Glamdring on Saturday, February 22, 2020 8:05 PM

Welcome all!  

Robert

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Posted by Glamdring on Saturday, February 22, 2020 8:06 PM

lewbud

 

 
Glamdring

 

 
tempestjohnny
I'm in. 1/72 SAAB Gripen. Also I think the end date is 3/1/21 not 20
 

 

 

Good catch!  Yes it is for 1 year, not 1 day.  That would otherwise be cruel.  Big Smile

I'll add you, and welcome!

 

 

 

Depends on the kit. A Tamiya 1/72 P-51D could definitely be started and finished within a day.

 

 

Yes, but finding an uninterrupted day for modeling would be the real accomplishment!

Robert

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Posted by Tomcat on Saturday, February 22, 2020 11:00 PM

I would like to join in. I have a Monogram 1/72 scale Ef-111A that I have been itching to build.

Mark aka Tomcat

On the workbench: Monogram 1/48 F5E Tiger II Aggressor; AMT Romulan Warbird;

Monogram 1/72 EF-111A Raven; Monogram 1/48 Me 262

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Posted by Glamdring on Monday, February 24, 2020 9:23 PM

Welcome Mark!

Robert

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Posted by 68GT on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 1:06 PM

I'm in, just have to remember which I was going to start with.

I can start with a Fujimi F-4D in 1/72 scale.  It's the 906TFG, 89 TFS 30th anniversary one.

On Ed's bench, ???

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Posted by Glamdring on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 8:03 PM

Got you added, welcome aboard!

Robert

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Posted by 68GT on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 6:31 PM

I'll probably start this one over the weekend so here is the unstarted kit.

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Posted by Glamdring on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 6:55 PM

That is exciting!  I love Phantoms.

Robert

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Posted by stikpusher on Sunday, May 10, 2020 2:14 PM

And I’m in!

So I bought this kit long ago while on deployment overseas. It was on clearance at our base PX.

 

 

I have held off building it for one reason or another. But with my recent move and seeing F-35s flyover and near my new home nearly every day I have developed a great fondness for this aircraft, and the urge to build one. I researched this kit and saw that it would be a huge project to make it into the production type. But with some minor tweaks, it is easily corrected into the flight test development prototype. So I raided another kit and obtained the long flight test nose instrumentation boom. And being an old So. Cal. native with personal and family connections to the aerospace industry there, as well as multiple visits to Edwards AFB, this project took root...

 

 

So I started this build yesterday, with the added impetus of trying out my recently acquired Micro Weld glue. (shameless self plug to read my review here) I started with the basic cockpit assembly yesterday. But I think that I’m going to dress it up a bit based off what little that I can see in photos of the X-35A and X-35B prototypes. Which are actually the same airframe, but after A flight test was complete, the aircraft was sent back to the plant for modification into the B configuration.

 

Anyways, here are the photos of my basic cockpit construction

 

 

And basic seat, which I’m going to modify

 

 

Stay tuned for more eventual updates...

 

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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Posted by 68GT on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 10:39 AM

I got started on the Phantom as well and they are box stock Fujimi cockpits.  I figured whats one Phantom is Phantastic then two Phantoms should be Phantabulous!

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Posted by UnwaryPaladin on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 1:06 PM

Nice start on the F-35 and Phantoms, good to see some activity on this GB. 

I haven't started mine yet, an SBD-1 in gray. The pre-war colors are tempting, so I'm thinking about switching projects for the GB. 

joe

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Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 11:22 PM

So today I spent a good bit of time starting improvements in the cockpit. I have found a few good reference photos, and while by no means all showing, they do reveal that the kit was bit fanciful in some details of the front office. Particularly on the IP and the ejection seat. They also left a big empty shelf on the area behind the seat which I will be filling up with stuff from my spares bins.

 

Basic seat

 

 

Seat (with fictitious side “horns” cut off) and IP

 

 

Beginning corrections to seat and IP

 

 

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 stikpusher on Saturday, May 16, 2020 3:23 PM

So my afternoon session at the bench yesterday was spent improving the kit ejection seat and cockpit rear shelf. I was able to track down the actual seat type used on the X-35, a variant of the SJU family, and based my updates to the seat on photos of those. I had to change the shape of the sidewalls, the head rest, and add quite a few little details.

 

 

 

 

 

I just need to add a harness now... I also added the prominent “black boxes” visible on the cockpit rear shelf along with some wiring...

 

 

And a test fit...

 

 

 

 some adjustments needed, one more item to add, then on to the IP...

 

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 Glamdring on Saturday, May 16, 2020 7:17 PM

Very nice guys!  Thanks for keeping up with the build.  The question is, which will get done first, you buildsor the GB badge!?!

I hope the badge!

Robert

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Posted by stikpusher on Monday, May 18, 2020 6:48 PM

That’s a good question Glam... it doesn’t worry me either way though...

 

Today’s update:

I added the last bit of detail to the cockpit rear wall that I was wanting put in, a noticeable pipe or conduit. That was made from an item in my spares bin.

 

 

Then I went to work on the IP. Now it at least resembles the real thing. I won’t claim that it replicates the IP...

 

 

And test fitting it all together

 

From the front

 

 

From the rear

 

 

 

All ready for paint now... and a harness that I am salvaging from my spares bin...

 

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 tempestjohnny on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 5:55 AM
Nice use of gizmology Stik

 

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Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 10:11 AM

tempestjohnny
Nice use of gizmology Stik
 

Thanks! If you cant make it, fake it 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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Posted by Glamdring on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 8:41 PM
Cockpit is looking great!

Robert

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Posted by Theuns on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 11:47 PM

Can I come play? I have a 1/48 Academy F-4b in USN scheme I started last night.

 

Theuns

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