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

Roster and Completed Builds

Glamdring - 1/350 Trumpter USS Freedom

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. 1/72 Monogram Ef-111A

           #2.  1/72 Monogram F-15E Strike Eagle

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

bobbaily - AMT '51 Chevorlet Bel Air

oortiz10 - 1/48 Revell B-1

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.

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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: Revell 1/72nd Type VIIc U-Boat

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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 F20 (as a MIG 28, in Aggressor colors); 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.

On Ed's bench, ???

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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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Posted by crown r n7 on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 10:56 AM

Hi lotts of good builds. I'm in with a haseawa F-16C in 1/48.

 

Nick.

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Posted by Theuns on Friday, May 22, 2020 8:05 AM

This kit has nice detail but I dont like the tri-colour plastic. There are also some fiddly assembly in the wheelwells.

 

I dont kno why academy dint mold in throttles or suply a decal for the IP but in this size I think the painting wil be busy enough to look OK.

The seats are nice but I added the belts and chute harnass.

 IMG_20200522_115557 by Theunis van Vuuren, on Flickr

 IMG_20200522_115715 by Theunis van Vuuren, on Flickr

 

Theuns

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Posted by stikpusher on Saturday, May 23, 2020 12:28 AM

Glamdring
Cockpit is looking great!

Thanks Glam, I just need to get some paint in there now!

Nick, I can’t wait to see that F-16 get going here.

68 and Theuns, your Phantoms are both shaping up very nicely!

 

Today I skipped ahead a few steps to do something simple 

 

First up I added the weapons bays and wheel wells to the lower fuselage, as these are molded as separate parts

 

 

And then I added the weapons bays doors in the closed position. The X-35 had no weapons bays, so I need to fill and smooth the door lines to fair them into the airframe.

 

 

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 Theuns on Saturday, May 23, 2020 12:35 AM

Would the bottom speebrake just behnd the wheelwell on the F4b generally be in the open position? 

 

Theuns

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Posted by stikpusher on Saturday, May 23, 2020 12:46 AM

Theuns

Would the bottom speebrake just behnd the wheelwell on the F4b generally be in the open position? 

 

Theuns

 

I think that when they were parked on the ground and hydraulic pressure bled out of the system, those would drop down a bit

 

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 23, 2020 11:53 AM

Theuns and Crown, absolutely!  Welcome abord.  I have added you to the list.

Robert

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Posted by Glamdring on Saturday, May 23, 2020 12:54 PM
I finally finished the badge and uploaded to the first post. (Hopefully)

Robert

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Posted by crown r n7 on Saturday, May 23, 2020 12:58 PM

Theuns. the cockpit dose look great.

Stik. Thanks that X-35 looks real good.

Robert. out standing. thank you

lastest pics.

 

Nick.

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Posted by crown r n7 on Sunday, May 24, 2020 6:43 AM

latest pics.

 

Nick.

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Posted by stikpusher on Sunday, May 24, 2020 12:38 PM

Thanks Nick. Your F-16 cockpit is coming along very nicely! I’m surprised to see that the wings are molded separate from the fuselage, as in most F-16 kits.

 

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 Tomcat on Sunday, May 24, 2020 8:20 PM

I have been following this thread with a lot of interest. The talent level and attention to detail is nothing short of outstanding. I will be starting on my "Spark Vark" in a few weeks and I have to say I'm just a little bit intimidated by the all the great work shown here. None the less I will trudge on with my build and only hope to turn in something respectible. I guess time will tell.

Mark aka Tomcat

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Posted by lostagain on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 8:51 AM

 

Hi Stik, a lot of work going into the X-35 there. Nice detail additions in the cockpit.

 

68, Phar out, two F4s at once, good work. The cockpits are phull of detail.

 

Theuns, great start on your cockpit. Those seats have come up well with your added harness.

 

Nick, the F-16 is off to a great and fast start.
Tomcat, looking forward to the Spark Vark. Don't be intimidated by the skills on show, I'll bring the standard down for you!

 

HMAS Melbourne is a conversion of the USS Oliver Hazard Perry Academy kit. I am modelling it as late in its life, so there are quite a few modifications. The kit comes with PE railings all over. So the first thing is to fill in all the holes in the kit for the plastic railings. I got pretty good at stretching sprue by the end of this part.

 

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Posted by crown r n7 on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 7:27 PM

 

 

Tomcat. You give it your best shot and you fix the issues in the long run.

lostagain. many thanks, I dont know about fast.

I did some pratice on the engine nosel.

removed seam from canopy..

 

Nick.

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Posted by Theuns on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 1:15 AM

I got the basic airframe assembled. The intakes are going to give me hassles I see it now, the front and rear sections do not line up and I hve to either sand the front down or fill up and sand the rer section to match front, eiterway I will loose rivet and pannel detail so I will have to see what section will rescribe easiest.

 IMG_20200527_071104 by Theunis van Vuuren, on Flickr

 IMG_20200527_072209 by Theunis van Vuuren, on Flickr

The bottom joints also had gaps that I needed to fill with sprue. Hopefully this will result in a nice smooth joint after loads of sanding.

 

I cant figure out how all the other guys are building this model so easly without anny issues.....must be me that are causing issues then by trying to get the seams to perfect.

 

Nic I have found a noce idea to give a metal look to exhaust cans. After painting I rub a graphite pencil over it , it gives a nice worn metal tone to it.

Here it is on my f15

 Academy 1/48 F15 IDF by Theunis van Vuuren, on Flickr

 

Theuns

 
 
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Posted by crown r n7 on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 8:49 AM

Thank you for the tip!

 

Nick.

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Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 11:40 AM

Good idea Theuns. Those burner cans look good. Yes

 

Yesterday’s progress... I puttied the weapons bay seams, let it dry a few hours then sanded one side...

 

 

I’ll work on the other side today

 

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 stikpusher on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 4:54 PM

And much wet sanding later...

 

 

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 Wednesday, May 27, 2020 7:25 PM

Wow!  The work on these builds is great so far.  Keep it up all!

Robert

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Posted by crown r n7 on Thursday, June 11, 2020 7:07 AM

Stik. mucho sanding but its all good.

date pics on the F-16. I'm not using that engine nossel.

 

Nick.

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Posted by crown r n7 on Thursday, June 11, 2020 5:20 PM

sprayed top and bottom.

 

Nick.

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Posted by Glamdring on Friday, June 12, 2020 6:45 PM

Well done, Crown!

Robert

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Posted by Theuns on Saturday, June 13, 2020 12:40 AM

Njce paint on the F 16 :-)

I have hit a slump in building any modes the past few weeks, we are moving into winter and now it is hovering arround 1 to 5 dec C....not ideal for fine work and old hands. 

 

Theuns

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Posted by crown r n7 on Monday, June 15, 2020 8:25 PM

Robert. many thanks.

Theuns. Thank you the opposit is for me its June is hot and rains every afternoon. I hope you can cope with your hands with the cold temps.

The Valljo paint goes down well I had to thin it a bit more. I gave it a tamiya gloss clear coat them Two Bobs decals. The decal it self is very thin and grabs to the clear coat too hard. when the rains stop I'll seal the decals and start to weather. The sqd. is from our local base here in Homestead Fl. in 1989 they traded the F4 for F-16's now they are showing thier age.

 

Nick.

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Posted by Theuns on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 11:34 PM

Great looking F16

We are having temps here of arounf 2-7 degs C in the day time with wind and they are actually sayinbg we might have some light snow /sleet this week. This ony happens once maybe every 10 years or so. 

 

And people say the climate is not changing LOL

As for the F4. I have boxed it for a few weeks and started a small 1/72 ancient matchbox Wulrus to see if I can get some moejoe back and then try the F4 again.

 

 

Theuns

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Posted by crown r n7 on Sunday, June 21, 2020 6:30 AM

my latest pics after a light black wash and ready for flat clear and under wing hard points.

happy fathers day !!!! to all past, present and future!!!!!  Toast

 

Nick.

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Sunday, June 21, 2020 2:27 PM
Looks great Nick

 

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Posted by Theuns on Sunday, June 21, 2020 11:49 PM

the shading on the f16 is showing up nicely :-)

 

Theuns

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Posted by crown r n7 on Thursday, June 25, 2020 9:45 AM

Tempest and theuns. thank you. I'm likeing the black baseing more and then pannel wash .

my latest pics .

 

 

Nick.

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Posted by Glamdring on Thursday, June 25, 2020 8:37 PM

Wow, that jet looking great!

Robert

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Posted by Hutch6390 on Friday, June 26, 2020 11:25 AM

Hi Glamdring - am I too late?  I've recently acquired Revell's Type VII C U-Boat (1/144 scale), which is definitely several shades of grey.  I've never done a GB before - is it a case of posting a few photos of the build as you go along, and then a few of the final result, or is there more to it than that?  Please forgive my ignorance.

  Thanks,

           Hutch.

 

Vell, Zaphod's just zis guy, you know?

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Posted by Glamdring on Friday, June 26, 2020 7:23 PM

Hutch, absolutely, welcome to the build! I will add you to the roster.

This is my first time running a group build, so I am highly flexible one rules.  I'd say post a picture of the kit before and as you go about building, and then claim your badge when done!

Robert

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Posted by Hutch6390 on Saturday, June 27, 2020 5:31 AM

Glamdring
post a picture of the kit before and as you go about building

Great stuff, many thanks!  I've just put the hull halves together, hope this doesn't matter too much - I'll post some pictures soon (something else that's new to me).

            Hutch.

Vell, Zaphod's just zis guy, you know?

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Posted by crown r n7 on Saturday, June 27, 2020 6:11 AM

looking forward to those u-boat pis's.

latest up dated pic's need to load this bird and some small stuff to do.

 

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Posted by Hutch6390 on Saturday, June 27, 2020 10:43 AM

OK - here's where I am so far (no threat to any merchantmen yet!)

Will post more as things develop.

            Hutch

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Posted by crown r n7 on Sunday, June 28, 2020 7:09 AM

That is interesting

 

Nick.

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Posted by crown r n7 on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 3:34 PM

The F-16 is done some up dated pics of course its stormy out side,will post some out door pics when I can.

 

Nick.

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Posted by 68GT on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 7:31 AM

I've been pretty busy with work and things around the house so I've only got a little progress to show.

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Thursday, July 2, 2020 5:45 AM
Phantoms looking good

 

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Posted by Real G on Thursday, July 2, 2020 10:59 PM

Say, I'd like to join the GB if that is okay.

I recently started the Bandai mini-kit of the Imperial Super Star Destroyer (ISSD).  It assembled in under 30 minutes, but it was started after 3/1/20.  I figure this one is going to cross the finish line really soon, and I am desperate to get ONE GB completion.  Please please please please....?

I'll try to get another "legit" build in afterwards.  Promise.  Big Smile

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Posted by crown r n7 on Monday, July 6, 2020 9:35 AM

68GT. I really like the F4's.

RealG. If it was up to me I'd say yes  .finish up that puppy.

The F-16 of the 482nd FW Homestead AFB Florida 2003.

thank you all for watching and your comments..

 

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Posted by Glamdring on Monday, July 6, 2020 8:13 PM

Well done crown, looks like it is ready to soar right into that clear blue sky!  Any preference on a picture for the completed builds post?

 

Real G: Sure, why not?  Welcome aboard!

 

Looking forward to more progress on the Phantoms 68, the only thing better than a Phantom is two Phantoms!

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Posted by crown r n7 on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 8:06 AM

Thank you Robert . I like the 1st pic and thank you for hosting this GB.

 

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 1:00 PM

Please sign me up with a HUGE 1/32 Revell F-14A. Big Smile

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Posted by crown r n7 on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 5:56 PM

that is a beast of a kit. I seen one at orange blossom hobbies many years ago I think it was the tamiya kit any way it was  huge.

 

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Posted by Tomcat on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 7:38 PM

Diving in with this group build with a Monogram 1/72 EF-111A Raven...

Looking over the parts, all seems to be here...

Here is the paint codes for the "Shades of Gray" on this bird...

This looks to be interesting.

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Posted by Glamdring on Thursday, July 9, 2020 6:38 PM

crown r n7

Thank you Robert . I like the 1st pic and thank you for hosting this GB.

 

Glad you said that, the 1st one is my favorite.  Thanks for participating, and congrats on being the first one done.  Hope you will join in for next year's iteration...I'm thing 50 shades of green!

Got you added Plasticjunkie, welcome!

Good luck to you Tomcat!  The Raven should be interesting

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Posted by crown r n7 on Thursday, July 9, 2020 8:26 PM

I'm in with a lizzard camo something ? Or blue it's was a lot of fun thanks again.

TC that's a good looking F-111.

 

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Thursday, July 9, 2020 10:34 PM

Thanks Robert. I’ll have something up soon.

 

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What a blast from the past, Orange Blossom Hobbies! Hey do you remember the funny looking locomotive/airplane bomber contraption on display there?  I think a guy named Karl built it. He was an Eastern European MiG pilot that defected in the late 60s. 

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Posted by crown r n7 on Friday, July 10, 2020 6:29 AM

Yes I remember seeing it, but I didnt know the history behind it. That was a very busy show case with all those r/c planes and trains on the wall..... The F-14 in 1/32nd wow it will take me a few years to finish  lol.....

 

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Posted by Theuns on Sunday, July 12, 2020 5:06 AM

I got those rather illfitting intakes sorted out now and have 95% of the rescribing done.

 IMG_20200712_104618 by Theunis van Vuuren, on Flickr

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Posted by Tomcat on Monday, July 13, 2020 10:23 PM

Got some work done on the Raven this week. The lower forward fuselage is together...

 The cockpit is in:

It model is designed to be built from the inside to the outside, centered on the after landing gear bay...

With the most convoluted landing gear system I have ever seen...

I'll Install these toward the end. I don't want to damage them during the paint/decal process. Some of the sub assemblies are done.

Wheels...

Engines painted, ready to install...

And wings glued up ready to install...

 I need to address some seams, then the upper fuselage will be ready to be married to the lower half. With any luck It will be for paint by the weekend.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 4:38 PM

Good progress there TC.

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Posted by crown r n7 on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 5:51 PM

Theuns . You gotta love those intakes , looking good.

TC. That's moving along nicely 

 

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Posted by DRUMS01 on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 6:53 PM

Just wondering... I am already building the USS Arizona in the, "Ships of the American Flag" GB. I am building it to represent the early 1941 paint scheme, which will be many shades of gray. Currently I am over half way on the PE. Nothing is on the hull and the superstructure has not been built, only various PE sub-assemblies. Can I include it in this group build?

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Posted by Hutch6390 on Sunday, July 19, 2020 1:51 PM

Just a quick update on the Type VIIC - props & rudders fitted - 

Hull assembly completed - 

 

And primed - 

 

Conning tower construction started - 

 

And tried with a dry fit, just to see what it looked like - 

 

And it's starting to look like a U-Boat!

Going from the kit instructions (and a few on-line build videos) I had expected a fairly straightforward build but, apart from the hull halves, I've found flash and/or fairly prominent mould seams on almost all the parts.  Nothing that can't be dealt with, but very time-consuming, and requiring care with the smaller or thinner parts. Most of the parts fit very well, once cleaned up, but the AA guns are putting up a bit of a fight.  Still, if it was too easy it'd be boring!Big Smile

Next job is to finish the conning tower, prime it, & attach the deck fittings (also primed, of course!)

More to follow, hopefully in a week or so.

Stay safe,

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Posted by Tomcat on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 6:22 PM

Painting on the Raven has been started in earnest...

Underside first (Light Grey). some of the close in areas were brush painted so as to get good coverage deep in those recesses...

 The top side ready for paint (Dark Ghost Grey)...

Underside painted and masked for the topside coat...

After the Dark Ghost sprayed...

Some birds had their nose painted in a Gull? grey. I've added it here with something close...

I've taken some modelers license and added the gull color to the top of the tail...

After removing all the masking...

Ready for a gloss coat then decals.

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Posted by Glamdring on Friday, July 24, 2020 6:48 PM

Coming along nicely, guys!

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Posted by Glamdring on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 8:29 PM
I have finally decided on my build...after months of hemming and hawing. I will be submitting the 1/350 Trumpeter USS Freedom. Been sitting in the stash collecting dust since it was released, now is as good a time as any!

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Posted by Tomcat on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 11:38 PM

The decals are on the raven and the flat clear applied. I used the original kit decals. Seeing that I've had this kit for about oh 30 years, I figured they would be a pain in the you know where.....and they were...

All that's left to do is finish building out and installing the landing gear, unmask and clean up the canopy, install the engines and a little weathering.

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Posted by Hutch6390 on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 11:11 AM

Looking good, Mark - 30 year old decals and all!  I have to say I like your painting stand - I must pinch your idea and make one similar.  I have a contraption of like construction (coat-hanger wire & a wooden base), but it's an airbrush holder - these materials are versatile!  

Again, very nice work on the Raven.

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Posted by Glamdring on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 6:05 PM

Very nice, I like it!  It is amazing the decals held up after 3 decades.  I once had a 15 or 20 year NASCAR kit that had most of the decals shatter as soon as they touched water.

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Posted by Tomcat on Thursday, August 6, 2020 7:01 AM

Even though the decals were on the old side, they weren't in too bad a shape. The problem with them is they were so darn thick. Setting solution just made them wrinkle up. Fortunately, all the decals went on flat surfaces except for the two wingtip yellows. I just painted those on instead. The decal sheet was folded in half at one time. The crease split all of the stars/bars insignia decals. I put a coat of microsacle liquid decal film over those to try and keep them togther. However, all of them split apart, right down the middle. Luckily, I could butt them together into a single piece.

So after removing the cockpit canopy mask, I noticed the inside surface had some "frosting" on them. Not to mention my clumsy removal technique chipped away some of the paint ugh! 

After cleaning and polishing, the frosting was definately on the inside. So what do I do now? Touch up the paint and live with it? Or, do I remove the canopy to clean up the inside, all while risking damaging or breaking it?

What the heck, I am going to go for broke and will try to remove the canopy and fix it. I'm going to roll the dice and see what happens.

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Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, August 6, 2020 11:18 AM

What did you use to attach the canopy? Some glues are much easier to deal with in removing than others.

 

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Posted by Glamdring on Thursday, August 6, 2020 6:58 PM

A gambler....I love it.  Yes

Good luck with the canopy!

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Posted by Theuns on Monday, August 10, 2020 12:35 AM

After more filling,sanding and scribing I decided that its enough and I will have to live with this result.More work may cause more damage.

 IMG_20200712_104634 by Theunis van Vuuren, on Flickr

As for the exhaust area, this is the base metals - alclad alluminium,alclad pale burnt iron and model master bufing steel. I will use oils to further weather it after painting is complete as it is top uniform now.

 IMG_20200809_112802 by Theunis van Vuuren, on Flickr

The stabs I am happy with, I didnt want a sharp harsh diference in pannels but at the right angle it works.

 IMG_20200809_113118 by Theunis van Vuuren, on Flickr

 

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Posted by Glamdring on Monday, August 10, 2020 2:40 PM

I like the way that is looking Theuns!  Exhaust area looks great.

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Posted by Tomcat on Monday, August 10, 2020 5:18 PM

stikpusher

What did you use to attach the canopy? Some glues are much easier to deal with in removing than others.

 

 

Tamiya thin cement.

In retrospect I probably shouldn't have used the phrase "going for broke " when trying to remove cemented parts.  But, I was able to remove the canopy only breaking off a tiny corner.

Not a big deal really as I can clean the glass and repaint the canopy. After reattaching it, I can blend in the tiny break. I am Almost done with this. I should be posting some pictures tomorrow.

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Posted by Glamdring on Monday, August 10, 2020 7:37 PM

Sounds like a nice save Mark, looking forward to seeing it.

Took some time today for reviewing the build, and even though I have 3 other builds going right now I need to finish, did a little work on the Freedom.

Not looking foward to all these PE railings!

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Posted by Tomcat on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 4:00 PM

I've gotten the canopy fixed, the landing gear installed and she's ready to fly. Here is the cleaned up canopy. Well at it's as good as its going to get...

and now here she is all done...

After a few bumps along the way, I think it turned out OK, certainly not perfect but I'm OK with it. Thanks for looking and thanks for a fun group build.

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Posted by Glamdring on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 10:19 PM

Very impressive, Mark.  Congrats on a great build, and thanks for participating.  Any preferance on a picture for the roster?

Robert

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Posted by Tomcat on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 11:00 PM

How about the third or fourth from the bottom? I would also like to do another. How about a Monogram 1/72 F-15E Strike Eagle?

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Posted by Glamdring on Thursday, August 13, 2020 3:10 PM

Sure, go for it!  Roster has been updated.

I did a little on the Freedom, just enough to realize I have no  paint on hand for the modern US Navy.  So I had to order deck gray and haze gray from a local hobby supplier.

The bridge is complete, not too much to it, and I do not feel a need to add much more or clean up the sink marks, considering it is only seen through a line of small windows.   

And a subsection of the superstructure:

To be continued...

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Sunday, August 16, 2020 7:39 AM

Formal start on the Gripen. Ordnance 

 

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Sunday, August 16, 2020 9:39 PM

Don't want to leave anybody out so I will say fantastic work on all entries. TC great looking F-111. Beer

I finally started on this gargantuan beast comission that will be OOB (I hope). Here's where I'm at:

Got the wings and tanks together. Lots of sanding and glue used here.

Tires, seats and pit parts ready for paint. The molded detail is actually pretty good and will look better once paint goes on.

 

Forward fuselage is quite large

Is this big or what?

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Monday, August 17, 2020 5:12 AM
Geez Ernie your gonna need to stock up on paint.

 

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Monday, August 17, 2020 10:57 AM

tempestjohnny
Geez Ernie your gonna need to stock up on paint.
 

 

You are so right TJ but I think I have the solution for this HUGE thing. I happen to have a large bottle of Mission Models light gull gray that will be perfect for this project. It covers very well cause it is very opaque.

 

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Monday, August 17, 2020 3:07 PM

Well when putting the fuselage together. The area behind the cockpit was short shot on one side. Quick fix with some plastic card tamiya putty and surfacer 500

 

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Posted by Glamdring on Monday, August 17, 2020 6:46 PM

PJ: That Tomcat is a big mother, that's for sure!

Johnny: Can't wait to see more of the Grippen.  That jet always looks like a hot rod to me.

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Posted by Glamdring on Sunday, August 23, 2020 9:36 PM

Finally restocked on CA at the LHS so I could commence with the PE.  

This is just the beginning, maybe 1/6 of all the parts.  I decided to call it a night after I affixed one if the grills on the side of the ship backwards.  No way to remedy that, since it is now filled in with CA.   D'oh!

 

Have also been waiting for my paint order still, been going one two weeks and the order is still pending.  I sent an email yesterday to the owner, hopefully he responds tomorrow.  Heck, the guy lives 15 minutes from my house, I may offer to drive over and pick it up if he'd like, as long as he reimburses the shipping fee....

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Posted by Theuns on Sunday, August 23, 2020 11:38 PM

My F4 had not been toutched for the last few weeks, I had to put it in the box to keep the dust off it. I am ready to shade and start painting however I got some small contracts to do now and after nearly 4 months of no income work now takes preference over any play time LOL

 

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Posted by Glamdring on Monday, August 24, 2020 6:40 PM

No worries, Theuns.  Making ends meet should always come first!

I think there is an all around modeling slowdown for everyone this time of year, even with the current limitations on societal activity.

Robert

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Posted by stikpusher on Monday, August 24, 2020 7:21 PM

Tomcat, your Raven/Sparkvark came out great!

TJ, the Gripen is coming long great. Such a good looking design!

PJ, that is gonna be one big kitty! 

As for me, over the weekend I pulled this one off of the sidelines and resumed work with painting in the cockpit.

 

 

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Posted by TheMongoose on Thursday, August 27, 2020 2:33 PM

Some seriously nice builds here!
Stik love the wiring detail in your pit.

pj's F-14 will be interesting to watch as I've got one in the stash.

crown's F-16 FL ANG was beautiful. I took note of a few unique colors in that black basing pattern.

tomcat's F-111 is a rarely seen bird , did that kit justice.

In the pattern: TIRPITZ, the Tamiya 1/350th version & Werner Voss' Fokker F.1. And another Tamiya 1/350 King Geoorge V!

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Posted by 68GT on Friday, August 28, 2020 9:40 AM

Those Monogram kits still come out great if you show them a little love. Here is a EF-111 and a pair of Strike Eagles I did in 1/72 scale a while back.

 

 

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Posted by Theuns on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 9:51 AM

I got the grey on, wanted a faded warn look. Still need to do the grey on the intakes

 IMG_20200901_160645 by Theunis van Vuuren, on Flickr

 

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Posted by Glamdring on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 5:41 PM

Looks like a real gem there!

My paint order finally arrived earlier this week, so I did some priming after all the PE panels were affixed and initial painting of the decks.  

The superstructure assemblies have not been glued yet, I just mocked up for the photo.  Still a ways to go, but she's getting there!

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Friday, September 4, 2020 9:00 PM

Great job on the builds gents! I have the basic colors on the ip’s and the rest of the pit and seats.

Will let the silver paint dry on the ip screens so the Tamiya clear green paint can then be applied over it. This produces a great effect. Still a ton of details to be painted specially on the seats. 

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Saturday, September 5, 2020 2:55 PM

 

Updated work on the IP’s and pit.

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Posted by Glamdring on Saturday, September 5, 2020 7:36 PM

Wow!  Those screens do have a nice effect.  Great detailing on all the panels.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Saturday, September 5, 2020 8:52 PM

Glamdring

Wow!  Those screens do have a nice effect.  Great detailing on all the panels.

 

Yes

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Posted by Theuns on Sunday, September 6, 2020 9:20 AM

I have been been decaling foe a few hours and te decal seet on the F4 stil seems as full as when I started ! Atleast they seem to be conforming will to te surface.

 

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Posted by Hutch6390 on Sunday, September 6, 2020 12:58 PM

Glamdring
I finally finished the badge and uploaded to the first post. (Hopefully)

Hi Glamdring, the badge looks good to me - covers it allSmile

Apologies for the temporary absence, just due to Stuff Getting In The Way.  I got some bench time in this afternoon, working on the U-Boat's conning tower, mostly spent cleaning up flash & mould seams - the railings around the gun platforms took ages!  I also got a few bits stuck on, should be ready to get some primer on this soon, bringing it into line with the hull assembly.  I think I'll keep these assemblies separate for painting, at least up to the weathering stage.  No photos at the moment, having some camera problems (damp flash-powder, cracked plates, you know how it is...)

      Stay safe,

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Posted by bobbaily on Sunday, September 6, 2020 6:31 PM

Glamdring-I'd like to join this GB-subject will be an AMT '51 Chevorlet Bel Air-did some research and found that this car was available in two tone gray.  Got started today-some cleanup and primed-will post some pics tomorrow.

Thanks

Bob

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Posted by bobbaily on Sunday, September 6, 2020 6:58 PM

took a minute and transfered pics-

51 chevy

I'm planning something close to the Shadow Gray roof & Thistle Gray lower...after about 10 years of abuse.....

 

 

 

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Posted by PFJN on Sunday, September 6, 2020 7:14 PM

Hi,

I'm looking forward to seeing your car build. 

Pat

PS. I luv late 40s/early 50s cars and own a 51 Buick in White over Gray (see my avatar).  I've always been a bit bummed that I couldn't find a 51 Buick model anywhere and tried to convert a 51 Bel Air model awhile ago, but never got too far.

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Posted by bobbaily on Sunday, September 6, 2020 7:25 PM

Thanks Pat-I would image that there were a lot of common parts in the same GM platform but just enough different ones to justify the difference in pricing.  Would love to see some pics of your Buick-my grandparents had an early 50's Chevy and I can still remember the texture of the interior...good memories

I'm going for a early '60's gasser-this will give me some liberty on the build-I find myself getting too hung up on details to try to replicate a stock vehicle.

 

 

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Posted by Glamdring on Monday, September 7, 2020 2:04 PM

Hutch, that's ok!  Still plenty of time left to build.

Bob - Absolutely, welcome on!  Glad to see a different genre on the roster.  My uncle used to have a restored Bel Air.  He unfortunately sold it some years back I believe.

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Posted by 68GT on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 3:56 PM
That 51 sounds like a cool build. Looking forward to seeing more pics.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 11:19 PM

Moving along with this kitty. I punched out some discs to block the hollow Phoenix missile engine nozzles


Looks a lot better now

 The missiles are huge

Got the missiles, landing gears and chin pod assembled but they have lots of nasty seam marks that have to be cleaned up. I will be doing a 2-2-2 load on this one. Both 54’s still have to be glued up.

Also got the forward fuselage assembled

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Posted by crown r n7 on Thursday, September 10, 2020 6:14 AM

really nice detailing. What is going to bond all that plastic ? 

 

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Thursday, September 10, 2020 7:23 AM

crown r n7

really nice detailing. What is going to bond all that plastic ? 

 

Thanks crown. I use Plast I Weld using a Touch n Flow applicator which melts the plastic leaving a small ridge between parts when squeezed together eliminating the use of putty many times. I sand the ridge smooth leaving no visible join line.

 

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Posted by Glamdring on Thursday, September 10, 2020 5:48 PM

That missile is larger than some tanks I have built!  A bit of an odd design choice that the manufacturer left the tail end as just a gaping hole.

 How has the fit been so far?

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Thursday, September 10, 2020 6:30 PM

Glamdring

That missile is larger than some tanks I have built!  A bit of an odd design choice that the manufacturer left the tail end as just a gaping hole.

 How has the fit been so far? 

Yes I agree, a simple plug is enough to block the hollow look in the missile.

The fit so  far has been ok for the most part. The Plast I Weld really helps close up seams very well. The forward to rear fuselage fit Gad an issue during preliminary fitting that Zi took care with plastic sprue spreaders to make the join area even. I will post a picture of the fix when I get home.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Saturday, September 12, 2020 11:58 AM

The front to rear fuselage fit was not working out too well so I used the same method I used on the the 1/48 Hasegawa kitties that have the same fit issue and solved with the use of spreader bars made from the kit’s sprues.

Now the sides line up for the gluing stage

These 54’s are just a tad large 

The disc I punched out closes the hollow cavity in the nozzle

I hollowed out the molded light in the nose gear so I can make a more realistic light. 

I have to think on this one.

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Posted by 68GT on Saturday, September 12, 2020 12:09 PM

Had a bit of a set beck with one of my Phantoms.  Or 1 year old rescue pup decided to use it as a chew toy.

 

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Saturday, September 12, 2020 12:14 PM

68GT

Had a bit of a set beck with one of my Phantoms.  Or 1 year old rescue pup decided to use it as a chew toy.

 

 

OUCH!! Hate when that happens! Can you say battle damage?

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Posted by Glamdring on Sunday, September 13, 2020 10:58 AM

Yikes!  Well, it's now confirmed that models do not make good chew toys.

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Posted by 68GT on Monday, September 14, 2020 6:24 AM
Yeah, I think the F-4D is going to the shelf of doom for a while. At least the F-4C was untouched.

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Posted by Glamdring on Monday, September 14, 2020 7:27 PM

Made some progress on the boat launch deck over the weekend:

Robert

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 11:29 PM

The gluing has to be done by small sections to help reduce the gaps. The rear fuselage was not a real problem but the front is a different story. I glued the spine first and it has a good fit but the underside has gaping spaces as you can see in the pictures. 

The solution: use my oversized long clamp to close up the gap as much as possible while sandwiching thin plastic sheet to fill and secure with Plast I Weld. Now to let it cure overnight and then release the clamps and continue gluing the side gaps. 

 

 

 The smaller clamps close up  the side gaps giving a smooth transition along the join line.

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Posted by Hutch6390 on Thursday, September 17, 2020 5:21 AM

That's a good way to deal with those gaps - top tip!  And that kit is a monster - I've got clamps that big, but they're in my woodworking shop!  Lovely work so far, I look forward to seeing the end result.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Thursday, September 17, 2020 6:28 AM

Hutch6390

That's a good way to deal with those gaps - top tip!  And that kit is a monster - I've got clamps that big, but they're in my woodworking shop!  Lovely work so far, I look forward to seeing the end result.

 

Thanks Hutch. That large clamp is also from my woodworking tools. Like Norm Abram says, “You can never have enough clamps”;so I have several all in different sizes.

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Posted by Glamdring on Thursday, September 17, 2020 8:55 PM

That 2nd picture from the bottom really shows the size of that model, what a monster!  Well done on the gap filling solution.

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Friday, September 18, 2020 6:06 AM
PJ I remember building this monster as a kid. You are doing this beasty justice

 

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Posted by RoryConley on Friday, September 18, 2020 8:03 AM

Great stuff, Thanks a lot!

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Friday, September 18, 2020 7:03 PM

Thanks guys!

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Posted by 68GT on Sunday, September 20, 2020 10:02 AM

I managed to get some painting done on the survivor while everyone was still asleep.

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Posted by crown r n7 on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:56 AM

nice camo, did you use AV or MM ?

 

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Posted by 68GT on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 2:09 PM
I figured I would give the AV a try. I'm not much of an acrylic guy but the MM is slowly disappearing. It's a shame since they had a great line there and it was very forgiving & durable.

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Posted by crown r n7 on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 3:04 PM

I thought the same thing last year, but when I get though the Learning curve of acrylics its a lot easier to clean and strip paint . The paint does go on smooth,  I add a drop or two of acrylic thinner but that's just me .

 

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Posted by Glamdring on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 5:41 PM

Looking good, can't wait to see the markings on that Phantom.

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Posted by Glamdring on Thursday, September 24, 2020 5:15 PM

I have the anti fouling red laid down and the haze gray on the side of the hull.  Had some seeping issues with my masking tape, I think it will be covered by the waterline anyway so no biggie.  I will be getting a better roll to tape before tackling that!  

Sorry It is two shots, decluttering my desk for the wide shot seemed like a bridge too far last night.  

Robert

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Posted by Hutch6390 on Saturday, September 26, 2020 8:51 AM

Type VIIC U-Boat, here are a few pics to update my progress.  Hull construction is complete, apart from a few small details (handrails etc.), likewise the conning tower.  Painting has commenced, main hull colour is Revell Staubgrau (dust grey), hull sides & conning tower Blaugrau (blue grey), wooden deck surfaces Granitgrau (granite grey).  I'm fixing a problem with the conning tower caused by sanding when the Vallejo primer underneath hadn't dried properly, will update again when this is done.

https://ibb.co/DChFTns https://ibb.co/NyBMQG5 https://ibb.co/BTHMhZG https://ibb.co/XLMt77V

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Posted by Glamdring on Saturday, September 26, 2020 7:44 PM

That certainly flew together, well done Hutch!

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Monday, September 28, 2020 10:47 PM

 

Well done gents.

Some progress on the huge cat. Got the added stiffeners and extra details on

The canvas dash covers were made from tissue paper and Elmer’s glue then painted

Next stop, paint

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Saturday, October 3, 2020 10:43 PM

 Did some work on the seats. Trying to stay OOB as possible so no extra detailing on the seats since the molded ones are ok. Did some dry rushing to pop things and sliced some thin masking tape pieces to mask the face curtain handles and sprayed yellow paint. The larger scale makes this detail easier to do.

They look very good in the pit

I can’t get over how well the molded instruments were done by Revell yet having a very low price tag compared to the Tamiya one.

The entire airframe is finally painted in gloss gull gray. The Mission Model paint went on kind of orange peeled but self levels to a smooth even finish. Was very pleased how it performed and can be polished with an old soft cotton t shirt for even smoother finish.

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Posted by Bish on Sunday, October 4, 2020 5:57 AM

The is one of 2 Harriers i am building while taking a break from the 1/72nd U-Boat.

I'll be adding a resin cockpit as wel as resin exhauts and intakes. First task was to fit the side to the pit and get all the pit parts painted.

With the detail painting done the pit was fited into the nose which was then fitted to the main body of the fuselage.

Then got the kit fitted. There is a large gap behind the cockpit, but thats a resin piece so can't blame that on the kit. In general the fit has been very good.

More soon.

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Posted by Theuns on Sunday, October 4, 2020 11:11 AM

Tat is a good looking Harrier :-)

 

I have done 4 of 1/5 hour sessions of decaling on my F4 and am about 75% done....there are ALLOT of stenling to put on. The shark mouth on the radome took allot of heat and effotr to conform but looks OK.

 

For some treason my cell phone does not want to comunicate with my laptop anymore so I cant load pix, as soon as I figure out how to do this I will post some

 

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Posted by Bish on Sunday, October 4, 2020 1:19 PM

Thanks Theuns. I need to go through the GB and catch up on what everyone else has done.

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Posted by Glamdring on Monday, October 5, 2020 6:20 PM

Well done on Harrier, Bish.  Looking forward to more!

That Tomcat cockpit looks great Plasticjunkie!  I am amazed it is a Revell.  How much gray did it end up taking to coat it?

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Monday, October 5, 2020 9:44 PM

Glamdring

That Tomcat cockpit looks great Plasticjunkie!  I am amazed it is a Revell.  How much gray did it end up taking to coat it?

 

Thanks. I used about half bottle of Mission Model Gloss gull gray and it’s a fairly large bottle.

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Posted by Theuns on Saturday, October 10, 2020 1:40 AM

Mostly done with the decals

 IMG_20201004_170443 by Theunis van Vuuren, on Flickr

 IMG_20201004_170517 by Theunis van Vuuren, on Flickr

 IMG_20201004_170620 by Theunis van Vuuren, on Flickr

 

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Posted by Hutch6390 on Saturday, October 10, 2020 6:28 AM

That looks like a lot of decals, Theuns, and a good-looking Phantom.

The Harrier's looking good, too, Bish - a possible candidate for me for next year's CAS GB.

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Posted by Glamdring on Sunday, October 11, 2020 8:51 PM

You did not disappoint Theuns, great job!  Did the mouth decal cause any settling issues?

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Posted by Bish on Monday, October 12, 2020 2:20 PM

The Harrier is now ready for priming and painting, just got to mask off the canopy and intakes.

The various doors and hatches will be painted off the kit.

While its in the paint shops, i will start on a weapons loader.

 

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Posted by Glamdring on Monday, October 12, 2020 8:14 PM

Yery nice Bish!

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Monday, October 12, 2020 11:11 PM

The markings

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Monday, October 12, 2020 11:21 PM

This freaking site is pissing me off. Now for some reason I can only load one picture per post.

The gears got an oil wash to pop details

Geez, now it’s letting me post multiple pictures! I don’t get it.

I drilled out the molded light, used foil for the reflector and a metal pin head for the bulb then poured 5 minute epoxy for the lens.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Monday, October 12, 2020 11:25 PM

The weapons were hand striped and stencils applied

Started decal application 

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Posted by Theuns on Monday, October 12, 2020 11:47 PM

Sorry for the late reply, had trouble logging in again :-(

I used a hairdrier to heat that mouth decal to conform, no other way to get it around the nose without wrinkles.

 

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Posted by Bish on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 2:52 AM

Thanks Robert.

Some very nice work on thos gear legs and weapons PJ. I like the scheme you have gone for.

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Posted by Glamdring on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 8:08 PM

That is mighty fine work PlasticJunkie.  The side shot of the decals had me thinking I was looking at the real deal!

I like that idea for the light, I will have to file that away for future use.

Robert

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 1:55 PM

Thanks Bish and Robert. One thing though, unless a primer is used Mission Model will scratch easily. I used Alclad grey primer on some areas and the paint held up fine. Tamiya paint will not scratch like MM on bare plastic.

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Posted by oortiz10 on Thursday, October 15, 2020 6:33 PM

Hmm...This one sounds kinda fun. These GBs help me stay focused and get projects done. I have a few subjects in my stash that would qualify...

Hey Robert, pencil me in. I'm not sure what I'll contribute yet, but I'll post my subject as soon as I decide. 

Thanks!

-O

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Posted by Glamdring on Friday, October 16, 2020 8:21 PM

You got it Ootiz, welcome aboard!

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Posted by Glamdring on Sunday, October 18, 2020 9:56 PM

Finished up assembly on the boat bay, it will be mostly hidden after the deck is affixed to the hull.  I'll sweep off the desk to get rid of the dust beforehand though!

Also started affixing the PE bits and radar domes.  I am not digging the PE at all, and I haven't even touched the smallest stuff yet!

Robert

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Posted by oortiz10 on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 7:13 PM

OK gang,

I've decided what I'm jumping in with...

My wife loves to go to thrift stores, yard sales, and flea markets. A few years ago, she ran across a yard sale that was selling a few old kits. She's been with me long enough to know that I build US WW2 and post-war stuff in 1/48. She saw this beast and called to ask if she should buy it for me. If I remember correctly, I think she paid about $15 dollars for it. 

The box is in bad shape, you can see from the picture that it's been taped together. The parts are loose in the box, and I'm not even sure it's all there. (I'll be doing a parts inventory soon.) Also, I have found that a small assembly has been started. ONE main landing gear. Mostly, the kit's unassembled.

So, what kit am I going to be building? (I can't believe I'm saying this...)

Revell's 1/48 B-1.

I know this thing's a monster. I know it's inaccurate. I know its fit is terrible and it needs a lot of man-handling. What I don't know is if I'll get it done by the deadline. 

My plan is to build it OOB and cover it in the early green and 2 grey scheme. That way it qualifies for the mostly grey theme. 

Alright, now that I've decided on a subject, I have to find the courage to get it started. Wish me luck!

*sigh*

-O

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Posted by TheMongoose on Thursday, October 22, 2020 2:41 PM

plasticjunkie that big cat is looking cool. Love watching that one come together. 

 

-O you're gonna win a special award if you complete that one! have not seen one built so I look forward to it!

In the pattern: TIRPITZ, the Tamiya 1/350th version & Werner Voss' Fokker F.1. And another Tamiya 1/350 King Geoorge V!

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Posted by Glamdring on Thursday, October 22, 2020 7:24 PM

Got you down O, good luck!  The rest of us will enjoy seeing your build.  Yes

Robert

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Posted by Glamdring on Thursday, October 22, 2020 9:45 PM

Moved on to what I foresaw as the most tedious part of the build, these small PE disks, tie downs on the flight deck I believe. I debated skipping them, because I think the detail will be covered by paint and the CA seeping up anyway.  Oh well.

An hour and a half later, 22 of them are installed.  There are 127 to go if my count is right.  Sigh.

Good news only 1 has disappeared so far, thankfully Trumpter gave me 20+ spares!

Robert

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Posted by Hutch6390 on Friday, October 23, 2020 2:03 AM

Keep going, the level of detail is amazing!

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