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  • Member since
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  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, January 7, 2021 10:25 PM

Thank you Robert. The X-35A is indeed simple and clean in its’ lines and appearance. It’s a bit of a shame that they did not give it a more colorful and typical prototype paint scheme. But then it would not have qualified for this GB Wink. The kit is made by Revell Germany. 

 

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: South west, PA
Posted by Tomcat on Thursday, January 7, 2021 11:22 PM

A couple of observations. First the builds shown here have been simply amazing. O, that B1 is incredible. I didn't realize how HUGE that sucker is, Wow. And Stick the F35 is incredible. That is some really outstanding work...by everyone.

Now onto my F15, albeit quite a bit less grandious. This little plane, for as simple as it is, (well its actually about one step up from a snap tite kit), has been a pain. Lots of fit problems and with that comes the filling, filing, sanding, priming..repeat. but its together and about ready or paint...

After some color (a shade of grey, Gunship grey that is) is on, I think it might not look so bad.

Mark aka Tomcat

On the workbench: Monogram 1/24 '69 Pontiac GTO; Monogram 1/48 UH-1C Huey Hog; and a Monogram 1/67 (box scale) B-26 Invader

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    April 2014
  • From: Australia
Posted by lostagain on Friday, January 8, 2021 3:42 AM

Stik, superb finish there, the X-35 looks an absolute treat. I like the clean look, really good.

Tomcat, looks like you have had a bit of a wrestle straightening out the 15, but it is looking good.

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Posted by TheMongoose on Friday, January 8, 2021 8:56 AM

Tomcat you get a special award when you finish that one. Are those ejector pin marks in the middle of the horizontal stabs? Egad!

In the pattern: a dual build of my KittyHawk F-5's.

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    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Friday, January 8, 2021 9:31 AM

Tomcat, that will look a lot better once you have a coat of paint on there to cover all of that seam work.

Lost, thank you. I’m just happy to have this one finally finished.

 

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 TheMongoose on Friday, January 8, 2021 5:20 PM

My new Viper came in yesterday... I broke a window :oops: and a new one was the most reliable way to get a clear sprue so i have something perfect for this build. Will have to build another Viper with the cracked screen, OHH DANG :rolleyes: I already have a paint scheme picked out. Now for progress on this one :punk:

Got a stencil for Christmas 

 


definitely like these!


next up will be the light ghost gray +10% black before the top coat.

In the pattern: a dual build of my KittyHawk F-5's.

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    February 2005
  • From: Nashotah, WI
Posted by Glamdring on Friday, January 8, 2021 7:18 PM

Coming along nicely Mark, it will look good with the gray coat on.

Mongoose - What is that stencil?  Certainly gives a nice effect!

Robert

"Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm." 

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Posted by TheMongoose on Friday, January 8, 2021 9:35 PM

Glamdring the brand is Freehand Airbrush Templates. Comes with 3 different patterns. I cut 1/4 pie from one sheet so i could get it up close enough to transfer the pattern when spraying.

All 1 color now :-)

 

 

 

https://themaddmongoose.smugmug.com/Marine-Skid-Zulu-s/i-RLdnPjR/A

 

 

 

Check out the graphics i did for this latest model...especially for rick & morty fans, I couldn’t have just plain hellfires :evil_laugh:

IMG_9714-338x450.jpg

 

In the pattern: a dual build of my KittyHawk F-5's.

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  • From: South west, PA
Posted by Tomcat on Friday, January 8, 2021 10:02 PM

TheMongoose

Tomcat you get a special award when you finish that one. Are those ejector pin marks in the middle of the horizontal stabs? Egad!

 

...Ahhhh yes, yes those are ejector pin marks. Thank you for pointing that out, I missed those. I guess its back to filling, filing, sanding....etc, etc. Embarrassed

Mark aka Tomcat

On the workbench: Monogram 1/24 '69 Pontiac GTO; Monogram 1/48 UH-1C Huey Hog; and a Monogram 1/67 (box scale) B-26 Invader

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  • From: Between LA and OC, SoCal
Posted by oortiz10 on Sunday, January 10, 2021 9:04 PM

Hey Grayers,

I haven't been in this thread for a while and boy, I've missed a lot! First of all, thanks for the pats on the back regarding the B-1. Much appreciated. I'm glad that thing is done. Second, there is some amazing work going on in here. There's been some great modeling going on since I finished my beast!

Well, I'm back with a proof of life. Just wanted to let you all know that the B-1 didn't kill me, although it came close. I still have my little "Stearman" in the works, and I have been able to make a little progress on it.

This is my first biplane and I figured, for the sake of expanding my skillset, I'd go ahead and rig it. In for a penny, in for a pound, eh?

So I started with drilling some holes for the rigging.

Once all the holes were drilled, or at least as many as I could plot, I got the main assembly slapped together and primed.

Since then, I've been able to spray the primary colors. I'm building this loosely based on a restored warbird, so the colors and marking won't be 100% accurate. The primary color is ADC gray with yellow.

Anyway, that's where things stand with this project. I have a couple of whirlybirds in the works for a couple of other GBs. I'll make sure I keep everyone posted on my progress.

Keep up the amazing work gang! Comments, questions, and criticisms welcome.

Cheers!

-O

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

  • Member since
    January 2015
Posted by TheMongoose on Sunday, January 10, 2021 11:07 PM

-O your paint looks really thin and smooth. Gonna be a good looking bird.

In the pattern: a dual build of my KittyHawk F-5's.

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    April 2014
  • From: Australia
Posted by lostagain on Monday, January 11, 2021 5:52 AM

Very nice paintwork O and very fine holes for the rigging.

And very normal sized too for a change.

The Melbourne is in a stage of getting a lot of the deck furniture made up. I made the vertical launch system, the big radome near the stern and the guidance system on top of the bridge.

I also have done a boat and crane. But I need two of these, so I am trying casting these.

First the masters:

For the boat and crane a two piece mould:

And some of the results are good and some are bad. The big ones work well, but the small ones are pretty crap due to me not being able to get the air bubbles out - especially the sextuple chaff launchers. 

So still working on the casting to get better results. Need four of the chaff launchers, and multiples of the other bits. So back to the casting...

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  • From: Nashotah, WI
Posted by Glamdring on Monday, January 11, 2021 6:04 PM

Interesting update, Lostagain!  I have never considered resin casting on a project. 

O, it is nice having a splash of color on these pages.

Robert

"Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm." 

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  • From: Australia
Posted by lostagain on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 12:02 AM

My real reason for casting is my scratch building is so poor I cannot make items consistently!

Oh and a not so interesting fact - about 15 years ago I bought a SH 60 B kit to do up as the RAN helo on Melbourne. But the kit was rubbish and I never made it. BUT I have just used the two intake covers back to back to make the radome for the Melbourne!

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    September 2014
Posted by rooster513 on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 7:19 AM
Great work all! I’ve been picking away at the Eagle and finally got the cockpit finished up. Ok detail in there, the seat are very nice for kit parts with molded in belts.
 
Seats all painted up and did some hairspray chipping on them. Biggest complaint I have is they sit way to high so I had to trim quite a bit off the bottom.
 
IP all done. I mixed up a dark purple (that’s what the color in the pictures looked to me) with some gloss for the screens. I’m pretty happy with how they turned out.
 
And here it is all together.

-Andy

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  • From: New Jersey
Posted by 68GT on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 9:26 AM

I'm going to have to cancel the 2nd F-4 and put it up on the shelf until I can find some deals I like. The kit decals were so off that the light gray just blended in and the dark gray looked green.

I'm going to have to cross build this Academy 1/72 A-10 from the CAS GB that I just started. I only have the cockpit assembled and basic painting done on it so far.

On Ed's bench, ???

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Posted by TheMongoose on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 9:26 PM

In the pattern: a dual build of my KittyHawk F-5's.

  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 9:47 PM

Still watching this from the sidelines and enjoying the show. Love those Hellfires!

 

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 Wednesday, January 13, 2021 3:35 PM

Hey there FSM,

I'm back with a little bit of progess to share. This build is coming along slowly, but I'm happy with where it's at.

So, when I last shared, I had the two main colors sprayed on. I've since added a fuselage band and some decals.

The band is Insignia Blue with the white "U" and "Y" masked and sprayed. You can also see that I started the rigging too.

The majority of the decalling is done. The tail surfaces and top wing are just dry-fitted for the sake of the pictures.

I still need to do some touch up to the vertical stabilizer and rudder. The decals didn't behave as well as I would have liked. Oh, and I accidentally snapped off the tail wheel, so I have to fix that. While paint on the tail dries, I'll work on rigging the main wings. That should be the next big chunk of progress to show.

I know that the markings aren't accurate, but I'm using a little artistic license based on an airshow bird. I like the way it's coming along, and that's all that matters.

Feel free to share your comments, questions and criticisms. As usual, they're always welcome.

Thanks for looking!

-O

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

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  • From: Nashville, TN area
Posted by bobbaily on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 6:29 PM

Been following the thread-a lot of great work being displayed.

I had primed & painted (airbrush & Tamiya acrylic)-not happy with results so the body went into the Amazing Green (I think-found it at Walmart) bath and started over, got the two tone painted and a coat of Future.

Results are a little better-still some imperfections but nothing that decals won't cover.

Hope to Bare Metal Foil (first time) some of the larger trim and use a chrome pen for the smaller details by the end of this weekend.

bob

 

  • Member since
    February 2005
  • From: Nashotah, WI
Posted by Glamdring on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 9:14 PM

Nice updates all!  The clock is certainly ticking, a little over a month and a half.  Funny how fast that year went, all things considered....time to start thinking abuout a new GB topic...

I made some very minor progress on the Freedom, assembled and painted the drone and the choppa:

The drone will be sit on the flight deck, and the Seahawk will poke out of the hanger bay.  I just need to clean up the seam that popped up after I painted it, the helicopter was molded in clear plastic.

It's down to these two things, affix the anchor, and then done!  I am just running into a shelf space issue for it...hence my delays.

Robert

"Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm." 

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  • From: Between LA and OC, SoCal
Posted by oortiz10 on Thursday, January 14, 2021 9:53 AM

Drat! I've encountered a minor setback, and it's all my own doing.

I was trying to touch up the vertical stabilizer and the striped decal (mostly) lifted off. Strange, because I didn't use tape for the sole purpose of avoiding this hiccup. I used Parafilm and the decal still came up! Never had that problem with Parafilm before, especially since it has no adhesive. Anyway, there are no pictures, but I'm in the process of stripping the fin. I'll repair it and instead of using a decal, I'll paint the on the stripes. 

See you soon!

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

  • Member since
    February 2003
  • From: Between LA and OC, SoCal
Posted by oortiz10 on Thursday, January 14, 2021 3:11 PM

Hey Robert,

I'd like to submit another candidate for this GB. Since crossovers are allowed, I'm wondering if I can submit my USMC AH-1J in gray Gulf War camo? I should be wrapping up my Stearman soon, so hopefully I can share my Cobra here too?

Let me know.

Thanks!

-O

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

  • Member since
    November 2003
  • From: Nashville, TN area
Posted by bobbaily on Friday, January 15, 2021 5:28 PM

Decals on with a bit of Solvaset-had a little silvering due to the less than smooth paint job.  Went for the early 60's lower class gasser look with contingency/sponsor decals to the extreme.

Read an article that recommends final clear coat before applying Bare Metal Foil-hope to apply clear coat tomorrow and then foil on Sunday-or use the chrome pen-always have a Plan B.

Still need to paint the engine, trim in the interior and dig thru the spare parts bin for some different wheels-not happy with the kit wheels.

bob

 

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Posted by TheMongoose on Friday, January 15, 2021 5:51 PM

Bob those decals pop right off the car against the gray, super! I see what you mean about the silvering, they look like they were thick decals. Try poking a small hole with the tip of the #11 and applying some solvaset over that If you want to try and get rid of it. 

In the pattern: a dual build of my KittyHawk F-5's.

  • Member since
    November 2003
  • From: Nashville, TN area
Posted by bobbaily on Friday, January 15, 2021 5:55 PM

Thank you Mongoose-usually Solveset will resolve the issue with an application-if not better in the am, I'll give your suggestion a shot.

bob

 

  • Member since
    February 2005
  • From: Nashotah, WI
Posted by Glamdring on Friday, January 15, 2021 8:48 PM

You bet, O.  Go for it!

Nice work Bob!  Glad to see the car moving forward.  Ba dum dump  Big Smile

Robert

"Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm." 

  • Member since
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  • From: New Jersey
Posted by 68GT on Saturday, January 16, 2021 4:30 PM

The Chevy is looking great!

I almost forgot some progress pictures of the A-10.

On Ed's bench, ???

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Posted by TheMongoose on Saturday, January 16, 2021 9:49 PM

68GT whose A-10 is that? I've been looking at which manufacturer has the best so looking forward to hearing how yours goes.

In the pattern: a dual build of my KittyHawk F-5's.

  • Member since
    February 2010
  • From: New Jersey
Posted by 68GT on Sunday, January 17, 2021 12:10 PM

It's the Academy kit in 1/72 scale with much better fit than the Revell kit. It's not bad but nothing like their A-37. The fit on the A-37 was so good I didnt use any filler.

On Ed's bench, ???

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