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The 50 Shades of Gray Group Build!

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  • Member since
    August 2015
  • From: the redlands Fl
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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    April 2010
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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  • From: Sonora Desert
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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    April 2010
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

  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
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

 

  • Member since
    February 2005
  • From: Nashotah, WI
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

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

  • Member since
    February 2005
  • From: Nashotah, WI
Posted by Glamdring on Saturday, May 23, 2020 12:54 PM
I finally finished the badge and uploaded to the first post. (Hopefully)

Robert

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

  • Member since
    August 2015
  • From: the redlands Fl
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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    August 2015
  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Sunday, May 24, 2020 6:43 AM

latest pics.

 

Nick.

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    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
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

 

  • Member since
    April 2019
  • From: South west, PA
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

On the workbench: Monogram 1/48 F20 (as a MIG 28, in Aggressor colors); Monogram 1/48 Me 262

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    April 2014
  • From: Australia
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.

 

 https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4740/39804623811_9d42f5cfc1_m.jpg

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  • From: the redlands Fl
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.

  • Member since
    April 2010
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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  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 8:49 AM

Thank you for the tip!

 

Nick.

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    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
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

LSM

 

  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
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

 

  • Member since
    February 2005
  • From: Nashotah, WI
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

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

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    August 2015
  • From: the redlands Fl
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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    August 2015
  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Thursday, June 11, 2020 5:20 PM

sprayed top and bottom.

 

Nick.

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    February 2005
  • From: Nashotah, WI
Posted by Glamdring on Friday, June 12, 2020 6:45 PM

Well done, Crown!

Robert

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

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    April 2010
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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    August 2015
  • From: the redlands Fl
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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    April 2010
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

  • Member since
    August 2015
  • From: the redlands Fl
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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    November 2003
  • From: Naples, FL
Posted by tempestjohnny on Sunday, June 21, 2020 2:27 PM
Looks great Nick

 

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    April 2010
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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    August 2015
  • From: the redlands Fl
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.

  • Member since
    February 2005
  • From: Nashotah, WI
Posted by Glamdring on Thursday, June 25, 2020 8:37 PM

Wow, that jet looking great!

Robert

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

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    May 2020
  • From: North East of England
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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