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The 50 Shades of Gray Group Build!

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  • Member since
    February 2005
  • From: Nashotah, WI
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

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

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  • From: North East of England
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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  • From: the redlands Fl
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.

 

Nick.

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  • From: North East of England
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

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

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  • From: the redlands Fl
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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  • From: New Jersey
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.

On Ed's bench, ???

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

 

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  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
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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  • From: the redlands Fl
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..

 

Nick.

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    February 2005
  • From: Nashotah, WI
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!

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 Tuesday, July 7, 2020 8:06 AM

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

 

Nick.

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  • From: Central Florida
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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Too many models to build, not enough time in a lifetime!!

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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.

 

Nick.

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  • From: South west, PA
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.

Mark aka Tomcat

On the workbench: Monogram 1/48 F20 (in Aggressor colors); AMT Romulan Warbird; Monogram 1/48 Me 262

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  • From: Nashotah, WI
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

Robert

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

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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.

 

Nick.

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  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Thursday, July 9, 2020 10:34 PM

Thanks Robert. I’ll have something up soon.

 

crown

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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Too many models to build, not enough time in a lifetime!!

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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.....

 

Nick.

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    April 2010
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

Theuns

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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.

Mark aka Tomcat

On the workbench: Monogram 1/48 F20 (in Aggressor colors); AMT Romulan Warbird; Monogram 1/48 Me 262

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

Good progress there TC.

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Too many models to build, not enough time in a lifetime!!

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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 

 

Nick.

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  • From: Ohio (USA)
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?

Ben

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- 1/350 USS Alabama (GB) - DONE

 

 

 

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  • From: North East of England
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,

              Hutch.

 

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

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  • From: South west, PA
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.

Mark aka Tomcat

On the workbench: Monogram 1/48 F20 (in Aggressor colors); AMT Romulan Warbird; Monogram 1/48 Me 262

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    February 2005
  • From: Nashotah, WI
Posted by Glamdring on Friday, July 24, 2020 6:48 PM

Coming along nicely, guys!

Robert

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

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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!

Robert

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

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  • From: South west, PA
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.

Mark aka Tomcat

On the workbench: Monogram 1/48 F20 (in Aggressor colors); AMT Romulan Warbird; Monogram 1/48 Me 262

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  • From: North East of England
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.

                Hutch.

 

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

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