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The 50 Shades of Gray Group Build!

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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.

 

Theuns

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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,

            Hutch.

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

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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

bob

 

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  • From: Nashville, TN area
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.....

 

 

 

bob

 

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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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  • From: Nashville, TN area
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.

 

 

bob

 

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  • From: Nashotah, WI
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.

Robert

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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.

On Ed's bench, ???

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

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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 ? 

 

Nick.

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

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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?

Robert

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

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

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

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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.

 

On Ed's bench, ???

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

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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.

Robert

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

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

Robert

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

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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 ?

 

Nick.

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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 .

 

Nick.

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