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The 50 Shades of Gray Group Build!

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  • Member since
    February 2010
  • From: New Jersey
Posted by 68GT on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 8:31 PM
Thats fine Robert

On Ed's bench, ???

  

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  • From: Nashotah, WI
Posted by Glamdring on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 6:50 PM

Nice work on the Warthog, glad you finished it off!  Want me to add the first picture to the finished log?

Robert

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

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  • From: New Jersey
Posted by 68GT on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 4:33 PM

Well it's a little late but I finally wrapped up the A-10. Not sure what will become of the 2 Phantoms but I think the one that the dog ate is toast.

On Ed's bench, ???

  

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  • From: Nashotah, WI
Posted by Glamdring on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 9:30 PM

Really ooking forward to the completion, it is one of my favorite aircraft ever since playing Silent Thunder way back when on my old Windows 95 PC.   (An A10 simulator game)

Too bad the Revelogram 1/48 kit swore me off of building one ever since.

Finally got some bright sun for a completion picture, never mind the chicken coop in the background.  It  was too cold for proper sheet placement!

Robert

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

  • Member since
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  • From: Nashville, TN area
Posted by bobbaily on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 6:21 PM

68GT

 

 
bobbaily

68GT-the A-10 looks good-what kit & scale is your A-10?  I'll be following closely.

 

 

 

Its the 1/72 Academy kit.  It's not as good as their A-37 kit but much better than the Monogram/Revell kit.

 

Thank you-it will get added to my Hobby Lobby 40% wish list.

bob

 

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  • From: New Jersey
Posted by 68GT on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 2:10 PM

bobbaily

68GT-the A-10 looks good-what kit & scale is your A-10?  I'll be following closely.

 

Its the 1/72 Academy kit.  It's not as good as their A-37 kit but much better than the Monogram/Revell kit.

On Ed's bench, ???

  

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  • From: Australia
Posted by lostagain on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 12:54 AM

Thanks for the kind words everyone, it was great to be part of the GB.

Robert, the first photo please.

68, that does look better!

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    November 2003
  • From: Nashville, TN area
Posted by bobbaily on Monday, March 1, 2021 7:29 PM

Thank you Lostagain-and your Melbourne is really impressive-great job.

68GT-the A-10 looks good-what kit & scale is your A-10?  I'll be following closely.

Robert-Thank you-either of the full side views are good for me.  Looking forward to your second GB!

bob

 

  • Member since
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  • From: Nashotah, WI
Posted by Glamdring on Monday, March 1, 2021 6:07 PM

Bob, love the car, it turned out very great!  Thanks for joining and sharing it!  Any preference for the gallery?

Lostagain, that ship is fantastic.  All that resin casting you did took it to the next level.  Thanks for sharing it!  Do you have a photo preference?  

68GT, agree with you, decal version 2 is the way to go.  The Warthog is really turning out well!

It's been a fun ride and thanks to all who made my first GB into a successful one!

Robert

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

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  • From: New Jersey
Posted by 68GT on Monday, March 1, 2021 3:28 PM

This is looking much better.

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Posted by TheMongoose on Monday, March 1, 2021 6:48 AM

68GT I agree, decals look too light. I bet they're close to the same color as your paint after looking at your postimg ones.

lostagain I love the Melbourne. PE was just the right add for it. Great finish.

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, March 1, 2021 2:15 AM

68, you might be right - I needed a double take to locate them...

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  • From: Australia
Posted by lostagain on Monday, March 1, 2021 12:15 AM

 

 
Bob, great work on the Chevy, she looks really good, and very pumped. Sounds like some major surgery hidden under the hood!

 

Robert, the Freedom has come together really well, she looks very tidy and well detailed. The drone is cute!

 

Melbourne is done. Despite all the difficulties I made for myself, I am pretty happy with how she came out, including the scratch building and casting – still a lot to learn there too. One thing I didn’t get round to doing was putting a replacement nameplate on the stand – I was going to 3D print but the software made my head hurt …

 

Robert, thanks so much for running this GB which prompted me to step outside my comfort zone and have a go at a ship. Great to follow everyone else’s builds too, a lot of quality work and great tips to put into use later.

 

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  • From: New Jersey
Posted by 68GT on Sunday, February 28, 2021 7:14 PM

My life was put on hold for two weeks so this is where I'm at with the A-10.  I'm thinking the insignias ar too lite.

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  • From: Nashville, TN area
Posted by bobbaily on Sunday, February 28, 2021 7:14 PM

Thank you 68GT-yea, I'm a Ford guy myself but had enough family members that were on the Chevy side that I have fond memories of both growng up.

bob

 

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Posted by 68GT on Sunday, February 28, 2021 7:05 PM
I love the Chevy Bob even though I'm a Ford guy!

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  • Member since
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  • From: Nashville, TN area
Posted by bobbaily on Sunday, February 28, 2021 6:31 PM

Robert-nice job on your ship-so much detail-very good build.

Finished up the Chevy today-first a couple of pics of the engine and interior

borrowed the seat belts from another AMT kit

I have some follow up on the rear end-fought with the rear bumper and valance panel-figured I needed a break after the CA failed the task.

Fit of everything reminded me of why I don't like AMT auto kits-great subjects but the fit on these older kits leaves a lot to be desired....I ended up bringing out the Dremel to clear out the firewall so the engine wouldn't interfere with the firewall/interior...but I happy with it as long as I don't raise the hood...

Robert-thank you for hosting this GB and for everyone's encouragement. A lot of outstanding builds posted here-hope to build with you guys again soon.

Cheers

Bob

bob

 

  • Member since
    February 2005
  • From: Nashotah, WI
Posted by Glamdring on Saturday, February 27, 2021 8:12 PM

Lostagain, I am greatly impressed by the ship!  It keeps getting better and better.

As for my own ship, I now call it complete.  Suffered a minor disaster my accidently dropping a CA bottle on one of the safety nets around the flight deck, but I just needed to glue it back in place.  The CA was conveniently close by.

The final 3 components, chopper, drone, and anchor, are all firmly in place.

A proper completion photo will be forthcoming, then on the shelf it goes!  After making room...

Robert

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

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    November 2003
  • From: Nashville, TN area
Posted by bobbaily on Saturday, February 27, 2021 10:38 AM

Mongoose-great job on the Viper-and the base tops it off.  Love the weathering.

Lost- the railing issue is a bummer but it looks great-very impressive.

bob

 

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  • From: Australia
Posted by lostagain on Saturday, February 27, 2021 7:02 AM

Coming together quickly now, barring the usual stuff up or fat fingers on my part.
The bridge is on and the 02 deck railing is complete. The extra boat deck and extra railings on deck means some cannabalizing to stretch it far enough.

Frustratingly the railings on th estarboard side do not match up witht the torpedo tubes - I did look at chopping up what Academy supplied, but I don't have any spare to play around with, so it is what it is...

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  • From: Australia
Posted by lostagain on Friday, February 26, 2021 5:15 AM

 

Bob, great to see the decals back, it is looking really good, gotta be happy with that recovery.

 

Mongoose, what a great build! The Viper is superb, the base has come up really well too The finish is great, details are great, like the humour of the rick and morty missiles and the touches of colour. The detail for the deck is great too – I like the angle cut at the edge of the deck.

 

The Melbourne is coming along well, but may cut into the extension time a bit though.
The boat decks were scratchbuilt on both sides; I used 0.6mm brass tube for the columns.

 

Then onto the PE; started with the railings on the masts and bridge and putting the radar together.

 

And started on the 02 deck; all the deck furniture went on, much of it specific to the RAN ships. Also got some of the railings going too.

 

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Posted by TheMongoose on Thursday, February 25, 2021 10:35 PM

Glamdring

That is Phenomenal, Mongoose!  Thank you for joining and sharing it! 

Is the base premade or did you put it together too?

 

thx glamdring! Yes, i built the base myself. Got some directions from a buddy over in Louisville. I drilled holes for the padeyes. Used 80 grit sandpaper for the deck. Designed the deck markings in Silhouette designer from pics off the Boxer. Then cut them out if frisket paper and used those to do the paint work.

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

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  • From: Nashotah, WI
Posted by Glamdring on Thursday, February 25, 2021 9:02 PM

That is Phenomenal, Mongoose!  Thank you for joining and sharing it! 

Is the base premade or did you put it together too?

Robert

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

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Posted by TheMongoose on Thursday, February 25, 2021 7:55 PM

ok the Viper is all done. I finished up the base this week and we had a little sun todayin Cincinnati so I grabbed some pics. My accessories haven't even gotten on the water yet from Europe so I'm calling this finished for the group build. The base represents the USS Boxer



and let's use this one with Missile Rick grinning at everyone for the front page

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

  • Member since
    November 2003
  • From: Nashville, TN area
Posted by bobbaily on Monday, February 22, 2021 6:17 PM

Decals on today...again.  Fortunatly, there was a duplicate of the 'Mr. Chevy' on the Slixx sheet and I have more than enough drag racing kits/decals in the stash.  Should be able to get a Matt coat on tomorrow and then some light dot filtering w/oils on Wed.  Really want to get this one done on time..but...Robert, thank you for the extension...things happen...

bob

 

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  • From: Nashotah, WI
Posted by Glamdring on Monday, February 22, 2021 5:35 PM

Lostagain, The Melbourne looks great, most impessive!

We are in the homestretch guys!  7 days left.   Funny how fast a year can go....

If you aren't done by 11:59 on 3/1, don't sweat it, I'll give some leeway to any active projects.  Yes

Robert

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

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Posted by TheMongoose on Monday, February 22, 2021 2:51 PM

Lostagain how did you do those vents? mine werent in the open position and I was never happy with how they looked.

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

  • Member since
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  • From: Nashville, TN area
Posted by bobbaily on Monday, February 22, 2021 9:47 AM

Robert, Mongoose & Lostagain-thank you.

Lostagain-the Melborne is looking good-I haven't built up the courage to attempt a ship in that scale...actually, a ship in any scale....and I'll add your Vallejo mixing tips to the list.

bob

 

  • Member since
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  • From: Australia
Posted by lostagain on Monday, February 22, 2021 6:47 AM

 

Ah Bob, that is such a pain for you losing the decals, but you have turned it around very nicely there. Personally I live in fear of chrome trims and will cross the road to avoid them, so I reckon that is great work there.
And then the Chevy got rusty – that is super!

 

Tomcat, good recovery to get to the finish line – yep the result was not what you wanted but you got a good model you can put on the shelf with the right side out…

 

Mongoose, interesting using the X20A with Vallejo. For their metallics I use 1 drop Vallejo retarder, and 1 drop their thinner to 10 drops paint and it has been good so far. I will give your mix a go.

 

And after your comment about the helo deck decal, I thought I should look for your build – found yours and Steve’s over in the US ship GB. Should have looked earlier, following your builds could have saved me some pain…

 

The Melbourne? Fourth refill, resand and repaint of the superstructure joint and finally happy – I have to be ‘cos I am virtually out of my paint mix for the project. I learnt from other’s misfortune and kept the tape away from the decals…

 

The bridge is coming together too, just propped in place here, but good to see some progress.

 

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