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Posted by 68GT on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 1:56 PM

The A-10 got a black base coat of Tamiya X-1 thinned with their lacquer thinner at 1:2 after some filler work.

On Ed's bench, ???

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Posted by oortiz10 on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 1:30 PM

Where's my fork because...the Stearman is done! This Kaydet is ready to solo!

It's not even close to being perfect, but I'm happy with my first attempt at a biplane. I learned a lot during this build. I think it will look fine among the other 3-footers on my shelves. Here are a few photos, and I've posted a few more in my thread in the Aircraft Forum.

lostagain
O the Stearman is looking really smooth...what paints are you using?

Hey lostagain, to answer your question, I used MM and Testors' "little square bottle" enamels. The main color is MM ADC gray. The fuselage band and tail are MM Insignia red, white and blue. The yellow is Testors Yellow. Additions are some simple wire on the engine and tape belts in the cockpit. Some some aftermarket decals to customize my livery. Fine wire grab handles on the fuselage, and finally, E-Z Rigging line for the rigging.

I'd like to thank everyone for their comments and compliments. Much appreciated! As usual, feel free to share more comments, criticisms and questions. They're always welcome.

Thanks to Robert (again) for hosting. Now that this little guy is done I can turn my focus to my USMC AH-1J as my third submission. 

Sorry gang, but I'm not going anywhere...yet.

Cheers!

-O

Oh, and Robert, you can use this one for the main page:

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

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  • From: Australia
Posted by lostagain on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 6:09 AM

 Rooster the Eagle cockpit is coming along great, seats look good, shame about the fit.

 68 GT, Always like an A-10, the fit looks good

 Mongoose the hellfires look great, and the Viper is coming along really well with a great finish.

O the Stearman is looking really smooth – very clean finish. Great rescue on the tail and the rigging is very neat. Enjoying your build – what paints are you using?

And racing along with another one – the resin cockpit for the J has come up really well.
 
Bob, the Chevy looks fantastic, the two tone scheme and the decals are great.

Glamdring, the seahawk looks good, the drone is very cute!

The Melbourne? Coming along bit by bit. I reckon all the casting is done, considering all the raw casting I did, there don’t seem to be many pieces out of it.

 

 
Also did the deck painting – and as soon as the masking came off, knew I had stuffed up – I had picked up the wrong bottle! What a @#$%&!. So working on masking it all back off again…

 

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Posted by Glamdring on Monday, January 18, 2021 10:02 PM

That paint job if great O!

Robert

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

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Posted by bobbaily on Monday, January 18, 2021 3:12 PM

O-very nice indeed!

bob

 

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Posted by oortiz10 on Monday, January 18, 2021 2:28 PM

Hey all, I just wanted to share some of the progress that I've made on my Stearman.

Last I left you, I had tried to touch-up some paint issues on the vertical stabilizer and ended up pulling off chunks of the rudder decal. My only choice was to get back down to bare plastic and paint.

So...

Stripped:

Primed:

Painted:

Installed and rigged:

It's not perfect, but I'm pretty happy with the results. I'm going to focus on the engine and windscreens before I move on to rigging and installing the top wing.

Stay tuned!

-O

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

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  • From: Nashotah, WI
Posted by Glamdring on Sunday, January 17, 2021 8:03 PM

Fabulous projects 68GT and Mongoose!

That cockpit looks like it flew together.  Well done, O!

Tomcat, you may want to double check that photo link, it looks like an error message instead of ordnance.  Smile

 

Robert

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

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Posted by TheMongoose on Sunday, January 17, 2021 7:36 PM

Tomcat i think your stores exploded - all i see is a white out Surprise

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

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Posted by Tomcat on Sunday, January 17, 2021 6:52 PM

While I finish all the seam work, and paint my Strike Eagle, I managed to finish all of the underwing stores...

I will added these as completed sub-assemblies after the paint work, decals and weathering is done.

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: Nashville, TN area
Posted by bobbaily on Sunday, January 17, 2021 2:27 PM

68GT-looking forward to seeing the Warthog come together-I need to pull the trigger and grab one during the next HobbyLobby 40% sale.  I always enjoyed being on vacation in Myrtle Beach and watching them fly over.

Mongoose & O-love the Cobra's-I really need to add one to my stash-will be following closely.

Thanks for the encourging words on the Chevy-didn't do much else on it this weekend...hopefully will take care of some smaller sections this week.

bob

 

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Posted by oortiz10 on Sunday, January 17, 2021 2:19 PM

Hey Grayers,

As the paint on my Stearman's tail dries, I started on my AH-1J. My plan is to build it in the 3 gray camo scheme used during Desert Storm. 

I want to build every version of the Cobra that served with the Marines. This will be the second of the series. I finished a kit-bashed -1G in '19 and the 4-bladed demstrator last year. I purchased the Cobra Company resin cockpits for the the J, T, and W for my project. I decided to go ahead and use the resin for this build. 

I have never used a resin cockpit before. My experience with resin hadn't extended beyond an ejection seat or a set of wheels. Overall, I'm happy with the way it turned out. There are a few little mistakes here and there, but they really won't be noticeable under the canopy. The only addition I made was a pair of scratch built ECS hoses.

I'm ready to move on to the airframe. I'll be sharing my progress as I make it. Comments, questions and criticisms welcome. Thanks for looking!

-O

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

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Posted by TheMongoose on Sunday, January 17, 2021 1:16 PM

Here's the latest on the Viper. Gloss cleared today, decals tomorrow! I found the bluish gray for the upper surfaces at the LHS in Mission Models livery. It sprayed nice straight out of the bottle. Clear coat it tho before you get anywhere near it or it will come off lol



 

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

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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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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.

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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 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." 

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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

 

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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.

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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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  • 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".

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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".

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  • 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: 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

 

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  • 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: 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

 

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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.

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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 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: 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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  • 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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