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The 50 Shades of Gray Group Build!

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  • Member since
    May 2020
  • From: North East of England
Posted by Hutch6390 on Thursday, December 31, 2020 12:44 PM

OK, all parts assembled, and weathering touched up with some pin washes.  Part of the problems - entirely of my own making - I had with this build were adjusting overdone weathering.  It's just so easy to get carried away!  So I repainted the affected areas & re-did the weathering.  Twice.  This time I managed to exercise a bit of restraint, and I'm now happy with itSmile.

The rigging isn't done yet, because I can't find my damn rigging line.  When it arrived in the post a couple of months ago I put it in a safe place - obviously, too safe!

But, rigging aside, I'm calling this one done.  I'll get it rigged when I find the line, and I'll make a proper base & stand in the spring, when I can do some woodwork in my (unheated) garage workshop.

Many thanks to Glamdring for hosting this GB - I'm sorry for dropping out of sight for so long - I'll try not to do that again.  Once again, many thanks for allowing me into my first group build!

Very best wishes to all for 2021 - may we all be safe and happy.

 

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

 

  • Member since
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  • From: North East of England
Posted by Hutch6390 on Thursday, December 31, 2020 10:04 AM

After repeated problems with painting this project, I lost heart a bit - all my "get up and go" got up and went!  However, I have brought it back to the bench in the last few days & decided to get it done.

So, some weathering was applied, and various small bits painted - 

Railings added - 

Guns mounted - 

I now need to fix the conning tower in place, add the last few pieces, get the rigging done, and finish the weathering.  I have eight hours...

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

 

  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, December 30, 2020 5:53 PM

Mongoose, your Zulu is looking sharp now!

Lost, it’s good to finally have the paint on this bird!

I touched up the Gunship Gray and the Neutral Gray on the topsides today. Especially on the leading edges of the intake area.

 

 

All ready for gloss coat next...

 

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, December 29, 2020 10:00 PM

​thanks lostagain Smile

More of the basics done today. I put a wash on the cockpit and finally got the two fuselage halves together. Is it called a fuselage on a helicopter? Just a little perfect plastic putty needed in a few spots. I’ve got wiring and background “stuff” behind all the screens. I managed to make all of them open using the PE from the kit and some fine 60mesh screen i bought earlier this year for my aircraft carrier build.

 

 

 

 

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

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    April 2014
  • From: Australia
Posted by lostagain on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 6:38 AM

O, super finish on the BOne !

That is a huge piece of plastic and I can't imagine a better display solution. 

Great shading on the paint job gives it a real depth.

 Mongoose, another great solution there.

Stik, nice to see the X suiting up.

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    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Monday, December 28, 2020 1:36 PM

Now properly gray for the theme of this GB

I did the basic camo colors a short while ago trying out Vallejo Model Air for the first time. Gunship Gray 36118 over Neutral Gray 36270

 

 

 

I’m happy with the results, but I need to go back and touch up some areas later on.

 

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 Monday, December 28, 2020 10:29 AM

O, that is one big impressive build! Very well done!

 

I see that you have overcome the display shelf space challenge...

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

  • Member since
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Posted by TheMongoose on Monday, December 28, 2020 9:02 AM

O that is one impressive piece of work. Great display choice as well

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

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  • From: North East of England
Posted by Hutch6390 on Monday, December 28, 2020 4:22 AM

Well done, O!  All your work has produced a great result, and I like the display method, too.

 

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

 

  • Member since
    February 2005
  • From: Nashotah, WI
Posted by Glamdring on Sunday, December 27, 2020 10:17 PM

Very impressive, O!  Glad you found a way to display it!  Yes

Robert

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

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  • From: Between LA and OC, SoCal
Posted by oortiz10 on Sunday, December 27, 2020 4:09 PM
Hey 50 Shaders, I finished my BOne! I've posted some pictures in my thread in the Aircraft Forum, but here are a few to enjoy.    Thanks for Robert (Glamdring) for hosting the GB. I'm done with this monster, but I still have one more iron in this fire. I should be able to get it done before the deadline. Oh, and Robert, before you ask, use this picture for the first page:  Happy modeling everyone and keep up the great work! Cheers, -O

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

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Posted by TheMongoose on Sunday, December 27, 2020 10:14 AM

lostagain love that RHIB, great detail in that little package. Gonna be sharp painted.

stik that stick you custom made for the nose looks killer. That will really set it off as it has some nice fine detail on there!

 

For me, today’s creative thoughts brought out the magnets again. The target sight system can now be installed after the paint is done. It spins really smooth on the magnets.

 



I’m not sure if these will be strong enough for the gatling gun since i bought the brass barrels. Will have to see and then maybe go to a different size. These little 3mm magnets fit alot of places and are pretty strong overall.

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

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    April 2014
  • From: Australia
Posted by lostagain on Sunday, December 27, 2020 5:42 AM

 

Mongoose incredible detail in your cockpit there – you really are going all out on that – it is a treat watching this progress. And that is some very neat PE work there

 

Stik, there is a lot of work going into the X-35 to get it up to scratch. So many extra details. Nice work detailing the cockpit and the test boom has come up well.

 

Glamdring, the Freedom is looking good, it is annoying about that gap under the bridge. The PE details do make it pop.

 

Bish, really good work with the Harrier, it is a ripper! The scheme looks suitably weary, but still cared for. Delicate work on the ladder there too.

 

Oortiz, in this case the ‘BIG O’ What a monster build! I can’t think of where that would fit in my house… You have done some amazing work wrestling that plane into shape. Great Camo work – and the splash of colour with the FOD covers is a good touch.

 

Theuns, super looking Phantom there, like the shark mouth and the colourful tail make it stand out.

 

PJ, great work on the Tomcat too- again a colour scheme brightened by the tail and sharkmouth – and the same air group as Theuns. And great to hear it is being presented – nothing like knowing it is going to an interested recipient.

 

The Melbourne is back to being my modelling focus, so it is (very slowly) progressing.

 

The hull, superstructure and bridge are prepared ready for painting. You can see the Main mast and various towers also assembled.

 

The first couple of coats that went on have not been a good match for the Haze Grey finish, think I am getting closer, next try is a mix of Gunze IJN grey and FS 36720.

 

There are a lot of little details to be adding that are not in or wrong in the kit. First is the boat, which I am modifying to be the final RHIBs used on the Melbourne. Quite a bit of detail added, then I will have to use it as a master to cast off as I need two for the Melbourne. (Also have to scratch and cast a few other bits)

 

  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Saturday, December 26, 2020 10:21 PM

Thanks guys. Mongoose, that shelf behind the seat was empty in the kit. Photos show that area filled with stuff like I tried to replicate. A busy cockpit is an interesting cockpit. Like yours.

Today’s progress report...

I modified the nose to accept a flight test instrumentation boom that I took from another kit in my stash that won’t be needing the boom.

 

 

Then I modified the boom to better match the configuration used by the X-35

 

 

And lastly I primered the bird all up

 

 

Due up next, the basic paint, Gunship Gray 36118 over Neutral Gray 36270

 

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, December 26, 2020 7:20 PM

Stik and Mongoose, very nice work to both of you!

Robert

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

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    January 2015
Posted by TheMongoose on Saturday, December 26, 2020 6:52 PM

Not much progress but to be expected over the holidays huh. Some slowness is my approach. I’m trying to set up as much stuff to paint at once that I can. Waffling around between steps on the instructions. Pretty close to closing up the body. The one thing worth showing may be the PE work I’m doing. I’ve cut out all the vent openings that i can reference on the walk arounds and am in the process of creating ’shadow boxes’ of stuff that will be behind them so it’s just not open space. Check it out :-)


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

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Posted by TheMongoose on Tuesday, December 22, 2020 6:48 PM

stikpisher those extras you added behind the seat and the wiring really spice it up. A nice realistic touch!

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

  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, December 22, 2020 4:43 PM

A little progress on this today. I added the ejection seat and HUD into the cockpit.

 

 

 

After that I started masking the canopy and glued that in place. Once I finish that I can start priming.

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

  • Member since
    January 2015
Posted by TheMongoose on Saturday, December 19, 2020 7:03 PM

Thanks Stik, thanks glamdring! Gonna lock and load it. Belts came in yesterday...but today is my wife AND daughter's birthday so no modeling till tomorrow ;-)

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

  • Member since
    February 2005
  • From: Nashotah, WI
Posted by Glamdring on Friday, December 18, 2020 5:59 PM

Wow, Mongoose!  That is incredible detail right there.  I would leave it with the ILII decal as is and call it good.

Robert

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

  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Friday, December 18, 2020 10:52 AM

I think that it looks super “as is”. Only someone intimately familiar with the aircraft or pores over cockpit detail photos would notice the ILII marking situation. The other 99.9% of us will not know the difference.

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

  • Member since
    January 2015
Posted by TheMongoose on Friday, December 18, 2020 9:53 AM

Looking forward to it glamdring

Guys this is ready for a critique Surprise I’ve added alot of details to this cockpit because it will be so open. Used flat, satin, and gloss to change up the different black shades based on what i saw in cockpit photos. I found a shot of the area behind the pilot seat so i was even able to make that look more accurate. I used purple foil wrapping paper for the screens. Used a piece of pe from a ship for the computer connection on each side of the pilot IP. Added the leather armrest in the gunner pit per pics. Then i made a seat shaped screen from a kitchen seive and airbrushed the seats to give them a cloth look. The brown on the headrest and pilot seat sides is to simulate sun fading i saw in lots of pics. Seemed to vary alot which makes sense as it probably depends on how often they were covered and what theatre they were in. I made the ILII decals on the pilot IP, in reality there are 2 one over the other but I couldn’t get them that small. Does what i have look good or should i either do the double ILII or not use this at all?

 

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

  • Member since
    February 2005
  • From: Nashotah, WI
Posted by Glamdring on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 10:16 PM

Finally finished construction tonight!  I will leave it as a surprise for the weekend, too exhausted for photography tonight.  There is still some paint touch ups, an aerial drone, and a chopper to build anyway before fully finished. 

Robert

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

  • Member since
    February 2005
  • From: Nashotah, WI
Posted by Glamdring on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 10:01 PM

Stik, very good additions.  As one who obviously doesn't much like the process required for it, I admire your attention to those nice and smooth seams!   

Rooster, yes, absolutely.  I have marked you down, and welcome!

Robert

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

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Posted by rooster513 on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 11:36 AM

Some really great work here! I'd like to jump in with Revell's 1/48 F-15E please!

-Andy

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  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Monday, December 14, 2020 8:47 PM

Today I added two last external features to this build today. Both are present on the X-35, but not on the F-35 or the kit.

 

First, on the bottom of the fuselage, there are a pair of speedbrakes. I found some parts in my spares bins that were close enough in shape to work. A bit of cutting and sanding and they were on.

 

 

also there is a scoop on the right side of the fuselage aft of the air intake that I needed to add. Again a search of my spares bun came up with another part that I sanded and trimmed to shape that is “close enough”.

 

 

More to follow in he next few days...

 

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 Sunday, December 13, 2020 10:39 PM

You are oh so close to the finish line! Get her across!

 

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 Sunday, December 13, 2020 8:07 PM

I agree, the brass does make the kit pop.  It would look ridiculous without it, or with molded on rails like the kits of yesteryear.

As promised, here are the PE and deck fitting updates:

The end is near!  Just have a handful more parts to go and a paint touch up on the brass.

And I have only knocked off 2 rails so far.  Stick out tongue

Robert

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

  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Sunday, December 13, 2020 10:37 AM

TheMongoose

I'm with ya glamdring. PE does up the stress BUT IT LOOKS SO GOOD when you're done :-)

 

Ditto

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

  • Member since
    January 2015
Posted by TheMongoose on Sunday, December 13, 2020 7:42 AM

I'm with ya glamdring. PE does up the stress BUT IT LOOKS SO GOOD when you're done :-)

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

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