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Posted by keavdog on Saturday, February 13, 2021 5:26 PM

Duplicate post

Thanks,

John

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Posted by modelcrazy on Sunday, February 14, 2021 12:24 PM

That looks great O! I love the tape screen framing with the tape. Yes

John, Nice job on the Ospray. Afe you making it in flight or grounded?

Steve

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Posted by oortiz10 on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 2:59 PM

OK, so how about the Cobra? I've been in contact with a gentleman on another forum that flew Hueys in Vietnam, and he shared some great Cobra pictures. I decided to build mine representing one of the airframes from his photos.

I got the weapons assembled and painted. They just need to touch-up, weathering, and final assembly.

Considering I had never used PE before, I think the M-158 pods turned out alright. Good enough for my 3-footer skills.

I also got some color on the airframe. Some unit markings on the elevators, boom, and "surfboard."

It should be pretty smooth sailing with the Cobra going forward. 

 

Comments, questions and criticisms are always welcome. Thanks for stopping by!

Cheers,

-O

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

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Posted by modelcrazy on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 9:10 PM

That's looking spectacular O

Steve

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Posted by oortiz10 on Sunday, February 21, 2021 3:09 PM

Hey gang,

This is probably the last update on my AH-1G before I post photos of the finished project. Just a few small things to share.

I also got the wings and their armament assembled. I still need to flat them and paint up their lights.

Unfortunately, I ran into a few small problems during this final stretch. One, I broke the tail stinger while trying to remove it from the sprue. I had to scratch a new stinger, and I'm I'm pretty happy with my effort. It came out better than I expected.

Also, while prepping the main rotor for assembly, I had some trouble with painting and weathering the hub. My wash didn't want to come off. It had "stuck" to and stained the underlying gloss coat. So I'll have to repaint it. 

Also, for some reason, the stencils didn't want to lay down for me. Funny because they're Fireball decals, and they worked beautifully when I did my USMC AH-1G. I had to remove a few and source some random stencils from my spares. The stencils on the ammo bay doors are not the correct stencils for that panel. I pulled those off a Monogram Cobra sheet I had laying around. I used them to cover up some gouges that resulted from trying to remove the previous decals. I plan to "fade" them a little, so with that, I hope that no one will notice. 

Like I said, I think my next Cobra post will be the completed build. Stay tuned!

-O

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Posted by TheMongoose on Sunday, February 21, 2021 5:53 PM

Looking good -O. That stinger came Out better looking than the kit piece I bet! Are you going to do some heavy weathering on this or just some basic wear and tear?

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

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Posted by oortiz10 on Sunday, February 21, 2021 7:22 PM

TheMongoose

Looking good -O...Are you going to do some heavy weathering on this or just some basic wear and tear?

 

 
Thanks 'goose. I'm just going to go with some basic wear and tear. You know, the operation not neglected look. As a matter of fact, I had a happy accident with my flat coat. I'll tell you more about it in my final post.
 
Cheers!
-O

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

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Posted by modelcrazy on Sunday, February 21, 2021 9:00 PM

I like those happy accidents O. I sometimes find a new technique that way. I'm with ith Chris, that stinger probably looks better than the kit part. You're one of the best scratchbuilders I've seen on the forums.

I'm looking forward to seeing the finish.

At the moment this GB doesn't have a finish date. But I think I'll close it at the end of the year. That should give me time to finish my own entry Huh? I you wanted to enter your Huey, feel free. Wink

Steve

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Posted by Tomcat on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 2:27 PM

I've gotten some progress made on the Huey. I last left off cementing the two fuselage halves together that left a really bad seam underneath...

on the right side I really slathered on some gel superglue. I didn't want this thing popping open at some point. After some strip styrene and some bondo (ie Tamiya seam filler) and alot of filing and sanding it reached this point...

I finished the pilot and co-pilot. I had to add them now. Because after adding the nose and roof it would be impossible to add them later although I don't like adding figures until the end...

I worked on the side mounted weapons systems (ie rocket launcher and machine guns) when I ran into a problem. One of the machine gun mounting pylons or brackets if you prefer was either missing or lost, so I came up with a substitute that isn't too far off. Well, at least for me anyway...

The kit part is obviously on the bottom. The Papermate pen suppiled the replacement.

Here are the two after surgery and filing...

Close enough I guess. Now to add the nose and roof. With all of the fit problems I'm having, that ought to be fun. Till next time.

 

Mark aka Tomcat

On the workbench: Monogram 1/24 '69 Pontiac GTO and a Monogram 1/67 (box scale) B-26 Invader

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Posted by modelcrazy on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 7:54 AM

Close enough for Government work TC. I forgot how bad some of those seams are. Good work.

Steve

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Posted by jeaton01 on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 1:00 PM

That looks like a mold that is not only past its prime but also not that well designed.

John

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Posted by oortiz10 on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 1:02 PM

modelcrazy

At the moment this GB doesn't have a finish date...If you wanted to enter your Huey, feel free...

Hey modelcrazy, I've been watching Tomcat's Huey build, and honestly, now I'm a little worried about building mine. That Huey does not look like an easy kit to tame. Tomcat, my hat's off to you. Like I said, I have a couple in my stash. I'm following your progress and taking notes. Keep it up! 

OK, so I wanted to present my finished Cobra to you all. This is my third (and final) submission for this GB. I won't bore you all with the build details since you've been following my progress all along, so I'll just go ahead and share the pictures...

Steve, thanks for hosting the GB. I've had a lot of fun! Feel free to use this photo for the Glory Shot:

Maybe, just maybe, I'll jump back in with my Huey(s).

Cheers!

-O

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

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Posted by modelcrazy on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 3:33 PM

Another excelent finsih O. I'd like to see that Huey but You've done more than enough to earn a badge. That you for being a part and I hope to see you in another one of my GB's

Steve

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Posted by jeaton01 on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 9:07 PM

Excellent, Omar.  It looks just like the first one I saw back in 68 or so, at my guard facility.

 

I think the Monogram Huey is a pretty tough kit, but it may be better than the 1/72 Hasegawa UH-1D kit frrom days of yore.  Boy was I disappointed when I opened that box!

John

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Posted by modelcrazy on Thursday, February 25, 2021 7:43 AM

I'm extending this build till the end of the year. New end date Dec 31.

So anyone who may be strugling to get one done can relax some, including me Embarrassed

Steve

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Posted by jmoran426 on Thursday, February 25, 2021 9:54 AM

Looks like you've had your share of problems with this kit, Tomcat. But being creative is what it's about. Your solution seems to have worked, and unless you hang it up, won't be noticed anyway. If you're insterested, here's a link to my kitbash of the Monogram UH-1C/Italeri UH-1D into a UH-1F: https://www.scalemates.com/profiles/mate.php?id=28001&p=albums&album=42471#18 I had the same problems with the bottom seam of the cabin, and as noted before, trimmed the floor and rear bulkhead to fit in. I replaced the rear bulkhead with pieces from the Italeri kit, since I was putting the minigun ammo cans against the wall, and didn't want the curtains on the Monogram casting. There's quite a gap between the bulkhead and cabin sidewall, but wouldn't be seen because the open doors would be covering it. Since mine is an on-the-ground presentation, the pilots are not in the cockpit. The miniguns are from brass castings with brass ammo feed lines. The minigun mounts and frames are scratch-built.

jmoran426

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Posted by oortiz10 on Thursday, February 25, 2021 1:41 PM

modelcrazy

I'd like to see that Huey...

Oh, now that you've extended the deadline, you're practically daring me to wrestle that Huey!

Stick out tongue

-O

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Posted by Tal Afar Dave on Friday, February 26, 2021 9:30 PM

Hey Steve! I see that this party runs until 31 DEC 21. Is there any way I could join in with a 1/48th scale Italeri MV 22 Osprey, with Black Dog flaps and details, and aftermarket decals? If I can get motivated, I may even try to complete a Monogram AV-8.......No work done on either kit as of yet. Thanks, TAD

2021 New Year's Resolution:  Enter 1 group build and COMPLETE a build this year!!  Why Photobucket did you rob me of my one Group Build Badge???  Must be part of the strong anti-Monogram cartel!!!

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Posted by jeaton01 on Saturday, February 27, 2021 12:15 AM

Once again the XFV-1 all in aluminum.  I think I have all the trouble spots in the base color fixed now.  Lots of corners on this one and I've abused the plastic a fair bit changing the shape in a number of places.  Just want you all to know I'm still on it.  Never mind the right tip tank, it will be grey.

http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/xfv1/0311xfv1.jpg

 

John

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Posted by keavdog on Saturday, February 27, 2021 12:33 AM

Thanks for the reprieve Steve.  I've got a lot of builds lined up. 

Thanks,

John

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Posted by Tomcat on Sunday, February 28, 2021 7:38 PM

jmoran426

Looks like you've had your share of problems with this kit, Tomcat. But being creative is what it's about. Your solution seems to have worked, and unless you hang it up, won't be noticed anyway. If you're insterested, here's a link to my kitbash of the Monogram UH-1C/Italeri UH-1D into a UH-1F: https://www.scalemates.com/profiles/mate.php?id=28001&p=albums&album=42471#18 I had the same problems with the bottom seam of the cabin, and as noted before, trimmed the floor and rear bulkhead to fit in. I replaced the rear bulkhead with pieces from the Italeri kit, since I was putting the minigun ammo cans against the wall, and didn't want the curtains on the Monogram casting. There's quite a gap between the bulkhead and cabin sidewall, but wouldn't be seen because the open doors would be covering it. Since mine is an on-the-ground presentation, the pilots are not in the cockpit. The miniguns are from brass castings with brass ammo feed lines. The minigun mounts and frames are scratch-built.

 

Jmoran, I looked up your build and am very impressed. You've put a lot of effort and enginuity into that build and it shows. My hats off to you. Thanks to everyone with your words of encouragement. I'm afraid I'm going to need all of them as I am sad to report  have encountered more fit problems. Cementing the nose onto the cabin resulted in a lip where it joins the underside (no surprise). So more filling, filing and sanding. 

Next I dry fitted the underchin windows to the nose and found more holes. so I am adding styrene strip and bondo to close the gap...

I'll keep sanding edge of the "glass" so I can hopefully close that gap. Next I dry fitted the wind screen onto the front. Have a look at the pilot side near the lower left edge...

I think I have two options. Glue it in and live with it or I might try to put the glass into hot water, warm it up and carefully reshape the curve to better match the nose. I can just see what will happen then. It will either work (in which case I'll be tickled pink) or I've broken a wind screen (just my luck).

Now onto the roof. Here I dry fitted the roof. Notice the gap near the rotor shaft, even after adding styrene strip...

and lastly look at the side window near the top (where you can see the copilots helmet)...

The window is flush against the lower frame, yet it doesn't cover the entire opening. Does anyone know if the side windows roll down on these birds?

I don't know if this model is simply that bad, or I just happen to get a lemon or, more likely, it's simply a case of assembler error. At any rate I'll trudge along. I WILL finish this thing. What was the deadline for the GB?... Wish me luck. 

Mark aka Tomcat

On the workbench: Monogram 1/24 '69 Pontiac GTO and a Monogram 1/67 (box scale) B-26 Invader

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Posted by keavdog on Sunday, February 28, 2021 8:02 PM

I built that kit way back and forgot what a monster it is.  Soldier on

Thanks,

John

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Posted by modelcrazy on Monday, March 1, 2021 11:15 AM

So sorry I'm a little late responding here. I don't get notification right now and my weekend was jamed with the Akagi build.

So Here we go.

TAD, you got it. I'll get you down.

K Dog, I know how you feel. I still need to finish my half built F-35B

John, that fella's comming right along. Sand, repeat.

Tomcat, now I remember why I only built it once! I was just a wee lad then but still was disapointed wit the fit. I tip my hat to those who can tame that beast.

Steve

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Posted by Tomcat on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 10:20 PM

Well I think I've beaten this thing into submission. It is all put together and masked off, ready for a primer coat before final color...

I think it will be all down hill from here. Which means the decals will be a big PITA. Sad

Mark aka Tomcat

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Posted by lostagain on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 5:31 AM

 

Omar, great work on the -J, plenty of fine detail work there.
And straight back into it with the -1G! Good recovery from all the unplanned surgery has ended with a fine result. The faded OD paintwork is very effective, brings life to a one colour scheme.

Theuns, really good looking H-34 there, great finish!

Tomcat, the Huey looks like a real challenge to whip into shape, but you are beating it bit by bit. Those seams and gaps – sheesh! Thank you SO MUCH for doing this build and making sure I never, ever buy this kit. Bet you will be happy when it is done though…

John, the Storch is a little beauty, got to be happy with that result.

Keavdog, the Osprey looks real big, it will be a monster when done.

Not like my little gyro. So far it has been slow as I finished off in another GB. First up I had to sand down the fuselage halves vacform style as there was a good half millimetre of flash built up on the bonding faces – which is interfering with the motor fit on the front.

That done, the fuselage had the limited interior installed. I added cushions and belts to the seats to give it a bit of interest.

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Posted by modelcrazy on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 8:09 AM

Goos start on the little fella Lost. That's going to be a cool build.

Steve

Building a kit from your stash is like cutting a head off a Hydra, two more take it's place.

 

 

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Posted by Tomcat on Monday, March 8, 2021 4:10 PM

I am starting on the next phase of this Huey build...paint.

Here I've primed her up with Model master Neutral grey...

Just about ready to paint then I realized that the yellow band on the tail boom is part of the decal set...

I am fairly certain these decals will be as thick as scotch tape, so I decided to paint the band on...

I will mask off the yellow and finish with Olive drab. The only problem with this approach is adding the red "arrow" and "DANGER  KEEP AWAY" wording on the band.

To solve this, I created in Word a document that will approximate the sizing, color and font found on the decal. Once created I printed it out on clear decal paper...

Here it is drying after applying a coat Krylon Cystal clear. I think it came out reasonably close to the original. 

Here is the under side of the bird freshly painted...

and the skids, pilots side door and weapons pod...

I did make one glaring error. I forgot to mask off the rear facing engine exhaust nozzle, DOAH! A relatively minor error to correct. Well that's all for now.

Mark aka Tomcat

On the workbench: Monogram 1/24 '69 Pontiac GTO and a Monogram 1/67 (box scale) B-26 Invader

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Posted by modelcrazy on Monday, March 8, 2021 6:02 PM

That is looking freaking cool TC!

Painting stripes always look better anyway. 

Steve

Building a kit from your stash is like cutting a head off a Hydra, two more take it's place.

 

 

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Posted by Tal Afar Dave on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 3:12 PM
Hey Tomcat! What boxing is that Huey? I built one of those a long, long time ago as a kid, but don't remember the seams being that crazy. I admire your grit and stick-to-it-ness; you are winning the battle against that bird! I think I have one more of those somewhere still in my stash....it has me thinking, but what, I'm not really sure! Keep on, keepin' on!!

2021 New Year's Resolution:  Enter 1 group build and COMPLETE a build this year!!  Why Photobucket did you rob me of my one Group Build Badge???  Must be part of the strong anti-Monogram cartel!!!

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Posted by Tomcat on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 5:20 PM

Dave, it is a Monogram 1/48 Huey.  It was part of the young model builders club I belonged to about 30 years ago.

Monogram was not doing young model builders any favors with this kit.

In the end, I think it will turn out OK. 

Mark aka Tomcat

On the workbench: Monogram 1/24 '69 Pontiac GTO and a Monogram 1/67 (box scale) B-26 Invader

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