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Posted by modelcrazy on Saturday, April 11, 2020 11:46 PM

Great Stick, I got youre Cayuse down. At the moment I only have three helos in the stash. two of which will be built this year. One for Bish's British army and the other for the Korean GB's.

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 Real G on Sunday, April 12, 2020 12:40 AM

Ben, that Harrier is most impressive!  How did you do the canopy det cord?

I have that monster in the stash, and one day it will be a Falklands War GR.Mk3 with the banana nose laser seeker.

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Sunday, April 12, 2020 12:58 PM

lewbud

Steve,

I'd like to join in.  Since Chad is doing the A, put me down for Hasegawa's divine scale AV-8B.  Nice work on the F-35!

 

Buddy, I can't wait to see that!

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/72 Revell He177 & 1/35 Tamiya Sdkfz 251

On deck: 1/35 Bronco LWS

In the hole: 1/144 Revell S-100

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Sunday, April 12, 2020 12:58 PM

Ben, that's a real nice Harrier. I've heard mixed reviews on that one but yours looks wonderful.

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/72 Revell He177 & 1/35 Tamiya Sdkfz 251

On deck: 1/35 Bronco LWS

In the hole: 1/144 Revell S-100

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Sunday, April 12, 2020 12:59 PM

Looks like you've got your work cut out for you on that F-35 Steve!

Chad

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At the plate: 1/72 Revell He177 & 1/35 Tamiya Sdkfz 251

On deck: 1/35 Bronco LWS

In the hole: 1/144 Revell S-100

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Sunday, April 12, 2020 1:01 PM

Real G

I dug into the Deep Stash, and pulled out a Comet Hiller X-18!

It was kindly given to me by a model buddy with the hope that it would get built someday.  Thanks Weldon, I will do my best to get this one across the finish line!

Decals look shot though.  I am thinking of purchasing decals from Anigrand.  Are they still in operation?  Their website is still up, but I noticed no new products for a time now.

 

G, please tell me you're going to leave those raised markings! That's a classic! 

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/72 Revell He177 & 1/35 Tamiya Sdkfz 251

On deck: 1/35 Bronco LWS

In the hole: 1/144 Revell S-100

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Sunday, April 12, 2020 2:43 PM

Steve - Slight change of plans. Im swapping the AV-8A for the RAF GR.1.  Same bird, different country. Reason being, Im going to stay true to the beginner theme of the kit and only use what's included and only using the most basic tools I would have used when I was a lad! No airbrushing, no pre or post shading, no chipping, just good old back to basics.  I've been in a funk lately so this might kickstart my interest.

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/72 Revell He177 & 1/35 Tamiya Sdkfz 251

On deck: 1/35 Bronco LWS

In the hole: 1/144 Revell S-100

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  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Sunday, April 12, 2020 3:14 PM

Mopar Madness

G, please tell me you're going to leave those raised markings! That's a classic! 

Hmmmm... The markings are recessed, but I am not confident of my paint irrigation skills!

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Sunday, April 12, 2020 5:38 PM

So I've given the parts a good washing with dish soap and water since I will not be using any primer. What you see in the first picture is all I will be using to make this bird. Everything will be hand-painted without benefit of an airbrush, post shading, pre shading, chipping, or any other weathering techniques. I'm just going to build it using the same materials and techniques I would've used as a kid.  

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Here is a sample of supplies I will not be using!

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Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/72 Revell He177 & 1/35 Tamiya Sdkfz 251

On deck: 1/35 Bronco LWS

In the hole: 1/144 Revell S-100

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Posted by modelcrazy on Sunday, April 12, 2020 5:59 PM

I got you changed Chad. Back to the basics!

Steve

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Posted by modelcrazy on Sunday, April 12, 2020 10:45 PM
F-35 long update, lots of pictures.
So, after working on the F-35 for the past few days, I found that there is a lot more than just a fan driveshaft issue. Anyone planning on building this kit take note. It has nice detail and looks to be a good kit when finished, there are just a few fit issues at the beginning and middle of the build. The cockpit and nose gear well I already mentioned.
After working on the pit and well. The next step is the engine, fan and intake assembly. I did not go step by step here. Assemble the sub-assemblies and dry fit everything before gluing. This is what I ran into.
My first step was to make the assemblies. The engine, exhaust duct, and the intake ducting were easy enough but when I made the fan box assembly, I found the lower fan was too large to close the shroud. I filed the fan part outside until the shroud would close.
 
 
 
While attaching the upper intake fan and shroud to the fan case I saw there are no aligning pins or snug fit. The only aligning tab was on the upper fuselage. So now knowing the orientation, I sat the shroud on the case and aligned one injection pin mark with the case seam.
 
  
 
Next, the driveshaft is too small, or the transmission shaft is too large for them to fit so I filed the transmission shaft, then I could attach the driveshaft. Notice the fan box is assembled. I had to disassemble it to install the lower fan. My fault.
 
  
 
The next issue was the intake assembly and engine assembly. They are too short for the fuse intake opening. The engine is attached to the lower and upper fuse using pins but the intake will not reach the fuse opening with them attached. So, since this join won’t be seen I butted the front of the intake to the fuse intake opening and went with it.
 
 
Filled and sanded
 
 
Next was the exhaust nozzle. There are PE parts for this, but they are not called out in the instructions and the PE tree is numbered incorrectly. The nozzle parts are labeled 1, 2 and 3 on the tree, but 1, 2 and 3 are identified as canopy parts in the instructions. The nozzle PE didn’t match the nozzle anyway, so I didn’t install them. Perhaps they are for the A or C versions.
 
  
 
While the intake filler was drying, I worked on the wings and stabs. Again, fit issues. The stab parts needed filing to fit but the wing, slats and flaps went together very well. So, figuring this could not be this smooth I dry fit the wings to the lower fuse and Ha, there it was. The locating pins are receivers on both the wing and fuse, so I cut off the receivers on the fuse so the wing would fit flush. It still wasn’t completely flush, so a little sanding was in order to the fuse wing attachment. Now it’s just right.
 
 
 
The weapons bays and main gear wells assembled and installed very nicely. Very smooth.
The last thing I did this weekend, before the wife got on to me about spending too much time away, was install all the engine intake and exhaust parts in the lower fuse and glue both halves together, Now again, this step is not even close to the instruction sequence, but I can install the fan just before I attach the lower nose to the completed fuse, which is not in sequence either. I spread some filler on the intake and upper fuse opening and put it aside until tomorrow.
 
 
Oh goody, the intake lines up, yea!
 
 
The completed fan box, transmission, vanes and fan shroud.
 
 
This is a fun kit in the way that figuring out a puzzle is fun. It’s not for the beginner. It would have a beginner throwing it against the wall PO’ed for spending the money and swearing off scale modeling for good. For the large majority of the forum members, it is a nice change of pace from the shake and bake Hasegawa  or Tamaya kit. This one makes you think and exercise some modeling skills.
I think its smooth sailing from now on. LOL, who am I kidding.
More to come

Steve

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  • From: Hatboro, PA
Posted by Justinryan215 on Monday, April 13, 2020 9:05 AM

I've completed my builds for the Lockdown group build, so now, I commence my build for this one!

My kit is the 1/72 Hasegawa AV8B plus II. 

I got as far as the first step....

 

 

 

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Posted by modelcrazy on Monday, April 13, 2020 10:23 AM

Nice start Justin

Steve

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Monday, April 13, 2020 10:53 AM

Oh geez Steve, that's a lot of fit issues.  Your a much more patient man than I my friend! 

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/72 Revell He177 & 1/35 Tamiya Sdkfz 251

On deck: 1/35 Bronco LWS

In the hole: 1/144 Revell S-100

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Posted by modelcrazy on Monday, April 13, 2020 11:05 AM

I dono Chad, you could do it no problem.

Steve

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Posted by modelcrazy on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 10:48 AM

I finally got all the guts stuffed in and attached the lower half of the nose.

I am going to add some intrest to the weapos bay and wheel wells.

OK, maybe not that much

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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  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 11:28 AM

Wow that's Complicated 

  .Nick

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Posted by crown r n7 on Thursday, April 16, 2020 11:30 AM

updated AV-8 using vallejo air (so far I like this stuff) comments on paint later.

 

  .Nick

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Posted by modelcrazy on Thursday, April 16, 2020 1:02 PM

Nick, I'm sold on Vallejo Air and Model Color, you just need to mix the later correctly to spray. The Model Color brushes like a dream so I try to use it for ships.

Nice mottling! Thats going to look great finished.

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 crown r n7 on Saturday, April 18, 2020 5:09 AM

MC. Im getting the hang on Vallejo,but it chips easy oh well the Av-8 is ready for gloss clear.

  .Nick

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Saturday, April 18, 2020 9:15 AM

I use Vallejo exclusively and absolutely love it! I am loving the color variation on that Harrier.

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/72 Revell He177 & 1/35 Tamiya Sdkfz 251

On deck: 1/35 Bronco LWS

In the hole: 1/144 Revell S-100

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Posted by modelcrazy on Saturday, April 18, 2020 10:12 AM

Ditto

And yes, it does chip easily. I'll seal a base coat sometimes before another to prevent that.

Steve

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  • From: Ohio (USA)
Posted by DRUMS01 on Sunday, April 19, 2020 9:46 AM

REAL G: Check your PM's.....

Ben

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- 1/48 RAH-66 Comanche - WIP

- 1/350 USS Alabama (GB) - DONE

- 1/16 1910 Thomas Flyer - DONE

- 1/78 AC-119 Stinger Gunship (GB) - DONE

 

 

 

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Posted by modelcrazy on Monday, April 20, 2020 10:37 AM

Here is an update. I added some gizmos and wiring in the weapons bay. I'm OK with it, especially since it's just going to sit on the shelf after completion. I'll work some more on the other bay as well as the wheel wells. I'll paint some brackets and such when everythings completed.

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 Mopar Madness on Monday, April 20, 2020 10:39 AM

Wow Steve, that looks amazing!  If you take this to a show you'll definitely have to put it on a mirror!

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/72 Revell He177 & 1/35 Tamiya Sdkfz 251

On deck: 1/35 Bronco LWS

In the hole: 1/144 Revell S-100

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Posted by JacknewbIII on Monday, April 20, 2020 11:06 AM

Real G you can try taping the decals up in a sunny window for a few days. It wont change the fact that they are thick as leather but it will remove the yellowing for you..good luck!

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Posted by Real G on Monday, April 20, 2020 12:32 PM

JacknewbIII

Real G you can't try taping the decals up in a sunny window for a few days. It wont change the fact that they are thick as leather but it will remove the yellowing for you..good luck!

I'm not sure if the decals will yellow again (had that happen on several older kits) or shatter into a million bits!  Surprise  I will try to source some Anigrand decals for the unique markings.  Failing that, might have to fall back and punt - and irrigate the lovely recessed engravings with paint!

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  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 3:04 PM

Steve with the super detailing!!

gave the 1st coat of gloss clear a day to dry and decals.

  .Nick

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Posted by modelcrazy on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 7:32 AM

Nick, that is looking superb!

G, I would dig into the decal stash and see if I can find anything that could suffice or look for a set that's similar and get that one. The stripes may have to be masked and sprayed.

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 JacknewbIII on Friday, April 24, 2020 10:29 AM

Ok guys I completed another GB this morning and now have space and time to dedicate to this monster! Count me in with the 1/48 Italeri V-22 Osprey and here are the pics of me cracking it open. I have an entire shelf reserved in my display case for this bad boy once its complete. I look forward to joining in!

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