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Posted by lewbud on Saturday, November 7, 2020 11:37 PM

The Roster:

lewbud-1/72 Hasegawa Mi-24 Hind

Keavdog-1/48 Zvezda Mi-24 Hind.

Bish-Airfix 1/72 Ju-87B2 Stuka

Eaglecash867-1/32 Trumpeter SU-25

Mopar Madness-1/48 Hasegawa HS-129B2

Fotofrank-1/48 Monogram F9F Panther

modelcrazy-1/72 Mig-27D

PhilliePhan79-1/72 Academy F/A-18E Super Hornet

TempestJohnny-1/48 Hasegawa Typhoon

Knox-1/35 Academy AH-1Z Viper

68GT-Academy 1/72 A-10

Drums01-1/72 Italeri AC-119 Stinger

ArmorAfficianado-1/72 Academy A-10

Crown r n 7-1/48 Academy Mig-21MF

mrmike-TBD

Hutch3690-1/72 Airfix Beaufighter TF X

Glamdring-1/72 Academy P-47D

Justinryan215-TBD

falconmod-1/144 Academy AC-130

Cj2875-1/48 Revell AH-64 Apache

SteveCB-1/72 Airfix IL-2M

Xraylizard-1/48 Academy F-4B/N Phantom

rooster513-1/48 Revell F-15E Strike Eagle

                 1/48 Accurate Miniatures SBD Dauntless

banthafodder-1/72 Academy A-37B.

Lostagain-1/72 NOVO Vultee Vengeance.

Jasper-1/48 Accurate Miniatures A-36.

dwsrazor-1/72 Heller Breguet 693

jeaton01-1/72 LF Resin Curtiss A-18 Shrike

cbaltrin-TBD.

learmech-TBD.

oortiz10-`1/48 Fujimi AH-1G.

               1/48 Fujimi AH-1J

bobbaily-1/48 Hasegawa Bf-109E4/7 Jabo.

ikar01-OV-10A

RealG-1/32 Trumpeter A-4F

Caveman-1/48 Hobby Boss F-111D/E Aardvark

Tomcat-Boxscale Monogram B-26

            1/48 Revell A-6E Intruder

BorisBaddenov-1/48 Revell Ju-87G1 Tank Buster

 

 

 

 

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Posted by keavdog on Sunday, November 8, 2020 1:00 AM

I'm in with the 1/48 Tamiya A-10

Thanks,

John

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Posted by Bish on Sunday, November 8, 2020 3:48 AM

Airfix 1/72nd Ju 87B-2

I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so

On the bench: Italeri 1/72nd Bell 212/Revell 1/72nd Type VIIc U-Boat/Trumpeter 1/32nd Me 262A-1a

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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Sunday, November 8, 2020 5:32 AM

I'm in with a 1/32 scale Su-25M1, Blue 38

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Sunday, November 8, 2020 8:22 AM

I'm in with a 1/48 Hasegawa Hs129 B-2.

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 fotofrank on Sunday, November 8, 2020 9:10 AM

Well, lewbud, I'm still in with the Monogram F9F Panther all bombed up.

I have the 1/48 Airfix Sea Harrier in the stash as well.

 

OK. On the bench: Way too much to build in one lifetime...

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Posted by lewbud on Sunday, November 8, 2020 12:08 PM

Alright guys, got you on the list.  This is an auspicisious start indeed, although I was hoping Bish would step out of his comfort zone and do a bomb laden Spit.Big Smile

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Posted by Bish on Sunday, November 8, 2020 1:03 PM

lewbud

Alright guys, got you on the list.  This is an auspicisious start indeed, although I was hoping Bish would step out of his comfort zone and do a bomb laden Spit.Big Smile

 

You have more chance of me standing on my head in a Tu-Tu singing La Marseillaise.

I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so

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Posted by modelcrazy on Sunday, November 8, 2020 1:07 PM
Hmm, let’s see,
F-18 1/72
F-16 1/72, 1/48, 1/144
F-15E 1/72
F-14 1/72, 1/48, 1/444
F-4 1/72
A-10 1/72
A-4 1/72
AV-8
GR.7
Hs129 1/48
MiG-27D 1/72
Su-34 1/72
Yeah, I could probably find something. Count me in. 
Let's say with the MiG-27D just to be diffrent.

Steve

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Posted by PhilliePhan79 on Sunday, November 8, 2020 1:47 PM

I'll do the Academy Super Hornet.  1/72

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Sunday, November 8, 2020 2:57 PM

I'm in. I'll start with 1/48 Hasegawa Typhoon

 

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Posted by knox on Sunday, November 8, 2020 3:38 PM

   My first group build will be one of Bish’s.  If I don’t freak out, I would like to join with Academy’s Viper Cobra.  I think that qualifie.  If not, I will build something else. 

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Posted by lewbud on Sunday, November 8, 2020 5:57 PM

Bish

 

 
lewbud

Alright guys, got you on the list.  This is an auspicisious start indeed, although I was hoping Bish would step out of his comfort zone and do a bomb laden Spit.Big Smile

 

 

 

You have more chance of me standing on my head in a Tu-Tu singing La Marseillaise.

 

I'd pay good money to see that. How about the rest of you?

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Posted by lewbud on Sunday, November 8, 2020 6:04 PM

Okay guys got you on the list. 

Steve,

Who makes the Mig?

Knox,

Bish's builds are top notch, you'll be in good hands. What scale is the Viper?

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Posted by 68GT on Sunday, November 8, 2020 6:25 PM
I have at least one Academy A-10 in 72 scale to start with.

On Ed's bench, ???

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Posted by lewbud on Sunday, November 8, 2020 6:41 PM

Ed,

Got you on the list. Welcome aboard.

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Posted by modelcrazy on Sunday, November 8, 2020 6:57 PM

lewbud
Steve, Who makes the Mig?

Oh sorry, Hase 1/72

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 DRUMS01 on Sunday, November 8, 2020 7:33 PM

OK, count me in this GB... 

I will let you know what I am going to build in a couple days. Time to open up some of my storage boxes and see what I can come up with.

Ben

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PROJECTS:

- 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 knox on Sunday, November 8, 2020 8:41 PM

lewbud

Okay guys got you on the list. 

Steve,

Who makes the Mig?

Knox,

Bish's builds are top notch, you'll be in good hands. What scale is the Viper?

 

Opps, it is 1/35.  

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Posted by Armor_Aficionado on Monday, November 9, 2020 5:21 AM

I'm in, with an Academy 1/72 scale A-10 Warthog.

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Posted by crown r n7 on Monday, November 9, 2020 8:25 AM

I'm in with something ..

 .Nick

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Posted by mrmike on Monday, November 9, 2020 10:43 AM

I'm in with a WWII Russian aircraft, still deciding which kit. Choices are a 1/32 Hobby Boss IL-2M3, a 1/32 Trumpeter Mig 3, or a 1/48 Zvezda Pe-2. All three are clamoring for attention, so I'm happy to have the rest of the year to decide.

This is shaping up to be a very interesting GB!

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Posted by Hutch6390 on Monday, November 9, 2020 2:27 PM

I'm definitely in - Airfix's 1/72 Beaufighter TF X, Op Firedog, Malaya.

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

 

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Posted by DRUMS01 on Monday, November 9, 2020 4:20 PM

I need some help in picking which model to build....

- 1/32 BO-105 Helitow Anti-tank Helicopter (Revell)

- 1/48 RAH-66 Comanche Stealth Helicopter (Italeri)

- 1/48 A-7D L.T.V. Corsair II (Hasegawa)

- 1/48 V-22 Osprey (Italeri) 

- 1/72 AC-119K Stinger Shadow Gun Ship (Italeri)

Which one should I build?

Ben

 

I am a Veteran; to all other Veterans thank you for your service. Retired now and living well

PROJECTS:

- 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 tempestjohnny on Monday, November 9, 2020 5:47 PM
Ben my vote is for the AC-119

 

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Posted by PhilliePhan79 on Monday, November 9, 2020 5:56 PM

I 2nd the Shadow/Stinger

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Posted by DRUMS01 on Monday, November 9, 2020 6:56 PM

Tempest Johnny and PhilliePhan79, I was leaning between it and the Comanche.

It is what it is, I am going with the AC-119K as my participation build.

Thanks guys!

Ben

I am a Veteran; to all other Veterans thank you for your service. Retired now and living well

PROJECTS:

- 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 lewbud on Monday, November 9, 2020 7:07 PM

Drums, AA, Crown,mrmike, and Hutch,

Got y'all on the list.  Anything in divine scale (1/72), just my .02 worth.

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Posted by Glamdring on Monday, November 9, 2020 7:50 PM

Put me down with an Academy 1/72 P-47D Thunderbolt please!

Robert

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Posted by Justinryan215 on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 7:56 PM

Throw my name up on that List!  I'm in!

 

 

 

Kit TBD....

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Posted by lewbud on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 8:32 PM

Glamdring, Justinryan,

Got you on the list.  Welcome aboard!

Drums01,

Got you updated.

 

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Posted by falconmod on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 9:28 AM

I'm in with a 1/144 AC-130H gunship.

John

On the Bench: 1/72 Ki-67, 1/48 T-38

1/72 EF-111, 1/144 AC-130, 1/72 Me-210

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Posted by lewbud on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 9:52 PM

John,

That's a fun kit.  Unfortunately mine bit the dust in a move.  I've got you on the list.

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Posted by Cj2785 on Thursday, November 12, 2020 4:07 PM

Hey lewbud, I'm in! I'll be doing a 1:48 AH-64 Apache. 

Charles Johnson

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Posted by lewbud on Friday, November 13, 2020 10:32 AM

Cj2875,

Got you on the list. Who makes the kit?

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Posted by Cj2785 on Friday, November 13, 2020 12:40 PM

Revell, sorry about that. 

Charles Johnson

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Posted by lewbud on Friday, November 13, 2020 5:46 PM

Charles,

Got your build updated.

Going to go ahead and throw my hat into the ring.  My first build will be a 1/72 Hasegawa Mi-24 Hind D I started some 12 years ago.  Markings will be the 51st Helicopter Regiment Aerobatic Display Team of the Czech AF.

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Posted by SteveCB on Sunday, November 15, 2020 5:42 PM

I'll try it.  1/72 Airfix Illyushin

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Posted by lewbud on Sunday, November 15, 2020 7:18 PM

Steve,

Are you building an Il-2?

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Posted by crown r n7 on Monday, November 16, 2020 7:05 AM

 Academy Mig-21 MF. in 1/48. USSR air to groung config. in Afghanstan.

thats my pick.

 .Nick

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Posted by SteveCB on Monday, November 16, 2020 11:08 AM

Yes, IL-2M

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Posted by goldhammer on Monday, November 16, 2020 11:56 AM

lewbud

 

 
Bish

 

 
lewbud

Alright guys, got you on the list.  This is an auspicisious start indeed, although I was hoping Bish would step out of his comfort zone and do a bomb laden Spit.Big Smile

 

 

 

You have more chance of me standing on my head in a Tu-Tu singing La Marseillaise.

 

 

 

I'd pay good money to see that. How about the rest of you?

 

I'd even print and sell the tickets for that show.  Would be a world wide event.   GRIN.

May join in with a crossover, depends on what falls out of the sleigh on the Santa GB.

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Posted by lewbud on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 8:32 PM

Crown and SteveCB,

Got you on the list.  Welcome aboard.

Goldhammer,

You've got time.  Let me know.

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Posted by lewbud on Monday, November 30, 2020 9:03 PM

Bumpity bump bump bump.

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Posted by Xraylizard on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 2:31 PM

How about a Marine Corp F-4B/N phantom ? 
Academy 1:48

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Posted by rooster513 on Thursday, December 3, 2020 8:41 AM

I'd like to jump in with a couple of builds. First will be Revell's 1/48 F-15E and next will be Accurate Minatures 1/48 SBD-3. The SDB is the Coral Sea boxing so I'll probably get to it around April closer to the anniversary of the battle.

-Andy

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Posted by lewbud on Thursday, December 3, 2020 7:37 PM

Xraylizard,

Your Phantom would be more than welcome.  Welcome aboard!

Andy,

Good choices with the Mudhen and the SBD.  Welcome aboard!

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Posted by banthafodder on Friday, December 4, 2020 5:16 PM

I've never done this before, but put me down for the Academy 1/72 A-37B.

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Posted by lewbud on Friday, December 4, 2020 5:35 PM

Banthafodder,

Group builds are easy peasy, exception maybe the Weekend GB if you plan poorly.  I'm honored to have this little group build be your first.  Your A-37 is most welcome.  Any idea on the markings?

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Posted by banthafodder on Friday, December 4, 2020 7:50 PM

Probably USAF, I haven't really done a Vietnam era camo scheme before, so this should be interesting.  I hope I don't regret it lol.

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Posted by keavdog on Friday, December 4, 2020 8:45 PM

Hey lewbud - I'd like to change my entry to the 1/48 Zvezda MI-24 V/VP Hind if you'll allow it. (Not the Kawasaki Stick out tongue )

 

Thanks,

John

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Saturday, December 5, 2020 3:51 AM
John that Hind should have some size in 48th

 

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Posted by lostagain on Saturday, December 5, 2020 7:04 PM

Hi Lewbud,

Count me in! Novo Vultee Vengance 1/72 RAAF, built as a cross over with another great GB!

Keavdog, now I really want to see what the close air support Kawasaki will look like...

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Posted by lewbud on Saturday, December 5, 2020 7:26 PM

lostagain,

Got you on the list amigo!

Keavdog,

Made the change.  Should be an interesting build.  If you need any pics of the real deal, there's two at the Lancaster, TX Municipal airport (one's flyable, the other is now a gate guard due to a negligent truck driver).  I've got a bunch of detail pics on my fotki page if you're interested.  Btw, have you seen these?  I almost ordered a set and Zvezda Hind so I could use them, but I figured I only have shelfspace for the two divine scale Hinds I have right now.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Quinta-QD48026-1-48-Mi-24V-Hind-3D-Printed-coloured-interior-for-Zvezda-kit/164167050386?hash=item26391e6492:g:8ygAAOSwh3xenLxO

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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Saturday, December 5, 2020 7:43 PM

That Quinta Studios stuff is amazing quality.  Picked up a set for my Su-25 build.  Even the glass in the instruments is faithfully reproduced.

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Posted by Jasper on Sunday, December 6, 2020 11:50 AM

I'd like to join! I've got a 1/48 Accurate Miniatures A-36 Apache that is barely started from several years ago (just some paint on an after-market cockpit set). I'm looking to finally spending some time at the work bench.

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Posted by lewbud on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 1:01 AM

Welcome aboard Jasper!

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Posted by dwsrazor on Friday, December 11, 2020 9:02 PM

I'll join the fray with something a little different.  Heller's 1/72 Breguet 693.

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Posted by jeaton01 on Friday, December 11, 2020 9:24 PM

I guess I'll have to join in this one, looks like it's going to very active.  I'm thinking an LF resin Curtiss A-18 in 1/72.

John

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Posted by cbaltrin on Sunday, December 13, 2020 7:19 PM

Sign me up. Not sure what im building yet.

On the Bench:

  • Italeri F-100D 1/72
  • Monogram 1/72 F-4J
  • Revel 1/72 HH-3 Jolly Green Giant
  • Monogram P-47D
  • Monogram F-14A
  • Monogram P-51D
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Posted by lewbud on Monday, December 14, 2020 12:32 AM

I apologize for falling down on my leaderly duties by neglecting to update the front page in a timely fashion. 

razor, John, cbaltrin,

Welcome aboard! John and razor's builds definitely fall under the"And now, for something completely different." category.  The stuff of the interwar period where they were trying to figure things out is always interesting to see. cbaltrin, we look forward to your build as well.

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Posted by lewbud on Sunday, December 20, 2020 1:13 AM

bumpity bump bump bumpity bump look at Frosty go....

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Posted by fotofrank on Monday, December 21, 2020 8:52 AM

Are we there yet?

OK. On the bench: Way too much to build in one lifetime...

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Posted by lewbud on Tuesday, December 22, 2020 1:16 AM

Almost.

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Posted by learmech64 on Tuesday, December 22, 2020 7:37 AM

Ill give it go. Will be a A-10 of either Tamiya 1/48 or Trumpeter 1/32, i havent decided yet.

 

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Posted by lewbud on Wednesday, December 23, 2020 8:23 PM

learmech,

Welcome aboard!

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Posted by oortiz10 on Saturday, December 26, 2020 10:47 PM

Hey gang, I think I'll get in on this one. I don't have a subject yet, but since crossovers are allowed, I'm going to see if I have something in the stash that will kill two birds at the same time. I'll let y'all know as soon as I have a subject.

Cheers!

-O

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Posted by lewbud on Sunday, December 27, 2020 3:09 AM

oortiz10,

Welcome aboard!  I've got you on the list and the front page is updated.  Man there are a lot of Devastators being built for this.

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Posted by cbaltrin on Monday, December 28, 2020 7:08 AM

Lewbud,  Reserving the right to change my mind and maintaining plausible deniability, pencil me in for a Monogram Skyraider.

On the Bench:

  • Italeri F-100D 1/72
  • Monogram 1/72 F-4J
  • Revel 1/72 HH-3 Jolly Green Giant
  • Monogram P-47D
  • Monogram F-14A
  • Monogram P-51D
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Posted by Justinryan215 on Monday, December 28, 2020 11:48 AM

So, I am torn between The 1/48th Revell A-6 Intruder or the 1/48th Revell A10.

I am planning one for this build and the other for the Desert Storm group build.....

 

Tell me which you guys would rather see here!!!

 

lol

 

Justin

"...failure to do anything because someone else can do better makes us rather dull and lazy..."

Mortal as I am,I know that I am born for a day.  But when I follow at my pleasure the serried multitude of the stars in their circular course, my feet no longer touch the Earth...

 

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Posted by DRUMS01 on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 11:46 PM

I know it does not begin for a couple more days, but I am posting data on my build now in anticipation of hitting the ground running. I am also building this on the aircraft forum and the Vietnam GB too. I suppose you could call that multi purpose building (?). Here goes.....


HISTORY: FAIRCHILD AC-119: (From Wikipedia)

The Fairchild AC-119G Shadow and AC-119K Stinger were twin-engine piston-powered gunships developed by the United States during the Vietnam War. They replaced the Douglas AC-47 Spooky and operated alongside the early versions of the AC-130 Spectre gunship. In February 1968, under the USAF program Project Gunship III, 26 C-119Gs were converted to AC-119G standard, initially taking on the name "Creep", but later assigned the callsign "Shadow".

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In addition, Fairchild-Hiller, which was contracted for all the conversions, converted another 26 C-119Gs into AC-119Ks, primarily for the "truck hunter" role over the Ho Chi Minh Trail. These aircraft were called "Stingers" primarily in reference to the two M61 Vulcan 20-mm cannons they carried in addition to the AC-119G's four GAU-2/A miniguns. The AC-119K could be visually distinguished by the addition of two General Electric J85 turbojet engines in underwing pods. 

Project Gunship III, being a follow-on to the success of the AC-130 series, meant that the AC-119 was a more advanced aircraft in both its iterations than the AC-47. Even the TIC AC-119G featured some of the most up-to-date electronic countermeasures and radar equipment, as well as more basic technology, including an AVQ-8 xenon light, a night observation sight, and an LAU-74/A flare launcher. The AC-119K, designed to hit trucks on the Ho Chi Minh Trail, was even more advanced. Included in the conversion was the AN/APN-147 Doppler navigation radar, AN/AAD-4 forward looking infrared, AN/APQ-133 side-looking beacon tracking radar and AN/APQ-136 search radar.

Actual aircraft photos:
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The photo below shows the guns in a AC-47, but they are very similar.

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General Characteristics:

Crew: 6 (day), 8 (night)
Length: 86 ft 5.75 in (26.3589 m)
Wingspan: 109 ft 3.25 in (33.3058 m)
Height: 26 ft 7.75 in (8.1217 m)
Wing area: 1,400 sq ft (130 m2)
Airfoil: root: NACA 2418; tip: NACA 4409[4]
Empty weight: 40,125 lb (18,200 kg)
Max takeoff weight: 62,000 lb (28,123 kg)
Powerplant: 2 × Wright R-3350-85 Duplex-Cyclone 18-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engines, 2,500 hp (1,900 kW) each for take-off
Propellers: 4-bladed constant-speed fully-feathering reversible-pitch propellers

Performance:

Maximum speed: 180 kn (210 mph, 330 km/h)
Cruise speed: 130 kn (150 mph, 240 km/h)
Range: 1,680 nmi (1,930 mi, 3,110 km)
Service ceiling: 23,300 ft (7,100 m)

Armament:

4× GAU-2/A 7.62 mm (0.30 in) miniguns, 1,500 rounds/gun
2× M61 Vulcan 20 mm (0.787 in) 6-barreled Gatling cannon (AC-119K variant only)
60× Mk 24 flares in a LAU-74/A flare launcher

SCALE MODEL:

This kit was originally produced in 1985 as a 1/72 transport version by Italeri. To extend the life of the product, the kit was reboxed with some added parts to make the gunship variant and sold in 1987. Later in the models life it was repackaged under the Testers brand. 

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Molded in black styrene, this kit is presented on five parts trees plus a single tree of clear parts. At its time of molding it was considered a highly detailed model featuring fine raised surface detailing. It also has the regular ejection pin marks throughout the kit that was found during that era. While some parts feature crisp separations and angles, other parts show flash, dimples, and pour over from the mold. All of the wing and tail control surfaces are molded with the main assemblies in the neutral (straight position). The main parts have male and female locator pins to ensure proper alignment. The majority of the detail are in the cockpit and internal fuselage gun area. Unfortunately, most of that detail will not be seen once the airframe is closed up. The rear clamshell doors can be positioned in the open or closed position. Detail on the two Wright R-3350-85 Duplex-Cyclone 18-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engines is very minimal and includes a half molded image of the rear cylinder bank on the bulkhead a prop shaft and the front bank of the pistons showing minimal shape or detail. 

The added parts of the "Stinger" gunship conversion include the Forward Look Infra-red sensor (lower left front of the fuselage), An/APQ-133 Beacon Tracking Radar (left rear of fuselage), smoke evacuation scoops in the close position (just behind the front door), the Night Observation Sight (NOS) (in the front door), the Illumanator (left rear clamshell), the Flare Launcher (right clamshell), 2- 20mm guns, and 4- 7.62mm rotary machine guns.

What it is missing to make the cargo bay complete would be the 7.62 and 20mm ammunition storage bins, auxiliary power unit, illuminator and fir system controls/computers, etc.

Kit instructions are typical for the scale and period. They are shown in the exploded view with an arrow showing the assembly point. Unlike some models of the period, the kit do not have any detailed written instructions but it does call out the part and the suggested paint code with a model master paint ledger on the 1st page.  

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Decals for the kit are:

AC-119K, 53-3154, 18 SOS, Phan Rang AB, 1968, 'Pea-Nut Special'
AC-119K, 52-9982, 18 SOS, Nha Trang AB, 1968, 'The Super Sow'

When looking at this model and checking various sources as to what is available to super detail it, there is really little to nothing out there in the after-market suppliers specific to the AC-119G or K model. I found metal replacement landing gear if you are building it on the ground but that's about it. I should note that there was once a complete decal sheet for the AC-119G/K in 1/72. It was available at one time by AOA decals and had the tail number and graphics for 14 different aircraft. Every source to include the manufacturers site indicate they are sold out. There are a limited supply of the regular boxcar transport decals available at various sources if some of the aircraft stencils would be needed. I also believe a hand full of the 1/72 stencils for an AC-130 could be sourced to fill in the ones not provided in the kit (?). There are some items available for the 1/72 AC-47 or AC-130 that could be used to detail the build such as resin or brass replacement guns, etc.

Here is what comes in the kit:

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Another thing, the kit has no figures. This means if I want to build the gunship in flight I will need to source four seated figures for the cockpit and possibly two to four more for the cargo/gun bay. At one time Hasegawa made a pilot and ground crew set in 1/72 that just might fit the need for figures perfectly (?). And "yes", I am planning on building mine in flight.

For those who really like this aircraft, I also noticed that Roden makes it in 1/144 and some time ago Aurora models made the cargo version with a jeep and howitzer in 1/77 scale.

MODIFICATIONS TO FOLLOW:

INTERNALLY:

Considering the size of the openings and windows, I've decided on adding some extra details within the fuselage but nothing too crazy. My goal it to provide enough details to look credible. 

Some things I have prepared to work on internally are the Auxilliary Power Unit (APU), the 20mm and 7.62 ammunition storage racks, the Fire Control perphials, etc. In the second photo you can also see the fuselage reinforced bracing for the wing assembly just inside the window, I plan on adding that too. 

I also plan on adding ammo intake belts and the shell casing/clip discharge chutes (and possibly catch cans for the brass?). The last items I plan on adding to the gun area will be a few people and perhaps the smoke evacuation lanyard to the top of the cargo bay roof.

(AC-47 photo, but guns are very similar)

As for the 20mm guns, I see partial photos showing a trough below and to the rear of the gun motor/breach assembly. I need to locate more details photos of these guns to see if I need to make those for the discharge tray of the shell casings.

AC-119 gun bay:

EXTERNALLY:

I have started thinking about some details missing on the model such as the small air intakes above the 7.62mm gun windows. They will be added along with the hose inside the fuselage to represent the cooling vents for the gun motor / breach areas.

The kits 7.62 mini-guns, specifically the gun barrels are OK but not well detailed. To solve that I've ordered some resin replacement which provide great depth of detail which I hope can be seen externally. 

The intake and exhaust for the APU will also be added below the right wing on the fuselage. There may be more "things" to add to the external build process, but nothing of note just yet. 

COCKPIT:

The cockpit will be mostly OOB with the exception of the pilots and perhaps the anti-glare blinds for the top fuselage windows. 

ENGINES:

I mentioned in the review that they are very basic. Instead of searching for some after-market replacement, I am going to try to add just a little detail that will be visible in the opening behind the propeller. I noticed that the kit provides the updated props and not like those found on the earlier G or early K's. The kit does not come with any stencils for the props or the external fuselage. I have a limited amount in my spares but have also orders prop stencils. 

And the count down begins.....

Ben

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PROJECTS:

- 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 lewbud on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 11:53 PM

Drums,

Really looking forward to watching this build.

JustinRyan,

You could always do both.Whistling

 

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Posted by DRUMS01 on Wednesday, December 30, 2020 2:31 PM

The A-6 Intruder gets my vote for this GB, and the A-10 for the sand box build.

Ben

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PROJECTS:

- 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 fotofrank on Thursday, December 31, 2020 2:17 PM

Here's where I start tomorrow. The old Monogram F9F kit. All the supplies are on hand. Just need to see the green flag. Haven't built a jet in a while so this should be fun. A Panther of VMF-311. I have an Aurora display stand so I'll probably pose it in flight. Jets just look better in flight instead of parked. BTW: I have "Men of the Fighting Lady" on DVR, so I'll watch the movie while I do this build.

OK. On the bench: Way too much to build in one lifetime...

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Posted by 68GT on Friday, January 1, 2021 10:54 AM

So I mentioned the Academy A-10.

I also have this Ju87A conversion that's been looking at me for a while. It's an older Airfix 1/72 kit and the conversion has vacuum formed parts and is by Airframe.  Looks quite old.

On Ed's bench, ???

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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Friday, January 1, 2021 11:58 AM

"You can have my illegal fireworks when you pry them from my cold, dead fingers...which are...over there somewhere."

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Posted by fotofrank on Friday, January 1, 2021 3:12 PM

The plastic on this old Monogram F9F (1990) is kinda brittle. Hafta be careful. Already lost one part to breakage and the Carpet Monster.

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Posted by bobbaily on Friday, January 1, 2021 3:21 PM

Lewbud-would a bf-109e Jabo qualify as Close Air Support?  I'm thinking something from the Russian front?  If not, no problem-I've got plenty of kits that would qualify if not.

Thanks

bob

 

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Posted by oortiz10 on Friday, January 1, 2021 4:46 PM

OK CAS fiends, I have made a decision and...um...decided on what I'm going to build. I'm going to jump in with 2 helos. I'm going to build a AH-1G and a -J. The -J will be a crossover from the First Gulf War 30th Anniversary GB going on at the same time.

I have kitbashed Fujimi's -J and -S into a USMC -G before.

This time, the kitbash will create an Army -G from the Vietnam era. I haven't decided on markings yet, but it will probably be a boring OD bird. The -J will most likely be built up as a gray camo bird, like one from either HMA-773 or 775.

I have been planning on building all the USMC Cobra variants. So far I have the -G and the AH-1Z demonstrator (AH-1(4B)W) done. After this, I'll still need a -T, -W, and -Z, which I happen to already have in the stash.

Anyway, I'm looking forward to getting started.

Happy modeling!

-O

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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Saturday, January 2, 2021 11:19 AM

Got the test fit done for all of the major structures this morning.  The fit is surprisingly good so far for a Trumpeter kit, but the panel line alignment of the fuselage halves is staggered.  Most are dead on, but a few are offset one direction, and a few the opposite direction.  They're close enough though that I think I can make an acceptable correction just by making those panel lines a little wider.  Almost 900 pieces in this box!!!  YIKES!  Most of that is ordnance and ordnance-carrying structures.

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Posted by lewbud on Saturday, January 2, 2021 12:13 PM

bobbaily

Lewbud-would a bf-109e Jabo qualify as Close Air Support?  I'm thinking something from the Russian front?  If not, no problem-I've got plenty of kits that would qualify if not.

Thanks

 

 

Absolutely. Go for it.

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Posted by bobbaily on Saturday, January 2, 2021 6:31 PM

Thank you Lewbud-sign me up for a 1/48 Hasegawa bf109E-4/7 Jabo.

bob

 

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Posted by oortiz10 on Saturday, January 2, 2021 7:51 PM

OK CASers, I got started on my AH-1G. I've kitbashed one before, so I knew what I was up against. This time, I decided to start with the hard stuff. I scratched the M28 turret, cut up the doghouse to fit the rounded canopy, and tried my best on a set of Fireball PE XM-158 launchers (cringe).

I started with the easiest and worked my way up to the most difficult. First thing done was the chin turret. I used the existing opening to create a template on tape, then cut out the second opening. I used some styrene sheet, various pieces of rod, and a spare minigun for the assembly.

In the second picture, everything is just "dry-fitted" together.

Next came the dog house. Funny, it scarier doing it this second time than it was doing it blindly the first time!

Not perfect but pretty darn close. The port side will need a little more TLC than the starboard side.

Next were the rocket launchers, which I have no idea how they ended up in my stash. Anyway, I've never worked with PE before. The most PE/resin I've used is a seat in a single-seat fighter or some wheels. I have to admit, I was pretty intimidated. 

They're not perfect, but I think I can hide a few of the imperfections under some paint and weathering.

Anyway, now that the "hard" stuff is behind me, I can focus on the "easy" stuff. I still need to address the kit's horrible exhaust, but I already know how I'm going to handle that. 

Thanks for looking! Comments, criticisms, and questions are welcome. Stay tuned for updates on the -G and the upcoming AH-1J.

Cheers!

-O

 

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Posted by DRUMS01 on Saturday, January 2, 2021 11:20 PM

That is a rteally nice start oortiz10, looking forward to seeing more of your work.

DRUMS01

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PROJECTS:

- 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 DRUMS01 on Saturday, January 2, 2021 11:27 PM

Time for an update, actually I have spent the majority of the time researching many little things. While some turned out to be nothing that would be added, others represent small details, mostly external. As I said previously, I am not going to go crazy and super detail everything, rather focus on what will be visible. Of course, none of this would be possible without the help of my little man (my special needs son, Jarrod).

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OK, here we go... first thing will be adding scratchbuilt cooling vents for the 4× GAU-2/A 7.62 mm (0.30 in) miniguns. According to the photos I could locate, they are visible just above the window openings (above the guns).

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After two attempts with plastic I have what I am going to use with soft aluminum. It is as easy as bending the extruded hollow aluminum tube 90 degrees, cutting it flush at the angle, sanding it semi-flat on the side going against the fuselage, cut to length, glue on fuselage, and repeat three more times. They looked OK when making them but now perhaps they are a little too long and even too large when compared to the photos(?). I may fix that.....

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As you can see on some of the previous photos I've also added some of the kit on the fuselage to include the AN/APQ-133 side-looking beacon tracking radar and AN/APQ-136 search radar. There were minor gaps and sink marks that were corrected with Tamiya putty.

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During the same period I also added the smoke evacuation scoops on both sides of the fuselage (the come in the closed position). While adding these items I was thinking about just how much or little I was going to add to the cargo area to "fill in" what was not provided with the kit, such as the APU, Fire Control Computer, 20mm Ammo Container, and the 7.62 Ammo Storage Rack, and the control panel for the illuminator. I have already decided to make the APU unit since it could be seen behind the NOS through the front door of the cargo bay (on the opposite side of the cargo bay). That means it would need the intake and exhaust ports on the right side of the fuselage too. Here is the intake vent for the APU (I've also added the exhaust port using brass since the photo):

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While that sounds like a lot of stuff to make from scratch, I am looking through the windows and doors and can see quite a bit, even if the clamshell doors are closed and she is in flight. So I said, "why not", and started on some of the cargo bay auxiliary equipment. While some of it comes from photos and drawings, there was a little artistic expression added too because of a lack of pictures for certian items.

Here is the pile of things made so far:
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And this is how I plan on adding them (still much more to do):
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Given the scale, many of the kit parts are basic. For example, the rear booms are only two pieces and the central rear wing (?) only two. Initially I was going to remove the control surfaces to pose them. I still may, but I'm not sure just yet. 
So far they were cleaned up, assembled, then set aside.

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Likewise, the main wing spar was a total of seven parts which were put together and awaiting final assembly to the fuselage and main wings. In this photo the engine cowlings are not yet attached, just fitted.

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It may not look like much just yet, but I hope it will be the "bees knees" or at least somewhat convincing once painted and added inside the cargo area. 

I've also ordered pilots and crew, new mini-gun barrels, as well as other decals that might be repurposed for this kit. 

More next update, till then....

Ben

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PROJECTS:

- 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 jeaton01 on Sunday, January 3, 2021 12:38 AM

Here's the box art and the kit contents for my entry, the Curtiss A-18 Shrike II.  You get two pages of instructions, but take a look, they are identical.  No, I didn't mess up, I couldn't believe it when I was setting up the images and double checked, that's the way it is.  The resin looks pretty good, completely unlike a 1/48 LF Models YP-37 kit I have.

 

 

 

 

 

John

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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Sunday, January 3, 2021 5:55 AM

After waffling back and forth between the stock cockpit and the Aires cockpit, I think I'm going with the Aires cockpit because it looks so much better than stock.  Some of the finer details are a little fuzzy, but I think a coat of primer and paint will smooth it out.  Working on adapting the Quinta Studio 3D decals to fit, since they were designed for the stock cockpit.  Started cutting up the Aires instrument panel to modify it so it looks like the modified panel that the Su-25M1 has.

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Posted by modelcrazy on Sunday, January 3, 2021 11:37 AM

John, that Shrike looks very similar a Ki-45 Nick. 

EC, excelent looking IP.

Steve

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Posted by fotofrank on Sunday, January 3, 2021 12:41 PM

Decided to pose the Panther on a carrier deck, so I added fishing weights and epoxy in the nose.

OK. On the bench: Way too much to build in one lifetime...

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Posted by lewbud on Sunday, January 3, 2021 1:02 PM

Lots of good stuff early on. This is promising.  Keep it up!

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Posted by ikar01 on Sunday, January 3, 2021 4:04 PM

How about a OV-10A and probably a A-7D.  I have to make sure the A.F. is well represented.

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Posted by 68GT on Sunday, January 3, 2021 6:24 PM

It's not much but it's a start. I assembled the cockpit and sprayed it gray along with a bunch of other things that will need to be that color.

On Ed's bench, ???

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Posted by BorisBaddenov on Monday, January 4, 2021 1:01 PM
I'm not sure if the kit I have is acceptable - Stuka Ju 87G-1 Tank Buster by Revell in 1:48th scale. Thanks- Boris
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Posted by lewbud on Monday, January 4, 2021 2:40 PM

ikar01,

Got you on the front page. What scale and who makes the kits?

Looking good Ed.

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Posted by DRUMS01 on Monday, January 4, 2021 2:41 PM

Sorry for not having a new update just yet... all I can say is life happens.

I am reworking the gun vents above the windows as I think the first ones I made are too long and large. I'm also going to add the wind deflectors to the leading edge of the 7.72 window openings (not provided in the model). Below is what they should look like and what I have done.

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I've also found a couple other vents I need to add beneath the fuselage. My next major scratch build will be the internal wing and fuselage reinforcements. Not sure just how much of this will be done, but I would like to show the ones by the windows.

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More photos very soon.

Ben

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PROJECTS:

- 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 PhilliePhan79 on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 10:43 AM

Got my kit off the shelf.  Ready to dig in.  Updates coming soon

 

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Posted by falconmod on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 10:54 AM

PhilliePhan79

Got my kit off the shelf.  Ready to dig in.  Updates coming soon

 

 

I just finished the same kit right beofere Christmas,  very nice kit I think, goes together very well.

Not quite finished in this picture.

John

On the Bench: 1/72 Ki-67, 1/48 T-38

1/72 EF-111, 1/144 AC-130, 1/72 Me-210

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Posted by fotofrank on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 3:53 PM

Plodding along slowly but surely. Finally finished the cockpit and pilot. Getting ready to install and close up the fuselage. Painting 1/48 scale figures is something I haven't mastered yet. Not sure if I want the canopy open or closed.

OK. On the bench: Way too much to build in one lifetime...

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Posted by Real G on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 4:21 PM

I have failed at finishing every GB entered, but have wanted to build this kit for a while now.  Plus there is no "Scooter" on the roster yet.

Here is the box top:

And a shot of the current state of the kit:

Aside from a Hasegawa F-86 and Revell MiG-21 I built in middle school, this will be the only other 1/32 jet I have ever attempted.  Typical of Trumpeter, I think the box art shows an A-4E, not an F.  I don't know a lot about the A-4 Skyhawk, but there was a built 1/32 Hasegawa kit that resided in my LHS many moons ago that I never got tired of looking at.

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Posted by Caveman on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 2:49 AM

Hey Lewbud!

Does this fit your criteria?  Lots of plastic and some aftermarket too.  Need a little more than 48 for this one.  Like Real G, I wanted to pick something that wasn't on the roster yet.  Let me know!

 P1012055 by Tim Bowers, on Flickr

 P1012056 by Tim Bowers, on Flickr

 

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Posted by DRUMS01 on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 9:12 AM

As promised, here a a little update...

First is the correction to the minigun vents (above the windows) and the addition of the wind deflectors (to the front of the window openings):

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While showing the fuselage I might as well show the beginning of the cargo bay structural reinforcements. Just a note that the first one here is solid (without holes), just like in the real photo:

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Continuing inside, I created the stairs from the cargo bay to the cockpit (it can be seen through the front door):

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And here we (Jarrod and I) are starting to drill out the reinforcement ribs that will be seen through the flare and illuminator doors. Even with the clamshell doors closed, these can be seen:

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Keeping with the work in the cargo bay, here is the modified night sight that will reside in the front door. I replaced the support bracket with brass. I drill the holes and angled the NOS sight in a more realistic pose:

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assembled
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And for something completely different, I used the following method to make spinning props:

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I believe I spun them on the sandpaper too much and I have to tone down the red just a little as well, but here is my first ever attempt. Perhaps once I clear coat the disks the sandpaper grooves may look better and the prop wash a little darker (?).
They are shown in the photo behind the standard prop, but if used will have thier own central hubs. Basically, either the props or the disks with central hub(?):

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Some other things I've noticed are half the door hinges on the side of the fuselage even when the door is removed (notice the kill marks beside the door and the white wiring):

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Another deflector by the illuminator door, also notice the black wiring from the illuminator to the illuminator control panel:

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And here is another type of vent beneath the fuselage by the front landing gear:



Much more to come on this one.... As always, comments are welcome.

Ben

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PROJECTS:

- 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 Justinryan215 on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 9:30 AM

So, I am leaning towards the A6E from revell in 1/48th, but, since I only get the bench time on the weekends, we will be surprised what comes up at the next session....

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Posted by lewbud on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 1:01 PM

Boris,

I'd say a predecessor of the A-10 definitely qualifies.  Welcome aboard and I look forward to your build.

 

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Posted by lewbud on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 1:04 PM

Tim,

The Aardvark is more than welcome!  Bring it on!

Drums,

Thats some good work you've got going on.

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Posted by BorisBaddenov on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 1:06 PM

lewbud

Boris,

I'd say a predecessor of the A-10 definitely qualifies.  Welcome aboard and I look forward to your build.

 

Cool!   I'm super excited for my first GB and first Aircraft in a long long time.  As soon as I'm off the 24-hr posting delay, I'll get some photos up.

 

Boris

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Posted by Tomcat on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 5:05 PM

I'd like to throw my hat into the ring with two builds. First, an antique Monogram boxscale B-26 Invader and a Revell 1/48 A6E Intruder.

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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Posted by lewbud on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 9:25 PM

Got the front page updated with your builds Caveman, RealG, Boris, and Tomcat.

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Posted by Real G on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 10:06 PM

Thanks Lewbud!

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Posted by fotofrank on Thursday, January 7, 2021 2:02 PM

Closed up the fuselage today. Despite its age, this is a nice kit. Simple. Pretty small parts count. Fit is very good. Raised panel lines are very petite. I'm pretty impressed with it. Now just to sand and polish the seams then I can add the canopy and wings.

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Edit: Broke off the nose gear just now. This plastic is old and brittle, just like me. Have a new landing gear set coming from Scale Conversions.

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Posted by ikar01 on Thursday, January 7, 2021 5:57 PM

The OV-10 is from Academy and the A-7D is the 1/48th  from Hasegawa.  Both will be based from Korat.

Here's a few inspirational Vark' shots I took back then:

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Posted by Caveman on Thursday, January 7, 2021 6:19 PM

Nice photos!  I didn't realize that the stabs fell that much when at rest.  Noted.

 

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Posted by lostagain on Friday, January 8, 2021 5:26 AM

lewbud

 

 
Bish

 

 
lewbud

Alright guys, got you on the list.  This is an auspicisious start indeed, although I was hoping Bish would step out of his comfort zone and do a bomb laden Spit.Big Smile

 

 

 

You have more chance of me standing on my head in a Tu-Tu singing La Marseillaise.

 

 

 

I'd pay good money to see that. How about the rest of you?

 

Right there with you lewbud - the Aussie dollar is still worth something

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Posted by cbaltrin on Friday, January 8, 2021 6:23 AM

What, nobody is doing this?

 

On the Bench:

  • Italeri F-100D 1/72
  • Monogram 1/72 F-4J
  • Revel 1/72 HH-3 Jolly Green Giant
  • Monogram P-47D
  • Monogram F-14A
  • Monogram P-51D
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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Friday, January 8, 2021 7:38 AM

I've got a 1/32 C and a 1/72 D that I've been working on here and there to make into CAS Vipers.  Trying to figure out how to get a 1/32 scale GPU-5 made for the C.

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Posted by fotofrank on Friday, January 8, 2021 3:50 PM

Attached the wing to the F9F today. The clean up of the fuselage seams took a little more work than I thought. I had to use a rubber band to get some dihedral in the wings. They kinda drooped after they were attached.

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Posted by DRUMS01 on Friday, January 8, 2021 5:14 PM

Starting work on step 1 which is the cockpit. The instructions have FSN and Model Master codes calling out the paint colors. When researching the aircraft I found several other colors for the same items.

For instance the seats frames and backing in the cockpit are called out to be the dark gull gray as the floor. When checking actual interior photos the seat frames are a lighter gray, O.D., zinc chromate green, and even black. The cushions I found are O.D., rust, gray, dark tan, and pale green. As for the instrument panel and console controls, some are black, or dark gray, zinc. green (other than the gages themselves).

In the cargo, or in this case the gun bay, the canvas doors on the bulkhead show as pale green, O.D., light brown, black..... you get the idea. I guess unless I can trace a specific aircraft to a specific photo it appears that I have several color choices for many items. 

Photos of my work coming soon.... till then enjoy these new found pictures.

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Ben

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PROJECTS:

- 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 DRUMS01 on Saturday, January 9, 2021 11:11 PM

I think I finally have something to show.

First, here is the gun bay with the internal former bracing added. This was done by cutting plastic sheet into 1/8" strips. The strips are then shaped to the curvature of the inside of the gun bay. I did not go overboard because much of it will not be seen when the aircraft is closed and in flight. I did however add those I think will be seen through the larger openings and gun ports. 

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Next the inside of the cockpit and gun bay were painted, including the bays floor and ceiling. I used a thin line micro sharpie marker to outline the internal skeleton framing. My thought was even though it is a little extra or over the top on detail, it will look more appropriate when closed and that detail will catch the eye and perhaps not look to excessive. One thing of note is how the kits ceiling is a very, very basic flat sheet with minor details while the photos of the actual cargo/gun bays are a complex combination of curved and box bracing many inches deep. 

Painted model parts (notice the flat ceiling):
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actual photos of aircraft ceiling:
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Here is the assembled flare launcher that will go in the right rear personnel door. I added a stick of flares in the cradle using soft aluminum rod cut to length. I painted it using the color call outs of the instructions along with some color from what I identified in source photos:

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Here is the cockpit bulkhead, looking at the cargo bay side. Once again I painted it with a combination of instruction call outs and source photos:

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Now here is the cockpit attached to the bulkhead, painted in the same manner. I modified the instrument panel and console based on source photos. The nav. radio operators table top is a wood decal cut to the shape. The panel and console details were painted based on real images and a couple decals added to the cockpit side of the bulkhead:

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Here it is placed in-between the fuselage halves:

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And YES, it will need pilots / figures,....so I purchased the Hasegawa pilot and ground crew set.

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Last but not least, here is the professor who has helped me through the build process:

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Till next time, please provide your comments....

Ben and Jarrod

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PROJECTS:

- 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 68GT on Sunday, January 10, 2021 9:50 AM

After procrastinating I did a dry fit and performed the balancing act to figure out how much nose weight the Academy A-10 needs.

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Posted by falconmod on Monday, January 11, 2021 7:13 AM

Here's some updates to my AC-130.  lots of cutting out little holes to put the mounts for the cannon.  I plan to scratch build a primitive cockpit, just can't black out the windows even if it's a 1/144.

John

On the Bench: 1/72 Ki-67, 1/48 T-38

1/72 EF-111, 1/144 AC-130, 1/72 Me-210

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Posted by DRUMS01 on Monday, January 11, 2021 7:14 PM

John, I like how your AC-130 is coming along. I've made some progress on my AC-119 too. 

I started working on the cargo / gun bay. At the beginning I mentioned that I do not want to super detail or go to crazy in there as much of it will not be seen once it is buttoned up. Well, I believe I reached that point. Other than some decals, finishing the guns, and adding people, the gun bay is going to be complete. Likewise for the cockpit, once the people are added it will be done. 

Here is what I am talking about for the gun bay:

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The cockpit:

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The figures (still a WIP):

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Perhaps if I get the replacement gun barrels tomorrow I can finish the remaining elements inside (including the windows) and seal the fuselage.

Till then, please let me know what you think of her....

Ben

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PROJECTS:

- 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 rooster513 on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 7:20 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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Posted by fotofrank on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 12:38 PM

My cockpits should look half this good. Great stuff, rooster!

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Posted by falconmod on Thursday, January 14, 2021 6:43 AM

falconmod

Here's some updates to my AC-130.  lots of cutting out little holes to put the mounts for the cannon.  I plan to scratch build a primitive cockpit, just can't black out the windows even if it's a 1/144.

John

 

Now filling the seems

John

On the Bench: 1/72 Ki-67, 1/48 T-38

1/72 EF-111, 1/144 AC-130, 1/72 Me-210

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Posted by fotofrank on Thursday, January 14, 2021 2:34 PM

I've had the white metal landing gear from Scale Aircraft Conversions for a while now. I'm just getting to the point that I can install the nose gear. I had to break out the broken nose gear to fit the new piece. Being that the plastic is old and very brittle, that wasn't too difficult. I'll actually install all of the landing gear pieces after the main painting is finished.

I think the canopy might be a little warped. As you can see, I had to tape the canopy down to glue it and have it match up with the windscreen.

I'm really liking this build. This Panther is going to look good when it's finished. I might even attempt a Korean War Corsair and Skyraider before this is all over.

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Posted by 68GT on Saturday, January 16, 2021 4:34 PM

Progress picture of the A-10. Just showing some assembly and some filler work.

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Posted by fotofrank on Sunday, January 17, 2021 2:08 PM

Moving right along, the F9F is ready for the first color on the canopy. This Eduard mask has two sizes of masks so when you paint the canopy you get the thin white trim inside the Glossy Sea Blue Camouflage color. I like that.

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Posted by oortiz10 on Sunday, January 17, 2021 2:28 PM

Hey CASers, I wanted to share the little progress I've made on my helos. 

I got 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 Cobra 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 also got the cockpit done for my Army AH-1G. This is mostly OOB except for a couple of small changes. I scratched the ECS hoses, used some tape for some simple seatbelts, and added a piece of acetate for the sighting glass. Oh, and since I removed the molded ECS detail from the rear bulkhead, I covered it in aluminum foil to represent some soundproofing. Not perfect, but I think it passes muster.

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

-O

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Sunday, January 17, 2021 2:41 PM

Im in with this one that I’ve been wanting to build for a while

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Posted by fotofrank on Sunday, January 17, 2021 3:08 PM

plasticjunkie

Im in with this one that I’ve been wanting to build for a while

 

I'll be following this build. I've always liked the F-84 straight-wing.

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Posted by Tomcat on Sunday, January 17, 2021 6:43 PM

For my first build, here is a true antique, the Monogram so called "box scale" B26 Invader...

All that raised Rivets, panel lines, Insignias...OH my. My plan is to sand down all those raised details, rescribe the panel lines and replace the landing gear and nose guns. This is goingh to be interesting....or aggrevating.

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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Posted by DRUMS01 on Sunday, January 17, 2021 7:32 PM

Wow Tomcat, I have not seen that style of molding for a long long time. I am very interested in seeing how you progress on this one. 

 

Finally I have an update on finishing the "innards" of my AC-119 in 1/72.

The figures were completed and added to the cockpit along with some other minor details. I am still working on the fourth cockpit figure (the navigator) but he should be there soon to finish it out. I am still debating on adding seat harnesses. The photo shows the internal sub-assembly sitting in the fuselage (it is not glued).

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Keeping with the nose of the aircraft, I decided to reshape it to the traditional nose cone as the one in the kit was far too pointed when compared to the actual aircraft. I simply stacked layers of sheet plastic in decreasing radius then used a Dremel and a lot of sanding to shape it into a more accurate nose. 

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corrected (still may need a little more work)
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Back in the cargo / gun bay I finished adding the guns, figures, painting, details such as ammo cans in storage and by the 7.62 guns, ammo feeding tubes to the 7.62 and flex link feeding shutes to the 20mm. I also added discharge trays for both the 7.62 and 20mm. Numerous other additions have also been added such as larger ammo cans for the 20mm, larger and more accurate electrical boxes on the fuselage, decals. etc. I was debating on adding some of the white electrical lines either by paint or very fine solder, but 90% of that work would be laboreous and not seen when sealed.

According to the flight manual for the AC-119, the crew consisted 8 people, 4 in the cockpit and 4 in the rear. One person is manning the NOS sight while another is monitoring the guns, and another looking over the firing computer. There is still one more to add that will be in the rear by the illuminator. This is as far as I can go till the replacement barrels arrive for the 7.62 mini guns.

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I can still add the ram air cooling tubes for the 7.62 guns, the flare dispenser, illuminator, all the windows, and a couple more little things while waiting for the gun barrels. Till then, please share your constructive thoughts or critiques....

Ben

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PROJECTS:

- 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 plasticjunkie on Sunday, January 17, 2021 8:48 PM

Drum that is one kick a$$ detailed build! Toast

Will you be doing the waivy black belly scheme as in one of the pictures?

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Posted by DRUMS01 on Monday, January 18, 2021 7:46 PM

Thanks for the kind words plasticjunkie, and yes I am painting the bird in the Vietnam AC-119 paint scheme.

To All.... Please let me know if I bore everyone with too much chatter and incremental updates. I desire for these updates with pictures are to both entertain and inform for others wanting to build this kit eventually. Please let me know if would prefer I make the talk and photos shorter and less frequent.  

So with that said, I'm finalizing the things mentioned in the last post and moving on to the engine nacelles while waiting for the mini-gun barrels. 

The individual engine assemblies are made up of only three pieces each. The back half shows only half of the rear cylinders molded into a flat solid backing. The other main part is the entire front set of cylinders. To complete the assembly is the propeller shaft. 

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There is a square slot in the back half of the engine with a corresponding male slot within the engine nacelle for alignment. When the back half of the engine is inserted it looks like this.

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From that photo I can see why the model does not have any great detail on the rear engine. Once the front half of the radial engine is added you will not see much of the rear half anyway. Actually once the prop is added, you will not see much of any part of the engine.

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So the next item I looked at was the engine cowling. As molded the ends of the rear vents on the cowling would've been around 1 foot thick in scale, so I made the effort to thin them to a more respectable thickness. 

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Here are some photos of the engine vents on actual aircraft.

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Since I really did not want to make the individual vents from scratch and redesign the mounting points for the engine assemblies I simply thinned them while ensuring the alignment pins and mating surfaces were retained. Here is how they look now, if you look closely there is open air space between them and their wing mount.

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I did finish the navigator to complete the last cockpit member. I initially thought I had a problem as I did not have a pilot type crew member remaining from the Hasegawa purchase. Good thing I also bought the ESCI NATO ground crew which has several pilot figures, but none sitting. To solve the problem I used the last remaining figure sitting from the Hasegawa set, modified the sitting position to work in the cockpit, and then lopped his head off. YES, I decapitated him in favor of a replacement head from one of the soft plastic ESCI figures. After some careful manipulation of the parts I managed to fix the last figure without loosing my head (see I made a funny). After the modifications he was painted and added to the cockpit crew (photo coming).

I've also decided that since the bird will be in flight, I will not correct the wheel wells. They will be closed with internal reinforcements to retain their correct position. The same decision was made for the control surfaces on the wings and tail. If I was building the kit on the ground with the clamshell rear doors open I would most likely pose the control surfaces.

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Not sure why I showed those photos other than to indicate how they would've looked if the plane was grounded. Perhaps somebody else who might build a 119 can use them for reference (?). Another critical step in the assembly is to ensure the proper pitch and alignment of the main wing. The 119 boxcar has a unique main wing shape. 

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The lower section of the main wing that ties the wing to the fuselage did not have any good alignment pins so I decided to align the leading and trailing wing edges. I was fortunate that this worked as the spacing on the fuselage and the wing angles came out OK. There will still be some minor fill between the center and outer wing sections, but I'm OK with that. So with the help of my little buddy I was able to complete the main wing assembly. In the photo the rear tail section is sitting in their positions and not glued to the main wing. Likewise the main wing is sitting on the fuselage as the internal assembly and other items have not been assembled. I need to give a special shout out to my son, Jarrod, for his help in the build process.

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Jarrod and I say bye for now but we will be back with more progress soon. Comments are always encouraged.

Ben

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PROJECTS:

- 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 68GT on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 2:25 PM
That's so great work you've done there Ben!

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Posted by Bish on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 3:24 PM

Some interesting looking builds here, and some nice modelling.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 11:13 PM

Looking good drum. 

Got started on my F84 with the pit. I have an Eduard pe set to add some additional details to this great looking kit that is good oob but the pe part and film instrument faces will look even better. I still have to cut off the molded foot pedals and replace them with the pe ones.

The pit tub was assembled and is ready for paint. The seat still needs the pe belts that will go on after paint is sprayed on.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Friday, January 22, 2021 9:37 AM

 

I have a decal sheet for colorful Thunderjets but for the E variant and my kit is a G. A little research revealed the main exterior differences are the vents on the fuselage doors and the inflight refueling door on the port inside wing on the G model and absent on the earlier E.

The kit offers both early and later reinforced canopies that appeared by late 1952. I want to use the markings of the 527th FBS, 86th FB based at Neubiberg, Germany 1952 that will require deleting the vents and refueling doors. 

The Squadron book has lots of useful information.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Friday, January 22, 2021 12:29 PM

I pooled Plast I Weld over the light refueling door pane lines which swells up the plastic over the panel lines creating a filler. After a few hours of curing the area is carefully sanded smooth with various grits of sanding pads eliminating the panel lines.

For the door vents I cut and fitted a piece of plastic sheet and pooled the Plast I Weld over the patch causing it to ment into the area and later can be easily sanded smooth when cured. I will be using Alclad and Xtreme Metal paints and don’t want to use any putty as filler. 

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Posted by castelnuovo on Friday, January 22, 2021 4:04 PM

May I join with Hobby Boss Vought A-7B Corsair II in 1/48?

 

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Posted by oortiz10 on Friday, January 22, 2021 6:19 PM

Hey gang, wow, there's some great work going on in here! I'm always impressed by your talent and skill. Very inspiring! Pushes me to be a better modeler myself. 

So I've been able to make a little progress on my Cobras. Last I left you, I had the cockpits built up and ready for the next step. Well, the next step was to install them.

AH-1G:

AH-1J:

The -1J was a bit of a challenge because I had to do some grinding to get the resin to fit. Also, there are no locating tabs so I had to do some careful measuring and comparing to the AH-1G to get it pretty close. Well, as close as I could. Something you don't see in the above -1J picture are the armor plates. I added them after I took the photo but before I closed up the canopy.

Speaking of canopies, I got both the canopies masked up and installed.

Here's the -1J:

Before I could attach the -1G's canopy, I had to finish the doghouse. What I needed to do was improve the exhaust. It's represented as a small, hollow molded ring at the rear of the doghouse. I grinded that off and replaced it with a piece of brass tube.

Having that done, I was able to install the doghouse and the canopy.

Shortcomings of the -1J kit are the intake and exhaust assemblies. The intakes are molded as hollow openings that allow a viewer to see into the empty doghouse.

I'll have to figure out a solution for that. The exhausts are just these two shallow ovals molded onto a piece that mounts to the rear of the doghouse. I pressed some tissue soaked in white glue into the shallows to mold some FOD covers. A small hole drilled into the backing of the exhaust allowed me to push them out after they dried.

The last thing I did for these builds was attach the rotor blades to the hub. When I kitbashed a USMC -1G, I found that the assembly was very weak and allowed for a lot of flexing. So much so that I accidentally snapped a blade off during construction. This time I used a couple of small styrene strips to add some rigidity and reinforce the joint. I'm sure once everything is painted up and washed, the extra plastic won't be noticeable.

So the main fuselages are assembled. Next will be to clean up all the joints and fill the gaps around the canopies. After that, I think things will go pretty quickly. 

Thanks for looking. Feel free to share any comments, questions or criticisms. I hope to be back soon with more progress.

Cheers!

-O

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Friday, January 22, 2021 11:10 PM

 

Fantastic job on that old Fujimi Snake. I have one in my stash so I will be using your build for future build reference when I do mine.

 

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Posted by cbaltrin on Saturday, January 23, 2021 5:54 AM

Pondering aquiring/building this one for this GB.  I just like the box.  Am I nuts?

On the Bench:

  • Italeri F-100D 1/72
  • Monogram 1/72 F-4J
  • Revel 1/72 HH-3 Jolly Green Giant
  • Monogram P-47D
  • Monogram F-14A
  • Monogram P-51D
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Posted by 68GT on Saturday, January 23, 2021 9:44 AM

I forgot to post pics again of the A-10. This is where it stands now with a black base coat.

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Posted by cbaltrin on Saturday, January 23, 2021 12:21 PM

Wait, what? NMF A-10?

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  • Monogram 1/72 F-4J
  • Revel 1/72 HH-3 Jolly Green Giant
  • Monogram P-47D
  • Monogram F-14A
  • Monogram P-51D
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Posted by Real G on Saturday, January 23, 2021 1:27 PM

cbaltrin

Pondering aquiring/building this one for this GB.  I just like the box.  Am I nuts?

 

A blast from the past!  I have not seen the Profile kits on the shelves since the mid 1970s!  It's the old Airfix kit inside.  I wonder if the kit has optional parts for the guns (2x 20mm for the Navy, 1x Vulcan for the AF) and the refueling probe/receptacle?

Get new decals though - I remember the Profile series had decals that seemed like Scotch tape with weak glue!  I built a bunch back in the day.

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Posted by fotofrank on Saturday, January 23, 2021 2:42 PM

cbaltrin

Wait, what? NMF A-10?

 

Probably not. But it would be interesting, an NMF A-10. Detailed and decaled like its WWII predecessor. Probably just black-basing before camouflage.

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Posted by PhilliePhan79 on Sunday, January 24, 2021 8:51 AM

Started the Super Hornet.  1/72 Academy.  Cockpit is finished and in place.  Fuselage is together.  Just one little spot of filling and sanding and it should be ready for priming.  This is an interesting kit.  It reminds of the bandai x-wing that I built recently in that it basically squeezes together without glue.  So far a nice easy build.

 

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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Sunday, January 24, 2021 9:26 AM

Lots of great looking builds going on here! 

Finally was able to get back to working on the Su-25 today.  Finished the modification of the instrument panel to give it the unique shape of the Ukrainian M1 instrument panel.  The layout of the RH instrument panel is completely different from a standard K, so I'm going to be using a combo of Quinta Studio pieces and probably some printed, clear acetate for the annunciator panel.

I'm also building up the thickness of the cockpit tub sidewalls with .030 styrene sheet.  This will also help with making the LH sidewall a flush assembly (the inside of the forward footstep protrudes inside the cockpit area.  The styrene will make the whole thing a flush surface to attach the Quinta Studio 3D decals to.  The windscreen has a huge crack in it which I guess happened when the box was packed at the factory...already have a replacement, but I'm using this one for test fits.

 

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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Sunday, January 24, 2021 4:22 PM

Nose gear bay test fit with cockpit installed as well.  This Aires stuff looks fantastic and fits the model perfectly once the casting blocks are removed.

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Posted by 68GT on Sunday, January 24, 2021 4:34 PM
No, its just a black base coat before the gray but a NMF A-10 would be real cool!

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Posted by 68GT on Sunday, January 24, 2021 4:36 PM

Site is acting funny.

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Posted by 68GT on Sunday, January 24, 2021 4:37 PM

Site is acting funny

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Posted by cbaltrin on Sunday, January 24, 2021 4:47 PM

Ok, I guess I am going to try an do something responsible for this GB and finish something I already started! If I get this done, I may enter another project that is a bit more 'fun'.

Gona try an finish this Italeri AC-47  Gunship. Some work has been done such and joining the upper and lower wings. Fuselage still yet to be joined. It has a busted main gear strut so I am going to have to dig up another one somewhere...

 

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Posted by fotofrank on Monday, January 25, 2021 2:36 PM

Having some nice weather here in central Florida this week. Highs around 80 and no rain. Time to paint! Shot primer on the Panther this morning, Model Master gray enamel primer thinned 2/1. That dark blue plastic was difficult to cover. Had to use a lot of primer. I'll let it sit for a day before I go back and do some pre-shading. The goal is to show how the sun can really beat up the Dark Sea Blue camouflage on these planes.

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Posted by rooster513 on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 7:36 AM

Here's a little update on my progress.

Main construction is moving along nicely with a little filler needed here and there. I decided to paint and decal the vertical stabilizers separate as I thought it would be easier to do the gloss coats and sanding needed to blend in the decal film. As you can see the one on the left needs a little more work to get rid of all the silvering but the one on the right is looking good. I also decided to paint and decal the stars and bars on the side since it will be easier to do the decaling blending before the intake covers go on. Green/white stripes at the top were painted on as I didn't look forward to getting the decals to conform to those complex shapes.

 

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Posted by oortiz10 on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 2:25 PM

RATS!  I've had a MAJOR setback with my AH-1G kitbash.

*sigh*

While cleaning up the canopy/fuselage seams, I heard something rattle around in the cockpit. I peeled off some of the tape to see that the gunners console had come loose. I super bummed because I had just finished getting good seams and started to clean everything up. I couldn't think of how to remover the canopy to reinstall the loose part, then it came to me, I could just remove the nose!

I was able to remove it cleanly, reinstall the loose console, and reattach the nose. Unfortunately, while I was doing that, I noticed a different, much larger problem.

Somehow, some thin CA had splattered inside the canopy. I have no idea how that happened!

In the photo, you can see some vertical scratches. Those are from my fingernail to see if the blemish was on the outside or on the inside. Sadly, it was on the inside.

I couldn't leave it. My only option was to remove the canopy, after I had spent all that time getting it bleneded into the fuselage, and sand/polish the canopy. Luckily, I was able to cleanly remove the canopy.

The strange thing was that it seems as though the thin CA affected the "inside" of the plastic, not just the surfaces.

Even after sanding you can see that the blemish is unaffected.

I tried polishing, and even dipping the part in Future, to see if it would help. Unfortunately it didn't.

I have no idea what I'm going to do now. I can use the part and spray some fake frames in hopes of hiding the blemish. I could scratch a canopy cover, but that would hide the cockpit. I can shelve the project in hopes of finding a new canopy...I just don't know. 

I will press on with my AH-1J. If anyone has any ideas, I'm all ears...

-O

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Posted by cbaltrin on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 4:39 PM

That's a shame oortiz.  Sad

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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 7:39 PM

O, ordinarily I wouldn't recommend this, but since the canopy is already pretty well toasted, maybe you can try some CA debonder on that area?  Never tried it myself on clear plastic, so I have no idea if it'll help or do more harm.  I'm pretty sure CA attacks polycarbonate on a molecular level, so it probably won't do any good.  Might be worth trying though if there are no other options.

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Posted by cbaltrin on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 7:01 AM

Got to work filling and sanding all the cabin windows. Going to black them out like an airliner model. Same for cockpit... 

 

cbaltrin

Ok, I guess I am going to try an do something responsible for this GB and finish something I already started! If I get this done, I may enter another project that is a bit more 'fun'.

Gona try an finish this Italeri AC-47  Gunship. Some work has been done such and joining the upper and lower wings. Fuselage still yet to be joined. It has a busted main gear strut so I am going to have to dig up another one somewhere...

 

 

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Posted by DRUMS01 on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 11:17 AM

Seems like a shame regarding the Cobra glass. I will check my stash. If I have a replacement I will PM you. 

The A-10 is looking good so far, as are the AC-130, AC-47 gunship brothers too. 

The F-9F Panther reminds of the William Holden, Mickey Rooney, and Grace Kelly movie, "The Bridges of Toko-Ri", which is an all time great one. I assume your painting it in the deep Navy Blue of the period?

So how are the Sky Hawk and F-111 going? I've built both of them before, but not those kits, so it will be neat to see how you finish them out.

UPDATE:

We finally installed all of the little portal style windows (15 total). We also began cleaning up to internals and cockpit making it ready to sandwich them between the sides of the fuselage. Before we go that far, I mentioned I had to modify and add the last member in the cockpit, the navigator. Here is a view of the cockpit ready to go in the fuselage:

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I finally got the 7.62 minigun barrels just to find they appear way to small when compared with the kit parts. I was hoping for more detail in-scale but received something only half the size. Worst yet, I had already removed the kit barrels and lost one of them. With Jarrod's direction and motivation, I had a try at making my own barrels out of fine solder. What you see in the photo below are the original kit barrels in the black plastic, the after market parts in the gray resin (yes they are even smaller than they appear in the picture), and the barrels I made in the middle. After some trimming and barrel bands, the barrels Jarrod and I made look better than either of the others (IMHO). 

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I also started on the engines and props while waiting for the gun barrels. As previously mentioned, there will be little to see of the engines once in the cowling and behind the props. At this point here are the painted engines and propellers:

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I still plan on adding the silver detail on the black leading edge of the props like the picture below:

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I added the flare launcher to the right rear door in preparation of sealing the fuselage. The next thing to finish off is the illuminator to the left rear door. Before I do that I wanted to detail it closer to the actual unit as seen below. If you look close it also shows the control stand for the illuminator just inside the door:

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This is what the extra detail looks like before I paint it flat black (note the numerous wires on the face of the illuminator. Once I dry paint the illuminator and dry brush the details we will paint the electrical lines in testers rubber and bend them to resemble the photo and send them to the control stand (photos of the completed process later).

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I also received the stand I am going place it on. Originally I ordered the Special Operations crest in the stand but they are sold out. My next choice was for the U.S. Air Force shield; here is what it looks like:

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I'm beginning to think about how the Camouflage paint will be applied. Looking at the hard lines between the colors in photos and considering the scale I may hand paint the scheme versus airbrushing it. On the other hand I may mask the hard lines and air brush it anyway. I believe the air brushing will allow me to bring out the raised panel lines better, I guess we will see.

Lots more to come, so stay tuned.....

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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 fotofrank on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 1:32 PM

I'll tell ya, Ben, I certainly admire y'all's discipline. The propellers look really good. And the flight deck. What a crowded space. Those guys would really be bumping elbows while out on a mission.

As for the F9F, Ben, I was thinking more of Van Johnson in "Men of the Fighting Lady." I remember reading the story in Saturday Evening Post when I was a kid. Actually, I'm going to paint the airplane Model Master Dark Sea Blue enamel. All of the period pictures I've seen online, it seems there is a choice of dark blue or dark sea blue. I built Jesse Brown's Corsair a few years ago and it was painted a dark blue.

Today's update on the F9F: I shot MM enamel primer a couple of days ago. Today I did some pre-shading. First, I dusted the upper surfaces with Tamiya Flat White thinned 4/1. Just a dusting to lighten the primer, then I highlighted the panel lines with Tamiya Rubber Black. When I spray the MM Dark Sea Blue, I hope the difference shows. I mean the salt air and the sun had to affect the paint during carrier operations.

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Thanks for tuning in.

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Posted by oortiz10 on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 8:09 PM

DRUMS01

...I will check my stash. If I have a replacement I will PM you.... 

 

Hey boys, much appreciated. Oh, and your Stinger is looking amazing!

-O

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Posted by DRUMS01 on Thursday, January 28, 2021 7:47 PM

Thanks "O", but I have bad news.. I evidently sold my cobra kit so I cannot help you with the canopy.

Well photofrank, I have to say that is a great movie too. Your finishing ideas sound like it will come out just great. Looking forward in seeing the colors applied.

How is that 1/72 A-10 coming along? I have the 1/32 kit I will build some day.

Funny thing about the AC-130... I was looking at it and comparing the model to my 1/72 kit. I thought to myself just how different mine was molded and then I remembered it was 1/144. That is good detail for 1/144. So, how is the C-130 progressing?

We have been very busy trying to close up the big bird. One of the last items to finish before buttoning up the fuselage was the illuminator. Here it is painted, detailed, and fixed in the left tail door of the AC-119:

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And here is the aircraft glued, de-seamed, gap filled, ready to prime and paint. The engine nacelles are pressed on so I can paint them prior to adding the engines. The canopy glass is also just sitting in the fuselage as I still need to paint the overhead control panel prior to attachment:

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Here is some of the detail I hope to keep through the canopy:

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Overall, the main components fit rather well, only needing a slight bit of putty in just a couple spots. Now comes the fun stuff... painting camouflage! I told Jarrod that he gets to help with the airbrushing and he is very excited.

Till next time!

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- 1/350 USS Alabama (GB) - DONE

- 1/16 1910 Thomas Flyer - DONE

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Posted by cbaltrin on Friday, January 29, 2021 6:26 AM

Wow DRUMS , impressive work there!  Really nice!

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Posted by cbaltrin on Friday, January 29, 2021 6:31 AM

I finished filling and sanding all the windows and was getting ready to button  up the fuselage;  however, my plan was to install the gun mounts and close the fuselage. Then, after painting and and decaling was done, I would slide the guns through the windows and glue them in place...   Problem: The guns don't fit through the windows!  Now I am going to have to slide the whole gun unit through the cargo door and try to position it somehow...

 

cbaltrin

Got to work filling and sanding all the cabin windows. Going to black them out like an airliner model. Same for cockpit... 

 

 

 
cbaltrin

Ok, I guess I am going to try an do something responsible for this GB and finish something I already started! If I get this done, I may enter another project that is a bit more 'fun'.

Gona try an finish this Italeri AC-47  Gunship. Some work has been done such and joining the upper and lower wings. Fuselage still yet to be joined. It has a busted main gear strut so I am going to have to dig up another one somewhere...

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Monogram P-51D
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Posted by oortiz10 on Friday, January 29, 2021 11:30 AM

DRUMS01

...I have bad news.. I evidently sold my cobra kit so I cannot help you with the canopy...

Hey Ben and Jarrod, no worries. I appreciate you checking. As it turns out, I might have an option. I'm working on getting a replacement.

In the meantime, I'm working on the -J and enjoying your work on the -119. Keep it up!

-O

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Posted by oortiz10 on Saturday, January 30, 2021 7:42 PM

Howdy all,

I'm back with an announcement and a quick update.

First, the announcement. I'm happy to report that I've been able to procure a replacement canopy for my AH-1G. I will be able to press forward with that project. (WOOHOO!)

Now for my update. Progress on my AH-1J continues. I've been able to get the fuselage together and painted.

I started with a base coat of Light Ghost Gray.

Then I got the Dark Ghost Gray and Medium Gray sprayed to complete the camo. I couldn't find references or pictures that showed the camo pattern, so I used a little artistic license.

The stub wings, skids, and elevators are just dry-fitted for the sake of the photos. It's tough to see the difference between the LGG and the DGG, but I'm happy that's the way the two colors appear in my reference photos. The Medium Gray seems a bit blue when compared to my references though. I play on misting on some LGG to tie the three colors together. Maybe that will help tone down the Medium Gray.

Next will be prepping the airframe for decals and assembly of the fiddly bits.

Comments, questions, and criticisms welcome. Stay tuned for more!

-O

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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Sunday, January 31, 2021 4:09 PM

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Sunday, January 31, 2021 11:21 PM

Excellent work going on on some very nice builds on this GB. Great job to all.

Test fitting the rockets and got the 500 pounders and pylons together and ready to be cleaned up.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Sunday, January 31, 2021 11:26 PM

Got the office done

 

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Posted by PhilliePhan79 on Monday, February 1, 2021 5:34 PM

Got the Super Hornet primed...

 

Marbled...

 

And painted...

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Posted by 68GT on Monday, February 1, 2021 7:45 PM

So I sprayed some gray on the A-10 today. I used the Vallejo AV cause that's what I had but I'm not a fan of this light ghost gray/surface primer that they sell. It looks good in the photo cause I gave it some lite coats of Future to seal the Vallejo.

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Posted by 68GT on Monday, February 1, 2021 7:52 PM

Double post cause things are acting up again.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 5:42 PM

Fantastic work guys specially your recovery Ortiz!

got the wings together 

And the fuselage closed up

For some reason the clamped fuselage reminds me of Uncle Fester when he needed to clear his head in a head clamp.

 

 

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Posted by fotofrank on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 10:17 AM

Hey, lewbud, I re-read the list again of attack aircraft and decided to pull my AMT F7F-3 out of the stash. Don't know what it will look like yet, most probably something during Korea though.

 

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 10:39 AM

Buddy can we change my entry. Gonna go with the Hobbyboss 1/72 Hawker Sea Hawk. Thanks 

 

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Posted by BorisBaddenov on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 11:04 AM

I'm a little shy about posting photos of my models, they don't hold a candle to the work I see the other posters put up.  But here goes

 

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Posted by oortiz10 on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 12:32 PM

Hey Boris, no reason to be shy. I've always liked the looks of the Stuka. Your build looks great from here. Keep it up! I'm looking forward to seeing more.

I've managed to make a little progress on my AH-1J. I got the elevators and stub wings installed. Also, I've got the markings on it too and started a little weathering.

The airframe I'm working on didn't have a lot of stencils, at least not that I could see. The other airframes in the squadron wore minimal markings too. I didn't have decals to match the squadron code nor the modex, so I has to make stencils and paint them on.

From what I could see in my references, not all airframes in this squadron had their serial number painted on, and it looks like the airframe I'm modeling didn't either. Although they did have the MARINES stencilled on the tailboom and a stars-and-bars on the fuselage. Again, markings and styles varied from airframe to airframe, even within the same squadron, but it looks like this is how my subject was painted up. On my build, the MARINES and national insignia are decals from my pile.

This one's nearing the finish line. I hope to have it wrapped up over the weekend.

Thanks for looking. As usual, comments, questions and criticisms are welcome.

Cheers!

-O

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Posted by 68GT on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 12:56 PM
Nice touch there O!

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Posted by modelcrazy on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 2:17 PM

BorisBaddenov

I'm a little shy about posting photos of my models, they don't hold a candle to the work I see the other posters put up.  But here goes

 

 

We all started somewhere and some of us can't hold a candle to the rest either but it doesn't matter. The Fourm isn't called Fine Prefectly Made Scale Modeler and I for one have posted some real dogs. Your Stuka looks great! Once you get rolling you'll learn techniques and before you know it, you'll look at some of the posted builds and while very nice, you'll know exactly how they did it and know you could replicate it if you wanted.
If you want to learn a technique just ask. Someone will answer. Usually many ones will answer.

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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 5:57 PM

Boris,

Just to add to what Modelcrazy said...

You'll have times where you might not be happy with how something came out during your build, but don't get discouraged.  Just stick with it and with each model you're going to learn something new that you'll apply to the next one.  That's what makes this so much fun, you'll always be experimenting and trying out new techniques.  Your Stuka is looking really good so far!

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Posted by DRUMS01 on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 6:51 PM

Looking good "O", the soft camouflage and home made stenciles look great.

Wow! I like the look of that Stuka with the wing cannons Boris, keep up the great work! 

cbaltrin, what did you come up with regarding the instal of the guns? Perhaps you can add the gun mounts and pods (less the barrels) prior to fixing the fuselage halves and just add the barrels to the gun pods through the windows later? 

And eagle cash867, that cockpit looks all the business, nice modifications and detail painting. I'm looking forward in seeing this come together. 

UPDATE:

Jarrod and I masked the windows and door openings. He does not like the masking part at all as he was already ready to P-A-I-N-T!. So after some time we mixed (thinned) the Model Master enamel paints and sprayed the initial FSN coded dark green, medium green, and dark tan as called out on the painting diagram. Because of his lack of fine motor skills I had to assist him some but he enjoyed it all the same. Like the masking, Jarrod does not like cleaning the airbrush components after each spray either, but he sure does like the airbrush painting of modeling. 

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You may have noticed that since the last photos we also posed the plane in an attack vector on the stand. 

I still have much more to do including the painting of the black, gloss coating, decals, pencil panel lines, marking control surface points, another gloss coat to seal the detail, flat coating the top surface, adding the engines and props, adding the small antennas and misc. parts, weathering, rigging the antenna array, final dull coat to seal the weathering, removal of the masking, gloss coating the windows, painting the nose cone, detail painting (exhaust, chipping, stains) and touch-ups, on and on, etc, etc.  

We are having fun in this GB and enjoy looking at the variey and progress of everyones builds.

Please feel free to share your thoughts and critiques...Till next time...

Ben and Jarrod

 

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PROJECTS:

- 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 PhilliePhan79 on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 6:56 PM

Love the builds going on here.  Great work everyone!  This is my first group build and I am really inspired and motivated by your work.

Quick update on the hornet.  I painted the black pattern on the dorsal hump (no idea what the technical term would be!).  

I think she is ready for some gloss and then on to decals and weathering.

 

 

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Posted by modelcrazy on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 8:34 PM

That thing is BOSS Ben Yes

Phillie, that's looking great

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Posted by oortiz10 on Thursday, February 4, 2021 7:05 PM

One of the benefits of working from home during this pandemic is the bench time. When I have a virtual meeting and listening to someone ramble, I can do some modeling while "listening." 

I'm working towards the finish line with my AH-1J. I'd say I'm in the last turn before the final straight. Now I'm at the point where I'm thinking the whole, "Oh, yeah, I still need to do that." before I get to the final assembly. While sitting at my table today, I tackled two of those "little things" that needed to get done.

The -1J had a shroud or shield (for lack of a better term) covering the canon's opening in the turret. The Fujimi kit does not have that covering.

Some -1Js during ODS did not carry them, but the airframe I'm modeling did. So, I scratched one from some stryrene.

It's not perfect, but I think it looks the part. 

Also, I realized that I lost the pitot for my kit. When I went to look at the one in AH-1G project to measure, I realized that one was missing too. So, I used the one on my USMC -1G for measurements and scratched one...er...two. 

Here's one. Again, not perfect, but I think it'll look fine under some paint.

I hope to have this kit wrapped up over the weekend. I just have a few odds-and-ends to wrap up before final assembly. Once it's done I'll be able to turn my attention to my AH-1G kitbash.

Thanks for stopping by! 

Cheers,

-O

 

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Posted by DRUMS01 on Thursday, February 4, 2021 7:35 PM

Looking great "O" as its those little things that always bring a model to the next level, and the F-18 is starting to have the evil look as well PhillyPfan.

One more step forward, OK perhaps a couple more steps.......

1) I think I mentioned this much earlier in the build, but this kit has raised panel lines (RPL). I thought that since it was 1/72 it was not a major issue (not as if it were 1/32). So there are no recessed panel lines and no rivets, fabric, or anything but those RPL's. When I was assembling the kit in order to clean up the seams some of the RPL's were removed. Perhaps a better modeler would've kept them while cleaning up the seams (?). Since I am not a fan of RPL anyway, regardless of scale, I was not worried. Prior to the camouflage paint I sanded down most of them to a more acceptable small bump as they looked out of scale anyway. 

So, how will I show the variation of panel lines in 1/72 without looking further out of scale? I decided not to pre-shade them by airbrushing over each RPL as that would be to large in 1/72. My solution was to use a straight edge and a extra fine lead pencil. Once I had them drawn I lightly airbrushed the same color over the lines but not to obscure them, but rather tone them down. Once again Jarrod got bored quickly watching me draw all the panel lines, but he did like using the airbrush to lay down the ghost spray over the top of them. 

While it was drying we looked at more photos of the black paint treatment.

lazy waterfal with ripple waves
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tall even waves
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erratic waves up into the cockpit glass
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busy even waves:
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So the next question is which style do we want on our aircraft? My choice was to merge a couple together. We are going for the lazy even ripple wave in front and something similar but a little busier in the rear. 

Once the camouflage was dry we began masking for the black camouflage. Next was helping Jarrod spray black on the lower fuselage, lower wings, jet engines, and tail. Now we need to let it dry a day or two before we gloss coat it for decals. So, after several hours drawing panel lines, painting over them, masking, and painting the black, this is where we are at the end of the day...

Hopefully, if you stand on one leg, close the left eye, and tilt your head just right, you can see the panel lines in this picture. Oh, and sorry for the cluttered dirty hobby table. I'm getting a new cutting mat as that one is several years and many models old:

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And here is a picture of some of the black camouflage. And yes, that is a very old Testers airbrush cleaning station behind the model; then no, there is nothing in the Sprite can except Sprite:

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Well, not much more to do at the moment than wait, so we say good bye for now.

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Posted by modelcrazy on Friday, February 5, 2021 7:52 AM

I like that scratch building O. I've been delving into scratchbuilding much more over the years and now have quite the Evergreen and thin copper stock built up.

Ben, I can see the panel lines. Looks enough like the real thing to pass just fine. That's what the manufactures of those cast resin display planes do for their panel lines.

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Posted by BorisBaddenov on Friday, February 5, 2021 3:35 PM

From the photos on the box and the painting instructions it seems as if there should be a right and a left gunn-pod.  But the kit did not build that way.  So I had to file out one of the gun pods so that little wing thingie would fit in the proper way.  You can see where I've been working on filling that out with putty.

 

I'm also trying to smooth out the joins of the wings to the body.  I didnt notice until I took this photo, but I dont have the gun pods on very straight, and those littel wings look crooked.   I'll have to pay attention to that closer on a future build.

 

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Posted by Bish on Friday, February 5, 2021 4:04 PM

Boris, i am afraid the instructions are wrong. There is no left and right gun. The ammo feed clips, the larger of the 2 parts sticking out the side, should be on the right side. This means they are on the outside on the right wing and inside on the left.

Nice work though.

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Posted by BorisBaddenov on Friday, February 5, 2021 5:30 PM

Bish

Boris, i am afraid the instructions are wrong. There is no left and right gun. The ammo feed clips, the larger of the 2 parts sticking out the side, should be on the right side. This means they are on the outside on the right wing and inside on the left.

Nice work though.

 

 

Well poo.  Live an learn :)   Thanks Bish.

 

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Posted by Bish on Friday, February 5, 2021 5:53 PM

No worries. It does seem like they should be left and right. I have built 4 87G's and i have to check every time.

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Posted by oortiz10 on Friday, February 5, 2021 7:46 PM

OK gang, I'm posting some (OK, a lot!) of photos of my finished AH-1J from HMA-775 circa 1991. 

This is Fujimi's kit in 1/48 with Cobra Company's resin cockpit. It's the first time I used a resin cockpit in one of my builds. It was a challenge, and a great learning opportunity, for me. The ECS hoses (wire wrapped in finer wire), turret-opening cover/cannon surround (sheet styrene), pitot (styrene rod and very fine tubing), RHAW receivers on the nose (punch sheet stryrene), FOD covers (red napkin soaked in diluted white glue) and rotor tie down (paper strip with a random PE buckle) are scratched. The whip atenna on the tail is painted monofilament. The blade antennae on the belly are from the spares box. The CC resin set comes with some chaff dispensers, but I swapped them for the plastic ones from Italeri's AH-1W boxing. The tail's squadron code and the nose's MODEX are painted on using home-made stencils. The branch markings on the tailboom and national insignia are decals from the drawer. 

It's painted using MM enamels and weathered with pastels and Flory washes. 

Well, it's another 3-footer to lay on the shelf. Here are the photos. Remember, you were warned. There are a lot of 'em...

 

Just for fun, here are a couple of "buddy pictures." Here's one with an AH-1G I kitbashed a couple of years ago.

 

Here's one with the AH-1(4B)W I Frankensteined using Italeri's AH-1Z boxing.

 

I realize that the dihedral on the stub wings is a little steeper than it should be. That was the angle I had to use to keep the gaps to a minimum. It's something I'll just have to live with.

Thanks for looking and thanks to lewbud for hosting the GB. Feel free to share you comments, questions and/or criticisms. Now to move on to my AH-1G!

Happy modeling!

-O

PS: lewbud, here's the glory shot for the main page:

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Saturday, February 6, 2021 10:18 PM

Short update on my F84, ready for gloss black enamel then some Alclad paints for a nmf.

Got the clear parts masked. The upgraded canopy had reinforced tape which was an off white color, not silver as the main frame is so I have those masked and after spraying them will mask again to shoot the nmf for the main frame.

The rear canopy deck got some scratch built additions and pe parts to add more details

 

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Posted by castelnuovo on Sunday, February 7, 2021 1:12 AM

Some great work here. I haven't received yet an oficial green light for close air support from the boss so I am engaging on my own free will and cracking open this one

 

I was hoping it can be built with folded wings as shown on the picture but it does not come with that option. Oh well...

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Posted by PhilliePhan79 on Sunday, February 7, 2021 10:55 AM

Great stuff so far.  Loving the 119 Drums.  Boris I have that Stuka on my shelf.  Haven't been bold enough to start it yet.  You're off to a good start.  Good job on the Cobra O.  Always like the Marine scheme on that chopper.

 

As for my Super Bug.  It is glossed and decaled.  Inching closer to the finish line.  I'm a little nervous about pulling the mask off the canopy.  To get in to place I had to apply some pressure and heard something crack.  Hoping it isn't the clear plastic.  Fingers crossed.

 

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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Sunday, February 7, 2021 11:13 AM

A little more progress this week on the cockpit.  Got the tub touched up and the Quinta Studio side consoles glued in (used clear epoxy for that).  Also did a wash on the wire bundles with Tamiya Hull Red mixed with lots of Vallejo Airbrush Flow Improver to simulate the coating (fire retardant?) on the wire bundles in the real thing.  

Got the glareshield all painted and detailed.  The HUD lens was domed resin in the middle, but I chiseled that out and made a flat recess that I dabbed a little clear epoxy into for a more realistic-looking lens.  Tried the Flory Grime Wash for the first time, and its going to be my go-to for cockpit weathering from now on.  Didn't require any protective coating on the paint work and appears to have even eliminated the need for a follow-up dry-brushing.  

 

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Posted by 68GT on Sunday, February 7, 2021 5:48 PM

I managed to get some darker gray on this morning. Still have the engines to mask and spray. So maybe more progress by Tuesday.

On Ed's bench, ???

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Posted by rooster513 on Monday, February 8, 2021 8:06 AM

More progress on the Eagle for me. Got the titanium sprayed and started on the gray for the upper side.

Another session or two should see the bottome finished up. Then I can paint and add the drop tanks as such.

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Posted by fotofrank on Monday, February 8, 2021 10:36 AM

Let's see, for some additional Close Air Support, I pulled an AMT F7F Tigercat out of the stash. It's been laying around for a few years and I thought this Group Build would be a good opportunity to get it built. Below are the cockpit with home made shoulder harness and lap belt made from Tamiya tape and the R-2800 engines. The engines are painted AK Dark Aluminum with Tamiya Black Panel Liner to give the cylinders some depth. I'll be hanging rockets and bombs under the wings and I'll make cannon barrels from tubing instead of using the kit supplied barrels.

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Posted by fotofrank on Monday, February 8, 2021 10:47 AM

In addition, the F9F Panther has received many layers of MM Dark Sea Blue and now the airplane is sitting while the enamel paint cures. Right now the enamel paint smell is still very strong. Maybe next week it gets the Tamiya Gloss Clear then decals.

Take a look at the picture. Is the paint too faded? In real life, it doesn't look that faded. Just wondering.

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Posted by Real G on Monday, February 8, 2021 5:36 PM

Some detail parts arrived for the A-4, so progress can be made.  I got an Eduard color PE cockpit set, along with their leading edge slat set and their resin MERS and Mk82 bombs.

 

I'm not sure I'll be using the L.E. set in its entirety, but it included teeny tiny vortex generators which will be tedious to install, but will really look better than the kit's molded in "candy bars".  The MERS and bombs were brought in because the kit parts look weird.  The MERS are notiecably skinny and the Mk82s have an overall shape that just looks wrong.

I also got a Quickboost pilot, because I like crew in my models:

And I started by gluing in all those annoying separate service panels all over the fuselage, and did a quick test fit to identify problems.

And a slight change in plans - the kit will be an A-4E, not an A-4F as advertised on the box.  Why?  Well, I have aftermarket markings for an A-4E, and the kit is missing some A-4F specific details like the cranked refueling probe and steering mechanism for the nose gear.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 1:19 PM

Looking good FF and G.

shot the black gloss enamel in preparation for the Alclad paints. Will let this one cure for a few days then polish up the paint to get a smooth aluminum finish.

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Posted by 68GT on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 8:34 PM

I did some quick masking and finished up the grays including a false canopy.

On Ed's bench, ???

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Posted by DRUMS01 on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 4:59 PM

I see most everyone currently working on kits is in the painting phase. That gloss black under the alclad should come out really nice on the old Korean war bird. 

Have to say that the skull and bones F-18 is looking super nice! 

Hey Ortiz "O", that pale camouflage on the AH-J is wonderful. The finished build is clean and sharp, GOOD JOB!

Hey FF, regarding the color fade, it is hard to tell in the photo. Lighting can play tricks in pictures, specifically hard or soft light, direct or reflecting lights, artificial or natural light, etc. So it may be just right and as you intended. Most important is that it is up to you and your opinion regarding the tone of the paint. (2) If you gloss coat the color (especially if it is flat or satin) it will darken up some too. Personally I like it and the sprayed panel relief underneath the color.    

I also like the care and detail going into the A-4. During the Nam era, it is one of my favorite aircraft. I'm looking forward to see how she turns out.

The A-10 is moving along too and the false canopy is a really authentic touch. Is it going to have a full combat load of ordnance; LGB's, Rockeye, etc?

Jarrod and I have gotten the AC-119 gloss coated and have laid down the decals. I am very surprised with how few kit decals this model has. The whole set consists of only 4 insignias, 2 sets of tail numbers, 2 matching 3 digit numbers for the front landing gear doors, 1 broken line box and 2 different nose art 2"x3" total. The I looked at all the various pictures of the AC-119's and I was amazed to see that they really do not have many markings. I would say that this might be one of the least stenciled aircraft in the USAF inventory!

From the top there is little to no markings for walk ways and "No Step" areas, no markings for fuel fill location on most versions, etc.  The only stencils I found on some photos are for the aircraft data up by the left side canopy, red warning stripes by the jet engines and on the fuselage for the props, and two small warning stencils by the radar domes. I was fortunate to have some decals in my spares to make these items up. 

Look close and you can see the red stencils mentioned above in this photo:

In comparison, the civilian and USAF C-119 versions are loaded with markings, stencils and color:

I'm sure the lack of markings was due to the tactical night missions in which it was used. With all this said, I am still surprised by the lack of basic stencils on the AC-119 variant, after all... those big white letters and numbers on the tail were not that tactical anyway.

We are now ready to seal the decals with the gloss acrylic clear coat and then the flat finish over the three tone camouflage. I hope to show some images soon, till then keep up the wonderful work in this GB. The varieties and colors are making this a nice GB!

Ben and Jarrod

 

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Posted by oortiz10 on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 8:25 PM

Whoa! I've only been away for 5 days, but I've missed a lot! I'm impressed with the quality of work going on, and I'm just as impressed by the variety of subjects. Great work gang!

Well, I'm back in the GB with what will end up being my 2nd submission to this CAS GB. My Desert Storm era AH-J is finished, and I'm continuing with my Vietnam era AH-1G. 

My first canopy got screwed up during installation. I'm not exactly sure how it happened, but it did. I was able to source a replacement, and I was able to get that one (the second one) installed.

After I got it installed, I sprayed some Mr. Surfacer to check the major seams. I found a few spots that needed some attention but was happy to see that the canopy seam wasn't as bad as I had feared.

Especially after having to cut off the nose to repair a loose instrument panel and cut off the damaged canopy to fit its replacement. I noticed the canopy's seam needed some love here and there, but nothing too scary. I was able to get it to a level that I can live with.

Again, not perfect but good considering the surgery it took to replace it. The main airframe also got a coat of primer to double-check my seams and even everything out.

I think I'm back in business with this bad boy...

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Posted by castelnuovo on Thursday, February 11, 2021 12:18 AM

The cockpit of the Corsair, so far easy progress

 

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Posted by jmoran426 on Thursday, February 11, 2021 9:16 AM

BTW, DRUMS01,...the tail letters in your photos indicate detachment assignments. IH is for Lockbourne AFB, OH of the 4413th CCTS/4410th CCTW. after 1970415th SOTS. AH is for Hurlbert Field, FL of the 415th SOTS/1st SOW. These are training squadrons, and the tail letters were assigned to various aircraft at those bases. So the AH for Hurlbert might also be seen on A1-Es or T-28s or AC-130s. The tail numbers represent the year of manufature (1st number, as in 3 for 1943, 1953, etc.) and then numbers for the serial number or USAF assigned acquisition number. I have found various sites with lists of those numbers and what/where the aircraft ended up. There is a listing of the tail letter insignia for the Special Operations Wing (SOW) in Philip D Chinnery's book Air Commando, St. Martin's Paperbacks.

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Posted by oortiz10 on Thursday, February 11, 2021 11:31 AM

castelnuovo

The cockpit of the Corsair, so far easy progress

 

Nice work so far castelnuovo. I build the -A boxing last year. The fit is pretty good all around, but there are two areas you should look out for. One is the intake and intake lip assembly. The other is the rudder. It was wrong for the -A so make sure it's correct for the -B. If you need any help on fixes, let me know. I think I got mine sorted out pretty well.

-O

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Thursday, February 11, 2021 5:08 PM

Great job everybody. A short update on my F84. Polished the gloss black and shot the Chrome Alclad. Man that thing is like  a mirror and surface prep is a must. I went with the shinier chrome cause it has a lot of masking to come for the very colorful squadron colors  and will be shooting Aquagloss to protect the finish and will probably dial down the shine a notch. Will also be masking panels to get different metallic shades.

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Posted by Tomcat on Thursday, February 11, 2021 5:39 PM

plasticjunkie

Great job everybody. A short update on my F84. Polished the gloss black and shot the Chrome Alclad. Man that thing is like  a mirror and surface prep is a must. I went with the shinier chrome cause it has a lot of masking to come for the very colorful squadron colors  and will be shooting Aquagloss to protect the finish and will probably dial down the shine a notch. Will also be masking panels to get different metallic shades.

 TV

 

Plastic junkie. All I can say is WOW! What did you use to polish the black?

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Posted by DRUMS01 on Thursday, February 11, 2021 5:54 PM

WOW PJ, I'm blinded by the shine of your F-84!

Nice panel lines detail too (very clean).

 

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Thursday, February 11, 2021 5:54 PM

Thanks TC. I used Novus polish to shine up the gloss paint.

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Posted by castelnuovo on Thursday, February 11, 2021 8:57 PM

oortiz10

 

 
castelnuovo

The cockpit of the Corsair, so far easy progress

 

 

 

Nice work so far castelnuovo. I build the -A boxing last year. The fit is pretty good all around, but there are two areas you should look out for. One is the intake and intake lip assembly. The other is the rudder. It was wrong for the -A so make sure it's correct for the -B. If you need any help on fixes, let me know. I think I got mine sorted out pretty well.

-O

 

 

Thanks for the heads up re intake and the rudder. Will see how it goes.

Cheers

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Posted by castelnuovo on Thursday, February 11, 2021 8:58 PM

plasticjunkie

Great job everybody. A short update on my F84. Polished the gloss black and shot the Chrome Alclad. Man that thing is like  a mirror and surface prep is a must. I went with the shinier chrome cause it has a lot of masking to come for the very colorful squadron colors  and will be shooting Aquagloss to protect the finish and will probably dial down the shine a notch. Will also be masking panels to get different metallic shades.

 TV

 

 

WOW, this looks super

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Posted by JBRaider on Friday, February 12, 2021 7:17 AM

Alot of amazing stuff gong on here.

Lewbud I would like to join in on this GB with an Academy 1/72 P-47D Razorback if that is okay?

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Friday, February 12, 2021 7:50 AM

Thanks Castelnuovo.  I took an old soft cotton t shirt and lightly polished the Alclad and actually made a tad shinier. From what videos I have seen the Aquagloss  doesn't kill the metallic effect. Lots of masking to come.

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Posted by kearsarge on Friday, February 12, 2021 10:24 AM
I have a clarification question on eligibility. I have a 1/72 Academy PV-1 Ventura gunship -does that qualify? Thanks.
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Posted by cbaltrin on Friday, February 12, 2021 10:42 AM

kearsarge
I have a clarification question on eligibility. I have a 1/72 Academy PV-1 Ventura gunship -does that qualify? Thanks.
 

I would certainly think so...

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Posted by kearsarge on Friday, February 12, 2021 10:44 AM

cbaltrin

 

 
kearsarge
I have a clarification question on eligibility. I have a 1/72 Academy PV-1 Ventura gunship -does that qualify? Thanks.
 

 

 

I would certainly think so...

 

 

I ask because they were employed more for the anti-shipping role and didn't know if that counted as close air support.

 

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Posted by cbaltrin on Friday, February 12, 2021 10:46 AM

cbaltrin

 

 
kearsarge
I have a clarification question on eligibility. I have a 1/72 Academy PV-1 Ventura gunship -does that qualify? Thanks.
 

 

 

I would certainly think so...

 

Actually, I am not sure now.... I was thinking P2V...or is it PV2?

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Friday, February 12, 2021 11:18 AM

cbaltrin

 

 
cbaltrin

 

 
kearsarge
I have a clarification question on eligibility. I have a 1/72 Academy PV-1 Ventura gunship -does that qualify? Thanks.
 

 

 

I would certainly think so...

 

 

 

Actually, I am not sure now.... I was thinking P2V...or is it PV2?

 

P2V is the Neptune

PV-2 is the Harpoon

 

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Posted by jeaton01 on Friday, February 12, 2021 11:29 AM

Yes, three different airplanes there.  The P2V Neptune was used to attack trucks on the Ho Chi Min Trail and as a gunshipalthough it was intended as an antisubmarine aircraft, the PV-2 was the Harpoon and it may not qualify as it's main use was anti-submarine.  The PV-1 was antisubmarine and a bomber.  If close Air Support is aiding troops under fire it's hard to see any of these seeing much use, with the Neptune having the best case, I think.  

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Posted by kearsarge on Friday, February 12, 2021 7:09 PM

jeaton01

Yes, three different airplanes there.  The P2V Neptune was used to attack trucks on the Ho Chi Min Trail and as a gunshipalthough it was intended as an antisubmarine aircraft, the PV-2 was the Harpoon and it may not qualify as it's main use was anti-submarine.  The PV-1 was antisubmarine and a bomber.  If close Air Support is aiding troops under fire it's hard to see any of these seeing much use, with the Neptune having the best case, I think.  

 



Yeah, I'll find something more appropriate in the stash. Maybe something from the Korean war era. I've always wanted to do an A-1 Skyraider from that era.

 

 

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Posted by oortiz10 on Friday, February 12, 2021 7:17 PM

Hey there everyone, 

Just a really quick update tonight. I was able to get some OD sprayed onto my -1G. I still have a few touch-ups to do, but I'm happy with the way it's turning out. I wanted to go for a varied, used, weather-beaten look. I'm playing with a few different paints, and I think I like the direction things are going. 

It's starting to look like a 'nam snake!

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