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  • Member since
    June 2018
  • From: Ohio (USA)
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

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

PROJECTS:

- 1/350 USS Alabama (GB) - DONE

- 1/16 1910 Thomas Flyer - DONE

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

 

 

 

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    September 2014
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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    June 2017
  • From: Winter Park, FL
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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    September 2011
  • From: Milaca, Minnesota
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, Storch 1/72

  • Member since
    June 2017
  • From: Winter Park, FL
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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  • From: New Jersey
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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  • From: Winter Park, FL
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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  • From: Between LA and OC, SoCal
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

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

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  • From: Central Florida
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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Too many models to build, not enough time in a lifetime!!

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  • From: Winter Park, FL
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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    April 2019
  • From: South west, PA
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 1/48 F20 (as a MIG 28, in Aggressor colors); Monogram 1/72 F-15E Strike Eagle; Hasegawa 1/48 JU-87B2 and a Monogram 1/24 '69 Pontiac GTO

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    June 2018
  • From: Ohio (USA)
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

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

PROJECTS:

- 1/350 USS Alabama (GB) - DONE

- 1/16 1910 Thomas Flyer - DONE

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

 

 

 

  • Member since
    November 2008
  • From: Central Florida
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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Too many models to build, not enough time in a lifetime!!

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  • From: Ohio (USA)
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

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

PROJECTS:

- 1/350 USS Alabama (GB) - DONE

- 1/16 1910 Thomas Flyer - DONE

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

 

 

 

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    February 2010
  • From: New Jersey
Posted by 68GT on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 2:25 PM
That's so great work you've done there Ben!

On Ed's bench, ???

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 3:24 PM

Some interesting looking builds here, and some nice modelling.

I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so

On the bench: Italeri 1/72nd Bell 212/MPM 1/72nd Bf 109G-12

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    November 2008
  • From: Central Florida
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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Too many models to build, not enough time in a lifetime!!

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