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  • From: South west, PA
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?

Mark aka Tomcat

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

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Posted by 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).

 

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 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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Too many models to build, not enough time in a lifetime!!

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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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  • From: Vancouver, the "wet coast"
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...

On the Bench:

  • Monogram P-47D
  • Monogram 1/72 F-4J
  • Monogram F-14A
  • Monogram P-51D
  • Revel 1/72 HH-3 Jolly Green Giant
  • Italeri F-100D 1/72  Done!
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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?

On the Bench:

  • Monogram P-47D
  • Monogram 1/72 F-4J
  • Monogram F-14A
  • Monogram P-51D
  • Revel 1/72 HH-3 Jolly Green Giant
  • Italeri F-100D 1/72  Done!
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  • From: Naples, FL
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.  

John

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  • From: Connecticut, USA
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!

Oh, and before I started painting, I used some PE screen and Tamiya tape to represent (Notice I didn't say "replicate?") the intake screens.

I think they look OK under paint.

OK, I think the hard part is behind me. Now I get to start focusing on the little things. 

Stay tuned!

-O

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

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Posted by halvemaen on Friday, February 12, 2021 10:40 PM

Digging through my stash I found this old Monogram kit of a 1/48 A-4E. 

A-4E

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  • From: Ohio (USA)
Posted by DRUMS01 on Friday, February 12, 2021 11:12 PM

Looking fantastic "O".

Jarrod and I finally got the flat arylic laid down on the model, pulled the masking, added the little tid-bits, touch-up painted, chipped some of the surface, and added exhaust marks. Other than the painting the nav lights we are calling this DONE. 

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He is very proud of the result although I would call it a three footer.....

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Thanks LEWBUD for hosting this GB and allowing Jarrod and I to participate, we both had a lot of fun. I'll still be popping in to marvel at everyones progress. If you want to choose a photo for the front page, I recommend one of the first two after Jarrods first photo.  

As always, your comments and critique are welcome.

Ben and Jarrod

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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  • From: North East, USA
Posted by halvemaen on Saturday, February 13, 2021 7:33 AM

Looks fantastic, guys.

Live long and prosper

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Posted by cbaltrin on Saturday, February 13, 2021 8:12 AM

Looks great DRUMS, congrats to you and Jarrod. Nice work.

On the Bench:

  • Monogram P-47D
  • Monogram 1/72 F-4J
  • Monogram F-14A
  • Monogram P-51D
  • Revel 1/72 HH-3 Jolly Green Giant
  • Italeri F-100D 1/72  Done!
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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Saturday, February 13, 2021 12:08 PM

That looks awesome Ben and Jarrod!  Looks like its ready for a rumble in the jungle.

"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 oortiz10 on Saturday, February 13, 2021 5:47 PM

DRUMS01

Jarrod and I...are calling this DONE. 

Nice work boys! The camo looks great, and I love the pose! Well done!

 

OK all, I think I'm going to ride this wave. My AH-1J is done, and my AH-1G is in the final turn. I think I'd like to stay in the GB and drop a third submission.

Ladies and germs, I'm going to keep this momentum going'! I'm rolling in hot with Revell's 1/48 A-10. 

I know this is not the best fitting kit out there, and I have a little resing to add to it too. Being a Revellogram kit, I know that there will be raised detail lost during this build. I'm OK with that. I'm a 3-foot modeler, so I don't mind if there's a panel line missing here-or-there.

I'm going to make a little more progress on my AH-1G before I really dive into this one, but it'll be lurking in the wings.

Stay tuned!

-O

 

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

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Posted by castelnuovo on Saturday, February 13, 2021 10:48 PM

One half of the fuselage is ready as are the wings

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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Sunday, February 14, 2021 9:32 AM

PE fiddly bits bent, painted, assembled, and attached to the cockpit tub.  I'm trying Gunze Mr. Metal Primer-R for the first time and all I can say is "WOW!", paint actually hangs on to the metal now...even with handling.  The MRP Aqua paint that I used for the small details on the non-PE areas around the rudder pedals also has amazing adhesion.  I normally put a drop of paint into a cup on my aluminum pallette and then use Goof Off to clean the pallette cups afterward.  I found that I had to use more Goof Off and a lot more scrubbing to get the MRP paint cleaned off the aluminum.

"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 jeaton01 on Sunday, February 14, 2021 1:32 PM

I'm impressed, Ben and Jarrod.  I think it has an excellent look and you completed a very complex project in a short time.  Congrats!

John

To see build logs for my models:  http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.htm

 

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Posted by PhilliePhan79 on Monday, February 15, 2021 6:52 AM

Well done Ben and Jarrod.  Looks awesome!  I've always been a fan of the C-119 and it's variants.  

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Posted by castelnuovo on Monday, February 15, 2021 5:48 PM

Anybody heared from lewbud? Where is our host?

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Posted by modelcrazy on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 9:03 AM

Texas has had rolling blackouts, below freezing temps, snow and ice. He may be impacted but the weather and power.

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 plasticjunkie on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 9:24 AM

modelcrazy

Texas has had rolling blackouts, below freezing temps, snow and ice. He may be impacted but the weather and power.

 

If he is in Texas more than likely he's off the grid with that wild weather. We have friends in College Station and her power came back yesterday and just in time as the home temp was down to 58. 

 GIFMaker.org_jy_Ayj_O

 

 

Too many models to build, not enough time in a lifetime!!

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Posted by oortiz10 on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 2:58 PM

 

Since it really is my birthday today, I played hookie and decided to spend some time at my bench. Because I am making good progress on my AH-1G, I decided I'd start on my A-10 and share progress on both projects!

First, the A-10. I haven't exactly finalized what markings I want to use, but I know that I want it to be a FSD or very early production airframe. For that reason, I had to make a few mods.

In the office, I had to carve out the ACES seat bottom that was molded to the tub and box in the gaping hole. The seat will be replaced with an ESCAPAC seat. I don't think it's the exact version the early A-10 used, but it's not an ACES seat and therefore a little more accurate.

I also had to remove the chaff dispensers from under the wing and wheel sponsons. 

In hindsight, I probably could have left the fairings and filled in the dispensers instead of removing it all completely. Oh well. I can live with it.

I also had to remove some sensors from the nose and tail.

A few swipes with my sanding sticks made the job easy enough.

When I opened the box, I was surprised to see Sierra Hotel's resin engine inlet/fan and closed deceleron set.

I decided to go ahead and chop up the nacelle assembly in prep for the resin intake lips.

I also sprayed some paint on the engine parts in prep for assembly.

Here's what the new fans and inlets look like dry-fitted together.

Pretty slick, eh? Well, maybe except for the giant thumb.

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

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

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

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

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

Well, that's where things are at with my two builds. Stay tuned for more, and I promise I'll have less Ernie and more BRRRT! going forward. Well, after today, anyway.

Comments, questions and criticisms are always welcome. Thanks for stopping by and keep up the great work everyone!

Cheers,

-O

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

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Posted by Dodgy on Thursday, February 18, 2021 12:39 AM

OK folks. I don't know if I'm up to the excellent standards that I have seen so far on this build, but here is my entry. I'm starting tomorrow, but it's a bit of a challenge. Why? 1 because its been years since I have built a wingy thing. 2. I have never built a vacform before. However I am armed with some good references and looking forward to the challenge. And if it fails...... there's always fishing.

I long to live in a world where chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned

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