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  • Member since
    December 2010
  • From: Salem, Oregon
Posted by 1943Mike on Thursday, October 5, 2017 10:29 AM

Thanks John.

I've had a chance to look at the pictures I've posted of this build and I'm appalled at all the mistakes I see when viewed close up. That usually happens when I see what I've photographed but, in this case, I think I could have done better. Oh well, we all strive to do better and I had fun putting this dio together.

Mike

"Le temps est un grand maître, mais malheureusement, il tue tous ses élèves."

Hector Berlioz

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    December 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 11:06 PM

Mike, I missed this one.  I think you did very well, and there is a lot of interest in the diorama.

John

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

 

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    June 2013
Posted by bvallot on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 1:18 PM

Very cool Mike!! I do enjoy seeing these aircraft more in their element. Thanks for the extra effort. =]

On the bench:  

Tamiya F4U-1  Kenneth Walsh

 

  • Member since
    December 2010
  • From: Salem, Oregon
Posted by 1943Mike on Friday, September 29, 2017 10:32 AM

7474,

Glad you like it. I missed seeing your post as I was writing up my last one.

Mike

"Le temps est un grand maître, mais malheureusement, il tue tous ses élèves."

Hector Berlioz

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    December 2010
  • From: Salem, Oregon
Posted by 1943Mike on Friday, September 29, 2017 10:23 AM

Steve, Brandon, Lodni, Jay Jay, Dwayne, and Mike:

Thanks all for the kind words and encouragement.

I will contemplate which of the 50+ boxes to reach for next from my "stash" closets. I really may try to do the Tamiya 1/35 M48A3 Patton as my first armor build but I do have some unfinished business in aircraft that I really should get to first. It may not work out since it's a WIP I "trashed" some time ago but thought about resurrecting and bought some additional sprues for that purpose. I won't mention what it is - some of you may recall my WIP - but I will say that I'm NOT going to be posting any of it while I work on it. I have my doubts about being able to complete it properly.

Again, my gratiitude for all the comments.

Mike

"Le temps est un grand maître, mais malheureusement, il tue tous ses élèves."

Hector Berlioz

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    December 2002
Posted by 7474 on Friday, September 29, 2017 10:20 AM

Nice job on the dio and on the Avenger, as long as you try to learn from your "mistakes" than that's all that matters. I'm happy with it. Now give those guys a shore leave pass ASAP. They need the RR to soak up the rays and work on their tans. "There are no mistakes, just happy accidents." 

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    January 2015
  • From: Tumwater, WA.
Posted by M. Brindos on Friday, September 29, 2017 8:32 AM

I think you're being too hard on yourself, Mike. That's some sharp work you did there!

Your figures look fantastic (excellent blocking) and they look like they belong there.

I'm sure you'll find a way to fill up some of that space later. That's no big deal.

As for your adventures into the dark side, I'm very much looking forward to seeing what you'll do. Armor, after all, is more forgiving when it comes to precision. Just browse some reference pics and you'll have a good idea what you can get away with lol.

Good job, Mike! Be proud! :)

- Mike Brindos "Lost Boy"

  • Member since
    September 2016
  • From: Albany, New York
Posted by ManCityFan on Friday, September 29, 2017 7:53 AM

I really like this dio.  The plane is well done, and I think you did a really good job on the figures. 

I know Stik was yanking your chain a bit, but it did get you thinking.  Big Smile

Looking forward to your armor build.  I think changing gears helps keep the hobby interesting.  Just be careful, it's easy to give yourself over to the dark side. (ominous music inserted here).

D

Dwayne or Dman or just D.  All comments are welcome on my builds. 

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    August 2013
Posted by Jay Jay on Friday, September 29, 2017 7:32 AM

Crude ?  not hardley . Your vinete looks amazing Mate.  Great job on the figures as well.

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Lodni Kranazon on Friday, September 29, 2017 12:57 AM

Fantastic work Mike! Bow Down Bow Down Certainly glad I got one of those in the stash - not that it would look nearly as good as yours when done!

[Admiring Starbuck's space fighter] Cassiopeia: It's a perfect machine! Born to dance amongst the stars! Starbuck: Yeah, it's bumping into them that has me worried.

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Posted by BrandonK on Thursday, September 28, 2017 10:03 PM

Wow, now that is very cool. I'm blown away. Well done, Sir.

BK

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Posted by steve5 on Thursday, September 28, 2017 9:19 PM

very nice mike , really enjoyed the build , can't wait to see you do some armor .

steve5

 

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  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, September 28, 2017 7:43 PM

1943Mike

Stik,

I just looked in one of my closets containing stash .. I have a HobbyBoss 1/48 F4U -4 "early" that is supposed to have a folded wing option. However, that might be some time down the road ... Wink

I may just try building an armor kit since I've not done any of those and recently bought three 1/35 tanks ... We'll see.

 

I was just playing with ya Wink But you can always add to it later...

Whistling besides, the Tamiya F4U-1D has the Bunker Hill markings as well ... 

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

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    December 2002
  • From: NYC, USA
Posted by waikong on Thursday, September 28, 2017 7:36 PM
Well, I like it. Especially the crew around the map.

My website: http://waihobbies.wkhc.net

   

  • Member since
    December 2010
  • From: Salem, Oregon
Posted by 1943Mike on Thursday, September 28, 2017 7:29 PM

Stik,

I just looked in one of my closets containing stash .. I have a HobbyBoss 1/48 F4U -4 "early" that is supposed to have a folded wing option. However, that might be some time down the road ... Wink

I may just try building an armor kit since I've not done any of those and recently bought three 1/35 tanks ... We'll see.

Mike

"Le temps est un grand maître, mais malheureusement, il tue tous ses élèves."

Hector Berlioz

  • Member since
    December 2010
  • From: Salem, Oregon
Posted by 1943Mike on Thursday, September 28, 2017 7:26 PM

Littletimmy,

Glad you like it. I debated in my mind for a while as to whether or not to use the breakaway wood "fins". Then, after having broken a blade on one of the props, ruined another (they give you extras in the resin kit) and broken a blade on one of the last two props, I decided to cover it up as best I could Big Smile.

 

Mike

"Le temps est un grand maître, mais malheureusement, il tue tous ses élèves."

Hector Berlioz

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    July 2012
  • From: Douglas AZ
Posted by littletimmy on Thursday, September 28, 2017 7:01 PM

I totaly "dig it". Thank's for letting me tag along.

I like the way you used the plywood "breakaway" tail fins on the torpedo. I dont see guy's do those very often.

 Dont worry about the thumbprint, paint it Rust , and call it "Battle Damage"

  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, September 28, 2017 6:34 PM

Well the Hobbyboss F6F and Tamiya F4U 1/48 kits both come with a folded wing build option... (we really need a stirring the pot emoticon here) 

Wink

I do hear ya about wanting to use what you have available... 

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

  • Member since
    December 2010
  • From: Salem, Oregon
Posted by 1943Mike on Thursday, September 28, 2017 6:22 PM

Thanks Stik!

I agree about the empty deck space but my other TBM-3 with the wings down just won't fit and I have no other AM figures or objects that belong on a carrier flight deck. So, it is what it is.

Mike

"Le temps est un grand maître, mais malheureusement, il tue tous ses élèves."

Hector Berlioz

  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, September 28, 2017 6:17 PM

Very nice finish! I think the only "unrealistic" aspect is that there is just one aircraft on so much deck space. Otherwise it catches the look just right! 

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

  • Member since
    December 2010
  • From: Salem, Oregon
Posted by 1943Mike on Thursday, September 28, 2017 6:10 PM

OK, I'm done. A bit crude compared to most of the work I see on this site but I enjoyed building the darned thing anyway.

I also realize that my little diorama is most likely not something one would have seen on board a carrier but I wanted to get some use out of the AM stuff I had.

Time to move on to another project.

 

Mike

"Le temps est un grand maître, mais malheureusement, il tue tous ses élèves."

Hector Berlioz

  • Member since
    May 2017
  • From: Denver, Colorado
Posted by MrStecks on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 9:20 AM

This plane looks great Mike!  You've inspired me to add an Avenger to my stash.  Smile

Cheers, Mark


On the bench:  Revel 1/48 B-25J Mitchell

In the queue: Tamiya 1/48 F4U-1A Corsair

  • Member since
    February 2014
  • From: Michigan
Posted by silentbob33 on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 8:45 AM
Looks pretty good to me Mike, unless I look really close I can't see the problems with the canopy so I'd say you did a pretty good job of fixing it up

On my bench: Academy 1/35 UH-60L Black Hawk

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  • From: Olmsted Township, Ohio
Posted by lawdog114 on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 2:24 AM
That turned out fantastic Mike. Thanks for taking us along...

 "Can you fly this plane and land it?...Surely you can't be serious....I am serious, and don't call me Shirley"

 

 

 

 

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Posted by 1943Mike on Monday, August 14, 2017 8:10 PM

Thanks Brandon.

I guess I'll just figure that the tug was painted on a regular basis but would have had dents and scratches from use. I'll make the weathering minimal.

I must confess that my hand painting is not allowing me to get perfect lines between the wheels and tires - far from perfect but, at this stage of my modeling I'm going to have to be happy with what I've done so far. I should have been more careful when masking the wheels but I goofed there and each time I've gone to hand paint a correction I seem to make it worse. Lesson learned.

 

Mike

"Le temps est un grand maître, mais malheureusement, il tue tous ses élèves."

Hector Berlioz

  • Member since
    June 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Monday, August 14, 2017 7:02 PM

She is really starting to shape up now. I love this kit and what you've done with it. Nice work, Sir!

BK

On the bench:

A lot !! And I mean A LOT!!

2024 Kits on deck / in process / completed   

                         14 / 5 / 2  

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  • From: Salem, Oregon
Posted by 1943Mike on Monday, August 14, 2017 4:54 PM

Thanks Steve. I've since my last post returned to the forward section of the canopy and tried - without much success - to make it look better. No more work on the aircraft - now it's on to the minimal diorama I had planned for this puppy.

Does anyone know what, if any, would be the proper amount (and kind) of weathering on a moto tug of WWII ilk? My dio will have a torpedo lying in a cart near the aircraft ready to load, a moto tug with the towing arms still attached to the wheel(s) - not sure if I'll have it being towed from the front or rear - with some pilots standing/kneeling/squatting around a map of the day's assignment. It's from the Tamiya 1/48 kit.

Should I show some rust? Some scratches? Just not sure how well maintained these workhorse vehicles were while the war (WWII) raged on. Any help appreciated.

Mike

"Le temps est un grand maître, mais malheureusement, il tue tous ses élèves."

Hector Berlioz

  • Member since
    July 2013
Posted by steve5 on Sunday, July 2, 2017 8:40 PM

mike

I think you did a grand job , the only way I know , is you pointed the change out to me ,

steve5

 

  • Member since
    December 2010
  • From: Salem, Oregon
Posted by 1943Mike on Sunday, July 2, 2017 7:38 PM

I must apologize to all who have been so kind and whose encouragement I very much appreciate. I ran into a problem I'd not experienced with my last build of the same kit. I just couldn't get the forward section of the canopy to fit properly. Perhaps it had something to do with the way the two fuselage halves were joined in this build .. I just don't know.

The problem was that I couldn't make the little lower "ears" of that section of canopy fit into the areas they are supposed to fit in. They were far enough off so that attempting to get them to fit made that section tilt rearward too much - way too much. Like I said, I don't know how I screwed up. My "fix" was to cut off the "ears" (see picture below) of that section on both sides and try to fill in the open area with styrene. I did my best but it's a glaring mistake and it shows badly.

I am, however, going to continue with this diorama. I've liked building a small diorama with the TA-4F I did last year and I'll finish this one to the best of my ability.

Next updates will be for the Moto tug, figures, torpedo on its cart, etc.

 

Mike

"Le temps est un grand maître, mais malheureusement, il tue tous ses élèves."

Hector Berlioz

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