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First builds after a long hiatus

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  • Member since
    November 2022
First builds after a long hiatus
Posted by Brian C on Sunday, November 13, 2022 1:54 AM

After being out of modeling for 10+ years, I took the plunge and decided to finish a 1/48 Tamiya A6M3 Zero I had started well over 10 years ago. I bought a few new supplies and had at it. I went with a "field applied" green finish, which I applied with a sponge. I had done the canopy lines in gray when I started it and just left well enough alone. I had so much fun finishing this one, I went out and updated my paints and supplies, and bought a compressor for my airbrush. I decided to tackle an old classic- Revell's 1/48 P40B. This kit was actually the first aircraft I ever built, with my Dad's help when I was maybe 12 years old. I went with the AVG scheme and built the kit from the box, with a few scratch built details. I masked this canopy with Tamiya tape, my first masking job. Hopefully the photos work, enjoy and please go easy on me- I've been out of the game for a while Big Smile

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  • From: Between LA and OC, SoCal
Posted by oortiz10 on Monday, November 14, 2022 11:24 AM

Hey Brian, nice work! I think those look pretty sharp. The "sponge technique" looks to have produced a pretty good finish. I'd expect it to look more stipled. 

I like the look of the AVG P-40. I just got Airfix's boxing of its P-40, and I'm planning on doing a Flying Tiger, too. Thanks for the inspiration!

Looking forward to your next submission. 



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

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Posted by Eugene Rowe on Monday, November 14, 2022 1:34 PM

I like the weathering on the Zero ,very well done!

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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Monday, November 14, 2022 1:44 PM

Welcome back to the hobby!  Couple nice builds.  That classic old P-40 kit brings back memories.



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Posted by Brian C on Monday, November 14, 2022 11:17 PM

Thanks for the kind words and warm welcome. I'm still working on my building and the weathering techniques, some I used years ago and some I've just recently learned. I must be a glutton for punishment and putty- next on the bench is a Revell 1/48 P51D. I never had much luck with this kit when I was younger, we'll see if the 3rd time is a charm!

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    January 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Tuesday, November 15, 2022 3:20 PM

Very nice work Brian! Toast Toast Toast

Look like a couple of weary war birds to me. P-40's are my favorite planes.

Jim Captain

Stay Safe.

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench: Artesania Latina  (aka) Artists in the Latrine 1/75 Bluenose II

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

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  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Tuesday, November 15, 2022 4:35 PM

Good stuff like the P-40

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  • From: From the Mit, but live in Mason, O high ho
Posted by hogfanfs on Wednesday, November 16, 2022 9:59 AM

Great job on both, but, I really like the Zero. You did the weathering quite well. 



 On the bench:  1/48 Eduard MiG-21MF

                        1/35 Takom Merkava Mk.I



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