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Posted by TheMongoose on Friday, January 6, 2023 10:26 PM

Glamdring

The jet factory has opened fot the year, starting with the Phantom.  The office is nearly finished and the seats temprarily occupied for the photo.

I think the plane's stick is supposed to be molded into the pilot figure, since there is not a separate piece for one.  That or they molded him doing something unmentionable... Surprise

 

 

LMFAO

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Posted by BrandonK on Saturday, January 7, 2023 11:53 AM

TheMongoose

 

 
Glamdring

The jet factory has opened fot the year, starting with the Phantom.  The office is nearly finished and the seats temprarily occupied for the photo.

I think the plane's stick is supposed to be molded into the pilot figure, since there is not a separate piece for one.  That or they molded him doing something unmentionable... Surprise

 

 

 

 

LMFAO

 

I got a kick out of this as well. Too funny. Making progess and looking good.

 

BK

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Posted by Dodgy on Monday, January 9, 2023 12:23 AM

Hi folks, this is looking like a great year, some awsome kits in there, if you don't count questionable behaviours of Phantom pilots....... Would never happen in the Navy......

Big SmileBig SmileBig Smile

Anyway, moving right along, as they used to say on Laugh In..... I have taken pics of the sprues for the Zero, as I thought you might like to take in the detail, so bear with me.

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Posted by Dodgy on Monday, January 9, 2023 12:25 AM

This kit is simply awesome, but be aware, a good study of the instructions and colour plates will pay dividends. I have chosen to do an aircraft of the Tainan kokutai at Buna in 1943. Now spending some time looking at references. Thaaaaaank you Santa!

Dodgy

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Posted by BrandonK on Monday, January 9, 2023 11:23 AM

That does look like a really nice kit, Robert. Certainly has far more parts than the old Tamiya kit. Should build up awesome.

BK

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Posted by Glamdring on Sunday, January 15, 2023 11:41 AM

Progress has been made on the Phantom.  The fuselage has been sealed and the wings installed.

The seams needed some work, but I think they are set.  We'll find out when I prime it.

I am thinking of making this an in flight display, if the wheelwell doors have a good fit and don't pose too much of a hassle.  Do any of you experienced aircraft builders have recommendations for a stand?

Robert 

"I can't get ahead no matter how hard I try, I'm gettin' really good at barely gettin' by"

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Posted by BrandonK on Sunday, January 15, 2023 4:34 PM

Glamdring

Progress has been made on the Phantom.  The fuselage has been sealed and the wings installed.

The seams needed some work, but I think they are set.  We'll find out when I prime it.

I am thinking of making this an in flight display, if the wheelwell doors have a good fit and don't pose too much of a hassle.  Do any of you experienced aircraft builders have recommendations for a stand?

 

Dear Lord, I love Phantoms!! Sweet to see it coming along. I've always liked the look of jets in flight with the clear acrylic rods coming out of the nozzles. You would have to find some and bend it up, but it would look epic.

BK

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Posted by BrandonK on Tuesday, January 17, 2023 3:27 PM

Starting to make some headway on the Mercedes. I have the nose piece glued in and filled. The kit part just adds this where the real car the nose is all one piece. I have filled the gap with CA and putty. I primed all the parts and found the nose to still need some work. More sanding and she is looking ready for more primer. Filled some pin holes with CA again. I have also started to paint all the small parts. I hope I can paint the body this weekend, but I'm not gonna rush it. I want it perfect. That's it for now.

BK

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Posted by Glamdring on Tuesday, January 17, 2023 9:50 PM

That is a sweet looking ride!

Robert 

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Saturday, January 21, 2023 8:48 PM

That really is going to be a nice Mercedes!

Chad

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At the plate: 1/48 Airfix Bf109 & 1/35 Tamiya Famo

On deck: Who knows!

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Saturday, January 21, 2023 8:49 PM

Clear acrylic rod would definitely be the way to go.  Need to put a brass rod in the phantom to accept the clear rod. 

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 Airfix Bf109 & 1/35 Tamiya Famo

On deck: Who knows!

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  • From: Nashotah, WI
Posted by Glamdring on Sunday, January 22, 2023 8:51 PM

Thanks for the tips for a display base.  I have been watching a number of youtube videos on the matter, and some indeed used acrylic rods.  We'll see....

Assembly is bascically done on the aircraft itself, this was the state of it last night.

Today's build session was spent cleaning up the intake seams, priming, and chasing other seams.  I ordered a Vietnam War jet paint set, so painting will take place later this week, hopefully.

Robert 

"I can't get ahead no matter how hard I try, I'm gettin' really good at barely gettin' by"

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Posted by keavdog on Sunday, January 22, 2023 9:25 PM

Looks great.  I just love the phantom.  I have a J done, an E in the stash and I want a wild weasel G

Thanks,

John

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Posted by BrandonK on Sunday, January 22, 2023 11:12 PM

Glamdring

Thanks for the tips for a display base.  I have been watching a number of youtube videos on the matter, and some indeed used acrylic rods.  We'll see....

Assembly is bascically done on the aircraft itself, this was the state of it last night.

Today's build session was spent cleaning up the intake seams, priming, and chasing other seams.  I ordered a Vietnam War jet paint set, so painting will take place later this week, hopefully.

 

Looks great. Without paint in looks like a ghost plane. Whose paint set did you order? Vallejo?

BK

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Posted by Glamdring on Monday, January 23, 2023 7:55 PM

Thanks, guys.  Yeah, the set was Vallejo's Vietnam War SEA set.  

Robert 

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Posted by castelnuovo on Monday, January 23, 2023 11:34 PM

Started some work on He-219. Hans and Fritz are in their office but not quite ready for takeoff Smile

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Posted by BrandonK on Tuesday, January 24, 2023 9:38 AM

castelnuovo

Started some work on He-219. Hans and Fritz are in their office but not quite ready for takeoff Smile

 

Very nice. Those two are certainly ready to go, all they need now is the rest of the plane.

BK

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Posted by Mach1 on Tuesday, January 24, 2023 8:18 PM

BK: Nice Mercedes! That's gonna look real sharp. Yes

Glamdring: Phantom is looking good. The more I see these built, the more the plane grows on me. This may just be the motivation I need to finally pick up a J.

Castel: Very nice cockpit. I'm really looking forward to seeing this one come together Smile

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Saturday, January 28, 2023 2:42 PM

Glam - You're making good time on that Phantom!

Castel - Tell Franz to keep an eye on Fritz. I heard he made a visit to the Biergarten last night for a few pints of Pilsner!

Chad

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Saturday, January 28, 2023 2:44 PM

Just when I think I'm ready to glue the canopy on and call it done, I overthink the weathering and delve into a mess. This is controlled chaos I promise.

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 Airfix Bf109 & 1/35 Tamiya Famo

On deck: Who knows!

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Posted by Glamdring on Sunday, January 29, 2023 6:57 PM

Nice work on the office Castel.

Good luck Mopar!  LOL

The Phantom has the camo based in, still working on some clean up spots, and trying to figure out why the metallic has bits of the basecoat showing through that I can't see with the Mark 1 eyeball, but show up on the camera.  

Next up, detail painting, the external stores, and eventually the in flight display base when all those supplies arrive.

Robert 

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Posted by BrandonK on Monday, January 30, 2023 10:05 AM

Mopar Madness

Just when I think I'm ready to glue the canopy on and call it done, I overthink the weathering and delve into a mess. This is controlled chaos I promise.

 

Yummy. Sludge wash...like washing your car with a grease soaked rag.

BK

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Posted by BrandonK on Monday, January 30, 2023 10:07 AM

Glamdring

Nice work on the office Castel.

Good luck Mopar!  LOL

The Phantom has the camo based in, still working on some clean up spots, and trying to figure out why the metallic has bits of the basecoat showing through that I can't see with the Mark 1 eyeball, but show up on the camera.  

Next up, detail painting, the external stores, and eventually the in flight display base when all those supplies arrive.

 

Looking very nice. You are progressing rapidly and she looks very good.

BK

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Posted by castelnuovo on Tuesday, February 7, 2023 10:32 AM

After few Pilseners in der Biergarten with few Frauleins, Hans and Fritz feel that some pieces are not quite where they should be

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Posted by TheMongoose on Wednesday, February 8, 2023 8:41 PM

Nice work on the office Castel.

Good luck Mopar!  LOL

The Phantom has the camo based in, still working on some clean up spots, and trying to figure out why the metallic has bits of the basecoat showing through that I can't see with the Mark 1 eyeball, but show up on the camera.  

Next up, detail painting, the external stores, and eventually the in flight display base when all those supplies arrive.


If you need any advice or help on the base drop me a line at cvandegr at icloud dot com be happy to help. Here's my last one with a simple acrylic rod in the exhaust. No holes needed lol

In the pattern: Scale Shipyard's 1/48 Balao Class Sub! leaning out the list...NOT! Ha, added to it again - Viper MkVii, 1/32 THUD & F-15J plus a weekend madness build!

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Posted by BrandonK on Friday, February 10, 2023 10:29 AM

castelnuovo

After few Pilseners in der Biergarten with few Frauleins, Hans and Fritz feel that some pieces are not quite where they should be

 

Looking very good, my friend. Love what you have done here.

BK

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Posted by BrandonK on Friday, February 10, 2023 10:31 AM

TheMongoose

Nice work on the office Castel.

Good luck Mopar!  LOL

The Phantom has the camo based in, still working on some clean up spots, and trying to figure out why the metallic has bits of the basecoat showing through that I can't see with the Mark 1 eyeball, but show up on the camera.  

Next up, detail painting, the external stores, and eventually the in flight display base when all those supplies arrive.


If you need any advice or help on the base drop me a line at cvandegr at icloud dot com be happy to help. Here's my last one with a simple acrylic rod in the exhaust. No holes needed lol

 

The Phantom looks really good. I can't see the issues you're mentioning, so I would not stress about it. It looks great. And that F-16 looks amazing. I have always wanted to do a jet like that with the rod and base. I need to add that to my list of must haves. Super cool.

BK

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Posted by BrandonK on Friday, February 10, 2023 10:37 AM

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT !!

Just a quick announcement for all the wonderful peeps that join me every year in this super fun build. After this year wraps up I will no longer be doing the SSGB. If someone wants to take up the mantle and run it and do their own thing with it, they are more than welcome to do so. Sign ups are pretty steady over the years, but actual participation in GB's is at an all time low and I'm getting tired so I feel it's time to pass it on and move on. FSM seems to be dying, I don't know why, but it shows big time in the GB's over the past few years. This year is the worst I've ever seen. We will continue to have fun with this one and watch as everyone builds those super cool gifts.

BK

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A lot !! And I mean A LOT!!

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Posted by castelnuovo on Saturday, February 11, 2023 11:04 PM

I hear you and don't quite know what to say. There was that discussion about bleak GB scene. I sign up here and there but few topics get my attention, even if i really enjoy GBs. But I build what gets my attention, not just for the sake of building something. Danno re dying FSM...maybe. I don't have a subsription, there is nothing there that one can't get here for free. I checked other modeling forums but they all look somehow disjointed, way too many sub forums, sub-sub topics etc. Just can't be bothered to figure them out, FSM is very easy and well organized.

I don't mind hosting GBs but it is quite disheartening to have bunch of people sign up but only few finish.

Either way, thanks for hosting this one, it is much appreciatedSmile

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Posted by castelnuovo on Sunday, February 12, 2023 9:06 PM

The main landing gears were a nice little sub-project

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