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Secret Santa GB 22/23

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Posted by BrandonK on Sunday, February 12, 2023 10:43 PM

castelnuovo

The main landing gears were a nice little sub-project

 

Does that have actual springs? Wow, that looks incredible.

BK

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Posted by castelnuovo on Monday, February 13, 2023 12:54 AM

Thanks Brandon. The springs are plastic, painted metalic gray.

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Saturday, February 18, 2023 11:23 AM

BK, I agree. Of the few years I've participated, I've only seen a couple kits I bought actually built. Not really a GB meant for adding kits to someone's stash. 

Chad

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Saturday, February 18, 2023 11:24 AM

castelnuovo

The main landing gears were a nice little sub-project

 

Im a sucker for a nice 219! Nice extra details!

Chad

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Posted by Mach1 on Saturday, February 18, 2023 8:46 PM

castelnuovo

The main landing gears were a nice little sub-project

 

I'm also a sucker for a really good 219, and those look fantastic! Really enjoying seeing this bird come together.

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Posted by Glamdring on Saturday, March 4, 2023 9:58 PM

BrandonK

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

 

I feel like I am a part of the problem in that I am now seeing this this two weeks later when going to post an update...yikes.  Thanks for putting these together over the years BK.  It is a true story when I say that the SS GB was what drew me back to the FSM forums after a multi year hiatus.

The Phantom is on a break, and I was out of town for most of last week, so I decided to start the F16.  Unfortunately, it seems my camera corrupted some of my early WIP shots of the Falcon.  Angry  

Here is where I am at:

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, March 5, 2023 1:38 PM

Robert, too bad about the pics but what you show looks pretty nice and I am looking forward to seeing this build up. I need more modern jets in my life. I should build some of my own. One day I suppose. Glad to see you enjoying your gift.

BK

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Posted by Glamdring on Sunday, March 5, 2023 5:58 PM

This is a great little kit.  For the average builder, it would make a great weekend project....for me, count on a month.  Smile

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 TheMongoose on Sunday, March 5, 2023 10:56 PM

I had a chance to get started on the GT 40 this weekend! The Wright Field Scale Modelers have a build day at a local hobby shop and I thought it would be perfect to open the box there. This is a really superb kit. The body is so smooth that it is gonna paint up really nice. I think I'm gonna do Pedro Rodriguez and Lucien Bianchi 1968 powder blue and orange scheme for it. I don't like any of the standard red blue white black that they do now.

Since we're working on a folding table i focused on subassemblies. Here's where i left off...

more to come. I've got some great MCW Enamels to use for the paint scheme!

 

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 castelnuovo on Monday, March 6, 2023 12:14 AM

Always great to see WIP pix. Here is the latest from Hans and Fritz...

 

On the side of the pic and on the top of the paint jars are 2 of the 5 radar antens. They are thin and fragile and attached to the sprue at 5 places. So one has to do 25 very careful cuts in order not to break them and then 25 more careful trims. Phew, made it without breaking anything.

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Posted by BrandonK on Monday, March 6, 2023 9:43 AM

TheMongoose

I had a chance to get started on the GT 40 this weekend! The Wright Field Scale Modelers have a build day at a local hobby shop and I thought it would be perfect to open the box there. This is a really superb kit. The body is so smooth that it is gonna paint up really nice. I think I'm gonna do Pedro Rodriguez and Lucien Bianchi 1968 powder blue and orange scheme for it. I don't like any of the standard red blue white black that they do now.

Since we're working on a folding table i focused on subassemblies. Here's where i left off...

more to come. I've got some great MCW Enamels to use for the paint scheme!

 

 

 

 

I have the Revell GT and I doubt it is anything even remotely close to this is quality. Man I am looking forward to the colors too. Reminds me of the old Gulf racing colors. Excellent!!!

BK

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Posted by BrandonK on Monday, March 6, 2023 9:45 AM

castelnuovo

Always great to see WIP pix. Here is the latest from Hans and Fritz...

 

On the side of the pic and on the top of the paint jars are 2 of the 5 radar antens. They are thin and fragile and attached to the sprue at 5 places. So one has to do 25 very careful cuts in order not to break them and then 25 more careful trims. Phew, made it without breaking anything.

 

Wow! Hans and Fritz have been busy. That is quite a scheme there. Those look super cool when done but not so much fun to actually paint. Great work on the paint and congrats on the successful surgery on the antennas. Well done.

BK

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Posted by DiscoStu on Wednesday, March 8, 2023 3:01 PM

Gotta love those surprises in the mail.  My Santa delivered this week!  The wonderful Eduard P-51 early-version (Without the tail fillet)

I'll post some pics shortly when I can pry my phone away from my son.

The downside?  I'm still several weeks away from my workshop being completed as part of our basement reno.  While they're 3-weeks ahead of schedule, we're still waiting on flooring, paint and electrics.

 

 

"Ahh the Luftwaffe. The Washington Generals of the History Channel" -Homer Simpson

  

 

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Posted by BrandonK on Wednesday, March 8, 2023 5:43 PM

DiscoStu
Eduard P-51 early-version (Without the tail fillet)

Oh, NICE!! That will be a nice kit. Looking forward to seeing that one come alive.

BK

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Posted by DiscoStu on Thursday, March 9, 2023 9:13 AM

It'll be a fun one.  Already picking out some AM stuff while I wait for them to finish downstairs.

"Ahh the Luftwaffe. The Washington Generals of the History Channel" -Homer Simpson

  

 

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Thursday, March 9, 2023 9:12 PM

Yeah that Ford GT looks like it has some of the cleanest molding I've seen on any car kit!

Chad

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Thursday, March 9, 2023 9:14 PM

Castel, looks like you can almost see the finish line for that 219!

 

Chad

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Thursday, March 9, 2023 9:17 PM

Here's last years SS gift complete and ready for the shelf!  Time to get cracking in this years gift!

Chad

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Posted by BrandonK on Friday, March 10, 2023 9:41 AM

Mopar Madness

Here's last years SS gift complete and ready for the shelf!  Time to get cracking in this years gift!

 

Nice finish, Chad. That is awesome. For an older Revell PM kit it is really nice. I wonder if this is someone else's kit reboxed. Excellent finish, gorgeous!!

BK

Edit, nope. It's a PM kit from 97. Great kit.

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Posted by Glamdring on Friday, March 10, 2023 7:27 PM

Bravo Chad!  Nice build you have there.

Robert 

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Posted by Glamdring on Sunday, March 12, 2023 1:21 PM

The Falcon finally looks like a plane jet:

 

And it has it's color too:

It is now at the same place as the Phontom...I have a lot of decalling to do on these two birds now.

Robert 

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Posted by castelnuovo on Monday, March 13, 2023 12:23 AM

BrandonK

 

 
Mopar Madness

Here's last years SS gift complete and ready for the shelf!  Time to get cracking in this years gift!

 

 

 

Nice finish, Chad. That is awesome. For an older Revell PM kit it is really nice. I wonder if this is someone else's kit reboxed. Excellent finish, gorgeous!!

 

BK

Edit, nope. It's a PM kit from 97. Great kit.

 

 

That Me looks super good! Well done.

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Wednesday, March 15, 2023 8:11 PM

Thanks guys!  Glam, nice progress!  That's definitely my favorite modern jet. 

Chad

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  • From: Lakes Entrance, Victoria, Australia.
Posted by Dodgy on Friday, March 17, 2023 12:25 AM

G'day mates I'm back and I have really missed you all. I've also got a lot to catch up on. Chad that's a beautiful job on the 410. BK I'm truly sorry to hear about your decision with the SSGB, but I fully understand. I have not been doing a lot for obvious reasons, but just before Jill passed I received the 1/48th scale workable tracks for my King Tiger from last years SSGB.

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

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Posted by BrandonK on Saturday, March 18, 2023 10:35 AM

Dodgy

G'day mates I'm back and I have really missed you all. I've also got a lot to catch up on. Chad that's a beautiful job on the 410. BK I'm truly sorry to hear about your decision with the SSGB, but I fully understand. I have not been doing a lot for obvious reasons, but just before Jill passed I received the 1/48th scale workable tracks for my King Tiger from last years SSGB.

 

My goodness, those are some sexy tracks. Good thing that's a King Tiger in 1/48 because any other kit in that scale would be a nightmare in size to work with. Well done my friend. That is one good looking build.

BK

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Posted by Glamdring on Saturday, March 18, 2023 7:25 PM

Thanks Chad, I agree the F16 is growing on me.  It is like the go cart in the fighter jet world...and I think the Wisconsin ANG flies them out of Madison so I may try and find a decal set and build another.

Dodgy, glad to see you back at it, well done on those tracks!

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 Dodgy on Monday, March 27, 2023 6:52 PM

Thanks fellas, the tracks require a lot of patience, but the detail is beautiful. Now waiting on paints, Tamiya and Mr. Colour, to finish the King Tiger and start the Zero. I'm told they may take some weeks! It seems to be getting harder and harder to obtain supplies out here and considering where I live, it's not like I can just pop into a shop.

Dodgy

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Posted by BrandonK on Tuesday, March 28, 2023 10:20 AM

Dodgy

Thanks fellas, the tracks require a lot of patience, but the detail is beautiful. Now waiting on paints, Tamiya and Mr. Colour, to finish the King Tiger and start the Zero. I'm told they may take some weeks! It seems to be getting harder and harder to obtain supplies out here and considering where I live, it's not like I can just pop into a shop.

Dodgy

 

No worries. Glad to have you active.

As far as supplies, yup, even here in the states some things are getting harder to get and I don't have any shops around me at all. I've been stocking up on many things in the event we can't get stuff I'll be ok. Keep on trucking.

BK

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Posted by castelnuovo on Wednesday, March 29, 2023 2:43 PM

Well, Hans and Fritz finally got their Censored together and are ready to fly...

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Posted by keavdog on Wednesday, March 29, 2023 3:24 PM

Very nice job!  Sure do like that plane.

Thanks,

John

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