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Secret Santa GB 22/23

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Posted by keavdog on Saturday, June 3, 2023 11:34 PM

Buttoned up

 

Thanks,

John

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Posted by BrandonK on Sunday, June 4, 2023 10:01 AM

Looks like you are making great progress there, John. The pit looks really nice and getting it closed up also makes things feel like you are moving right along.

BK

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Posted by keavdog on Tuesday, June 6, 2023 1:06 AM

More progress on the Hawk - some fit issues... will require a bit of filler but still fun.

 

Thanks,

John

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Posted by BrandonK on Tuesday, June 6, 2023 9:56 AM

Love seeing the wings go on. Makes me feel like I'm actually making progess. Next PAINT.

BK

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Posted by keavdog on Tuesday, June 6, 2023 11:06 PM

Thanks BK - she's going to be gloss black so lots of prep before paint.  Really fun little kit

Thanks,

John

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Posted by DiscoStu on Friday, June 9, 2023 8:11 AM

Calling it done!  This was a fun build.  The Eduard kit is fantastic, with my only gripe being a seam on the nose that is near impossible to deal with and save the lovely rivet detail.  Thanks to my Santa for this one!

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Posted by BrandonK on Friday, June 9, 2023 9:29 AM

DiscoStu

Calling it done!  This was a fun build.  The Eduard kit is fantastic, with my only gripe being a seam on the nose that is near impossible to deal with and save the lovely rivet detail.  Thanks to my Santa for this one!

 Untitled by Stu George, on Flickr

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Wow Stu, you outdid yourself on this one. Super good looking 51. I've never built any Eduard kits, but I see and hear they are great. This one is excellent and your skills really sealed the deal. Well done.!!! Bow Down

BK

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Posted by keavdog on Friday, June 9, 2023 10:43 AM

Nice job!  Great weathering on the belly

Thanks,

John

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Posted by DiscoStu on Friday, June 9, 2023 3:35 PM

Thanks all!  For the weathering I've become addicted to the oilbrushers by AMMO.  They make all the difference.

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Posted by Mach1 on Sunday, June 11, 2023 3:12 PM

I've opened the Mig and have been making slow but steady progress. The plastic has great detail and the fit is fantastic. I am making the Czech scheme from the box art, but there are also markings for two Polish aircraft in a more standard camoflage.

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Posted by BrandonK on Monday, June 12, 2023 9:44 AM

Mach1

I've opened the Mig and have been making slow but steady progress. The plastic has great detail and the fit is fantastic. I am making the Czech scheme from the box art, but there are also markings for two Polish aircraft in a more standard camoflage.

 

Looks like a nice kit. Your pit looks really good. And slow progress is at least progress. The end result will be stunning for sure and we are all looking forward to seeing it. Can't wait to see more.

BK

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Posted by Glamdring on Friday, June 16, 2023 7:38 PM

Looking good!

Robert 

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Posted by Dodgy on Wednesday, August 2, 2023 12:24 AM

Hi folks, sorry for my long abscence, but just when I thought I was getting a grip on things, everything went to hell. Until a few days ago I hadn't been near my bench for months. 

John I love the the Polikarpov, awesome job mate.

Stu your P51 is outstanding. Top work fella.

A couple of pics to show where I'm at. The pit bits of the Zero have all been sprayed silver and coated with hairspray. Next step is to spray the cockpit colour and do some weathering. The Tiger needs some adjustment work on the tracks, some adittional bits added and then it's just about finishing the painting and weathering.

 

I wasn't really happy with the blue, but as no one will see it, I decided not to waste time re-doing it.

Dodgy

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Posted by BrandonK on Wednesday, August 2, 2023 10:11 AM

Dodgy

Hi folks, sorry for my long abscence, but just when I thought I was getting a grip on things, everything went to hell. Until a few days ago I hadn't been near my bench for months. 

John I love the the Polikarpov, awesome job mate.

Stu your P51 is outstanding. Top work fella.

A couple of pics to show where I'm at. The pit bits of the Zero have all been sprayed silver and coated with hairspray. Next step is to spray the cockpit colour and do some weathering. The Tiger needs some adjustment work on the tracks, some adittional bits added and then it's just about finishing the painting and weathering.

 

I wasn't really happy with the blue, but as no one will see it, I decided not to waste time re-doing it.

Dodgy

 

Those are both looking very nice. The camo looks excellent, can't wait to see the chipping with hairspray. Also, the Aotake looks very good. My understanding on it was that it was not too consistant across various manufacturers, so it looks great to me.

I have been super busy this year and also laid up for the last month. I have not been on the forums much and I haven't built at all in months. My back is bad atm and I can't sit for long, so forums and building have been sat aside. I hope to be back at it soon and get my gift completed. I really want to work on it, but like I said, pain stops me in my tracks. Keep all the great stuff coming guys, I really do like to see it come together.

BK

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Posted by keavdog on Sunday, September 17, 2023 2:52 PM

Got paint on the Hawk.   I can see the finish line!

 

Thanks,

John

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Posted by BrandonK on Monday, September 18, 2023 9:58 AM

Great looking work, John. She looks like she's going mach 2 sitting still.

I'm finally feeling better after 3 months laid up. I am going to get back on the Mercedes very shortly. Can't wait to paint it.

BK

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Posted by keavdog on Tuesday, September 19, 2023 5:03 PM

Gear down and decals going on.  So many problems with this one I just want to get it finished and on the shelf.

 

Thanks,

John

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Posted by BrandonK on Wednesday, September 20, 2023 9:57 AM

keavdog

Gear down and decals going on.  So many problems with this one I just want to get it finished and on the shelf.

 

 

That is such a cool looking jet. Looks like something out of a James Bond movie. Super nice work, even if it is fighting you. Well done!!!!

BK

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Posted by keavdog on Thursday, September 21, 2023 11:01 PM

Calling this one done.  Had a bunch of issues - mostly my fault plus some experiments that went south.  But thankyou so much secret santa I really appreciate the thoughtful gift.

She's a tail sitter ( again my fault ) hence the blob of clay under the tail.

She's up on the shelf with my trainer squadron

 

Thanks,

John

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Posted by BrandonK on Friday, September 22, 2023 9:49 AM

keavdog

Calling this one done.  Had a bunch of issues - mostly my fault plus some experiments that went south.  But thankyou so much secret santa I really appreciate the thoughtful gift.

She's a tail sitter ( again my fault ) hence the blob of clay under the tail.

She's up on the shelf with my trainer squadron

 

 

She turned out stunning and is a worthy addition to your collection. You really made this one look incredible, even with some hazards along the way. Well done and thank you for being a part of this great GB. I will update the front page.

BK

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Posted by Glamdring on Friday, September 22, 2023 7:40 PM

Bravo John!

Robert 

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Posted by Dodgy on Monday, September 25, 2023 4:29 PM

you might have had problems John, but no one would know it. A beaut job mate.

So my bench time has been very hit and miss, but I have been working on the cockpit of the Zero and I'm just about to close it up. Have also been doing some work on the Tiger II and will post pics later today.

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Posted by Glamdring on Monday, September 25, 2023 7:07 PM

My word, Dodgy, that detail work looks GREAT!

Robert 

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Posted by BrandonK on Monday, September 25, 2023 10:19 PM

Dodgy

you might have had problems John, but no one would know it. A beaut job mate.

So my bench time has been very hit and miss, but I have been working on the cockpit of the Zero and I'm just about to close it up. Have also been doing some work on the Tiger II and will post pics later today.

 

That work looks really good. Glad to see you are still at it my friend. Looking forward to more updates.

BK

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Posted by cbaltrin on Tuesday, September 26, 2023 6:20 AM

Dodgy, I love your zero interior. Nice work. 

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Posted by Dodgy on Wednesday, September 27, 2023 2:53 AM

Hi Fella's. The Zero is a beautiful kit, thank you Secret Santa! I'm just hoping I can do it Justice. Unfortunatley I lost a couple of parts to the carpet monster, so I have halted production until I find them, or can replicate them, meanwhile, a couple of pics of the Tiger. Almost there. Just need to add some minor bits and do the weathering.

Thanks for the positives folks.

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Posted by BrandonK on Wednesday, September 27, 2023 9:48 AM

Dodgy

Hi Fella's. The Zero is a beautiful kit, thank you Secret Santa! I'm just hoping I can do it Justice. Unfortunatley I lost a couple of parts to the carpet monster, so I have halted production until I find them, or can replicate them, meanwhile, a couple of pics of the Tiger. Almost there. Just need to add some minor bits and do the weathering.

Thanks for the positives folks.

 

Wow! That Tiger is looking stunning. That camo work is very impressive. Your are making this thing look the part for sure and it will look amazing in your collection. Great work. I can't wait to see more.

BK

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Posted by keavdog on Wednesday, September 27, 2023 10:45 AM

Wow Dodgy the Tiger looks awesome, great camo and that monster barrel!

Thanks,

John

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Posted by Dodgy on Tuesday, December 19, 2023 10:52 PM

I'm typing this now for the second time because the bloody site dropped out. I should have known better because I've been caught like that before on several occasions and then couldn't bring myself to repeat it all again. Moving on.

Thanks for the positive words fellas, but BK I owe you a huge apology as I've let you down. The Tiger is finished, but the Zero is not. I will finish the Zero next year in a WIP on the aircraft thread. I also apologise to the donor, it will be built and not go into the stash, or the shelf of doom. It is a magnificent kit and I love it, it's just that life, my shakes and a reduction in motivation that I put down to grief, got in the way. 2023 has not been a good year for me.

BK I have loved this GB, even though it's only been my second year. So many good models and mateship. Good on yer mate, you've done a great job, but I can fully understand why you won't be doing it again in 2024.

Ok, to the Tiger. I apologise for the quality of the photographs, the lighting is crap and I'm a crap photographer. My own opinion is that the paint job is too dark and there are several problems with the tracks.

After paint and glue the tracks became very brittle and broke so easily whenever I handled them. Eventually, I just decided that regardless of any issues, I would leave them as they were. On a positive note, the kit itself is a gem and I loved building it. I added the cable for the front headlight, rubbed graphite around the muzzle brake to represent blast compounds and mixed white glue and green food dye for the vision ports in the hull and the commanders cupola.

Thanks again BK. As a GB it was a lot of fun and much appreciated.

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Posted by Dodgy on Tuesday, December 19, 2023 11:18 PM

Oh yes....... I forgot about the decal on the port side of the turret. It broke up and hence is missing a bit. 008 might find itself with a minor hit there....

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