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'Absent Friends' memorial build

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Posted by Keyserj on Saturday, October 16, 2021 7:47 PM

Justin: Love the weathering on the underside!

Mustang: Neat idea using the push pin as your shifter! Really going all out on that interior!

Steve: Spectacular job on the puma, Buddy would be proud!

Spent a few afternoons working on the f16 and it came together great except the end of the nose broke off. The cockpit really isn't anything special. with it being so small, it is hard to make out the molded detail. Right now, it is still missing some items like the seat and control instruments, but those will be added after I lay down a coat of primer with a rattle can.

 

"Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves?"- Oddball

 

John

On the bench:

 

                     

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  • From: Lakes Entrance, Victoria, Australia.
Posted by Dodgy on Sunday, October 17, 2021 4:27 AM

Beaut work mates.

Steve: That Puma is awesome fella. The masking of the clear parts and the decals would have terrified me. Your mate Buddy would be stoked. So now I believe I have to ask you which pic do you want to go into the finished builds section annnnd, how do I do that???? Sorry mate, but I haven't done this before.

Joe: Perry had the right of it mate, that thing is going to be able to be driven and lookout, cos Perry and I are going to take it for a spin! (Incidentally, if anything goes wrong, it's Perry's fault.)

Jim: That Corsair is coming right along. Although, after all that I've heard about Tamiya 1/48th aircraft models, I'm a bit suprised at the fit challenges and the filling you've had to do. BTW, what is decal bonder? I have not heard of this before.

John: Your F16 is looking great. Can't wait to see the Tiger stripes.

Gamera: I know what you're saying about sanding/filling/sanding.... I'm having that same issue with my Otaki Spit build for the RAAF GB.

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

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Posted by modelcrazy on Sunday, October 17, 2021 9:02 AM

Dodgy.

The first one will be fine.

All you have to do is copy my picture onto your computer. The nice thing about imageshack is you just double click on my picture and it will enlarge so you can copy it. Then you upload it to your hosting site (I have a folder called "member's models) and upload that onto the forum as usual. 

You're doing fine mate.

Steve

Building a kit from your stash is like cutting a head off a Hydra, two more take it's place.

 

 

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  • From: Northeast WA State
Posted by armornut on Sunday, October 17, 2021 9:27 AM

IndifferentBig Smile

we're modelers it's what we do

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  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Sunday, October 17, 2021 9:37 AM

Thank you guys for the good word. I guess I'm gonna have to take those keys out of the ignition to keep 'er from that "joy ride" you all keep talking about.

John: Progress is looking good on that F-16. I would've only been finished with the cockpit at this point but heck.....it looks like you're almost ready for paint!!!!

 

                   

 

fox
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  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Sunday, October 17, 2021 9:09 PM

Dodgy, thanks for following my build. 

They've always had no problems with fit and they still don't. The parts fit perfectly (as usual) but the sharp edges were rounded just enough to need some filling and sanding after gluing them together. I was planning on priming over the weekend but "best laid plans of mice and men". 

The "Decal Bonder" however is a problem. My 81 year old memory can't remember what brand it was. It was a small spray can of a clear gloss, I think, that you sprayed on the older decals and it kept them from breaking up when used. There was a slight problem with it. If you used it, you turned the sheet into 1 decal. You had to cut each one out completely separate as close as possible. I remember using it quite a few times. Looks like I used it all up. Can't find it anywhere. I think it was a white can with either blue or black lettering. Might have been Model Master. I'll keep looking for it on line as I can sure use it now.

Jim Captain

Stay Safe.

 I just found it. It's Testors Decal Bonder available at Hobby Lobby @ $8.95ea. and in stock. I'm going to order a couple of cans.

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench:  1/48 Tamiya - Vought F4U-1A Corsair for Group Build 'Absent Friends' 50%                                                                   1/48 Encore Models - A-37B/OA-37B Dragonfly 50%

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

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Posted by goldhammer88 on Sunday, October 17, 2021 9:21 PM

Testors had a decal top coat to hold them together like you described.  Might try a HL if one close by.

Edit... Just looked on Amazon.  Micro has a decal coater, looks like a brush on bottle like microsol and microset.  About $7-8.

fox
  • Member since
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  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Sunday, October 17, 2021 9:43 PM

Thanks GH, I just updated my post without looking if there were any more posts below it. Sorry. My Bad.

Jim Captain

Stay Safe.

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench:  1/48 Tamiya - Vought F4U-1A Corsair for Group Build 'Absent Friends' 50%                                                                   1/48 Encore Models - A-37B/OA-37B Dragonfly 50%

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

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    August 2021
Posted by goldhammer88 on Sunday, October 17, 2021 9:49 PM

No bad, at least you found some.  Testors no longer shows it on their website/products.

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  • From: Lakes Entrance, Victoria, Australia.
Posted by Dodgy on Monday, October 18, 2021 12:48 AM

Steve: Thanks for the advice mate, job done.

Fox: Ta for the info and advice mate, I'll go and have a hunt on the Internet.

GH: Thanks to you too mate.

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

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    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Monday, October 18, 2021 11:26 AM

John: That F-16 looks good!!!!

 

I've had good luck with Testor's Decal Bonder- it's pretty good stuff.

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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  • From: Hatboro, PA
Posted by Justinryan215 on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 7:40 PM

Thanks for all the kind words, gents!  I have since completed the Corsair, and have begun the "pacific island base, complete with psp Marston matting and coconut palms....and then on to a figure or two...

 

 

I will add some new photos soon, but first, I have some Cubscout stuff to do first!

 

in the interim, I kinda/sorta started the Hasegawa A4M Skyhawks for The Model Geeks podcast A4 Skyhawks group build....

"...failure to do anything because someone else can do better makes us rather dull and lazy..."

Mortal as I am,I know that I am born for a day.  But when I follow at my pleasure the serried multitude of the stars in their circular course, my feet no longer touch the Earth...

 

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Posted by mustang1989 on Sunday, October 31, 2021 7:36 AM

Haven't seen any activity on here in a bit but thought I'd help things along by at least making a post. Been caught up in a hit and run case involving my sons truck from a couple of weeks ago but managed to find the car that hit it overnight while it was parked in front of our house. What a mess. Hopefully it all wraps up nicely as far as a settlement is concerned and we get the opportunity to fix her back up. Ton of work went into the truck. 

Slowly making my way back to this build but have another couple of modeling side projects that I'm working on as well. Looking forward to more updates from everyone else.

                   

 

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Monday, November 1, 2021 8:52 PM

OUCH! Hope you get the whole mess straightened out with your son's truck. 

 

I swear it's always something... shhhhheeeeeeeeessssssssshhhhhhhhhhhhh..........

 

Anyway I got a little more done on the Corsair. Not sure what's going on here, I had to putty and sand the fuselage seam line a half dozen times. There's still some more work I need to do on the underside, the seam where the wing attaches to the fuselage is still there. Not sure if it's the kit or I didn't assemble it correctly. 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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  • From: Lakes Entrance, Victoria, Australia.
Posted by Dodgy on Monday, November 1, 2021 9:09 PM

Sounds like you are having the same problem I'm having with my Otaki Spit Gam. Looks like it's on its way though.

Hey Mustang, I was about to PM you as we hadn't heard from you and I was starting to worry. I hope you can get everything resolved to you and your son's satisfaction.

I haven't started my Corsair yet so have not had anything to add. Will probably make a start in the next fortnight.

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

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  • From: Hatboro, PA
Posted by Justinryan215 on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 4:43 AM

Hey guys!  I haven't had much bench time the past few weeks, as it's Cubscout season, and my time is filled with camping trips, Fall Fest, Scouting for Food, and just generally trying to be the best Cubmaster I can be.....

 

my Corsair is just about finished.  I notices while taking it out of the dehydration chamber, that my windscreen is attached too far forward, so I will need to loosen that and reposition it.  Overall, aircraft construction is complete, and I need to work on the display base....but I've been distracted with a new build, a group build hosted by The Model Geeks Podcast (on Facebook), the A4 Skyhawks group build....I am building that in conjunction with the close air support group build here, so keep your eyes open for my first post!

"...failure to do anything because someone else can do better makes us rather dull and lazy..."

Mortal as I am,I know that I am born for a day.  But when I follow at my pleasure the serried multitude of the stars in their circular course, my feet no longer touch the Earth...

 

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  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 5:59 AM

Cliff: Progress on your Corsair is moving right along. Your fit issues remind me of my Arado 234 build that went on for three frickin' years. Man that thing kicked me in the freekin' nads over and over trying to get it together without any visible seam issues when finished. All I can say is to hang with it and if you have to ...build a filler model for a sense of accomplishment. Been there and done that pal and hope you get the issues sorted out.

Rob: Yeah it's been a trying month that's for damn sure. Should be hearing something back from the insurance company either today or tomorrow. They've already told me it's going to be a total loss but after looking at the truck closer they're trying to give me a little more money to work with. #1 I've got to see if the frame is repairable. #2 if it is then I'll have the frame pulled back into specs and start on getting the transmission rebuilt. #3......I've got a truck bed located and priced out. Once I find out if the truck is repairable I'll just need to have it delivered to the body shop to have it painted and then I'll install it onto the truck after the cab has been repaired. #4 is all the bolt on stuff like bumpers, tail lights and the like. I'm just hoping they give me enough $$ to make all of this happen without it coming out of MY pocket.

Justin: Looking forward to progress pics on your Corsair as well.

I've got a bit of a side project going on as well. Been building a Boss 302 engine for a Boss Mustang community project elsewhere. Different people get different parts of the car, build those sections up and then mail them to the head forum administrator where he assembles everything and sells the completed model on ebay for $ to fund monthly model winners Hobby Lobby gift cards. Cool thing to be a part of.

Progress on the Boss 302 engine:

Started with the Revell Boss 302 which aint all that bad really. Carburetor actually resembles a carburetor and theres plenty of detail parts. The only thing I DON'T like is the molded in oil pan halves. Getting rid of those seams sux.....bad. 

Basic engine block/ tranny build up after black basing and shooting MM Dark Blue acrylic on to engine and MM Steel enamel on the tranny and weathering that a bit. I used MM Aluminum enamel on the intake after black basing and then went over the intake with a dry brushing of ground up black pastel.

 

Didn't have any decals for the engine and I'm glad I didn't because the only thing I would've gotten were the Boss 302 decals for the rocker covers. I contacted Thomas at Speedway decals and sent him pictures of the real Boss 302 to have ALL of the decals that were SUPPOSED to be on this engine cut. The results are going to pay off on the completed engine.

I used Molotow Chrome for the air cleaner lid and Alclad Polished Aluminum for the rocker covers.

 

                   

 

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 6:30 PM

Thanks guys! 

Ferg: Good luck with her! 

Justin: Sounds good! Looking forward to seeing her. 

Joe: Sharp work on the engine and good to hear you've got some leads on getting your son's truck repaired. 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 6:37 PM

Joe. motor looks good.  Cool group you're working with.  

Thanks,

John

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  • From: Lakes Entrance, Victoria, Australia.
Posted by Dodgy on Wednesday, November 3, 2021 4:30 AM

Wow Joe, that looks amazing. Sounds like a great group.

Justin, I think it's awesome that people like yourself are motivated to spend time with kids at the cost of your own precious time. I worked for many years as a youthworker and for the State Government as a Child Protection Worker. The work that people like yourself do is so often unseen and overlooked, but so vital. Good on ya cobber.

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

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  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Wednesday, November 3, 2021 10:31 AM

Thanks Cliff, John and Rob!! 

Good bunch of guys there alright. Trying to help the main admin revive the place a little bit and just getting started after making a few adjustments. 

Got the rocker covers and carburetor on. Now currently fabbing up the fuel inlet line from the fuel pump to the carburetor after I got through with the dual feed line on the passengers side of the carburetor. I'm also acquiring the black spark plug wires that I thought I had in inventory. No worries though.......I'll be working around those on other stuff like fabbing up a dipstick for the power steering dipstick tube that I fabbed up for the P/S pump a few weeks ago. ( Hence the tube sticking up out of the power steering pump) just to add another little touch to this engine.

                   

 

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Thursday, November 4, 2021 11:25 AM

That's coming along beautifully!!!

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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  • From: MOAB, UTAH
Posted by JOE RIX on Sunday, November 7, 2021 9:13 AM

About time I check in and get caight up on the terrific builds going on.

Jim: Very nice work going on your Corsair. The landing gear especially look excellent.

John: Assembly on your F-16 looks great. Looking forward to some paint on there.

Justin: I can't wait to see some pics of your Corsair. Sounds as if sound progress is being made.

Joe: Loving the Boss 302. It is looking fantastic. I hope things are turning out for the best with Joseph's truck.

Cliff: Well, that is indeed a bugger with the seams. It appears to me that your getting them to disappear though. Outstanding effort my friend.

Unfortunately, I have no progress to report on my Corsair. Still need to pull it out and evaluate where I need to get going on it. In the mean time, I have been distracted by another kit on my bench. It is the Siga Model 1/72 Martin AM-1 Mauler. My father actually flew this while in the Naval Reserves. I've had this kit for years. This is the only injection molded kit of this aircraft so, I have to work with what I have got. The molding is poor verging on atrocious. As such, I took this as a challenge and have since put in a lot of sanding and scraping. I will look to start a WIP thread on it.

Everyone is truly honoring our friends with their talent and skills. It's very uplifting.

"Not only do I not know what's going on, I wouldn't know what to do about it if I did". George Carlin

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  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Sunday, November 7, 2021 8:10 PM

Cliff and Joe: Thanks fellas!! Lookin' forward to that AM-1 build Joe!!! 

Josephs truck is still awaiting on a check which we should see this week. It'll be a month since the collision on next Thursday. A frickin' MONTH man. The adjuster that I'm dealing with now is really trying to help out though by trying to get me as much money as I can get to repair it with.

Here's todays progress shot in the form of a glamour style pic with all the pieces loosely installed and with the fuel inlet line routed & fastened to the engine and carb now. Should be getting the plug wires tomorrow & installing those this week along with a fabbed engine wiring harness.

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Sunday, November 7, 2021 8:18 PM

Awesome looking engine, Joe. Looks like the real thing.

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Posted by goldhammer88 on Sunday, November 7, 2021 8:37 PM

Erickson collection has a Mauler on display.  Makes the Avenger look like an SBD when that is compared to the TBF.

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  • From: MOAB, UTAH
Posted by JOE RIX on Sunday, November 7, 2021 8:53 PM

Oh man Joe, that is choice! One thing that pops out at me is that this seems to have one of the best and most realistic fan belts and pulleys I've seen you do so far. I may be mistaken it is something that I quickly noticed. Either way, it is yet another in your amazing engine builds.

"Not only do I not know what's going on, I wouldn't know what to do about it if I did". George Carlin

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  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Sunday, November 7, 2021 10:37 PM

Joe, Ace has also done the Mauler in 1/72.  The one I have is 72302. 

John

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

 

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  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Monday, November 8, 2021 5:27 AM

Thanks Steve and Joe. Yeah this kit has a fairly accurate base to work with as far as the engine is concerned. May have to procure one of these kits and build the whole thing.

Got the power steering dipstick installed this morning. This......was harder than you'd think. 

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  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Monday, November 8, 2021 8:58 AM

great work you guy's sorry, I haven't been up to date here. Been busy with other stuff.

 

 

 Nick.

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