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  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Monday, September 27, 2021 11:28 AM

I'll probably disappoint you Joe! But I shall try my best! Wink

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

 

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  • From: MOAB, UTAH
Posted by JOE RIX on Monday, September 27, 2021 8:31 AM

Dodgy: Yeah, you can go ahead and and add the He-115. May be some time til I get to it but, might as well put it in the que.

Jim: Really wondeful start to your Corsair. The cockpit looks excellent. Nice work on the engine as well. The ignition wires definitely add to the realism. Well done.

Cliff: Looking forward to some progress pics from your Corsair. I know that you will be making lemonade out of lemons.

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

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Sunday, September 26, 2021 8:30 PM

Jim: Awesome work there on the cockpit and the engine! 

I started work on my Corsair but the MiniCraft kit is a wee bit more Spartan than the Tamiya one. Looks like they just made up some of the details. Photos when I have a bit more to show. 

John: Yeah, Toshi was a big Corsair fan. The other guys liked WWII aircraft but I'm not sure of any specific type. 

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

 

  • Member since
    March 2012
  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Sunday, September 26, 2021 8:13 PM

Steve: Dude you are a WILD man!! 

Jim: Good progress on that Corsair so far. Interior and engine look great!!! 

John: These guys all liked aircraft. Corsairs are dominating so far here because these guys were always down for one of those being built. Looking forward to whatever you decide to build.

Rob: Don't tempt me on those wipers. 

                   

 

  • Member since
    August 2021
Posted by goldhammer88 on Sunday, September 26, 2021 8:12 PM

Can't speak to the others, but Toshi was partial to Corsairs and B-17's.  Also to WWII German birds.  Think he also built a couple Japanese a/c too.

  • Member since
    May 2020
Posted by Keyserj on Sunday, September 26, 2021 7:42 PM

Nice job everyone. Really excited how to tiger meet decals turn out on that held modelcrazy.

hoping to make a run to the LHS sometime to pick up my contribution to this GB. Could some of the forum members who have been around for a while give me some ideas of what those who have passed away liked to build?

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

 

John

On the bench:

 

                     

fox
  • Member since
    January 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Saturday, September 25, 2021 3:26 PM

Hi everyone! The wife and I worked on this blankedy blank computer all mourning to let me be able to post pics of my build for Toshi. I just did 2 tests, and the links came through OK. For some reason we just can't get it to send just the pics. But, I'll settle for the links now. 

OK, here we go. The kit is the Tamiya 1/48 Vought F4U-1A Corsair. I thought about a couple of different versions and reached a decision. A while back, I was talking to Toshi and sent him a pic of a build I did of the Panther used in Bill Holdens 1954 movie "The bridges at Toko Ri". He liked the idea of modeling a plane used in a movie as it is easily recognized and he liked mine. So, I decided to make a model of a  plane used in the TV series "Black Sheep", Pappy Boyingtons Corsair. My memory is not as good as it was and neither are my hands and eyes but I am going to give it one heck of a try. I might need a little help once in a while.

I started by spraying the interior and adding a few pieces left over from other kits to help fill the empty spaces.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/ogDgyKSCEhRpq6Dj6

Then came the pit. Got lucky and found a set of USN WWII seat belts in my stash. The inst. panel is the kit decal with lots of liquid settling help. 

https://photos.app.goo.gl/jevpoVQ4Li8jyzaj8

Next came the engine. Did a little bit of weathering on the cylinders and added copper wire for oil lines.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/SJyAmHHNJU1t7Nc9A

That's as far as I've gotten. The pit is in the fuselage so I can check for fit. Planning to lock up the fuselage tonight, put the center wing section together and build the landing gear.

All of the builds I've seen here are looking really great. Some really fantastic work. 

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.

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Friday, September 24, 2021 10:55 PM

Dodgy: Yeah, I suppose so. I've gotten a little leery of taking too much on but I'm going to try to get to the P-38 yeah. 

Steve: You're making great progress there- as usual nice work! 

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

 

  • Member since
    August 2020
  • From: Lakes Entrance, Victoria, Australia.
Posted by Dodgy on Friday, September 24, 2021 8:50 PM

Joe: Mate the dash is incredible and AM door handles. What next, working wipers???

Justin: Love the office and engine on the Corsair!

JOE RIX: Do you want me to add the He 115 for Doug to the list?

Steve: That Puma is looking sweet. I bet it was fun masking those clear parts!

Gamera: Do you want me to add the Tamiya P38 to the list for Doug?

Keavedog: Thanks for sharing Doug's build of WALL-E. I loved it! That fella was talented, both my wife and laughed at the story of aquiring the bra!! He was not only talented, but much braver than me!!

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

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    June 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Friday, September 24, 2021 10:48 AM

Joe, those door panels are amazing. Well done.

Damn sorry to hear about Doug. That sucks, we go along great. He was always positive and nice. Now this has me wondering who else we have lost that has been absent for awhile. Like BrandonD or Kenda? Where have they gone. There are others. With all that has been going on over the last couple of years you spend a lot of time thinking about all those we've lost.

BK

On the bench:

A lot !! And I mean A LOT!!

2024 Kits on deck / in process / completed   

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    July 2014
Posted by modelcrazy on Friday, September 24, 2021 9:57 AM

Smoken Mustang! It's going to look so rad when finished.

A little more done to the Puma last night. I was able to attach the doors and the roof and fill the gaps between the roof, doors and front canopy. I'm planning on cleaning up the fuse seams and get the rest of the exterior parts on tonight.

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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  • Member since
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  • From: MOAB, UTAH
Posted by JOE RIX on Friday, September 24, 2021 9:43 AM

Sweet, Joe. That is looking all choice and such.

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

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Friday, September 24, 2021 9:41 AM

Oh wow, you're knocking it right outta the park Mustang!!! That's incredible!

Never thought of aftermarket door handles, very cool!

 

Hmmm, I've been itching to build the 1/48th Tamiya P-38. I might toss it in here for Doug/Rigidrider when I finish the Corsair in the memory of Toshi. I hope he'd approve.

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

 

  • Member since
    March 2012
  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Friday, September 24, 2021 8:43 AM

Thanks Joe. I did actually get the door handles installed this morning. I polished them up, since they're metal and installed them. Gives the panels a great 3D look and you can see the reflection of the handles in the door trim which I thought was a good touch.

                   

 

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  • From: MOAB, UTAH
Posted by JOE RIX on Friday, September 24, 2021 7:50 AM

Justin: That is some really fantastic work you have done on the cockpit and engine. Nice call on the harnesses. They look the part for sure. sorry to hear about the flood damage. I hope you are able to regroup and come back strong.

Steve: Really enjoting your work on the Puma. Very nicely done.

Joe: Hot Dang! That dash looks incredible. Your endeavors there certainly paid off. Good to see your parts came in. Those should be a nice touch.

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

  • Member since
    March 2012
  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, September 23, 2021 6:50 PM

Thanks for the comments you guys. Yes

Rigidrider and I were really good friends here and when I found out about his passing I was hit pretty hard by it. We both influenced each other heavily. Heck he even tried building cars but got really flabbergasted because he couldn't pull off a shiny finish. Man he'd get frustrated. lol. 

 

Got my goodies in that I was waiting on. Outside door handles from Fireball Models (They're GM handles but they are going to work out great in place of those solid/molded in door handles) and then the inside door handles that I was waiting on to finish the door panels up with from Pro Tech.

  

                   

 

  • Member since
    March 2007
  • From: Northeast WA State
Posted by armornut on Thursday, September 23, 2021 6:21 PM

   Great job on that pony dash Joe.

   Digging the tiny eggbeater Steve, glad the stripes are decals....things mights gotten ugly.

    I remember Rigidrider, didn't interact much with him however I do now remember the Wall-E that he built.... Is Wilbur Wright still wirh us? I know he was working hard on a PBY.

we're modelers it's what we do

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    July 2014
Posted by modelcrazy on Thursday, September 23, 2021 3:36 PM

The dash looks great! I love the keys in the ignition.

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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  • Member since
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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Thursday, September 23, 2021 2:14 PM

Dash looks great.  Lots of good dedication builds here.  
Sad to hear about Rigidrider.  His WALL-E scratch build was one of the greatest and most creative things I've seen on FSM

http://cs.finescale.com/fsm/modeling_subjects/f/6/p/178273/2006567.aspx?page=1

 

 

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    March 2012
  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, September 23, 2021 2:07 PM

Got the dash mostly done. Still gotta do the column and steering wheel and will have to fabricate a turn signal lever for it as I cut the drumstick for a lever off of the column.

I ended up going over the left side of the dash with Molotow chrome and because of its flow properties it made its way into the nooks and crannys of the gauge clusters corners. After the Molotow had dried I shot a uniform coat of MM Acrylic Flat Coat over both sides of the dash trim bringing everything to a uniform finish. I then applied the Mustang medallion to the left side of the dash. Then the decals for the instruments went on and I painted the radio up, applied the chrome to the radio and light switch knobs. Ignition cylinder bezel went on and I inserted the keys into the ignition switch. PE pedal faces went onto the pedals and I picked out the chrome trim around the pedals.

I'm mostly content with this dash despite the difficulties presented with it but....I've had better.

                   

 

  • Member since
    March 2012
  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, September 23, 2021 2:00 PM

Justin: Progress on that Corsair is looking GREAT man. Sorry to hear about your shop getting flooded and all but am glad that no one got hurt.

Steve: Liking your PUMA build so far. So tiny!!!! Jeez that would give me a headache building that. How in tha hell you can mask stuff that small is beyond me pal.

Cliff: Doug liked ANYTHING from the second WW so that is a safe bet for sure.

 

 

                   

 

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Thursday, September 23, 2021 11:18 AM

Looks good Steve, nice to see you've got the canopy masked- my most hated part.

I'd be tempted to toss in something for Rigidrider. Not sure what he liked, he was always a great supporter of my Japanese GBs though.

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

 

  • Member since
    July 2014
Posted by modelcrazy on Thursday, September 23, 2021 9:50 AM

That's a great tribute Joe. Looking forward to it.

I didn't know Ridgerider as well as mose but I did enjoy his posts.

 

On to Buddy's build. I got the fuse buttoned up and the canopy, doors and windows masked. The fit is good and will continue to install the exterior items before the final prep and paint after sanding the joins.

Steve

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

 

 

http://www.spamodeler.com/forum/

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  • From: MOAB, UTAH
Posted by JOE RIX on Thursday, September 23, 2021 8:26 AM

mustang1989

I've been trying to reach a fella that used to be on here pretty frequently for the last few weeks. He had stopped posting here his own reasons but was always very supportive of my builds when I was just starting out here and participated in several group builds to include the two that I ran early on. You guys will know him as Rigidrider and he had this avatar:

To me and those who knew him, his name was Doug Shearer. When emails to him came back undeliverable I began to wonder what happened. Although he hadn't posted here since 2019 , we conversed through PMs and email to check in regularly with each other. I found out today that Doug passed away in December of 2019 two days before Christmas. To anyone here that knew Doug, he was a giant in our modeling community for a while being helpful and friendly along the way. Super guy and terrible to hear of his passing at the age of 66.

Ferg, If I could I'd like to dedicate my Mustang to him as well. 

 

 

I was deeply shocked and saddened when Joe called me to tell that he had found out about Doug's passing. Like Joe, Doug was an instrumental part of my FSM experience. We had developed a wonderful friendship here. Sadly, Doug left the forum after their last web update upset him so much. He eventually returned and my last communication with him was 5 yrs ago. Prior to that update we used to be able to create group chats in the PM. Doug was part of ours that used to exchange X-mas gifts. I sent Doug a Matchbox 1/72 Heinkel He-115 and he immediately built and turned into a gem. He was an amazingly talented modeler and was always happy to share his techniques. Although I had lost touch with him over the years he holds a very special place in my heart and modeling experience. 

Given this news, after I complete my Corsair I will look to build the Matchbox He-115 I have in my stash in fond memory of Doug.

Godspeed and God Bless Rigidrider.

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

  • Member since
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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 7:42 PM

Justin: Fantastic start there!!! I love the cockpit and the engine! 

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

 

  • Member since
    November 2008
  • From: Hatboro, PA
Posted by Justinryan215 on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 7:06 PM

So, This will be my first update since startingthe build.  Since Imgur doest allow access to the bbcode frm the app, I've needed access to a computer to add the photos.  My usual time and place was at work before my apprentices would arrive for their day.  I'm here in southern PA, and when IDa's remnants came through, the shop got flooded, it wiped out all of our computers, phones, internet, etc with 4 plus feet of water in the shop and offices.  the 18-20 cars we had in the shop and on our lot all got flooded and totaled! No one was injured, thankfully.

Ao now, here I am posting this build update from a crappy little laptop....but, whatever works, right?

 

I have been following along with everyone's builds through my Ipad...wouldnt it be great if we could get an app for the finescale forums? lol

 

Anyhow, here goes:

I am building Tamiya's F4U-1D Corsair in memorial of Toshi, and my dad, who I just lost this summer.  I am building it as a tri-color bird on one of the Pacific Islands.

 

I started, as many of us do, with step one, which also happens to be the cockpit.

The seatbelts that came with the kit were very unimpressive decals, so I used the photoetch spares from Taniya's Spitfire Mk1 (built for the Plastic Posse Podcast group build).  I folded them in a somewhat realistic fashion to appear as though the pilot just jumped out of the plane after the last mission...

Then, I started in on that huge Double Wasp engine, adding just a little detail in the form of wire, taken from an old apple device charging cable.  once drilles and inserted, I painted the engine with Mr. Surfacer 1500 Black, and drybrushed Vallejo aluminum over the entire engine. I then tpped the newly installed wires with Tamiya clear orange, to give it a copper look.  A quick panel liner wash (Tamiya) to deepen the shadows, and a little sponge stippling on the center cone to show chipping, and the engine was ready:

Then, I assembled the rest of the airframe, painting the interior colors where called for and neglected to take any photos!

And that leads up to tonight.  After assembling the airframe, I sprayed Mr. Surfacer 1000 Grey over the whole Corsair, to fill scratches from seam removal and correcting the foldable wing joins.  I then sprayed the areas prone to chipping with Vallejo Metal Air Aluminum and Hairspray and allowed it to dry.

Once dry, I flipped her over and laid down a custom mixed "Insignia White" which is out of stock, like, everywhere...

 

That's all for now.  I should be ale to get back to the bench on friday, as I took the three day weekend to go paintballing with my son and frieds from his scout troop, which, thanks to a few Covid cases, is no longer a weekend camping trip (woohoo--I hate sleeping outside!) to just a day trip on Saturday.  I kept the Friday personal day...

"...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...

 

  • Member since
    July 2014
Posted by modelcrazy on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 9:04 AM

This just goes to show that there needs to be a back up plan for the members forum friends to find out well before 6 months or more has passed. My wife fully knows that if something happend to me that she would let everyone know. I know fo some it's difficuult but those who are married, the spouse should just drop a line the the members "other" family. For me, letting FSM and other forums know, it's in my will.

Steve

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

 

 

http://www.spamodeler.com/forum/

  • Member since
    August 2020
  • From: Lakes Entrance, Victoria, Australia.
Posted by Dodgy on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 4:42 AM

No problem Mustang. I've adjusted the build list.

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

  • Member since
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  • From: Lakes Entrance, Victoria, Australia.
Posted by Dodgy on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 4:41 AM

Got you Crown. 1/48 Tamiya Corsair in Salvadorian markings for Toshi.

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

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 7:01 PM

mustang1989

I've been trying to reach a fella that used to be on here pretty frequently for the last few weeks. He had stopped posting here his own reasons but was always very supportive of my builds when I was just starting out here and participated in several group builds to include the two that I ran early on. You guys will know him as Rigidrider and he had this avatar:

To me and those who knew him, his name was Doug Shearer. When emails to him came back undeliverable I began to wonder what happened. Although he hadn't posted here since 2019 , we conversed through PMs and email to check in regularly with each other. I found out that Doug passed away in December of 2019 two days before Christmas. To anyone here that knew Doug, he was a giant in our modeling community for a while being helpful and friendly along the way. Super guy and terrible to hear of his passing at the age of 66.

Ferg, If I could I'd like to dedicate my Mustang to him as well. 

 

 

Ah krap! I knew Rigidrider quite well- real good guy. I just thought he'd drifted away like so many have. Very sad to hear of his passing. 

 

Nick: Looks cool, I love those camoed South American Corsairs. 

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

 

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