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Posted by Sergeant on Tuesday, January 25, 2022 4:01 PM

BrandonK
Ya, I got it, just being lazy. Here it is. And thanks for the outstanding effort in correcting and making it better.

No problem, Brandon, easy to do with Photoshop.

Harold

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Thursday, January 27, 2022 7:29 AM

Lots of gret work going on with the entries. I finally painted both pits and the IP will be next. 

Also painted the radios at the rear pit location. They look big in the picture but are actually small.

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Too many models to build, not enough time in a lifetime!!

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Posted by BrandonK on Thursday, January 27, 2022 11:45 AM

plasticjunkie

Lots of gret work going on with the entries. I finally painted both pits and the IP will be next. 

Also painted the radios at the rear pit location. They look big in the picture but are actually small.

 

Very nice. I may run out of popcorn with all this activity. I'll have to get more.

BK

On the bench:

Tamiya 1/35 M4A3E8 "Fury" with crew,

1/32 Kittyhawk Kingfisher,

1/35 Meng Panther Ausf A Early,

1/48 Pro Modeller P-51C "Boise Bee"

2022 Completed:

1/25 Revell 29 Highboy

1/48 Tamiya Sea Harrier

1/25 Revell 70 Boss 429 Mustang

1/48 Hasegawa D3A1 Type 99 Val

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  • From: Australia
Posted by Helo H-34 on Friday, January 28, 2022 2:12 AM

I've had a busy week at work and haven't had any time at the bench this week .

I did order some acrylic paint from an online hobby store for the seamaster and only some of it came in the post during the week . I stopped at another hobby store on the way home today and could only get limilted jars of another brand . I think I have enough to airbrush with 

Definitely masking this evening and painting first thing in the morning .

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Posted by BrandonK on Friday, January 28, 2022 11:30 AM

Helo H-34

I've had a busy week at work and haven't had any time at the bench this week .

I did order some acrylic paint from an online hobby store for the seamaster and only some of it came in the post during the week . I stopped at another hobby store on the way home today and could only get limilted jars of another brand . I think I have enough to airbrush with 

Definitely masking this evening and painting first thing in the morning .

 

This is really looking the part. I can't wait to see it in paint.

BK

On the bench:

Tamiya 1/35 M4A3E8 "Fury" with crew,

1/32 Kittyhawk Kingfisher,

1/35 Meng Panther Ausf A Early,

1/48 Pro Modeller P-51C "Boise Bee"

2022 Completed:

1/25 Revell 29 Highboy

1/48 Tamiya Sea Harrier

1/25 Revell 70 Boss 429 Mustang

1/48 Hasegawa D3A1 Type 99 Val

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    November 2008
  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Friday, January 28, 2022 12:38 PM

This kit is simply frustrating to work on. Nothing fits without sanding and scraping plastic. The resin pits will barely be visible because the clear parts are one piece and VERY thick. I thought about cutting the canopy sections to leave them open but they are too thick and will not slide back and properly stay down. I have spent a good 2 hours sanding, cutting and measuring to get a half decen canopy fit. 


I will polish the canopies with Novus and then dip them in Future to improve clarity and transparency. Hopefully that will help out in being able to see the pit details.

 

 GIFMaker.org_jy_Ayj_O

 

 

Too many models to build, not enough time in a lifetime!!

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Posted by BrandonK on Friday, January 28, 2022 1:17 PM

plasticjunkie

This kit is simply frustrating to work on. Nothing fits without sanding and scraping plastic. The resin pits will barely be visible because the clear parts are one piece and VERY thick. I thought about cutting the canopy sections to leave them open but they are too thick and will not slide back and properly stay down. I have spent a good 2 hours sanding, cutting and measuring to get a half decen canopy fit. 


I will polish the canopies with Novus and then dip them in Future to improve clarity and transparency. Hopefully that will help out in being able to see the pit details.

 

 

I ran into the same issues with the Kingfishers I built a few years back. Finally ended up using vacuform ones. Probably not a possibility on this one. The work looks good thus far. Keep it coming.

BK

On the bench:

Tamiya 1/35 M4A3E8 "Fury" with crew,

1/32 Kittyhawk Kingfisher,

1/35 Meng Panther Ausf A Early,

1/48 Pro Modeller P-51C "Boise Bee"

2022 Completed:

1/25 Revell 29 Highboy

1/48 Tamiya Sea Harrier

1/25 Revell 70 Boss 429 Mustang

1/48 Hasegawa D3A1 Type 99 Val

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    September 2003
  • From: Australia
Posted by Helo H-34 on Sunday, January 30, 2022 12:12 AM

I thought I would airbrush the wing and tail planes / fin leading edges flat black first

I got a bit side tracked and starting looking through the kit stash at wanting to do another flying boat 

I don't want to get too far ahead of myself , there's still plenty to do on the seamaster but I'm quite keen to continue on with the build theme .

there's monogram's SA-16B Albatross with RVHP resin shorter wings / stabilizer and tail planes to build a UF-1 Whidbey Island Albatross

Monogram only supply two cockpit seats , the rest of the interior I'll have to scratch build , I have the Steve Ginter HU-16 book for reference , so that will be very helpfull

There's an Airfix DHC-2 Beaver with floats and suprisingly a good amount of interior detail . The U.S. Army decals still look to be okay

Academy's PBY-5A Black Cat looks like a fun build but disappointingly no cockpit interior other than two seats 

Squadrons walk around book has a few cockpit photos , scratch building could be challenging to say the least .

Lastly there's Hasegawa's SP-5B Marlin and again only two seats supplied for the cockpit , more scratch building a console and control column and wheel

There's some nice after market decals for the Marlin , I like the sharks teeth version .

Anyone have a preference in what they might want to see as my next build ?

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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Sunday, January 30, 2022 12:19 AM

I vote Marlin as I don't think I've seen one built.  They are all great subjects though so you can't go wrong.

Thanks,

John

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  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Sunday, January 30, 2022 9:32 AM

The Seamew is taking shape. Kind of odd looking wingtips on this one. The floats went on, wings, tail feathers, bottom nose resin part was attached and the front firewall air intakes were drilled out. The nice resin engine is barely visible.

 GIFMaker.org_jy_Ayj_O

 

 

Too many models to build, not enough time in a lifetime!!

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    June 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Sunday, January 30, 2022 12:09 PM

Helo H-34

I thought I would airbrush the wing and tail planes / fin leading edges flat black first

I got a bit side tracked and starting looking through the kit stash at wanting to do another flying boat 

I don't want to get too far ahead of myself , there's still plenty to do on the seamaster but I'm quite keen to continue on with the build theme .

there's monogram's SA-16B Albatross with RVHP resin shorter wings / stabilizer and tail planes to build a UF-1 Whidbey Island Albatross

Monogram only supply two cockpit seats , the rest of the interior I'll have to scratch build , I have the Steve Ginter HU-16 book for reference , so that will be very helpfull

There's an Airfix DHC-2 Beaver with floats and suprisingly a good amount of interior detail . The U.S. Army decals still look to be okay

Academy's PBY-5A Black Cat looks like a fun build but disappointingly no cockpit interior other than two seats 

Squadrons walk around book has a few cockpit photos , scratch building could be challenging to say the least .

Lastly there's Hasegawa's SP-5B Marlin and again only two seats supplied for the cockpit , more scratch building a console and control column and wheel

There's some nice after market decals for the Marlin , I like the sharks teeth version .

Anyone have a preference in what they might want to see as my next build ?

 

I would say that any of those would be cool. The PBY will take quite a bit of scratch, which is what I have intended for mine when I do it. The others are all cool. It's your call all the way.

BK

On the bench:

Tamiya 1/35 M4A3E8 "Fury" with crew,

1/32 Kittyhawk Kingfisher,

1/35 Meng Panther Ausf A Early,

1/48 Pro Modeller P-51C "Boise Bee"

2022 Completed:

1/25 Revell 29 Highboy

1/48 Tamiya Sea Harrier

1/25 Revell 70 Boss 429 Mustang

1/48 Hasegawa D3A1 Type 99 Val

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    June 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Sunday, January 30, 2022 12:10 PM

plasticjunkie

The Seamew is taking shape. Kind of odd looking wingtips on this one. The floats went on, wings, tail feathers, bottom nose resin part was attached and the front firewall air intakes were drilled out. The nice resin engine is barely visible.

 

Those wings are a bit odd aren't they? Looks like great progress so far. The engine being lost to the cowling kinda sucks, but you know it's there. Looks great.

BK

On the bench:

Tamiya 1/35 M4A3E8 "Fury" with crew,

1/32 Kittyhawk Kingfisher,

1/35 Meng Panther Ausf A Early,

1/48 Pro Modeller P-51C "Boise Bee"

2022 Completed:

1/25 Revell 29 Highboy

1/48 Tamiya Sea Harrier

1/25 Revell 70 Boss 429 Mustang

1/48 Hasegawa D3A1 Type 99 Val

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    November 2008
  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Sunday, January 30, 2022 1:06 PM

Thanks BK. This kit has been touch and go. Very vague instructions, no mounting points or tabs for the floats or wings, canopies suck, very thick and needing lots of sanding and trimming for them to properly fit.

On top of these shortcomings, the plastic fuselage and float parts fit is not the best either. I almost shelved it but it seems to be falling in line.

 GIFMaker.org_jy_Ayj_O

 

 

Too many models to build, not enough time in a lifetime!!

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Posted by waikong on Sunday, January 30, 2022 9:24 PM

 Brandon, that plane is really coming along - dont get distracted! :)

Plastic, cool looking plane, I dont think I've actually seen that one before.

My website: http://waihobbies.wkhc.net

   

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Posted by keavdog on Tuesday, February 1, 2022 10:05 AM

Some progress

 

Thanks,

John

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Posted by BrandonK on Tuesday, February 1, 2022 10:41 AM

keavdog

Some progress

 

 

That looks alot different all closed up. Very cool.

BK

On the bench:

Tamiya 1/35 M4A3E8 "Fury" with crew,

1/32 Kittyhawk Kingfisher,

1/35 Meng Panther Ausf A Early,

1/48 Pro Modeller P-51C "Boise Bee"

2022 Completed:

1/25 Revell 29 Highboy

1/48 Tamiya Sea Harrier

1/25 Revell 70 Boss 429 Mustang

1/48 Hasegawa D3A1 Type 99 Val

  • Member since
    September 2018
  • From: Vancouver, Washington USA
Posted by Sergeant on Sunday, February 6, 2022 10:13 PM

Brandon, Plasticjunkie, Helo H-34 and Keavdog you are all making great progress. I fell behind a little but did get some work done the last few days.

Below is a sample picture of a super cool website that shows several color pictures of a cutaway PBY-5 Catalina. The primary interior color of this World War II flying boat was Chromate Green Primer. That makes sense when you consider the aircraft spent most of its operational life in water. Another interesting fact is the PBY Catalina did not have a traditional floor like most airplanes, it had removable deck plates, bilges and a bilge pump to remove interior water like a Navy ship.

https://worldairphotography.wordpress.com/2014/09/25/consolidated-pby-5b-flying-boat/

Harold

 

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Posted by BrandonK on Monday, February 7, 2022 11:21 AM

Sergeant

Brandon, Plasticjunkie, Helo H-34 and Keavdog you are all making great progress. I fell behind a little but did get some work done the last few days.

Below is a sample picture of a super cool website that shows several color pictures of a cutaway PBY-5 Catalina. The primary interior color of this World War II flying boat was Chromate Green Primer. That makes sense when you consider the aircraft spent most of its operational life in water. Another interesting fact is the PBY Catalina did not have a traditional floor like most airplanes, it had removable deck plates, bilges and a bilge pump to remove interior water like a Navy ship.

https://worldairphotography.wordpress.com/2014/09/25/consolidated-pby-5b-flying-boat/

Harold

 

 

Great work there. Nice to have a full size cutaway for reference. She is looking very nice thus far.

BK

On the bench:

Tamiya 1/35 M4A3E8 "Fury" with crew,

1/32 Kittyhawk Kingfisher,

1/35 Meng Panther Ausf A Early,

1/48 Pro Modeller P-51C "Boise Bee"

2022 Completed:

1/25 Revell 29 Highboy

1/48 Tamiya Sea Harrier

1/25 Revell 70 Boss 429 Mustang

1/48 Hasegawa D3A1 Type 99 Val

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    September 2018
  • From: Vancouver, Washington USA
Posted by Sergeant on Friday, February 11, 2022 11:26 AM

Thank you, Brandon. After I tried hand painting the cockpit seat belts and harness, I decided to use photo-etched parts instead. Eduard made a photo-etched set of seat belts and harness for the 1/48 Monogram PBY Catalina, but they were discontinued, and I could not find anyone online with stock.

My friend Jack Geratic discovered that Eduard used the same seat belt design for a Revell Consolidated B-24D, and I was able to find that fret. Since the pilot and copilots' seats are about the only interior feature that can be seen through the cockpit canopy, I wanted them to look as realistic as possible.

I disassembled the cockpit with CA remover, then stripped the acrylic paint off with VMS Clean Slate 2.0 and gave the parts a good scrub with Dawn liquid dish soap. I used a Dremel tool and jewelers files to remove the molded belts. Then gave the seats a good brushing with a German 10mm brass wire brush that left a soft fabric like finish on the plastic seat cushions. And finally, after a few hours rework I am ready to primer the parts again.

Harold

 

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Posted by keavdog on Saturday, February 12, 2022 6:08 PM

Here's where I'm at... I think I need to let the floats set up for a good week or so, they or so spindly.   Got a smudge on the canopy which I haven't done in years... arg, this kit is giving me a bit of grief.  Rotor is just set in position, not fixed yet. 

 

 

Thanks,

John

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    June 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Sunday, February 13, 2022 10:52 AM

keavdog

Here's where I'm at... I think I need to let the floats set up for a good week or so, they or so spindly.   Got a smudge on the canopy which I haven't done in years... arg, this kit is giving me a bit of grief.  Rotor is just set in position, not fixed yet. 

 

 

 

 

She looks really good. Really....good.

BK

On the bench:

Tamiya 1/35 M4A3E8 "Fury" with crew,

1/32 Kittyhawk Kingfisher,

1/35 Meng Panther Ausf A Early,

1/48 Pro Modeller P-51C "Boise Bee"

2022 Completed:

1/25 Revell 29 Highboy

1/48 Tamiya Sea Harrier

1/25 Revell 70 Boss 429 Mustang

1/48 Hasegawa D3A1 Type 99 Val

  • Member since
    June 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Sunday, February 13, 2022 10:53 AM

Sergeant

Thank you, Brandon. After I tried hand painting the cockpit seat belts and harness, I decided to use photo-etched parts instead. Eduard made a photo-etched set of seat belts and harness for the 1/48 Monogram PBY Catalina, but they were discontinued, and I could not find anyone online with stock.

My friend Jack Geratic discovered that Eduard used the same seat belt design for a Revell Consolidated B-24D, and I was able to find that fret. Since the pilot and copilots' seats are about the only interior feature that can be seen through the cockpit canopy, I wanted them to look as realistic as possible.

I disassembled the cockpit with CA remover, then stripped the acrylic paint off with VMS Clean Slate 2.0 and gave the parts a good scrub with Dawn liquid dish soap. I used a Dremel tool and jewelers files to remove the molded belts. Then gave the seats a good brushing with a German 10mm brass wire brush that left a soft fabric like finish on the plastic seat cushions. And finally, after a few hours rework I am ready to primer the parts again.

Harold

 

 

The work is worth it for the better realism. I find myself looking back at a kit and thinking if I had only done.....it would be better. Looking good.

BK

On the bench:

Tamiya 1/35 M4A3E8 "Fury" with crew,

1/32 Kittyhawk Kingfisher,

1/35 Meng Panther Ausf A Early,

1/48 Pro Modeller P-51C "Boise Bee"

2022 Completed:

1/25 Revell 29 Highboy

1/48 Tamiya Sea Harrier

1/25 Revell 70 Boss 429 Mustang

1/48 Hasegawa D3A1 Type 99 Val

  • Member since
    November 2008
  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Tuesday, February 15, 2022 10:44 PM

Sarge, kdog and BK, fantastic work ya’ll!

Both pits are completed, front one got home made seat belts

And the rear pit got the resin MG.

Nothing like spending 3 hours cutting up the tape for masking both canopies

Looks like painting is around the corner.

 GIFMaker.org_jy_Ayj_O

 

 

Too many models to build, not enough time in a lifetime!!

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Posted by keavdog on Tuesday, February 15, 2022 11:17 PM

Pits look good - nice added details.  Looks like you're ready to paint!

Thanks,

John

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    June 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Wednesday, February 16, 2022 9:44 AM

I am with you on masking those greenhouses, not a good time. Looks great though and ready for paint. Can't wait.

BK

On the bench:

Tamiya 1/35 M4A3E8 "Fury" with crew,

1/32 Kittyhawk Kingfisher,

1/35 Meng Panther Ausf A Early,

1/48 Pro Modeller P-51C "Boise Bee"

2022 Completed:

1/25 Revell 29 Highboy

1/48 Tamiya Sea Harrier

1/25 Revell 70 Boss 429 Mustang

1/48 Hasegawa D3A1 Type 99 Val

  • Member since
    September 2003
  • From: Australia
Posted by Helo H-34 on Thursday, February 17, 2022 4:38 AM

Nice work on your builds everyone .

I've had another couple of busy weeks with work and have only got the underside of the seamaster painted white 

I decided to use Tamiya's rattle can (AS-20) insignia white 

The gloss sea blue I will be airbrushing Gunze acrylic .

I've decided on my next flying boat build and because of the lack of interior detail of my previuos choices , I have purchased another Mach 2 kit and would like to add this one to build roster , it's the 1/72 Consolidated PB2-Y Coronado .

The kit has a basic cockpit but at least it includes two reasonable seats , steering control columns and a console

There's some nice panel line detail on the fuselage sides

I've actually made a start on the Coronado in between coats of paint on the Seamaster .I have started to remove parts from the thick sprue frame for clean up

I would say just about every part will need some type of filing and sanding to get rid the excess flash , especially some of the thin pieces

I can continue doing this in between coats of gloss sea blue on the seamaster , I'll give the insignia white another day to cure before masking , so I'm aiming for friday evening to continue painting .

John .

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    August 2021
Posted by goldhammer88 on Thursday, February 17, 2022 9:14 AM

Got your work cut out for sure.

Only time I've ever seen 3 & 4 blade props on the same aircraft.  Seems odd for some reason.

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    June 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Thursday, February 17, 2022 10:10 AM

Helo H-34

Nice work on your builds everyone .

I've had another couple of busy weeks with work and have only got the underside of the seamaster painted white 

I decided to use Tamiya's rattle can (AS-20) insignia white 

The gloss sea blue I will be airbrushing Gunze acrylic .

I've decided on my next flying boat build and because of the lack of interior detail of my previuos choices , I have purchased another Mach 2 kit and would like to add this one to build roster , it's the 1/72 Consolidated PB2-Y Coronado .

The kit has a basic cockpit but at least it includes two reasonable seats , steering control columns and a console

There's some nice panel line detail on the fuselage sides

I've actually made a start on the Coronado in between coats of paint on the Seamaster .I have started to remove parts from the thick sprue frame for clean up

I would say just about every part will need some type of filing and sanding to get rid the excess flash , especially some of the thin pieces

I can continue doing this in between coats of gloss sea blue on the seamaster , I'll give the insignia white another day to cure before masking , so I'm aiming for friday evening to continue painting .

John .

 

Wow, you are a busy builder. I will update the roster and I look forward to seeing them both.

BK

On the bench:

Tamiya 1/35 M4A3E8 "Fury" with crew,

1/32 Kittyhawk Kingfisher,

1/35 Meng Panther Ausf A Early,

1/48 Pro Modeller P-51C "Boise Bee"

2022 Completed:

1/25 Revell 29 Highboy

1/48 Tamiya Sea Harrier

1/25 Revell 70 Boss 429 Mustang

1/48 Hasegawa D3A1 Type 99 Val

  • Member since
    September 2003
  • From: Australia
Posted by Helo H-34 on Friday, February 18, 2022 5:48 AM

Thank's Brandon .

I started masking the seamaster and for the demarcation line between the underside white and gloss sea blue , I used blu-tack rolled into lengths of spaghetti which should give a softer appearance where the two colors meet 

I then masked the white area's

Because of the seamaster's overall size , I had to hold one wing while airbrushing

Once the paint was dry enough , I carefully held the other wing to finish airbrushing the opposite wing .

I'll let the paint cure overnight and remove the masking first thing in the morning and see how everything looks , hopefully no re masking and touch up's needed .

Looking forward to applying decals next .

 

 

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Friday, February 18, 2022 9:36 AM

Looks sharp.  Can wait for the unmasking.

I had seen a pic of the 3/4 blade props of the Coronado.  There's a few theories but no definitive answer as to why, at least that I've found.

Thanks,

John

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