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Posted by keavdog on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 10:41 AM

I agree!  looks like Steve is posting pics from a walkaround Stick out tongue

Thanks,

John

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    June 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 9:59 AM

Steve, you always do really nice work. This one really stands out. You have set the bar so high this year it will be next to impossible to compare anything to this.

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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    July 2014
Posted by modelcrazy on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 9:54 AM

I switched back to the vehicle this weekend. Added the rear frame and bed, the underside armor, finished the interior and started on the hood.

Here are the pics without the hood and other improvements.

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: Vancouver, the "wet coast"
Posted by castelnuovo on Monday, February 21, 2022 7:23 PM

Mach1

Amazing work on the Abrams, figures, and MATV guys.

 

I've been chipping away at the decals on the Tornado. The decals are thin and settle down nicely, but have a tendency to fold up on themselves when sliding them off the backer. Slicing the decals down into smaller sections (some are head-scratchingly large) helps to alleviate this and also makes it much easier to float them into position making the extra work very much worthwhile.

 

 

Looks super. What is the secret to those stripes? Some kind of masking?

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  • From: Omaha, Nebraska
Posted by learmech64 on Monday, February 21, 2022 8:44 AM

Looking good Mach. Cant wait to see the final results.

Doug

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Posted by BrandonK on Sunday, February 20, 2022 1:06 PM

That is a cool scheme on that Tornado. I can't wait to see it all done.

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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    July 2014
Posted by modelcrazy on Sunday, February 20, 2022 12:52 PM

Handsome bird Mach

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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Posted by Mach1 on Sunday, February 20, 2022 12:05 PM

Amazing work on the Abrams, figures, and MATV guys.

 

I've been chipping away at the decals on the Tornado. The decals are thin and settle down nicely, but have a tendency to fold up on themselves when sliding them off the backer. Slicing the decals down into smaller sections (some are head-scratchingly large) helps to alleviate this and also makes it much easier to float them into position making the extra work very much worthwhile.

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Posted by modelcrazy on Friday, February 18, 2022 10:12 PM

Thanks so much guys. I always try to do my absolute best on the SS gifts.

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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Posted by TheMongoose on Friday, February 18, 2022 6:46 PM

castelnuovo

 

 
modelcrazy

Looks better than I could do Glam!

 

I ordered some belt buckles from Verlinden so I should be able to scratch some belts when they come in. In the mean time, I added the radios to the center stack and "wired" them up. I also added some wires, hoses and such to the engine. Is it accurate? No, is there some reason to the wires and hoses? Yes.

I moved on the the rear compartment while waiting on USPS.

 

 

 

 

This looks super!

 

yeah for me the over the top exclamation came when i saw the windshield washer fluid!! Too easy drill sgt, too easy ;-)

In the pattern: Scale Shipyard's 1/48 Balao Class Sub! leaning out the list, we're down to a Monogram 1/72 SR-71 and that Tamiya P-38F/G to use the other nose art Exito Decal (in-flight for this one), & in keeping with MC's hydra theory I bought another F-5E to do in FROG camo! And I just got a Trumpeter 1/32 F/A-18F!

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Posted by BrandonK on Friday, February 18, 2022 11:18 AM

Steve, the kits looks fantastic and the figures will add tons of realism. Amazing work.

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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    July 2014
Posted by modelcrazy on Friday, February 18, 2022 11:09 AM

Thanks so much guys!

While working on the cab with the PE (PIA) and creating some belts which look passable, I started on some of the figures.

I have 2 (so far) special forces guys and waiting on a few more and a welder. Since the welder is WW2, I had to do some modification to him like add and apron to hide the waistband of the jacket and some missing pant pockets. The apron and jacket will be a light gray leather. Anyway, here is what I have. I'm not a figure painter but I'm really trying to get these guys right. Nice figures BTW. I still have quite a bit to do such as adding more colors to the belts, guns, neckerchief, faces, arms, shading and highlights ETC. Most of the colors will be toned down in the end with dust and such.

 

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: Vancouver, the "wet coast"
Posted by castelnuovo on Friday, February 11, 2022 11:00 AM

modelcrazy

Looks better than I could do Glam!

 

I ordered some belt buckles from Verlinden so I should be able to scratch some belts when they come in. In the mean time, I added the radios to the center stack and "wired" them up. I also added some wires, hoses and such to the engine. Is it accurate? No, is there some reason to the wires and hoses? Yes.

I moved on the the rear compartment while waiting on USPS.

 

 

This looks super!

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    June 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Monday, February 7, 2022 11:18 AM

modelcrazy

Looks better than I could do Glam!

 

I ordered some belt buckles from Verlinden so I should be able to scratch some belts when they come in. In the mean time, I added the radios to the center stack and "wired" them up. I also added some wires, hoses and such to the engine. Is it accurate? No, is there some reason to the wires and hoses? Yes.

I moved on the the rear compartment while waiting on USPS.

 

Steve, this thing should run and drive when you are done. You are really setting the bar high for the rest of us. Wow!!

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 Monday, February 7, 2022 11:17 AM

Glamdring

Very nice work on that Tornado and MATV!

 

I spent a weekend with the boys, I am not terribly happy with the faces, but I just don't have the dexterity for face detail painting in 1/35.  I am fairly satisfied with the approximation of the chocolate chip camo though, as a first attempt.

 

At a model club Zoom meeting I tuned into the other day, I learned from an Abrams commander in Desert Storm that gave a lecture that his unit wasn't issued their chocolate chips until their return flight back to their duty station in Germany.  Their entire time in theater was spent in their woodland camo unis, nomex tank suits, and/or the NBC suits.    

Learn something new every day!

Now if mother nature would just give me a 40 degree plus day....

 

Those uniforms look fantastic. And I struggle with faces also, it's very hard in this scale. Great work.

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
    July 2014
Posted by modelcrazy on Monday, February 7, 2022 9:25 AM

Looks better than I could do Glam!

 

I ordered some belt buckles from Verlinden so I should be able to scratch some belts when they come in. In the mean time, I added the radios to the center stack and "wired" them up. I also added some wires, hoses and such to the engine. Is it accurate? No, is there some reason to the wires and hoses? Yes.

I moved on the the rear compartment while waiting on USPS.

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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    February 2005
  • From: Nashotah, WI
Posted by Glamdring on Sunday, February 6, 2022 7:29 PM

Very nice work on that Tornado and MATV!

 

I spent a weekend with the boys, I am not terribly happy with the faces, but I just don't have the dexterity for face detail painting in 1/35.  I am fairly satisfied with the approximation of the chocolate chip camo though, as a first attempt.

 

At a model club Zoom meeting I tuned into the other day, I learned from an Abrams commander in Desert Storm that gave a lecture that his unit wasn't issued their chocolate chips until their return flight back to their duty station in Germany.  Their entire time in theater was spent in their woodland camo unis, nomex tank suits, and/or the NBC suits.    

Learn something new every day!

Now if mother nature would just give me a 40 degree plus day....

Robert

"Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm." 

  • Member since
    June 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Thursday, February 3, 2022 10:10 AM

Wow, Steve. That looks incredible. Those headphones looked like they came with the kit. Amazing work.

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
    July 2014
Posted by modelcrazy on Wednesday, February 2, 2022 4:02 PM

Slow going on the M-ATV. Scratch building items and waiting for the radios. I need to find some belts for it and don't want to scratch them. I did scratch some headphones. Here's one.

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
    June 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Tuesday, February 1, 2022 10:44 AM

She looks good, Robert. Coming along quickly. I have found that armor needs crew members to really make it look the part. Can't wait to see 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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    February 2005
  • From: Nashotah, WI
Posted by Glamdring on Monday, January 31, 2022 8:04 PM

Building is nearly complete on the Abrams:

 

I am now hoping to get a decent weather day soon to lay the paint down, we shall see if Mother Nature will cooperate one of these days.

I will work on the crew in the meantime, since I plan on having the commander and loader in their open hatches.

Robert

"Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm." 

  • Member since
    June 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Monday, January 31, 2022 11:26 AM

Mach1

It's looking more like an airplane now. I have a minor self-induced fit problem to fix where the wings slipped up a little as I was gluing their retainer in, then get the last few subassemblies painted and attached. The finish line is in sight, and based on how the decals have performed so far I'm really looking forward to decaling the rest of the plane.

 

 

Your are moving right along. She looks somewhat like a plane. Very nice.

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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    May 2020
  • From: Omaha, Nebraska
Posted by learmech64 on Monday, January 31, 2022 8:58 AM

Looking godd Mach. Cant wait to see the finished Product.

Doug

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    June 2019
Posted by Mach1 on Sunday, January 30, 2022 8:08 PM

It's looking more like an airplane now. I have a minor self-induced fit problem to fix where the wings slipped up a little as I was gluing their retainer in, then get the last few subassemblies painted and attached. The finish line is in sight, and based on how the decals have performed so far I'm really looking forward to decaling the rest of the plane.

 

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    June 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Monday, January 24, 2022 11:30 AM

Mach1, Glad to see you have some more free time. I am looking forward to seeing this one come to life.

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 2019
Posted by Mach1 on Sunday, January 23, 2022 12:47 PM

Mongoose: Aren't they though? Now that you mention it, it does kinda look like I rotated the radiator fans for the rear deck 90 degrees and glued it down in place of the firewall. Wink

Things have slowed down at work now, so I'll be able to spend more time at the bench. To celebrate, I got the wings fully assembled and painted.

I also started painting the belly pan and parts for the exhaust cans.

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    June 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Sunday, January 23, 2022 10:56 AM

Glamdring

My tank factory, along with my PC, has been basically shut down all week due to illness but here were my results from the initial build session. 

 

I finally had energy today to put some more work in on it today, but no major progress like before.  Handling the seams on the barrel occupied a good amount of that time.  So far, so good though.

 

Nice to see you are feeling better. Some progress is better than no progress, keep going.

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
    February 2005
  • From: Nashotah, WI
Posted by Glamdring on Saturday, January 22, 2022 10:00 PM

My tank factory, along with my PC, has been basically shut down all week due to illness but here were my results from the initial build session. 

 

I finally had energy today to put some more work in on it today, but no major progress like before.  Handling the seams on the barrel occupied a good amount of that time.  So far, so good though.

Robert

"Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm." 

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    April 2019
  • From: Earth, Milky Way Galaxy
Posted by John 3:16 KJV on Friday, January 21, 2022 12:56 PM

BrandonK

 

 
John 3:16 KJV

Some photos of the assembly I've done. I'm working on assembling a lot before airbrushing. 

As the version I'd like to do took part in the Battle of Stalingrad, here is a video about the battle for the history buffs:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5p7EeTcktVU

 

 

 

 

Progess is looking good. Assuming the color is Panzer grey on this one? Has to be the scheme I like the best on German armor.

 

BK

 

Thanks, Brandon! It will indeed be Panzer Grey. :) 

 

Mopar Madness
 

Thats a video worth watching.  

Hope you like it! It always good to know the specific history behind what your building! 

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     For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”  - John 3:16-17

 

 

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Posted by goldhammer88 on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 12:34 PM

Nice fun badge.  Now to see if I can claim itConfused

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