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80 Years of the Mighty 8th GB

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  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Tuesday, March 29, 2022 7:47 PM

Thanks, Fearless. More to come.

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  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Thursday, March 31, 2022 10:11 AM

Even more progress on the 5th ERS Thunderbolt. I finished painting the Invasion Stripes on the wings this morning. I know this sounds like a big brag, but I'm really impressed with myself. Everything I've learned over the past five years is really coming together with this build. It's very exciting!

I cut stencils for the national insignia with my Silhouette cutter, sprayed the blue first then the white. Then I cut a mask for the national insignia then masked for the invasion stripes. Yesterday I sprayed the white and this morning I sprayed the black. After I peeled off the tape and masks and saw the results, I thought, did I really do this? My new attitude of DON'T HURRY is paying dividends.

There's a huge front headed our way. Lots of wind, drenching rain, for a couple of days, so I may not be able to paint the invasion stripes on the fuselage until Monday.

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Posted by fearlessfarless on Sunday, April 3, 2022 10:54 PM

Every planes NEEDS invasion stripes!!! Every plane especially NEEDS invasion stripes that look that nice!!!

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  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Monday, April 4, 2022 9:21 AM

fearlessfarless

Every planes NEEDS invasion stripes!!! Every plane especially NEEDS invasion stripes that look that nice!!!

 

Many thanks, Fearless. I have a Bandai X-Wing headed for paint and you helped me decide how I'm going to paint it. Invasion Stripes, of course!

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  • From: Naples, FL
Posted by tempestjohnny on Monday, April 4, 2022 12:40 PM

Work continues on the 56th FG P-47's

 

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Posted by fearlessfarless on Tuesday, April 5, 2022 12:58 AM

fotofrank

 

Many thanks, Fearless. I have a Bandai X-Wing headed for paint and you helped me decide how I'm going to paint it. Invasion Stripes, of course!

 

 

That sounds awesome! Yes

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Posted by fearlessfarless on Tuesday, April 5, 2022 1:10 AM






 


 

 

The Spitfire Mk Vb is finished!

Thanks for the group build Bish. Please use the first pic for the main page. Thank you to everyone for being so welcoming during my first participation in a group build. Y'all are doing some great work, and I can't wait to see all the projects completed!

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  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Wednesday, April 6, 2022 2:15 PM

 

Truly impressive work gents, great job guys. 

Got some painting done on the canopy, partial anti glare panel, prop spinner, windscreen and rudder. The checkered rudder decal had to be trimmed to make it fit properly. I shot the rudder white then red and tested tge trimmed decal that looks good to my eyes.

 

Will start on the checkered nose soon.

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  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Wednesday, April 6, 2022 11:39 PM

The Spitfire came out very well, Fearless.

John

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  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Wednesday, April 6, 2022 11:40 PM

Sweet, PJ.

John

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  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Thursday, April 7, 2022 9:23 AM

FotoFrank. Very nice job on those stripes..

T.J. Nice P-47's 

Fearless. Great job on your U.S. spitfire.

P.J. 3rd time a charm on the canopy.. fine job there.

The B-17 is done I'm having some issues with the pics. I'll keep trying, but here is a few.

 

 

 Nick.

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  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Thursday, April 7, 2022 11:40 AM

Thanks Crown. Love how you Fortress turned out.

Very happy how well the nose checkerboard  decals came out being separated into 6 parts lining up very nicely. The decal film is very thin and of excellent quality. Lifelike Decals are fantastic. Lots of Solvaset helped to snuggle things down specially near the prop area.

Mary has 14 kill marks on the canopy frame so it's best not to *** her off lol!

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  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Thursday, April 7, 2022 2:40 PM

Crown, your Fortress looks great!

Plasticjunkie, a checkerboard cowling wins everytime.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Thursday, April 7, 2022 5:39 PM

fotofrank

Plasticjunkie, a checkerboard cowling wins everytime.

 

Thanks Frank. The rudder is also checkered along with the wingtips which are next.

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Posted by fearlessfarless on Thursday, April 7, 2022 10:58 PM

Wow! All these birds are coming together nicely. Beautiful work y'all!

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Posted by crown r n7 on Monday, April 11, 2022 6:50 AM

FotoFrank. Many thanks.

P.J. Thank you and great job on those decals..

Hasegawa B-17F in 1/72.

Paint. Vallejo airwar series#71.182 and masters touch oils.

The plane is a B-17F Hells Angels 303rd Bombardment grp 358th sqd.

The 1st plane to complete 25 missions.

After reading Hell's Angel's The true story of the 303rd bomb grp. in WW2 by Jay A Stout.  wow  a must read. thanks for watching and your comments. Another great GB Bish thankyou, your choice on pic I couldn't do any better than these pics .

 

 

 Nick.

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Posted by fearlessfarless on Monday, April 11, 2022 6:17 PM

Great work Crown! Your B-17 looks awesome!

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  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Thursday, April 14, 2022 10:57 AM

I have most of the big decals on but still have to spray the wingtips white to add the checkerboards. The metallic shades are very subtle but different tones are visible. The puttied wings were sprayed with Floquil Old Silver for the lacquered silver look. Also used Flory Dark Dirt wash to pop skin details. Lots of tiny stencils are yet to be applied.

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Posted by fotofrank on Thursday, April 14, 2022 8:23 PM

Plasticjunkie, you filled and sanded the wing, top and bottom? Except for the gun bay doors? I have a Tamiya F-51D that will be on the bench soon and I want to be sure I get that detail correct.

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  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Thursday, April 14, 2022 8:43 PM

fotofrank

Plasticjunkie, you filled and sanded the wing, top and bottom? Except for the gun bay doors? I have a Tamiya F-51D that will be on the bench soon and I want to be sure I get that detail correct.

 

All panel lines on the top and bottom were puttied up to the middle of the wing chord wise direction. Gun panels left as is. Flaps, aelirons and the two large panels on the bottom wing near the radiator intake were NMF. The wing was sparayed with a lacquered metallic paint and will have a different color/tone than the fuselage, flaps and ailerons that were NMF. The rudder however was fabric and will have a duller color if painted silver.

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  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Thursday, April 14, 2022 11:37 PM

To add to PJ's exposition, here are some drawings that I have found helpful.  I recently bought a book about building the Mustang with many production photos and these drawings don't seem to argue with the photos.

The Jennings Helig photos show where the silver lacquer was applied but there is much more detail in the second two about primer and filler application.

The access doors in the leading edge ahead of the landing gear were not painted in the photos in the book, where Jennings indicates they were and the second drawings indicate they were not.  The primer and filler were applied during wing construction, not after final assembly..

 

 

 

John

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  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Friday, April 15, 2022 9:38 AM

jeaton01

To add to PJ's exposition, here are some drawings that I have found helpful.  I recently bought a book about building the Mustang with many production photos and these drawings don't seem to argue with the photos.

The Jennings Helig photos show where the silver lacquer was applied but there is much more detail in the second two about primer and filler application.

The access doors in the leading edge ahead of the landing gear were not painted in the photos in the book, where Jennings indicates they were and the second drawings indicate they were not.  The primer and filler were applied during wing construction, not after final assembly..

 

 

 

 

This is what I used as reference.

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GAF
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  • From: Anniston, AL
Posted by GAF on Friday, April 15, 2022 9:53 AM

This will come in handy as I progress on my Mustang.  Big Smile

Gary

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  • From: Naples, FL
Posted by tempestjohnny on Sunday, April 17, 2022 6:29 AM

Color on the Thunderbolts 

 

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Posted by fearlessfarless on Sunday, April 17, 2022 9:05 AM

That's a cool camo pattern on the P-47. I dont think I've seen that combo before. It's gonna look great!

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  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Sunday, April 17, 2022 8:18 PM

That is one cool looking scheme TJ, love it.

Well Mary is shaping up and she got her legs and wing tips checker boarded. I toned down the Alclad reflectivity a tad since this was a combat aircraft subjected to operational wear. 

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Posted by fearlessfarless on Monday, April 18, 2022 12:05 AM

Mary is looking FINE!

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Monday, April 18, 2022 4:22 PM

fearlessfarless

Mary is looking FINE!

 

Thanks!

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GAF
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  • From: Anniston, AL
Posted by GAF on Monday, April 18, 2022 7:23 PM

PJ> That's a mighty fine looking Mustang!

TJ> Those Thrunderbolts are going to be great.  Can't wait to see the second one.

As for me, I'm finishing up the pit and working on assemblies now that I have a couple of other projects out of the way (and I've made some room).  Pictures when I have something to show.

Gary

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  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 10:39 PM

Thanks Gary!

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