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80 Years of the Mighty 8th GB

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Posted by jeaton01 on Sunday, May 22, 2022 12:04 AM

A fine piece of work!

John

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Sunday, May 22, 2022 9:46 AM

Photographed the Mustang out in natural light this morning to capture some of the Alclad metallic reflectivity that is present but subtle consistent with weathering in an operational combat aircraft. 

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Posted by GAF on Sunday, May 22, 2022 9:23 PM

Fotofrank and TempestJohnny,

Those are some beautiful looking Jugs!  Those inspire me to dig out my Tamiya P-47 and build!  It's about time we had another "Big Beautiful Jugs" Group Builds.  Well done!

PJ,

What can I say about the P-51? Superlative!  You nailed it.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Monday, May 23, 2022 6:18 AM

Thanks Gary!

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Monday, May 23, 2022 11:52 AM

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Posted by fearlessfarless on Monday, May 23, 2022 11:29 PM

Mary looks great! Maybe with some forced perspective your 1/32 and my 1/48 Mustang could do some 84th FS formation flying LOL

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 9:40 AM

fearlessfarless

Mary looks great! Maybe with some forced perspective your 1/32 and my 1/48 Mustang could do some 84th FS formation flying LOL

 

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 2:38 PM

Finished these up. The Revell kits are not bad but definitely not a Tamiya. Used Aeromaster decals for both

 

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Posted by jeaton01 on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 10:19 PM

Neat work.  Could be 1/48.

John

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Posted by fearlessfarless on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 10:24 PM

Those paint schemes are nice!

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Thursday, May 26, 2022 8:34 AM

Looks great TJ.

Anyone heard from Bish? I haven’t seen him post in a while. Hope he's ok.

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Posted by GAF on Thursday, May 26, 2022 10:38 AM

TJ> Those are some fine looking Jugs!  You did a wonderful job on them.  Congrats!

PJ> No word from Bish except what we've already heard, that he's taking a break.  It may be related to family.

Gary

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Posted by GAF on Wednesday, June 1, 2022 10:18 PM

Progress has been slow, but the P-51 is about ready for primer.  The flaps are not attached, but I'll do that after.  Mostly it's just to check seams.  Hope to get to it tomorrow, along with a couple of others.

Got to remember to cover the ID lights.   Wish me luck!

Gary

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Posted by GAF on Thursday, June 2, 2022 3:30 PM

The primer went on without a hitch.  It showed a couple of seams that needed work, so they're puttied and ready to be sanded.  And I remembered to cover the ID lights!

Looks like its about to rain, so any further painting will have to be postponed, but I like how it's turning out so far.

Gary

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Posted by GAF on Monday, June 6, 2022 9:17 PM

The P-51 has it's base coat laid down.  I used Rust-Oleum Metallic Silver (it says it bonds to plastic) for the base.  Turned out okay.  I actually laid a coating of gloss black over the fuselage and left the wings in grey primer, but it didn't seem to make much of a difference.  Spray cans, I suppose.  Still, any variations in tone will have to be done in post work.  Right now, I'm letting the base coat de-gas for a few days, though it seems to be completely dry.

Next up, trying to do invasion stripes on the bottom of the plane.

Thanks for looking!

Gary

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Posted by jeaton01 on Tuesday, June 7, 2022 10:22 AM

Looks like the Rustoleum went down nicely.  I'll have to look in to that, though I do like Alclad.

John

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

 

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Posted by GAF on Tuesday, June 7, 2022 11:22 AM

Yes, it did, but Alclad is much superior.  However, for large jobs it has advantages.

Gary

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Thursday, June 9, 2022 8:42 AM

Looking good Gary.

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Posted by Tal Afar Dave on Thursday, June 9, 2022 7:03 PM

Hey Bish!!

I know that you may be taking a break, so I'll be brief.

Would like to join this group build with a Robin Olds P-38.  I will be using the tried and true Monogram kit.

Thanks,

TAD

2022 New Year's Resolution:  Enter 1 group build and COMPLETE a build this year!!  Why Photobucket did you rob me of my one Group Build Badge???  Must be part of the strong anti-Monogram cartel!!!

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Posted by GAF on Saturday, June 11, 2022 7:34 PM

Welcome, Dave!  I know Bish hasn't been around, and no telling when he will be back (if ever), but Robin Old's P-38 will be a nice addition to the group build.

As for me, work continues on the P-51D.  I've started striping the fuselage and finished up the OD anti-glare.  Now I've got some wing stripes to do (not invasion stripes, thank goodness!)  I'm wondering if it would be best to install the wing flaps now or later?  It's a question of ease of painting a stripe on them.

Shiny, isn't it?

Thanks for looking!

Gary

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Posted by Tal Afar Dave on Sunday, June 12, 2022 7:54 AM

Thanks Gary!!  Your Mustang looks incredible! 

I'm thinking about doing Scat II in full invasion stripes and am thinking about building the wings and booms seperately and doing the stripes before joining them together.  I always struggle with getting the recognition stripes lined up correctly on the wings and the tail surfaces.  I haven't built a plane in a long time, so I'm looking forward to the challenge!

Dave

 

2022 New Year's Resolution:  Enter 1 group build and COMPLETE a build this year!!  Why Photobucket did you rob me of my one Group Build Badge???  Must be part of the strong anti-Monogram cartel!!!

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Posted by GAF on Monday, June 13, 2022 7:41 PM

Thanks, Dave!  I prefer "it looks okay".  I view other's efforts at P-51s, and I'm almost ashamed to post mine.

I went ahead and attached the flaps.  Then I measure and taped off the wing stripes.  When I peeled the tape up, it left a ragged edge.  I guess it had something to do with the Rustoleum paint and the acrylic flat black.  It didn't adhere well.  So I'll re-tape the edges and try some enamel flat black, first going over it with some light sanding.  I hope it works better this time!

Thanks for looking!

Gary

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Posted by GAF on Saturday, June 18, 2022 9:15 PM

The wing stripes went down okay, what with the sanding and enamel paint.  I must remember that.  Always use enamel on enamel.  Saves headaches.

The wheels and covers are on, and I felt it was about time to start work on the canopy, so I removed the aluminun foil and scrapped off the glue.

Meanwhile, there's the problem of how to do striping on the propeller hub.  If you have any ideas, let me know.  If I could make a circular decal, I'd go that route.

The old Hawk 1/48 P-51D is nearing completion also, but it will be a 4th FS Mustang out of Italy, so doesn't qualify for this GB.

Thanks for looking!

Gary

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Posted by fearlessfarless on Saturday, June 18, 2022 10:12 PM

 Your Mustang is looking great!

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Posted by jeaton01 on Sunday, June 19, 2022 12:44 AM

The paint looks great, Gary.

I love that old Hawk Mustang kit, I have one around here somewhere that I built in the 60's, and a more recent Testor's reissue in the stash.

John

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

 

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Posted by GAF on Sunday, June 19, 2022 10:55 AM

Fearlessfarless, John> Thanks for the comments, guys!  Paint has been the least of my worries on this one.

As for the old Hawk P-51 model, it's also from the 1960s and was one I built in my youth.  I kept it around in hopes that I could restore it one day.  Little did I know that it would be 50 years later!

I also have one of the Testor's repops in the stash.  It's an interesting model, and was considered accurate at the time.  Interesting that it has recessed panel lines on the fuselage and raised panel lines on the wings!  All it needs for updating is pit and wheel bay detail.

Gary

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Sunday, June 19, 2022 1:24 PM

Mustang is coming along. Can you post how the striping looks like . Maybe I can give you an idea.

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Posted by GAF on Sunday, June 19, 2022 3:40 PM

PJ,

It's the striping on the nose as seen here:

That black band is hard to replicate.  I can free-hand it, but it will still come out looking rough.  I have a couple of my own ideas, however.

Gary 

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Posted by fotofrank on Sunday, June 19, 2022 9:04 PM

I've been away from this thread for way too long. So much great work on display here. GAF, your HAWK Mustang is looking really good. I must have built that kit 3 or 4 times when I was a kid, the last time when I was in the Air Force back in the late '60's.

Here's another Thunderbolt. I finished this one maybe two weeks ago. An Academy P-47D, 82 FS, 78 FG, just after D-Day.

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As some Thunderbolts were camouflaged after they arrived in England, this kit is camouflaged RAF Dark Green and Sky. The Invasion Stripes are on the underside of the aircraft only, typical for after D-Day. Everything on this build is painted, even the checkerboard cowling. The only decals are the Curtiss Electric logos on the propeller blades. Comments and constructive criticism are always welcome.

OK. In the stash: Way too much to build in one lifetime...

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Posted by jeaton01 on Monday, June 20, 2022 12:04 AM

Very nice, Frank.

John

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

 

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