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80 Years of the Mighty 8th GB

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  • Member since
    June 2017
  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Monday, June 20, 2022 9:15 AM

jeaton01

Very nice, Frank.

 

Thanks, John.

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

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    November 2008
  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Monday, June 20, 2022 9:36 AM

GAF

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 

 

How I would do this I would use the Tamiya thin plastic white tape that is very bendable  and can produce smooth tight curbed lines. Shoot the white color first then yellow and let it dry overnight. White under the yellow will brighten it and cut on additional coats, light tan will darken the yellow a tad too.

Now take the Tamiya plastic tape and carefully create the yellow rings then shoot the black color. Spray light coats to avoid a step between colors when the tape is removed.

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

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Monday, June 20, 2022 11:06 AM

I've heard of people defining the lines by rotating the spinner against an exacto knife blade.  I think I used Steve's method on this one, but with thin strips of the Tamiya yellow tape, I can't get the white tape to adhere as well as I like.

John

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

 

GAF
  • Member since
    June 2012
  • From: Anniston, AL
Posted by GAF on Monday, June 20, 2022 12:07 PM

Fotofrank> That's another nice looking Jug!  Unusual to see them in British green!  Big Smile

Thanks for the tips, guys!  I ended up using a method similar to what PJ described, but I cut the tape strips about a 1/16 inch wide. This makes them more flexible.  I'll post a photo as soon as the paint dries.  Here's keeping my fingers crossed...

John> That Spitfire looks fantastic!

Gary

GAF
  • Member since
    June 2012
  • From: Anniston, AL
Posted by GAF on Monday, June 20, 2022 9:04 PM

I finished the striping on the propeller hub, and it didn't turn out too bad.  I've seen better.

The props not attached, just stuck in place.

As of now, I still need to finish up the canopy, and then attach a few minor bits such as lights, antenna and pitot.  Then comes detailing and decaling, followed by weathering.  I've been testing various liquids to see what sort of effect they have on the Rustoleum paint.  So far, I'm on schedule to get it done by July (I hope I haven't jinxed it).

Thanks for looking!

Gary

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    January 2011
  • From: Commonwealth of Virginia
Posted by Tal Afar Dave on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 4:20 PM

Looks great, Gary!  Can't wait to see it all finished up!!

 

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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  • Member since
    January 2011
  • From: Commonwealth of Virginia
Posted by Tal Afar Dave on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 4:23 PM

Good morning Bish,

I would like to join your 8th AF GB with the classic Monogram P-38J Lightning in Robin Olds' "Scatt 2" theme.  No construction or painting yet.  Some parts have separated from the trees.  My chief quality assurance officer, Spitfire, reports that the kit is complete, but he will conduct further tests of the box.  This will most likely be an OOB build with a few improvements added.  

Thanks for the consideration,

Dave W.

 

 

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GAF
  • Member since
    June 2012
  • From: Anniston, AL
Posted by GAF on Friday, June 24, 2022 8:52 PM

I'm down to final detailing stage before I give it a gloss coat and decals.  Minor touch up work.  Then the hard part --- a wash.

Nothing special to report.  Anything I've done here someone else has a better technique that they've gone over elsewhere.  I've managed to break off the tail wheel, but it was pretty flimsy and might have been expected.  So I cut it off, drilled a hole and made a replacement out of thick wire.  It will be more sturdy, and looks just as good.

The Hawk Mustang is just about finished, and also needs a little detailing.

I've noticed that in all the extant photos of the 352nd FS or the 353 FG, they all were sporting the paper drop tanks.

Thanks for looking!

Gary

GAF
  • Member since
    June 2012
  • From: Anniston, AL
Posted by GAF on Monday, June 27, 2022 8:35 PM

Hello, it's me again.  I'm here to report on progress for my P-51 Mustang.  Its two steps forward, and one step back, and I'm ready to quit.  I managed to get the major decals on, but also managed to mess up the tail number on the right side.  That, and lot's of little things to do with the paint, has left me depressed and out of sorts.  I need to put this thing aside and work on something else until my motivation returns, so this will be my last update for awhile.

I'll see you around!

Gary

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Posted by fearlessfarless on Monday, June 27, 2022 8:55 PM

Oh no! I'm so sorry man. Like you said, give it a break, and then come back swinging. 

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  • From: Commonwealth of Virginia
Posted by Tal Afar Dave on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 7:18 PM

Hey Gary,

Your Mustangs are looking awesome!  Hate it that your decals quit on you; don't loose heart, man.  Take a break, regroup, and come back and finish the race!!  You got this, buddy!!

TAD

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GAF
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    June 2012
  • From: Anniston, AL
Posted by GAF on Thursday, June 30, 2022 12:48 PM

Tal Afar Dave,

Sorry I missed the P-38J.  I'll welcome you to the GB since Bish is MIA.  I see Spitfire enjoys the box as much as the model itself.  Good resting area!

Gary

  • Member since
    September 2020
Posted by fearlessfarless on Thursday, June 30, 2022 1:41 PM

Welcome aboard Dave! I was just watching Ward Carroll's video about Robin Olds on YouTube. I look forward to seeing your work on that iconic bird!

  • Member since
    January 2011
  • From: Commonwealth of Virginia
Posted by Tal Afar Dave on Thursday, June 30, 2022 7:05 PM

Thanks for the welcome GAF and Fearless!  My boy Spitfire has never met a box that he didn't like.  He has to try them all out, large or small.  I have to draw the line though when he starts licking and chewing on the parts!!!

Robin Olds was an incredible, innovative warrior.  I hope I can do his bird justice.....

Great builds everyone; keep at it!!

Dave

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GAF
  • Member since
    June 2012
  • From: Anniston, AL
Posted by GAF on Tuesday, July 12, 2022 9:29 PM

The decals are sorted and work can continue on the P-51.  The antenna is on and the propeller is glued in.  About all that's left is adding the placards, the navigation lights and finally determining how much of a wash to give it.  I must admit, I'm not very good at it, as you can see by the plating around the exhaust.  I'll keep trying.

Meanwhile, the Hawk P-51 is almost done!  Obviously I enjoy working on 1/48th scale models more than larger.  Big Smile

Thank for looking!

Gary

 

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Tuesday, July 12, 2022 11:43 PM

Very nice, Gary.

John

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

 

  • Member since
    January 2015
Posted by TheMongoose on Wednesday, July 13, 2022 7:48 AM

GAF

The decals are sorted and work can continue on the P-51.  The antenna is on and the propeller is glued in.  About all that's left is adding the placards, the navigation lights and finally determining how much of a wash to give it.  I must admit, I'm not very good at it, as you can see by the plating around the exhaust.  I'll keep trying.

Meanwhile, the Hawk P-51 is almost done!  Obviously I enjoy working on 1/48th scale models more than larger.  Big Smile

Thank for looking!

Gary

 

 

GAF I swear that's half the batttle! Keep trying. It's always exciting to see what you can do different. Looking forward to the final reveal!

In the pattern: Scale Shipyard's 1/48 Balao Class Sub! leaning out the list, we're down to 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!

GAF
  • Member since
    June 2012
  • From: Anniston, AL
Posted by GAF on Monday, July 25, 2022 7:38 PM

So the P-51 is about finished.  All that's left is a few placards and the drop tanks.  I'm not sure about dirtying it up more than it already is.  Still, it looks too pristine just to let it be, and those were famous last words...

I had hoped to have it done by the end of July and it looks like I'm still on schedule.  Then on to the B-26.

Oh, and the Hawk P-51D is done, for those of you who care.  It represents the bird of Capt. R. A. Karr, from the 4th FS, 52nd FG out of Italy.  I wanted a yellow-tailed bird and the 4th FS seemed to be the only one.  I don't know why I painted it so back in the day.

Thanks for looking!

Gary

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Tuesday, July 26, 2022 7:31 PM

Hey, lets have some respect for those old Hawk kits, remarkable how nice 60 years agoBig Smile

 

Both of your Mustangs look great.

John

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

 

  • Member since
    September 2020
Posted by fearlessfarless on Tuesday, July 26, 2022 10:16 PM

Great looking Mustangs!

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