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80 Years of the Mighty 8th GB

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  • Member since
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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Friday, January 7, 2022 5:50 PM

fotofrank

FINALLY!! I started the 8th AF F-82E. Not much, but a start. The seats are pretty much done. I cut some Tamiya tape on my Infini cutting board to make the shoulder harnesses and lap belts. Not sure if I'll have pilots in the seats though. Now to put the seats in their respective fuselage.

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The copyright on the inside one of the fuselages is 1973!

 

Nice work there frank, those seatbelts look good.

I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so

 

On the bench: Airfix 1/72nd Harrier GR.3/Fujimi 1/72nd Ju 87D-3

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Posted by Bish on Friday, January 7, 2022 5:51 PM

Nice job on those rivets PJ.

I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so

 

On the bench: Airfix 1/72nd Harrier GR.3/Fujimi 1/72nd Ju 87D-3

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  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Friday, January 7, 2022 7:53 PM

Bish

 

 
fotofrank

FINALLY!! I started the 8th AF F-82E. Not much, but a start. The seats are pretty much done. I cut some Tamiya tape on my Infini cutting board to make the shoulder harnesses and lap belts. Not sure if I'll have pilots in the seats though. Now to put the seats in their respective fuselage.

The copyright on the inside one of the fuselages is 1973!

 

 Nice work there frank, those seatbelts look good.

 

Thanks, Bish. I've had a tough time getting motivated since Christmas. This Monogram kit is a simple build and should get me going. The major components are built, the fuselages and the wing. Now I'm assembling all of the little stuff. I'll have some pictures in a day or two before the F-82 heads to the paint shop.

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

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  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Friday, January 7, 2022 7:55 PM

Thanks Bish. Can't wait to do the Alclad like I did on my F84. 

 GIFMaker.org_jy_Ayj_O

 

 

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

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  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Friday, January 7, 2022 11:35 PM

fearlessfarless

 

I've seen, heard, and read arguments with more variations than can be counted, green, yellow, bare aluminum, and all combinations of those finishes. IMHO, considering the variations, no one can say with certainty what 44-72218 had for factory original finish, or what was added in theater...

Yellow looks good! That being said, I want this thing to be right, so if someone KNOWS something i don't, I've got a brush and plenty of paint Wink

Thanks y'all!

 

 
Fearless, look at this link where I took a lot of photos of a very authentic restoration, other than it being way too shiny on the outside for a wartime airplane.

John

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

 

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  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Saturday, January 8, 2022 7:51 AM

fearlessfarless

I've seen, heard, and read arguments with more variations than can be counted, green, yellow, bare aluminum, and all combinations of those finishes. IMHO, considering the variations, no one can say with certainty what 44-72218 had for factory original finish, or what was added in theater...

 

Ditto One can only approximate specially when only one or no pictures exist of the particular aircraft. The one I’m doing has only one known picture in existence so artistic license is not an issue. 

 GIFMaker.org_jy_Ayj_O

 

 

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

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Posted by fearlessfarless on Saturday, January 8, 2022 8:23 AM

jeaton01

 

Fearless, look at this link where I took a lot of photos of a very authentic restoration, other than it being way too shiny on the outside for a wartime airplane.

 

 

Thank you for the link jeaton01 

That is a beautiful bird and those closeups are really clear. Now I see that while this Eduard kit has the most detailed wheel wells I've ever messed with, it is still lacking a ton detail. when I get home, I'm going to compare the pics and the model and see if I can incorporate any improvements...

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Posted by fearlessfarless on Saturday, January 8, 2022 8:29 AM

plasticjunkie

 

Ditto One can only approximate specially when only one or no pictures exist of the particular aircraft. The one I’m doing has only one known picture in existence so artistic license is not an issue. 

 

 

Thanks for the reply! I must say this is one of the most calm and reasonable forum groups I've seen. I was actually nervous about posting the yellow wheel wells because of the flame wars I have seen on other forums about this subject...

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Saturday, January 8, 2022 9:00 AM

fearlessfarless

 

 
plasticjunkie

 

Ditto One can only approximate specially when only one or no pictures exist of the particular aircraft. The one I’m doing has only one known picture in existence so artistic license is not an issue. 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for the reply! I must say this is one of the most calm and reasonable forum groups I've seen. I was actually nervous about posting the yellow wheel wells because of the flame wars I have seen on other forums about this subject...

 

 

Ha ha. Here you will find a great bunch of guys sharing their info and knowledge. If for some reason something is off, one of the guys here will give out constructive feedback to correct what ever the issue happens to be. No worries, just have fun with the project.

 GIFMaker.org_jy_Ayj_O

 

 

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

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Posted by cbaltrin on Saturday, January 8, 2022 9:49 AM

That's great fearless!

fearlessfarless
"Snowmageddon" hit my little corner of the world today and work was canceled. What a shame... free model day WOOHOO!!!

On the Bench: Too Much

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  • From: Between LA and OC, SoCal
Posted by oortiz10 on Sunday, January 9, 2022 8:40 PM

Not a whole lot to report on my Lightning but there are a few things to share.

First, I got the transparencies installed, but before I could, I had to deal with a small problem.

During dryfitting, I noticed the rear canopy wouldn't sit flush against the fuselage.

Turns out the armor plating behind the seat was too tall. So, I had to remove it and cut it down. I used some liquid cement to soften the joint, then carefully pulled the piece away.

After I cut it down, I reinstalled it, and the canopy piece fit beautifully.

The five-piece canopy assembly was a bit fiddly and took some time to get together, but the parts go together nicely.

I bought a Montex mask set and got the framing interior colors sprayed.

I have to say that I'm disappointed with the Montex masks. This is the third set I've tried, and all three have been too big. With all three sets, I've had to cut each mask into smaller pieces to get them to fit within the molded framing. For the side windows, I had to use the masks Montex provides for the interior of the transparencies. I don't think I'll be using Montex in the future...

Anyway, I have to go back to work tomorrow. I don't think there will be much to share until next weekend. Now that the transparencies are protected, I think I'm going to attack the boom attachments, clean up seams, and replace any erased details. Stay tuned!

Feel free to share your comments, questions, and/or criticisms. 

Thanks again for lookin'!

-O

-It's Omar, but they call me "O".

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Posted by fearlessfarless on Monday, January 10, 2022 9:20 AM

oortiz10

Anyway, I have to go back to work tomorrow. I don't think there will be much to share until next weekend. Now that the transparencies are protected, I think I'm going to attack the boom attachments, clean up seams, and replace any erased details. Stay tuned!

Feel free to share your comments, questions, and/or criticisms. 

Thanks again for lookin'!

-O 



That's looking really nice! Canopy work always makes me nervous, but it looks like you nailed it!

 

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Posted by taxtp on Monday, January 10, 2022 5:57 PM

I've finally made a start on my old Hasegawa P-47D. THe parts are off the sprue and ready to commence work.

Cheers

Tony

I'm just taking it one GB at a time.

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 2:50 AM

Nice work O. I don't like Montex masks. I find they never stay down especially on curved pieces. I bought a few as they are cheaper than Eduard, but have since replaced the ones i can. I try and avoid vinyl masks now.

I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so

 

On the bench: Airfix 1/72nd Harrier GR.3/Fujimi 1/72nd Ju 87D-3

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Posted by Bish on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 2:52 AM

Look forward to seeing how you get opne with that Tony. I have a couple of those Hase kits along with several of the Academy.

I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so

 

On the bench: Airfix 1/72nd Harrier GR.3/Fujimi 1/72nd Ju 87D-3

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  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 3:54 PM

A little more progress on the F-82, y'all. The fuselages are assembled and the canopies attached and masked. Now to assemble the major components and get ready for paint.

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Trying to think of another 8th AF aircraft to follow this one -- in 1/48th scale!

Would a "what-if" build apply here?

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

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  • From: Land of Lakes
Posted by cbaltrin on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 6:17 PM

fotofrank
Trying to think of another 8th AF aircraft to follow this one -- in 1/48th scale

Hey FF,  A nice razorback P-47 model never hurt nobody... Just say'n...

On the Bench: Too Much

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Posted by fotofrank on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 8:05 PM

cbaltrin

 

 
fotofrank
Trying to think of another 8th AF aircraft to follow this one -- in 1/48th scale

 

Hey FF,  A nice razorback P-47 model never hurt nobody... Just say'n...

 

Yeah, I know. I do have a Tamiya Razorback up in the closet that calls out to me once in a while. Maybe I should listen.

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

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  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 9:04 PM

What's with all these "Little Friends"!  The 8th is bombers!  We want bombers!

 

John

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

 

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Posted by fearlessfarless on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 10:23 PM

jeaton01

What's with all these "Little Friends"!  The 8th is bombers!  We want bombers!



Well, I'm not in a position to build a bomber. Depending on the scale, I can put at least 4 fighters on the shelf that one B-24 or B-17 would take up.

I don't know about you, but if I were in flying in your B-24, I think this ratio of escort fighters to bombers would be to my liking. Wink

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Posted by jeaton01 on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 11:30 PM

Well, yeah, but at least we need enough bombers to make at least one box formation!  But likely as not they'd all be B-17's flying 2000 feet higher while I get all the flak!Crying

John

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

 

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Posted by Bish on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 2:30 AM

Don't worry John, the heavies are coming. I'll be starting my B-24 as soon as the Harrier and Stuka are done.

I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so

 

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Posted by scottrc on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 8:31 AM

I just ordered an Acedemy B-24J and decal set, so add another to the formation.

Not a lot of B17s. Thats ok, the old B24 needs some recognition.  

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Posted by cbaltrin on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 10:15 AM

Would love to build a bomber John, would just take me too long. Maybe I can finish my prepainted Monogram B-17G Wink or would love to get my hands on an old revell 1/72 Liberator...

jeaton01

What's with all these "Little Friends"!  The 8th is bombers!  We want bombers!

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Posted by fearlessfarless on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 10:56 AM

UH OH! This discussion about bombers is making me think.

My wife constantly warns me about that...

Have any of y'all ever done a YB-40 conversion on a B-17F? A Google search turned up a couple of resin sets to modify either the 1/72 Revell or Academy kit. I might have to dig deeper IF this Mustang wraps quickly.

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Posted by modelcrazy on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 11:20 AM

Bish
Don't worry John, the heavies are coming.

Yep, I got 4 B-17s in the stash and one of them is slotted in que.

Steve

Building a kit from your stash is like cutting a head off a Hydra, two more take it's place.

 

 

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Posted by crown r n7 on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 2:14 PM

Now that I'm all caught up. Lots of good work going on here. Once I dusted off and opened this kit from 1989 boy it shows too.. again its OOB..

 

 

 Nick.

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 2:31 PM

fearlessfarless

UH OH! This discussion about bombers is making me think.

My wife constantly warns me about that...

Have any of y'all ever done a YB-40 conversion on a B-17F? A Google search turned up a couple of resin sets to modify either the 1/72 Revell or Academy kit. I might have to dig deeper IF this Mustang wraps quickly.

 

According to scalmates there were 2. One by Blackbird Models and the other by Paragon. But both are quite old and you would struggle to find them. Paragon no longer exists and the Blackbird one is out of stock on their site. I'd like to do a BQ-7 conversion but its never been done so might have to scratch one.

I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so

 

On the bench: Airfix 1/72nd Harrier GR.3/Fujimi 1/72nd Ju 87D-3

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 2:31 PM

scottrc

I just ordered an Acedemy B-24J and decal set, so add another to the formation.

Not a lot of B17s. Thats ok, the old B24 needs some recognition.  

 

Will do.

I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so

 

On the bench: Airfix 1/72nd Harrier GR.3/Fujimi 1/72nd Ju 87D-3

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Posted by Bish on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 2:32 PM

Speaking of bombers, looking good Nick.

I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so

 

On the bench: Airfix 1/72nd Harrier GR.3/Fujimi 1/72nd Ju 87D-3

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