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80 Years of the Mighty 8th GB

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  • 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

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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    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!

GAF
  • Member since
    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
    January 2011
  • 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

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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    September 2020
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. 

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

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

  • 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.

 

 

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 4:20 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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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

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

  • 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

 

  • Member since
    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.

 GIFMaker.org_jy_Ayj_O

 

 

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

  • 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...

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Northern California
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

 

  • Member since
    June 2017
  • From: Winter Park, FL
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...

GAF
  • Member since
    June 2012
  • From: Anniston, AL
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 

  • Member since
    November 2008
  • From: Central Florida
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.

 GIFMaker.org_jy_Ayj_O

 

 

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

GAF
  • Member since
    June 2012
  • From: Anniston, AL
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

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Northern California
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

 

  • Member since
    September 2020
Posted by fearlessfarless on Saturday, June 18, 2022 10:12 PM

 Your Mustang is looking great!

GAF
  • Member since
    June 2012
  • From: Anniston, AL
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

GAF
  • Member since
    June 2012
  • From: Anniston, AL
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

  • Member since
    January 2011
  • From: Commonwealth of Virginia
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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GAF
  • Member since
    June 2012
  • From: Anniston, AL
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

  • Member since
    January 2011
  • From: Commonwealth of Virginia
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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  • Member since
    November 2008
  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Thursday, June 9, 2022 8:42 AM

Looking good Gary.

 GIFMaker.org_jy_Ayj_O

 

 

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

GAF
  • Member since
    June 2012
  • From: Anniston, AL
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

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Northern California
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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