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80 Years of the Mighty 8th GB

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  • Member since
    February 2003
  • From: Between LA and OC, SoCal
Posted by oortiz10 on Saturday, March 12, 2022 6:15 PM

Hey gang, just a quick update on the progress of my Lightning. As of today, it's 99% done. I just need to add the belly's colored formation lights and the gun barrels. I have a set of Master Model brass barrels, but they're the "smooth" jacket type for later Lightning variants. I've ordered the "early" types with the perforated jackets. They should land on my porch by the week's end. Once they're here, it'll be a matter of slappin' 'em on and snappin' some photos! Anyway, as a teaser, here are a couple of shots of where my build stands.

Of course, comments, questions, and criticisms are welcome. 

Cheers!

-O

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

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Friday, March 11, 2022 11:00 PM

Very nice, Frank.

John

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

 

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Friday, March 11, 2022 6:01 PM

Impressive work there frank.

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

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Friday, March 11, 2022 6:00 PM

Thanks fearless, sorry about that. Nice work on the Spit.

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

  • Member since
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  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Friday, March 11, 2022 2:56 PM

More progress on the 5th ERS Thunderbolt. I have the Xtracal decal set for this build but I'm trying to paint as much as I can. I finished the underwing insignia yesterday and I think they look terrific! I had to go with Tamiya Flat Blue instead of the Tamiya Royal Blue. The royal blue just didn't work. I'll try to finish the national insignias this weekend. The tough ones will be on the waist with the supercharger vent doors open.

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

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    September 2020
Posted by fearlessfarless on Wednesday, March 9, 2022 7:22 PM

Hey Bish,

I hate to be "that guy," but you misspelled my name in the roster. It's fearlessfarless, not fearlessfairless...

Thanks!

 

 


Here is a pic of the progress on the Spitfire:


  • Member since
    June 2017
  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 11:27 AM

Going out back to paint the under wing insignia. I'm painting the blue first to try to avoid having a white outline. I tried it out on my paint mule and it seemed to work pretty well spraying the white second. I'm using Tamiya X-3 Royal Blue for the Insignia Blue. The paint color looks dark enough and on the gray and O.D., the blue should appear dark enough to the eye.

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

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 8:51 AM

O, really like the look of that. Love the finish you guys are getting with the OD.

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

GAF
  • Member since
    June 2012
  • From: Anniston, AL
Posted by GAF on Monday, March 7, 2022 11:40 AM

Nick> That's a nice fortress!  All paint looks good.

Nothing to report on my P-51, just cutting out and sanding parts.

Gary

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Posted by fearlessfarless on Sunday, March 6, 2022 8:19 PM

All the olive drab paint jobs are gonna be sweet! The pre-shading, wear, and weathering really looks good. Yes

  • Member since
    February 2003
  • From: Between LA and OC, SoCal
Posted by oortiz10 on Sunday, March 6, 2022 7:26 PM

Hey gang, I just wanted to post some proof of progress. I haven't have much bench time as of late, but I have been plugging away at my Lightning. I was able to get it flat-coated and demasked. Unfortunately, I found that there's a small blemish on the interior of the port window. I'm not sure how that got there. I considered pulling the canopy off and seeing if I could fix it, but I didn't want to run the risk of making things worse. I was able to get the Lightning up on her legs. My biggest complaint with Hasegawa's Lightning is the main gear door attachment. It's terrible! Not much left to do. Hopefully, next time I post, I'll be showing photos of my finished build.

Sorry for the quality of the photos. These were snapped in a hurry. I promise to post better photos next time.

As usual, comments, questions, and criticisms welcome. Thanks for looking!

Cheers,

-O

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

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Sunday, March 6, 2022 6:22 AM

fotofrank

 

 
cbaltrin

Hard to say it looks good at this stage Frank. Big Smile ... but I am sure it is going to look good!

 

 
fotofrank

More progress on the 5th ERS Thunderbolt

 

 

 

Yeah, kinda looks like a bad patchwork quilt. Here is the Thunderbolt with O.D. and Gray paint. I clear coated the airplane with Tamiya X-22 Gloss Clear. I'm going to try to paint everything I can: National insignia, theater markings, invasion stripes, tail number. I've scanned the Xtradecal sheet so I can make stencils with my Silhouette. Stay tuned.

 

Nice work there frank, i was never able to get the hang of pre shading.

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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    December 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Sunday, March 6, 2022 6:21 AM

fearless, roster updated.

Nick, thats looking great, i really like the effect on the OD. Looks good with decals on.

I have made a start on my Liberator. Will get some pics up next week as not to much progress yet.

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

  • Member since
    November 2008
  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Saturday, March 5, 2022 5:37 PM

Thanks crown . The Fortress is looking marvelous!

 GIFMaker.org_jy_Ayj_O

 

 

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

  • Member since
    August 2015
  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Saturday, March 5, 2022 3:57 PM

P.J.  Good luck with that canopy thing..maybe the 3rd time a charm.

Frank. thats fine work on the P-47.

F.F. Beautifull work on the P-51 and good choice on the Spitfire.

Latest pic on hells angels B-17. The decales on and sealed some drying time and weathering.

 

 

 Nick.

  • Member since
    September 2020
Posted by fearlessfarless on Friday, March 4, 2022 6:18 PM

Bish

Thanks fearless, and yep, you sure can. And i'll make sure i add it this time.

 

 

Thanks!

i reckon I'll go with the 1/48 Spitfire from the Eduard "Eagle's Call" boxing:

Specifically Don Gentile's Mk Vb

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Friday, March 4, 2022 4:11 PM

Thanks fearless, and yep, you sure can. And i'll make sure i add it this time.

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

  • Member since
    September 2020
Posted by fearlessfarless on Friday, March 4, 2022 2:23 PM

Bish

fearless...could you remind me of the kit and scale.

 

 
Eduard 1/48 scale
 
also can I add another kit to the build?

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Friday, March 4, 2022 12:43 PM

fearless, awsome job there, really well done. And got you added to the roster, but could you remind me of the kit and scale.

cb, thank you, not sure how i missed that off. Will catch up on everyone else progress during the weekend.

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

GAF
  • Member since
    June 2012
  • From: Anniston, AL
Posted by GAF on Thursday, March 3, 2022 9:50 PM

Frank> Nice work on the Thunderbolt.  The paint work looks great!

Fearlessfarless> That's an outstanding job on the Mustang.  Hope mine turns out as well!

Gary

  • Member since
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  • From: Land of Lakes
Posted by cbaltrin on Thursday, March 3, 2022 8:57 PM

I usually use Tamiya TS-15, decanted of course. It's close enough for me.  MRP also makes an insignia blue.

fotofrank
What I really need is the correct color blue for the insignia out of the bottle or the correct proportions to mix the blue. The Tamiya Insignia Blue is too light. I guess Google will be my friend again.

On the Bench: Too Much

  • Member since
    June 2017
  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Thursday, March 3, 2022 8:27 PM

cbaltrin

 

 
fotofrank
I've scanned the Xtradecal sheet so I can make stencils with my Silhouette. Stay tuned.

 

That looks much better Frank!  I have a svg file I can send you for the National Insignia if you like. just PM me with your email.  A tip for making masks , make sure you make one or more edges of the mask line up with a panel line or trailing wing/stab edge to make alignment/placement easy.   

 

Thanks. I have several files I can use to output the national insignia, so I'm good there. What I really need is the correct color blue for the insignia out of the bottle or the correct proportions to mix the blue. The Tamiya Insignia Blue is too light. I guess Google will be my friend again.

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

  • Member since
    September 2020
Posted by fearlessfarless on Thursday, March 3, 2022 6:45 PM

cbaltrin

fearlessfarless,  That's a bang up job you did. Beautiful work!

It's a real shame you are not on the Roster though! Angel

Hey Bish, you might want to add fearless to the Roster Wink

 

Thanks for the kind words, and mentioning the roster as well.

  • Member since
    May 2004
  • From: Land of Lakes
Posted by cbaltrin on Thursday, March 3, 2022 6:08 PM

fotofrank
I've scanned the Xtradecal sheet so I can make stencils with my Silhouette. Stay tuned.

That looks much better Frank!  I have a svg file I can send you for the National Insignia if you like. just PM me with your email.  A tip for making masks , make sure you make one or more edges of the mask line up with a panel line or trailing wing/stab edge to make alignment/placement easy.   

On the Bench: Too Much

  • Member since
    May 2004
  • From: Land of Lakes
Posted by cbaltrin on Thursday, March 3, 2022 6:00 PM

fearlessfarless,  That's a bang up job you did. Beautiful work!

It's a real shame you are not on the Roster though! Angel

Hey Bish, you might want to add fearless to the Roster Wink

On the Bench: Too Much

  • Member since
    September 2020
Posted by fearlessfarless on Thursday, March 3, 2022 3:56 PM

Well...she's done!


 

Final thoughts,

Big Beautiful Doll turned out alright. The cockpit was, EXCELLENT. The glass is super clear. The rivet and panel lines were deep enough for easy panel wash work after the various coats of, primer, paint, clear, etc were added. Otherwise, for the money, I was not impressed with this kit. Don't get me wrong, it's got a lot going for it, window masks, PE, many build options, etc, but I probably should have built the Tamiya. I've heard so much about this Eduard release I wanted to try it. The fit was mostly OK. However, for a new mold from a major manufacture, "mostly OK" ain't gonna cut it. Oh boy, there were sink marks too, 4 pretty bad ones. Also, there were some inexplicable design decisions made. For example, the landing gear was so unnecessarily weak, that sitting on the shelf finished, I wouldn't be surprised if this thing collapses under its own weight. The PE connection points for the drop tanks are super dumb. You need three hands to have a hope getting those things right. The decals have that ridiculous clear film that works "OK" on the large decals, but trying to pull that crap off the relatively thin font of the "Big Beautiful Doll" decals nearly caused me to have to pick another paint scheme. 

So, be aware of what you're getting into with this one. You can build an absolutely gorgeous Mustang, but it's got more warts than it should for the money.

(IMHO) 

 

 

 

 

  • Member since
    June 2017
  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Thursday, March 3, 2022 11:28 AM

cbaltrin

Hard to say it looks good at this stage Frank. Big Smile ... but I am sure it is going to look good!

 

 
fotofrank

More progress on the 5th ERS Thunderbolt

 

Yeah, kinda looks like a bad patchwork quilt. Here is the Thunderbolt with O.D. and Gray paint. I clear coated the airplane with Tamiya X-22 Gloss Clear. I'm going to try to paint everything I can: National insignia, theater markings, invasion stripes, tail number. I've scanned the Xtradecal sheet so I can make stencils with my Silhouette. Stay tuned.

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

  • Member since
    May 2004
  • From: Land of Lakes
Posted by cbaltrin on Thursday, March 3, 2022 10:21 AM

Hard to say it looks good at this stage Frank. Big Smile ... but I am sure it is going to look good!

fotofrank

More progress on the 5th ERS Thunderbolt

 

On the Bench: Too Much

  • Member since
    May 2004
  • From: Land of Lakes
Posted by cbaltrin on Thursday, March 3, 2022 10:16 AM

Lightning is looking good oortiz!

On the Bench: Too Much

  • Member since
    June 2017
  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Wednesday, March 2, 2022 1:58 PM

More progress on the 5th ERS Thunderbolt. More pre-shading. Since these airplanes were labeled "War Weary" I'm trying to show some real wear and tear. I sure hope it works. I'll shoot some O.D. later today. The underside is already painted. I don't have any Neutral Gray paint, so I mixed 2 parts Tamiya Flat White to 1 part Tamiya RLM Gray. The resulting gray color is a little light but it looks good to my eye.

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

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