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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 2:04 AM

Put me down for a Meng 1/35th Husky TSV.

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 castelnuovo on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 9:41 AM

Done. Husky is on my wish list for future builds. They are cute pooches too Smile

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Posted by taxtp on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 4:34 PM

This looks like a good one. Thanks for running it. I think I'll do something a bit different to my normal... a 1/43 Starter Ford Mustang from Daytona 1985. It's a resin kit.

Cheers

Tony

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

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Posted by castelnuovo on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 4:43 PM

Welcome to club, list updated

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Posted by bobbaily on Thursday, December 2, 2021 9:28 AM

castelnuovo-great idea for a GB.  Question-does 'Animalistic' include fish, birds & insects?  Seeing your listing of the Wasp makes me think so but want to be sure.  I will be in either way.

Thanks

 

Bob

 

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Posted by castelnuovo on Thursday, December 2, 2021 10:22 AM

Yes. Fish, insects, birds are a go. "Akula" submarine, "Swordfish", "Fighting Falcon" "Hornet" airplanes are all good. Welcome Smile

 

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Posted by lowfly on Thursday, December 2, 2021 11:04 AM

Put me down for the Academy 1/72 F-14A Tomcat

 

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Posted by modelcrazy on Thursday, December 2, 2021 11:34 AM

Sounds like fun Castel, I'll have to see what I get for Christmas.

Steve

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Posted by castelnuovo on Thursday, December 2, 2021 2:48 PM

Lowfly and modelcrazy, thanks for joining, added to the list

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Posted by bobbaily on Thursday, December 2, 2021 4:24 PM

Castel-please add me to the list-I'm going to start with the AMT Piranha-

With a little planning I could add a few more later.

Thanks

Bob

 

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Posted by Glamdring on Thursday, December 2, 2021 5:48 PM

I am in, subject TBD

Robert

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Posted by castelnuovo on Thursday, December 2, 2021 11:27 PM

OK, I have you both in

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Posted by Mach1 on Friday, December 3, 2021 8:11 PM

I'll join with a Nichimo 1/35 King Tiger.

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Posted by modelcrazy on Friday, December 3, 2021 9:51 PM

Question, I'll see what I get for Christmas but would a Raptor work. It's kinda general.

Steve

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Posted by castelnuovo on Friday, December 3, 2021 11:53 PM

modelcrazy

Question, I'll see what I get for Christmas but would a Raptor work. It's kinda general.

Sure, why not? I am a flexibile person Smile

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Posted by cbaltrin on Friday, December 10, 2021 7:05 AM

Castelnuovo,   Question:

What if the Nose-Art / A/C name is of an animal?

 

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Posted by Armor_Aficionado on Wednesday, December 15, 2021 2:48 PM

Okay, finally decided on what to build.  I've got this ancient (1982 rebox of a 1979 original mold) ESCI/ERTL kit of an F-5E Tiger II, in 1:48 scale.

I've also got two other kits I'm doing for other group builds that will qualify as crossovers: an F-16 Fighting Falcon that I'm doing for the Lockheed-Martin GB (1/72 scale, ERTL/ESCI); and a Me-262 Schwalbe (Swallow) in 1/48 scale by Hobby Boss, for the Junkers GB.

 

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Posted by cbaltrin on Wednesday, December 15, 2021 3:33 PM

Hey AA, that double qualifies, both a tiger and  dog-fighter Toast

Armor_Aficionado

Okay, finally decided on what to build.  I've got this ancient (1982 rebox of a 1979 original mold) ESCI/ERTL kit of an F-5E Tiger II, in 1:48 scale.

I've also got two other kits I'm doing for other group builds that will qualify as crossovers: an F-16 Fighting Falcon that I'm doing for the Lockheed-Martin GB (1/72 scale, ERTL/ESCI); and a Me-262 Schwalbe (Swallow) in 1/48 scale by Hobby Boss, for the Junkers GB.

 

 

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Posted by TheMongoose on Wednesday, December 15, 2021 9:18 PM

Castel I'm in! Great idea. Was looking for a build to throw my most recent purchase at. I'm in with a Kitty Hawk 1/32 Tiger II in FROG camo Beer oh I'm excited about this one.

In the pattern: Scale Shipyard's 1/48 Balao Class Sub! leaning out the list, we're down to a Monogram 1/72 SR-71 and 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!

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Posted by Armor_Aficionado on Thursday, December 16, 2021 4:18 AM

Mongoose: Nice!  I've already done one Tiger II in "Grape" aggressor scheme, thinking of doing this one in "Lizard."  I'll be interested in seeing how yours turns out.

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Posted by castelnuovo on Thursday, December 16, 2021 10:33 AM

cbaltrin

Castelnuovo,   Question:

What if the Nose-Art / A/C name is of an animal?

 

 

Awww, love the pooch on the nose art. But I have to say no to this. The animal should be the vehicle itself, not named given to it by the crew. Hope it makes sense. 

Edit...we live in a free and democratic country so I am open to votes by other members (and bribes Smile). Whadaya gang say? Should we let "chow hound" in? 

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Posted by castelnuovo on Thursday, December 16, 2021 10:35 AM

Armor_Aficionado

Okay, finally decided on what to build.  I've got this ancient (1982 rebox of a 1979 original mold) ESCI/ERTL kit of an F-5E Tiger II, in 1:48 scale.

I've also got two other kits I'm doing for other group builds that will qualify as crossovers: an F-16 Fighting Falcon that I'm doing for the Lockheed-Martin GB (1/72 scale, ERTL/ESCI); and a Me-262 Schwalbe (Swallow) in 1/48 scale by Hobby Boss, for the Junkers GB.

 

Nice choice, Sir. List updated.

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Posted by castelnuovo on Thursday, December 16, 2021 10:37 AM

TheMongoose

Castel I'm in! Great idea. Was looking for a build to throw my most recent purchase at. I'm in with a Kitty Hawk 1/32 Tiger II in FROG camo Beer oh I'm excited about this one.

 

Welcome to the zoo. List updated. 

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Posted by keavdog on Thursday, December 16, 2021 10:49 AM

I think 'Beast Build' might be a better title Big Smile

Thanks,

John

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Posted by cbaltrin on Thursday, December 16, 2021 5:23 PM

I like the original name -- More far reaching IMO.

Castelnuovo, still waiting to see if animalistic nose art, so long as it's prominent anyway,  can be included, or  Squadron names for that matter (sure would like to build a Golden Dragons A-7 Corsair) Wink

keavdog

I think 'Beast Build' might be a better title Big Smile

 

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Posted by castelnuovo on Saturday, December 18, 2021 9:53 AM

OK, sure, the more the merrier Smile. You are on the list and will expand the rules to include nose art and squadron names. Wellcome to the jungle Smile

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Posted by cbaltrin on Saturday, December 18, 2021 11:18 AM

That's great news,  thanks!

castelnuovo

OK, sure, the more the merrier Smile. You are on the list and will expand the rules to include nose art and squadron names. Wellcome to the jungle Smile

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Posted by JBRaider on Sunday, December 26, 2021 8:04 AM

Would you please add me to the list with an Academy 1/72 P-51B?

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Posted by Glamdring on Monday, December 27, 2021 8:32 PM

I have settled on my project, it will be Dragon's 1/72 Tiger I, dressed up as Michael Wittman's Tiger.  If I did one of my big cat's in 1/35, I'd probably never finish in time with my schedule for the year.

The big question will it be the Italian Front tricolor or an Eastern Front whitewash....

Robert

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Posted by modelcrazy on Monday, December 27, 2021 8:51 PM

I got a 1/48 Suyata Panther A for Christmas so I'll change to that of that's OK.

Steve

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Posted by castelnuovo on Tuesday, December 28, 2021 12:51 AM

No problem. List updated.

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Posted by castelnuovo on Tuesday, December 28, 2021 12:52 AM

JBRaider

Would you please add me to the list with an Academy 1/72 P-51B?

 

Thanks for joining. List updated.

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Posted by castelnuovo on Tuesday, December 28, 2021 12:54 AM

Glamdring

I have settled on my project, it will be Dragon's 1/72 Tiger I, dressed up as Michael Wittman's Tiger.  If I did one of my big cat's in 1/35, I'd probably never finish in time with my schedule for the year.

The big question will it be the Italian Front tricolor or an Eastern Front whitewash....

 

 
OK, list updated
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Posted by oortiz10 on Saturday, January 1, 2022 5:26 PM

OK zookeepers, it's officially the first, I'm sitting at home with a cold (No, it's NOT Covid!) so figured today would be a good day to start. I'm in with AMT's 1/48 F7F-3 Tigercat.

I have some TD resin wheels, Wolfpack's wingfold, and some SAC metal gear for it. I'm avoiding the rubber wheels, and given all the weight I've read this thing will need to stay on its nose, I'm going with SAC's gear.

It's a slow start, but I've managed to paint up the cockpit walls and nose wheel area. The cockpit itself is in progress. I'll try to get some photos to share.

This kit has some pretty nicely molded detail. I think I'm going to attack the wingfold area next. I don't want to get too far along with everything, only to screw up the most important part later. May as well start with the tough stuff and get it out of the way.

I like to build more than one kit at a time, so this one will share bench-space with a Hasegawa (sorry, NOT Tamiya) P-38 for the Mighty 8th GB. Stay tuned!

Here's to finishing more than 3 in 2022,

-O

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Saturday, January 1, 2022 7:20 PM

I'm in with a 1/32 Revell P51D Mustang.

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Posted by castelnuovo on Saturday, January 1, 2022 11:41 PM

oortiz10

OK zookeepers, it's officially the first, I'm sitting at home with a cold (No, it's NOT Covid!) so figured today would be a good day to start. I'm in with AMT's 1/48 F7F-3 Tigercat.

I have some TD resin wheels, Wolfpack's wingfold, and some SAC metal gear for it. I'm avoiding the rubber wheels, and given all the weight I've read this thing will need to stay on its nose, I'm going with SAC's gear.

It's a slow start, but I've managed to paint up the cockpit walls and nose wheel area. The cockpit itself is in progress. I'll try to get some photos to share.

This kit has some pretty nicely molded detail. I think I'm going to attack the wingfold area next. I don't want to get too far along with everything, only to screw up the most important part later. May as well start with the tough stuff and get it out of the way.

I like to build more than one kit at a time, so this one will share bench-space with a Hasegawa (sorry, NOT Tamiya) P-38 for the Mighty 8th GB. Stay tuned!

Here's to finishing more than 3 in 2022,

-O

 

 

I was about to say that you folks are free to unleash your animals Smile. I will finish my MIG 15 shortly, then start one of my critters.

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Posted by castelnuovo on Saturday, January 1, 2022 11:42 PM

plasticjunkie

I'm in with a 1/32 Revell P51D Mustang.

 

 

You are on the list. Feel free to set your Mustang free any time.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Sunday, January 2, 2022 7:59 AM

Thanks Castelnuovo. Thought a pony be fitting for this GB so here it is.

I bought this Revell 1/32 Mustang when it first came out a while back. I was hoping to find colorful markings for a NMF non filleted tail scheme but was unable to find one I liked. There is a huge selection for the filleted Mustangs so I opted to get a resin filleted tail from a company in the UK called  Aircraft Models. 

I superglued the resin parts to the fuselage sides.

The resin parts are on solid and have good fit on the fuselage sides.

Preliminary dry fitting revealed a small gap on the fillet spine. Once the sides go together, I will use thick CA and baking soda as a filler on the resin allowing sanding the area to a thin sharp edge along the spine.

 
 

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Posted by oortiz10 on Sunday, January 2, 2022 9:23 PM

PJ, nice work on the conversion. I once did the same thing...but in 1/48...on a Tamiya...with Ultracast's fillet-less tail. So, yeah, totally the same thing.

Actually, that was the first time I used any sort of resin coversion, or any resin for that matter, besides the occassional seat or wheels. That was, until today...

I am going to use Wolfpack's resin wingfold set on this build. The first thing I had to do was chop up the wings. I was a little nervous because WP's instructions aren't terribly clear. So, I went for it and turned this...

Into this...

I haven't started assembly yet, but things look promising after some dry-fitting. In the photo above you can see AMT's lovely detail.

That was all I was able to get done on the Tigercat today. I'm expecting to have some benchtime tomorrow, so maybe I can make some more progress on these wings.

Until then...stay tuned! Oh, and don't forget, comments, questions and criticisms are welcome.

Cheers!

-O

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Sunday, January 2, 2022 10:01 PM

Thanks O, your kitty is coming along fine.Yes

Those AMT kits are very nice and pack lots of details. I have the F7F-2/2N and the 3N in the stash, both 1/48 from AMT.

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Posted by crown r n7 on Monday, January 3, 2022 1:14 PM

Castelnuovo. would the f-86d sabre dog qualify?

 

 

 Nick.

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Posted by oortiz10 on Tuesday, January 4, 2022 2:40 PM

I've had some time at the bench, so I took advantage and made some progress on my Tigercat.

I was able to get the inner wing sections with the resin bits assembled. I must say, Wolfpack's resin fit very well! There was some minor trimming and thinning necessary, but overall, the parts were a drop-in fit! This is the first time I've tried a major resin coversion like this, and I must say, I'm impressed! There will be some minor filling and sanding, but nothing too difficult.

 

 

 

I was also able to get the fuselage assembled. This thing needed A LOT of weight in the nose. It's a good thing there is plenty of space in its long nose to stuff a bunch of pine derby car weights into. Unfortunately, I didn't take any photos. Here it is with all closed up with the seams cleaned up and the panel lines rescribed.

 

Next I'll be focusing on cleaning up the inner wing section.

So, that's it for now. I expect some more serious benchtime in my future. Stay tuned...

Cheers,

-O

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Posted by castelnuovo on Tuesday, January 4, 2022 5:37 PM

crown r n7

Castelnuovo. would the f-86d sabre dog qualify?

 

 

It is a dog and the dog is an animal. So yes Smile List updated.

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Posted by oortiz10 on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 6:31 PM

Hey gang, I have a little progress on my Tigercat to share, but before I do, I have a confession...I cheated.

I cheated on a couple of the less visible seams. At the bottom of the nacelles, the joint runs through the exhaust channels (for lack of a better term). 

 

The two sides are angled and meet at an interior angle that I thought might be hard to fill and sand. So, I tried using some filler and a diluent, but I kept wiping away too much filler when I tried to smooth things out. As an option, I decided to use tape.

Yes. Tape.

I used some of the "Scotch" type because of its lack of texture. I laid a piece on then carefully trimmed it to fit the area.

 

I was careful to burnish the edges and the areas up to the seam but did not press the tape into the angle's apex. Once covered with primer, it looks OK.

 

Luckily the areas will be mostly covered by the engines' cowl rings, so not terribly visible. Again, this is on the underside of the nacelle. I'm OK with it...

 

Speaking of primer, I was able to get all of the major sub-assemblies primered.

 

 

There are a few places that still need a little love. Nothing major, just a kiss here and there. All in all, I'm happy with where things are at. It's starting to look like an airplane!

Again, comments, questions, and/or criticisms are welcome. 

Thanks for looking!

-O

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

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Posted by keavdog on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 6:42 PM

Brilliant!  Any concern of it lifting?  I've got that kit in the stash with the Lonestar fire bomber conversion tank.  Not sure if was mentioned but don't use the rubber tires, they melt the plastic wheels.  I made that mistake back in my late teens...  EDIT:  just read your first post and looks like you have it cover with the TD wheels - I've got the same.

Thanks,

John

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Posted by castelnuovo on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 9:06 PM

Nice progress ooriz10. The tape trick is one to remember LOL

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Posted by oortiz10 on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 11:29 PM

keavdog

...Any concern of it lifting?...

 

Nah. I bought an old kit at a swap meet or yard sale, I don't remember which, that had a couple of clear parts masked in Scotch tape. The kit was O.L.D., but the tape was still on. As a matter of fact, it took quite some effort to remove it. Yeah, it's not exactly the same, but I think the stuff will hold. Only time will tell...

-O

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Thursday, January 6, 2022 6:37 AM

I love the Wolfpack products. They fit very well needing minimal trimming.

The flaps, ailerons and elevators are all missing the riveting so, out came the RB Riveter and spent a few hours roling the missing details. Just enough to busy up the metal skin.

The parts before detailing.

After rolling the riveter.

Topside completed, the reverse sides will get the same treatment.

The rivets are subtle and hard to see in the pictures but will be more visible after paint and washes.

 

 
 

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Posted by cbaltrin on Thursday, January 6, 2022 7:14 AM

Your riveting looks good PJ.  A riveter is a tool I still do not have. It keeps getting bumped down on 'to get' list by other things.  Right now I am looking for a replacement to my dremel and a more powerfule blower for my spray booth. Kit Aquisition Syndrome is getting in the way as well!

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Thursday, January 6, 2022 8:50 AM

cbaltrin

Your riveting looks good PJ.  A riveter is a tool I still do not have. It keeps getting bumped down on 'to get' list by other things.  Right now I am looking for a replacement to my dremel and a more powerfule blower for my spray booth. Kit Aquisition Syndrome is getting in the way as well!

 

Thanks cb. I highly recommend the one I’m using. It has several wheels for different scales and simply attaches to the reliable xacto handle. About a year or two back I got a nice adjustable speed rotary tool on eBay. Shop there and Amazon for a decent set.

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Posted by castelnuovo on Thursday, January 6, 2022 10:29 AM

Looks so plain before and looks so good after Smile

 

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Thursday, January 6, 2022 2:04 PM

castelnuovo

Looks so plain before and looks so good after Smile

 

 

Yes

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Posted by castelnuovo on Friday, January 7, 2022 11:37 PM

Well, I am crackin' the Wasp open

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Posted by oortiz10 on Sunday, January 9, 2022 8:40 PM

OK gang, I've made some more progress on my Tigercat. Once I had all the major subassemblies together, it was time to spray some paint. Before I could do that though, I needed to get the canopy squared away. That's where I ran into my first major problem of the build.

As I was sawing the canopy from its sprue, I had a minor mishap. The canopy tore away from the sprue and lost a big chuck of a corneras a result.

To fix it, I glued a small strip of styrene to the inside of the canopy. This would act as a backing for some filler.

Some careful masking and filling with Tamiya White putty...

Led me to an acceptable end.

 

But that wasn't the only problem with the transparencies. The parts themselves are too narrow for the cockpit opening. I had to use a spreader to keep the canopy at the correct width while the glue dried.

Once the canopy was set, the windscreen was a little easier. I was able to press down on the windscreen to spread it to the correct width while its glue dried. 

After that, it was time to paint!

I used various blues over the Mr. Surfacer primer to help break up the ultimate Sea Blue finish.

I still need to go back with a (very) thin coat of the Sea Blue to tie things together, but I'm happy with the results. I was looking for a blotchy weathered look, and I think I got pretty close.

 

That's where things with the Tigercat stand as of now. I have to go back to work tomorrow, so there might not be any progress made until next weekend. As soon as I can post some more progress, I will. 

That's it for now. Stay tuned for more. Your questions, comments, and/or criticisms are welcome. 

Thanks for lookin'!

-O

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Posted by cbaltrin on Sunday, January 9, 2022 9:53 PM

Looking good oortiz. Nice save on the canopy.

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Posted by castelnuovo on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 12:00 AM

Little progress on the Wasp

 

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Posted by castelnuovo on Sunday, January 16, 2022 7:28 PM

Suspension and chassis done. Everything fits perfectly but the small parts are quite a challenge for my shanking hands so slow progress.

 

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Sunday, January 16, 2022 10:28 PM

That looks really sharp castelnuovo, lots of detail on there.

 Got the pony pit completed. I used the kit decals and placards but were not enough so I dug into my spares for anything looking close to what the pony used. The wood floors were painted black and would show some foot traffic from use. I simulated this effect by dry brushing dark brown on the worn areas.

I wired up the radio battery.

The pit sides after paint and decals.

I used some Verlinden 1/32 seat belt buckles and wine foil to make the seat belts 

Used The kit decals for the instrument faces then added clear parts cement for the glass.

 

 
 

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Posted by castelnuovo on Sunday, January 16, 2022 11:27 PM

Holly molly, that looks fantastic.

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Posted by TheMongoose on Monday, January 17, 2022 6:30 AM

Definitely some cool stuuf using this theme!

-O that is a labor of love. Cool takeaway using the tape.

castelnuovo I'd never heard of the wasp. Cool flamethrower. Suspension sure looks smart.

plasticjunkie that pit is looking great. I've never asked but always wondered how foil took paint for seatbelts. Do you have to do anything special to get paint to stickto the wine foil you used?

 

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Monday, January 17, 2022 7:30 AM

[quote user="TheMongoose"

plasticjunkie that pit is looking great. I've never asked but always wondered how foil took paint for seatbelts. Do you have to do anything special to get paint to stickto the wine foil you used?

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Thanks. Painting the wine foil is a bit tricky. I scuff up the foil with sandpaper, cut and trim the strips then paint with enamel that grabs way better than acrylics. Unfortunately it will still chip so one must be very gentle when handling and folding. I only had to touch up a couple of tiny chips on this one. 

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Posted by lostagain on Saturday, January 22, 2022 6:53 AM

Some nice work going on here.

Oortiz, the Tigercat paintwork looks great

PJ, The Mustang the detail in the cockpit is super.

Good start castel.

Castel, here is my offering between this GB and the RAAF GB - 1/48 Red Roo CAC CA-25 Winjeel. A resin kit designed by Red Roo and made by Special Hobby.

Winjeel is a Kulin word meaning young eagle.

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Posted by oortiz10 on Saturday, January 22, 2022 8:50 PM

Hey gang, I'm back with a small update. First, before I share, I'd like to compliment everyone on their progress and thank everyone for the pats on the back. I'm really enjoying this build.

OK, so here's what I've done since my last post. Nothing has been assembled because I decided to paint on the 'cat's markings. I used my Silhoutte cutter and made some custom masks. I was afraid the kit's decals wouldn't work as well as I want. So, I decided to try my hand at painting them on. I think they turned out pretty well.

Next I'm going to work on the engines. Once those are done, I think I can start putting the big pieces together.

Feel free to drop you two cents in the bucket. I appreciate you stopping by and taking a look.

Cheers!

-O

 

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Posted by lostagain on Sunday, January 23, 2022 4:45 PM

Really good results with the masks O

Is the Silhouette easy to use?

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Posted by oortiz10 on Sunday, January 23, 2022 5:34 PM

Hey lostagain, yeah, the machine is pretty easy to use. I have an early version. Mine is close to 10 years old. I don't have any special training or experience in design software, but the machine's software is fairly intuitive. It have a lot of features that I don't use. I was able to plug it in and use it after an afternoon of playing with it. I don't use it much, honestly. I originally bought it to use in my classroom. It has proven itself useful for my modeling, as you have seen. I should spend some time and really get familiar with it. Overall, it's been pretty useful, and like I said, fairly easy to use.

-O

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Posted by castelnuovo on Tuesday, January 25, 2022 4:57 PM

lostagain

Some nice work going on here.

Oortiz, the Tigercat paintwork looks great

PJ, The Mustang the detail in the cockpit is super.

Good start castel.

Castel, here is my offering between this GB and the RAAF GB - 1/48 Red Roo CAC CA-25 Winjeel. A resin kit designed by Red Roo and made by Special Hobby.

Winjeel is a Kulin word meaning young eagle.

 

 

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Posted by castelnuovo on Tuesday, January 25, 2022 11:19 PM

The engine is finished and in place

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 7:05 AM

Great job on all gents, all looking fantastic.

My clear parts are distortion so I shot Revell an email several days ago. Finally got a response from Revell about the canopy and windscreen issue and replacements will be sent free of charge. The massage said it will take up to 6 weeks for the parts to arrive so hopefully these will have no distortion.

And some progress done with the pony. Got the fuselage closed up after sanding down the thickness of the pit side frames and both bulkheads otherwise tge fuse halves will have a slight gap.  

 

I drilled out the carburator intake panels

Working on the main gear wells now.

 

 

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Saturday, January 29, 2022 8:27 PM

The main gear area was sprayed Humbrol Metalcote polished aluminum and after drying was buffed with a Q Tip. Next I spent a couple of hours masking to spray the stringers and crossmembers zync chromate green. This is how things look with the parts unglued and waiting for the Fundekal red stencils that go on the NMF sheet metal between the stringers.

The two visible mold marks will be covered up by the main gear struts once secured on. Lots of plumbing to come.

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Posted by oortiz10 on Sunday, January 30, 2022 9:04 PM

Howdy fellow plastic mashers, I'm back with an update on my Tigercat.

 

Since I left you last, I was able to get the major assemblies...um...assembled. The fit on this kit is pretty good. I only needed small amounts of PPP on the upper part of the main wing joints. Before things went together, though, there were a couple of small things that needed some attention.

 

First, I realized that I had made two mistakes with the unit markings I sprayed on the wings. I forgot to "stencil" the "G", and I made an mistake on one of the 4s. Some quick masking was able to square that away.

 

 

I got the engines painted and the nacelle assemblies glued up.

 

 

After a gloss coat, the unit markings were applied to the nacelles, and the branch markings to the lower rear fuselage. Those were the only decals I used. I was worried about how they'd turn out because they were very thick and slathered in glue. They're not as "smooth" as I would've liked, but they're good enough. I tried cutting masks for them, but I couldn't get my cutter to cut them cleanly at the size I needed.

 

Anyway, after the gloss coat, I washed with with a light gray then flat coated it all. I even made an attempt at spraying on some exhaust stains.

 

Here's where things stand:

 

 

 

For these two, the wing tips are just dry-fitted for the sake of snapping the pictures.

 

 

 

I'm moving my attention to cleaning up the metal landing gear parts so I can get this lady standing on her own legs. Still loads to do...

 

Please feel free to drop you two cents into the bucket. Comments, questions, and criticisms are welcome.

 

Thanks for lookin'!

-O

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Posted by castelnuovo on Tuesday, February 1, 2022 11:23 PM

Good progress ooritz, love the weathering Yes

Here are the pieces ready for the final push. So far this has been a great kit, not a single trimming was needed. The biggest challenge I forsee here is folding those rubber hoses around the fuel tank leg. They are soft and flexibile but they are barely haging on to the attachment point to the tank, and then they will have to be bent 90 degrees and twisted to the side.

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Posted by goldhammer88 on Wednesday, February 2, 2022 10:57 AM

Suggestion... Replace the rubber hose with appropriate diameter solder.  Bends easier and holds shape.

Afraid I'm going to drop out.... Haven't heard back from the fellow who was willing to scale up the artwork I purchased for Rare Bear.

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Posted by lostagain on Thursday, February 3, 2022 5:33 AM

Castel, the Wasp is going well, looking good, it will be good to see it come together.

PJ, that is a really fine detail in the gear well there, and good to see the fuselage together.

O, The tiger is looking super, really good detail in the engines there as well.

Opened up the Winjeel, inside there are plenty of resin pieces, including some clear ones, PE details, vacform canopies (one spare happily). All cast by Special Hobby and the castings are pretty clean with only minor flash and fine recessed panel lines.

 

 

Having read a few reviews, I knew that the fit in the cockpit was an issue to be solved. Sure enough the test fit shows the seats are wider than the cockpit.

Continued dry fitting, adjustment, fettling, trimming and refitting to get it all to come together. So now the seats are fitting in quite neatly

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Thursday, February 3, 2022 7:06 AM

Thanks lostagain. Great job sizing those seats.

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Posted by castelnuovo on Thursday, February 3, 2022 4:09 PM

goldhammer88

Suggestion... Replace the rubber hose with appropriate diameter solder.  Bends easier and holds shape.

Afraid I'm going to drop out.... Haven't heard back from the fellow who was willing to scale up the artwork I purchased for Rare Bear.

 

 

Thanks for the idea. Sorry to see you go. Plenty of animals out there, feel free to rejoin any time.

 

Lostagain, good start Yes

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Posted by castelnuovo on Tuesday, February 8, 2022 12:11 AM

Well, lets call this one done. I decidec to leave the engin open as it was a small project in it self and turned out well. Would be a pitty to just cover it.

 

I will take a break from modeling now as my hands are trembling a bit more then usual, a sure sign that I need a break.

Thanks for looking.

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Posted by TheMongoose on Tuesday, February 8, 2022 6:38 PM

Looking Good castel, agree the engine is too nice to cover up!

In the pattern: Scale Shipyard's 1/48 Balao Class Sub! leaning out the list, we're down to a Monogram 1/72 SR-71 and 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!

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Posted by cbaltrin on Wednesday, February 9, 2022 7:14 AM

Tigercat is looking good oortiz. Nice work.

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Posted by cbaltrin on Wednesday, February 9, 2022 7:18 AM

Nice job on the Jeep castelnuovo.  Hopefully I'll get time to start on my entry soon!

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Saturday, February 12, 2022 4:15 PM

Great looking hero Castelnuovo, good idea to leave the hood open to show off the details .

The stencils finally came in the mail. Added the red stencils to the NMF sheetmetal and busied up the area with wiring. 


 

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Posted by castelnuovo on Sunday, February 13, 2022 1:18 PM

FANTASTIC work, PJ

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Tuesday, February 15, 2022 10:32 PM

castelnuovo

FANTASTIC work, PJ

 

Thanks!

The wings and air scoop are finaly in place and awaiting some seam line cleaning.

 

More wiring was added to the main well area

The painting  step in getting closer.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Monday, February 28, 2022 8:20 PM

Clear parts are distorted so contacted Revell about replacement parts that took 5 weeks to arrive. They too were heavily distorted so re contacted Revell last Friday about it.
Got a very apologetic reply from Revell today, and re sending parts again. Fingers crossed.

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Posted by Armor_Aficionado on Saturday, March 5, 2022 10:42 AM

Okay, finally remembering to post some WIP pics of the F-5E:

Initial stages of assembly.  Had a whole lot of parts breaking due to the extreme brittleness of the plastic (36+ years in storage is not good for this plastic!).

Of course, I had lost the decal set in those years so, since the instrument panels were blank flat surfaces (no raised detail at all), I had to buy some after-market instrument decals:

Cockpit's done:

Wings and fuselage assembly:

Starting painting by putting down a light sand base coat:

I wanted to go with a three-tone "Snake" scheme, so the second coat is a dark brown:

And with the third layer, of green, the scheme is complete:

Now, I'm starting on working on the landing gear bays and adding the landing gear:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by oortiz10 on Sunday, March 6, 2022 7:31 PM

Hey gang, just a couple of photos showing the latest progress on my Tigercat. I have been able to get the gear and wingfolds installed. Despite adding as much weight as I could cram into the forward fuselage, this thing is STILL a tail sitter. I guess I'll be building the included barrel and crate to get it onto its nose gear. Anyway, here's where things stand. The end is not too far. Hopefully, next time I post I will be sharing photos of my completed build.

Again, comments, questions, and criticisms welcome. 

Thanks for looking!

Cheers,

-O

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Posted by castelnuovo on Sunday, March 6, 2022 11:32 PM

Love that cammo AA, turned out really good.

Same for you ooritz, looks good, love the weathering Yes

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Posted by TheMongoose on Monday, March 7, 2022 6:04 AM

love the camo armor_aficio! Definitely snakelike, even the masking putty looks snakelike lol

-O the weathered look on that aircraft stands out for sure! Nicely done

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Posted by Armor_Aficionado on Saturday, March 12, 2022 6:39 AM

Latest WIP update on the F-5E:

Adding landing gear:

Decals being applied:

More decals, arresting hook, and Sidewinders being applied:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by oortiz10 on Saturday, March 12, 2022 9:46 AM

Hey AA, I'm digging that camo. Those colors look great. That F-5's a fun little kit. When I built my F-5 Aggressor, I used the plain ol' boring ADC scheme.

I'm looking forward to seeing your finished product!

Cheers,

-O

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Posted by cbaltrin on Saturday, March 12, 2022 10:09 AM

The F-5 is looking Great AA. Nice work.  I have a 1/72 fujimi TA-4J that I want to build as an agressor --  just waiting for someone to release some decals!

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Posted by oortiz10 on Sunday, March 13, 2022 11:50 AM

OK gang, since I'm just sitting around waiting for some parts to be delivered to finish up my Lighting and Tigercat (for the Animalistic GB), I've decided to jump back in with a couple more submissions. (You know what they say about idle hands...) One of them I'll submit as a crossover to the Lockheed GB.

I was able to snatch up Hasegawa's F-16B and some additional goodies for free. I bought a few things from a vendor at a swap meet, and he threw in the kit as a bonus. Apparently, he got it from someone else and he couldn't sell it. He told me that it was a mix of parts and wouldn't  build up to an "accurate" -B or -D model. There was a resin "covered" exhaust, some resin ejection seats, and a sheet of Two Bobs decals in the box. Not one to look a gift horse in the mouth, a brought it home. 

I know very little about F-16 variants and their assorted blocks. From what I have been able to figure, this is a -B with the "big" engine but not the big intake. Or, if you prefer, a -D with the small gear doors, intake, and incorrect main wheels. I didn't even try to figure out any cockpit differences. Eh...I don't care. I build for fun. I come from the If-It-Looks-Like-A(n)-(Insert Select Aircraft Here)-Then-It's-A(n)-(Insert Select Aircraft Here) school, so I'm going to build it. Only the hardest of the hardcore will know that my F-16 is "wrong." 

This will be my crossover to the Lockheed GB. No, it's not "accurate," but when you can't build the one you want, build the one you got. Right?

 

My second submission will be Revell's P-39 Airacobra. It'll be OOB with the addition of some resin wheels. I'm not sure on the markings yet, but I know it'll be a -Q. I like the big ol' honkin' barrel sticking out of the spinner, and the .50 cal. gun pods haning under the wings. Looking at the parts, it seems to be much less complicated that the Tigercat and Lightning I just tackled. This should be a nice easy build. (Famous last words, eh?)

 

So, having said all that...away we go!

 

Happy modeling!

-O

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Posted by Armor_Aficionado on Sunday, March 13, 2022 11:53 AM

cbaltrin

The F-5 is looking Great AA. Nice work.  I have a 1/72 fujimi TA-4J that I want to build as an agressor --  just waiting for someone to release some decals!

 

That's great!  I did an A-4 as a Top Gun Aggressor, but in 1/48 scale.  Got the decals from Microscale; maybe you can find them out there in 1/72 scale?

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Posted by Armor_Aficionado on Monday, March 14, 2022 1:45 PM

Alright, the F-5E in "Snake" Aggressor scheme is finally DONE.  Final reveal pics below.  Castel, you can use photo #5 of this series for the front page gallery; thanks.  Hope you all enjoy it!

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Posted by oortiz10 on Monday, March 14, 2022 2:29 PM

Cool looking camo scheme. Nice work!

-O

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Posted by cbaltrin on Monday, March 14, 2022 3:37 PM

Nice work on the tiger AA, I kind of like picture 6 myself though!

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Posted by castelnuovo on Monday, March 14, 2022 11:45 PM

Looks super good AA. Page updated

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Posted by castelnuovo on Monday, March 14, 2022 11:50 PM

Oritz, list updated

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Friday, March 18, 2022 12:21 PM

Great job gents, your work looks awesome.

I too have been slowly working on my Mustang while waiting for the replacement parts that came in but are just a tad better than the kit’s so I will take that to the bank so to speak. Revell sent me 3 canopies and are different types.

The wing panel lines were puttied up to the center of the wing just like they did back then then shot silver enamel paint on most of the bottom wing and all of the top wing as this was the process done on the later Mustangs. Gloss black was sprayed and then was polished with Novus 2 to get a glass smooth finish. I experimented with a couple of panels and shot gloss dark grey to get contrast and break up the solid polished aluminum color yet to come.

 Alclad Polished Aluminum was sprayed but allowing some of the dark base color to peak thru for the metal tonal shades. 

 

It takes a bit more surface prep work but the extra effort pays off.

 

 

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Posted by oortiz10 on Monday, March 21, 2022 9:51 PM

Hey you Animals (See what I did there?) I am presenting my finished Tigercat. I'm glad this one's done. It was a very enjoyable build, up until the point that I had to get her standing on her gear. (Ugh!)

Anyway, here she is...

 

Hey castelnuovo, you can use this one as the glory shot for the main page: 

 

Thanks for the fun gang! My plan is to submit a couple more before the GB ends. Wish me luck!

Cheers,

-O

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Posted by castelnuovo on Monday, March 21, 2022 11:20 PM

Well done!! Looks super. And that barrel just adds something to it Smile. Gallery updated

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Posted by crown r n7 on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 7:28 AM

Most impressive work from ALL OF YOU. This 1/72 F-86D is a way bit small for me.

 

 

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Posted by cbaltrin on Thursday, March 24, 2022 9:57 AM

Reat looking tigercat Oortiz, love the engines and wing folds!

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Posted by cbaltrin on Thursday, March 24, 2022 10:06 AM

Who wants to take this on ? Big Smile

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Posted by bobbaily on Friday, March 25, 2022 2:40 PM

cbaltrin

Who wants to take this on ? Big Smile

 

Race 'ya...

Built both kits in my youth-hoping to do a better job this time around on the drag version.  Interesting stories behind both cars-well worth time spent on Google.

I seem to recall that the version you posted was on the 'Girl from U.N.C.L.E.'-one of my favorite TV shows at the time.

Bob

 

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Posted by cbaltrin on Sunday, March 27, 2022 1:30 PM

Hey Castelnuovo,   Put me on the hook for this MPC Super Bee. Will probably get to this one before the Corsair... 

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Posted by castelnuovo on Monday, March 28, 2022 2:48 PM

OK, list updated

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Posted by crown r n7 on Tuesday, March 29, 2022 4:10 PM

PJ. Nice looking P-51..

A_A. Stunning F-5, I like the look of it.

O. Great job on your TigerCat.

Cbaltrin. Good choice on that Dodge , sublime or plum crazy maybe?

F-86D up date pics.

 

 

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Posted by castelnuovo on Tuesday, March 29, 2022 5:44 PM

Coming along well, crown, I built it a while ago, love the kit. 

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Posted by crown r n7 on Friday, April 1, 2022 7:54 AM

castelnuovo. thank you my latest pics.

 

 

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Posted by keavdog on Friday, April 1, 2022 8:30 AM

Looking good Nick!  I like that anti-glare panel - kinda unique color which contrasts well against the NMF

Thanks,

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Posted by lostagain on Friday, April 1, 2022 6:02 PM

G'day Animals, sorry I have been slack in updating and building.

CN - love the Wasp, have to say driving around in a Jeep with a napalm bomb on the back would make me very nervous. Nice painting and detail - there is a lot in the engine bay.

PJ - great detail in the gear bays, looks super! The effort for the NMF is paying off, that shine - the level of polish on the drop tank is amazing.

AA, nice cockpit recovery and great scheme on the 'Snake' Tiger - hmmm, wonder if a different name would suit it...

And the finished model has hit the spot - looking very sinister yet familiar.

Omar, super work there, love the look of the Tigercat. Great work with the finish and the weathering. never really took in how thin the fuselage was before.

And as ever you're straight onto the next builds. I am with you in the 'looks right, is right' camp, with variations depending on my emotional attachment to the model (which can decrease rapidly through a build) and the price of the kit!

Nick, Great NMF for you too, great panel variation, are you using the S&J I can see in the background? And I do like the JASDFdecals too.

For me, time for a Winjeel update. Since last time I have assembled and painted the cockpit area in a bright green as per instructions.

I had also painted the fuselage halves to go with it. After this photo I had the nose area bonded together and ready to slip over the top of the cockpit as per instructions.

Small issue, when I did the final push to click the firewall end into place, a little crack and the seam popped open and several internal bits broke off. So change my approach and try again.

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Posted by crown r n7 on Saturday, April 2, 2022 9:28 AM

John. thankyou I like the usaf green beter then the black. I do use SnJ powder for small panels, but I do miss the SnJ spray metal a lot. Yes on the Winjeel.

I gave a misty coat of tamiya flat clear and I love the Tamiya dark gray pannel liner..

typical small stuff to do ..

 

 

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Posted by castelnuovo on Saturday, April 2, 2022 4:25 PM

Looks great. I remember starting to put the stencils on it, there were so many. Looked like a darn flying billboard. 

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Monday, April 4, 2022 7:03 AM

Crown and lost, thanks. Both your builds are looking great and sorry about the mishap lost, hate when that happens.

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Posted by crown r n7 on Monday, April 4, 2022 7:28 AM

Piers,castel,P.J and john . many thanks.

I got some names mixed up and I'm sorry.

Piers the people who made the instructions should try to building it lol..

 

 

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Wednesday, April 6, 2022 2:17 PM

Got some painting done on the canopy, partial anti glare panel, prop spinner, windscreen and rudder. The checkered rudder decal had to be trimmed to make it fit properly. I shot the rudder white then red and tested tge trimmed decal that looks good to my eyes.

 

Will start on the checkered nose soon.

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Posted by crown r n7 on Thursday, April 7, 2022 9:58 AM

P.J. Looks good here too.

F-86D is done having problems with pics..

will try again .

 

 

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Thursday, April 7, 2022 11:39 AM

Thanks Crown, your Sabre looks sweet. Great job with the NMF.

Very happy how well the nose checkerboard  decals came out being separated into 6 parts lining up very nicely. The decal film is very thin and of excellent quality. Lifelike Decals are fantastic. Lots of Solvaset helped to snuggle things down specially near the prop area.

Mary has 14 kill marks on the canopy frame so it's best not to *** her off lol!

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Posted by oortiz10 on Friday, April 8, 2022 7:05 PM

Hey gang, I'm really enjoying everyone's progress. There's some great lookin' work going on! Speaking of progress, I was able to get my F-16 B/Dish Fighting-Falcon-Viper started.

Started out with getting the cockpits and seats built up.

A problem was, these resin seats did not have the canopy breakers that the 1:1 ACES seats have.

So, I had to improvise. I cut the breakers from the kit's plastic seats and glued them onto the resin ones.

Not perfect but under some paint and the closed canopy, they'll pass muster.

I was able to get the fuselage halves and wings slapped together.

After dealing with a some seams, I glued the canopy on, too.

 

That's where things are as of now. Hopefully I'll be able to post some more progress soon. Stay tuned! In the mean time, keep up all the great work!

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Posted by cbaltrin on Saturday, April 9, 2022 7:05 AM

Hi Gents, Began work on my MPC Super Bee. The body is a real beast, needing quite a lot of clean up.  Needed a break from body work so I started putting the engine together and a few other things.. 

Going for a 'white' interior.  I picked up this Ivory spray can from Ace a few years ago and like the color. The paint goes on very thin and I am quite happy with it so far. Will save the Iwata for the exterior...

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Posted by castelnuovo on Tuesday, April 12, 2022 12:02 AM

PJ, ooritz and cbaltrin, good work guys. That checker decal on the Mustang would scare me away from building it. Well done Smile

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Thursday, April 14, 2022 11:02 AM

That is one cool looking Super ! Lovevthevold Mopars.

I have most of the big decals on but still have to spray the wingtips white to add the checkerboards. The metallic shades are very subtle but different tones are visible. The puttied wings were sprayed with Floquil Old Silver for the lacquered silver look. Also used Flory Dark Dirt wash to pop skin details. Lots of tiny stencils are yet to be applied.

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Posted by lostagain on Sunday, April 17, 2022 6:57 AM

 

PJ, that is more fantastic work on the Mustang. The decaling on the tail and nose is really fantastic. And when I see the model as a whole that is so good.

 

Nick, super work on the Sabre Dog, it has come up so well, you gotta be pleased with that.

 

Omar, the resin cockpit has great detail and has come together nicely.

 

Cbaltrin, I will follow your build with interest, good start there.

 

For the Winjeel, I have got all the cockpit framing in and the fuselage glued up. I found it was easiest to glue the front of the fuselage together (reinforced with a brass plate) and then insert the middle and back frames from below. Then the fuselage was glued to the wing and the seam filled with Milliput.
The motor was assembled and stuck on the front.
The cowling went on and the seats were installed.
Next the vacformed canopy was cut out using Dymo tape as a guide I didn’t get it right the first time, but at least I had not cut off too much!
And trimmed and fitted

 

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Posted by crown r n7 on Sunday, April 17, 2022 7:53 AM

Dude very appealing thats too cool.

 

 

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Sunday, April 17, 2022 8:32 PM

Thanks lost. Yours is shaping up nicely, good work indeed.

Well Mary is shaping up and she got her legs and wing tips checker boarded. I toned down the Alclad reflectivity a tad since this was a combat aircraft subjected to operational wear. 

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Wednesday, April 20, 2022 5:11 PM

 

Flaps are on and down, so are the gear doors and decals on the drop tanks. Getting closer to the finish line.

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Posted by castelnuovo on Thursday, April 21, 2022 4:27 PM

Looking good. Finish line is near Smile

 

I am starting this one

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Saturday, April 23, 2022 10:56 PM

Wing tanks mounted and hoses added from discarded electrical wires.

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Posted by castelnuovo on Sunday, April 24, 2022 1:02 AM

That hose adds so much reality to it Yes

 

Here are some WIP pix of the Bird Dog

The cockpit. The rear seat is dry fit. On the instructions it says to install the seat first into the holes/craddles on the interior of the fuselage. The holes/craddles are not there so will try to fiddle with it, shouldn't be a big deal

 

The fuselage. Fits well together but note the absence of pins and holes to help with alignement

 

Instrument panel. Would be helpful to note to cut the decal to shape before applying it.

 

Overall, so far so good.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Sunday, April 24, 2022 3:59 PM

castelnuovo

That hose adds so much reality to it Yes

 

Here are some WIP pix of the Bird Dog

The cockpit. The rear seat is dry fit. On the instructions it says to install the seat first into the holes/craddles on the interior of the fuselage. The holes/craddles are not there so will try to fiddle with it, shouldn't be a big deal

 

The fuselage. Fits well together but note the absence of pins and holes to help with alignement

 

Instrument panel. Would be helpful to note to cut the decal to shape before applying it.

 

Overall, so far so good.

 

Thanks! Love the Bird Dog, a workhorse in Nam.

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Posted by cbaltrin on Sunday, April 24, 2022 9:43 PM

More work done on the 1970 Super Bee.  Finally figured out how the frame &  chasis goes together so glued the frame/chasis/firewall assembly together. Finished painting the interiror tub , dash and re-coated the seats their base color.  Initially I envisioned this kit to be finished in  Lemon Twist/Top Banana yellow with the black super bee stripes, but looking at some pictures on-line, I really am liking this metalic green shown below.. Not quite set on the color though so I ordered a few more colors from MCW.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Sunday, April 24, 2022 10:14 PM

cbaltrin

More work done on the 1970 Super Bee.  Finally figured out how the frame &  chasis goes together so glued the frame/chasis/firewall assembly together. Finished painting the interiror tub , dash and re-coated the seats their base color.  Initially I envisioned this kit to be finished in  Lemon Twist/Top Banana yellow with the black super bee stripes, but looking at some pictures on-line, I really am liking this metalic green shown below.. Not quite set on the color though so I ordered a few more colors from MCW.

 

I like MCW paints. Their paints cure super hard and polish out very nicely. Love the sexy lines of the Super Bee.

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Posted by cbaltrin on Monday, April 25, 2022 9:11 PM

plasticjunkie
I feally like MCW paints. Their paints cure super hard and polish out very nicely. Love the sexy lines of the Super Bee.

I have only used them on spoons so far PJ, but I like what I am seeing. Looking forward to using them on a full body.

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Posted by castelnuovo on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 12:11 AM

Some progress pics on the Dog Bird

There is something satisying when putting the two sides together

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Posted by crown r n7 on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 11:42 AM

Nice looking bird dog pit. BTW the F86D is done.

 

 

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Posted by castelnuovo on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 1:14 PM

Oops, darn, how did I mised that. But, well done! Which pic would you like for the front page? 

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Posted by crown r n7 on Thursday, April 28, 2022 12:17 PM

I like this one. Thanks again for hosting a fun G.B.

 

 

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Posted by keavdog on Thursday, April 28, 2022 4:27 PM

Cracked open the 1/48 Tamiya P-51B Mustang and did a bit of black basing for the cockpit.  Interior green comes next

Thanks,

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Posted by JBRaider on Saturday, April 30, 2022 4:39 PM

Been away most of the year and trying to get caught up on everythng. Alot of nice builds with subject that you don't see a lot of.

It has been a slow start to the year for me with this only being my 2nd build so far

I started on the Academy P-51 with an Eduard set for the cockpit. It is a lot of work and while it looks okay my PE skills are lacking.

The kit went together well and I was able to get the primer, preshade and base coats on this last week

Noticed a seam that needs to be taken care of on the bottom

Hoping to get the white stripes and the decals on this weekend.

 

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Saturday, April 30, 2022 11:07 PM

Looking good gents, great looking bunch of models.

So the kit has extra tanks and some nice 500 lb. bombs that would look good in a vignette setting so I had an old picture frame to use for the base, some Sculptamold and water to make a tarmac. Taped up the edges to protect the wood.

The Sculptamold was mixed and poured, smoothed out and expansion joints added.

Then craft acrylics were used to paint and drybrush the tarmac. Oil stains were added.

Figuring out positioning things. The disposible paper tanks and bombs need paint and decals.

Brake lines were also added to the main landing gear.

 
 

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Posted by cbaltrin on Sunday, May 1, 2022 8:59 PM

Looking real nice PJ!

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Posted by cbaltrin on Sunday, May 1, 2022 9:26 PM

JBRaider , P-51B is coming along well. Can't start my Airfix P-51D yet, or my updates might get lost in the sea of other P-51 updates ;-P

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Monday, May 2, 2022 6:12 PM

Thanks cb.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Monday, May 2, 2022 6:48 PM

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Posted by castelnuovo on Saturday, May 14, 2022 12:06 AM

If anybody colides with this one, he/she can't say "I didn't see it" Smile

Nice little kit this one, all went together well. The only problem was not with the kit but with my shaking hands

Why British markings? Because the decals provided were of such a poor quality that they were falling appart as they were separating from the sheet. So I found some old decals, correct or not, here it is

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Posted by keavdog on Saturday, May 14, 2022 12:44 AM

That's as bright Bird Dog!  Turned out really nice.  Which kit/scale is this?  

Thanks,

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Posted by castelnuovo on Saturday, May 14, 2022 9:52 AM

Thanks Smile. It is Roden 1/48

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Posted by TheMongoose on Sunday, May 15, 2022 9:42 PM

Can't wait to see the final color you choose! 

In the pattern: Scale Shipyard's 1/48 Balao Class Sub! leaning out the list, we're down to a Monogram 1/72 SR-71 and 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!

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Posted by JBRaider on Tuesday, May 17, 2022 8:50 PM

Great job on the Bird Dog Castle, it's nice to see subjects that don't pop up all the time.

Such as a P-51.....Embarrassed

I got all the painting and decals on this weekend. 

The reference I had doesn't show white stripes on the tail even thought most of the 51's seemed to have them.

the Miss Dallas decal seemed a little large but I think it looks okay.  The Decals are a mix of Kits World, Academy and Airfix.

Hope to get finished next weekend.

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Posted by castelnuovo on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 12:32 PM

Thanks JB. Good work on Mustang, finish line is near...

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Posted by cbaltrin on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 3:25 PM

Mustang is looking great JBRaider

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Posted by cbaltrin on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 3:27 PM

Nice Jon on the Bird Dog Castelnuevo!

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Saturday, May 21, 2022 9:09 PM

Mary is finally completed. The yellow stripes on the iron bombs were hand painted. I may add a standing pilot later on just to add some interest in the vignette. Please use the 6th picture for the completed page.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Sunday, May 22, 2022 9:48 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 castelnuovo on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 11:21 PM

Fantastic job Yes. I keep looking at the cockpit photos, so detailed. Super.

Front page updated

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Posted by Tal Afar Dave on Thursday, June 9, 2022 7:14 PM

Hi there, Castel,

I would like to join your group build if possible.  I'm not sure what I will be building, but will be looking through the stash this week.  I'm thinking about a 1/48th scale P-51 Mustang of some kind.  Or the newish Revell 1/32nd scale P-51D?  Decisions, decisions!!

Thanks,

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 lostagain on Friday, June 10, 2022 8:25 AM

 

Animalistic

 

PJ, fantastic work on Mary the Mustang. There is superb work wherever I look. The cockpit, the checkerboards, the fine cockpit framing, the base, the drop tank, the metal finish it’s all great.

 

JB, your Mustang is looking great too. Nice detail in the cockpit and great work on the preshade and olive scheme.  Looking forward to seeing it finished.

 

Castel, super work on the Birddog. Love the scheme you have chosen, not going to miss that one! Great interior too.

 

Cbaltrin, the Super Bee is coming along well, love the look of the metallic finish.

 

Update on the Winjeel, the canopy is masked and in place

 

Then the frame painted black.

 

The initial coat of grey primer showed up lots of pinholes in the wings that needed filling and sanding.

 

And then the Tamiya spray can white went on, showing up a few corrections required, including more pinholes, this time in the wing roots and leading edges.

 

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Friday, June 10, 2022 10:35 AM

Thanks lost. Fine masking work on your subject.

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Posted by castelnuovo on Tuesday, June 14, 2022 12:49 PM

Looking good lostagain, interesting bird.

Here is a bit o update on the Canadian Grizzly

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Posted by lostagain on Saturday, June 25, 2022 7:55 AM

Hi Castelnuovo,

Grizzly is starting well, who makes the kit?

The Winjeel is coming along slowly due to work and other stuff

The white was masked up for orange:

Then the orange went on:

First try at the aluminium wasn't so good:

Second is better:

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Posted by castelnuovo on Thursday, June 30, 2022 7:16 AM

It is by Trumpeter. Sorry for the late reply, when one is chillin' on a beach in Dubrovnik, drinking beer and enjoying the sceenary, modeling kind of falls into second plan Smile

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Posted by lostagain on Thursday, June 30, 2022 8:54 AM

SurpriseParadiseDrinksCool

And other stuff meaning jealous and good luck to you!!!

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Posted by castelnuovo on Thursday, June 30, 2022 12:12 PM

Lol, thanks, I'll need it. Flying out tomorrow but Lufthansa canceled the flight, they will take us to Frankfurt, then mad run to catch a flight to Toronto then somehow to Vancouver. Fun way back to reality.

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Posted by cbaltrin on Monday, July 4, 2022 9:03 AM

Hi Gents, Here is a mass-update on my Revell 1/72 Golden Dragons A-7 Corsair.  

It's a fun little kit. Parts go together surprisingly well. I messed up somthing though with the intake to fuselage joint and the parts would not line up like they did when I test fitted so it required an 'inside job' which required some nose surgery. That's the only hic-up so far. Right now I'm rescribing control surfaces but everything else will be left as raised details.
Also, converting this "A" to an "E" with a bit of help from a Fujimi kit...

 

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Posted by cbaltrin on Monday, July 4, 2022 9:08 AM

Castelnuovo, 

You might as well also put me down for this Haseagawa 1/72 F/A-18A Hornet.  I put together a travel-hobby-tool-box and took this with me on vacation to see how feasable hotel modeling would be. Worked out pretty well. Got quite a few parts cleaned up... Gona be same markings as box art ; although via a superscale sheet...

 

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