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Posted by keavdog on Sunday, April 17, 2022 9:47 PM

BK that looks awesome.  Putting down yellow and reds is always a chore, particularly together.  Well done.  Going to be quite the eye catching bird when done.  Any story behind those markings?  Formation bird?

Thanks,

John

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Posted by BrandonK on Monday, April 18, 2022 10:37 AM

keavdog
Any story behind those markings?  Formation bird?

Nope. Just fell in love with the box art and had to build it. I typically don't do a whole lot of research on my builds, I just build. I suppose it would be nice to know though, right?

BK

On the bench:

Tamiya 1/35 M4A3E8 "Fury" with crew,

1/32 Kittyhawk Kingfisher,

1/35 Meng Panther Ausf A Early,

1/48 Pro Modeller P-51C "Boise Bee"

2022 Completed:

1/25 Revell 29 Highboy

1/48 Tamiya Sea Harrier

1/25 Revell 70 Boss 429 Mustang

1/48 Hasegawa D3A1 Type 99 Val

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Monday, April 25, 2022 8:37 PM

I started on IJN Shimakaze. Not much so far. 

Big sheet of PE. To be honest I've never liked the stuff. I'm try to find some way to muck my way though it. 

And a special set for the linoleum deck. Not sure how to handle this. I think I'm going to try to finish the kit and then attach them instead of trying to mask all this. 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by BrandonK on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 11:22 AM

Gamera

I started on IJN Shimakaze. Not much so far. 

Big sheet of PE. To be honest I've never liked the stuff. I'm try to find some way to muck my way though it. 

And a special set for the linoleum deck. Not sure how to handle this. I think I'm going to try to finish the kit and then attach them instead of trying to mask all this. 

 

I watched a guy build a kit early today and he painted the kit and then painted the railings seperate and then attached them. Seemed to be a better way of doing it. And he used a slow set CA to attach them. Anyway you choose will always be fun.

BK

On the bench:

Tamiya 1/35 M4A3E8 "Fury" with crew,

1/32 Kittyhawk Kingfisher,

1/35 Meng Panther Ausf A Early,

1/48 Pro Modeller P-51C "Boise Bee"

2022 Completed:

1/25 Revell 29 Highboy

1/48 Tamiya Sea Harrier

1/25 Revell 70 Boss 429 Mustang

1/48 Hasegawa D3A1 Type 99 Val

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  • From: Lakes Entrance, Victoria, Australia.
Posted by Dodgy on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 7:54 PM

Ok fella's it's time I got my skates on. This is an old Nichimo 1/48th Kate. Not sure how the decals will go, but the kit itself is really nice for it's age, so the only problem I'm expecting is the builder.

CB: The Shinden looks fabulous.

Gamera: I hope your back has settled down - aint age a ***! The amount of PE on the Shimakaze would scare the living daylights out of me - good luck mate.

Svezda: I love the paintwork and detail in that pit.

Crown: That is an awesome metal finish on the F86D!

BK: What an amazing paint job! The masking work that that must have taken is hard to imagine.

Cheers,

Ferg

I long to live in a world where chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned

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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 9:35 PM

Looks cool Ferg! Love those old vintage kits! 

Brandon: Thanks! I'm thinking of just spraying the PE fret with the same grey I'm using for the ship and then cementing everything in place with Gator Grip and touching up any places where the paint chips off. 

 

Sorry I haven't been around. My back is fine. The pollen has been giving me a headache though. That and one of the guys at work has been taking a lot of vacation/holiday time so I've been working some weird hours. 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by jeaton01 on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 8:06 PM

CB did a great job, but if he wants credit for doing a Shinden, he's going to have to build another model!  It's really confusing because the names are so similar but CB built a Shiden, which is Violet Lightning in Japanese, George to the US.  The Shinden is that late war pusher, and the Japanese called it Magnificent Lightning.  I don't think the Allies gave it a name.

I made a start on the KI-46, which is a Ki-46 III, the smooth nosed recon version.  Here's a bunch of pictures of the kit and the little I have done.  I don't plan to use much of the PE, mostly just the instrument and radio panels, and seat belts. Mr. Color Mitsubishi interior green.  The wheel wells have a seam running right down the middle, I got them as even as possible and scraped the seams, and used a dremel with a burr on the domes for the tires.  I put thin glue on to melt the join, and will probably have to add some filler.  The Tamiya glue is a different type I have not used before, it is supposed to be a resin and is rather heavy bodied.  Anyone have any experience with it?

 

 

 

 

 

 

John

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

 

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 8:19 PM

John: I went back and looked and I put down Shiden for CB. Or at least I think so, I'm getting a little senile.

I built that kit a few years ago, it's a great kit. Not sure what to do about the seam, I think you've done the best way to fix it. I don't remember how I fixed mine or if I even did. Not sure about the different cement, I've never used it. 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 11:10 PM

Cliff, you have it right on the first page, I was referring to the posts while CB was building.  Just my warped sense of humor in view!

I think I'll get those seams to disappear, probably after several hours of fill and sand.  It's a challenge now.

John

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

 

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  • From: Land of Lakes
Posted by cbaltrin on Thursday, May 12, 2022 8:22 AM

It's almost right on the roster--not sure who this 'cbaltin' guy is..

John, nice catch, all this time I thought I built  a Shinden... Surprise

jeaton01

Cliff, you have it right on the first page, I was referring to the posts while CB was building.  Just my warped sense of humor in view!

I think I'll get those seams to disappear, probably after several hours of fill and sand.  It's a challenge now.

 

On the Bench: Too Much

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Posted by Dodgy on Thursday, May 12, 2022 8:35 PM

Good pick up John. I live and learn. Nice start to your entry. Is it a different model of the Dinah?

I long to live in a world where chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned

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Posted by jeaton01 on Monday, May 16, 2022 1:05 AM

Dodgy, the Ki-46 II had a stepped windscreen, while the Ki-46 III had a windscreen that faired smoothly into the nose.  The Ki-46 III Kai went back to the stepped windscreen and also had armament.  The Ki-46 III was a pure recon airplane without armament.  There was also a trainer version also with a stepped windscreen and a humped greenhouse.  That version is almost not pretty.

This kit is just falling together, there are not that many parts and they all just click together.  I did add some of the Eduard set but not much, but still it seems worthwhile, especially the instrument panel.  I did almost completely cover the seams in the gear wells and if I had worked a little harder putting the parts together it would have been less work.  Probably will never be seen again.  The wing to fuselage fit is particularly good.  As is my usual, I modified the propellers and engines with music wire and brass tubing so they are free spinning and removable. I've never been able to get the props to be free turning with the provided black bushings that Tamiya and Hasegawa kits have.

I used Gunze Mitsubishi interior green for the interior with a little dry brushing with aluminum for wear.

http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/ki46/1ki46/0081ki46.jpg

 

http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/ki46/1ki46/0091ki46.jpg

 

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John

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

 

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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, May 17, 2022 8:29 AM

That looks great John, nice work!!!

 

As re Shiden/Shinden I mixed 'em up a few times at first until someone, I don't remember who straightened me out!

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by jeaton01 on Tuesday, May 17, 2022 10:37 PM

Thanks, Cliff.

More progress to report on the Dinah, the major parts are together and a lot of minor parts are painted.  The engines and exhaust are Tamiya XF-56 metallic grey.  I added a brown wash to the engines but doubt it will make much difference as the cowls are pretty tight.  I intend to mess the exhaust up a bit after assembly.  I filed flats on the main wheels to give as bit of a weighted look.  The main gear struts will eventually be aluminum.  Not all that happy with the area in front of the instrument panel, just looks messy in the pictures, and the area closest to the panel should be very dull and it's not. Angry.  The parts breakdown on this kit makes assembly and painting very easy.  (Casts a frown toward the in progress Hobbycraft CF-105).

 

John

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

 

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Posted by cbaltrin on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 7:40 AM

Looks good John.  Do you have any experience with the LS 1/72 kit? Been thinking of getting that one...

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Posted by BrandonK on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 10:45 AM

Looking good, John. Don't beat yourself up on the instruments, the camera picks up far more than our eyes do. I find I like my work until I see it in pics, then I kinda hate it. Really does look nice.

BK

On the bench:

Tamiya 1/35 M4A3E8 "Fury" with crew,

1/32 Kittyhawk Kingfisher,

1/35 Meng Panther Ausf A Early,

1/48 Pro Modeller P-51C "Boise Bee"

2022 Completed:

1/25 Revell 29 Highboy

1/48 Tamiya Sea Harrier

1/25 Revell 70 Boss 429 Mustang

1/48 Hasegawa D3A1 Type 99 Val

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    December 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 12:03 PM

CB, I have an L&S kit, 300A No 2 is the number, if a Ki-46 II, is that the one you are thinking of?

And thanks to both of you.

 

John

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

 

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Posted by cbaltrin on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 7:31 PM

jeaton01

CB, I have an L&S kit, 300A No 2 is the number, if a Ki-46 II, is that the one you are thinking of?

And thanks to both of you.

 

 

On the Bench: Too Much

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Posted by cbaltrin on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 7:33 PM

Just curious about the LS kit in general  John, if anyone has built any version of it and what there toughts are. I found some stuff on goodle. Seems likea decent little kit.

cbaltrin

    jeaton01

CB, I have an L&S kit, 300A No 2 is the number, if a Ki-46 II, is that the one you are thinking of?

And thanks to both of you.

On the Bench: Too Much

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Posted by jeaton01 on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 11:39 PM

I'll get it out tomorrow and have a look.

I put the glass on the Dinah tonight.  Unbelievably I had to touch two of the small windows up to get them to snap in like all the rest.  Where is their quality controlBig Smile

John

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

 

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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, May 19, 2022 6:51 PM

Lol, gotta love Tamiya!!! 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Sunday, May 22, 2022 1:53 PM

Finally completed two other gb subjects and will start on my entry very soon.

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

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Posted by Gamera on Monday, May 23, 2022 8:34 AM

Sounds awesome Steve!

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by jeaton01 on Monday, May 23, 2022 10:17 PM

I got all the glass masked and painted IJA grey on the bottom.  Used some Floquil IJA Light Grey over a mottle of Model Master Dark Sea Grey.  I hope the light grey is dark enough.  This is the first IJA airplane I've built, after many IJN birds.  The bottom is almost all masked so maybe tomorrow I can get to the top side.  I plan on using Tamiya XF-13 for that.

John

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

 

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Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 10:31 PM

Sounds great John, looking forward to pics! 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by jeaton01 on Saturday, May 28, 2022 6:03 PM

Wait, there's more!

The painting is done and weathering has begun.  The wing markings were painted on, but I used decals for the aft fuselage and tail markings.  The decals were Scalemaster Invisiclear in this kit.  I sometimes have issues with Invisiclear decals but not so far, although they haven't reacted much to Microscale red bottle after the first application.

 

John

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

 

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Saturday, May 28, 2022 6:53 PM

jeaton01

Wait, there's more!

The painting is done and weathering has begun.  The wing markings were painted on, but I used decals for the aft fuselage and tail markings.  The decals were Scalemaster Invisiclear in this kit.  I sometimes have issues with Invisiclear decals but not so far, although they haven't reacted much to Microscale red bottle after the first application.

 

 

 

The paint looks very good John. I find Set and Sol useless on decals. Have been using Solvaset for decades and works every time in giving the decals a painted on look. Love using the product.

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

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Posted by jeaton01 on Saturday, May 28, 2022 10:42 PM

Thanks, Ernie.  I have a pretty good selection of sets and sols, don't really know why I go with Microscale stuff first except that it won't hurt the decals if they don't like strong solutions.  If I get really mad I've got some Walthers.  The decals have settled in pretty well now.  The panel lines are very fine on this kit.

John

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

 

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Sunday, May 29, 2022 2:18 PM

John you got me mixed up with Steve aka Modelcrazy. We have similar Eagle avatars .

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

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Posted by jeaton01 on Sunday, May 29, 2022 8:08 PM

Ah, sorry.  I knew I was going to do that someday.  Ernie, right?

John

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

 

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