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  • Member since
    January 2013
  • From: Athens, Greece
Posted by Zvezda1980 on Saturday, June 18, 2022 3:08 AM

I return to this fantastic GB like the prodigal son (work trip absence Angry)

All builds in here are a true joy to watch (PJ this Instr. Panels haunts me....)

Below a fast track photo series of what was done.

A subtle attempt at riveting, proved too subtle and the things disappeared after a pass with 1500 grit Confused.

Landing light was made out of a piece of Tesa clear tape. The kit clear part was for the trash bin...

Joints were checked with black marker. After a light rub with IPA, it reveals the gaps one wishes to eliminate

Yellow and red was sprayed (Gunze acrylics) and masks were placed (Montex) for the Hin/ru's and tail marking (56th Regiment, Home Islands Defense, 1945)

Undersurfaces painted with Vallejo Aluminum

Top surfaces with TAM XF-13 faded with white and 1/10th of a drop yellow.

I hope to catch up the next weeks

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 7:54 PM

Welcome back Zvezda!!! Great job, she looks fantastic!!! Looking forward to seeing more! 

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

 

  • Member since
    January 2011
  • From: Commonwealth of Virginia
Posted by Tal Afar Dave on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 9:19 AM

Trying to upload an image to get into the group build.  I will be building the vintage Otaki Shinden, Allied code name "George" in 1/48th scale.  To be such an old kit, it has great, subtle detail and a limited parts count.  Let's see if the image loads!!  (Thanks Keavdog for posting an Imgur 'how to' elsewhere on the forums.  The cat is my chief safety officer, Spitfire.  He insists on inspecting each and every box, no matter what the size, for any potential hazards!!

2022 New Year's Resolution:  Enter 1 group build and COMPLETE a build this year!!  Why Photobucket did you rob me of my one Group Build Badge???  Must be part of the strong anti-Monogram cartel!!!

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  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Thursday, June 30, 2022 8:49 PM

Looks good Dave! I build that kit years and years ago- the Arii/Otaki kits are still solid kits today if a little Spartan on the details. 

I thought Spitfire was to scale there! Looking forward to you getting her built up. 

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

 

  • Member since
    February 2011
  • From: AZ,USA
Posted by GreySnake on Wednesday, July 6, 2022 10:13 AM
I’ve finally started working on my kit for the build. I haven’t had a lot of interest in building anything for most of the year till a few weeks ago.
 
 
For a refresher here is the kit I will be working on. I’ve never built a Pit Road kit before.
 
Here’s what comes in the box.
 
The kit has a very basic interior that would take a lot of scratch building to look presentable. Needless to say I’m closing everything up.
 
After a little work the body and turret are finished more or less. There was a very annoying seam down the middle of the turret. Everything fit together good.
 
Undercarriage assembled not fit problems just a lot of seams that needed removed and some filling done. 
 
The kit comes with a pretty nice engine even if it doesn’t fit together good.
 
Here is where I’m at right now.
 
The body isn’t attached to the undercarriage to make painting easier. There’s a some more filling that needs to be done on the front fenders and the headlights need attached. I should be able to prime this kit soon.
 
I can’t say I’m impressed with the Pit Road kit. For the price it was the molding in area’s isn’t the best with some soft details and annoying injection pin marks. I feel like this kit was designed by two different people. The molding is really nice in areas and parts snap together without glue and other areas parts don’t fit together well or the molding isn’t good.

 
  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, July 6, 2022 7:36 PM

Looks cool Greysnake! I've always liked the odd steampunk look of the armoured car though I've never picked one up. 

The only Pit Road kit I've built is their Kurogane, I don't remember any real problems with it though. 

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

 

  • Member since
    February 2011
  • From: AZ,USA
Posted by GreySnake on Wednesday, July 6, 2022 10:09 PM

Thank you, Gamera. 

The last few parts have been attached and the model is ready for primer tomorrow. 

Here’s a size comparison with a 1/35 figure. 

 
  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Wednesday, July 6, 2022 10:50 PM

Definitely Steampunk.  I don't think I'd want it on the side of a hill or in the mud.

John

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

 

  • Member since
    June 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Thursday, July 7, 2022 9:52 AM

Those are very cool. I too, thought it had a steampunk vibe too it. Cool kit.

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

  • Member since
    November 2008
  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Thursday, July 14, 2022 12:44 PM

Z, the paint looks amazing.

TADave, the George is a very good looking aircraft and very advanced for its time.

Snake, that is one unique looking armored car indeed.

Sorry gents but life got in the way and was MIA for a spell but time to jump back in this great GB.   I need to catch up on my entry so time to switch gears .

 GIFMaker.org_jy_Ayj_O

 

 

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

  • Member since
    August 2020
  • From: Lakes Entrance, Victoria, Australia.
Posted by Dodgy on Sunday, July 17, 2022 10:25 PM

Hi folks, just catching up. I haven't been able to do any work on the Kate for a few weeks, so have been spending some time researching interior colours and detail. So much good stuff has been happening on here whilst I've been gone though.

Glamdring: The camo on your vehicle came up great and the figures are brilliant.

John: I love the Dinah. It's a great looking model and I loved the comparison photo with the Zero, (which was awesome too).

PlasticJ: The pit on your Myrt is stunning. I hope I can achieve something similar with the Kate.

BK: Your Val is something else. What a fantastic job. All that masking would have done my head in.

Zvezda: The Tony is comming along really well. A great build and paint job

Greysnake: I love the armoured car and I'm in agreement with the others, it is rather steampunkish. It would be a fun subject to play around with and make it even more so.

TA Dave: The George is a great choice. I just finished the Otaki Spit MkVIII. It was a challenging build, but had some lovely panel lines and good shape. I also have their Val and Zero.

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

  • Member since
    November 2008
  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 7:46 AM

Thanks Dodgy! 

This is a beautiful kit but it has some VERY nasty wing root gaps specially near the rear of the wings that were filled with PPP and the larger gaps with stretched sprue. 

The rest of the kit is fitting together really well. I also got all the greenhouse masking done so the painting is very close. Wanted to wire up the engine but the plastic is so darn hard that 3 of my miniature drill bits broke so I gave up. It will be very hard to see anyway after the cowl covers things up.

 GIFMaker.org_jy_Ayj_O

 

 

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

  • Member since
    May 2004
  • From: Land of Lakes
Posted by cbaltrin on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 8:39 AM

plasticjunkie
This is a beautiful kit but it has some VERY nasty wing root gaps specially near the rear of the wings

Hey PJ, looking good.  Life's two greatest joys: root canals and wing root gaps..right?

On the Bench: Too Much

  • Member since
    June 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 8:46 AM

PJ, the Myrt is looking good. I used to break bits all the time until I found these wonderful bits on Amazon. They can be used with just your fingers or in a chuck. I have far more control with these than the ones in the pin vise. One of the best tools I've added to my bench ever.

BK

WayinTop 50pcs PCB Drill Bits Set Spiral Flute Carbide 0.3mm-1.2mm for Print Circuit Board Stone Dremel Jewelry CNC Engraving (5PCS Each)

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

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 10:22 AM

That's strange for a newerish Hasegawa kit.  Lovely interior.

John

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

 

  • Member since
    November 2008
  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 10:32 AM

cbaltrin

 

 
plasticjunkie
This is a beautiful kit but it has some VERY nasty wing root gaps specially near the rear of the wings

 

Hey PJ, looking good.  Life's two greatest joys: root canals and wing root gaps..right?

 

Ha ha, have experienced both.

 GIFMaker.org_jy_Ayj_O

 

 

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

  • Member since
    November 2008
  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 10:34 AM

BrandonK

PJ, the Myrt is looking good. I used to break bits all the time until I found these wonderful bits on Amazon. They can be used with just your fingers or in a chuck. I have far more control with these than the ones in the pin vise. One of the best tools I've added to my bench ever.

BK

WayinTop 50pcs PCB Drill Bits Set Spiral Flute Carbide 0.3mm-1.2mm for Print Circuit Board Stone Dremel Jewelry CNC Engraving (5PCS Each)

 

Yes looks like the ones I got from Harbor Freight but they snap very easily. Gonna order the larger set. Thanks for the link!

 GIFMaker.org_jy_Ayj_O

 

 

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

  • Member since
    November 2008
  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 10:36 AM

jeaton01

That's strange for a newerish Hasegawa kit.  Lovely interior.

 

Thanks John. I was very surprised to have those gaps since everything else has been fitting very well.

 GIFMaker.org_jy_Ayj_O

 

 

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

  • Member since
    August 2020
  • From: Lakes Entrance, Victoria, Australia.
Posted by Dodgy on Monday, July 25, 2022 6:23 AM

Not much to report, but I have made a start on the Kate. Can't work at my bench cos the heaters busted up there and it's bloody freezing, so I'm working on the dining room table. Hope to have more done in the next few days.

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

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Monday, July 25, 2022 7:46 PM

PJ & Ferg: Those look great guys!!! Yes

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

 

  • Member since
    January 2013
  • From: Athens, Greece
Posted by Zvezda1980 on Saturday, July 30, 2022 11:58 PM

Good day to everyone

After various delaying incidents, I managed to finish this

Below some photos of the completed kit. This time I even placed an antenna wire (hair pinched of my girlfriend, who was very pleased to support the Home Island Defences Black Eye

All weathering was done with dry pastels and was applied sparingly, as this is supposed to be a relatively new machine. Only the drop tanks were treated as something that all ground crews throw around without caring.

  • Member since
    November 2008
  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Sunday, July 31, 2022 8:37 AM

Zvezda1980

Good day to everyone

After various delaying incidents, I managed to finish this

Below some photos of the completed kit. This time I even placed an antenna wire (hair pinched of my girlfriend, who was very pleased to support the Home Island Defences Black Eye

All weathering was done with dry pastels and was applied sparingly, as this is supposed to be a relatively new machine. Only the drop tanks were treated as something that all ground crews throw around without caring.

 

Cool looking late war machine. Great paint work Z. Beer

 GIFMaker.org_jy_Ayj_O

 

 

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

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Sunday, July 31, 2022 11:33 AM

Looks great, Zvezda.  Nice variation in the finish.

John

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

 

  • Member since
    May 2004
  • From: Land of Lakes
Posted by cbaltrin on Sunday, July 31, 2022 1:16 PM

Zvesda1980, Really nice looking Ki-100 you made there. You did a bang up job on that canopy!

On the Bench: Too Much

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Monday, August 1, 2022 10:28 PM

WHOA!!! Great job there Zvezda!!!!

Lemme get you posted! 

And thanks for joining us- always great to have you along for the ride! 

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

 

  • Member since
    November 2008
  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Wednesday, August 3, 2022 4:54 PM

Myrt has her colors on. The segmenred greenhouse took some patience to mask but came out looking good. More to come.

 GIFMaker.org_jy_Ayj_O

 

 

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

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Thursday, August 4, 2022 10:09 PM

PJ: She's coming along nicely- the canopy looks perfect! 

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

 

  • Member since
    August 2020
  • From: Lakes Entrance, Victoria, Australia.
Posted by Dodgy on Friday, August 5, 2022 5:40 AM

Zvezda that is a masterful piece of modeling old mate.

PJ the colour looks good and the canopy is superb.

Cheers

Ferg

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

  • Member since
    November 2008
  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Friday, August 5, 2022 8:23 AM

Thank you fellas. I need to go back and retouch some areas on the fuselage. I will try to do that this morning since its overcast which keeps my garage where I do my painting somewhat with a bearable temperature otherwise it feels like a freaking oven when the sun is out. Kind of hard to do fine detail painting when one is melting away with heat. 

 GIFMaker.org_jy_Ayj_O

 

 

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

  • Member since
    June 2014
Posted by BrandonK on Friday, August 5, 2022 8:56 AM

Zvezda1980

Good day to everyone

After various delaying incidents, I managed to finish this

Below some photos of the completed kit. This time I even placed an antenna wire (hair pinched of my girlfriend, who was very pleased to support the Home Island Defences Black Eye

All weathering was done with dry pastels and was applied sparingly, as this is supposed to be a relatively new machine. Only the drop tanks were treated as something that all ground crews throw around without caring.

 

Great job, Zvezda. She's a beauty.

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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