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Bamboozled by the Box Art GB 2023

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Posted by cbaltrin on Monday, October 24, 2022 7:23 AM

Ok, here is an update on the Fujimi -5 Corsair.  Major construction is done.  Has been  a pretty straight-forward build. Only real dissapointment with the kit is the canopy. Its' a one piece job , and like the Monogram F4U, the canopy frame is molded as part of the fuselage ...and the fit is pretty bad. I actually wrecked it and made it unusable while trying to fix the fit with some hot water. I am currently searching for a replacement.   The prop is also broken but that should be an easy fix..  I am toying with the idea of replacing the guns

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Posted by JacknewbIII on Monday, October 24, 2022 11:55 AM

Looking good on the corsair and thank for posting pics of the clothes pins. I have always wanted a non-plastic clip! Thanks for sharing the tip!

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Posted by cbaltrin on Monday, October 24, 2022 4:59 PM

No problem, note these are 'mini' clothes pins. Can't remember if I got them at hobby lobby or the dollar store..  The ones I have are like 1.5 or 2 inches long...

JacknewbIII

Looking good on the corsair and thank for posting pics of the clothes pins. I have always wanted a non-plastic clip! Thanks for sharing the tip!

 

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Posted by BrandonK on Tuesday, October 25, 2022 9:13 AM

cbaltrin

Ok, here is an update on the Fujimi -5 Corsair.  Major construction is done.  Has been  a pretty straight-forward build. Only real dissapointment with the kit is the canopy. Its' a one piece job , and like the Monogram F4U, the canopy frame is molded as part of the fuselage ...and the fit is pretty bad. I actually wrecked it and made it unusable while trying to fix the fit with some hot water. I am currently searching for a replacement.   The prop is also broken but that should be an easy fix..  I am toying with the idea of replacing the guns

 

Looking good. It's kinda nice to builid these 72nd kits as they usually go togther quickly. Getting to the finish line sooner makes me feel like I really pulled something off.

BK

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Posted by cbaltrin on Thursday, October 27, 2022 7:05 AM

Thanks BK, Agree with you totally!

BrandonK
Looking good. It's kinda nice to builid these 72nd kits as they usually go togther quickly. Getting to the finish line sooner makes me feel like I really pulled something off. BK

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Posted by cbaltrin on Thursday, October 27, 2022 9:05 PM

Got a new tool in the mail today so naturally I had to play with it...

 

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Posted by JacknewbIII on Monday, November 14, 2022 11:33 AM

Alright guys after somovid I am back at it. I have opened the kit, assembled interior, primed and coated the interior as well. I have to say I am not as upset with kit quality as I assumed I would be. Considering the $12 or so I spent I think this will be a gem. I am branching our into acrylics after the fall of MM and this is my first experience with Mission Models (Interior Green). I have to say it sprayed very nicely in the AZ dry air with no additives other then a little Vallejo flow improver. I will check back soon with more progress on the Fortress.

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Posted by JacknewbIII on Monday, November 14, 2022 11:36 AM

few more pics:

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Posted by cbaltrin on Tuesday, November 15, 2022 7:11 AM

Nice progress on the B-17  JacknewbIII.  Now do the kit decals look?

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Posted by JacknewbIII on Tuesday, November 15, 2022 7:43 PM

The decal quality looks pretty good to me. We shall see a bit down the road!

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Posted by cbaltrin on Thursday, November 17, 2022 7:19 AM

So here is an update on the Fujimi F4U-5N

1st , I had to buy a second kit as a wrecked the canopy of the 1st one. At least I would have a good propeller I thought... But No,  The 2nd kit arrived with a two bladed prop Crying.  Oh well, back to the original plan of fixing the 1st prop.. 

Since the kit comes with separate airlerons, I figured why not position the rudder and elevators as well. So I have been working on that. Filled in the gaps from the surgery with apoxie sculpt.  

Now I just need to find some replacement tires. Seems to only accuracy requirement for the tires in this kit is that they be round. Sorry, I did not get a picture of the tires..

FUJ-72-F4-U5-N-IW-081530

FUJ-72-F4-U5-N-IW-081545

FUJ-72-F4-U5-N-IW-081609

FUJ-72-F4-U5-N-IW-081054

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Posted by Glamdring on Sunday, December 11, 2022 3:28 PM

I picked out my kit, a Roden 1/72 Opel Blitz.  This one definitely fits the them of the build, as I bought it after I was looking through the art gallery of the artist after he was killed earlier in the year in Ukraine.   His name was Valery Grygorenko.

Not many sprues, but a there are  lot of very small and fragile looking parts on them.

Robert

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Posted by cbaltrin on Tuesday, December 13, 2022 8:58 AM

Interesting choice! Sad about artist though...

Glamdring

I picked out my kit, a Roden 1/72 Opel Blitz.  This one definitely fits the them of the build, as I bought it after I was looking through the art gallery of the artist after he was killed earlier in the year in Ukraine.   His name was Valery Grygorenko.

Not many sprues, but a there are  lot of very small and fragile looking parts on them.

 

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Posted by JacknewbIII on Thursday, December 15, 2022 9:34 PM

Good looking kit you picked Robert. You will do the artwork justice I am sure. 

Progress has been slow but I have the crew painted, glass in and some masking done. I am close to sealing it up and moving to the exterior. Keep up the good work here fellas and I will be back soon.

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Posted by BrandonK on Friday, December 16, 2022 3:26 PM

Put me down for a Tamiya 1/48 Bf-109E-4/7 trop. Should be a fairly simple kit except for the mottled desert scheme.

BK

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Posted by JacknewbIII on Friday, December 16, 2022 6:45 PM

Looking forward to seeing your work Brandon.

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Posted by cbaltrin on Sunday, December 18, 2022 11:53 AM

Roster updated Brandon.

JacknewbIII, B-17 is looking good. You are making some nice progress!

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Posted by PhilliePhan79 on Sunday, December 18, 2022 6:13 PM

I'd like to join with the Roden 1/144 B-36B.  Coolest box art that I have ever seen.  But the kit intimidates the heck out of me.  This could be the inspiration that I need.  

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Posted by cbaltrin on Wednesday, December 21, 2022 10:29 PM

Sorry for no updates in a while guys. have not done much on the F4U-5N since my last post. It has not been put on the shelf though -- it's still sitting right there on my bench! I warned AMS might set in and I have been tinkering with ways to replace the wing guns, which are just some plastic nubs so far as the kit plastic goes. I have removed them. Also need to scrape up some new wheels somewhere. Lastly, still brainstorming on how to fix this abismal canopy.  Might not have more progress on it until January-ish...  

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Posted by JacknewbIII on Friday, December 23, 2022 9:04 PM

What specifically is going on with the canopy? I know you lost one and had to get a replacement. Let us know and we will try to help out. 

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Posted by cbaltrin on Friday, December 23, 2022 9:56 PM

The Fujimi -5 corsair used the same approach as the Monogram -4 (mold the frame of the canopy as part of the fuselage and the clear portion as a separate insert. Well the clear insert fits horribly. I may have to live with it, or glue in on best I can and slap on a bunch of apoxie scuplt and try to sand it to correct profile, then paint the widows black. Or I can try to cut the frame out of the fuselage and fashion a vac u form replacement for the whole ball of wax... 

JacknewbIII
What specifically is going on with the canopy? I know you lost one and had to get a replacement. Let us know and we will try to help out. 

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Posted by GreySnake on Monday, December 26, 2022 2:11 PM

After thinking it over I will join up. Here is my entry a 1/35 A7V by Tauro. 

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This kit caught my eye years ago in the old Squaron mail order catalogs. The kit is pretty bad and has a lot of accuracy problems. I am going to try to build it OOB. 

 
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Posted by BrandonK on Monday, December 26, 2022 4:03 PM

GreySnake

After thinking it over I will join up. Here is my entry a 1/35 A7V by Tauro. 

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This kit caught my eye years ago in the old Squaron mail order catalogs. The kit is pretty bad and has a lot of accuracy problems. I am going to try to build it OOB. 

 

 

Problems smoblems, just build it. It looks cool. I can't wait to see it.

BK

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Posted by cbaltrin on Monday, December 26, 2022 6:58 PM

Ok GreySnake, Roster updated, welcome to the GB!

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Posted by cbaltrin on Monday, December 26, 2022 7:03 PM

Ok, Made some progress on the dash-five today, all via the magic of apoxi-sculpt. First I filled some gaps around the horizontal stab. Next,  I was having trouble installng the oil coolers in the wings since it's a loose fit and they kinda just fall out of the wing as soon as you slide them in, so I stuffed the cavity with apoxie scuplt first and then pushed them into place. Tomorrow I can sand and hopefully get the wings attached.  I think I will be ordering some brass hispano fairings and some resin wheels tonight. Still grapling with the canopy situation...

 

 

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Posted by Glamdring on Monday, December 26, 2022 9:37 PM

Jack, that bomber interior looks fantastic! 

Cbaltrin, Looks like you have that Corsair well in hand, keep it up!

Sorry for my lack of WIP updates lately.  I just never felt there was much worthwhile to photograph in this scale, and before I knew it the subassemblies were done and basecoated!

I was initially going to go with an Eastern Front vehicle, but decided at the last minute to go with the Afrka Korps markings.  

Robert

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Posted by GreySnake on Tuesday, December 27, 2022 4:19 PM
Started working on the A7V today with test fitting the armor panels together.
 
After the test fitting I went ahead and started gluing some of the hull parts together. I am going to let the glue set for rest of the day before gluing anymore.
It has a lot of fit problems and it is going to taking some filling an sanding to fix everything. I’ll also probably sand off a number of rivets that will need replaced. Speaking of rivets there are more than a few missing on the model that I’ll go ahead and put down.
 
 
The kit also includes an interior which is pretty much fictitious which I will not be including.
  
 
The model doesn’t seem to represent any A7V built by the Germans during WWI. Every A7V was unique and there were differences between each of them.
 
I am considering making a fictional  cannon armedA7V used by the Freikorps (German post WWI paramilitary). The Freikorps did have one A7V but it was only armed with machine guns. My idea is to paint it gray and put skull and bones markings on the front and side of the model.
 

 

 
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Posted by PhilliePhan79 on Thursday, December 29, 2022 7:08 PM

CBaltrin, could you add me to the roster with this B-36B from Roden in 1/144 please?  Thanks!

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Posted by Glamdring on Thursday, December 29, 2022 8:53 PM

The end is in sight for this...since Roden didn't see fit to actually include the decals referenced for the DAK vehicle, guess that is a step to skip.  

Robert

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Posted by cbaltrin on Thursday, December 29, 2022 10:12 PM

Blitz is looking good glamdring. Your almost there!

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