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WIP: Monogram USA/USSR Missile kit 1:144

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WIP: Monogram USA/USSR Missile kit 1:144
Posted by Cheesenip1462 on Saturday, August 24, 2019 8:14 AM

Figured this was the best place to post this build as they are basically rockets. Anyways, I started on this old Monogram kit a few weeks ago just as a quick little build in between painting on a few other builds I've got going right now. I don't get a ton of time out here due to work, so it takes me a little while to complete builds, even small ones like this. I like to have something else I'm working on while I'm painting other builds though.

I started off on constructing the missiles, all but one of them being nothing more than 2 halves that are glued together. The SS-18/R-36M SATAN has 4 small engine that need to be added after gluing the two halves together. Everything went together wonderfully. 

Next I primed all of the missiles and the base which they will stand on. I didn't take any pics of the primed missiles as they look pretty much the same, except in grey. The base was done in MM Gunship Grey enamel, and the lettering done with Testors acrylic Gloss White. Here's the base before and after the lettering was painted. 

Before 

After 

Next came a few of the Russian missiles. I started on all of the Russian missiles that would be finished in Olive Drab. Those being the SS-18 SATAN, SS-17, SS-19, SS-20, SS-13 Savage, and the SS-4 Sandal. I got the base of MM Olive Drab on them to start, and then taped off the nose cones on the ones that needed it and painted them. After the nose cones were dried I moved onto the engines, which I did with a coat of Testors Gloss Black followed by a light coat of Testors Flat Steel. Once these were dry I moved onto the Soviet star decals, and this is as far as I have made it as of now. Probably going to start on the rest of the Russian missiles today. 

Will post more updates as I move along. Thanks for looking everyone!

 

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Saturday, August 24, 2019 9:52 AM

That takes me back. I was a big fan of all things space as a kid (born in 64). My money went towards Star Trek kits in my youth, although I did a corporal missile and a small scale command module many, many years ago. The corporal was Revell, and the other probably Airfix? something not of US origin.

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Posted by Cheesenip1462 on Saturday, August 24, 2019 11:08 AM

Very cool! I'm a huge fan of Star Trek, if you can't tell by the background, and a huge fan of all things space as well! I unfortunately missed out on a lot of the history of space flight that many of you guys were alive to witness, as I am only 29 years old. Old enough to live through a good portion of the space shuttle's history at least, and all of the incredible things that are happening currently! Debating starting school for aerospace engineering in the spring as well, if they will have me. lol. 

Small update on the build already. I got most of the other Russian missiles started as far as paint goes. I wanted to try and more closely match the color shown on the box art, and I wanted them to stand out from the base a little more than if I had just painted them Gunship Grey, so I mixed some Testors Flat Sea Blue with some Gunship Grey to give me a little bit more of a blueish grey hue. I think the color turned out pretty nice. Good enough for me at least. Not sure how accurate the color is as far as real world, but much of the research I have tried to do on these missiles shows nearly every single one in a multitude of color schemes, when I can find good, color images of them, that is. Just nose cones, engines, and decals to do on these ones now!  Here's a shot of one of them next to the base, as I thought it was a little difficult to distinguish their color on their own. 

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Posted by Cheesenip1462 on Friday, September 6, 2019 12:49 PM

Got all but one of the Russian missiles finished about a week ago. Just need to do the Kingfish and the Russian side will be complete. Decided to get a start on the Titan II this morning. Seemed easiest as far as painting order to do my silver sections first, then black, then white, but now that I've done the silver sections, I'm hoping I won't have any problems masking over the metallics. Had planned on doing them last because of that, but spaced it out as I planned everything out this morning. Brain has been a bit foggy this week due to being sick. Guess well cross that bridge when it comes. 

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  • From: Swayzee, IN.
Posted by Cheesenip1462 on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 10:36 AM

Been a little  while since I've updated this thread. Made a little more progress on this kit a few weeks ago. Been working on painting my Tamiya F16CJ in the  mean time though. Been beingkinda lazy about getting the last few missiles finished, mainly because I've been putting off doing the  masking for the stripes on the US missiles. Decided to mask and paint rather than use the decals provided, as I thought it would not only look nicer, but would be more gratifying as well. The masking sin't really hard to do, justtime consuming. Pretty happy with the result though!

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 12:42 PM

Wow, some of those appear to be quite sizeable missiles.

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Posted by Cheesenip1462 on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 10:00 PM

The Titan II and SS-18 both come out pretty close to 12 inches tall, if I remember correctly. I'll double check when I get out the tomorrow.

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