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  1. After seeing multiple threads lamenting the lack of a 1/32 B model Phantom, I thought I'd start a WIP to show folks how to do it. There’s several ways to tackle it, none as daunting as it seems. I did a conversion back in the 2005 timeframe using the Tamiya F-4C kit. This go round, I’ll be using the F-4J kit, as I tend to think it’ll be easier in the long run. Either way, you’ll need sprues from both kits to do it, plus some cutting of plastic to get the thin wing of the B variant. If you go with the F-4C kit, you get the IR fairing and the correct burner cans. Everything el
    9 points
  2. I am weak. Very weak. Whilst waiting for the aftermarket canopies for Scooby (more on that very soon!), a very old itch became too intense not to scratch it (see what I did there? :D). Just as a little introduction to this project - Belgian master modeller and friend of mine Patrick Bouclans built a stunning 1/32nd scale EA-7L many moons ago - must have been around 2005 or 2006, shortly after the Trumpeter A-7 hit the market. This model was and still is an absolute gem and it was clear for me ever since that, I wanted to build a Twosair myself one day. Patrick's EA-7L
    8 points
  3. Some good news for me, since my F-5E build is now in the upcoming March issue of FineScale Modeler, with a kind of crappy screen shot below which is the best I can do. It was probably one of the worst kits I've ever built, so if I can get it looking fairly decent, this build should look pretty good as well when finished. Through lots of trial and error, I think I learned a lot about spraying a clean blemish free coat of gloss black lacquer on this Tiger, which I will need as a base coat for several different shades of Alclad metallic lacquers on this CF-104. Time will tell if I can match or
    8 points
  4. So, something completely different than LSP's. I've had this one on the shelf for a few years and it's time to get it done. So, here's to building the USS Franklin from the last Star Trek Kelvin timeline movie, Beyond! I picked up a few aftermarket items, listed below Tenacontrols USS Franklin Paragraphix USS Franklin PE JT Graphics photon launcher Green Strawberry Franklin bridge and accessories I haven't needed to do any soldering in years, so this is something really new for me (again). Thankfully, I don't seem to have forgotten every
    7 points
  5. Part 6 - THE EMPENNAGE I had built a couple of Tiger Moth kits in smaller scales, including John Adams lovely 1/48th Aeroclub one, before I became "intimately acquainted" with the real thing. So when I had the golden opportunity to crawl all over one, or "Fill your boots" as Annabel (one of the pilots) said, I was surprised, nay even shocked, when I saw this: I never realised that there were those yawning gaps between the fin and the fuselage, and the rudder and the fin. Equally: ......underneath the horizontal tailplane and fusel
    7 points
  6. Pete, Why don't you submit all of this beautiful build to KLP publishing so they can create an ebook of this build??? Pleeeeease! Tim
    7 points
  7. RadBaron

    Fiat G50

    That looks fantastic! Exactly what I'm trying to achieve, and i think yours probably looks more in scale than mine. Dust it off and get her across the line Thabks very much guys, I appreciate the support! This week has been a busy one, so not much bench time. A weekend visiting friends in Texas included some time spent aviating, backseating in this 1929 Curtiss Robin. Good Times! I got a few little things done on the G50, first up was a bit if tail surgery. The kit gives the option of long or short tail fairings, the ma
    7 points
  8. Archer Fine Transfers

    Welcome

    Figured it was time to make it easier for everyone to find what's new (and old) at Archer so here I am. Please feel free to post questions, comments and suggestions but keep in mind that I don't live on my computer so if I don't respond quickly it doesn't mean I hate you.
    5 points
  9. Dziękuję Thank you And a family photo PZL 11 III Cleveland 1932 and PZL P6 Cleveland 1931
    5 points
  10. Royboy

    Revell Hawker Tempest

    Yes, don't do it again or we'll send the boys round!
    5 points
  11. Oh, there is a tiny littly update as well. All manufacturers do the extremely ugly (yet typical) tractor front tyres which I don't like at all. Made a quick drawing of the also used "smooth" front tyres to fit the Reskit rims.
    5 points
  12. Thanks Alex. Like most print magazines, FineScale Modeler has undergone a lot of new changes lately and with the demise of Scale Auto magazine in October 2020, car subjects have now migrated over to FSM. With my focus on aircraft models and only aircraft, my interest in FSM has dwindled as more Star Wars subjects, Tanks, Figurines and now Cars fill the pages of the latest issues, including the March issue. Nothing wrong with this, since I believe most modelers are more well rounded in their modeling interests than me and FSM needs to cater to the widest range of modeling subjects in order t
    5 points
  13. Dandiego

    Delta Dart

    Well some progress on basic airframe construction today. Sometimes after pondering for a few days I just decide to cut plastic. Today was one of those days. One of the biggest hurdles was how am I going to attach the wings? They need to be level and well attached. I decided to use wooden paint stirring sticks from the hardware store. They are straight, rigid and lightweight. I determined where the wing should sit, red dashed line, and then cut some openings that would accept the sticks. Everything is just dry fitted for now but you can get a sense of what the final shape will
    5 points
  14. Just taken delivery of 2 sets of British 1,000lb GP bombs from Videoaviation today (6 retard, 6 freefall) from Italy. I have 3 words to describe them: out... stand... ing! They are cast in resin (for some reason I was expecting 3D printing) beautifully moulded in two main halves: bomb and appropriate tail with scale fins; the pouring stubs convieiently in the centre of the join area making removal / clean-up straightforward. They come with separate lugs to facilitate different bomb crutches, arming vanes and stencil marking decals. The profile of bomb and tails look spot-on If yo
    4 points
  15. Welcome to the forum! I LOVE DVIIs!! I guess it all depends on what level of detail and accuracy you are hoping for, and what kind of materials you want to use. At that scale, you could model every little whiz and bang!! I scratch built a DVII skeleton few years back in 1/16 scale, but my goal was to build it on the cheap out of stuff I already had on hand, specifically balsa, paper, and string - no plastic at all (I did have to cheat and buy some rubber O-rings for tires). I started with a really good set of digital plans, printed them out at the right scale, and started cutting p
    4 points
  16. Archer Fine Transfers

    Welcome

    For those of you who missed this in the Vendor forums, Archer is offering a $25 discount on our newly announced rivet skin kit for the Trumpeter SBD. Here's the link:
    4 points
  17. Well, that's really up to Pete! Kev
    4 points
  18. Rick Griewski, the man, the myth, the legend, sent me this! This is a recent photo of my receiving the gift -> Loud shout out to Rick. THANKS!!!! Thanks also to LSP staff and membership who put in effort soaked in kindness. If only the world was more like LSP. Life would improve for everyone. Thanks, Rick. Thanks, LSP.
    4 points
  19. I built this kit quite a few years ago now, and I'd generally recommend avoiding it if you can. Kev
    4 points
  20. LSP_Ray

    Trumpeter Wildcats

    Yes, I am. A FM-2 conversion of the -4. Researching the new Master Details Wildcat firewall as we speak.
    3 points
  21. LSP_Kevin

    Welcome

    Great to see you with your own space here, Woody! For those who were not aware, Archer has been an LSP sponsor for a while now, but this is the first time that Woody has elected to go with a dedicated sponsor forum. Kev
    3 points
  22. Some progress. Managed to assemble the fuselage. Straight forward, i first assembled the tail half parts to their respective front half parts. Airbrakes installed, they needed some work to fit. I drilled four holes into the wells so i could use a toothpick to push out on the airbrake while it set up, was able to have a flush fit. Did this with the gun doors as well. Fit of cockpit/wheelwells/intaketubes/engine was fine, fuselage assembly was straightforward. The nose gear is supposed to go in at fuselage assembly, i did install it but not the hydraulic cylinder or brace. I then simply retracte
    3 points
  23. Excellent Peter! Great to see another big Phantom being 'chopped up' and converted! I love the B's and N's and their schemes. I will enjoy following along. Bravo and great to have your build to keep me inspired too. Great and interesting start/read Cheers Anthony
    3 points
  24. I'm BUYING ONE for sure!!!! With all the figure painting and rivets?, yeah I'm getting one? Tim
    3 points
  25. My kit was missing one of the little stub antennas so I built a replacement for it. This bird had a lot of little antennas, pitot tubes, etc decorating it. In addition to the one I had to make, I did the four antenna standoffs on the underside out of 0.5 mm brass rod, because I was sure that the tiny styrene pieces that came in the kit would never survive.
    3 points
  26. Archer Fine Transfers

    Welcome

    Here's a LINK to the complete list of Surface Details that we currently have for aircraft. We also have this PDF catalog of all our Surface Details that you can download. The catalog has full size samples of what's on the sheet so you can visually match up what we have to what you need. First, download the catalog to your desktop and print it out full size. Once you find what you need, just click the illustration to be taken directly to that item on our website. Thank you!
    3 points
  27. Glad you are weak, Ben. Otherwise we wouldn't see this build unfolding. Great subject! Rainer
    3 points
  28. WE are WORTHY of your Book. (quietly ).
    3 points
  29. you guys are funny- ok...ok! I’ll give it some thought! I haven’t written a book since The Scale Hornet came out a few years ago- maybe it’s time to see if I can still do it- cheers Pete
    3 points
  30. LSP_Kevin

    Minicraft 1/144 MD-80

    I'm pleased to say that my Compass decals arrived safely from Hawkeye today: I also purchased some Compass decals for a planned A300 build based on the Airfix kit, but that will be some time down the track, as some conversion work will be necessary for that project. As for this build, the only progress I've made is to glue the tail cone together and attach it to the model, along with some judicious filling around some conspicuous joins: I'm at a bit of a loss regarding what colours to use for the livery, however. The decal instructi
    3 points
  31. second that I see someone posted before me, so make that: third that
    3 points
  32. That is a very good idea Tim, and a very worthy one at that. Derek
    3 points
  33. Awesome! Always glad to see new content go up there. I'm trying to create what amounts to an online library of paint mask resources, so the more the better! Kev
    3 points
  34. Matt, as lovely as the Greek ones are - in my case, it's always the wrong time to suggest anything but a US Navy or Marines version... As much as I'd love to, I can't sell any prints of this as I did not create the 3D files myself. I can offer you the fuselage extension and the canopy as I'll have to do that myself, but not the parts based on the files I have bought - sorry! I may redraw a correct intake with no sanding on the insides required, though as there certainly is a demand due to the Zacto kit being not available...
    3 points
  35. 3 points
  36. RC scale builder here, primarily of second world war types but not strictly so. I am most proud of my 1/8th scale -5K Hellcat which I scratch built from my own plans. Flies fantastic and I've had some contest success with it as well. I am still working on my weathering skills and envy much of the work I've seen on this site in that regard.
    3 points
  37. Small update .....I have been working on the intakes. It has been suggested to attach these to the fuselage sides prior to gluing the fuselage halves together vs Kitty Hawks instructions that have you do the opposite. This will be in a desert scheme from Desert Storm, hence the color on the intake spike(?) ...not sure of the proper nomenclature for the pointy thing ! KH provides intake doors that absolutely do not fit. I am plugging them with some sheet styrene pieces and puttied the back side to give them some support from the back. Will have to put a very thin
    3 points
  38. After more dry fits I was finding the floor fit to the port fuselage half not so good and realised it was the pilots instrument panel causing the problem. So off it came and any damage repaired. The floor assembly fits really nicely in to the fuselage now so nasty surprises once paint is on! Bomb sight computer added Think I have a plan now for the camera bracketry installation so it can be installed in place and then the camera fitted after painting. Regards. Andy
    3 points
  39. The glue securing the landing gear legs have been given a couple of days to cure so I can now put the wheels on. Since I have sanded flat spots on the tires to depict weight compressing the rubber, I have to make sure that the tires are rotated to put the flat spots in the right position. A quick-setting two-part epoxy such as JB Kwik Weld works well for situations like this as they give me a 2-5 minutes to make adjustments before the glue starts to harden. Mixing equal parts of the light and dark colored components yields a dark brown goop with the consistency of tooth
    3 points
  40. Thanks, goose. I finally got more paint and went at the wings. Got them and the fuselage detailed and put together. It's coming together now, with the larger assemblies being joined.
    3 points
  41. Dandiego

    Delta Dart

    Some progress. Here is my 3d printed cockpit shell and a pilot/seat combo meant for an F-105. The cockpit is rather tight and you can only see the top of the seat. I will change a few details of the seat to better represent an F-106. Here are some fuselage formers. The challenge is that each fuselage side is slightly different so that each side needs to done from scratch. 3d printed forward wheel well. Printing this part leads to strength, it is all one part, and squareness. I have added a hollow tube so that I can slide in the land
    3 points
  42. “When fear is new and the sight of death has novelty, men will buffet danger to test their strength. When the novelty has gone, replaced by confidence and determination, then operations become a challenge. Halfway through a tour, the end is still distant. Trip by trip the end is being overtaken but is still too uncertain to dwell upon. It is not until the remaining trips number only five, then four, then three, that their minds dare to compute the cold statistics of deliverance. With three more trips to fly, at three per cent losses, the chance is 108 to 9 of living. Then it is 108 to 6. And t
    3 points
  43. Work on this paused for more paint to arrive, but I have put together one more detail - the cockpit coaming. Heated and bent some styrene and added the rear part. Add some sewing thread. Paint and put it together. Until next time...
    3 points
  44. Hi JolleyRoger, I'm afraid the riveting is progressing rather slowly. I haven't stopped totally however, and can at least show you some work on the airbrakes... Theses are the Aires replacements for the Kinetic kit, which unsurprisingly don't fit the Hasegawa fuselage. So, I chopped out the kit bay and set to correcting it with styrene. The Sabres airbrakes are mounted at quite an angle which neither kit replicates. You can see how I have cut the openings at an angle to achieve this limp-eared look when they are extended. Lining the sides of the bay create
    3 points
  45. ivanmoe

    Kingfisher livery?

    Found a pic of a flight of Kingfishers apparently associated with Corpus Christi NAS: Any thoughts on what colors that we're looking at for the plane and floats above?
    2 points
  46. Also good is that the tailplanes are a clean enough fit that I am going to be able to paint them separately and install them later. Any shape complexity that I can eliminate gives me a better shot a clean gloss black undercoat for the NMF...
    2 points
  47. thanks Pete for sharing. he seems to be having an exhilarating time of his life. Great video.
    2 points
  48. dashotgun

    yellow three me 262

    I first started this in 2015-2016. I am now retired but work then was very draining and stressful( general surgeon working as a surgicalist in a hospital) So the ac got put away. It did not help that the fluorescent light in my diy spray booth fell off and knocked one of the engine nacelles off ocuh. I retired in 2017 but lost the drive to build along with many other life events(grandpa) I still participated here and meant to get back to it eventually. I took up the mantel and got back on the horse and finished it up. Thanks to Thunnus for inspiration David Brown for info on
    2 points
  49. And just when we thought it was safe..........
    2 points
  50. Dirty , Used and still totally lethal.. what a great picture
    2 points
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