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  1. And so my Hasegawa 1/32 Fw 190 D-9 is finished representing Red 1 of JV 44's protection flight and flown by the the Staffel Kapitan Lt. Heinz "Heino" Sachsenberg (104 victories). The models was finished in Mr Paint RLM colours which were a joy to use and the decals were by EagleCals. This model was supposed to be a straight from the box quick build a year ago - but instead became a money magnet! After market sets used were the following Quickboost props Quickboost Super-charger intake Quickboost exhausts Aires cockpit Aires main gear bay Barracuda wheels Eduard canopy mask Edua
    23 points
  2. Browsing the net for pics of Argentinian wartime Mirages, i stumbled upon pics of a 3D printed Pucará, the groundattack plane used in the Falkland/Malvinas conflict in 1982. It was 1/64 scale.....wait a minute, maybe i could get it double the size? I mailed the attached email and a guy named Luis answered. he is from Venezuela. We sent a few mails and he said he would be willing to modify the 3D files for me and have it printed by a friend (that luckily lives in Europe, better yet in Austria!) for the moderate sum of 110€ including shipping. i jumped at the opportunity, since i
    18 points
  3. Thanks, Anthony! I've got the fuselage together now, so I can show you what are hopefully some images that more represent the final result. Again, all much larger than actual size. I need to install the instrument panel next, and then firewall: Here's a quick test-fit of the new spine parts: And below you can see the rough proximity with the seat: I feel much better about this build now, as you can see it all coming together, and everything is starting to work. Kev
    18 points
  4. BTT! Hey all, the question above still stands, if anyone has the answer. Otherwise, minor updates as I’m kind of on pause while Woody does some work on the rivet set. Assembled the main gear, thanks to Synthetic Ordinance Works. The oleos look GREAT with the real metal showing. I thought I had a problem with the left gear leg, but it turns out that Trumpeter molded the opening in the gear bay on an angle, at least on mine. See below picture of the strange kick out of the wheel. Easy fix though. Also started painting up the propellor, using Alclad chrome for the
    17 points
  5. Not sure if it has been discussed anywhere else, but working on the new kit, It is made of ABS (or something similar) and normal styrene glue will not work on it. I was a little suspicious of the plastic it is made of when the sanding dust smelt like the same plastic that I use in my 3D printer, ABS. This was confirmed when parts that I thought were glued together started to fall apart or pulled apart with ease. I used Revell Contacta and Tamiya Extra thin, and both of these failed. I have subsequently started using glue that lists its ability to bond ABS plastic and h
    16 points
  6. easixpedro

    EA-6B Prowler

    Ok folks, small update. Started a new job on Monday, which means a lot less travel. As such I managed a few hours at the bench the past week. Started planking in the nose section. You can see the graceful lines starting to come out. Not many would say that about a Prowler, but I'm here to tell you that girl had curves! Here's a real blurry pic to show the process. Didnt realize it was blurry till I'd uploaded it, and after I'd primed it... Here's the other side. You can see I kept the kit pieces that will allow my to use the kit's windscreen. Trying to
    16 points
  7. wings fold additional set http://infinitymodels.cz/2020/09/17/sb2c-4-helldiver-1-32/
    16 points
  8. Well, the big Trumpy Avenger is done. For those that have followed this build it has been an adventure. Her she is in her glory, warts and all...
    15 points
  9. So I think this is a wrap for this model. I'll post the usual iPhone photo on messy bench for the record here, but I am going to try to do a better RFI. I ordered a cheap gray tablecloth from Amazon to use as a visually neutral backdrop, and I dug out and charged up my Cannon DSLR (which I don't think I've touched in 3 years). I'm going to try and make some better looking photos to document the completed model. Next up will be a Ki-86a IJAAF trainer (a license-built Bucker Bu131) over in the Training Day group build forum! I am excited to get started on that.
    15 points
  10. Proof of life- actual work that pays money has gotten in the way of this build lately.. but when I’m home I usually am able to find some time everyday to run a few rows of rivets- about the only place I see any hint of carrier film is over the filler- cheers Pete
    15 points
  11. Big update.. Wingfold has lots of PE.. Techmod masks for outside, insides were done using the carrier as a template MRP paint was used... Jig required to set wheels plus brake lines added to gear: Techmod decals were used, some finesse was required for the port side insignia to fit over the air vent scoop as solvaset had zero effect on the decals. Walkways were done using ammo paste.
    14 points
  12. Sorry Guy's I've been off the 'Dragon' for a while, working on other projects... I also had to find a proper blue for the fuselage, but it turned out not to be as easy as I thought. (Ordering paints and testing them, wrong color! Ordering new paints etc...) I finally settled for Vallejo Game Color 72.019 Night Blue. Not too green or violet, I think it's very close to the 'OY-DIN' blue. Next up will be painting the letters on the fuselage. So, I've started working on the vinyl masks.
    14 points
  13. this was my side project during the summer I don't have any special interest in Bf 108 but the Eduard boxart caught my attention and I really liked the fact that it was released with all AM I have used only reference pics available on web Painted with MR Paint, weathered with different AMMO stuff thanks for looking jan
    14 points
  14. Pastor John

    Fw 190 D-9 JV 44

    Thanks Sandor - finished the matt coat on the top after you left - final assembly stage coming up!
    14 points
  15. My first Bf 110. 1/32 Revell kit HGW Seat belts & wet transfers All colours MRP Finished.
    13 points
  16. Hi All, As said, sides are too thin: So a little more...
    13 points
  17. After that long while spent correcting my own mistakes, I needed some motivation going on, so here 's where I am now. Tail, AAR probe & canards are dryfit only That finally looks like a Kfir C10
    13 points
  18. Thanks for your various comments, fellas. It's very slow work at the moment, as I find myself making and remaking detail parts, and trying to figure out the best way forward without snookering myself. While I was making the seat, I also made a new control column, since the kit ones are a joke: Most of the rest of my time has been spent on detailing the cockpit, and it's a bit of a mess, really: Apart from some airscale photo-etched levers and a bezel piece, it's all scratch-built, and based on what I could glean from various photos.
    13 points
  19. Haha had a brain wave - after all these years modelling and never enjoying putting the decals on the fuselage almost vertical surface - especially on larger models it only just dawned on me yesterday to stick one wing in a box of packing chips - perfect solution, more control of positioning and pooling of set and sol fluid - and in the case of panels that are loose but need the decals on them - perfect stability! Feeling very intelligent at the moment. Also I am really happy with my AIMS oleo leg/wheel markings - the silver detail is fantastic and shows up well. Two models can be made from one
    13 points
  20. September 23/20 I skipped Step 28 earlier, so here it is. This is a navigation light of some kind on the bottom of the right wing. The instructions are a little confusing, so here are my modifications as follows: 1- Trim and dry fit the light (K6) within the wing, because it fits poorly. You don’t want to be fiddling with this part after painting. 2- Using clear acrylic red and green paint, paint the back of the lights as instructed with a brush, but only to the first recess, not the second. 3- When dry, paint the back of each ligh
    12 points
  21. And then with the wingtips extended and cowling buttoned up, as spotted on deck prior to the raid on Pearl Harbor. (the extended version of the wingtips has too thin a coat of paint on them. I will fix this at some point...) And one of the undersides, for completeness
    12 points
  22. Thanks once again, Brian and Spyros! I can at last show some progress with the painting. I've been reliably informed that RAAF Tiger Moths were painted silver inside the cockpit area. I'm also pretty certain from photos that the internal framing on the added cockpit windscreen and hood were painted the external colour - in this case, Foliage Green. I decided to proceed with the idea of silver below the cockpit sills, and Foliage green above them, and ended up with this: Unfortunately there's not much going on in a Tiger Moth cockpit, so the result is a little underwhelming in
    12 points
  23. Thanks again all, I was back on the Toryu last night, and now have something much more resembling a plane. There are a massive amount of parts in this kit, and initially I was fearful it could lead to horrible fit. This may be true if you rush and/or don't align parts correctly, but in the end it all seems to work out. The top wing halves were glued on, then the top and bottom wing root fairings were glued on followed by the firewalls and horizontal stabilizer (vertical stab and rudder are just setting on top of the glued on horizontal stab). Much more plane like now:
    12 points
  24. Because I want to build my F/A-18C with the wing folded, the plastic parts of the kit are just awful and the way the wing's sections fitting leaves a huge gap that is absolutely unrealistic.. so, I decide to trash the kit parts and scratch build the new ones. Here the result. CIAO! Piero
    12 points
  25. Thanks very much Anthony, I was dreading that portion of the build but it actually was rather enjoyable. Nice distraction from all the madness that 2020 is throwing at us. Still just doing some small sub-builds. I completed the cannon bay doors. Went heavy on the weathering, from the few pics I've seen of the interior of these on the real thing, they got pretty grungy. Tamiya never ceases to amaze, they included the the tools used to disassemble the cannons as PE parts! Next up is the canopy's interior framework. Here's a picture of this area on a Mossie bein
    12 points
  26. The beginning of the end.....(back end LOL) Seems to be fit issues in this area on other peopled builds, I see what it is and can address it. A spacer in the back to line the lower piece up with the upper piece should do it. This is just sitting here, nothing glued
    12 points
  27. Juggernut

    RBG Gone....

    Ruth Bader Ginsberg , United States Supreme Court Justice, passed away today at her home from complications associated with pancreatic cancer; she was 87 years old. Know of her or not, she was involved in most, if not all, Supreme Court decisions, some landmark decisions, in one way or another since 1993. It's a sad day in the US for any of us who even remotely follow US jurisprudence. I personally admired her for her tenacity and dedication to her profession. I never had an opportunity to meet the lady but we, in the United States, are better for having her on the Court.
    12 points
  28. So I took your advice Albert and got back to work, as I had spent a long time on that heat shielded area and figuring out how to modify it. Just finishing off the back end before I cut it off. I posted this side because I am waiting for some superglue to dry on the other side to fix a panel line that shouldnt be there (looking at a drawing and not photo's). For those who know your Brit Phantoms, after seeing this will know which version I am now building Not much of an update....but progress is progress! Cheers guys An
    12 points
  29. Most of the remaining bits are now installed. The screw and captive nut scheme Tamiya cooked up to attach the main landing gear legs works better than it has any right to. Definitely impressed. On the flip side, the little covers that slide in to complete the wing leading edge over those screw heads (and the wing cannons) are overly wide and required a surprising amount of sanding to fit (note to future builders, test fit and get this adjusted before painting). I spent a long time getting the PE cowl flaps installed. While I love the scale look of these things, the
    12 points
  30. A.M.U.R. Reaver will offer new PE Set next week. There is set of four patterns for different effects, from fine regular grains to irregular stains and splashes. I "played" them yesterday using 1/24 P-47 wing for metallic paints effect test. They are very thin and flexible but very robust, because they are made of 0.05 mm stainless steel and will serve all the lifetime.
    11 points
  31. We take a look at the Sea Gladiator variant of the excellent ICM Gladiator kits. Blue skies! Iain
    11 points
  32. 43 Squadron(XV571)Derek, low Viz grey, large black and white checkered tail, but with the spine ones overpainted. I have decided to do her right before she got another paint touch up and the checkers on the fin replaced by 2 rows of black and white checkers. By then she was just starting to get a bit scruffy in the paint, but nothing too bad, a few repaint touch ups, staining etc.... Just before I went to bed last night I had an idea! See below... Now, I dont know if this will work but I have a spare part coming from Albert D and so all wont be lost. Having his part
    11 points
  33. Hi guys, now that my exam and other social commitments are over I am about to commence building a Twogar for this GB. As this is my first resin kit I will take it slow, so no guarantees it will be finished by then. I may also ask a lot of questions relating to building techniques for this medium. Ok, so the version I am going for is the Twogar as stationed in NAS Atsugi, Japan - making Bu No 147413. Got the kit and using Naval Fighters number sixty-eight by Steve Ginter as main reference. Any AM and upgrades used will be discussed as I go along. Pictures t
    11 points
  34. Onto her undercarriage. After the weathering I treated the model to a coat of Tamiya TS-80 matt clear decanted from the rattle can, slightly thinned with Tamiya lacquer thinner and then airbrushed on. The result is a noticeably lighter grey with a slight satin sheen. I'm happy as it is : Undercarriage took a whole hour to get in place : And with wing tanks on : The artificial light is messing with the photos. The closest colour in reality is what you see on the right wing in the image above. A nice faded gr
    11 points
  35. Thanks! Today update. I will exchange the exhausts for Quickboost.
    11 points
  36. Hi to all we pick up where I left off. correction of DB 605 / A engine calenders: I make a thin strip from the sheet of metal to finish the internal moldings and then fix them correction of the external fins of the cowlings: those of the kit appear slightly undersized creation of the closing rails for the cowlings stops: The idea is to be able to insert the cowling on two self-made tracks (as in the real model) so that it can be held without gluing it and to be able to optionally open
    11 points
  37. The fuselage is coming together, though the cockpit framework is impractical (at my skill level) to make as per kit instructions! The combination of some warping, of tight tolerances and incompetence means that I'm taking a pragmatic approach of not bothering with the cross members (all the bits at the top) which in truth won't be seen but which are there to give structural strength......in theory.) So I'm just doing the two side frameworks with seats attached and that does away with all my lining up/squareness issues.
    10 points
  38. There has been a lot of talk about the hobby going away. While it is true I see a lot of gray hair at model shows, I can't be happier right now with the availability of product. Some of the nicest kits I have imagined have come out in the last 10-15 years. Right now I'm working on a 1/72 Space:1999 Eagle from the new kit. It is not only totally accurate but everything fits like a glove as well. Although I'm sad about Testors paint being scaled back or cancelled, there are a ton of great alternatives. In fact I'm using craft acrylics to paint my Eagle. It took hou
    10 points
  39. Jennings Heilig

    RBG Gone....

    The saddest news I could imagine today. 2020 sucks the big weenie.
    10 points
  40. Our web is still in progress, will also be in English and will have e-shop. Please be patient.
    10 points
  41. Jennings Heilig

    Operation Bolo

    Consider this preliminary, but probably about 98.8% there. There will be a Part B sheet containing national insignias, "USAF" for the lower wing (which were overpainted on these jets, but still visible on some of them), turbine stripes, and a few other odds and ends. But this is all of the individual subject-specific stuff... There's a lot more work to do on the project, by my goal is to get it to Cartograf for printing as soon as earthly possible and to have them back before the end of the year. That's subject to a number of factors outside of my control however, so no promises. Not sure
    10 points
  42. I went ahead and lightened up the panels above the titanium area and it does look better. I also went over the way too dark touch up looking paint top and bottom and it's now really subdued and just look like pre-shading in those areas. It's just enough to show a bit of a difference. Much better to my eye.
    10 points
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