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  1. A little progress on Ju-88´s tail wheel bay. So of kit parts have to soft detail, I thought it is more covenient to reproduce them using soldered brass tubes. This week I´m planing to fisnish this sector of the model. and... Who told you, that you need to replace kit´s original Landing gear legs for those expensive metal LGL????
    5 points
  2. scvrobeson

    OrangeCon 2022

    The star of the show was definitely this beautiful 1/32 He-111Z scratchbuilt conversion. I took way more photos than I can post here, I'll include the full gallery at the end.
    5 points
  3. Dandiego

    OrangeCon 2022

    Here is the funny part. I don't think so. I was talking to others during the awards presentation, the sound system was a little weak, and I wasn't expecting to win so I wasn't paying attention. Pretty sure I didn't, competition was very good. But I definitely had a great time. Dan
    4 points
  4. Because of the way I've attached the wings to the fuselage (I glued the top halves to the fuselage then the bottom wing half to the top halves and the fuselage) I created a bit of a misalignment on one wing. I am getting around that (hopefully) by plugging the gun mounting holes with round rod, re drill them and then fit the guns. how they should be aligned; my fix (in progress) for the misalignment; now to drill new holes so I can mount the guns. Thanks for looking
    4 points
  5. Dandiego

    OrangeCon 2022

    Thanks for posting the pictures. I had a great time and got talk to quite a few other modelers. Dan
    4 points
  6. scvrobeson

    OrangeCon 2022

    Not to be outdone by the He-111Z, someone also showed up with a scratch-built 1/144 Tantive IV Blockade Runner, with lights and all.
    4 points
  7. scvrobeson

    OrangeCon 2022

    Our own Dandiego's wonderful vac/scratch-builds
    4 points
  8. scvrobeson

    OrangeCon 2022

    Yesterday afternoon, IPMS Orange County hosted OrangeCon at a new venue this year, a DoubleTree Hotel in Buena Park, CA. Nice venue, very close to everything you need. Lighting was a little strange, coming solely from the chandeliers. Caused the white balance to get weird on a few photos. Tons of great models on the tables in all scales. Mine didn't do well, but that's the nature of the game sometimes.
    3 points
  9. After a few months of break due to an accident, I come back with my first completed model. This time something more difficult, i.e. NMF, and a lot of burns at the engine. F-100C Super Saber Trumpeter 1:32 At the beginning, two photos of what is most difficult to do in this model. F-100C Super Sabre Trumpeter 1:32
    3 points
  10. scvrobeson

    OrangeCon 2022

    https://mattrobeson.smugmug.com/OrangeCon-2022/OrangeCon-2022-Photos And here's the link to the entire gallery for those interested in seeing the rest Matt
    3 points
  11. For those interested, here's some pictures that I grabbed of the F-35 kit at OrangeCon. My full show report will be coming later. Matt
    3 points
  12. Dear fellows here begins a loooong journey to build this model. Today the amount of after makets products to build models is impressive. If you´ll buy all the possible and usable aftermarket itens for a model for sure you´ll spent much more money than the model it self. For this I purchased master gun barrels for the machine guns, extra decal sheet from AIMS, resin wheels, masks, and seat belts form HGW and waiting for a QUINTA STUDIO decals to arrive. When I was going to look for more detail and accuracy, I found PROFIMODELLER itens, but my walet is empty, the US Dolar and Brazilian Real ratio is too high. Then I decided to start this project, by printing the screens from PROFIMODELLER web site, and producing my own parts using their buid manual. Sorry guys, yout price is fair, but my money is too short, hope you guys dont mind! Here goes what I´m doing so far. Hope you like it! To scracht build the tail wheel bay, I´m using plasticard and soldered brass tubes. More to come
    2 points
  13. ScoobyDoo

    Kotare Spitfire mk 1

    And only a few dollars less without tracking (worth the extra for the tracking). Looks like the shipping charge to Canada and the US is identical. I just preordered mine.
    2 points
  14. scvrobeson

    OrangeCon 2022

    The weathering done via splatter mask might be what's throwing you off. That was an interesting choice though. Matt
    2 points
  15. I just use my home printer, Epsom 7750, and it turns out great. I then put them in a 3 ring binder.
    2 points
  16. mozart

    Silver Wings Gauntlet II

    Been a while (busy on the golf courses!) but it's finally time to address the elephant in the room.....the engine and its exhaust ports! You'll remember the Silver Wings ones were too short and didn't quite reach the collector ring so I cut them off. Since then I've given shed loads of thought and several "experiments" with different materials including wire, resin, plastic and brass tube in order to solve the best way of replicating the distinctive appearance of the Gauntlet nose: I finally settled on 1.6mm plastic rod, having first fixed the engine in its position in the engine cowling. Only by firstly doing this could I determine the length of each piece of rod, it worked out at approximately 4.5mm, but it did vary slightly. 18 of these were required, final result isn't perfect but looks ok to my (only slightly jaundiced) eyes! All that remained then was the tripod arrangement in 3 positions around the engine/cowling: It all looks quite business-like, I'm looking forward to getting this onto the front end of the fuselage, hopefully on Wednesday.
    2 points
  17. Seen this week-end at the IPMS Belgium nationals 01/10/22. Daco 1/32 Fouga Magister test shot built by IPMS crony Bob Verhegghen. Modeled is the infamous MT-35, the only Magister to sport the SEA camouflage back in 1984.
    2 points
  18. Thanks for the encouragement! I've got a major step behindish me, the office has been installed, fuselage closed up, wings glued on and seam filling is underway. Tamiya light curing putty for a nasty big gap (although the only nasty big one) under the nose Thanks for looking
    2 points
  19. I'd take a lot lot of Mark Feltons output with a large dose of salt, his historical rigour is open to debate.
    2 points
  20. Here's another pic of the Katanga Magister.
    2 points
  21. LSP_Kevin

    OrangeCon 2022

    Win any awards, Dan? Kev
    1 point
  22. White Triple Chevrons 4 was a JG77 machine found at Arco-Philaenorum. I suggest when you research you look at the date of the work and not necessarily the volume of evidence.. This was believed to be a Rodel machine for many years but newer research has pretty much ruled out Rodel. The aircraft markings are more like JG77 and not JG27. I suggest you look at the books of Claes Sundin for other JG27 pilots
    1 point
  23. Day 3. After sitting in a box for years, I taped together the fuselage to train it so that months from now when I am ready, it will go together much easier than it did tonight.
    1 point
  24. LSP_K2

    OrangeCon 2022

    The Tomcat looks sort of strange to me.
    1 point
  25. It’s not hard to imagine that these KLP books about building one specific kit would be a tough sell in print.
    1 point
  26. Here is my Shackleton built oob with a few cockpit tweaks and the addition of windscreen wipers. Finished with Tamiya XF's and weathered with Flory wash and pastels.
    1 point
  27. Thank you, yes his build is awesome and inspired me to finally start working on my Kitty Hawk kit. and you are most welcome.
    1 point
  28. I am a government contractor helping to build the new US Space Force out here in Colorado Springs.
    1 point
  29. Everybody prefers print. But as you're discovering, print is a very expensive proposition, and from a business point-of-view, very risky. And it's also not adequate for the kinds of things I'm trying to do with our books. I published an article on the website back in 2017 that attempts to outline our business model: Why Digital? By way of contrast, however, here's a brief article about Jan Hendricks' getting his printed in hardback: https://www.klp.com.au/2021/11/28/printed-books/ Kev
    1 point
  30. LSP_Kevin

    OrangeCon 2022

    Some fantastic models there! Thanks for posting them, Matt. Kev
    1 point
  31. The Navy started painting exterior aluminum surfaces with silver lacquer as an anti-corrosive in 1937.
    1 point
  32. Daywalker

    Kotare Spitfire mk 1

    Just placed my preorder for this kit, very much looking forward to seeing what's inside when it arrives!
    1 point
  33. nmayhew

    Kotare Spitfire mk 1

    If their Spit is what we hope / think it is, then although not cheap it will be the definitive kit to have of an early Spit, hands down. On that basis, I think that with the exception of Tamiya late Spits, P-51s and F4Us, and GWH's P-40, they can go an produce whatever they want and whatever is there already is pretty irrelevant. I'm inclined to take Kotare over anything that anyone else has produced simply because in (WWII) 1/32 there are Tamiya's big 3 (4 if you include the Mossie), GWH's P-40 which by all accounts is excellent and then...not much...just a lot of stuff which varies from good but with heaps of build issues (yes that's you Zoukei-mura), good but super basic by today's standards (Hasegawa), good but basic (ICM)...through to hit and miss mediocrity i know all that sounds harsh, but I am benchmarking against say a Tamiya F4U, rather than a 25 year old Hassy 190. Commercially, if it was me, I would stick to mainstream WWII to boost the coffers and certainly wouldn't touch anything like the Hornet, but if they are a "whatever floats the boss' boat" kind of company then none of that applies anyway.
    1 point
  34. Hi again, It looks I will now have to share my time between that build and the Tunnan one. For whatever reason, the Venom is even less well covered by printed references than the Vampire. The Venom Warpaint did not really help. So, I ordered two other books. They arrived on Friday. They will be useful for the Venom kit I have and hopefully I got good pictures of the exhaust area. This will help!
    1 point
  35. Last thing for today: the wings. I already mentioned them. I had a closer look and can confirm my feeling. Assembling them as such is a license for a disaster! Fly is simply asking you for glueing both halves and adding them of the fuselage: And now look at what they are giving you to secure the seam: less then 2mm of plastic! No way! Moreover, there is nothing to strengthen the wings themselves. Just push a little bit on wing halves and you get what you see hereunder. Useless to say the wing seams will not live for long if you are simply handling the assembled kit a little bit! I got three different square section brass tubes to solve that. This should solve the three issues: strengthen each wing, ensure a strong bond with the fuselage and get a correct flat dihedral. This still needs some thinking as I want the weigth of such tubes to stay in front of the main landing gear as much as possible.
    1 point
  36. Ben, What an AMAZING and incredibly STUNNING Tornado. Very realistic indeed compared to the original photograph.
    1 point
  37. Good Luck Zorro. Pete set the bar REALLY HIGH with this build!!! Tim
    1 point
  38. Why would you continue to read a thread that you find to be boring? I recall that a few years back, I started reading a book titled "10 Philosophical Mistakes" (Motimer J. Adler), put it down after 15 minutes, never to pick it up again. A fellow author quipped that Mortimer's next book should probably be titled "How to Write a Book That People Can Actually Read".
    1 point
  39. According to the Airfix Forum, a build review is included in the magazine "Airfix Model World" which will be released Thursday, 06 October. Another contributer indicated on 23 Sep "I had a Zoom meeting with the Hornby guys earlier. Expect an announcement imminently". Based on this limited info, I would expect the release of the kit early October.
    1 point
  40. Personally, I think the second release is going to be another new tool, and not just a variant of an existing kit, especially one that everyone who’s seen the F-4B sprues knows is coming.
    1 point
  41. Pete, Yesterday was Day 1 of my MH-60G Pave Hawk II build. I also started with the figures first. Today I added my first Pararescueman and created a home made stand to hold them as I assemble them and later paint them. Your build of the HH-60G has motivated me to remove the dust from all the boxes and build a studio to finally begin my first build in many years. Zorro
    1 point
  42. Goodmorning, Campers! Work continues. Surface work and final joins of some panels. There were a few sink marks. Since I hate waiting for Mr. surfacer and other hot putties to dry, I added gouges giving black CA something to hold on to. A spritz of activator, and then sanding. I will say that I do love some things about this kit. I have perfect dorsal and ventral seams. Something I can never do on my own. But since all of the cement holding the halves together is on the internal frames, there is no rounded glue joint requiring scribing. Below, you'll notice a segmented line of black CA between the oil cooler ring and forward edge of the cowling. The reason is because the profile of the cowling didn't mate up neatly with the oil cooler ring. The problem was that I needed to push the cowling out to mate neatly with the cooler ring. Fortunately, I have some filo files that are curved at the ends. I was able to insert them though a gap in the top of the oil cooler and apply pressure and a few drops of black CA. Perhaps if I put all of the engine plumbing in, this might not have been necessary. YMMV. I have also been sanding the textured surface of the model.
    1 point
  43. Alas, this is only true in your part of the world. In Europe, you can generally multiply by 1.5.
    1 point
  44. added the photo etch cockpit stuff, airscale decals to the instrument cluster and some detail painting Thanks for looking
    1 point
  45. Ben The simulation of the ships angle as it lurches and gives it that incline looks very IMPRESSIVE. and the final product is superb. Your idea of a diorama suggests it will fit in perfectly with your unique model.
    1 point
  46. So are the figures painted correctly or not?
    1 point
  47. Some work on the pit has been nothing but an interesting journey. I'm raiding my spares bin for detail. White stryene strips place to floor instruments. I seat will be glued to the floor. 30mm cannon cover is an Aires resin for Bf109. The white rods on seat will be used to guide the harness in position. The mount in front of the rod is the trim wheel borrowed from an Bf109. Instrument panel smoothed to accept pe replacement. The Revell IP is almost identical size as the He100. Mount tabs are thin stryene strips for the dashboard comb. There's gonna be plenty of this action through out the fuselage assembly.
    1 point
  48. mozart

    Silver Wings Gauntlet II

    Not glued but just placed for trial fit: In order to get the gap that exists on the real Gauntlet: but get some sturdiness in the tailplane structure I drilled through the forward securing point and inserted brass tube, ditto for the elevator pivot rod:
    1 point
  49. Now that the flap bays are folded, I can do the same for the moving lower flap parts. I had to tackle the lower flap in stages as there are multiple folds and bends that need to be done. And fold carefully as the brass naturally wants to bend where there is the least material and those do not correspond to a fold edge. The back edge of the flaps needs to curve so a piece of circular plastic rod is used as a template. The back edge is secured with thin CA glue. Here are the flap parts before the mounting hardware is attached. The mounting tabs on the movable flaps fit into slots so the position is established. Small reinforcement plates are curved using the same plastic rod. The attachment hangers in the flap bays must be positioned carefully to match the tabs. The movable flaps look identical but they are not as the mounting tab positions are slightly asymmetrical. You can match the movable flaps to the correct flap bay by positioning them together... the mounting tabs on the moving flaps will line up with empty space on the flap bay, which will accommodate the attachment hangers. If any of the mounting tabs line up directly with a spar, the two parts are mismatched. So use the mounting tabs as a location guide when gluing in the attachment hangers. The movable lower flaps are now done. Attachment of the lower flaps into the flap bays is not 100% secure due to the flimsiness of the attachment hangers. The brass flaps are always more impressive unpainted than painted, don't you think?
    1 point
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