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    Smokey reacted to dmthamade in Tamiya F-4J Marine VMFA-334   
    Pics show another variant of warhead used. Still debating whether to have weathered empty launchers, loaded launchers, one loaded/one empty...also shows the grime and dirt they accumulated, especially the inner surfaces of the gear doors. have found pics that show the doors and legs almost black from grime, guessing the pace of usage determines maintenance. I too enjoy the painting part, makes or breaks the build.


     
    This one was a lot of work, ended up with a ball of masking tape a foot wide, worth it in the end. Have most of the color on it, will apply the black and Corogard today.
    Don
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    Smokey got a reaction from Troy Molitor in So.... What is everyone drinking?   
    In these trying times have to support my micro brewery.  
     

     
     
     
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    Smokey got a reaction from John1 in So.... What is everyone drinking?   
    In these trying times have to support my micro brewery.  
     

     
     
     
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    Smokey got a reaction from Out2gtcha in So.... What is everyone drinking?   
    In these trying times have to support my micro brewery.  
     

     
     
     
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    Smokey reacted to LSP_K2 in Monogram '29 Ford Roadster Pickup   
    And yet more spoon tests, this time Tamiya clear red over Testors diamond dust (on the left), and Tamiya clear red over Testors icy blue, on the right (almost a cranberry color now), both clear coated and polished. To be quite honest, I really like both very much and have now recorded them in my spreadsheet for future projects that are sure to come up. Thoughts?

     

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    Smokey reacted to Subodai in Make the others jealous   
    I had the 0.08 to try, but when the set+ holder came up as a bundle I had to, and they arrived today.

    This kinda tickles my OCD bone in nice ways...


    I just wish there was a slot on top for their Decal Squeegee to live, (a game changer as far as decals are concerned for me).
    I have given feedback to Ed, perhaps he'll add a wee slot for it to lay on top
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    Smokey reacted to norbert in New F-18 seated pilot by Reedoak   
    Hello
     
    We did also different versions of the same F-18 US Navy pilot :





    at our usual scales
     
    cheers
    norbert
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    Smokey reacted to Dutch Man in F-4E Holloman / GAF Questions   
    Hello Phantom II addicts and experts.
    I'm looking for more detailed information on the planes by picture below.
    Already started a F-4F Phantom II (Revell Kit) with lots of improvements, especially the cockpit and front (AMS nose job).
    I know from the JG71 book by ADL, 10 F-4 Phantoms remained for training in the US. Assume they were still E or F versions?
     
    Holloman F-4 
     

     
    This one I don't know. But looks early Seventies by scheme.
     

     
    These planes, at least one of them I want to build, if they are E versions....
     
    Hoping for some answers,  they look the part to build.
     
    Robert Jan 
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    Smokey reacted to Jennings Heilig in Oh Why Not??   
    What if the Lightning had been a failure?  The RAF would have been scrambling around for a Mach 2 interceptor, and NATO had adopted the Zipper as the standard interceptor for the alliance!
     

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    Smokey reacted to ade rowlands in Wolfpack design - RF-4 conversions   
    They need to reissue the EJ-Kai set while they are at it. 
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    Smokey reacted to Uncarina in Polish F-16 Block 52: Tiger Meet 2015   
    Just a brief update for today. I started on the ejection seat. One of the things I find oddly fun to replicate is the fuzzy seat cushions. Others have used PVA glue with resin dust, but I like to minimize my exposure to the latter. Something I found by accident was that Tamiya Pavement Effect texture paint works really well. It acts like stippled Mr Surfacer, but is odor free and thins with water. Here it is shown with the completed seat from my previous Viper build:
     

     
    While that dries I moved on to the rest of the cockpit, focusing on the left sidewall. Both sidewalls had slight ejection marks, which I removed with a fiberglass pen. Once this was done I scratchbuilt the canopy ejection handle and canopy lock mechanism:
     

     
    Cheers, Tom
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    Smokey got a reaction from Uncarina in Make the others jealous   
    hey everyone got this the first day they came up on Sprue Brothers.  Since most everything is shut down I dug out one of my F-4EJ kits.  If I pull this off might have to wear  to look at it.  I did get pick up Mr. Color 124 Dark Green and Mr. Color 308 Gray for exterior colors.
     

     
    Dan
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    Smokey reacted to Pete Fleischmann in B-17 "909"   
    Why am I not surprised.
    there are so many bad players in GA.. I’m willing to give them the benefit of the doubt, but the warbird world is rife with shenanigans.hopefully this doesn’t affect those of us in the warbird world who are working hard to do it right-
     
    cheers 
     
    Pete
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    Smokey reacted to Fanes in Italeri TF-104G Marineflieger   
    HUD and instrument panel coaming
    As mentioned before way Italeri depicted the coaming and everything in front of the IP is a little disappointing.
    Some cutting and scratch building later:

     
    Some sanding/smoothing is still necessary but I think you get where I'm heading.
    The german Starfighters had an additional compass which isn't included in the kit. One of my Revell 109s generously donated one.

     
    And my first attempt for the coaming:

     
    I used the foil from a wine bottle which seems a tad too stiff. Can you guys recommend something else?
     
     
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    Smokey reacted to Lud13 in Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6 Revell 1:32   
    Hello guys
     
    I finished another Messerchmit BF 109...what else
    This is 109 Nr. 13 in my collection and its a Revell kit with mix of Eagle Calls and Hasegawa decals. Unfortunaly I had problem with EC decals, both number 7 decals along with two fuselage crosses just disengrated when put in the water. Luckily for me had Hasegawa boxing with same markings so I used those . That's why there is a slight difference in decal color.
    As for the model itself this is my third Revell Bf 109G-6 finished along with one G-10 and I really starting to hate that landing gear and prop assembly.
    Rest of the model is more than ok with exception of MG covers which I replaced with resin ones.
    Model painted with Model Master Authentic enamels with Valejo varnishes.
     
    Here are some pictures, hope u like the model
     







     
     
    One is Hasegawa kit ..Can u guess which one



     
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    Smokey got a reaction from Tnarg in Make the others jealous   
    hey everyone got this the first day they came up on Sprue Brothers.  Since most everything is shut down I dug out one of my F-4EJ kits.  If I pull this off might have to wear  to look at it.  I did get pick up Mr. Color 124 Dark Green and Mr. Color 308 Gray for exterior colors.
     

     
    Dan
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    Smokey reacted to dutik in Make the others jealous   
    Got some stuff from Hannants:
     

     
    These are Czech prop logos for my Avia and Letov kits. Now someone has to bring up also an Avia BH -5, -10. -11 or else. HPH, are you listening?
    The AML set is a different story: Ordered one directly from AML in Czech, but got the night figther variant delivered. Same resin and PE parts, but different masks and decals. Emailed AML about this but never got a response. Hannants to the rescue: They delivered as ordered.
     
    Also got this bugger from Hannants:
     

     
    The Schertel-Sachsenberg fast attack project. Not exactly an aircraft, but a hydrofoil - so it moves fast through the air (at least the most parts of it) and has wings too
    I want to build it as some kind of steampunk aircraft - with a steam engine behind the cockpit and dragonfly wings. It just had got THAT aerodynamical look and shape that is hard to resist...
     
    Regards
    - dutik
     
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    Smokey got a reaction from Gazzas in Make the others jealous   
    hey everyone got this the first day they came up on Sprue Brothers.  Since most everything is shut down I dug out one of my F-4EJ kits.  If I pull this off might have to wear  to look at it.  I did get pick up Mr. Color 124 Dark Green and Mr. Color 308 Gray for exterior colors.
     

     
    Dan
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    Smokey got a reaction from scvrobeson in Make the others jealous   
    hey everyone got this the first day they came up on Sprue Brothers.  Since most everything is shut down I dug out one of my F-4EJ kits.  If I pull this off might have to wear  to look at it.  I did get pick up Mr. Color 124 Dark Green and Mr. Color 308 Gray for exterior colors.
     

     
    Dan
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    Smokey got a reaction from Lothar in Make the others jealous   
    hey everyone got this the first day they came up on Sprue Brothers.  Since most everything is shut down I dug out one of my F-4EJ kits.  If I pull this off might have to wear  to look at it.  I did get pick up Mr. Color 124 Dark Green and Mr. Color 308 Gray for exterior colors.
     

     
    Dan
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    Smokey got a reaction from mpk in Make the others jealous   
    hey everyone got this the first day they came up on Sprue Brothers.  Since most everything is shut down I dug out one of my F-4EJ kits.  If I pull this off might have to wear  to look at it.  I did get pick up Mr. Color 124 Dark Green and Mr. Color 308 Gray for exterior colors.
     

     
    Dan
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    Smokey got a reaction from Michael931080 in Make the others jealous   
    hey everyone got this the first day they came up on Sprue Brothers.  Since most everything is shut down I dug out one of my F-4EJ kits.  If I pull this off might have to wear  to look at it.  I did get pick up Mr. Color 124 Dark Green and Mr. Color 308 Gray for exterior colors.
     

     
    Dan
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    Smokey got a reaction from LSP_K2 in Make the others jealous   
    hey everyone got this the first day they came up on Sprue Brothers.  Since most everything is shut down I dug out one of my F-4EJ kits.  If I pull this off might have to wear  to look at it.  I did get pick up Mr. Color 124 Dark Green and Mr. Color 308 Gray for exterior colors.
     

     
    Dan
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    Smokey got a reaction from chuck540z3 in KH T-6/Harvard Kicked Up A Notch: Apr 14/20: Finished!   
    Chuck,  another excellent build of yours.  Very bright aircraft you got there.  Dan
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    Smokey reacted to chuck540z3 in KH T-6/Harvard Kicked Up A Notch: Apr 14/20: Finished!   
    March 25/20
     
     
    I hope this update finds you well.  Thank goodness we have our hobby to keep us from going nuts while being stuck indoors.  Two more months of this and we might have record for completed models! 
     
    I’ve got this bird painted now, but before I show that, I was checking to see if the interior of the engine cowling could be seen from the front with the engine installed.  The answer is “very little”, but that’s also a little problem, because the interior is full of pin marks and 4 large tabs that hold the cowling together.  If you peek inside and hunt around you can find them, so that's good enough for me to eliminate them as much as possible.  Sanding off the tabs and filling the sinkholes is hard to do on the thin plastic without damaging it, so I set out to achieve a “good enough” job which also included the Eduard brass PE detail, just in case you can see it too.
     
     

     
     
    After paint.  I found the inside cowling color to be all over the map from Aluminum to Interior Green, so I picked Aluminum to highlight the added detail.  You won't be able to see the slight yellow over spray at the front when the cowling is installed.
     
     

     
     
    For the yellow paint I used Tamiya TS-34 Camel Yellow decanted from a rattle can, which is almost the perfect color of most Canadian Harvard Trainers.  Like most yellow paint, coverage over a darker base can be problematic, so I painted a white primer coat as shown earlier.  Even with the white base, however, I needed at least 5-6 coats of paint to cover everything!  Lots of paint fills lots of rivet and panel line detail, so I was quite worried that all this paint would ruin the fine detail that I created earlier.  However, everything turned out pretty darn good in the end, as the paint dried and shrunk into this detail after 2-3 days of drying time.  Whew!
     
    I now think this paint is made for mostly car models, where the focus is on a deep and shiny paint job.  I had the same problem with coverage with Tamiya TS-8 Italian Red a few years ago on my P-38L, where I needed a similar number of coats to cover.  Tamiya AS series of spray paints are made for aircraft and cover very well, but colors are limited, while the new line of lacquer paints in a bottle do not include Camel Yellow.  In any case, the TS-34 still worked very well as shown below.
     
     

     
     

     
     
    I am also pleased to say that I think I nailed the look of the ribbing on the elevators and rudder, where the rivet detail underneath is still there, but subtle.
     
     

     
     
    For the black walkways, I went back to my go-to method of using textured paint out of a spray can, in this case Krylon Fushion “Textured Shimmer”, rather than Rustoleum textured paint.  While effective, the Rustoleum paint comes out of the can a bit too rough for scale, so you need to sand it down later. 
     
    The first step is to mask off the walkways and then COVER EVERYTHING with a kitchen garbage bag, to avoid over spray.
     
     

     
     
    What do I mean by over spray?  THIS and it’s not for the faint of heart or without lots of practice.  After vigorously shaking the can, you spray in sweeping strokes and never directly at the model, which is why it’s all over the place.  The goals are even coverage and not too thick or thin.
     
     

     
     
    A closer look.  Some of this spray is clear, hence the blotchy appearance.  After drying for at least 15 minutes, I then sprayed a cover coat of flat black, then removed all masking tape within an hour of spraying.  If you leave the masking tape on too long, it may become impossible to remove, because the paint is very hard when dry.
     
     

     
     
    With such a high color contrast, I also used the kitchen bag method for the gloss black on the top of the front fuselage area, which was airbrushed.  You would think that this should be flat black as well to reduce glare in front of the windscreen, but all my references show that it’s glossy.  Note the subtle but very real over spray, which would be nasty on yellow.
     
     

     
     
    The results.  Note that I haven’t added any details like flaps, aileron control arms or antennae yet due to risk of breakage.  The front engine cowling is only dry fit.
     
     

     
     
    The walkways turned out just like I hoped with no sanding required. They are slightly rough, but to scale rough, but are also tough to photograph in these high contrast conditions.  I will add some pastels to them later to show minor wear at the end of the build, which will highlight them more.
     
     

     
     
    The gloss black turned out pretty good as well, which also helps to hide the crude fit of Part D5 to the front fuselage, which is the same demarcation line.  Note the brass cowling fitting at the top I added earlier.
     
     

     
     
    Other side…
     
     

     
     
    And top view.  Note that the angled front of the walkways are due to panel lines at the front I added earlier, which is why most walkways are painted this way.
     
     

     
     
    Another angle of the ribs on the elevators and rudder.
     
     

     
     
    And finally the bottom, where everything is yellow, including the wheel wells and rear flaps.
     
     

     
     
    Next up decals and other little bits.  I will be using the kit decals that I understand are quite good, but you don’t have much time to move them around much.  Thankfully with my second kit to replace the canopy parts, I have a second set of decals just in case I screw up one or six.
     
     
    Cheers,
    Chuck
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