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About tucohoward

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  1. A little more progress on this thing and some lack thereof. Master barrel for the rear MG-15. Love their stuff. Now I will also have to use at least one of their MG-17 barrels on the most protruding of the nose guns. Snapped it off for the third time and couldn't find it this time.Masked and painted swastikas on the tail. Dragon does not supply those on the decal sheet. Noticed the S decal on right side is crooked so was able to remove it and will use mask and paint to repair. Installed the Quickboost exhaust so now I think I am ready to finally attach the wings. Maybe not quite as I want to deal with the canopy while it's in this more manageable state. Jay
  2. They are for the Revell 1968 Hemi Dart. An accurate Hemi Dart is my Holy Grail of modeling. The Revell kit is a good starting point, I’ve started it about 5 times so far. I find car models to be the least realistic of the genres so it’s been a challenge.
  3. This one is coming along. Due to the size I have been painting it with the wings off. The fit of the wings is very good so should be able to install them later with a little touch up. Did add a thin shim to the front of the right wing but that was all that was needed. The wasp decals on the nose were a challenge. I did have to sand and paint in spots but I think they are ok. A combination of MRP and Mr. Color paint. Jay
  4. Really nice work, Antonio! I like it a lot. Jay
  5. Been wanting to do another one of these since I built the nightfighter version a few years ago. Found one for $50 at the Nats so figured it was time. Probably will go with kit markings as I like the wasp, but will probably go with masks for the rest of the markings. Most of the riveting is done with my usual beading tool method. Just a few things left that need to be done after more assembly. I have been working on the cockpit as well. Airscale decals for instruments and placards. They make a huge difference. Eduard PE belts. The rest is just the kit parts. Was hoping to get the fuselage closed this weekend but not looking good for that. Cheers, Jay
  6. Looks great, Mike. Looking forward to this project. Jay
  7. Lynn is noted authority on 109’s. He has published books on them and the 109 Lair is his website and is a friend of mine, so I respect his opinion. Personally I am not as concerned as a lot of people are about accuracy as long as it looks good to me. We all want different things from a kit. You like detailed wheel wells and for me that’s the one area on this kit I have never used any AM. Nobody ever looks at them. Jay
  8. Almost forgot about accuracy. It’s not too bad. Per Lynn Ritter the only accurate 109 in 1/32 is the Dragon E-4. Jay
  9. Hi Gaz, being a 109 guy I have built all of them and for the F/G/K models I much prefer Hasegawa. Probably more AM available for this kit than any other ever made. Still looks like a 109 without any of it though. Very simple build.. Jay
  10. Beautiful work, Matt. I love it! Jay
  11. Hi guys. It's been a while since I have been posting here but I have been building and trying to keep current on the forum. This is my most recent build which I just finished Saturday morning along with 12 hours on Friday to get it ready for the NoVa IPMS show on Saturday. Didn't really have time to look it over too closely yet but am happy with the result. Had a few issues with decals as I almost always do and ended up having to mask and paint the rudder and the upper wing roundels. I was most happy with the wing roundels as I used a circle cutter for the smaller rings but the cutter would only do 50mm max and I needed 52mm for the outermost 1mm white ring. I ended up clamping a #11 blade to a compass to cut it. Still surprised it worked that well. Fair amount of rigging on this one. I decided to go with fishing line and not EZ Line because I wanted it to be silver. Briefly thought about PE rigging for the RAF flat wire but decided that would be nuts. Anchored with Gaspatch turnbuckles and Bob's Buckles. I tried painting the fishing line first but even that thin layer of paint made it very difficult to thread through the tubing so had to paint them in place. Anyway, glad to post something again. Cheers, Jay
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