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Dukie99 last won the day on September 2 2017

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About Dukie99

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  • Birthday 06/22/1974

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  1. Great workmanship showcased by excellent photography.
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    Su-33 Sea Flanker

    Congratulations! It is honestly a stunning build. My own builds are never error free, I tend to make small mistakes in my enthousiasm to get things done but once I put the finished model in the display cabinet I tend to forget about these and all is left in my mind is a nice looking model and the good memories of building it. Now that you have finished it, let's hope that Tan model finally releases their long-awaited Sea Flanker. What will be your next project on the bench? Another Russian subject? Cheers, David
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    F-15I Ra’am

    Time for an update and thanks Brian for commenting. With so many exciting build in the multi-engine GB, not much traffic on this one but I will finish my F-15i Ra'am. Not too hard to motivate myself because I find this scheme one of the most attractive for the F-15. I finished decaling, glued the targeting pods, fuel tank and landing gears and applied Tamiya Black panel liner to the center lower fuselage (but not the wings where it would look too heavy). Next steps, finishing the loadout, ejection seats and lots of bits and bobs. I should make it before the end of February deadline. A few pics Cheers, David
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    F-15I Ra’am

    Time for an update. I have not been very diligent in documenting this build but I have been working on it. I am actually on the homestrech and I have spent almost all my modeling time in the past seven days (which is not much) applying the myriad stencils provided in the Isradecal decal set. I have not counted them but you are talking several hundreds. Very good quality decals and clear instructions so no complaint but you get cross-eyed after a while. Here some pics and I have not finished, I need another two evenings at least. It is big and colorful and I like it a lot. Cheers, David
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    Rules of the Road

    Thanks, now I have time to finish it and post an update. I am in the middle of applying a gazzilion of stencils... cheers, David
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    Rules of the Road

    Is this GB getting a one month extension? I am close to finishing my F-15i Ra’am but it is unlikely that I will be done within the next three days. I am also happy to get my build moved to the WIP section if there is no interest in extending this GB. Cheers, David
  7. This looks great, it calls for a cognac and a cigar...I would suggest a coat of transparent orange for that extra cozy feeling... This is the Margaux talking I swear. Cheers, David
  8. This is jaw-dropping good and getting better and better.
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    HPH Me 410 A1/U4

    Thank you for the kind words. I made some more progress: installed the cockpit and radio operator compartment. It’s a very deceptive kit: it looks like it is going to be an easy fit but actually the main components do not fit at all without careful sanding. I was forwarned by Wouter’s build but it not expect it to be so difficult. Since these pictures I have managed to close the fuselage. I need now to clean up the seam and rescribed the lost details. More pics this week-end. Cheers, David
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    HPH Me 410 A1/U4

    Thank you for the offer. I have the WWP publication with a very complete walk around of the Cosford museum Me 410, highly necessary reference given the fact that HPH instructions are rather vague. I plan to scratch build the BK5 and leave the bay open. My understanding is that with the BK5 mod, the Me 410 was not retaining the usual opening mechanism of the bomb bay but the two doors were screwed or riveted together and the whole thing was coming out as a unit when it was time to load or service the gun as shown in the picture above. I will cut the two doors, glue them together and I will look into embedding some tiny magnets in the door so I can show the bomb bay or close it at will. I made some good progress but this kit is not a run in the park, every little piece needs to be cleaned up and you need to be careful doing that as some parts are actually pretty fragile. A set of micro and pico saw from Radu are an absolute necessity. I have started sanding the fuselage. As was noted by Wouter in his build, you need to remove about a millimeter on each side of the fuselage (and more at the tail) otherwise the tail and the cockpit glass will not fit. I am in the middle of doing that but it takes time and it cannot be a rush job, plus it's bloody cold outside so the resin sanding sessions are always short... I am 90% done with the pilot cockpit and 60% done with the radio operator / gunner. I have chosen not to use the HPH/eduard colored etch for the cockpit as it is in a strange shade of blue which does not match the RLM66. I have used the resin pieces as they have pretty good details and used airscale dials and placards plus some careful painting with acrylics. I have cut a few items from the eduard photoetch when I could use them. All in all I am pretty happy with how it looks. On the pics below everything has been gloss coated in anticipation of some light weathering. I still need to add all the levers but will do that when I am ready to install the cockpit in the fuselage to avoid breaking them. As was the case for Wouter's build, you only have one half of the control stick in the box, the top half is missing. I followed Wouter's path by carving the top half from a piece of sprue and added bits and bobs, I still need to add some wires but you get the idea, should look better under paint: That's all for now. It is amazing to see all these ambitious builds going on at the same time, highly motivational. Cheers, David
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    HPH Me 410 A1/U4

    For this anniversary GB, I will attempt to build a Me 410 A1/U4. The plan is to use the HPH Me 410 A1 to build a Viermot killer fitted with a 5cm Bordkannon. I have pretty decent reference materials so I will attempt to scratchbuild the entire BK5 and fit it within the bomb bay. As with every HPH kit, all you need is already in the box but for the BK5 I will use the Schatton modelbau brass barrel and ammo rounds, which are absolutely gorgeous. I have done some prep work, the most important one being going through Wouter's Me 410 build several times, this will be an invaluable help for this build. I am not expecting a ton of progress until February as I need to finish my F-15Ra'am for the Desert GB, but I have already made a dent on cockpit. Some pics: Kit box Schatton modelbau BK5 Barrel and ammo: Reference materials: What I am aiming for: Cockpit parts prepared for primer Cheers, David
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    Hong Kong Models B-25J bomber 'Peggy Lou'

    Excellent choice, you will enjoy this kit, I built this kit for the Iran Rain GB and really enjoyed the experience. No fault with this kit, the fit is just superb. Cheers, David
  13. Wow, I love these ambitious projects of yours. What is even more impressive is that you finish them at a very good pace which make them a pleasure to follow. I love the subject. Is the "75 minutes" marking an indication of flight time between New York and the other destination which I cannot guess? I will follow with much interest. Cheers, David
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    LSP Christmas Raffle 2018

    I have one more to donate: Cheers, David
  15. Great paint job, she will be a stunner