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  1. This is my entry to the Trainer GB: Academy F/A-18+ of VFC-12 Fighting Omars in Arctic splinter camouflage. Box shots, AM I will be using and the scheme I am going for. Cheers, David
  2. I have participated in several GBs over the years here. I have not always finished my builds in time but I usually do. As I like to build anything that looks cool no matter the era, I usually finds something in the stash to participate and I very much like the variety of aircrafts which are being built within a GB. I participated in the Cold War GB with Fisher Panther and let my enthusiasm take over an started an Intruder after finishing the Panther. I wanted to join the BOB GB with a Dragon BF-110 that I even started, but right now COVID and too much stress at work has killed my mojo, all bui
  3. Hi Lothar, I am depicting AC-500 (152946) of VA-75 Sunday Punchers on Saratogo in 1972. Cheers, David
  4. Thank you Karl for the link. The least I can say is that is quite a complex modification that you have done and you pulled it off beautifully. I don't think I will attempt it but the one thing that bothers me is that the IP appears to be at a right angle with the cockpit tube where in reality it is a bit angled. It will try to change the angle of the IP without making too much of a mess. Progress has been slow because working remotely and helping my kids with their remote school means that modelling becomes more and more remote... I was able to work on the intake. A bit
  5. Hi Jari, Thank you for the info. I had no idea that Vietnam era ablative coating were inside the bombs. I had read that after the 67 Forrestal fire, ablative coating had been introduced and since this is a bird of the 72 Saratoga cruise I thought that the snakeyes would have the ablative coating by then. I think I will still use the bombs I prepared, I don't have the courage to build, paint and weather another 30 bombs. I have found some more information on the bird I am portraying. The AoA instructions indicate that this bird was lost on 21 December 1972 from possible AAA fir
  6. On my end I have 47 1/32 kits and 2 1/24 kits. It is an eclectic mix of WWI, WW2, modern jets and two helicopters. Except for 3 airframes where I have duplicate (Intruder, Tamiya F-16 and Dragon bf-110), I have only one copy of each kit. I plan to build them all. Since I restarted the hobby at the end of 2012, I have built 30 1/32 kits. So I have about ten years worth of kits for which I slowly collect AM. I will certainly add the ZM He-129 and the Kitty Hawk Blackhawk series to the stash in the near future. David
  7. Do-17z for me. The wingspan of the He-177 would be over 100cm in 1/32 if I am not mistaken, i.e. slightly bigger than the Lancaster...
  8. Progress are slow on this one and it is a bit of a grind to build, paint and weather 30 snakeyes (I will only use 28). I have build the Eduard MER. I need only one but build all six of them. There there was a little problem: I realised they were too short So I decided to sacrifice one of the 6 MER and cut 8mm section to extend the other 5, then careful blending and sending, trying to avoid losing as much detail as possible. I cut each MER at a place where the cut will be mostly hidden by the bombs so even if I lose some details not biggie, it is more important to get the
  9. Thanks for posting this, very cool. Your grass is gorgeous, it's almost surreal. This situation is very much a mixed bag for us but overall I have zero complaint. I have as much work as before (if not more) and I can all do it from my home office (which I had set up way before this COVID-19). Having to work for home I reclaimed two hours or commutting a day and I can have breakfast, lunch and dinner with my wife and four kids when normally Monday to Friday it is only dinner (if I am lucky). My three older kids (8, 10 and 12) already want to go back to school and unless you organize their days
  10. Thanks Karl. If you have pictures that you be greatly appreciated. Did you correct the ip angle on your build? If I can get good info on the ip angle I will certainly try to correct it. Petr, the intakes are from Rhino Model works which I got on e-bay a few years back. I know that GT-Resin does A6-intakes and looking at GT-Resin website they look identical (in terms of engineering solution, where you cut the kit to fit the intakes, etc) to the Rhino Model works. Because this bird will have a full load of Snakeyes and building and painting ordnances is not my favourite job,
  11. Since there is still plenty of time left on this Group Build and with the Easter week-end coming where we are very strongly encouraged to stay home despite the gorgeous weather, I thought it would be great to start another build after finishing the Panther. My next project is the Trumpeter A-6A Intruder in Vietnam, which I plan to depict in a bombtruck configuration with 28 Snakeyes hanging down from five MERs. I have plenty of aftermarket for this one, videoaviation snakeyes, AOA decals, AMS resin wheels. I decided against the Avionix resin pit as I want to detail the cockpit usi
  12. I used the Reed Oak black hawk pilots for my MH-47G. I had to modify them a bit to fit but overall I was happy with the result. Whether all the equipments the pilots are carrying is accurate for a MH-47G, I have no idea, but I thought it was close enough and there are not many alternative. I think Live Resin also does black hawk pilots. Cheers, David
  13. Thank you Don. The fit of the kit was very good overall and let's say I did a lot less of sanding, puttying and resanding on this kit than on many IM kit I have done in the past. Fitting the cockpit tube into the fuselage was simply amazing: I had followed the instructions of Paul to the Ts but I was sceptical that everything would fit as it should, but it did. The fit of the tip tanks was excellent with minimum putty to hide the seam, same thing for the elevator and all the moving parts. The only part which was a bit tricky was mating the wing part to the fuselage. The kit provides positive t
  14. As promised, final pictures of the Panther under a glorious sun. One of the best kits I ever built. I used the casted brass legs Paul produced two years ago and given the sheer weight of this aircraft, I don't regret the purchase. I encourage anyone who has this kit to build it, it is a serious treat. Cheers, David
  15. Thanks Red Dog, this aircraft would look good with the folded wings but you need to be a brave soul to fold the wing on the Fisher kit: major surgery required and the wings plus the tip tanks are solid resin, so attaching them to the hinge point would be a challenge. I finished tonight without major hiccup and I am super happy with the result. This is a kit that was worth every penny. I will post pictures tomorrow. Cheers, David
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