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  1. Hi Lothar, I am depicting AC-500 (152946) of VA-75 Sunday Punchers on Saratogo in 1972. Cheers, David
  2. 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 nerve racking to cut into this expensive kit but all went well. Hopefully more progess soon. Cheers, David
  3. 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 fire on an attacks on airfields in Haiphong. Everyone knows that AoA decals are very high quality but what I find really amazing is the quality and depth of the research which find its way in the instructions sheet, very impressive. This build was partly inspired by my reading of the book "Launch the Intruders" by Carol Reardon (subtitled a naval attack squadron in the Vietnam war, 1972, Kansas University press, 2005) which was a fascinating read. The book indicates that the bombing run on the Haiphong airfields was to occur at night at an altitude of 200 feet (gasp!) which would tend to indicate that snakeyes had to be used. Not sure whether they carried a full load of 28 snakeyes but I like to bombtruck look so I will go with that. Cheers, David
  4. 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
  5. 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...
  6. 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 length right. I made some progress on the kit itself but nothing picture worthy yet but soon. Cheers, David
  7. 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 with a schedule, they always drift to TV and video games, so there is a bit of management time here. My youngest (14 months) loves to have her dad home but she hates it when the home office door is closed. I thought that I would be able to build more but not really although I usually find on average one hour a day to do something model related. The weather in Switzerland has been gorgeous the last four weeks so I can always ship the kids to the garden when cabin fever sets in. I think it must be a lot rougher for people living in cities or appartment buildings. What I miss the most is taking my kids to their sports activities (the three older ones do hockey in the winter and golf in the Summer) and golfing with them (golf course are closed in Switzerland) and getting together with friends to share a glass of wine (or two). Cheers, David
  8. 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, I decided to start with that. I will depict an A-6A from VA-75 Sunday Punchers in their 1972 cruise out of the Saratoga, I needed Snakeyes with the fire retardant coating. I placed a special order at Videoaviation for 30 Snakeyes with the ablative coating, the quality of the casting is absolutely great and the prices are much more reasonable than the eduard brassin (which does not do Snakeyes with ablative coating) . Well, that's a start. More progress soon. Cheers, David
  9. 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 using the anyz knobs and switches. My issue at the moment is I cannot find good pictures of A-6A cockpits showing not only the IP but the side and middle consoles so I can try to replicate it. Anyone has good pictures of A-6A cockpit to share? Box shot and aftermarket: Cheers, David
  10. 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
  11. 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 tabs for a correct fit but it is not a tight fit so there is a bit of room for error there. Paul recommends to use super glue but I thought that 3min epoxy would work better as it gave me some time to get the geometry perfect. There was a 3 mm gap at the rear where the bottom part of the wing met the bottom part of the fuselage and much smaller gap in the front just below and ahead of the intakes. Both of these were filled with shims of styrene and then puttied and sanded, so not a ton of work. It makes me want to tackle my fat face skyraider conversion. Cheers, David
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. This is the home stretch, I have applied a final varnish coat of Alclad Light Sheen on the airframe and I am getting all the final pieces ready for assembly. bombs have been lightly weathered using the salt technique (hard to see on the pictures) and the band mark has been painted: bang seat and transparencies and bits and bobs: Finals pictures soon. Cheers, David
  15. Thank you Ray. Actually the MRP liquid putty worked really well, it dries quickly and does not seem to shrink to much so to fill up rivets and panel lines it worked really well and it sands well. Use water because it produces a very fine dust which is probably not what the doctor recommends to anyone's lungs, and especially not now. Stay safe, David
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