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  1. Thanks Mark! Yes, fishing is one of those interests that I picked up when I was a kid, just like modeling. Don't consider myself a master at any of those things but I do enjoy them!
  2. Thank you very much! Yes, the canopy was dipped in Future prior to painting! Sometimes it takes a few tries to get right. If I get a dust speck or Future pooling, I'll wipe it all off with Windex and re-dip. Thank you! Just to let everyone know, I have a couple of builds that are in suspended animation at the moment. It is summer time and I've been doing more fishing than model building. Here is a sample of what I've been up to ... But hopefully, I'll be back on the Tamiya F4U-1a and Hasegawa Bf109K-4 builds soon! Thanks for commenting on this Fw190D-9 build!
  3. Props on such a great build. Your attention to surface details is amazing and I love your dedication to the removal of all of the surface irregularities, even when it is difficult to do so. I've been using rubberized CA for my surface fills and find it a little easier to sand than regular CA.
  4. Thanks guys! Thanks for additional insights, David! I noticed the tight fit of the main landing gear legs and had trouble removing one of the legs but luckily I was able to work it loose without damage. I will most likely avoid any more fitting of the gear legs until it is time to attach them permanently. I'll take another look at the tail gear... it would probably not be too difficult to replace the plastic post with brass rod since the tail is not yet permanently attached.
  5. My June is still heavily booked with family obligations. My youngest just graduated from high school and we'll be taking a family trip to the Eastern Sierras this weekend. And then driving up to NoCal next weekend. So not much modeling until next month probably. I had some time to glue the wings to the fuselage. As typical on this kit, the fit is amazingly good. Since I'm planning on leaving the wings removable, I'm very close to the painting stage. So I'm playing around with some pre/post-shading techniques using a Scotch Brite pad and splatter painting templates.
  6. Thanks Reuben! I love the Dora and plan to do a few more in the future!
  7. Thank you Paul! Not a big tail Dora but I do have a couple of those big tail kits in my stash and am planning to build one (probably Brown 4) in the future. Thank you Iain! I appreciate the comments!
  8. Thanks guys! I thought you guys would appreciate these color schemes! These will be fished and I'm pretty sure they'll produce but getting it on video will be the challenging part! I'll try and post the lures in action the next time I go bass fishing, which will have to wait until July since my June is so booked with family activities. I love the idea of kill markings in the form of fish!
  9. Hey Guys! Still too busy to jump back into my model builds but I'll get back to those soon. Fishing season has started and that usually takes a bite into my available time as well. Since I've not gotten to the exterior colors of either the Corsair or the K-4 build, I thought I'd play around with my fishing lures and paint a couple up using WW2 schemes. First, I did a US Navy tri-color scheme using the AK Real Colors paints. I looked around in my decal spares box and found the red mouth from the Eduard 1/48 Hellcat that looked like it would fit. With the second, I did a scheme that could be found on a 109K-4, RLM75/83 on the top with the late war RLM76 variation on the bottom. The lures will be coated with epoxy before the hooks are put on. Not sure how the bass will like em but I'll report back after I put them into action.
  10. Recommendations based on having two high school/college-aged children in the house. Bananagrams is a fun and simplified spin on Scrabble. Coup is fun role-playing card game. Games are very simple and short.
  11. Thank you for the comments! To Damian... Thank you for the additional details regarding the antenna mast. It makes sense that there would be an airfoil shape instead of the square cross-section represented by the kit part. I'll see what I can do about that! And the absence of the external bulge on the main gear doors should be correctable. I''ll have to refer to the kit parts to confirm. To Kais... Thank you for the comment about the canopy. Based on my understanding of Airfixer's comments on my G-10 build, the overlap between the rear edge of the canopy and the fuselage was a feature of the early Galland hood that were retrofitted to existing 109G airframes. And not a feature of the later G-10 and K-4 models? I was not planning on trying to replicate this overlap. June is a very busy month for me, fishing and family-wise so my work on Weisse 8 and the Corsair will be limited. I DID get my camera situation resolved however. I just received a replacement for the balky Canon S100... This Canon Powershot S110 was purchased used from EBay for less than $100. A preliminary test was conducted to see if the focusing and exposure compensation features were working correctly. The camera seems to work a-ok. As you can see, I've started to clean up the Henri Daehne resin spinner.
  12. The lipped edged around the main wheel wells have been masked off and sprayed Insignia White. I've also added some black staining to the wood block on the rear wheel well wall, although it is hard to see in the pics. Since the wheel wells are complete, I want to see if how the landing gear fits...
  13. I've pretty much taken care of the rivets on the horizontal stabilizers. It took a couple of rounds of filling though. When the Mr Surfacer failed to fill the holes, I resorted to Black CA glue, which I probably should've started with. The loop antenna on fuselage spine is a good replacement for replacement since the plastic loop is so thick. I used my trusty piece of Coke can to fashion a new loop. The FuG whip antenna and the pitot tube were similarly upgraded.
  14. Thanks! Correct on the weathering of the landing gear. I also added some brownish stains very sparingly along various joints and junctions using an AK Enamel Wash (Engine Oil, I think). For the tires, I threw a bit of everything. First, the the tires were sprayed dark brown/grey. I sprayed the contact surfaces a lighter tan/brown color. I then played around with applying some dry pastels to the wear surfaces but I always seemed to be wiping off the pastels whenever I touched the tires. So after sealing with a flat coat, I used a wet pastel wash to further stain the outer rim of the tires.
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