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  1. I think the clear rod technique might not be a bad idea. The way this kit is laid out, it would be pretty simple to do too. I can separate the upper and lower halves with 1/4" rod cut to about 4" length. I'd leave the turret on the upper hull, then I believe I could support the turret roof with one clear rod. I'm debating if I want to go through that effort or just leave all those parts dry fit. They fit pretty well, with the turret roof being the most problematic. The upper and lower hulls press fit into place and pop off pretty easily, as does the rear engine hatch. I have options, just not sure how much effort I want to put into it. Part of me says, "you've come this far, go the extra mile!" While the other part of me says, "lookit all dem other kits you got." :p
  2. Thanks! I'm humbled. No one's ever used masterpiece in the same sentence as my models. Thank you very much. :) Paint is done. Now it's on to weathering proper. Once she's done, I'll take proper pictures, but for now, my phone will have to do.
  3. Which airframe was it? Years ago, I was working the flight line at Battle Creek, MI. It was about 8pm on a sultry, lazy weekday night. Aside from a few Chickenhawks buzzing around, the field was dead. I was standing on top of my company's fuel farm tank when I started to feel the air vibrate. I didn't hear anything, but just felt it. I stood up and looked up the runway towards the approach end of runway 23 (now 23R) and was floored to see four massive radials and a slick aluminum fuse rapidly closing, just above the runway. My heart nearly stopped as she drew closer. The very Earth itself began vibrating and the air shook my senses. In a flash, she roared past me, still gaping in awe, just a few feet from the runway, her engines howling at full power. As she passed she rolled into a climbing right turn and vanished into the evening sky. My coworkers were suitably unimpressed, but I could barely stammer a word. The living history that had just roared through my night was a bit more than this WWII geek could handle. Wish I'd had a camera, but then I may have missed out on the experience.
  4. Oh my. An injection molded A-20 is a must have.
  5. A friend of mine sunk all of his summer work savings into an RC glider during his senior year of high school. He bought it from someone that had built it from scratch. It essentially looked like a Grob glider. The upper canopy lifted off for access to the battery and controls and there was a small eyelet at the extreme nose for a tow rope. The problem lay with the fact that the nose section - containing the battery and the tow eyelet - was a separate piece from the rest of the airframe. So, one day, my friend prepped for his maiden flight. His other friend grabbed the tow rope, got the slack out and started running along. Before long, the glider was soaring under her own lift. Just when our friend was ready to release the tow rope, disaster struck. The nose/canopy piece separated from the remaining airframe under the strain from the tow rope. The battery immediately disconnected from the controls as the nose piece fell to earth. The glider, with its center of gravity completely out of whack and its controls frozen due to lack of power, rapidly pitched vertically up, stalled, and smacked the asphalt at about 50mph, shattering it into thousands of pieces of wood, plastic, and my friend's tears.
  6. Thanks! I'm still debating on how to display it. The upper and lower hulls are still dry fit, and they fit pretty well, so I will probably leave them unglued. I'm thinking I can do the same for the rear engine hatch and turret roof. Those all seem to be a decent friction fit. I might take some clear acrylic rod and do an exploded type view.
  7. Thank you, Maru. Back with another update. The turret interior has come together. Really happy with the chipping and weathering. The current status of the entire project is that the lower hull is complete with weathering, tracks are installed but need weathering, upper hull is almost done being painted (then needs weathering), and the turret is glued together. I recreated the weld bead there with stretched sprue, but need to add some texturing to the areas around it that were smoothed during sanding. Once that's done, I can start painting the outside of the turret. Then, we're almost done! Anyway, on to turret interior pics: Turret roof interior: Turret lower interior: For some dumb reason, the shell catcher wouldn't sit perfectly straight, but c'est la vie. The turret halves together:
  8. In looking at the prices today, I feel like they have marked things up during this "sale." Not sure this is all the deal it is marketed to be.
  9. Hi, all. I've been an acrylics and oils kinda guy ever since getting back into the hobby. But, I've wanted to start tinkering with some of the enamel-based weathering products out there lately. So, I picked some up and have found that some of them clump and go bad before I have a chance to use them. I fished whatever the hell this thing is out of a bottle of Adam Wilder smoke wash last night. I swear it was moving. Obviously, it's a clump of whatever the pigment material is that has hardened and gone south. There was no recovering that jar, so I ended up pitching it. I've had to do the same for several others as well. No amount of shaking, stirring, or foul language does any good. What do you do to keep your enamel-based products fresh?
  10. I couldn't resist adding another fun little detail.
  11. Thank you very much, O2G. Much appreciated.
  12. I have not seen the movie. But, thanks for the heads up and for the compliments. I finished the hull interior this weekend. I'm still working on painting and weathering the exterior. I still have the turret interior and exterior weathering and painting to do. The upper and lower hulls are dry fit right now, so I can take the kit apart for display. I'm still debating on how I want to display this. I could possibly do some sort of exploded view, or I could just leave a few panels removable. Decisions... Anyway, the upper hull interior... I had to cut off and fabricate a longer ram arm for the hatch support. It was molded in a position suited for the upper hatch being closed. It was a bit of a tricky thing to position correctly, but it's in there well now. Exterior progress... Mostly just base-coated and chipped at this point. I've done a filter and a wash since these. While I'm waiting for the oils to dry, I've moved on to building the turret, but it's pretty early in that process yet. More to come!
  13. Hate to say it, guys, but this one's probably on hiatus for now. I made the mistake of mocking everything up with tape after assembling the left wing a couple days ago and the shape of the nose just kills it for me. I'm also absolutely dreading fitting the fuse and the upper deck together as neither looks to be a smooth fit. Sanding and re-riveting are going to be a hell of a task on this one and I was just dreading coming to the bench. This is a hobby that's supposed to be fun, so as much as it pains me to say it, I'm setting the Ghost aside for a while. Thanks for following along up to here!
  14. Hi, all. I needed a break from the 1/32 B-17E project for the group build, so I pulled this kit off the shelf. I've had it for years but never had the desire to build a full interior kit until now. Pretty happy with the results so far. The color schemes probably aren't 100% accurate as references were all over the place. With over 55,000 examples rolling off the assembly line during the war, I'd have to think maybe at least one came out with these colors. :D First the fighting compartment: Next the engine compartment: With the exception of a wire or hose here or there, this is 100% out of the box. This is a nice little kit and the fit has been excellent so far. I'm betting this is just a scaled-down version of the Trumpeter 1/16th scale kit. As the 1/48th T-34/76 was the first kit I built after getting back into the hobby, this kinda brings back some good memories for me. Really been helping to restore the mojo that the Swamp Ghost had been eating.
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