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Gewehr 43

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  1. And here I sit patting myself on the back for scratch building a wooden ladder. Fascinating and wonderful work here.
  2. You joke now, but I'll put money on just those types of comments showing up 30 seconds after the first sprue shot drops.
  3. Best wishes, Jennings. My son was born in Bronson Kalamazoo. They're good people there, so she's in good hands. Here's to hoping to a full recovery.
  4. Well, thank you all very very much for the kind words. Having seen what you all are capable of, your compliments mean a lot to me. I'm happy to report, the T-34/85 project is finished! This was a great little kit and I'm super happy with the results. Fit was great, instructions were clear, decals (all two of them) were thin and went down perfectly. I opted to use Kaizen workable tracks just because I had them and have never much cared for rubber band tracks. The tow cable is a brass wire from my spares bin, and I added a wire or two here and there. Otherwise this was built from the box. Thanks again for all your compliments! Here's the final product:
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Oh my. An injection molded A-20 is a must have.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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:
  12. 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.
  13. 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?
  14. I couldn't resist adding another fun little detail.
  15. Thank you very much, O2G. Much appreciated.
  16. 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!
  17. 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!
  18. 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.
  19. For the next group build, I propose we finish each other's abandoned projects.
  20. Meh, I wouldn't build one. I say that as a huge B-17 fan. I'm working on the HKM kit now and I know I'd never do another B-17 again. Just too big. Give me a B-26, A-20, A-26 or P-38 if we are going to be dreaming of new 1/32 offerings.
  21. More movement on the Ghost. First, I've gotten the sighting blister more or less squared away. I carefully cut and sanded a ring from cardstock and then, holding a piece of sandpaper (grit side up) against the belly of the fortress, sanded the ring. The idea was that doing so would shape the base of the ring to match the curvature of the aircraft's belly. This allows the ring to sit flush with both the curve of the aircraft's belly and the flat of the base of the blister. I think it turned out pretty well. The plan is to dip the blister in future, paint the ring, superglue the two together, then add them after I've done all the belly seamwork. I also spent a considerable amount of time sanding and shaping clear pieces to fit the cutouts for the gunner's windows. I ended up cutting the needed pieces from cheek windows that would only be used on the -17F version of this kit and are thus unneeded on the E version. As a bonus, they already had a slight curve that matched the curve of the belly. I filled any gaps around the windows with apoxiesculpt and they all turned out pretty well. They're not absolutely razor-straight, but they're as good as I'll ever get them. An application or two of Future will clear up those scratches just fine. I also sanded and re-riveted the staggered waist window. Nevermind that bowed rivet line at the top... the fuselage slipped while I was running the riveter, so I had to fill it. <facepalm> I'll hit it with some primer later to see how it looks. The majority of my time the last few nights has been working on the turret. I'm making good progress, though I feel like some of the general geometry is different from what I have found in pictures. So, I'm sort of winging it a bit with panel lines, etc. I started here by installing all the glass, filling the gaps with dissolved sprue, filling the gun openings with cardstock, and adding barrel collars cut from the kit's .50s that were allocated for the ball turret. I then sanded everything smooth. After cutting out the holes for the case and belt link ejection chutes, I couldn't resist mocking everything up. Externally, she's nearing completion. I need to redo the fairing collar around the turret as it didn't cut evenly, but that's fairly easy. There's still more to be done on the turret in terms of putty cleanup, panel scribing and riveting, but she's getting closer. Someday I'll even paint parts of it!
  22. Ugh, this project has turned my usually fairly neat workbench into a disaster area. Tools of the trade... tape, scribers, saws, glue, cutters, files, scissors, and scotch. The paint side is a mess too... Anyway, here is a quick update. I've opened the holes for the belly gunner's observation windows. This photo illustrates the amount of seam work I'm going to have to do. Nearly every inch of the fuselage seam has that ridge on both halves. There will be much sanding, scraping, scribing, and riveting work in my future. Speaking of riveting work, this will have to go. No doubt an artifact of the original staggered-window B-17G kit, this is a pretty ugly recess that will have to be dealt with. Since taking this, I've already sanded the lines out and will have to re-rivet the area later. Kind of a pain the in butt, but I understand the decision to use a removable plug in the mold from a business perspective. This is turning out to be an interesting bit. In an earlier post, you saw that I'd added a piece to the side catwalks because they needed to be more parallel than the kit parts allowed for. Turns out, the kit has you place them much higher on the fuselage side wall than needed on the -17E. If I'd placed the two catwalks where the instructions call for them to be, the two side windows would have been under the catwalks. So, I had to cut and shape the catwalk supports, cut a couple of stringers, and generally finagle the catwalks to where they needed to be. Once I did that, I realized that they lined up nearly parallel, so the part I added was no longer necessary. So, I popped it off and cleaned the area up. Currently, I'm working on the mount for the sight and the sighting blister. I think the astrodome left over from the -17G parts is going to be a perfect fit. I'm struggling a bit with what to use to fill the actual windows. I have some clear acrylic sheeting that I think might fit the bill and is easy enough to work with. I'm also trying to come up with a good way to build the platform for where the gunner lays. Plastic card stock will work, but there has to be something easier.
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