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  1. One question - are you going to cover the airframe, and if so, with what kind of covering? Okay, two - two questions. I'll be following this. I have the Model Airways Albatros.
  2. Welcome to the forum. The most trouble you will have with the Camel is finding accurate documentation of the real thing. Kensar
  3. Finished this workhorse. My first Roden kit. Nice detail, but panel lines are wide and shallow. Added details include an aluminum spinner, turned on the lathe. Thanks for looking, comments welcome.
  4. Just completed this Airfix kit. First OOB build I've done in years. Overall, a nice kit, but a couple of fiddly parts - the landing gear knuckles and fitting the wing to the fuse. Anyway, I like how it came out. Thanks for looking.
  5. Finished this resin kit by Ardpol. Good detail in the kit and I added some.
  6. Very nice build here. One question - there is a lot of paint chipping on the bottom and almost none on the top. Was the paint on the bottom more prone to chipping?
  7. I have just received a message from SW. They are very busy with the Yak-9 project, hence the delay in replies.
  8. Yes, I replied to an email thread that was started earlier, so the address is correct. I also PM'ed him through this forum. Still no reply.
  9. Don't know if this lack of communication is typical and I know they have been working on a new release, but I ordered an engine and haven't heard anything from them.
  10. Very nice build, Eric. I like it very much.
  11. Nice result, Jan. I see you've added some detail parts - nice touch. I have the same kit on my bench currently. Did you find any specific problem areas?
  12. Thanks for all the comments and 'likes'. I used Tamiya pure white spray can for the color and Future for a clear coat to seal the decals. We got through the hurricane without much fanfare here in western NC. The eastern part of the state took a hit.
  13. RoG 1/32 LS-8 sailplane completed while waiting for the hurricane rain to get here. This kit sat on the shelf for about 8 years until I found something suitable for the pilot figure. It is a re-posed slot car driver figure.
  14. This is a low parts count model with most of the work in the cockpit. It sat idle for years until I found a civilian pilot figure, which is a 1/32 slot car driver figure from Immense Miniatures. It's the first figure I've done, so take that into consideration. Thanks for looking!
  15. It has a Ford V8 with Ardun heads.
  16. I got inspired to build this after seeing one rotting away in a neighbor's front yarn (this is North Carolina). Took this pic before the kudzu claims it. So I found this kit. What a box of horrors. After a lot if work and scratchbuilding... The bed has strips of walnut veneer in it. So, I guess it turned out okay.
  17. The fit is very good. Being a new tool, the detail is crisp and sharp. Minimal cleanup is needed. One gripe I do have is the plastic is extremely soft. This makes the fuse tubing parts very fragile and easily broken when removing from the sprues and when handling. The locating pins are very small and this makes for minimal gluing surfaces and low bonding strength in some joints. But overall I really like this model. Relatively low parts count for the detail. And it's a biplane!
  18. This is a short build thread for a ICM Bucker Bu131 in 1/32 scale. I haven't seen one finished yet but one or two threads were started. I have decided to do a Dutch training version. The plane I will model was captured by the Germans when The Netherlands were overrun. The overall color was a turquoise blue/gray shade. The aluminum parts appear to be a natural aluminum finish based on the photo. I have enhanced some details and will try to make the cowling removable to view the engine.
  19. Great looking model and the awards are well deserved!
  20. Microset under, Microsol over. I sometimes paint the white base under the decals.
  21. Ringleheim - I painted the metallic colors over the bare white plastic. The metallic colors appeared to be quite opaque. The darker (and lighter) panels were painted on top of the base aluminum color. I'm glad to see that the masking (Tamiya masking tape) didn't lift up any of the base color. The surface was not completely smooth where I had puttied the seams, so I was thinking of a way to smooth out the surface without resorting to hours of polishing, hence, my question in the original post. Thanks to all for commenting.
  22. This is the first 1/144 scale kit I've built. Even so, the wingspan is about 12 inches. This was a test bed for working out a natural metal finish. I used AK Interactive aluminum, dark aluminum, and polished aluminum colors with no clear coat. Props done with a Molotow pen. I also see that polishing the surface would give best results. Has anyone tried clear coating the plastic to get a smooth surface without polishing before applying metallic colors? Comments welcome
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