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  1. Hello again. My "Hopefully this weekend I'll get more bench time" always seems to turn into 3 weeks. As a bit of a snap decision I decided to break out my riveter. I've been wanting to try riveting an aircraft for a while and thought the Revell P-51 was a good test bed since it was inexpensive and the puttied wings would make it an easier project. It wasn't as hard as I expected it to be, but my work isn't to the level of a lot of builds I've seen on here. I'll cut myself some slack for a beginners effort though. Another rookie mistake was not running some thin wash over the rivets before taking these pictures so those of us not from krypton could see them. Next up some seem filling on the wings and some serious work on the radiator inlet. Thanks for looking. Jeff
  2. A very minor work update. Painted a number of sub-assemblies before I head out of town for a couple days. Hoping this weekend I'll be able to seal up the fuselage. Thanks for looking. Jeff
  3. Scrounged together a little time and managed to get a wash down, add the HGW belt and seal things up with alclad Matte. The pictures showed me a few things to correct, but should be able to move on with further construction pretty soon. So far enjoying the kit, but if I built another or if Revell released a P51B or C I would probably spring for an aftermarket instrument panel. Thanks for looking. Jeff
  4. Hi. I'm in the process of building a P-51 and am going to attempt painting the markings with a montex mask set. Do you typically paint the base coat then add the markings or do you get the markings down, mask them and put down your base colours? I've seen it done both ways, is there advantages to one over the other or is it strictly builders preference? Hopefully that question made sense. Thanks for your time. Jeff
  5. Beautiful. I wish there was a new tool beaufighter because I'd love to build the plane, but know I can't scratch build like you're doing. Cheers Jeff
  6. Hello again. My usual slow progress continues. Pretty much out of the box so far with a few airscale decals to busy up the kit decals and a little bit of wire added to the radio. A couple small bits are still missing till after I get down my flat coat. My plan is to let the gloss dry further overnight, then add some washes. So far great kit, but my only complaint is the instrument panel decals. Mine did not line up correctly and I'm not loving how it turned out. Since I've seen other builds online that turned out perfectly I'm going to assume it was an operator error on my part. However if I had to do it again I'd probably cut out the individual dials like I usually do. Thanks for looking. Jeff
  7. Those are probably the most beautiful P-47 builds I've ever seen. Amazing stuff. Jeff
  8. Hello again. Due to work I've been able to work on anything too seriously since Christmas. To get back in the saddle I decided to take a stab at Chuck Yeager's "Glamorous Glenn II". I love these cheap Revell kits, and I'm pretty elated they they've finally at least started labeling their sprues so finding parts is less of a wild goose chace. Planning on keeping this build very simple so I don't lose interest. I'm hoping blogging this will help me keep on task too. Besides the wheels, exhaust and masks I will probably add some sort of aftermarket belt. At this point I have about maybe 90 minutes into it. A little flash here and there but otherwise drama free. I'll try to work on my photography skill for future posts. Thanks for looking. Jeff
  9. Fantastic V1! I especially like the base. The tracks left behind by the trolley wheels are a great touch. Jeff
  10. Loved following along on your build and can't wait to see the finished project. I keep waffling between entering a Ju88 or a Bf110 in this group build and this build is certainly nudging me towards the 110. Cheers Jeff
  11. Amazing work. Thanks for the woodwork tips. I have a couple projects that I know they will be a huge help on. Jeff
  12. Enjoying the build immensely. There can never be enough Thunderbolts on this forum. Congrats on winning the raffle as well if I have the right guy. Jeff
  13. Coming along really great. I also appreciate your work proof-reading the instructions as I may join later in the year with a 110 as well. Jeff
  14. +1 On that question. Beautiful work. Jeff
  15. Thanks guys. Well I'm calling it done. Managed to just barely get a 2nd project wrapped up this year. Finished up the weathering to the Staghound to where I'm happy with it. I also played abound with the base a little and added some sitting/stagnant water with Vallejo still water. It works ok for small puddles, but if I had to do it again I'd probably take a stab at using a clear resin. The fingerprints on the black parts of the base I didn't notice till after my photos, but they're cleaned up now. Thanks for all the kind words and motivation during the build. Jeff
  16. Fantastic work! Been following along and it makes me want to start my 110. Jeff
  17. Still a ways to go but making some progress. I feel like I'm about 90% of the way there. I'm not the best figure painter and the pixie suit is a pain, but I can live with these two. As I'm modelling a Canadian vehicle, I'm pretty happy that this guy looks a bit like Gordie Howe to me. I didn't try to copy the scene entirely, mostly because I failed to make convincing mature trees. But this pic in Holland '44 was the inspiration for the base. And finally where things stand. Knowing my glacial speed I might not have another update till after Christmas. So thanks for looking and happy holidays. Cheers Jeff
  18. Hello again. Finished up my first round of weathering on the Staghound. I used Vallejo black brown for the chipping as well as some coloured pencils. The dust effects like the Kubel is Ammo enamel effects and the dried mud is Vallejo's coloured pumice stuff, dark earth I think. I also added a couple mortar boxes which were sometimes welded onto the real vehicle as additional stowage. Also got a start on some of the stowage I plan to stick in the side stowage bins. Next up some more stowage and a start on my figures. Thanks for looking. Jeff
  19. Sheesh. So it's been about a month without updates. I'm enjoying the armour build, but I'm itching to get back to something with wings. I've been able to finish up the Kubelwagen portion of the diorama. It's out of the box except for the Archer Transfer instrument cluster decal and some lead foil on the convertible top. I used Ammo of Mig's dunkelgelb for the base and Tamiya's olive green and red brown for the camo work. The weathering is mostly Ammo's enamel weathering effects with pigments in a couple places. I've been trying to figure out something to put in the rear seat of the Kubel for the trooper to be inspecting and landed on a "Monuments Men" idea. So on to the pictures. I also have the Staghound ready for a little chipping and further detail painting before it gets weathered. Thanks for looking. Jeff
  20. Been a while, sorry for not updating. Managed to get the Staghound's base-coat & decals down. Landed on markings for the XII Manitoba Dragoons, for no other reason then my Grandpa lived in Winnipeg for a time after the war. Tried a little colour modulation working from mixing yellows with Tamiya JSDF olive drab. It annoyingly sort of disappeared under the clear coat. Maybe it'll return after the matte coat and further weathering. I also got the Kubelwagen's interior painted and the body assembled so it can hit the spray booth soon. I'm trying out Ammo of Mig's interpretation of dunklegelb. I like the colour out of the jar, I like I can brush paint to touch up, but I just don't like how it sprays. Decided instead of modeling a dirt/muddy road I'd take a crack at a brick road like I saw in a period photo in Belgium. Finally I'm waiting on some Value Gear stuff to show up so I can add some stowage, but it's taking forever to arrive. Are any other Canadians suddenly having issues with Canada Post really dragging their feet on international shipments? I was able to start painting some stuff from the spares bin. I'm still keeping the earlier figure in the turret from the earlier post, I've just decided to add a 2nd gent to add a little interest. Thanks for looking. Jeff
  21. Thanks. I initially tried to solder it but, it wasn't the neatest finish. So I attached the steel mesh to the brass with thin super glue. It feels like it's a sturdy enough solution. Jeff
  22. Hello again. I have the Staghound about ready for the paint booth. Had to make a little stand for it out of basswood because I'm sure I'll break off a tow shackle or sway bar if I leave it on it's belly before the wheels go on. Decided to have a go at building a small base for it. I'm adding a Tamiya Kubelwagen and plan on modelling it as abandoned on the side of the road in the Netherlands. It goes without saying that the Kubel is a nice little kit, but I wish the wooden floorboards were separate from the floor like they are on the Schwimmwagen kit to facilitate easier painting. Besides giving some scale for how much of a 500lb gorilla the Staghound is, the Kubel will also give me a cheap kit to practice a little muddy weathering on before having a go at the main event. I've been wanting to take a shot at building a small wire tree for a while now and thought why not? I looked easy enough to do in the model railroad magazines at my father-in-laws place. Twist and solder some copper wire, epoxy putty trunk, Mr. Surfacer branches, done. However it is definately tricker then it sounds. Still a work in progress but hopefully I can get it looking better after things dry more. Thanks again for looking. Jeff
  23. Glad you're building this, I'll definitely follow along. Thinking of picking it up myself. Jeff
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