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  1. Hello again. Here's a build I finished up around Christmas that I forgot to share. It's Meng's 1/35 Tiger II Porsche turret. It's out of the box except for the zimmerit which I made with Apoxie Sculpt and the Trumpeter zimmerit wheel. The figure is from the newer Tamiya set with a hornet head. German armour is not my usual cup of tea, but it was a fun build and an outstanding value for what the kit costs. I think I spent $30 at retail for it. Thanks for looking. Jeff
  2. Hello, I was wondering if anyone could help me with a riveting question. I'm thinking of taking a shot at riveting my next project which will likely be either a BF-109 G4 or G10. However I'm not sure how to make equally spaced rivets in a perfect circle around the wheel bulges of the 109. Is there a trick anyone could recommend? Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your time. - Jeff
  3. Hello again. Very quick update. I was working on adding the unit insignia and some stenciling. After everything was in place I noticed that the port side insignia decal was missing the umbrella on Goofy's plane entirely. After sleeping on it I decided to use a photocopy of the unit insignia to create a triangle template that would match the umbrella. I transferred it to a small piece of scrap red walkway decal and cut it to shape. I free handed the umbrella shaft and admit it's not perfect. In my defense it's about .5mm and that was about as fine a line as I could get. Not identical and not perfect but better then nothing. Hopefully I can seal all the decals under a 2nd clear coat tomorrow and move forward with the project. Thanks for looking. Jeff
  4. Well it's been about a month. I've been slowly working on the Jug but unfortunately not documenting my work too carefully. First time using masks for painting the markings. Honestly one of the most satisfying things I've done since returning to the hobby. I used Gunze and Tamiya paints as I can't find MRP in Canada yet. Lots more work to come, but it's a start. Thanks for looking and stay safe. Jeff
  5. No a huge update but a little progress at least. A few metres of Tamiya tape and 4-5 shades of Alclad and the wings are about done. I'm worried the different shades might be overdone, but hopefully weathering will tie it all together. I'm going to test some clear coats on a test scrap to see which knocks the shine down the least (any suggestions are greatly appreciated) and move forward to the markings and OD/NG fuselage. Thanks for looking. Jeff
  6. I was in the same boat lol. Not typically a fan of what-if markings but I have to admit I like yours a great deal. Loved the build. Jeff
  7. Hello. Been slowly working on the P-47 but don't have much by way of photos of the boring stuff. Mainly filling, rescribing, sanding and priming. Since the bird I'm building has Bare metal wings and OD/NG fuselage I thought it might be easier to spray the wings first as they'd be easier to mask then the fuselage. Used stynylrez primer and glossed the wings with Alclad Aqua Gloss in preparation for the bare metal. Gloss didn't turn out perfect, but I did learn Aqua Gloss is pretty solid once it's set. It took micromesh sanding well. I used Alclad Airframe Aluminium on the wings as they were replacements and I wanted them to look relatively new compared to the fuselage. As it stands they're too shiny, but clear coats and weathering will hopefully knock that down. I apologize for the photos, it looks better in person. The pics seem to be reflecting the black primer on the fuselage Thanks for looking. - Jeff
  8. Fantastic build. Honestly I think you've sold another. Jeff
  9. Hi again. Hopefully everyone is staying safe. Work has ground to nearly a standing halt so I'm hitting the bench to alleviate some stress Very minor progress but got the cockpit sealed up and ready for installation. Decided to wire behind the instrument panel because it's a visible area when completed. Also managed to get the infamous 4 piece cowl around the engine. Fit was ok, but I wonder what it'll look like under primer. I was surprised at the number of sinkmarks my copy had. Two on the cowl, two on the fuselage and 4 on the wings. Is that common to this kit or my typical luck? Just had to test fit it to see if it'd fit in my Ikea Detolf display case. It looks like it'll sneak in by literally MMs. Thanks for looking. Jeff
  10. Small update. Went ahead with wiring up the 2800. I used some brown craft wire I found in a dollar store. Looking at some other online builds I noticed a lot of people drilled out the connection points for the ignition ring. I'm not that much of a masochist so I just fixed them behind hoping that staring at the engine through a closed cowl will hide that fact. Used some Ammo "Starship filth" for the weathering and some small chips and scratches. Hoping to finish up the cockpit tonight and make some progress on this build. Cheers Jeff
  11. Hello. Been away from the bench and the site for a bit. Been swamped with work, but I've also had a few stalled projects that possibly stalled because they were too involved. Decided to get back into it with a simple mostly out of the box build of the Hasegawa P-47. Didn't unfortunately take a lot of in progress photos because I wasn't sure about doing a build log. The P&W R2800 is OOB. The more I look at it the more likely I think I will add some wiring to it. I used a Eduard "Look" set for the instrument panel and the harness. They're not nearly as nice as HGW, but for a 10 minute job not too bad. The information placards aren't 100% accurate and the oxygen hose isn't correct. Just thought I'd busy up the very visible cockpit area. I need to weather everything up further before I seal it them up in the fuselage and cowl. I plan on marking it up as LT Ray Knight's "Oh Johnnie". Mostly because I have a 4yr old at home who loves the Goofy on the unit emblem on the fuselage. Thanks for looking, hopefully I'll be able to get this one through to the finish line for a change. Jeff
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. Those are probably the most beautiful P-47 builds I've ever seen. Amazing stuff. Jeff
  19. 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
  20. Fantastic V1! I especially like the base. The tracks left behind by the trolley wheels are a great touch. Jeff
  21. 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
  22. Amazing work. Thanks for the woodwork tips. I have a couple projects that I know they will be a huge help on. Jeff
  23. 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
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