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    MikeMaben got a reaction from Martinnfb in addding pics to your posts   
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    MikeMaben got a reaction from Martinnfb in 1/32 Revell Bf109G-6/AS Hohenjager   
    Sweeeeet !! 
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    MikeMaben got a reaction from Martinnfb in 1/32 Revell Bf109G-6/AS Hohenjager   
    Good catch Mark , the same thing is true on Hasegawa (F forward) 109s.
     
     
    Hey Kirby   
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    MikeMaben got a reaction from Martinnfb in 1/32 Revell Bf109G-6/AS Hohenjager   
    Interesting  
     
     
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    MikeMaben got a reaction from Martinnfb in 1/18 Focke-Wulf Fw190C V18 'Känguruh'   
    Good luck on your new endeavor Pete 
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    MikeMaben got a reaction from Martinnfb in 1/32 Revell He-219 A-7   
    That is a real beauty Sergey     !!!!!!!
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    MikeMaben got a reaction from Anthony in NZ in 75 Sqn RNZAF Mosquito Detailed Build   
    Sure , go for it. If you don't like 'em, fill 'em in.
     
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    MikeMaben got a reaction from monthebiff in Building during COVID-19 Virus   
    Same here Al , being retired with an adequate accounts receivable, my life hasn't changed much
    except having lost the use of one of my eyeballs. I've been getting real tired of not being able to
    do any modeling. I've found that if I wear magnifiers, my depth perception improves somewhat so
    I've been back at the bench recently.
     
     
    Feels better 
     
     
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    MikeMaben got a reaction from BiggTim in Building during COVID-19 Virus   
    Same here Al , being retired with an adequate accounts receivable, my life hasn't changed much
    except having lost the use of one of my eyeballs. I've been getting real tired of not being able to
    do any modeling. I've found that if I wear magnifiers, my depth perception improves somewhat so
    I've been back at the bench recently.
     
     
    Feels better 
     
     
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    MikeMaben got a reaction from John1 in Any intel on upcoming Barracudacast "Gee" set?   
    Nope , I've been buggin' him about Hurricane wheels for some time. He had a problem
    with the masters (made by somebody else), then some new info came to light and he's
    waiting for the new 3D prints.
     
                                       ...( don't tell him I said this )
     

     
    I think he's got numerous irons in the fire.

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    MikeMaben got a reaction from Gazzas in Building during COVID-19 Virus   
    Same here Al , being retired with an adequate accounts receivable, my life hasn't changed much
    except having lost the use of one of my eyeballs. I've been getting real tired of not being able to
    do any modeling. I've found that if I wear magnifiers, my depth perception improves somewhat so
    I've been back at the bench recently.
     
     
    Feels better 
     
     
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    MikeMaben reacted to Grizly in Three Canadair Fighters in 1/32 Scale   
    From left to right - Hasegawa/Belcher Bits CF-5A, Italeri CF-104, Hasegawa Sabre Mk.6. Paints used were Xtracolor enamels. Decals by Leading Edge.




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    MikeMaben reacted to DrDave in ICM Gladbag Aims Decals   
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    MikeMaben reacted to Sepp in Second project: Tamiya Spitfire Mk IXc   
    Ahoy!
     
    Another small step: gun heater ducts.  Don't get excited, they're quite agricultural but hidden up the back of the radiator fairings, they'll look OK; better than nothing, anyway..
     
    The rough idea:

    Thin sprue, styrene sheet and the body made from a cut-up popsicle stick. The bodies have a flat face and a curved face to (loosely) follow the shape of the radiator trough skin.
     
    And in place, after sanding the styrene flanges to a more reasonable shape, and the application of Mr. Surfacer and some paint etc.:

     
    As we know, the kit's radiator troughs are a bit shallow.  I didn't quite manage to terminate the ducts within the wing body and still have some space between the top of the ducts and the trough skin - but it's really close... I reckon next time, with more careful placement, I can do it - you can see that the flanges don't quite sit at the extreme edge of the radiator body - that nought-point-something mm would make the difference.
     
    Anyway, it now "is what it is", as the sayng goes. 
     
    Other progress:
     
    Day fighter band is on and masks drawn ready for serials, codes and nose inscription to go on.  The round masks are just spacers; all national markings will be decals.

     
    More later!
     
    Sepp
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    MikeMaben reacted to Phartycr0c in HPH FW 189 Eagle Owl.   
    I have not been idle promise........ 
     
    Those of you who have built a HPH kit in the past will know how much cleanup and parts prep is required. 
     
    This is my first such HPH build and I couldn't quite believe it myself. Im keeping dust down by wet sanding but just to give an idea of what is involved here is a bag of the waste resin. 
     

     
    With loads still to come.... 
     
    Anyhow, sub assembly is the name of the game with some of the cockpit details being dealt with including the MG 15 magazines with PE front and back all now awaiting a PE carrying strap! 
     

     
    rudder pedals, co-pilots seat, pilots seat rear bulkhead and two piece control column,  all of which had to be cut from the moulding sheet and cleaned up. 
     
    In addition I have added the control surfaces and the awkward top and bottom riveted  seams along the tail booms while i am waiting for the resin to dry Ill look for something else to be getting on with. Might be undercarriage or possibly build the flap units up.
     
    I'm still undecided as to whether to depict the flaps up or down as yet there are very few images showing these aircraft with the flaps down whilst on the ground but HPH have some lovely PE for the internals.  Either way I don't want to be handling the airframe while the resin is setting, fragile is an understatement. 
     

     

     

     
     
     
    Still enjoying this build despite the seam cleanup and awkward fit in parts.... that's resin I suppose!  
     
     
     
     
      
     
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    MikeMaben reacted to Wolf Buddee in My 14 day self isolation build.........WnW Fokker D.VIIF   
    Beautifully done Andy.
     
    These WnW's Fokker DVII kits do require a bit more patience but are well worth the extra effort and turn out incredibly well in the end. Be careful with the thin piece representing the stitching that fills the centre of the lower fuselage. It was a very tight fit when test fitting and I broke mine in three pieces trying to remove it before gluing.  When I build my DVII -F I'll glue it in place, sand it smooth, and use Archer Fine Transfer's zig-zag stitching decal to replace the stitching detail.
     
    Just a heads up my friend.
     
    Cheers,
    Wolf
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    MikeMaben reacted to monthebiff in My 14 day self isolation build.........WnW Fokker D.VIIF   
    You can definitely have to much of a good thing and havnt really done much modelling this week till yesterday. Now have the fuselage closed up and engine installed 
     

     

     

     

     
    Back in to it an enjoying the build and almost ready to paint the fuselage.
     
    Regards. Andy 
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    MikeMaben reacted to Anthony in NZ in 75 Sqn RNZAF Mosquito Detailed Build   
    Thanks very much buddy!  I am hoping to make her look more realistic by adding every tiny little detail that should be there
     
    Thanks Peter, that means a lot coming from you!  Thank you sir!
     
    Thanks John, loving your 32nd one as well...goodness knows I need some inspiration LOL!
     
    Always appreciate your feedback Andy, you have been a great source of encouragement for me!
     
    I just took this, this morning with natural light, hopefully it shows the detail better than it did at 11:30pm last night!

     
    Thanks always for checking in and your encouraging words, you have no idea how it keeps me going on a project like this!
     
    Quick question to you guys, I am thinking of putting a few 'dings' on the underwing 100gal tanks before I put the weld beads and rivets on.  They were (well the ones the RNZAF got delivered were light alloy, along with a few Aussie made ones that were robust steel items and had a big seam down the middle) fairly easily dented and I have a few pics of then with the odd ding and dents, nothing too much...thoughts?
     
    Cheers Anthony 
     
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    MikeMaben reacted to airscale in 1/18 Focke-Wulf Fw190C V18 'Känguruh'   
    afternoon ladies
     
    thank you so much for the warm welcome on this build I am really excited about it even though it is as far as you can get from the well documented P51C with a full library of every drawing available to look up.. I will just have to domore 'interpretation' than usual!
     
     
     
     
    Thanks Roger & Alain - I am already in your debt, for the info you have already sent and am going to need wingmen like you to help me on this one
     
     
     
    Ah Wackyracer, you were pipped to the post by one, otherwise you would have been my very first Patron! I have really enjoyed making video blogs of the build to compliment WIP posts and think it really does bring another dimension to not only what I do, but sharing it with you good folks
     
    another video went up this morning, so do catch that one
     
     
     
    Hi Miamiangler- stay safe over there and can't wait to see a fellow build of this engimatic aircraft
     
    So where were we... breaking up the 21st Century Toys 'toy' into bits...
     
    The model is mainly made up from bits that are either screwed together, or have 'nubs' that pass through a hole and are then melted with what looks like a soldering iron, so by breaking out those nubs it came to pieces quite easily & quickly...
     
    ..the fuselage and all those bits...
     

     
    ..and the wings and all those bits...
     

     
    ..comparing to plans, the shapes are pretty good - the fuselage is a tad short at the tail, but that's no problem to correct later..
     

     
    ..and the wings are fine..
     

     
    ..the model is covered in deep panel lines which will be a problem when it comes to skinning, so the first step was to fill these with P40 filler...
     

     

     
    ..no this is not some late war camoflage, this is what it looks like after sanding the filler down...
     

     
    ..the recess for the airscoop was also filled..
     

     
    ..then the fuselage & wings were shot with some high build primer - mainly so I have a unified looking set of parts to work with, but also to help visualisation..
     

     

     

     

     
    ..have also started to gather what drawings I can find and start translating them into what will become a large photo-etch set, although the etcher's I use PPD have suspended trading due to covid so that will be a while yet
     

     
    ..and even while preparing that top instrument panel part, I learned thanks to forum contributors that this Fw190 would have had ancilliary instruments like this shot of a high altitude test aircraft - this is what I will copy I expect...
     

     
    so, we are on our way.... a million parts to go, but I think it is going to be a blast
     
    Don't forget, if you fancy it, video builds and articles are and will continue to be posted on Patreon
     
    TTFN
     
    Peter
     
     
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    MikeMaben reacted to Thunnus in 1/32 Revell Bf109G-6/AS Hohenjager   
    Time to apply the markings.  I scanned an Eagle Cal's Bf109G-6 decal sheet and used it as a template to make custom masks for the crosses and swastika.
    With multi-color masks, there are always a few ways you can paint these.  I decided to do the white borders first.  So I applied the outline mask and sprayed the white.


     
    Keeping the outline mask in place, I placed the little "L" masks for white borders and sprayed RLM 74 Gray over that.



     
    Same deal with the wing bottom, except I ran into a little paint pull-up.

     
    This was fixed using pieces of Post-Its as a corrective mask.

     
    One thing that you have to watch out for with vinyl masking material (Oramask 810) is that it can stretch or distort.  That happened with the fuselage crosses.

     
    The distortion was bad enough to redo the marking altogether.  So it's back to square one on the port side.

     
    I managed to correct the starboard fuselage cross without having to re-do it.

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    MikeMaben reacted to NGBZ in Tamiya 1/32 Spitfire Mk.VIII   
    Thank you for the feedback everyone 
     
    So, onto the elevator control assembly. Scratched using Evergreen styrene, Meng styrene bolts and Gaspatch 1/48 turnbuckles....
     

     
    Finally, for now, have made a start on the belts, using one of HGW's excellent sets. AK burnishing solution for the buckles etc  while XF-57 is a close enough match to paint the white reverse sides of the belts. Oddly enough, the instructions fail to show one of the buckles on the lap straps even though it is supplied on the PE fret?
     

     
    Gary
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    MikeMaben reacted to Wolf Buddee in Tamiya 1/32 F4U-1A   
    Folks, Thank-you so very much for your postings and I apologize for my lack of response buy I can assure you they're all very much appreciated!
     
    I've been bouncing around a bit on my build and made an interesting (to me anyways) observation regarding some details. Tamiya's instructions indicate using certain parts for the -1A build but from references I've found I should be using alternate parts supplied in the kit but not mentioned in the instructions.
     
    From my research, based on it's build number and photo evidence, my specific Corsair was an early F4U-1A and wasn't set up to use the Brewster bomb rack. Tamiya's instructions and parts call out are given so the rack can be used. When the bomb rack was installed the centre cooling flap on the underside of the fuselage, part R20, was notched out on the trailing edge to clear the rack. I used part B25 instead without the cut out. It also meant that there was no small arming panel on the right side of the IP coaming. The applicable hole needed to be filled. Instead of using parts R24 and R14 below the centre of the main wing spar, which accommodates the rear mounting for the bomb rack I should have used part B18. Unfortunately, I'm a great gluer, (that's a real word Isn't it?) and I'd already used R24 and R14 so corrective surgery was needed. Then there was the bomb rack's forward mounting point. Tamiya, thankfully, supply part B23 to fill the hole! 
     
    Hopefully the photos below will show what I've been yammering about.
     
    Cheers,
    Wolf
     

     

     

     

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    MikeMaben reacted to mpk in Building during COVID-19 Virus   
    I have been told by my heamatology Dr to stay indoors for up to 6 months and perhaps beyond. I have checked my tool boxes for supplies and I have blades for two years, loads of glue, multiple bottles of thinners, putty etc. Strangely I was running low on Mr. Tool cleaner. It now arrives next week.
     
    I have begun my own virus modelling by setting aside my current WWII aeroplane until I practice loads of aerial/rigging. I am currently working on my Cold war jet build meteor. I put that away for a couple of weeks to build a 1/48 jet and then a Tamiya 1/35 tank.
     
    Second day into the jet...
     
    I am so lucky to have a stash.
     
    Tomorrow I will walk the 200 meters to my hospital to get tested. Knowing hospital life the way I do means I will arrive at 0800 Sunday morning. The exercise should take 10 minutes.
     
    When ordering M.T.C. from BNA,. I also ordered templates for 1/35 armour. Having bought some nice Tamiya armour the stencils are said to be designed for Tamiya subjects. Currently trying to decide what kit to build. It's come down to either Js-2, Js-152 or Bt 42. Maybe a King Tiger...
     
    First world problems. 
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