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Everything posted by mywifehatesmodels

  1. Fantastic Wurger! With the right base and background (in the second photo, especially), one would swear it was taxiing out for takeoff. John
  2. Even though I'm not interested in every release ICM has made in the last couple years (but it's usually a subject that will satisfy someone else who has been waiting years for it), it's clear they have stepped up their game and I hope they continue down this path. John
  3. Thrilled to see this kit in the GB! I plan on doing the same kit as my next LSP build. I wanted to enter it in this GB, but things didn't come together in time and I've settled on a September 1939 scheme, instead. In any case, I'll be living vicariously through your WIP thread, for the time being. Looking forward to it! John P.S. I also wanted to ask about the early H engine conversion you have there. I have contemplated that set, as well. However, I couldn't verify if it could be used in the P kit, or if it was designed specifically for the H-6 kit that was released later. Any chance you can clarify that? Thanks!
  4. Looking great! My first attempts with an airbrush were nowhere near as good as yours. It took me a couple years to even get close to that level, so have no fear, as you are definitely on the right track. Very nice P-40. Thanks for posting and welcome aboard! John
  5. Tony, I've been using postimg.org for the last few years. It's free and easy. Like any host, it takes a bit to get their process down, but I find that I can upload much faster and with fewer failures than I ever could with photobucket and none of the other hassles, either. Best wishes, John
  6. I've participated in several. There were a couple/few that I couldn't complete in the timeframes, for whatever reason, but always had fun doing it. I think the fact that it has it's own forum/sub forums could reduce the amount of traffic, but I'm not sure how to remedy that. Also, I think that some may feel like it's a competition, of sorts. I personally don't feel that way, but can see how some may. Being that most of us are seemingly laid back individuals and here for camaraderie and not competition, that could play a part, even if we aren't consciously aware of it? In any case, I wouldn't want to see them go away. Longer deadlines probably won't hurt, either. I've never once been participating in a GB and found myself asking, "Is this thing over yet?" Usually it's exactly the opposite! Just thinking outloud, John
  7. Spectacular Bubbletop! I love the photography, too! John
  8. Alain, Thanks so much for stopping by and for the kind words. I'm actually glad you asked this question about the paint, because it tells me that I've been successful in my approach. Let me explain why..... In looking at all the photos I could put my eyes on, of the Ki-44s used at the Akeno school, I noticed a few things about their camo schemes. Many of them have paint that looks brushed on, but, at least as often, it appears to be sprayed on. Then there are some that appear to have both and even more photos of the same aircraft taken at different times, shows that new camouflage was sprayed on over existing brush work, or the other way around. It would appear that the paint was very prone to wear and that it was touched up or redone from time to time. For example, one of the more photographed planes from this group is number "93". Here are some photos of that aircraft where you can see where paint was later added in large splotches, specifically on the fuselage sides from the cockpit, moving back. There didn't seem to be any sort of set pattern and some aircraft had little, or no camouflage, at all. Since I knew that getting a perfect pattern match for the paint scheme of any particular aircraft was never going to meet my level of satisfaction, I cheated by using an aircraft number that I could not find documented, but that fits the range of numbers I've seen on Akeno 44s. In this case, it was a red "50" decal from my spares box, that happened to be a perfectly sized example for the landing gear doors. So, this is technically a "what if" build, but it's backed by at least some history and logic. Here are a few more photos showing a lineup of 44s, which highlights some of the camo variations. So, my approach was to spray a green pattern, then come back and add to it with a darkened variation of the same green, giving some tonal variation through a mottled effect. Then, when I gave it the oil wash/weathering process, some of that paint was "worn" away by the oils. I paid special attention to the areas in between the splotches I had sprayed, where the bare metal was shining through, but partially covered with paint overspray. Since I had used a Future coat on the NMF and enamels for the camo, the oils make fairly short work of the enamels and it doesn't take much to start wiping it away and giving the "splotches" a little more definition, at the same time creating a "wear" to the paint and making the line between appearing brushed/sprayed that much more difficult to discern, as can bee seen on some of the real life examples. Hope that makes sense! Thanks again, John
  9. To my eye, it looks like the underwing panel for the outboard cannon is flipped open. As to why, I'm not sure, since I believe this particular aircraft didn't carry the outboard guns? John
  10. VERY interested in the upcoming Ju 88 gear, especially if they can handle the weight of the AIMS conversions. John
  11. Ernest, Funny you should mention that, as when I reflect back now, I ended up having to do some surgery to the pilot's left arm, to make it fit. The only option I could come up with, was to extend the arm up beside the receiver of the machine gun, in order to straighten it out. It gives the appearance that he's checking the weapon, but it really saved me from hunting down a suitable replacement arm. Thanks again, John
  12. If you want to go the exposed engine route, out of the box, then probably the newer tooled Revell kits. But that's not usually how I build, so Hasegawa for me, too. John
  13. You picked a heckuva kit for a first full resin build! But an amazing result. I love it! John
  14. Thanks for the kind words, everyone! It's good to be able to post a LSP again (although I have some Non-LSP stuff on the bench at the moment). I have some other, bigger LSP projects in the works and may even post a WIP thread again, soon. I'm planning on a He 111P build and I should have everything I need for it in the next week, or so. I think the best way for me to keep on top of it and stay motivated to document everything, would be to start a thread. Thanks again! John
  15. I actually finished this model a couple/few months back, but was having trouble getting good photos, due to the metal base finish and the lighting in my shop. I kind of put the photo shoot on the back burner, but everything came together yesterday and I was able to get a good session in with some cool clouds in the background. This is a fairly basic build of another great Hasegawa kit. I added Quickboost exhausts, brake lines from wire and the antenna wire is E-Z Line. Oh, and I also riveted the entire airframe. The base finish is Testors Metalizer Aluminum Plate from the rattle can. It was buffed to a decent shine, then coated with Future. The rest of the colors are Model Master enamels. All of the national markings were masked and painted. The decals came from my spares and represent an aircraft from the IJA Akeno Flying School. Weathering was done with oils and pastels. This was also another opportunity to improve my figure painting skills. Still a long way to go, but that's why I'm practicing! Enjoy! John
  16. Fantastic! I've wanted to do a build of this specific F-2 for a while. Didn't know anyone had done decals in 1/32. Good to know! Again, great work! John
  17. Looking forward to this one! Great start, Jay! John
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