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Well I'm a happy pup. When I left my job in March, the company was kind enough to donate a complete computer system to me for my personal use (they did snatch the hard drive though), and I didn't have to grovel or anything. :) I've now (finally), installed a new 160GB hard drive, as well as the O.S., and she's working beautifully. I've been transferring (copying), about 6GB of data at a time to hobby room computer via a flash drive; tons of photos, notes, drawings and the like. I've literally wanted to have a setup like this down in the dungeon for years, and now that dream has been realized.

 

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Work continues on the George. Still too light I realize, but I can certainly live with that, plus the future is bound to make it darker. Yellow wing LE ID bands still to be added, then she's ready for gloss coat.

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Nice work mate. I built this kit myself many years ago, and its main shortcoming (as with all the Otaki WW2 IJN/IJA kits) is the ridiculously shallow wheel bays. I think I'll repaint mine one day.

 

Kev

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Nice work mate. I built this kit myself many years ago, and its main shortcoming (as with all the Otaki WW2 IJN/IJA kits) is the ridiculously shallow wheel bays. I think I'll repaint mine one day.

 

Kev

Which is irrelevant when hanging from the ceiling, depicted in a flying condition.:) When I get to the Fw 190, I'll have one gear dropping out as it gets blasted by a Mustang; I've seen that several times in documentaries. The centerline tank of the George will be depicted slipping away from the airframe, as the pilot realizes he's just been jumped by a Hellcat.

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When I saw your thread, I thought you had a great idea.

 

So I've picked up the following kits to do something similar in my son's room:

 

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Thankfully, only one has a prop so I'll try your idea on the Mustang and see how it works.

 

Thanks for reminding us we can just throw something together and have some basic fun.

 

Carl

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And fun it is. I figured that I was never going to get around to building all those 1:48 WWII fighters at my normal snails pace, so this seemed like a pretty good idea to me.

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Yellow wing LE ID bands now added, more paint spritzed around; whole air-frame is now clear coated and awaiting decals, (not in this photo though).

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Hi, Welcome to 1960. :D You realize, I suppose, that this is exactly how we used to build these kits way back 50-60 years ago. This is how I built the first plastic model kits in the late 1940's but that is another matter.

This is the way I have always built my models and I see no reason to drive myself crazy trying to put in as many details as I can. I build for two reasons, for the fun (fun!) of it and to add another airplane type to my collection. I also build models to use in my sculpture but that is another matter entirely.

All my airplane models are depicted as if they were flying, either hanging from the ceiling or lying flat against the wall, being hung on there like a picture. In all cases the retractable landing gear stays retracted. Cockpits are left as they come in the kit, unless I paint and insert the pilot.

Accuracy of the kit? I feel that the Three Foot Rule applies: "If it looks good from three feet away it is accurate enough."

I am not saying that the effort to make a super accurate model with as much detail as possible is wrong. Far from it as there is no "wrong" in a person's hobby. The fine scale approach is just how some other people make their models. It is a big world, with plenty of room for us all. :party0023:

Thus I am very pleased to see this build and I say, "Rock on!" :clap2:

Stephen

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Stephen, I too built all my aircraft models as a kid to hang from the ceiling, doing battle, and this entire ongoing project is an homage to that period in my uncomplicated child life that I sometimes miss so much.

 

 

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Much to my horror I discovered that I had no 1:48 AM decals for this bird, so kit decals were used. They're kind of thick, but it's what I had to work with.

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Slight change in my plans; next up will be an Otaki Fw 190. Starboard gear will be dropping out (I've seen this in lots of documentaries), and aircraft will be on fire. May be in markings from Russian campaign, not real sure yet.

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The Otaki 190 is a neat little kit. Built one myself this time last year. It doesn't hold a candle to all the more modern renditions, but it's easy to build, and is light years ahead of what most kit manufacturers were putting out at the time of its release. The canopy is the worst feature of the kit, but it's probably not worth bothering about in your case (I didn't).

 

Kev

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