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    Hi all, I've just finished this build of the Trumpeter 1/32 Junkers Ju 87A 'Anton', in Spanish Civil War colours. This project preceded the Fw 189 I'm building, but this one was postponed a while due to waiting for masks and decals to be made. All national markings and serial are masked, with the spat emblem and stencils as decals. Model has the cowl corrected and a number of Eduard sets glued in there. All in all, a really nice model kit, not without accuracy issues. I've been in the modelling doldrums for a few projects now, so I needed something that would restore some faith in ability and drive me on to complete the Fw 189. This one will be in the next issue of Military Illustrated Modeller, published mid-April. I hope you like her.
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    Finished this one before June last year and was intended for the 1945 group build here but never made it. Great kit and goes together well. I used some of Barracudacast's resin bits including small wheel bulge inserts, exhausts, spinner, blades, main wheels and the little cowling vents. Also one of Roy's decal sheets as well. Thanks for looking Bevan
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    This is the Kittyhawk Kingfisher converted to an RAAF aircraft by deleating the hole in the front windshield, adding a ring and bead sight, adding sway braces to the bomb racks, adding an extra strake to the main float and modifying the water rudder linkage. This kit gets some bad press which I generally agree with however nothing that can prevent a nice result. Painted in Alclad and AK Extreme Metal. The photos were taken by my mate Eric G Cheers for looking!
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    Wow... Thanks a million... For the pics and the compliment about the site. It took some elbow grease but it was worth it! New features keep surprising me on a daily basis. I really hope Rick can shed some light on the wings this week. Thanks again. Here's a pic of some detail work taken directly from one of your shots! (Needs some washes etc to blend the wiring in).
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    Hi Everyone, As the title implies, i managed to finish yet another 32nd scale aircraft model. Building on the learning curve gained from my earlier Goodyear FG-1, i present to you my F4U-2 Corsair, in the markings of VF (N)-101 aboard USS ENTERPRISE. This model uses a combination of conversion parts from Lone Star Models (Radome), AMS Resin(Flame Dampeners) and OWL (Radio Altimeter antennae). I also used the Barracuda Studios Corsair Cockpit Placard decal set and the Diamond Tread F4U/F6F wheels. As conversion efforts go, it was actually pretty simple, and one of the big benefits i had was the pilot who flew this aircraft is actually still alive! Bob Brunson flew this very plane and is alive and well in Estes Park, CO. Bob crashed in Bu Aer 02710, "Number 10" while coming aboard ENTERPRISE at night. Bob walked away with hardly a scratch, but his Corsair was deep sixed one night in May of 1944. This was my first big experiment in using Tamiya Acrylics; On my FG-1 i used Mr Color for the first time, but because of a lot of glowing reviews i heard about Tamiya (plus its availability), i decided to mix my own camouflage colours. Some of the blues were mixed to some Tamiya mixing Formulae from an old IPMS-Stockholm article, and some were suggested mixed via Martin Sanford. I mixed small batches of each major colour using the different formulas, and mixed and matched from the ones i liked. The single most controversial aspect of these planes is the paint scheme. There are only a handful of useful photos of these planes taken aboard INTREPID and ENTERPRISE, and what they depict is subject to some debate. Some people belive (and at least one book published) profiles of this aircraft with black flanks painted on the fuselage side. I was always a little skeptical about this; having spoken with Bob he was positive there was no black on the plane. Looking at "Better" pictures of the Marine F4U-2s assigned to VMF (N)-532, i've concluded the the Corsair in question had a heavily blended Non Spec Sea Blue fuselage, carried very far down the sides of the fuselage, and that the plane may have had semi gloss sea blue (Which is darker than Non Spec Sea Blue) applied to the fuselage sides, resulting in a combination flat finish/ semi gloss finish to the Fuselage. Given the degree of blending, in the picture you see below, its understandable that people would mistake the fuselage for black... The markings on these planes were very low-key. In fact, i refer to this model as, "A Very accurate depiction of a very dull paint scheme". There was originally a VF (N)-101 sticker applied under the windscreen, but when the remnants of -101 transferred from INTREPID to ENTERPRISE, orders came to remove the decals. Richard "Chick" Harmer's F4U-2 actually had nose art painted on the cowling called, "The Impatient Virgin" but no photos or artwork have been seen. The national insignias were painted on using MONTEX paint masks. For the most part they worked well, but the MONTEX instructions have the wing insignias slightly mislocated, and i didn't discover the error until it was too late. Due to the star and bar nature of the markings, i had to sort of apply the mask in steps; having applied flat white for the stars, i next located the stars in the proper positions, and then proceeded to build the remaining masks, element by element, around the stars. I did have problems with the blues of the insignia lifting off in very small flecks, that required a repair job way out of proportion to the problem caused. I used Mr Color Levelling thinner to thin the paint, and it worked well, but these itty bitty chips of paint were maddening and had no rhyme or reason. F4U-2s had a simplified antenna installation, consisting of a wire running from the leading edge of the right stabilizer, up to the rubber tensioner assembly and then down to the ceramic lead-in point behind the right hand side of the canopy. There was a simple whip antenna, and a Transponder/ IFF antenna on the belly. The 2 radio Altimeter antennas were mounted along the keel. These antennas are photo etched brass, made by OWL and while delicate, worked great. I cannot recommend them highly enough. In this shot, you can see the IFF antenna a little better, along with the flame dampening exhausts. I built a display base from 5/8" Plywood onto which i laminated a basswood carrier deck made by Nautilus models. It was painted with Tamiya acrylics and weathered with a wash of paynes gray and raw umber. First time i did this and for the most part i like it. The deck is a bit too blue- it should be a much lighter light gray colour- but not bad for a first effort. Not seen here, but i also had a brass nameplate made as well as a protective 1/8" thick acrylic display case. Close up of the antenna installation... The white light in the tail cone is a piece of .015 diameter Plastruct rod. As i write this, we are making plans to fly this model to Bob so I can deliver it in person. I am looking forward to it. If you ever get the opportunity to do something like this for a veteran, take my advice and do it. You wont regret it. david img163.tif
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    Hasegawa's Bf109 F-4/Trop done out-of-the-box in 2011 with some Tamiya tape seat belts and left-over "Yellow 10" decals from a Kagero sheet... Thanks for looking. Cheers, Ralph.
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    Built last year. Added airframe rivets and a few other home-made enhancements. Painted with Tamiya acrylics. Markings again courtesy of Mal Mayfield. Apologies to those who might have seen it elsewhere last year... Thanks for looking. Cheers, Ralph.
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    Built out-of-the box back in 2010 and painted with Tamiya acrylics, and the aid of masks from Mal Mayfield. Apologies to those who saw it back then. Thanks for looking. Cheers, Ralph.
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    Well.... I haven't got it just yet... But I just pre ordered this!! My ass is grass if my wife finds out! Each kit is made to order, which takes about 4 months... Which I can understand looking at these pics!!! Of course it the kits not going to end up as a PBY-5a... but and PBY-5 in RNZAF markings of course!
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    Thanks! Almost done. Final bits and bobs. Drilled the holes in the canopy that were actually not holes but containers filled with silica squeezed between the double layered glass to prevent fogging. (You were right Cees ) I did not drill the holes all the way through, but halfway. This comes closest to looking like the real thing. Added latches to the nose cowling: Adding loose brake lines to the gear: (made them from lead wired, wrapped with thin strips of masking tape)
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    Hey guy's, have not done a lot of moddeling this past half year because i had to finish the restauration of 2 pinball machines, the owners where waiting for it. But now those are done, so on with the plastic Before i trew everything in storage i managed to glue the wings to the fuselage, so first thing i did when i pulled it back out was to finish glueing the side boards, one fitted realy wel, the other i had to shim a lot I am planning on further detailing of the auxilliary bay, but first i want to paint this beast, so out comes the maskingtape prepped al the other assembley's and out came the primer and the "plat de resistence" tonight i will look at it more closely, but it seemed rather ok, still a few minor seams and blemisches to correct, but far less than i expected. see you soon, grtz free
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    Well, the kit's not made of resin itself, but a good portion of the contents will be... Standard Hasegawa kit, with added Eduard BMW801 radial engine, Eagle Editions Cockpit and wheels, Henri Daehne spinner and propeller set, and possibly some other assorted parts from the Aires D-9 super set. I had always wondered why no-one had bothered with an engine set for this kit, so now I guess we'll see if the Eduard motor will fit (my initial measurements say it will). Work has commenced with the wing panel inserts for the gun covers, and about a half-hour's worth of rivets in the same area.
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    On a roll now!! After the washes I'll add a satin coat followed by pencil weathering with light green, white and silver.
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    More green shades (RLM83) and faint presence of english insignia.
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    I almost finish the group build. And so I start this very promissing kit I will get over to the Tomcat when the zacto intakes are ready. So I made a start with the gunner chair lol did not notice there are two of those needed so one more to do at some detail not knowing if it is realy visible. I made a back with Magic sculp for the first time so I think I need a bit more practice lol. I have a question I have seen photos of the gunner seat all with out arm rest was this practice or need the arm rest to be on the seat? . Johan bos
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    My Fokker is finished. The ONLY thing I see wrong with these kits is that they are so delicate. Things like the rudder, tailplane and undercarriage have such fine attachment points. Probably because WNW did such a fine job with detail and accuracy. But it has a slight detrimental effect when it comes to handling and maybe longevity. But why am I bitching? I shouldn't be. Here she is,thanks to no rigging to speak of. I hope you like her. I don't know how this picture got rotated. Oops, I missed a spot. That must be fixed. Thanks for viewing. Any critiques and advice is greatly appreciated and welcome. Paul
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    Erm - I popped over here hoping to find a community where everyone kinda got on and worked together - helping each other out and not throwing rocks at each other because we have varying views of what constitutes a good model. For heavens sake - this is supposed to be a relaxing hobby - I see enough angst in my day job... Iain
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    Hey Guys, Bit of an update. Finished the weathering, got it as far as I want to go. I could have gone further on the undersides around the engines but I decided to keep it fairly subdued. Also fitted the ventral bay doors, along with their hydraulic jacks and flexible hoses. Everything unmasked, you can now see the pilot's DV window slid open (it survived the masking tape!!). Next task: detail the firewall and install the engine. Check out the pics, feedback always welcome.
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    Hi Grant, This ones' got your name written aaaaaaall over it! Cheers mate!
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    A big box from Hong Kong..... A review and build will be coming up very soon!
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    Hello all, As promised a quick SBS of my prop using my mixes its easy to do and in the future i will be sharing this technique with the modelling fraternity but at this moment in time i am developing the techique/process and looking at its market potential any feed back regarding this please send me a pm, well pictures tell a 1000 words........ Base mix Wolff prop sourced and pattern drawn on Not sure about this bit WIP you get the idea... some extra grain added one coat of top mix applied and worked with a few strokes to even out colour at this point not sure this "wood" work lol adding more top coat to darkern mahogany ply HAPPY......NO bit of rework Finished tonight
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    Hi Rob, I've done a couple of tests on left over transparent pieces. But just looking at the way it sits now keeps me from giving it a go... Adding panels now. Note the latches on the right cowling panel in the 2nd photo. That was a b*tch!
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    Hi folks, In its old incarnation, LSM was operating on an old legacy system software system that would no longer be supported from April this year. The removal of support meant that critical updates and patches would no longer be available. That would of course compromise our community. The decision was made to do this major upgrade to v4 of IPB. This was something that we needed to liaise with the provider over, and the changes are quite radical. We implore you to play with the system and look around before posting questions regarding changes. There is nothing you can break, so go explore. We have far more features with this software, than ever before, and more possibilities to exploit. Notice we ditched the darker appearance in favour of something more appealing. If you like further simplicity, then there is an 'alternative' theme that can be accessed from the bottom of the page. You will notice that one legacy from the conversion are the extra line breaks (spaces) in between paragraphs and in your signatures. With the signatures, please can you edit them and remove those spaces to condense them, or they will look ugly. Enjoy the site and get dome modelling work posted here! LSM TEAM
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    Hello, my finished G6 "Rhino" in 1/35 scale by Takom. It is a huge kit and a huge car... I hope that you like it! Cheers, Micha
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    Hi all, still aiming for this weekend Finished.... 1st for 2017 for me. Thanks all for your comments. Here is where I'm up to.
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    Evening everyone Not a lot of progress to report on the big Shackleton project, but work has been going on, albeit at a glacial pace... I've been getting the wing surfaces sorted, as after the outer wings were attached a coat of filler-primer revealed a multitude of sins to be sorted. The original plastic of the Lancaster kit was quite bumpy from the start, and the rather rudimentary panel detailing needed to go, too. So, the pictures you see below are the results of three coats of filler-primer that have now been sanded back and polished, to leave me with a lovely and smooth surface for the final priming: I've also begun the process of marking out the position of the outboard nacelles in preparation to make those: Have I said before that this model is rather large? Here's a 1/32nd Spitfire snuggled up and shows the massive span of this thing - it's not far short of the 1/32nd B-29 I did a few years back: Not the most enthralling of updates, but I wanted to assure you that this project is still ticking along slowly... On a final note, does anyone know of a good source of plans for the radome set-up on the AEW2? I'm going to redo my earlier one and need a lower, side, front and rear profile of the 'dome itself is anyone knows of a good set of drawings? Until next time, Tom
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    The battle continues, and believe me, this has been a battle in places. My replacement boom arrived from HpH and allowed me to continue this bird. Again, the booms seams were sanded flat. A couple of spots where the resin dipped in a little required filling. As this would later be scribed along the joint, I opted to do this with epoxy glue instead of putty, as this would be more stable and less likely to break away under the scriber. Undercarriage bulkheads are now installed within the booms, ready for paint. There is a problem with the curvature of the wing panels and that that is cast onto the boom wing root fairings. On the outboard side, the wing root simply sits a little high and the joint needs sanding down to match the wing panels. However, on the inboard fairing, the wing profile of the inboard panel is almost FLAT!! As the fairing is curved and site far higher than the wing, this had to be significantly reduced to match the wing along the joint. Sounds bad, but only took about 30 mins to fix, prior to re-scribing lost details. This is where I am at the moment. As you can see, she's finally coming together. The upper fuse section is only temporarily sat in position here, and the model is only held together with tape, prior to the gear bays being painted. I'm not going to say the hard work is done, as the canopies need to be fitted, but I do feel like I'm getting somewhere now.
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    Ok ... so ... much more upbeat in this post Firstly ... My second Fly Hurricane Mk.I arrived ... Complete with 2 'extras' bags (instructions, decals, photo etch etc) - the extra being for the first kit which didn't have it packed .. It also arrived in decent time, taking only 3 and a half weeks to arrive - instead of the 2 months for the previous example!! Also ... The second Revell Me.262B kit arrived from Hannants ... A MUCH improved effort in packaging sees this kit box without damage. ... and in reference to said, damaged kit ... a fellow modeller sent me the most amusing email ... The email, in summary, alludes to the concept that I should have just 'put up' with the earlier mentioned damaged kit ... as the contents were probably ok. I should "expect" items to get damaged in the mail - especially from overseas suppliers and I shouldn't "con" additional "freebies" from outlets when nothing was really wrong with the item anyway. ... apparently I'm the reason that kit prices increase at retail outlets and English retail outlets (in particular) go out of business flabbergasted ... I just laughed and hit delete! My take? ... I pay "new" money and shipping - I get "new" (read undamaged/unused) goods! If you stuff up on packaging, not taking reasonable care and effort to ensure "safe" delivery - you replace! Rog
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    Bit of progress on the deck fittings. The forward spar hanger was a bit of a headache, fit-wise. The location makes fitting the support brace a challenge - took about 30 mins and two pairs of pliers to get all the curves and twists just right. Hmmm. Realizing that a black brace, in shadow, against a black section of hull doesn't show very well ! Foredeck almost done
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    Hi all, finally finished the Fokker E.III in Max Immellmann's 'colors'. Since he was awarded the Blue Max medal, I placed a replica of the Pour le Merite on the base. I have added HGW seatbelts. A wooden prop (by Douglas Craner). Bob's Buckles and EZ line. Now, on with the DH.9a! Cheers, Jeroen
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    I finished this one just before we lost the original SPAR forums so I figured I'd post it here. 1/32 Hasegawa Bf 109G-14, MDC Cockpit, Eagle Editions spinner, G-Factor landing gear, Master Details Bf 109G Upgrade Set, Sky Decals, paint is Mr. Color. Thanks for looking and party on Garth!
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    Living 13 miles outside Washington DC, and being alone with my toddler daughter this weekend, we went the Air and Space Museum and saw Buzz Aldrin signing his new book for folks. I only had my phone with me so apologies for the quality of the pics at the museum. Then, today, we went to Manassas airport and saw the CAF's B-29 Fifi, a P-51D that actually flew in WWII, the CAF's Helldiver and more. Here are some pics.
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    Hobby Boss kit with numerous mods using Tamiya Mk.IX and Hasegawa Mk.I parts, prop blades from Grey Matter Figures, exhausts from Quickboost, wing cannons from Master-Model, and wheels from BarracudaStudios. Extra rivet detail was added around the engine using the RB Production rivet tools. Marking were painted on using masks from Miracle Paint Masks. Some truely impressive finshed work pics on the forum - sorry I can't match them. Happy to provide more details on the mods if anyone is interested. Thanks for Looking. Cheers, Ralph.
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    Thanks chaps, It itched so badly I had to scratch This evening I sprayed the parts with a first coat of dark grey paint. It really blends in the various materials. I am very very pleased how the rib tapes turned out. They are very subtle, as they should be. The coat of paint also revealed that some more polishing need to be done as scratches and sanding marks are evident, but nothing major. That's the purpose of that paintcoat after all. Here are the pics, the parts are sitting on the next phase of this journey, the balsa beams from which i hopefully can whittle some fuselage masters. But that another story. Cheers Cees
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    Another oldie. Rivets added with RB Productions wheels; painted with Floquil enamels and Tamiya acrylics; markings from Freightdog Models FSD32-001 "P-47 Thunderbolts. Immediate Post-War RAF". The Curtis Electric prop came from the Trumpeter kit; seat belts from RB Productions. Thanks for looking. Cheers, Ralph.
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    haha! i do most of my modeling on the living room. Warm and cozy by the fire (and TV). I get away with a lot, until i start sanding. That's when i get the evil looks... Here's a pic that doesn;t show a lot of progress, but took quite some time. Getting rid of seams. Hollowing exhausts.
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    You guys are onto something here. Personally the people I consider the true experts on any given modeling forum are the ones with the most impressive and frequent builds. After all, it's a modeling forum, right? If the primary idea of a modeling forum isn't building models, then what use is it? And who do these guys putting themselves out there as "experts" but never seem to finish any builds think they're kidding? What I love about this forum and a very small number of others like it is that the focus is on building models by people who are actually building models with a positive "just do it" kind of attitude and an unusually high level of skill and craftsmanship, no matter what the "experts" are pontificating about at the other forums. What really seals it for me is on the rare occasion one of these negative "experts" tries to actually build something, it invariably looks like complete crap. "The kit cockpit was so inaccurate in every way that I decided to scratch build it out of something that now looks like popsicle sticks and bubblegum dipped into a can of house paint..."
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    Ahh.... Kudos to anyone who can drink tequila and not glue model pieces to their foreheads....
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    Hi Mike, No problemo. Couldn't help myself with the gun flashes
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    6 weeks of unemployment are coming to an end next week. Decided to celebrate with the new Hobby Boss P-61B. Should be here monday or Tuesday.
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    So, you're all sitting there wondering whether this is going to throw all your good work out of the window right? Well ....... IT'S GOOD NEWS !!! In light of all the issues surrounding the "Great (not Wall Street) Crash of 2013" and the temporary lack of a forum on to which you could continue posting your builds, the staff have agreed to extend the completion date of the competition Group Build by one month. Therefore, officially, the "Arrow Wolf Messerschmitt Group Build" will finish at 23.59hr on 31st July 2013. So, that's enough time for KoJo to get three more 109's into the competition and for those who've just joined, it eases the pressure a little
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    Small update: I was able to find some time to attach the wings, install the instrument panel and do some filling and painting. Unfortunately, I ran out of primer, so the paint is going on without it. Hopefully this doesn't come back to bite me in the behind later. Cheers, Wayne
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