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  1. A couple of days ago, Harv. I'm officially eligible for the senior citizen discount!
  2. Thanks for the birthday wishes, gents! I spent the weekend camping - no bench time. 😞
  3. I did a test fit of the fuselage to wing spars. The cockpit was very tight going into the locating spots, so I put the cockpit assembly in by itself. A little finagling, and I got the fuselage sides in place.
  4. Good news indeed, Ernie! Down the road, maybe we'll see some things long neglected (Kate, Val, and that accurate P-51B)...
  5. Peter, you can go blind with those cockpit stencils - but they really make the 'pit pop!
  6. Gaz, For priming and covering larger area, I use my very first air brush - a single action, siphon feed Badger 350 with a medium nozzle. For priming, I've come to rely on Mr. Surfacer 1500 (black); I read somewhere that it contains very fine particles of granite. I won't run it through my Iwata. The Badger is cheap, and mine's been working well for over 30 years.
  7. Progress has been slowed by a camping trip - but I'm back at the bench for a little before I head to NY for a wedding. Getting ready for some washes...
  8. Not sure about the toilet bomber; I have plenty of time to consider it. I'm really enjoying this kit so far. Everything fits very well. Got some work done on the wings: I'll take care of painting the ammo later. Got some gloss white sprayed tonight, too. Once cured, I'll give it a black wash. More to come...
  9. Too funny, Scott. I looked at that pic and thought : More freaking shoes!?
  10. I've started on this beast. Main cockpit parts put together. I'm using Z-M color callouts with the exception of their "interior green" - they call for RLM 82; I opted for ModelMaster Interior Green. Cockpit is Dark Gull Gray. I'm not a big fan of front/rear fuselage sections. Rather than Join the front and rear once assembled, I prefer to join them prior to assembly of the "halves" - this helps to minimize a step between the two. They're not really halves on this plane, Z-M has the main fuselage in left, right, top and bottom. It's new to me.
  11. Those engines are looking mighty fine, Mark!
  12. One of my most recent acquisitions. My first impression: I was struck by the size of the box (21x13x6 - that's 533x330x153 for you metric folks). I know the Skyraider wasn't a small plane, but the box easily dwarfs any single engine prop plane I've ever seen. Upon opening, that box is stuffed with tons of plastic - 14 sprues for the plane and another eight for the weapons. I'll be building straight OOB. More pics soon.
  13. Phil, I start many but finish few. Maybe a WIP will get me off my ass and finish one. The smell of fresh plastic is strong in this one...
  14. And last but not least, brass landing gear struts for the Meng Dr.1
  15. I had to remove ceiling panels in order to run refrigerant lines for the new air conditioning unit. The main thing on my bench right now is mouse droppings.
  16. Very cool, Ernie! I never built the Paddy Wagon, but I have a couple of Tom Daniels' Red Baron in the stash. If I can ever find one at a reasonable price, I'd be tempted to pick up the Boot Hill Express...
  17. My build rate is far exceeded by the rate at which I accumulate kits. I think my stash is currently in the 150-200 range. I'm currently waiting for the Z-M Skyraider to arrive.
  18. Up to your usual standards, Wolf. I'll be watching closely!
  19. Courtesy of Harv... my first ever Russian aircraft.
  20. Enjoy the pleasures of lake living, Scott. Unpacking can wait for a rainy day. I'm not a procrastinator. Just an amateurcrastinator.
  21. Beautifully done! I'd love to have one of these, but they're fetching unbelievable prices these days.
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