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About rkranias

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    Rick K
  • Birthday 02/09/1955

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    Washington, DC
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    Chasing my kids, making my wife laugh, gym rat, single malt with good maduro.

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  1. That's me after about 2 months of near lockdown with two teenagers. We believe COVID19 hit our house in early Feb. Me, wife and both kids (13/15) at the same time. High fever, coughing all night long and very weak for 10 days. It was hard on all of us. Kids and most importantly our teachers adapted to virtual classroom. It was not perfect but it got the job done. Kudos to our kids' teachers. This fall our school district got technology sorted and the virtual teaching model is transparent, kids have accountability and teachers doing a terrific job. Hardest was watching our
  2. Ship cost is extra from DC area 20895. PayPal only. Note two PayPal price options. Strike thru in red means sale pending. Will remove when final. WORLDWIDE SHIPPING I will require an up front ship payment. Typically USD$50-USD$60. I will get an estimate to you along with size and weight of shipment. Any ship overage will be refunded. All 1:32 unless noted. All sealed bags unless noted. All kits complete unless noted. All kits unstarted unless noted. Most of these kits are loaded with aftermarket. Some kits are OOP. Some aftermarket is also OOP. Sa
  3. good stuff Harv. textile belts drive me crazy until finished. then I'm happy to have gone through the angst.
  4. Thanks Jeff. of course I enjoyed this little Jug. Out of box and lots of brush detailing. clearly took me out of my comfort zone. Cheers Phil. Thanks Harv!
  5. Done in about 40 days. Revell P47M #04185 (I know P47M did not serve RAF SEAC, just don't look at the engine or cockpit too closely. And the kit cost $5) Out of Box build Drilled out Blast Tubes MRP used through out with exception of Alclad for Drop tanks and Gunze for Interior Green and Chromate Yellow colors. Cockpit detail picked out with Vallejo Model Color Decals from Eduard Aussie Eight Spitfire kit Tamiya FX86 Flat Clear overall
  6. Panel line wash added then sealed Tamiya XF86 Flat Clear thinned with Mr. Leveling Thinner 1:1. Exhaust stain with MiG Industrial Dirt powder. Turbine and Flight hood get a shot of Alclad 123 Exhaust Manifold. Cordite stains is highly thinned Tamiya X19 Clear Smoke. Remember, less is more. Powder effects sealed with mineral spirits then overall sealed sealed with XF86. Locator pins for drop tanks are .5mm aluminum rod. Landing gear installed followed by racks and drop tanks.
  7. Test fit engine/cowling. Decals applied straight on the MRP paint surface, no gloss decal prep. Effort was flawless with no silvering. Underside decal work completed. Marking were borrowed from Eduard Aussie Eight decal sheet. Recognition lights are kit decals. Gloss varnish overall to begin weathering. Gloss is Tamiya X22 clear and Mr. Leveling Thinner 1:1 ratio using my PS290 ProCon Boy with .5mm equipped with fan nozzle.
  8. Underside masked MRP 108 Dark Earth is applied to topsides. First covering is marbled, then... blended. My Iwata airbrush photobomb is due to maintenance effort. MRP110 Dark Green applied. Marbled then blended. Masking removed.
  9. ID Stripes. I'm doing a RAF SEAC scheme with Dark Earth/Dark Green/Med Sea Gray camo. This scheme will also be used when I get to my 1:32 TAM Mossie, hopefully before the apocalypse. Another element which drew me to this scheme are the white ID Bands. No only for the look but for the challenge to replicate. Using MRP 135 White the ID Bands are first marbled. The cowling got some ID Band love as well. Then blended. The camera really blew up the white, it's not that solid. After full paint cure I mask the ID Bands.
  10. Closing things up. Fuselage buttoned up and wings glued in place. A little sanding and scribing. Masking cockpit and wheel wells complete and little more surface prep. After breaking blast tubes off multiple times I've folded some paper and taped to tings to protect further breakage. Black from the attack. After primer Gunze Finishing Surfacer 1500 Black cures will begin masking for ID bands.
  11. Prop, engine and drop tanks get a little love. While drying rack is full I'm going to work on the prop. Engine work complete abd test fitted in the cowling and prop. Prop tips painted. Another test fit this time with the fuselage. Prop boss/spinner painted MRP 135 White and masked with tape and maskol. Tips masked and ready for a shot of Tamiya XF69 NATO Black thinned with MLT. After the Tamiya XF69 Nato Black cures more masking to paint the prop hub Alclad 102 Duraluminum. Making removed an
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