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  1. ...well maybe not so OOB. The tracks are individual link replacements, the antenna is scratch built, and the extra equipment came from Tamiya #35141 Modern US Accessories lit.
  2. Bomber...the kit is Tamiya #35350....M-10 Mid-Production...the build above is OOB except for the added equipment....and the base of coarse.
  3. Sorry guys...I got diverted for a while due to a consignment promise I had to keep. A friend found a WW2 advertisement for war bonds taken from a magazine and fell in love with an emblem on it... The emblem is from Camp Hood (now Fort Hood) and the first tank destroyer school for the M-10. So I had to build an M-10 to display with it. This is the final result... So now, hopefully, I can get back to the Dustoff bird and some real progress.
  4. I am using interior Army green as a base (dark) with lighter chromatic green for highlights. Light gull grey for the engine casing and some of the other parts.
  5. A little time away from the engine compartment...I started cutting and sanding away alot of the grossly over-thick cockpit details. So far I have been able to erase the IP details and center console areas...fitted a bulkhead forward the IP and started to measure areas around the floor where the walls and floor don't meet. The overhead window frames have been thinned and a lot or rivet exterior detail has been remove...
  6. Still working on the engine compartment. This is NOT a true representation of the T53-9L turbine, but you only get a hint of it behind the vent screens....and this is not finished yet either.
  7. Semtex??? I wouldn't stick around if she farts!!!
  8. I hope it's not terminal! Your work is superb and a credit to your workmanship. I too had the builders bug for the SBD, but I went in a slightly different direction. I opted for the Merit 1/18 scale and backed it to -2 appearance. I built "2106" which has a long story attached. She was on Midway with a Marine unit and participated in the June 4th attacks on the Japanese fleet. These are the finished pics: I hope this helps refill that mojo container so you can continue your fantastic progress. I will be patiently watching for more from your bench.
  9. Start another even before the last is complete! So here is the "next" project on the bench. I have always loved the Huey for its distinctive sound you hear and feel long before the helo is over your head. The classic lines and the no-BS design also make it look every bit the part of a utility helicopter doing its best. So here is the kit by Hobby Boss, which is identical to Merits release and another smaller companies version. The model is designed to be the attack Huey, but I thought a more appropriate subject would be the battlefield ambulance version know as "Dustoff". The first look inside the box reveals a very large proportioned helicopter with some rather disappointing features (or missing features in some cases) that will require alot of scratch building and modification to make it more passable. The main body is broken fore and aft into two parts. There is the main/forward cabin area, and a separate second area consisting of the tail boom. The plastic is alot thicker than I expected including the clear window parts. Most all of the glass parts are so thick that they appear milky or clouded. The main body contains instrument panel, center console, pilot and co-pilot seats, and a bench seat for the cargo area. Both pilot/co-pilots doors are hinged and openable. Both rear cargo sliding doors are also openable. Other than the spinning main rotor mast and tail anti-torque rotor, the is no other functional features. The instrument panel and center console surface detail is a joke. The overhead panel is missing and will need to be fabricated. The pilot/co-pilot seats look straight out of toyland and will definitely require replacement. I don't even was to go there about the rear cargo seat. There is a passable cyclic and collective for both pilots, and they did include some pretty accurate decals for the gages on the IP and center console. On the exterior we have some very overdone rivet detail that needs to be knocked down alot, and surface detail that will need to be redone. The seam line where the two shell halves of the body meet is going to be a headache to obliterate. And the gap where the tail boom attaches is HUGE! Add to this that the model is designed to be assembled using the included screws and have large holes for them that have to be filled and removed. Don't even get me started on the rotor head. I started out by test fitting as much as I could together... One of the first "I can't live with this" items were the cooling vents on either side of the turbine dog-house. The mess screen was molded in and ugly. I used my trusty Dremel on them and replaced it with real copper screens after thinning the plastic edges a bit... Now another problem....with the screens opened up, you can see clean through to the other side because there is no engine detail in the kit. The best bet was to build a reasonable appearance of a turbine engine...This is the engine core without any detail yet. And this is how the engine core fits inside... That's pretty much it for right now. I had to stop and shelve this one for a couple of weeks to finish the 1/72nd scale submarine. I think this one will be interesting...!!!
  10. With all the encouraging comments, how could I resist? Besides, I'm a glutton for punishment.
  11. The build was started by a good friends dad who died shortly after in 2011. My friend traded the model to me for some other project I did last year. I couldn't think of a better home for this project than the son of the dreamer who started it all some 10 years ago. As for what is next? How about a 1/18th scale UH-1B Huey Dustoff....?
  12. Sorry for the small print...it reads: U-995 German Type VII C/41 U-boat circa Late 1944, Endlich fast zu Hause...Almost home at last. Build started (2011) by Robert W. Clark Sr...Build finished (2021) by Ralph E. Jeffries.
  13. It took a while to finish the base plaque, but here it is all done.
  14. Still working on the display base and dedication plaque, but I went ahead and added a small detail that I have been thinking about for some time now. The sub is supposed to depic a time when she is cruising near home port. As such, she would have been flying a flag. A paper flag was included in the kit, albeit without the swastika. I finally decided to include it as a necessary detail. I have configured it so as to hide the missing swastika and hopefully not offend by the flags display.
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