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  1. I thought I'd port over my current LS project. I know most you guys are WW1 and 2 groupies, and I am too, but I'll share some jet love I planned to avoid 1/32 jets, but this one was too good a deal at our last show (50% off retail) that I had to get it, and well...half way through it and I'm back to 1/32 as my preferred scale for all things now. Kit: Trumpeter 1/32 A-6A Aftermarket: AMS FOD covers (I'm still trying to source the AMS wheels), Eduard Exterior and Undercarriage PE sets, True Details seats, AOA Decals. Originally I was going to use a Superscale sheet, but AOA timely announced a new A-6 sheet. I reached out to Steve Belanger at AOA and got my hands on a sample I'll be reviewing for SAMI, but I'll most definitely be using them on the build as well. I'll be doing something along the lines of this (though the mission stripe isn't present on the airframe on the sheet), but will be mimicing this weathering I hope: Won't bore you with the ticky tacky stuff, just the important stuff for now. The cockpit is complete. The True Details seats are freaking awesome. Many thanks to Matt for trying them on his build and posting all the pics he did. He sold me on them. Bits of PE dress up the gear. I actually had painted these, but didn't like my washes, so they are being re-done. This is where I was last night before my first bit of work on this one for a good two weeks. The fuselage seam was a PITA. Last night I managed to finish up the outer wings, and got the pylon PE attached and the pylons on the plane. Did some exhaust painting too. I'll get more progress pics up today sometime. Thanks for checking in and comments/critiques are always welcome.
  2. 1/32 Northrop P-61 Black Widow Wheels For Hobby Boss True Details Catalogue # TD32018 Available directly from Squadron and True Detail stockists. True Details is one of the few brands that is produced under the flagship of Squadron/MMD based out of Carrollton, Texas in the United States. True Details have been releasing resin accessories for modellers since the 1990's, in the way of resin cockpits and wheel sets for all different scales. True Details latest release will please Large Scale Black Widow fans, and if you like me... You will be glad to see the backside of the rubber tyres that are included within the Hobby Boss kit. If you've not already seen it, check out our review of this seriously superb kit. The P-61 Black Widow wheel set is comprised of the three tyres and separate piece hubs, instead of single solid individual pieces like True Details has produce in past wheel sets releases. Each tyre has a pour stub that needs to be removed, but also the centre section of each tyre needs to remove also. This should be easy if you have large enough drill bit that fits into the inner diameter of the resin wheels. Each Hub is comprised of inner, outer and axle insert that is sandwiched between the hub parts. There is a small amount of resin flash that needs to be removed from between the spokes on the hubs. This can be easily sanded from the backside of the hub or a sharp knife blade to remove the excess resin. Each tyre has a weighted profile to them, with diamond tread pattern. A nice touch included is the actual trademark "GOODYEAR" with logo, which is spelt correctly. Hubs feature the brake hose, which is nicely captured and isn't over-scaled as seen on plastic injected parts. Casting is perfect and there are no signs of any imperfections or air bubbles. IMAGES OF KIT PARTS So what do we think? A great addition to your Large Scale Black Widow! Quality is fantastic and to the same level you would expect from another European Brand that produce resin wheel sets. Looking forward to see what else Squadron has up their sleeve for the Hobby Boss P-61! Highly Recommended Our sincere thanks to Squadron for the review samples used here. To purchase this directly, click THIS link. Dave J.
  3. 1/32 AN6510 US WWII Era Aircrew Parachutes True Details Product # TD32508 - 1:32 US WWII Era Aircrew Parachute #1 Product # TD32509 - 1:32 US WWII Era Aircrew Parachute #2 Available directly from Squadron and True Detail stockists. AN-6510 model Parachute was a WW2 era parachute that was commonly used in Europe and Pacific theatres by fighter pilots and some bomber aircrews. The A/N term means it was a USAAF / US Navy common type parachute design, thus chosen to enhance production abilities and reduce costing in the US military program which was spread across many manufacturing factories. The AN-6510 was also known as the S-1, this type was standardised on May 11, 1928. It uses a 24-foot canopy. Many pilots preferred seat-type parachutes because they allowed better freedom of movement when pilots turned their heads. The AN-6510 saw service into the 1950’s. TD32508 - 1:32 US WWII Era Aircrew Parachute #1 (facing upward) TD32509 - 1:32 US WWII Era Aircrew Parachute #2 (facing down) Both parachutes are highly detailed resin parachute assemblies, sculpted to represent an aircrew chute in pre or post-mission repose with integral pack, cushion, harness and intricate hardware. Both samples are casted in mid grey resin, that are perfectly casted without any bubbles or casting imperfections. Parachute #1 (TD32508) casting block is a tad thick compared to Parachute #2 (TD32509), both will require some sanding or grinding with a dremel like tool to remove the casting block. Removing the remaining excess of the cast block is faily easily done with a sharp knife blade once the casting block is thinned. There are no painting instructions supplied, so you will have to use reference photos or the photos that are included here in this review. These samples were primed using Mr Surface 1200 thinned with Two Way Lacquer thinners, and then brush painted using Vallejo paints, and sealed in using Mr Colour Gloss that was sprayed through an airbrush. Mixtures of Raw Umber, Black and Green oil washes were applied to bring out the details in the resin. Once the oil washes were dried, Alclad Klear Kote varnish was sprayed to flatten down the sheen of the paint and oil washes. A dry brushing of a lighter green was then applied to make everything pop. A toothpick was CA/Super glued on the rear, to make handling easier while painting. What do we think? Both parachutes are fantastic items to add to an static aircraft to add a bit more life to the subject, or even to an diorama. Highly Recommended Our sincere thanks to Squadron for the review samples used here. To purchase this directly, click the links in the review article. Dave J.