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About hsr

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  1. RB-57F Wheel Wells

    I am going for early so Z-C it is. I think I found the link in post 21 of this thread Thanks Howard
  2. RB-57F Wheel Wells

    Does anyone know that the interior color of the RB-57F wheel wells and/or landing gear was? I am working on the Mach 2 kit and it is silent on the subject, as it is about most details. It is either natural metal, white, interior green or zinc chromate. The pictures I could find are of such quality that I can't tell, although I am leaning towards white. Anyone know for sure? Thanks Howard
  3. There is also a resin kit conversion by RVHP that I think is still available, that is supposed to be pretty good. It also has the shape of the radar dome wrong, but they all do.
  4. As soon as I put the radar "dome" on it it took on a whole different appearance and I started to like it
  5. This is my Mach 2 version of a Grumman E-1B Tracer AEW (Airborne Early Warning) aircraft. This is my 6th Mach 2 kit and I have to say that this was the crudest one I have had to deal with. It seemed clear to me that this was derived from the Hasegawa S2F Tracker and since I had and extra S2F kit I used the wings, landing gear, and unfortunately the canopy from it rather then the Mach 2 ones. I say unfortunately for the canopy because after getting it installed and blended in, or maybe during, it cracked . I have also noticed that Mach 2 seems to have 2 decal vendors. Most of their kits have really excellent sharp, thin decals that go down great, but some have very thick, a little fuzzy ones. Tis kit had the thick fuzzy ones. They still go down great with no silvering. Anyway, enough complaining and on to the pictures. I don't usually do much weathering but I tried some light wethering with some engine exhaust Like every build there came a time when I concluded, that it was never going to get finished, but I think it came out nice. Next up is another Mach 2 kit, their RB-57F, which so far, looks to be much better and has the thin sharp decals. Enjoy
  6. According to Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grumman_OV-1_Mohawk the last US Army one was retired in 1992 and the Argentine Army retired their last on in 2015, but there are several still flying at airshows and museums Thanks
  7. In May of 2016 I built the Hasegawa OV-1B kit. Due to a series of unfortunate events the clear parts got totally messed up (a common theme in my builds). In my efforts to get new transparencies I ended up with an OV-1A and an OV-1B kit. I had only intended to build an OV-1B kit but since I now had all the parts to build an OV-1A, including one set of good transparencies I decided to do a JOV-1A. In my case all that was required to convert the OV-1A to the JOV-1A was the addition of the extra weapons pylons and the appropriate XM-157 and XM-159 rocket pods, which I already had. The JOV-1A was an Army modification to arm the OV-1A for close tactical support, although the official reason was for fire suppression and target marking. These were deployed to Vietnam for operational testing and then withdrawn due to Air Force opposition to the Army use of fixed wing attack aircraft. The kit itself is of late 1960 vintage and shows its age, but there were no major issues other then the decals. They were slightly yellowed, but a few weeks taped to a south facing window fixed that. More serious they wing decals were over sized and they had color alignment issues. They did go down well with only minor silvering that was easy to correct. I used the Cobra Co. interior which I acquired from Lone Star Models. So on to the pictures Best I can do with an interior picture Next up is the Mach 2 E-1B. Enjoy.
  8. Waves

    Paul, I don't don't disagree with you, and your display is an excellent example of where ship and water are in sync. My comment is more for those dioramas which have beautifully sculpted waves, but the ship attitude is totally out of sync with those wave.
  9. This is just a little nit, but I see all of these wonderful displays of waterline ships in ocean dioramas, and while the water has been sculpted into waves of various sizes, the ships are always perfectly level. Shouldn't they have a little roll or pitch to make them more realistic? I just read Norm Friedman's book Naval Firepower about all the work and devices to try and compensate for this, so I guess I am more conscious about it.
  10. It is pretty big, but everything else in my collection is 1/72 so changing scale would prevent my from making comparisons. Plus I need to use an optivisor as it is. Thanks Howard
  11. This is the 3rd or 4th Hasegawa P-3C to be posted here in the last month or so. I am not sure of the reason for this. I would say great minds think alike, but I am not sure where I would fit in . Anyway here is my offering. I a a bit on happy with this build, not the fault of the kit, but related to my spaying. I wanted a nice gloss finish on the white, so I gave it several coats starting with a dry dusting and working up to a a wet heavy final coat with light sanding in between. This has worked fine in the past, but this time I was getting a lot of dust infiltration, and the occasional blob of paint. At one point a fairly large black spec of dust suddenly appeared and in a vain attempt to hide it under more paint I ended up with a drip, (sigh). This meant sanding idown and basically starting over. . I finally decided cut my losses and live with some specs. As far as the kit itself, it is from some pretty old molds and it shows with plenty of flash and raise panel lines, but the fit was good and while I can argue with some of the engineering it went together well and looks good. The decals worked well with virtually no silvering and look good. My only complaint is that they implemented to walkways, "no steps" and other line on the wings in 3 big decals. They were hard to work with and maneuver into position and had large clear areas. When first put down the clear areas severely wrinkled, but with several applications of MicroSol they flattened out. So on to the pictures; I used the Eduard interior, but with the small windows it is hard to see inside. Next up is the equally old Hasegawa OV-1A. Enjoy.
  12. Thanks. It is a nice kit.
  13. Spinning Props

    have you heard of these guys; http://www.propblur.com/store/c1/Featured_Products.html ?
  14. It's a good thing you have after market decals. The ones that come with that kit are useless. Good luck
  15. I am just building the same kit now, very inspiring.