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MichaelSatin

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About MichaelSatin

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  • Birthday 03/03/1960

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    Colorado, USA
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    Mostly aircraft, WWI, WWII, early jets, Israeli. I branch out into modern stuff I find interesting and an occasional tank. I intend to build ships some day.

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  1. Zoukei-Mura. SWS stands for their Super Wings Series. This is the next in the long nose Phantom series they're doing. I must say I'm more looking forward to the late F-4E and F-4G, but nice to see they're moving along. Michael
  2. Getting paint on a 1/32 ICM Gladiator II and a 1/48 Z-M F-4E. Both also very good kits. Plenty to do! Michael
  3. Thanks, Col! I'm glad I found this group build and took part in it. Felt good to get something done! Michael
  4. Here she is, the Tamiya 1/48 P-38G done as Miss Virginia, the regular mount of Lt. Bob Petit (who later flew a P-51A named Mrs. Virginia with the 1st Air Commando). On April 18, 1943, Miss Virginia was flown by Lt. Rex Barber (whose own plane was undergoing repairs after he rammed a Japanese ship with it) on the mission to shoot down Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto. History records that the wildly unlikely mission was flown perfectly due to the planning and leadership of Maj. John Mitchell and that, almost certainly, Yamamoto's aircraft was destroyed by Barber in Miss Virginia. Aside from
  5. Well, Col, you were right. I did have time! Here she is, the Tamiya 1/48 P-38G done as Miss Virginia, the regular mount of Lt. Bob Petit (who later flew a P-51A named Mrs. Virginia with the 1st Air Commando). On April 18, 1943, Miss Virginia was flown by Lt. Rex Barber (whose own plane was undergoing repairs after he rammed a Japanese ship with it) on the mission to shoot down Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto. History records that the wildly unlikely mission was flown perfectly due to the planning and leadership of Maj. John Mitchell and that, almost certainly, Yamamoto's aircraft was destroyed by Bar
  6. Progress continues. Decals on both sides and bottom of the aircraft. Only the top left: I can get it done in time, I can! Michael
  7. Oops. Shoulda thinned the Smoke a bit: Problem solved: I used a thinned out brown/OD mix to tone things down and weather a bit. I like the look of it better now, around the panels and on the whole airplane. Looks like a clear coat and then decals next! Michael
  8. Ready to do that funky paint job on the nose. My assumption is that the panels that were regularly opened were sealed while the airplane was shipped down to the South Pacific. It looks to me like they taped over them and then brushed a sealing compound over the tape. When the tape was removed, the residue was left. That's what I'm thinking, anyway, so I'm going for it. I figured that what applied to the gun bay in the nose would probably apply to the engine cowlings too. My plan is to brush paint some Tamiya Smoke over the tape and see how that
  9. Progress continues. Main colors on. Now to work on that crazy sealant pattern on Miss Virginia. Michael
  10. Sticking with Tamiya at this point. I'm used to it and it works well for me. I know there's some question about whether the exact shade of OD is correct, but I'm not going to sweat it. Michael
  11. Almost ready for paint! Michael
  12. I was thinking along these lines as well, Col, especially as I have to mask off the wheel wells anyway. Michael
  13. Thanks, Col! At the end of the weekend, here's where I am: I finally found something about the kit I don't like: Given the level of detail and how the real airplane works, I'm not sure they could have done this differently, but it's asking for trouble down the line. Oh well, guess we'll see how it goes. Michael
  14. Thanks, Greg! So, that hole in the floor of the cockpit is supposed to be filled by a hump on top of the nose gear roof. With any other kit manufacturer, that would worry me. But hey, this is Tamiya! You want a P-38? You can't go wrong here! Michael
  15. OK, so progress. Pre-painting done and construction has begun. It starts (shockingly) with the cockpit: Sorry about this one, too dark So far it's going together like, well, Tamiya! Michael
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