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hsr

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    I build everything, except cars

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  1. Your Monogram decals held up much better then mine which have severely yellowed over the years.
  2. But it was never completed, so no one knows what the real details would have been had it gone into action. It just struck me that usually you buy a detail set to improve the accuracy of your project, but in this case they are just educated guesses. Don't get me wrong, I don't have anything against that, and I have a Montana class battleship kit in my stash.
  3. The concept of detail parts for something that never existed seems, to me, to be an oxymoron.
  4. This is the MQ-1C Gray Eagle and completes my series of large US Military Reconnaissance Drones starting with the RQ-2 through the MQ-8C. As the few of you who have been paying attention I have in the past complained about the lack of a 1/72 kit for the MQ-1C. Italeri made a die cast model that they called am MQ-1c, but it looks like they based it on their MQ-1B Predator kit and it has no resemblance to the Gray Eagle which is larger, has a very different engine housing and carried more ordnance. . However in my searching for something I came across this web site; https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/model/288eda09ce849054c00d89a3d1c6a249/Aircraft-General-Atomics-MQ-1C-Sky-Warrior that has a 3D model of it, and I had previously purchased from Shapeways at https://www.shapeways.com/, so I figured I would give them a try . I should note here that none of my following trials and tribulations are their fault and they did an excellent and quick job. The first issue I had was that the rendering I downloaded is in Sketchup format and Shapeways doesn't handle Sketchup. Luckily I was able to convert it into .dae (COLLAborative Design Activity) format which Shapeways does accept. So I uploaded it to their website. Next I had to choose which of their many plastics to print it is. Here I made my first mistake and chose their Strong and Flexible Plastic, which is also their cheapest. They immediately notified me that due to the thinness of the tail and other surfaces that the model would not survive the printing and finishing process, but that I could choose the "Print it Anyway" option and they would do the best they could and would skip the finishing and polishing. I should have tried the HP Plastic instead, but it was twice as much money so I went with the Print it Anyway option. A week later I had my model on the door step. With the exception of the landing gear all the other parts were there, but everything was pretty rough and I ended up discarding the ordnance, props, and tail surfaces. I also wan't happy with the sensor turret and cut it off. Expecting that I would have to replace some parts I had purchased a Platz MQ-1B kit to act as a donor. This was my second mistake. I chose the MQ-1B because it was close in size to the -1C, but I would have been better off choosing the Skunkmodels MQ-9 Reaper kit, also the MQ-9 kit would have cost me 3 times the price. . They landing gear would have been closer in size, I could have used the ordnance and pylons that came with it and I could have used the props and spinner. As it was I used the landing gear, tail surfaces, weapons pylons and front turret from the -1B kit and the props and Hellfire missiles from spares. The main lading gear is turned out to be a bit too short, but I used it anyway. The unpolished model was very rough; and it defied my efforts to get a smooth finish. I finally was able to smooth it out after applying several coats of Mr. Surfacer, and thin CAA glue. Again this was not Shapeways fault but my choosing the wrong plastic and the Print it Anyway option. I ended up separating the wings from the fuselage so I could polish them separately. In anticipation of having problems gluing parts to the plastic I had ordered several epoxies and glues for "problem" plastics but Zap CAA+ worked fine and made strong joints. Tamiya lacquer primer also seemed to work well and from there it was just using my usual Humbrol enamel paints. US Army marking are pretty minimalist so that made decaling sinple. So now on to the pictures. and here is the whole collection From left to right and in chronological order of first flights they are MQ-8C Fire Scout, MQ-4C Triton, MQ-1C Gray Eagle, MQ-9 Reaper, MQ-8B Fire Scout, RQ-4B Global Hawk, MQ-1B Predator, RQ-7B Shadow, RQ-5B Hunter, and RQ-2A Pioneer. Next up is the Heller E-3 Sentry. Enjoy.
  5. There is a Round3 LLC in Utah USA, https://secure.utah.gov/bes/details.html?entity=10434973-0160, but no idea what they do or if they are the same company.
  6. hsr

    1/72 Sword Avenger TBM-3w

    The Hasegawa TBM-3S2 should work, other then the decals https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B002P67B7C/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  7. The way I was taught was that you apply Micro Set to the area where the decal will be applied. You then apply Micro Sol to the decal before placing it in position* and then again after it is in position. Allow to dry. Once dry puncture any bubbles or silvering with the point of a sharp #11 blade and reapply Micro Sol. I have found that if you apply Micro Sol to the dry decal an hold it at an angle to a bright light any silvering will appear and you can puncture those area with the point of the knife and the silvering will disappear. This might take several iterations to get it all out. *Micro Sol is a decal solvent so it will literally melt the decal into position. Therefore it is important to not touch the decal until the Micro Sol has dried. I hope this helps
  8. Thanks, but you missed the last one.
  9. Finally the MQ-8C Fire Scout. Other the both being helicopters the MQ-8B and MQ-8C have nothing in common and I suspect that they were given the same designation and name for some political reason. Again the kit was a pleasure to build. The rotor hub is a 3D printing and a thing of requisite detail and beauty. I was afraid that gluing the blades to it would be problematic but Zap CAA+ worked fine and seems to be holding. Way at the beginning I said that this was the next to the last of the large drones. The last one is the MQ-1C Gray Eagle. For some reason no manufacturer makes a 1/72 kit of one. Italieri makes a die cast kit of what they call a -1C but it is a -1B Predator in size and shape. I am working on a plan to get something and if it works out I will post it here so stay tuned. Thanks for looking and enjoy.
  10. Next is the MQ-8B Fire Scout. This was a fun kit to build with a slew of tiny decals of the stencils. About the Attack Squadron decals; they are thin and go down with just a minimal amount of silvering, but they love to fold and bend and once you put them down they will either float on a puddle of water or they will just stick where you first put them and be very difficult to move.
  11. Next is the RQ-7B Shadow by Attack Squadron. This thing is really tiny and small enough to sit on top of a Humbrol paint tin, but a nice kit;
  12. Next is the RQ-5B. This lived down to the usual Unicraft standard. Just to drive the point home this is the wing after a first coat of Mr Surfacer and some sanding. Each dark smudge is a pin hole: But the finished model came out OK;
  13. First the RQ-2A Hunter. I have to say that for a Unicraft kit this one wasn't too bad. I still have to carve the pieces out of the flash but the pin holing was minimal. The engine was just a blob that I thought was more flash so I found some cylinders from the junk box and used them. I could not find a propeller, so I fabricated one from styrene strips. The decals were useless and I borrowed some excess ones from the Attack squadron kits;
  14. This is the next to last installment of my "Large" drone project. These are the smaller large drones and since they are so small and they all get the same color I built them all together. They are the RQ-2A Pioneer, RQ-5B Hunter, RQ-7B Shadow, MQ-8B Fire Scout and the MQ-8C Fire Scout. The first 2 are by Unicraft (spit) and the last 3 are from Attack Squadron. To keep any post from getting too big I will add a post for each model to this thread. Starting with the RQ-2A First some general comments. These range from really tiny to just small in size, they are pretty monochromatic, and they are all resin. Given that they were very quick builds. I am not going to belabor the poor quality of the Unicraft kits other then to say that as far as resin kits go, they are the bottom of the heap. For more details seem my WIP thread on their YO-3 at In stark contrast the Attack Squadron kits are really excellent and a pleasure to build. They had real detailed step buy step instruction and great decals. It is just a pity they are no longer in production and I just hope that their new owner, Brengun, can keep up the quality. But enough droning on and on to the pictures.
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