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  1. What the other have said- not my scale, but I know great modeling when I see it, and this is definitely that! Well done! Mike
  2. A beauty, Fuad! Moa would be proud of you! Great start to the new modeling year! Mike
  3. RU sure that's not airbrushed? Very, very nice model and nice to see one not in VVS markings for a change. How well did the kit go together, if you don't mind my asking? Mike
  4. Fantastic PR Spit, and the color you mixed looks very good to me. Must have been from the No. 5 Mary Kay Squadron! Mike
  5. Yowzah! I recall seeing a 1/48 Koster conversion used to make one that looked pretty darned good, but you got the same detailing he did in 1/72 scale! You have really set the bar on this one, Bill! Congratulations! I am speechless! (No comments, CC!) Mike
  6. Beautiful! First one I can recall seeing finished- looks like a very nice kit. Mike
  7. Love the workbench photos, Tony! That razorback Jug looks the bee's knees! Is that a 1/48 Sea Gladiator I see in the background? Luvverly! Mike
  8. Can't have enough One Oh Wonders here on BM! Looking very good so far! Which markings are you going to use? IIRC, this boxing comes with TX ANG markings...I'm not too biased. y' understand! Following with interest and notepad at the ready. Mike https://www.pinterest.com/pin/514958538627959591/ https://www.airliners.net/photo/USA-Air-Force/McDonnell-F-101B-Voodoo/1754599/L
  9. Dayam, Bill, she's beautiful! I think I speak for all of the usual suspects when I say the end product was well worth the months and months of inhaling filler and resin dust! You do know that the Second Law of Modeling states that " Right after spending months on a scratch build or conversion project, a state of the art new-tool kit will be released." We will all owe you a big debt and mass quantities of brewski's! Mike Things could have been worse- it could have been the injected/vacform Usk B-32 Dominator kit! ( Every time I think about getting that one off of the shelf, I realize I'm not getting any younger, and put it back!. Then, there's the Esoteric P4M Mercator!
  10. Might not have needed it, Kenny! In the photos of Tony's modeling subject, it's hard to tell for sure, because of the glare on the fuselage, but it doesn't look like this one has the 85-gallon fuselage fuel tank. If it does, I think the filler might not be marked in red, as I doubt the extra fuel was needed for the type of missions being flown at that time, and the tank caused a dangerous rearward shift in the cg when full, and I imagine sloshed around somewhat until emptied, not marking the filler cap might just alert ground crews. not to fill it- Just a guess on my part. Thinking the 108 gallon tanks provided more than enough fuel, and had no adverse effect on stability, unlike the fuselage tank. Mike
  11. Dennis, You have the actual dimensions of the national insignia I sent you; take those fuselage insignia dimensions, and using them, you should be able scale out the length and height of the baggage pod, using the insignia in your photos. Print the photo first- makes it a lot easier! Sound like a plan? Mike
  12. Ouch- I see what you mean! A little too late to help you on this build, but NEXT time, (and I hope there isn't a next time for you!) might I suggest test fitting the resin stabs/parts so that the upper resin part is even with the kit root; then hold a fine point pen/pencil against the lower stab part at the root and trace a line all around, from front to back. Then sand just past the line you drew; that should get you very, very close to a good match between the resin stab and kit root. That way, any mismatch that might be left will be on the bottom where it is not nearly so apparent. (The mismatch is most most likely caused by the resin shrinking as it cured, which is a fairly common problem, especially if the casting is not de-aerated sufficiently or not poured in a vacuum. That's a lot of work, ahead of you, but I bet you can get it done! Good luck! Mike
  13. What the others have said! Very nice D-9! I think you nailed the colors. Mike
  14. Yowzah! I like everything about this diorama! The RF-84F is gorgeous, as are all the other parts of the diorama, including the base. I think you have captured perfectly the weathered/scuffed appearance of the removed sections, especially the parts painted with chromate primer. Mike
  15. One of my favorite single-engine airplanes- plus the Finns flew them! First of the Fly kits I have seen built, and I think you did a great job on yours! Very handsome color scheme, too. Well done! Mike
  16. Google translator app on a smart phone to the rescue! I was just introduced to this the other day by a fellow modeler who is an IT supervisor; load the app; select the language to be translated; point your smartphone at the desired text and Voila! (That's French for I'll be d----d~!) Works great on the colors, markings, and paint mix text on the Japanese kits! Probably old hat to most of you, but you should have seen me doing my Happy Dance the first time I used it! Mike
  17. Tony, Just now found this, and if you already have seen it, I apologize, but thought others might find the text and photos useful. I know it's only a color profile, with all of the caveats regarding the same, but if it is accurate, then your Mustang most likely had no antiglare panel. Hope this helps! The serial number blocks were extremely interesting! (Now to snag that second cup of coffee and research the bejeezus out of of this topic- it's the smell of burning hard drives and the sound of screaming women!) Mike https://www.ipmscanada.com/rt-issues-text/RCAF 441 Mustang IIIs.pdf
  18. 72modeler

    Early Mustangs

    While looking for some photos to post to @tonyot, I found this excellent photo collection of early RAF Mustangs- especially interesting were the photos of the Rolls Royce Merlin powered prototypes and the early external tank and 40 mm cannnon fit; some great modeling projects here- we just need an accurate Allison kit other than the Academy one! (How about it, Arma or Dora Wings?) I hope you enjoy looking at these as much as I did.. Mike https://www.worldwarphotos.info/gallery/usa/aircrafts-2-3/p51-raf/ BTW, the WW2Photos site is a treasure trove for modelers; see the link to the site; you can spend hours looking at the thousands of photos they have! I have posted the link for those who might not have been aware of it. https://www.worldwarphotos.info/
  19. Wow! Whatever you used for the aluminum paint looks outstanding! Can't wait to see the RFI photos! Regarding your query on the antiglare panel on the nose. I found this photo- don't know if you have already seen it, but it appears to me, and it's only a guess, but I'm thinking this Mustang has been stripped down to bare metal, and a vestige of the original OD paint has been left along the upper nose to serve as antiglare. I think you can also see some OD paint on the spine behind the canopy. What do you think, my friend? If so, that's going to be VERY hard to replicate, but you're the man! Mike https://www.worldwarphotos.info/gallery/usa/aircrafts-2-3/p51-raf/p-51-hb876/
  20. That is one beautiful C-47! Museum quality! If this is your 1st 1/72 scale effort, I would be afraid to see one of your 1/48 models- maybe you could do this one in your scale, using the Trumpeter kit? Mike
  21. I wish you great success in your modeling project, as the Uhu was a beautiful and capable night fighter. I saw the NASM's Uhu early on in its restoration, and what I saw was amazing, especially the sections that were visible that had been protected from the elements for all the years that it was in storage. The Smithsonian used to do monographs when a restoration was completed that a detailed description and photos of the aircraft in question- in view of the fact that their He-219 was fairly complete and original, as well as being one of the only two known survivors, I hope they will do a monograph. I also hope Tamiya will someday give us a 1/72 version of their 1/48 kit, as the Frog, Revell, and DML kits are all OOP and the more recent DML kit has the fit issues that seem to be a characteristic of their kits! See if these links are useful: https://airandspace.si.edu/stories/editorial/fabricating-missing-parts-heinkel-219 https://airandspace.si.edu/stories/editorial/restoration-news-heinkel-he-219-night-fighter https://www.key.aero/article/heinkel-he-219-fighter-aircraft-gets-wings-aeroplane-magazine https://www.airspacemag.com/history-of-flight/in-the-museum-8-180969505/ https://airandspace.si.edu/multimedia-gallery/9947hjpg https://tvd.im/uploads/posts/2020/04/heinkel-he-219-uhu-eagle-owl_3.jpg https://airandspace.si.edu/collection-objects/heinkel-he-219-2r4-uhu-eagle-owl/nasm_A19600322000 Some video footage: https://youtu.be/Mo9v7Ku9as4 Not much help with your specific query, but I think interesting, nonetheless! Mike
  22. Not my scale, but I recall there are some excellent aftermarket detail/improvement sets for the 1/48 kit. I think if you go to the scalemates website and search for He-219, you can see what aftermarket items were offered and kit reviews. The National Air and Space Museum has recently restored theirs, and you can see the restoration photos. Good luck- the Uhu was a very capable and handsome night fighter. Mike
  23. On the subject of sink marks mentioned regarding the new Arma P-51B/C, I offer this link that has excellent closeups of the sprues. I know the photos aren't conclusive, so will wait until I have the two I have on pre-order in my hot little hands! Some observations, and they are not confirmed are: https://www.hyperscale.com/2021/reviews/kits/arma70038reviewbg_1.htm guessing the sink marks mentioned on the inner gear doors are on the outside surface, and if they are present, then more than likely caused by the detailing/depressions on the inner surface. IIRC, the Hasegawa and Monogram 1/72 Mustang kits had the same sink marks and were easily corrected with some light sanding. on some sprue shot photos, you can see some very slight sink marks that run spanwise, but in others there are no visible sinkmarks. You can see oil canning of the flaps in many period photos and on restored warbirds, so that might not be an issue. Bottom line, when my kits arrive, I will check them both and report back; even if these are issues on the kit, it is so far ahead of any other 1/72 P-51B kit and so easily dealt with, that it's not a deal breaker! Mike
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