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  1. I think it was 1.8 pounds! And that's a kit that still fit basically in the palm of my hand when done. -matt
  2. Thanks! And he did! Yeah the price was rather steep but I gotta say, I was impressed overall with how well it went together for a kit from such a small company. -matt
  3. Thanks Andy! Trying to be a little less MIA round these parts but other things keep getting in the way. And you are certainly right about the metal. Honestly I was tempted to leave it unpainted as it looked pretty dang cool all silver. -matt
  4. Hello. It's been very long time but I've actually managed to get some modeling done. And finished. This is a predominantly white metal kit with some resin and brass photoetch. Tires are rubber. I believe the kit was supposed to come with clear plastic for the windows but mine did not. I have never built a multimedia kit like this before so was a fun and interesting experience. The finished kit was a birthday gift to my Dad since he got to ride in them during his brief stint in the Canadian Army one summer. Since I had a hard deadline my main goal was simply to finish and not get caught up on every little flaw. While this approach resulted in a model that is admittedly far from contest quality it did achieve two things. The model was to my amazement done early and, hold your breath. Was fun. received_1110039016044232 It took some time to find someone in the world who made a kit of the M135. Thankfully I eventually found ASAM. 20210725-20210725_152253 The instructions came on two pages and the assembly guide drawing appears to be hand drawn which is pretty cool. received_888989831961205 received_1457128877966708 received_504189691008119 The cast resin tarp is one solid block of resin. received_322884449530326 Two of the kit supplied axles were too short so I replaced them all with some brass tube I had. received_501336034418361 A slight modification was needed to make the truck match more closely what I saw in my limited amount of reference photos. This involved cutting away much of the metal connected to the roof and making new items from styrene sheet so the cab had the distinctive side windows. received_2903021029970949 To make painting easier the cab roof was not glued in place until interior painting was complete. With assemble mostly complete this relatively small model weighs just under one pound. received_2997512157240851 received_765461887467268 received_531885714593110 Department of National Defense license plates were made by first finding some usable photos online. These were then cleaned up in photoshop and printed on standard white paper. I then glued the license plates onto some aluminum foil from a tea container and cut them out. I decided not to add any other markings as none of my reference photos had dates so I had no idea which markings would have been appropriate. Thankfully DND license plates have not changed over the years so I was confident I did get those right at least. received_944965256075202 A little weathering and windows cut from clear plastic sheet I had lying around and she was done. 20210725-20210725_145700 20210725-20210725_150107 20210725-20210725_150115 20210725-20210725_151246 20210725-20210725_150204 Thanks for looking. Matt https://www.flickr.com/photos/92554273@N07/albums/72157719606170547/with/51338831695/
  5. Y'know I think they actually made it so Luke is in fact shorter! He looks almost the same height as Han here but Han is in a partial crouch. I should've done a comparison before giving them away. I have no idea if its correct but I love that Vader towers over everyone. -matt
  6. Absolutely magnificent little tank! -matt
  7. I got married this year and I wanted to make something as a gift for each of my groomsmen. Thankfully I remembered they all like Star Wars. So after a trip to Winnipeg's newest hobby shop Hobby Sense I was ready to go. 20190622-MJS_4300 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr 20190622-MJS_4257 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr 20190622-MJS_4250 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr 20190622-MJS_4248 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr 20190622-MJS_4313 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr Thanks for looking -matt
  8. I may have to try that glaze technique on a 1/144 C-47 I'm about to start. Such a cool looking little tenk! -matt
  9. Oh! Ha! I just assumed these glasses were for scale. I didn't realize they are also for seeing things up close! This kit is amazing! -matt
  10. Another hum dinger of a build Andy! Looks ready for action! -matt
  11. As always, it's a real treat to watch you work Andy. The chipping on the wood in particular is just lovely. -matt
  12. Very cool Andy. Just read your review on TMN of the Yanmar tractor. I've never been so in love in with a tractor! She's gorgeous! Your control of the mud splatter is incredible. Really amazing job. The Rolls is looking lovely. Stowage bins came out great. Looking at the tires. Any plans to possibly add some ballast to the model to help the pneumatic tires sit down a little flatter? -matt
  13. Super cool build Andy. It's so odd seeing what look like modern wide tires on a vehicle that typically has such hilariously thin tires. The wood grain came out wonderful. A lovely touch (along with the exhaust pipe). Man, those decals look like they would could fairly easily be turned into custom vinyl masks The steam punk/Mad Max version sounds like too much fun to pass up! I'm more than happy to encourage this! -matt
  14. Thanks! I used Mig pigments thinned with some tap water. I sprayed on a scrap model first to see when the consistency seemed about right. Clean up was a breeze! Nice thing is is that if you screw up you can simply wipe it off and try again. Which I did a couple times. When I was satisfied I sprayed several light coats of Migs pigment fixer to hold it in place. -matt
  15. Thanks a bunch everyone! I am extremely chuffed with how well the vinyl masks came out! While it certainly took more time compared to decals, the masks were really satisfying. Plus I could weather them much more easily. I don't have the AM P-51A just yet but I do want to build one in the future. Oh! I re-uploaded the Mustang photos! After having a second look once I put them online they looked a touch dark and yellow. So hopefully they are a little better now. Someday I will calibrate my monitor to make this aspect of modelling easier. -matt
  16. She looks great! I'm surprised you are able to sweep the wings and not damage the paint. -matt
  17. First model completed for 2019! And unlike my last model, I didn't drop this one putting it into the display case. Rest in peace Fokker E.V. This is ICM's adequate P-51A. There is flash. Soft detail. Almost a complete lack of alignment pins for parts. The canopy is by far the worst component. There is no option for an open canopy. Though the cockpit is sparse so not a big deal. But holy hell the canopy is thick. Weirdly, it does come with flattened main tires which is nice. I would hope the Accurate Miniatures P-51A is overall nicer. Anyhoo I didn't make a ton of modifications to this one. I did reposition the tail wheel. Replaced the gun barrels with some brass tube I had lying around. The kit did not include a DF antenna for some reason so that was scratchbuilt. By far the most important aspect of this model for me was the painting. A while ago I purchased a Silhouette Portrait 2 vinyl cutter. All the markings you see on the Mustang are painted on. Either masked with tape or using custom vinyl masks designed by me and cut on my new toy. I had intended to use the kit decals for the stencils on the props as that's too fine for my machine to cut. But I managed to wreck one during application so that put an end to that lol. Now with that out of the way, here's some photos. Please ignore the garbage job I did installing the canopy. Aaaand the fact the OD should be faded more. And the one fingerprint. Just... just go with it. 20190224-MJS_3604 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr 20190224-MJS_3612 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr 20190224-MJS_3617 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr 20190224-MJS_3628 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr The distinctive exhaust stains seen on CBI Mustangs took quite a few tries to get right. In the end I airbushed on some Tamiya brown. But most of the staining was achieved by airbrushing on Mig pigments, then streaking them with a damp brush. 20190224-MJS_3629 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr 20190224-MJS_3633 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr The name on the nose took quite a few tries to get the Silhouette Portrait to cut it just right. The mask was very small and intricate. The trickiest mask I've had it cut to date. And I needed two as there is a red layer followed by white. The original aircraft didn't have noseart but thought it would be a nice touch and a good experiment 20190224-MJS_3638 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr 20190224-MJS_3665 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr I'm no expert on Mustangs. So I hope that filling in most of the panel lines on the wings upper surface is accurate. And if it isn't. Too late now! 20190224-MJS_3667 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr 20190224-MJS_3671 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr 20190224-MJS_3690 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr 20190224-MJS_3695 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr The propeller was quite thick so I spent some time sanding it thinner. 20190224-MJS_3719 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr 20190224-MJS_3720 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr Thanks for looking! -matt
  18. Very impressive Andy. Figure in particular came out quite nice and the painting guides are very much appreciated. You really find ways to bring these bland grey parts to life! -matt
  19. Thank you very much Andy. Yeah those small touches made me a lot happier with how it came out. Unfortunately... last night I was going to put the Fokker into my display case. Aaaand as I gently moved another model out of the way, the Fokker on its base slipped and took her unexpected maiden flight. So yeah. Due to me being clumsy the Fokker went from one single piece back to three. Fuselage, wing and landing gear assembly. I will at at some point attempt to repair her. But there’s no guarantee I’ll be successful. A little annoying as I managed to drop a 1/48 Corsair back in February. But hey at least this one I did actually get to finish and take photographic proof that can build WWI. Anyhoo. Crap happens. When I’ve made some proper progress I’ll post some photos of the 1/48 YF-12 that’s now on my bench. Cheers and beware of gravity! For she is a harsh mistress. -matt
  20. Thank you very much! Was fun and went together more easily than I had feared! -matt
  21. Quick question. Any clear coats used over the NMF? -matt
  22. Finished this one a few days ago but been busy with friends and celebrating Canada Day. As a result it took a while before I had time to post the final photos. This was one of my shelf queens and on top of that, my first ever attempt at a WWI subject. As a result, despite the many flaws this was an extremely satisfying project to finish. Not much else to add. I'm starting the old Testors YF-12, also in 1/48 and it's hilarious to see the two together. The Fokker is just so tiny! It's not much bigger than my Meng "egg plane" Lancaster. 20180701-MJS_2706 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr 20180701-MJS_2713 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr 20180701-MJS_2716 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr 20180701-MJS_2737 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr 20180701-MJS_2744 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr 20180701-MJS_2747 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr 20180701-MJS_2754 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr 20180701-MJS_2756 by _m_sinclair, on Flickr Apologies for forgetting to get rid of the dust marks from my lens. It's been a while since I've posted. Thanks for looking -matt
  23. This is looking awesome! I think the camo looks really good in an imperfect kind of way. Would've been a rush job in real life anyways right? I'm not sure if I find anything as frustrating as decals that frost up despite adding a healthy clear coat before hand. Same thing occurred on my lil' Lancaster. Keep going Andy. She's a peach. -matt
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