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  1. So now - almost 4 months on - what is your conclusion? Can you show us some pictures of your finished Eduard P-51 Iwo jima limited edition? Just curious
  2. Whoever came up with the name ‘rumourmonger’ for this forum is a genius.
  3. Soviet Union? C’mon man, it’s 2021
  4. Hi all, While researching for a new project, I stumbled on this colourful picture of a VNAF Skyraider. From the nose badge, I supposed that the plane belonged to the 520th Squadron Than Bao (Divine Panther) based at Binh Thuy, South Vietnam between 1965 and 1968. What’s unusual is the blue star-studded rudder reminiscent of the blue fuselage sash on VNAF A-37s. Incidentally the 520th Sqn converted to A-37 in 1968. Can you, Skyraider experts, tell me more about it ? What I’d need most is the serial number of this aircraft. I also remember having seen a picture of another 520th plane with a red rudder instead of blue. So if you have other photos, they would be very welcome. Thank you all for your assistance. Cheers, Quang
  5. Hey Nikolay, I have the same riveting tool for some years (only mine is marketed by Trumpeter). I tried it 3 or 4 times with no satisfactory result. Now that I see what YOU have achieved with it, I think may be I should have persevered and not let it go so easily. Thank you for helping me get the mojo back. Cheers, Quang
  6. At least you won’t need Aires for the wheel wells
  7. Proper modelling indeed. I’m in. Cheers, Quang
  8. Thank you Chris. Glad you like it! In some instances, straying from the instructions can save you a lot of trouble during a build. That is why I always take time to get myself familiar with a new kit. Every build is like a car trip, Nikolay. Some times it’s a four-lane flat top, other times it’s a bumpy dirt road. Haha Markus, I guess you’re ready for some swordplay yourself with your Thunderceptor project. I will be following your build with interest.
  9. So I guess your modelling mojo is restored, Nikolay. Looking forward to your next build Cheers, Quang
  10. The scorched metal effect is THE big challenge for every Hun modeller. I’m on my 3rd try. Still sweating on it. Have a great day, Quang
  11. ... and the F-104. Kinetic makes a nice one in 1/48. The Century fighters series is a great modeling theme indeed. As I’m on my Hun trip, it would be nice to see you build a F-100F in Misty FAC or Wild Weasel configuration. VERY nice Meng Deuce Cracking crisp build! Cheers, Quang
  12. Hello all, Having finished the nose part, we'll turn to the other end: the exhaust. Monogram obligingly gives us the two types of exhaust sported by the Hun in its lifetime: the original 'iris' type and the F-102 type as used by the ANG. The kit mouldings are accurate albeit lacking of finesse: the nozzle and tail part are moulded integrally and the tail pipe is ridiculously short. This area can be easily enhanced by combining the two options. Here's how: – The nozzles are separated from the tail parts and the parts switched – The kit tailpipe is discarded and replaced with a suitable tube. I used an X-acto blade container. The opposite end is closed with a part from the scrap box. The horizontal stabs are moulded integrally with the upper fuselage. To make the assembly easier, they are ruthlessly cut off. We'll fabricate a new tube-and-wire pivot for both stabs. Before closing the fuselage, we'll add a compartment for the tail skid and one for the brake parachute stowage. New doors are made from plasticard. The airbrake on the French F-100s is the older model with the simpler cut. The brake wells is modified accordingly. The one-piece wing is separated into right and left. It will make the fuselage assembly and the cleaning of joints much easier. Next episode: closing the fuselage. That's it folks. Until next time, Cheers, Quang
  13. @B.sin Call me sentimental but these old brands like Monogram and to a lesser extent Revell displayed some ‘feel’ about their subjects. It’s not about accuracy per se but a sense of wonder these old kits seem to convey. Oh well I’m getting old! @bar side Your Wethersfield Hun reminds me of Triple Zilch, a version we F-100 fans all have built at one time or another. Great hangar setting by the way! @Nikolay Polyakov Don’t get me wrong. Trumpy/HobbyBoss are capable of some very good kits. Their 1/48 McDonnell Demon makes an impressive model once you get past the initial mistake in its denomination. @Alan P Sometimes it only takes some very simple modifications to enhance a stock kit. That’s the fun of it. Cheers, Quang
  14. @bar side The scorched metal effect will be one of my first with this F-100 project. Thank you for the Flixton. Is it me or do the drop tanks look ...odd? @Biggles87 Here's a tip for painting stripes: first paint yellow overall. Then add the black stripes. Don't bother to make them good on the first try. Leave to dry, then adjust the width of each stripe with yellow paint. This method also works for painting VERY THIN lines. @Ben Brown Haha Ben, you caught me in the act! Indeed I removed the wings and the stabs for an easier access to the fuselage joint. I just wanted to leave it for another instalment just not to confuse the readers. Thank you for chiming in. Your insights are priceless for us, F-100 lovers. There's another error in the Monogram intake opening profile. It should be slightly slanted forward. It would be too hard to correct so I chickened out. @Scimitar F1 It would be nice to see yours. The more the merrier! See ya later alligators, Quang
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