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About fubar57

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  1. Nice. I love this colourful period of the USAF
  2. Very well done, more so being your 4th kit. Spoiler notice on the Airfix Spitfire landing gear, from what I've seen, all Marks are like that
  3. Outstanding as usual John. Been a while since I followed one of your builds
  4. Looking good for attempt #2. When I started with an AB 4 years ago I chose to do single colour aircraft just to get the hang of it.
  5. I've got photos of the AC-47D showing rear doors, some had cut-outs to allow 4 MGs to fire through
  6. Thanks all. The only other 1:48 build I could had the builder cut the long fuselage decals into three for easier installation. I'm building a Hasegawa version in tandem and the wing stripes would have also been too long.. Having said that, it's better to have the decals too long than too short. Maybe the fuselage checker fit better on the Hasegawa offering....I dunno
  7. Beautiful looking aircraft. I really need to get one to go with my B6N2
  8. This is an RCAF 441 Sqn CF-104. This aircraft wore this scheme for the 30th anniversary of CFB Baden Soellingen, Germany. I built it using the Revell boxing of the “Tiger Meet” and this came with god awful yellow sprues. I’m building another NMF single seater at the same time and figured this kit would easier to paint black than silver. Boy was I wrong. It took just over half a bottle of Tamiya X-1 Gloss Black to fully eradicate the yellow. I used the Leading Edge CAF CF-104 “Checkerbird” Starfighter 48.11sheet. It doesn’t say which kit should be used but I’m going to think its the Hasegawa offering. All of the decals were a tad too long. Having said that, I measure the wing of the Hasegawa two seater I am also building and the underwing stripe decals would have over-hung by about 2mm. I used every decal sol I had to get the decals to conform around all the curves and in the end I won. For some reason Leading Edge gave me two complete sets of decals. I think maybe because there was a small section of the checkers that were smudged. I used a few of the extra checkers to make up for some gaps. Believe me when I say that these are tough decals and can take a pounding. The kit itself went together no too, too bad. Forewarned about the fit of the separate tail sections, I glue each half to the forward fuselage section to minimize the step. I couldn’t find a photo of a -104 on the ground with the speed brakes open as Revell would have one make it so I closed them up. It was quite a struggle as the brakes are too long and the inner detail also interferes with the fit. Some filler was also needed to blend in the nose cone. The glass pieces were the best fitting that I have ever come across
  9. Very cool Ian. While you're waiting for Dora to reply, try this glue on your wing light. I use it to make fuselage windows and to stick on clear cockpit pieces. If it doesn't work you can always wipe it off.
  10. Very nice, great scheme
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