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RC Boater Bill

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  1. I’m going to miss the deadline- what’s the protocol here? I think the gallery thread gets locked, but I would guess our individual threads remain open for updates?
  2. Well, the GB ends today, and I’m not quite finished yet. The model has been decalled, but I’m still in the “lather-rinse-repeat” cycle of applying ever-stronger setting solutions to get some of the markings to snuggle down over the big rivets. Until that’s done, I can’t apply the final clear coat and remove the canopy masks.
  3. The USCG Aviation Centennial was in 2016. A total of 16 aircraft were painted in special “retro” schemes: ( The current “racing stripe” slash was introduced in 1967.) - HC-130H Hercules in late ‘50s- early ‘60s white and orange. - MH-60J Jayhawk in 1950s yellow. - HH-65 Dolphin in the scheme they wore in the early 80s, before all small helos were painted in the current red-orange. - HC-144 Ocean Sentry in the 1930s yellow wings scheme. (I’d love to do this one, but I don’t think it is kitted.)
  4. I was already planning on doing the model as “1484” the aircraft flown in the rescue of the crew of the scalloper “Terry T” off Cape Cod in 1980: https://cgaviationhistory.org/sar/the-rescue-of-the-crew-of-the-scalloper-terry-t/ When I dug out my decals last night, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the Target Decals sheet has markings for “1484”. The only thing missing is that the sheet has the wrong AIRSTA- “Sacramento” vs. “Cape Cod”. (I have an old Microscale USCG sheet that has all the Air Stations on it, so I’m good.)
  5. Made a first pass at repaired the damage with some white (fine) Milliput. It went down well, set up nicely, and looked pretty good. It needs some more sanding/ blending, but I think it will come out OK….
  6. Despite limited hobby time, I have hit an important milestone- decalling! I’m using these decals: I applied a couple as a test tonight. So far, so good….
  7. Feeling like quite the dummy…….. One step forward, two steps backwards…….! Masked and painted the fuselage part of the light gray top. This should have been the last major masking/painting session! Held the fuselage a little too long under my halogen drying lamp, and melted the fuselage seam, just aft of the cockpit bulkhead. Going to have to figure out how to fix it….. I might try some putty, then a rectangle of .010 styrene to simulate a panel. While not a perfect fix, it would help minimize a lot of tedious filling/ sanding/ priming/ painting again…..
  8. I used my Cameo4 cutter to make matching masks for the right and left sides. One thing I noticed is that there were several variations in the shape of the black area, so I went with one that seemed typical…
  9. Has anyone used the kit decals in the playing card version of the kit? Are they OK? I ask because I am building one now, for two reasons: (1) as part of the Classic Revell group build; (2) For my club’s 2022 theme build, which is “Canada”. (So I really want to use the markings for Breadner’s plane.)
  10. Added the blue…. Still too big for the spray booth!
  11. I finally had a couple of hours to spend masking and painting the first diagonal stripe. After I had it symmetrical, I then masked off the rest of the airframe. I’ve learned the hard way that you can’t cut any corners when spraying orange on a white plane- the overspray will find any gaps in the protection! I find the easiest way to mask a big plane is to put it in a plastic bag and seal up the opening…. After it dried for about 40 min, I removed the masking. It came out pretty good- there’s just one spot that may need a little touchup… Not looking forward to the thin blue stripe- that will have to be perfectly parallel to look right! ( I’m going to let the red-orange cure for several days first.)
  12. I have started working on this kit for the Classic Revell group build that is going on now. I am very glad I found this thread before I got very far! Thanks for posting the measurements! My kit has a flat top wing but the lower wing was very wonky. One side has the correct(-ish) amount of dihedral, while the other side has none at all. At first I thought the wing saddle was wrong, but it wasn’t. I had to resort to applying a little tamiya extra thin in order to soften the styrene so I could bend it and get it to stay…..
  13. Here’s what it looks like after a couple coats of clear green. It looks a little grainy, but I’m hoping a coat of future will smooth that out and make it more “cockpit-window-like”…. If I ever do another one, I will be sure to apply the clear green to the inside surface!
  14. The project has been on the back burner, while I’ve worked on some Group build subjects. But I have made a little progress on the Herc- masking and painting the trim colors. The challenging one still remains- the CG stripe on the forward fuselage. I’m still avoiding it while doing some of the easier bits…. but I will have to buckle down and take care of it soon! It still doesn’t fit in my spray booth!
  15. Haven’t done much lately- early fall is a great time to be outdoors in New England! But I did get some time at the bench tonight…. I needed to paint the overhead canopy panels a transparent dark green.This is something I’ve never done before. I googled the topic, and found one You-tube video, where the “Grumpy Modeler” airbrushed thin coats of tamiya smoke and clear yellow on the inside of a canopy to get a nice tinting effect…. It’s a shame I didn’t see video that before the model was assembled. I now have a fuselage that is assembled, primed and painted, with the canopy solidly glued in place. The canopy is masked in the usual way, with all the panels covered in Tamiya tape. Now I had to figure out the best way to tint those two panels! I decided the best option is to finish painting the trim colors around the canopy while all the panels are still masked, then remove it all and mask the frames around the panels and paint them with a couple of coats of thinned tamiya clear green, to build up a dark green effect. Once that is dry, I hope to then brush a coat of future over the green……..
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