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  1. Great links. I really like the guys sitting in their cockpits. I cut the provided canopy to match what is seen with them open. I see no point in doing any work...however minimal inside then slapping a canopy over it. I got a nice cut but the front portion had a crack ( I thought it was just thicker, poorly formed plastic) and it split on the edge. I glued it. It'll do
  2. No it is not a well formed kit. There is no finer way to learn skills then with a kit that needs work. And I got it for $15 delivered. Modeling is not inexpensive and I enjoy learning
  3. I understand now. Thanks to all posters
  4. Hello, I thought the air brakes were on the sides as pictured. I thought there could be one underneath also. Here are some more pictures if it helps to clarify what is going on On the sprue are the side air brakes I hope this helps and Thanks
  5. Hello, I am working on an Airfix Skyraider and don't really know what the directions are telling me. I have 3 pieces that all look like they go in the same spot. Perhaps one under one of the others. I could not insert the pictures but I could the links. If anyone has built a Skyraider (no matter the brand) what is going on down there? I am prepared to just attach one of the larger covers pictured. The gray one has a bevel Thanks for any info
  6. Thanks Man! I have an AZ model B-25J Mitchell "USAAF" to build. I bought this in 1:72 at I price I was willing to pay. The Doolittle Raid IMO was the most ballsy act of the war. I wish a movie would do the raid justice. I have seen a few and there was one with Spencer Tracy that is good but in this instance I want to be cold and damp like the picture looks. Hmmm What was the temp that day. Gotta look it up
  7. Thank You All. From the picture it does not look like the belly was painted any different. Is that correct as far as anyone knows?
  8. I have been looking for a picture of the B-25 Jimmy Doolittle flew on the famous raid. I can't be sure of what I am finding. Is this what it looked like? If not does someone have a picture? Thanks
  9. Doesn't matter to me if they did or didn't I am no purist
  10. I'm finished. It was a level 2 build which meant not many pieces. It turned out OK and I am happy with much and not happy with much. I filled the bottom of the wings with super glue and baking powder. I would like to have thinner super glue. I see it is available but at a cost so I doubt it anywhere near the top of my to get list. I filled and sanded several times. Again this plastic is softer then... well never mind While I was drilling three holes for the stand I cracked the seam. It was an OK seam. I may mount the the F84 on a stand The seam is not good but better then any I have done thus far The wings did not go together like most. If they had I could have achieved a finer painted leading edge. The lower portion fit into not together with the top I did not center the front wheel well or was it not centered for me? Both, I could have centered it by cutting plastic but I did not think it would be so badly formed when I glued the halves I decided against attaching all the bombs. Two of them were too large for my liking and even if they were made for the F84 I think they were large and clunky, distracting from my model. The entire undercarriage I did grey. Except the bomb tips which I dabbed yellow. I like to paint by hand. I have no intention of ever spending my time learning mask techniques, maybe a few, but I would much prefer learning to paint. I paint landscapes, pets, leaves, etc. Painting means paints, brushes, techniques, etc. For me is the most fun part of modeling. I make no claims to having talent, just desire. I decided on three colors for the camo. Green, lighter green and sand. I made the lighter green and sand by simple dilution. I had guidance for my paint from the F84 down the road but ultimately I free formed my scheme. It's important to get this right the first time as I have learned from previous models I don't want to correct bad edges...it merely looks like a build up of paint. Of course, I had some touch up to do. I have found that looking at enlarged pictures of the model reveals flaws I don't see even with my magno glasses. As mentioned the decals that came with the F84 are gaudy (UGLY) so I used some leftovers from a Corsair. I may add some nose art. I have the decals I'm just mulling it over. I am new to Micro Sol and Micro Set. It has advantages. Look at the lousy fit of that side panel. PU The model is bottom heavy so I have part of a cotter pin shoved in it's nose I did the red with a red sharpie. I think green and blue sharpies will make it on the list of things to get. They are cheap compared with clear paint. I added some black dry brush at the nose. Doing the canopy was fun. I used my finest brush and gave it two coats...it's pretty straight I have yet to attach the front wheel well covers. I may end up adding weights in there if I don't mount it...still mulling that over as well. For now it on the shelf with some other recent and old models. I am going to finish my Pilot Boat next. I have a weekend work to do on that then I will post some pics in the ship forum. Comments are always welcome and appreciated
  11. One last word on the paint. The Testors acrylic did indeed arrive today. It is thinner then I thought it would be. It is designed for spraying. It is thinner then the Tamiya I have. The kit has seven .25 oz bottles. Four grey, a white, a tan, a green. Whatever, eh? My inclination was to further thin my flat grey big box craft acrylic to match the consistency of the Testors. I did so. The right wing is my home brew and the left wing is the Testors. Both with two coats. I much prefer the Testors wing This is my test model. A 737. The better (producing more of the desired effect) coverage on the right using Testors over a grey paint is quite evident. The left in the home brew I painted over all my light grey bombs with the Testors. They look better but still clunky due to so much paint. I ain't sanding them down again. They will need one more coat. I also ran a couple coats done the underneath center line of the F-84 just for kicks. Lastly, I have read that Rust-Oleum puts out a nice aluminum paint. I've used a lot of silver lately and I got this container for about $6 at Menards I took it out to the garage to mix and syringe some over to a small bottle . There was a lot of glop needed stirring in. It is a great color and a small amount goes a long way. I painted up some landing gear. I am also going to see what other colors and at what price I can get of this product. I like this very much No I would not paint a model with the flat budget acrylic. I might however with the semi-gloss. I will buy another semi- gloss color next time I need to big box it. Thanks for reading
  12. I been thinking. The paint companies have been jobbing us. Paint costs are to high. I have several bottles of acrylic on my shelf that I use for other art and I have read where some guys use inexpensive craft acrylic. I can spend 6-8 bucks on a bottle of Tamiya acrylic and I can spend 1.50 for big box craft acrylic. This past week I have been sanding and painting using budget acrylic's. I worked with two shades of grey, one flat and light and one semi-gloss and a bit darker. I am not sure if I am going to install the bombs on the F-84F so what better subject to test paints on. I have also been reading up on sanding. I id not think the budget acrylic would stick well to this plastic. I might have primed but I have no primer and did not want any at this time. I scuffed up some bombs to see if paint would adhere better. I can't say that it did but I can't say that it didn't. I was not at all happy with the paints straight out the bottle. They were both too thick and with the speed that acrylics dry smoothing was an issue. When diluted streaking can be an issue. I sanded after painting. I could smooth but the paint came off easy, so pressure needed for sanding was equal to the pressure needed for paint removal. Disappointing. I then thinned both paints. The bombs came in pairs and I had only painted one bomb of each type. The second bombs received thinned paint. The semi gloss thinned very nice with 91% isopropyl. The flat paint turned into thick muddy granular glop that I did not even consider using. I thinned it with water and I was good to go. Long even strokes is the goal and the thinned paint allowed for this easier then non thinned. I painted a couple bombs let them dry an hour and gave a second coat. I was much happier. I used the method for painting wheels as outlined here. Very nifty. TOP: Non thinned sanded light grey Bottom: Raw Sanded. I see a possibility here. An undercoat of an enamel followed by a sanded acrylic could be cool This is to show how I cover paints in my easel. Packing tape. Good for days or hours and what I use to measure fluids Both bombs. Top, two coats of thinned. Bottom, Sanded like heck and two coats of thinned Two coats unthinned then sanded down completely and recovered with two coats thinned Top: Two coats isopropyl thinned Bottom Two coats straight then sanded down and two coats thinned Tomorrow I have some Testors acrylic coming. I will work with that in spots where it won't be seen in the finished product to determine if it performs better (producing more of the desired effect) then the inexpensive big box stuff. Would I paint a model with budget acrylic? I can't say til I see what the Testor's is like. I have some Tamiya acrylic but it's green and that stuff is too expensive to buy other colors for this model
  13. Have you ever set out to make sure you didn't do something but did it anyhow? I did today. I was putting finish paint on the pilots head and got just a dab of tan on the black. So, I got out more black and made it too dark. I stopped and said...it will have to do. I have been filling seams and sanding the last couple days. I use the super glue baking powder method because it's inexpensive and works real well. I learned to use it on my 737 model which I use for all practice. I was also able to use my new Tamiya sand paper. I had been using 800 I bought at the big box. It worked OK but I wanted more. The Tamiya paper works real nice. Today I used 600 and 1000. The problem with this Hairfix model is soft plastic...softest I ever did see but ya learn to work with it. Here are a couple more snaps. My wife said no about knitting the pilot a scarf. I did give him an arm patch though. Those windows look really bad. I dry brushed some brass paint on his helmet and some on the dash but it can't be seen
  14. I had hoped for more progress today but I spent more time then I thought working on cleaning up the pieces of my Hairfix F-84F (which is my new name for Airfix) . Everywhere there is something that needs improvement. I did get the pilot glued to his seat, the dash painted and glued on. One of the cockpit rear windows is a fine fit the other is very bad. I glued them in also. Time will tell me if I have to take out the crum one. I painted the pilot's helmet white, sanded and painted it silver then sanded again. I am going to put dry brushed bronze over all that. The pilot has an expression which is cool. I used tan on his face. I asked my wife if jet pilots from the 50's wore gloves she said NO so I did his hands tan also. I painted his suit Testor's Interior Green. Have to paint the belts or hoses. The goggles are black..I thought of doing those bronze but naw. The picture is cool as it shows me where more paint is needed. Maybe a scarf? Green like Mickey Rooney wore in "The Bridges at Toko-Ri". I looked at pilots and cockpits online. MAN! Some guys do great work. Has anyone ever put out just a cockpit model...That would be cool.
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