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BlueNosers352nd

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  1. Been gone all weekend and figured their is no way I was going to paint and weather by the 12th. Now I may have a chance if I can get some motivation!
  2. After building the Eduard 1/48 F6F-3, I had to have another one..........falls together. Also got a decent Ebay deal on a 1/48 Eduard P-51D-5 Profipak. Also got the Falcon 1/48 Canopy Set #31 so I can replace the sliding portion on my Hasegawa Mk V Spitfire.
  3. Yes, the upper cowl piece. It's one part I always struggle with. Lose detail everytime I clean it up. Looks like you handled it very well there!
  4. Dang! How do you make that nose piece work so well? It's one of the downfalls of this kit IMO.
  5. Glad the deadline is the 12th. I was thinking it was earlier. Struggling to work on this one. It's ready for a primer to check. Summer hits and my motivation goes right out the window. Hasegawa Spitfire Vb Trop in Malta markings. Haven't really taken any pictures yet.
  6. Sweet, a Spit/Seafire that's not Camo'd. Not that I'm opposed............just like seeing one not camo'd up. Thus why I am doing a Malta Spitfire.
  7. I made it, I made it, I made it! First one completed in time, granted this was only my 2nd GB. Missed the first one's deadline by a couple weeks. Eduard 1/48 Hellcat is quite the treat!
  8. It's a wrap.......well, before I mess anything else up I'm calling it a wrap. Teaser.....rest is in the gallery or on my Flicker.
  9. Calling this one done! What a sweet kit, minus the wiring harness on the engine (it's omitted on my build, lost patience with it). Eduard 1/48 F6F-3 Profipack w/ kit decals. Only extras are the gun barrels as since I tend to model with the "Bull in a China Shop" mentality...........they got broken off. Still need to figure out stars/bars or stencils. They still plague me. Blues are Mr Color, most everything else is Tamiya. Had the wings all done up nicely then had to touch up and lost the work. Didn't feel like fixing it. Full series of pics here on Flickr
  10. Back to this issue I have with masks. It's amazing the problems you solve (sometimes) while taking a shower. Even though I haven't tested the theory, I think I have figured out how to paint stars/bars before the rest of the plane is painted. Paint insiginia blue covering the whole area of the insignia, and then some adjacent area. Put the mask down, pull the white areas and paint the white. Then you can use Tamiya tape to cover up the white area before painting the rest of the aircraft. And boom.....Bob's your uncle! The issue I have, at least with Maketar Masks, is picking up and putting pieces back down. If you were to do Stars/Bars after the whole plane is painted, you'd have to put the whole mask down, including the outside square perimeter, pick up the blue border and white areas. How do you do that and get all the proper pieces to come back up? The masks always seem so sticky and getting the inner portion up seems to fight me and usually ends up ruining the mask. Then you have to lay the center portion down and only pick up the white portion. What's the secret? Alignment is still an issue, but I think with horizontal and vertical tick marks at the corners of the bars and some practice will help with that. Basically, I'm finding, once any portion of the mask is down it's down without major effort and mask damaging results to get it off.
  11. I was thinking more of................when something goes wrong for the umpteenth time, what stops you from dragging you gear, tools, kits, decals, paints........basically everything modeling related..........out into the yard and lighting it on fire? I'm like a bull in a china shop when in comes to knocking fiddly bits off. Then having a hard time getting them back on cause the glue won't stick. Only to knock them off 20 more times. Messing up paint jobs trying new things. Dropping a newly dipped canopy on the floor and having to clean it and start over. Misplacing a tool you were just using. Only been back doing this since what, October and many times I've wanted to take everything to our club meeting and tell people, it's free, take it, I'm done. I've taken a month of breaks (in total) with vacations. Unless it's dealing with photo etch in a cockpit, I actually enjoy the process up until painting and then usually it stalls. On this Hellcat (STGB) I actually was loving it until I screwed up on the weathering trying new things. Once something happens it seems like it's a hassle until the end with less than stellar results.
  12. .........douse it with gasoline and light in all on fire? Modeling wise of course.
  13. The weathering on this Hellcat (Navy GB) is eluding me. Didn't help that I wasn't really thinking when I sprayed Gunze Mr Color over my chipping layer. Harder to chip that stuff back to the chipping layer. Doogs did a great video yesterday on using oils on wing roots and what not. I have now wiped my attempts off 4 times. Everytime I try it and try to blend it, I end up with no texture or variations in tones (guess blotchy for a lack of a better term). I know it takes multiple colors over multiple layers. I'm wondering if it's too glossy? The Mr Color went down so smooth and then with a gloss coat it's smooter than a baby's you know what. Wondering if it isn't enough texture and that's why it ends up being so uniform rather than varied. I don't have the ABT oils he is using, so I am using Winsor Newton Oils, which should get me there in the end. Any thoughts?
  14. That's a good idea. This is one kit that it will definitely work with. Other than the painting and decal issues, this build has been a easy and blast. Just falls together.
  15. Looks good! See you got some of your stencils on. Building the -3 ProfiPack for my entry and the white stencils were awful, so ended up only doing two stencils before I decided to can them.
  16. Jumping into this group build with the 26 yr old 1/48 Hasegawa Spitfire Vb Trop. Built the predecessor of this, the Vb with clipped wings many years ago, but don't remember anything about how it went. So let's see what happens. Going to try and build BR562 of 249 Sqn in Malta, flown by Hesselyn. Haven't found any pics and only limited details on Hesselyn.
  17. Well I've had some success (for the most part) on the main decals. There are a couple stencils on there, but I think for the most part I am going to leave them off. The stencil sheet they give you (from 2012), the whites stencils are awful. I need to work on my Tamiya spraying, especially the over spray. The over spray from the underside white is causing a texture issue above and leaving some silvering in the clear areas of the 117's. I've poked and sliced a bunch and gotten quite a bit gone but their is still some there. SUGGESTIONS? Also in hind sight, I should of treated the propeller decals as seperate pieces. The give you both parts in one strip and got a few spots under the clear there as well. On the upper port wing, the Star and Bar was almost perfect over the silky smooth Mr Color paint. Might have to use Mr Paint more often.
  18. Yes, I found that one as well. Not up on British aircraft, but the colorization might be off. Guessing the fuselage codes and spinner were not white. Probably ??Sky?? normally seen on British aircraft.
  19. Yes, I am guilty of such shenanigans............yet again. But I can actually see them bleeding through the outside of the model. Slight color change and were actually ever so slightly raised. Thanks Bob, I will check out those instructions. You know, I've looked at Scalemates before, many ah times. But never scrolled past the Timeline. So much more stuff below.
  20. In between things drying on the Hellcat for GB, I've been working on the Typhoon. Finally decided what aircraft I will be doing. MN518, R-D flown by W/C Davidson of the 143 Wing. Always looking for unique schemes. While their is nothing unique about the scheme, his scoreboard is interesting. 2 Italian kills while in Greece, 2 Japanese kills while in Ceylon (modern day Sri Lanka) and 2 German Kills. His story is a little interesting too. While flying another Typhoon, he had engine trouble and was forced to land in B├ęthune (France, south of Dunkirk). Where he was picked up by the French Resistance and fought with them for a while until making it back into British hands. That is not Davidson in the picture though...
  21. Working on the Hasegawa Hawker Typhoon Mk IB w/ Tear Drop canopy. The instructions say you will not use the bomb rack so they never get addressed in the instructions. What's the location for them? Looking at some pics and drawings it looks like it's about where the inner rocket rail would be. Any thoughts? Thanks as always! Instructions: Aircraft to be represented:
  22. Decals started, but then we come to what seems to be my Kryptonite in the modeling world.............stars n bars. As of late they seem to fight me. The upper wing one actually is doing well, but where did that brown smudge come from? What the? The fuselage one, cross your fingers! Despite pushing air out with the brush and rolling with a cotton bud, those panels lines just love air. Light slice and some more Micro sol, let's see what happens. I'm doubtful! Rather use masks, but apparently I am to stupid to use them. And the stencils are just horrendous, well the white ones any how. The black are red are good. Some of the white ones are half printed, missing, or kinda smudgey. Not to mention they are all labeled wrong.
  23. Found the decals! Put them in a safe spot that wasn't part of my normal routine. What a gomer!
  24. Here's how she sits at the moment. If anyone has suggestions (for the future) on masking edges like on the fuselage where it meets the wing. Had a hard time doing that, to the point I see I got a little touch up to do right where the wing meets the fuselage. No problem, thanks for the thought though. Sent a message to Eduards support link, we'll see what happens. I honestly don't remember ever seeing them. Oh well, we'll see how it goes and go from there. Fortunately not rushed for time.
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