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BlueNosers352nd

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  1. Well, this is my attempt. Since my in-progress thread is in the STGB, not sure where to post this. Haven't tried and not sure if we are allowed to continue those threads until done. But wanted to share the results. Not to shabby for a first run. Maybe could of been a little smoother. Might go back after the clear coat dries and add a little and blend it......but we'll see. Also gotta say, I tried some of the Vallejo 100% Acrylic Resin Matte.............color me impressed, well clear me impressed. Maybe I got the wrong kinda turpentine. I only have Turpenoid or th
  2. I wanna add this detail on the Mustang. Actually doing this aircraft. Was for the P-51STGB but I couldn't make it. How would you all tackle it? I tried yesterday with some oils, but hands are not as steady as they once were. Fortunately that is easy to wipe off. Heard in the past taking a shot of liquor can help calm that unsteadiness down. Thought about using the airbrush, but then my question is what to use as an under coat and as a paint......that if I don't like it I can wipe it off. Right now it's coat with Tamiya Flat (Not sure why they call it that).
  3. That is a good question......I was just assuming. My F6F References are not that good. This is the one I am doing, but I really don't know any details other than one picture I've found and it only shows the pilot in the cockpit and the nose art. I believe it is VF-38
  4. I know this can be like opening a can of worms, but in the Tamiya or Mr Color (not Aqueous) lines, has anyone seen a good Interior Green, either in a available color or a mixing ratio? At this point, it would be for a F6F-3. I do see a recommendation to mix of XF-3 (Yellow) and XF-5 (Green). Or, as I have been out of the loop for quite a few years..........any good conversion charts for Tamiya or Gunze Mr Color (not Aqueous) No Vallejo or Mission Models recommendations please, I wanna burn down my house every time I try those. Thanks!
  5. Since this STGB is winding down to an end, I thought I'd share a progress pic or two. Finally got the stars/bars to go down. Part of my problem is patience after applying decals. The last star/bar that was giving me fits, I finally as a last straw just hit it with Solvaset and walked away. Came back something like 18 hrs later and wow......other that one little wrinkle/bubbleit was pretty good. It was the underside one, so I just sanded it lightly and touched it up. The Ultracast wheels for this one just blows the True Detail wheels being used on the A-36A outta the water! L
  6. Since this STGB is just about to come to a close, I thought I'd share a pic of where the A-36A stands. Although these replacement stars/bars didn't give me any fits, I'm not sure if the carrier film will ever disappear. I believe they were from an older Superscale sheet.
  7. Was just thinking of this today and more and more panic occurs in the US. I got plenty of building I could do, but with the last 3 models being built and all having issues (see build in signature) I am having a hard time wanting to work on models. Could be a toughy!
  8. And the hits keep on coming..... Whole thing clear coated after decaling prior to my Spain trip, so be sitting there for what.....almost 2 weeks. Attempted oil dot filters and let that dry before clear coating. Nothing affected by that. Now spray a coat of clear on to do some more stuff and bam! Only spot that did this! Clear after decals would of been Tamiya Gloss thinned with Mr Leveling Thinner. This coat was Tamiya Semi Gloss with Mr Leveling Thinner. I'm guessing it's a reaction from the thinner. Maybe too heavy. After the initial coat I came back about 4
  9. You guys are gonna have to wait to see this one finished in the regular completed builds section of the forum.....not going to make it. Probably could get this done if I didn't want any weathering, but that is not what I want. Week in Spain killed my momentum. Struggling with stars/bars on the P-51B build almost makes me want to take everything out in the yard and light it on fire. The 3 models I've built since trying to come back to the hobby have been very frustrating in one form or another.........with a lot of it revolving around decals.
  10. You'll have to watch for this completion some other time in the regular finished model section..........not going to make it. Tried my buddy's cricket cut stencils for the stars/bars. Apparently I am too stupid to use those too. So I went back to decals, apparently I am to stupid to use those also. Think I can live with 3 of the 4 stars/bars. Fourth one, the under wing one, will be replaced for the 4th time. Guess the first round doesn't count as I switched the sizes and put them in the wrong spots. It's dumbfounding that I rolled them out with a cotton bud several times, they looked go
  11. Nice looking Catfish! What kit is it? Hobbyboss? I bought the Cutting Edge conversion many many moons ago with the intention of doing one..........but haven't done it yet.
  12. I'm trying............didn't even mess with stars/bars last night. Got the Hamilton decals on the propeller blades. Attempted to mask and put DDay stuff on the flaps. Pulled masking off and it stripped a bunch of paint off. Stripped both those down again, they were off anyway. So sprayed them with enamel primer this time. Maybe it will bite better. One I didn't repaint originally and the other I did because it peeled so I don't know which one peeled this time. Only time this whole build that tape peeled Alcad.........the Alclad over the resin.
  13. EDIT: Buddy is making some masks on his cricket machine. THinks his stuff will be less tacky. So we'll see what happens. Original: Not sure I will get this done. About had it with this one. After dealing with the stars/bars in the wrong spot, replacements not settling well or getting all crinkly with Microsol (even the originals got crinkly) I decided to try Maketar Masks. Never use that product again. You get one chance to place it and if you are just slight off and need to adjust you are hosed, it all falls apart trying to pull it up and reposition. So thei
  14. I don't think I will ever (or try to) use them again. You get one chance to place it. If you are off just a bit you are hosed because it never peels off right. Their claim that it can be used over and over again is highly misleading. #3 ruined.............scratch that #4 ruined.
  15. Thanks Dennis, that makes more sense to me. I was just trying to follow the instructions............yeah I know, a guy following instructions. Geesh! The marking of the mask is a good idea too. Should of thought of something like that. In woodworking we draw a triangle across all the pieces when doing a glue up to make 1 panel outta many boards. I'll see what happens tonight!
  16. After fighting Star n Bar decals on my P-51B, I decided to rip them off and use some mask sets I got from Maketar. I don't know if Eaglestrike Decals aren't that good, if my MicroSol is bad (both bottles), or what. They are not settling worth a darn. If I add a little more Microsol to try and get them to settle they end up just staying all crinkly. Built plenty of models in the past, never had this kinda issue. Superscale ones I used on my A-36 didn't have a problem. Couple applications of Microsol and they were fine. Two sets of stars and bars from Eagle Strike that go to poo. Every o
  17. Well after some repainting, removing decals in the wrong place, repainting........I've got the decals done this morning.
  18. After further inspection, zooming in, etc. I think you are right. Good catch!
  19. Progress continues........... Got the wrong stars and bars off and things touched up but no new pics of that. Nothing really to show from the above pics. Also got some work done on the spinner/blades including the overspray. Even put on these little details like in the photograph. They are close and will get the job done. Fox (The Fox, HO-Z) was another P-51B/C from the 487th FS (Flying Scot II is from the 486th FS). Haven't read any detals on The Fox. The little cheat sheet in the back of the 352nd FG book doesn't say anything about being lost. Not sure what
  20. Totally forgot I had two of the AMT varieties in my stash. Hmm, do one of them or stick with the Eduard F6F-3.
  21. Toryu, Johnson, Redstaff..... Thanks for the suggestions! Would of never thought to tackle it that way. None of the decals have been sealed yet. Not sure I can get to it tonight as I have to run a long errand tonight after work, but I will see what I can do and report back. Sad thing is, I sat there pondering which size goes where. Guess I am a little rusty after quite a few years off building.
  22. HELP!!!! What would you do? I done screwed up both the A-36 and Blue Nosed P-51B. This big dummy got the stars and bars in the opposite places. Larger ones on the fuselage but not quite done yet on the wings. On the A-36 I have the small ones on the wings and no stars n bars on the fuselage. Had some weird reaction to the solvaset. So the fuselage stars n bars have been pulled off, sanded and repainted. Didn't have some fancy weathering/preshading anyway so it was an easy fix. Would have to pull the wing ones off, but then again paint touch up is easy. On the
  23. HELP!!!! What would you do? I done screwed up both the A-36 and Blue Nosed P-51B. This big dummy got the stars and bars in the opposite places. Larger ones on the fuselage but not quite done yet on the wings. On the A-36 I have the small ones on the wings and no stars n bars on the fuselage. Had some weird reaction to the solvaset. So the fuselage stars n bars have been pulled off, sanded and repainted. Didn't have some fancy weathering/preshading anyway so it was an easy fix. Would have to pull the wing ones off, but then again paint touch up is easy. On the
  24. I believe he was referring to the doors on the landing gear itself. The little curved portion at the bottom should be pointing to the front.
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