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About RadMax8

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  1. In my (limited) experience, black basing looks amazing on lighter colors, but it’s really difficult to “notice” when you go to darker colors. I’ve seen people use white as the base color for darker shades, do the same mottling and blending effect, and it actually comes out pretty nice. Something to try the next time around maybe? This kit is coming together nicely. Really looking good! I’ve got one of these in the stash, and would like to add the Aires cockpit to it as well, glad to see it almost drops in! Thanks for sharing.
  2. Nice looking set of Pips planes! One piece of advice, it looks like the windscreen frames are a bit thick. I’d recommend cutting some thin strips of masking tape, just to help when you paint them! Always cool to see a theme when building planes. Thanks for sharing!
  3. Nicely done, Greg! Even though the kit is ancient, you certainly did it justice. Paintwork is excellent, and the rigging looks very sharp. Was this kit molded in a fun color? Many years ago I had the P-6E kits (with two kits in one box for some reason) that was molded in bright yellow. Aircraft from this era were interesting... I feel like technology was moving forward so quickly these things were obsolete before leaving the assembly line. Thanks for sharing!
  4. Nicely done. Interesting paint scheme, I’ve never seen one with black on top and gray on the underside. I can’t claim to be an expert, so I don’t know for sure if that actually happened. Your finish is very smooth though! Thanks for sharing! Nikola, the Revell kit is actually a very old kit. It will be challenging, but when you’re done it will look pretty good. Be mindful of the main canopy fit, you may need to shim the bottom to make it fit properly. Good luck!
  5. Very interesting concept, and excellent model! Looks like a kit, rather than a scratch built masterpiece. Thanks for sharing!
  6. Wow, just saw this. Looks like quite the journey you’ve been on! I can relate, I’ve got a 16 month old daughter running around. Between her and my job which requires a large amount of travel, I don’t have much time to devote to building. Just wanted to add a couple comments. 1) This is quite an old kit (released in 1995), and as you’ve noticed it has some obvious shortcomings. The tenacity with which you’ve attacked this build is commendable! 2) The raised rivets near the gear bays and on top of the wing represent stiffening that had been done to reinforce the area post-war on the particular plane Tamiya’s team used as its base. Of note, this same feature was also present on the Accurate Miniatures Allison-engined Mustangs, which were released in 1994. 3) Would it be possible to put a thin shim on the radiator door to eliminate the gap? Or would that make things a little wonky? Thanks for sharing this beauty of a build, I will need to incorporate some of your tricks when I build future Mustangs!
  7. Nice work! I loved watching these cars rumble around Le Mans. Even cooler to see and hear them in person, which I’ve had the good fortune to do many times. A very worthy addition to the display case! Thanks for sharing!
  8. Nicely done, very clean finish. How did you find the Airfix kit? 1/48 is my preferred scale, and there’s a model show with a nice vendor area... Thanks for sharing!
  9. Thanks for the info. NMF tanks it is! And I’ll be sure to look for the different tanks.
  10. Thanks for confirming my suspicions. Question that you brought up, weren’t the 110 gallon tanks made of paper?
  11. Thanks for sharing your trials and tribulations with this kit. I believe 1:39 is what’s referred to as “box scale”, ie the box was designed before the kit was! Building models like that would irritate me to no end, as one of my quirks er personality flaws ah “endearing qualities” is that I refuse to mix scales (I’ve got two 1/48 B-1 bombers now my stash). For as much gruff as it gave you, you were able to make a respectable rendition of the Wright Flyer. As mentioned before, you did a nice job of distracting viewers from the shiny plastic stand with your simple, yet extremely effective, diorama base. Thanks for the laugh, and thanks for sharing!
  12. Well done. I really like how you’ve posed the control surfaces. Gives a certain amount of realism, like the pilot just jumped out of the cockpit. Thanks for sharing!
  13. I’m building Accurate Miniatures’ F-6B (Photo Recon P-51A) which I will be portraying sometime after D-Day. I will be adding drop tanks to it, to add in the visual interest. My question is about the metal drop tanks the USAAF used. I know they came in both neutral grey and natural metal finish, at what point was there a change? I would imagine sometime in ‘44, same as when planes began showing up without camouflage? Thanks in advance for any information!
  14. Well done. As I said before, it’s really surprising how well the Fujimi wing mated up to the Hasegawa fuselage. The paintwork is very well done. My only (minor) area for constructive criticism would be the exhaust stain. Looks like your dad’s airbrush coughed a little bit when he was adding the exhaust stain. Then again, it may just be that the issue is magnified by the photos and looks just fine in the display case... As always, thanks for sharing your Dad’s excellent work.
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