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  1. When it will be that we would hear about a B-17, or B-29... Or a Stirling and Halifax... or since the hype is to re-do old models using new molding technology (i.e Spitfire, me-109, Zero...), why not a new tech Lancaster?... All in glorious 1/48th scale.... Or if you like models never made in mainstream in 1/48, why not a Lockheed P-2 Neptune, or an P-3 Orion. A Super Puma, Cougar family series... Or if you fancy older models, a Kawanishi H6K Mavis, or H8K Emily... And yes, the next iteration of the P-38 in the J, L, K and M guises... And then suddenly felt from the bed and hurt my rear end....... I think they should joint forces with Hasegawa and Fujimi and come up with some of the ones mentioned above.
  2. Always liked the Monogram kits (even the ones with gimmicks like their Dauntless or Avenger), but the 106 was one of my favorites. Did have the luck to make one many moons ago and your excellent built is bringing lots of memories. Please, keep it coming.
  3. I have always been curious how these models are. Will be tagging along to check it out. Please, keep it coming.
  4. I am using their orange line with their own thinners and so far, so good. Normally I thin it a ration of 1/3 been 1 part thinner and 3 paint and had sprayed with air pressures from 18 psi to 25 psi. They allow for heavy handling and do sand and feather really nicely. Usually, I let them dry for a day (even though after about 0.5 to 1 hour you can touch it without problems). One thing though is you have to shake them very, but very well. Their pigment tend to decant in the bottom of the container and if you are not careful and mix it thoroughly, the shade of the color will be darker than what it should be. Taking in account this, you could play with this to achieve different tonalities for weathering... Even, have used the same orange for small brush application (directly from the bottle) and it lend itself to be applied without issues. Last but not least, I like their white very much. Have very good coverage. Give it a go.
  5. Really nice the way you are making this model and tackling the issues with it. And should say very brave the way you are modifying the windshield. Waiting to see how you are going to fair it with the rest of the canopy. Please, keep it coming.
  6. Excellent modelling, really good rust effects. Liked a lot the detail of the weighed seat cushion due to the chain. Really good attention to the details. Question, what did you use to simulate the headlights glass?. Please, keep them coming.
  7. Really beautiful model. Excellent work on the decals. Please keep them coming.
  8. Thanks Dadeo911. And yes, very short from had scratched it. To be honest, the only thing that stopped me from a full scratch was that I was not sure how to tackle the rugged surface... Having said this, I have been reading here and there about surfacing and effects, so I think next time may go full scratch. The tow bar is a really nice kit. I whish that there were more attention to those accessories by the manufacturers. Thanks a lot dnl42, very much appreciated. Hopefully will have an update soon.
  9. Thanks a lot dnl42. So far has been fun. Thanks a lot Rob. Even though lately things had been slower than normal (if that was possible...), I am still hanging on...:D:D... Thanks a lot Broadway. My issue are the varnishing mostly... Sometimes I look towards building only tanks......
  10. Beautiful subject and you are making really good progress. Please, keep it coming.
  11. I thought you were going to "make" the Hornet to buzz the tower... . Really liked the busy tables inside the tower building. Nice. And of course the rest of it is also very good. Thanks for sharing. Please, keep them coming.
  12. Hello All. Wow, time flies.... Anyway, here we are again. Work on the carrier deck and accessories had progressed, even though at a snail pace.... Part of the issue has been a down in the mojo due to the fact that my plan to simulate the welding hasn't gone as planned (and when it does???...), and I re-did the work about three times. Still not happy with it, but have decided to leave it as is, otherwise, I will never end. As a famous modeler philosopher once said: "Life is too short and so many models to do"... (or something along the lines...). So, here we go with the update... After finishing the second attempt with the stretched sprue, applied colors to the deck section liberally... Dark Gray, Black, Light Grey, Dark Brown and then more Dark grey... not an specific pattern... and good to use as a canvas to practice with the airbrush... The idea is to place the plane at an angle and the blackened section that you see at the bottom left would be the edge of the landing strip in the carrier... Of course, Once the color was on, gave another look to the simulated welding and was not happy at all...As such, decided to go for a third try and simulate it using Milliput. Now, I must say that I had never worked with Milliput or a two paste compound like it. As such, the learning curve has been a stepped one . Had no idea that it will be so "sticky" while mixing it, and that water, rather than help with the stickiness only, will dissolve the paste to the extend that it did. Recently, I read in an article in a modelling magazine that the user used talcum powder to minimize the "stickiness". Guess will try that in another time... Here it is shown the almost end result of the work with the Milliput... Due to the learning pains, forgot to take any picture of the progress. After this, I trimmed a bit the line, filled the tall points, used the concoction of Humbrol grey filler and Tamiya thin glue, then another small filing then cover it again with Gunze Surfacer 500 and then paint it again... Notice that the previous color mélange had been subdue by the application of more Dark Grey... The white around the start hook points is an attempt to smooth out/blend the edges using Gunze Dissolved Putty. And then, applied more Dark Grey and here is how it looks.... Must say, that so far is the best of the three attempts, but still far from what I wanted. The edges are not as "blended" as in the original and the middle hump is not as constant as it should. But that's it, will not mess anymore with it... Will try to "camouflage" it with some more paint, an besides, the model will sit practically on top of it...... Another thing that I worked on, while waiting for the Milliput to arrive, was the tow bar that is used to move the planes around... For it, I used a Bregun set. I been me () decided to reinforce/improve some of the parts by reinforcing with some left over etched copper... Drill the holes and used a 0.5mm copper wire to attach the pieces... Also, folded and welded the photoetched ends of the bars (finally getting to master the dark arts of soldering with a hot rod... ) and used the same 0.5mm copper wire to do the axels of the small wheels. By the way, when trying to detach one of the wheels from the casting blocks, the miniature thing jumped out of sight and had to do a replacement with plastic rod... Here, you can see the ends welded and the white "pill" you see at the top of the picture is the replacement wheel... Then, using my hexagonal punch and die set, proceeded to make the bolt heads and nuts that hold the bars in place... The bar at the bottom swivels (as it does in real life) to adjust to the wide of the plane nose gear to tow... Then, after priming with some Gunze Surfacer 1000 decanted 50/50 with the same Gunze Mr Color Leveling Thinner and letting it dry for 24 hours, decided to test the recently acquired Tamiya Lacquer Paints. And must say that so far so good. Using the same Tamiya Lacquer Thinner to a ratio of 50/50, painted the white. Then some tricking masking and painted the red, again in a 50/50 ratio. The red look very dark here because has a wash of Tamiya Panel Line accent color black on it... I have also added some "scratches" using Humbrol 11 and 56 metallics. For the markings (yes it does have markings... ), used the superlative excellent (recently found) Figthertown decal set 48088... Highly recommended for anybody doing the Kinetic or any other brand deck sets, including figures. To finish the bars, I didn't used the photoetched chain in the Bregun set and instead cut two small pieces of the small chain that comes in the Infini set IMP-48003R1. And there you have it in all its glory... Then, decided to fill the back of the hollow deck with foam. After letting it dry for a day, removed the excess with a saw blade. The plan is to then get a piece of hardwood of the dimensions of the whole deck, including the edges, in order to give the deck a more solid ground. And finally, and to give me some mojo boosting.... This is more or less how the setting will be. The masking you see on the deck is to paint the white/red demarcation lines used to give some orientation to the deck crews where to park the planes, depending on the operations been carried out... And this is where I am today. As always, thanks for looking, stay safe and have a good one. And taking in consideration that perhaps will not publish any other progress before next year, I am taking the opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas (or happy holidays if you don't celebrate Christmas) and a Happy and Very Prosperous New Year.
  13. Nice and clean. Beautiful model. Haldfors grey primer, how much do I miss it... All these years and haven't been able to find any decent substitute here in USA. Now you need to at least make it a sister... By the way, the Sterling below, is it 1/72nd scale?. Please keep it coming.
  14. Jfgred1

    Tiger1

    Long time ago I built one of the Tamiya 1/35 scale Tiger 1 offerings. It came with separate track links (the most "difficult" and tedious part of the built). Other than that and the fact that I had to apply the zimmerit with putty the model was really easy to built and looks the part. No interior though. This web site http://www.perthmilitarymodelling.com/reviews/vehicles/afvclub/afv35079.htm gives you an idea of the AFV model, as well as they do some comparisons with the Tamiya. Overall, seems to be that any of them would do. Now, if you are talking about 1/48th scale, the AFV Club Tiger 1 is regarded as the best in that scale, even above Tamiya, which is a very good one. Stay safe and have a good one.
  15. It is progressing really nicely. How good is the joint of the wings to the fuselage/cockpit?. is it too weak?. Does it need extra reinforcing from what comes in the box? Please, keep it coming.
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