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SoftScience

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  1. More speed modeling. I didn't go into too much detail painting of the hull interior. Again the gun and turret will obscure most of this, so I just blocked in the main colors. See? Not much to see. Even without the turret on. And yes, I angle cut the front fenders, as is seen on many historic photos of these things.
  2. Indeed it is. Academy/Airfix make one of these, but I think they just reuse Academy's old M4A3 (or was it an A2?) hull, which has some chunky details.
  3. And a few hours later... I'm not putting too much effort into the forward compartment, as most of it won't be visible. The radio operator's seat back went through my dog's gut, so I'm doing without. Again; shouldn't be too visible. Ha. Speed modeling like this took me back to my preteen years.
  4. Earlier today i mentioned that I would be selecting either my M10 or M36 for this build. My stash chose for me, because I can't find the M10 anywhere. Note to self: stop buying models. The M36 is the 20-ish year old Academy kit rereleased by Airfix. It's an okay kit but mine suffered a setback when my dog ate one of the sprues. Note to self: do not leave open model boxes on the workroom floor. Only a few key elements were consumed, and I think I can raid an old Sherman kit for the missing pieces. Here is where I left off with the kit last year. Certainly less than 25% completed, I'd argue. Ignore the jagdpanther in the background.
  5. Hey guys, I'm a bit late to the game, but I'd like to participate with My Academy/Airfix M36B or possibly Tamiya M10. I stated some basic construction on the M36 last may, but my then newly adopted dog chewed up some of the sprues and I set it aside. I need to check the kit to see if its salvagable. I'll do that after work today, and I'll make the final decision on which kit I enter into the build. I've been off BM for a while since I lost my password and couldnt get it reset, as I had it tied to a defunct email account. I'm glad to be back, and coming into this is a GB will be a fantastic return to form. Now, can I finish a tank in the month left? We shall see.
  6. Woo! I'm now able to log in from all my devices and rejoin on all the forum fun and antics. Thank's Edward and Greg!
  7. Procopius, thank you for your help. It looks like i was still logged in on an older device. Nevertheless, I still don't remember the password so I'm unable to change it so o might log in from a fully functional computer. The email i have linked to the account is inactive and so i cannot get a password reset link. I also need the password to change the linked email. I'm a but SOL here, guys.
  8. I love the mottled patchy whitewash. Very nice! The weathering is beautiful. How did you make the snow?
  9. Howdie! It's been so long since I posted anything on BM, that I'd better wipe off the cobwebs. I love the STGBs and Iove that the 25% rule is being waived for this one. Although read on, and I'll explain how I'm probably well below the 25% mark. I'm using the Academy F-18C to build a CF-18 in commemorative markings for the NORAD 60th anniversary. I started the kit in fall of 2019, but got distracted by whatever. Y'all know this kit by now, so I won't post too much about construction, but I do want to point out that the big problem area of the rear fuselage has been done! Why do ALL hornet kits fall flat here? Lots of interior bracing kept this area from being a complete nightmare. The rest of the fit is moderately good, and very little filler was needed. I still need to clean up the nose ahead of the windscreen, and then we'll see how the nose cone and spine go. Cockpit is "from the box". May try to find an appropriate pilot figure.
  10. NM to Seattle. Sorry man. Hope you handle it better then when I went from Tucson to the PNW.
  11. It's supposed to be Bell's approximation of RAF sky. I used Tamiya sky and i think i added a touch of white
  12. I feel your pain. I took great inspiration from the builds of others as I struggled with this one. @Navy Bird 's many tricky build logs were a candle in the darkness many times over.
  13. Absolutely! I'm glad to be a part of this great resource
  14. This is Hasegawa's excellent P-39/P-400 built from the latest P-39N/Q boxing, but backdated to a P-400. The kit includes essentially all the parts needed for the earlier Aircobra, minus the early propeller and a few bumps and and lumps. I had a set of Montex masks for the markings. These were harder to use than I thought they would be. Read on. There is not much to say about the build, that isn't standard for a Hasegawa kit. It was fairly easy, but care was needed to ensure proper fit. I used a little bit of filler on where the back of the lower wing half meets the fuselage, but if I recall, that was it, Painting was also a pretty standard affair. I used AK Real Colors mixed with Tamiya and Mr. Color paints, and Mr. Leveling Thinner. I ran into some trouble with the Montex Masks and Hasegawa's decals. The masks for the US Army lettering, and the national insignia worked beautifully, but I had trouble lining up the different layers of the shark mouth. The result is that I have some white paint showing on the outside of the red lips, and it makes the red paint look "raised", like a thick decal would appear. I tried sanding it down a bit, but gave up. It only shows from certain angles and doesn't bother me enough to fix it. What bothered me more were Hasegawa's stencil decals. They are printed with several stencils to a large shape (for example a line of no walk signs), which is intended to make the stenciling process faster. However, the decals are quite thick, and it took a lot of sanding and feathering of the decal edges to get them to look flat against the finish. I would have preferred to just apply a thinner decal if each stencil separately. The boxing rooster and Hell's Bells decals came with the Montex Mask set, and are excellent. I weathered the plane to make it look heavily worked, but not completely worn out. These aircraft were on Guadalcanal in the fall of 1942, when supply lines were stretched, and conditions at Henderson Field were less than ideal. The result is a pretty dirty plane, exposed to the elements, and to many hours of combat. There are several sepia and green washes, acrylic glazes for oil and fuel spills, and tan and brown acrylic inks daubed on with a sponge to simulate mud on the landing gear and where crews walked with muddy boots.
  15. This model is everything that modern 1:72 scale aircraft kits should be, and could be. It has excellent petit surface detail, clever engineering, and generally good fit. Arma Hobby has been releasing wonderful kits one after another, and this one has been my favorite so far. I only wish they had provided an open canopy option to show off the very nicely detailed cockpit. One also wishes they have a Yak-9 in the works. The build was a palette cleanser between some larger scale aircraft and armor models. It took maybe two or three evenings in November to build, and another three or four to paint. Painting was done with Mr. Color and Tamiya paints. The chipping was done with a layer of hairspray under the white paint. Weathering was kept simple, with just a dark green and sepia washes.
  16. Whoa boy...I started in January and didn't finish until October of 2021. This is built from the Sword kit, and it was a fight from start to finish. Like any short-run kit, the parts were clunky, and imprecise. Fit was mediocre at best, and a lot of details were missing. The clear parts are very thick and fit especially poorly. What really made the whole experience unnecessarily frustrating were the poor instructions. Not only were they vague on where smaller parts should fit, they also had contradictory directions on landing gear doors (they want you to fit both kinds that are in the box, at the same time), and allude to details which are not part of the kit (e.g., drop tank sway braces). Its as if the left hand didn't know what the right hand was doing, as the kit was being manufactured. Disappointing as the kit and the project were, I'm happy I pushed through, as the final product is hideous and cool, and now I can say I successfully finished a short run kit.
  17. Everything I build is weathered, so this wouldn't be a big lift. Count me in
  18. I'd love it if you could do a step by step guide on how you paint figure faces. Your method sounds simple but is very effective.
  19. Really incredible through and through, but the engine is especially impressive. I don't suppose you have a step by step of how you built and painted it?
  20. Hello fellow archaeologist and modeler!!! Your builds look awesome. I came here after seeing your Corsair. Really inspiring
  21. It's a real treat to see this kit get built; and very nicely, no less! You have my vote.
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