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  1. I do have a very fine chrome marker so that will be an option. Also going t try leaving the sidewall white, paint the body colour and the bare metal foil the trim ring and cap. That method will all depend on how steady my hand is while cutting circles. The lines are well defined though. I shall prevail.
  2. Well now we have some door cards and since in for a penny in for a pound I decided too open up the drivers door. The carpeting in these was either a heavy textured vinyl or a very low pile carpet depending on the options. I went with the low pile carpet. The brown sections were textured using a heavy coat of TET and the stippled with an old stiff brush. hey are brown so they will be a different tone when I spray the interior beige. And here we have the "Realistic rubber tires and hubcaps as proudly proclaimed on the Amazon site! Well worth their price of $78.00. These have t be painted black, white, body colour and two chromes. Not real sure how I will pull that off yet.
  3. Was reading through this and followed the link to the build thread thinking "oh what an interesting subject wonder how I missed this build". Then I saw the dates!
  4. Figure. You mentioned figures. Where are the figures? I need to see figures. I can imagine they are spectacular as the rest!
  5. Stripy. Little different than the many bare metal or standard DDay striped ones.
  6. Is that figure on the left (by the props) holding a bowling ball?
  7. I visited Rare Plane when they were still in Vegas. I however did not show restraint and filled a suitcase! It is a totally amazing place and I hope to visit again if I ever get ot to SoCal again
  8. All of a sudden my poor old Lindberg Ford looks state of the art!
  9. I feel like Travolta working on this thing. Well, this car is automatic, it's systematic, it's hydromatic
  10. OK so main parts are pretty much cleaned up and more or less fit together. I am hopeful some glue and gentle persuasion will help but I do see some putty in my future All in all it does look the part. Next up is to remove the B-17 flaps they put on as sun visors and do something about that spectacular detail on the inside of the scale 1 inch think doors.
  11. Oh it will be fine. By the time I am done cutting the flash out I will be able to advertise it as "hand sculpted".
  12. Like usual the pictures don't do it much justice. I really need a better camera! And some photo skills. And maybe a bigger light box.
  13. The F-86 is currently in repair depot after losing a battle with Catzilla. It has a broken off drop tank and a badly cracked canopy with one of the poor ground crew losing both arms an a foot! The other guy is hard at work though. The Follow Me Jeep faired worse though with almost total destruction and the driver decapitated. I really need to fix them some day.
  14. Thanks. After giving it a closer look I hope I haven't bit off more than I can chew. The moulds were not great when they were new and after making around 10 billion of this kit they are pretty tired. Be a nice base if I wanted to do an old rotted out wreck but since my plan has always been to put it with a WW2 aircraft I am afraid it will need to look shiny and new.
  15. Not sure where they found them but my local Dollar Tree store had several dozen of this old man no others just this one. It cost me $1.50 Cdn (Nothing in the dollar store only costs a dollar anymore) so that would be .88Gbp. In hindsight I should have grabbed a bunch but figured I would just need one for a 1/32 aircraft diorama some day. May as well build it now though. It is obviously a new(ish) boxing. Looking it up on Stalemates says 2007. Must have made piles and sold few for it to show up at Dollar Tree! Untouched until today. Just a little room for some scratch build details Would never have figured things out without the detailed instructions And here is why I don't trust Amazon to not rip you off! "Easy to assemble" - Check "Authentic scale model" - Well yes it is sort of Ford shaped if you squint just right "Realistic rubber tires" - Really? Where? "Detailed chassis" - UMMMM....Well... Ahhhhh... "Realistic hubcaps" - They are really grasping at straws here. Wish me luck!
  16. OK all fixed. Now As long as I don't find anymore pictures from another angle...
  17. Yep. The moulds were from 1966 and it was made in 73 so they were still nice and crisp with no real flash, horrible mould seams or ejector pin marks. The later one I got was a 2001 (or so) run and the millions of kits they made between those years really shows on the newer parts.
  18. I actually bought another of these to do the "Glacier Girl" as found in the ice and was going to pick up an Academy kit to show after restoration. After serious consideration decided it was too much work to try to get the old Monogram one up to detail needed (even after being crushed by ice) and it got regulated to the bottom of the stash. Someday I will come across a sale on the Academy one and pick up a couple so I can do the before and after with the same kit. I would use the Tamiya kit but my first born is far to old to sell to pay for two of them! If you live in a cave and are not aware of what Glacier Girl is: https://www.warhistoryonline.com/military-vehicle-news/15-p-38-glacier-girl-pictures.html Before. I would do in a styrofoam "ice" cave After. Would be one of the very few pristine clean aircraft I build
  19. Here you go @Shalako as Promised. There is a long story behind this build. Back about 8 years ago my son's boss saw my models and asked if I would build one for his 85 year old father. His father had always loved the P-38 since he had worked on them in WW2 and had a kit that he bought "a while" ago but was no longer able to build. I said "sure I 'd love too" About a week later he showed up at my door step on a Monday evening and hands me a well battered and worn model box. It is a 1/48 Monogram P-38J in the white box. This means it is at best a run from between 1973 and 1975 and a 1966 mould. He also hands me a much newer decal sheet and says he wants the Bong aircraft but with the black triangles on the tail. OK his call. Then he drops the real bomb! "Dad's birthday is on Sunday can you have it done by then?" Since I am a sucker for a vet I said sure no problem. Went in and went straight to work. Opening the box I found all the parts off the sprue mixed with original decal flakes, dead spiders and the earthly remains of once had been instructions (we have all seen this before I am sure). Undaunted I took all the parts, placed them in a mesh bag and threw them into the dish washer (no heat cycle of course). Once clean I laid them all out and to my surprise everything seemed to be accounted for. To my even greater surprise the detail was not bad at all for the age of the kit. It was designed just at the strat of the era where models were transitioning from toys to accurate representations of the subject. Yes it had loads of raised panel lines and rivets but they were more subdued and at least basically in the right places. For nostalgia reasons he wanted built out of box and did not care about accuracy or massive amounts of added detail. Considering the time limit I was also fine with that. In the end I finished it the Friday for him to present it on Sunday. Dad was very, very, very surprised and happy. Unfortunately I have lost the build pictures and all I have are the handful of shots that the guy sent me. Assembly, base painting and panel line/rivet reduction (not removal) were all done in an evening. Five different tone of Bare Metal Foil covered the exterior in a random pattern the next evening. The only extra I added was a tape and wire seatbelt. You can sort of see the top of it sticking up if you hold your tongue just right and squint at a 33.26 degree angle. The cockpit was actually pretty nice for the age. Don't want to open the whole "how much weathering is too much" can of worms but most of the non posed for the press pictures of Marge clearly showed she was a dirty, dirty girl (Marge the airplane not Marge the lady in the picture) so she got a nice scummy wash of black and brown tinted Pledge. Whipped up a basic base with info and a semblance of a South Pacific airfield with some wall plaster, kitty litter and model railroad foliage. Grabbed a random figure in a nice casual pose out of a Revell bomber kit and painted him up. Take a good look at that guys face even in 1/48! If that figure wasn't sculpted based on Major Bong I will eat my hat! Sorry for horrid quality of the pictures but that is all I have. The recipient passed away last year but his son still cherishes the memories this display brings him.
  20. Thanks. I will throw some more pictures up in the Inspection thread when I get home.
  21. Do any of you fine gentlemen have a close up picture of what the O2 tanks in the B model look like? The damage picture is pretty clear but I can't find detail picture anyplace. All I found was a D restoration shot and it doesn't even look close to the picture I have. http://www.midwestaero.com/site/Photo_Gallery/Pages/Happy_Jacks_Go_Buggy.html#27
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