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  1. Hey Britmodeller, September and October are good months to live in Southern California. There are a variety of local airshows that provide some nice opportunities for sky watching. I was able to attend three such events in four weeks. The first one was MCAS Miramar's annual show. The city of Huntington Beach hosts its annual Pacific Airshow, and this year, Edwards AFB reopened its doors after 13 years to celebrate the 75th (and one week) anniversary of supersonic flight. I'm no pro, and they may not be on par with some of the excellent photography shared on this site, but I thought I'd show a few of my photos anyway. I hope you enjoy them! Photos from Miramar, Sept. 2022 Photos from the Pacific Airshow, Oct. 2021 & 22 Photos from Aerospace Valley Air Show (Edwards AFB), Oct. 2022 Don't hesitate to share your thoughts. Comments, questions, and criticisms are welcome. Cheers, -O
  2. I'd love to get both the jet and prop boxings of those flying wings. Your build stokes that ember in me. Looks great! Super nice work!
  3. Hey, that looks familiar! Great work! I like the red markings against the sand color. Nice job! -O
  4. That's a very nice dirty bird. I love the paint and weathering. Well done! -O
  5. Ask and ye shall receive. I added a couple of underside pics to the original post. Cheers! -OO
  6. Hey BritMod, thanks for the pats on the back! This is Revell's offering which was originally released by Monogram back in the 1970s, if not earlier. I rescribed the panel lines simply because I lost a lot of the raised detail while trying to get the doors and panels glued shut. I figured, for the sake of continuity, that I'd rescribe the whole airframe. I currently don't have any underside photos, but I imagine I could snap one of two when I'm home later. As far as the yellow prop tips are concerned, I ran across many wartime photos of Airacobras, from different theaters and operators, without painted tips. Thanks again for the kudos! I appreciate the feedback. Cheers, -O
  7. Hey Britmodeller, I thought I'd share some photos of my most recent project. It's Revell's venerable boxing of their quarter-scale P-39, rescribed. I added some TD wheels, rebuilt the gun pod barrels using some styrene rod and the spinner cannon shroud using some styrene tube. The national markings are from the spares box, the serial and nose art are the kit's decals. Painting was done using AK Real Colors and MM enamels. Weathering was done with pastels and Flory washes. I did what I could to shoot some decent photos. Questions, comments and criticisms are welcome. Thanks for lookin'! -O
  8. Nice work! I just finished up the -3 a few weeks ago. It was a fun build! I like what you did with the nose weights. Despite packing as much weight as I could in the forward fuselage and nacelles, I couldn't get mind to sit on its wheels. Keep up the great work! Cheers, -O
  9. Again, thanks to everyone for the Likes and the compliments. They're all very much appreciated! To answer Ngantek, my technique was more of a "preshading" and "marbling" combo. After priming with gray, I sprayed just about every blue in my inventory in random patches and patterns. I did highlight a few lines here and there, but mostly it was spraying random patterns in different blues. After I had a bunch of panels painted, I used Testors' Flat Sea Blue in the little square bottle as my final color. I misted it on until I was happy with the "depth" of its coverage. I would have liked to have ended up with a little more mottling, but the subsequent gloss and flat coats darkened the final color and increased its coverage. Oh well. I still think it looks OK. Hope that answers your question and thanks all again for looking! -O
  10. Wow! Beautiful build. I just finished using the Hasegawa plastic to model this exact airframe, but yours turned out much better than mine. Although, I do have a question, if I may. It was the photo in your original WIP post that I used as a reference for the wheels and the markings. I used the same Xtradecals sheet, but the instructions have the nose art shown on the port side, while the photo you posted shows it posted on the starboard side. I'm wondering if you have another photo that shows it on the port side. Maybe it's on both sides? That's the reason I left the nose art off of mine. Please, this is by no means a criticism of an exceptional build, I'm just wondering if "you have information that I don't." Thanks, and again, amazing work. -O
  11. Hey everyone, I want to say thanks for the compliments and the Likes. The kit itself goes together well, although, the landing gear is very fiddly. The wingfold is nicely molded and is practically a drop-in fit. I needed very little filler to blend things in. The wingtips don't have a very positive attachment mechanism, but some two-part epoxy did the job. To answer Maginot's question, no, they never served on carriers. They were too big for the smaller Essex class ships and failed carrier qualifications. While trying to qualify for the larger deck carriers, a Tigercat landed hard and had one of its wings ripped off in the mishap. As a result, the Tigercat was never approved for carrier operations. I agree that the Tigercat is a good looking airframe. I've had the chance to watch one fly at a local airshow, and I admit that it looks sleek slicing through the sky. I'm even thinking about getting another one but building it with the wings extended. It's a fun kit. I recommend getting your hands on one and adding it to your shelf, if you can. Thanks again! -O
  12. Hey all, I'm back with my second completed submission to BM. This is AMT's plastic with TD wheels, Wolfpack Resin's wingfold, Obscureco props, and SAC's metal gear (sort of). I used the kit's NLG and MLG but SACs retraction struts on the main gear. The national insignia and squadron codes on the wings are painted on. The codes on the nacelles and the branch markings are the kit's decals. The kit is painted with MM and Testors' "little square bottle" enamels. Weathered with pastels and Flory washes. Anyway, here she is... Comments, questions, and criticisms are welcome. Thanks for looking! Cheers, -O
  13. Hello everyone, here's my first completed submission on BM. This is Hasegawa's plastic with Brassin wheels, Model Master gun barrels, and Xtradecals markings. The stripes on the booms are painted on. The kit is painted with a combination of AK Real Colors and MM enamels. Weathered with pastels and Flory washes. Comments, questions, and criticisms welcome. Thanks for looking! Cheers! -O
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