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  1. A busy day today. I started off by spraying all seven parts of the kit in Halfords Aluminium from an aerosol can. I have decided that I want to show what the Valkyrie might have looked like in Strategic Air Command service and, using Peter E Davies' X-Planes #7 'North American XB-70 Valkyrie' as a reference, see that in-service examples would most likely have worn some sort of dull metallic coating. I also noted that the fairings between the wing and the foldable wing-tips were painted black so I added those as well as a black anti-glare panel in front of the cockpit. 20240713_161258 by Michael, on Flickr Then to the spare decals box and look for suitable subjects. I found a sheet left over from Italeri's B-58A Hustler so I adapted the SAC star spangled sash to angle back from the canard, as well as a badge for the 43rd Bomb Wing who were based at Carswell AFB, Texas which might have become a B-70 base had the type entered service; who knows? 20240713_204412 by Michael, on Flickr A straightforward and enjoyable build so far 🙂 Michael
  2. Just a quick update this morning, out with the Perfect Plastic Putty and try to fill some of the gaps around the jet air intake as well as the ejector marks on the folding wing tips. 20240713_121737 by Michael, on Flickr Again, this kit isn't sophisticated! MIchael
  3. I have done a first spray with primer to see how good - or not - my sanding has been. This is the upper side of the folding down wing tip, a nasty 1964 era ejector pin mark. The other side is the same and the model is going to need some filler. Why couldn't Lindberg at least have put this on the underside so I could hide it? 20240711_192549 by Michael, on Flickr I was going to finish this in white however I think that a silver finish might be better, dress her up as if she had entered service with Strategic Air Command. Michael
  4. So some ok news and some bad news... I got started on the more recent issue kit last night. I cemented the upper and lower delta wing/fuselage, then the two forward fuselage halves and clipped them onto the wing section. Then added the canard section as well as the jet air intake. A quick dry fit with all the major parts looks like this: 20240711_130532 by Michael, on Flickr It's a good start and gives an idea of what the final assembly might look like. However, it is an old Lindberg kit and the fit of some of the parts ain't too good. I want to display this Valkyrie in flight so I have blanked over the undercarriage doors. This is jet air intake which is a chunky piece of plastic that doesn't quite fit: 20240711_130645 by Michael, on Flickr So some work to be performed in this area. No worries, I thought, I also have the original kit which I purchased from a newsagents in Kingston-upon-Thames in 1977, I can start on that one and using plastc card extend the air intakes back inside the fuselage. I go back and open the box, look for the air intake section and... it's missing!!!! Looks like I will be fabricating a complete air intake section from plastic card. Michael
  5. Thank you, good to be here as always 🙂 The scale of this kit is 1 Inch = 14 Feet, 4 Inches which I understand is 1/172 though later boxings were marked as 1/180 so it isn't too large in comparison with the later AMT / Italeri 1/72 version which would need an annexe to the house 😉
  6. Hope this helps... 20240710_192502 by Michael, on Flickr I do have the original AMT kit in 1/72nd hidden in the stash somewhere and you are correct, it is very huge! Michael
  7. The North American XB-70 Valkyrie was perhaps the most awe-inspiring military aircraft concepts created in the 1950's. It had a huge delta folding wing, could fly at Mach 3 with a full nuclear payload, and its fuselage resembled a striking cobra! Two prototypes were built however the project was cancelled due to the development of ICBMs and defence cuts. One of the aircraft crashed in June 1966 and the survivor was used by NASA to research sonic boom flights in connection with the SST airliner which had started development. She is now on display at the Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio, USA. The kit is the 1/172 Lindberg B-70 offering of 1964 and which has been released several times since. I have the original kit as well as a second kit more recently purchased in the USA. 20240710_163515 by Michael, on Flickr The build will probably be a mix of the two because I might use the newer decals as well as a transparent stand. Don't expect anything special, it is an old Lindberg kit after all, but I am hoping for something that at least looks good on the desk. 20240710_164246 by Michael, on Flickr Michael
  8. Count me in please. Right this moment I am thinking a camouflaged F-102A Delta Dagger in 1/48 scale, or maybe a Lockheed C-141A in 1/144 scale. Michael
  9. And two years later... This huge model has its very own 'shelf of shame', it is that large! I have a few days at home and I wanted to get re-started on this build. I the reason I stopped was twofold: 1) The huge variations in metallic panels on the Monogram Hustler's delta wing are unrealistic, compared to the real thing; and 2) The four turbojet engine pods were and are going to be a real challenge. I decided to start on the rear fuselage and tail section halves which I had cemented together a long time ago. This time I just used kitchen foil straight from the roll - no rubbing with Brasso to get different metallic shades - and I have completed one side. It isn't all foiled, I used a spraycan of Humbrol Acrylic11 Silver for the rear cannon and radar pod as well as the tail fin top. It worked out quite well: 20240301_172723 by Ghostbase, on Flickr I then decided to finish foiling the top of that huge delta wing, it is completed to the point of the rearmost cockpit window, with the exception of the corner of the foremost leading edge which needs to be painted black: 20240301_172822 by Ghostbase, on Flickr The next stage was to start on one of the four turbine engine pods. I had previously sprayed them with Lifecolor Acrylic UA 795 Steel ( see two years ago) and I decided to spray the intake area with Halfords Automotive Aluminium in case I am unable to foil this area. I started foiling at the rear of the pod, then forward of the steel area as well as the engine pylon. I had to cut the foil using a French curve tool to cut a smooth curve and it worked well although it is difficult to estimate the curve needed! I have dry-fitted the burner can. This is the result: 20240301_172611 by Ghostbase, on Flickr Yes, happy to have re-started this build but it is still going to take a lot of time, at least I can get a bit more done by the end of this weekend. Michael
  10. Sadly I failed to meet the KUTA Group Build deadline however I have completed the Apollo Astronaut on the Moon and he is on display in the SF and RealSpace section of Britmodeller. Just to say thanks to the mods and also those who commented on this build, your encouragement was greatly appreciated and gave me the push I needed to complete this build after 14 years. I'll see you at the next KUTA! Michael 20240220_135233 by Ghostbase, on Flickr
  11. A build of the Revell 1/8th scale 'Apollo: Astronaut on the Moon', this kit was originally issued in 1970 and this boxing was dated 2009 to mark the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing. The diorama is meant to represent Neil Armstrong making that famous first step on the lunar surface. 20240221_113342 by Ghostbase, on Flickr I purchased the kit at a reduced price from Modelzone in 2009, started it, had problems with filling the many joins, and it went onto the 'shelf of shame' soon afterwards. I decided to dust it down for this last KUTA group build and I managed to miss that deadline too! I can't decide if it should be in Figures or SF and RealSpace so here I am 🙂 20240221_113420 by Ghostbase, on Flickr In fact the kit was quite easy to build, it only had 24 pieces, and some parts reminded me of a vacform model. The only issue that I had was the lunar lander leg; this was a large heavy piece of plastic and it didn't like being secured to the base (the lunar surface). 20240221_113447 by Ghostbase, on Flickr I made two changes to the kit. The first was to print that famous photo of Buzz Aldrin with the reflection of the lander and Neil Armstrong on his visor. The kit instructions advise the modeller to hand paint the astronaut's face however my free-hand painting isn't that good so I cut out the visor from the print and placed it under the visor transparency. Technically it is inaccurate - Buzz Aldrin wasn't outside to record that first step - but I think it makes the model look better. 20240221_113509 by Ghostbase, on Flickr The second change was to the lunar lander leg and footpad. The parts in the kit are two plastic halves to make the leg plus the pad, to be painted gold. I looked at the real photos and both parts were covered with gold and silver metallic foil. I just happened to have gold foil from an Easter egg of many years ago, as well as gold cellophane from a similarly consumed Christmas pudding! I added these to the model and I am very happy with the effect. 20240220_135349 by Ghostbase, on Flickr. I was 11 years old when the first moon landing took place and I still remember it very well. It's nice to have a reminder of those historic and heady days. Michael 20240220_135233 by Ghostbase, on Flickr
  12. Very well generally, I applied them with Microscale Micro Set and they went on easily with almost no silvering. The only exception: the two decals on top of the vertical fin, they did not want to wrap round and I had to use Mig Ultra Decal Fix to attach them. They did go slightly flakey and I had to touch parts up with red, yellow and blue paint. The one decal I regret using was that for the air refuelling door, it came from the kit decals and was just awful! Michael
  13. This was a nostalgia build, the Monogram 1/48th scale General Dynamic F-111A in the colours of the 366th TFW / 391 TFS based at Mountain Home AFB, Idaho, USA. 20240217_130258 by Ghostbase, on Flickr The original kit was issued by Aurora in 1966 and there were several later iterations. Monogram issued the kit in 1981 (this one) and four years later as part of their 'Call to Glory' series based on a long gone TV series. The kit has not been released since. 20240217_130420 by Ghostbase, on Flickr Painting was a mix of Vallejo Model Color and Model Air acrylics applied with an H&S Ultra airbrush, matt black undersides were applied from a Humbrol rattlecan. Decals were from the kit and an old Superscale sheet 48-393 which dates back to 1995. I was going to use the Caracal F-111A decal sheet but as it was a nostalgia build I went for the older sheet. The walkway lines on the upper surfaces were from the spares box. 20240217_130757 by Ghostbase, on Flickr I sourced the kit from the second-hand section of the Big H, as soon as I saw it I had to buy it! I tried to build one of these a long time ago and inevitably it went wrong and got binned. I figured I could do better this time round and I was curious to compare it with the later Academy and HobbyBoss offerings; I have built the HobbyBoss F-111A and finished it in light grey and I also wanted to see what the 'Vark looked like in a S.E.Asia camouflage scheme. 20240217_130713 by Ghostbase, on Flickr I started the build just before Christmas and finished less than two months later. The kit has 50 pieces in total and I used 38 of them! She is built to be displayed with her wings swept back although they can equally be swept forward except the weapons pylons are fixed. It isn't an accurate depiction of the real aircraft, there is a long list of errors and faults which I won't go into, and I guess that is why the kit has not been issued for nearly 40 years now. 20240217_130611 by Ghostbase, on Flickr The build went remarkably well, I was quite surprised, the only area which required much care was the lower / upper fuselage fit by the cockpit which has a very coarse and angular join; some filler and sanding was needed and the join can be seen close-up but I am happy with that. The model is HUGE and it felt like I used gallons of paint! I have made a few mistakes, the worst was leaving the fitting of the vertical fin to last and it wouldn't go down onto the fuselage fully. Oh well, another three footer! 20240217_131030 by Ghostbase, on Flickr The final verdict? I really enjoyed this build. I am a real fan of the 'Vark and she looks like a low mean dragster on the display shelf, reminding me of the great days in the 80's when you could go to an airshow in the UK and usually see a bird from Upper Heyford or Lakenheath in the static display. ❤️ Michael
  14. Managed to find the correct community centre, a nice venue though could be described as a bit 'snug' in the main hall 🙂. I did like the selection of exhibitors and the variety of scale modelling themes. It was good to see two figures sellers, I have never really taken any notice of these but some of the figures on display were works of art so maybe one day... Will be back next year 👍 Michael
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