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Navy Bird

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  1. Wow, the kit looks amazing! Not my scale, but it's a Viggen, so I'm pulling up a chair. Cheers, Bill
  2. Thanks Steve. Yup, that's what I meant. I grew up in the 60s, and colourful USN squadron markings were the best. I understand the need for the TPS, but it's just so boring. Unless, of course, it has colourful squadron markings but that kind of defeats the purpose. ***** So, I should check my stash more often. Look at the goodies I found: The Res/Kit F-14D wheel set, the Furball F-14 generic stencil decal sheet, and the Master "Late Style" Alpha and AOA probes. Good thing I didn't order them again! Cheers, Bill
  3. I hope it turns out good, it sure seems like a super kit. I should get the Master turned nose probe and AOA thingie though. I have the Res/Kit resin wheel set somewhere - I just can't find it! I believe Res/Kit also make some killer exhausts - which brings up a question. Does the F-14D have one open exhaust and one closed exhaust after engine shutdown like the F-14A? If so, which is which? I have two 1:72 Tomcats currently in the display case with the wings forward, and slats and flaps down (both Hasegawa). This kit doesn't offer that option (not easily anyway) so I'll build her with the wings swept. Looks very cool that way. My photos above show what look like bomb racks underneath the "Anytime, Baby!" bird. Not sure those are in the kit... And yeah, I like the Tomcat. When I was first starting to build models the F-111 was all the rage (or infamy depending on which article you read). I thought it was the coolest thing ever. Then, the Tomcat came along, and not only did its wings also swing, it had two tails! Double the fun. Cheers, Bill PS. It's not a Phantom, though.
  4. Hi mates, My choice for this group build is the relatively new Fine Molds F-14D in glorious 1:72 scale. For those who may not have heard, this kit was originally distributed as part of a ModelGraphix magazine promotion in Japan back in 2015. How cool is that? You get a real kit with your magazine! (At the time, I wondered what might be included with your Japanese copy of Playboy, but never mind.) To get the kit, you had to get three separate issues of the magazine because, well, why should they let you get it all at once? I didn't have to subscribe to the magazine as all issues were available through HobbyLink, but you needed to reserve your copies in advance. The three portions of the kit each came in their own very sturdy boxes (Revell and AZ/KP, please take note): Each box features two or three sprues. The contents of each box is basically keyed to the suggested assembly procedure which is documented in each issue of the magazine (more on that later). Of course, there are some parts that will be used in a later stage of assembly. Here is Box No.1: And Box No. 2: And finally Box No. 3: I don't recall which box the stickers came in, but I won't be using these: My plan is to build the "Anytime, Baby" Commemorative aircraft that VF-31 painted up special for the F-14 Sunset Ceremony. Here are some nice shots of the actual aircraft: I like this scheme because it's painted as a proper USN aircraft should be, namely Light Gull Gray over White. And, it has the cool twin-tailed, pistol-packin' Tomcat on the fins, with "Anytime, Baby!" on the gloves. And since it was fresh painted, I don't have to do any of that crazy weathering that Tomcats acquired when they were past their expiration date. So, let's look at the instructions. ModelGraphix is printed in full colour on nice glossy stock. The instructions are spread over all three issues: The assembly steps are presented using photographs as seen here: And also as the more traditional line drawings: The photos are nice since they sometimes show tips and techniques, and I'm sure they paid a bunch of yen for the perfect hand/fingernail model to pose holding the parts. As you may have noticed, pretty much everything is in Japanese which seems reasonable to me as it's a Japanese magazine. It's all quite easy to figure out once you learn to start at the back of the book and follow the steps from right to left. I couldn't find an aftermarket decal sheet for the markings at the time, but I was able to convince a fellow modeller to fork over the sheet he wasn't going to use with his Hasegawa kit. These should work fine. Of all the 1:72 Tomcats I've built or seen over the years (Airfix, Revell, Fujimi, Hasegawa, etc.) the Fine Molds kit certainly looks the nicest. We'll see how it goes together. Should be fun! The only aftermarket I have in the stash that may come in useful is a pair of resin ejection seats and PE harnesses: I picked these up because at first glance it looked to me like the headrests on the kit seats were perhaps too big. But I'm not sure... Anyway, with any luck this will be finished prior to the deadline. Luck hasn't been on my side lately, so then maybe not. Cheers, Bill
  5. A man who quotes Aeschylus in a Mosquito build - what's not to like? Great work so far, I'm loving it! Now, about those 50 pounds. I've lost 50 pounds on two occasions - but I don't recommend cancer. Best to stick with Noom. Cheers, Bill
  6. Yup, we make some pretty good chicken wings. Cheers, Bill PS. Seriously, he didn't get the athletic thing from my side of the family. But my wife's Dad was all-state (in several sports) when he was in high school, so I'm guessing an errant gene or two snuck through that pipeline.
  7. It not only looks exquisitely cast - it is. Beautiful work. How many Czech Masters are there? More than one, I guess, as the name is plural. I thought there was a connection between CMR and CMK but the CMK web site states "The company was founded in 1992 as a Special Hobby filial." Odd use of filial. So I guess it started as a sub of the MPM empire. Anyway, yes, you are also correct that CMR resin kits are exquisite as well. I've built a few and they were very nice indeed (especially the Firebrand). When Petr retired from CMR in 2012, the kit production and distribution was taken over by Mark 1, Ltd. After that, the last CMR tooling that Petr worked on was the 1:72 Buccaneer S.1 which was sold under the name Scale Resin instead of CMR. For awhile there was a Scale Resin website, but I can't find it anymore. ***** Oops - I forgot that I signed up for the F-14 Group Build. I'll be building the 1:72 Fine Molds F-14D in the VF-31 "Anytime Baby" Commemorative Scheme seen at the Tomcat retirement ceremony. Expect some delays on this build and the Privateer since the Group Build has a deadline. At least I'll be busy! Cheers, Bill
  8. Good news: I have some additional resources for Ol' Blunderbuss that will help considerably with the painting of the model. The "other" news (it's not bad news): I forgot that I signed up for the F-14 Group Build. I'll be building the 1:72 Fine Molds F-14D in the VF-31 "Anytime Baby" Commemorative Scheme seen at the Tomcat retirement ceremony. Because Felix rules! This will mean that I have three builds going simultaneously - and I have a tough enough time with just one! Unfortunately, this will make progress updates slower than usual. Sorry about that! Cheers, Bill PS. It's Autumn! And that can mean only one thing - wifey has trips planned with the grandkids to Disney. This time we'll be there on October 31 for the special Halloween party. Gee, I wonder how big of a super-spreader event that will be? PPS. Just got back from Delaware where my son competed in a triathlon. He placed #21 out of 319 entrants, and #4 in his age group (he's 39). God bless him. Now, where's my beer? And give me some of those chicken wings.
  9. Beautiful job on the Stringbag, Heather. What's your opinion on the photoetch rigging? Cheers, Bill
  10. Ah, I missed that indeed. I was most likely using my averted imagination wondering how on earth I am ever going to finish the Matchbox Privateer... I really like the detail in the office, but I also missed the hydraulic lines you added on the starboard sidewall. Man, I have to get my mind off that Privateer and start paying attention to the good stuff!! Your work is excellent, Cheers, Bill
  11. Great work, Mr. Friday. I'm surprised that most kits leave out the bracket that holds the gunsight. Since you're going hog wild with the detailing, might I suggest the gradations on the dials for the gunsight, the bumper so the pilot doesn't smash his head against it, and also perhaps the three extra light bulbs on the fuselage sidewall? I'm of course just being silly. You're probably already planning for these, and much more! Cheers, Bill
  12. My plan is to build the 1:72 Fine Molds F-14D in one of the VF-31 retirement schemes, probably the Anytime Baby commemorative markings: Cheers, Bill
  13. I bought one from them a couple of weeks ago, so they had some inventory then. It's the very definition of a short run kit. ***** I built the MPM 1:72 kit back in the day: Sure, many issues. But if I had never seen it and someone asked me what it was, I'd say it's a Sea Vixen. I've also seen several copies of the Cyberhobby kit built up, and they look like Sea Vixens to me too. I guess it all depends on how concerned you are with the shape issues. Horse for courses. Cheers, Bill
  14. All right, the underside is white. But, of course, this has uncovered a couple of minor fubars that I need to fix. It's never-ending. The good news is that my fellow Britmodellers have provided a few photos of Ol' Blunderbuss, so I have some idea of what she looks like. Importantly, I can see clear demarcation lines between the Sea Blue, Intermediate Blue, and White, at least when these photos were taken. The entire aircraft is not visible, so I will rely on the drawings that accompany the White Dog decal sheet for the rest. Cheers, Bill
  15. Pima is correct. I do not know the provenance of the aircraft. There is supposed to be one at Pensacola too, but I don't see it on the website. The Privateer at the Yankee Air Museum in Michigan has this pseudo B-24D nose on it (as does the aircraft at Yanks Air Museum at Chino) - maybe they're former firefighters. Speaking of firefighters, aren't there still some Privateers flying in that role? Cheers, Bill
  16. Thanks mate! It sure is. One of the first resin kits I built. I added the "horsals." Here is the RFI for the Jaguar (WIP link included). Yeah, that is fun. There are so many great RFI and WIP posts on this forum that it's pretty much impossible to view them all (especially when you accidentally mark all forum posts "as read" as I did once...). I really enjoy the older posts when they pop up. ***** That said, I think the Tigercat deserves a new, modern tooling in 1:72. At one point, AZ/KP was talking about a new kit (probably based on the older Pavla kit) but nothing ever came of it. This might be a great subject for Arma Hobby. Just saying... Cheers, Bill
  17. Absolutely. The oil cooler intake on the bottom is larger than the carburettor intake on the top. The resin cowlings from HPM that I'm using have different sized intakes, and most importantly are so much better than what came with the kit. I don't think HPM are 100% accurate (for example there is a vane in the oil cooler intake that I don't see in any photos), but then nothing ever is. This photo shows the cowling intakes a little better; Cheers, Bill
  18. Thanks Steve! These will be very helpful indeed. For instance, I'm seeing a clear demarcation line between the sea blue and intermediate blue. I read somewhere that the colours had faded so badly that the entire aircraft looked like a shade of gray. Perhaps later in her career, but not when these photos were snapped. This is good, because I would rather have a clear delineation between the blues. Cheers, Bill
  19. I thought it was garden gates? Google "Mr. Churchill Says" by the Kinks. "Mr. Beaverbrook says we gotta save our tin All the garden gates and empty cans are gonna make us win" As a Yank who posts on Britmodeller, I am obliged to say that you can never have enough Spitfires. My grandson made one of those out of Legos...beyond my skill level. Cheers, Bill
  20. Interesting thought. The extra styrene parts (above) weigh 91g. The KP 1:72 Spitfire VB weighs 36g. So, almost three Spitfires. Cheers, Bill
  21. As they say, sometimes the piper pays you. I certainly wasn't expecting it to fit in so easily. Maybe this is a slight consolation for all the resin I've fought with over the years. Cheers, Bill
  22. Yeah, Airfix is always watching what I'm building. I hope you guys appreciate all I do for you! If it was well recorded I'm having a heck of a time finding photos. There are none in the Ginter volume, and none of my Internet searches have come up with anything. But I'll keep looking and maybe one of our fellow Britmodellers will be able to help out. Cheers, Bill
  23. Hi mates, I'm currently building the old Matchbox kit and am looking for any photos of Ol' Blunderbuss - a PB4Y-2 Privateer from VPB-121. She carries the Bu. No. 59564. If anyone has any pix, please post them here. Unless, of course, they are copyrighted, then maybe you could just post a link or otherwise identify the source. It's hard to build a model of something when you don't know what it looks like! Thanks for any help you can provide. The decal sheet I'm using (from White Dog Decals) refers to a colour photo of this aircraft. That I would for sure like to see! Cheers, Bill
  24. What, me worry? - Alfred E. Neuman, c. 1966 ***** So, I've been thinking about starting a polystyrene recycling facility. In case you were wondering, here are the parts (so far) that I'm NOT using for this build: There are more than a few Cobra resin bits in there as well. I actually save all this stuff and I have no idea why. The leftovers from each kit are in their own plastic bag which is labelled and then thrown in a big box never to see the light of day again. Although those resin engines might come in handy someday - if I can remember that I own them. Meanwhile, back at the build...I had to remove the vacuform canopy and re-attach. Somehow I positioned it incorrectly and I had a huge step on top. She's looking much better now, but there still needs to be a wee bit of putty work. I also noticed that the trailing edge of the wings and elevators do not align as well as they should (not sure how I missed that when gluing - probably paying more attention to the leading edges). Some work will be needed there. Slowly...towards something. Maybe one day I can paint this thing blue. Cheers, Bill
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