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  1. Sorry I have been delinquent in getting this updated. I have had to spend the past few months handlining my mother's estate, and also since there was not a lot of time for modeling, I also gave my workspace a makeover (which is not finished, of course, but very close!). I have managed to get the Abrams assembled and ready for primer, which also hopefully means I might yet finish it before the end of the GB. So off to primer it goes!
  2. I will be building the HMS Vanguard in 1/350 scale by Bronco, [ And I also have the White Ensign Models P/E detail set to add to it a well, Looking forward to getting started on this, it will be the first British Submarine I have built.
  3. Since this is an older DML kit, some of the details are a bit weak. I decided to enhance the turret weld beads using Archer 3D weld decals. I had not used these before so it seemed like a good opportunity to try them out. They worked pretty well I think, and I am happy with the results. Photos of the real turrets show weld beads that are petite and well executed and the decals have done a good job representing this.
  4. I finally got the hull seams sanded out and hopefully the seams will disappear under a layer of primer. The vertical fins have been added, the sail is assembled and sanded, though it is not glued in place as it will be easier to add it after painting. And I marked out and drilled the bottom of the hull for the mounting pins that will attach to the final display base. The printed prop I ordered has arrived as well, it comes with the choice of early plain hub, or the vortex diffuser hub, which very likely was added to the Portsmouth during her service career. The horizontals were assembled, and the ends were sanded round for the tubes where the towed arrays are released. The TB-16 "fat line" on the port side and the TB-23 "thin line" on the starboard stabilizer. The one on the left has been sanded, the one on the right is the original profile, these will be drilled out before adding to the hull. While not a perfect fix, it is an easy and acceptable improvement to the kit. The TB-16 array was the original fit to the 688 class, the TB-23 came later, and were retrofitted to most all the boats by the 1990's. Prior to that there was not a tube on the starboard stablizer. Hopefull it will not be long before this goes into the paint shed.
  5. I've begun the Portsmouth by getting the hull together and got the top of the sail onto the sail proper. While the fit was better than the Franklin, the hull halves still were not a really a great fit. More putty and sanding ahead
  6. Got the hull together for the Franklin, typical of Mikro Mir's earlier kits there is some flash, no locating pins, and in this case some warping as well. Working slowly in small sections got the hull together but putty and sanding is definitely in my future with this one,
  7. Made a start on this getting the major body subassemblies together. Fit has been pretty good and seams should clean up with just some Mr. Dissolved Putty.
  8. One last Sub, the Ben Franklin was a "boomer" and carried Polaris ICBM's. I figured I would add her as well since she was an ICBM delivery system and I had the kit, and this gives me added impetus to build the kit. I will also be ordering a 3D printed prop for her as well. The 1/350 MikroMir kit.
  9. So, this is another different one. The USS Portsmouth was a Los Angeles class sub which were designed and built to not only fire torpedoes but also tube launched Tomahawk Cruise Missiles and Harpoon Anti Ship Missiles. She was a Flight One boat, so everything was squirted out her torpedo tubes. Flight Two boats had vertical launch tubes for the Tomahawks and Harpoons. Later class 688I subs had the vertical launch tubes as well as improved systems capabilities. The Hobby Boss 1/350 scale kit I am also planning to add a 3D printed prop, but have not ordered that as yet. The USS Portsmouth was named for Portsmouth, New Hampshire and was commissioned at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Her other namesake city was Portsmouth, Virginia.
  10. Very nice Dennis, I have always liked the camo on the South African Mirages, though I have never built one. Looking forward to seeing you finish this one!
  11. So......Finally............At long last, I can call this one finished and can clear it from the bench! I will get better pictures at the weekend for the gallery, but these will do for now. I am so glad to finally get this one across the finish line. Thank you to all those who offered support, encouragement, and comments. They are all very much appreciated!
  12. The PGM-11 Redstone missile was the first U.S. guided missile to carry and deploy a nuclear warhead. Redstone's were stationed in Germany from 1958 to 1964 as a deterrent and defense against soviet aggression in Europe. Although the Redstone was an important piece of weaponry early in the Cold War, it gained more notoriety as a space launch vehicle for the Mercury Program and numerous early satellites, including the first U.S. satellite. And because I like to model things I can connect with, this has a special appeal as well, a small town in New Hampshire randomly has its own Redstone missile which my wife and I visited a couple years ago on a weekend away. Redstone Missile in Warren, New Hampshire. It is an interesting story that can be found on Wikipedia, And the kit
  13. I would like to join in with this kit
  14. Yes, the kit includes a section of rails and ties (sleepers) as well as a base that doubles as a jig to position the ties and rails. Thank you all for the comments and interest in this project.
  15. Casting about for a simple but interesting project, I grabbed this out of the stash….. The kit seems decent enough considering it is now about 25 years old, and should be a relatively straightforward build. The first steps covered building up the lower chassis. Followed by adding the details to the sides of the body before assembling the flat sides to form the superstructure. The sides went together well, taking care to make sure they stayed aligned while to glue dried. The turret went together nicely too. I had to fill the locating dimples for the forward vision ports on the forward sided of the turret. I used a piece of Evergreen strip stock followed by putty to fill and blend the dimples into the turret sides. And finally the major parts all sat together to see how it’s going to look. Next up will be attending to some of the details and joining the major components together.
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