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  1. F-4C Phantom II 81st Tactical Fighter Wing, RAF Bentwaters 1966 1/72 Revell / Monogram F-4J kit converted to early F-4C configuration It was on the 17th September 1966 that I saw my first Phantom. The occasion was the RAF Coltishall Battle of Britain ‘At Home’ day. There in the static was 40864 in the original Light Gull Grey / White scheme and at last I’ve got round to modelling it. At the time I only had an old camera with 24 black and white shots and this is the photo I took that day, complete with people standing in the way due to excitement and lack of patience on my part. Not the best photo, so here’s a better one: At this time the Viet Nam camo scheme was about to happen and some aircraft could be seen with drop tanks already camouflaged, such as this on (taken from that excellent book ‘Force for Freedom – The USAF in the UK since 1948’ by Michael Bowyer). Note the ‘Buzz Numbers’ have been removed also by this time: For my model I decided to show 40864 with one camouflaged drop tank to illustrate the impending change to camouflage. The model is based on the old Monogram 1/72 F-4J kit, recently re-issued by Revell. I had built a couple of these way back when it first appeared and always thought this kit captured the shape and detail of the Phantom really well. Surface detail was very nice but of course it was raised, not engraved, so by the time the fuselage join was cleaned up there was no detail left on top of the fuselage. I re-scribed the fuselage top and wing top surfaces but decided to leave the rest – mainly because it looked so nice, particularly on the underside and rear fuselage. To make and F-4C from an F-4J included the following: Cockpit interior configuration change – mainly leaving out the J specific items in the rear cockpit, plus the addition of a control column there. (By the way the cockpit interior is very impressive given the age of the kit. The seats look just right and I even used the moulded seat pull handles, though I thinned them down quite a lot). Nosewheel door change to Air Force type with landing lights Shorter J-79 exhaust nozzles (spares from a Hasegawa F-4E kit) USAF inner wing pylons from an Esci kit Removal of the fin tip ECM antenna Removal of underwing catapult hooks Scribing of the USAF style flight refuelling receptacle on the fuselage top and removal of the (raised line type) Navy refuelling probe beneath the starboard rear cockpit. I had intended to use the Xtradecal sheet which includes 40864, but I thought the font wasn’t quite right and the national insignias were too big, so instead I used some old Scalemaster sheets – including the correct Insignia Blue U.S. AIR FORCE and USAF markings, with numbers in black. I bought two of these Revell re-issues and I’m starting work on the second now as an F-4J. This time I think I will go for an overall re-scribe.
  2. Evening all Welcome to my next build: the Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz 1959! The ultimate chrome 50s monster American car! This is the car I really wanted to build but not wanting to pay silly money for the revell version I build the Chrysler 300C instead. When this one came up on a bidding site I just couldn't resist and was really chuffed when I won the auction. You can build the car with the roof on or folded back. I am going with the folded back look as in the box art. I really like doing car interiors and this will really give me an opportunity to go to town on the interior detailing. Here's the box The kit was already started. The previous owner had painted it in Ford metallic velvet purple and clear coated it (and done a very good job I have to say). However that was not the colour scheme I wanted so into the IPA bath it went. I started this build earlier in the year as I wanted to get all required parts painted and clear coated before the weather turned. I had three things in mind for the colour scheme. 1) metallic colour for the body, 2) quite a light colour for the interior to really contrast with the body colour and 3) I didn't want to replicate one of the original colour schemes I also didn't fancy experimenting with a new brand of paint or brush painting the body as I did on my Mustang and prelude builds so I restricted myself to the tamiya TS range. I ended up choosing TS-54 light metallic blue for the body and TS-45 pearl white for the interior. Here is the car body And all the various bits and bobs I had to spray paint Hopefully I've not forgotten any... I'll be using this car as a reference (courtesy of mecum auctions)
  3. Earlier this week I posted photos of my latest completion, the Convair F-102. I took another model to the airport for the same photo session; it's one that was finished in the Spring of 1989. It was the fourth model I finished after returning to this hobby around 1988. By this point, I had learned that I needed gloss coats for decals, and a flat clear for final coats. I had started using Testors Glosscoat and Dullcoat lacquers in the little spray cans. Things went well until it was time for the final clear flat on this Harrier. At the time, I had an hour off for lunch and I wanted to finish the model after eating lunch one fine Spring day. I laid the Dullcoat on too heavily though and it "melted" small divots allover the upper surface! Arrrgggh!!! And there was nothing I could do about it... I remember modifying the rear exhaust nozzles so that they could be rotated down like the two front nozzles. One thing that bugged me then, and does to this day, is Monogram's "goof" with the mounting of the rear main landing gear. Installed per instruction, they end up sitting just above the surface of the ground. I guess I could say the Harrier was in take-off mode and just lifting those. For that reason mostly, I had never taken a single photo of the model in all the years since its completion. Friday's trip to the airport seemed like a good time to remedy that! She isn't much to brag about I'm afraid, but it is an example of my work from many years ago. So, here are a few pics of the old Marine Harrier. Thanks for stopping by and thanks for your interest! '
  4. On the 10th May 1961 Convair B-58A Hustler msn 59-2451 named 'The Firefly' set a world speed record of an average of 1302.07 mph for more than 30 minutes, winning her crew Majors Elmer E Murphy and Eugene F Moses, and 1st Lt David F Dickerson, the Bleriot Trophy outright. On 26th May she flew from New York to Paris in 3 hrs 19 mins 51 secs averaging 1089.36 mph winning the McKay and Harmon trophies. On 3rd June 1961 this stunning aircraft took off from Le Bourget and crashed shortly afterwards, killing all three crew members. When I was a teenager the Convair B-58 Hustler was my dream plane. No matter that it had already been retired, the B-58 really looked like it was doing mach 2, even on the ground, and I wondered whether I would ever see one for real. Quite a few years ago I did build the Italeri 1/72nd TB-58A however the kit I really wanted was the huge 1/48th Monogram B-58A Hustler first issued in 1985. I did snag one on eBay for £16.49 plus £6.00 p&p and it has been taken out and looked at many times since. Now I feel like building it and have already started:- Hustler007 by Ghostbase, on Flickr I have detached most of the parts, given a first dusting of white primer, and cemented several of the sub-assemblies. Hustler001 by Ghostbase, on Flickr Caracal Models CD48059 contains markings for 'The Firefly' while she was at Paris in May 1961. I also have the Osprey Combat Aircraft 130 "B-58 Hustler Units" as a reference. Hustler002 by Ghostbase, on Flickr I have started painting some areas. The undercarriage wheel wells have been sprayed with Tamiya zinc oxide. I have used Humbrol metalcotes on some panels on the wings, also Humbrol acrylic metallic silver on the delta wing leading edges. Hustler003 by Ghostbase, on Flickr Why the Brasso? I intend to use a mix of paints and silver foil to try to replicate the metallic panels of the bare metal Convair B-58 Hustler. I recently purchased a Lifecolour metallic paint set so maybe they will be tried out too. Hustler006 by Ghostbase, on Flickr The top of the wing section so far, being Humbrol metalcote polished steel and matt aluminium. Hustler005 by Ghostbase, on Flickr And the underside of the wing section. Hustler004 by Ghostbase, on Flickr I should say that I am a 'grasshopper' scale modeller. I have several projects on the go and I just jump from one to the next as befits my whim and this will likely be the same. Could be a long project however I have wanted to build this for a long time now. Michael
  5. "When you're out of F-8's then you're out of fighters" goes the saying, and with good reason, but the Chance Vought F-8 Crusader was no one trick pony she was also more than capable of turning her hand to close air support and flak suppression using bombs, rockets and the 4 onboard Colt 20mm cannon and was used in these roles by both the US Navy and US Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. To me some of the most iconic pictures of that war are of bomb laden Crusaders of the USMC at Da Nang in what can best be described as a very "used" condition, very heavily weathered and covered in grime and smoke from the cannons and rockets, lovely! Now I know that there is a very nice modern tooling of the F-8 by Hasegawa but I don't have one of those and they aren't easy (or cheap) to come by but what I do have in the stash is a Revell re-boxing of the old but still good and accurate Monogram kit. Like most Monogram kits of it's era it comes with a quite nicely detailed cockpit and landing gear and fine but raised panel lines, and no I will not be rescribing them as life is far too short and they don't bother me, in fact they can be very helpful with the weathering. So lets start with the usual box top picture; Quite nice box art and a nice scheme on the F-8 on it, an aircraft that was unfortunately lost on a mission over North Vietnam to the dreaded flak. But thats not what I am after this time as I want a Marine machine. Unfortunately this boxing doesn't come with a USMC option but has a rather nice decal sheet with the US Navy option on the box and an Aeronavale machine; The stencils will come in handy this time and I can always use the markings on future Crusader builds should I be able to source them without needing to re-mortgage the house. There were a few Marine Crusader units involved in Vietnam starting with VMF(AW)-312 (despite what Wikipedia say as according to them they stayed State side) who were the first shore based unit and they are one of the units that I have markings for including these on a Microscale sheet; Both very nice options and thanks to my mate Keith (cheers mate) I have these from an original Monogram boxing that did have a USMC option; They are quite old (like Keith) but have been well looked after and appear in very good condition (unlike Keith) and would allow me to build an aircraft from the unit featured in most of the images of Marine F-8's shore based in Vietnam which is VMF(AW)-235 with their star spangled unit markings such as can be seen in the picture below; Lovely!!! A lot of the pictures of Crusaders used in CAS show them carrying twin Zuni rockets on each of the stations on the fuselage mounted missile rails but the machine above only has an empty AIM-9 rail on the lower station, I don't think I have any Zuni's so might go with this option if I can't find/make some. As for the wing mounted stores I could go with a similar option to that shown above with a MER but with only 4 bombs on each one or I could fit a Mk.84 2000lb bomb onto the pylon, until the advent of the A-6 the F-8 was the only USMC aircraft in theatre that could carry this weapon. I have a few references on the F-8 including these; And the kit parts themselves; The kit seat has been built up as have the main wings as seen below; As can be seen a little filler was used when I put these together some years ago but nothing major. I shall now get stuck in to getting the cockpit done with some paint and dry brushing. Thanks for looking in and as usual all comments and criticisms are gratefully received. Craig.
  6. I would like to enter my little subject to this fine GB. Today I have Monograms A-37 Dragonfly I don't plan on making any modifications other than whats in the box, but that could and probably will change once I get into the meat of things. One thing I definitely will do is I'm building this as a South Vietnamese A-37B from the 520th FS, Binh Thuy Air Base, Vietnam. So let the fun begin! And as always any comments suggestions or cat calls are always welcome.
  7. Hello Everybody! After the "E", the "F" and the "G`" already presented, now its is the turn of the "D" version to continue my Phantom saga. For that Rhino I used the old Monogram kit, which was - and even after the Hasegawa relates - to my opinion, one of the best Phantom ever produced at that scale before the arrival of the FM series. The overall level of details is very good and impressive for such an ancestor, the cockpit is just stunning, you can even find the electric connectors on the AIM-9B of the kit! Shape and size obviously fit the plan, Monogram masters its subject but the downside is unfortunately the raised panel lines. Unlike Hasegawa, the kit comes with a full load of missiles and ECM pods and the little pilots are very convincing! Last but not least, the kit comes with the airbrakes and the belly louvres opened, which is not the case in the vast majority of recents kits at that scale, needing a painful surgery. This kit has a particular story as I bought it long time ago with the idea to do a "C" but, under the express order of my son, I built it OOB for him without too much work. Then - and after his permission - I decided to de-construct it completely, remove the old paint and start again with the surviving remains, not wanted to spend money in another pricey Hasegawa. I spent a lot of time engraving the panels, riveting the surface again and adding some extra works when it was needed (tail hot area with extra metal plates, dropped ailerons and obviously the intakes inner tunnels). For the cockpit, I used the original one enriched with some PE and wiring. In order to complicate a little bit the built, I opened the nose section to show the radar and the one upper panel on the left wing, using an old Verlinden kit. However, doing so I had to scratch build the whole radar blackboxes behind which were omitted by Verlinden (the radar is given in its stowed position). It took me quite a while to modify the radar antenna by adding the tiny IFF interrogator dipoles and the mechanism to extract the whole stuff from the inner fuselage. Adding details inside the radome was also an interesting challenge at that scale! I added an SUU-23 gun pod, but I modified the gun muzzle and fairing, as the kit and the Hasegawa ones are too simplistic. The missiles's fins are made from an aluminium can sheet. Color and markings: To please our British Modelers friends I chose a Phantom based at Lakenheath during the "good old days in East Anglia", belonging to the 48th TFW before the Aadvark era because I found few photos of some of their birds with an interesting variation of the traditional SEA scheme, the original FS 30219 Matt US Tan being replaced by a lighter color. XTRA Decals instruct to use FS 34201 (SAC Bomber Tan) but I was really not convinced by that tint at that scale, so I made my own mix (forgot the reference). Some patches of FS 30219 were still there, especially on the fin. I used the XTRA Decals X72072 sheet for some parts of the markings, the rest is home made as I wanted to represent 66-504, having a left and right photo profile. To finish, I made simple dio inspired by a photo but without figures (I'm far from being a pro in modeling figures) to put the model in situation. I used aftermarkets products (ladders and tool box from Brengun) and scratch built the rest for the accessories. Here are the photos, which quality is not tip top (sorry for that): The real Phantom: My model: the little dio: To conclude, if you have this kit, you can build it easily OOB and slightly sand the raised panels if you wish (not a concern at that scale) to have a fairly nice Phantom. Thank you for your patience reading this topic and enjoy the photos!
  8. Hi all – I’m on a bit of a ‘bent’ for older kits at the moment. As such, I present my first completion of 2022 - the 1/48 Monogram Bf-109G-10. This one was released by Monogram around 1991 and traces its origins back to the Revell release of 1978 (indeed you can still find this release available today; Revell has been releasing this kit on and off again, most recently in 2016). The kit still holds up well today; it has generally accurate lines, recessed panels, is an easy build. Sure it’s no Eduard super kit, but it sure passes quite nicely for a 109G-10 to my somewhat uneducated eye. I picked this one up for somewhere around $5-10 at a swap and sell some years back. I picked this boxing because I have very vivid memories of buying this boxing as a kid, getting my hands on the dark green plastic, and building the kit in a hurry. Whilst I don't remember how I painted it, I do remember re-painting it a year or two later in a blotchy 'Africa' scheme, similar to that painted on 109Es (totally not accurate... but hey, I was maybe 13 years old, so accuracy wasn't a real focus back then). No idea what happened to it, but pretty sure it didn't survive the 'Cancian turkey shoot' in the backyard some time later... ahem. Given the kit’s simplicity, I did make a few modifications. I replaced the cockpit with some random 109G cockpit bits and seat belts that I had in the spares box. I replaced the kit exhausts and wheels with resin aftermarket items, added mesh to the radiators and ribs to the radiator flaps, I added a new pitot from brass tube, and I cut and repositioned the flaps, elevators, and rudder. The rest was all stock kit. I painted this one up in fairly bland POA markings, based on one of the schemes from the Eduard kit. I had a set of Eduard decals for the tail shield, Wrk number and stencils, but all other markings were masked and sprayed. Some progress pics: All in all this was a fun build. Thanks for looking, and as always, comments, criticisms and tips for improvement are always welcome! Cheers, BC
  9. OK, a place-holder for the moment, but I figured I'd speak up before I had time to come to my senses. My victim will be the old Monogram 1/48 kit. I'm not actually sure how it ended up in my stash- probably offloaded by my childhood (and current) modelling chum Tad. Back in the good old days, he could knock one of these out in a week or two, while I was still lost in books trying to learn some esoteric detail about MY chosen kit/subject. While "life" has intruded in various ways to our hobby, I'm going to see if I can't do it more like we did in olden days. I'm pretty sure I've chosen a specific subject- with a possible rival still trying to displace it. In either case, it will reflect a sort of nostalgia, too, but I'm going to be coy for now, just to heighten the suspense. The actual subject airframe is in fact a C, but I'm likely to commit the atrocity of not caring enough to worry about "converting" the kit. In other words, shooting for "straight out of the box", but knowing me I'll complicate matters somewhere along the way just because. I've already noticed that the kit is designed to be fitted with "Gadget, electronic, gee-whiz" on either side, and I'd prefer to have an unadorned "pure" airframe, so I'll think about how I might remove those. Hey, what's a bit more putty? It is, after all, a classic Monogram kit! And speaking of nostalgia, while this feeling wasn't quite accurate even then, I still think of F-14/15/16/18 as "the new generation" of fighters. I was a bit disappointed when the Blue Angels replaced the A-4 with the F-18 (and frankly still am when I see them perform). While I think the F-18 is kind of cool looking (I actually liked the look of the YF-17 versus the YF-16- now THAT takes me back a long way...) it has never been a type I'm particularly fond of. Perhaps I've never forgiven it for taking the place of the A-4! bob
  10. Classic Monogram kits are always a nostalgia blast for me. Anyone brought up in Rugby in the 1960s may remember the George Over shop on the west side of the Market Place. The facade is still there, now merely the front for an indentikit shopping mall, but back then it was the entrance to a treasure house for a small boy. Primarily a stationer and bookshop, upstairs there was also a good modelling section with a selection of the hallowed Monogram kits. Very occasionally I was allowed to choose one and slowly built up a small collection, all long before I discovered 'paint'. The first was the Helldiver, full of magic with its retractable undercarriage, folding wings, working bomb release and sliding canopies. We mock such things today, but then........ They stocked Profile Publications and I was also able to build up a small collection of those, sadly lost in a house move a long time ago. It was a great shock when the shop closed, because it 'wasn't making any money'! What, I demanded, did that have to do with it? I have since wondered whether there was someone in their management who was a modelling enthusiast and set up that part of the shop. One I never made was the Typhoon, but found a second hand example for £10 on a stand at the Modelkraft show in Milton Keynes a few years ago. It was the 1995 Revell-Monogram release, moulded in a rather hard dark brown plastic which turned out to be remarkably workable. It's a simple kit, with nothing to stop it being 'see through' around the radiator moulding, so that was blocked off with a generous fillet of black painted Kristal Klear. The fit was good, there was little flash and the shape looks right. It is from the box apart from tape harnesses and is brush painted with Humbrol enamels. The decals were thick with yellowing backing paper but aftermarket decals for bubble tops are thin on the ground and I wanted this to be a Monogram Typhoon so persevered with them. The result isn't too bad, from a distance. In the stash is the Eduard Tempest, which I'm sure will be a very different build experience! Also a few years ago, I found a reissue of the Monogram Mosquito on a visit to the Mosquito Museum at Salisbury Hall. The accuracy issues of this kit are now well documented, but when first released it was a sensation. I couldn't resist it and built it in short order, this time around as a B.IV (rather than an FB.VI - removing the bomber nose was my first attempt at kit surgery) and with 'paint'!
  11. Hi everyone - i've recently been on a bit of a 'nostalgia bent', and decided to pull this one out of the stash, with the aim of a relatively quick and easy build: This is the Monogram kit of the Bf-109G-10 variant, released by Monogram around 1991 and reboxed in the above boxing circa 1992/1993. This kit traces its origins back to the Revell release of 1978 (indeed you can still find this release available today; Revell has been releasing this kit on and off again, most recently in 2016). The kit still holds up well today; it has generally accurate lines, recessed panels, is an easy build, and passes quite nicely for a 109G-10. It is also far less complex and far cheaper than the contemporary Eduard kit. I picked this one up for somewhere around $5-10 at a swap and sell some years back. I picked this boxing because I have very vivid memories of buying this boxing as a kid, getting my hands on the dark green plastic, and building the kit in a hurry. Whilst I don't remember how I painted it, I do remember re-painting it a year or two later in a blotchy 'Africa' scheme, similar to that painted on 109Es (totally not accurate... but hey, I was maybe 13 years old, so accuracy wasn't a real focus back then). No idea what happened to it, but pretty sure it didn't survive the 'Cancian turkey shoot' in the backyard some time later... ahem. Anywhoo... in any case, this one is another nostalgia build for me. First up, one notices some elements that need addressing: The cockpit needed some attention. The kit canopy is surprisingly clear, so I decided to upgrade the kit cockpit, which is pretty light on. I had some old bits and bobs in the spares box from some 109 cockpit sets; one floor piece and sidewall from (I think) the Aires 109G-6 cockpit, and another from I think an old Hi-Tech resin set from again, I think, a G-6. Not going for accuracy, I decided that these would do; the sidewalls were quickly sanded back and the resin bits added. The kit has its control surfaces modelled in the neutral position. I decided to at least cut and reposition the rudder and elevators. I managed to find a spare resin rudder (no idea who produced it) which fit the kit and was a bit nicer than the kit rudder, so this will do also. And after a few etched additions and some paint (the shoulder harnesses will go on towards the end of the build): The fuselage is also now together and cleaned up, remembering to re-scribe the panel lines that run down the centreline of the aircraft. The fit here was quite good. I added a set of quickboost exhaust pipes which will look lovely once painted up. I've made a start on the wings, where I find another Revell advertisement The wings are moulded with the flaps and radiator cooling flaps moulded in the neutral position. A bit of time and patience with a razor saw sorted these out; I cut them and repositioned them to a more dynamic look (most photos of 109s on the ground show these flaps deployed / drooped). I won't be doing anything with the ailerons, or the slats (probably not correct for a 109 on the ground, but oh well). A dry fit suggests the wings will fit quite nicely to the fuselage, once I get there. Cheers! BC
  12. This was on deck right after my YF-16 and again using the vintage Monogram. The 1980 kit F-18 has the open LEX slots perfect for the first prototype but still needs some small changes, mainly adding dog tooth on the elevators and wings plus some changes in the cockpit instrument panel. I added seamless intakes and a vac canopy as the original was too small and not the more rounded omega shape. In both kits I used the original landing gear struts, they are of the day's molding capabilities but despite some chunky areas are well detailed and even have the brake lines included. Paint was a mix of Testors MM enamel blues and Testors gold, Caracal and Monogram decals. Caracal had matched their 'F-18 Hornet - The Early Years' with the original blue auto paint used in the rollout F-18 which saved me from repainting the Monogram decals the correct color.
  13. I'm a fan for the old Monogram 1/48 kits, they had so much more detail than other kits at the time. This kit I first built as a child, brush painted with some red paint that took ages to dry.... I've wanted to retry it and have had the kit in my stash for a while. After reading Robert Coram's book 'Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War' did the trick and I was finally ready to dig out my 1979 Monogram F-16 kit and make what Boyd referred to as a pure fighter. The YF-16 at that point was more like his vision, not a multirole aircraft but light, fast and maneuverable. This project also got an F-18 prototype kit out too and was next on the bench, another Monogram kit from 1980. The F-16 kit is pretty close to the YF-16, it needs nose reshaping, cockpit/seat changes and some other little things but comparing my changes to profile photos it worked well. Vingtor decals were used. This shows how the nose got bigger with the radar on the production versions. And some minor differences from above And finally to my studio where the shelves are and I paint other things. If interested you can see my paintings here.
  14. Just finished it last week, having started around May 1, I took this model out to the Cameron Airport yesterday. Working on it in fits and starts, I finally got her across the finish line. It is the 1990 release of the 1/48 Convair F-102A from Monogram and it marks number four of of my completed Century Series fighters, alongside the Monogram F-100D and RF-101B and the Testors F-104A. I still have a Monogram F-105 and F-106 in the stash but honestly, I don't think I'll be able to crowd them all together on one shelf. Those are pretty big birds! I based this one on a photo I found in a Century Series book. I was drawn to its rather unusual "silver dope" finish and found a set of Pro-Modeler decals for an Idaho Air Guard plane almost just like the one in that single photo, circa 1967. One of the drawbacks to that scheme was matching the lime-green color of the Idaho marking for the wing fences. That challenge turned out to be easier than expected and I got pretty close. Many photos of Delta Daggers show their brake doors painted in a different color. Since I had custom mixed enough green, I exercised a bit of artistic license and painted this one's brake doors in that same green. "Authentic" or not, I like how it looks. It is almost all OOB except for Eduard seatbelts, and a bit of seat plumbing I added, and an added antennae just aft of the canopy too. The drop tanks in the photo were ADC gray with polished tips and ends but I liked how the ModelMaster Chrome Silver looked and left one in all-over silver; we'll just say it's a replacement tank. The aircraft is painted with Humbrol Metal Cote matte aluminum and finish coated with a semi-gloss clear. I had a few little boo-boos in the topside silver and after it was clear-coated, I tried to touch them up. Bad idea. They looked terrible; but I decided to mask off the areas and square them up. Then, I cut-out card-stock masks to clear-coat those squares. It looks much better and perhaps represents "touched up" spots. The insignia decals are from the 1990 kit, while the Idaho specific decals are from the 1996 Pro-Modeler sheet. I over-coated them all with MicroMark decal film and used really hot water. They all went on without drama. The kit itself is challenging in several areas. I did more filling and sanding on this model than I've done in years. It was also a bit awkward to move around; I had two different "jigs", one for topside work and another for the bottom. I added a fair amount of ballast around the cockpit area to avoid any tail-sitting. In my opinion, the hardest part of the assembly was the multi-part main landing gear. I had fretted about those brake doors but that stage went together really well. All said, I like how she looks and I'm glad I tackled the project. But, I believe I will wait a while before starting another Century fighter! Thanks for stopping by and having a look! Have a wonderful weekend everybody! And here are a couple photograph of actual Idaho Air Guard F-102A fighters, one is this aircraft and the other a squadron sister:
  15. Hello Dears, Did I have mentionned this building ?? The Monogram Dash F has been started in 1988 or so.. Will search where the Bushmasters are stationned at the time, but I think it was Bentwaters... I read a book about the projected nuke war, they told about the Squadron, There was a Mk 7 nuke for each bridge of the Vistule river, would have 3 or 4 eyed fish For god's sake they both stayed quiet or almost, no mushrooms Modifications on the pylon for the Mk 7 The Tamiya one is a more recent start, 6 or 7 years ago I think. She is retro modified, from a dash G to a dash E. Goog kit, I used parts from the Verlinden kit, this kit is just a copy from the original parts, there is a slight difference, almost not noticeable. And some parts from a Heller X-kit, so I believe resin parts are from Renaissance.Don't Know, More to come soon. Thank for watching. Sincerely. Corsaircorp
  16. My first Ebay purchase finally arrived from Nevada. Took a while and cost more than I really wanted to pay,more for postage and duties than the actual kit, but it is the car I would love to do. It came in a small box so I was worried for a minute but it is quite a deep box and on opening everything is nicely packed in. At first glance it is a bit dated but as it is from the mid 90s originally this is to be expected. A quick story on why this particular car. I was stuck in traffic in the most romantic of places, Hatfield Tescos access road, when I heard rumbling coming up along side me on the outside lane. A car passed and it was a Trans Am. Meh, not a big fan, but on its tail was this car and it's been on my "lottery win wish list" since then. The colour I want to do it in is Caspian Blue (see Kitkent's photos in the reference thread) but I am struggling to find it at the moment. I already bought a colour way off and Guardsman Blue as a back up if I can't get it. Anyway, here's the obligatory sprue shots and I will start making this soon,once I finished a bike I am doing. (I also have 2 and a bit tanks to finish but my military mojo has gone for now.) Thanks for looking in and all the best in your builds.
  17. Wait you say, Bruno Stachel never flew a DVII in the movie, he flew a Pfalz and a triplane. You're right, this is from the book and the book, as they say, is way better than the movie. In the book Jack Hunter tells us exactly what Stachel's aircraft looks like. He goes on to give three examples of art, that Hunter drew himself of the aircraft. I had this old Revell issue of the Monogram/Aurora kit and decided to have fun. I corrected the nose with putty and added aftermarket 3D printed guns that are just amazing. I used Tamiya Nato black for the fabric areas and gloss black for the metal. The two dirty words are written on the wing, I hope it's not legible enough to offend. I tried 4 different ways to get the all black rudder per Hunter's drawings but just could not do the outline well. So, I've taken artist liberty and gave him a standard finished rudder. I also added his name below the cockpit. Since Hunter never actually states what was written on the wing, mine is the average truth off the www. I photoshopped the "U" into an "O" for friendlier family viewing. This the first WW1 kit I've built in over 50 years. I had them all spinning from my ceiling as a kid and even then I thought the nose looked funny, but I fixed it this time. I failed in my experiment on rigging. Will go back to trying to master the monofilament method.
  18. Hi This is the very old Monogram 1/48 Do 335 A which has been modified to a B-2. I had to scribe each of the panel lines, make new gun pods for the wings and a few other small modifications. It's also got a new front windscreen but it's been in the sun hence why the clear plastic has discolored, lesson learnt. I've got the Tamiya Do 335 nearly completed so I hope to show that one soon, regards. Trace
  19. This Monogram model of the General Dynamics F-16A Fighting Falcon was built in 1988. It was the third model I finished after returning to this hobby in 1987. By this time, I had slowing gathered some modeling supplies and a little knowledge mostly through reading FinescaleModeler magazine among a few others. I recall having to make a pitot for the nose of this model back then, and tried to duplicate a photo from some magazine in those pre-internet days. The kit featured an operative canopy but a pretty sparse load out. I used kit decals (and see at least one that's upside down -no surprise from a newbie!) and painted it with either Humbrol or ModelMaster enamels sprayed through the Paasche H. It has sat in my display cabinet for all the years since and had never been photographed until I took my recently finished Tigercat out to the Cameron Municipal Airport for a photo session. I decided to take the old F-16 out there and see how she looks in that setting. Before I could even get it out of my truck, I reached across the seat for something and snapped that pitot clean off. I did have a modeling first aid kit with me and found the pitot and the small sensor-piece too. I managed to finally get the pitot back together and glued back on but now it's developed a bad case of droop. Oh well, it was too bloody hot out there to putz around with it too much so I left it as is for the pics. I've often thought of this model as a "place holder" in my collection until I built a newer, nicer F-16. I still hope to do that some day but until then, squint those eyes my friends and please have a look at an old four-footer from 1988.
  20. A completion for the Harvard/Texan GB, this is a local aircraft for me. PH-NKD as she is known in her former life is an original WW2, 1942 built North American AT-6A Texan with C/N 78-6922, 41-16544. (stats: https://www.t6harvard.com/dutch-harvards/n13fy-t6-harvard-t6-texan/ ) Bought by an enterprising local business man, and registered as PH-NKD, the AT-6A was equipped with a Diesel tank in place of the rear seating from which the oil was injected into the stretched exhaust. Mr.Color Metal 211 Chrome Silver, Vallejo 71.078 RLM04 Yellow, Vallejo 71.124 Dark Green ANA612 for anti-glare, Mr.Color H58 Interior green (and generic black/white/red for details) Dropped the flaps, added ignition wiring on the engine, diesel tank in the rear and an extended exhaust from drilled-out sprue with scrap PE as brackets. Decals: custom printed white logo, registration letters home-made. And this is somewhere in there - the thick frames make pictures look silly if I put the canopy open
  21. Reserving my spot Waay back then, when I was a small alt-92 we could frequently hear the buzz of a Harvard (well, everything Texan we called a Harvard then) high up and see it writing advertisement in the sky: The plane in question was (rather - still is) an original WW2, 1942 built North American AT-6A Texan with C/N 78-6922, 41-16544. (stats: https://www.t6harvard.com/dutch-harvards/n13fy-t6-harvard-t6-texan/ ) Bought by an enterprising local business man, and registered as PH-NKD, the AT-6A was equipped with a Diesel tank in place of the rear seating from which the oil was injected into the stretched exhaust. The company, Skylight, was based at my local airfield Hilversum (EHHV) until the mid-1990s. A falling out with the Dutch CAA in 1993 resulted in the aircraft being re-registered as N13FY in the USA. What the FY stands for, I'll leave to the imagination She's still based at Hilversum airfield, albeit under different ownership. --- The kit: Monogram's classic 1979 original release. All raised detail, of course. But that's fine. Decals are totally shot - I might try and save some stencil data but not too worried.. I'm in the process of having custom decals printed for the Skylight logos and registration letters, so once they're in I'll start the build proper.
  22. Hello guys, I'd like to know if someone could provide me with a sprue map/photo of the sprues of the 1977, 5406 kit, Monogram model. I'm looking to build an A-4E without the hump and with the smooth fairing. I've checked everywhere, but I haven't been able to locate a page with the sprue map. TIA!
  23. SS as in Super Sport, Chevrolet's simple way of branding the sporty performance versions of their normally not so sporty not so performance oriented models. But oh boy, what a change those two letters in some cases could lead to! This time it's the mid-80's boxy GM G-body mid size Monte Carlo, if you're interested, you better read more here: https://www.hagerty.com/media/car-profiles/1983-88-chevy-monte-carlo-ss-buyers-guide/ I bought and built one of these Monogram NASCAR models when they became available back in 1983. My build back then was Darrell Waltrip's 1982 Piston... erm, Winston Cup winning, Mountain Dew sponsored Buick Regal. Believe me, this Chevy Monte Carlo kit is at least 98% the same plastics! I bought this kit last week, with an intention to build it in the Revell-o-Gram GB next year. Yeah, right. Instead, there's now three more of these on order . Tonight I started messing with the parts, and a few hours later I had only managed to assemble these small subassemblies Shouldn't these go together the other way around? Anyway, this bud's for me
  24. A 1/48th Monogram F-15A Eagle painted in the very early and short lived air superiority blue colour scheme. Humbrol enamel paints applied with an airbrush, decals by Caracal models. The kit dates back to 1979. I have always wanted to build an F-15 in this scheme and despite a few small mistakes I am very happy with the result. 20200819_141334 by Ghostbase, on Flickr The story behind this bird is interesting. She was F-15A serial 71-0284 and she was the fifth full scale development Eagle. She was used for armament development including the rotary cannon and when her test career ended she became an instructional airframe. She was photographed in these markings at an airshow (possibly Sheppard AFB, TX, date unknown) with "City of Iowa Park" nose art. Her FF code stands for 'First Fighter' for the then 1st Tactical Fighter Wing based at Langley. How she kept her blue colour scheme is unknown but it was very unusual and it certainly adds some interest to this model. 20200819_141449 by Ghostbase, on Flickr I used Humbrol 47 which is enamel gloss sea blue as that looked to me to be the nearest to air superiority blue in their range. I would say that it is just a tad darker and 'richer' than FS35450 however for some reason the camera on my phone has processed the photos to a lighter shade! I do have the Hataka acrylic Air Superiority Blue (HTK-A155) in my paint stash but I am really struggling with acrylics at the moment and just wanted an easy paint without my airbrush clogging up after 60 seconds. This coat went on well and just one application too. 20200819_141509 by Ghostbase, on Flickr I must also mention how impressed I was with the kit. It was first released in 1979 and it went together very well, I only needed a little filler where the nose section slots into the main fuselage. I did like the detail around the cockpit and also the radar as well as the open air brake and I think they really add to the model. Yes, it is raised panel lines and for this build I was comfortable with that. 20200819_141756 by Ghostbase, on Flickr This is the first time that I have used Caracal decals and I am very impressed, they were really easy to apply and they make an average model look good! These were from their F-15 "The Early Years" set and I am building a second F-15A using this set as well. 20200819_141808 by Ghostbase, on Flickr Apologies for the rather makeshift photo studio but these were taken at my alternate man cave! This build really has helped get my mojo back. Michael
  25. Sorry for being late to the party, but Affairs of State, took precedents over.... the Affairs of State. Todays entry for your edification and amusement, I'm going to try, (operative word try) to take this old Monogram A-4E, strip down and restore to an A-4C configuration. I built this originally wayy back better than 20 years ago,. Rattle can and hairy stick thick coatings all over. If I remember rightly I got more paint and glue on me than the model. THis was the original Box art And as always any comments , suggestions, or ideas are always welcome. Lets begin shall we?
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