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AndyC

1/48 Testors Howard DGA-4 "Ike" - pylon racer dio

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Hi all - my first entry for the Less than Tenner GB. It's the 1/48 Testors Howard DGA-4 built as the second of two only "Ike" aka NR56Y and as raced in the 1934 National Air Races where it won two 5th places.

It's a simple kit and included the racing pylon - however it's fixing to it made in a vertical bank over the top and I wanted to show it at the start of a turn and the beginning of a roll to a full turn. The pylon is simulated wood and the panelling is plastic card. This was masked and sprayed into the chequers. The base is a 3" square pine base with some grass matting glued on. The a/c is supported on 3mm extruded clear rod.

The decals are the kit's and the rigging is 3lb fishing line painted with silver. Humbrol 22 Gloss White, with a Tamiya F4U pilot shoe-horned in. The prop blur is a circle of acetate sheet with the shape of a prop blur masked on and then gently sanded to provide the 'blur'. I made a prop boss from the tip of a AIM-7 missile (the real Ike didn't have a prop boss - but there was no other way to mount the acetate sheet!)

A nice little addition to the display shelf and infinitely better than how the kit would have you display her...thanks for looking

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nicely done, smooth finish:) and awesome stand! also i like how you did the "rotating" propeller

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Thanks - I was also pleased with how the prop came out!

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ye, i like how the prop is not just circle, cut out of clear plastic, but it has the "darker" or "matt" segments (cannt find right word :) ), which makes it look way better than if it was just clear

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My first try at this method. Basically cut the disc and then mask a prop shape and then gently sand the bit between the tape. It took a couple of attempts but I will be using it again

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