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OFFICIAL: Western Front/ETO Campaign
KelticKnot
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Scotland, United Kingdom
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Posted: Saturday, September 09, 2017 - 08:53 PM GMT+7
Great campaign and an excellent collection of models by the end
b17-peter
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Hessen, Germany
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Posted: Friday, September 08, 2017 - 07:22 PM GMT+7
Many thanks, Michael, for another fine campaign and the ribbon
Looking forward to the PTO campaign
Antilles
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Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Joined: March 22, 2015
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Posted: Saturday, September 02, 2017 - 05:13 AM GMT+7
John: Thanks for the black basing hint. I will try this one next time!
Very nice finished model.It looks really great!

Michael: Thanks a lot for leading this campaign and the ribbon!

See You in the PTO campaign. Can't wait for it!

Oliver
ltb073
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New York, United States
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Posted: Saturday, September 02, 2017 - 03:38 AM GMT+7
What Bob said Mike
Thanks for the campaign and ribbon, See ya on PTO. congrats to all those who finished
Bigrip74
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Texas, United States
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Posted: Saturday, September 02, 2017 - 03:16 AM GMT+7
Thanks for the campaign and ribbon, I think that I built my best a/c ever on this campaign. See ya on PTO.

Bob
MichaelSatin
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AEROSCALE
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Colorado, United States
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Posted: Saturday, September 02, 2017 - 01:20 AM GMT+7
And so we bid farewell to the Western Front/ETO Campaign. A very fine showing indeed, congrats to all who finished and thanks for a great time! Ribbons have been awarded, so let me know if you didn't get one and think you should.

See you all in the PTO Campaign, starting next month!

Michael
goodn8
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Berlin, Germany
Joined: October 12, 2008
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Posted: Friday, September 01, 2017 - 07:07 PM GMT+7
Mr. Michael Satin,thanks a lot for nicely hosted another great Campaign
Was really enjoyable taking part and followed up the guy's fantastic work. And beautiful builds were posted to the gallery showing up the variaty of birds used in this specific period.
... till the next, Thomas
Pave-Hawk
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Western Australia, Australia
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Posted: Friday, September 01, 2017 - 02:13 PM GMT+7
It's a shame about the canopy but that looks pretty minor, and it's still a very nice looking P-38 you have a there. I would say you have done it justice.
Bigrip74
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Texas, United States
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Posted: Friday, September 01, 2017 - 03:15 AM GMT+7

Quoted Text

Ambitious work on that kit, John!
Well done and a good story too
Congrats for finishing with that nice build.
Thomas



"Ditto" What Thomas and Michael stated.

And Michael, thanks for the campaign.

Bob
goodn8
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Berlin, Germany
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Posted: Friday, September 01, 2017 - 01:25 AM GMT+7
Ambitious work on that kit, John!
Well done and a good story too
Congrats for finishing with that nice build.
Thomas
MichaelSatin
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Posted: Friday, September 01, 2017 - 12:31 AM GMT+7
Very convincing, John! I think you did some nice work and you dad will be pleased (and your uncle, if he could see it).

Last day, everyone. Anyone looking at getting in under the wire?

Michael
john41492
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Georgia, United States
Joined: July 20, 2015
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Posted: Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 02:47 PM GMT+7
Hi All,

All things come to an end, some are good, some not. For me this build has been such a mixed bag of things, I'll just say that I'm happy it's over.

Some years ago my dad related a story that happened around the dinner table, most likely 1943. His cousin was home on leave and announced that he'd be getting a motorcycle to get around while stationed in England. My dad's aunt exclaimed that motorcycles were far too dangerous to ride around, and that he'd surely get hurt or worse! There was an eruption of laughter from many at the table. Several of the folk asked her if she really knew what her son was doing in Europe. Turns out James Moran was a pilot. flying the modified P-38, photo recon version. Well, he got the motorcycle, and of course was hurt in an accident. He also had a good flying record, no injuries sustained by hostile encounters.

This story was the motivation behind the build. The intent is to put this model onto a stand and present it to my dad. Unfortunately, my research is still underway. At best I've got a name, and a start time of when Jim was in the service. So, getting a unit or identifying a particular aircraft at this time has proven elusive. Work still continues on this.

What I do have is a generic version of a photo recon P-38. It's not done as a F-5E, or even a F-4, but kind of a mix. This was done mostly out of ease of build. I knew up front that this was going to be a bit more than an average build for me, and it was. I botched the canopy, however, this was not intended to be an up close model, but more of a one meter bird (maybe more!). Foremost, that I wanted to get was good alignment, approaching it from a different angle from my past P-38 builds, and more of a procedure on how to build a better P-38, a plane that I find pleasing. Of which in my opinion I have done, granted the jury is still out, and we'll see on my next one. In my defense, had the clear parts actually fit I doubt that I'd of botched the canopy.

That said, I was able to finish the paint job, and it turned out ok. Though the build in my opinion had gone such that I was worn out, and I'll admit a bit mad at Academy. I'd purchased a nice set of decals and opted not to use them on this one. Using the kit decals proved to me yet again that it just wouldn't end. I'd have to agree with some fellow modelers that there seems to be a curse for some of us and Academy kits. It seems so with me. The decals behaved very much like Techmod decals. Well printed, but not wanting to conform, and in some cases not even adhere. Several silvered, and I tried all the solvents in my arsenal: The micro Sol system, Solveset, and Mr Softener. The later worked but then took the paint off below the decal! After much complaining and use of fingernails, and lots of acceptance, the decals were on. A coat of clear, some minor weathering and the main airframe was complete. Needless to say, the underside counterweight broke off a total of 5 times. The last being while posing the plane for the gallery pictures. It's on the workbench now, and may become a memento or trash, I'm still thinking that one over!

Since this was to be a hanging or stand model it meant that it'd be in flight. I'd read an interesting article in the December 2015 Fine Scale Modeler magazine written by Rogerio Marczak on spinning propellers. I decided to give it a try. While there is room for improvement on my delivery, I rather like it. It's simple and inexpensive.



Another shot of the props, and the botched canopy.




Overall, it looks the part. It's certainly a different type of bird than I've been building. While for me the fun factor left shortly after the box was opened, I am glad I did it. I learned a great deal on this project, and am inclined to do another soon. While not my best effort, I'm pretty sure that dad will enjoy this. I'll also leave the door open to change it out as more information becomes known.

Thanks for looking,

John



Finally, I'd like to add a big thanks to all that made this group build a reality! There are some really nice builds in the gallery, and it's nice to be a part of it. Thanks to all of you! You help to make me a far better modeler than I'd be on my own, and despite this build, it was fun!!
john41492
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Georgia, United States
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Posted: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 02:37 PM GMT+7
Michael,

Thanks, but I'm not out of the woods yet!

Oliver,

It's called "black basing". I learned it from fellow modeler "Doogs" of Doogsmodels.com. While he uses a few colorful metaphors in his writing/videos, his skills are good and the methods are thought through. I recommend checking him out.

For me, the method does work nicely in breaking up a monochromatic color. Also, the panels can show through if you wish. I've used a variation on a Zero with red-brown as a base, and didn't have to weather it. I was very pleased on that one. Also, it saves time on the whole painting as well as the total amount of paint. Great if you're a frugal individual such as me. Plus it's fun!

John
Antilles
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Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Joined: March 22, 2015
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Posted: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 02:39 AM GMT+7
John,
Your P-38 looks good. The cloudy pre-shading looks very interesting. I have never seen this before.

Oliver
MichaelSatin
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AEROSCALE
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Colorado, United States
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Posted: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 12:38 AM GMT+7
Very nice work wrestling that thing to the ground, John!

Michael
john41492
#442
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Georgia, United States
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Posted: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 03:02 PM GMT+7
Hi All,

It’s been way too long since an update. So at last check I was being optimistic about how the nose and canopy would go on and life would be wonderful. Well life has been wonderful, this build on the other hand has taken all the enthusiasm points allowed for this kit and some from an unnamed build later! Fit would be my criticism.

Enough whining, I did attach the nose and proceeded to fill all the joins, including the joins that didn’t quite join. Then I started to fit the canopy again. After removing more of the bottom I was able to get a mediocre fit, and using Mr. Surfacer 500 and 1200 was able to remove most of the gaps. There still remains a seam between the canopy and the nose that just won’t come out, so it will be a panel.



Once all this was done I gave it a coat of Tamiya gloss black to act as a primer and a base for the PRU blue.



Apparently, the model gods weren’t happy with this thing either, as mid-way through the underside painting a huge thunderstorm came putting an end to the painting…



Finally I was able to finish the overall blue scheme! It does look like a P-38!



I’m doing the decals now, and some minor weathering, then this thing is going on a stand.
MichaelSatin
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AEROSCALE
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Colorado, United States
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Posted: Monday, August 21, 2017 - 02:01 AM GMT+7
Sorry to hear that Robert Jan, but I know how that goes.

About 10 days left everyone, get cracking!

Michael
SpeedyJ
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Bangkok, Thailand / ไทย
Joined: September 17, 2013
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Posted: Sunday, August 20, 2017 - 03:08 PM GMT+7
Hi. Despite a one month extra building time, I will not finish my Fokker. Lost my interest in the build. Will pick it up some day, don't know when.

Kind regards,

Robert Jan
MichaelSatin
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AEROSCALE
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Colorado, United States
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Posted: Monday, August 07, 2017 - 09:50 AM GMT+7
Thanks everyone! Typical Tamiya, easy to make look good!

Thomas, not sure what your preferred scale is but here's the 1/32 P-51D next to an Eduard 1/48 F6F-3. if that helps.



Michael
KelticKnot
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Scotland, United Kingdom
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Posted: Monday, August 07, 2017 - 08:41 AM GMT+7
Michael, that's one beautiful Mustang, congrats!
goodn8
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Berlin, Germany
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Posted: Monday, August 07, 2017 - 07:30 AM GMT+7
Michael:
The final result is beautifully done!
Glad You've found time to finish - congrats
Great bird, cool shape, clean & neat paint job as a real 'Cadillac of the Skies'.
Although not my scale since back to the hobby, but sure I have to get any ot Tamiya's 1/32 kits.
Could you post a pic with something aside to show the scale?
Just curious on how much space I need...

Thomas
ClaytonFromEllijay
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Georgia, United States
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Posted: Sunday, August 06, 2017 - 12:18 AM GMT+7
Some awesome looking wingthings here!!
Antilles
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Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Joined: March 22, 2015
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Posted: Saturday, August 05, 2017 - 07:50 PM GMT+7
Iain: Congrats to Your Spitfire! Looks good!!

Raj: Flawless 109. Great job!

Bob: Nicely done paint job! Blue tack worked well.

Michael: Beautiful Mustang! I really like the shiny finish. Will have to do an NMF on a bird once again.

Oliver
Bigrip74
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Texas, United States
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Posted: Saturday, August 05, 2017 - 12:38 PM GMT+7
Michael, the cockpit makes me want to run and hide. NICE JOB

Bob
MichaelSatin
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AEROSCALE
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Colorado, United States
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Posted: Saturday, August 05, 2017 - 10:02 AM GMT+7
Well, here she is. The Tamiya P-51D Mustang in the markings of Major George Preddy, 487th FS, 352nd FG, late August, 1944. Considered to be the highest scoring Mustang flown by the highest scoring Mustang ace.





More pics in the gallery.

Now bring on that F6F!

Michael