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TankerTweaker
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Missouri, United States
Joined: December 02, 2016
KitMaker: 34 posts
AeroScale: 11 posts
Posted: Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 10:21 AM GMT+7
A quick update today. Added some extra weight to the cowling area. Just because there was room and to make sure its not a tail sitter.
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I decided to fill the panel lines on all the wheel pants. They always looked like one piece to me anyway.
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I don't like the way the nose gear fork sets in the nose wheel pant.
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I decided to add some wire to the nose wheel and sand the top of the wheel so its sits higher inside the wheel pant.
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Then drilled hole in the nose gear strut.
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I think the wheel looks better this way.
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That's it for now.
SgtRam
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#197
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Ontario, Canada
Joined: March 06, 2011
KitMaker: 3,680 posts
AeroScale: 402 posts
Posted: Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 04:58 AM GMT+7
@Robby - that is coming along nice, looking forward to seeing it done.
V2Phantom
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United States
Joined: December 26, 2008
KitMaker: 149 posts
AeroScale: 145 posts
Posted: Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 03:21 AM GMT+7
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Just a word of advice. Be careful with the side windows regarding handling of the model after they are glued in. Because the side windows glue from the inside, they can accidentally be pushed in after the fuselage half's are put together. This happened to me with the front passenger window. Fortunately, I have not glued the wing on so was able to re-glue the window in. I may try and keep the wing off during the whole painting process just in case.

Alan M.



Thanks for the great advice Alan! I got a reminder of how fragile the window/fuselage joint is when I partially popped one out as I was dry fitting everything together before gluing the fuselage together. As the fuselage was not yet glued, I added a bit more 5 minute epoxy to the window joint. Now I just need to be more careful when I assemble and putty/sand the resulting joints!
Have fun modeling
Mike
JClapp
#259
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Massachusetts, United States
Joined: October 23, 2011
KitMaker: 2,155 posts
AeroScale: 1,644 posts
Posted: Saturday, January 20, 2018 - 12:41 AM GMT+7
Solid resin castings I fear them more than vacuforms.

adding that step to the engine cowlings is a nice improvement.
Cosimodo
#335
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Auckland, New Zealand
Joined: September 03, 2013
KitMaker: 834 posts
AeroScale: 144 posts
Posted: Friday, January 19, 2018 - 10:02 PM GMT+7
Well I have made a start on my entry. Fortunately, or not as you see, I have chosen 1/144 scale so no need to worry about the interior details.
First issue up is the fuselage halves. Front and rear are not a match made in heaven. Front being taller and thinner, rear of course is shorter and wider.

It's just about 1 mm each way, which means losing some details, especially the rear cargo doors.
While glue sets on that I thought I would try and give the engine cowlings some definition where they join the nacelle. probably not noticeable but know how it is, one you think of doing something its hard to let it go.


I will refine them a little more. Hopefully more if I can make the fuselage look like a single tube.

cheers
Michael
Buckeye198
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Ohio, United States
Joined: May 02, 2010
KitMaker: 524 posts
AeroScale: 156 posts
Posted: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 10:18 AM GMT+7
Some very cool builds going on here, I'm glad I joined up! Probably time for me to share pics of my own.

The USS Los Angeles (ZR-3) was a sister ship of the Graf Zeppelin (LZ-127), and as a result the closest kit I could get for the ZR-3 was Hawk's 1/245 Graf Zeppelin. Most differences wouldn't be noticeable at this scale, but the gondolas did have some differences that I could work with. Firstly, the gondola would be moved about 13.5cm (in scale) to stern, making for a less pronounced curvature along the walls where they meet with the balloon. Panels from my spares box were cut into shape, followed by lots of putty and sanding (that will be a common theme in this build). Then I had to make a few adjustments to the windows. It seems that ZR-3 had more a utilitarian design compared to LZ-127. Since I don't have a before-pic (about 3 years ago), here's the run-down of my work.





The deck went together without issue. White walls, wooden doorframes, USN-blue sheets, and green fabric couches and chairs. Although the outside of the gondola looks plainer than LZ-127, the interior was still very much designed for luxury. Lucky sailors I do wish they had put more detail into the bridge, but whatever. Most of this won't be visible anyway.


The kit has materials to light up the gondola's interior. I struggled for a while if I wanted to wire the model or not, finally opted to glue it all into place, and then the wires separated. Perfect timing.


So now I'm trying to find a local friend who knows how to solder. If I can find one before I finish cleaning up the balloon, then I'll wire it all. If not, then I'll just close it all up and hide the wires. Speaking of the balloon, I glued these two pieces together, so the model is probably >75% complete now!
TankerTweaker
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Missouri, United States
Joined: December 02, 2016
KitMaker: 34 posts
AeroScale: 11 posts
Posted: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 07:21 AM GMT+7

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After looking at photos of the Ethiopian Cessna 172s, all of them appear to have their glass windows tinted a clear green. This makes sense as they operate in a hot and sunny climate so the tinted windows will cut down on the glare and some heat. I decided to duplicate this by spraying the clear plastic windows with a dilute mix of Tamiya clear green. Here's the clear sprue before painting:



Here's the clear sprue after painting:



I am pretty happy with the way this looks, so the next step is to button the fuselage up (after installing the windows, of course)!
Have fun modeling!
Mike


Mike,
Nice work on the tinted windows.

Just a word of advice. Be careful with the side windows regarding handling of the model after they are glued in. Because the side windows glue from the inside, they can accidentally be pushed in after the fuselage half's are put together. This happened to me with the front passenger window. Fortunately, I have not glued the wing on so was able to re-glue the window in. I may try and keep the wing off during the whole painting process just in case.

Alan M.
Antilles
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Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Joined: March 22, 2015
KitMaker: 481 posts
AeroScale: 465 posts
Posted: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 05:15 AM GMT+7
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Can I finish this in time ? Who knows !

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Paul,
take Your time. The additional details look superb!

Oliver
KelticKnot
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Scotland, United Kingdom
Joined: May 11, 2015
KitMaker: 726 posts
AeroScale: 615 posts
Posted: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 04:23 AM GMT+7
Lovely C-47 Kevin !
And another Skytrain John! That was the kit i'd considered getting for the paratroop models which I could convert but I was kindly gifted a different kit and have decided to try and make my own.

I've been getting far too absorbed in the minute details....
Can I finish this in time ? Who knows !

Antilles
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Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Joined: March 22, 2015
KitMaker: 481 posts
AeroScale: 465 posts
Posted: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 02:29 AM GMT+7
Life has been very busy at the end of the last year and the begin of the new one. So looking at all these posts, there is a great progess with some really nice models!

Kevin: Your Dakota looks really fine! I like it very much. Congrats!

My Ju52 has not much improved. I removed all windows as there were some awful sink holes that I reckognized too late. So the window panels were dismounted, sanded, polished and got a wash of future.
Than I startet glueing the main parts together. The fit of this one is not nice.

So the last days ended up in applying putty and sanding for several times.
Additionally, the propellers of the kit were sanded as they appear to be too big (upper one in th photograph). In the literature I read, the original one looks to be much smaller (hopefully like the lower one in the photograph .


Oliver
JClapp
#259
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Massachusetts, United States
Joined: October 23, 2011
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Posted: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 01:14 AM GMT+7
Kevin, Sir, Both of those would be acceptable - they carry people and stuff, and they aren't themselves armed for combat.


SgtRam
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#197
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Ontario, Canada
Joined: March 06, 2011
KitMaker: 3,680 posts
AeroScale: 402 posts
Posted: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 01:02 AM GMT+7
Curious, would a German WW2 Assault Glider or a CH-46 Helicopter qualify for this campaign?
Cosimodo
#335
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Auckland, New Zealand
Joined: September 03, 2013
KitMaker: 834 posts
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Posted: Monday, January 15, 2018 - 10:01 PM GMT+7
Great C47 Kevin! Love to see what else you pull out of the box.

cheers
Michael
V2Phantom
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United States
Joined: December 26, 2008
KitMaker: 149 posts
AeroScale: 145 posts
Posted: Monday, January 15, 2018 - 02:55 AM GMT+7
Kevin
Congrats on finishing your C-47. That is one great looking model! I especially like the weathering you did.
Have fun modeling!
Mike




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I enjoyed this one so much, I am done. Maybe I will have to look in my stash and build another.


john41492
#442
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Malacca, Malaysia
Joined: July 20, 2015
KitMaker: 100 posts
AeroScale: 89 posts
Posted: Monday, January 15, 2018 - 02:11 AM GMT+7
Hi All,

Looks like it's big planes for me this year. I'm in with this classic, apparently, I feel the need to work on my seam filling.

John

JClapp
#259
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Massachusetts, United States
Joined: October 23, 2011
KitMaker: 2,155 posts
AeroScale: 1,644 posts
Posted: Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 11:14 AM GMT+7
I found the fugitive wheel. (fortunately tile floor monster is much weaker than your typical carpet monster) I'll get these bits painted tonight.

JClapp
#259
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Massachusetts, United States
Joined: October 23, 2011
KitMaker: 2,155 posts
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Posted: Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 11:12 AM GMT+7
wow, beauty! first across the line, congratulations

lots to lookat there. tiny decals and antenae, and i see you did some chipping and oil stains around the engine cowlings. first class work.

by all means start another. we'll be here for a few months yet
SgtRam
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#197
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Ontario, Canada
Joined: March 06, 2011
KitMaker: 3,680 posts
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Posted: Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 08:42 AM GMT+7
I enjoyed this one so much, I am done. Maybe I will have to look in my stash and build another.



JClapp
#259
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Massachusetts, United States
Joined: October 23, 2011
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Posted: Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 06:58 AM GMT+7
That did work well. Tinted windows will definately be a nice addition to the model
V2Phantom
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United States
Joined: December 26, 2008
KitMaker: 149 posts
AeroScale: 145 posts
Posted: Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 04:42 AM GMT+7
After looking at photos of the Ethiopian Cessna 172s, all of them appear to have their glass windows tinted a clear green. This makes sense as they operate in a hot and sunny climate so the tinted windows will cut down on the glare and some heat. I decided to duplicate this by spraying the clear plastic windows with a dilute mix of Tamiya clear green. Here's the clear sprue before painting:



Here's the clear sprue after painting:



I am pretty happy with the way this looks, so the next step is to button the fuselage up (after installing the windows, of course)!
Have fun modeling!
Mike
V2Phantom
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United States
Joined: December 26, 2008
KitMaker: 149 posts
AeroScale: 145 posts
Posted: Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 04:35 AM GMT+7
Jonathan
Those Electras are really looking good at this stage!
Have fun modeling
Mike
md72
#439
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Washington, United States
Joined: November 05, 2005
KitMaker: 3,827 posts
AeroScale: 2,535 posts
Posted: Friday, January 12, 2018 - 06:26 PM GMT+7
Well, this must count as progress. The fuselage is closed up, no I just have to clean up the seams and the doors.
JClapp
#259
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Massachusetts, United States
Joined: October 23, 2011
KitMaker: 2,155 posts
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Posted: Friday, January 12, 2018 - 01:19 PM GMT+7
The two Minicraft Electras in grey primer, complete except for props and U/C -


time to start designing decals/masking plans to make this ( times two, N5511 also flew in this scheme) -



yes, I lost a nose wheel. maybe it will turn up before it gets vacuumed up -

JClapp
#259
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Massachusetts, United States
Joined: October 23, 2011
KitMaker: 2,155 posts
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Posted: Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 04:07 AM GMT+7
Absolutely, welcome aboard!

I would love to see that built.
Buckeye198
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Ohio, United States
Joined: May 02, 2010
KitMaker: 524 posts
AeroScale: 156 posts
Posted: Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 02:15 AM GMT+7
I have Hawk's 1/245 USS Los Angeles (ZR-3) dirigible kit that I've been stalled on for a few years now and I'm looking for a good excuse to finish it up. My original plan was to make a massive dio (the kit itself is over 3 feet long) of 8/25/1927, when the weather didn't cooperate with the moored airship and lifted its tail to a near-vertical position. I'm now thinking that I just want to build this kit for normal display, and then work on a smaller scale balsa or foam scratch-build for the dio...the engineering required to stand this massive and heavy plastic kit upright may be more than my mathematically-challenged mind can handle.

The kit is started, but only the gondola is in progress. Per the campaign's rules, ZR-3 was designed by Luftschiffbau Zeppelin to be a civilian passenger airship, as the Treaty of Versailles prohibited construction of weaponized airships. The US Navy saw ZR-3 mostly as an experimental platform, including the use of trapeze biplane fighters (perhaps this falls under the "military rapid deployment" category?), though it ultimately was most useful as a training ship, mail carrier, and propaganda tool similar to today's Blue Angels.

So what do you all say? Permission to join the campaign?