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Antilles
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Posted: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 07:17 AM GMT+7
Tim: Excellent detailng in the Braille Scale! This will look awesome!

Stephen: Flawless paint job on Your F-5! I did not know the scheme was so complex here!

Peter and Carlos: Nice progress!

Michael: The Hasegawa kit has nicely detailed wheel wells. Looks good! I am curious about the paint job.

Iain: Well done Skyraider! I always liked the grimy appearance of this plane!

Chris: Well detailed pilots, you have painted. Is this 1/48 scale?

Oliver
phantom_phanatic309
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Posted: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 06:34 AM GMT+7

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@ Tim - Hats off to you, Tim! Very nice detailing!
@ Stephen - Camouflage scheme looks great! Makes me a little "frightened", because I want to do an F-5A myself sooner or later in that look



Thanks Peter. It was a little tricky and frustrating in a few spots. The tailplane and the light green patch on the left nose especially. The putty needs to be rolled quite thinly to do that. It would certainly be easier in a bigger scale like 1/48 or 1/32. At that scale a good airbrush should be able to free hand spray the pattern. The F-5 is tiny in 1/72 and masks are the easiest.

Looking forward to seeing your F4 completed. I got the very same kit ready for the painting stage last year and got sidetracked with a couple of other projects and trying to resin cast a belly tank for it. Which didn't go according to plan! While I have the paints I might get on with it next week as I have some time off. Hopefully I can even get some more work done on the EB-66 I also started for the campaign.


Ian, I love your Skyraider! The exhaust and oil staining is really well done. The Skyraider is one of my favourites and I really should build get around to building all those I have stashed away. I've got at least one from Tamiya, Monogram, Italeri (I believe originally AMT?) and Matchbox's 1/48 examples. Really nice kits all of them.
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Niedersachsen, Germany
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Posted: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 04:22 AM GMT+7
Hey Mates,

there are very impressive models finished and on the way to.

In my case the Crew is ready and the Phantom is now look like one and need some paint. Next is the undercarriage and the weapons.







Regards
Chris
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Western Australia, Australia
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Posted: Monday, May 21, 2018 - 08:13 PM GMT+7
Those are some small parts you have there Tim, looking good.

Nice job on the F5 cammo Stephen.

My build is done.
Had to replace two of the extended fuze bombs with some Hasegawa aftermarket normal bombs due to losing some bomb halves, and almost forgot the rocket pods


But then rockets are on



Oil exhaust staining is done with a mix of lifecolor washes and oil paints



b17-peter
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Hessen, Germany
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Posted: Monday, May 21, 2018 - 07:29 PM GMT+7
@ Tim - Hats off to you, Tim! Very nice detailing!
@ Stephen - Camouflage scheme looks great! Makes me a little "frightened", because I want to do an F-5A myself sooner or later in that look
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Posted: Sunday, May 20, 2018 - 11:45 AM GMT+7
Nice work all! Glad I'm not doing anything quite so intricate.

Some progress on the 1/48 Hasegawa A-4C:





Aside from a True Details seat and the Victory Productions decals, this one is strictly out of the box.

Now for the seam clean up. Not my favorite part.

Michael
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Posted: Sunday, May 20, 2018 - 08:59 AM GMT+7
Tim, the extra detail on the spare wheels is fantastic. It will really make the finished model pop. I'll keep it in mind the next time I do a small scale armour build.

Finished painting the F-5 today. I used Vallejo acrylics and the putty mask method.





Couple of spots to touch up but I'm really pleased with how it turned out. The F-5 definitely has one of the most complex an intricate SEAC schemes I've painted.
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Posted: Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 05:46 AM GMT+7

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Excellent work on that wheel, Tim!



Thanks Peter. I did up a spare drive sprocket too...

b17-peter
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Posted: Friday, May 18, 2018 - 07:45 PM GMT+7
Excellent work on that wheel, Tim!
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Posted: Friday, May 18, 2018 - 04:29 PM GMT+7

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Tim, I am really enjoying your build. I love M48 and I am trying to get more skilled in scratch building details.



Thanks Carlos. Your F-4 is starting to look good!

A small update on my M48 Patton;

I took one of the road wheels from my junked M48A5 and cut it in half and drilled out the hub & lugs to represent a spare road wheel for my M48A3.
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Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 06:37 PM GMT+7
Hi mates,
made some more progress with my F-4C over the last Weekend



I want to fix the nose tonight. Then the Phantom gets a break, because I have to concentrate on my Super Constellation for "Pax and Pallets". Deadline is coming...
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Torpon
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Spain / España
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Posted: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 03:41 AM GMT+7

@ Oliver, I am using the newish metallic acrylics from Vallejo (Metal Color) using they glossy black base and varnish. I was going to test them on the NMF campaign but I couldn't wait. I love them.

@ Tim, I am really enjoying your build. I love M48 and I am trying to get more skilled in scratch building details.

@ Jacob, clearly you and I have different standards. I think the NMF looks amazing!

@ Iain, great decals! I always panic with large decals.


I have been airbrushing. I had a lot of issues with my H&S, it is knackered after all these years and it has an sticky trigger and, even worse, splatters! I couldn't face a free-hand SEA camo in those conditions so I am waiting for spares and using blue-tack.




Last green tonight!

Carlos.
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Posted: Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 08:41 AM GMT+7
Oliver, great work on your Skyhawk. The paint work and finish is very neatly done as is the bombload. Fitting mk.82's to TER's in 1/72 is an incredibly fiddly job!


Made a start on spraying my F-5 today. Hopefully will have the painting finished over the next few nights.
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Posted: Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 08:50 PM GMT+7
Decals are on my Skyraider. Needs a Flat coat then the rest of the parts like gears and weapons will get attached.


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Posted: Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 05:36 AM GMT+7

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Tim: I remember these old Esci kits. I built a lot of them as a boy. Great immprovement of those wheel. Really hard work to do this with all wheels of the tank. Keep up Your good job!
Oliver


Thanks Oliver. Your Skyhawk is GORGEOUS, by the way!


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Tim Nice save with the wheels. It shows even back then not every ESCI kit was perfect. I recall their Brumbar Sturmpanzer was poor.


Jacob, you are right – those ESCI kits were good but definitely not perfect. I actually rather liked the Brumbär – but then again it has been since the 1980s since I’ve built one of these kits! Speaking of not perfect, I don’t see the flaws you mentioned on your F-100 – it looks just right to me so far.

Now that I’ve figured out what to do about the road wheels & return rollers, I thought I’d decide how to make some improvements to the tracks too. The molded parts in the kit aren’t bad, but the inner sides have unrealistic gaps between links and are completely lacking in detail. My first thought was to simply replace them with better detailed tracks from a spare Hasegawa 1/72 M1 Abrams kit, which has very similar sections and guide horns...

...but unfortunately, the pads on the outer surfaces are of a different design.


I experimented with various fixes, such as sanding away the Abrams pads and then shaving off the individual M48-style chevron pads and attaching them one by one – but that approach have been unreasonably burdensome for a whole vehicle! I finally opted to sand the outer surfaces of the Hasegawa Abrams tracks down until the remaining inner faces were almost paper thin, and then attaching them to the flat ESCI parts.

All that fitting will be a bit of work, but the upgraded parts should look a whole lot more like proper Patton T97E2 tracks!
Naseby
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Slovakia
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Posted: Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 12:31 AM GMT+7
@ Tim " Nice save with the wheels. It shows even back then not every ESCI kit was perfect. I recall their Brumbar Sturmpanzer was poor.

I have put on the first coat of NMF on the F-100 Today and it nearly made me cry to see all the issue surfacing. I should have gone for a camo instead. Never mind. I will have to polish, repaint, repair, you know the drill. Dont get fooled by the pictures, the surface has a LOT of issues.

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Antilles
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Posted: Friday, May 11, 2018 - 09:51 PM GMT+7
I am thinking about a little diorama of the scooter, but I have few knowledge about ships:-?. Does anybody know the distance of the Tie-down points onto a carrier like the Kitty Hawk.

Oliver
Antilles
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Posted: Friday, May 11, 2018 - 09:27 PM GMT+7
Jacob, Carlos and Bob: Glad You like my little scooter!

Carlos: Did You paint the colours on a black surface and are these acrylic ones?

Tim: I remember these old Esci kits. I built a lot of them as a boy. Great immprovement of those wheel. Really hard work to do this with all wheels of the tank. Keep up Your good job!

Mark: Nice progress on Your Hueys. How is the fitting and the detail of the Italeri kit? I think there is a UH-1D version of this kit, that I want to build in future.

Ian: The painting of Your Skyraider looks flawless. Did You use masks?

Peter: Seems Your pilot cannot expect the finish of his new plane! Looks good so far!

Oliver


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Posted: Friday, May 11, 2018 - 04:08 PM GMT+7
iain, what colors did you use on your A1? She looks good and I hope mine will look as good.

Bob
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Posted: Friday, May 11, 2018 - 02:17 PM GMT+7
Okay... the ESCI M48 bogie wheel problem CAN be solved – but it will be a bit of work! Making those one-piece Mag wheels into the correct paired sets is actually a simple (if tedious) procedure:

I started by taking two of the kit bogies and sanding the backs down half way. Then, adding a .030 inch thick plastic disc as a spacer between them, I glued them together. The width comes out exactly the same as the original single wheel but with a space between the two for the track guide horns.

The thing is, this approach will require twice as many bogey wheels as come with the kit; fortunately I also have a M48A5 kit to plunder for parts. Now to get cracking on all FOURTEEN pairs – and a further TEN return rollers needing the same treatment!

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Posted: Friday, May 11, 2018 - 07:32 AM GMT+7

The solid molded plastic tracks on ESCI’s little Patton look nice, but the road wheels and return rollers are depicted as wide single units rather than as the thinner, paired wheels as they actually were...



b17-peter
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Posted: Friday, May 11, 2018 - 07:17 AM GMT+7
Hi mates,
very impressive builds of you all

I'm working my way up to the paint job now





Pave-Hawk
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Posted: Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 08:25 PM GMT+7
My skyraider has some paint on. Few stuff ups but it's mostly ok

md72
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Posted: Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 05:24 PM GMT+7
A bit of progress on my Hueys.

The top of the cabin was barren so I mocked up a switch panel and made some sound insulation from a piece of paper.

Now on to some more assembly.