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OFFICIAL: National Pride Campaign
ZAPanzer
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North-West, South Africa
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Posted: Saturday, December 06, 2014 - 01:15 PM UTC
Thanks Sascha

I used normal making tape and stuck it to baking wax paper. I then stenciled out what I needed and cut it out. The wax paper comes off very easily then place where you need.

Rob
Joel_W
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Posted: Saturday, December 06, 2014 - 08:59 PM UTC
Ben,
after the thread on campaigns we're both participating in, I took a look at what campaigns are currently active that my 1/48 F-15C build could qualify for. From the description of the National Pride campaign, it does indeed qualify. As an American, presently no other USAF air-superiority fighter represents the USA better then the F-15 family.

My current plans with Jim is to do a full Build Blog in the Modern Forum. I did a similar build with the A-6E of cross posting in the Cold War Forum and the Grumman Campaign with just a few photos per update, and the link to the main build Blog. Would this be ok with you?

Joel
Mcleod
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Posted: Saturday, December 06, 2014 - 10:20 PM UTC

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with just a few photos per update, and the link to the main build Blog. Would this be ok with you?

Joel



Welcome, Joel. So glad to have you join the campaign. Welcome
thewrongguy
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Ontario, Canada
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Posted: Sunday, December 07, 2014 - 09:27 AM UTC
Hi,

I was wondering if this would be allowed.

I'm planning on building a Spitfire IIA in these markings



I can't find any 100% proof the pilot was Canadian, however the spit was built with money donated by the 1st Canadian Division, so it's a little bit of a grey area.

Whatever you guys say goes.

Take care,

Jeff
Mcleod
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Posted: Sunday, December 07, 2014 - 11:22 AM UTC
Hi Jeff
If you look here, you'll note that this aircraft was a 41 Sqn., RAF machine, piloted by a Canadian.
None-the-less, your nationality flag is Canadian and the Spitfire is RAF, so it does conflict with the rules. In all fairness to others, I must ask you to find a Canadian subject.

This Spitfire would make a fine model subject, though, and I would like to see you build it. Just in another campaign or a build blog.

Hope your ok with this
ZAPanzer
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North-West, South Africa
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Posted: Sunday, December 07, 2014 - 05:34 PM UTC
Hi
My finished pics uploaded to the gallery. Finished in SAAF 1Sqn in Western Desert 1943 colours, I can add it to my SAAF 1Sqn Hurricane also Western Desert.
Had an issue with one layer of clear coat, it was not as complete as I thought and when I was doing some weathering 2 of my decals were damaged. I left them, it gave a bit of character I thought.
Cheers
Rob
Joel_W
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Posted: Sunday, December 07, 2014 - 08:22 PM UTC
Ben,
I just enlisted. Will be posting later today.
Joel
Mcleod
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Posted: Sunday, December 07, 2014 - 08:43 PM UTC
Hi, Robert - A really nice looking Spitfire in desert colors. The first in the gallery .

Thanks for signing up, Joel. Your builds are always entertaining.
ljames0874
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England - South East, United Kingdom
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Posted: Sunday, December 07, 2014 - 08:53 PM UTC
Time for a progress report, methinks! The Nimrod is proving to be slow work, but I am determined to do this huge kit justice. Since the campaign started, I have acquired Eduard's PE set for the exterior, as there are a lot of useful grilles, windscreen wipers etc. I really couldn't see the point in getting the interior set, as you will never see the inside anyway. At the moment, I am working on a few minor corrections that need attending to before I seal the fuselage up. Firstly, a slot near the tail is too far aft, so needs moving forward and down a little:


In this second shot, the slot has been moved to the correct position, and the original slot filled and sanded. Also, the fin fillet in front of the tail has been removed on both fuselage halves, ready for a resin replacement as you can see here.

Next, the nose light aperture is too high, so I have opened up the gap further down, and will be filling the upper space with plasticard.

All the fuselage windows, emergency exits and observation domes sit too proud of the fuselage when fitted, so today's job has been to cut out plasticard shims.
Here, the nose gear bay has received some attention. The Oleo has been shortened, and replaced with brass tube, the wheels and wheel guards have been replaced with Alley Cat resin items, and a pair of PE blade antenna have been added.
While all this has been happening, my other build, the Harrier GR.3, has moved on apace - the build is more or less done, I'm just masking up, ready for priming - please excuse the terrible photo!

Cheers Everybody!
Joel_W
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Posted: Sunday, December 07, 2014 - 09:13 PM UTC
Hi All,
Well, I bit the bullet and upped for this campaign. Being an American, I opted for the iconic F-15C single seat fighter aircraft. The model is the new GWH 1/48 scale F-15C.

Present plans are to build it mostly box stock with just added homemade details where needed. But from the look of the kit, not much has been left out. My current building philosophy is to detail just what can be seen as the model is displayed on a base or shelf from a foot or so away.

I do have a Legends Aces 11 ejection seat, but I'm planning on seeing what I can do with the kit seat and some PE shoulder harnesses and seatbelts.

Below is the mandatory picture of the kit. Just about every plastic sleeve contains more then one sprue tree. Honestly, I've never seen so many parts before for a 1/48 scale single aircraft kit.

Joel

Joel_W
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Posted: Sunday, December 07, 2014 - 09:20 PM UTC
Lee,
The Nimrod is really looking quite good. I do appreciate the small corrections as much as a few larger ones, as they tend to help define the overall build rather then just concentrating on one or two areas.
Joel
Joel_W
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Posted: Sunday, December 07, 2014 - 11:12 PM UTC
I've been looking forward to GWH 1/48 scale F-15C MSIP 11 Eagle since it was announced. This is their 2nd Eagle release: the F-15 B/D being their 1st, and has all the needed corrections from the 2nd run. While I'm by no means a rivet counter, with today's computer aided CAD programs, I do expect the finished model to be a close representation.

Rowan has already done a fantastic, and super detailed in box review, so there is really no point in me adding my 2 cents. All I can say is that I've never seen so many sprue trees and parts for a 1/48 scale jet before. Needless to say, I'm more then impressed with the kit.

I'm also running a full build blog in the modern forum as I alluded to in a earlier post. What I post here will be a condensed version, and always supply the link to the blog.

http://www.aeroscale.co.uk/modules.php?op=modload&name=SquawkBox&file=index&req=viewtopic&topic_id=229229&page=1

The only issue I have with the kit is the decal sheet, as it's rather uninspiring offering, Don't misinterpret poor decals, as the 2 sheets including comprehensive stencils looks fantastic, but rather a somewhat more colorful option of markings, so I just might go with an after market set.





One of the few AM parts I've opted for on both my F-4B and A-63 builds was resin ejection seats. The Aces 11 seat in the kit really looks quite nice.



I decided to remove the molded on shoulder harness and securing straps and use a combination of PE extras and Masking Tape to replace them. The kit doesn't come with seatbelts, so adding the double set of seatbelts was that much quicker.

I grab handles are just painted yellow for now, but once the seat is sealed, weathered with a wash, I'll use a fine tip black marker to add the black stripes.



Joel
Mcleod
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Alberta, Canada
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Posted: Monday, December 08, 2014 - 12:38 AM UTC
@Lee - Good going on the Nimrod. I like seeing alterations to incorrect kits; there's a real educational element in this type of effort.

@Joel - Nice decal selection. The kit seat looks as detailed as any I've seen; it looks great. I think the modern kit technology has come a long way.

Joel_W
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Posted: Monday, December 08, 2014 - 12:48 AM UTC
Ben,
Me too. The ejection seat seems to have been the stepchild of the designers, as it usually looked like a after thought. The Aces 11 seat really surprised me.
Joel
thewrongguy
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Ontario, Canada
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Posted: Monday, December 08, 2014 - 05:18 AM UTC

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Hi Jeff
If you look here, you'll note that this aircraft was a 41 Sqn., RAF machine, piloted by a Canadian.
None-the-less, your nationality flag is Canadian and the Spitfire is RAF, so it does conflict with the rules. In all fairness to others, I must ask you to find a Canadian subject.

This Spitfire would make a fine model subject, though, and I would like to see you build it. Just in another campaign or a build blog.

Hope your ok with this



No worries and thanks for the link. The stash is pretty small but I'll see if I can dig up something that works. I will do my best not to use this as an excuse to buy a new kit.


Jeff
ljames0874
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England - South East, United Kingdom
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Posted: Monday, December 08, 2014 - 02:02 PM UTC
@Ben & Joel - Cheers chaps!

@Joel - That kit looks fantastic - it looks like it will produce a stunning reproduction of an all American classic - such a beautiful aircraft!
scribbles101
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United Kingdom
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Posted: Monday, December 08, 2014 - 08:26 PM UTC
Hi all,
mind if I jump in on this one? I have a DeHavilland Mosquito in 1:72 from airfix, I will probably build this as a F.B. VI because it has a special significance for me as am currently working on the maintenance and restoration of a Mosquito F.B VI and the prototype W4050 at the museum where I volunteer

here are the starting pics of the kit:




forgot to include the decals wth the first pic, but I do have those as well
Mcleod
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Posted: Tuesday, December 09, 2014 - 12:14 AM UTC
Welcome, Simon.
One of my favorite aircraft; the mosquito. I was raised in an area where one of those was displayed outside for all my childhood. Finally, someone had sense enough to bring her in.

Your Airfix kit is a dated one, but, still builds into a nice mosquito.
scribbles101
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Posted: Tuesday, December 09, 2014 - 10:24 PM UTC

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Your Airfix kit is a dated one, but, still builds into a nice mosquito.



Yup, it is somewhat out dated now but hey, it only cost me 5 and any way, as the owner of a 1970 Morris Minor Traveller, I think it is safe to say that I am not one to shy away from a challenge, the kit, (like the car) may be less fancy than the more recent offerings but I think that just gives it a certain charm of its own, and as you said, it still looks good when completed
JClapp
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Posted: Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 01:42 AM UTC
Hello Ben, I'd like to join your campaign.
I have this Boeing 707 with Northwest Airline titles. A Great US built aircraft and (what was once) a great US carrier. A flag can be seen on fuselage next to the N- reg.number.

oh, and uh,

There's two complete unopened kits in the box, and a lovely decal for World airways, another legendary US based airline. So I'll build both.
Mcleod
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Posted: Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 06:04 AM UTC
Glad to have you with such a fine double kit, Jonathan. I know you can and will do it, having proven yourself so many times.
JClapp
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Posted: Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 10:13 PM UTC
OK then. I'm enlisted, and out of the gate.

wings and engines assembled.
JClapp
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Posted: Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 03:46 AM UTC
and a reference photo, from my school yearbook, 1968

soundtrack to this image

wallowing in nostalgia...
Mcleod
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Posted: Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 07:02 AM UTC
Glad your started, Jonathan. 1/144 airliners are where my interest seems to be steering, as I get older.

Nice home movie clip, too. Are you the deep in thought blond kid wearing white, wondering how he can hook-up with that cute teacher?
Joel_W
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Posted: Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 10:06 PM UTC
Jonathan,

I'll also be following your duel build with interest, as the Boeing 707 series of commercial airliners is certainly an iconic aircraft.
Joel