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OFFICIAL: Western Front/ETO Campaign
Antilles
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Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Joined: March 22, 2015
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Posted: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 07:39 PM UTC
John,
Your P-38 looks good. The cloudy pre-shading looks very interesting. I have never seen this before.

Oliver
john41492
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Malacca, Malaysia
Joined: July 20, 2015
KitMaker: 363 posts
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Posted: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 07:37 AM UTC
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
john41492
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Malacca, Malaysia
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Posted: Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 07:47 AM UTC
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!!
MichaelSatin
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Colorado, United States
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Posted: Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 05:31 PM UTC
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
goodn8
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Berlin, Germany
Joined: October 12, 2008
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Posted: Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 06:25 PM UTC
Ambitious work on that kit, John!
Well done and a good story too
Congrats for finishing with that nice build.
Thomas
Bigrip74
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Texas, United States
Joined: February 22, 2008
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Posted: Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 08:15 PM UTC

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
Pave-Hawk
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Western Australia, Australia
Joined: May 05, 2006
KitMaker: 900 posts
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Posted: Friday, September 01, 2017 - 07:13 AM UTC
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.
goodn8
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Berlin, Germany
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Posted: Friday, September 01, 2017 - 12:07 PM UTC
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
MichaelSatin
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Colorado, United States
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Posted: Friday, September 01, 2017 - 06:20 PM UTC
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
Bigrip74
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Texas, United States
Joined: February 22, 2008
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Posted: Friday, September 01, 2017 - 08:16 PM UTC
Thanks for the campaign and ribbon, I think that I built my best a/c ever on this campaign. See ya on PTO.

Bob
ltb073
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New York, United States
Joined: March 08, 2010
KitMaker: 3,662 posts
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Posted: Friday, September 01, 2017 - 08:38 PM UTC
What Bob said Mike
Thanks for the campaign and ribbon, See ya on PTO. congrats to all those who finished
Antilles
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Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Joined: March 22, 2015
KitMaker: 671 posts
AeroScale: 614 posts
Posted: Friday, September 01, 2017 - 10:13 PM UTC
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
b17-peter
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Hessen, Germany
Joined: January 09, 2013
KitMaker: 696 posts
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Posted: Friday, September 08, 2017 - 12:22 PM UTC
Many thanks, Michael, for another fine campaign and the ribbon
Looking forward to the PTO campaign
KelticKnot
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Scotland, United Kingdom
Joined: May 11, 2015
KitMaker: 768 posts
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Posted: Saturday, September 09, 2017 - 01:53 PM UTC
Great campaign and an excellent collection of models by the end