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MichaelSatin
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Posted: Monday, July 31, 2017 - 12:26 AM UTC

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A paint finish worthy of your name, Michael!






Michael
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Posted: Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 11:37 PM UTC
A paint finish worthy of your name, Michael!
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Posted: Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 09:33 PM UTC
Very nice, Joe!

Bob, not quite done yet but all the decals are on and sealed and the masking removed. Now for the fiddly easy-to-break-off bits!



Michael
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Posted: Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 09:15 PM UTC

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That's looking pretty good Joe



"DITTO" she is looking good Joe.

Michael, cant wait to see your BNBOB bird all dressed up.

Bob
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Posted: Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 08:19 AM UTC
That's looking pretty good Joe
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Posted: Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 07:36 AM UTC
well, it wasn't one of my favorite builds but at least i got to test out a new trick for me. i used this build to try using the blue tack ropes to do the camo. i liked the results, it was easy if not a bit time consuming and awkward masking the areas between the blue tack.
i intended to make my own prop blur out of clear plastic and airbrush but cutting the blades off is easier.



[imgGEDC3115 by joe bombace, on Flickr][/img]
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Posted: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 10:06 PM UTC
well i'm done with my FAA Corsair. just have to chose a hosting sit to use.
i will try to get photos posted soon.

joe
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Posted: Sunday, July 23, 2017 - 05:57 PM UTC
Yes, it's looking very sharp, Michael!
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Posted: Sunday, July 23, 2017 - 04:25 AM UTC
Wow, nice work Raj and Iain! And keep at it John, you're getting there!

Got some stickers on the Tamiya 1/32 P-51. Both sides and the bottom. The topside will have to wait until next week.







So far, I'm not unhappy with how it's turning out.

Michael
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Posted: Sunday, July 23, 2017 - 12:02 AM UTC
A couple of great birds, guys, very nice work!
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Posted: Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 05:47 PM UTC
@Lain: great job on the Spitfire.

@Raf: another good looking 109.

@John: the P-38 is coming along nicely.

Bob
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Posted: Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 12:52 PM UTC
Calling it a day









Thanks a lot for a wonderful campaign. This is my first Luftwaffle build in more than a year and I enjoyed it thoroughly. See you all in the next one.

Cheers
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Posted: Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 12:48 PM UTC
I am done!

451 SQN, France, September 1944






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Posted: Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 08:30 AM UTC
Hi all,

Itís time for another update. A big thanks to Michael for extending the deadline, as I donít think Iíd of made it otherwise. Also your Mustang is looking nice!

Last time I updated was at the start of a lot of sanding, putty and more of the same. For the most part it still continues, a lot of good progress has been made. So much so that I pulled out the Testors silver and checked all the seams for cracks and the like. Not as bad as I thought, and now itís easier to see what else is left. For now I started on the port wing and am moving over to the starboard. Of note, the workload now is much easier, almost like a well fitting kit!



I can say that this kit is better than the Monogram one due to, according my references, their recessed panel lines, a bright spot in the kit design. Another would be the different variants that can be done. I picked mine up on e-bay for 21.00 USD delivered, so not a bad deal. An even better deal if you donít mind the fit issues. Be warned that there are some pretty big gaps under the wings (about 3 mm) where there is no plastic to plastic contact at all. In hindsight, I think a better dry fitting on my part could have helped. Although my chief concern was the alignment, which is really paying off. This is one sturdy and aligned monster. On my next P-38 Iíll focus on the dry fitting a bit more, the design is more forgiving than I recall, though itís been 20+ years for me!

While all the muscle building was going on, I took breaks to work on the nose. I got some plastic card and painted one side flat black and cut to be a backdrop for the camera ports. I then cleaned up the side port glass and dipped them in future. I then glued them in place with superglue and got some minor crazing, which I found a bit unusual for me, as the future usually does a good job at preventing it. Itís noticeable up close, and Iím going to have to live with it.

Next I removed part of the internal frame I think that are supposed to be the front of the nose wheel well. Wheels up, no need! Knowing the mast was doomed if it remained in place I cut it off and put it aside for safe keeping.



I glued the nose halves together and worked on the seams. Learning from before about dry fitting, I did some, and found the nose was a bit narrow. So I added a cut toothpick to act as a spreader bar. The fit is much better, and once done with the airframe Iíll make the attachment. Of course when I installed the spreader bar, the seam on the top of the nose reopened, sighÖ I also added some black painted card go behind the ventral port openings as well.



Note the kit supplied glass to the right. There seems to be what I thought were mold seams but on closer inspection might be an attempt at mimicking camera lenses. Regardless, itís not how they looked, so they will go into the despair box.

I then got some clear plastic card and cut it to shape for the underside camera ports. These are 3 x 4 mm each, and really challenging to dry fit. At this point Iím still debating putting them in now, or after the paint job. Any help in making the call is much appreciated.



Once the nose is mounted and the area cleaned I can attach the canopy, and re-scribe lost panel lines. Then finally begin to paint this rough diamond. More to follow soon, thanks for reading.

John
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Posted: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 06:10 AM UTC
I just found this formula for a home made acrylic retarder.

5:1 mix of water (5) to Glycerin (1)

Has anyone tried it?

Bob
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Posted: Monday, July 17, 2017 - 11:15 AM UTC
Few little details to add to my spitfire and I can hopefully get some completion photos up in the next week.

Also trying to add some of the photoetch that I wasn't game to attempt on my CBI spit.
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Posted: Sunday, July 16, 2017 - 09:14 PM UTC
LOL!
Didn't know that either...

...funny sideshow, thanks guys!

Very nice and neat work on the stripes 'n nose, Michael. Like the shade oft the silver - looks flawless.

Thomas
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Posted: Sunday, July 16, 2017 - 08:24 PM UTC

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Ding, got it! Blue Nosed Birds of Bodney, otherwise known as the 352nd Fighter Group. Do I win anything?

Yep, it's 352nd alright. George Preddy's Cripes A Mighty 3rd, considered by at least some sources the highest scoring Mustang of all.

Michael



YEP! that's it. Blue Nosed Bastards of Bodney Ive got some 1/48 p-51 kits you could choose from.
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Posted: Sunday, July 16, 2017 - 06:34 PM UTC
Ding, got it! Blue Nosed Birds of Bodney, otherwise known as the 352nd Fighter Group. Do I win anything?

Yep, it's 352nd alright. George Preddy's Cripes A Mighty 3rd, considered by at least some sources the highest scoring Mustang of all.

Michael
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Posted: Sunday, July 16, 2017 - 05:53 PM UTC
Oh Oh Oh!!!

The acronym game! Can I play too?

Bright Nasty Bludgeoners of Berliners?

Blue Nosed Bringer of Bullets?

MichaelSatin
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Posted: Sunday, July 16, 2017 - 05:26 PM UTC

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Michael, it will be a BNBOB?

Bob


OK Bob, you've stumped me. What does BNBOB stand for?

Michael
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Posted: Sunday, July 16, 2017 - 07:03 AM UTC
Michael, it will be a BNBOB?

Bob
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Posted: Sunday, July 16, 2017 - 06:41 AM UTC
And so, some progress on the 1/32 Tamiya P-51D Cripes A Mighty 3rd. A little color on the bird:





As previously mentioned in this very thread, D-Day stripes are a pain. But I think these turned out OK. Good enough for me, anyway. And I did see the smudge on the upper port wing. It's taken care of now.

Michael
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Posted: Saturday, July 15, 2017 - 02:06 AM UTC
Raj, great job on the 109
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Posted: Saturday, July 15, 2017 - 02:00 AM UTC
Bob: Great looking Mustang! Congratulation on this one.

John: Wow, aligning this beast seems to be a painful. Respect to Your patience!

Raj: Very nicely detailed 109. Camo is spot on!

Michael: Silver looks good. To my mind, most silver finishes look too shiny.

Oliver