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Warplane Art / Re: Airbus A400
« on: November 23, 2020, 12:12:27 PM »
Great one, mate!!!

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Aircraft Modeling / Re: F-104
« on: November 15, 2020, 12:08:16 PM »
Yes, this is the area that most modelers ignore, and there are a lot of moving parts in a jet canopy! (I've always been puzzled by the use of vacuform canopies to get the extremely thin edges, when the real canopy has the frames inside just like you're doing!!)

Great work!

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Aircraft Modeling / Re: J2M3 Akamatsu Sadaki
« on: November 11, 2020, 03:15:40 PM »
It's great to watch you build this one as it takes me back in time to the one I did decades ago!!! An old, simple kit that still gives enjoyment is sometimes more fun than the newest high-tech kits with PE and many options......

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Aircraft Modeling / Re: J2M3 Akamatsu Sadaki
« on: November 07, 2020, 01:22:00 PM »
That is a fun old kit to build!

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Aircraft Modeling / Re: Bf-109 Group Build-All Variants
« on: October 10, 2020, 02:58:38 PM »
Thank you!

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Aircraft Modeling / Re: "Father and Son" P-47s
« on: October 10, 2020, 02:48:04 PM »
Thank you, the Tamiya kits are a dream to build. I could imagine an entire fleet of these on my shelves!

A little more of the progress, the cockpits are built out-of-the box except for seatbelts. The 1/48 version has the PE harness that came with the MustHave Curtiss 75 that Daniel sent me many years ago--thanks, mate!

The engines are also straight from the kit with some ignition harnesses added only. The 1/48 kit even includes the Pratt & Whitney decal that goes on the bottom of the reduction box.

Very little filler is needed on the fuselage halves on both kits as you can see. Also the large on has the option of open or closed intercooler vents which is a nice touch.

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Aircraft Modeling / "Father and Son" P-47s
« on: October 09, 2020, 01:19:40 PM »
Next to the Bf109 and Fw190, I find all the Seversky/Republic fighters so interesting. There has been a spare Tamiya 1/72 Razorback on my shelf and I recently found a 1/48 kit at a reasonable price. The decision was made to do both at the same time, so here we are!

I've built the smaller kit twice and found it to be nearly perfect to assemble. The 1/48 version is just as nice but uses a little different construction with regard to the cowling and a few other small details. I simply started assembly and painting on both at the same time and kept this method throughout.

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Aircraft Modeling / Re: Bf-109 Group Build-All Variants
« on: October 09, 2020, 01:13:37 PM »
To add the "last" German-built version to the V-1 "first" version, I finished assembling this Hasegawa K that has been partially built for a year or so. I really like building the Hasegawa 109s and I wish they weren't so expensive! (relatively speaking)

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Aircraft Modeling / Re: Hobbycraft P-35 1/48
« on: October 09, 2020, 01:09:00 PM »
Thanks, my friend!

I'm waiting with great expectation to see if a new Dora Wings 1/48 Seversky is actually produced. I hope so, because I would dearly like to build a NMF J-9 in the future. The old Hobbycraft kit is really inaccurate in so many ways that it looks better with camouflage paint....

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Aircraft Modeling / Re: Hobbycraft P-35 1/48
« on: October 09, 2020, 12:15:05 AM »
Time to drag this old :-wise thread out of the archives so I can finish the story.

Way back when I first purchased the P-35 kit that begins this saga I also found a J-9/P-35A. It's lain in my "to do" pile for a LONG time until I could acquire the decals for a Swedish airplane. The Swedish J-9 has always been a favorite of mine and the camouflage scheme is very interesting.

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Aircraft Modeling / Re: Siai Marchetti SF260 (Heroes 1/144)
« on: October 06, 2020, 12:01:31 PM »
Good progress!

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Combat Warplanes / Re: MiG-29
« on: October 06, 2020, 11:59:54 AM »
49 years ago! This makes me really feel old, mate!!!!!! I still think of the MiG 29 as advanced.......(like my age, I guess). :-wise

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Aircraft Modeling / Re: Belgian Mirage 5 (PJ 1/72)
« on: August 29, 2020, 10:28:20 PM »
Wonderful!

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Warplane Art / Re: Grumman Wildcat
« on: August 28, 2020, 04:48:02 PM »
Excellent profile!

Joe Foss was the governor of his home state, South Dakota, and the former Sioux Falls Army Airfield was named after him when it became the civilian airport.

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Aircraft Modeling / Re: Belgian Mirage 5 (PJ 1/72)
« on: August 28, 2020, 01:00:59 PM »
This is so good! (You are tempting me to find a 1/48 kit so I can build one of these.......!)

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