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Warplane Art / Re: Convair B-32 Dominator
« on: January 13, 2021, 12:30:32 AM »
This is one of my favorite airplanes! Really it wasn't successful in the original concept but for some reason the AAF continued developing it. 

Aircraft Modeling / Re: Douglas Skyray- Tamiya 1/72
« on: January 08, 2021, 05:04:30 PM »
Another great build in store.....

Aircraft Modeling / Re: Siai Marchetti SF260 (Heroes 1/144)
« on: January 04, 2021, 11:08:20 PM »
Me too!

Aircraft Modeling / Re: J2M3 Akamatsu Sadaki
« on: January 02, 2021, 06:12:21 PM »

Aircraft Modeling / Re: J2M3 Akamatsu Sadaki
« on: December 31, 2020, 11:48:35 PM »
Yes, great memories, and I got to rebuild it a few years ago in British evaluation markings. Loved it twice!!

Aircraft Modeling / Re: J2M3 Akamatsu Sadaki
« on: December 26, 2020, 02:49:39 PM »
Good! I love it.......I still remember the one I built so many years ago when I see your photos!

Aircraft Modeling / Re: "Father and Son" P-47s
« on: December 25, 2020, 03:48:51 PM »
Here are the finished airplanes, 1/72 scale is a trainer from Bruning, Nebraska and the 1/48 scale is from 135 Squadron at Chittagong in 1944, shortly after it arrived. Decals are all from the spares box with exception of the national insignia on the AAF airplane. These were so nice to build, no drama or fit issues on either one, and I am sure they aren't the last Tamiya Thunderbolts that I will build!

Aircraft Modeling / Re: "Father and Son" P-47s
« on: December 24, 2020, 03:11:19 PM »
I've been very slow with the update on this pair. It seems that I have gotten back into old habits of building and not taking any photos. With that said, here are the two Razorbacks. The small one is the third in my collection of training airplanes from Bruning Army Airfield in my home state of Nebraska. I discovered a photo of Y-92 after a belly landing and knew I needed to build it! The 1/48 kit is finished as a RAF Thunderbolt and I've admired the photo of this airplane for many years. The amazing thing about this one is that I used Monogram decals for the roundels that are at least forty years old. I couldn't believe it when I clearcoated this ancient decal sheet and they actually worked!

Warplane Art / Re: McDonell Douglas F-4 Phantom II
« on: December 19, 2020, 01:56:34 PM »
Awesome Phantom!

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

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!

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......

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

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

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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