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Aircraft Modeling / Tamiya P-47 1/72
« on: June 25, 2019, 12:14:48 AM »
Last weekend I finished this Tamiya Thunderbolt that I started long ago. We were living in Texas at the time it was begun and I simply never got around to working on it in all these years. Simply put, this is one of the nicest kits I've ever built in any scale, and it hardly needs glue or filler. The markings on this one are for a training P-47 assigned to Bruning Army Air Field in central Nebraska, about three hours south of my home town. I have an excellent photo from the Base Historical Record showing Y84 sitting on it's nose with a bent prop and cowling. The final photo is of Y84 and Y36, another Bruning trainer that was my first aircraft model completed after joining LLL!

The decals are partly Tamiya kit decals with numerals taken from Microscale sheets I purchased in the 1970s! With a coat of clear they worked just like new!

Aircraft Modeling / Re: Bf-109 Group Build-All Variants
« on: June 24, 2019, 11:11:08 PM »
I'm too lazy to start a new thread on this '109 since I didn't take any in progress photos, so I'll fit it into our old GB.

Recently I re-read an excellent book on JG 26 and I decided to build a Gustav flown by Klaus Meitusch. The airplane here was flown occasionally by Meitusch when he was Gruppenkommandeur of III./JG 26. The kit is the old Hasegawa G-6 built out of the box but with a canopy from my spares box. Decals were sourced mostly from my extra sheets.

Aircraft Modeling / Re: Renard 31 (FRROM 1/72)
« on: June 24, 2019, 07:23:01 PM »
At least you didn't waste the time, the results are great!

Aircraft Modeling / Re: Accurate Miniatures Avenger II
« on: June 24, 2019, 06:40:20 PM »
Once I was satisfied with the fit of all the internal parts and bulkheads I sprayed the interior green. Note that this is different depending on whether you're building a Grumman-produced or Eastern Aircraft machine. The early Grumman production had bronze green front and center cockpits. Also I sprayed the wheelwell interiors before gluing the wing halves together in order to get a good coating inside.

Aircraft Modeling / Re: Hawker tempest, Eduard 1/48, 82121
« on: June 24, 2019, 04:29:32 PM »
I enjoyed the first generation Tempest from Eduard, this one looks even better!

Aircraft Modeling / Re: Belgian Mirage 5 (Mark One 1/144)
« on: June 24, 2019, 04:28:43 PM »

Aircraft Modeling / Re: Eduard 1/48 Yak-3 week-end
« on: June 24, 2019, 04:28:04 PM »
Sounds like a good testing platform, and I always like looking at Yak fighters!!!!

Aircraft Modeling / Re: Accurate Miniatures Avenger II
« on: June 24, 2019, 03:27:34 PM »
Oh, yes--this is a lovely kit, mate! A great amount of detail is molded in and the engineering of the kit is really fantastic. It looks pretty complicated at first glance but goes together quite nicely and the fit is superb. One drawback of this one is the instruction sheet--it jumps around quite a lot and isn't all that clear until you read the entire text, and even after reading it the illustrations are a little confusing.

Since I'd never built one of these I started by assembling the large interior subassemblies and test fitting everything before painting. I was skeptical that all those interior pieces would come together smoothly, but they fit like a glove! Once all the three cockpits and weapons bay parts were glued I fitted the fuselage halves and it clicked together perfectly.

Aircraft Modeling / Accurate Miniatures Avenger II
« on: June 24, 2019, 02:26:27 PM »
Here's another of those old kits that have been sitting on a shelf for far too long--my old Accurate Miniatures TBM. I never really knew what paint scheme to use on this one, there are a fair number of good choices. Finally I went through all my decals and fell on to the best (for me :) ) scheme, a Fleet Air Arm Avenger II from the Pacific Fleet.

Aircraft Modeling / Re: B-29 Assembly Line
« on: June 21, 2019, 12:04:30 PM »
Yes, welcome back to our group. Sorry for your loss of such a good friend.

Keep us posted on progress, we're still here!

Your Alclad should be just fine. You may have to add some thinning agent, but that should be easy to come up with. Your pigments are all in place.

Aircraft Modeling / Re: An-224 Mrija, Revell 1/144
« on: June 17, 2019, 12:14:48 PM »
This is a fantastic build, mate! Glad you've been able to correct all the small problems with such a huge kit, but now you'll have to build a new room just to display such monsters!!

Aircraft Modeling / Re: Grumman Hellcat Eduard 8227 1/48
« on: June 14, 2019, 12:32:07 AM »
Wonderful, and in my favorite Hellcat paint scheme!!!

Aircraft Modeling / Re: An-224 Mrija, Revell 1/144
« on: June 10, 2019, 08:50:45 PM »
A gleaming monster!

Aircraft Modeling / Re: MiG-21 Analog
« on: June 10, 2019, 02:09:48 PM »
The method of using tape will work just fine--the vacuform F-89 I built in the 1980s has some tape on it and it is still in good shape after all these years!

Aircraft Modeling / Re: Renard 31 (FRROM 1/72)
« on: June 10, 2019, 02:08:08 PM »
Forward progress!!

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