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Ground Forces / Re: My 1/72 JPK90 project
« on: January 23, 2011, 04:48:32 PM »
Wonderful scratchbuilding! :-love :-obey Thanks for the background information on the machine, too. I await your next entry.


Aircraft Modeling / Re: Boeing Y1B-17 Project--1/48th Scale
« on: January 23, 2011, 06:30:03 AM »
The plan for the nose glazing is complete. We went to a local craft store today and found some necklace beads that were the correct diameter to vacuform the gunner's ball with. I also reshaped the nosecone master and vacuformed some practice parts in order to fit them up to the fuselage:

Next step will be to make the final clear parts and build the gun swivel mechanism that goes into the ball. This was one of the sub-projects I'd been somewhat concerned about when I started this model. Next will be to fine tune the waist blisters and the hardest parts of the build will be behind me.

I'm working on the oil cooler vent louvers for the engine nacelles right now, but it's not really worth showing photos of...... :-roll


Aircraft Modeling / Re: SBD/A-24 Group Build
« on: January 22, 2011, 11:03:28 PM »
That isn't a problem, we can certainly wait and do this sometime in the future.


Aircraft Modeling / Re: SBD/A-24 Group Build
« on: January 22, 2011, 08:14:00 AM »
Just checking in to see if there is still interest in a group build starting in February.

Profa, that is a great shot of the Royal Navy machine. I noticed it has the sea-search Yagi antenna under the port wing.

Ground Forces / Re: Kubelwagen
« on: January 21, 2011, 08:13:01 PM »
Great project of evergreen car :-ok :-jump
In 1/48 it's produced by Tamiya and there's no need for reconstruction and combination of two kits.... :-think

When I started this project there wasn't a lot to choose from. The 1/16th Kubelwagen kit came out about two years after I had started the sedan. I was overjoyed when I heard of the Kubel as it provided me with a large amount of parts.


Ground Forces / Re: Kubelwagen
« on: January 20, 2011, 06:45:58 PM »
Thanks for the interest. The Revell kit is of a 1952 Deluxe sedan and I had to do a LOT of modifying to get rid of the civilian features on the body and interior. The chrome trim on the sides of the body are especially a pain to work with as the kit has a groove in the body for the trim to fit into that must be filled. Having the Tamiya Kubel to pick over for parts was a great development.

Combat Warplanes / Re: Grumman F6F Hellcat
« on: January 19, 2011, 08:11:54 PM »
In No.1's reply 10 there is a photo of the Pima Air Museum Hellcat. It is the lower left photo of the set. I took these photos of the same airplane in February of 1989.

It still looked pretty good for spending so many years underwater.


Ground Forces / Re: Kubelwagen
« on: January 19, 2011, 07:49:17 PM »
Here is my wartime VW project, a Type 82E KDF sedan.

The body, part of the pan, and parts of the interior are from the old 1/16th Revell Beetle kit. The axles, engine, wheels and other parts are resin copies, most with modifications, from the Tamiya Kubelwagen. A lot of the small detail parts are scratchbuilt. The hardest part of this project so far has been engineering the hinges for the doors and forward and rear hoods. I've got a lot of experience with real VWs and had to tap into that knowledge to get the hinges figured out for the engine lid.


Combat Warplanes / Re: Arado Ar 196 A-3
« on: January 16, 2011, 06:32:15 PM »
That is another of those "forgotten" warplanes that have always interested me greatly. It is great to see the Bulgarian example in such detail--I wish I were wealthy and could help to restore her to original condition.....but I'm glad they saved her!

I built the Airfix kit many, many years ago so this thread brings back good memories. I still have the propeller and engine in the spares box. ;)


Aircraft Modeling / Re: Sukhoi Su-25 Eduard kit 1150
« on: January 16, 2011, 05:46:11 PM »
 :-ok :-salut :-love

Aircraft Modeling / Re: Boeing Y1B-17 Project--1/48th Scale
« on: January 16, 2011, 06:50:26 AM »
This evening I glued the practice blister onto the extra rear fuselage that I removed at the beginning of this project. I also cut out the moving portion of the blister (I cut it too large by accident, :-roll but that is one of the reasons I built a practice part). All I was doing at this point was to study how to use filler to properly fair the new blisters into the surrounding skin. With just a bit more work the blister mold will be ready to make clear parts. You can see a little bit of BareMetal foil on the lower part of the fairing and fuselage where I practiced applying it to the compound curves of the fairing, and the hand-drawn forward windows that I drew for reference:

The nose fairing also moved forward tonight. I poured resin into the clear piece I constructed the other day, then chucked it into the lathe for shaping:

After the first shaping session I vacuformed the first attempt. It fits the airplane pretty well but the contour is still not right. Next will be more lathe work and another practice part.

More later,

Ground Forces / Re: Kubelwagen
« on: January 12, 2011, 06:51:18 PM »
We drive a '98 Jetta GLX with 294,000 miles on it (our "new" car :-ok) and a '91 GTI with 270,000 miles. Both run great and we have spent next-to-nothing on repairs other than regular maintenance. We've had a number of Kafers, Transporters, and Karmann Ghias also and every one has been a good vehicle. The air-cooled ones are fun to work on as well!


Ground Forces / Re: Kubelwagen
« on: January 11, 2011, 07:28:21 PM »
This is a wonderful thread! We've driven VW products for over twenty years and my goal has always been to own a Kubelwagen someday. I once missed a chance to buy a fairly complete 1942 Kubel by four hours........ :-wall It ended up being nicely restored by a collector in Oregon or Idaho.

Would anyone like to see my wartime Kafer project? It is a combination of a 1/16th scale Revell sedan and the excellent Tamiya Kubel. It hasn't seen the light of day for several all my projects! :-blah


Aircraft Modeling / Re: Boeing Y1B-17 Project--1/48th Scale
« on: January 11, 2011, 05:16:02 PM »
Oohh... sorry for my bad Englis :( When I said faster, I mean on faster way to get precise surface shape copy

Your English was just fine, No.1--I like to poke fun at my own speed any time I get a chance. ;) I usually use a contour gage to do this kind of work but I either loaned it to someone or left it at the hangar.


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