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Korean Winter

Wed, 2020-09-09 21:56
The 1/35th AFVCLUB Centurion Mk 3 in in the winter of 1950 Figures are from Miniart. Stowage is Squadron, cooking gear Miniart. Fire pit scratch work. Snow is spackling powder. Dak

The Busts of Summer

Wed, 2020-09-09 17:26
With the national called off, I got busy doing some figure painting. The busts are from Nuts Planet, and Youngs miniatures. The girls with the goggles is Honey Bee and I have no idea what company made her (she was a gift). I cheat and use Archer eyes and some other decals on parts of the figures. I did paint the leopard skins on the Hussars free hand. I do make my own bases. The armor I did with Alclad. The rest is oils over enamels. The Opalinski brothers are real people that are also characters in some books by Eric Flint. Dak

F-104 Starfighter all metal skin

Thu, 2020-09-03 13:55
Hi All, Here is my second all metal skin Starfighter, this version is from Dagnang AB in Vietnam 1968. Once again each panel is hand cut from aluminum sheets. This was my first attempt at a real metal skin aircraft, lots of experimenting on this one! I finished this model about 6 months ago.

BOB 80th Anniversary Arma Hurricane

Thu, 2020-09-03 12:11
Completed for the Britmodeller 80th Annie. Group Build The Arma kit was fantastic. Such a well engineered model. Complete out of Box with Uschi antenna only add on Painted with Vallejo Air and over coated with Future and My Hobby GX 113 Flat Thanks for Looking Comments welcome Cheers Bill

BOB 80th Anniversary Arma Hurricane

Thu, 2020-09-03 11:57
Completed for the Britmodeller 80th Annie. Group Build The Arma kit was fantastic. Such a well engineered model. Complete out of Box with Uschi antenna only add on Painted with Vallejo Air and over coated with Future and My Hobby GX 113 Flat Thanks for Looking Comments welcome Cheers Bill

Ferrari 312T Niki Lauda

Tue, 2020-09-01 13:54
Hi All, Here is a build of a vintage 1975 Tamiya Ferrari 312T. This was actually a great kit considering the age, there were several fit issues but back in the day they weren't using computers so that can be expected. This is such great subject matter as I am a huge Ferrari fan! I hope you enjoy this build. Rick

Aurora 1/175 Convair B-58

Sun, 2020-08-30 14:40
I got a couple of this series released by Aurora back in the 60's (63 to be exact for this one) and decided to do it as a nice desk model. It doesn't come with any landing gear, so that was actually and easy decision. Of course, in 1/175 this was a very basic kit with rather large trenches for panel lines. I filled all those and sanded everything smooth.The finish is Alclad polished aluminum. The decal were a total loss, so I just cobbled some together from my spares. I dressed up the base a bit in the hopes that it will be a bit more stable as it's pretty wobbly on it's own. I included a shot including the box top and the box end with the price tag of $.39.

Santa Arrived Early

Sat, 2020-08-29 22:39
Nah, I didn't get anything. I bought this 54mm mini from Aradia Miniatures last Fall, and then promptly lost it in my stash. I found it a week ago and thought I better build it before it goes missing again. LOL I did learn an important lesson. With these kits that are seemingly designed on a computer and then printed, the tolerances are extremely small. The kit gives no instructions, but it MUST be assembled in a certain order. I should have added the reindeer's reins *before* I sat Santa in the seat. Once Santa was glued in place there was no way to slip the reins past his belly. The second oops was I should have put the stick and presents on his should *before* I put his hat on. I thought I could slip the stick over the shoulder and under the hat - - no way. So, from now on I'm going to dry fit the entire kit together *before* I start gluing anything.

The Duke Finishes Two in August

Sat, 2020-08-29 17:15
Well, despite a lot of issues and setbacks, I did manage to finish a couple more models. These are the ACE 1/72 scale Mercedes touring cars from the 1930's. As such, they are about two and a half inches long plus or minus in this scale. The camera catches every issue, mistake and poor paint work that I did on these, making these crap compared to real car builders on these boards. That being said, they do look good from three feet away and I am thrilled... yes Thrilled! to have these done and on the shelf! Okay, enough talk... here they are: This first one is the Mercedes Type 770K (W-150) Grosser cabriolet F touring car. This one was done as the Mirbach private gallery as restored in the 1990's. I did that because I like the green: I like the dashboard they give you in this kit: The next one is the Mercedes Type 770K (W-150) Grosser Tourenwagen (unarmored). I did this as the car used by Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands in May 1945. That was mostly because I liked all the markings on this car: And that is all for now. I wanted to finish more but things have been even more difficult for me than usual lately. Besides, I've been dealing with a ton of seams and other issues on my large aircraft that have slowed me down. You'll be able to see them in my other Thread. Meanwhile, thanks for looking in, comments are welcome.

1/35 scale Willys Jeep

Sat, 2020-08-29 12:27
Hi friends, Here is my fun little Willys Jeep. Always wanted to build this little Tamiya kit. Kit is pretty much straight from the box except for the engine wiring. This kit took me 3 days to build and weather. Hope you enjoy! Rick

Apollo 11 Build

Fri, 2020-08-28 16:11
Hi All, Here is my Apollo 11 build. This was built from the vintage Monogram kit. The kit was terrible and I could only really use it for general shapes, most of this was recreated using metal and sheet styrene. I did lots of research and worked mainly from photos. I hope you enjoy! Rick

1/48 Freedom Models X-47B UCAS

Fri, 2020-08-28 15:05
My next build is the 1/48 Freedom Models X-47B US Navy UCAS. This is an Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) built by Northrop Grumman. It is essentially a semi-autonomous limited combat aircraft with two weapons bays. It is designed for use on an aircraft carrier to supply reconnaissance and identify targets for the air wing. With its stealth and ordinance capability it can take out a target that could be an immediate threat. It can also be refueled in the air for extended range. Only two flying demonstrators were built. Since there is no “cockpit” for a pilot to sit in, I decided to super detail the landing gear and weapons bays. I started by priming the bays with white primer. Next I worked on the landing gear. For the nose gear I drilled into the landing light to form a concave hole. This was then painted chrome silver. Once dry I filled the void with acrylic gel to form the landing light lens. I then added some 32 gauge wiring for the cables and hoses. I then use foil tape for the cable ties. This will be weathered later just prior to install. The main gear has the duel hard lines with bare 32 gauge wire then using black coated wires for attaching inside the bay. I then started to detail the bays. I used black, blue wire and green wires for the different uses and then cut thin strips of foil tape for the cable ties and mounts. I am currently working on scratch building the hoses then moving on to the weapons. The kit comes with two JDAM bombs so I need to build and detail them. You can see all the photos and details in my build log at https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-48-x-47b-ucas/

Follow-up on Ludwig's Modelers Library

Fri, 2020-08-28 08:52
Follow-up on my previous post about Ludwig's Modelers Library. It appears to be back up & working. Not sure what happened but, it's back. The instructions for the Monogram F-106 aren't there but, if you're looking for instructions for almost any kit, check it out http://www.cavallar.ch/model/.

1/32 Tamiya P-51D with real metal skin

Thu, 2020-08-27 16:54
Hi All, Here is another recent build. The old faithful P-51D! This build is done in real aluminum skin. Took about 200 hours due to the real metal, that always adds about 100 hours onto the build time lol! Hope you like her. Rick

REDO, MJ Miniatures Bust

Thu, 2020-08-27 10:41
All, After taking the figure painting class here in Louisville, I wanted to strip, and repaint the bust. I was never really happy with the first attempt. After trying to fix areas on his face, with no improvement, I decided it was finished. After some careful disassembly, I began the stripping process. His hat was the only thing that was not stripped. In a small metal cup, filled with Lacquer Thinner, I used an old brush to start removing the paint. With my first attempt, I used a combination of acrylics, enamels, and oils. The thinner did not attack the resin. After the paint was stripped off, I let the pieces sit for about 15 minutes. During our class, we were given a very detailed "Step by step" process on painting our figure. The first time I painted it, I used a combination of Vallejo, Model Master Enamels, and AK Products. (All, very good paint products) For the second attempt, I used the paints that we were provided in class (Formula P3). The one thing that stands out with these paints, is their pigment saturation. Even after being thinned with water( and I mean, thinned) they still retained their pigment. Brett Avants quote for the day, "Thin is in". Because of the pigment, the thinned paints, allow you to, gradually build up the layers as you go. Granted, I've got a ways to go, but these paints have made things easier for me. Happy Painting! Chris P.S. In my second attempt, he seems to have contracted "Lazy eye, in his left eye.", which I'm eventually going to fix.

Ron B.

Wed, 2020-08-26 10:11
Looking for 1/32 decals for Gee Bee R-1 racer. Lindberg or Williams bros. will do. Can anyone help ?

Hudson Hornet NASCAR

Tue, 2020-08-25 20:32
Hello, Here is a commission build for Jay Ward the head of Pixar animation. This is my interpretation of what the real Doc Hudson car would have looked like. This model has real metal trim and bumpers. I also created custom decals for this build. Rick

CH-46E Lady Ace 1/48 Scale

Tue, 2020-08-25 19:25
Here is my 1/48 Scale CH-46E "Lady Ace" another commission build for my friend that flew her in Afghanistan. Scratch built seats and wiring. Custom designed decals to match his exact copter.

Italian F-104 1/32 Scale real metal skin

Tue, 2020-08-25 11:22
Hi All, Here is one of my latest commission builds for a friend and former F-104 pilot. This represents the exact plane he flew in the early 1990's. This model is covered in actual aluminum panels cut from sheets, not bare metal foil. Decals are custom made for his squadron. The tail section is scratch built to represent the late model 104. I spent around 200 hours on this build. Rick

Rick from Rhode Island Alfa 8C 1/12 Scale

Mon, 2020-08-24 14:14
Hi all, Figured I'd join to get feedback on my builds to see if I should start entering contests. This is my latest build an Alfa 8C in 1/12 scale.