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Kinetic 1/48 E2C Hawkeye Build Series, Part 7 Is Available

Sat, 2018-07-07 17:37
Installment #7 of the Kinetic E2C 2000 build series has been posted in the Builds Sub-Forum. All comments welcome.

Kinetic 1/48 E2C Hawkeye Build Series, Part 7

Sat, 2018-07-07 17:31
Hi all, Moving right along, here's the next installment. As you know, the horizontal is not horizontal but is instead a very mild V shape. I've rotated the image in order to show you that the inboard verticals form a 90 degree angle to the horizontal. This means that the inboard verticals actually lean in toward the aircraft centerline, as do the tip mounted verticals. The easiest way to get all of the verticals installed correctly is to simply cut a 90 degree piece of scrap styrene and use it as a square. With both inboard verticals installed, you can see how they're supposed to look when properly aligned. In this view from the top, the tail assembly in complete. And for the hawkeyes (pun intended) in the crowd, two of the molded static discharge wires are broken. No matter how careful you are, odds are you're gonna break at least one before you're thru. A little later I'll show you my repair method. With all of the verticals installed and viewed from the back, that is one busy tail section. And it gets even busier when the wings are folded! Incidentally, the slots and tabs for the inboard verticals are keyed but the end ones are not. Since logic says that the verticals should be higher above the horizontals than below it, you'll need to be careful to position these correctly. Also, the slots tend to be a little snug, so you may have to ease them a bit for proper fit. Finally, in my case, I had to shorten the inboard vertical tabs so that they would seat correctly. Regardless of how complex the radome support looks, it's actually a piece of cake, utilizing a mere four pieces. This is the port side. And the starboard side. The rough area you see is dried liquid styrene that squeezed out during installation. It'll be cleaned up in due time. I shot some Dupli-Color Gray Primer over the area that would be covered by the installation of the radome support and then attended to any remaining seam flaws that might exist. After that, a final shot of primer and I was ready to install the support. Installation of the support is a little on the tricky side, but in this case patience is a virtue. As you can see, it does fit the way its supposed to. More than likely the four holes in the fuselage top will have to be 'adjusted' a tad with a #11 blade, but don't get too ambitious at one whack. Adjust and try is the watchword here. Looking down, you can see how everything finally fits the way it should. After all the solvent has dried, the support is sturdy enough to pick up the entire model with it. That's saying something when you consider how much lead this model takes to keep the nose down. One more thing: In case you're wondering about that collar that projects above the top of the support, it's supposed to be there. It's a spacer that allows the radome...both real and model...to rotate without binding on the top of the support. And for us, it has one other very useful benefit. Due to the way this kit is designed, not only will the radome rotate (by hand, of course), but it is also removable as long as you don't glue the shaft in. That's a real advantage when it comes to transporting the model and especially when shipping it to a client in another state.

Uther Pendragon

Sat, 2018-07-07 15:38
This time around I tackle a neat 54mm figure from Nocturna Models; Uther Pendragon. Anyone who has seen the film Excalibur knows Uther. Uther Pendragon, also known as King Uther, is a legendary king of sub-Roman Britain and the father of King Arthur. The kit comes in 6 parts of gray resin. Very little seam lines and I found only 1 bubble. The 'worst part of the model was the sword itself. It was perfectly sculpted and cast, but it was *way* too thin, and no matter what I did I couldn't get it straight. You can even see in the above pic, how the sword wants to curl. The other parts are the tail piece of the sword, the sheath, Uther himself, a cape and the famous rock. The scene is a depiction of Uther just about to drive Excalibur into the rock. The first thing I did was cut off the sword from the hilt/hands and measured out the same size in a slightly thicker sheet of styrene. It gets painted gloss black primer as I plan to use V's Chrome on it - The paint job on the box shows him in all brown, so after priming him and then giving the skin a base coat of Beige Red, I gave him a coat of Agrax Earthshade to see what that did. From there it was just a matter of adding a base coat to all the colors. The chain mail started out gloss black with plans to use V's Gunmetal. But that ended up being too dark and settled on V's Duraluminum. The crown and the bracelets were painted in Bronze and the little gems were painted a red from the new Red Set - Since it comes with the rock, I planned on a little vignette. I made 2 other stones out of foam, and then got different sizes of static grass. Since I sure the place wasn't mowed, after adding 2mm grass, I doubled it up and chose the longer grass (12mm). Next was to add some height in the form of a tree. I got out my twigs and glue pieces together to make the tree - Next thing was to add the "leaves" which are actually "expired" herbs from the kitchen cabinet (you know you should toss the after 6 months...). I glued a few layers on and then painted the trunk black and a gray dry brush, and the leaves a dark green - After that I used a lighter green to highlight the upper parts of the leaf pads. Some PVA glue into the hole I drilled in the base, stuck the tree in and I was done. Thanks for looking.

New Review: Me-163B “War Prizes” w/ Me-163B Komet photo-etch detail set

Sat, 2018-07-07 11:27
Direct Website Link Kit - Me-163B "War Prized": http://www.brengun.cz/e-shop/1-144-plastic-kits-32/me-163b-komet-%E2%80%9Ewar-prizes%E2%80%9C-1427 Direct Link Me-163B Komet photo-etch detail set: http://www.brengun.cz/e-shop/1-144-accessories-19/me-163b-komet-2pcs-(brengun-kit)-1431 Cost of the Detail set is $7.00 USD Brengun has released the Me-163B 1/144th scale kit before but this new boxing has markings for some "War Prizes" or captured aircraft. The kit parts are molded in gray plastic and comprise only ten parts per airplane. Did I mention that there are two complete models in each box? If not, let me tell you now that there are two complete models in each box. read more View the full article

New Review: F-14D Tomcat- Part 1- Kit Review, Cockpit and Fuselage

Fri, 2018-07-06 17:59
When Tamiya released its 1/48 scale F-14A, it was made the new standard in F-14 kits and from the layout, it seemed like the F-14D would be coming and now, it has arrived. First, it's gorgeous as far as plastic, general engraving, etc. and that should not surprise anyone. Most of the parts for the F-14A are still in the box and won't be used. The kit comes with four marking options: VF-02 "Bounty Hunters", CAG Plane, May 2003, USS Constellation VF-213 "Black Lions", CAG plane, March 2006, USS Theodore Roosevelt VF-11 "Red Rippers", CAG Plane, 1995, USS Carl Vinson VF-101 "Grim Reapers", September 2004 Some great markings and plenty of aftermarket decals options also. I went through the instructions and compared them to the F-14A instructions and here's a list of changes/upgrades: read more View the full article

Modern American armor question

Fri, 2018-07-06 10:12
Ok...quick question and am hoping someone can help...I'm at the point on the Abrams where I have to decide whether I'm using Tusk I or Tusk II...the first looks very similar to what the Bradley has, so I'm inclined to use the II...but would Tusk II kits have been present at the same time as the M2A3 had Busk III armor? Early Google searches have not turned anything up...

Redesigned Website

Fri, 2018-07-06 09:12
For what it's worth, my Scale Publications website has been completely redesigned for easier use. Check it out and see what you think. Opinions and comments welcome.

New Review: T-45 Goshawk Landing Gear

Fri, 2018-07-06 07:57
Scale Aircraft Conversions (SAC) produces white metal replacement parts for kits in a variety of scales. Some of their landing gear sets are for a variety of kits and some sets are designed for a specific model. The sets are designed to support the weight of a specific model without warping that can sometimes be seen with kit styrene landing gear supporting a model's nose weight. This landing gear set is for either the Wolfpack, Italeri and Testors 1/72 scale model T-45 Goshawk. I had to add a good amount of weight in the nose to get the model to rest on its nose gear and the gear supported the weight without any problems. The aircraft with all the weight in the nose is quite steady sitting on the SAC gear set. The parts were well cast and had no flash or other areas that needed to be sanded. The gear set had a good amount of detail molded into them. The kit comes with front strut, two main landing gear struts and two support bars for the main gear set. When gluing the landing gear to the aircraft I used CA and the parts fit perfectly without any modifications to the join area. read more View the full article

New Review: F-16 & F-16XL Fighting Falcon Gallery

Fri, 2018-07-06 07:44
The F-16 is another fighter on my all time favorite aircraft list for not only it's performance but also, it's use by many countries around the world (yes, I love small air forces). The Montana Air National Guard received the Fighting Falcon to replace the 106s and they looked good with the C M Russell skull on the tail while I lived in Great Falls. Then I moved to Salt Lake City and was just south to the home of the 16 at Hill AFB so I have seen them in the air and close up many times. Richard Marmo once again gathers a bunch of great shots of this bird in it's many forms and puts them together on one CD. The disc is in HTML format and while it does require an internet browser to open you do not need an internet connection. Richard has collected almost 900 photos on this CD. These are from Lockheed Martin, the US Air Force and other parties and while some have been seen before there are many are new to me. read more View the full article

New Review: P-39K/N

Wed, 2018-07-04 21:49
History: The Bell P-39 Airacobra was one of the principal American fighter aircraft in service when the United States entered World War II. The P-39 was used by the Soviet Air Force and scored the highest number of individual kills attributed to any U.S. fighter type in the Eastern European theatre. Other major users of the type included the Free French, the Royal Air Force, the United States Army Air Forces and the Italian Co-Belligerent Air Force. Designed by Bell Aircraft, it had an innovative layout, with the engine installed in the center fuselage, behind the pilot, and driving a tractor propeller via a long shaft. It was also the first fighter fitted with a tricycle undercarriage. Although its mid-engine placement was innovative, the P-39 design was handicapped by the absence of an efficient turbo-supercharger, preventing it from performing high-altitude work. As such it was rejected by the RAF for use over Western Europe but adopted by the USSR where most air combat took place at medium and lower altitudes. read more View the full article

New Review: The German Soldier’s Pocket Manual, 1914-1918

Wed, 2018-07-04 21:29
With the centennial anniversary of the end of the "war to end all wars" approaching on November 11, Stephen Bull adds this new pocket manual to the list of Osprey publications covering this period. This new book, which is compiled using excerpts from the German Army as well as from the intelligence sections of the British and American armies, describes German tactics throughout the war. It is an interesting read on a fascinating period in history as the militaries of the world were developing new weapons and tactics at an incredible rate. read more View the full article

New Review: International Tank Development Since 1970

Wed, 2018-07-04 21:16
About the Author Historian and author Alexander Ludeke's main interests are the military and the history of technology. He has an extensive image library, which includes numerous illustrations, a selection of which can be found in this Fact File. Overview A great upheaval in tank construction took place in the 1970s, as new combat techniques, helicopters, weaponry and new types of ammunition reduced the value of a conventional combat battalion. Nevertheless, complete new developments are rare and in this book, Alexander Ludeke looks at the most important developments that have taken place since 1970. Contents read more View the full article

New Review: The Marmo Method Modelbuilding Guide #4 - How To Make Your Own Decals

Wed, 2018-07-04 07:41
First off I am not a big fan of ebooks. Sorry but I am old school and prefer the feel of the paper itself. However, I am a big fan of info on the internet and do have a few ebooks on my Kindle so there is always a chance for me. That said, Mr. Marmo's book on making your own decals really interested me as I have a bunch of decals I need to make for certain projects and even though I shelled out for a nice laser color printer and picked up some decal paper I really didn't know where to start so let's take a look at what Richard says. This ebook is 65 pages long (a little too much for me to print it out, remember, I love paper) and covers the subject in pretty good detail. The chapters cover the equipment needed (scanners, cameras, printers, etc.), decal paper, fixatives, capturing the image, restoring old decals, what about the missing white, resizing, creating a new image, printing the decal, sealing the decal, applying the decal, alternate techniques and some links. read more View the full article

Frontiart new prodcuts release

Tue, 2018-07-03 21:26

25 Contest Fuengirola - Un sol de ciudad - Spain

Tue, 2018-07-03 17:22
Here the models presented in this contest are shown in the best possible way. https://youtu.be/Ikd6zxn_RbU I hope you like it

Good Evening from Saratoga Springs, NY

Mon, 2018-07-02 23:20
Hello...name's Mike. I live on a horse farm just a few minutes away from the Saratoga battlefield. My wife and daughter are seriously into horses which makes my hobby of modeling a very inexpensive comparison

Kinetic 1/48 E2C Hawkeye Build Series, Part 6 Is Available

Sun, 2018-07-01 18:37
Installment #6 of the Kinetic E2C 2000 build series has been posted in the Builds Sub-Forum. All comments welcome.

Kinetic 1/48 E2C Hawkeye Build Series, Part 6

Sun, 2018-07-01 18:33
Hi all, It's been a while, but here's the sixth installment on the E-2C. Here I needed a little more seam work than just a light touchup. So, as I frequently do in order to protect adjacent detail, I laid down a couple of strips of blue masking tape before sanding the seam. With the seam taken care of and the tape removed, I still needed to finish the seam with 600 grit or so sandpaper. Going that fine wouldn't have any deleterious effect on the surrounding detail. Taking a break from the fuselage, the side windows and overhead hatches were tinted a translucent gold color by mixing a combination of Tamiya X-22 Clear, X-26 Clear Orange and X-24 Clear Yellow acrylic, along with the tiniest dot of X-19 Smoke acrylic. This was strictly an eyeball mix. When I had something that looked right, the windows and hatches interiors were airbrushed while they were still on the sprue. Next up is attaching the outer wings. Believe it or not, they slip right into place with minimal adjustments. Here you can see how the finished installation looks. And yes, the fold joint forms a perfectly smooth connection as it should. I ran into something when installing the horizontal tail that I didn't expect. When you're holding the part in place before applying solvent, the locator pins fit as they should and you can hold the horizontal in the correct position. But, as soon as solvent is applied, the little beast wants to cock to one side. I wound up having to use a rubber band to hold it in place and even then I wound up checking, rechecking and making minute adjustments until the solvent set so that the entire tailplane would be correctly level after final assembly. I have no clue as to why it behaved that way. All I can say is watch it!

New Review: Hawker Typhoon Mk Ib Fuel Tanks

Sun, 2018-07-01 00:10
Chances are, if you model aircraft in any of the major scales you are well familiar with Eduard. Their product range varies from simple photoetched enhancement frets to multi-media kits, conversion sets, and accessories which are amongst the finest in the hobby. Their products may be purchased online through www.eduard.com. I have built a few of their kits and have used many of their accessories over the years. I am even a card-carrying member of the Bunny Fighter Club, which provided me a carrot-themed 1/48 Mig-21 and allows me a modest discount when buying direct. Check the website, and it will make sense. read more View the full article