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1 new photo (May 8)

IPMS/USA Gallery - Sat, 2021-05-08 07:40
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1/48 Monogram OA-4M Skyhawk

IPMS/USA Forum - Fri, 2021-05-07 23:15
This was a 10-day "quickie" build that I started during the "Skyhawk" week on the D&S FB page. This was the only major variant of the A-4 I didn't have on my shelves already, is a simple build, and so I decided (in my best Cleavon Little) to "whip it out"! The build is OOTB, with the only problems encountered of my own making (like cracking the fuselage seams while trying to shove a paint handle up the tailpipe.... ). One little "cheat" you can see is that instead of bothering to fill and sand the round mold marks inside the flaps (there's 5 of 'em!), is that I used a pin to make screw heads and turn them into "inspection panels"...... The only other trick used on this build was to drill and pin the bombs and missiles for better security in the future during handling. 80s Monogram decals are notorious for problems with the milky white adhesive used at that time. However, I have to say that these kit decals went down superbly, defying all of my expectations! I did use VERY warm water to soak them off of the sheet, and also used a brush to remove that milky adhesive from the backing paper before applying the decals, so maybe that helped. I used Future as the gloss coat too, and perhaps that contributed to their blending in and laying down so well. In any case, the decaling stage was a very pleasant surprise on this build! Questions, comments, and critiques welcome, as always. Cheers! Gil

What are they smoking at REVELL

IPMS/USA Forum - Fri, 2021-05-07 18:58
I built a model of the USS CONSTITUTION and after spending a lot of time on that project. I found their was a problem with their moulding process. You can check out my other posts. After struggling with that kit. I though it would be nice to build the CUTTY SARK. WRONG WRONG WRONG!! Checkout the attached picture. The masts are not right. I checked the plans and reviewed my work and it is impossible that I made a mistake. The two masts fit in two holes in the deck that are configured in such a way that they can only face the directions shown. Is it possible that Revell employees are smoking dope? Any Ideas?

Camel Towing and Salvage WIP

IPMS/USA Forum - Wed, 2021-05-05 17:35
The 1/20th Hasegawa Maschinen Krieger Camel converted to a towing and salvage vehicle. The sphere is Alclad clear blue over gold and the body is clear green over stainless steel. The waldo is scratchbuilt. Way more work to do. Dak

1 new photo (May 4)

IPMS/USA Gallery - Tue, 2021-05-04 12:36

Monogram 1/48 AV-8A Harrier WIP

IPMS/USA Forum - Thu, 2021-04-29 18:29
This is Monogram’s 1979 issue 1/48 AV-8A/GR.1 Harrier kit. Of the Harriers in 1/48 available at that time (Tamiya & Airfix), this was the best kit out there of the subject. It’s only shortfall compared to the other two is in ordnance included. This kit has been in my stash for nearly 40 years, being one of my “original stash kits”. So it is time to change that. I’ll be using this decal set for markings options http://www.caracalmodels.com/products/images/cd48027profiles1.jpg The cockpit has very fine raised details, and is pretty decent, considering it’s age. Back from when Monogram was setting the standard in 1/48 detail. So far I have added the base colors using Humbrol enamels (go figure). Being that these were built in the UK, they were originally produced with BSC colors, which only changed when they were overhauled later in their service lives. Aside from decals and ordnance, this will be an OOB build. The kit does not appear to need any major additions or replacement of details.

The Duke Finishes Two in April

IPMS/USA Forum - Thu, 2021-04-29 17:33
I was hoping to get more done, but work and a cold got in the way. Given that, I was able to finish off these two ACE kits. They aren't the best, and are rather crude since they are first run ACE kits, but they are complete. First is the ACE 1/72 scale BRDM AT-1 Snapper anti tank vehicle I built for a Group Build on another Forums. It was the "Goodbye 2020! Leaving you in the dust" Group Build. I finished it up a couple days ago: This next one is the ACE 1/72 scale Opel Olympia staff car. I thought I would do it in a different scheme so I chose the captured US one. Later I noticed that I had already done a captured US one! Fortunately, the other one had the roof up; this one has it down: That's all for this month. Hopefully I'll be able to bring the other models that are close to finishing across the finish line next month. My apologies for the crude pics. Thanks all for looking in, comments are welcome.