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Old Airfix Gloster Gladiator, 1/72.

6 hours 55 min ago
I got this kit in a grab bag of kits I bought. It's from the 1956 molds and even had the pilot's head molded in halves integral to the fuselage sides. There are many inaccuracies and omissions, so to build it 'right' would be a real waste of time as there are now many other much better representations, including Airfix's own excellent re-tooled one. But I decided to do it just for fun, so I did it as a desk model and since it was to be in flight, I added the 'spinning' prop. I also rigged it, which was not called for in the instructions, and added the antenna, which you may notice is the wrong configuration, but since there were so many other 'problems' and it was simpler to do this way, I settled for it amongst all the other inaccuracies, which includes the markings. The kit's decals were useless, so I got some out of the spares box. They actually belong to a Hawker Fury of First Squadron, but hey, in for a penny in for a pound, inaccuracy-wise.

Novice vender needs help

Sun, 2021-06-13 16:50
I am going to have a vending table at the Las Vegas Nationals this year and have never done any kind of vending at all. I'm wondering if anyone could give me an idea of what to expect, what I might need, and any other tips that you think might be helpful to a rank amateur. Many thanks!

1/48 Trumpeter HU-16A Albatross Rescue Seaplane

Sat, 2021-06-12 11:54
For my next build I am building the 1/48 Trumpeter HU-16A Albatross. I should note that I have been working on this in the background for a while I was working on the commission builds. The HU-16A is a twin-engine seaplane (originally designated SA-16A) mostly used as a search and rescue aircraft for the United States Coast Guard and United States Air Force. I will be using Caracal decals # CD48047 and using the scheme for U.S. Coast Guard in 1956. I will also be super-detailing the interior. I was able to locate some reference photos of this aircraft from a fellow modeler. One of the first things I needed to do was to add the door from the cockpit to the crew area. I used some sheet styrene and made the window from clear acetate film. The door handles are extras from my photo etch bin. There are two bays on each side of the cockpit bulkhead that have avionics gear. I used more extras from my photo etch extras to detail the equipment and 30 awg wire to cable them. The instrument panel and center console were all hand painted. The flight control wheels had a sinkhole in the middle so I filled them with putty and the made decals of the 1950’s Grumman logo for the center caps. The pilot and co-pilot seats were assembled and detailed with photo etch seat belts. The landing gear bays were assembled extra details were added with 30 awg wire. The floor of the crew area has a path of non-skid as well and tie-down pads for various configurations. I represented the pads with spare photo etch pieces. There are three cots in the mid-section. The kit supplied photo etch pieces but they are flat and difficult to shape to make them look like the real cots. I decided to use some thin cloth which gives them a much better look. I detailed the crew seats with photo etch seat belts and mounted the main landing gear bays. I am starting on the fuselage now. The interior has numerous ejection marks. I filled these with putty so that I have a smooth surface to begin the interior wall detailing. See more photos and details in my build log at https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-48-hu-16a-albatross-uscg/

Aurora 1/48 P-38 Restoration Project

Fri, 2021-06-11 14:39
This is an eBay purchase of a couplle of built relics and of them being Aurora's P-38 ca late 1950s. It is one of Auroras better kits so I decided to see if I could make a decent representation with the basic parts. It was missing the props and rear tail elevator. I used Monogram parts to replace the missing parts. The props fit as does the tail. So this is where we stand. It will an inflight model. I won't be doing any updates at all, only using the parts provided. The USAF and later National insignia are kinda cool in a weird sort of way. I'll probably sand down the biscuit sized rivets though. David

Walcheren, 1944

Thu, 2021-06-10 14:03
AFVCLUB kit with the Resicast Polsten 20mm added. Various figures. Yes, the civilians are being evacuating from an area flood when the dikes were bombed. Dak

Vintage Kit: Revell 1/72 B-26 (1967)

Thu, 2021-06-10 07:05
This is an older build I made several years ago. The I did was use an Airfix cockpit. props, and nose cone. I like those cowlings!

3D Pens.........Useful or Not?

Wed, 2021-06-09 03:08
Has anyone got a 3D pen? Comments on how useful it might be for modelling and plastics used would be welcome.

Thunderstruck: Tamiya P-47D x 3

Tue, 2021-06-08 23:40
I started these three Tamiya P-47D Bubbletop kits a few weeks back. I finally got to sit down and do some detailing the last couple of nights. Amazing what some lead wire and drybrushing can do. Next will be washes and detail painting.

Lost in Space Robot by Polar Lights

Tue, 2021-06-08 20:51
Gone on say it! Here is my favorite TV robot. This is the smaller of the two versions put out by Polar Lights (Aurora Copies). It is a fun build. Hardest part was finding color references, and only after I completed it did I find lots of neat photos.

Vintage Kit: Matchbox 1/72 Spitfire Mk IX 1972

Tue, 2021-06-08 11:23
The Matchbox kit was first issued in 1972 and later editions had an extra part to make a bubble top version. One can clearly see the trademark engraved lines on the fuselage. On this one I used a spare resin cockpit (make unknown) and also a Squadron vacform canopy. Paint is by Tamiya. It certainly looks like a Spitfire when done.

Looking for Chevy 1964 Pickup Blue Green paint color

Mon, 2021-06-07 15:23
I have the Revell 1/25 Chevy Pickup and would like to paint it as close as possible to the blue green color of the time. Is there a reference, website or paint mfr I could check with? Here's a sample photo. Thanks, David

Matchbox 1/76 Jadgpanther (1974)

Mon, 2021-06-07 13:25
Matchbox 1/76 Jadgpanther First off, I really like the Matchbox series of 1/76 armor kits. A totally different hand made the masters for these tiny models compared to their 1/72 kits. The Jadgpanther is a favorite from the series. So here is my little Jadgpanther. I added some extra bits to it and I used pastels for weathering. Their little Stuart tank is a gem.

1/48 Monogram F-105F

Sun, 2021-06-06 23:17
I started this on May 30th, coinciding with the start of "Thud Week" on the Detail and Scale FB page; and 8 days later, it's done! Monogram 1/48 F-105F, built OOTB. I built this to replace one just like it that died in my many moves over the decades. The olive drab stripes are painted and the markings are a combination of kit decals, spare decals, and some dry transfers. This kit builds up fast because you can leave the main panels, sticks, and the seats out and ad them all at the end of the build! That makes 4 models finished in the last 30 days! The pace will slow with the A-3B conversion that's up next, but I've already almost matched last year's output. Questions, comments, and critiques welcome; as always! Gil

Robin Olds 1/72nd Scale Decals

Sun, 2021-06-06 17:24
Does anyone have a set of 1/72 scale decals with Robin Olds F-4C Mig Killer , SCAT, they'd be willing to sell? Bob Walker IPMS 17121

Airfix 1/72 Junkers Ju88A (1964)

Sun, 2021-06-06 09:41
Airfix 1/72 Junkers Ju88A The classic Airfix 1/72 Junkers Ju88A-4 I built this about 4 years ago and did update a couple of items. I used a Mattel vac-form machine to make new clear parts, since the ones in the box were dense and not as crisp as once before. I had extra parts from an AMT kit and used the cockpit and wheels from that kit. In the end it looks just like the Ju88 even if the cowlings are a bit swollen.

Me109G at the Military Aviation Museum Virginia Beach

Sat, 2021-06-05 14:06
Even though it was a rained out event I did manage to get several shots. Gerald Yeager, owner of the Military Aviation Museum, on the tarmac. Photos taken with Minolta Autocord 120 film camera.

Guppy IA Submarine

Fri, 2021-06-04 12:55
This model is USS Becuna, SS 319, after conversion to GUPPY IA configuration. The early Cold War Guppy program (Greater Underwater Propulsive Power) modified existing WWII fleet submarines for increased speed, more advanced sonar and added a snorkel. Lessons from the advanced, streamlined German Type XXI class were studied and adapted. This was a response to the Soviet Union’s postwar submarine building program (Project 613, NATO Whiskey class). The WWII Balao & Tench class conning towers were enclosed by a streamlined sail covering, having a bridge on the lower level and enclosing the various masts in the upper level. Included among the masts was a snorkel allowing the batteries to be recharged while submerged as a shallow depth. In the Guppy II program, new batteries with more plates were also installed, and the lower areas rearranged to accommodate 512 battery cells, vs the WWII 256 cells. Becuna as a Guppy IA, instead retained the number of batteries, but received the improved Sargo batteries. The bow was modified from the World War II “bull nose” to a more rounded bow that handled better in rough waters of the North Atlantic and North Pacific oceans. On Becuna, this is the Electric Boat “step sail” design. A somewhat different “step sail” design by Portsmouth Naval Ship Yard was also employed. Various streamlined coverings were placed over deck sonar equipment, and a BQR-2 “chin” sonar added later in the program. Configurations varied over time as new equipment was developed. Various modifications of these Guppy submarine “smoke boats” carried the deployment load until the mid to late 1960’s, when the growing numbers of nuclear powered SSNs could gradually assume these duties. Becuna is preserved as a museum boat, and can be visited at the Independence Seaport Museum at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia, Pa.. This construction is a hybrid of the accurate Yankee Models resin Guppy hull combined with the more accurate Tom’s Modelworks resin Electric boat sail. The BQR-2 chin sonar was built up from Milliput and sanded to shape. Various domes were also employing Milliput sanded to shape. I sanded off the molded sail rails and added wire hand rails to the sail. The 5 bladed propeller employed on Guppy submarines was included in the Yankee Models kit. After painting by priming with Mr. Surfacer 1000 and airbrushing Badger acrylics, I outlined the deck safety rail with a fine tip silver pencil. Pastels were employed to make diesel exhaust smudges. I mount my models on home made oak bases with brass rods.

Vintage Kit: Airfix 1/72 Do217 (1960)

Fri, 2021-06-04 11:20
This is the Airfix Do217 first issued in 1960. It is built as the instructions indicated and I also used the paints recommended by Airfix. The hardest part was masking the nose which I did one frame at a time. The landing gear is missing support structs and should be added. I did sand all surface detail and did some minor scribing. I also used the kit decals. So here she is built just as Airfix indicated in the instructions.

The Duke Finishes Nine in June

Fri, 2021-06-04 00:07
Or more accurately, one in May and eight in June, but who's counting right? This is the one I finished in May. It is the ancient Hasegawa 1/72 scale Japanese Isuzu fuel Truck: That thing is only about three inches long, if that. Next I finished up my two Riich Models M-109 Paladins. First is the 1/72 scale M-109A2 Paladin, US Army: Second is the 1/72 scale M-109A6 Paladin, US Army: Next up, I finally finished all my Takom kits that I had going. Here they are in some particular order.... First up: Takom 1/72 scale British FV-432 APC: Second, My Takom 1/72 scale British Chieftain Mk.5, which came in the same box as the APC above: As you can see the smoke dischargers are still off because I haven't found the spare ones in my M-1 Abrams kit parts... mostly because I haven't found my M-1 Abrams kit parts.... The machine guns are missing from these two vehicles as well because the sprue holding the parts for them is missing.... Someday I'll find it and get these completed. Until then, I'm calling them done! Moving on.... Third is my Takom 1/72 scale Chieftain Mk.10: This one is missing the ammo box on the machine gun because that tweezerpulted into Oblivion... And from the same box as the Mk. 10, we have the Takom 1/72 scale Chieftain Mk.11: My last two models come from Roden, the ever delicate WWI doubledecker Omnibuses. Here is my Roden 1/72 scale British Type B Omnibus "Ole Bill" in service with Her Majesty's armed forces: And last but not least; even though it is not military, I'm posting it here at the end for simplicity's sake. This is my Roden 1/72 scale scale British LGOC Type B Omnibus in civilian service: And that is all I have for this past month or so. I hope you enjoy this parade of vehicles. As always, comments are always welcome, tanks for looking in.

Decal set and solvent on clear pieces?

Thu, 2021-06-03 15:53
I am starting to assemble the instrument panel and have to apply the decals to the clear part. Should I treat the clear part as I do a wing surface for example? Decal set and then solvent? I wasn’t sure if this would make the clear part foggy. Thanks!