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1/48 Northrop Grumman E-2D "Delta One"

Fri, 10/11/2019 - 21:53
This build is going to be taking the 1/48 Kinetic E-2C 2000 and converting it to the Northrop Grumman E-2D prototype designated “Delta One”. The conversion will require modifying the upper fuselage scoop and scratch building the side cooling scoop. There are a couple of other small modifications which will be addressed later during the build. I will be using the Eduard External Details photo etch set to enhance the details of the fuselage. Starting with the cockpit I detail painted the cockpit panels at dash. For the overhead console I made decals from actual photos of the cockpit. I made the back pads on the seat using the same cloth tape I use for seatbelts. (See my Tips and Tricks section for more details) https://davidsscalemodels.com/tips-and-tricks/making-cloth-seat-belts-for-aircraft/ Once the cockpit was assembled I then used many reference drawings and scratch built the side cooling scoop. There is one main scoop with a smaller scoop on the front and a small exhaust scoop on the rear. I used some extras from my photo etch bin to reproduce the cooling radiators behind the scoops. They were then painted brass. The inside of the scoop was painted white and the overall color of the aircraft will be Light Ghost Gray. Next I will be modifying the top coop and assembling the main part of the fuselage. You can follow the build in my build log at https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-48-northrop-grumman-e-2d-conversion/ Northrop Grumman E-2D Delta One and Delta Two

Mikro Mir 1/144 Blackburn Beverly

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 10:14
In keeping with their tradition of designing particularly ungainly aircraft, this was the British Army's heavy lift aircraft during the Cold War. Don't let the scale fool you. In 1/144 it has a 13 inch wingspan. That would be 26 inches in 1/72. A Halifax in that scale has a 15 inch wing span, so that gives you a point of comparison. It was a BIG aircraft. It could carry cargo and/or paratroopers. Google it and see how the troopers loaded and jumped. Weird, but it worked. The kit was typical MIkro Mir, a mix of nice molding, decent fit, but vague instructions as to what went where, especially when it came to the PE parts. It comes with a pretty detailed, at least for this scale, flight deck and cargo area. The rear clamshell doors have interior detail as does the fuselage, so if you can find some 1/144 scale British troops or vehicles, it could make a neat diorama. I was going to do mine buttoned up, so I just left all that out simplifying assembly greatly. The decals were just outstanding, being opaque, thin and tough. They settled down nicely. This was obviously going to be a tail sitter, so I made sure to have plenty of weight in the nose area, but even with that, it still settled on its hind end, so I had to make a prop for it out of an old clear plastic stand.

Models for the Museum

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 18:06
For the National American Defenders of Bataan & Corregidor (ADBC) Museum, Education & Research Center Here is a few photos of the 1/72nd aircraft being donated. Academy B-17D built by Bill Ritter and Painted by Bill Dedig Special Hobby B-18 Donated by Mr Eric Robey ,Built and Painted by Bill Dedig Special Hobby P-35..Built and Painted by Bill Dedig Hasagawa P-40E..Built and Painted by Bill Dedig Thanks for Taking a Look These will be donated from Three Rivers IPMS in Pittsburgh Regards Bill D

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Tue, 10/08/2019 - 18:16
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modeling books FOR SALE

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 18:16
Ship Models From Kits by David Griffith isbn #978-1-84832-091-8 $10 US plus postage to wherever you want it shipped. picture available x request. David Wright (3) Creating the Rural Scene Making Rural Buildings for Model Railways Making Urban Buildings for Model Railways $35 US for ALL plus postage to your address. picture available x request. A World of Dioramas by Per Olav Lund isbn #978-91-976773-9-4 $15 US plus postage to you. picture available x request. thanks Marcel Ackle - Das Natur-Talent - isbn #978-3-8375-1963-1 Emmanuel Nouaillier - Perfekt bis in Detail - isbn #978-3-8375-1963-5 $20 each plus postage to you.

Looking to commission a build

Sun, 10/06/2019 - 19:32
Good evening, I am looking for someone to build a 1/48 F-16 from my old unit, the 157th. I've tried and these old hands just don't have it in them anymore. I have the decal sheets Speed Hunter Graphics 48007 1/48 decal SEAD Specialists F-16C Tamiya I'm not looking for hyper detailed cockpit, wheel wells etc. I'm looking for good "curb appeal" as model will be displayed in my home office. If anyone is interested please drop me a line at your convenience. Thanks you for your time

PJ Productions 1/72 F-84F Thunderstreak -- Re-issued!!

Tue, 10/01/2019 - 21:56
Just a heads up for those who may be interested. PJ Productions has released their Thunderstreak, this time with Euro markings, but who cares?!! I had one on back-order at Hannant's in GB, and they sent me one of the first ones. If you'd like one, get your back-order in now. They're expensive, but if you're a 1/72 guy, this is considered the best F-84F of this size... I have started a work in progress thread over on Britmodeler.com, which will also be kind of a kit review. Ed

PJ Productions 1/72 F-48F Thunderstreak -- Re-issued!!

Tue, 10/01/2019 - 21:56
Just a heads up for those who may be interested. PJ Productions has released their Thunderstreak, this time with Euro markings, but who cares?!! I had one on back-order at Hannant's in GB, and they sent me one of the first ones. If you'd like one, get your back-order in now. They're expensive, but if you're a 1/72 guy, this is considered the best F-84F of this size... I have started a work in progress thread over on Britmodeler.com, which will also be kind of a kit review. Ed

ACCUARCY, CRAFTSMANSHIP, AND AESTHETICS

Mon, 09/30/2019 - 17:33
When is craftsmanship more important than accuracy? (Putting seat belts in backwards simply because they look good that way.) How do you tell the difference? How do people feel about a model "looking good" but being totally inaccurate in multiple aspects?( An A6M5 Zero, armed with Sidewinder missiles, in Dutch markings, being flown by a Russian unit in the Battle of Britain) At what point should the builder take aesthetics into consideration. (Yes, the color is right, but it is just ugly.) Should aesthetics be more important than trying to make the model accurate? (Like putting a Ford engine in a Dodge because you think the detail looks better.) Having had some interesting discussions with people about accuracy and craftsmanship, I have come to believe many talk about these things, but are all on different pages about how they should be applied to models and contest judging. Thoughts? Dak

1/72 Academy F-8C Using Muroc Models Conversion

Mon, 09/30/2019 - 00:32
For those who might be interested :BUILD THREAD Here are the finished pictures of my 1/72 scale Muroc Models F-8C conversion of the Academy F-8E kit, with raised wing and dropped flaps and slats: Had a few little glitches here and there, but I'm glad to have it in the collection! Thanks for looking in... Ed

Installing treads?

Sun, 09/29/2019 - 13:00
Recently retired and able to spend time building models and have a question on installing treads onto model tanks. The one-piece vinyl type; pinned joint. I have had issues breaking running gear trying to install the treads after pinning; is there a trick to this or should I wrap the tread onto the running gear and then join the ends?

Bandai Gundam Gusion Rebake HG 1/144

Sat, 09/28/2019 - 13:37
Built this mainly to get back into the swing of using my airbrush. Gundam kits are usually easy builds so I could spend more time working with the magic paint spitter.

Source for Wonder Wire

Sat, 09/28/2019 - 11:37
I'm trying to find a source for Wonder Wire, also known as ceramic fiber for rigging.

Gepanzert Graben Gehhilfe or “Armoured Trench Walker”

Fri, 09/27/2019 - 07:49
It’s the summer of 1916 and the battle at the Somme front continues. Each day, both sides of the trenches send men into No-Man’s Land in attempts to gain an advantage in the stalemate that has gripped everyone in chaos. Artillery, machine guns, and gas attacks have managed to whittle away troops hunkered down in their muddy habitats and despair grows by the minute. Flechettes and grenades rain down from fragile aircraft above the trenches. The Huns have heard rumors of a new rolling terror being designed and looming ahead from the British lines. Words like "armour" and "tank" have been in the wind, but how these things would evolve and what troubles they might bring were still just speculation. Joseph Vollmer, one of Germany’s foremost automobile designers, would eventually be tasked with designing a response to these tanks- which were first introduced in September of that year. However before all of that would occur, a young aide to Kaiser Wilhelm with a mind for science would awaken from a strange dream. Recently, the aide had accompanied the Kaiser on some visits to field hospitals at the front in the hopes of boosting morale. Erich Eisenfaust had witnessed the horrors these men had endured- with bullet wounds, shrapnel, and damaged lungs from gas attacks, these men had literally been through hell. These images stayed with Erich for a long while after and his mind began to try to devise some sort of means of these men to be better protected. In his dream, he saw armoured men advancing on enemy trenches, untouched by machine gun or rifle fire. Encased in their iron suits, they were also impervious to gas attacks. He was reminded of knights of old in their suits of armor and went to the local farrier who was a friend of his. After some afternoon discussions and multiple sketches and designs, they created something that might turn the tables in their favor- the Gepanzert Graben Gehhilfe or “Armoured Trench Walker” i used the MaK Melusine figure as the main resources, but added bits from Wingnut Wings kits to provide WWI period pieces to it, including most of the aerial suit parts. The tavern is from Verlinden and is inhabited with lots of spare parts...

The Thing's MacReady

Thu, 09/26/2019 - 21:29
Talk about a blast from the past. This is another that has been on my shelf since 2012! Sculpted by Chris Elizardo, and produced by "Teddy Novak". It came as a one piece bust approx 1:4 scale. With no eyes, It was also another easy one to do. Using the following image, I matched up the colors the best I could. First step, as usual was to get the base colors down - A few days later, I was able to get another session in and get the bust finished. I was thinking about added the snow and what not, but decided to keep it simple. Thanks for looking.

Dusty LAV

Wed, 09/25/2019 - 22:24
Good evening, Have you noticed that most of the time LAV models aren't really all that dusty or dirty? Particularly the tire sidewalls? Well, I stumbled across an LAV operating in Afghanistan that looks like the paint shop was spraying dust. The tire treads and the sidewalls are pretty much the same color. For what it's worth, here's a photo that surfaced on Quora. Despite the fact that my primary interest is aircraft, this shot intrigues me to the point that I just might try building a model to match.

VIDEO: A Lifelong Love With Flight Led to This Man's Record-Breaking Collection of Model Airplanes

Wed, 09/25/2019 - 15:32
Interesting video on: https://gizmodo.com/a-lifelong-love-with-flight-led-to-this-mans-record-bre-1838451132 Eric

Ep. 4 Leia

Tue, 09/24/2019 - 13:04
After finishing the involved Charlie Brown model, I was in need of something simpler. Since it was new, I immediately thought of Good Fellas Resin's new offering- Ep. 4 Leia. Few colors, few parts = perfect. One thing you notice right away is the very good likeness. There was a while there where no kit/toy/action figure really looked like Carrie. This one is VERY good. Clean up was really quick. I found that MicroMarks Panel line Scriber works nicely for getting rid of any flash between the hairs. Base coating and first highlights done. Her costume ended up with 3 different layers of color as did her hair In the final session I was able to add two highlights to her hair. A coat of Satin went over it to give it a slight shine. Speaking of shine, I then used V's Metallics clear gloss, which in my opinion is the "glossiest" gloss out there, and gave the eyes two coats. Her arm nestles into position nicely without glue, so I just sat it there. This removal option will come in handy if and when I need to transport her. The final thing to do was to glue her head in place. With that, I was done. Thanks for looking.

Tamiya US Motorcycle instructions

Tue, 09/24/2019 - 08:25
I have kit no. 3584, 1/35 US Military Police Set (WWII motorcycle), that I bought years ago and the instruction sheet is in Japanese. I am looking for a copy in English. Photocopy acceptable. Thank you.

AMC 1/72 Shorland Armoured Patrol Car

Sat, 09/21/2019 - 13:49
Not many kits of this vehicle around, so I jumped on this when I found it. One tricky part was the car itself is done in two halves, front and back, making for a long seam all the way around the middle of the car. It filled in pretty well, but took some doing to make it "go away" as is always the case with seams on flat surfaces. Also, if you put the provided spring parts on the locators called out, the body winds up way too high. Removing the locators brings everything into alignment, Just noticed that I forgot to paint the search light lens. Oh well. Back to the work bench. Looks nice when done and fills a niche in my modern British vehicles collection.