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Lack of gun ports in wings of early Aleutian P-40Es?

Thu, 06/27/2019 - 02:47
Hello, I've been musing myself with building an Aleutian P-40E... Looking at various photos of early 343FG/11FS aircraft, namely aircraft No.49, and asking this question on P-40 Warhawk and Britmodeller forum, I was given information that early P-40Es had gun barrels flush with wing leading edge, which were then taped-over to reduce drag. But how come the photos below show nothing (no tape, no holes, no nothing)? Were the photos maybe re-touched by a wartime censor? https://www.asisbiz.com/il2/P-40/343FG/images/Curtiss-P-40E-Warhawk-343FG11FS-Y49-Aleutian-Islands-1942-02.jpg https://www.asisbiz.com/il2/P-40/343FG/images/Curtiss-P-40E-Warhawk-343FG11FS-Aleutian-Islands-1942-02.jpg https://i.pinimg.com/originals/8b/4e/3e/8b4e3eff19b82dc9948d665c437bbed2.jpg Any help or advice on the appearance of these gun-ports is most welcome. Regards, Aleksandar

Hello from (IPMS) Serbia!

Wed, 06/26/2019 - 15:37
The name's Aleksandar (Alex), And I'm a member of IPMS Serbia. My interest is WWII aviation in 72nd scale, Looking forward to tips and discussions. Cheers!

Greymatter 1/32nd scale FW-190D-13 Conversion - Caveat Emptor

Wed, 06/26/2019 - 14:03
Hope this is the right forum - I purchased a Greymatter 1/32nd scale FW-190D-13 through Ebay ($35 plus $7 shipping from UK) a couple weeks ago - although some of the parts were useable, the fuselage parts were not, as they were warped and too flimsy for use. Sought replacements - or partial refund. Seller refused, after many excuses (and negative feedback on ebay). Caveat emptor. Best regards, Paul in SF Not the first time people have had problems with this vendor re this item: viewtopic.php?f=149674&t=227626&p=22553 ... r#p2255384

1st ID Vietnam

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 18:56
Here are some updated pictures of a figure I've been sculpting for sometime now. It is a 1/10th scale bust using the head of the old Monogram "Three Brave Men" as the base. Except for the grab handles on the AN/PRC radio it is made of discarded plastics, sprue, razor handles, ant thing that will melt. The link is to the how to work with plastic. Hope you enjoy.

How to Remove Super Glue

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 18:41
It's a sticky problem. https://www.popularmechanics.com/home/a28172758/how-to-remove-super-glue/

Decals Numbers and letters in red

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 17:53
I have just completed a Lockheed A-12 in 1/72 scale. I need red decals or dry transfers in red for the tail numbers. I can't seem to find USAF style numbers anywhere. Any suggested sources? This is all that's stopping completing the aircraft. I'd appreciate help here. Thanks. Bob Walker IPMS 17121

2021

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 15:41
So in Phoenix there was some campaigning for the 2021 Nats and Omaha. Is this a for sure thing or will there be some decisions made this year?

IPMS Journal

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 13:32
Just wondering if anyone has received their new Journal yet. I was thinking it was due this month. I could be mistaken though. Thanks Rocky

Cliff Diving in Beirut

Tue, 06/25/2019 - 11:04
Just finished the MiniArt T-54B. The figure is from DEF.

1/48th P-38 July 1944

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 18:26
Model built for a Local Boy Scout Troop to Honor a local pilots service. P-38J from 394th FS of the 367 FG. Pilot perished in the channel on July 20 1944. Pilot was 1st Lt William L Mushrush from Steubenville OH Minecraft 1/48th P-38J with True Details interior, Eduard tires and Karaya gun barrels.The Aftermarket stuff way surpassed the Minicraft kit. Uschi Lines for antenna into a filament spring( Which you really can't see

Old Lighthouse Keeper

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 14:57
This was a bust I found on one of the announcement pages on FB. It's by Grimm. I tried looking for his info for this write up, but after an hr., I could find it. If I do I will make an edit and add it. The kit is one piece sculpt, very well done, in a gray resin - no bubbles, or seam marks. The figured reminded me of one of the villains in a Scooby-Doo cartoon, so decided to make him a ghost. Started with the black primer, and then was working on his navy colored coat. Then added a dark gray drybrush to the face, then added color to the barnicles, seeweed, and sweater. Another lighter gray - I want to make the glow coming from his face and OCL lighting on parts of the beard and coat. A little highlight to the coat and cap. I thought I took a pic of the ghostly glow, but didn't. The bluish,green glow color was made by drybrushing Citadel's Nihilakh Oxide where I needed it. I then highlighted that with V's Foundation White. I touch the Nihilakh Oxide and White to the rips in his coat to make it look like glow was coming out of them, and for a little added color. Thanks for looking.

Takom SMK

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 11:20
Well SMK my ass! Built mostly OOB. I didn't like the fender stowage wooden boxes and tools so I added boxes from the spares. Easy build. I worked on and off for about 5 weeks in between other projects. Wads of blue tack mask the wheel mounts. I always have better luck with gluing tracks to wheels at the start. When I leave rigid plastic tracks off and try to install last, I always run into fit issues because of paint layer build up.

Photography

Mon, 06/24/2019 - 11:13
Has anyone issued a request for photographers yet and I just missed it?

Testors Abandons Acrylic Users, Too

Sun, 06/23/2019 - 18:32
After acquiring the Pactra and Floquil brands then discontinuing them, and more lately discontinuing most of the Master Model enamel line, Testors has apparently decided to get out of the acrylic paint business as well. The following are the Testors acrylic paints listed for discontinuation, according to an email I received from one retailer: TES-4399 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic II Fantasy Figure Sullen Grey TES-4604 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Skin Tone Shadow Tint TES-4605 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Burnt Umber TES-4608 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Raw Sienna TES-4609 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic British Crimson TES-4611 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Cadmium Yellow Light TES-4612 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Cobalt Blue TES-4613 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Napoleonic Violet TES-4614 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic German Uniform Feldgrau TES-4625 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Clear Orange TES-4631 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Italian Red TES-4633 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Stop Light Red TES-4646 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Kandy Scarlet TES-4651 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Pearlescent Purple TES-4664 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Teal TES-4676 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Jet Exhaust TES-4687 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Blue Angel Blue TES-4691 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Navy Gloss Grey TES-4692 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Gloss Gull Grey TES-4693 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Aircraft Grey TES-4701 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Semi-Gloss White TES-4703 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Fluorescent Red TES-4707 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Earth Red TES-4708 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Field Drab TES-4722 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Random Tan (Radome Tan?) TES-4723 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic US Army Helo Drab TES-4727 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Green Drab TES-4729 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Euro I Dark Green TES-4739 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Pale Green TES-4742 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Insignia Blue TES-4744 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Intermediate Blue TES-4746 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Medium Grey TES-4749 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Engine Grey TES-4750 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Euro I Grey TES-4755 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Dark Gull Grey TES-4759 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Light Sea Grey TES-4766 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Camouflage Grey TES-4767 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Aircraft Interior Black TES-4770 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Grau TES-4771 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Gelb (Yellow) TES-4779 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Schwarzgrau TES-4780 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Schwarzgrun TES-4784 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Graugrun TES-4785 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Grauviolett TES-4786 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Lichtblau TES-4789 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Sandgelb TES-4805 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Panzer Interior Buff TES-4807 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Russian Armor Green TES-4812 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic US Army/Marine Gulf Armor Sand TES-4813 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic British Gulf Armor Light Stone TES-4840 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic RAF Sky Type S TES-4846 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Dark Earth TES-4849 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic RAF Dark Green TES-4850 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic RAF Interior Green TES-4851 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Yellow Zinc Chromate TES-4860 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Semi Gloss Field Grey TES-4862 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Semi Gloss Panzer Olive Green TES-4863 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Semi Gloss Light Grey TES-4864 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Semi Gloss Pale Blue Grey TES-4865 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Semi Gloss Haze Grey TES-4866 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Semi Gloss Ocean Grey TES-4867 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Semi Gloss Navy Blue TES-4868 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Semi Gloss Hull Red KMS TES-4869 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Semi Gloss Dark Grey RN TES-4870 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Semi Gloss Light Grey RN TES-4871 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Black Detail Wash TES-4873 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Reefer White Flat TES-4874 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Aged White Flat TES-4877 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Earth Flat TES-4879 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Reefer Yellow Flat TES-4880 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Caboose Red Flat TES-4881 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Boxcar Red Flat TES-4882 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Oxide Red Flat TES-4883 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Signal Green Flat TES-4884 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Roof Brown Flat TES-4886 1/2oz. Bottle Model Master Acrylic Reefer Grey Flat

New Paint Product: Reproduction Floquil Colors

Sat, 06/22/2019 - 16:09
Those of us who used Floquil paint wrung our hands and gnashed our teeth when (1) Testor's acquired Floquil, and (2) Testor's discontinued Floquil. Now there's a company in the UK (Archive-X) reproducing some of the Floquil colors. There are only two drawbacks: (1) it is frightfully expensive (£12.00 for a 30 ml bottle!) and (2) being enamel, it cannot be mailed to the US. However, for those interested, here is the relevant Interweb page listing available colors: https://archive-x.com/collections/all-paints Most available colors seem to be either railroad or ship colors, but elsewhere on the site is an implied intent to eventually reproduce the entire Floquil line.

Brit builder seeking help—Boeing PW9

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 07:02
Graham is looking for help with a project and is in search of a 1:72 kit of a Boeing PW9, FB1, FB5 or Model 15 aircraft. He said there was a vacuform kit of it many moons ago but was wondering if there was a more recent copy available? If you have any info to share, post here and I’ll relay your info to him.

1/48 Trumpeter RA-5C Vigilante

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 22:48
Finished the Trumpy Vigi this evening. The build was more enjoyable than I anticipated, with the fit being a little better than expected. I used the Nautilus laser-cut wood re-enforcement set for the interior, since Trumpeter designed it with the traditional left/right half fuselages, which leaves the top and bottom center seams weak if not beefed up somehow. I also used a Black Box resin interior I had for it. It fit almost like a glove. The only adjustment to it was to make it mesh properly with the Trumpeter nose gear well, which had to be removed from the kit cockpit structure. The wing fold is a kit option, as are the deflected leading and trailing edge flaps. One of the major drawbacks to the kit is a lack of intake trunking....Trumpeter provides two complete engines, but they just "sit" in the fuselage interior with nothing leading into each of the engine fronts. I left the engines out and added plastic card intake covers. That meant I had to do so cutting and fitting of the engines to install the rear halves of the engine exhausts so they'd fit within the Nautilus supports; but that wasn't difficult, and also allowed me to paint and add the burner cans at the end of the build. I used MM enamels for the gloss white and 36440 Gull Gray. The metal leading edges were done with Alclad. The weathering was done with a wash made from Mig pigments dissolved in water with a drop of dish washing soap. The panel lines were done with a brown colored pencil. I used some Two Bobs decals that came with the very first issue of Aerospace Modeler magazine back in 2005. The markings are for a Vigilante based out of Albany, Ga @1970; just a few years before I lived there. Rumor had it that the Vigilante pilots would take back to back tours of sea duty just to avoid going back to small town "Allbenny"....Anyway....on to the pics! Now I have the recce RA-5C to go along with my A-5A Viglante bomber conversion I did years ago. Questions, comments, and critiques welcome as always. Cheers! GIL

Which manufacturer offered this Snark?

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 21:06
Anyone know which manufacturer produced this Snark? Note that the "base" is actually a transport trailer and not the launch pad, itself. Any help is appreciated.

Am I the only one with this problem?

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 10:11
Didn't know were to put this bit over the weekend and now I have noticed that the website is extremely slow loading and changing from screen to screen. Several times I have given up on it and moved on. If it is just me, fine, but if not, perhaps the administrator can look at it.

1/48 Hasegawa Ki-45 TORYU "NICK"

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 08:21
This build is the 1/48 Hasegawa Ki-45 Toryu (nicknamed “Nick”) and the scheme is the Manchukuo Air Corps version. The Ki-45 is a twin engine heavy fighter and was used for ground attack and as an interceptor. Manchukuo was a puppet state of Japan in located Manchuria that aided Japan in their Indo-China operations and later intercepting U.S. B-29’s that were fire bombing Japan. For this build I will be using the CMK resin cockpit detail set. I started by removing all the parts from the resin casting. The cockpit tub required very little trimming to fit in the fuselage. After some detail painting and adding some photo etch accessories I started installing the cockpit. I then found some errors in the CMK instructions. The first was the instructions show the dashboard mounted too far forward and does not show the control pedals. I had to remove it then relocated it to the correct position and added the control pedals. The second issue is the instructions do not inform you that the top of the dash on the kit needs to be notched in order to fit the cannon gun sight. Once these minor issues were corrected the cockpit tub fit in without any problems. I am now moving on to the wings and engine/landing gear bays. You can follow along on my blog in the build log at https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-48-ki-45-toryu-nick/