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Meng VsKfz 617 Minenraumer

Wed, 12/30/2020 - 16:56
The Meng 1/35th kit OOB. It will be a vignette with the vehicle being painted. Dak

TheRealMrEd's Wild Ride In 2020

Tue, 12/29/2020 - 14:46
Hello again, seems like only a few days ago that I was writing up last year's build log. Time flies! But, I was determined to make the best of this rather trying year... Anyway, here are this years completed models, although a couple were shelf queens from yesteryear. First up, the Lift Here Models Piper PA-58 -- last of the Mustangs: For those interested, the build thread is HERE Next up, the first Great Blue Whale, the XA3D-1 conversion of the Hasegawa A3B: XA3D-1 Build Thread HERE Next up, the Wingnuts Models XP-72 resin kit: XP-72 Build Thread HERE Next up, a more ambitious project, the kit-bash of the Academy P-47D Razorbaxk into the XP-47B prototype: XP-47B Build Thread HERE Next up, another resin kit, the LF Models Curtiss XP-42, a variation of the P-36/P-40 family: XP-42 Build Thread HERE Next, another LF Models resin kit, this time the Curtiss XP-31 Swift: More XP-31 Photos HERE XF-91 Build Thread HERE Another resin kit, this time the Anigrand Bell XP-83: XP-83 Build Thread HERE And last one for the year, a kit-bash of the Academy P-47D Razorback into an XP-47J Superbolt: XP-47J Build Thread HERE Not a lot of models this year, but some welcome additions to the collection. For those interested, the pertinent articles contain custom artwork that you are free to use for any non-commercial purpose. Thanks for looking, Ed Quote "Dispensing the Tribal Wisdom since before there WAS a Tribe!"

Cleaning out the Stash- Scifi, Ships and Armor added

Mon, 12/28/2020 - 11:46
Greetings: Doing a purge of things I will never get to so.... Mig-21 Trumpeter 1/32 $75.00 Cutting Edge Colorful Mig 21 Decals, QB Air ScoopsMaster Pitot Tube, Zacto Pylons, Begemot Stencils, CE Cockpit Me262A-2a Trumpeter 1/32 $65.00 QB Seat, Black Magic Masks A-7E Corsair II Sold Trumpeter 1/32 $175.00 Zacto Nose correction Set and Canopy; Victoiry DecalsAvionix Cockpit Gotha GIV Sold Wingnut Wings 1/32 $500.00 HGW Super Set, Resin Figure UH-60L Blackhawk Academy 1/35 $45.00 Cobra 35004, 35002, Eduard 32067, Cutting Edge masks Some smaller stuff too Bristol Blenheim Mk IV/IVF Classic Airframes 1/48 $25.00 F-84F Thunderstreak Revell 1/72 $5.00 VC-121E Minicraft 1/144 $5.00 AH-64D Academy 1/48 $30.00 Verlinden Update Set, Eduard Photoetch Su-27 Academy 1/48 $45.00 BM Masks; CE Cockpit set; CE Exhausts; Ukranian Air Force Decals SBD-5 Dauntless Sold Accurate Miniatures 1/48 $30.00 Eduard Canopy Mask; QB undercarriage covers RQ-1 Predator Antares 1/48 $40.00 Westland Whirlwind Classic Airframe 1/48 $20.00 One bomb rack (resin) missing a small part nacelles started Me262A-1a Jabo DML 1/48 $30.00 Kit 5507 w/Cutting EdgeFlap/Slats Me262A-1a/U4 DML 1/48 $35.00 Kit 5523, PE and Master Model Cannon Barrel Me262A-1a Nachtjager DML 1/48 $25.00 Kit 5515, Loose sprues Me262B-1a/U-1 DML 1/48 $30.00 Kit 5519 FW190D-9 DML 1/48 $35.00 Two resin aftemarket Tails- Arba, Eagle Editions, MDC Cockpit Me262A-2a/U2 Dragon 1/48 $25.00 Kit 5529 Me262A-1a/U3 Dragon 1/48 $25.00 Kit 5535, Still in shrink Ho229A-1 Sold Dragon 1/48 $30.00 Kit 5505 Ta-152H Dragon 1/48 $35.00 Kit 5501, resin tires, Eduard set 48224 P-61A Great Wall Hobby 1/48 $65.00 True Detail Prop Cowling Set; Resin Wheels SH-3H Sea King Hasegawa 1/48 $60.00 Kit SP91, Black Magic masks; Flightpath PE; QBV seats Ju87B-2 Stuka Hasegawa 1/48 $30.00 Started with Verlined Set; QB seats and EZ Masks for canopy AV-8B Harrier Hasegawa 1/48 $25.00 QB Resin Nozzles; Superscale Decal 48352; Microscale Set 48247 E2C Hawkeye Kinetic 1/48 $80.00 Kit48013; Steel Beach Exhaust covers; 3 partial Sets of Bingo decals F-94 Sold Kittyhawk 1/48 $25.00 PBY-5A Catalina Sold Monogram 1/48 $35.00 Ta-152C-0 RV Resin 1/48 $30.00 Do-335A-12 Tamiya 1/48 $45.00 Moskit Exhausts, Verlinden Detail Set; Paragon Do 335B-6 Nightfighter conversion Me262A-1a Tamiya 1/48 $40.00 He-162A-2 Tamiya 1/48 $40.00 Eduard PE- FE393,49393; Aires 4363 and SAC Gear Armors and Aftermarket Karl Morser Dragon 1/35 $40.00 Br.52 Train Hobbyboss 1/72 $50.00 Marder III Sd.kfz.139 Tamiya 1/35 $10.00 Me262 Lorin Conversion Arba 1/48 $15.00 BMW003 Rocket Engines Highflight 1/48 $15.00 ScifFi and Ships LIS Space Pod Moebius 1/35 $35.00 SciFi TSDS Decals Cylon Raiders Moebius 1/72 $5.00 SciFi UFO Pegasus 1/48 $10.00 SciFi C-57D Space Cruiser Polar Lights 1/72 $50.00 SciFi The Big One CWIS Flagship Model 1/35 $50.00 Ship Resin and PE Edmund Fitzgerald Iron Shipright 1/700 $50.00 Ship DKM Bismark Tamiya 1/350 $50.00 Ship Gold Medal Models PE Set PM me if interested or with questions. You can email also at dcmorrissette at roadrunner.com Shipping is from NE Ohio and is not included Dave

Cleaning out the Stash

Mon, 12/28/2020 - 11:46
Greetings: Doing a purge of things I will never get to so.... Mig-21 Trumpeter 1/32 $75.00 Cutting Edge Colorful Mig 21 Decals, QB Air ScoopsMaster Pitot Tube, Zacto Pylons, Begemot Stencils, CE Cockpit Me262A-2a Trumpeter 1/32 $65.00 QB Seat, Black Magic Masks A-7E Corsair II Trumpeter 1/32 $175.00 Zacto Nose correction Set and Canopy; Victoiry DecalsAvionix Cockpit Gotha GIV Wingnut Wings 1/32 $500.00 HGW Super Set, Resin Figure UH-60L Blackhawk Academy 1/35 $45.00 Cobra 35004, 35002, Eduard 32067, Cutting Edge masks Some smaller stuff too Bristol Blenheim Mk IV/IVF Classic Airframes 1/48 $25.00 F-84F Thunderstreak Revell 1/72 $5.00 VC-121E Minicraft 1/144 $5.00 AH-64D Academy 1/48 $30.00 Verlinden Update Set, Eduard Photoetch Su-27 Academy 1/48 $45.00 BM Masks; CE Cockpit set; CE Exhausts; Ukranian Air Force Decals SBD-5 Dauntless Accurate Miniatures 1/48 $30.00 Eduard Canopy Mask; QB undercarriage covers RQ-1 Predator Antares 1/48 $40.00 Westland Whirlwind Classic Airframe 1/48 $20.00 One bomb rack (resin) missing a small part nacelles started Me262A-1a Jabo DML 1/48 $30.00 Kit 5507 w/Cutting EdgeFlap/Slats Me262A-1a/U4 DML 1/48 $35.00 Kit 5523, PE and Master Model Cannon Barrel Me262A-1a Nachtjager DML 1/48 $25.00 Kit 5515, Loose sprues Me262B-1a/U-1 DML 1/48 $30.00 Kit 5519 FW190D-9 DML 1/48 $35.00 Two resin aftemarket Tails- Arba, Eagle Editions, MDC Cockpit Me262A-2a/U2 Dragon 1/48 $25.00 Kit 5529 Me262A-1a/U3 Dragon 1/48 $25.00 Kit 5535, Still in shrink Ho229A-1 Dragon 1/48 $30.00 Kit 5505 Ta-152H Dragon 1/48 $35.00 Kit 5501, resin tires, Eduard set 48224 P-61A Great Wall Hobby 1/48 $65.00 True Detail Prop Cowling Set; Resin Wheels SH-3H Sea King Hasegawa 1/48 $60.00 Kit SP91, Black Magic masks; Flightpath PE; QBV seats Ju87B-2 Stuka Hasegawa 1/48 $30.00 Started with Verlined Set; QB seats and EZ Masks for canopy AV-8B Harrier Hasegawa 1/48 $25.00 QB Resin Nozzles; Superscale Decal 48352; Microscale Set 48247 E2C Hawkeye Kinetic 1/48 $80.00 Kit48013; Steel Beach Exhaust covers; 3 partial Sets of Bingo decals F-94 Kittyhawk 1/48 $25.00 PBY-5 Catalina Monogram 1/48 $35.00 Ta-152C-0 RV Resin 1/48 $30.00 Do-335A-12 Tamiya 1/48 $45.00 Moskit Exhausts, Verlinden Detail Set; Paragon Do 335B-6 Nightfighter conversion Me262A-1a Tamiya 1/48 $40.00 He-162A-2 Tamiya 1/48 $40.00 Eduard PE- FE393,49393; Aires 4363 and SAC Gear PM me if interested or with questions. You can email also at dcmorrissette at roadrunner.com Shipping is from NE Ohio and is not included Dave

Looking for a specific Testors Model Kit

Sun, 12/27/2020 - 20:32
Hi - In a long-shot attempt, I am reaching out to the membership, in trying to locate a certain model kit: Testor's Roswell UFO No. 556 1:48 scale. If anyone has this kit unbuilt and are willing to part with it, I would truly be interested in purchasing. Thank you & happy modelling!!!

Looking for a specific Testors Model Kit

Sun, 12/27/2020 - 20:31
Hi - In a long-shot attempt, I am reaching out to the membership, in trying to locate a certain model kit: Testor's Roswell UFO No. 556 1:48 scale. If anyone has this kit unbuilt and are willing to part with it, I would truly be interested in purchasing. Thank you & happy modelling!!!

Matchbox 1/76 Renault Ft-17

Sun, 12/27/2020 - 11:11
This is from the dual kit with the Char B1 bis. Before the accuracy police get started, I know it's a WW 2 version, and I know that there were many small and some large changes from the WW 1 versions and that this kit has been called to account for inaccuracies and it's very name has been questioned. However, in general, it looks more like an Ft-17 than anything else on my shelf and fills a hole in my WW 1 collection. I know there are other kits of it out there, but not any to which I have access, so this will have to do. That all being said, it's actually a nice little kit to build, if a bit fiddly getting the hull together in alignment and with no seams. The detail is typical Matchbox in that what there is, is kind of 'mushy' or heavy handed. I added all the tools and the jack from the spares box to busy it up and the camouflage is from a photo I found on the internet. When done, it measures about 2.5 inches long and I think it makes a rather pleasing little model.

1/72 XP-47J Superbolt kit bash

Sat, 12/26/2020 - 17:33
For those who might be interested, recently completed article and pics of scratch build/kit bash of Academy P-47D into an XP-47J Superbolt are HERE: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235084455-172-xp-47j-superbolt-kit-bash/&tab=comments#comment-3928384 Thanks for looking, Ed

Sherman tank diorama/ Bravo 6 FURY crew

Thu, 12/24/2020 - 15:45
All,to Finally back at the work bench. I had to take some time off because of hand surgery. ALL IS GOOD NOW. I have not built many tank diorama's. I was able to get some honest feed back on the Siege of Bastogne diorama that I did a few weeks ago. Areas that I could improve on, and the overall layout of a good diorama that is not to busy. I've decided to condense this next one down to include two tanks, and two crew, meeting at a cross roads. The Tamiya kit is ready for paint and assembly. I need to start on the ASUKA Sherman some time next week The Bravo 6 FURY crew was painted with Tamiya paints. The only change to the figures were the addition of tanker helmets, straps for the goggles, and communication cords. Chris

Bill Dedig 2020 Covid Bubble Build efforts

Thu, 12/24/2020 - 11:45
2020 1. 1-10-2020 Israeli Skyhawk 2.2-22-2020 B-25 Wolf Wagon 3.3-21-2020 P-51H PA_Ang 4.4-7-2020 PA ANG A7D 5.04-22-2020 303Sq Spitfire MkV 6.04-25-2020 FW 190D-9 7.05-10-2020 C-46 Yost Pilot 8.5-15-2020 Israeli Mystere 9. 06-04-2020 Hartmanns F-86 10. 06-24-2020 A-10C D-Day Anniv. 11. 07-20-2020 VMA-211 Red tail 12. 07-23-2020 2011 Tiger Tornado 13. 07-27-2020 Albatros D.III OEFFAG 14. 08-11-2020 303 Sq Hurricane B.O.B. 15. 09-19-2020 Leduc 022 16. 10-11-2020 Bf 110 Battle of Britain 17. 11-09-2020 P-40 Lt Welch Pearl Harbor 18. 11-18-2020 Victory 357 19. 12-18-2020 F4U-5 Corsair Thanks for Looking Lets Go 2021...VIVA LAS VEGAS Bill

Dragon 1/35 M46, Korea 1951, Operation Ripper

Wed, 12/23/2020 - 22:17
I built this for a Group Build project with So. Cal. AMPS. Our chapter is making the whole Patton tank family. This is the Dragon M46 kit in the markings of 6th Tank Battalion during Operation Ripper in Korea, Spring 1951.These are probably the most colorful unit markings worn in combat by any tank unit. I modified the kit by repositioning some turret external fittings, leaving off the turret right side stowage rack, adding some turret grab rails, a left side stowage rack on the fender, and a .30 cal. Browning based upon photos of the units tanks in Korea. Paints used are Mission Models and Humbrol for the main colors. Towage items are from my stash and spares bin. I still need to finish the TC figure and come up with a base for this one. Comments and critiques are welcome.

1/48 HobbyBoss F8F-2 Bearcat

Wed, 12/23/2020 - 18:08
Started this one while building the Smirnoff Bearcat, and finished it yesterday. OOTB except for cutting and folding the wings, which is a kit option. Painted and marked to match the one on the cover of the SS "In Action/Walkaround" Bearcat book. The kit provides the bulkheads for the wingfolds, and very simplified hinges. But, there's no guideline or "thinning" on the inside of the wings to help make it easier, so you have to carefully follow the wingfold panel lines, and they aren't straight, simple cuts. still, having the bulkheads in the kit makes this option much easier once the cutting is done! And the finished Cat.... Gil

Minicraft 1/144th scale Boeing KB-50J

Wed, 12/23/2020 - 17:08
Recent build. I kit-bashed the B-29A and the KC-97G to create this KB-50J Superfortress, 420th ARS, RAF Sculthorpe, 1959. Decals are cobbeled together from the parts box and the wingtip hose pods are 136 gallon drop tanks from the Airfix 1/72nd scale P-51D. Tamiya acrylic paints and Future floor wax.

Airfix C9A

Mon, 12/21/2020 - 22:13
1/144 Airfix C9A Nightingale OOB except for Caracal Decals. This was presented to a retired AF Master Sargent.

Dyno Don Maverick-1 Year Project-Finished!!

Mon, 12/21/2020 - 06:34
First....let me go into the actual car. I've been wanting to build a Maverick for a VERY long time but there aren't many kits to choose from. The best offering (and this isn't saying much) is the Jo-Han kit. I was fortunate to get mine from someone on another forum for the mere price of $50. These kits are running around 300+ bucks nowadays so 50 bones is a friggin' steal. Then there came the matter of subject. I was looking for a car to build....you know....a pattern. Nothing struck my fancy for the longest time until I found Dyno Don's car. Man....I was smitten! Just an evil lookin' car! So .....I set out to build it. The real deal: When I started this project one year ago almost to the day I just didn't realize what ride I was in for. This started life as a Jo-Han kit and I quickly found out that it would become much more on down the line. The only things used out of this kit were the body, base interior tub (which got modified at that) and the engine. The rest....went in the trash. The chassis is from AMT's 67 Mustang Fastback, interior is almost all aftermarket stuff to include the 27 piece shifter and the 25 piece seat belt harness. In fact so much scratch and up level detailing was done in the interior that I don't even know where to start. Total parts count for the interior alone is 125 pieces in all. Extensive mods were done to the chassis to get everything to "work" and although not accurate it allowed me to achieve the stance and overall look that I was after. Probably the BIGGEST hang up I had with this car was trying to figure out how to fabricate the shock tower/ inner fenderwells for it because I just couldn't get anything to work. After MANY hours in thought and experimentation I ended up fabbing them up from soda can aluminum. Paint....I used Tamiya's Pure Red with a Testors Wet Look clear. Car decals were from a supplier on Ebay....forgot the vendor. Wheels and tires are from the parts bin except for the rear wheels which I used from Revells 41 Willy's gasser kit. All lettering on the sidewalls of the tires are from Slixx decals. The engine has details from so many different suppliers that I forgot half of where I got everything from. LOTS of scratch work though. Cooling fans are from the Revell Rick Dobbertin Pontiac J2000 kit and again....were heavily modified to fit into this car. This was definitely a test of my abilities as a modeler to say the least but I learned ALOT from this build (as well as learned a few new curse words). There are inaccuracies that'll be noticed by anyone who knows anything about this car and a few liberties taken here and there in the name of adding interest to the car but I feel like it came out alright. I also left off the wheelie bars. I was going to scratchbuild a set but the longer I looked at it the more I thought that they would detract from the overall looks of the car. Any how.....I present here...the finished product. and like all my latest builds she finds herself in my garage for a while now....

The Duke's Pass in Review: Models finished in 2020

Sun, 12/20/2020 - 21:28
Since I'll be on vacation in Florida until January 12th, I won't be working on anything until then so this is it. I only finished 33 this year, but that is what I get for starting five multi-engined aircraft that took so much of my time. Anyway, without further ado; from the beginning of the year till now, here they are: 1/72 scale Russian Troop Carrying Glider from WWII: Two 1/72 scale RS-8 GAZ 98K Aerosans by ACE: Modelcollect 1/72 scale Russian BMP-3 Early model APC: Zvezda 1/72 scale T-15 Armata APC: Zvezda 1/72 scale kit of the BMPT Terminator AA and AT vehicle: A&A Models Russian AA-60 Airfield Fire Truck and Rescue vehicle: Modelcollect's 1/72 scale Russian 9K728 Iskandar K cruise missile truck: Modelcollect's 1/72 scale KZKT 7930 Heavy Cargo Truck: [Modelcollect 1/72 scale MAZ 7411 Heavy Cargo Truck: Modelcollect 1/72 scale Russian 56K6E 'Baikal' Air Defense Command Post: Modelcollect 1/72 scale Russian A-222 130mm Coastal Defense Gun 'Bereg': Modelcollect 1/72 scale MAZ 7410 Tractor with the CHMZAP-9990 Trailer: And here it is with a load. Hasegawa Israeli F-16I Sufa in 1/72 scale: Italeri German Go-244 Gotha transport aircraft in 1/72 scale: With Kubelwagen kit load: 1/72 scale Kubelwagen pic: Revell 1/72 scale US Army M-109 Paladin, Vietnam: Flyhawk 1/72 scale US Army M-1A2 Abrams SEP tank: Flyhawk 1/72 scale US Army M-1A2 Abrams SEP tank with Mine Plow: Tiger Models 1/72 scale M-1A2 Abrams SEP TUSK I: 1/72 scale Russian SA-2 SAM launcher: Convair Atlas rocket in 1/72 scale from Horizon Models: Mercury Redstone rocket in 1/72 scale with Friendship 7 from Horizon Models: ACE 1/72 scale Mercedes Type 770K (W-150) Grosser cabriolet F touring car: ACE 1/72 scale Mercedes Type 770K (W-150) Grosser Tourenwagen (unarmored) Dragon 1/72 scale Churchill MK.3 AVRE: Dragon 1/72 scale Churchill Mk.4 AVRE: Aoshim 1/72 scale Japanese Type 78 Tank Transporter: Modelcollect 1/72 scale M-977 HEMMTT Tank Transporter. Takom 1/72 scale M-1070 HET Tank Transporter: And there it is; my final count for the 2020 year. Thanks all for looking in.

OOB Rules ???? for ya

Sat, 12/19/2020 - 23:34
Ok, so I have a newbie to OOB questions. 1. If the instructions do not show seatbelts. Can I still make seatbelts from the instruction sheet?? 2. If the instruction sheet shows rigging. What can I make the rigging out of?? (Stretched sprue??) And this also goes for Antennas? 2a. So if I can stretch sprue. Can I stretch sprue to make hydro, brake and other lines. Basically, as long as I use what is in the kit, I can make whatever I need to detail my kit. As long as it comes from the kit. Thanks for the response and clarification. Mark

Tamiya 1/12th Yoshimura Hayabusa motorcycle and rider

Thu, 12/17/2020 - 22:01
I've been puttering with this off and on for several years. Finally decided to finish it off. The figure is from Coree modified to fit the Tamiya Hayabusa. Dak

Coree Biker chick

Thu, 12/17/2020 - 21:53
!/12th Tamiya Yoshimura Hayabusa X-1 motorcycle with the Coree figure modified to fit. Dak

Prepping PE For Soldering

Wed, 12/16/2020 - 22:23
Do any of our esteemed colleagues have a preferred method of prepping PE for soldering & painting. I've heard soaking the fret in white vinegar helps remove any residual oils so paint adheres better. Anybody have any other advice?