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FS: 1/350 - 1/700 Hangar Bay and 1/350 Air Wing Decal Sets

Sun, 12/13/2020 - 06:12
If you are building a 1/350 or 1/700-1/720 US Navy CV, CVN, LHD, or LPD I have decal sets that will enhance the look of the hangar bays and docking bays. For the 1/350 CV/CVN's I am currently working on decal sets to so that all the aircraft markings are accurate for specific cruises. Paypal and free worldwide shipping. You can check out the available sets at https://davidsscalemodels.com/decals/ Here is a sample of the CV/CVN hangar bay set Here is a sample of an Air wing set (sets are 2 full size sheets) Here is a sample of the LHD hangar bay set Here is a sample of the LPD Hangar Bay set

1/32 WWII Aircraft

Sun, 12/13/2020 - 00:50
I wish Tamiya would make the P-47D Bubble top and the P-47 Razorback in 1/32 (maybe the Hellcats as well?)

Is there a way to check on my membership online?

Fri, 12/11/2020 - 17:01
Just curious. I renew back in the beginning of November but as of today have not received a new card. I know things are messed up due to Covid but just want to make sure the payment went thru. Eric

1/48 "SMIRNOFF" Racing Bearcat

Thu, 12/10/2020 - 22:07
Just finished the 1/48 High Planes edition of the Concord Conversion F8F Bearcat that raced at Reno in the 60s. This is a limited run, low pressure injection kit. That means the plastic needs a lot of clean up, there's no locating pins, and the detail parts have to be sanded (or ground down) to get them to fit well. While it takes a lot more elbow grease to build such a kit, it captures the modifications to the racing Bearcat very well with the shorter wings, extended tail, small racing canopy, closed off wing intakes (filled in by the builder, that is), and P-51 prop spinner. The attraction to the model is the scheme and the markings. The paint scheme itself isn't too difficult, and decals are provided for the "trim". I chose to paint the trim as most decals like that don't fit well, and getting them to blend smoothly around such compound curves is more work than masking and painting. The only catch to painting the trim was having to mix the blue to match the decal sheet. I mixed some MM Medium Blue, Cobalt Blue, and Testors Sky Blue using Mk1 eyeball, and it's close enough for government work.....MM Gloss White was used for the rest of the plane, with copious amounts of Future for the glossy finish. The racing markings themselves are very nicely printed and alternates are provided for doing Smirnoff from different years. They're thin, but not too hard to use with care. The main problem I had was with the CLEAR areas between and around the lettering and trim colors. After being applied to the model, it wanted to come apart. The decals behaved as if the ink was the only thing holding the backing sheet together, and I ended up removing as much of the clear as possible on the model. However, I do think that the decal sheet was weakend by age, and the problems I had were mainly due to that. This kit came out 20-30yrs ago, and I'm betting those decals would have performed better if built back at that time. In the end, this is just an average build (contest-wise) with quite a few gaffs when you get up close. However, it makes for a very pretty build to sit on the shelf, and compliments my Gulfhawk Bearcat quite nicely. Comments, criticism, and questions welcome, as always....Cheers! Gil

1/10th scale Young Miniatures Easy Company Trooper

Thu, 12/10/2020 - 16:37
All, This one sat on my shelf for a few months unfinished. After repainting the head three times, I felt it would be a good idea to set it aside for awhile. The figure was painted with P3 paints, and tester enamels. To simulate melted snow on his helmet, I used Testors gloss coat. Still working on my figure painting skills. My hat goes off to you figure guys. Much respect. Chris

Bandai 1/144. T-65 X wing

Tue, 12/08/2020 - 16:26
Done out of box, even used the included stickers save the canopy and the yellow starboard engine panel. Model Master light grey overall with Vallejo washes and powder streaking. Be safe.

Hi, I'm Kurt from Colorado, and I'm a modelholic.

Tue, 12/08/2020 - 16:06
Been building since I was 9 so I had cooler toys than the neighbor kids and it has stuck with me off n on over the decades. Both grandfathers were pilots in WW2, grew up on their stories, guess what I build the most. Will put some stuff up soon. Be safe.

That Fokker is a Messerschmitt

Mon, 12/07/2020 - 16:27
Work in progress. Eduard Bf-109 E4 "yellow 10" crash landed on Sept 28, 1940 near East Langdon, Kent. More figures will be added. Eduard 1/32nd kit with civilians from various sources. Figures are a little glossy because they have not been dull coated yet. Dak

1/48 Airfix Junkers JU-87B-1 Stuka

Sun, 12/06/2020 - 06:07
For my next build I will be taking on the 1/48 Airfix Junkers JU-87B-1 Stuka. This was a World War II dive bomber use by Germany. I am not using the scheme in the kit. Instead the scheme will be that of the Staffelkapitan, 4th Staffel, Stukageshwader 77. It represents how it looked in June 1940 in France. I purchased the Eduard “Big ED” photo etch detail set (#49166) and will also be scratch building some other details. Starting with the cockpit I added the photo etch details to the ammunition cartridges. Then I detailed the seat with the photo etch seat belts. The cockpit floor required some putty as the ejector points were a little on the deep side. Once filled and sanded it was painted using Vallejo RM2 gray. The spent ammo casing bin was assembled and a photo etch cover was added. I added the ammunition cartridges to the mount and the put the bin, ammo, and seat into the weathered cockpit. I am working on the cockpit walls. Again these have a lot of ejector marks which required putty to fill. The cockpit parts have very good details although it is kind of a shame that there is a lot of ejector marks. You can see photos and details of the start in my build log at https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-48-ju-87b-1-stuka/

Mosquito build progress

Sat, 12/05/2020 - 17:45
I wanted to post progress photos of my build of the Tamiya 1/32 Mosquito. It would be great to read comments on how I can improve. Several photos were posted in the “techniques“ forum where i received very productive comments and i have put an aircraft weathering how-to book and some weathering products on my wishlist for Xmas. There is a specific issue that i wanted to discuss (although there is nothing i can do about it now). The wheel/tire assembly consisted of many pieces in order to mimic the flat spot at ground contact. I took great care in putting all of it together. However, when I mounted the nacelle to the wing/fuselage, i was very disappointed to find out that the flat spot on the tire is not flush with the surface. You have to get down and close to see it but there is definitely a triangle of light that shouldn’t be there. If anyone out there built this model i would love to hear wether you also had any issue with this detail? thanks for looking! Stuart


Fri, 12/04/2020 - 22:58
Ok, so I can't stop building them. This one is from Aradia Miniatures 75mm Dante Inferno collection. A very well done kit, but m,y love hate relationship with Aradia models is there's a certain order you need to assemble the parts, which they don't tell you. You only find out 2/3s the way thru when major sub-assemblies don't fit - hence the "broken" spear on the stone soldier... Oh well... Alsio tried OSL again. Thanks for looking.

deep intake for Platz/Italeri X-47B , 1/72, Mixvs MinimaX

Wed, 12/02/2020 - 16:33
Hello, today I made my first cast of the deep intake for the Platz/Italeri X-47B in 1/72. The parts are rebuilt parts of the original kit with an additional fan for the F110 engine. They need only little work for removing the casting seams. Orders can be done via, PM or facebook. PS: The next item will be the Nozzle and the APU exaust. cheers Alex

Chuck Contrino, new member from Brooklyn, NY

Wed, 12/02/2020 - 12:06
I made models as a kid, took a long time off, and have gotten back into the hobby over the last few years. The kits and materials have come a long way since I was first making models, a long time ago. I'm enjoying learning new tricks.

USS Florida, SSGN 728

Tue, 12/01/2020 - 21:00
After a lengthy break in modelling I was able to start again. Thought I'd do something easy, so I took my USS Ohio off the shelf of doom and started working on it again. I decided I wanted to convert it to a SSGN and went with the USS Florida (the only Ohio class to fire shots in anger). Aftermarket prop from G-factor, Nameplate, stand, Dry Dock Shelter and SEAL Delivery Vehicles via Shapeways, and 7 shot rocket launcher ends from the Testors NATO Armament set. More challenging then I thought, but she is finished.

WTB Nuclear Power Plant Card Model

Mon, 11/30/2020 - 23:59
I'm looking for a paper model kit of a pressurized water reactor nuclear power plant. The kit was published in Germany by Kraftwerk Union AG for KWU, the German power utility, and is 1/350 scale. Here's a photo:

Nuclear Power Plant Card Model

Mon, 11/30/2020 - 23:59
I'm looking for a paper model kit of a pressurized water reactor nuclear power plant. The kit was published in Germany by Kraftwerk Union AG for KWU, the German power utility, and is 1/350 scale. Here's a photo:

Academy 1/35 M151A1 WIP

Mon, 11/30/2020 - 23:26
I’m feeling the modeling urge flow again to start a new “quick” build to knock out before the year ends, so I started this little one on Saturday evening. After two hours I had the engine, suspension/drivetrain, and most of the main basic assembly completed I should have construction done in a few more days then be on to painting immediately after that...

USS Arizona funnel question

Mon, 11/30/2020 - 16:54
I have purchased a 3D printed funnel for the 1/350 USS Arizona to replace the hobby boss kit funnel, just ready to add photo etch railing etc. I was wondering how sailors would get to very top of funnel??? Seen no blueprints that show ladder(s) in this area, but I have seen ladder(s) on the front of the funnel on 1/200 scale models of the USS Arizona! Does anyone have actual pictures that show the ladder(s) on the front of funnel, in it late 1941 reconfiguration? or is this how model builders think it should have been????

Las Vegas Lawn Dart in 1:72

Sun, 11/29/2020 - 01:06
Here's my latest completion: the FROG re-pop of the Academy F-16C Block 52. The kit's overly-pointy nose was replaced with a Wolf Pack nose. Also lending a hand was a Wolf Pack burner and tailpipe, Aires cockpit, CMK main gear bay, and Master Models pitot, AOA probes and static discharge wicks. To get a Night Vision Goggles-compatible canopy, I swapped the tinted kit canopy from one from an old Hasegawa kit. The paints were a mix of ModelMaster and Humbrol enamels. Weathering was applied with a Payne's gray sludge wash, followed by the application of fluid leaking with a Staedler .05mm pigment liner, and finally pastels once the flat coat was on. All the ordnance - save the Hasegawa ACMI pod - came from the kit. The decals are from TwoBobs for 91-0362, which has served at Nellis AFB (right by Las Vegas!) at the USAF Weapons School for its entire career. This is how it appeared in 2006.

Monogram 1/48 A-7B

Sat, 11/28/2020 - 15:29
This is the last aircraft model that I started and completed a few months back. It’s the old Monogram A-7B. I did a few add ons in the cockpit, and changed out some of the kit ordnance using Hasegawa items based off of photos that I found online. Markings are from a couple decal sheets that I cobbled together to build a VA-95 bird off USS Midway during Operation Linebacker in Spring and Summer of 1972.