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  2. The weathering is as done as it's gonna be.....I applied a brown sludge wash, airbrushed the exhaust stains (several times), toned them down, and then also used some pastel powders in the end. Some random chipping was added this evening. Might have her on her gear this weekend! GIL
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    Excellent progress! I'm guessing the ball-peen hammer you're using to whack that into shape is JUST out of the picture.....is your kit vac canopy yellowed, and if so, how will you tackle that? Looking forward to seeing more! Gil
  4. Goodness, that's a busy bench, Mark!! I remember seeing the real Southern Cross on display at the Brisbane Airport back in 1985. And a flying replica in '88. Very cool aircraft! Must dig out the photos....
  5. Last week
  6. It's been a couple weeks and so I have a lot to show. I apologize, I got carried away this past couple weeks and so I have a lot to show. So let's get this tour started! All aboard the trams; our first stop is the hanger... I decided to start with some of the easier models first. First up, the Japanese Ninja helicopter got all the windows masked off in preparation for paint: ....which went on later; at least the base coat of green: That was all I had done on that before I moved on to something else. The next one was my little Vampire that had been masked off some time ago. This bird now has a grey belly. I can clear coat it for decals now: Another simple one, the F-117 was next. It was time to finally replace the stolen one from way back when. Cockpit was built first: This was then painted, and then I installed it inside the upper fuselage and closed it up under the canopy before I remembered to shoot a pic: After that it was a simple matter to add the wings and tail: Now all I need to do is mask the canopy and the shoot paint. Later I'll add the landing gear and internals. Since I was already working on one jet from the Desert Storm set (F-117) I pulled out the other one from that set that was started. I painted the cockpit and pilots for the A-6 Intruder: The canopy was a different affair; it was split lengthwise instead of the traditional way. I thought one was to do this was to add one side first, then the other later when the first side was dry: After fitting the other side I wasn't much pleased with the placement. but it was closed up: Next up of course was to add the nose. Before doing that I glued some nose weights inside to keep this from being a tail sitter. You can see the weights that I had put inside the nose next to the plane since I forgot to shoot a pic of them inside the nose before I closed it up: I'm really not happy with the way the canopy looks here. I might just pop it off and try again for a better fit. Finally, I got some paint on my Japanese U-124; or rather primer. I was out of grey primer so I shot black instead which showed some flaws that needed fixing. Here it is after the extra putty was applied: After some sanding and re-scribing, I shot it again and got a better result: When it was dry, I shot aircraft grey underneath it: I gave that time to dry and then masked off the bottom to prepare for the top coat: The top got a coat of Intermediate Blue afterward: And now this bird is finally painted. I have a few touch ups to do before I clear coat it for decals: That completes the tour of the hanger, now on to the shipyards... In the shipyards here I've been mostly working on smaller craft, like this RAF Rescue Launch. This is a shelf queen that I've been tired of moving around. I had shot a coat of black on the sides which had gone all wonky so I had to sand it smooth and try again. Second time all these years later, it looks better: Now I can start moving forward on this. I went ahead and masked off the sides. Once I get a good enough inventory of paints that I need for this I'll shoot paint on it later: You can see where I dry-fit the gun turrets just to be sure they were still around.... Moving on to the next project, I shot a grey overcoat on the top of the Higgins boat: It came out a bit blotchy looking, but I like it. Next I masked off the top for the bottom coat: ...which went on later: This one is moving fast. She'll be sliding down the slipways fairly soon: Later, after a gloss clear was applied I added the decals: Some detail painting later and I'll have this done. The next ship I worked on was the commission build I'm doing for a friend; On his SMS Emden he wanted the white and gold scheme so I went with Testor's Model Master Camouflage Grey. It was the closest thing I could find to white without actually being white, which I felt was more realistic. I shot this on the hull: Later I found a Vallejo color called Gold Brown. I felt it was perfect for the superstructure. I painted that with a brush to see how it looked. I will be needing multiple coats as this color is 'weak'. I also painted the black and dark brown upper decks: That's as far as I got in the shipyards. Now it's time to tour the Motor Pool..... Okay, here in the Motor Pool, I decided to at least start a halftrack for a Halftrack Group Build on another Forums. This is the SdKfz 9 with a crane on the back. I have an early and a late. I simply picked the one I could see; the other one was hiding. I didn't get very far. I started with the basic engine which I may or may not display: I then added that to the chassis along with the transmission and some other parts: Then I looked at all the roadwheels and decided I'd had enough of this beastie. I picked up something else. That something else turned out to be one of my Christmas presents: the Russian 2S35 self propelled gun. I started buy assembling the lower hull: Next was the roadwheels. They didn't look as daunting as the German halftrack wheels, so I spent a while cementing one half of the roadwheels to the other half: I set them aside to dry and assembled the turret. This is a big honking beast! The turret is bigger than the 2S19 that I'd built earlier. But look at the size of that gun: That's a 152mm gun people. Talk about "reaching out and touching someone"... Just for fun, I dry-fit the upper hull to the lower and added the turret to see how this horse was gonna look: Looks like it's gonna fall over on it's nose! Next up, I decided I'd had enough of roadwheels so I got started on two more of my Christmas presents. These are wheeled vehicles this time. The first one was my Australian Bushmaster. I built the lower hull first: Next I added the windows to the upper hull and added a few more parts to finish the basic assembly: Here it is all dry fit together. I still need to paint the interior: The British SAS Bushmaster was next. Starting with the lower hull, you can see it is already semi-subtly different: Next the upper hull. Note the top hatch and the spaced armor applied to the sides: Again a dry fit to see how it looks: Now that I had these started, I decided to get some paint shot. First was the Stryker. It got an overcoat of green: Next I assembled the wheels and added them to the hull. Dragon did a great job on these wheels; they are hard plastic and the went on the front hubs exceptionally well. They then had you glue the back of the hubs to the front hubs, trapping a post inside. What a bonus that was, as you'll see later. In this pic, I have the back hubs and posts pushed into the holes in the lower hull: Here's how they look installed on the vehicle: Next came the clear gloss and decals: ....followed by a dullcoat: This beastie was ready for weathering. Here's where the bonus came in with the wheels: I was able to pull them off the vehicle (I didn't glue them in, only pressed them in) and this allowed me to weather the wheels, adding dirt inside the tire treads: I also dusted the hull and now all I have to do is re-install the wheels and add other final detail parts and this one will be done. Finally, I also shot paint over the other model that needed it: my British FV-432. It got the base coat of green: Since I was going to make this black and green, you know what's coming next: Silly Putty. I covered the green with it, letting it hold the turret into place: I shot the black over this, making sure I got inside all the nooks and crannies, caverns and canyons. I used the Aircraft Interior Black from Testor's: I removed the Silly Putty later and was very happy with the results: Next came the gloss clear and decals: After shooting a dull coat on this I was placing it on the shelf again and the turret flew off, causing this breakage: I pulled out my CA glue and put it back together as best I could: It still has a chip I need to repair so I'm hoping that I can get it done well enough. Once I do and add the final detail parts, I'll be able to call this one done as well. And on that happy note, it's time to head back to the reception area to disembark from the trams. Thank you all for joining me on this latest tour. Comments are always welcome.
  7. Mark you're very generous with your positive remarks and I really appreciate 'em! Thanks! I only have 2 more models to post on these pages and they are BOTH my favourites. Both took a lot of time and when they were done ... man, what a good feeling! Till next time Pete
  8. Here are a few photos of the 1/72 scale TIE Interceptor Bandai kit I built last year immediately following my AT-ST build. TIE stands for Twin Ion Engine for those who did not know. Again, that is information learned from my Star Wars fan best friend. The TIE Interceptors saw action in the Return of The Jedi Movie in which they attacked and harassed the Rebel Fleet and fighters that had gathered around the Second Death Star and the forest moon of Endor. The TIE interceptors are basically meant to represent Imperial technological improvements in their star fighter design during the time between the first, second and third Star Wars movies which are Episodes IV, V, and VI. That is what the information on the box of the Bandai kit states. The TIE Interceptor has bent wings unlike the original TIE fighters seen in the very first Star Wars movie A New Hope and much like Darth Vader's TIE fighter in the same movie. Also, the front of the wings are elongated, kind of making it appear more sleek in my opinion. I included A photo of the cockpit before I put the canopy on so one could see the pilot a little and some of the inside of the cockpit as well as my fingers and thumb once again to show the relative size of the model. Also, for reasons unknown to me, Bandai included details of the of the Twin Ion Engine, or, are they the details of the two laser guns kind of like the details of machine guns that can be found in some WWII era fighter model's wings. I say I do not know why they included the detail, because they are simply covered up with the bottom part of the center-sphere of the fighter. I have a picture of the detail and the work i put into it before covering it up with the molded plastic of the central sphere's underside. The detail- and the picture of it- is the picture included in this post of the part resting or sitting on one of Tamiya's Weathering Master Tools which is something I use quite often in detailing and weathering my models. Ok, enough rambling, here are the pics:
  9. AT-ST stands for All-Terrain Scout Transport for those who did not know. My hardcore Star Wars best friend shared some of his movie knowledge with me, that is how I know what AT-ST stands for. It was seen in the Return of The Jedi movie on the forest moon of Endor. The AT-STs saw some action in the battle with the Ewoks in which Han Solo, Princess Leia, R2-D2 and C3-PO along with Chewbacca (who took control of one of the empire's AT-STs and promptly destroyed the locked doors to the shield generator) blew up the shield generator with explosive charges so the Rebel fighters from the Rebel fleet could attack and destroy the second Death Star. A Chewbacca figure is included with the model, giving the modeler the option of creating the AT-ST that was captured and then controlled by Chewie. The Chewbacca figure is molded standing up and would have to be sticking out from the cockpit. Also, a cockpit-open hatch is included for this very build option. In the movie, Han and Leia and company learn that Chewie has control of the AT-ST, much to his and her relief. The kit was completed almost exactly one year ago and was made by Bandai and is in 1/72 scale. Here are some pics. I included two of the cockpit with the roof off to see the pilots and details inside as well as to give a relative size of the model as my fingers and thumb were also included in the picture.
  10. Now here is my Christmas presents I ordered for myself. This is round one: Two Dragon Bushmasters: one Australian and one British: One M-1124 MRAP: One IBG Crusader anti-aircraft tank: One Zvezda Russian 2S35 Koalitsiya: And finally my Trumpeter HEMMTT Load Handling System: That's round one in from Freetime Hobbies. Next is my Hobbylink Japan order of four more models that are crossing the Pacific ocean now. I have a couple more I plan on ordering from what's left, if I can.. Stay tuned.
  11. I am simply posting some pics of a build I completed two years ago. Boba Fett was completed in 2020 and my best friend who I have known since grade school provided me with the 1/6 scale Bandai kit. My friend is a huge Star Wars fan. The model is now in his care. Here are some pics of it:
  12. Great builds, John. Yeah, my favorite is the Hurricane set as well. I looked at your gallery on Saturday and I am going to revisit it again for sure to look at some more of your great builds. In your gallery, (and this might be off topic) I love the B-17E with the white undersides and Brit markings. I also thought the all red P-51 was neat, as well as Dick Rutan's Voyager. I remember that thing flying around the world when I was much younger. Also, when I was much younger I had the fortunate opportunity to attend the Experimental Aircraft Association's annual fly-in in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Lots of neat aircraft there as well as a good many warbirds. If anyone has the opportunity to go to that, I recommend it. Great stuff, John! Sorry I did not respond sooner, I was working on my Roman Warship lol. It is almost complete. Yeah, and I love that Jeep in that Airfix set as well. I have a Tamiya model of a Jeep that is wanting to be built. So many models, so little time lol!
  13. I would like to see Columbus, Ohio get another show. Mike
  14. New Orleans is very expensive, Ed. I've explored Mobile but manpower is a huge obstacle to overcome here on the gulf coast. We have two clubs here in the Panhandle and 2 around Nola, with nothing in between. A better option would be somewhere close, but then there is a lack of available space and manpower.
  15. Thank you! You took the words right out of my mouth.
  16. I am constantly amazed at the extent of the detailing you do to make these so incredibly realistic! Way to go Pete!
  17. I would love for Orange County to host again, but the last time I floated that idea here, I was vilified by many who couldn't put 2007 behind them. A number of us had met to discuss the idea of offering a bid and I even went so far as to ask for a convention how to information book from the National organization. I never got it, and once everyone else heard of the negative reaction on here, the idea fizzled. As I don't expect to ever be able to attend another Nationals, I don't have a dog in this show; but it will be interesting to see who gets it next.
  18. Friends, let's strive to keep this discussion regarding the use of paper towels in modeling on topic, please. Thank you!
  19. I would love New Orleans. The WWII museum there is fantastic. Base the convention at the Higgins hotel just nextdoor. To be realistic, any East Coast convention situated north of Richmond would be just too expensive, both in venue costs and in hotel room night charges.
  20. Agree that a West Coast convention would be good. Perhaps the PHX guys could be persuaded.....😎
  21. Yes, they are throwback 19th Century industrialists who care for nothing but lining their own pockets, and 'little guys' be damned. Very unsavory characters. I use torn-up old t-shirts, pillowcases and sheets.
  22. A lot of other items had to be scratch built too, like ... the CMs Docking Probe ... the Plume Deflector supports ... ... the High Gain antenna ... ... the Large Radiators and Handholds for the SIM Bay plus all those new surface details ... ...another view of the new surface details. Using styrene disks and Aluminum foil ... ... the Umbilical Connection cover had to be built and installed ... ... and DONE. This was another satisfying build ... plus it tapped into those old, old memories which was a really nice bonus! Thanx for popping in and taking a peek! Pete
  23. When this kit was re-released a few years ago, I bought one. I had built this kit in 1968, on a Saturday afternoon, while listening to WKBW and Simon and Garfunkel's brand new song, Bridge over Troubled Water. This was always my favourite model and played with it constantly ... back then. ;- D I also had scored a trove of old LMs and parts off of eBay and thought of displaying the original kit, and my heavily modified version, side by side at Model Shows I wanted to show the viewer a Before and After of the same kit. They could compare the fit of the original kit and see what can be done, hopefully to inspire kids into the hobby I was also intrigued by the folding Landing Gear of the old kit's design and wanted to keep that feature ... so I could play with it! ;- D This was gonna be depicting Apollo 17 so a lot of scratch building was involved ... for instance the folded up LRV on the side of the LM was included. I used the New Ware Update set as well, but little details like the RTG, and Landing probes, had to be created. I also wanted it to fit inside the SLA ... The inside of the SLA was highly detailed too ... This is the ebay score ... after using Easy-Off to remove old paint ... and then after being washed ... A new Heat Shield had to be built ... ... and the BPC was made ... and off to page 2 ...
  24. An east coast show would please a bunch though might make it hard for those of us out west but I would like to go to Atlanta, New Orleans, Philly, someplace in Florida. Would be good to have another closer to home. Would be great if the locals here in SLC would go for another. Albuquerque, Seattle, Portland, Denver all would be good also.


    yes. I added sidewalls to the wells, some "stringers" and "hydraulic lines".
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