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    SSSimply amazing! SSStunning. Well, you get the idea. She does NOT need scales! Great job. Bill
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    Just finished the Special Hobby V-173 Flying Pancake. It's a 48th scale kit and its a beauty. One needs to know that there are no locating pins/holes for the gear struts but there is engraved detail that clearly shows where the gear struts fit to the underside of the Pancake. Lots of excellent detail and a clean, tight fit. My building skills were not up to the task but the project was very enjoyable.
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    Way to go, Kevin! I admire your technique for skin tones; very realistic. The colorful slithering things just continue to add interest to the piece. Ed
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    Love it. Great pose for where you have him "hanging around". How did you mount him to the wall? Bill
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    Gil, Another possibility would be the different variants of a single type, though that could get out of hand with the F4 Phantom or F-111. One I'm currently planning takes three Monogram kits of a single type and building three variants. One more or less out of the box and the other two with most or all of the aftermarket bells and whistles.
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    Kevin, What's really frustrating...and worse than recasting...is when a company takes a resin casting of a conversion part that no one else has ever produced and copies it. Not by recasting the part so that it is the same size, but by vacuforming OVER the part so that their vacuform version is larger than the original by the thickness of the plastic. Of course the customer ends up with a part that doesn't fit the way it's supposed to. I've had that experience and...as you state...there is very little that can be done about it unless you have the deep pockets to take the person/company to court.
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    Here are the latest ships to come off the slipways at my shipyards. To start, I finished up the USS Bootes AK-99 Liberty ship. This is the 1/700 scale Pit Road kit: Next is the third Japanese subject being delivered to my Japanese Forces. this is the 1/700 scale Pit Road kit of the Japanese Oiler Erimo. I built her because she was eavesdropping on US Navy communications but the US Pacific Fleet during exercises a few weeks before Pearl Harbor. Sneaky little devil here: Finally, both of these ships are being escorted by my latest British destroyer the HMS Daring on their shakedown cruises. This is the 1/700 scale Dragon kit of one of Britain's newest ships: Okay, that's all I have for now. Thanks all for looking in, comments are welcome.
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    Excellent! I might suggest that idea to my club. Cool! Looking forward to seeing Medusa. I'd better polish my reflective shield though to be safe.
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    As for lack of skills....I have enough skill with the smart phone camera to hide the major flaws on the Pancake. As for the props..... They are not the "typical" laminated blades, at least the pics on the Interwebs does not show them with that stereotypical appearance. I studied the interweb pics, selected the Vallejo colors that I keep on hand for such work, and matched the pic colors to the Vallejo paint colors...……..more or less. I don't worry about exact match-ups. The blades were shot with a Tamiya yellow due to the fact that there are two yellow bands on the prop tips, and a large yellow "plate" at the base of each blade. The blades had the color bands on the tips applied in the usual fashion, with masking tape and airbrush. I masked over the white band on the prop tip in preparation for hand painting the wood effect. (I have a new appreciation of Tamiya tape!) I started "wooding" the blades with a thin coat of the lightest color, followed by applications of 3 different darker colors, all applied fairly thinned out. All the time I kept checking the interwebs pics (which, by this time I had downloaded to my laptop) to use as a reference, paying attention to the length, width, and intensity of the different colors in the pics, and trying to mimic those same lines on the blades. Once all the paint was dry I dipped each blade in Future and then set it aside to dry out. I avoided dipping the blade deep enough to get that metal plate at the bottom of each blade covered....wanted it to be fairly matt in appearance with some "chipping" of the yellow revealing a "metal" finish" to the plate, itself. Applied the "logo" decal, and gave each blade another Finish bath, and the result was...…...well, you see the result. I've done other Special Hobby kits and I find them to be well detailed, with a "fit" that is quite good. I've also found that if one doesn't study the instructions (not in English, but the universal language of drawings and illustrations) thoroughly, one will have trouble sooner or later. Decals were quite good. Not for the beginner, and it certainly challenged my skill level. Be careful with the canopy parts and don't stress them when removing them from the parts tree, or when masking them. They are a bit thin. Test fit, test fit, test fit, test fit, test fit, test fit, test fit, test fit, test fit. Did I mention its wise to test fit? Great Fun!...……..and quite tasty with Maple Syrup!
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    Engine assembly and detail is complete. Now I can get started on final assembly.
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    The T-38 was no different. We always kept the canopy open as long a possible sitting at last chance and popped it open once we cleared the runway on landing. The summer sun was just brutal. I remember everyone coming back to the flight room soaked especially if they had a pattern only ride. We were issued three flight suits and there was always one in the wash. I recall hearing life support comment on having to change the backing pad on parachutes often. If the chute got wet, it could grow mold and that would mess up any ejection attempt.
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    Like all Air Force pilots of the era, T-38 was the fastest. Loved that bird. From there went to KC-135A's -- Big jets
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    A bit more progress. Fuselage is painted. I still need to add some gloss to the finish. Wings are painted and test fit. Also started working on the engine. I was originally going to build this straight out of the box but even though I'm no expert on aircraft details I felt that some of the details were a bit soft so I decided to access some research and add some extra details. The cleanup on the engine was a labor as a lot of seam lines are in all of the worst places. I also decided to replace the exhaust pieces with styrene tubing as the kit pieces were going to be next to impossible to drill out the ends. Lots of paint details as well as there are so many different colors on the engine. So far I'm happy with the progress.
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    Thanks Gil! I've had some occasional trouble with the putty but nothing that isn't easily fixable. Yeah, it is tough getting a soft line with it. I tend to go with solid hard lines on my camo since in 1/72 scale it is more accurate looking. It is a challenge sometimes to get just the right amount of thickness that will keep it from shifting, yet will still stick to the model, After all this time using it extensively, I think I'm getting pretty good at it so far.
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    Thanks Kevin! For some reason I couldn't get Google translator to work for me.