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  1. The old Bandai 1/48 armor kits were really gems at the time and still aren't all that bad. They all sported at least a minimal interior while other companies kits had nothing but old motorization brackets. This one is bound for Malta camouflage. I completed the interior with some extra "busying-up" parts added, like some more bins in the hull, some wiring a recoil guard for the main gun and I bodged together a sort of #19 radio set. The turret basket is not accurate and is actually in common with that in the Valentine kit. As a matter of fact, if you check the one in the ESCI 1/72 scale Valentine, you'll find it's also the same. But accuracy aside, again, at least there's something in there to see through the hatches I intend to leave open. In the end, it turned out pretty well for a kit that dates from 1975. The figure is from the Tamiya Humber a/c kit as there was no crew in the box when I got it. This is everything before exterior painting started, with the exception of the exhaust system. And here's the final product.
    4 points
  2. I'm mainly a 1/48 scale WW2 aircraft modeler. As such I have had the "Invasion Stripe" discussion many times with different people. I am firmly on the side of "sloppy work looks sloppy". In 1/48 scale an error of 6 inches is an 1/8 of an inch. Most people can hand paint fairly straight lines over a short distance. In order to have a variance in a line that is detectable at 1/48 scale it would have to be blatent in full scale. Perhaps someone out there will figure out how to pull it off realistically one day but I've never seen any attempt that looked anything but sloppy.
    1 point
  3. Hey Gang, been a while. I still haven't fully gotten my mojo back, tho it is getting a little easier to force myself out of the chair , and up the stairs to my hobby room. This time I have CGS' Wyatt Earp, in 200mm. The arms were separate from the body, and hands, which were in the rifle. So it was a bit of a juggling match to line everything up. Another problem was the rifle barrels were warp, and needed the hot water treatment to straighten The other thing I noticed was that the head was sculpted separately from the body, and the pupild were sculpted in looking straight ahead. Putting the head on the bod where he should be looking down the barrels in the movie, he was looking off to the side. IMHO it looked silly and had to repaint the eyes over at the very end. All in all it was a good kit. Thanks for looking.
    1 point
  4. Finally, enough time in the day, and no complications, to get in a good bench session. I did the last bits of airbrushing, then started removing all of the masking. Some of that dampened tissue paper in certain areas sure was reluctant to come back out, and that ended up causing me to knock a 5” rocket loose during the handling. But man does this look good now. One more good session and I ought to be able to wrap this one up…
    1 point
  5. Mike - your posting is lacking context. In the full text, Jamie explains that rising production costs are not offset by the poor sales of these colors. The cancellation of these is quite understandable, and many have alternates in other product lines. It would be great if it were otherwise, but it appears to be a sound business decision As with many others, we have faced multiple challenges as a business over the last few years. Uncertainty, increased administration and so on caused by Brexit, increasing raw material and base product prices, difficulties sourcing materials, vast increases in tin costs and difficulties with escalating costs of shipping flammable liquids have brought additional strain to the business. We have managed to contain most of these concerns by making small changes to pricing (only when applicable to new stocks) and rewarding our customers (free gifts last December). However, as a business we do have to evolve to the changing circumstances and as such as have taken the decision to discontinue 61 less-popular colours from our range. Typically, we only discontinue a colour when new research deems it inaccurate or when we are not happy with the quality of the product. This time however, we are streamlining our range to enable us to maintain better stocks of the popular colours. The colours we have discontinued remain accurate colours, however they are very slow sellers and we must accept these products are poor use of our limited cash, production capacity or storage space when we restock.
    1 point
  6. No other links Gil (I wish), but if you look below the drawing of the Wildcat there are some pics of part of the test shots. I know it's not much, but what you can see looks REAL nice. Also a pic of the marking options.
    1 point
  7. The Super Hornet of VFA-37 is I finished! I finished applying the decals and then top coated the aircraft. I then wet sanded the windscreen and canopy with 1000 then 2000 grit sandpaper to remove the mold seam on both parts. They were then polished with the Meguire’s Plastx cleaning/polishing compound. I installed all the weapons, centerline tank, and Litening pod to the underside. The HUD and windscreen were installed. I positioned the canopy in the open position and this completed the aircraft. The kit itself went together well with the exception of the intake fit. As noted this kit represents the early super hornet so I added the ECS tubes for the later version. The Furball decals were pretty good. The only issue I had was the walkway stripes fell apart due to the thin film when I tried to slide them off. I ended up using the kit decals for these. Overall I am happy with the final results. I also took some photos next to “C” model (also a Revell kit) so that you can see the size/shape differences between the two. I also included a photo with a VA-37 A-7E. I served with VA-37 and transitioned out just before the changeover to the F/A-18’s. I just need to build an A-7A with the early VA-37 markings to complete my set of VA-37/VFA-37 aircraft. Thank you for following along – Happy Modeling! Check out all the photos and details from the start to finish in my build log at https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-48-f-a-18e-super-hornet-from-vfa-37/
    1 point
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