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  1. Oshkosh M-978 Heavy Fuel Tanker

    Years ago our Chapter had a building theme of "It Ain't My Type." We were supposed to build a model that was in an IPMS/USA Class where we would not ordinarily enter a model. Each member had to identify the Class(es) he did not like to build in, and then pick a kit and build it during the year. I do not know much about military vehicles, so I do not build tanks, field guns, railroad mortars, softskins, etc. I do like automotive subjects, however, and the nearest thing I could find to automotive in military vehicles was this truck kit. The kit represents a series of Firsts for me. This was my First true military vehicle. It was my First 1/35 scale kit. It was my First attempt at a three-color camo paint scheme. And it was NOT my First model to not be finished by the build deadline. Almost fully painted and detailed, it went back into the box and waited for me to tinker with it off and on for almost ten years. Last August, I was burned out on airplanes from the seven I built for The Magnificent 7's project, so I opened this box and decided to finish the assembly before beginning some new model. The camo scheme was the biggest challenge for me. The decal sheet had decals that spread across several color fields, and the lettering changed color in the middle of words, like "FLAMMABLE" for example. I tried to use the camo layout presented in the instructions, but the scheme did not match the provided decals. I had to draw a revised camo scheme onto the kit's pieces that was close to reference photos I had from the internet and also adjusted to accommodate the decals. Thank goodness there were reasonably close Model Master paints available for airbrush application. I actually liked this kit in spite of its flaws and complications. I have the Italeri sister kit of the Oshkosh M-977 Flatbed in my stash, but this one will get corrected resin wheels and tires and lots of Eduard photoetch details (which I have in the box). Some day I might even build it. Ed
  2. I am old enough to have seen the original March 9, 1955, Tomorrowland episode "Man in Space" on Disneyland. This was the show hosted in part by Wernher Von Braun to introduce the elements of space hardware needed to put us in space and to then build in orbit the rockets needed for both Moon and Mars missions. The key launch vehicle was the 3-Stage Ferry Rocket, which actually was in four stages. The delta-wing glider could return through the atmosphere after a deceleration burn, leaving the single-motor third stage in orbit to be recycled into one of the future ships to be built. The delta wing shape was recommended by the Disney artists who thought it looked more modern (and easier to animate) than Von Braun's earlier design with huge wings that he had proposed back in 1952 in his Collier's magazine articles illustrated by Chesley Bonnestell. Strombecker produced a kit of the rocket, no doubt a scaled down version of the Disney studio model, and I had to have one and build it. I was in high school then. The model survived for many years, but it was destroyed in a house fire. In 1993, Glencoe Models reissued the kit and, again, I had to have one. I took this simple kit and decided to make it hard. The Glencoe kit included the bland smooth-sided octogon base, but I remembered (or thought I did) that Strombecker had included either decals or paper panels for the sides of the octogon to give the impression of structure. I wanted structure, so I made my own with Evergreen H-columns, C-channels, and square strips. The service gantry was a long tapered pole with a single elevator guide on the back. Neither Strombecker or Glencoe did the service platforms correctly; the Disney model had cantilevered flat walkways with simple open pipe railings to keep people from falling over the edge. The kit's platform walkways have solid sides, so I added some PE model ship railings for added visual interest (and safety). The elevator itself is a simple open basket riding up and down the pole. The decal sheet had markings for several combinations of the ship. Use the XR-1 or -2 or -3 markings for the passenger glider. The CR-1 or -2 or -3 markings are for a wingless dry cargo stage that would stay in orbit and get reused there. The Scale Master Invisa-Clear Decals were 25 years old and took forever (10 minutes or so) to release from the backing paper, and two of the images shattered and could not be saved. Enjoy this revisit to the past that was two years before Sputnik I and the beginning of the real age of man in space. Ed
  3. 1:350 USS Carl Vinson Project

    Hi, David, Thank you ... THANK YOU ... THANK YOU!!! ... for sharing your work on this magnificent build over the last eight months or so. You have appropriately answered the question: How do I build such a challenging project when I am looking at all these boxes of parts, electrical and fiber optic components, photo-etch details, and tiny airplanes with individual decal markings? One piece at a time. I hope some museum takes an interest in displaying this ship model. It deserves to be seen and appreciated by the public. That's hard to do if you keep it at home. Best regards. Ed
  4. Did you notice that the men working on the models dressed properly to go to work? White shirts, ties, and jackets even in a paint shop. :smiley14: Fast forward a century and reflect on how workers (or people in general) dress today. :o Ed
  5. Hobbico files for bankruptcy...

    It would not surprise me if "Licensing fees" are a significant part of the debt situation, with profits sucked out of the company for every image and logo used on the products. Once upon a time, those logos and images were sought by their owners to be on products as a form of free advertising. Now it is considered a source of revenue by those owners. So, kill the goose that lays the golden eggs. So sad that greed is so pervasive. Ed
  6. Anigrand 1/144 Boeing 307 Stratoliner

    Hi, Mark, I vividly remember your tale of woe when building your Maquette 1/72 Boeing C-75. I'd go looking for your photos if I did not know they were obliterated by Photobucket last year. I will not pay their ransom extortion. Thanks for your compliment, but I am not a true "master" of bare metal finishes. I'd gladly pass that honorary title to Gil Hodges, who will promptly pass it along to someone else. I used Alclad II Black Base and then Alclad Polished Aluminum for the main bare metal finish. The new chrome paint pen provided the bright accent on the landing gear and on the four propeller hubs. I used Model Master German Metallic Silver on the fabric surfaces. Rub-n-Buff Silver Leaf gave the landing gear legs, wheel hubs, and prop blades a different silver finish appearance. I brushed on a coat of Future to prepare for decals. The decals went on perfectly. They responded well to Micro Set and Micro Sol, with the clear carrier film virtually disappearing. Another brushed coat of Future sealed in and protected the decals. Ed
  7. Anigrand 1/144 Boeing 307 Stratoliner

    Hi, Kevin. Thanks for the compliment. I have to work with an optivisor magnifier at all times, no matter what scale I am working with. Ed
  8. Anigrand 1/144 Boeing 307 Stratoliner

    Thank you, Mike, for the kind words. Yes, I did accent the main panel lines and flying surface joints with a sharp No. 2 pencil after decals and Future were dry. In this scale, most metal-to-metal seams are virtually invisible, so I do not pop them out. We did search for a 247--any 247--kit in 1/144 scale. Lots of people referred us to the Williams Bros. kit, but then realized that kit is 1/72 scale. Nothing in vacuform, injection plastic, resin, solid metal, plaster, wood, clay, silly putty, pot metal, etc., exists in 1/144 scale. Ed
  9. As part of our Chapter's group build of "The Magnficent 7's" for the 2017 Nats, I drew the Boeing 307 Stratoliner as one of my contributions. I had never seen a kit of this aircraft, let alone one in 1/144 scale. It turned out that a kit did exist, made by Anigrand in resin, but it is a brand that never appears on the LHS shelves. It had to be ordered. Actually, the kit is of the C-75, not the 307. Pan American Airways System decals were available in the aftermarket, so I bought a sheet. The Boeing 307 Stratoliner had the first pressurized airliner cabin in commercial use. Designed in the mid-1930s, the Stratoliner was a parallel development of the Boeing B-17C Flying Fortress. It is interesting that the large curved tail of the later B-17E was first used on the Stratoliner to solve a directional stability problem caused by the smaller "shark fin" tail carried over from the B-17C. Otherwise, the circular fuselage of the Stratoliner was mated to the wings, engines, landing gear, and horizontal stabilizers of the B-17C. Not many were built. Pan American received three and TWA received five. The coming war clouds meant that Boeing's production capacity was shifted over to the B-17 series. When military transport aircraft were needed, the five TWA 307s were absorbed by the USAAF and redesignated as C-75s. Pan American kept theirs. When TWA got theirs back in 1944, Boeing rebuilt them with new wings, etc., from the B-17G series. TWA's aircraft were then Model 307Bs. The Pan American airliners were not rebuilt. Fortunately, the Anigrand resin kit contained the earlier B-17C pieces to correctly build a Pan American version that went perfectly with the decal sheet. Words of high praise go here. Anigrand must have some amazingly skilled pattern makers used in the resin casting. All of the parts fit together perfectly with virtually no visible seams at the joints. The wings and horizontal and vertical stabilizers had pins that fit into molded holes in the fuselage. Likewise, the landing gear struts had locator holes in the wings that matched perfectly. The details of the intake scoops and engine cylinders on the engine cowlings in 1/144 scale were all provided on each of the four pieces. The fabric covered surfaces on the rudder, ailerons, and elevators were textured differently from the adjoining metal surfaces. The wheel hubs had details that are often skipped on larger scale models. The propeller hubs had three holes each for the separate blades that had to be inserted. As everything was cast in resin, I had to use super glue to assemble them. There were some remains of the resin mold pour stubs on some parts, but they were minimal and easily sanded off. I was very pleased with the results here. Ed
  10. Hasegawa 1/200 Boeing 737-200 Aloha Airlines

    This is still a test with a photo eliminated by Photobucket. Wow! It finally worked for me. Ed
  11. This technically qualifies as a Christmas gift--from me to me. 1/48 Hasegawa Lockheed TF-104G company-owned demonstrator "Free World Defender" flown for speed records and sales purposes. The Dutch eventually acquired this aircraft. I ordered it in September when its release was announced, and it came in just two days before Christmas. I put it on the gift pile. The plastic is identical to the 2007 release of this kit, so nothing new there. The decal sheet, however, is the most comprehensive I have ever seen for a Hasegawa F-104 of any variant. :D Ed
  12. Hasegawa 1/200 Boeing 737-200 Aloha Airlines

    This is a test to see if I can just copy/paste a photo into this thread. If not, you have not missed anything. Ed No luck this way. I'll try again another way.
  13. Too bad it's not one week later. :smiley13: I will be coming to Nashville on the 22nd and will be staying until the 26th. You aren't that far away from Nashville on I-24. Have a great show. Ed
  14. LF 1/72 NATO E-3 decals

    Hi, Phil, You have two 1/72 AWACS kits to choose from. 1. Heller 1/72 E-3A AWACS Kit #80306 with markings for NATO * OTAN aircraft LX-N 90449 with TF-33 engines in standard livery 2. Heller 1/72 E-3F/E-3B AWACS Kit #80383 with three choices of markings: a. French E-3F aircraft 36-CA with CFM-56 engines b. USAF E-3B aircraft 00139 with TF-33 engines c. NATO E-3B aircraft LX-N 90449 with TF-33 engines and special 50th anniversary NATO markings Then you will also want Eduard P/E #72 312 set for the Heller kit. Best of luck in finding these after many years out of issue. Ed FWIW, there is also Airfix 1/72 AWACS E-3D Sentry Kit #12009 with two choices of markings: a. French E-3F aircraft 36-CA with CFM-56 engines (as above in Kit #80383) b. RAF E-3D Sentry Mk. I of 8 Squadron RAF Waddington 1991 with CFM-56 engines NOTES: This kit also contains TF-33 engines. With a Flightpath Detail Set #FLP72104D ($40 from Sprue Brothers) you can convert this aircraft into a Boeing E-6 Mercury.
  15. 1:350 USS Carl Vinson Project

    Hi, David, There are actually two Chapters meeting in the same place. IPMS/S.P.A.S.A.M. on the 1st Friday night at 7:30 pm; and IPMS/Will-Cook on the 3rd Friday night at 7:30 pm. The meetings are at: First Presbyterian Church of Homewood, 17929 Gottschalk Ave., Homewood, IL 60430. It's almost all the way on the interstates from Schaumburg to Homewood. I am a native of Arlington Heights. Ed