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DaveDeLang

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About DaveDeLang

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  • FirstName
    David
  • LastName
    DeLang
  • IPMS Number
    45744
  • Local Chapter
    Mount Mansfield Modelers
  • City
    Cambridge
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    Vermont
  1. It might be too late for this build, but you can keep the braided line from squishing flat by running thin solder into it before forming. I do that with vinyl tube brake lines on motorcycle kits too. Anyway, it looks great so far.
  2. I believe Airfix have a Victor in the pipeline, not sure if it's a B.1 though
  3. You could use PE railing with Micro Kristal Kleer for the canvas covered railings. I bet that would look the part. I've got the Niko USS Vermont, BB-20 in the stash. I really should pull that out.
  4. Nice job on sweet little kit. I think this kit would be a good choice for a single kit group build. I put one together a few years ago and really enjoyed it.
  5. I was walking back to the car at the Region 1 Noreastcon with a box of models, my wife was walking behind me with another box. As I opened the doors on the back of the car I heard a crash. She clipped the mirror with the corner of the box and dumped the entire contents, five models, two of them winners, onto the parking lot. I think they're repairable, I just haven't gotten up the will to start trying yet. It's a little ironic that the model of the USS Montpelier is now a little more accurate in portraying her at the time I built the kit...it was just after her mishap with the USS San Jacinto....
  6. The Fairey logos on the seat backs are a very nice touch.
  7. USS Coral Sea, angle deck. The ship was in service for 50 years and the only kit is the truly ancient Revell flat-bottomed carpet toy from the late '50s.
  8. DaveDeLang

    ACE 1/72 PRP-3

    I just finished my ACE Models PRP-3, battlefield reconnaissance vehicle. It was based on the BMP-1. The turret was replaced with a larger, two man turret and the 76mm gun of the BMP was replaced with a 7.62mm MG. It had a surveillance radar mounted on the back of the turret equipped with a fold-down antenna and an 80mm mortar mounted on the top, rear of the hull. I believe it was a breech loaded tube able to be loaded from inside the vehicle. Since the PRP-3 was an artillery recon track, I'm guessing the mortar was used for target marking. The kit was by ACE from Ukraine. It's a low-pressure injection molded kit with nice surface detail but very prominent mold seams and lots of flash. It was quite a bit of work to clean up the pieces, but trimming and testing produced pretty good fit. Out of the box except I replaced the mortar tube with Evergreen rod, added wire brush guards to the headlights and added a tiny bit of lead foil to the stowage straps on the side of the turret to give them some relief. I also drilled out the headlights and spotlight, punched out foil disks for reflectors and built up Micro Kristal Klear lenses. The headlights were shined up with Future and the spotlight got several coats of Tamiya clear red to represent an IR spotlight and add some color. I saw pics on the web of either red or clear spotlights so I chose the red. Weathering was a filter of Holbein burnt umber and a filter of Holbein "monochrome tint warm" which is a sort of beige. Then a dot filter of various colors I happen to have: white, black, gray, beige, burnt umber... Then, a no-name pigment I got at a railroad model store mixed with water. I slopped it on the lower surfaces, let it dry and then scrubbed most of it off with a stiff paint brush. Vision blocks are just little rectangles of dark blue decal that I cut out of an old RF-4B tail decal. I got this kit at the GraniteCon raffle a few years ago and including all the materials used, I've got about three bucks in it. Take that Friul Boys!
  9. DaveDeLang

    ACE 1/72 PRP-3

    I just finished my ACE Models PRP-3, battlefield reconnaissance vehicle. It was based on the BMP-1. The turret was replaced with a larger, two man turret and the 76mm gun of the BMP was replaced with a 7.62mm MG. It had a surveillance radar mounted on the back of the turret equipped with a fold-down antenna and an 80mm mortar mounted on the top, rear of the hull. I believe it was a breech loaded tube able to be loaded from inside the vehicle. Since the PRP-3 was an artillery recon track, I'm guessing the mortar was used for target marking. The kit was by ACE from Ukraine. It's a low-pressure injection molded kit with nice surface detail but very prominent mold seams and lots of flash. It was quite a bit of work to clean up the pieces, but trimming and testing produced pretty good fit. Out of the box except I replaced the mortar tube with Evergreen rod, added wire brush guards to the headlights and added a tiny bit of lead foil to the stowage straps on the side of the turret to give them some relief. I also drilled out the headlights and spotlight, punched out foil disks for reflectors and built up Micro Kristal Klear lenses. The headlights were shined up with Future and the spotlight got several coats of Tamiya clear red to represent an IR spotlight and add some color. I saw pics on the web of either red or clear spotlights so I chose the red. Weathering was a filter of Holbein burnt umber and a filter of Holbein "monochrome tint warm" which is a sort of beige. Then a dot filter of various colors I happen to have: white, black, gray, beige, burnt umber... Then, a no-name pigment I got at a railroad model store mixed with water. I slopped it on the lower surfaces, let it dry and then scrubbed most of it off with a stiff paint brush. Vision blocks are just little rectangles of dark blue decal that I cut out of an old RF-4B tail decal. I got this kit at the GraniteCon raffle a few years ago and including all the materials used, I've got about three bucks in it. Take that Friul Boys!
  10. I'm with Kevin and Noel. My dad bought a Pocher Rolls Royce back around '75 and even as a kid (well, high school kid) I thought the detail was iffy and the engineering such that it would take a LOT of very careful work to make it look good. The kit was lost, part-built when the house burnt in about '90. The individual spoke wheels were kind of cool.
  11. Probably the same place as a kit for my Honda PC800 Pacific Coast. In my dreams. If it's not a Harley or a race/sport bike, there's probably not a kit for it. Tamiya released a few cruiser/standard types in the past, but not any recently that I've heard of. The sad fact is that the only people who would be interested in a kit of a Deauville or a Pacific Coast are people who have the real thing and there's not nearly enough of us to finance such a kit. I want kits of the Honda RC45 and Harley VR1000. I'm a little surprised there aren't kits of those.
  12. Fine. Where's the rest of the ship? Half a battleship? Rick L. At the risk of showing my age...it's like the old AMC Gremlin commercial, "Hey Mista, where the rest of your car?"
  13. Oh, yes. Inquiring minds want to know! That looks fabulous!
  14. Ah, I didn't see anything in the post that reflected that. Sorry about the pedantry but "ultimate" is so often used with the intent of meaning "best", not merely "last", and "penultimate" really confuses some people.
  15. umm, "penultimate" means "next to last". Is that what you meant?
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