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  1. Mark, - FWIW, any reference to a 1/48 Hasegawa P-40 is not a P-40 B or C. Hasegawa kits a P-40E and an N. Their airframes and cockpits are very similar to each other, but are not similar to a B/C's airframe and cockpit. If your detail set only notes that it is for a "P-40" and does not specify a "P-40B or C" or a "P-40E or N" then you should approach with caution and verification before you stick it into the Hobbycraft kit. - Also FWIW, the Hobbycraft kit was re-issued by Academy, and they are one and the same kit. Annnnddd, Trumpeter issued a P-40B/C kit too. Six of one and a 1/2 dozen of another as to which one would be a better starting point, but not by much, so you're OK with what ya got so far.
  2. I totally agree with ya on both counts Gil. Beautiful build of a nasty model. Sorry Michael for high-jacking yer thread. Ya know that we still love your Mulligan.
  3. That's Sweet lookin. Brings back a few memories of my early days of model building and is inspirational to take a step back to those good ol days. Thanks for posting this.
  4. - Yeah, I can relate to that one. I bought my Triumph 600 Daytona "Valmoto Limited Edition" off the showroom floor in 2004. I pondered the thought of how much effort do I put into keeping it as new and as clean as possible, with the thought that I just might retain its value..........for about 30 seconds. I bought the bike so I could ride it, not just look at it. Funny thing is that 90% of the nicks, dings, and scratches on it are from everyone else but me! I didn't even have the honor of being the first one to drop it. That was takin by my brother, thank you very much. I have no regrets of letting him borrow it for the week, but I sure wish it hadn't a been dropped. - I guess one of the rarest/most collectible models in my stash is the Aurora 1/48 Chinook. Paid way too much for it off of Evilbay in 1999. I know the italeri kit is so much better and I have one of those too now, but I won't hesitate for a minute to put that Aurora kit together. Same thing with my Aurora Funny Car Scenes kits, like the VooDoo Vega! Ain't that a classic from our childhoods!? Model on, Brothers of the Sprue.
  5. - Ever since I built my first model at the age of 5, I've been hooked and have never stopped. I've been buying and building thru the years, even thru college and 24 years of marriage. I have always considered myself a "builder", knowing that every model I buy I have a plan for. Many of them I have numerous paint schemes I want to build them in and eventually bought a second, third and fourth of. Unfortunately, my buying-to-building ratio is terrible and I can't ignore that by most respects, I am more a "collector" now, than a builder. My vast collection has numerous "collectibles" in it, but I can't think of one of those collectibles that I would hesitate for a minute to build, simply because its a "collectible." I agree with Donnie's take that, I too believe all models were meant to be built. The question I am struggling with is which ones in my stash do I sell to someone else to build? You all know the old quandary.........the mathematical probability of finishing the 8000 plus in my stash before I die. Who knows, maybe during our next model building party, I'll just have each attendee reach up and grab something off of the shelf to build. Model on, Brothers of the Sprue.
  6. - Fabulous! Marvelous work Donnie. It is a real shame to hear abouts its demise, but thanks for posting it. Sort of a memorial for the lil model that was.
  7. - Poor little Silver Arrow.....it's not ugly......it's just misunderstood. With a little bit of nurtering and some guidance, it'll find it's way forward again. But seriously, Michael, this is an exceptionally beautiful build. Well done.
  8. Baris, - It appears that you are off to an excellent start and I (we) wish you all the success necessary for many years of production. The better your success is, the more all of the rest of use can benefit from it. I can only imagine what subjects may come from your new company. I am wondering as much as Gil what the projected price in US $ will be and whether you will be able to have sample kits (at least for viewing, but hopefully for salle too) at the IPMS/USA National Convention in Omaha, Nebraska next month, August 3rd thru the 6th. We hope that you can make it there and look forward to welcoming you to our side of the world of plastic modeling.
  9. Mike, that is lookin sweeEETTT! i hope that when the day comes that I try a Flame-job, that it looks half as good as this. Kudos.
  10. - Brother Keith and I should be pullin up (after a 16 hour drive from ABQ) before 12 noon on Thursday. We're puttin the final touches on a few, dustin off a couple others, and startin a new one this weekend. (Hey, I gotta work on somethin in the hotel room. Wink, wink.) We're anxiously anticipating the festivities and lookin forward to sharin a few sudds with friends. Travel safe and Model on, Brothers of the Sprue.
  11. Weedeater

    Monogram M-48

    - Yep, I built "Flower Power" when I was about 12 or 13 in 1974/75. Poor thing ended life with a fire-cracker wedged under the fender a few months later. Just like you Ron, I have re-collected the classic Monogram armor and have started to re-build them the proverbial "right way" as an adult now. I'm lookin to have a dedicated shelf for them all (thank you Evilbay). - Ron, it looks like you used some of that "pre-shading" or "post-shading" on this M-48 that you were writing/asking about on the aircraft side with the Meteor thread. Or is it the lighting from the camera flash? Either way, thanks for the walk down memory lane with these pics. Model on, Brother of the Sprue.
  12. Ron, - Good solution for the "disappearing" sanded panel lines. I agree with the other members here that the Meteor looks very good, but the Skua is a little too heavy handed/dark. My preference would be to have the lines thinner than those on the meteor and even lighter. That's a subjective call though. - Pre-shading. My aircraft building has gone thru a few stages over the past 3 decades: 1. Straight paint job, no highlights of any kind in the mid 1980's. 2. Paint job with acrylic/water washes only, mid 80's to 90ish. 3. Paint job with acrylic/water washes, and what I called "forced" perspective panel highlighting. I think many modelers call them "filters" now. That process involved a significant amount of masking and airbrushing and was VERY time consuming, 1990ish to early 2000's. 4. Paint job with oil washes, and "forced" perspective panel highlighting, early 2000's to mid 2000's. 5. And most recently, I have taken up applying "pre-shading" to my aircraft and then painting the base coat, followed by simpler, free-hand airbrushing (no masking) filters and oil washes, mid 2000's to present. - Of all these processes, Nos 3 thru 5 have netted numerous Nats placings, quite often 1st's. No. 5 is, for all intents and purposes, the easiest and least time consuming. I've stuck with it for over 6 years now, and like it the most. I like how it brings more life into the finished model. Even though most models are already 3 dimensional, the pre-shading adds more depth to it. After the pre-shading, the post shading (or filters) adds further depth and weathering, (usually in the form of fading from sitting out in the sun). Again, all of these pre and post shadings are subjective calls, to each his own. I'm just sayin, that beyond what I'd like to think are good "basics" skills, these "effects" have been netting me "the wood" from Nat'ls. Model on, Brothers of the Sprue.
  13. HOOOOOLLLLLY HADES!!! THAT flammer IS awesome Mike. I've seen this technique used to excellent effect by John Pattison, but this example is superb. Excellent use of masks and/or templates. Home-made, I assume. More photos of the paint job, please.
  14. John, - As were your other Cranberries posted, these are awesome! Thanks for sharing.
  15. Hello Rodolfo, - I have been watching your build from the beginning and have really enjoyed seeing your progress. I have made numerous mental notes of your techniques and look forward to applying them to my models. I especially like the recent weathering application on the running gear and now this rusted exhaust/muffler. Thanks for showing your work with the explanations. This is awesome.
  16. Kevin, - Both points (the additional info on Litvyak and the info on the A-M Yak kit) are very interesting. Now ya got me wondering about the Yak's mechanical features. Read ya later.
  17. - That's a clean lookin build, Mike. You did justice to that tired old Hawk kit. :smiley20:
  18. - I.....do-know, Dick. Leaving us high-and -dry for a day without completing another model leaves us out in the cold. And just who do you think you are???......Mark Deliduka? With all this prolific building. Mark better get it in gear. If you haven't passed his record by, you're real close. LOL. Superb efforts. Most inspirational. Keep it up and Model on, Brother of the Sprue.
  19. - And Lydia was only 21 years of age when she accomplished all of this. That's pretty remarkable. I'd be curious to know if the Russians ever figured out what became of her. Hopefully she met a glorious and dignified end. - Kevin, do these Yak-1's ailerons "sag" (both of them drooping down) when at rest? Or did they serve as "flaps" in addition to their role of ailerons? If not, this might be an opportunity to re-position one of them up. The rockets look "righteous". Overall, this is a fine build. Thanks for posting the pics and for the interesting History lesson. Model on, Brother of the Sprue.
  20. Stuart, - Love the simulated spinning prop! I've seen something similar before, but you executed it very well. Thanks for posting this, it's inspirational to get off my behind and finish one of my own. Model on, Brother of the Sprue.
  21. Bob, - Not sure why this thread just......died after you posted this!?!? Maybe it was so overwhelmingly impressive. I was looking through some old posts and found this for the first time. I must say that this, (while not entirely original), is an ingenious and creative design that was very well executed. It is a VERY convincing result. HUGE kudos. :smiley20:
  22. First....Mark has to send some ice down to the basement..........ITS...............HOT................down here! :D
  23. - WOW........that is some spectacular detail work. Love it and........hate you.
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