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thevid

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  1. That is a real nice model. The figures make the presentation. Excellent Sir.
  2. I have the sheet for his aircraft from the accurate miniatures release. I think it has markings for all his a/c. Trade you for an Airfix 1/72 P-40E (yes the old one) or older Revell 1/72 kits Let me know. David thevidgoo@gmail.com
  3. HI Gil, Thanks. I agree a standard OD-NG is kinda bland for us older modelers. I'm glad I found the decals.
  4. Thank you very much Mark. I really appreciate you comment.
  5. This kit was going into the dumpster and the hobby shop owner asked if I wanted it. It had been started with tube glue. The cockpit and nose guns were firmly glued in place. Yet I took this and another 1/32 kit home. Having never built one before I was looking forward to seeing what I could do with it. Lots of filler was used and in the case of the nose gap I used a plastic card shim. With all sanding most of the raised detail was lost. So I re-scribed the kit and it was not that hard at all. I knew I could not get a good natural metal finish with all the scratches on the plastic. So on went the OD and NG. The stripes were easy to do since the width in 1/32 was very close to a roll of Tamiya tape. Painting the wings was easy, but the booms took a bit longer. The biggest problem was getting the stripes aligned. Decals were hard to find for this scale and I settled on a print scale set from one of favorite eBay dealers. The decals were very thin and folded over easily and I lost a couple. I found a photo of the actual aircraft and I noticed the nose cap is a different tone in black and white photos. I could not get a definitive answer if they painted or just natural metal. The decals did not have the inboard letters on the rudder assembly so I cut out a mask and painted it on. It is out of box, or rather out of the dumpster.
  6. Phones have done a disservice to modelers simply because most don't know how to use them correctly when photographing models. Instead of backing away from the model and zooming in most just get close and end up with distorted images of their work. One can take good model photos with a phone but the use has to back away and then zoom in on the models. This gives a more normal perspective.
  7. Excellent work! Are you using an adapter on the camera? I like the black and white photos.
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    Airfix Stug III G

    And one more. I filled the lower hull with lead pellets to give some heft.
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    Airfix Stug III G

    Some more images
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    Airfix Stug III G

    Airfix Stug I've built this kit several times. This is the latest version; I suppose it should be painted dark yellow. It is out of box except for the machine gun, which I later learned were stored inside. I used to staple the tracks together but I did learn by trial and error that one can glue the tracks with brute force using superglue (CA glue) and a pair of needle nose pliers. Glue the two ends together with superglue and with a firm grip hold down the ends with the pliers for about 30 seconds. It works. On the kit the level of detail is quite good for such a tiny model and with careful and delicate weathering one can bring it out. I used the yellowed kit decals which worked well. The road wheels are a bit of unusual in that some seem to have slightly different detail. I think it's due to the age of the tooling. Well here's my little Stug ready to save a squad of infantry.
  11. Thank you Carlos. I was too chicken to paint it like the box art. You mean Panther's were'nt in North Africa? What? Inconceivable.
  12. Thanks James, you are not kidding about the boxart. Check out the link I posted in the general modeling forum regarding Box art from the 50s and 60s. Or this one by Mike Machat:
  13. Thank you Mark! It's one of my favorite schemes as well. I'm going to do another P-40E in the same scheme with USAAF markings.
  14. I really enjoyed looking at these builds. Of course the Monogram is my favorite! Don't you remember back in 1960s that model companies all had dark green and green for the top color and light blue for the underside for German aircraft? Boy was I surprised to learn that there were indeed other colors. What did you add to the Monogram kit besides the wheel well?
  15. I was surprised at the fit of the parts, especially the wing-fuselage joint. I did not have to use putty at all. It is a credible representation from Airfix. It was made 20 years after the real one flew. Now here we are almost 60 years from it's issue. What are the latest kits of this aircraft available? I think MPM made one but that's all I know.
  16. When I started building this kit I decided to re-scribe the model and it went well for a while. As I progressed AMS got hold of me because I felt some of the panel lines weren't perfect and so I put it away. Then one day I just said phooey to AMS and started building as is. So here is the A-20 out of the box that AMS caused so much anxiety.
  17. Thanks Gil. It is a tiny kit which grew on me as I built it. The under carriage is a bit confusing and I basically guessed in which leg went where.
  18. If you like vintage modeling, models and box art, check out Mike Machat's YouTube channel. He is an aviation artist and also a model builder. In this episode he covers box art and at 9:00 minutes he talks about the Revell A3J box art. I've illustrated exactly what he is talking about. Check it out if you haven't seen his videos.
  19. This is a fun project which turns things around.
  20. Amazing work Carlos. The detail is excellent. On the real tank how does the driver see where he is going? Thanks for a very interesting build.
  21. I really really like the Dragon M-46 and the HAWK V-1. All your models are awesome but these two jumped out at me. The last 1/35 Dragon kit almost broke of building their armor kits. The one I was building had too many parts and took forever to finish.
  22. Awesome painting! I love seeing these Monster kits given their due. Well done sir
  23. thevid

    Yeti

    Damn! I'm not listening to Art Bell late at nigh anymore. That's a scary beast.
  24. Seams and alignment and clean work are the main things I try to attain, and as simple as that sounds it can easy to mess up. I build out of the box and If that's what the instructions say then that's how I will build it. Entries should be judged on what's there and not on what's missing or how it should be. That's my 2ยข worth.
  25. A favorite kit is the S.A. Bulldog which was first issued in 1973 in a bubble pack. It is a little gem. This one is my second attempt and I'm not sure I attached the U/C properly. Does anyone here know of any aftermarket decal sheets with complete stenciling? I want to build it again. The rear windows protrude out and so I sand them down flush with fuselage. I also did the same thing with the canopy I used Tamiya paints and kit decals. It does need weight forward of the CG cause it will sit back. Mine barely sits properly.
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