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Everything posted by EdCarr

  1. Mark, I really like the stealth fighter build. It looks nice and sleek. I hope you can manage to fix the decal silvering on it. The Emden is finished and I think she looks great! I also like the camo scheme on your OH-1 chopper as well. However, I have heard that Blu-Tac poster putty works better than silly putty for masking. I am unsure, but that is what I heard from my local hobby shop model club peoples. How does your cordless spray gun work anyway? I am curious as I am in the market for one. Good stuff! 🙂 And, thanks for posting your pictures!
  2. I like the look the of this build, Mark. The simple yet different color paint scheme is nice and I think the model looks very good overall. From previous posts I am aware that the model is small. That makes the work and paint scheme even better overall in my opinion. I am looking forward to seeing what you do with the next kit that your client has given you. Nice work! 🙂 Lucky you that your client did not want rigging. I have had enough of rigging for sure and I have only built one ship model with it!
  3. Yeah, maybe I could use a different material for the rigging. Maybe strip off the thread rigging that came with the kit which I used and use something else. I don't know. For now I will consider that model semi-complete, not quite on the shelf of doom. 🙂
  4. Superb detail on the cockpit and front landing gear! Very nice. 🙂
  5. Thanks for that information, Carlos. Unfortunately I am going to simply paint my machine guns on my current build with flat black to simulate their open ends. I need to purchase micro drill bits at like Harbor Freight for cheep, but I do not really have the funds yet...maybe in the future... 🙂
  6. Awesome! Thanks for the info, Chris. I might have to pick up some of that stuff. From where do you purchase it?
  7. Chris- phenomenal work! 🙂 I love the LED's, but the minute details like the decals on the shells, the stowage, and the tracks of the vehicle on the diorama base...etc etc . All of it combines to make a very beautiful build with a very realistic look. Yes, I am the third person who must now go back and work on his skills, lol! Fantastic! 🙂
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    Nice-looking, mean little jet fighter! 🙂
  9. That's a lot of parts! 🙂 And, I have a question. What is the material in blue that is holding up the parts (I assume for painting)? Is it like the stuff florists use? Just curious, because just recently I have started using alligator clips with the plastic base sold at Hobby Lobby for spray painting some parts with ease. I would like to know.
  10. Nice! I am looking forward to seeing the paint. 🙂 I do have a question, though. With what kind of tool did you drill your exhaust stacks? I have machine guns on an armor build I am working on and would like to know...those machine guns need to be drilled to look at least a little more authentic. 🙂
  11. Very nice 109 build. Were the Model Master enamels rattle cans by any chance? My guess is no, but I am using rattle cans with pretty decent effect on a current build. So, I just thought I would ask. Most modelers do not use rattle cans and they seem to be kind of a no-no but I am using mine out of sheer simplicity and necessity. My first attempt with a Paasche spray gun was a mess I would rather forget, but from which I learned a lot. Enough of that, however. Great build with a beautiful paint job, (rattle cans or no) lovely decals, and nice weathering. Kudos! 🙂
  12. Great looking build, Gil! I really like the decals and weathering. That leads me to ask, what did you weather the underside of the plane with...specifically what did you use to make the panel lines pop? A wash? I would really like to know as I might be building some aircraft later on this year.
  13. Mark, you answered my question as to how you found your propeller that I posted in the Aircraft builds thread here in this thread. That plane looks great now. I really like the sleek-looking stealth fighter...good job on that. Again, for me, I like the Emden...I think it is because of the different-hued paint scheme. Also, I think it is a nice job on such a small model...I can see your bottle of Tamiya extra-thin cement in the picture of it here...that ship is not very large 🙂 Well done so far in my opinion! The pakwagen looks neat, too. I do not know how you do so many models all at once...it takes me two or three months per build for me. When my father built P-51 Mustangs in the 80's he would build them a ton at a time. He would line up all wheels and things matte black to be painted....aluminum finishes to be painted...zinc chromates to be painted etc etc so he would spray like ten sets of tires at a time, then five or so natural bare metal finishes on planes mostly glued together and ready for that paint...etc etc and on and on...kind of amazing in my opinion and kind of like how you do your manufacturing. Unreal! 🙂
  14. Carlos, nice looking build there. I cannot wait to see your paint scheme and decals. Looking good so far! And, I had no idea that those planes were used early in Vietnam. Good bit of info, there--Thanks!🙂
  15. Awesome! 🙂 You got the propeller! How did you get it? Did you find it, order the part, or have the kit manufacturer replace it for you? I would like to know in case I lose a part or two here or there...🙂 That build looks great!
  16. Thanks, Mark. I appreciate the compliments 🙂 Give the manufacturer a good bit of credit for the detail in the wooden deck and sides of the hull. All I had to do for the deck and the hull was to use a Tamiya rattle can to spray the hull and deck a wooden tan color, then I went over the deck with some Testors brown or light Brown enamel paint and wiped it away really quickly, using it as essentially like a sludge wash. The paint got caught in the detail of the wood grain on the deck giving it the natural wood-like appearance. I used brown colored pencils- burnt or dark umber colored pencils etc. on the hull numerous times and they worked well to catch the details of the individual planks of wood on the sides and bottom of the ship as well as on the sides of the ship just above the rows of oars. The green paint is Testors enamel thinned and applied like a wash a few times where it is behind or under the yellow trim (which is also Testors enamel as well as yellow-colored colored pencils), and I applied green paint with a toothpick in several layers on the sides of the ship just above the rows of oars, and I just painted it on with a regular paint brush where it is on the bow of the ship for ramming. Yeah, I got some things right...I think the rigging not being so taut takes away from the successful completion of the model greatly, however.
  17. Carlos, I think I am going to simply build the newer Revell Stuka and place its decals on it. I have no idea what I am going to do with the Monogram partially assembled one. I am relieved that I have a new PT-109. I thought it was older due to its box and packaging, but if its the newer one so much the better. I heard old Revell Kits had bad fits. I do not know that is just what I heard. 🙂 Mark, I am loving the Shermans that you added to your stash through gifts, especially the Airfix kit. That Firefly looks neat! I have no idea when I will get around to building the PT-109, I am working on a British WWI era "Tadpole" tank currently and had a very frustrating day trying to paint some of it yesterday...but I am learning a lot. I would love to see your finished church with its stained glass and pews. Also, very neat! 🙂
  18. Last year I purchased a kit from a manufacturer I never heard about. It was an older kit...from the 60's or 70's by my guess. The fits were good. The plastic actually a bit brittle. I feel I did a poor job with it however. The reason I say so is that I feel I failed in painting the shields on the sides of the ship (there are only four different types of shields molded into the plastic so I chose four colors to paint them...that said...I feel I chose the wrong colors). Also, I really fouled up the rigging. The rigging was provided with the kit which means it was inside the thing folded up on its cardboard carrier for decades. I trimmed up all the rigging unlike these photos show, but the limpness and bent rigging still remains which I feel kind of ruins the model. I have been hesitant to post pictures of this finished model because I do not feel it is really any good...but I figured I should post it anyway. I finished the build at the very end of January. The kit is by a Japanese company. IMAI is the name of it. I had never heard of it before this kit and build. They also had a model of a Chinese Junk made by the same company at the hobby shop where and when I purchased the Roman Warship. I almost bought that one, too, but I am glad I did not because I think I am finished with rigging. I cannot stand it. I have a Cutty Sark ship in my stash that has rigging and I have decided to trade it one day hopefully with some other modeler for any other kind of kit I might rather build. But enough of all that... I actually did get some things right with this build. Also, it is the first ship model I have ever built and it is rather small as one can see in one of the photos. Here are the photos of my finished Roman Warship build:
  19. Here are three kits I purchased for myself about a month and a half ago. The Monogram Stuka kit I started in the 80's as a boy. I purchased the Revell kit essentially for the decals, the decals in the partially assembled Monogram kit being very bad off. That said, I got the Revell Stuka at Hobby Lobby 40 percent off which means I essentially paid around 12 dollars for decals. (But they are the exact same decals from the exact same kit without having to pay for shipping so maybe it works 🙂) I picked up the old Revell PT-109 and the Tamiya Panzer IV at a nearby hobby shop. I am really looking forward to building the Panzer IV. I have a Model Masters Panzer Gray rattle can just itchin' to be sprayed 🙂
  20. Mark, I must say that many of your models look great, I especially like your British FV-432. It has the camo scheme I like the most. Also, I finally got to see silly putty in action. Fantastic! Thanks so much for those pics! (I still need to purchase my silly putty, but plans for that are already in the works.) And, I must say, I really like your SMS Emden the most...how the build is in the second picture of it on this forum thread. It looks beautiful! I guess that sometimes when one is building for another, maybe modelers build it extra-special nice 🙂 I do not know, but that build really works for me out of 'em all. Nice! 🙂 Also, I hope your foot is healing well and that you can log some serious time again at the bench.
  21. Chris, the second photo looks like the real thing and not a photo of a model. Fantastic stuff! 🙂 The white background would have to be a bit different though. 🙂
  22. Thanks for the tip and the link to your site, I will check it out for sure! 🙂
  23. Welcome, Rick. I am fairly new myself and just recently joined the IPMS DC chapter. This past month I attended the chapter meeting via Zoom and had a good time. I recommend you join the chapter for the next meeting. It is very casual and most informative.
  24. Was your purchase a success? I am curious as I might need to purchase some decals as well... A place I forgot to mention was Draw Decal...I do not know if they carry what you are looking for, but they are in Fine Scale Modeler magazine a good bit advertising their new decal sheets.
  25. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne is a good book. I read it and gave it to my sister to read last year. I felt that the descriptions were somewhat lacking (I could not necessarily picture in my mind's eye what Verne was describing), but the chapters were spaced out in like every ten pages or less for the most part, so I could read...set it down...pick it up and read a chapter or two then set it down...etc. I got the book at a type of rummage sale fund raiser type thing but the book had a Wal-Mart type highlighted price thingy...for sale for like $1.99 or so...I am sure the book can be purchased in soft cover from the likes of Amazon or some such for a bargain. It is a good way to spend some hours of a few weeks or so while reading.
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