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Mark Deliduka

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  1. That is a great model! I commend you on the realism. Way to go! What scale is it? I'm looking forward to seeing more.
  2. I agree. Although Gundam models don't generate a great deal of interest for me; I can still respect and admire a well-built, excellent detailed model. They are all models as you say and deserve to be respected as such; especially given the incredible talent most of these Gundam modelers have. I was entranced by that diorama in the Journal and I'm thrilled that the editors included it.
  3. Thanks Mark! Still trying to slog through my latest projects whenever I have the time...
  4. That is sensational! What a brilliant little model!
  5. David, it'll be great to meet you there in Vegas!
  6. Your work is well worth the wait Gil, take your time.
  7. Wow! Stunning work man, those landing lights are wicked cool!
  8. Thanks Bob! I think you are worthy; my work is simple and OOB. First question: the Coke van is actually 1/24 scale, made by AMT if I recall. I would love to do one in 1/72 scale but finding a vehicle like this in that scale is beyond difficult. I just like the look of this van and the Coke logos so I'm building it. Second question: It is possible to do a softer edge camouflage with the Silly Putty, but that involved lifting the edge and spraying from a different angle to allow overspray under the lifted edge. I just laid it down as thin as possible without thinning it too much and then shot straight down, giving me a harder edge. Yes, it was planned. All Israeli aircraft that I've seen had a hard edge camouflage. I have attempted a softer edge before but I'm not that good at it. Still need more practice on a paint mule.
  9. Wow! Stunning work Wayne! Brilliant! That definitely deserves the award you got!
  10. Yeah, that is Steve! He's on these boards too, but doesn't post much. I had asked him to give you my regards. Glad you had such a great show!
  11. Thanks to some spare time and another Hobby Day weekend I managed to get a good amount of progress done. Several of these are actually at the paint stage now. Without further ado, let the Maddog Manufacturing tour begin.... We'll start in the aircraft division where I worked on the Gotha Go-242. First off, I painted the pilots and the rest of the cockpit that can be seen. I then installed it along with a lot of nose weight in the front: Next, I was going to add the main cargo bay floor, but I saw this great looking molded in detail. I had to paint it. Once it was dry, I installed in inside the fuselage half: Next I assembled the rear cargo bay door, adding the hinges to it as well: All that was left was to close it all up: The rear door does open. I like that: After that, I added the wings and assembled the empennage to complete most of the structure of this plane: Here you can see the rear door does still open: Despite my best efforts I still had some steps and gaps to fill, so I pulled out the Mr. Surfacer 500 to fill everything in. My jar was quite thick, but I still laid in on well: Now moving on to my armor and vehicle division.... I was looking for something simple and easy to build after all those difficult Big Trucks, so I pulled out my Modelcollect V-1 Launch Ramp. How hard could that be? It was actually pretty simple, but I still had some issues getting the bracing to sit right: Later I'll do the V-1 bombs. Another fast and relatively easy build was a Christmas present given to me by my AMPS club. This is the V-2 rocket from Condor and I'd built one before. However, the first one went onto my Mittraelerwagen as a load so now I'm going to do this one on the launch pad. It went together fast and well, although I had a few broken and short-shot pieces on the launch pad that I left off: I added more fast and easy builds that also add to my Japanese modern forces. These are the two JGSDF Light Armored Vehicles that I started up. First I did the suspensions and undercarriages: Yes, they gave me two models in the kit. Next was the interiors. They had you build them in a tub like the 1/24 scale car guys do and then install them on the chassis: Next I built one of the upper bodies for these. It was a fast and easy build. I did leave off a few parts that I know will break when I try to close these over the chassis and interiors: I also left off the windows as they go on from the outside so it's easier to paint these without them and add the windows later. I also decided to differentiate between the two by having the upper hatch closed on one and open on the other: Yeah, those are ready for paint now. I just have to find out what color the interior is now. These Fujimi kits are so much fun so I pulled out two more to do. Of course, they came in the same box, but they have two versions inside. So, I started the next ones, these being the Type 99 Self Propelled Artillery. Here's the turret for one of them: That took all of four minutes to build. The hull took an even shorter time: Here you can see how incredibly long that gun is: Finally, about 20 minutes later, I got all the wheels and tracks on both of these. Now they are almost ready for paint, after adding a few more hatches and other detail parts: Next I did the Fujimi JGSDF Anti-aircraft artillery. I started with the turrets like before: These two I differentiated by adding two different styles of smoke dischargers to the sides of these turrets: These look great on the hulls that were easily built in another four minutes or so: I ran out of time at the end of Hobby Day before I could complete the tracks, but that will go fast. Fujimi has an outstanding system for roadwheels and tracks. Finally, another fast and easy model to build. This is the Trumpeter M-1117 Guardian that I'd been wanting for awhile. I started with the suspension: It looks complicated, but it was fast and easy to do. Next I built the upper hull and turret, adding most of the detail parts except what would break with handling during painting: After about five minutes getting the above results, this little beastie is ready for paint. Finally, after all that, I decided to start back on something that I'd had sitting for awhile. I also wanted to do something different so I pulled out my languishing Coke van to try and move forward on it. First thing I noticed was the chassis did not fit well under the body so I had to do some minor mods to this to get it to fit right. You can't see them too well in this pic, but it does fit much better now: Next I noticed that several vital parts were missing on this, in particular the engine covers, front grill and the gear shift mechanism. Thank goodness I had a second kit to steal these extra parts from so I could finish this! I pulled the gear shift mechanism out and added it to the interior and then assembled and installed the engine cover and grill to the front of the model. I also added the seat: Now I'm going to paint this beastie and finally get it done. That's all I have for now, thanks all for looking in, comments are always welcome.
  12. Finally the last of my Christmas presents came in. This is several sets of 1/72 scale resin tracks for a few different tanks. I got these to replace the tracks on several of my older models that lost them for whatever reason. I also got the AMX-30 tracks to replace the horrible ones on my French AMX-30 from Heller: That's it until my birthday....
  13. Ah! The Red Baron's ride if he'd survived! Looks fantastic! I love nostalgia builds like this.
  14. You're still a braver man than I Gunga Din! What a magnificent looking model; I would consider it a contender. That is such beautiful work!
  15. Looking good. I am eager to see this built.
  16. I love the story that went with this; it really brought the model to life even more. You did a sensational job on that painting. I believe you captured the look of Crim's mount very well.
  17. Looks like a fantastic show! Way to go man! Congrats on pulling off another magnificent show!
  18. Welcome Keith! I hope to see some of your work!
  19. Thanks for the fantastic compliment Bill! I do hope to pick up the pace a bit. I feel like I'm falling behind.
  20. I say go for it. A good nostalgia build will be excellent. I do hope to see it.
  21. Thanks Joe! I'm glad to have this in the collection.
  22. Wow! Very impressive work!
  23. That is beautifully done! I still say you should take it to a show to show what a great model can be made from such an ancient kit.
  24. Nicholas, thank you. Yes, I've been building Braille Scale since I was a kid. I still have almost all my models from then too. I do like the Braille Scale since it allows me more room to display (except when it comes to the multi-engined aircraft!) and I love the consistency of a constant scale. Thanks Bob! I'm thrilled to have gotten these given the incredible number of masterful models already on the table!
  25. Here are two of the awards I got from Spruefest 2020. They had split the 1/72 scale armor category into Wheeled and Tracked. I got these awards: Third Place 1/72 scale Tracked: Third place 1/72 scale Wheeled: This was a tremendous surprise given the quality of the models on the contest tables. Thanks for looking in.
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