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Mark Deliduka

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  1. I've been trying to keep busy, so there's more to show in this latest tour. Thank you for coming in, all aboard the trams and we'll get started.... Once again, the Hangar is the first stop. We got a bit of progress done on a number of aircraft. First, the Grumman Duck got it's wings on: I had also added the canopy first since trying to get that on with the upper wing in place might have been quite difficult: Next up, we got the canopy masked and installed on the AH-1Z: While that was drying, we also worked on two more AH-1's, this time two -G models. The late one from AZModel was first since it seemed to be the easiest to do. We started with the cockpit of course, gluing it straight into the one side of the fuselage: This got painted later: While that was drying we masked off the canopy for painting: Then the fuselage went together after the P/E parts were installed inside: The canopy, wings, tail, and other detail parts were then installed: While waiting for that to dry, we started on the AH-1G Early from Special Hobby. Of course, we got the cockpit assembled: The decals for the instrument panels looked great so we added them to the instrument panels: Then all the other parts: wings, tail, tail feathers, engine inlet covers, exhaust and a myriad of other things went on this after the fuselage was closed up: The last one we got working on was the Russian Ka-29 which had been giving me fits! The previous time we closed the fuselage and added some of the other parts; the interior rotor mount broke away and we needed to tear the whole thing apart and repair it before moving forward. Hey, it's a Russian helicopter right? While that was drying, we masked off the canopy clear parts: After that, we were able to re-close this up and add all the parts that had to be removed before. Then to feel like I made some progress on it, we added the clear parts as well: Finally, another Forum friend sent me the extra airfield accessories he didn't want, so we got these built to help with future projects: Finally that completes the tour of the Hangar, now on to the Shipyards. The first thing we tried was to get the decals on the RAF Rescue Launch. The main problem there was that the decals were so old, they curled right up once loose from the backing paper. Here's one of the roundels showing what they all did: That one even tore while I was trying to remove it from the tweezers. The rest remained intact fortunately. How do you fix something like that? Well, I 'painted' on some of the latest iteration of Future and then we placed the decal on the patch of Future. Using a soft brush, we slowly unrolled the decal, pressing it flat on the Future. The Future was just sticky enough to hold it, and as it dried, I continued to brush the edges so they would stay down. Here is the results: That shot shows the roundel from above. The only decals I had any issues with were the deck decals. The checkerboard ones didn't fit so I cut slits to work around the posts on deck. I also cut parts on the number decal that were settled over raised detail. I then pressed down on the raised detail to try and get it to conform as best I could. I'm happy enough with these. They look far better than I expected for such ancient decals! Here's a shot of the stern number: And a shot of the other side, with a better look at the deck markings: Okay, enough of that. I wanted to start a more simple model and actually do some construction so we laid the keel for the USS Indianapolis. Once that was done, we started on the main superstructure holding the bridge since that part could be assembled without having to fasten it down to the hull: Later while that was drying, we built up the hull and main decks. The bridge sub-assembly was dry fit on it to see how it fits: That is all from the Shipyards, now on to the Motor Pool... Not too much was done here, but it seemed like a lot since it took awhile. First, the Australian Bushmaster was masked off with the Silly Putty so the first color could be sprayed on once the paint booth is fired up: Next we started on the upper hull of the T-62 with ERA armor on it: Quite simple, but the Rolls Royce was calling so we got started on that one, chassis being the beginning: Then of course, the main hull: Followed by the cargo(?) area in back: And finally the turret which was surprisingly difficult to get lined up properly: And we'll close this tour with the mock up of this attractive little armored car: Thank you all for stopping in and taking the tour. Comments are always welcome.
  2. Well this is gonna be a long one. Not because I bought a lot but thanks to the extreme generosity of someone on another Forums who surprised me with them. Here's the one I bought. I got it with an Amazon Gift card given to me for my birthday: I already did get that started. A few days before that T-62 came in, I got a message letting me know to BOLO, because a box was heading my way filled with small scale treats that he knew he was never going to build. He wasn't kidding. Here they are, armor first, than aircraft, then ships: That is one I'd wanted for awhile, but never figured I'd ever get because I had too many others I wanted more badly for my limited funds to stretch to this. It's been started. Next is this one still sealed: This one I hope to make an air ambulance: Now a few Airfix kits, starting with this one: And now for the ships: This one, as you can see, came with no instructions. No worries, I can download them from Scalemates: I wrote that on the box top so I wasn't frantically trying to find them once I decide to build this. Now for all these Tamiya ships: And finally another one I'd wanted for a long time: And that one is started as well. All those details and more can be seen on my next tour of my plant. Enjoy!
  3. After fighting this beastie for far too long, I can finally call it done. It looks like crap and has a tom of things wrong with it, but I got all the assembly, paint and weathering finally acceptable enough. Frankly, I'm sick and tired of dealing with this so on the shelf it goes as done. T-Model 1/72 scale M-1114 Armored Humvee: My apologies for the poor photography; I can't seem to get the lights just right to counter the sun coming through the window. I haven't any curtains on the window to close, or blinds to lower so I really have no way to eliminate that shine. I'm gonna work on shooting from different angles or something. Anyway, that's it so far. I do hope to finish a few more before month end, but I figured I might not so I went ahead and posted this.
  4. Sweet! What scale is this? That rocks! I just finished an Atlantis kit a few weeks back too: the AH-56 Cheyenne. What fun kits these old molds are!
  5. Thank you Carlos! I'm trying to keep the momentum going.
  6. I second Gil's recommendation for AK Extreme Metallics. They are magnificent paints that have finally allowed me to have a bare metal finish worthy of the name.
  7. Yes! Nice work! This looks excellent in black as well!
  8. Beautiful work. Looks great in black!
  9. Sensational work! That looks amazing and even better next to your other egg beaters. Brilliant job Dave!
  10. I agree with Gil, I don't see any warts either. That looks magnificent!
  11. It's been a productive week with three Hobby Days happening, so I now have more to show in our next tour. Al aboard the trams for this next trip through Maddog Manufacturing. Starting in the hanger, we have managed to re-start an aircraft we had started before, but lost a lot of the parts and decals and such due to a broken box. I got this second Grumman Duck and built up the cockpit and interior: Later on it got painted and mounted inside the fuselage: I tried to do a bit on the instrument panel, even though it most likely won't be seen: She closed up very nicely: While that was drying, we painted up the engine with some flat black and a drybrush of steel; followed by an intermediate blue for the center: Later we added the engine to the cowl, installing the exhaust pipes and propeller as well: That's where that one stands for now. The next one is another helicopter we started for the campaign. Naturally, the cockpit was done first. I immediately had the cockpit added to the one fuselage side: It got painted up later: While that was drying, we masked off the canopy to prepare for painting: The fuselage then got closed up, after adding some photo-etch screens inside: We then added the tail, horizontal stabilizers, wings and exhaust. The canopy is only dry-fitted: That beastie is practically ready for paint now. That was a short tour of the Hanger, and the Shipyards will be just as short for now. We did lay the keel for another ship: the USS Enterprise in 1/600 scale from Academy. Interestingly enough, the first thing we needed to do was to install the bow to the main hull. That left quite the seam between the two part, which got the first application of filler: Once that was sanded, We installed the hnager bay doors and started on installing some of the forward sponsons. That's when I noticed that the seam was still a shallow depression and needed more filler. So we got it slathered with more Tamiya white putty: While that was drying, We started the construction of the island, getting it mostly done. We kept off the more detailed and easily broken parts so far: That is a pretty good start so far; I'm looking forward to getting that further along. One other thing we did was to clearcoat the RAF Rescue Launch with a gloss for decals. I didn't shoot pics for that, but should be able to have them later once I get the decals on. Hopefully they survive and look good. Moving on to the Motor Pool, there is quite a bit going on there., The troublesome HUMVEE has finally gotten to the weathering stage and final detail painting stage. There were no decal indicators on the instruction sheet so none went on. The wheels were difficult to install because the axles and linkages were so delicate that any adjustment broke them. I had some judicious reinforcement done that can't be seen and so now all four wheels touch down. We also got the machine gun turret assembled and dry- fit in place: Now, thanks to a good friend who finished a T-72 scale Shelf Queen...magnificently I might add, I got motivated to start the lineup of all my Russian tanks that were stacked up on my shelf. We started with the T-72 Rogatka that I'd been wanting for quite some time. First thing we did was to assemble all the roadwheels and sprockets. We kept them on the sprues to keep them from getting lost: We started on the suspension. All these Modelcollect tanks so far have separate axle parts which sometimes makes it difficult to line up all the roadwheels: While the suspension was drying, we assembled the turret: The upper hull was assembled next. This is four pieces all together: Later when the lower hull and suspension was dry enough, we tried test fitting the upper hull to the lower hull. It sat too high up due to a couple lengths of siding that connected the fenders to the hull. These needed to be cut out so that the upper hull would sit properly Note: I had to do this with all my Russian tanks....so far. So, later we added all the roadwheels and sprockets: The turret then needed some photo etch added to it. These represent heavy rubber panels that are used to detonate RPG rounds before they get to the turret. I had to bend them a bit and then glued them on with Gator Grip glue: Here is a shot of all the major subassemblies dry fit together: Gonna be able to paint that shortly. The next models were all T-64 tanks of different variants. The first one is a T-64 Mod 1981 tank that we added the suspension to after assembling all the roadwheels and sprockets: The next one is a T-64 AV that also got the roadwheels and sprockets built and the suspension installed. You can see here I labeled the bottom both inside and out so I don't forget which goes to what. I later did the same with the rest of them: The last one is the T-64BM-2. Same as before: That's as far as I got on that one. The next thing we did was to assemble the turrets. The Mod 1981 one was quite simple: Followed by the T-64AV turret. This was a bit more involved: Something started nagging me a bit about this kit, but I moved on. We went back and assembled the upper hull for the Mod 1981, all except the exhaust so far: That turret fit on the hull quite nicely. The roadwheels and sprockets went on next: We also got the wheels installed on the T-64AV, finished most of the upper hull, and then dry-fit everything together: After looking further ahead in the instructions, it finally hit me why this was nagging at me. I'd built this version before! I recognized that when I saw how the side skirt ERA was supposed to be attached. So, this T-64AV will be pre-side-skirt ERA. That also helps to avoid that horrendous five-fold exercise on ten tiny photo-etch pieces! And now, this is where I'm at with these three tanks. I want to get the rest assembled to this point, then I can look into final detail parts before paint: With that, we conclude this latest tour of Maddog Manufacturing. I hope you enjoyed it. Thank you all for taking the tour once again. Comments are always welcome.
  12. Sensational! I got one of these as a birthday present a couple years back. I took some notes....
  13. What an outstanding model! Way to go Dave! Wow, this was well worth the wait, and a thrill to follow along with!
  14. That is a fantastic model of a most unique subject! Wow, I'm looking forward to seeing this done!
  15. Oh that is just beautiful! Magnificent work Chris! That tarmac looks exceptionally realistic!
  16. Thank you Gil! Yeah, I'm trying to get caught up on some of my rotary wing kits too; I have so many in the stash. The Japanese helicopter does look like a mishmash of other designs; I'm sure the Japanese took the best of each to make this. I just love the sleek, sexy curves on this little Japanese bird! Thank you Bob! Yes, the Ah-56 Cheyenne has been out for awhile now. I highly recommend getting one. I want to get another one and make it with a full load out as it would look if it entered service. Maybe someday....
  17. Wow! What a beauty!! Brilliant work on the skis too!
  18. So, the definition of basic kit build is simply the way we used to build them in our youth.... well most of us. I guess examples of Basic Kit Builds are here: None have photo etch, resin parts, replacement canopies or even replacement decals or rigging. This one even has the original 40+ year old decals! This was from an original Matchbox boxing: This one again has the original 40+ year old decals: Granted, none of these would be contenders in a contest, but they are the epitome of Basic Kit Builds. The only difference between these and contenders is the skill of the builder in assembling them, painting them, weathering them and nothing else. It doesn't get any clearer than that! I can also see that if aftermarket decals are allowed, I can understand why, given the state of the Vampire decals. There is no fixing some of those ancient decals. And if someone says they are all old kits; well the Cheyenne was built very recently from a re-popped kit from Atlantis, very newly released in relative terms. I have more but I hope you all get the idea. These are examples of my building: only what's in the box. I always build Basic, and some of my models don't qualify for Basic Kit Build because the manufacturer added photo etch to the kit. I'm good with that.
  19. Thanks to all the work I managed to do in the Hobby Room, I was able to being three more models over the finish line. First is this Modelcollect 1/72 scale model of the Type SSYMS 80 flatcar. I'm including this here even though it is not really an armored vehicle. It was used to transport armor so here it is. Besides, I don't think we have any railroad subforum here so this military flatcar is here: Next is my 1/72 scale Dragon British SAS Bushmaster armored vehicle: Note the decal on the windscreen that I mentioned in the Manufacturing Thread. They included a decal of the dust left on the part of the windscreen that the wipers don't reach! Finally this is the ACE 1/72 scale Canadian Cadillac Gage: There they are. These are three of the models I finished this past week. The rest can be found in the Aircraft Forums. Thank you all for looking in, comments are welcome.
  20. After all that work in the hobby room and at St. Crispin's Hobby Days, I am finally able to call a few more done. These are two of the five models I just completed, the other three are in the Armor Forums. My first finished model is this Aoshima 1/72 scale Japanese OH-1 "Ninja" scout helicopter. This is an indigenous design made in Japan: My next finished model is the Atlantic re-pop of the ancient AH-56 Cheyenne in 1/72 scale. I built her strictly out of the box: The description of this helicopter in the history blurb on the instruction sheet says this was designed to have a 30mm cannon in the turret beneath the cockpit. She was also capable of loading all the rockets, guns and missiles that the Apache could load, as well as carry Sidewinders. Someday I hope to make one of these with all those to see what this would have looked like in service. Until then, thanks for looking in, comments are welcome.
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