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Mark Deliduka

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  1. Thank you Gil! It has been awhile hasn't it? Wow, the manufacturing plant has been humming along quite a bit! It feels great to have all this time to keep things going. It's time for another tour, the trams are waiting! All aboard! Starting in the Hangar again, you'll see that the Japanese OH-1 has finally got her markings on. This kit has been fighting me more than expected, but we're starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel: Not much more to do on that one. Since decals were being applied, the AH-56 Cheyenne got markings as well: Just for fun we added the main rotors to get a preview of what this one should look like when it's done: Next up it was time to paint the canopy so the whole thing was masked off with tape and a black base was painted on first since the paint is always so transparent on first pass: Here it is all painted up: I know the color looks dark here in this pic, but it is the same OD color. Another dry fit to see how well this canopy fits: Amazingly perfect fit for such an old mold! I love it! There was an ejector pin mark on the front of this canopy so we needed to sand that away and then polish the clear part to bring it back to standard. I didn't shoot pics of that, but we did install the cockpit permanently, after painting the front instrument panel. Here's a shot of the cockpit and instrument panel: Afterward we put on the two tail rotors: Finally the canopy was cemented into place. All that's left is a bit of touch up painting and this bird is done: Our next project is this AH-1Z that had the cockpit painted so it was finally enclosed inside the fuselage: We then started construction on the nose gun turret. Once the two halves were put together; we found that the bottom was open ended: You're looking at the bottom of that turret. We searched everywhere on the instruction sheet and sprues and found no trace of a part that is supposed to go there. So, out came the strip styrene. A bottom plate was fashioned and glued in place: I may put another larger plate on on top of that.... Once that was done, we assembled the gun... all four parts of it: Main rotors were than assembled: Engines, horizontal stabilizers, and stub wings were installed after that. I also added the small piece that holds the tail rotor on top of the tail. Here's the whole thing all ready for paint: That completes the Hangar portion of the tour. A brief detour through the shipyards shows that the RAF Rescue launch got some additional detail parts: Followed by the installation of her screws and rudders: Now on to the Motor Pool. A few things got painted with a base coat first. One was the troublesome HUMVEE that finally got a coat of US Desert Sand: The Swedish Assault gun also got a base coat of green drab: ...which was left over after basecoating this little gem: While those were drying we tried to assemble the wheels on the SdKfz 234 Pakwagen. After doing these two; I had enough. I'll do the other six later: After that, I decided to move forward on this Shelf Queen, which had been languishing for some time because first the decals went missing, then when they were found the instruction sheet went missing, then the decals disappeared again when the instruction sheet was found again. Finally after this happening four times, I was able to keep both and so we got the decals on this German Type SSYMS 80 flatcar: Some more detailing on that and it will be done. Next we had gloss coated the Cadillac Gage to add decals, but found that these had no markings. So this got a wash, followed by the addition of the machine guns on top: Then the dull coat went on: I found it quite interesting that the Testor's Dullcote frosted the wheels on this. First time that ever happened to me. The little piece of sprue is holding that turret machine gun up while it dries. I may even dig through my decal stash to add some decals to this, even though it went without markings. When the Cadillac Gage got the gloss coat, we also shot a gloss coat on the SAS Bushmaster, thinking that decals were provided for this as well. There were some but the instructions stated that this didn't really need them. We checked out where they would go and found that they go on rather difficult areas to apply them to so I decided to leave all off but one. More on that later. First, here's the Bushmaster after a brown wash over the gloss coat: I had not cemented the upper hull to the lower one on this because I still needed the interior painted. We pulled off the top and painted the interior; basic as it is. We had also installed the wheels and tires: Some of that interior might be seen through the rather large windows so I felt that was needed. Following that, We shot a dull coat on this; removed the masks and assembled the machine gun assembly on top. A few last detail parts were installed too. Here it is with the machine gun assembly dry fit to the top: Oh and that one decal I used, you'll see it in the finished post. Now that concludes our latest tour of Maddog Manufacturing. I hope you enjoyed it. Thank you all for stopping in, comments are always welcome.
  2. Welcome back to the Hobby Kevin and welcome to our boards.Yes, things have changed dramatically, and the quality of models and skills among our organization has grown because of it. Add to your list of changes: Testor's Model Master paints are gone too. I do hop[e you'll compete again, but even if you don't, it's highly recommended to come to any shows and contests in your area to talk models with fellow enthusiasts as well as learn or re-learn techniques that might have developed while you were gone. Not to mention the incredible eye candy you'll see on the tables! You definitely want to come to a Nationals; the experience is mind blowing now. I only wish I could go to another one but the current situation has put paid to any ideas I might entertain about attending ever again. We love to see and talk about models. settle in, check things out and then show us what you like to build. When you do start your next model, feel free to post pics so we can all see too.
  3. The way I always understood the definitions of "Diorama" and "Vignette" is that a Diorama tells a distinct story, something that can be told well to the viewer. A Vignette is a "snapshot" in time, showing the participants caught in a story without telling the story they are "participating" in. Bottom line: Vignette is like a photograph taken with a camera of someone or a group of someones posing. Diorama is like a video showing something happening. And yes, I know someone is going to explain that photographs taken can also tell a story while vids can show a bunch of people standing around without telling a story (especially the earliest ones) but a good 95% of photos and vids are as I described above. I know someone is gonna miss that last statement... It doesn't really matter those definitions anyway as there is only a nod toward the idea of a story in the Rules, but no firm definition listed. Furthermore, everyone is different: one person looking at a group pose can see a story while another can only see the display. That is the nature of People in general.
  4. Thank you Gil! Thank you Ron! You ain't kidding about those old Airfix decals! Wow! Thank you Chris! I agree, I favor the U-125 as well. Thank you Paul! I agree, the U-125 is such a beautiful aircraft, especially in that scheme!
  5. Thank you Ron! High praise indeed!
  6. Most impressive detail! Way to go!
  7. Ordering directly from Grex is a good idea. However, if Grex doesn't have a program for ordering parts direct, you could possibly order what you need form Coast Airbrush. I believe they have an internet page and will ship anywhere in the US.
  8. To be honest, one's a ship, the other is a boat.. My British Navy took delivery of this destroyer HMS Kelly. This is an ancient Matchbox kit built straight out of the box: My US Navy took delivery of the boat. This is the Airfix Higgins Boat, brand new tooling: Yes, the Higgins Boat is 1/72 scale... These are two of the six models I finished today. The others can be seen in the Aircraft and Armor Forums.
  9. Hey all, as mentioned in my Maddog Manufacturing thread my Russian Army took deliver of this Self Propelled Artillery piece: Here is the 2S35 "Koalitziya". It is the 1/72 scale Zvezda kit: Look how high this puppy elevates! This is one of six models I finished today. The other five can be seen in the Aircraft and Ships Forums Thanks all for looking in, comments are welcome.
  10. After all the work done in Maddog Manufacturing, we managed to finish these up and send them to their respective Air Forces.. My US Air Force took delivery of this F-117 Stealth Fighter to replace the one stolen in '96. It is the old Revell/Monogram kit released as part of the Desert Storm four-kit set: Next my Swedish Air Force took delivery of this Vampire with the understanding that when better decals are acquired they would be added to this after the old ones are stripped. This is the ancient Airfix blister packed kit: Finally my Japanese Air Force took delivery of this U-125 Maritime Search plane. This is the 1/72 scale Sword kit sent to me by a friend. It is such a pretty plane: These are three of the six models I finished. Check out the others in the Armor and Ships Forums. Thanks for looking in, comments are welcome.
  11. Once again, we kept busy and moved a lot of things forward this week. So much so that I scheduled another tour of the facilities earlier than expected! All aboard the trams everyone and remember to keep your hands and feet inside at all times. This will be a good long tour. As always, we'll start in the Hangar. Here you can see that the F-117 got a dull coat on it: I was going to keep it glossy, but then I realized that a dull coat would absorb more radar waves than a glossy coat. After that, we installed the landing gear, gear doors and bomb bay doors, as well as one Maverick: Not a good angle for viewing all that so here's a better angle: Finally I was ready to get this thing finished. Then I ran into a big issue.... I HATE THIS MASKING AGENT!! When we tried to remove it from the canopy, it would not come off! It seemed to peel by layers, each of which seemed to be more sticky than the previous one. I took a wooden coffee stir and cut a chiseled end and used that to try and scrape all this stuff off. Even then, it stuck to the model! What a cluster! After I got all that off that I could, I took a cotton bud/Q-tip/whatever you want to call it; dipped it in alcohol and scrubbed the whole canopy, finally removing the last of the mask residue. I then brushed on some Pledge Future to clear the windows again and later re-painted a dull coat along the area around the canopy to bring it back into consistency with the rest of the plane. I can see in these pics we still have some touch up to do. Despite that, my USAF took delivery of this plane anyway. Because of the tightness in the facility, I made an effort to get some more space by trying to organize things a bit. That's when I really got tired of this C-17-wannabe horse and the box it rode in on, cluttering up my hangar space! So, we set things aside and started on this by first glueing the wings in place: This was a very poor fit. After nearly an hour of working it, this was the final result that I had to live with: There's gonna be a lot of sanding and filling and repainting to do there... When the wings were finally dry enough, we stepped back to find that every stinking wheel had broken off the landing gear struts: We are going to get the decals on and the window masks off and possibly even the dull coat shot on this thing before I get to work fixing those wheels. Enough of that, time to work on something easy... I chose the AH-56 Cheyenne to work on since that seemed to be the easiest so far. It was. We had applied some filler in the gaps I'd found and sanded down the steps: After another coat of black primer, I saw it was looking great: Certainly far better than the A-400... Off she went to the spray booth to get her coat of Olive Drab: Next we shot a dull coat on the Japanese U-125 since we had it out for the Stealth fighter already: This bird then got her landing gear on as well. Sword does not give you very great attachment points to fasten these struts securely and firmly: Here's a better shot of her stubby legs. They are holding her up quite nicely: But I'm getting a bit ahead of myself. All this time some of the main cabin windows had opened up while we were trying to mask them way back before paint was first shot. We just left them alone all this time.....until now. That's when we pushed them all the way in and used Micro Scale Window glue to make new windows. Those are the white ovals on the sides of the fuselage: Finally we got the last of the landing gear bay doors and other detail parts on this bird, finishing all the assembly. After some touch up painting, she was delivered to my Japanese Air Force. That completes the tour of the Hangar, now on to the Shipyards... We've been keeping busy on the various naval projects going on here and are planning on laying the keel to a couple more projects soon. Meanwhile, this is what was done in the slipways this past week. First of all, some of the paint on the side of the RAF Rescue Launch was pulled away earlier and so we masked it off and shot another coat of black on the side to fix it: Once that was dry, she was looking good. We can now move forward on her soon: Meanwhile in the next slipway, the final parts were installed on HMS Kelly, except for the ship's boats: After some touch up painting and the addition of her boats, we were able to launch her and send her out on her shakedown cruise before being delivered to my British Navy. That was a short trip through the Shipyards, and so we move on to the Motor Pool... Here in the Motor Pool, things went fairly smoothly as well. We had gotten quite far on the Swedish Assault Gun so I wanted to get it further along as close to the paint stage as possible. We got the tracks installed first since they needed to be on before the fenders and casemate: The individual track pieces on this model are only about a millimeter and a quarter long. Very tiny! While they were drying, we got the main gun and rear stowage box installed on the casemate: The kit includes a photo-etch piece for the perforated muzzle break on the end.. I'll have that done later once the P/E is annealed. A test fitting of the casemate on the hull shows some gaps that will need to be dealt with: Time to let that set for a bit and show you our next projects. These next two got another coat of paint on them. First the British Bushmaster that needed a more solid coat of paint: Then this Canadian Cadillac Gage was giving me the stinkeye for forgetting it for so long and so we pulled that over to the spray booth and shot the remaining OD from the Cheyenne project: Finally, I got some more progress on my Russian models. First, I got the dull coat on the beastie: Later we tried some combinations of paint and Future/Pledge to make this main gun a little less loose so the gun would remain in any angle I wanted to pose it in. We had some success: Later on we finished weathering the beastie on the lower hull and tracks. I didn't want to over weather this as I figured they would be mostly traveling on roads or being covered up and carried by tank transporters. Once that was done, my Russian Army took delivery of this gun. This last one was giving me a bit of trouble. We pulled out the CLUB M and started masking the windows to get the cab ready for paint. Unfortunately, the side windows decided to come unglued on one side and push in. Now the cab was fully sealed so fixing them was a real issue. Finally since we couldn't get the cab off and opened up, we cut some holes in the rear cab wall so I could stick something in and push them shut once glue was re-applied to the open sides: Since that was going to be hidden from view by the engine housing, I didn't care. We re-glued the windows and when they were dry, we finished masking them successfully this time. Then the top weather cover was added to the roof of the cab after I'd already had the inside top painted. It looks crooked in this pic but we got it straightened up: Paint was then shot and came out smooth: Since I had the launch cabin that houses the launch tubes already masked and I had the base paint out, we finished shooting paint on the outer launch cabin: width="800px" height="645px"https://modelersalliance.org/galleries/wip-russian-club-m-xiv-jpg.128544/full[/IMG] Finally, the last bit of work on this was the dry-fitting of the whole thing together: She's a big one! I hope to start getting Silly Putty applied to this and the Australian Bushmaster so the camouflage colors can be shot. Hopefully this coming week. Thank you all for joining me on this latest tour! Comments are always welcome.
  12. Here's what I got some time ago. It had come from a friend on another Forums and I was so busy that I placed it in my Hobby Room and promptly forgot it was there. Just a couple days ago, I went in to try and organize the room a little better and found it again. Opening it up, I found these: That was a completely unexpected and very welcome surprise.
  13. You did magnificent Ron! Fantastic work!
  14. Love it! Isn't it great completing a set?
  15. Wow that is one hot model! I love the incredible color additions to this! Wow!
  16. Chris, I like to build right out of the box as well. I'd say about 98.9% of my models are build to BKB specs. I'm watching this thread closely too. Phil, thank you for all you're doing here. You're about the best 1st VP Ive seen yet!
  17. Thank you Ed! The decals on the Stealth Fighter weren't silvered fortunately, they were simply matt decals. Once I sprayed the dull coat on it, they blended right in. Having seen and used both Blu-Tac and Silly Putty, I found that for me, Silly Putty is better. It is more flexible' does not pull the paint off like Blu-Tac has done; and I have never seen the residue that others say Silly Putty leaves behind. One friend who said he had residue from Silly Putty just used Goo Gone to wipe down the area and removed it easy peasy. I have also been using the same wad of Silly Putty for going on six years now. I have four or five other new eggs of Silly Putty as backups but so far have never needed to use them so far. I don't know how long a similar wad of Blu-Tac lasts personally. I guess it all boils down to a person's preference. The 'cordless' spray gun is from a brand called "No Name" and I got it from spraygunners.com at the IPMS USA Nationals in Las Vegas. It has a tiny compressor in the bottom handle that also holds the rechargeable battery. The battery is recharged using a simple USB cable just like the one you'd use to charge your cell phone. The compressor, although tiny, does put out a consistent pressure. Mine retailed for $65.00. Pics attached. Thanks again Ed!
  18. Thank you Ed! I also love the look of this ship. I was quite pleased with how fast this went together too. It is not quite so small; being a 1/350 scale ship; it measured out to be about a foot long +/- a couple inches. And yes, I agree with you about rigging. I have three or four other ships on the shelf of doom that need rigging too and I've not been able to conjure up the motivation to get started.
  19. Wow! Brilliant step-by-step! Amazing results too!
  20. Congrats on getting another shelf queen over the finish line! This is so beautifully done!
  21. Wow Chris! That is a magnificent model! The idea for mounting the masts and rigging them before adding them to the main hull is a unique and brilliant idea. Thanks for posting these pics here.
  22. Wow, so many changes. I'm going to have to take a day and check everything out.
  23. With all the extra time I had at Hobby Day weekend this past weekend, there's a lot to show in this next tour! Come on in and board the trams to see the latest progress. Starting again in the hanger, we did get the landing gear and gear doors on the Vampire. We also got the bombs painted up: The next pic of this will be in the Finished boards... We also got the decals on the F-117 stealth fighter: Now I'm not sure if the decals have silvered or if that is that milky stuff that Monogram decals always seems to have. I'm going to wait till this dries and see what a dull coat will do before I deal with that. Finally, we also put decals the Japanese U-125. What an ordeal that was! These large decals were so thin and delicate they folded under if you looked at them wrong. Then they tore as you tried to fix them! We somehow managed to get 99% of this large decal on one side: We stopped right there and pulled out my liquid decal film to coat the rest of the decals. After sufficient drying time, we finally got them on the plane. Wow, what a great improvement on the ease of application! We still cut the large side decal into two pieces to make sure we got it on right: Yes, that wrinkling is from the Solvaset we applied to the engine nacelle decals since they did not conform at all to the curves of those nacelles. Later we added some more and they smoothed out much better. She is turning into quite the pretty plane! That was the quick tour of the Hanger, now on to the Shipyards... We got more work done on the Trumpeter LCM, adding the propellers and rudders underneath: Next we added all the detail parts left off before. The ramp in front is just dry fit; the hinge system Trumpeter uses is useless, unlike the Dragon system. We will decide how to position that once it gets rigged with the rope included in the kit: In the last slip here, we got the deck painted on HMS Kelly: She'll be ready for more detail work now. That completes the quick tour of the Shipyards; now on to the Motor Pool... Here in the Motor Pool, we added the decals to the Russian 2S35. It was quite easy since it only had numbers on the sides of the turret: Later we might decide to dress that up a bit with more markings just to give it some more color. Artistic license and all.... Since we were on Russian subjects, I consulted the instruction sheets for the Russian CLUB anti-ship missile defense system. There's a cover that goes over the cab, with openings on the front for some lights on the top of the cab to shine through. So we got busy and added the lights and the photo-etch cages that protect these lights. Why they still have those protective cages with that cover on, I don't know but since the instructions said they are supposed to go on, we added them: Later we painted the cab top in the same Russian green as the exterior and then installed the cover on top: It does look pretty funky up there now, but once the launch bay is added to the back, this will look better. Time to mask these windows to prepare for paint. Next I pulled out a shelf queen that I'd put aside some time ago because of the way the wheels had to be assembled. It is the armored HUMVEE and it was time to get this thing moving so we went to work. These are the parts to each tire. Note that the hubs were already glued together: Yes, those are six tread pieces that are supposed to go on the hubs. This is what the wheels look like fully assembled: I'm not sure what to do about all those seams and gaps. What a ridiculous way to build wheels, especially since the tread pieces had so much flash you didn't know where the flash ended and the tread started! I might just forget any attempt to fix them just so I can move on... We finally got all four wheels done. I can send this to the paint booth now.... Earlier we had started a WWII Swedish assault gun, building the lower hull first. I forgot to take pics of it before we added the wheels and sprockets to it. We then added the engine deck on top along with the front glacis plate: This kit came with a resin fighting compartment that houses the gun and all. Here it is dry fit on the hull to see how it fits. It is hollow and needed a slight bit of persuasion: I'm not sure whether we should install the fenders before gluing that down, or try to fit the fenders after. If I decide to add the fenders first, we'll need to add the tracks to the running gear first. I'll have to think on this.... After al that, I wanted something simple and fun to work on. I pulled out this Japanese Material Handler to do for my 12-hour build challenge that my So Cal AMPS club is doing. After three and a half hours we had this: This thing is so cool! It is a funky looking beastie but it even does all this: That was all we got done this weekend in the Motor Pool. And that completes our tour of Maddog Manufacturing, I hope you enjoyed it. Thanks for coming along, comments are welcome.
  24. After so many setbacks since February, I finally managed to finish something. This was a commission build for a friend and fellow Hobby Day attendee. He had acquired this model when cleaning out the apartment of a friend of his that had passed away. He brought it to me at a Hobby Day and asked me to build it for him. This past weekend he took delivery of this ship: Now, before anyone says anything, I do know about the missing screws and shafts. Just so everyone knows; when I got the kit from my client, the box and bags inside had already been opened. As I continued to build this; I found out how many parts had gone missing before I ever got it. That includes the screws and shafts, as well as several other parts. My client knew parts would be missing from the kit, but as long as it could be finished and look like the Emden, he didn't care. He had also told me that he didn't want it rigged; which I have to honestly say, I was quite glad to hear! He was extremely pleased with this model and has even offered to bring me another one to build for him. I'll keep you posted on that. Until then, enjoy this model and thanks for looking in. Comments are welcome.
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