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ghodges

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  1. Very cool build! Nice to see one of the "attempts" at making the T-Bolt even better modeled. Thanks for sharing! Gil
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    Airfix C9A

    Lovely build and presentation! Gil
  3. That's a glorious year of building with a lot of gorgeous models! Adding my kuddos for the superb NMFs! Gil
  4. Started this one while building the Smirnoff Bearcat, and finished it yesterday. OOTB except for cutting and folding the wings, which is a kit option. Painted and marked to match the one on the cover of the SS "In Action/Walkaround" Bearcat book. The kit provides the bulkheads for the wingfolds, and very simplified hinges. But, there's no guideline or "thinning" on the inside of the wings to help make it easier, so you have to carefully follow the wingfold panel lines, and they aren't straight, simple cuts. still, having the bulkheads in the kit makes this option much easier once the cutt
  5. Excellent! The mark of a good conversion is not being able to easily see where the work was done, and I'd have taken it for the Academy kit. Congrats on a nice looking build of a subject not often seen! Gil
  6. "I only got 33 done this yer"......... Careful! The UN may classify you as an arms supplier! Impressive as always Duke! Enjoy your stay here in sunny (mostly) FLA! Gil
  7. Mind boggling progress, as usual in the "Dukedom"! Gil
  8. Just finished the 1/48 High Planes edition of the Conquest Conversion F8F Bearcat that raced at Reno in the 60s. This is a limited run, low pressure injection kit. That means the plastic needs a lot of clean up, there's no locating pins, and the detail parts have to be sanded (or ground down) to get them to fit well. While it takes a lot more elbow grease to build such a kit, it captures the modifications to the racing Bearcat very well with the shorter wings, extended tail, small racing canopy, closed off wing intakes (filled in by the builder, that is), and P-51 prop spinner. The attrac
  9. Glad you're here Kurt! Looking forward to seeing some of your models, especially those with the "personal inspiration" you mentioned behind them! Settle in and make yourself at home! Gil
  10. Excellent desert war enemies! Desert schemes are one of my faves too, so I'll post a few.....:) 1/48 AMT P-40F long tail... 1/48 Hasagwa P-39D... 1/48 Revell P-40E.... 1/48 Monogram MkII Hurricane.... 1/48 Hasagawa Bf-109F... 1/48 Airfix Spitfire MkV/trop... 1/48 Otaki FW-190A/8... 1/48 Tamiya Bf-109E... 1/48 Aeroform/Otaki vacuform conversion to make the long tailed P-40F... I need to build a bomber or two in desert camo! Gil
  11. Nice progress and excellent detail painting! Getting the flat spot perfectly aligned can be tough....but it sounds like some slight sanding might change the angle of the flat spot just enough to eliminate that sliver of light you saw. The only other suggestion I can make is that for future builds, try not to glue the tire in place without also at the same time test fitting it and the entire gear leg assembly to the wing so you know the tire's in the correct "spot". On a tire like the Mosquito's, you might even be able to leave it loose in place until setting it on it's gear, and then add a spo
  12. I see what you mean about the ejector pin marks....yikes! Excellent start though! Gil
  13. Unfortunately, our club must indefinitely postpone Jaxcon 2021, and we've cancelled our Feb. 6th date at the UNF University Center here in Jacksonville, Fl. The Center has imposed a room capacity limit of 175 persons. This is far below what we've been experiencing in attendance, and also below what we'd expect if we held the show. Even if we held the show and tried to control the number in the room, after we've hit the limit, how do we handle those with models still to register? Do we turn them away, after their trip to Jax? Do we
  14. Glad to have you here Chuck! Make yourself at home and let us know how we can help you have more fun in the hobby! Gil
  15. Glad to have ya back Carlos! Settle in and make yourself at home! Gil
  16. Wow! Your skills squeezed every last drop of "cool" from that old Aurora repop! Congrats on a super looking model from what is at best a mediocre kit! Gil
  17. Really nice fighting Falcon! If you hadn't specified 1/72, I'd have taken it as bigger with the excellent details and photography! Gil
  18. I'm guessing that's Russian for "nice turd polishing"..... Gil
  19. Welcome! Glad to have you here Brett! Make yourself at home and let us know how we can help your model building more fun! Gil
  20. Simply stupendous! Those cockpit shots look like they were taken in a warbird at an airshow. Congrats, and thanks for sharing! Gil
  21. One of my local shops still has a "decent" supply of MM enamels, including many of the camo colors. However, when I checked out the owner mentioned that they were discontinued. I took this to mean that they would NOT be reordering more, so even if Rustoleum has a bunch in their warehouse, THAT'S where they'll stay since shop owners seem to be under the impression that they CANNOT be restocked at all. I lament the demise of MM and Testors.....as they're the brands that I've used since I was a kid. That said, I probably have a lifetime supply of most of the colors, and there's NO shortage o
  22. Sweet looking P-40! I like the very restrained weathering, as the pre-war planes were quite well maintained. I've got one of these but have yet to tackle it. Glad to hear that it's mostly trouble free. Thanks for sharing! Gil
  23. Great start! What did you use for the anti-slip walks in the passenger cabin? Looks authentic! Gil
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