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  1. This was one of the short run kits from RS Models in 1:72. My penchant for the odd was a little off in that this plane wasn't that weird and it actually got made. The so called "weird" part was that they install a jet engine in the rear.  The Luftwaffe didn't go for it because of the expense, but a few were made for other countries.

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    And here it is all done. The instructions said the paint was RLM 02, but my phone had other ideas. Thanks for looking.

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  2. This is another kit that was deep in the pile. My favorite Cryptid, Mothman! I'm surprised I waited this long to build it up.

    I picked this up from Jean StJean Studios. It came in 5 parts of gray resin. There were very few noticeable seam lines, and clean up was very quick.
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     Now, the typical description of the monster is a black being with wings, and bright red eyes.

    But being that a lot of nice detail was sculpted into the wings, I couldn't just leave the entire thing black. The wings had "eyespots" on the inner and outer wing, so I mimicked the eyes with some of V's Black Red. Toward the top of the "eye" I lightened the red a bit.

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    Then there was this crosshatching along both sides of the wings. I gave that some light gray on the outside and a darker gray on the inside.

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    From there the body was painted in V's Black Gray, and then highlighted with some Medium Dark gray. The creases got a was of Nuln Oil. But then I didn't want it to be too monotone, and gave the whole thing a misting a Army Painter's Blue tone with the airbrush.

    The eyes were painted gloss black, in prep for V's White Aluminum, and then some Transparent Red.

    The base is rubble with the creature perched on some of the iron bridge remnants. I have the rubble a few browns and blacks, and the iron was painted steel, with a few different rust colors. I then added dots here and there of the Molotow Chrome for sparkle.  I looked up and found an image for the newspaper for the day the Silver Bridge collapsed. As soon as I get more ink for my printer, 😛 I'll print that out an add it to the rubble.

    Thanks for looking.
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  3. On 2/22/2021 at 2:34 PM, Mark Deliduka said:

    Wow Kevin! Nice scores! I saw on another Forums someone was scratchbuilding the Prometheus in 1/48 scale... with movable engines!

    That second one is most interesting; I guess that's one way to eliminate the sight of engines for the passengers looking out.

    That third one looks like a flying Edsel! I wonder if they every actually built that, much less flew it.

     

    Love it Kevin, I am looking forward to seeing some of these in progress.

    Thanks, Duke!

    Yep, I'm really looking fwd to the flying Edsel.  Story behind it it a scientist was working on anti-graity in the mid 1920s. The Soviets got their hand on the device and supposedly they were able to make the 16,000kg vehicle only 8kg. Stick a large engine on it and it's able to fly with those tiny wings... Nice story. LOL  Hope the build is as nice. 😉

  4. Finally picked up a few kits for the to do list. First is from the movie Prometheus. I guess many people either love it or hate it.  I think the ship was pretty cool!

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    Then in my unending quest for the strange an unusual, SAMI helped me out 2X more with news of these kits. So I quickly hit eBay and grabbed them up. 🙂

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  5. Yet another oldie but goodie from Fantastic Plastic' retired line. This is the 1:288 scale Naboo Royal Yacht. It was seen in Ep. 2, when Padme and Anakin went to Tatooine to find Anakin's mother. They then used it to get to Geonosis for the failed attempt to rescue Obi Wan.

    I picked this one out as I wanted to give the Rust-oleum Chrome paint another go... Only a few parts on this one so it was a super quick build.  Once again from sitting in the box for a decade one of the side fins and the ship's top fin had a little warp in it. But what was weird was that as soon as I put each part in the super hot water it straightened out on it's own! (insert eerie music) 😉

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    Once again FP gives you the option for either gear up or down. As I did the last one up, I decided that since this one is a small light model, that I would give gear down a try.  With that, the parts that gave me pause was that both sides of each gear bay door was together. So careful cutting was needed to separate then evenly. A score mark made it rather easy.

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    Next was to put on the fiddly rear ramp. I just super glued it to the rear opening and then let it droop to the table. This was the easiest way to make sure it touched the ground. A little side to side straightening, and it was attached.

    This time I just gave the crafty a spray of the Rust-oleum, and the shine was very good. I think I will pick up some on the metal polish to see what that does to the paint. I primed the base and gave it a shot of V's Engine Exhaust metallic paint.

    Next was some paint paint for the windows, and I also added some black in the back of the craft so it gave the illusion that there was something more once up the ramp. Thanks for looking.

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  6.  Don't know about Sentinal 6, but if you do a search for 'NASA, card model". There are quite a few waiting to be built/scratched. What I do is use the card parts as templates for a build in styrene. Since many satellites are basically boxes and rods, many can be easily scratch built.

    EDIT:  easy to find - -  https://tdglobal.ksc.nasa.gov/servlet/sm.web.Fetch/Sentinel-6_Michael_Freilich_Spacecraft_Paper_Model_Cutout.pdf?rhid=1003&did=49711&type=released

    Looks pretty easy to convert to sheet styrene. 😉  HTH

  7. 7 hours ago, Mark Deliduka said:

    I love it! You did a magnificent job, especially considering this is a resin kit. Your pilot shows up okay, we do know this is piloted! LOL!

    Thanks! FP seems to run hot or cold with their kits depending on who he has casting it. This one was a hit. Too bad they got C&D'd.

    The only oops is the pilot. According to when they were flying they had the guys with the full helmets. The guy in this seat was a regular helmet and goggles. But who am I to complain.  😉 It's 1:72 AND came with a pilot.  HAHA

  8. Diving back into my stash, I came out with another Fantastic Plastic oldie but goodie. Due to a C&D, all of FP's Star Wars kits are currently retired. The kit is their their Vector Wing fighter in 1:72 scale. It came in 26 parts of white resin, and one clear resin canopy.

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    for the paintjob it was easier to paint sub-assemblies.

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    Tried to shoot the pilot, but ended up illustrating my light weathering. 😉 Thanks for looking. 

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  9. 4 hours ago, PeteJ said:

    Just got scheduled to get the vaccine tomorrow.  I guess I will be back to somewhat of a normal life by the end of March so I will be good to go to Las Vegas!  Looking forward to it.  Now I just have to get a model built!

    Cool! I still have to see if that’s the same time my son is back to college.  Kills me to possibly miss.  But I guess it’s either help wifey take son to school or look for a kind soul with a futon... ;)

  10. This kit is an oldie from Fantastic Plastic when they did a few Star Wars vehicles. The Cruiser was seen at the beginning of Ep.2, Attack of the Clones. Just by the way it slid into frame and then did the 180 for landing it instantly became my favorite ship of the prequels. Sadly FP got a C&D from Lucasfilm and that was the end of his Star Wars offerings.

    The 1:288 kit was produced in 2009, and came in 20+ parts including landing legs and a base.  I had often thought of molding and casting in metal the spindly looking legs, but with that never happening, I decided to leave it as "in flight."

    With it in the box for so long I wasn't surprised that one of the wingtips had warped over the years. But the hot water bath quickly fixed that.  
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    The fuselage parts were thick and instead of superglue, I used 2 part epoxy.
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    Once glued it was time for the seam filling. Some areas met up better than others.
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    The front was still a bit rough so I glued a half round piece of styrene to the front and filled some more...
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    After leaving it sit for a while, I took another look and decided the panel lines were rough and too deep, more filling.
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    While I was filling and sanding the little scratches and divots - according to the movie this ship was supposed to be chrome - I had to make sure it was as smooth as possible.

    I saw a You Tube video where this guy tried out a new Rustoleum rattle can called Bright Coat Metallic Finish. And WOW it really looked like chrome! So I decided to try it as well. I gave a shot of the paint to the bullet shaped engine covers and I was very impressed -
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    So after making sure the ship was as smooth as possible, I shot that too. Impressive!

    Is it perfect? No. But I really like how it turned out. Thanks for looking.
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    A little light blue paint to mimic the engines running.

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    Some gloss black to indicate windows.

  11. Ok, so I can't stop building them. This one is from Aradia Miniatures 75mm Dante Inferno collection.

    A very well done kit, but m,y love hate relationship with Aradia models is there's a certain order you need to assemble the parts, which they don't tell you. You only find out 2/3s the way thru when major sub-assemblies don't fit - hence the "broken" spear on the stone soldier...  Oh well...

    Alsio tried OSL again. Thanks for looking.

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  12. Thanks guys! I appreciate the kind words.

    cheveuxroux:  I don't have any of those aircraft. I came to aircraft from the Sci-fi, and real space side of modeling. So I started looking for these far out looking aircraft, and it ended up being some of the wacky Luft '46, Prototype, and other aircraft that never made it off the drawing board.

  13. This is another throw back kit from Fantastic Plastic that I dug deep into my stash to pull out. The date on the instructions says 2008!  It's been out of production since 2011, but if you pay attention to the site, older models can come back for a brief engagement at any time. 

    The LRV from FP's site:

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    In the early 1960s, the U.S. Air Force purportedly began development of a modified flying saucer-like airframe for use as a spaceborne nuclear weapons platform.  Dubbed the "Lenticular Re-Entry Vehicle" (LRV).  To be launched atop either a Saturn-like multi-stage rocket or one of the nuclear-powered rockets then under development, the LRV with its crew of four was to be launched into a 300-nautical-mile-high orbit where it would wait in "Fail Safe" mode for several weeks before either launching its nuclear weapons at the Soviet Union/China/North Korea or returning to earth.  Landing would be via controlled re-entry and a glide landing on a dry lake bed.

    Although this "Black Budget" project may never have gotten beyond the design stage, there is some physical evidence that prototype vehicles were indeed test-flown in the 1960s.  One such intriguing piece of evidence is a strange "honeycomb" cross-section of an exploded disc recovered near Brisbane, Australia in 1966.

    For a simple kit this one fought me every step of the way. The worst being the painting gods were tricksters watching me paint this, despite it just being black and white. Painting the black, I left it to dry, then turning it over to paint the white, I discovered a nic on the black. Let it all dry then going back to the black I see a scratch on the white... Grrr. There has to be at least 1000 😉 layers of paint on this thing. But in the end I came to a happy medium between it looking good and having some "wear."   Thanks for looking.

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  14. Another oldie but good from Fantastic Plastic!  From their site:

    In the mid-1950s, the U.S. Air Force flirted seriously with the idea of producing long-range strategic bombers powered by atomic energy.  The main advantage of such a weapon would be its ability to stay aloft for weeks at a time, thus serving as the aerial counterpart to the Navy's fleet of nuclear-powered submarines.

    Jack Northrop, America's number-one proponent of "flying wing" aircraft, proposed several configurations for such an atomic-powered bomber.  The most exotic of these was an asymmetrical design that positioned the cockpit at the end of the port wing.  (German engineers had proved that asymmetrical designs were  completely airworthy more than a decade before.)  This configuration, while highly unconventional, had the advantage of putting the flight crew as far away from the nuclear reactor as possible while minimizing weight. 

    None of Northrop's concepts got farther than the concept stage.

    One of the wings was a little warped when I pulled it out of the box, but was easily remedied with a dip in almost boiling water. The only other problem I had was that no matter how much water flooded the decal, once it hit the model it stuck down fast.  I gave up after ruining on decal that went alongside the crew pod. All in all it was a nice build. Thanks for looking.

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  15. A few years ago I picked up a few of the old mini kits from Geo-Metric. As usual they got lost in the stash until I just found them again.  I don't think I've done the Hunchback since the days when I was a little kid building the Aurora kit.

     The kit comes in 4 resin pieces and two metal parts. It all came packed in two bags along with a pic of the finished model.

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    In the pic, Quasi was holding on to the jester's "crown" the crowd gave him. My first problem was the the hand holding the crown was molded just like the other hand - with an open palm. I just received my new PE pliers and they were strong enough to bend the fingers enough without doing any damage. It's not a perfect grasp, but it'll do.

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    Taking a break from cleaning up the model, I took a look at the vignette. It comes with a disc that doesn't quite fit under the ledge with gargoyle, and then the arch was just left open behind the figure. I took some trusty foam, and cut out a wall, and also added a spacer to make it not feel like the wall was just blocked up. Didn't do to well on that, but at least there's a solid background now.

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    Turning back to Quasi, he got his base coat of tan and then my usual Beige Red for the skin color.  Looking it up Charles Laughton had blue eyes, and so I did those. But the figure is really too small to make out an eye color once the pupil was put in.

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    The image had him wearing a light green tunic with dark green tights, his shirt was some sort of beige,  and brown shoes. Laughton also was said to have sandy brown hair so I tried to mimic that.  With that done I gave his shirt a wash with some Citadel Green shade. Looking at the pic of the crown the colors looks to be red and blue. Finding other pics online - altho B&W, the actually crown part seemed to be a shiny metal. So I broke out V's Duraluminum, and washed it with Nuln Oil to darkened the details.

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    One shade darkening to the recesses of the skin and then 3 highlights later, I was done. I had previously drilled holes in the gargoyle for the pins I had in his feet and I was done. It was then I saw that he was looking no where with his good eye. So I got some V's Ivory, Azure, and Black and gave him a new place to look - at the viewer.

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