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Everything posted by 66Foxtrot

  1. That propeller assembly should turn up, any day now! Looks good!
  2. Ken, there's a new company called Airscale that makes some really nice ones. Haven't tried them yet, but they look very nice. James
  3. Thanks for your efforts, Eric. I liked the older version better, appearance-wise. This is terrible.
  4. Ed...I'm nearly positive Trumpeter doesn't press these kits. I could be wrong, but they don't seem similar. It sucks, regardless of who makes them, though.
  5. Due to several distractions this past week, I haven't written this up yet on my site. But, I wanted to at least get some pics out there. The fuselage is together, and the tail plug attached. The inside of the cockpit walls are pockmarked with thick, deep ejector pin marks. They required a micro-chisel and lots of Mr. Surfacer. In my opinion, the over-engineering of the kit to produce an "anatomy lesson" has resulted in making the build much more difficult than it should be. The fit of fuselage to tail plug was horrible at best. I recommend forgoing the instructions (which have you assemble the entire empannage and "plug" it onto the fuselage), and cementing the left and right tail halves to the left and right fuselage halves. The fit was SO poor, that the entire empannage was cocked off the center line by 20 - 25 degrees. I had to sand the butte ends flush, and still add a shim. Absolutely ridiculous. I still have to re-fill some of the resultant scars, and rescribe some lost detail. The further into this build I get....the more underwhelmed with it I am becoming. DEFINITELY not the latest and "greatest". At this stage, I consider this kit average, at best. At a very premium price.
  6. Yeah, it's pretty cool. LOTS of photos at the end of each subassembly, so you know what it should look like. :)
  7. Gil, those types of kits are way out of my league...more for a Master Modeler such as yourself! I've completed the Ta-152's Junkers-Jumo 213. www.scalewarbirds.com
  8. It's all on my site. The cockpit isn't horrible, per se....I just expect more from a $100 kit.
  9. I added a quick update to the Ta-152 build at ScaleWarbirds.com. I finished off the cockpit, and began the engine....
  10. Since ScaleWarbirds Studios is down, still (ISP says it's a DNS propagation; Domain registrar says nothing.) I'll post the first full update here. I spent the past 3 days building up the cockpit. The first thing that I'll say, is, I'm a little disappointed in the details. I think that they're a little soft. When I first saw the silver plastic, I was hopeful the details would "pop" under some paint. They did, but...I just feel that they are not as crisp as they could be. I had an Eduard FW-190D-9 cockpit set around somewhere, and I was going to use that for this project, but...of course, I can't find it. Now that the cockpit is finished, it'll turn up, any minute now. If you have the Eduard PE set I just mentioned, I think you'd be better off using it. Fortunately, as it's a Focke-Wulf...you won't see too much of the IP, once it's up under the coaming. For that reason as well, I decided to forgo detailing the different colored bezels. The second thing that I'll say, and this is more of an issue, is the decals. They're not great. The instrument panel decals come in two options: one whole panel of instruments, one each for the upper and lower IP, and one each for the left and right hand tub panels. The other option is individual dials for each instrument. I initially went with the whole panel option, because I wanted to see how they performed. After numerous coats of Mr. Mark Softer and SolvaSet, they simply draped over the panels like thin vinyl. Not cool. Hot water, slice and dice, nothing helped. They're pretty much impervious to decal solutions. I soaked the whole thing in isopropyl, and scrubbed them off with a small brush. Then, I repainted the clear instrument panel, and used the individual decals. This was a better end result, but not great, AFAIC. I added some Future into each dial to represent the glass of each dial face. Additionally, and you can see in some of the pics, the graphics are heavily pixilated, like a dot-matrix printer. I'm concerned, because the airframe decals are of the same sheet. There isn't any dot-matrix patterns on the numbers or national markings...but I'm concerned how they will perform/go down. I'm already thinking about aftermarket decals. I do like the seats. I used the one with the belts molded onto it, and under paint, it's as nice as any resin replacement. I wish the shoulder straps went up onto the turtle-deck, but, with molding limitations, I understand why they don't. I think the seat looks pretty cool. All in all, the parts assembled very quickly, and easily. Most of the past 3 days was spent painting everything. I gave a Burnt Umber wash to most parts, followed by drybrushing with Gunmetal. I didn't fuss with the Nitrous Oxide tank, or the battery, or the fuel cells. You won't see them once in the fuselage. Here's the pictures, thus far. You can decide for yourselves.
  11. DNS change....should be back online within the next 24 hrs.
  12. For another perspective on this kit, I've done a quick in-box review. A build article will be forthcoming, shortly. James http://www.scalewarbirds.com
  13. GAWD, I love Ed Force One!!!! Was that Minicraft kit as bad as I read it is, or is it floggable? Your wings look pretty even Gil...how'd you do it? I still have that decal sheet from a few years ago, when we all ordered them. Just wanna be sure when I use them, it's the right kit. There won't be any more....
  14. I did this to experiment with the "salt" technique to replicate wear/tear/chipping. After I laid down some Alclad II chrome, I decided it would be really cool to mist on some light coats of acrylic blue "Aotake". I know it was used on a lot of interior metal as an anti-corrosive in Japan, but wasn't sure about the exterior. Apparently, it was never used as an exterior primer, but I don't care. I like how it turned out, and it was a lot of fun. It's OOB, with Gunze Acrylics.
  15. I've used one of his saws for about 3 years now. It's my favorite tool, and also works tremendously as a scriber.
  16. It's not a rumor, Jim, although it IS an Imperial Japanese Navy Type 2 (Ka-Mi) Amphibious Tank: http://www.dragon-models.com/html/peleliu_index.html
  17. Thanks Dave, Yeah those are the kit stickers. Thanks, Duke.
  18. Built last Monday, painted last Tuesday, decaled last Wednesday. Then it sat until today, when I received the canopy masks I ordered. Finished that bit off today. Hasegawa 1/48 Bf-109K-4. Built OOB except for Eduard PE seat harness. CSI/Creos acrylics.
  19. Decaled it yesterday. Not much today, I have a splitting headache.
  20. It ain't Saturday, but I did buy this kit last Saturday at the SVASM show. I started it yesterday morning, and here it is ready for decals. Hasegawa's 1/48 Bf-109K-4. Gunze-Sangyo (GSI/Creos) acrylics, applied w/an Iwata Custom Micron-B.
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