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After an interesting start to the New Year, I finally managed to get some bench time; mostly thanks to my monthly St. Crispin's Irregulars Hobby Day. Here is where I am now.

I finally completed my decals on the F-102 Delta Dagger. Now I can dullcoat this and complete the final details:

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Next I finished all the crazy stencils on the F-15E Strike Eagle. Now I can finish the rest of the decals and move forward on this:

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Next I started a helicopter that was given to me by a friend and fellow IPMS member. He knew I had wanted this helicopter and he got it for me. This is the EH-101 Merlin Royal Navy bird. I was so excited about building this, I had almost forgotten to take pics! Here is the first pic I took, showing the entire interior assembled together:

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Later I dry-fit this inside the fuselage to see how it fit. I was quite amazed at how well this fell together:

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Finally, here's a shot of all the fuselage components sitting together:

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One thing I like about this is that they give you an operational hinge on the tail to fold it. They also make the main rotors foldable too!

Moving on, I also started one of my Christmas presents, the Mitsubishi F-2A. I started with the cockpit of course. It's a very simple affair:

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I then added all the main gear well walls and such, as well as the main intake scoop on the front of the lower fuselage:

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I had also assembled all the missiles and drop tanks for this too, but I didn't shoot pics of them.

 


Moving on to my armor, I was able to accomplish the following work....


Here is where I was with my USAAF resupply set. I had finished dullcoating these after applying the decals:

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Later on, I added the cab tops and the wheels to all of these:

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After this, I tried to complete all of them with the final details and such, but every time I tried to move forward; something broke off. When I fixed that, something else broke off. I spent two weeks re-fixing broken things before I finally got this whole set finished. Finished pics to be posted soon.

Moving on, I finally installed the tracks on the Japanese Type 89 Late:

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After that, I painted the tracks a flat black; added the tools, the machine guns, and a couple small roadwheels that had fallen off. Then I added the decals before dullcoating this little beastie:

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Due to the confusion many people have had thinking that the white stars are American markings; I've decided to add a couple small Japanese flags to the sides of this tank behind the hull numbers so people won't question why a Japanese tank has US markings. It may not be accurate, but at least it will help people understand it is a Japanese tank. You will see them in the completed pics of this tank; which will hopefully get done in a couple more days.

Finally, I took the time to complete the photo-etch on the Russian T-80U that I'd started and set aside some time back. Here it is with most of the photo-etch on it:

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Later on when all that was dry, I went back and added the two flaps on the front of this tank, as well as touched up a few other areas:

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Now to get this primed and ready for paint. I believe I'll be brush painting this the whole time as I'm concerned that the Silly Putty masking will remove some of this photo etch; especially the flaps on the turret and the two front flaps under the front of the hull. After all this time and effort, I don't want to take any chances.


Well, that is my small update for now; hopefully it is the first of many to come. Stay tuned for more and thanks for looking in, comments are welcome.

 

 

 

 

EDIT: Please add a "preview" button to these Forums. That way I'll be able to see if my pics load okay. Also, I'll be able to see which ones don't load when I have a lot to post. Thanks!

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Okay, here's another small update, thanks to the time had yesterday to work on models. I'll start again with my aircraft.


The F-102 has been coming along. After dullcoating this plane once the decals dried, I peeled the masking off the windows. It took a bit of cleanup afterward to make the canopy look well enough:

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After doing that I had also started the missile racks underneath. But first, I shot some white on the AIM-4 Falcons and set them aside to dry while I worked on the rest of the plane:

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As mentioned, I started the missile racks in the weapon's bay first, adding the lowered racks to the interior:

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Once they had dried enough, I completed the painting of the interior of the weapons bay as well as the landing gear bays:

WIP_CDS_Meng_F-102_Dagger_XXIXc.jpg

After a break and after checking the missiles to see if they were dry enough; I masked off the forward parts of the Falcons and painted the rear section red:

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While those were drying, I added the main landing gear as well as the gear doors and weapons bay doors:

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Next came the nose gear and the wheels. I cemented them in place once the gear doors and main landing gear were dry enough:

WIP_CDS_Meng_F-102_Dagger_XXIXe.jpg

Finally, after adding a little more white to the missile fins, I cemented the AIM-4 Falcons in place on the launch racks:

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After a bit of touch up and final parts additions, this bird will be finished. I am hoping to have it finished today.


On one of those breaks working on the Dagger, I also got the last decals on the F-15E Strike Eagle. Now I can finally finish this bird too:

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Finally, on my armor; I focused on the T-80U since it was so close to being finished. I first shot a base coat of green on this with the airbrush; then I used my Sotar to freehand the brown pattern over it:

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Later on, I sharpened up the edges using a brush and then added the little black squiggles to complete the pattern:

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Once that was sufficiently dry, I shot a glosscoat on the turret and added the decals:

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You can see the Solvaset still has to work to pull those decals down. Now all I have to do is dullcoat this again and finish the final assembly and weathering. I hope to finish this today as well.


That's it for now; thanks for looking in, comments are welcome.

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Okay now that I'm finally recovered from that flu; I managed to get back to the bench and make some serious progress for once.

At Hobby Day I didn't feel like doing any painting, detail or otherwise; so I just pulled some things out to build. Here is what I was working on...

 


I started by making some more progress on another Aerosan for the war game I'm planning on doing in October. I started the engine on this little beastie:

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After sanding the forward cone, I completed the mounting of the engine, the safety bars and several other little fiddly bits:

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Moving on from that, I decided to stay with armor for the next project. I pulled out my new T-80 UM1 tank. I started with the turret as indicated in the instructions. Here it is after completing one half of the assembly:

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This kit also received a metal barrel included in the kit. I decided to have another try at putting it on my tank. This time, I glued it to the mantlet first:

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After that, I went back and completed the other side of the turret, completing the assembly as much as I dared. There are still some parts to add to this, but only after painting and final detailing:

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You can see that I fixed the smoke dischargers.

With all that done, I assembled the hull, added the torsion bars, wheels and other details. I even started the tracks before I remembered to take this pic:

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I eventually managed to finish the tracks on one side of this for now:

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After all that, I was ready to move on.....

   
Well, I moved on all right, straight to an ACE kit that I'd been wanting to build for awhile. It was time to pull it out. This is the ACE Canadian Husky in 1/72 scale. I started with the main hull:

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For such a short run kit, I was surprised at how well this fit together so far. That just means I'm going to have a bear of a time with the suspension and wheels underneath! h well, I decided to jump ahead and build the crane. It was a fast assembly, although the top of the main arm had a deep trench across it so I added some strip styrene to it to make it flat:

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Okay it was time to move on to aircraft....


I started with a simple Matchbox kit just to have some fun.

I cemented the pilot to the bang seat and then added him to the fuselage since that's all that the cockpit comprises! No pics of that, sorry; I jumped straight to closing up the fuselage:

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Later on I'll paint the pilot and whatever interior that can be seen and I'll close up the canopy and mask it. Before that, I assembled the wings and added them to this plane:

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Once the canopy is all closed up and masked; this bird will be ready for paint.

Moving on again, I started a Hasegawa kit of the 1/72 scale Harrier jet, only this one is in the markings of the Italian Navy. I started with the small cockpit since this kit actually has one:

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I then assembled the engine intake:

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I then added some of the parts to the fuselage that could be added before removing the parts from the sprues. Things like the refueling pod, engine intake cowls and the exhaust plates:

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Lastly, I cemented the wings together as well as various other parts that were halved or otherwise needed extra parts added:

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Couldn't do much more without having to paint so I called it a day by then.

Thanks for looking in on my small update here. Comments are always welcome.

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Diggin' that F-102!

 

GIL :cool:

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Thanks Gil! Actually, that F-102 is already done. I should have a Thread up showing it.

 

The most recent post shows my current projects in progress.

I do appreciate the compliments! Thanks again!

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Okay, here is a long update, focusing on all I did over the past few weeks when I had the time.

I'll start with my Mirage IIICZ for the African campaign I'm doing on another Forums. They call "Group Builds" campaigns over there.This past couple weeks I tried to focus on finishing a couple of those campaigns and this is the result.

Last you saw I had the whole thing closed up. After that I painted the pilot in situ and then closed him up under the canopy:

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Later I masked the canopy to prepare for painting:

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After that dried, I shot the top of the plane with primer. It is still wet in this pic:

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The bottom was sprayed later once the top dried:

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Over all that, I shot a coat of Tamiya Bare Metal Silver right out of the rattle can:

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Man that stuff shoots on smooth....

I was then ready to start applying the decals to this, but then I looked at the version I wanted to do:

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The red lines behind the cockpit, on the edges of the intakes, and down the wing roots were not included as decals. Out came the masking tape.....

I masked off the lines, as well as the nose cone in preparation for paint:.

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First I shot the nose cone:

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Then I shot the red lines:

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It turned out better than I had hoped it would:

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After that, I applied the decals, added the landing gear and gear doors and finished it up. Finished pics will be in the completed aircraft Forum.

 

 

 


I was doing this South African Mirage so quickly that I found another Mirage in the stash that had South African markings on it. So, I pulled out this Mirage F.1C and got started on it. First I added the pilot to his seat, then cemented his seat to the rear bulkhead, and then cemented the whole assembly inside the fuselage half along with the IP. That was all the cockpit this kit gave me. I also added some weight in the nose to keep this bird on her feet:

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After that was dry, I closed up the fuselage halves and clamped them to seal them as best I could:

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Naturally the wings and tail surfaces came next:

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Once that was dry, I painted the pilot, seat and IP inside the fuselage and then added Mr. Surfacer 500 to the seams that most needed attention:

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That is drying now so I'll give it some attention later.

 

The rest of this post will continue on the next page; assuming that we can still post up to 25 pics per post after the update....

(EDIT: We can! Yay!)

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Continued from the previous post....

On to my armor....

In armor, I also focused on my campaign model, this one is for the Micro Modeling Month campaign that challenges one to try and finish a (small) model in one month. I was trying to finish my T-80UM1 before the end of this month. As you may recall, I had done most of the turret and hull. Looking at the turret, I noticed a lot of sink marks on the lower shielding on the turret. I applied a few dabs of Mr. Surfacer 500 to the sink holes and waited for it to dry:

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It sanded out quite nicely afterward....

I also finished almost all the fiddly bits and such for the hull and turret in preparation for P/E:

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You can see that I used the metal barrel this time. It glued far better than the previous T-80 barrel did.

Here it is after I added all the P/E to it:

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Finally this was ready for paint. Into the "spray booth" it went, getting it's first basecoat of primer to seal the P/E and allow the paint to stick to it:

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When that was sufficiently dry, I shot the base coat of green on this:

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Afterward I completed the camouflage pattern:

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The black lines are still shiny in these pics....

A gloss coat later and this was sporting it's number after I applied the decals:

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I also applied a wash to this. Then I shot a dullcoat when it was dry again. Afterward I weathered this, dusting it up a bit with some Russian Earth Brown:

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All that was left was to install the machine gun on top and it was done!

While working on all this, I also made progress on what was for me; a fun little model that helped me keep it real. My Canadian Husky got it's lower suspension on:

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Afterward, I added some Silly Putty to the hubs and shot the first coat of green on this. I was already shooting the T-80 so this was perfect to shoot right afterward:

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Later on when I was painting the black stripes on the T-80, I shot some black stripes on the Husky. After they dried, I shot a gloss coat over it when I gloss coated the T-80:

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I also found several other long-lost projects when I cleaned my bench a bit so I pulled them out to start as well. But those will be for a subsequent post. I know I bored you all enough with this long one here.

Thanks for looking in, comments are welcome.

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Great stuff again Duke. 

Being the armor guy (NOT) that I am,  I think that T-80 come out really well.  The cammo looks pretty bad A$$.

Bill

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Thanks Bill! I appreciate the compliment very much. Due to the complexity of the surface of this model, painting that pattern was difficult. I painted it with a combination of airbrush and brush. Silly Putty; my go-to masking agent for camouflage, would have torn a ton of parts from that turret especially if I'd used it here. I free-handed two of the colors with an airbrush, then cleaned everything up with a brush.

Thanks again for stopping in!

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I had some time to work on things this past weekend so I kept going on a couple things. One was my Canadian Husky recovery vehicle that finally got all the bits and bobs on it. I just needed to detail and touch it up:

WIP_Canadian_Husky_Recovery_VIII.jpg

Later on, I shot the dullcoat on it and then added some black wash to the grills:

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She has since been weathered and will soon be posted in the finished Armored Forums.

Meanwhile, I also pulled out the Italian Harrier I started. I painted the cockpit in preparation for the instrument decals:

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While that was drying, I painted the engine intake turbines...

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...and the cockpit cowl, engine intakes and exhaust plates on the fuselage halves....


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...and finally, the wheels, struts, and burner cans:

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Another aircraft I continued on was the South African Mirage for my second African build. I added the canopy to this and then sanded down all the filler I had added:

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Later I masked off the canopy in preparation for a primer coat:

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Now for a few of the other models I mentioned before that I found when I cleaned up a bit. These are models I'd forgotten about, or had held back from starting before. I finally decided to just get them done.

One was this one that I had thrown in frustration. I started to re-cement back the Boeing 737 fuselage:

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Yes, that is some old housing wiring I'm using as a clamp to hold all that together. I've also since closed up the nose and I'm waiting for it to dry as well before I move on again and try to paint the white

That was put aside and I then pulled this tiny Airfix Gazelle that I started some time ago (years?) and put away because I couldn't get enough weight in this to keep it on it's skids. Here is how it was when I found it:

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I've since added the engine housing and tried to add a bit more weight in select crannies:

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Finally I hit on a new idea: the overhead canopy has a center bar on it that I used to add some additional weight to:

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When I tested it later, it seemed to do the trick! I sure hope so.

Then I started to cement all the clear parts on, starting with the overhead:

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And finally, all clear parts are on:

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While that was drying, I decided to assemble the main rotor so it would be ready to add when the time came:

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Once the clear parts were all sufficiently dry, I started to mask them off in preparation for painting. I did the sides first, later I'll do the front ones so this doesn't smear in the interim:

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After all that, I wanted to start something different. I had been eyeing this kit of an Airfix Churchill bridgelayer for awhile and finally decided to pull it down and start it. I started with step one; having to add all the tiny wheels to the 22 struts that go on each side of this tank:

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This kit came with vynil tracks that the instructions said I had to attach by heating them up. Upon close inspection, I realized that was not going to work. So, I pulled out that Tire Glue I had and glued these tracks together:

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I then glued in the struts on one side of the track assembly, dry-fit and clamped the other side to let the struts dry in the correct position:

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I then moved on to the center hull, adding the hatches and exhaust pipes among other things:

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I then started on the bridging assembly by assembling the bridge itself:

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After that I decided to test the tracks. One did glue successfully so I added it to the track assembly. The other one I re-glued:

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Finally that one side got glued together:

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Well, that's all I have for now. It's not too much but I'm happy with the progress so far.

Thanks for looking in, comments are welcome.

 

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Is there a reason you're gluing the tracks together inside out?

 

GIL :cool:

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Because it is easier to align and maintain the attachment points in the proper position. The tracks can easily be flipped around before being installed.

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Now for my latest progress done over the last week and a half. Brace yourselves people, this is a long one.

Part I begins here.

I'll start with my aircraft again before bringing it back down to earth in the following post.


Most all this work here was done at Hobby Day. All the painting and airbrushing was done at my home.


I got the cockpit done on one of my latest acquisitions, the Eurocopter HAP Tigre. I'll be making this an Australian bird. It was fairly simple to do:

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Then, because I didn't want to paint, I moved on. I added the decals to the Italian Harrier so I could close this up inside the fuselage:

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Then, when I went to close this up; I realized I had left the sprue holding one side of the fuselage at home instead of bringing it to Hobby Day. Apparently it never got back to the box so I had to put this away for now too.

At home, I fired up the airbrush and got to work. First thing I did was to shoot a grey base on the bottom of the South African Mirage. Later, I taped up the bottom in preparation for shooting the top:

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The first color went on next:

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Once that dried, I pulled out the Silly Putty and masked off the top for the second color:

WIP_Out_of_Africa_Deux_XI.jpg

....and the second color went on:

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After that dried, I masked off the nose and shot it black. After that dried, I removed everything to see how it looked:

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Pretty impressive if I do say so myself....

Got the gloss coat on it for decals next:

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At Hobby Day, I got the decals done:

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All that is left is dullcoat, landing gear and underwing stores. I'm real close with this one.

 

Another model that I made great progress one was the British helicopter. Once the masking dried, I added the landing skids and some other fiddly bits:

WIP_British_Gazelle_VIII.jpg

I then shot the green on it and let that dry. After it dried, I applied the Silly Putty masking again. You can see the parts I broke off while masking this tiny thing:

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The second grey color went on after that:

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Later on, I removed the Silly Putty and repaired the damage:

WIP_British_Gazelle_XII.jpg

Now that bird is ready for clearcoat and decals.

Now on to Part II....
 

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Part II, continued from Part I above...

Now to get back down to earth. I first pulled out my British Churchill bridgelayer and looked it over. The instructions have you decide which position the bridge should be fixed in. That is not acceptable to me so I added some sheet styrene to one part to allow it to hold one of the rods that is supposed to pivot:

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Next, I assembled the turret and snapped it into place, just for fun:

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That ain't gonna be used so this will be the last time you see this vehicle with the turret.

After removing the turret, I assembled all the other bridge layer parts and added styrene rod to the pivot part to allow it to move:

WIP_British_Churchill_Bridgelayer_XI.jpg

The bridge is not currently cemented on, it is sitting on the pivot point. You can see in this next pic how I made this workable:

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And to complete the bridge laying, the main swing arm is removed from the pivot point to lower the bridge down:

WIP_British_Churchill_Bridgelayer_XIII.j

This one is now ready for paint. Hopefully I'll get that done this week.

Next I decided to start my German M-109 Self Propelled Gun. I assembled the lower hull as directed:

WIP_German_M109_I.jpg

When I removed the two sides with all the torsion bars on it, I noticed that Revell of Germany had short-shot one of my axles:

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You'll also notice the gaps I need to deal with. Those are all over this model. You'd think a company like Revell of Germany can mold something that fits well. Anyway, I went to assemble the turret next. Lots of slight warpage on the sides, requiring clamps to make it glue correctly:

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Next thing I noticed, the gun mantlet is molded in such a way that the gun remains fixed in place. Also not acceptable to me:

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So, I cut out the center section of the mantlet and then cemented the frame to the turret opening. Unfortunately, I forgot to take some better pics showing all I did, but the gist is there:

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Next I assembled the gun, added it to the mantlet and then cemented a round section of sprue horizontally to the back of the mantlet. I also added some extra sheet styrene to the sides to widen it back up:

WIP_German_M109_VI.jpg

Using more sheet styrene, I cut strips and cemented them inside the turret trapping the mantlet in place:

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It worked. The gun now elevates the way it is supposed to:

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That's all well and good, but lets see how well it works with the turret roof on:

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Success! Now I can move on and move on I did.

I added the top of the hull next:

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Just for fun, I placed the turret on this to see how it looks:

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Sweet! I'm loving it so far, despite the myriad gaps I'll need to fill later on.

Now it was time to add the wheels and tracks. I added all the wheels except for the outer ones and the one that goes on the short shot torsion bar. Later I installed the track:

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Later on, I'll cement that last wheel to the track itself so that it sits right; then I'll add the outer road wheels to this to finish that part off. That was as far as I got on that one.

Moving on, I went from Hobby Day to my AMPS meeting where they were having a Build Night. I brought my German Panzerlok Br-57 armoured locomotive to work on. Once there, I started with the lower running gear as usual:

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Later I added the wheels:

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Final assembly of the lower running gear was completed next:

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All that was left was to slip the upper armoured body to the top of this:

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After that, I finished all the extra bits and finalized the assembly. Then I moved on and built the tender. It went so fast and easy that I forgot to take pics! Finally I put it all together. This beastie is now ready for paint:

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Well, that's all I have for now. I hope you all enjoyed this long update. Take care and remember: comments are always welcome. Thanks for looking in.

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