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Hey everyone! Happy New Year and welcome to the new Grand Opening of Maddog Manufacturing for 2021. Most of which I'm going to show right off is work I did just before heading out on vacation back in December. Since it didn't get posted then, I'll be showing it here.

 

So, all aboard the tram and remember to keep hands and feet inside at all times. Enjoy the tour!

 

To start with, these are my most active projects currently going on right now:

 

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A lot of the work you see here has already been chronicled, but just before I left, I did some airbrushing of base coats. 

 

First I'll show you the work I did on the C-54. 

 

I worked on sanding and shaping the cockpit canopy to get it ready for paint:

 

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I think it's ready, but I'll have to prime it first to be sure.

 

Then I built all the engines and dry-fit them to the wing nacelles to see how they look:

 

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They look great in place, but I had a sneaky suspicion about something so I slipped a cowl on one of them to see how well it fit. It didn't:

 

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That is way too far from the nacelle so the engines are gonna take a little finagling before they get painted and closed in behind the cowls.

 

 

 

Moving on, here are the pics of that base coating work on my armor and the 1929 Coke Delivery Van...

 

First off, I had the Olive Drab out so I shot the OD basecoat on these models:

 

M-5 Stuart:

 

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M-551 Sheridan:

 

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M-113 APC with Turret:

 

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Next I pulled out the Dark Green and shot it over these:

 

Russian BTR-70 Early:

 

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Russian BTR-70 Late:

 

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...and my Russian 2S19 Artillery Vehicle that I'd assembled in 15 minutes some time before:

 

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Later I pulled out the Green Drab and base coated the M-51 Isherman:

 

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After that dried, I shot a coat of Israeli Armor Sand over this, trying hard to do it light enough for the Green Drab to show through in places:

 

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I then changed things up and loaded some red in the brush and shot my 1929 Coke Delivery Van. It was still wet in this pic:

 

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Personally I'm not that thrilled with that red, I feel it's too light. I want a darker red on this so I'll be looking for another color to shoot on this.

 

After that, I shot the dark tan over the D-9 Dozer: 

 

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I'll be doing a dark brown wash over that to make it pop and then after paint the interior, I'll add the windows to this. Then after I weather it, I think it will be done as I don't remember any markings for it.

 

The day before I left, I shot gloss coats over all the above vehicles to prepare them for decals when I came home.

 

Finally when I got home, I decided to tackle the BTR-3K that has the digital camouflage decals included. Alexey had a nice sheet of digital patterns but I feel there could have been more as I didn't have enough for the upper deck in back. Maybe it doesn't need it up there, but I added what I had left after applying them to the sides, front and rear. There was no diagram in the instructions showing where and how to apply them so I winged it. I think it looks pretty good, despite my poor application:

 

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And no, I won't paint the remainder on the top. I don't want to deal with masking with multiple strips of tape over multiple layers, even on that small area. It's just going to be dullcoated and weathered after adding any other markings that might go on this. I also decided that after dealing with these, I was going to wait for another day to decal the rest.

 

Okay. that's what I have to show for the start of 2021. Hopefully I can maintain this momentum throughout the year. 

 

Thank you for joining the Grand Opening Tour! I appreciate all comments.

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Looking forward to your umpteen builds a month!  :smiley2:  As always, I'm amazed at how you can keep so many projects organized and prioritized at the same time!

 

Gil :smiley16:

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Thanks Gil! I'm thrilled to see you're still watching my production. Stay tuned my friend; more to come.

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Well I got more to show from this past week. I was waiting for my airbrushes to be finished with their repairs, so while I did that, I managed to move forward on these models. Let's start with my aircraft.


After seeing how badly the cowls fit over the engines on my C-54, I sanded the edges of each one and tried again. Success! They fit now:


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Now to build the other two engines and see if I can do more on this plane.


Meanwhile, I had a lot of sanding to do on my An-124 around the cockpit area and the shoulders in front of the wings:


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While I was sanding them, I also sanded and adjusted the wings so that when I finally glue them, they will seal perfectly and be flush where they are supposed to be:


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Later, all these subassemblies went out and got shot with another three or four coats of primer and another clearcoat:


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Hopefully I can start moving forward on this monster now.

 

Okay, here is the work I did on my armor. Let's start with my 1/35th scale Patton. I decided to finish painting my tracks for this tank while waiting for my airbrushes:


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Now, once I get them back, I can finish detailing and modulating this big tank.


Okay, enough of the big stuff, here's my progress on my small scale armor.


We'll start with the smallest one. I shot a gloss coat over the little Stuart so I could add the decals. Naturally, the decals disappeared so I dug through my decal stash to find some that would fit. This is totally fictitious, but at least it has markings:


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Yes, the decals silvered, I took care of that. I also took care of the silvered decals on three other models as well.


After this dried and the Solvaset finished, I shot a dullcoat on this little tank. Then I decided to experiment with some weathering powders to see how well I could use them. I applied some on the hull and running gear:


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I wasn't thrilled with this. However, I did kind of go a bit heavy since the follow-on dullcoat tends to make a lot of it disappear as you can see here:


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Yeah, I'll be redoing this with paint when my airbrushes come back.


Moving along, I also did the gloss and decals on the turreted M-113. I liked the Snoopy decals so on they went:


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Later this got dullcoated and powdered like the Stuart:


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After the second dullcoat it looked better, but I'm still not thrilled:

 

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The final tank I tried this one was the M-551 Sheridan. I shot the gloss and then added the decals:


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Next came the powders:


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...and finally the last dullcoat:


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Well, that experiment on several vehicles was not a roaring success in my eyes, so maybe I'll shelve that idea until I can see what works better. Meanwhile, I continued on my three BTR's. First are the two BTR-70's that got a gloss and decals:


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Next I decided to try and weather the wheels a bit before installing them. I painted the treads with a dirt-colored paint first. You can see six of eight done that way now:


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Next I tried wiping the top color off, but the paint came completely off, despite whatever light touch I tried. So, I re-painted it and later semi-dry brushed a black color over the paint to get the effect I was looking for. It's kind of hard to see but I went ahead and added the wheels to these vehicles:


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One thing I liked about these kits: the wheels were so tight, all I did was snap them on!


Later they got a dullcoat in preparation for weathering:


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On the BTR-3K, however; after applying all the decals I had some repairs to make:


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Once that was done, I dullcoated this little vehicle:


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Then I added the wheels to this. All she needs now is weathering and it's done:


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Finally, I gloss coated the M-51 and then decaled it using the old Star decals that I'd gotten for IDF vehicles. I had forgotten they were printed on a solid decal film so I didn't trim close to the decal images until after they were on the model. That being said the chevrons still shattered so they didn't go on. These ones did:


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Later I dullcoated this and gave it a dark brown wash and afterward dry-brushed it with a light sand color:


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All it needs is tracks and weathering and that little beastie is done!


Wow, I got a bit more done than expected this week. I can only hope that next week is as productive. If so, you'll be seeing almost all these armor vehicles in the finished Forums!


Until then, thank you for looking in, comments are always welcome.

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Great progress report Mark! How much longer do you think that you have until the Anatov is finished? That thing looks huge!

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Thanks Carlos! I'm not real sure how much longer on the Antonov; I surely want it done soon. I still need to review the instructions to see what needs doing next. I know I need to paint the engines, but after that, I'm not sure. Hopefully all that's left after the engines is painting the upper fuselage white and then decaling this beast.

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Okay, here's the latest I got done this past week; most of it done on the Hobby Day weekend. I'll start with the aircraft that got messed up.

 

Some time back, I realized I needed a lot more weight in the nose of the A-400. A LOT. So, since the rear end was still open, I decided to add it and then tilt the plane forward. Naturally when I maneuvered the fuselage for additional sanding or fitting of parts, the weights were not fastened down so they rattled around and sometimes fell out of the still open rear end. So, I took an empty paper towel; tube and slipped it down through the rear opening and then shot some spray 77 adhesive through the tube to coat the weights and then set it aside propped up on it's nose to let the stuff dry. 

 

Good news: It worked. The weights don't move anymore. 

 

The Bad news: some of the adhesive flowed down to the nose and apparently was 'hot' enough to do this before drying:

 

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So, until I figure out how to sculpt a nose for this, or find something to graft on; this bird is grounded on the Shelf of Doom for a while.

 

Meanwhile, I moved on and got some progress done on the 1/35th scale M48 Patton tank I'm doing for my local AMPS club Group Build for the Vegas Nationals. First, I painted the tracks that were dry and ready to paint:

 

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I then shot some additional modulation on this:

 

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...which I covered with another thin coat of OD green again. It doesn't show up well in these pics, but there is definite modulation here:

 

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Moving on, I started another new kit. This one is the ACE kit of the AT-1 Snapper Anti-tank vehicle. It was started for a "Goodbye 2020 Group Build" that was started on another Forums. Here is my early progress...

 

First I completed the suspension underneath:

 

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Then I did the top part:

 

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I have some brackets for the spare missiles to go in and then I'll have to paint that interior. Once I put the top on, that will be impossible to paint.

 

Later, I assembled all the Snapper missiles but didn't shoot pics of them.

Before I get into the next models; I have to show this. Do you remember me leaving off the round cylinder off the HEMMTT tank transporter tractor because it got lost? I was doing some cleaning and finally found it! Here it is installed on the model:


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Later I painted it to match the model; but I was so excited that I finally found this that I had to shoot it after it was glued on, just in case it fell off and disappeared again.


Moving on to my other in-progress models....


The first thing I did, since this model is so close to the finish line; was to clearcoat the Russian MSTA self propelled gun. Interestingly enough it was such a quick build that I didn't get shots of it under construction! Anyway, here it is in it's basecoat and clear coat:


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Later I added the decals to this:


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Now all that's left is final parts, detail painting, dullcoat and weathering.


Next up is the US Army M109A6 that got most of the fiddly parts that wouldn't break much during handling before I shoot paint. I added the hatches, headlights and other detail parts:


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Next, it was time to move forward on the Takom 2-n-1 kits of British vehicles. I started with the FV-432 APC, adding the hatches, headlights and other detail parts that weren't delicate:


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Afterward, I decided to try the tank track jig they included in the kit. It looks like this:


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The drive sprocket and idler wheels go on the end posts and the top run of track is glued on to connect them:


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On the other side were some huge ejector pin marks that were so close to those posts that one got cut while I was removing the EP. It had to be glued back into place and so I was only able to do one side.


Once the upper run of track was done, then I added the individual track links on the idler and drive sprockets, followed by the  end runs to the bottom run of track:


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Later that is to be removed from the jig and glued onto the model, then the bottom track run is glued on to complete the tracks. The Chieftains all have the same jig for their tracks. Overall a pretty good system; but I'm hoping the larger track links on the Chieftains are easier to do than these small, fiddly things!


Speaking of Chieftains, I moved ahead on them, finishing off the turrets and adding all the detail parts to the upper and lower hulls; starting with the Chieftain Mk.5:

 

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Later I added the baskets to this tank, but I still have some P/E mesh parts to insert inside them before I paint. You'll also notice that the smoke dischargers are missing from the front of the turret. That's because Takom only molded one in the Chieftain Mk.5 kit, the other one was never molded. I know because comparing the sprues to those of the Mk.10 and Mk.11, the sprues that are supposed to hold the second one were shorter and had no broken connection points, indicating that the plastic never quite got into that part of the mold. I'll need to source some extras from the spares box; M1 Abrams dischargers look closest to these used on the Chieftains.They may not be accurate, but they'll be on there!


Speaking of the Mk.10, I also finished the turret and added the detail parts to the turret and hull:


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Late I added the baskets to this too:


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On the Mk.11, it was the same; finished building the turret and then adding all the non breakable detail parts to the turret and hull:


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That one got baskets as well when I built them and added them with the other Chieftains:


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And yes, the reason I waited to do the baskets is that I had to assemble each one from four to five pieces...each! AND I still have to add P/E mesh to them all!


Anyway, here are the three Chieftains ready for track assembly and then paint:


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And that completes my latest update on my progress. Thanks all for looking in, comments are always welcome.

 

 

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Ouch! Damn that got hot!

If I may suggest...Get some Apoxy Sculp epoxy putty if you haven't got it already. Mix up enough to make the new nose (simply mix 50/50 parts together). Stick it on the nose and shape it with your hand like you would clay. Next, start dipping your fingers in alcohol and smoothing the putty nose to blend it into the model and to smooth it out. You should be able to get 95%+ of the "shape" you need to repair the nose doing this. After 24hrs it'll be dry enough to be sanded for final finish and blending. It'll add weight to the nose, repair it, and it does NOT heat up while curing, so it's safe! Hope this helps!

 

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Gil, thanks for the suggestion, it sounds just like what I was already considering. Great minds think alike. Yeah, I didn't expect that spray 77 glue to be so hot.

 

One other friend suggested I also add some small bits of sprue to the nose first as a frame to give additional 'grab' to the epoxy putty and help it maintain shape. I plan on doing that too.

 

Thanks again GiL! I appreciate your compliments, comments and recommendations. I'm always thrilled to see your replies.

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This has been one of those one-step-forward/two-steps-back kinda weeks. That is why I've only done this much.

 

I'll start with the 1/35th scale M-48 Patton I'm doing for the SoCal AMPS Group Build. This actually went pretty well; probably the only thing that went well this week. To start with, I added all the extra detail parts to the upper hull that I'd left off before. Things like headlight, lifting hooks and gas caps for instance:

 

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Of course, this didn't all go so pristine; when I went to add the vision blocks to the driver's hatch, I found that one was either missing or never molded. There's supposed to be three as seen on the instruction sheet to the left. You can see I only have two. I never handled this sprue before so I have no idea where the third one went:

 

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So now, I will only put on the center one and see what I can do about the other two. Until then, I'm moving forward on this. 

 

I did have all the clear parts for the turret, so I added them all along with the rest of the detail parts:

 

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I then started on the big searchlight:

 

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I'm gonna paint the interior before adding more and closing it up with the clear panel it comes with. 

 

That's as far as I got with that so far. Later, I started another little model for a Group Build on Missing Lynx Braille Scale Forums. This is my M-32 started. I did the lower hull first:

 

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After that, I didn't want to deal with the running gear so I skipped ahead and started the mine rolling assembly. What a battle this turned out to be! After an hour and a half of fighting this thing, I finally got the following result:

 

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Later I built the turret and some of the parts for the lower hull. This is a mock up of all I'd done on this so far:

 

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I'd had enough of that so I moved on, hoping to make some progress on some of my aircraft. The A-400 was bothering me so I started the sprue framework on the nose suggested by one other friend:

 

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Of course, that caused a front wheel to come off:

 

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So I tried to glue it back on. It wouldn't glue on straight! So, I drilled out the stem, destroying it in the process of course, Then I added a piece of wire to the broken wheel:

 

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The axles ain't straight, but the wheel is even with the unbroken one, so this is DONE!

 

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While doing that, I found a couple other areas where the spray 77 made the plastic soft and caused it to sink/ Mr. Surfacer 500 liberally applied filled those areas to be sanded after it dries sufficiently:

 

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Okay, that was enough of that since it was really torquing me off. I decided to try and do something on my An-124. First, I taped off the underside, nose and tail where it is supposed to remain grey:

 

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I then took it outside to shoot the white topside:

 

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Looks good doesn't it? Yeah, I thought so too until I looked closer before glossing it.

 

What you don't see in those pics are several smudges, patches of lint, extreme rough spots, and imperfections in the white paint, certainly not smooth or clean enough to shoot a gloss clear on it. That pic was shot three days ago. Since then, I've been sanding, washing, respraying, wiping, sanding re-spraying at least another nine times or more. Still ain't right. 

 

In between all that, I also taped off the tips of the wings and horizontal tail surfaces and painted them red:

 

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After that, it was time to paint the metallic parts of the engines. I masked off the front of both wings with the Tamiya flexible tape and on one of them, I brush painted an aluminum color on the edges and interior of the front of the engine:

 

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Kinda hard to see in that pic, but I did it. I then painted the tail cones a dark metallic color and drybrushed with a steel:

 

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Not too thrilled with that drybrush, so I'll be redoing those rear cones. I also saw a lot of issues with the grey paint on the wings again. Gonna have to re-mask and re-shoot these grey and gloss coat again. Meanwhile, I pulled down the other wing and started to paint it too:

 

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Naturally, as always, one engine had to break off again! I can never move ahead on this:

 

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Yes, that was JBWeld! It has since been glued back on. That is gonna have to be re-shot in grey again too. Enough of all these hassles! 

 

By this time I was thoroughly fed up! I looked through my stash for some thing simple, easy and not needing paint so I could lose myself in just building. I found a kit I'd started some time ago: my Space 1999 Mk.IX Hawk. I had done some simple sub assemblies so I thought it was time to start putting it all together. I started by adding the engine cones to the main engine:

 

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Later I assembled the rest of the model, losing myself in the build just like I wanted:

 

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Here it is mocked up with the main engine:

 

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I gotta paint that main engine housing orange before I can glue it to the rest of the model.

 

 

That seemed like a great place to end this disappointing week of model building. I hope you enjoyed this latest tour. 

 

Thanks all for riding along, comments are welcome.

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