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About chuck540z3

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    My OCD helps compensate for my lack of skill
  • Birthday 08/18/1954

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    Calgary, Alberta
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    Modeling, modeling and once in awhile, modeling.

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  1. Chuck - Loved the write up in Fine Scale! 

  2. Thank you everyone for your kind and encouraging responses. As I do at the end of every build, I write a magazine article on what I’d did directly from my WIP thread, which is one of the major reasons I do them in the first place. Reviewing this build from start to finish confirms that this kit is a real challenge to just put together and even more so to correct many panel lines and other details. Still, I’m pretty happy with the end result, which could never have been done with the old Hasegawa kit, so we modellers should be happy that this kit exists at all as a good platform to create a decent 1/32 F-5E. What we now need is a good resin cockpit, because the Black Box one that I used is super rare and almost impossible to find. The gloss black finish is another big challenge and although I’m also happy with how it turned out, I’ll never do another one. As expected, the glossy finish picks up any crap that might be in the air due to static electricity, which forced me to sand down and repaint several areas many, many times. Even after dusting off the model the best I could, you can still see bits of dust everywhere in my close-up pics above, so that will never go away. The other major shortcoming of this color on this model is the total lack of available red decals, as I described above. Even after making do with an assortment of decals and painting some with masks, I’m missing a few that should be there, like the big “AF” at the top of the tail. I suppose I could have found a way to paint those too, but there comes a time when you just don’t care anymore and need to move on to another project. As mentioned in my WIP thread, my next challenge will be another Kitty Hawk kit, in this case the T-6 Texan that I will modify slightly to a Canadian Harvard. After building nothing but iconic fighters for so many years (F-4, F-14 and F-18 twice), I need a new challenge with glossy yellow wings, where the dust should be less noticeable. BTW, my Spitfire will be featured in the January and February Fine Scale Modeller magazine (2 parter), while my Eagle will be on the cover of a new FSM book on Modeling Aircraft, also in February. I’m really looking forward to see how these articles turned out! FSM Modeling Aircraft Cheers, Chuck
  3. Thanks Guys! Thanks Dan, Although a struggle at times, the models I am most proud of are the difficult ones, like my Trumpeter A-10, P38, and now this Kitty Hawk kit. That’s also why you don’t see them very often! Since I always alternate between jets and props, my next challenge will be this one, slightly modified into a Canadian Harvard in yellow. This will be my first non-combat model ever, although it is obviously associated with same in its training role. I have already ordered a few after market kits and it’s my plan to super detail it. Cheers, Chuck
  4. Thank you everyone! Generally speaking me neither. Having said that, this bird needed to be kept clean, as shown below. Thanks, Chuck
  5. DONE! I have posted pics of the finished model in the Display Case Forum here: 1/32 Kitty Hawk F-5E/N: "Kicked Up a Notch" Thank you everyone for your continued interest in this build. I really appreciate your comments and feedback over the past 9 months. Cheers, Chuck
  6. October 3/19 After “only” 9 months, which is a record for me, I have finally finished this model. For step by step details on how I did it, I have a fairly long build thread here: https://forum.largescaleplanes.com/index.php?/topic/78413-132-kitty-hawk-f-5e-kicked-up-a-notch-sept-2419-final-details/ This kit is a real challenge if you want to make it as accurate as possible, with a random mix of highly detailed parts and parts that don’t fit at all. There are inaccuracies all over the place which I tried to fix, with some panel lines deleted, others added, and every single panel line and rivet was rescribed and re-punched. After market kits used were mostly made for the Hasegawa kit as follows: - Black Box Resin Cockpit Set (32010) for Hasegawa - Eduard PE Exterior Set (32426) for Kitty Hawk - ProfiModeler Brass Pitot Tube (32266) for Hasegawa - ProfiModeler Resin Wheel Set (320273) for Hasegawa - Zactomodels AIM-9L/M Resin Missile - Hasegawa Kit Boarding Ladder and AOA Vane (both missing in KH kit) - Archer Resin Decal Rivets, which were used extensively on the rear engine area - Airscale Instrument Brass Bezels and Decals The BB cockpit fit surprisingly well with a number of modifications, while the ProfiModeler wheels required spacers to fit the kit landing gear and the pitot tube had to be ground down at the rear to fit flush. My goal was to create one of the gloss black Adversaries of the VFC-13 Fighting Saints that were fashioned after the “Mig-28” of the movie “Top Gun”, but nobody makes bright red decals for this subject in 1/32, so I was forced to go with a mixed bag of the following which created a bit of a “what-if” for squadrons: - Kit Decals. Not many, because they are thick and often show white film underneath. - ProfiModeler (32286). Red Star on tail and “01” on nose. - Two Bobs Bad Boys Sundowners (32-040), hence the VFC-111 squadron instead of VFC-13 - Maketar Paint Masks (USAF Stars and Bars, Vol II, 32-066) One big shortcoming of this kit is the engine intakes, which really don’t exist at all beyond the front openings. Although resin intakes are apparently now available, I made seamless intakes out of ordinary PVC water pipe which turned out fairly well. Now several pics of just about every angle possible. With the super clean and shiny paint job which is typical of these jets, I didn’t see the need to dirty up and weather the landing gear wells, mostly because they will rarely be seen again. Cheers, Chuck
  7. Guys, I have been having trouble posting here lately so quite frankly I just gave up. If any body wants to see the end of this build they can view it over at LSP here: 1/32 Kitty Hawk F-5E Build Thank you, Chuck
  8. Obituary is here: https://calgaryherald.remembering.ca/obituary/donald-mackie-1075652210 RIP Bruce Chuck
  9. Bruce Mackie has passed away.  His Obituary is here:




    RIP Bruce

  10. In a word, No. 3 things are holding me back: 1) I started the decals and realized that I didn't have any US Insignia decals in red. Nobody makes them in 1/32 scale either, so I had to order Maketar paint masks which will take a few weeks to arrive. 2) I screwed up a big decal (more on that later) so I had to order a replacement. Same delivery time as above. 3) It's finally summer, so vacation and other summer-like activities are taking up most of my time. I might have an update on the two wing-tip pods before then, so we'll see. Cheers, Chuck
  11. Thanks Yuri! It looks like some acrylic X-22 should go down first, followed by the Tamiya lacquer. Cheers, Chuck
  12. July 26/19 Inching along towards the finish line. One major addition is the big center line fuel tank, which my subject usually has strapped on. In many pics of modern F-5E/N’s, the vertical fin has been removed, leaving the base attachment, so I cut mine off. Something missing is a fuel cap, because you’ve got to get the fuel in there somehow! I used another spare PE brass disk that I also used on the top of the fuselage when I moved the fuel caps from the starboard side to the port side. Painting circular objects can be tricky, so this wire contraption worked out quite well to keep the tank suspended without touching anything. The other side. I will put a red circular decal on that fuel cap later. Now some real fun and before somebody alerts me to the fact that the titanium panels at the rear of the jet are often dull, I will be adding some semi-gloss lacquer to knock down the shine a bit later. For now, it looks pretty cool with all that raised rivet detail. Next up are likely decals and here’s my plan. As cool as the gloss black finish looks, it’s too shiny for scale and I still need something to seal the decals in so that decal film edges will be minimized. To do this, I’m going to be spraying the entire model with Tamiya Semi-Gloss Lacquer right after decals, which will also tone down the shine of the titanium panels and exhausts. Fingers crossed that don’t regret this! Cheers, Chuck
  13. Nothing special. Other than good overhead light within my paint booth, I have a couple of small desk lamps on the sides that I can move into position to allow reflections off the surface of the model I'm painting. You need reflected light to show how wet (or not) your paint is being applied. Cheers, Chuck
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