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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. DO IT! This aircraft is very popular and the kit would be much more popular if somebody fixed the width of the canopy parts, which is a major big time flaw. I bet you wouldn't be able to keep up with orders if you marketed a good product. Mark me down for your first sale if you do, since I have another kit. Cheers, Chuck
  2. Excellent job on a "Weird" kit as you mentioned. I spent over a year on the same kit, so I know all the flaws and your final product is exceptional. Congrat's! Cheers, Chuck
  3. As a 1/32 guy, I rarely look at 1/48 models and never 1/72. I'm, glad I did this time. This Tomcat is fantastic at any scale, but at 1/72 even more so. Big time "Wow! -and Congrat's for the close up pics to reveal any flaws, which are minimal. You should be very proud of this F-14 and you should be. Cheers, Chuck
  4. Thank you sir. I started modeling about 13 years ago and like everybody else, was not very good to start, but I still enjoyed the hobby immensely. Over time and practice- again like everybody else- I got better and better as I made every mistake possible. I still strive to make each model better than my last, but I'm starting to hit a bit of a wall now that I'm 65 years old and my sight and dexterity are not what they used to be. Here is my first model posted here at ARC in 2007 or so. Orange peel paint, silvered decals and likely crooked landing gear, but I was very proud of it. We all have to start somewhere! 1/32 Revell F-15E Cheers, Chuck
  5. Curiously, the Alley Cat canopy is not corrected for width and from what I've seen, is thicker and not as clear as the kit parts, so I have no idea why one would buy it. Cheers, Chuck
  6. Yup. More pics here: The Display Case Cheers, Chuck
  7. Thanks Guys! Me too. This Hanger Queen is pretty clean these days. I also like dirty, when the subject should be dirty. Cheers, Chuck
  8. April 15/20 After about 4 ½ months of work, which is an a record short time for me, I’ve finished the Kitty Hawk T-6 Texan kit into a Canadian Harvard. This pandemic we find ourselves in provides plenty of motivation to model, especially when the weather is crappy outside, so I got a lot done the past 2 weeks. This Harvard Mk 4 is a museum bird that lives at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum near Hamilton, Ontario and as far as I know, it stills flies now and then. It was built at Canadian Car and Foundry in 1951 and served RCAF flying schools until it was purchased by a private owner in 1965 and later donated to the museum in 1972. I have many pics of this aircraft and all of them show it to be super clean, especially those in the museum hanger. Other than dirtied up walkways and the characteristically weathered exhaust pipe, it still looks brand new today. I have always loved the look of these yellow birds and chose this aircraft since the kit decals are the only ones available in 1/32 that I know of. This kit presented many, many challenges too numerous to mention, but I have a build log from start to finish here for those who might be interested: Work in Progress Build Thread Key aftermarket items include: #32354 Eduard Exterior and Landing Flaps #32810 Eduard Interior Set #32100 AMS Resin Corrected Prop Blades #BR32380 Barracuda Resin Tires and Wheels #132004 HGW Late Spitfire Fabric Seat Belts AR88015 Archer Decal Rivets (various) And lots of scratch made enhancements Now the pics with a few explanations. The antenna wires look just like this. Tight, but also kind of sloppy. Landing gear was corrected outwards from the kit anchor points. To replicate a drain tube of some kind found at the bottom of the engine, I used a steel pin. I am most proud of the exhaust, which was modified with the addition of a cockpit heater pipe, then painted with Alclad Steel and Stainless Steel, followed by Tamiya pastels in rust. Fuel tank caps on the wings were also recessed as per references. A red vent tube was added to the top behind the engine cowling and a steel colored dipstick looking assembly at the bottom. The kit canopy is the weakest part of this kit and doesn’t fit at all, so I modified it with a channel slider at the bottom to hold everything together. All of the ribbing on the rudder and elevators was sanded down and modified with Archer decal rivets to create a subtle, but lumpy look of fasteners behind fabric. Aileron control arms were replaced with Eduard PE replacements, which include an arm to the small trim tabs. The Eduard landing flaps were a ton of work, but very satisfying to see them completed. For those who might want to see the upper portion of the landing flaps, they look like this. The Eduard set also has control arms for the rudder missing from the kit. The formation lights were added which should be red, amber and blue in a variety of positions according to references. Since the amber color would be lost against the yellow fuselage, I added a green one instead, just ‘cause. If you have any questions, fire away. Cheers, Chuck
  9. Chuck - Loved the write up in Fine Scale! 

  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. Thank you everyone! Generally speaking me neither. Having said that, this bird needed to be kept clean, as shown below. Thanks, Chuck
  13. 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
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