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Kurt H.

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  1. Kurt H.

    707-27 - 707 and 727 mashup

    The decals arrived today I ordered two sheets to ensure I have enough stripes. The decals also have the windows, so I can fill in the windows and have 1 less alignment concern. I Fly United pretty much any time I fly and wish they still had this livery, I like it better than the current livery.
  2. Kurt H.

    1/48 F-20A 187th FW Alabama ANG

    Nice work on the cockpit. That seam work looks like a challenge but it looks like you have it under control. 👍
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    707-27 - 707 and 727 mashup

    I have one fuselage half assembled. My goal was to make interlocking tabs, but they all seemed to stick to the 727 section so I went with it and glued them together, with the goal to make sure the crease in the fuselage was in the right place. I did not take a picture of the out side ot the fuselage. Any way, I think I have a idea for a path forward for assembly. Since the 727 fuselage is a little wider, I am going to sand the heckout of it to make it flush with the 707 fuselage. This is almost like a Vacuform kit at this point. I also ordered the decals, I found the Saul Bass United scheme for the 727. The package was supposed to be here tomorrow, but usps tracking shows it was held up at a distribution center on the way. No big deal, just as long as it did not get wet and gets here before the end of the GB it would be good. till next time ...
  4. Kurt H.

    Hasegawa F-4S USMC Detailed build

    Thanks Dutch. I am still moving along slowly with this build, between a few other builds, and studying for an Exam. I got the mounting wires in the pylons and I had to assemble the inner pylons. This was a total PITA ... but they do look much better than the kit pylons After messing with the "wings" on the inner pylons, I finally figured out a way to glue them in place so they would be flush with the wing. I put a piece of black baremetal foil on the wing, so the glue would not leak through and stick to the wing I held the "wings" in place and used a glue looper to apply thin CA to attach the wings to the pylons. I also had a challenging time removing the pylons from the pour stubs, ans getting the contour correct. On oneof the outer pylons, i got it wrong ans as I sanded and scraped, it got worse. I will try to take more pictures to illustrate. I assembled the centerline fuel tank tonight and I will need to work on positioning the tank and inserting the wires. This is harder than I imagined. But I am learning and stretching my skills.
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    707-27 - 707 and 727 mashup

    A quick and dirty supersonic airliner is one idea for a backstory. I think I will go with 70s/early 80s united markings, with the tulip on the tail and the orange stripes. I made the first cut. IT went better than I thought. The shape of the fuselages is slightly different so it will take a lot of care to make it look seamless. The fuselage parts are taped together, above the 707-27 fuselage is the remnants. my cutting mat sure is dirty. might be time for a new one.
  6. Kurt H.

    1/48 F-20A 187th FW Alabama ANG

    Looking forward to seeing your build. Sounds like a feasible narrative for the F-20 Which kit do you plan to use? Monogram or Freedom Model Kits ?
  7. Kurt H.

    My third Furball Tiger

    All right! you snuck it in right before the end. nice work. And thanks for your compliment in the trophy case.
  8. I have had this idea in my head for 20 years. The idea is to attach the rear fuselage of a 727 to a 707, yielding a 7 engine airliner. I think it has been done before, but I have always wanted to do it. I actually started this project in 2000 or 2001 and after cutting the fuselage of an airfix 727 and a minicraft 707 I got distracted and eventually I lost track of the kits in the project and probably threw them out in a purge leading up to a move. Any way, I got inspired to try again a few years ago, and I purchased an airfix 707, and an airfix 727 Here are the fuselages I did some preliminary test fits and it looks like it will be close enough to make it work. I will make the cut on a panel line in the rear section of each fuselage, and I am not sure If I want to try and lengthen the forward fuselage as well. The only problem is that I have not yet been able to think up a back story. I have a few ideas. I also have no idea what livery to use. Airliner? military? I have no idea. If I have the motivation I can also make a zero engine airliner from the remains. The ultimate in fuel savings. I have tried airliners several times, ruined lots of kits and finished 1. Hopefully I will have good results this time. Not sure where I will fit this into my build queue but I will try to get it finished before the end of the GB.
  9. Kurt H.

    Mission Models

    I have seen a few posts in other places where several people have come to the conclusion that Mission models has similar chemistry to Createx Airbrush paint. If you have a store near you you could try the Creatiex 4012 reducer. I have also read anecdotal evidence what it works ok with Mr Color Leveling thinner. Obviously, try with a paint hulk first before trying it on your model. I have only tried mission with their own thinner, so I can not offer any other suggestions.
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    High Flight RF-4C

    I found this thread here on arc from 2007 where someone made it work Worth a shot
  11. Kurt H.

    My third Furball Tiger

    That scheme is harder than it looks. In 1/48th I had trouble keeping it straight, 1/72 would really be challenging, the F-5 is such a tiny plane.
  12. Kurt H.

    My Fourth Top Gun Tiger.

    neat scheme. It looks like you can use up the whole decal sheet.
  13. Kurt H.

    Photo etch tool’s questions

    I would definitely recommend the Tamiya diamond file. It works very well. To attach parts I usually use thin CA and a glue looper. For a part you might need some time to reposition, then something like Deluxe "Super 'Phatic" glue has a strong bond, and gives time to move the part around, for something like an instrument panel. I think it is similar to white glue, but stronger. I use a combination of a PE workstation, pliers, tweezers, or just my fingers to bend parts. just depends on the part and how it needs to bend.
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    Differences in 1/48 Monongram F-104C and G?

    Sounds like a fun article. I would love to do something like that. The instrument panel on the monogram kit is the one glaring weak point I can think of. The rest of the cockpit is satisfactory but not as good as the later century series kits. The fit of the fuselage leaves a big step in the forward section. I have build threads for a Hasegawa G and a Monogram C on this forum. I guess if you can overcome the fuselage fit problem, the monogram F-104 certainly looks great when it is finished.
  15. Kurt H.

    AFV Club F-5E USMC Aggressor

    Here is a better picture There are more in the gallery. Overall, I am happy with this model. I made a few mistakes, but I think it is better than my F-84. There is a lot to like about this kit. Even with open panels, and major subassemblies with a lot of parts, alignment was easy, and the fit was very good. The surface detail is just right. The only thing what I really thought was lacking was the seat. I was especially impressed with the landing gear. Very well detailed, and lots of small parts to represent tiny details. This was also tricky to assemble, but the detail really makes it worth it. Over all this kit was enjoyable to build. The Furball Decals were also very easy to work with. I am glad I finally got a chance to use a Furball decal set, I have collected many Furball sheets, but never got a chance to use one. That wraps up this group build for me. I hope you have enjoyed reading this thread, either as I built the model or 20 years from now.
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