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Kurt H.

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  1. I have started painting. I decided to use the black base marble/blend technique I started on the bottom with the marble coat Then filled it in with a blend coat: And I have done the same with the tan and light green. I will finish with the dark green later It is a lot of work to do it this way, but the tonal variation is interesting What a mess ... well see ya next time....
  2. Thanks! I will press on, I plan to start painting the camo on the Monogram kit tonight.
  3. I seem to remember reading That Zoukei Mura stated they were unlikely to do the B model. But I do not remember where I read it.
  4. Oh my goodness it has been too long since an update on this one. I seem to have found myself involved in Group builds all over the place and it is a challenge to juggle everything. This project had finally come back around, and it is creeping closer to the painting stage The KittyHawk kit continues to annoy me in small doses. it is just the little things that frankly make me not want to continue. For example, these strakes on the side of the fuselage, there are prominent ejector pin marks on the side which faces outward I mean, the monogram kit had no ejector pin marks on these, and if it is unavoidable, why not put them on the opposite side where they would not be easily seen? The strakes on the monogram kit required the typical glob of putty to fair in. (it cleaned up well) I installed the wings on the KittyHawk kit, and this was much easier than the monogram kit, there are two separate wings and everything fir very well Then they do something like this Why put the lug there? tricky to remove without damaging the tabs. I managed to do it by carefully scoring and snapping the lug but when test fitting the canopy .. SNAP It was as though the tabs did not line up with the slots in the fuselage. I was able to glue it back on with TET but it is just not the same. Here is where they stand The monogram is ready for primer, the KittyHawk requires a little more putty / sand repeat See ya next update!
  5. I had to think about this for a while. I knew I had seen some very well done models which were not weathered, which showed excellent craftsmanship. No seams, clear parts perfectly clear with no seams where they met the fuselage, and the gaskets done perfectly. They were on display at Piper Hobbies in chantilly, and built by Jack Streeper. Sadly all I could find was an obituary for him, he passed away in 1998. There may have been models from other builders there too, but they we also perfectly built and painted, with no weathering or panel lining. Many even had raised panel lines and the models still looked great. The models were still there when the store closed in something like 2017. Hopefully some of them found a good home. Any way, I really do not care how other people build models, spanish school, old school, preshade, black base, whatever. I just like to see good craftsmanship and enthusiasm for the hobby.
  6. Great job on both models, and a well written wrap-up. Thank you for participating!
  7. I had a 1/200 737 with a box like that. I guess Some kind of licensing issue emerged after they boxes were printed, so it was easier to cover the boeing logo than re-print the boxes. Or maybe once the kit was imported the local distributor had to cover the boeing logo.
  8. That is what I figured, it is a subject I remember reading a flame war about in the letters section of FSM over several issues in 1989, so it is obviously a long running debate. I think we should try and document how things were done, and what the trends were during previous decades while people still remember. Are there pictures of the winners from the Nats from the 70s and 80s? It sure would be neat to see.
  9. Hey IPMSUSA2, What did modelers do with panel lines in the 60s, 70s and 80s? I did not start going to model shows until the 90s so I just do not know. Did modelers weather aircraft in previous decades? What trends do you remember over the years?
  10. In the late 70s the original, pre-merger Venice Beach California Revell released several nice 1/48 single engine prop fighters. I had a spitfire Mk II that I sold on ebay, but it really looked nice. I did a little research at the time, and until more modern kits were released it was the go to 1/48 spitifre. That BF-109 Dai Phan mentioned looks interesting as well. I also have the Revell P-51D, which was later issued as a racing P-51, which looks as good as, or even better than the monogram kit in the box. What I also like about the Revell kits of that era is that the sprue (or the tree, if you want to be technical) goes all the way around the parts, like a modern kit. If you look at newly tooled Revell car kits of that era, they were really starting to step up. I am curious to know what ever became of the Revell (not monogram) P-51D. Another oldie that is not talked about much any more is the Esci 1/48 F-4 family. This kit has engraved panel lines and is really easy to build, it has very shallow intakes and little cockpit detail, but it really looks nice when built and painted. I think Italeri has most recently released it.
  11. How did the true north paint test go?
  12. Nice progress, and I just realized how building 4 tanks at once would really be repetitive once you got to the wheels and tracks. I admire your patience.
  13. I apply decals directly to the paint, and I apply a coat of clear after the application of decals. I do this to protect the decals from anything I might use to weather, and to have a uniform smooth surface for washes. After I complete weathering, then I apply the final dull coat or satin, whichever is appropriate.
  14. Cool choice with "the Mig" .. and it looks like you were fortunate you did not have to apply the national insignia to the vortex generators.
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