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  1. Now that the GB is over, work must continue. I'm going to bypass all the filling and sanding hoopla and just post the meat and potatoes. Just to show that I'm not slouching on the project here are some pics... Let the SEA begin (groan!) Got tired of looking at the top so I flipped her over (hmmm, it's getting late). Still some patches to finish, but she's beginning to look like a Pig! Here's some of the bits and pieces awaiting some final touches and installation. Here's a comparison pic of the kit (gray), Monogram A-10 (dark green), and Scaledown (tan) 600 gal. fuel tanks. And
  2. I'm with you Steve, I was in such a hurry to finish by the deadline that I put my "no walk" decals on the opposite wings...bummer. Good thing this only a 5 footer.
  3. Not sure exactly what time the build is officially over, but I'm just about finished. Figured spending less time taking pictures and more time building may get me in under the wire.
  4. Jack/Richard, the more I use the Vallejo paints the better I like them. The "Model Air" series are pre-thinned for airbrushing, just pour and shoot. I have masked using regular masking tape in as little as 15 minutes after shooting without any paint peeling off when removed. I have found some of their colors to be a little off spectrum, but a few drops of white or black brings them into the proper hue. As for the Mosquito, I ordered a decal set on ebay for the 105th Squadron and a couple of Verlinden detail sets (may only have to use bits and pieces of the kits). Since I'm in the Middle East,
  5. Ok, since the F-111 GB is coming to a close (I joined in towards the end unfortunately), I am going to build a Mosquito from the 105 SQ. These are the guys who flew the low level raid in Jan 1943 against the Berlin broadcasting station that pretty much ruined Gorings speech for the 10th anniversary of Nazi rule. I haven't seen the Tamiya kit yet (Sprue Bros will put her in the mail today), so I'm not sure yet what aftermarket details will be required (gotta read some reviews I guess). 105 SQ. RAF Horsham St Faith Tamiya 1/48 Mosquito B MK.IV Eduards accessories (PE and mask) True Details w
  6. Wow! We're getting down to the wire on time, work is doing it's best to interfere with progress. I'm actually taking Thurs and Fri off to get this pig finished. I'm using Vallejo paints for the first time, and a new airbrush, so we'll see how bad we can muck this up before the end.
  7. She's a beauty Andrew, job well done (bowing)!
  8. Outstanding work!!! Keep the inspiration rolling!
  9. Just a quick update. Ordered 2 1/48 Revell/Monogram A-10's ($17 ea from Megahobby.com) so that I can procure the auxiliary fuel tanks out of them, apparently they are closer to scale than the ones in the Academy F-111 kit. I would of liked to get the ones from Scaledown but I think I have to order at least $70 worth of stuff for international shipping (unless I read it wrong, plus the two week mold time and shipping delay would put me close to the end of the build). As for the airframe, got out the spackle, sandpaper, and primer. Goal is to have it ready to lay some paint next weekend. Fina
  10. Just a quick pic of the sparse guts, still haven't figured out what those two post were that I had to cut out of the wing bay. The carefully shaped styrene spacer to minimize the seam at the nose to aft section joint. The in progress result of the fuselage seam, will button up the rest of the fuselage once glue is completely set (and finally painted the seats the proper color, still some minor touchup required on them).
  11. Didn't get a chance last week to post progress, so there will be a two for one this weekend. I decided to take a different approach to avoiding the notorious "step" behind the cockpit. Here's a view topside (I paint the black on the seats later).
  12. And a really close up shot.
  13. Here's another pic of the sniper pod.
  14. I'm going to give it a shot and try to pull the seats, I'd be all thumbs if I try to paint them in place.
  15. Outstanding work! Really looking forward to see the next bit of work.
  16. That's good stuff, gotta love aircrew humor. I'm going to see how difficult it will be to yank the seats out and redo them since it is a feature unique to the RAAF birds (probably the first thing an RAAF airman would look for upon inspection of the model). Thanks Ron
  17. Thanks Mark, did the seats have the sheepskin covers when they wore the SEA camo? Ron
  18. Finally I have made enough progress to post some pics. Since I am donating the built aircraft for a display on the base here, I'm not going to spend a whole lot of time counting wires in the wheel wells (I have about 8 more different types to build behind this one to complete the display and time is ticking). Anyways, this will be built out of the box, I may add a couple smart bombs just to give it a purpose (have to check and see what the typical loadout was for this era scheme). I will post pics at the end of each week to show progress. By the way, I wish I had the time and skill of some of
  19. Well, figured I would throw a pic in the lot of a B-1B waiting for it's load of love to deliver to the Taliban.
  20. This is what I'm doing about the CFM-56's for my RC-135, I bought the Heller AWACS kit which includes both engine types (one for the U.S. version, and the other for the export version). I bought the Flightpath JSTARS conversion kit for the AWACS airframe, the older engines in the RC-135 kit are the correct engines for the JSTARS...waste not.
  21. I forgot to add that the Bones here are now flying with the Sniper pod mounted underneath the fuselage.
  22. Steven, this is what I've observed watching the Bones fly combat missions every day for the last two years, the flaps are not extended when parked unless they're having some sort of maintenance performed on them (I've seen the spoilers in the up position much more than I've seen the flaps deployed while parked). They lower the flaps a little for takeoff when they do engine startup prior to taxiing, then most of the way down for landing (and still come in like a missile). Ron
  23. Hello all, going to build this to display for the Australian AF folks who are working with us in the great sandbox to fight terrorism. I am working on a project to build an aircraft for each nations air force that is working here at base X. This will be displayed in a case with others from about 5 feet away at the main entrance to the base dining facility, so I'm really not too worried about the proper gauge on the fire extinguisher bottle in the cockpit. I'm hoping that this build with all you kind folks will keep me motivated to get this finished before the deadline. Today I cracked the sea
  24. Sprue Bros is always my first choice for mail order, I work in the Middle East at an "unknown base" and they still get my order to me in 6 days. They should get a medal for their effort on the war on terrorism keeping us modelers happy at deployed locations.
  25. Here's a test post to see if I can get a pic to show up.
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