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VADM Fangschleister

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  1. Awesome. Your work is very clever and smart. Looks like you'll have a one-of-a-kind rendition. It's a good scale for that bird too. Lots of size and plenty of areas to detail. Keep up the good work! Very interesting! What happens to the donor kit parts? Will that become a DC-4? LOL
  2. Well, I didn't get to the scalpel scraping, sorry. I did however break out the drawings I got from Scott Lowther's website: Up-Ship with prompt and dependable service... And, looking to rivet the vertical stab, this is what I ran into. The drawing- (intentionally blurred) The drawing scaled to the fuselage- The drawing scaled to the stab- In either case, the lines on kit part do not line up with the lines on the drawing. Hmmmm. So, I'm going to have to fake it on the one side and copy that fake on the other side. The kit part doesn't match the outline of the drawing, either..
  3. OK, so I got the other half of the nacelle rescribed and have started on the riveting. This post will give a brief overview and some instruction on how to do this. Starring: My fingers. Starting with the raised panel lines as a guide, I lay down a fresh piece of DYMO label-making tape as a guide so I don't go "off-track" and then, starting with light pressure, I repeatedly score a new line...a gouge really and do this about four or five times to get sufficient depth. No need to try to get it all on one pass, you might break the needle (I have and it flew who-knows-where) as well as go "
  4. Thanks, Brad. Once the scribing is done, I take the part over to the kitchen sink and with my wet/dry 1200 grit paper, I wetsand the part smooth. First, to take down the ridges that rescribing always gives you and to also and simultaneously take down the "brick walls" of the original raised panel lines, which I used as a guide. Of Course, using DYMO embossing tape as a running fence to keep the needle on track. The biggest hassle so far has been with the needle trying to "decide" which side of the raised panel line to stay one. Sometimes it "railroad tracks" over it and then back. And bei
  5. Been a long time and the last time I wanted to do a BMF, I got frustrated. However, I'm older and perhaps wiser. Plus, there are just too many nifty goodies for the 1/48 B-58 to ignore it. So, I set my jaw, got the kit and every bit of aftermarket there is. But, none of that can happen until I address the raised panel lines and make the surface of the model look right. Step one, which will take many evenings of looking under the glass, is rescribing. This I've been doing with a sewing machine needle in a handle. It is omni-directional and doesn't have the tendency to wander off on i
  6. 1/32 F-102 "blank" Looks like it may have been a Combat Models "in-work" that stalled out. Still, looks pretty decent for someone who might like to make it a display piece. Kinda pricey though. No bids and only one day left. Shame to see it go to waste. If only it was a '6...I'd be all over that like a bad paint job.
  7. Pete, also remember that there is a "sweet spot" where you can shave down the Bondo before it cures too hard. It makes quick work of roughing out the stuff. You know the rest. Looking great and this is an excellent how-to. Thanks for putting the photos up here for us to see.
  8. Chris, remind me to invite you over to play poker next time.
  9. I like it. Looks like a MiG to me. Were I to acquire the kit, I would spend time with the shape parts and fashion new out of epoxy putty. Time-consuming, perhaps even a little frustrating but I wouldn't be afraid to do it. Cost notwithstanding, it's hard to expect a perfect kit. It's always the little things, though that seem to cause the most annoyance. But they are very noticeable and I would want them fixed too. Either by my own hand, the aftermarket wizards or by the manufacturer themselves.
  10. I'm always excited when Trump puts out a new Russki jet. And, this...in 32nd scale is really something. Sure, they have their patented shape issues but modeling skills are what makes them go away. Some are more glaring than others and that's unfortunate. Almost as if they don't carefully study the photos before they cut metal. Perhaps it comes down to individual skills of the engineers at the factory but even with that, New MiGs and Sukhois for us to ogle at are pretty cool. I second the 1/32 F-106. A long-wanted dream. It'd be about the size of the 1/48 B-58 from Mono-Vell. It's
  11. Reminds me of the dozens of Guillows kits I built over many summer vacations. Looks like you'll finally nail that shape and there will be no question as to its accuracy. Excellent work as always.
  12. Seems such a major disappointment...........shame
  13. *THUMP* That was the sound of me hitting the floor. Phil....incredible. Makes me imagine a 1/12 Gemini and Apollo right next to it. I have this Mercury kit.....it taunts me....laughs at me....stares at me while I sleep. Very scary.
  14. BMF will be cool. I often thought it might also look nifty in Thunderbirds colors. Jennings? Have you ever considered.....?
  15. That first shot had me completely fooled. I thought it was a photo out the window of another plane until I noticed the hand holding the thing up. Completely fooled me. Nice work! Very fun!
  16. From the looks of things, you are building the real jet, just in 1/24. Seems it will have all the bells and whistles. This is a monumental undertaking and I'm sure as word spreads, many, many top modelers will come have a look and ultimately have to acknowledge you as the Jedi Master of modeling. I sure do. 'Course, all those hours up at FL350 and what-not give you time to ponder how exactly to tackle the next challenge, eh? I' for one am very grateful that you are posting all this. I'm taking copious notes and having fun imagining the end result. Shirley you will have a NATS winner, th
  17. All in all, it's really one of the better vac kits. For us bizjet junkies, it was a welcome sight. Shouldn't be too hard to build...just a little more fill n sand and all that. But, if you have basic modeling skills, it's not that tough. Patience is key.
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