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  1. Yes. I’ll be putting it on a clear plastic stand. Check out my recent 1/144 KC-97L finished build to see what it will look like. -Derek
  2. Hi, I managed to get in a little work done on my C-133 the past few days. I glued the main gear doors closed and the fit was so-so. I filled in the gaps and then I glued the sponsons to the fuselage. I'm happy to report they fit perfectly. I won't need to use any filler. Here's a shot of the belly, I need to re-scribe the doors next: Once those had dried, I glued on the horizontal stabilizers. With a little care, they fit very well also: While that was set aside to dry I turned my attention to the wings and engine nacelles. It was strange here - the starboard nacelles had a good sized gap at the top (that I filled with some scrap stryene) yet the port wing nacelles did not. Go figure... Add a bit of putty was added to smooth things out and here we are now: Once that is sanded smooth, I will re-scribe the lost panel lines and prepare to glue the wings to the fuselage! 😀 Here is how the fuselage looks now. I can't wait to get the wings on. Thanks for looking! -Derek
  3. viking73

    1/72 F-86H

    Hi Jon, I've worked on mine a bit not too long ago and put it back in the box recently... 😞 The fit of fuselage is okay but be prepared to spend a lot of time on getting the intake ring in the nose smoothed out. I also had trouble getting the cockpit and instrument panel lined up correctly. The trailing edges of the wings are very thin, you might want to use super glue on them. Normal liquid cement might be too hot and will melt and distort them. I squared off the main gear wheel wells and added some material to the doors to square them up - the main gear wells and doors are are more square compared to other models of the Sabre and I think the extra work is worth it. Check out photos online or in the wonderful Ginter book on the "H" to see what I'm talking about. The kit wheels are a bit soft detail-wise. I bought a set of Pavla resin wheels to replace them. The canopy can't be accurately posed open since the "H" had a clam shell opening type canopy like the "D" model. The kit canopy would require some surgery to pull this off if desired. The wings don't want to fit together with the fuselage on my kit. I've had to grind and sand the fuselage and wing roots to get them to [sort of] fit. Hence the trip back into the box.... Good luck on your build and post some photos. It might get me back working on mine. I'd planned on doing a SEA camo ANG bird or perhaps even a USN QF-86H. -Derek
  4. Thanks Trojan Thunder. Here are some more photos of my progress. I wanted the bomb bay open as I mentioned and as you may or may not know, the Monogram bomb bay isn't very well detailed at all. There is a plate with bomb shapes molded onto it. That is it! This was the cover for the compartment that held the noise making gadgets in the original issue. So that had to go. I found a few photos of the bomb bay in books and on line but the best photo I had was a 35mm print I took at Davis-Monthan AFB way back in 1988. Back then you could get off the tour bus and walk around the place at various stops. My teenage self was in hog heaven walking around that place (I'm been the Pima Air Museum already that trip as well!) let me tell you... So, armed with some reference photos, a contour gauge, and some sheet stryene, I was off to the races. Here is the bomb bay as I was getting it all boxed in with the basic overall shape. I have to be careful not to interfere too much with the slots for the wings: Then using various sizes and shapes of Evergreen stryene, I began to add the ribs and other shapes into the bay: When the glue had dried, I added various pluming and wiring with different sizes and lead wire and wire solder: Then I airbrushed it with Model Master Interior Green and gave it a black wash (it look really light in these pictures for some reason?). Also note I already have the holes drilled in the ceiling of the bomb bay where the nukes will be mounted: When that was drying, I glued the wings together. Getting the movable flaps up and locked is a bit of a chore, and the ends are noticeably thicker than the rest of the wings. I'm not sure what to do about this yet. Perhaps I can sand them down a bit to match... I also glued the vertical tail halved together. I then added some scrap plastic inside to give it some strength so it wouldn't flex too much and crack the glue joint(s). That's about it for now. Next time, I'll post some photos of the B53 nukes. They needed some extra work as well being rough 3D printed parts... Thanks again for looking, more soon. -Derek
  5. Hello All, Here's another in-progress thread I'm starting for a sort of stalled build. This was a request a couple of you posted in my 1/144 C-133 thread. This is the classic 1/72 Monogram B-52 kit. This kit is one of the first models I remember building as a kid. I was probably around 12 and I'm pretty sure I had the 1977 boxing. That model is long gone, the only thing left are the memories 🙂 Anyway, a few months ago I saw one for sale on Craigslist for $20. I couldn't pass it up as these kits seem to sell for a lot on eBay. It was still sealed but really beat up: When I got it and opened it, the kit had suffered some water damage. Also, the box had been bounced around so much that the clear gunner's canopy was missing. Drat. I had to invest in a set of Squadron vac canopies so that was a lifesaver. The decals were pretty shot but I wasn't planning on using them anyway except for the instrument panel decals. Luckily, some Microscale Liquid Decal Film saved the day: My plan is to build this kit gear up and hanging over my work bench. Or I may hang it up in my "war room". I also wanted to do something a bit different. I wanted to do the seldom seen SAC silver and white scheme. I knew that Wolfpak had done some SAC B-52E decals in the past. That sheet is sold out, but leave up to ARCs own DrifterDon to come to the rescue! Thank you again kind sir!! I thought it would be cool to build this B-52 with the bomb bay open and have two nukes in the belly. I looked around and saw some resin B53 nukes which looked nice but were pretty pricey. I found some 3D printed ones on the Shapeways website and decided to give them a try. Perhaps I'm getting a bit ahead of myself though. Before I ordered them, I went to work on the cockpit and gunners station. The first thing I did was open up the windows above the pilots with a drill bit, needle files, and some sanding sticks. Here are the results: I also wanted some pilots in the cockpit. The kit pilots are okay but are in the same pose. I wanted something else. My spares box wasn't any help, but then I found some PJ Products 1950s NATO pilots. The fit the bill quite nicely. Here they are with one of the kit supplied pilots. The kit pilots are a bit bigger but I decided to demote one of them to tail gunner (my kits tail gunner figure was also MIA). I don't think anyone would notice the difference there in the back by himself. After some careful painting, they were ready to mount up: Those of you that have build this kit know that the pilots ejection seats are part of the figures. That wasn't going to fly with me. I found some old seats in the spares box from a scrapped Hasegawa T-33 kit. With some modifications, they were installed and the cockpit painted. I also found seat for the gunner. I'm thinking it was an Airfix F2H-2 Banshee seat. I filed the crease in the middle of the headrest to match what the real seat looked like. I have a 1:1 scale B-52 ejection seat for reference but that's another story 🙂 Then it was decaled and flat coated. Here are the pilots glued to their seats: Here's another shot with the tail gunner strapped into his non-ejection seat (the tail gunner did NOT have an ejection seat like the rest of the crew in the front of the airplane. He was supposed to jettison the turret in an emergency and jump for it! I have a 1:1 tail gunners seat in addition to my B-52 co-pilots seat). Once everything was dry, I installed the crew and cockpit into the fuselage: I also added a partial floor and some other bits and pieces to the tail gunners compartment. I'll take a break from all this typing now. I'll add more later. The next part will cover the scratch built bomb bay and B53 nukes. Here's a preview, a shot of the 3D printed B53s as I got them: Thanks for looking, I'll add more soon! -Derek
  6. John, Did you ever find these decals? If not, I think I might have them. Shoot me a PM. -Derek
  7. Thanks Jonah. Yes, that is my stalled 1/72 Monogram B-52E build. I have already scratch built the bomb bay to put two shapeways 3D printed B53 nukes inside. The nukes are done, I just need to scratch up the bomb bay mounts and I can glue them in place. It’s going to be hanging, wheels up, over my work bench. I have a couple of PJ Products pilots in the cockpit and a Monogram pilot to man the tail guns. It is stalled due to the amount of filling and sanding on the engine pods and closed landing gear doors ☹️ I can post some photos of it in a new “in progress” thread if you want to see them. Just let me know. -Derek
  8. I think I might have a photo or two of this bird in the boneyard at D-M in 1988. I’ll check when I get home in a couple of days and let you know. -Derek
  9. Thanks viper. I will try this and let you know how it goes. My bill is about $185 and I too have a mid level package, nothing fancy. -Derek
  10. How the heck did you manage that?! Any pointers would be appreciated so I can so the same with my bloated Directv bill! -Derek
  11. Hello Again, I hope all my fellow U.S. modelers had a Happy 4th yesterday. I was able to get some more work done on my C-133. Upon removing the tape from the now dry fuselage halves, the seams looked pretty good for the most post. The belly requited a little putty in a few spots but not much. The only really bad spot was the large wing box area on the top of the fuselage. Perhaps this was operator error, I am not sure. There was a step there that required some putty to even things out. Once that was sanded down, I used a coat of super glue (sanded down of course) to seal everything and to make it possible to re-scribe the lost panel lines later. While that was drying, I tuned my attention to the fuselage sponsons. Since I am doing a gear up build, I glued some scrap plastic inside so that the doors would have some support in the closed position. The gear doors themselves seem to fit pretty well in place during a test fit. I did glue them closed today and the fit seemed okay. I'll be sure to post some photos of them next time. Here is a shot of the engine nacelles. Still some clean up work required here and there. You can see one of the exhaust ports I drilled out. This morning, once I was satisfied with the seam on the top, I spent some time figuring out how to close up the rear cargo doors. The kit would have you build them in the open position with no real provisions to close them. I must also point out that the kit is a C-133A - the C-133B had a different cargo door arrangement. There are some unused parts included that look like they could be "B" model doors. At any rate, there is nothing to hold the doors in the place in the closed position. I decided to glue some scrap plastic along the edges of the opening to give the doors an edge to sit on and some surface to glue them to. Once the doors were in place, I ran some liquid cement around the edges. I then taped and clamped the fuselage to ensure a good tight fit along the edges. Hopefully this will look good and won't requite too much clean up when the glue dries and the tape comes off but I am a little worried about it... With the fuselage set aside to dry, next up was the task of removing the props from the sprues. There are three large attachment points in between the blades so you have to be very careful cutting them free. There is also a small round back piece you have to glue to each prop which means there will be a seam right in between the prop blades (similar to the seam with the Monogram 1/72 B-36 props). Great... I'll get a photo of this next time so you can see what I'm talking about. Here is a close-up of one of the props on the sprue: Getting the four props ready is going to be fun I can already tell... More soon!! -Derek
  12. Nice looking Deuce! Thanks for posting this build, you don’t ever see this scheme. -Derek
  13. Thanks for the kind words gents. I am really looking forward to using these decals. The hardest part will be deciding which a/c to model! 😄 -Derek
  14. Sweet build! Love the interior details. -Derek
  15. Here's another update on my C-133 build. Earlier today, I glued in the clear "cheek" cockpit windows and the nose gear doors in the closed position. They fit very well closed with just a bit of sanding. I then decided to go ahead and glue the fuselage halves together this afternoon when I got home from work. Once the glue is dry, I will dress the seams and then glue the two rear cargo ramps/doors in place. I elected to leave off all the clear round widow pieces. I will fill these in with Krystal Klear after everything is painted. The Caracal Models decal sheet does not include these windows as decals so I don't see any other way to do this. I hope it doesn't look funny with the black windshield decal in place. Perhaps I can tint the Krystal Klear or white glue with some black paint so it better matches. I am also still slogging my way through the engine nacelles. I drilled out the exhausts on them and now I'm cleaning and shaping the small intakes on the top. The three pieces of the nacelles themselves have required quite a bit of filling and sanding. That has been tedious. I will post a photo or two of the nacelles soon. More updates soon! -Derek
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