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  1. Hi Gents, Iโ€™m looking for a set of Air Defense Weapons Center decals in 1/72 for the F-106 Delta Dart. I know Microscale did them a long time ago. Xtradecals did them for a B model more recently, sheet X72247, and Iโ€™d love to trade or buy for this option. I have many F-106 decals to offer in trade + many other US Cold War subjects. Let me know if you can help and weโ€™ll go from there. Thanks, -Derek (in Texas)
  2. Dutch, I don't have one of these kits yet, but why even mess with the windows in this scale? I would either use Krystal Kleer after painting if you want them clear, or fill and sand them smooth and use black decals to represent the windows. Masking them in 1/144 would be a royal pain in the a$$. Just my two cents worth. ๐Ÿ™‚ -Derek
  3. My decals arrived a few days ago Kursad and they look super as usual. Thank you. I have one almost done. I'm just getting the nacelle to wing seams smoothed out and the landing gear doors closed up (this will also be in-flight like my recent KC-97 build). It's stalled a bit like my Roden C-133 build ๐Ÿ˜ž That being said, I plan on doing a TN or OK ANG scheme. Hopefully your new decals will create the spark I need to get this one to the paint shop!! -Derek
  4. I'm sure I know the answer for this already, but are there (or where there ever?) any aftermarket decals for the 1/35 Academy/MRC UH-1C Huey kits? I picked up both the "gunship" and "hog" MRC boxings of these kits over the weekend at the IPMS Fort Worth show. I am a big fan of the John Brennan nose art books and it just seems that there are many great subjects out there. I am friends with the 192nd AHC unit historian and have a copy of his unit's history book that he wrote. Lots of great photos in there. I'd sure love to do "The Executioner" that was on the cover of the first Brennan book (which was a 192nd ship) but I suppose I'd have to source decals on my own from a custom decal maker... -Derek
  5. Yes! So looking forward to the C-124 sheet Kursad. Thank you.
  6. Hi, I'm interested in buying or trading for the 1/72 Tennessee ANG F-104 decals that were on this year's 2019 IPMS decal sheet. If you have this sheet and don't plan on using this portion, please drop me a line. Thanks in advance, -Derek
  7. Hi Mark, They do require extra skill to build and aren't easy at all. The smaller detail parts can be crude, and the clear parts aren't very clear... I recently build one of their Convair 340 kits. You are see some photos and info here: If you decide to tackle one, I wish you luck! -Derek
  8. There's one on eBay right now for $40 + postage ๐Ÿ˜ž -Derek
  9. Almost for sure, thanks for looking Kursad. I did a re-prime last night and I think Iโ€™m okay on the seams. Now Iโ€™m just re-scribing panel lines and landings gear doors. Once that is done, Iโ€™ll polish the primer up in preparation for the natural metal finish. She looks funny without the thimble nose radome at this point but no sense putting it on until after paint. Stay tuned! -Derek
  10. Great! I will send them now ๐Ÿ™‚ -Derek
  11. This came out great! Thanks for sharing. I sure wish someone would do an injected RF-8A/G! -Derek
  12. Thanks for the kind words gents. I am still slowly plugging away on this build. This morning I gave the entire air frame a primer coat using the wonderful Tamiya fine gray rattle-can primer. Of course that primer coat relieved a number of areas that needed more attention, i.e. more filling and sanding of course! Here's a few photos of how she sits now in all her primer and bondo glory: (Note the hole in the belly for the clear acrylic rod - that also make a handy place to hold the model while painting it). Once I sand all these trouble spots smooth and re-prime, I will then re-scribe all the missing panel lines with the aid of Dynamo tape and a sewing needle in a pin vise. I am still not 100% sure which paint scheme to go with from the Caracal sheet. I don't want to do a version with a white fuselage top (I hate spraying white paint, I always seem to screw it up somehow), I do know that ๐Ÿ™‚ . So I'm just debating whether I want to do a natural metal finish with the day-glo areas or just a straight up natural metal bird. Painting day-glo might be worse than painting white, eh? That's one color I've never tried to do. It would be eye catching though, and I do have several new bottles of MM fluorescent red enamel paint... One thing is for sure, the C-133 even in 1/144 scale, is a big bird. She is about the same size as a 1/72 C-47 but with a longer wing span. Pretty crazy. -Derek
  13. Hi Kursad, I have a small number of interesting scanned 35mm slides with C-131s on them, most from ANG units, a few MAC/TAC birds. I'll love to send them to you to help with this decal sheet. What would be the best way to get them to you? -Derek
  14. Good Morning, Sorry but I only have time for a "mini" update today. I had company over the weekend so bench time was about zero. I did however manager to get the wings on which I'm pretty happy about: In getting them level, it left a small gap at the top. I was able to fill that gap quite nicely with some small strip stryene. Once I sand it down, it should be pretty smooth hopefully. Please excuse the inverted Monogram B-52 fuselage again. I should really move that for photos. More pics and a real update soon. As always, thanks for looking. -Derek
  15. Thats awesome Kursad. Thanks! Can I send you the ANG photos I have? They are high-res from color 35mm slides. -Derek
  16. Since the 1/144 Roden Convair CV-340 is now out (or about to be out), how about some spiffy ANG C-131B/D decals? I have a good number of high-res photos to share if you need/want them for reference ๐Ÿ™‚ -Derek
  17. Yes. Iโ€™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
  18. 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! ๐Ÿ˜€ Here is how the fuselage looks now. I can't wait to get the wings on. Thanks for looking! -Derek
  19. 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... ๐Ÿ˜ž 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
  20. 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'd 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 looks 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: While 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
  21. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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
  22. John, Did you ever find these decals? If not, I think I might have them. Shoot me a PM. -Derek
  23. 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. Itโ€™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 โ˜น๏ธ I can post some photos of it in a new โ€œin progressโ€ thread if you want to see them. Just let me know. -Derek
  24. I think I might have a photo or two of this bird in the boneyard at D-M in 1988. Iโ€™ll check when I get home in a couple of days and let you know. -Derek
  25. 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
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