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About Joel_W

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    Old & Slow
  • Birthday 11/14/1947

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    Selden, New York
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    Plastic Military Modeling
    Baseball: NY Yankees
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  1. Fozzy, WTG with the vacuforming. the end results are truly amazing. Can't wait to see how you manage to cut out all the glazing 1st. Joel
  2. Yet another 1/48 Tamiya F-14A (updated 21 Feb)

    Capt. Obvious, Between you and Crackerjazz I may never have the nerve to build another jet as props are more of my comfort zone. The detailed exhaust rings on the missiles really makes a huge difference. And those exhaust cans, OMG!! they look spectacular. Just enough metallic shades to fool one's eye, and the inside of the cans really have that burn exhaust look to them. Joel
  3. A-7E Corsair II - Hasegawa 1/48

    CrackerJazz, You sure have an eye for those details. Your Breech Leads really came out looking better then any I've ever seen. Joel
  4. Airfix 1/48 scale Hawker Hurricane Mk 1

    dnl42, Thanks so much for that thumbs up. As for the lenses, I use to always leave them for a last min detail, and usually paid the penalty. Now I nail them down as part of the build. Joel
  5. Airfix 1/48 scale Hawker Hurricane Mk 1

    Capt. Obvious. Even for me, this one while looking complicated has just fallen together like a Tamiya kit. Maybe the fact that I've retired from work and have taken a full month off without working much around the house, has afforded me a ton of time. Joel
  6. Airfix 1/48 scale Hawker Hurricane Mk 1

    Crackerjazz, Thanks for stopping by. The Bondo work looks way more complicated then it was. And the lenses fit almost perfectly, but not quite up to IPMS standards, and eventually she'll be entered this year or next in two IPMS contests. Joel
  7. Airfix 1/48 scale Hawker Hurricane Mk 1

    Fozzy, thanks so much for your most kind words. They are more then welcome. Joel
  8. Is the Hazmat Bronco still a go?

    dnl42, I completely agree. the wait is killing me. Joel
  9. F-18A+ Splinter Aggressor

    Jorge , Another incredible build that's up to your usual standards, that I've come to expect every time. Just a fantastic paint scheme, with perfect weathering. I did notice how you changed from Dark Gray recessed panel line wash to whitish wash when only going through the back portions. And I couldn't find a single place where one wash ran a little to far. Joel
  10. Roden 1/48th scale OV-1B Mohawk

    A most impressive build of a rather difficult kit. And your updated base really fits the bill. Joel
  11. Airfix 1/48 scale Hawker Hurricane Mk 1

    At little more progress after another week into the build. I assembled the horizontal stabilizers,and then glued them to the fuselage. The fit was almost perfect, but as usual a little filler was needed to blend in the joint. The Rudder was glued off center to the vertical Stab for a visual effect. The elevators are a one piece unit, but since I had elected to previously fit and glue the small fuselage section that holds the connecting rod in place, I just cut the rod in half, and glued up both stabilizers in a down position. Airfix should really be commended for having all the trailing edges recessed so that you can position the flying surfaces so that they automatically seat correctly without having to file and sand a grove. Next up was the Ailerons. The fit is just perfect. Airfix denotes that the up Aileron should be at a max of 22 degrees, and 21 degrees down. I have no idea if that's correct or not, but I got it as close as eye balling will work for me. Then using the Eduard masks I readied the windscreen for painting, and glued it in place. The fit was perfect. One swipe of Vajello White Acrylic putty finished off the seam. If you looked carefully at the above pictures, you can see that the wing tip lenses and leading edge lenses were already installed. While they fit just about perfectly, there were a few gaps and one of the leading edge lenses was ever so slightly to tall. I 1st drilled a hole for each wing tip light bulb color: Red & Green. Then painted it silver, then added drops of Tamiya Clear in the proper color, when dry, the lens was glued into place with Extra Thin. For the leading edge lights they're included, and once painted look realistic. I then glued them and they lenses into position. I gave the Extra Thin a full day to dry and cure, then I coating of CCA Gel, and let that dry for a few hours. Next I sanded it, polished it, and buffed it the best I could. While not exactly crystal clear, you can easily see right through all of them. In the above picture, you can see the I started to re-scribe the panel lines that were sanded away. While not perfect by a long shot, it's the best to date I've been able to accomplish. The radiator intake is missing a stiffening rod, so I drilled a centered hole, and using stretched sprue made one. Sounds easy enough, but I always struggle getting these type of details correct. You can see two previous attempts that were close but no cigar. The holes have been filled and finished since these pictures were taken. and here's the rear of the radiator housing. Door and actuating rods are kit parts. That's why I can't figure out why the rod for the intake wasn't modeled. there are several vents and holes that are molded in the engine cowling and fuselage that are nicely done, but just needed to be to be drilled out. You'll also notice that I used a fair amount of Bondo to blend in the front wing roots on both sides. Not sure if the issue was me or not, but a little sanding to shape, and then Bondo to blend everything, took care of the issues. It looks a lot worse then it really was. And once again now you're up to date on my Hurricane Mk1 build. Thanks to all that stop by and look, and a special thanks to those that leave comments. It's greatly appreciated. Joel
  12. A-6E Intruder

    Steve, Which makes it perfect for modeling applications. I've been using it for years with perfect results. Joel
  13. A-6E Intruder

    Janne, When I do use CCA glue as a filler, especially on clear glass, I never let it cure more then 1 hour tops. Overnight and you're sanding a rock. up to one hour unless you're pouring it on, and it sands pretty easily. As for the Bondo, go to any retail automotive store and ask for spot and glazing body putty. It comes in a tube not a gallon bucket that needed for major body work. Joel
  14. A-6E Intruder

    Janne, I stopped using Squadron Green Stuff years ago. I've been using Bondo #3 Glazing and Spot automotive putty. Sands to a feathered edge better then anything I've ever tried. Dries quickly, doesn't really shrink all that much, and I've been able to scribe it with light passes without it chipping. Something that I always struggled with using Green Stuff. Joel
  15. Fozzy, Sounds like a great plan. Really looking forward to seeing how you tackle the ball turret assembly. Joel