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  1. Hello, crackerjazz, my apologies, I must have focused on the last post prior to mine and believed this was Kike's build. Again, great job you're doing on this old kit. Scribing requires all that you mentioned, and more. I too, tend to hold my breath at times when scribing difficult areas as even the slightest motion of your beathing can be disruptive. With practice, you'll eventually figure out what tools work best for you to achieve the desired results. Everyone is different but the following seems to work best for me: 1.) There's a plethora of scribing tools available on the mark
  2. Hello, Kike, just ran across your A-6 build; you're off to a great start! I'm glad my build was able to inspire you, this old kit is by no means an easy build. However, I'm confident you'll be able to pull off an outstanding build. Scribing is difficult at first, but if you keep at it, you'll get good really quick. Like anything else, it takes practice. I look forward to seeing more updates soon, good luck.
  3. Hello, anyone out there have this decal set available for sale? Thanks, E
  4. utley, thanks for the kind words. I don't know about 10K as no one would pay that but at this stage of the game It's actually worth more than that to me because of all the work I've done. As far as image hosting sites, I've been using imgur as recommended by RichB63 for the last few years and love it. Incaroad, I appreciate your comments. My painting skills do in fact need a lot of help, but I know enough to fix mistakes and pull off something half-fool decent; we'll see what happens. Take care, Larry.
  5. Hello Gwen Phoenix, most of the connectors and other bits you see are either made from rod or hex shaped styrene that you can purchase either from Evergreen or Plastruct. I use very small diameter drills to try and drill somewhat concentric holes on rod that is sometimes as small as .010 thick. Again, multiple attempts to get one hole started that doesn't run off the edge of rod that is that small or is way off center. BTW, the bits I use are made of carbide so they're very brittle and break easy, especially when lateral forces are applied. And last but not least, strong reading glasses (+250)
  6. Thanks guys! Yes, the build is still progressing, just a slow pace which is normal for me. At this stage It's too late for the "shelf of doom"; I think for once I'm actually closer, than not to the finish line so it will get done. Gunny Dan, my biggest weakness in model building is definitely painting/weathering. I've only finished 2 models since getting back into this hobby, so I have a lot to learn. However, just like anything else, the more you do it the better you get, simply by learning what works, but more importantly, what doesn't. Thanks again for your comments
  7. Hey Larry, how you been, been a long time. Update should be coming soon. She's in the paint barn as we speak. It's taking me a while to paint because of my lack of skill in that area. I'm making progress, and some mistakes, but I'm moving forward. Currently finishing the topcoat so she doesn't look like much right now; matter of fact you can't really even see the subtle shades under the topcoat due to the lighting. Hopefully I'll be able to pull off a half-fool decent paint job. That's all for now; I hope to have something a bit more meaningful in the comi
  8. Thank you all for leaving your feedback and for sticking around for so many years while I try and finish this build. Once I install the seats the only major thing left is detailing the wingfolds! Once those are complete It's off to the paint shop and finishing her up......so maybe by 2023 if I'm lucky. Wow, only like 25 years to finish a model.....not too bad! -Elmo
  9. Nice job sir, especially when coming from figures. The A-6/EA-6B family of model aircraft are said to be rather difficult builds so you did exceptionally well. Most manufacturers, with perhaps the exception of the HB A-6, suffer from either incorrect shape or fit issues on these airplanes. If I remember correctly, Kinetic designed the canopies in 2-pieces to try and get the shape correct. However, most people believe that decision turned out to be a horrible idea.
  10. crackerjazz, the stripes on the pull rings were created by winding a thin strip of yellow decal around black wire. There's no way I'd ever be able to paint lines of that size and achieve acceptable results. And for those of you sharp-eyed modelers out there, you'll notice the yellow stripes are angled in the wrong direction; they actually angle in the opposite direction on the real thing. I did them this way because it was easier for me to handle the wire while wrapping the decal and I figured in the grand scheme of things, it didn't really matter too much. The decal stripes were made by spray
  11. More pics. Aires ejection seats. Here you can see a seat with the sides sanded off and the scratch-built sides. I purposely kept adding details to a minimum to ensure they'd fit in the narrow Blackbox tub. Black rivets on the sides are from Archer. Plastic coated wire (.015) used for the pull rings with yellow decal strips wrapped around. Amazing how much trial and error I went through to accomplish this seemingly simple task. But even after figuring out a suitable process, wrapping the decal around the wire and trying to maintain a constant angle and width between
  12. The last pic was loaded to confirm the issues I was having loading pics was resolved. Below are the rest of the pics. MK20s attached. The bombs have a bit more weathering than what shows up in the pics. I also used different shades of white for contrast. Fuel tank showing the black basing technique. Used various shades of gray, white and even brown on top of the black. Quite satisfied with the results considering it was my first time trying it. You just have to take it slow and be careful not to cover too much of the mottling. The topcoat also consists of various shades
  13. It's that time once again. As always, thanks to all that have left some feedback. A big thanks also to YF65_CH53E; always nice to receive feedback from those who've served and know the equipment well. On to the update. Finally completed a few more chapters in this never-ending saga. The ejection seats that for so long had me up against a wall are finally complete. Rather than scratch building seats, which at one time I believed was my only option, I ended up modifying a set by Aires and got them to just barely fit the Blackbox cockpit tub by sanding off the seat-sides completely an
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