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  1. Nice high wing you have built there Le Boz.
  2. The decals I purchased to replaced the originally supplied sheets was a good investment. They did not disintergrate when immersed in water unlike the original decals which did. However these are still very brittle and most cracked as the backing paper curled up during the soaking process or when being applied onto the model. Fortunately only two have partially disintergated so far. The arrow decal on the cowling in the picture above was one example of this. The decal broke apart at the arrowhead and the trailing ends of the ribbon. All but a tiny piece was pushed into position and a coating of
  3. Quick update. I've painted the La-7 but had to put hold pending the arrival of new decals. I got them on Saturday. Before proceeding I had to make a repair. The aerial mast just aft of the cockpit had broken off some time ago. So I cannibalized an unused landing strut (it was about the same diameter). The remnants of the old part was removed and the repurposed part was formed, a mounting hole drilled out, and the new part installed. I need a new camera. With this now done decal laying can commence.
  4. A particular place needing to address is the area where the bottom fuselage (which represents the landing gear bays and bomb bay area) joins to the upper fuselage. There was a thin; but noticeable, step along the join on either side of the fuselage. To correct this I cut thin strips of card stock and bonded along that step with Tamiya cement In this picture the grafts also extend out the the rear gear well. The strip was scrapped and sanded to blend the strip. Presently I'm perfecting the repairs to remove the gaps betw
  5. I plan on trying to depict a B-52H used in testing. The test birds with the dayglow orange sections are appealing and unique.
  6. Though late to the party I'm going to build a B-52H. Presently I have a 1/200 Scale kit by Dragon so that is what I will be using for this GB. As I want to do a 1960's era B-52H the pods for the nose and vertical tail have been omitted. Fuselage assembly was straight forward. Paint cockpit pieces and glue the fuselage halves, "crew", and canopy together. Likewise the wings went together with little problems. One of them (I can't remember which) needed as thin strip of plastic added to the bottom plate to ensure the surfaces of the plate and wing
  7. 1/200 Scale B-52H Stratofortress.
  8. Initial priming has started. As it is getting colder to spray primer onto the model outside I hand brushed thinned Testors enamel flat gray onto the model from the comfort of my apartment. So far I've done two priming sessions. The first session revealed the joins where the wings and fillets meet needed more sanding and some some spots on the starboard fillet need more filler. More sanding was to be done on the duct on the underside and the bottom of the port wing tip. The second primining showed the work on the fillets was worth it. The filler
  9. That was an interesting read 11bee. Thanks for posting.
  10. So in summary the filling has more or less been completed since the end of July. I spent August and part of September ecthing some of the lost panel details atop the cowling. Also I spent copious time filling, sanding, and scraping the plate that made up the main landing gear doors so as to make the part flush with rest of the underside of the plane. That part was cartoonishly too thick. Around the beginning of September I finally got the part smooth. But due to work and some focus on other project the La-7 was set aside till now. Over the last few days I'v
  11. Yet another of the castmembers of the series goes beyond the Rim :(
  12. I've recently attached the landing gear door panels, oil cooler intake, and the tail wheel piece to the underside of the fuselage. As the gear doors are closed the instructions called for cutting off the tail wheel. The nub received an initial sanding but final shaping will be pending. Also note I opened a notch at the bottom of the fuselage, forward of the oil cooler, for mounting the finished model atop a stand. My focus over the last couple of days has been blending the fuselage fillet and upper wing surface. To speed up the project I am using latex wood filler. It dries relatively qui
  13. Seeing the progress you've been making Niart reminds me why I love this hobby. The Drone is looking fantastic and is inspirational. It's what people like me strive to acheive. Here's to a successfully completed Drone
  14. I appreciate your sentiments K5054NZ. The fire marked the end of life as it was. And for as painful as that day was; I've kept in my mind that this new chapter in life can offer the opportnity for joy and renewal for us all. As for my club. They are the most wonderful group of people I could have ever met. I can't think of any other way to describe my friends.
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