oortiz10

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  1. Hey there ARC, I've always been interested in photography, and I'm trying to learn how to shoot better pictures. What better way to combine two of my passions than dabble in aircraft photography? I'm nowhere close to being as good as some of the pros that post here on ARC, but I'm pretty happy with the way some of these came out. If you're interested, here are a few of FiFi's visit to the Commemorative Air Force in Camarillo, CA: FiFi at CAF Here are a bunch from the Planes of Fame airshow: PoF Airshow You can tell that some have been processed since I'm trying to learn how to use my editing software. I'm interested in hearing your comments and criticisms. Thanks for looking and feel free to share your thoughts. Cheers! -O
  2. WOW! I wanna take pictures like this when I grow up! Awesome stuff!
  3. Hey ARC, I've made a little progress on my Sabre. After trying to get the speed brakes, gun panel, and gear bay doors installed, I realized that requisite sanding had destroyed much of the raised detail. So, I decided to rescribe the plastic. At first, I was paying close attention to the panel lines, then I decided I was just going to go with "close enough." After finishing up 5 of my last 6 builds in NMF, I didn't want to deal with doing another. So, I decided I will go with a non-NMF and that's why close enough will work for this build. So, as I progress with the build, I'll be thinking about markings for this bird. As I continued, I figured I'd add a piece of square stock with a hole drilled in it to prepare for the kit's in-flight stance. The hole was drilled with the help of my drill press, and after gluing the stock into place, I cut and sanded it flush. After that, a little putty was needed to smooth out the wing-to-fuselage assembly joint. So, as of now, that's where things are at. I'll be working on cleaning up the scribing and the sanding dust in preparation for paint. That is, once I decide on a paint scheme... Anyway, thanks for looking. Feel free to share your comments or criticisms. Cheers! -O
  4. Hey ARC, I'd like to get in on this GB. I have Monogram's old F-86 that I'd like to build. I'm thinking of doing it in-flight, so it should go pretty quick. According to the copyright date on the box and instructions, this bad boy definitely qualifies... Anyway, I'll be posting progress as soon as I have some to show. Cheers! -O
  5. Thanks for the compliments, ARC. Much appreciated! And George, yes, I did rescribe the kit. I pretty much used the kit's panel lines as guides. I lost a lot of detail getting the fuselage rear halves mated to the forward parts and the gun bay panel lined up on the nose. I figured I'd just go ahead and rescribe the whole kit in an attempt to replace the lost detail. Thanks again for looking! Cheers, -O
  6. Even as a Kings fan, I have to admit that's pretty cool. -O
  7. Hey ARC, I'm back to share another Shelf of Doom rescue! This F-80 was started a while back and shelved after I painted the shark mouth. It didn't come out as sharp as I wanted so the project stalled. It's interesting how one little thing like touching up paint can cause me to lose motivation on a project. Anyway, after finishing the Jugs and Cobra, I dusted off this kit and got to finishing it. First thing was first, I touched up the mouth and teeth as well as I could. Not as sharp as I would've liked, but I can live with it. Then I painted the red nose and vents. The NMF is Alclad Aircraft Aluminum over their white primer. Other Alclad shades were used for different panels. The rest of the painting was done with Testors and MM enamels. Weathering is Flory washes and pastels. A TD seat and a set of wheels were also used on this build. Other than that, it's the kit's plastic, rescribed. The decals are from Aeromaster's "Shooting Stars Over Korea, Pt. 1" sheet. A quick word about the markings. According to my research, FT-798 was with the 8 FBG, 36 FBS in Korea. From what I can tell, it was in-country while the 36 FBS wore the shark's mouth. I couldn't find any evidence that this particular airframe wore the mouth, but as the Mythbusters say, "It is plausible." Eh, even if I'm wrong, I think it looks cool. So, there's that... Anyway, let's look at the pictures, OK? [ I'm not 100% happy with this build, but I think it's a solid 3-footer. It's bright and colorful, and the shark mouth jumps out at you from my shelf. I think it looks pretty good considering it's an ancient mold. Anyway, thanks for looking! Cheers, -O
  8. Here's my Monogram 1/48 AH-1F built as an Operation Desert Storm bird. The build is mostly OOB for the Helicopter GB. It had been dying a slow death on the Shelf of Doom until the helo GB mods let me join with a started kit. The only parts that weren't in the box are the (awesome) Werner's Wings TOW racks and rocket pods, the serial on the tail and the airframe number on the doghouse (which were cobbled together from spares in the bin), some scratched sensors, and the scratched landing light. Oh, and the rotor tie-down that's made from paper and shaped wire. It's painted with MM enamels and weathered with pastels and Flory's washes. Considering this is only my second helo build, I'm pretty happy with the results. Let's take a look at the photos. OK? Some detail shots: (By the way, I fixed the low-hanging rocket pod after the photos were taken.) After building 4 P-47s straight, I was happy to switch gears and do something different. Of course, feel free to share your thoughts. Thanks for looking! Cheers! -O
  9. Here's my Monogram 1/48 AH-1F built as an Operation Desert Storm bird. The build is mostly OOB. The only parts that weren't in the box are the (awesome) Werner's Wings TOW racks and rocket pods, the serial on the tail and the airframe number on the doghouse (which were cobbled together from spares in the bin), some scratched sensors, and the scratched landing light. Oh, and the rotor tie-down that's made from paper and shaped wire. It's painted with MM enamels and weathered with pastels and Flory's washes. Some detail shots: (By the way, I fixed the low-hanging rocket pod after the photos were taken.) Thanks to the mods for allowing me to get this stalled kit off of my Shelf of Doom and onto my display shelf. Cheers! -O
  10. MY ODS Cobra is done! Thanks to everyone for the kudos! Your feedback kept me motivated to finish this Shelf of Doom build that's been haunting my closet for, literally, years. Here are a few teasers of the completed build. More pictures are posted in The Helipad thread and in the Display Case forum. Cheers! -O
  11. Hey ARC, I'm back with a little more progress. Got a little more weathering done to the airframe and knocked the sheen down with some flat clear coat. I also added some of the fiddly bits. The triangular sensors at the front of the doghouse and on the nose in front of the cockpit were scratched since I sanded off the kit's. I plan to do a little more weathering to the airframe before I add the few final pieces during final assembly. As usual, feedback is welcome. Thanks for looking! Cheers, -O
  12. Miss M is the last one and also a Hasegawa kit built for a different friend. The squadron codes and serial are this second friend's initials and birthday. The paint scheme is loosely based on some squadrons in the ETO during WWII. It's painted with Alclad and Testors and MM enamels. It's (lightly) weathered with Flory's washes. I added some subtle chipping to the invasion stripes on the leading edges of the wings. The markings were cobbled together from stuff in my spares drawer. The nose art was a custom piece printed by Mr. Osborn at Fireball Modelworks. I had a couple of minor issues with this kit. The most frustrating thing was seeing how low the belly tank hung once it was installed. It was only about 1mm off the ground. Luckily, I broke the tailwheel off during final assembly. I was forced to scratch a new tailwheel assembly, but that allowed me to make it a bit longer than the kit piece. As a result, the kit stood a bit taller, giving a bit more ground clearance. Secondly, the had some minor issues with the nose art. First, I somehow scratched the starboard pin-up's legs. Also, the "Miss M" nose art tore at some point. I was able to repair it (the best I could) with some paint. Last, I couldn't get the decal film around the port pin-up to completely disappear. Besides those little ticks, I'm happy with the way the kit built up and turned out. I think I like this build better than Lady D. Anyway, thanks for taking a look. Feel free to share your thoughts. Cheers! -O
  13. The third one is Hasegawa's boxing. "Lady D" was built OOB for a friend. The squadron codes and serial are my friend's initials and birthday. The paint scheme is loosely based on some squadrons in the ETO during WWII. It's painted with Alclad and Testors and MM enamels. It's (lightly) weathered with Flory's washes. The markings were cobbled together from stuff in my spares drawer. Specifically, the nose art was stolen from a P-61 sheet.
  14. The second is HobbyBoss' Easy Assembly Bubbletop. Again, finished OOB except for Superscale decals, resin wheels from True Details, and some tape seatbelts in the cockpit. Also painted with MM enamels and weathered with Flory washes and pastels. You may notice that the kit is missing one of the belly tank "straps." The Carpet Monster got it and I haven't been able to get a replacement.
  15. FSM had a Shelf of Doom GB running concurrently with a Thunderbolt one, and I had these are four Tbolts languishing on the SoD in my closet. I decided to dust them off and finish them for the GBs. The first one is the venerable Monogram Razorback that I got for dirt cheap at a swap meet. It didn’t have decals, so I used an old Microscale sheet. Except for the decals and some tape seatbelts, it's finished OOB. It's painted with MM enamels and weathered with Flory washes and pastels. You eagle-eyed modelers will notice that the wingtip lights hadn't been painted at the time the photos were taken. I have since painted them. Anyway, let's take a look at the pictures.