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About oortiz10

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    Trust me. I'm smarter than I look.
  • Birthday 02/16/1974

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  1. Hey Classic Modelers, Here is a couple of pix of my finished build. You can see more in my thread in the Display Case forum. Cheers! -O
  2. Hey ARC, Here's Monogram's venerable white boxing of their F-86 that I built for the Classic Kits GB. I built the kit to represent the F-86 flown by Burgess Meredith's character in the movie The Last Chase. I've never seen a Sabre built up in these markings, so I thought it'd be a nice change from the usual NMF Sabres. It was tough finding info about the airframe, but I was able to find this: "The aircraft was indeed loaned from Flight Systems - it was a Canadair Sabre 6, c/n 1600, built for the Luftwaffe. It first flew on 17Jun57, and served first with WaffenSchule 10 at Oldenburg, then as a civilian target tug as D9538 with Condor Flugdienst at Westerland on Sylt Island. After its flying career was finished it moved to technical school TSLw 3 at Fassberg. It was one of a number bought by Ormond Haydon Baillie in 1978, and after dismantling was stored briefly at Wroughton, UK. Haydon-Baillie was killed in a P-51 crash that year and the whole lot were sold to Flight Systems Inc., of Mojave CA. C/n 1600 was registered to them as N1039C in Apr79, and its appearance in film 'The Last Chase' came around November that year. The aircraft was re-registered N82FS in Oct81, and served FSI as a target tug for a while. It was then registered to Gerald A Smith & Connie L Smith/Smith & Sons Aircraft, Paso Robles, CA and was re-registered again, this time as N186JC in Jun93, and painted in Skyblazers c/s as '31186'. It was then sold to Steve Snyder, Lumberton NJ, who flew it at many airshows. Sadly Snyder was killed in the aircraft on 19 June 1999 at South Jersey Regional Airport during a low-level pass." (Source) Finding pictures that weren't screen shots was difficult, but I was able to find one profile photo of the real thing. Anyway, let's take a look at some pictures of my build. Anyway, feel free to share your comments. Thanks for looking! Cheers, -O
  3. IT'S DONE! I'll post some more pix in the Finished Builds thread and in the Display Case forum a little later when I have some time. For now, here's a teaser: Thanks for looking! Cheers, -O
  4. Hey ARC, Thanks for stopping by. The canopy IS masked. The frames are taped off and the rest is covered with brush-on masking. The white "stripe" along the fuselage sides is tape, as is the dragon on the tail. Next, thin red stripes outlining the yellow will be masked before the final color is sprayed on. It's not a ANG bird, actually, it won't be wearing military markings when I'm done. I probably won't get anymore done until the weekend, so this will have to hold you over until then. Cheers! -O
  5. Hey phantom and Kurt, thanks for the pats on the back. I've been able to make a little more progress on my build. After the yellow had dried, I masked... ...and sprayed the next color. It doesn't look like much more than a mess now, but I'm happy with the way things are progressing. Once the red has cured, I'll mask again before shooting the final color. Shouldn't be too long now! Cheers, -O
  6. Yikes! I can't believe it's been almost 2 months since I last worked on this build. It would probably have been longer if it wasn't for a recent "late night." So, my wife went on a trip and was gone for a week. One night, the dog and I stayed up a little (too) late enjoying some adult beverages. While I was SUI (Surfing Under the Influence) I found the markings for my Sabre. Part of the reason this build stalled was that I wasn't sure what I wanted to do for its paint scheme. I had just finished a handful of NMF builds and I wasn't really feeling another one. Well, while I was up that night, I ran across some inspiration on YouTube. I don't think I've ever seen these particular markings built up before, so I'm excited to see how it turns out. I'm not going to tell you what the end product will be just yet, but I do have a couple of pictures of my progress. I started with some primer on some areas that are going to be "brightly colored." Then I laid down the first color. That's all I've got so far. I'm waiting for this first color to dry before I mask and spray the next. Wanna try to guess what it's gonna look like when it's done? Thanks for stopping by. Feel free to share your comments and criticisms. Stay tuned for more progress! -O
  7. Thanks for that Chris. -O
  8. Hey ARC, I'm hoping someone could help me out. I'm building Academy's P-40, and I'm curious about the wheel well color. The instructions call for the main and tail wheel wells to be painted interior green. I seem to remember reading that the wells were painted the same color as the underside camo (neutral gray). My Google searches all turn up info about the canvas covers and their colors, but nothing on the wells themselves. So, I have a few questions... Could someone please let me know if the wells are neutral gray, like the underside, or interior green? If they're painted, are the main wells and the tailwheel well painted? If the main wells are painted, is it the entire well or just the part that houses the wheel? (In other words, is the part of the well that accepts the strut painted too, or just the well that accepts the wheel?) What about the inside of the doors? Thanks in advance for the help. Cheers, -O
  9. 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
  10. WOW! I wanna take pictures like this when I grow up! Awesome stuff!
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. Even as a Kings fan, I have to admit that's pretty cool. -O
  15. 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