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  1. That's nothing but awesomeness right there. -O
  2. OK everyone, I finally got started on my Tomcat. I have a couple of Hasegawa 'cats in the stash, but I decided to use this pig's ear for this GB. I think Tomcats look best in Jolly Rogers or Wolfpack markings, but I don't plan on "wasting" either of my VF-1 or VF-84 sheets on this kit. I've decided to go with some "special" markings, but you're going to have to wait and see what I have in store. I'm going to build this kit mostly OOB, and I got started with the cockpit. The only extra that I added to the office was a small disk of iridescent film that I punched for the HUD.
  3. I used decals exclusively on the nose of my Thunderbolt. What I did was cut along the line separating each "row" back to about the second "column." Doing so helped the big decal lay down over the complex curves of the cowling. Then I made sure the last black squares along the forward edge of the cowling overlapped a white square, for the sake of opacity. As you can see, it worked out OK for me. Hope this helps. Good luck! Cheers, -O
  4. Hey ARC, I've read that one way (The only way?) to get a decent AH-1G in 1/48 is to bash Fujimi's AH-1S and AH-1J boxings. Well, I tried it. Again. This is the second time I've attempted this. The first time represented a USMC AH-1G. I was so happy with the way the first one came out that I promised my brother (an Army vet) that I'd build one representing the Army. So, I did. Before I go any further, I want to dedicate this build to, and thank, Rob M. (Mig). He saved my bacon and came through with a replacement canopy after I damaged the first one. Also, he sent me some amazing ref
  5. I found this video: 360 view from inside You can "grab" and "rotate" the video as it plays. It looks as thought the framing is gray. Also, this picture seems to confirm that. -O
  6. Thank you everyone. Your compliments are much appreciated! Cheers, -O
  7. OK gang, I'm posting some (OK, a lot!) of photos of my second for the year. This is my recently finished AH-1J. This is Fujimi's kit in 1/48 with Cobra Company's resin cockpit. It's the first time I used a resin cockpit in one of my builds. It was a challenge, and a great learning opportunity, for me. The ECS hoses (wire wrapped in finer wire), turret-opening cover/cannon surround (sheet styrene), pitot (styrene rod and very fine tubing), RHAW receivers on the nose (punch sheet stryrene), FOD covers (red napkin soaked in diluted white glue) and rotor tie down (paper strip with a r
  8. Hey ARC, here's my first for the new year. I actually got it done back in late January, but I'm barely getting around to sharing it here. When I decided to build it, I wanted to go with something a little different. While I was looking for inspiration and references online, I found a restored airshow bird with an attractive scheme. Mine is loosely based on that airframe. It's not even close to being perfect, but I'm happy with my first attempt at a biplane. I learned a lot during this build. I think it's another solid 3-footer that will look good among the other 3-footers on my she
  9. Hey Bo105Flyer, I thought about that since I have a -T and -W in the stash. As it turns out, no, they're not the same. That would have been an easy fix, but it turns out it wouldn't have worked. Thanks for the input though! -O
  10. hueycrew, I'm looking for 1/48. -O
  11. Hey ARC, I'm looking to bash an AH-1J and -S into another AH-1G. Does anyone have a spare canopy or scrapped kit that they would be willing to part with? My -1J canopy is damaged. I'm looking to pay handsomely for the part and shipping. Please post in the thread, PM me, or email at oortiz10 AT yahoo DOT com. Thanks, -O
  12. Hey ARC, I'm looking to bash an AH-1J and -S into another AH-1G. Does anyone have a spare canopy or scrapped kit that they would be willing to part with? My -1J canopy is damaged. I'm looking to pay handsomely for the part and shipping. Please post in the thread, PM me, or email at oortiz10 AT yahoo DOT com. Thanks, -O
  13. Hey ARC, I'm looking to bash an AH-1J and -S into another AH-1G. Does anyone have a spare 1/48 canopy or scrapped kit that they would be willing to part with? My -1J canopy is damaged. I'm looking to pay handsomely for the part and shipping. Please post in the thread, PM me, or email at oortiz10 AT yahoo DOT com. Thanks, -O
  14. Hey ARC, I think I'll get in on this. I have an Academy 1/48 'cat in my stash that I want to build up. I know it's not the most accurate or user-friendly, but it's what I have. I don't know what markings I'll use on it yet. I think Tomcats look best in VF-1 and "The Bones" markings, but I don't know if I want to "waste" one of my sheets on this kit. I might have to come up with something "a little different" for this kitty.
  15. As terrible as 2020 and the pandemic have been, the lockdown and working from home have allowed me A LOT of bench time. I think I've gotten more built in the last 9 months than I did in all of 2018 and 2019. Here's my 2020 in chronological order. All except the Skyraider are "Covid builds". Monogram 1/48 AD-6 Skyraider Tamiya 1/48 Spitfire Mk. Vb Hobby Boss 1/48 A-7A Corsair II Hasegawa 1/48 A-4E Skyhawk Italeri 1/48 AH-1Z built as a AH-1(4B)W (Thank you Floyd S. Werner, Jr.) Monogram
  16. WOW! What an output! Quality stuff too! Great work! -O
  17. Hey gang, I'm wondering if anyone has any info on grey camo AH-1Js from HMA-773 and 775 during ODS. Specifically, I'm looking for info on colors, camo patterns and markings. From the pictures I've found (like these: 1, 2, & 3 and the ones in this awesome gallery) it looks like there may be 3 different shades of gray in the camo, plus another for the markings. Also, it doesn't appear that all the markings were "standardized", that's to say that it seems that markings differed from airframe to airframe. Also, it appears from pictures that some aircraft had black only
  18. Here's Italeri's 1/48 AH-1Z that I converted to Bell's AH-1(4B)W demonstrator. I posted pictures in The Display Case but didn't post any here. I have a few more projects in the works that I think will get done before life "gets back to normal".
  19. Did you build your B-1 in-flight or use resin wheels? My wife picked up this monster for me at a yard sale for around $15. It's complete except for 1 main gear wheel. I need part #A90; inner main gear wheel. It's INCORRECTLY listed in the instructions as A88 Main Gear Wheel. It's the inner wheel half that does not have the axle. I'm willing to pay for the part and shipping. Please reply, PM or email me at oortiz10 at yahoo dot com if you can help. Thanks! -O *This is also posted in the Buy and Sell and Jet Modeling
  20. Did you build your B-1 in-flight or use resin wheels? My wife picked up this monster for me at a yard sale for around $15. It's complete except for 1 main gear wheel. I need part #A90; inner main gear wheel. It's INCORRECTLY listed in the instructions as A88 Main Gear Wheel. It's the inner wheel half that does not have the axle. I'm willing to pay for the part and shipping. Please reply, PM or email me at oortiz10 at yahoo dot com if you can help. Thanks! -O *This is also posted in the Jet Modeling and Spares Box fo
  21. Did you build your B-1 in-flight or use resin wheels? My wife picked up this monster for me at a yard sale for around $15. It's complete except for 1 main gear wheel. I need part #A90; inner main gear wheel. It's INCORRECTLY listed in the instructions as A88 Main Gear Wheel. It's the inner wheel half that does not have the axle. I'm willing to pay for the part and shipping. Please reply, PM or email me at oortiz10 at yahoo dot com if you can help. Thanks! -O *This is also posted in the Buy and Sell and Spares Box fo
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