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Bobo1953

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  • Birthday 12/03/1953

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    ANGERA, (VARESE) NORTHERN ITALY
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    -military aircrafts...and modeling them!
    -music: audiophile

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  1. hi zach. thanks a lot: i am really absentminded...i was sure that i had posted it in jet modeling, so that without your kind contribution i would have waited for answers in vain... many thanks indeed, zach! best ciaos, bobo.
  2. hi everybody, after a long absence. somewhat of a personal revolution yeah but still, i've been modeling though at a slower pace. now i have a question about the big red stencil panel that appears on the fuselage of my korean war f-80c ft-547 "evil eye fleagle". i've been researching a lot, but i'm still puzzled with the outcome: does it go on both sides of the fuse or -which from the pics looks more likely...though...- only on the left side? thank you in advance! best ciaos and...happy modeling! bobo.
  3. hi everybody, after a long absence. somewhat of a personal revolution yeah but still, i've been modeling though at a slower pace. now i have a question about the big red stencil panel that appears on the fuselage of my korean war f-80c ft-547 "evil eye fleagle". i've been researching a lot, but i'm still puzzled with the outcome: does it go on both sides of the fuse or -which from the pics looks more likely...though...- only on the left side? thank you in advance! best ciaos and...happy modeling! bobo.
  4. hi rcaf*100. sorry for answering with such a delay, but actually i did not remember of this post of mine. i thank you for your kind attention, but i have eventually found this kit, well, if memory serves, i believe at an antiquarian place in poland (!) actually the story goes that the guy did not ship internationally, but i did not surrender, so i asked a polish friend of mine to buy it for me and eventually he sent it to my place... the kit now is in the stash, awaiting for the helo-rush -which in the meantime had subsided- to rise up again. 😉 once more, thank you very much, and ciao! bobo.
  5. hi berkut. thank you for appreciating my -hard- job on the blinder. actually, i'm not sure that i would embark myself on another mikro-mir kit...or as for that on any eastern european manufacturers' kit. now i know enough about their quality standards and don't have any confidence that they can do anything better than what they've been doing. which is deplorable...👎 i say it again, berkut: a zen exercise is an interesting experience, but one needs to be a monk to insist. i'd rather hope that some chinese company puts its hands on the 1/144 b-2...it seems that this scale is becoming more popular lately. best of ciaos, bobo.
  6. hello guys and gals! i'm back after a long journey with the mikro-mir 1/144 tu-22kd. it was a true adventure, where i had litterally to carve the parts out of gigantic flashes and misaligned moldings. actually i had to carve out the single parts as from raw pieces of styrene, where the telling of where the real part started, and where it was to be cut away was really a blind guess. on the other side there was an incredible molding skill that produced fine details as if a good 1/72 kit had been downsized to 1/144. this meant lots of microscopic parts so thin that just cutting them free of the -gigantic- injection pins would break them. and break they did also once assembled, so it was a repair, assemble, break, repair and assemble again job. in the whole i spent more time cutting, sanding, filling, sanding again, reshaping and repainting, than building. at first i was aghast and quite angry at mikro-mir, but going on with this sort of zen koan, i went into a state of true serendipity, where time was stretched and the many challenges became just parts of this journey that could have lasted endlessly, confronting the problems bit by bit, day after day with no hurrry, no harshness at all but as a sort of truely peaceful thread that i followed...until the last acrobatic masking, the last microscopic antenna were done and ohh...it was finished, yeah, my tu-22 was finished and i was almost surprised of that, and obviously happy, and my soul opened to frank proudness for i had made it! i had made her and there she stood, mean, cold-war-like, aggresive, alien and beautiful as i only dreamed that i could make it. so, ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to my new love here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/pwoReJ2QaarWQSiZ9 i hope you'll enjoy as i do. best ciaos and happy modeling! bobo.
  7. hi scott. watch your arcmailbox: yesterday i sent you a pm as requested, but possibly you didn't see it yet. ciao, bobo.
  8. ooohhh...holy shot, ed! it's really a trompe-l'oeil: i would have bet that my pic was some sort of an exeption that deceived me, but the deception stands in the light play instead! and the examples you bring in just confirm how certain light conditions can really make you see things diffferent from what they are in reality. indeed, as an ex-photographer i should know this very well, and sometimes a shadowplay can be very useful in creating an image... but not in modeling, huh? again, thanks a lot, ed, and again i am grateful for your kind comment on my job. have a great day. best ciaos, and...happy modeling!!! sincerely yours, bobo.
  9. and no argument intended...just, your answers were so sharp that it loked like i was challenging you with my pic. speaking of which, not to contradict you, or show a hard head, but to satisfy completely my curiosity, i have found another pic that inspired my choice. please find it atached herebelow. naturally, comments are mostwelcome. thank you again fo your attention and your appreciating my hun all notwithstanding... great ciaos, and happy modeling!
  10. ok, ok, guys... i did not want to start an argument at all, and you evidently know so much better than me. pity that i will keep an f-100 c, with d model markings and the wrong exhaust... nobody is perfect. thank you for your constructive comments and for sharing your knowledge. best ciaos, and happy modeling, bobo.
  11. dear ed and airmechaja. the picture attached was the stronger basis on which i decided for the type of burner you call 102. actually, i'm a bit of a perfectionist about philology, but i'm not really an expert, then i might well have misinterpreted this pic and the few others that now, for me, would need a whole afternoon of net surfing to find them back. i thank you for your keen and kind attention. if you'll feel like that, a comment on the picture accluded will be very welcome. tia. my very best ciaos...and happy modeling... yours, bobo.
  12. dear ed and hemspilot, thank you so much for appreciating my job. @ed: your remark puzzles me, as i selected that a/b can exactly because in my photo research i saw it on early model, usaf, f-100s, that was what i wanted...😮 please check your info and let me know. thank you. @hemspilot: she will look great! the hun is one of the aircrafts where the skyblazer's livery fits better.👍 again, thanks to both of you. my best ciaos, bobo.
  13. hi everybody! i'm so happy to have finished this build that i just want to show it off straight in "jets". i must congratulate the trumpeter people because they made a kit that built as if it were a tamiya. i know the objections about the nose/intake part, but at risk of being judged superficial, i must say that had i not read of that in the reviews, i wouldn't have noticed. the kit did build like a bed of roses and though some challenging, critical phases as it's fine to be, it was pure fun, with a great deal of fine details to paint -actually i believe that i spent more time detail-painting than assembling. one big issue was the air brake: it was intended to be assembled in the first steps, while joining the fuse halves, but i did not want to have this delicate impingement while handling the model until finishing. also, it had to be painted closed together with the general painting; it swivels, so i had the opportunity to close it and open it up later. point was that it was not really flush with the surrounding fuselage, and i feared that the aluminum paint could block the hinges. so i put some liquid mask inside 'round the well's perimeter, and added a microdrop of the same mask over the hinges, where i would make a very small touch-off later. well, in short, it worked: no alu paint inside the well and the brake opened flawlessly. the main gear is very complex and realized with some 6 parts for the leg plus 4 parts for the door...an interesting challenge... as i wanted a particularily colorful livery, representative of the early cold war era, i choose from a nice xtradecal sheet the markings for a 20th t.f.w. at r.a.f. lakenheath in '57...yeah, it was a "d" model, but it was too nice so please allow me a little poetical licence. but the true challenge of the hun is the rendering of the engine heat-burnt aft fuselage. i used valllejo metal series burnt metal, pre-shaded vertically with gloss copper stripes along the ribs. being that too glossy, i sprayed clear matt finish. after that, i took some orange, red and yellow color pencils and enhanced the vertical pattern rubbing the lines with my little finger. the outcome is at any rate too dark, but under the appropriate lighting looks to me acceptable. if you wanna have a look please go to the google photos album at: https://photos.app.goo.gl/otEURA1g7HZXH2GQ6 thank you for your attention, hope you'll enjoy. my best ciaos, and...happy modeling! bobo.
  14. hi everybody! this time i'm gonna break the rules and publish on this forum section rather than the "display case" which i deem to receive little attention in our forum. hope that i won't get a stick hit on my fingers... yeah, my guys, i have built the thud and with her i have completed my 1/72 "century series", which makes me, modestly, PROUD! the previous project, the super sabre, was a former step in this achievement, but the lack (!!!) of the warning red stripes on the decal sheet -i am waiting stripe decals to be delivered as aftermarket item- make her labeled as "incomplete", thence i will publish the album only after she will receive her due warning stripes. both kits are trumpeter's, and i might say that, decals accidents apart -i also had ro resort to a set of xtradecal's stars and bars as the blue of the original ones was too light and somewhat metallic- they both did build with plain pleasure, with the due challlenge of complex steps, but what i got from those two projects was truely, even in the most hazardous passages, just pure fun. i confess that i had never tried trumpeter before, but if the going is this, i'd dare to compare the quality of detail and engineering with -let me add an "almost"- tamiya! the thud is a true war machine, born to bear at supersonic speed a nukeload in her bellly, and bare metal like this she's even more warlike and deadly than with the s.e.a. camo and the pure wild force of tenths of iron bombs hanging. i know that someone's brows will rise up and fall back to their naps about the type of green i choose for the fuselage. actually, i feel the need to tell you something about the apparently eccentric whim that brought me to choose f.s. 34102 euro 1 dark green for the green area. i had used that paint only once in my life when building the a-10 warthog, enjoyed the euro camo effect, and stowed it away with the rarely used paints. when it came to thiis thud's green, i had something dark in the back of my mind, and now i know what it was: the black spine of the monogram "action" thud artwork of my childhood. thus i tested a lot of different greens that could be, from vallejo nato green, to mr. hobby field green, to f.s. 34079 -which btw, also looking at some pics, should have been the "right" one- but each and everyone looked too light and a somewhat faded green. in search of a darker and "greener" green i tested also r.l.m. luftwaffe's schwarzgrun, and usmc green. no way: too gray the former, too dark the latter. eventually, the classic "lightbulb" went on in my head, i did some archaeology and brough to the light the euro 1. i tested it. it was definitely not the green that appears in most of the pictures i had seen, though there seem to be there exceptions, but IT was the color i had had in my brains for so long: not black (that btw was on the very early thuds) but dark and green enough. hit! i will be happy to get your comments if you will have a look at google photos album here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/4wjoisCWz2FWKNbAA yeah, the fuse and the canopy have different hues, rather densities. this is due to a stupid accident that brought me to paint gloss aluminum the canopy apart in order to latter mask the yellow seals...only to realize, seals masked and done, that i should have painted it green! by then i had already discarded the eduard masks so i masked again, but only along the frames limits using my "maketar canopy survival kit" -i recommend it!- and micro tapes, and handbrush painted green. unfortunately, the model master acryl fs 34102 is particularily sensitive to air or hand brushing, so there's a difference. perhaps someday if i get inspired i will pass a coat of heavily thinned paint hoping that it would end out lighter... it might be that i've gone out of my head, but i'm even sure that this paint is no extravagancy albeit the true color! and i'm not the only case... it seems that this indulgence is more diffused among the modelers than one could expect, for i have seen several thuds in all scales that had been painted with a dark and green spine, not the faded green (fs 34079, and various shades of o.d.) which should be canonically perfect for f-84 and -a tad darker- for f-86. best ciaos, my friends, season greetings to all, and...happy modeling! bobo.
  15. dear solo: thank you very much! this is a precious info, all the more so as i live too on the eastern shore of the pond, i.e. italy. then, poland is much more accessible than the transatlantic places; also, i see that the company is really specialized in custom modelers' decal production, which isn't easy to find. as for translation, i see a british flag in the upper right of the page but it seems to be not working yet. in case, i will try with google transaltor, or, with many thanks, i will take advantage from your -surely more reliable- translations. i will p.m. you, ok? thank you very much again, and...happy modeling! best ciaos, bobo.
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