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    1/48 Hasegawa P-39N "Red Star"

    Thanks, guys! Comments are much appreciated. Best, Chris
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    1/48 Hasegawa P-39N "Red Star"

    FINALLY, an update, sorry for the delay - 19 days traveling in November, then this month was our club's annual holiday party. Got the fuselage closed up after doing some adjusting to the instrument panel to move it back a bit. I cut the armored glass behind the pilot's head from some clear plastic from some retail packing. Radio cable is from the Eduard set, and also used some of the Eduard placards. Minimal of weathering except on the seat. Used the Eduard PE Seat belts which worked better than I thought they would. I used a drop of Formula 560 over each instrument face and the effect, showing up in pictures much better than the naked eye, works pretty well. 560 is VERY thick and sticky. I thin it just a bit with water to make it less stringy. Also masked the canopy using Eduard masks. It is me or are sometimes the masks oversized a bit? Admittedly some of the panel lines on the clear cockpit are kind of vague but had to do a bit of trimming esp on the back glass over the radio. I've also seen where I've had to scrunch up the masks on some canopies. And for this particular kit, two key masks are missing: there are only masks for one door inside and out (R5 and R6), or two doors, but only inside or only outside - which doesn't work for the P-39 as most kits (including this one) mold the P-39 doors in clear plastic. I'm planning on using 'Liquid Gravity' in the nose to keep it from being a tail-sitter so I filled in the gaps at the back of the nose gear bay with some Vallejo Acrylic putty. Speaking of the bottom - I added Eduard's PE vent screens and flaps. Here is a few of the screens into a light. Of course, when the wing is attached to the fuselage you will not see anything behind the screen but oh well: And the last part of the update is work on the amazing Quickboost resin exhausts. Picked these up from Spruebrothers but saw a LOT of Quickboost at Scale Model World in Telford and picked some up for some other kits. Base color is Vallejo Gun metal, some dry brushing with Vallejo Black Grey and the inside of the exhausts painted black. I'll add some brown and perhaps light gray later. Next up is to close up the wing and then check the fuselage seams, find two more masks for the doors, add the ballast into the nose and close that up, then lay down a layer of primer (and of course that landing gear!). So still a lot to do! Thanks for following along, hope to mostly finish this up this month. Chris
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    RAF Lakenheath photo thread

    Facinating pictures and commentary, thanks for sharing! Still keeping an eye. Best Chris
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    Rosie vs Radu death match

    RB Productions carries the full line. Here is the link to their online store showing the four stencils. Be aware that the two larger stencils are repeats of the two smaller ones. Take a close look and you'll see. Chris
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    RAF Lakenheath photo thread

    Cheers Gary, Thanks for the update! Means a lot actually as now I'll leave the big tripod and the 200-500 home which completely changes my photo bag to something much smaller and more manageable. The good news is I'm sure I'll have other chances next year to come over and maybe by then the ban will have been lifted. Really do appreciate the updates! Chris
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    1/48 Hasegawa P-39N "Red Star"

    Thank you for the link - VERY helpful and timely as well! Much appreciated. I did a quick skim of the pages and I think the consensus is that Pokryshkin's aircraft did not sport any kill markings and that the photographs of him in front of marked aircraft were of other pilots planes. Now the question is the color of the disk behind the fuselage star. Great source, thank you again! Chris
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    1/48 Hasegawa P-39N "Red Star"

    Ahhh, that is good to know. Do you have a photo of his plane with the correct markings? I've seen pictures with two different sets of stars on the nose, but don't know if that represents different times, different aircraft or what. Thanks, Chris
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    1/48 Hasegawa P-39N "Red Star"

    Thanks guys for the comments and encouragement. I'm in a bit of a lull due to a heavy work load and business trips for much of Nov (including a trip to Telford for Scale Model World). Will see how much I can get done this week (got a bit more work done on the cockpit this past weekend). Thanks! Chris
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    Tamiya 1/72 Kawasaki Ki-61-Id Hein (Tony)

    Thank you! Chris
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    RAF Lakenheath photo thread

    Ahh, well, that is a bummer. I do understand the need to adhere to rules, of course, but hopefully the vast majority of pilots do adhere to the rules which keeps everyone safe (pilots, residents and aircraft). That was a LOW flight for sure. It is fun to see however. And the squeal at the end was a bonus. Apparently, looking at her twitter feed, she caught a world of crap for the posting. Seems like she has a lot of support, thankfully. Chris
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    Quality of life tools?

    Scott is too funny! Lots of great ideas there. Also: I put a white towel across my lap to catch small parts that fall or launch. Agree on the flashlight in case pieces make it to the carpet. Also a small nylon sock to fit over the end of the vacuum hose in case I REALLY need to find small part that hit the carpet. Amazing how much stuff that will pull up if you don't vacuum regularly. Chris
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    Tamiya 1/72 Kawasaki Ki-61-Id Hein (Tony)

    Hi and thanks for your comments. The yellow on the leading edge I painted, but the red over the machine gun openings are the kit decals. It was a fun (and quick) build with a terrific cockpit so highly recommended. If I ever do another one I think I would paint the nose panel and the yellow as well as the wing non-slip panels before I do the decals - and cut up the decals to make them a bit easier to apply. And find a way to open up the canopy so you can get a better view of the really nice cockpit - with better seatbelts than the kit's decals which are horrid. Best regards! Chris
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    1/48 von Richthofen's Fokker Dr.1

    Looks amazing! Great job and I've found the same thing - that these are pretty fragile aircraft. Ditto with the control horns too. UGH. Can't wait to see the next steps! Chris
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    RAF Lakenheath photo thread

    What lenses do most of you use when shooting on the Mach Loop? From some of the pictures I've seen there seem to be some pretty big telephoto's out there. I have a 200-500 but if that is not appropriate I'd rather not haul it over. Thanks in advance for your suggestions! Chris
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    RAF Lakenheath photo thread

    Definitely going to Chattanooga - already have my hotel reservation (the two closest hotels are already sold out). Went to their regional show in January, and likely will go again this January. Hopefully will see you in Telford.
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