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About Swashplate

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  • Birthday March 25

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    Louisville KY
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    Model building, Target shooting, and Fishing.

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  1. https://flic.kr/s/aHskD2BGxc I really enjoy the Trumpeter kits. I pulled this one off the shelf this evening to dirty up the base, and add wheel chocks. An uneventful build for sure. They provide a detailed engine, but no way to display it (Unless your willing to do a little surgery yourself) As always, the base is 3/4" plywood covered with hardwood floor sandpaper. I airbrushed the base coat, and lines using Testors Model Master enamels.
  2. https://www.flickr.com/gp/159342774@N07/6WMir2 I've finally had some time and start on this one. I love these kits from Germany. They are engineered very well. A lot of the assemblies require little, or no sanding. Glad I bought the Eduard photo- etch sets for this kit. I purchased both the interior, and exterior sets. I have not worked a lot with photo-etch. My biggest worry about the photo- etch was the engine intake screens. I used the clear part that came with the kit as a mold to form each piece prior to gluing all of them together. I added a white tail rotor drive shaft inside the 43 degree gear box housing. Due to my lack of space, I've decided to fold the main rotors. I purchased the rotor folding arms from www.scalewarship.com. I had to file down the rotor blade attachment points for each blade so the it would fit in the new rotor arm. Can't wait to get into the main construction.
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    Trumpeter P-38 Lightning 1/32 Virginia Marie

    Amazing detail. Museum quality model for sure!
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    Lakenheath F-4D

    Love the builds. Especially the diorama.
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    Yak-130 'Mitten'; Zvezda 1:72

    Amazing work. Love the paint job.
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    1/48 Monogram F-14A Tomcat

    Great build Darren.
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    1/48 Monogram A-37B FAS 427 "DRAGON"

    Really cool build Charlie. Great job.
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    F9F-3 Panther

    Nice build John. Congratulations!
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    Academy 1/35th scale OH-58D

    Thank AlienFrogModeller and crackerjazz.
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    Academy 1/35th scale OH-58D

    Thanks Hooker169.
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    Academy 1/35th scale OH-58D

    Thanks gentlemen.
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    Army Aviator Flight Gear

    Viking73, that is some really cool flight gear you have. I love the orange instructor flight suit. Everything that you see in my pictures were given to me from a good friend who did two tours in Vietnam as a crew chief. He picked up the mannequin from a department store near his home that was going out of business. They gave it to him. He picked it up in the early 80s. The survival vest pockets or filled with folded up newspapers to make them look full.
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    Academy 1/35th scale OH-58D

    https://flic.kr/s/aHsmeEpyxZ. I picked this kit up some time ago from a Flea Market close to my house. Still had the plastic wrap on it. Only $15.00. I’m somewhat leary of getting kits from Flea Markets. It’s more or less a gamble of what you might find inside the box once you open it. This time, the gamble paid off. Everything in the box was in fantastic condition, considering how much dust was on the box when I picked it up. The build itself went great. No fit issues. Decals were great. I used Rest-oleum camouflage specialty paint for the body, and Testors Model Master Enamels for everything else. After I sealed the paint with Testors Dull Coat, I did a pin wash with artist oils thinned with mineral spirits. Two areas of this build that I would change if I could, would be the cockpit color, and main rotor mast assembly. With out checking reference photos of the cockpit, I used Flat Gull Gray instead of flat black. On the main rotor mast assembly, the rod connectors that go from the Swashplate to the rotor head should have been glued at an angle. All in all, a fun build.
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    Trumpeter 1/35th scale Mi-24V Hind-E

    Thanks a lot R Spreckley.
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    Completed - 1/48 UH-1D

    Love it!