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jimharley

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About jimharley

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    Jim Harley
  • Birthday 06/11/1971

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    www.spiritof44.com

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    Ohio
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    Flying, Guitar, Motorcycles, Traveling
  1. jimharley

    Grumman Gulfhawk II

    Al WIlliams would be proud! what a beautiful job. Where did you get the decals, or do they make this kit with those specific markings?? Jim
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    Favorite Air Museums?

    My favorite is definitely Duxford and the IWM...Dayton and NASM have all the greats, but there is something special about walking around Duxford and all the surrounding history. The whole area around Duxford is rich with RAF and USAAF airfields, many of which have small museums as well. The Technique museum in Berlin, as well as the Air Museum in Krakow have an amazing array of historic airframes. I think Paul Allen wins the top honor for flying Museums...although Jerry Yagen and Planes of Fame are right up there. Jim DSC_5033 by jim harley, on Flickr DSC_5076 by jim harley, on Flickr hidden treasures in Berlin BerlinGatowAFM (184) by jim harley, on Flickr DSC_5061 by jim harley, on Flickr
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    Revell 2019 Sneak Peak Video.

    The Bu 133 is a single seat with a Siemens radial. The wings may be the same, I'm not sure but the fuselage is completely different. I wish they would do the 133...it was more or less the precursor to the Pitts. jim
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    WIlliams Brothers Laird

    Thanks! I wanted to portray the Laird as it would have looked after Doolittle landed from the Bendix. I will probably do another in the Thompson scheme at some point. This is by far my favorite era, I just wish there were more kits available. A 1/32nd Pete, Ike, Mike, and quite a few others would really be cool to model.
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    WIlliams Brothers Laird

    Yeah you bet 🙂 I may bring the Laird and the Gee Bee...just have to find a good way to transport them. See you there!
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    Tamiya P-51B Betty Jane

    Thanks Steve and Alien! Glad to be back and having fun. I'm waiting on a shipment of Alclad Duraluminum and stainless to proceed on the model...should be here Monday. I bought airframe aluminum thinking it would be a good base but it is way too dark. The panels are something that I have wanted to do for a while and finally found the time. I posted similar pics on the Mustang facebook page and found several people that are interested in them. The issue is shipping, they are 71" long by 26" deep...UPS and Fed Ex can do it but they are expensive...the other option is Greyhound or freight which I haven't looked in to yet. I think there is a market for them, and others, just need to find the right outlet. I also have the drawings for the P-40 and I'd love to do some Flying Tiger panels eventually...rivets and all. The Mustang is by far the easiest as it is just a slab of aluminum and time for layout and paint. I've got a few more B's in the stash and one will be Salem. More soon...or at least Monday! Best, Jim
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    Williams Brothers Gee Bee Z

    Thanks dnl...it sure is fun build, the R-1 and R-2 won't be too far behind! This post brings it up to where it sits now. A couple more sessions and it will be done. I'm waiting on some Tamiya gloss clear. I used Vallejo gloss varnish for the airframe, and while it is nice, it seems to soften even with mild handling. The flying wires are .015 wire, which looks like the thick wires used on the original. Hopefully it is a good illusion. IMG_3638 by Jim Harley, on Flickr IMG_3643 by Jim Harley, on Flickr IMG_3658 by Jim Harley, on Flickr IMG_3695 by Jim Harley, on Flickr IMG_3697 by Jim Harley, on Flickr IMG_3709 by Jim Harley, on Flickr
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    Williams Brothers Gee Bee Z

    while I'm at it...here are a few more, adding the black and removing the masks. IMG_1576 by Jim Harley, on Flickr The pin striping tape worked great...although I laid the yellow on a bit heavy it was easy to lightly sand and polish out. There were a few places I had to touch up with a brush but overall it came out better than I thought it would. After some clean up it was time for the decals. IMG_1576 by Jim Harley, on Flickr IMG_1592 by Jim Harley, on Flickr IMG_1594 by Jim Harley, on Flickr IMG_3101 by Jim Harley, on Flickr IMG_3107 by Jim Harley, on Flickr IMG_3578 by Jim Harley, on Flickr IMG_3579 by Jim Harley, on Flickr
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    Williams Brothers Gee Bee Z

    Once the fuselage was filled, sanded, and re-primed, I sprayed on the gloss red as a base for the pinstripes. I shot it wide to make it easier to feather. IMG_1244 - Copy by Jim Harley, on Flickr IMG_1264 - Copy by Jim Harley, on Flickr Pinstripe tape in hand the tedious job of masking was started. At first I sketched the pattern on the airframe, but ultimately I eyeballed the striping and did it by hand. IMG_1340 - Copy by Jim Harley, on Flickr IMG_1344 - Copy by Jim Harley, on Flickr The yellow base coat, used Testors Chrome Yellow with a bit of brown mixed in. IMG_1566 (1) - Copy by Jim Harley, on Flickr Once the yellow was on I taped off the large areas and then used liquid mask for the scallops IMG_1567 - Copy by Jim Harley, on Flickr More soon! Jim
  10. As the Laird was heading toward completion I cracked open the Z kit. It builds just as well as the Laird but it does have some minor fill issues around the wing root trailing edge fillet. I didn't spend any time on the cockpit as it won't be seen when the canopy goes on. The biggest challenge to this is the pin stripes. In 30+ years I never tackled the Gee Bee kits because of this. I found some 1/64 pin striping tape and decided to have a go at it. More on that soon. Jim IMG_1119 - Copy by Jim Harley, on Flickr IMG_1120 - Copy by Jim Harley, on Flickr IMG_1121 - Copy by Jim Harley, on Flickr First priming with flat white enamel...the fillets needed some work but easy enough. IMG_1241 (1) - Copy by Jim Harley, on Flickr IMG_1242 - Copy by Jim Harley, on Flickr
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    Tamiya P-51B Betty Jane

    A few more of the build process I finally organized. The floor was made from heavy paper and airbrushed flat black. I used acrylics to simulate the wear marks around the rudder pedals...kind of a wood grain look. The rest is pretty straight forward, added some wires around the antenna, filled the wing joints and moved the trim tabs to give the look after just landing...up elevator trim and right rudder trim. IMG_1858 by Jim Harley, on Flickr IMG_1864 by Jim Harley, on Flickr IMG_2035 by Jim Harley, on Flickr IMG_2141 by Jim Harley, on Flickr IMG_2144 by Jim Harley, on Flickr IMG_2077 by Jim Harley, on Flickr
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    WIlliams Brothers Laird

    More of the finished build. I really like these kits...for me, they are the perfect scale for this era. LF7 by jim harley, on Flickr LF5 by jim harley, on Flickr LF3 by jim harley, on Flickr LF9 by jim harley, on Flickr LF12 by jim harley, on Flickr LF13 by jim harley, on Flickr
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    WIlliams Brothers Laird

    Further progress...I added quite a bit to the cockpit but unfortunately you really can't see much of it. It builds really nice although it has some issues that required filling around the lower fuselage and wing. I have to say they really did a nice job of getting the proportions right. I chose the pre-Thompson scheme in which Doolittle set the cross country record between Burbank and New Jersey. I may do the Thompson scheme at some point with all the trim. IMG_1020 (1) by jim harley, on Flickr I used a combination of pastels and airbrushing to simulate the exhaust trails from the long cross country dash. IMG_1072 by jim harley, on Flickr IMG_1074 by jim harley, on Flickr LF6 by jim harley, on Flickr
  14. Hi all, thought you guys might get a kick out of this build. I quit modelling nearly 30 years ago...life, girls, work...etc.. I got the itch after attending an IPMS show at Port Clinton Ohio last summer. I dug my Williams Brothers Laird out of my stash and got to work. I started with buying some acrylic Vallejo paints and the primer, along with a new airbrush. After getting it all framed up I shot it with the primer and it went on great. There were a few dust specs that needed sanded and I went after them with wet 400 grit paper...well the primer came off in sheets. Discouraged by that I went back to Testors enamel and got a much more satisfying result. I've since given acrylics another try and I really like them...just part of the learning curve. I'm working on the Gee Bee Z now and it is nearly completed. These photos are kind of the highlights from the Laird. More soon. Thanks, Jim IMG_0950 by jim harley, on Flickr IMG_0952 by jim harley, on Flickr IMG_0964 by jim harley, on Flickr IMG_0967 by jim harley, on Flickr IMG_0972 by jim harley, on Flickr IMG_0984 by jim harley, on Flickr
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    Tamiya P-51B Betty Jane

    One more for the night, after polishing out the micro filler I sprayed on a coat of Alclad gloss black primer, awesome stuff. Once it is dry I'll start the metal colors. Jim IMG_3743 by Jim Harley, on Flickr IMG_3802 by Jim Harley, on Flickr as an aside, my obsession with the Mustang runs deep, a few years ago a friend gave me copies of all the North American drawings for the P-51. There are over 20,000 drawings...no exaggeration. I made a couple full scale skins for the hangar and have a few more planned. I used .08 aluminum per the original, and aged them to look like they were drilled off the airframe. Big Beautiful Doll, Turnip Termite, and a few others are planned. Salempanel by Jim Harley, on Flickr Petiepanel by Jim Harley, on Flickr
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