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  1. I´m alone this weekend - so quite some progress is possible!

     

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    The fit is still excellent, but some things are simply not good in my opinion. For example the wing-mechanism:

     

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    ALL other manufacturers have some sort of mechanism that synchronizes both wings, so that they can be swept and stay symmetric. Academy only offers some pins that allocate to these small openings to keep the wings in one of four different positions. And guess what? After gluing the fuselage top and bottom together, I don´t "feel" these wing positions anymore, so my wings sweep free without beeing tied to these "positions". That´s a minus on my list.

     

    And here comes another one:

     

    This is the front landing gear AFTER I have cut out about 2mm of the hydraulic cylinder:

     

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    The original part would only be realistic on a flying aircraft, but certainly not on a parked one. I wonder how this slipped through the design???

     

     

    HAJO


  2. Hi, did you already mount the landing gear?

     

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    Luckily I realized that the front gear would only suit on a flying aircraft, since it is completely de-compressed! The gap you can see in my picture is the length of the part I already cut out of the hydraulic cylinder. I glued it on again and it´s looking much better now.

     

     

    HAJO


  3. My current project is a "What-if?", using the new Academy kit of the F-14A. The "what if" will mainly focus on armament, color and markings.

     

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    The cockpit is a really nice germ, with decals that fit perfectly to the knobs and buttons of the plastic parts. Since I´m doing a "B" instead of an "A", I will have to use some alternative parts, that thankfully are provided in the kit.

     

    Which gun exhaust vents are necessary for the "B" again? I have three different parts as options...

     

     

    HAJO


  4. Thank you, guys!

     

    Collin, the only things I really paid attention to were the cabin windows (they need some sanding down to fit) and the front clear part, where I had to sand as well to fit it into the fuselage.

    Even though the fuselage halves don´t have locator pins it went together quite good and didn´t need to too much sanding.

    There was a slight gap between the two upper wing halves and the fuselage, but nothing a strip of plastic couldn´t cure.

    The PE-parts are a bit thick and bending the part above the cargo door was a PITA. Epsecially those parts that needed some "curving" to fit to the fuselage are a bit tricky.

     

    So, this is not a shake-n-bake-kit, but still very good for a short-run.

     

     

    HAJO


  5. If it´s "special", I need to have it! The U-28A is the SOCOM-version of the PC-12, so that´s special!


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    This looks like a small airstrip somewhere in Central America...

     

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    The kit went together without any major problems, only thing I added were two pilot figures and a lot of lead in the nose to keep it on all three wheels.

     

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    The U-28A reveals that it originally is a PC-12 Executive Prop - simply an elegant and good looking aircraft!

     

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    I love the light-effect on the front window!

     

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    HAJO


  6. In M$ Flightsims you have to press "Shift + p" and your parked aircraft will be pushed back until you press again. (And if you press "shift + p +1" or "shift + p + 2", it will even make a 90 degree pushed turn to the left [1] or the right [2]).

     

    Some better aircraft models even have an animated pushback-truck appearing when you push back. Some addon-programs also provide this feature.

     

     

    HAJO


  7. I was a bit undiceided then, and finally dug through my stash to look for something to build. I came out with the 1/72 Fujimi OA-4M.

     

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    Getting the decals aligned to the color-scheme was a bit of a challenge, both in colours as well as in the exact demarkation. Some minor flaws are there, but overall I´m happy.

     

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    Done until may 31th.

     

    After that I did another "secret" project. It´s a farewell gift to a working buddy who is changing his post, and I will present it to him in september, when he will visit us for the last time (at least in his current function - I hope we´ll stay in touch!). I´m pretty sure he won´t be browsing this page, but I´d better do anything to not spoil his surprise, so no pictures here.

     

    "Secret model" finished until june 11th.

     

     

    Then another slightly unusual model, because it´s in 1/48, not my prefered scale. But this Revell CH-53G was a gift by my wifes parents, which I received over ten years ago. I started it then, but didn´t finished it until I dug it out at my parents house a couple of weeks ago.

     

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    I had the brilliant idea to give it to another working collegue of mine. He had taken care of my 1/72 CH-53G for some time (I have a lot of my models in showcases in my office, and the 1/72 CH-53G was a loan to his office), but it encountered a crash while at his place, and I kept it after the repairs. But since the 1/48 version of this helo is out of my usual scale, I was more than happy to give it to him. Apperently he spent some time beeing flown around with the real one when he served his tour in Afghanistan a couple of years ago.

     

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    This beast was done on june 16th.

     

     

    HAJO


  8. Well, I have to update my builds...

     

    My last entry was the S-58 in German Naval Aviation colors. After I had finished that helicopter, I made a nice little "what-if"-project with a MD-500 in 1/72 by AZModel.

     

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    I played around with a nice night-camo, and love how it came out.

     

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    Except for the pilot figure, pylons and weapons (including the flare/chaff-dispenser) complete OOB. Done from april 20th until april 27th.

     

     

    April 28th until may 5th I built my "Bedenkentraeger", more details here:

     

     

     

     

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    A very short build was done with my 1/72 Revell Horten Go229, a very untypical subject for me, as I usually never build WWII or Luft'46.

     

     

     

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    But this model was a gift for a collegue, so I made an exception from the rule.

     

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    Must be done around the first week of may.

     

     

    To counter this unusual Luft'46-aircraft, I turned to the wonderful Airfix 1/72 Beaufighter TF.10 that I did in the colours of the Operation Firedog.

     

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    I practiced some heavy weathering on this and was quite satisfied with the result.

     

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    The model was finished on may 18th.

     


  9. That sounds a bit like "yodeling"... Which may work, since Austrians were part of Germany in the specific time-frame, but it doesn´t fit right into the "I´ll ride this thing like a wild bull"-theme we see on the picture...

     

     

    HAJO


  10. On 6/23/2020 at 9:03 AM, southwestforests said:

     

    My brother speaks German pretty well, will have to ask him how to say "Yeeee-haaaa!" in German.

     

    Well, good luck then! Me with speaking German as my mother tongue, I have no idea what could be used. We don´t do any bull-riding here... 😉

     

    On the other hand, if it´s just an outcry of joy and testosterone, "Juchhuuu" would work, but it´s a bit old-fashioned.

     

     

    HAJO

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