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  1. Hello all, happy to start a new group build and this is the perfect occasion to finally get started on this kit. I will be building the CAG bird of VF-154 ca 2003. I got the kit in 2004 I believe...I will add aftermarket decals from Fightertown and some external stores from the Hasegawa weapons set. My copy of the kit requires quite some cleanup of some ejection marks but other than that it will be a straightforward build. The box: Decals and external stores: Some of the main parts:
  2. Nice to see the Academy kit brought out, I will use the same for my VF-154 entry. I saw on my copy that the kit takes some cleanup effort. Looking forward to your build! Blue skies, Andy
  3. Knight 100: I'll be entering the VF-154 'Black Knights' CAG bird, built from a Academy 1/72 kit and Fightertown decals.
  4. I'd sure be in. Got 5 kits in 72 scale in the stash, plus one 48 and two in 32. This will kick me off for sure.
  5. Very nice, thanks for sharing. Inspires me to build mine. Like the weathering. Interesting about the decals, I had the problem you describe on a 1/32 Tomcat ca 20 years ago, seems they didnt figure it out­čśľ Andy
  6. Some on and off progress on this build. The major parts are together. It feels like 10% of the plastic volume was removed in the trimming process. Still left to sand and fill some gaps. On the upside the stabs fit so nicely that they will only be glued on after painting. The oil cooler shutter and radiator shutter were made from sheet styrene. The cooler intake takes some more work also (it is molded shut). Then the canopy goes on and the painting starts.
  7. Not so much to show here...The fuselage is closed up and sanding and trimming in progress: Still missing some filling and rescribing along the seams. When dryfitting the wing to the fuselage I noticed the leading edge seems totally off. The sweep at the wing root is pronounced as on the later P-51D when for the B model there should be less of kink. But worse, the remainder of the leading edge sweep towards the tip seems too straight. The whole wing shape just looks off. Will have to compare it to drawings to be sure. I'm not decided yet whether to fix the outer
  8. The level of added detail is absolutely stunning­čĄę­čĄę­čĄę
  9. Getting started. Cleaning up stuff: Instrument panel is totally blank so some gauges were added as very thin slices of stretched sprue: Not super scale in the layout but works for me for closed cockpit doors and scale 1/72: Tape seatbelts: Black instrument panel, silver drybrush and small drop of gloss clear coat on the gauges. Then ready to get buttoned up: Cheers, Andy
  10. Hi HAJO, yea I checked...after I bought it. Funny that a kit of this quality enjoys such a varied life...I am also not sure about the relations between Mistercraft and Mastercraft, the instructions mention Mastercraft throughout, so maybe Mistercraft is just a new legal entity in charge of re-issueing Mastercraft stuff. PS I just saw that I will also have to remodel the kink in the leading edge to be less pronounced as the current wing seems to be of P-51D shape. Andy
  11. Hello all, fairly late to the group build, but I chose a small subject which I should be well able to finish in time. On 19 July 1944 P-51B WD*U of 4th FG was escorting a bomber formation to Augsburg when she developed motor problems. Pilot 1st LT Simpson set course to neutral Switzerland and landed in the mountainous region of Ems. As with all aircraft landing on Swiss territory during the war, the Mustang was impounded. She was transferred to D├╝bendorf where the cause of the engine failure, a stuck radiator flap, was repaired. The Mustang then received Swiss colors an
  12. I wonder if I am too late to join, seeing that half time has already passed on this GB.. I would like to join with a 1/72 P-51B in Swiss Air Force colors. The aircraft was originally on a USAAF escort mission with a bomber formation to Germany in July 1944 when it developed motor troubles and landed in neutral Switzerland. The Swiss impounded the plane, painted it in national colors and used it for evaluation and air combat training. It maintained the invasion stripes on the underside. After VE day the plane was returned to the USAAF. Kit from Mister Craft:
  13. Thanks Adam! The X-15 kit is great, a lot of details and small photoetch parts that go into the cockpit. It is supposed to be first in a series of X-planes. The Tamiya X-1 will be next. Happy Modelling, Andy
  14. Happy new year everyone! Not much posting from me in the old year, but in terms of finished models 2016 was fairly prolific for my standards. Most of the builds were projects that were started long ago and I managed to complete almost all open boxes. Now this year I will try to have much less builds going on besides each other. But lets see: Group shot (missing the X-15 which is already on display at my office): 1/25 Revell 1968 Dodge Charger 1/72 MPM X-15A-2 1/72 Italeri Su-34 from the Shelf Queen group
  15. Doing her handle justice, with a delay of just 7months my shelfqueen finally moved to the cabinet! Italeri Su-34 Fullback 1/72, with some scratchbuilt modifications. Build log here Needless to say, during her build some other projects were shelved in turn.... Cheers, Andy
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