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  1. Back around 2000-2001, I was building 1/48 scale models with my four younger children, ages 5-12. Some were successful, some not. Alot depended upon their own skill, enthusiasm, interest and patience. While my younger daughter was very musical, she loved history and listening to my stories. The family joke was that on every vacation road trip, we had to stop by at least one or two aviation museums or US battlefield enroute. She wanted a "shiny" plane, so we chose a Monogram 1/48 T-6/SNJ Texan. I picked up a set of Microscale decals #48-74 for a Marine version. She started painting details and parts, gluing major sub-assemblies, and foiling the wings, stabs and one side of the fuselage with Nestle Crunch bar wrappers. We used either Bare-Metal Foil or Microscale foil glue on the unshiny side after carefully cleaning, straightening and pressing the foil. Time for another move [& 6 or 7 more since], and there it sat for ~20 years. I rediscovered it while looking for another kit to work on for COVID, and she suggested that we finish it. So she and I did. However, the Microscale decals shattered on hitting the water, so I substituted generic letters and numbers [with white shadow, unfortunately] and the largest 1/72 U. S. MARINES with tiny CHERRY POINT station name on the tail. Here is the link to album on SCM. Enjoy, Dutch
  2. I'm considering building an early, Cold War AH-64 using Monogram's old 1/48th scale kit. But this time around I'd rather not try to clean up Monogram's doughy, sink-marked AGM-114 Hellfire missiles. After some quick investigation, I think this Eduard kit can successfully represent early AGM-114s. Although it looks like I might have to use the Monogram rack and rails. Thoughts? Warnings? Advice?
  3. Breaking from what we have been reviewing for something special. This week we will be looking at Monogram's First Lunar Landing set, recorded no less on the 50th Anniversary of the first lunar landing.
  4. Hi, I am looking for the Cletrac M2 tractor from the 1/48 (Revell) Monogram B-24 Liberator and any spare air crew figures. Or the Cletrac released by Lone Star Model (kit reference 40630) Payment by Paypal - shipping to Oregon. Best regards
  5. Recently built the Monogram 1/48 Mosquito as the B MK IV using the kit decals. The instructions say it was brown and green so that is how I painted it. Looking at pics on the web I don't see any mosquitos painted brown/green, all gray and green. Too late for me now but it has been bugging me. Was the mosquito ever brown and green. Geoff M
  6. It's been a long time since I've posted, and I've been doing more woodworking then model building. I, like everyone, have always loved the A-10. I have a stack of A-10 kits and want to start working on them. So, why not start with the oldest first? I have the Monogram with the 1995 copyright date on it. I am going to use the True Details cockpit, the Sierra Hotel decelerons, and dual rail adaptors, and a Master Models brass gun,. I have both the Shawn Hull and Sierra Hotel LASTE update sets. I'm not sure which would be better for the A-10A I want to build. I want to build the A-10A with the D-Day markings from 1994.
  7. Taking a break from 1/32nd scale kits to take a look at a nice older kit in Monogram's 1/48th scale TBD-1 Devastator Torpedo Bomber.
  8. Does anyone happen to have an old Monogram SB2C Helldiver that they don't want? I'm doing WWII Navy aircraft using classic kits. Any boxing will work (60s, 80s, anything in between) . Even if the box, instructions, and decals are shot, it's still good. Let me know. Thanks!
  9. Right then. So after a long time of not touching any kit with a purpose of starting AND finishing it, plus watching the two awesome Monogram F-14A builds by john53 and picknpluck, I'm going to start knocking this one out. What we have here is the 'Hunt For Red October' edition of Monogram's 1/48 F-14A Tomcat. Livery will be done in VF-211 colors for a line jet that flew on the 1997 cruise to participate in Operation Southern Watch over the skies of Iraq. This aircraft in particular is provided by FCM Decals. So far for this build I have the decals, picked up the original Steel Beach LANTIRN set (comes without the hand control unit), True Details F-14A cockpit, A.M.U.R. Reaver photoetch tail stiffeners, Eduard pe (actually for the Revell F-14D but there's still usefulness for it), and a set of Aires exhausts. The Aires exhausts are actually for the Academy kit however after a lot of digging and asking questions I have concluded that the cans will fit on the Monogram but we will see. Still pending purchase are the following: Steel Beach F-14 Tomcat Chin Sensor Steel Beach F-14 Tomcat Ventral Strakes Steel Beach F-14 Tomcat Nose Steel Beach F-14 Tomcat ECM Blisters Steel Beach F-14 Tomcat Nav Lights CrossDelta F-14 Tomcat Step Area & Formation Lights Steel Beach F-14 NACA Vent What I do not know however is what else I need for this. The items I have in limbo on whether or not to get them are: Steel Beach F-14 Tomcat BOL Rails (loaded) Steel Beach F-14 Tomcat Wheel Halves Steel Beach F-14 Tomcat Walkways Light Gray Steel Beach GPS Domes Steel Beach F-14 Tomcat Pylons Set I think that's about it. I know it's a lot, and it's a lot for just a Monogram kit but I picked this up for $5 so it should be interesting. My biggest thing is with all of the AM stuff I just want to get the aircraft right and get it right the first time. I'll start posting pictures as soon as I can and when things arrive in the mailbox. I have fall classes beginning next week plus I'm a stay at home dad to two little ones so progress will be slow to say the least. Oh here's the loadout:
  10. Hello, Didn't think I'd be able to join in, but here I am after all. Just happens that I needed an early F-105F for my Wild Weasel collection, and since I was fortunate enough to find a sheet of 1/72 Wolfpak decals "Sambuster & Tyke", which has marking for Leo Thorsness Medal Of Honor mission of April 1967, here we go. References for this build are the downloadable instructions for the decal sheet, as well as the Scale Models issue from March of 1985, which describes the difference in sensors, etc. for the Vietnam F-105 Wild Weasel aircraft. First a picture of the kit -- not to be confused with Monogram's earlier and very strange F-105 kit, which I seem to recall was an old box-scale kit. Forgive me if my memory is not accurate on this. The first order of business is to remove the external wing reinforcement panels from the top and bottom sides of each wing. Since this kit is made of silver plastic, the original panel lines etc. still show up after being sanded off. While this is great if you choose to re-scribe all panel lines (I have done a few!), it is not good for recognizing when you have sanded the details away -- without sanding too far into the model. To help with this problem, I surround the area to be sanded with sticky masking tape (in this case 3M's safe release painter's tape), to within about 2mm of the detail I want to keep. Then, I scribe all the panel lines with a #11 X-acto blade, just to I can touch them up later. As seen on the wing on the left, I have used a sanding stick (320 grit?) to sand down just until the tape starts to "feather edge", while trying to follow -- not flatten -- the contour of the wing. If you compare the sanded wing (A) to the untouched wing (B), you will see that the wing on the left seems to still have the reinforcement panel present. This is not so; it is an optical illusion, and the very reason I used the masking tape trick to keep from sanding too deep! The top sides of the wings (below) show the results of this process after sanding and priming if needed, more sanding could be done, but in this case, the masking tape trick did it's job: The arrow shows the wingtip antenna that needs to be removed, while (A) shows where the little "stalk" antenna has been removed. By the way, these two little spots were one of the only two places where any filler was needed on this kit, the other being on the nose, to fill the unwanted six exhaust ports on the right side of the nose: The proper area on the nose was taped just like the wings, the 3M spot putty was used to fill the six unwanted holes. After drying, the filler was sanded down until the tape started to feather edge, and then I knew when to quit. The nose was then slightly re-scribed and then primed. Next the wing halves were glued together, then the appropriate areas of the main gear well (including the wing spar) were primed and the paint FS 34151 Interior Green. For this whole model, I will use Alclad II grey primer, and some Alclad II metallic colors, For all other colors except for the camo colors, I'll use Model Master enamels. For the camo colors, I'll use Colourcoats enamels: Please forgive the poor picture, but I had guests for the Thanksgiving Day holiday, and couldn't set up proper lighting. Next the needed air scoops were added to the fuselage sides (A) and the little exhaust scoop (B) where shown. Please note that the "B" scoop is for exhaust, hence the openings face rearward! Now, I'm close to closing up the fuselage, except for painting, assembling and installing the cockpit: (A) shows the unglued wing spar, and (C) is the added nose weight, glued in with canopy white glue. (B) shows the nose gear well, which I glued to one side with liquid glue. I then held the fuselage halves together, to align the gear well properly from side to side, before the glue sat up. Otherwise, it would have ended up off to one side, despite the depressed area of the kit that was supposed to help align itself! Well, that's all for now -- off to paint the cockpit! Later, Ed
  11. I have two Monogram 1/48 AV-8B’s in the stash and as I am preparing to work on one of them I was wondering if it’s possible to make the other into a GR. 5 as they look very similar. Now I know the nose radome is different (which I have no clue how to rectify), there’s one more set of pylons compared to the AV-8B, and the instrument panel is different (was thinking the Airwaves PE could help with that) thatall need to be changed. Is there anything else that I missed? Is it even possible? I don’t have the budget to drop for another Hasegawa Harrier so I thought I’d ask.
  12. Looking for more info based on a conversation in the R-M GB, if the Academy nozzles fit onto the Monogram burner cans for the F-14A, would it be too far of a stretch to assume that the Aires set for Academy would fit the Monogram as well? @twong figured out how to work it using the kit parts so I'm curious if any resin parts would work too.
  13. Looking for an accurate aftermarket copy of the Stencil SEU-3/A ejection seat that was used by the USMC in the AV-8A's for my Monogram kit. I am fully aware there are several Stencel S-III-S (SJU-4) made in 1/48 and some manufacturers even advertise these as for the -A models however that is incorrect. Anyone have any ideas or should I just tinker with improving the kit seat?
  14. It's been a while since I posted anything. I have finished quite a few so I will start putting them up here. Here is the first. Monogram's B-25J Gunship version. Out of the box except for the decals which date back to the 1985 IPMS/USA national convention. The first decal (the red and white strip behind the green) started fracturing when I put it on the model so I sprayed the rest with a thin layer of lacquer to seal them up before dipping in water. It was also my first try at using acrylic paints instead of my trusty Model Master paints. Hope you like it.
  15. Getting ready to start one of these and was wondering what my options are as far what it represents. I know the b-26 went from A-G modelwise. Which one does the kit represent. The instructions don't mention anything about the version. Geoff M
  16. I am in dire need of part #9 which is the right side of the ejection seat (if you were sitting in the seat). My build has ground to a stop. If you have this or even both pieces That would be a BIG help! Be glad to buy or trade if need be. Thank you! Later, Lee
  17. Returning to aircraft subject matter this week with a look at Monograms F-4J Phantom kit in 1/72nd scale.
  18. I'm looking for one of the bomb/torpedo carts from the Accurate Miniatures TBF Avenger kits (Part #97), or one from the old Monogram WWII Navy kits...I think either the Avenger or SBD kit had them??? They look like this:
  19. Here is my entry. I'll be clearing off the bench to focus on this one. Not sure about the Lynx decals yet. But they're in my stash, and if I can't find anything else I like, I may use them. Damn, but this is a big model!
  20. Hello, As the title states,I'm looking for the instrument panel and control stick from the Monogram/Revell 1/48 A-10 Warthog. If you've used a resin cockpit for yours and still have the parts and would be willing to let them go, I'd be more than happy to pay the shipping. Thank you! Justin
  21. My entry to this GB will be Monogram's awesome Mi-24D. When I got the kit I was surprised to see it came with a Cobra Company exterior detail set, Zots markings for Latin-American hinds (Peru, Nicaragua [Sandanistas], and Cuba), and random set of Iraqi decals. I have not decided yet which of these I may go with. Originally I was going to build the Czechoslovakian bird using the box decals, but I don't have anything Latin-American in my collection, so it would be kind of cool. The bright blue and bright green Cuban looks unique, as does the Peruvian, with its large shark mouth. I just don't know; but right now I'm leaning towards a Peruvian hind from the early 1980s. I'm open to thoughts and suggestions.
  22. Having just finished a Hasegawa F-14 I was ready for something quick and that to me means a Monogram kit. The Monogram 1/48 A-4 has pretty good detail, looks good and I have several. This was an out of the box experience for me, even the decals. Onto the pics.
  23. I always loved this kit. Next to the B-26 Maurader, it's a winner in my book every time. Here's my second attempt in this lifetime of this kit. I hope to have it done in the next day or so. Since this shot was taken, I have sliced the nose off to correct an issue that just bugged me. I removed that noticable step between the nose and the fuselage side. Ugggg.....hate when that happens.
  24. Good Morning, I'm fully aware of the problems with the kit, but I'm willing to do some kitbashing and correcting to come up with a decent F-16XL in 1/72 scale. Does anybody have one in the stash that they'd be willing to part with? I know that there are a couple on Ebay right now, but they are going for $40-50, and the kit is just not worth that much. Thank you for looking! Cheers, Hoops
  25. It's taken three years to complete this build, due to life, work and my two other main hobbies! However, during the ARC blackout, I managed to get it finished, or as much as it is ever likely to be. The kit was given to me around 2010/11, but I didn't make a start until October 2011. I never build out of the box, and I'm always looking for a different way to present the model and a story to tell - hence the hangar queen being stripped for useable parts. Like all model, it has its flaws, but overall, I'm pleased with the way the weathering and particularly the figures turned out ( I've always struggled painting figures! ). The full build can be found here - B-26 Marauder Hangar Queen Build
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