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OFFICIAL: Dive Bomber Campaign
modelguy2
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Posted: Friday, April 08, 2016 - 08:31 PM UTC
Got the interior finished and buttoned up the fuselage last night...





klimmer
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Posted: Friday, April 08, 2016 - 11:24 PM UTC
Hi Everyone,

I have made some progress on my Avenger, interior is complete and fuselage has been buttoned up, along with the underside painted. Hopefully I have finally figured out how to post pictures.









That's it for now.



MichaelSatin
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Posted: Saturday, April 09, 2016 - 03:56 AM UTC
I've got an awful lot of balls in the air at this point, but if I ever do get going on this one...

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Box is a little the worse for wear, but the plastic is fine:

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I did get some aluminum painting done, but that's it. I've always liked this early war Navy scheme, so I think the box art is the one I'll do.

Michael
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Posted: Saturday, April 09, 2016 - 05:21 AM UTC
Hey Michael .... I want I want I want! Been looking for this kit at a reasonable price since forever!
MichaelSatin
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Posted: Saturday, April 09, 2016 - 05:42 AM UTC

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Hey Michael .... I want I want I want! Been looking for this kit at a reasonable price since forever!



I got one of each when they first came out and they've been in the stash since. Hope Italeri or someone re-releases them some day!

Michael
modelguy2
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Posted: Saturday, April 09, 2016 - 07:27 AM UTC
Got some color on today...







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Posted: Saturday, April 09, 2016 - 07:52 AM UTC

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Hey Michael .... I want I want I want! Been looking for this kit at a reasonable price since forever!



I got one of each when they first came out and they've been in the stash since. Hope Italeri or someone re-releases them some day!

Michael



Chris, I think I would read that as a no! Keep searching mate

Mike, very nice work on the paint, looks great!

Cheers, D
modelguy2
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Posted: Sunday, April 10, 2016 - 04:20 AM UTC
Bit more paint work...



MichaelSatin
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Posted: Sunday, April 10, 2016 - 04:38 AM UTC
Moving right along there Mike!

Michael
klimmer
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Posted: Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 12:14 AM UTC
Just a quick update on my Avenger.
Have completed the painting of it, and am in the process of applying the decals and stencils.





Cheers
rochaped
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Posted: Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 01:41 AM UTC
I see a lot of nice dive bombers, but what about the quintessential of this weapon??

No brave chap willing to include at least one in this campaign?

Cheers
Pedro
c4willy
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Posted: Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 03:20 AM UTC
The Stuka? The Luftwaffe's flying artillery? Uhmmmm I have two in 1/24th scale but I doubt I could get one finished in time!
rochaped
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Posted: Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 04:07 PM UTC
Yep, that's the one Chris

I remember building the Airfix 1/24 in my teenage years, and I loved it! Huge and well engineered.

Too bad the only Stuka I have is a G version, not really a dive bomber

Cheers
Pedro
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Posted: Friday, April 15, 2016 - 04:05 AM UTC
After consulting the database I discover I have Italeri's 1/72nd Ju87B-2/R2! So just for Jose I'll build this one also.... I'll have to look but I think it has decals for the Regia Aeronautica.
klimmer
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Posted: Friday, April 15, 2016 - 05:25 AM UTC
Well I am calling this one done.







I have nothing but praise for this kit. Detail is amazing to say the least. Instructions could be a little better.

Cheers
modelguy2
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Posted: Friday, April 15, 2016 - 05:41 AM UTC
Nicely done Ted!
c4willy
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Posted: Friday, April 15, 2016 - 10:37 AM UTC
Nice clean build Ted, I must say I do really like the Atlantic camouflage, it makes a striking difference to the three tone Pacific colour scheme etc.
c4willy
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Posted: Friday, April 15, 2016 - 10:42 AM UTC
Okay here's a pic of the Italeri offering I'll be doing the North African aircraft with the snake! Surprise surprise lol!

kamadoma
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Philippines
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Posted: Friday, April 15, 2016 - 05:36 PM UTC
This will be my entry for the very first group build I'm participating on.



First impressions on my initial test fits, this kit is going to be a challenge in terms of fitting and gap filling. I will be doing this OOB so the empty cockpit walls will have to remain empty. I think my major focus of learning here would be fixing the poor fittings. This tooling is way back from the '80s so poor fittings are not surprising at all.

For some reason the edges of the wings have yellowed a bit. No idea what caused that. The instructions are okay (not yellowed), so I think this is more from a recent production run. This tooling has been having reboxed released up to 2015, according to Scalemates.com



So we all start with the cockpit. And I present to you, probably the comfiest seats in Imperial Japan. The instrument panel has no decals, but surprisingly the dials are sculpted. I can probably try to do a little wash or something here to liven it up, but I won't spend too much time in the cockpit work. And sadly, the kit comes with a rear machine gun but no mount for it, and no mention in the instructions as well. Probably because there is no open canopy option.



God, this kit sure has a lot of fitting issues. It could be a contender for the forum's Hall of Shame but then this being my first circa '80s kit I won't make judgements.

So first I airbrushed the usual interior green on the cockpit areas.



Upon assembly, one can finally encounter the struggles. First, would be fitting the cockpit tub between the fuselage halves. That's centering the tub and making sure it's on the assigned grooves while holding two fuselage halves.

As the photo shows, I deliberately applied a lot of super glue to make sure the tub stays put. The fuselage halves won't sit flush together, so when the cement was dried I took some Tamiya putty to fill in the gaps, and then wet-sanded it once the putty has dried.



Now for the wings. Dry fitting shows two humongous gaps. I did a bit of sanding around the surfaces to be joined, applied cement, and assembled them together. The starboard wing seems okay, but the port side one still has the huge gap. That will have to be filled with putty on my next sitting.

klimmer
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Posted: Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 01:57 AM UTC
Thank you gentlemen for the comments.

I also am very impressed with the Atlantic scheme as well, very unique, looks great on the display shelf !

I look forward to continue following the remainder of the builds for the balance of this campaign.

Cheers Ted
c4willy
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Posted: Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 02:13 AM UTC
Welcome to your first campaign/group build vincent! Interesting choice of kit, I like what you've done so far.

I would make the suggestion that if you have access to plastic strip or plasticard I'd use that to fill the gap initially. If not you could always use stretched sprue to gap fill. If your not familiar with stretched sprue it's simply sprue from your kit heated by a match or lighter till it's soft (but not burnt or on fire, don't ask how I know this!) and then stretched.

The reason for this being that large areas of putty are brittle and weak and will not take the wings flexing. Using plastic to fill the gap will make the joint stronger and provide a solid bed for the putty.
kamadoma
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Posted: Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 07:35 PM UTC
Thank for the tip, Chris. I do have some styrene sheets here that I might try to get in that gap. This kit has quite a number of fitting issues, even the rudder has some.



Cowling halves have been cemented together and the engine was painted (and will be masked prior to priming of course). Here's a dry fit of the cowling. Seeing the thing take shape somewhat gives me that additional drive to push through despite the fitting problems.

BoiseBlade
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Posted: Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 11:11 PM UTC
Mike,
Nicely done so far. I really like the images of the paint build up.... I like that technique...

Chris....
Ah The Snake scheme, No Forza Italia!


Jeff D
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Posted: Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 11:27 PM UTC
Welcome Vincent!

Looking good so far.
I agree with Chris. I learned the "Hard Way" about large gap filling with putty It did not crack immediately it wait till not long after it was all completed, As usual.

I have my Aichi B7A Ryusei/Grace I should post the start images that I took 2 days ago....
c4willy
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Posted: Monday, April 18, 2016 - 05:32 AM UTC
Hi Jeff, I could do the Regia Areonautica scheme but it is a simple green over blue with painted out Balkan Kreuz. I suppose the snake scheme is pretty much done to death.