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b17-peter
#392
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Hessen, Germany
Joined: January 09, 2013
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Posted: Friday, May 17, 2019 - 08:59 AM UTC
Well done, Franck, congrats and interesting scheme!
john41492
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Malacca, Malaysia
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Posted: Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 02:44 AM UTC
Greetings All!

This one is done! I was surprised that once I closed up the fuselage, the kit fell together in about three hours. I did try a new thing with spatted wheels, which was to paint the wheels post underside painting. This didn't work as smoothly as I'd hoped, so won't be doing that again!

So following all the times spent putting on the Airscale instrument decals, they really are difficult to see, unless you're really trying to see them.



Painting was pretty straight forward, undersides were Tamiya XF-3 Flat yellow.



The uppers were done with Tamiya XF-81 Dark Green (RAF), and Mr. Color 22, Dark Earth, all paints were diluted with Mr. Leveler thinner 1:4. I did free hand the Scheme A, temperate, I think it did ok, though for my AVG P-40, I'll be mixing different colors, as these seem a bit bright to my eye. Then again it was a trainer, kept in near pristine condition.











I used the kit decals, which appear to be made by Eduard, and they performed flawlessly. I did the markings for T9752 of No. 312 Squadron (Czechoslovak) RAF, Martlesham Heath, 1941.

I also discovered that the square (red on port wing, white on starboard wing) were actually representative of the test strips used early in the war to detect if chemical weapons were being used. A real, and understandable concern at the time. A neat little fun fact, and pretty cool that Flashback included it in the decals.

This was a really fun build, and it's been a while since doing a short run kit. I can recommend it to any modeler with a few kits under their belt. Great fits, nice PE, and great decals. I found mine on eBay for 20 USD delivered about 2 years ago. So, if you can find it, don't pass it up!!

Well, there's 9 days left on the official clock. Seeing that seems to be the year of extensions, I'll ask if you all would benefit from one. Chime in, if so.

Don't forget to upload finished photos in the gallery!

Off to my P-40B! Take care, and have fun!

John
vanize
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Texas, United States
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Posted: Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 05:12 AM UTC

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I also discovered that the square (red on port wing, white on starboard wing) were actually representative of the test strips used early in the war to detect if chemical weapons were being used. A real, and understandable concern at the time. A neat little fun fact, and pretty cool that Flashback included it in the decals.


Well, there's 9 days left on the official clock. Seeing that seems to be the year of extensions, I'll ask if you all would benefit from one. Chime in, if so.




Nice work! I think short run kits of rare subject matter are pretty keen.

I personally think the camo colors look ideal, but it is entirely possible I'm not seeing them on my monitor the way you are seeing them at home. Also keep in mind that P-40 colors are generally American equivalent colors, so it is 100% correct for them to be different shades than on a british-built machine.

As for an extension, I'm hoping to have my FT-6 ready for paint by this weekend, but of course it being a holiday weekend, i'll be lucky to get much painting done before monday evening. I MIGHT be able to pull off the pakistani 2-tone grey camo scheme I was intending to do by June 1st, but a little extra time would probably result in a less-rushed job of it. Of course I could just go with the all-white chinese scheme and be done by the current deadline...
eMan
#298
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Hong Kong S.A.R. / 繁體
Joined: August 08, 2002
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Posted: Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 12:04 PM UTC
Progress update.




tread_geek
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Ontario, Canada
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Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 03:55 AM UTC

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Well, there's 9 days left on the official clock. Seeing that seems to be the year of extensions, I'll ask if you all would benefit from one. Chime in, if so.

Don't forget to upload finished photos in the gallery!
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John



Well, seeing that you've mentioned it and due to being plagued by domestic distractions lately, work at the modelling workbench on my Vampire has been sadly stuck at the painting prep stage. The build was coming along quite nicely prior to all the interruptions and as the old adage implies "haste can make waste" so perhaps a modest extension (15-30 days?) would indeed be greatly appreciated.

Cheers,
--Jan
md72
#439
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Washington, United States
Joined: November 05, 2005
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Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 06:08 AM UTC
I AM making progress, just not enough.


A little extra time would be nice.
vanize
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Texas, United States
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Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 07:05 AM UTC
My progress over the last few days - wings, elevators, and control surfaces on. the ailerons were a couple mm thicker than the wings, so a significant amount of thinning of the former was required. Same with the rudder.



Here is a closeup of the cockpit w/o seats, which is not particularly amazing, but I intend to have closed canopies on this one so didn't feel like investing in upgrades for this area:



now it is time to get some weight in the conveniently located forward hatch Trumpeter decided to add for us and get the interior of the intake trunk smoothed out (think i'll be using epoxy putty for that). After that i need to install the wing pylons, ejection seats, instrument panel covers, and fit the canopies before priming.
Bigrip74
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Texas, United States
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Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 07:54 AM UTC
Everyone here has done such a great job on their buijlds. I have enjoyed myself, but will need to bow out due to life getting in the way again.

Bob
eMan
#298
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Hong Kong S.A.R. / 繁體
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Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 07:59 PM UTC
Focke-Wulf Fw190 S8 finished.


vanize
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Texas, United States
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Posted: Friday, May 24, 2019 - 04:48 AM UTC

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Focke-Wulf Fw190 S8 finished.




Looks great! that's another rare topic.
john41492
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Malacca, Malaysia
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Posted: Friday, May 24, 2019 - 05:13 PM UTC
Hi All,

Based on your feedback regarding an extension, I've asked Michael t extend the deadline to July 1, 2019. But that will be it! So, get the incubator warmed up and get em hatched!!

John
tread_geek
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Ontario, Canada
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Posted: Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 03:09 AM UTC

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Hi All,

Based on your feedback regarding an extension, I've asked Michael t extend the deadline to July 1, 2019. But that will be it! So, get the incubator warmed up and get em hatched!!

John



Thank you very much John! A most gracious and appreciated decision/favour/ruling. Been working on cleaning up a few pesky seams with the hope of 'maybe' finishing by the original deadline but it was plainly evident that that would have been a wishful dream.

Thanks again,
--Jan
c4willy
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Posted: Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 02:14 PM UTC
Thanks for the extension! I'm still waiting on my masks to arrive they are unfortunately the vinyl montex masks as they were the only option I could find at the time for the Monogram/Revell 1/48 T-6 Texan.

I've mostly completed the paint work and started decaling it'll make painting the canopy a lot more difficult but I wasn't going to wait around for the masks. So here's where I'm at for now and I hope to have her completed as soon as possible.

IMG_2232 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_2233 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

IMG_2234 by Chris WIlson, on Flickr

john41492
#442
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Malacca, Malaysia
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Posted: Sunday, June 02, 2019 - 02:17 AM UTC
Great finish Lap! I never knew they made a trainer version of the FW-190, very interesting indeed!

Chris, love the paint job on the AT-6. Mark, Jan and Vance, I know you can do it!

Bob, hopefully you'll be back in the saddle again soon! Love your builds!
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heavyjagdpanzer
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Georgia, United States
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Posted: Saturday, June 08, 2019 - 09:38 AM UTC
I have no expectations of finishing this kit by the first, but I thought I would get a build log going at least. I think I bought a kit like this from Sears when I was a kid.

heavyjagdpanzer
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Georgia, United States
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Posted: Saturday, June 08, 2019 - 09:44 AM UTC
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North4003
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Kentucky, United States
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Posted: Saturday, June 08, 2019 - 12:19 PM UTC

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I have no expectations of finishing this kit by the first, but I thought I would get a build log going at least. I think I bought a kit like this from Sears when I was a kid.




Bill, I have the same kit, also unassembled. Perhaps a build along blog. Anybody else have a Hotspur?
john41492
#442
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Malacca, Malaysia
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Posted: Sunday, June 16, 2019 - 03:08 AM UTC
Hi All,

Not seeing a lot of action here! Hoping a few more get across the finish line.

I'm optimistic! However, if you all can't finish, don't forget that you get them done in the Hangar Queen campaign, that's always going on!

Two weeks left, kick them birds out of the nest!

And to all the fathers out there, Happy Father's day!

John
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tread_geek
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Posted: Sunday, June 16, 2019 - 10:52 AM UTC

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I have no expectations of finishing this kit by the first, but I thought I would get a build log going at least. I think I bought a kit like this from Sears when I was a kid.




Bill,

Just click the icon to the right of the thumbnail line and copy/paste that which appears on a line below the thumbnail line.



Cheers,
Jan

P.S. - As for my Vampire, got a number of problem areas filled, cleaned up and trial painted to see how they look. Still a few more parts to add and final painting and decals. Keeping fingers and toes crossed. :-D