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heavyjagdpanzer
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Georgia, United States
Joined: February 17, 2013
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Posted: Monday, June 17, 2019 - 12:45 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.



Thanks, I did it!
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

tread_geek
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Ontario, Canada
Joined: March 23, 2008
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Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 07:06 AM UTC
Alrighty then, my turn to report on progress. The Vampire has been slowly advancing in its build status. Majority of areas needing putty and sanding are well underway and I've laid down some Tamiya Flat Aluminum paint to see how these areas look. I have been using Vallejo Acrylic Resin Plastic Putty and it has been a dream to work with. No shrinkage, spreads smoothly and sands nicely. Here's the underside where most filling was needed.

DSC00665 by Jan Etal, on Flickr

The counterweights on the rear stabilizer were the last two grey coloured pieces in the kit to be added. Besides finish painting and decals, just need to add the pilots and the clear canopy parts. Here's where the rest of the Vampire stands.

DSC00666 by Jan Etal, on Flickr

Bit more filling to do around the intakes but that should go quickly.

Cheers,
Jan
john41492
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Malacca, Malaysia
Joined: July 20, 2015
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Posted: Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 01:14 AM UTC
Jan,

Looking good! I'm thinking you can finish it in the next 5 days!

Good luck!
tread_geek
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Ontario, Canada
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Posted: Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 04:11 AM UTC

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Jan,

Looking good! I'm thinking you can finish it in the next 5 days!

Good luck!



John,

Although I've "put my nose to the grindstone", so to speak I keep on running into stumbling blocks. I had hoped to make some serious progress Sunday and Monday BUT Sunday afternoon my trusty 10 year old Iwata Eclipse airbrush decided it no longer wanted to spray paint. I have cleaned it religiously after each use and has always been fine. I spent the rest of Sunday and Monday trying to resolve the non-spraying issue. I finally resorted to gathering up all the tools that come with the airbrush and disassembling the beast. I soaked everything in the nasty smelling Tamiya airbrush cleaner and went over each part with cotton swabs.

The long and the short of it is that it appears that my normal cleaning routine did not work well after using the Tamiya Flat Aluminum paint in the brush. Traces of the metallic paint were evident in many nooks and crannies of the airbrush parts. Obviously there might be something unusual with that metallic paint that caused it to clog things up. at this stage about 90+% of the Vampire has finish paint applied with less than 10% still needing to be finished up. There are a myriad of decals in this kit and the canopy pieces still need to be glued and painted. In all honesty, I'll try to have it done but I'm not overly optimistic.

Cheers,
Jan
tread_geek
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Ontario, Canada
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Posted: Sunday, June 30, 2019 - 07:41 AM UTC
Taking a small break but have been at the Vampire steady all day. Decals have proved too be a nightmare with curling, breaking, partially dissolving when coated with Solvaset as well as other problems. They are just too darn delicate. Painting 99% done but canopy pieces need to be added.

Back to work.....

--Jan
tread_geek
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Ontario, Canada
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Posted: Sunday, June 30, 2019 - 10:29 AM UTC
Finish photos of the Vampire submitted in the campaign gallery. Here's a "cheater".

Vampire Finals-A-2 by Jan Etal, on Flickr

Cheers,
--a rather frazzled Jan
john41492
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Malacca, Malaysia
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Posted: Monday, July 01, 2019 - 12:10 PM UTC
Way to go Jan!

I knew you could do it!!
tread_geek
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Ontario, Canada
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Posted: Monday, July 01, 2019 - 01:40 PM UTC
John,

Im glad someone thought I might complete the campaign because I was sure a few times that it wasnt going to happen. The kit decals were deadly and to be honest, I came close to giving up after the third large one ripped just coming out of the water. Other than that and a few instruction anomalies its actually quite a detailed and nice kit. Thanks for running this campaign, its my first in about five years.

Cheers,
Jan
MichaelSatin
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Colorado, United States
Joined: January 19, 2008
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Posted: Tuesday, July 02, 2019 - 12:09 PM UTC
OK, time to wrap this one up. Congrats to those who finished and thanks to all who participated. And a special thanks to John for coming up with the idea and leading the campaign!

Ribbons have been awarded so let me know if you didn't get one and think you should have. See you around the site!

Michael
john41492
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Malacca, Malaysia
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Posted: Tuesday, July 02, 2019 - 12:52 PM UTC
Jan,

The pleasure was all mine! I fully understand the difficulties in getting one of them done!

For everyone else that participated, I thank you!

The totals to date are 6 of 13, so a 46% completion, great modeling! For those that didn't make the finish, worry not! Hangar Queen 9 is still open for business!

John
john41492
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Malacca, Malaysia
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Posted: Tuesday, July 02, 2019 - 12:55 PM UTC
Michael,

Thank you!
tread_geek
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Ontario, Canada
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Posted: Wednesday, July 03, 2019 - 02:01 AM UTC

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Michael,

Thank you!



Same here, Michael!

Cheers,
Jan
md72
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Washington, United States
Joined: November 05, 2005
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Posted: Wednesday, July 03, 2019 - 06:15 PM UTC
Thanks guyz, I didn't learn how to fly this time around, but I did learn how to rig a biplane.

Still a lot of wires left to go,but this is working out way better than I had hoped.
tread_geek
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Ontario, Canada
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Posted: Thursday, July 04, 2019 - 03:00 AM UTC
Mark, that looks quite impressive so far, especially for that scale! Perhaps you could start a thread in an appropriate forum detailing the method or process that you're using.

Cheers,
Jan
md72
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Washington, United States
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Posted: Thursday, July 04, 2019 - 04:16 AM UTC
Jan,

Great Idea, Mark Builds a Biplane
md72
#439
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Washington, United States
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Posted: Friday, July 19, 2019 - 04:53 PM UTC
Hey, too late, but another update. All of the wing lines are done.