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Ben Schumacher (Ben)


Lockheed S-3B Viking - 1/32, scratch

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1:32 15 ALBAR US Navy Aircraft Tow Bar (2 Pcs.) (Scale Navy Stuff 3206)1:32 Padeyes w/Closed Bottom (120 Pcs.) (Scale Navy Stuff 3203)


19 | 12. February 2019, 10:14
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Wow! Super build and dio!
12. February 2019, 10:19
Holger Kranich
Unbelieveable craftmanship! 10/10!
12. February 2019, 10:36
Hans Haag
Excelent work!
12. February 2019, 10:49
Bernhard Schrock
!!!Jaw dropping!!!!Da bin ich aber so was von platt!!!Szczęka mi aż do piwnicy spadła!!!Unbelievable craftsmanship!!!Chapeau Ben!!!
12. February 2019, 11:02
12. February 2019, 13:14
Nice, clean and crisp detailing. Nicely done. :)
12. February 2019, 13:20
Very cool
12. February 2019, 13:29
Nathan Dempsey
Impressive build there. Great detail in the wing folds.
12. February 2019, 15:18
Harry Eder
More than impressive!
12. February 2019, 15:26
Alberto Michieletto
Wow. You are a DIO of plastic model!! Fantastic
12. February 2019, 15:32
Choppa Nutta
Amazing work, just superb from start to finish, incredible final result , very well done sir !!!
12. February 2019, 15:48
really impressive. fully scratch, that is true modelling!!! congratulations on a true awesome job!
12. February 2019, 15:52
Stephan Ryll
Wonderful project, Outstanding work
12. February 2019, 15:56
Stunning work!!!!!!!!!!
12. February 2019, 16:31
Alexander G.
Well, that is some REAL modeling for you....simply stunning
12. February 2019, 19:35
12. February 2019, 19:42
Marco Gallmann
Absolutely fantastic! Marvelous!
12. February 2019, 19:54
Good god! that is wonderful
12. February 2019, 20:03
Oleg Bogolei
hard to imagine this amount of work. and result is excellent.
12. February 2019, 20:18
Thomas Bischoff
simply stunning!
12. February 2019, 20:39
Top drawer
12. February 2019, 20:44
Master class !!!
12. February 2019, 21:04
Alec K
13. February 2019, 13:49
Daniel Klink
WTF? That is real Modelling.. Fantastic...
13. February 2019, 14:57
Bart Goesaert
simply amazing build... can you elaborate a bit more on how you made this beauty? Sections in styrene, filled with balsa I presume? Did you use this to make a resin copy for finishing?
13. February 2019, 15:49
Bernd Korte
Insane! - in a good way ;)
13. February 2019, 19:42
Ben Schumacher
Thank you all for your kind comments, I am glad you like it!

Bart, the spaces between the sections were filled with high density PU foam and sheet. There is no resin copy, the skeleton you see on the first pic is still inside the model. I should have made a copy as the model is pretty heavy, but that's too late now.

@Model_Mania, yes, there is indeed a curtain between the front and rear cockpits. In real life, it was almost always open - I closed it to hide that there are no SENSO and TACCO stations inside my model.
14. February 2019, 07:11
Adam Gudynowski
Scratchbuilding always in my interests
14. February 2019, 08:01
Patrick Hagelstein
Ben, hiding those SENSO and TACCO stations is really a cheap shortcut! ;) Any scratch built 1/32 scale Viking should at least have that feature... :D Simply amazing build!
14. February 2019, 14:52
Alec K
Ben, can you please talk a bit about the process of skinning the fuselage? Was this done with styrene sheet? Section at a time, vacuformed, how glued to PU foam etc? Thanks much.
14. February 2019, 16:47
Ben Schumacher
No vacuforming was involved in skinning the fuselage. Once the spaces between the ribs were filled with PU foam or sheet and sanded into shape, the whole surface was covered with liquid resin which was then sanded. This was followed by body filler, more sanding, primer, even more sanding and a lot of scribing.
15. February 2019, 08:02
Erik Leijdens
15. February 2019, 08:08
15. February 2019, 08:34
Glenn .
That's an amazing build well done. Maybe an A-3 Skywarrior or a V-22 Osprey could be your next project in 1/32
15. February 2019, 13:43
Alec K
Liquid resin! Teach me, Sensei... again, inspiring build and publication-worthy building skills. Would love to hear more about the liquid resin technique (dipped, brushed, brand etc.) I was trying to not be lazy, but could not find this covered or answered in any of your other albums or gallery articles (if there is something in print, let me/us know).
15. February 2019, 15:18
Ronny Verlaek
WOW , .....
15. February 2019, 15:25
Ben Schumacher
@Glenn - both projects are already in the making - among a few others... The very next one will probably be a CH-53E in 32nd scale.

@Alec - I just brush on a thin coat of resin onto the model, the brand does not really matter. It's a good base to obtain a perfect surface.
19. February 2019, 10:02
Bart Goesaert
I have no objection to in progress shots or albums ;)
19. February 2019, 13:55
Alec K
Thanks Ben
19. February 2019, 15:05
Ben Schumacher
You're welcome, Alec! Bart, there is a full build report on LSP. There are no photos of the fuselage covered with resin, though.
19. February 2019, 15:29
Bryn Crandell
Uh WOW! Amazing craftsmanship.
19. February 2019, 15:31
José-Ángel Moreno
Amazing! BRAVO
19. February 2019, 15:32
Ben Schumacher
Thank you all very much for your kind comments, I am really glad you like it!
20. March 2019, 15:02
looking forward to see this live during the weekend :)
18. October 2019, 15:23
Dave Flitton
WOW! How long did this take you to build?
18. October 2019, 20:23
Ben Schumacher
Thank you! :) It took me around four years, Dave.
19. October 2019, 15:48
Looking forward seeing it tomorrow
19. October 2019, 18:41
Tim Heimer
Wow! That's nice work!
19. October 2019, 19:07
Erik Leijdens
I saw it yesterday in Veldhoven, absolutely amazing work. You have great skills Ben!
20. October 2019, 08:27
Ben Schumacher
Thank you guys, I'm glad you weren't disappointed when you saw it in the flesh! :)
23. October 2019, 08:00
certainly not dissapointed! a well deserved award. congratulations
23. October 2019, 11:06
Sergej I
Just WoW!
23. October 2019, 14:49
Bryn Crandell
Congratulations. What an amazing build. The carrier deck is fabulous. Did you build that as well? if so where is the build thread for it?
24. October 2019, 11:55
Ben Schumacher
Cheers everybody! :) The Viking go a gold medal in the scratchbuilt category indeed and two special prizes from Gruppo Picchiatello from Italy and Latin Militaire from Chile. The deck was built by my good friend Thomas Matzer; I just had to assemble it, to add my 3D printed padeyes and to paint and weather it. I have some photos which I can post within the next few days.
25. October 2019, 07:42
Inspiring work! :) Nice to see something can be done. Also nice model. :) I thought this was a wooden model or something, so I didn't see the rest of this until today. :D
25. October 2019, 08:52
Alec K
Congrats on the well deserved wins Ben
25. October 2019, 10:10
John Foxx
Pure Awesomeness
15. May, 19:41
Any tips for working with canopy parts, like painting and masking and such? :)
15. May, 19:46
Bernd Korte
Great article in the current issue of Modell Fan!
23. August, 17:21
Mathijs Beenhakker
Excuse me while i'm picking my jaw up from the ground
24. August, 23:27
Ben M
Holy cow. I did not even know that was possible. One question, if I may, how do you polish your canopies?
25. August, 00:09
Ben Schumacher
Thanks folks! :) Ben, I use several grades of sanding and polishing papers - available from Micro Mesh for example - nail files and different polishing compounds applied by hand and with my Proxxon.
25. August, 09:05
Slavo Hazucha
Saw this yesterday in my iPad edition of ModelFan magazine :)

Perfect job, hard to pick what to admire most - maybe the canopy, if I was forced to pick one at gunpoint... Excellent tour of skills & techniques from start to finish
25. August, 09:11
Ben Schumacher
Thank you very much, Slavo - glad you like it and the article.
25. August, 09:47
Ingo F
25. August, 11:22
Bart Goesaert
Nice to see this one resurface from time to time. Well deserved
26. August, 04:58
Choppa Nutta
From start to finish an absolutely incredible build !!
The figures too are beautifully painted, the presentation is top notch as well as the detailing, all round amazing work ! :)
26. August, 10:13
Wow, what a journey and what a stunning result! This is true craftsmanship, chapeau
26. August, 20:13
26. August, 20:19
Ben Schumacher
Thank you so much! :)
1. September, 14:12
Tom Ballhoff
Echter Ben halt. Top wie immer.
1. September, 16:31
Alexander G.
Again, this is nuts. Can't imagine the amount of work and research it took to make this happen Stunning work.
10. September, 14:17

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