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Updated: December 13, 2018
07. December at 00:16:18 Share
Donald Dickson II OK, so I received this beautiful kit in the Christmas exchange last night. I am not a WWII guy. They are cool planes and all, but they just dont sparkle with me enough to build them. But there ARE a couple I find interesting. And this is one of them. Not to mention this kit is GORGEOUS. It BEGS to be built.

So here is my thing. I want to do the white washed version. Those things got filthy and nasty. So much I can do with it. But I do not know how the planes were painted. In other words, did they do it in a facotry? Were the crews slapping the paint on in the field with whatever they had at hand (like the Germans did to their planes)? Did the final product cover the camo to the point of the art on the box cover? Or were they more like the German planes that were all streaky? Or all different depending on when and where?

I have a good idea of the HOW I will do it. Though I am open to suggestions of course. I just dont want to make it look totally wrong.
07. December at 00:24:15
Donald Dickson II Just had to do a quick dry fit. NICE!
07. December at 01:44:16
Arne Greve Hi Donald, the russians painted some in the field and I guess some where painted in factories. So, you have the choise.
07. December at 07:17:25
Martin Oostrom I have no idea about accuracy, but I did find this for you

Perhaps we can convert you to non-shiny planes ;)
07. December at 08:27:08
Donald Dickson II Martin, that helps a lot! It points to the fact that you can do it however you want and no one can say its wrong. LOL

And that is not happening my friend. The occasional dalliance is the most it will amount to. ;)
07. December at 19:07:21
Donald Dickson II OK, so I had to move this right into the rotation. Really, its the fault of Hobby Boss. Had they not done such an awesome job, I might have been able to resist.

Cock pit done. :)
13. December at 04:03:46
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December 12, 2018

Donald Dickson II added a new photoalbum.
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Updated: December 06, 2018
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nikolaos kouzinis Thank you Donald. Sometimes Ι concider challenge to make a kit with problems, sometimes and aftermarket (second hand) as one in my album the TU22 Backfire which had missed parts at half. If you see it in my album (scalemates), it is scratced all of it. But it has something good these situations. You put the mind to solve problems using strange materials for scratching.
06. December at 17:52:47
Greg Baker I agree with that. That's why I love kitbashing, scratchbuilding and general WHIF projects. Figuring out how to successfully marry the front of Spad XIII with the bottom of a Me163B Komet and create the Pirate Flapter from the animated film Castle in the Sky is a very satisfying bit of work.
06. December at 23:00:25
Donald Dickson II Oh, doing something like that is completely different Greg. There you are creating something unique and of interest to you. So the mindset is different. As are the goals.

And with Nikolaos point, yes, but ONLY if its a subject I have an interest in. Then I will gladly putwork into it. If this had been something like an F-15, F-4, Tornado or Jaguar then yeah, I will go all out. I might bitch about it, but thats only because I like bitching. ;)
06. December at 23:52:19
Greg Baker Good point. I was focused more on the idea of scratchbuilding vs. Hyperdetailing using aftermarket add-one. Both can be satisfying for different goals and reasons, as you say.
07. December at 00:21:13
Donald Dickson II Yep. And this one was solely can I get it done in time and not look like an epileptic 12 year old did it.
07. December at 00:25:29
nikolaos kouzinis It looks good Donald.
12. December at 20:18:10
Martin Oostrom You're a magician Donald ;)
12. December at 21:07:09
Donald Dickson II Nikolaos and Martin, thank you! And you are far too kind Martin. :)
12. December at 23:01:11
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Donald Dickson II added a new photoalbum.
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Updated: December 12, 2018
Project: C-97
12. December at 00:18:29 Share
Donald Dickson II Alright, as requested. Not even sure when I did this one, but its likely been about a year or so. It was a quicky in between build thing. I kind of like these 144 Minicraft cargo plane kits. They have a wide variety of subjects. They arent overly complicated and look the part. Not the best fit ever, but nothing horrid. I have a couple 121 versions and the 130 J super Herc in the stash yet to do. I want to get the 1/72 kit of this plane as well.

As for this kit, main thing, PUT WEIGHT IN THE NOSE! They fail to tell you that, and as you can see from the clear sprue prop I had to add to the ass, it is needed. And dont bother trying to mask the windows. Unless you are a masochist. I did. With liquid mask. And when I removed the mask, the frame work is so thin the paint didnt hold well and half it pulled off. So I used the decal anyway.
12. December at 00:28:24
Tom That is crazy looking. Love it. Looks like something out of Captain America...
12. December at 04:28:28
Donald Dickson II It was introduced to service in 1947 and flew in some form or another until 78. It took part in the Berlin Airlift and served primarily as a tanker in later years. It IS an odd looking plane, but that makes it all the more interesting.
12. December at 04:36:32
Tom My first instinct when I saw it was that it was Russian/Soviet... then I saw the decals... oops.
12. December at 04:39:10
Martin Oostrom Thanks for the album Donald. Whenever I start my 1/72 KC-97, we'll have to talk shop ;)
12. December at 06:37:49
Donald Dickson II Martin, sounds good to me!
12. December at 18:27:54
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Donald Dickson II added a new photoalbum.
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Updated: December 10, 2018
Project: C-17
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Martin Oostrom I think you did a marvellous job. I like these unflashy workingman's planes. There is an air of We'll-get-the-job-done mentality surrounding them, unlike most jet fighters. I love the collection
11. December at 12:22:51
Martin Oostrom I can't find an album on the C-97. Do you have pictures? Please?
11. December at 12:47:23
Bryn Crandell If I see a C-5 for a decent price I'll let you know. I have the Yodel kit which is in a long line of same molds. Lockheed C-5A Galaxy (Yodel YSP-2, 1:144)

1:144 Lockheed C-5A Galaxy (Yodel YSP-2)
11. December at 14:31:42
Jozef Goos good job wel done
11. December at 14:43:45
Stephan Ryll Very nice build Donald
11. December at 17:25:14
Greg Baker Martin - I was wondering about that C-97 as well, so I second the request for pictures. I've got one in the stash that I don't really know what I want to do with it.
11. December at 22:38:13
Donald Dickson II Martin, thank you sir. :) I like them as well. I was a Load Master on C-141s, so I have a special place in my heart for cargo planes. Without them, EVERY service would suffer. Thats why I always snicker when they sat Chair Force. My response has always been, Want your mail???? Want parts for your little Cobra or Hornet there??? Hmmmmm???? Want a free ride home from Rota???? (THAT one usually gets them. LOL)

Bryn, I would snag the Roden kit, BUT, it is no different than the 141 kit, and with the horrid decals they have, and the issues a brand new mold should NOT have, NO WAY I pay the 100.00+ price tag they put on it. You automatically have to add the cost of a set of the Caracal decals, or there is just no sense building it.

Jozef, Stephen, Greg thanks!

And I will have an album up momentarily for the C-97...
12. December at 00:12:13
Donald Dickson II And here it is gents. :) smokeriderdon
12. December at 00:30:07
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Donald Dickson II added the Minicraft Model Kits C-97 USAF MATS (1:144) to his stash.
1:144 C-97 USAF MATS (Minicraft Model Kits 14695)
Minicraft Model Kits 1:144
2013 | Changed decals
12. December at 00:22:31 Share
Donald Dickson II added a new project.
Albums: 1 with 9 images
12. December at 00:17:33 Share
Donald Dickson II added a new photoalbum.
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Updated: April 10, 2016
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Bryn Crandell Looks fantastic. Nice touch with cockpit reveal.
11. December at 14:23:51
Augie Nice don Nice!
11. December at 18:10:05
Cuajete Very nice, Donald. Congrats for the prize!
11. December at 18:31:04
Michael Hickey You did an extremely nice job with this one Donald.
11. December at 22:31:01
Donald Dickson II Martin, thank you! I have 3 more in the stash now. :D They cleared them out at Hobby Lobby here in the states and I got them for a LOT less than retail. Depending on how deep your cabinet is, it can fit. I have it one of mine. The foot print on the cabinet is 30" wide and 16" deep.

And its been a while since I did this, so I am totally brain cramping here... Wheel thingies???
Bob, Daniel, Bryn, Augie, Cuajete and Michael, thank you all! :)
11. December at 23:21:55
Donald Dickson II Ooooooohhhhhhh, Wait, I got it!!!! LOL The wheel thingies in the cock pit. There is one on top and one to each side of the center. I know they got turned for SOMETHING, just not sure what. I will have to see if they are indeed for trim.
11. December at 23:23:51
Augie IF they are the ones I think they are, they are indeed trim (Horiz stab etc)
11. December at 23:54:00
Donald Dickson II Yep! Thats what they are. Just looked them up. Thanks guys!
12. December at 00:16:42
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December 10, 2018

Donald Dickson II added the Revell Boeing B-52H Stratofrotress (1:144) to his stash.
1:144 Boeing B-52H Stratofrotress (Revell 4728)
Boeing B-52H Stratofrotress
Revell 1:144
1982 | Changed decals
10. December at 04:15:44 Share

December 07, 2018

Donald Dickson II added a new project.
Albums: 1 with 7 images
In progress
07. December at 00:11:36 Share

December 06, 2018

Donald Dickson II added the Hobby Boss Ilyuschin Il-2 Sturmovik (1:32) to his stash.
1:32 Ilyuschin Il-2 Sturmovik (Hobby Boss 83201)
Ilyuschin Il-2 Sturmovik
Hobby Boss 1:32
2010 | New tool
06. December at 06:37:25 Share

December 04, 2018

Donald Dickson II added a new project.
Albums: 1 with 12 images
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October 29, 2018

Donald Dickson II added a new photoalbum.
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Updated: October 27, 2018
Project: Snorkel Truck
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Timothy Heimer I know nothing!
27. October at 22:40:14
Peter Hardy I'll be your friend Tim!
28. October at 01:52:00
Timothy Heimer Thanks Peter! LOL
28. October at 02:27:16
Greg Baker Light it up!

Wait a minute... troublemaker? You're going to hurt Tim's feelings. He's very sensitive to such things...
28. October at 03:17:51
Timothy Heimer Don't worry Greg, I can always blame it on you and those damn locusts! LOL
28. October at 23:35:28
Donald Dickson II LOL ummm, I meant Greg when I said trouble maker. Though Tim would work as well. ;) LOL
28. October at 23:58:41
Greg Baker Oooh... well, you can certainly understand my confusion. Considering my helpful nature, that's such a non-sequitur statement to make. Tim on the other hand... well, that guy is big city trouble.

Anyway, about those cargo doors on your C-17... ;)
29. October at 04:18:31
Donald Dickson II ROFLMAO And I rest my case. ;)
29. October at 23:46:08
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September 11, 2018

Donald Dickson II added a new photoalbum.
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Updated: September 08, 2018
Project: C-17
08. September at 22:26:22 Share
Bryn Crandell Watch this as well.
11. September at 19:00:43
Donald Dickson II I am doing it the boring way. All closed up. I REALLY dont want to get into detailing the inside on this thing. That would end up being far more than I care to invest on this one. LOL
11. September at 21:40:30
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September 08, 2018

Donald Dickson II added a new project.
Albums: 1 with 20 images
In progress
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Donald Dickson II added a new project.
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September 02, 2018

Donald Dickson II added a new photoalbum.
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Updated: September 02, 2018
02. September at 03:04:46 Share
Donald Dickson II OK, so this was a quickie build before I dive into the C-17. I wanted to do something besides silver. In researching I discovered that the Russians really do not have much by way of standardization. So I went with a four color scheme similar to a few pics I found. I like how it turned out. But...

This kit is horrid. Fit is horrendous. Scale seems to be off from part to part. Parts are not numbered, but there are only two trees so its not hard to figure out. The decals, all 8 of them, are atrocious. And are destroyed by lacquer dull coat. Thankfully I tested it on one of the stars on the underside. The only reason I had this kit is it was given to me. LOL

All that being said, it looks like an SU-15 to me, and with a minimal amount of effort will look decent I think.
02. September at 03:07:55
Timothy Heimer Not bad for a kit from Hell! But then your talent saved it!
02. September at 03:49:26
Donald Dickson II Thank you Timothy!
02. September at 04:28:34
Ekki Good result!
02. September at 16:59:24
Cuajete For what this kit is, you've done it pretty well, Donald. Congrats!
02. September at 17:52:10
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Donald Dickson II added a new project.
Albums: 1 with 6 images
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August 28, 2018

Donald Dickson II added the Pioneer 2 Sukhoi Su-21F Flagon (1:72) to his stash.
1:72 Sukhoi Su-21F Flagon (Pioneer 2 05002)
Sukhoi Su-21F Flagon
Pioneer 2 1:72
199x | New tool
28. August at 01:44:19 Share

August 14, 2018

Donald Dickson II added a new photoalbum.
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Updated: August 13, 2018
Project: H-34 Choctaw
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David Thor Beautiful! Great results. And thanks for the info on the quirks of this kit, i still have the polar version in my stash.
13. August at 19:25:13
Clifford Keesler Awesome result Donald, well done.@Gareth,, I am getting ready to start the Academy Sea Dragon and it has the option to build the rotors and tail boom folded.
13. August at 19:41:57
Gareth Windsor Nice Clifford, look forward to that. Generally speaking, most of the kits I've seen of Sea King don't have blade fold as an option (I've built the Fujimi kit and have the Airfix RN Search & Rescue and the Revell RN Tiger Meet Sea kings) which is why they don't look right sometimes when people do it. #1 blade down the spine and blades 2 & 5 either side of #1 straight back. It's #3 & #4 that are tricky as they rotate around 45° as they fold. The hinge would be quite flimsy too in a small scale. The Wessex (and I'm guessing the Choctaw as same airframes) needed extra support equipment fitted when they folded.
13. August at 21:19:41
Donald Dickson II Wow, Choppa is so popular he gets credit for other peoples builds. ;) LMAO But thank you Konrad! :) And David and Clifford as well. :)

Gareth, I have seen builds where they included the braces for the folded rotors. Evidently it was either good after market, or incredible scratch building.
13. August at 22:28:05
Choppa Nutta Haha, sorry I just couldn't resist a cheap joke lol :D
13. August at 23:46:48
Konrad Limmer Oh man...!
Of course it is Donalds one! Anyhow it is a great build :)
14. August at 05:04:41
Choppa Nutta Yeah man, it is a great build :D
14. August at 09:41:23
Donald Dickson II Thanks guys. And thanks for the laugh as well! :D
14. August at 19:53:13
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August 11, 2018

Donald Dickson II added the Italeri Saab JA 37/AJ 37 Viggen (1:48) to his stash.
1:48 Saab JA 37/AJ 37 Viggen (Italeri 2785)
Saab JA 37/AJ 37 Viggen
Italeri 1:48
2018 | Changed box
11. August at 23:37:37 Share

July 03, 2018

Donald Dickson II added a new photoalbum.
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Updated: July 02, 2018
Project: Lightning F.6
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Ekki Excellent work. Well done!
02. July at 18:35:30
Martin Oostrom We can't build in larger scales. Parts are too big for our hands ;)
02. July at 18:47:19
David Thor Such a crazy looking bird. Great job Donald!
02. July at 19:30:22
Donald Dickson II Thank you all! I am humbled by your praise. :)

Martin, About to start up on a 1/48 H-34 Choctaw. For the same group build I did this one for.

Timothy, I swore I would not start doing them a lot. And I really AM trying not to do small planes like this in 72. But the kit had good reviews and was on sale...

David, I get a pregnant guppy vibe. LOL But a flipping FAST guppy!
03. July at 00:49:00
Maciej Bellos Well done mate! Really shinny!
03. July at 03:10:25
Gareth Windsor Another great job Donald. I may give the AK metals a go on my phantom when it's ready.
03. July at 10:38:00
Łukasz Gliński It looks nice, the AK stuff gave a really cool result, but to be honest I wonder what happened to the air inlet part (pic 27). Thanks for the review anyway, good to know this kit is so nice OOB only . I have to consider buying me one as well.
03. July at 11:02:43
Donald Dickson II Lukasz, thats my fault. I screwed up and had to hand paint that area as all the decals were on masking it would have been a nightmare. Im gonna fiddle with it at some point I am sure.

And thanks guys! :)
03. July at 11:30:46
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June 28, 2018

Donald Dickson II added the Revell F-15C Eagle (1:48) to his stash.
1:48 F-15C Eagle (Revell 85-5870)
F-15C Eagle
Revell 1:48
2017 | Changed decals
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June 27, 2018

Donald Dickson II added the Revell F-101 B Voodoo in 1:72 to his wishlist
1:72 F-101 B Voodoo (Revell 04854)
F-101 B Voodoo
Revell 1:72
04854 (80-4854)
2013 | Changed decals
27. June at 00:27:11 Share

June 22, 2018

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June 19, 2018

Donald Dickson II added the Kinetic F-16I IDF SUFA (Storm) (1:48) to his stash.
1:48 F-16I IDF SUFA (Storm) (Kinetic K48006)
F-16I IDF SUFA (Storm)
Kinetic 1:48
2009 | Changed parts
19. June at 00:53:18 Share
Donald Dickson II added the Kinetic C-2A Greyhound (1:48) to his stash.
1:48 C-2A Greyhound (Kinetic K48025)
C-2A Greyhound
Kinetic 1:48
2012 | New tool
19. June at 00:51:39 Share

June 13, 2018

Donald Dickson II and Glenn . are now mates.
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Donald Dickson II added the Revell Mig 25 Foxbat (1:48) to his stash.
1:48 Mig 25 Foxbat (Revell 85-5860)
Mig 25 Foxbat
Revell 1:48
2010 | Changed decals
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Donald Dickson II added the Monogram A-18 Attack Fighter (1:48) to his stash.
1:48 A-18 Attack Fighter (Monogram 5833)
A-18 Attack Fighter High Tech Aircraft series
Monogram 1:48
1990 | Changed parts
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June 11, 2018

Donald Dickson II added the Fascinations Doctor Who Tardis to his stash.
No Doctor Who Tardis (Fascinations MMS400M)
Doctor Who Tardis Metal Earth
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