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Dave Burgess (kryten2q4b)
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Project: Hawaii Mars
1:144 Martin JRM-3 Mars (CMR 12)
3 | 22. October, 01:25
Thomas Bischoff
Very well done! Love the colours
22. October, 17:27
Lochsa_River
Very Very Cool...the paint is outstanding
22. October, 18:46
Dave Burgess
Thank you! Had to add this one to my collection. Their home base (Sproat Lake) is only 3 hrs drive from my home (Victoria).
23. October, 02:47

September 22, 2020

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22. September, 17:43
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September 21, 2020

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IT Racing FIA Formula 1
Leyton House Racing 16 (Ivan Capelli) | 1990 | Leyton House
 
21. September, 18:27
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21. September, 18:04
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1:20 McLaren Honda MP4/6 (Fujimi 09169)
 
21. September, 17:48
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21. September, 17:15
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1:20 Red Bull Racing Renault RB6 (Tamiya 20067)
 
21. September, 16:39
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21. September, 16:34
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1 | 15. July 2018, 17:09
Gordon Sørensen
Great looking Hornet, Dave. Saw this at the Saskatoon Airshow...
20. July 2018, 01:53
Dave Burgess
I used the close-up photos from that airshow as reference when I was doing up the paint scheme.
21. July 2018, 04:08
Kim Li
Nice build Dave. Is the kit a Hasegawa F/A-18 instead of the Academy one?
20. September, 14:35
Dave Burgess
According to Scalemates product timeline, it's a Canucks Model re-box of the Academy kit.
21. September, 01:00

August 8, 2020

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2 | 16. September 2018, 00:14
Aris aka Amen
Nice to see a black widow II Dave.

That kit is very rare @ Europe. we usually find the Italeri boxing.

Beautiful painting and rescribing. Canopy would take a little putty.
17. September 2018, 09:13
Dave Burgess
I was really disappointed when the Yanks chose the F-22. The F-23 is a superior bird IMHO.
17. September 2018, 19:17
Dave Burgess
Besides, it's a much cooler looking plane!
17. September 2018, 19:18
Ekki
It is indeed. Good result.
17. September 2018, 21:02
Aris aka Amen
Yes we would have a spaceship on the skies.. The most beautiful silhouette ever.

The primary numbers, as the documentaries say, were better than yf-22. It was stealthier and faster. But if i remember correctly, it was more expensive and less maneuverable. They chosen YF-22 not only for these reasons but for the more advanced team and building techniques Lockheed Martin had.
17. September 2018, 23:25
JOHN THOMAS
Nice work
18. September 2018, 00:27
Dave Burgess
Updated the picture album. Did this bird back in 2007, but I never got around to taking a decent set of photos. Decided to do it now, before anything happens to it!
3. August, 21:29
Aris aka Amen
Beautiful, nice idea taking new photos!
7. August, 22:00
Dave Burgess
The other factor that went against the YF-23 was the decision not to go with vectored thrust like the YF-22. Apparently, it was one of the deciding factors in the USAF's decision to select the YF-22.
8. August, 03:02
Dave Burgess
Too bad, 'cause the YF-23 is a much sexier looking a/c. Frankly, the F-22 is kind of boring!
8. August, 03:04

August 6, 2020

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7 | 3. July, 21:06
Dave Burgess
Lockheed X-27 Lancer now complete. I chose to do it in a fictitious 'Tiger Meet 1980' scheme. The X-27 Lancer lost out to the F-5E Tiger II, and YF-17/F-18 Hornet for the Lightweight Fighter competition which was designed for the U.S. Export market. Had the X-27 been successful, Canada would likely have purchased some of these, since we were already using the F-104 Starfighter.
3. July, 21:17
Günther Debiscop
It indeed looks like an One-O-Four on steroids :)
7. July, 13:55
Usman Ansari
What's this kit like Dave? I've been looking at getting one for a while now.
2. August, 15:46
Dave Burgess
Pretty good, actually. Minor fit issue with the wing (it sits a little high at the back), but a little bit of judicious sanding of the fuselage wing box, and I was able to get the wing to fit flush with the fuselage. Other than that, pretty straight forward. It also fills a gap in my X-Planes collection.
3. August, 14:40
Usman Ansari
Thanks. It certainly looks pretty good. A pity they didn't give a selection of Sparrows and Sidewinders for it, but I suppose if you've got some odds and ends from an F-104G that would set you on your way.
5. August, 13:47
5. August, 13:57
Dave Burgess
I have a ton of 1:72 spare ordnance. I just decided to build it clean.
6. August, 05:14
Usman Ansari
As it would be at a Tiger Meet.

It looks good.
6. August, 14:23
Dave Flitton
Nice looking WIFfer
6. August, 20:49

July 30, 2020

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10. July 2018, 21:27
Michael Vb
Hi
Looks Great the B195.
How is the Quality of the Kit?
29. July, 13:15
Dave Burgess
Kit was OK ( a few minor fit issues); Decals were crap. I had trouble fitting the large yellow Bitburger logo on the body, over the compound curve; Plus, you weren't provided with enough white stripe to go around the nose. I had to mask and paint that. Been a while since i Built this, but as I recall, I masked and painted the entire white stripe between the dark and light blue stripe, as well as the light blue stripe
30. July, 04:36
Michael Vb
Thank you for your Infos..
30. July, 05:54
30. July, 15:20
Dave Burgess and Dima are now mates.
30. July, 04:41

July 13, 2020

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1:72 Wellington Mk.III (Trumpeter 01627)
 
3 | 21. June, 23:12
Dave Burgess
My next subject is a Vickers Wellington Mk.III. But a particular Wellington: call sign QB-F (s.n. BJ714), on January 26, 1943. My best man, and high-school buddy's father was the navigator on this particular machine, and on his first mission, was shot down over France and spent the rest of the war in a German POW camp. Sadly, three of his five crewmen died in the crash. Fortunately for his (unborn) son, and our friendship, he survived the war and lived to the ripe old age of 95.

I'm using the Trumpeter 1:72 Wellington, and it's a VERY nice and detailed kit. Unfortunately, a great number of parts go into building the very detailed interior, which won't get seen after the model is zipped up. For that reason, I've taken a shit-load of pictures while I still can. Interior is now finished, and I've started putting together the two turrets. When they're complete, I'll take some more pics before cementing the fuselage halves together.
7. July, 03:18
Dave Burgess
My high-school friend and Best Man's dad was the navigator on this particular aircraft.

Here's the story:

Loss of January 26, 1943
Eréac
Wellington BJ714
QB-F coded
No. 424 RCAF Squadron 'Tiger Squadron'
ÉREAC. Côtes d'Armor.
Tuesday, January 26, 1943. On Topcliffe Base Yorkshire England.

Canadian Force Bombardment Group 424 Squadron is preparing for a bombing mission. In flight, they must join a formation which in total will include 157 Allied aircraft. The objective today will be the Lorient submarine base where gigantic construction works are underway by the German organization TODT. From this base already leave the fearsome U-BOAT (Submarines).
The bombers of the 424 th Canadian group are type 3 Vickers Wellingtons. They are twin-engine aircraft capable of carrying two tonnes of bombs. This aircraft has for its own defense two heavy, double machine gun positions. One post in the nose of the plane the other at the end of the rear fuselage. The side defenses are also provided with firing stations served by a machine gunner. This plane has a very elongated general shape, which is why the aviators give it the name of flying cigar. This Wellington is registered QB-F. Six men make up his crew all at the rank of sergeant.

Pilot, Sergeant McHarg Vernon Frédéric (Killed)
Navigator, Sergeant Riach Allan Cruickshank (Interned in camp 8B / 344 / L3)
Radio operator / machine gunner, Sergeant Putnam Max Ernest (Killed)
Gunner, Flight Sergeant Masterman Wallace Alfred(Killed)
Gunner, Sergeant Ken Vallis (Prisoner)
Bombardier, Sergeant Ingram Graydon Arthur (Interned in camp 8B / 344)

At the controls of this aircraft, Sergeant McHarg Vernon Frédéric, by his side, the navigator Sergeant Riach Allan Cruickshank, the radio operator, who is also, the first gunner is Sergeant Putnam Max Ernest, the second gunner is Sergeant Masterman Wallace Alfred. The third gunner is Sergeant Ken Vallis. The operator sergeant responsible for dropping the bombs on the target is Sergeant Ingram Graydon Arthur. All are in their twenties. The group took off from the north-east of England around 5.30 p.m. and at 6 p.m. joined its formation. On the outward journey, the flight went without any problem arriving vertically from the Lorient base, the drop was carried out by Ingram but a bomb refused to eject from the hold due to a technical problem.

All around the formation, it is the intensity of the fire of the defenses against planes (German anti-aircraft) which illuminates the sky with reddish gleams accompanied by swirls of black smoke. Terrifying vision for these young aviators not used to this situation. Suddenly, a huge, violent shock shakes the plane. He has just been hit by several projectiles. Immediately McHarg the pilot realizes the difficulty to pilot his damaged apparatus. One of the engines stopped. The pilot warns the entire crew of the situation and of his decision to leave the formation to set sail for the nearest English base to land. There is still a bomb on board and it will have to be dropped absolutely when the plane flies over the English Channel. Obviously the pilot realizes that he is losing speed and that he is also losing altitude more and more. In the on-board loudspeakers he informs his team-mates of the difficulties to come and tells everyone to put his own survival on hold.

A witness tells. It was around 8 p.m. I lived in the town square of Ereac and suddenly the intense, low noise of an airplane was heard. I left my house immediately, finding it unusual, I first thought of a German surveillance plane because a light had remained on opposite in front of a merchant. The Germans were strict, no visible light was required. A neighbor joined me immediately, and there, we saw this enormous bomber, which very low was passing above the church coming from the direction of Mérillac. He described a curve and headed for the East. There was light on board and despite the night we saw a significant trail of black smoke coming out from the back of the aircraft. The plane continued on its way a few moments, and was a noise of explosion of a rare violence which submerged our borough, so usually calm.

The WELLINGTON had crashed at the exit of the village, near the schools, in the hollow of a field on the road to Merdrignac. This powerful explosion enveloped the town, blowing the windows, tearing the windows and shutters and also doors. Even part of the stained glass windows of the church were blown away. The witness reports these windows which opened upside down after the explosion. A gigantic fire on more than two hectares broke out. We saw like in broad daylight. The pilot, aware that he was above an agglomeration, remained at the controls of his aircraft and made the sacrifice of his life, thus avoiding a dreadful drama for the population of the town. It is not known why the Masterman machine gunner remained on board. Mayor Francis Bedel quickly organized the search for the airmen who had to parachute. He organized several groups. It was necessary to act quickly because the Germans were soon to arrive on the scene. Quickly injured Canadians were found and protected, but the Germans captured them. We saw like in broad daylight. The pilot, aware that he was above an agglomeration, remained at the controls of his aircraft and made the sacrifice of his life, thus avoiding a dreadful drama for the population of the town.

A witness says ... I left with a small group on the outskirts of the town to find them. We had to be discreet because we knew that the occupier would not delay. Crossing a small field we discovered the body of Sergeant Putman who had jumped late and far too low. His parachute had not opened, which led to his death. He was lying, hanging in an oak tree in the straps of his parachute. A little later the Germans arrived from Lanrelas. It was a group of soldiers assigned to surveillance and observation, led by an officer named Muller. The next morning there was a spectacle of desolation around us. Near the drop zone, everything was broken up. Among the remains of the cabin appeared the remains of the two airmen. The fire had been intense, everything was charred. What a sacrifice. The trees all around were black. Debris was found several hundred meters from the impact. We had to pay a final tribute to these three aviators who died on our soil. The funeral was to take place. But when, because the occupant alone master of the situations had to decide, not wanting the population to attend. The Mayor did not hear it that way and determined to organize funerals for these children who came from across the Atlantic for our LIBERTY.

On Thursday January 28, 1943 around 9 am the Mayor Mr. Bedel was informed by the Germans that the funeral would take place at 11 am. He had two hours before him to get as many people as possible to be warned, in Éreac and in the neighboring communes. This morning there, at 11 am precise, it is an innumerable crowd which appeared on the place with flowers. The surprise was total for the occupier, who had decided otherwise. A group of German soldiers were on the spot, they had been ordered to give military honors to these unfortunate Canadians. A salvo was fired at the cemetery during the burial. The three coffins were covered with French and Allied flags. The surviving Airmen, who had been taken prisoner and in German hands, were allowed to attend the funeral of their comrades. They were sent to a camp in Germany and were not released until the end of the war in 1945. Mr. Bedel was immediately summoned to the Kommandantur in Saint Brieuc to explain the arrival of such a crowd in the burial. We feared for him, but luckily nothing happened to him. On the wooden crosses of the three CANADIANS, were inscribed on the orders of the Mayor these inscriptions in English REST THE LORD (LIVING FOR DUTY) and LIVING FOR DUTY, DYING FOR GLORY (Living for duty)
13. July, 16:28

July 10, 2020

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1:24 Delorean (Aoshima 006184)
 
28. April, 23:52
JD
Following for sure!
10. July, 21:13
Starbase101
@JD, notice the difference here - "added a new project" versus "added a new photo album". Your photo album isn't attached to a project and consequently not linked to a topic. I think you might need to create a Project and link your photo album to it. (And I guess I'm now following this one too.)
10. July, 22:28

July 3, 2020

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3. July, 21:01

June 26, 2020

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1. June, 21:45
Maciej Bellos
Striking beautiful camo! Well done!
20. June, 18:53
Dave Burgess
First of 3 Mirage's. Not a normal subject for me (usually Canadian, U.S. Fighters, VTOL, X-Planes, & Formula 1). I got the decal sheets by Syhart Decals as part of a bulk purchase from a local hobby shop that was closing. I just couldn't resist the colourful paint schemes!
21. June, 02:45
Cuajete
Very nice paint scheme. Congrats!
Why is the windshield covered? Is not finished yet?
21. June, 11:15
Treehugger
I don't normally like such flashy paint jobs, but I like the stripey thing going on here. :)
21. June, 12:15
Dave Burgess
Cuajete, obviously you haven't looked at all of the pictures. Take another look.
21. June, 22:48
Dave Burgess
Treehugger - I LOVE flashy paint jobs. The main reason I did this one and the other two. Mirages aren't normally a subject I cover (The Royal Canadian Air Force doesn't use them). I always find fancy paint jobs a challenge to pain and decal. That, and they can be real conversation starters!
21. June, 22:51
Dave Burgess
Had to re-shoot the photo set after some kind person on Facebook (Plastic Modelers Group), pointed out to me that I hadn't removed the paint mask on the front windscreen. I did so, and found that some red paint I was touching up the canopy with, seeped under the canopy and left a big red blotch on the anti-glare panel rhs. No way to remove the canopy without messing up the external paint job, so I'm going to leave it be. Just pretend the pilot pulled to many G's and his head exploded!
23. June, 21:38
Cuajete
Dave, That's what I was trying to tell you (hadn't removed the paint mask on the front windscreen). Sorry for my bad English.

Very nice schemes for that Trio. Congrats again ;)
24. June, 18:12
Dave Burgess
Sorry Cuajete, my mistake, not your English; I originally posted the pics on Facebook. The next day, I posted here. I thought that your comment was referring to the previously posted production pics. It took me a day to remove the mask and re-shoot the pic. By then I'd forgotten your message here, or I probably would have made the connection.
24. June, 19:38
Mirko Römer
Wonderful delta collection! Congrats Dave!
24. June, 20:39
Cuajete
No problem, Dave ;)
26. June, 11:59

June 23, 2020

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1. June, 21:44
Dave Burgess
Calling this one finished. Of the three Mirages, I found this one the most rewarding to do. Not as colourful as the 20th Ann. bird, or as striking as the Tiger Meet 2005. But, it had a reasonably challenging paint scheme, and a very challenging decal application with all those yellow stripes. So I like all three, but for different reasons: the colour scheme on bird #1; the striking Tiger Meet scheme on bird #2, and the challenge of painting/decalling bird #3.
23. June, 22:03
Lochsa_River
very, very cool...this must have been fun!
23. June, 22:45
Lochsa_River
show image 26 as the teaser!
23. June, 22:46
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1. June, 21:43
Dietmar Kollmann
Interesting. I did the same with the Italeri kit two years ago.
4. June, 19:28
Dave Burgess
Not a subject I usually do; I mainly stick to Canadian aircraft, but I got the Syhart decal sheets as part of a bulk purchase from a local hobby shop that was selling up. I LOVE fancy paint schemes, so I had to do all three.
4. June, 21:00
Dietmar Kollmann
Good luck !
5. June, 08:50
Dave Burgess
Thanks. I'm having lots of fun with it. The Mirage 2000 is such an elegant bird!
5. June, 18:30
Dietmar Kollmann
I have been interested, if the hull of the Heller kit is longer than the Italeri.
9. June, 19:30

June 21, 2020

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3. June, 03:09
Ben M
"not suitable for children under 14 years" - I love it.
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June 17, 2020

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1:72 Lockheed CL-1200 (Whirlybird WPX72015)
 
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June 9, 2020

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June 8, 2020

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1:144 Martin JRM-3 Mars (CMR 12)
 
8. June, 23:57

June 7, 2020

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7. May, 20:52
Martin Oostrom
One of the best looking bombers, ever!
8. May, 18:35
Jan Marciniak
Those PE nozzles looks impresive. Your doiong great so far :)
10. May, 05:11
Dave Burgess
One of the advantages of not finishing a project TOO quickly. I started it in 1995, but didn't see the P.E. until 2012, Glad I waited!
10. May, 05:37
Dave Burgess
Last pic I posted - two Mirage 2000Cs and one Mirage 2000N resting on the 'back' of the XB-70. Gives you a real idea of its size!

2 coats of Alclad primer (it took half a 4 oz bottle to cover this monster!); Ready for the gloss white. Pity - I checked with the hobby shop; they don't sell gloss white by the gallon!
22. May, 01:39
Dave Flitton
Watching!!
22. May, 02:55
Bernd Korte
This is impressive!
22. May, 10:21
Dave Burgess
Gloss white lacquer applied to underside - took a whole bottle, and JUST covered it. Will do topside tomorrow. A bit of a challenge, as I can only fit half of this bird in my (15"x30") spray booth at one time!...
23. May, 23:43
Dave Burgess
Just about done. Uploaded a couple of snaps. The aircraft is essentially complete; I just have to make a stand for it. I was originally going to just use the landing gear wells, but I didn't like the look. Instead, I've drilled a 7/16" hole through the model's CoG and glued a 7/16" styrene tube (3/8" I.D.)in place. I'm getting a 3/8" solid acrylic rod which I'm going to mount on a spare piece of solid oak from a floor installation a few years back, and mount the nice gold plaque (that comes with the limited edition kit) on the oak base. Then I'll take the final set of pics, and put this 25-year old project to rest!
27. May, 00:28
Cuajete
Wow... It looks stunning next to the other models.
27. May, 18:15
Dave Burgess
Got my acrylic rod yesterday, so finished up a replacement base. Took the *official* photos; now I'll put it back in the display case and take one final photo. Then I'm on to its companion: the North American XF-108 Rapier. Those two'll look good side-by-side in the display case!
7. June, 03:09
Bernd Korte
Very impressive! The white paintjob looks spotless!
7. June, 07:37
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June 2, 2020

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1:72 North American XF-108 Rapier (Anigrand Craftswork AA-2018)
 
9. July 2018, 02:53
Dave Burgess
Started work on the North American F-108 Rapier - the companion escort fighter to the XB-70. The F-108 project was cancelled in 1959 when it became apparent that the main nuclear threat was the new ICBM's not the Soviet bomber threat. The F-108 and XB-70 were both designed for high speed (Mach 3+), high altitude (70,000+ ft) and were going to utilize the new zip fuels being developed at the time. With the cancellation of the F-108, the whole cost of the zip fuel program had to be borne by the XB-70 project. Later in 1959 , the zip fuel program was itself cancelled.
2. June, 22:41
Dave Burgess
Finished the cockpit; dolled it up with some Mike Grant instrument decals and some seat belts fashioned from tape; Basic model is now assembled. There are issues with warping. I was able to get some out (vert. stab, compression lift strakes) with boiling water and a couple of flat boards. There's also a slight warping of the forward fuselage to the left. Not TOO noticeable, but I couldn't remove that one, so I guess I'll have to live with it...
2. June, 22:45
Dave Burgess
Posted some pics of the finished cockpit and the assembled model. I'll have to learn not to zoom in too close for cockpit shots - it tends to exaggerate the flaws! From a foot or more, it actually looks pretty good. I took a couple of shots of the assembled model: one by itself (you can see the slight bend of the forward fuselage), and one alongside a completed F-15E, just for a size comparison. This baby was a monster! It's very reminiscent of the Avro Arrow - same mission profile (Mach 3+ high speed interception), design (delta wing, single vert. stab), similar size, and similar weapons load (internal storage). The Arrow at least made it into (very limited) production before it was cancelled in early 1959.
2. June, 22:53

May 31, 2020

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May 27, 2020

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10. July 2018, 21:23
Laurent "HELLER-forever"
great , i like...
27. May, 11:17
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1:72 North American XB-70A-1 Valkyrie (AMT/ERTL 8908)1:72 XB-70 Valkyrie (Armory peA7210)
North American XB-70 Valkyrie
US Military US Air Force (1947-now)
NASA 20001 | Dryden Flight Research Center October 1965
 
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22. July 2018, 20:28
Donald Dickson II
I have this and have definite plans for it. LOL And the surviving plane is actually at the USAF Museum at Right Patterson AFB, Dayton OH. I went with my son back in March. Seeing this baby in person up close is worth the trip alone. Never mind the B-58, the B-36, Memphis Belle, etc etc.
22. July 2018, 21:31
Dave Burgess
Built first exhaust can from the Armoury photo-etch set. Uploaded pikkie. 'Cobra' attached to 'Orange Crate';
7. May, 20:54
Cuajete
Looking good!
8. May, 18:32
Ben M
Watching!
8. May, 18:34
Dave Burgess
Just a little background on the cunstruction of my XB-70 model:

I actually started the XB-70 in the late eighties. Tired of waiting for a good 1:72 injection model of my favourite aircraft, I bought the Contrail vacuform kit (for some outrageous price!). Probably not a good idea at the time because I'd only built a couple of vacuform kits at the time, all quite small.

In classic fashion, I'd just got all of the parts sanded from the sheets and was in the process of putting it together, when AMT released their 1:72 kit. Damn! So I put the vacuform job aside, and started building the AMT kit, with the idea of building one wheels down, and the other wheels up, wing tips down (my favourite configuration), and NO idea where I would put them when I was done.

I go the 'Cobra' built and attached to the upper wing panel - a TERRIBLE fit! It left a 1/16" gap along the spine that had to be filled. I'd made the mistake of using Squadron Green on the vacuform kit, only to find that it cures as hard as a rock and takes forever to sand, so I tried using Squadron White. Big mistake - it's just as bad! I put that kit aside as well (alongside the XB-35), and all 3 kits languished, collecting dust, for almost 25 years. Fortunately for the XB-70 kit, it proved fortuitous, as the Armoury exhaust nozzle P.E. came out, so I got a set.

With the current COVID situation, and LOTs of model building time, I really didn' have any excuses left. In 2019, I built 3 LARGE display cases (48"Wx16"Dx72"H), so I have the display case. I picked up a really nice spray gun from Iwata (the G6), and new compressor (also from Iwata) which can handle the paint flow required to paint this monster. So I decided to go back to it.

The first thing I had to do, was scrape off all that Squadron White, and re-attach the 'Cobra' to the wing. This time I used Tamiya putty, which is WAY easier to sand. I'm now tackling the biggest problem with the kit - attaching the top and bottom wing halves - they just DON'T fit together. I had to do a whole lot of grinding, sanding, and scraping to remove enough plastic from the top of the bottom wing, and edges of the top wing, but it think it's FINALLY going to fit, with a judiciously applied clamps.

Once the XB-70 is done (another week or so, that will be 36 models I've completed since Jan 1st. That's usually my production for a whole YEAR, and we're not even through May yet! I started the year with 46 WiPs; I only have thirteen works in process left now. It'll be nice to finally complete them and open a new kit without feeling guilty about not finshing the ones I've already started.
10. May, 19:25
Cuajete
Wow... 36 models completed since 1st January.... Congrats!

The expectations and suffering with the XB-70 for so long, will finally come to an end. It will be a pleasure to see it finished :)
11. May, 17:42
Dave Burgess
Just about done. Uploaded a couple of snaps. The aircraft is essentially complete; I just have to make a stand for it. I was originally going to just use the landing gear wells, but I didn't like the look. Instead, I've drilled a 7/16" hole through the model's CoG and glued a 7/16" styrene tube (3/8" I.D.)in place. I'm getting a 3/8" solid acrylic rod which I'm going to mount on a spare piece of solid oak from a floor installation a few years back, and mount the nice gold plaque (that comes with the limited edition kit) on the oak base. Then I'll take the final set of pics, and put this 25-year old project to rest!
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Ben M
oh cool!
13. May, 19:32
Dave Burgess
I decided to scratch build my own solar panels; the kit supplied ones looked jst a bit too clunky for me.
14. May, 00:06
Dave Burgess
I also covered the top half in tin foil to simulate the thrmal blanket around the real thing.
14. May, 00:07
Dave Burgess
Lots of good photos on the internet to help with the build.
14. May, 00:08
JOHN THOMAS
Very Cool
14. May, 00:23
Ben M
Yeah the foil covering is much better looking than painting. Look forward to seeing the solar panels mounted.
14. May, 01:50
Dave Burgess
Thought it was kind of ironic while I was doing it. Most times when foil covering an aircraft, you want the foil as smooth as possible - wrinkles are your enemy! Here, I was crumpling up the foil, and trying hard not to flatten out the wrinkles too much while I was attaching the foil to the model - a complete reversal!
14. May, 14:15
Dave Burgess
Scrapped version 1 of the scratch-built solar panels; I didn't like the way they turned out. I went with scratch-built solar panels v.2 - they turned out MUCH better.
19. May, 00:05
Zach Wilson
Great work!!
19. May, 02:01

May 15, 2020

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15. May, 17:30
Mirko Römer
Sweet model, well executed! Thumps up!
15. May, 18:41
Dave Burgess
My smallest model, with the exception of the X-36. Given that, it turned out remarkably well. When the model is this small, the photos will amplify even the slightest blemish. I was VERY pleased with how well the decals went down on this model.
15. May, 21:25
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Dave Burgess
Tip: I managed to get the effect I wanted, by misting an overall light aluminum coat over the entire aircraft AFTER the panelling was laid down. I felt there was too MUCH contrast between the panels, The overall coat toned it down without eliminating the panelling. I also finished it off with a matt coat, because aluminum oxidizes pretty rapidly. A shiny metal finish just didn't look right to me.
10. May, 05:34
Bill Mathews
Nice work . I built the same kit a few months ago . Great looking bird - just a pig to build . Worth it in the end

10. May, 07:20
Antoine Meylan
Joli modèle!! très belle peinture métallisée!
10. May, 09:03
Dave Burgess
Bill, I'm working on an even BIGGER pig to build - the AMT XB-70! I started both of these models back when they first came out, around 1995/96. I got both of them half built, then put them asdie, for different reasons.

With the XB-35, I was originally going to try to motorize the (counter-rotating) engines. I couldn't find motors with enough torque to power a counter rotating mechanism, small enough to fit inside the body, so I gave up on that idea. By then I'd already closed up the L.G doors, so I decided, against my normal policy, to build it wheels up (glad I did!). I painted it gloss black, then started buffing it up to take the metal finish. I put it aside part way through, and then lost interest. It sat there for ~25 years collecting dust.

I actually started the XB-70 in the late eighties. Tired of waiting for a good 1:72 injection model of my favourite aircraft, I bought the Contrail vacuform kit (for some outrageous price!). Probably not a good idea at the time because I'd only built a couple of vacuform kits at the time, all quite small.

In classic fashion, I'd just got all of the parts sanded from the sheets and was in the process of putting it together, when AMT released their 1:72 kit. Damn! So I put the vacuform job aside, and started building the AMT kit, with the idea of building one wheels down, and the other wheels up, wing tips down (my favourite configuration), and NO idea where I would put them when I was done.

I go the 'Cobra' built and attached to the upper wing panel - a TERRIBLE fit! It left a 1/16" gap along the spine that had to be filled. I'd made the mistake of using Squadron Green on the vacuform kit, only to find that it cures as hard as a rock and takes forever to sand, so I tried using Squadron White. Big mistake - it's just as bad! I put that kit aside as well (alongside the XB-35), and all 3 kits languished, collecting dust, for almost 25 years. Fortunately for the XB-70 kit, it proved fortuitous, as the Armoury exhaust nozzle P.E. came out, so I got a set.

With the current COVID situation, and LOTs of model building time, I really didn' have any excuses left. In 2019, I built 3 LARGE display cases (48"Wx16"Dx72"H), so I have the display case. I picked up a really nice spray gun from Iwata (the G6), and new compressor (also from Iwata) which can handle the paint flow required to paint this monster. So I decided to go back to it.

The first thing I had to do, was scrape off all that Squadron White, and re-attach the 'Cobra' to the wing. This time I used Tamiya putty, which is WAY easier to sand. I'm now tackling the biggest problem with the kit - attaching the top and bottom wing halves - they just DON'T fit together. I had to do a whole lot of grinding, sanding, and scraping to remove enough plastic from the top of the bottom wing, and edges of the top wing, but it think it's FINALLY going to fit, with a judiciously applied clamps.

Once the XB-70 is done (another week or so, that will be 36 models I've completed since Jan 1st. That's usually my production for a whole YEAR, and we're not even through May yet! I started the year with 46 WiPs; I only have thirteen works in process left now. It'll be nice to finally complete them and open a new kit without feeling guilty about not finshing the ones I've already started.
10. May, 19:19
Bill Mathews
That's a big workload for the year Dave . I have the XB-70 sitting in the stash as well . Not going to worry about the pe engines though . It will be a top shelf model anyway so will be hard to see ... along with the 1/72 b-36 and the b-52 , the b-1b , the e-3 awacs all sitting in the stash . One day the big birds will be done ... :)
12. May, 09:23
Dave Burgess
The REALLY big bird is still to come - I've got out the 1:128 Seaview from V.T.T.B.O.T.S coming up after I've finished the XB-70, which should be within a week or so.
13. May, 00:35
Diego DH
WOW, that's a great job on a quite large model.
13. May, 00:47
Bill Mathews
Speaking of subs Dave - I just ordered the Disney 20000 leagues nautilus from masterpiece models - only the "little" 16 inch version though ....
15. May, 01:06
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15. May, 00:07
Lochsa_River
Beautiful and clean...white gloss and metal finish combination...it looks great and must have been tough to get right.
15. May, 00:15
Dave Burgess
Quite honestly, I can't remember. I built it back in the early nineties...
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1:72 De Havilland FB.5 Vampire (Heller 283)
 
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1:72 Douglas C-47 SKYTRAIN (Italeri 127)1:72 Royal Canadian Air Force / CANADA shadow lettering (Can Force Decals CF-4)3+
 
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