Jurassic Park revisited. You are a brave man to deal with this prehistoric monster 😉 Watching with interest and keeping fingers crossed...
Nice start, count me in.
Yeah tooling from 1948. I like hawk kits though. This one mostly fits together. The blob of a pilot and lack of interior are an issue. Not sure what I will do about that.
I decided not to scratch an interior. I was complaining to Marc the pilot looked like a teletubby and he suggested I embrace that. So my supermarine will be piloted by Po.
Do you intend to paint the pilot per reference photo, then? 😄
Yes, that is the plan. The aircraft is going well, I've been smoothing the floats.
I have that Teletubbie ...Po, the Pilot
yours looks far better then mine
It's not painted yet, let's just wait a bit before we say it looks good... and it has a teletubby for a pilot.
mine is 1/72
When I bought this there was a 1:144 kit as well that I don't know why I didn't buy
Looking really good - good work so far!
June 27, 2021
I thought as much. It looked like it actually runs. Some part of me would love to get into model railways but definitely don't have the time or space (and probably money) to do it. Maybe when I retire and move to place with a large basement, or attic, then I might be tempted. Too many interesting hobbies and not enough time...
Hey Ben, I'm ready to follow your Space 1999 Eagle 1 build, whenever you're ready.😉
Oh man! Thanks, I never would have found it. Cool, you went for the V.I.P orange scheme. Nice. I have never posted mine, maybe I should..
Yes, I thought it added interest. It was my first photoetch experience. The kit is terrible of course but fun to build nonetheless. Now the eagle box holds my decal stash.
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a favorite oldie but goodie
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Everyone here builds things, lots are legos which I don't post here.
Looks like you both had fun and a great way to get the next generation into modeling. Better than the first F4U Corsair and Type VIIC U-Boat I made at her age - she did a better painting job.
Sweet. My daughter had tried it at this age too.
Oh you need to keep that one! My first ever model, when I was 10-11, disappeared somewhere in the trash and I kind of regret it.
May 14, 2021
He still is!
May 13, 2021
Very very nice zeppelin, Ben. But I wonder, where you going to keep it? Above the bed as we did in the previous century?
Love this 👍 really enjoyed the build pics
Very nice finish 👍
It is great to see that beast finished and get the sense of its immensity.
It's currently in my glass case, Tini, but it does take up a lot of space. Not sure where it will end up long term - I might hang it from the ceiling.
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If it weren't for the beast of a kit, with that Afghan museum paint scheme, it would be a really cool model to build. I hope this heap of KP plastic is not giving you nightmares then.
you are managing to make out of this old kit a quite good result so far !
1:200 model finished as India Air Force 32 sqn "The Thunderbirds" 1982
Didn't turn out great but I learned a lot about airbrushing, trying to mix colors, masking and the total futility of trying to shoot thinned model color ????
Isn't that what model building is about? Trial and error? 😉
I think it came out lovely! Like the weird psychedellic colors! 👍
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Thanks... I did all the research and got all the pieces for this build but unfortunately it is still in the box. Maybe if I finish up some of my other in progress builds... this is the only one that went to the Netherlands East Indies despite it originally being designed for the ML-KNIL.
I love the Indies connection. Back several years there was a KNIL-themed web-site in English but long gone I guess having tried to find it again with no luck. I think it may have been affiliated with the KNIL museum and rest home at Bronbeek (Dutch government ran, in an old country manor, an assisted living home for KNIL veterans on the museum site) but am not sure. The site talked all about the Royal Dutch Indies Air Force including some great anecdotes from bomber, seaplane, bomber, and flying boat pilots - both those interred for the war after 1942 and some who made it south to Australia. I really appreciate when people do specific aircraft for their builds and do the requisite research to make it really true-to-history. I tried to do the same with a 452nd Kokutai livery from Kiska for my last build - a 1/48th E13a sea-plane by Nichimo but numbering wasn't right without a IJN-specific paint stencil so I ended up using the stock decals which I think was from a reconnaissance Kokutai out of Yokosuka later in the war after the Aleutians were for all intents and purposes over. In any case a great job you did!
I have the same kit and looking forward to build it. I am curious about your experiences in building this kit.
The mpm kit is very nice to build. Just start and work slowly, pe and resin need just a bit more care while assembling.
Looking forward to this.
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Absolutely lovely, Ben! The rigging turned out fine, congrats! 👍
Beautiful Moth, rigging looks very realistic and the woodeffect on the prop is just as convincing !
Thank you. I painted the prop Polly scale rust and then drew laminations on it with a brown marker pen.
Nice, the rigging went great 👍
April 18, 2021
That's just crazy talk... no such thing exists.😉
I know you're joking but the kp su-7bkl kit I am building contains a 1:72 su-7 and a 1:200 su-7
Bob: oh what a beautiful box...can you still find it somewhere? dont seems to be on ebay right now...
This set was released back in 1987, aside from the one I have, I've never seen this kit again.
seems like a real collector edition now 🙂
April 17, 2021
Great image. I see no camouflage pattern on this Matilda. Am I right ?
Hi Olivier, yes, in that photo the Matilda has no camo pattern. In the photos in this album there are some Matildas with the pattern. I think it depends on the year. I am using modeller's license here a bit, I will likely paint the Vickers Medium to be bronze green overall, but it just seems boring if both tanks are just green. Also I think the external fuel tank I added to the Matilda was not much used in the UK for training tanks, at least I haven't come across any pictures of it, outside of Tamiya's instructions. The unit the Matilda was from was for night training, and also used M3 CDLs so that would be another fun possibility for a diorama.
Resicast do make a CDL turret for Matilda or for Grant/Lee.
Good work! I like your dirt. 👍
Nice mud work! I also like the color scheme👍🏼
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I glued the bomb bay in backwards...
Looks interesting. Following
I used Slavo's technique described on his Starfighter build to add a little weathering & panel differentiation: Austrian Flag over Japan - F104J Eikó | Album by slavatarko (1:48)
Overall I found this kit to be of indifferent quality - things didn't always fit together well, some sinkholes. I mostly just accepted the kit as it was. However, the markings are great - with a choice of five different subjects.
I built it as Republic of Indonesia Air Force, circa 1962, when Indonesia with Soviet help became the first Asian air force to have a strategic bombing capability. These IL-28 front line bombers were deployed against the Netherlands in support of the (ultimately successful) Indonesian plan to annex Netherlands New Guinea into the country of Indonesia.
The hardest part was masking the nose - the panel lines are barely present, and incorrect! Some of the drawings in the kit are incorrect as well. I ended up working from pictures I had taken of an IL-28 at Berlin Gatow and just kind of winging it. Turned out OK in the end, but it was pretty tough in 1:100 scale, lots of little tiny pieces of tape.
February 16, 2021
I finally figured out I had to use mr levelling thinner, and a fair amount to get the paint to cover. I could have done a better job, and next time I will 🙂 The only modification I made to the kit was I added window glass, didn't look right without it. Still having trouble getting like tire rims and tires to have a smooth edge, my hands are too shaky!
Looks brilliant Ben, great job 👍
I like this, an old kit properly done
Nice! This Mint Green pops really out. Good Choice!
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Great figure! Do you have a Type 95 "Ha-Go" or anything similar for him to go with?
I'm going to use her with a kugelpanzer in Japanese markings, since it was evidently captured by the Soviets in Manchuria
Neat. On a rifle forum I was often contributing to several years ago a user from the Russian Federation's Maritime Provinces - Vladivostock, Nadokha, Sakhalin Island area - posted a few times with shots of moldering Type 95 tank carcasses that the Soviets had tested in his area after "August Storm." He also showed himself going to work in an IJA officer's parka that he said he had gotten from a local Soviet veteran who captured it and who was a family friend of his as a child and had given it to him then as a gift. I wish I could have had that parka - closest thing I have to that is a repro made-in-China IJA officer's cold-weather cap from Nakata's in Tokyo. Anyway, neat figure again and made me think of yet another one that got away. So many captured items by all sides out there. I've a book on Allied-captured Japanese planes and one on the opposite - Allied planes captured and evaluated by Japan. I have to say the second one is probably even more interesting! I look forward to seeing your interesting vehicle project when it's done. Rambled a bit but your response to my response just put me in mind of those old posts on that old forum I once saw.
Great idea, Ben! 👍
When I was a kid, this is where we got gas.
... and the personal connection and childhood memories makes this even more interesting!
I used to eat there with some gun-show friends - we had a quarterly breakfast for some local collectors that I attended for a couple years - until just before COVID hit. The bomber was long gone by then but the restaurant on the site still called "The Bomber," had framed and signed-by-WWII-aircrew aviation paintings, bomber jacket, props, (repro's though) and dummy M-2 .50-caliber Browning HMG's on the walls. The WWII theme didn't stop with the menu, i.e. "The Charles De Gaulle" was the French toast option. Next door is "The War Front" which is a great militaria shop and one of the few left in the region. Sad that the restaurant is now closed for good. Another vanished part of the old Pacific Northwest.
Thanks for sharing some good memories. Mine are sitting in the back of my dads green vw beetle, looking up at the bomber as we got gas
Thank you for some great memories yourself! I live out in the Columbia Gorge now but back when I lived in town - and before the influx of transplants as well - I used to hear very similar memories from older PDX'er's who had lots of memories such as the one you described. It was a unique gas station (and later local family restaurant) and I hope someone buys the site and runs with an aviation-themed eating place there again. Not holding my breath given how things are changing - especially in this region - right now but am crossing my fingers. Even a "bomber-themed" place somewhere else in the wider area in vague homage to the old one would be nice.
February 7, 2021
Ah, your kit has arrived 👍
It's an odd kit. Such a simple subject, but they added parts that aren't present on the real thing, and the big WTF is why is there a joint in the middle of the treads. That's going to be a fun bit of putty and sanding.
Looks very good! You nailed the color and surface 👍
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My order got canceled. Gonna have to try again
Donald, took me 3 tries. I ended up ordering from a small hobby shop in Japan.
"Do Not Eat!" yeah, that's important 😄
January 2, 2021
Nice job Ben
Great looking diorama, Ben! Lots of interesting details to see.
Very nice 👍
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I just liked carrying it around in the cheese container for some reason.
Hi Joshua, some of the finish is spray paint, other parts are airbrushed.
Hi Joshua, I used gloss black spray paint to prime the main part of this. I had a little leftover from another project. I tend to just use whatever I have on hand.
I don't know the reason why
Some say the metalisers look better on black smooth surface. However you may end up with a darker result than expected - see my MiG-15. After some testing I have found out the Gunze SM paints are much less translucent than Alclads and that was the solution in my case.
November 25, 2020
You'll have to display this cup next to the Avrocar saucer. Perfect companion pieces!
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Very good painting result. You can feel proud to have this unique model in your showcase. Congrats!
Good work !!! Nice and clean.
Very nice DC-9.
Very nice painting job. Well done.
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Hmmm... this seems likely something I'm interested in... is it all done? Need more pics!
It is all done, a very simple kit, and very high quality. All my other pics came out blurry!
Is the kit in the database? If so, can you add it to your project? I'm curious how big this thing is... because you're right, it looks a lot like the Tintin rocket of the same name. I'd be very impressed if you scratchbuilt this, because that's what I did on my Tintin rocket project, and t'weren't easy...😉
No it is not scratchbuilt. I can't get the mobile app to attach kits so it will have to wait til I am at a desktop. There are two sizes of the kit available, this is the smaller 1:350 version.
Like it Ben !!!!
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That's a rare topic
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