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Casey Rupley (Casey R)
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Casey Rupley added a new photoalbum.
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Project: Hasegawa F-18F
1:48 F/A-18F Super Hornet (Hasegawa 07238)1:48 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet exhaust nozzles - opened (Aires 4639)1:48 F/A-18F Super Hornet cockpit set (Aires 4279)2+
10 | 19. September 2020, 03:33
Daniel
Beautiful hornet, great job !👍
19. September 2020, 08:29
Casey Rupley
Thank you, Daniel! This one almost ended up being thrown against the wall. All the upgrades tested my patience.
19. September 2020, 17:26
John Thomas
Nice work
19. September 2020, 18:07
Michael Phillips
Excellent Superbug! I am actually doing almost these exact same markings on my next project. So how did you like this kit? I will be using the very same boxing...
22. September 2020, 17:19
Casey Rupley
Thanks, Michael! I would have enjoyed the kit much more if I didn't add so much resin to it. It was all a horrible fit and I haven't done wheel wells since. Upgrades aside, I don't recall the kit itself being bad - I think the fit was pretty good all around except for the intakes. I ended up ordering seamless intakes after struggling to find any way to get the kit parts to look good without losing the detail on the front part. Traded one problem for another though, because the new intakes required a lot of work to blend on the outside. Nonetheless, this is still one of my favorite builds.
22. September 2020, 17:34
Alexander
It certainly paid out well in the end! I now know the pain of having to fit in much aftermarket as well, but the results cannot be argued with - great job! 👍👍
23. February, 13:25

November 1, 2020

Casey Rupley now follows Ronan
1. November 2020, 22:29
Casey Rupley added a new photoalbum.
4 | 16. September 2020, 23:57
Casey Rupley
My first ship and I had the bright idea to take on the most ambitious PE project I've ever done. Here is how far I've come in two weeks time. Hull is assembled, main structure is assembled, filled holes for kit railings, removed molded details from structure and bow that are to be replaced with PE, primed the hull, put the top PE deck on the main structure and filled/cleaned the edges, and have started to cut out and organize all the PE for the main structure. Kit and PE instructions are both horrible. This is going to be quite the puzzle.

Looking for some help from an experienced ship builder on how/when to assemble and paint all the structures and PE sub-assemblies. Not sure if it's best to assemble the whole thing and then paint, do it by section, or what. I'm a plane builder, so this is a bit overwhelming.
28. September 2020, 21:26
Steven Van Dyck
I'd assemble as much as possible the more fragile PE-parts, but railings can be kept apart to be painted on both sides and then added to the finished deck.
30. September 2020, 10:59
Casey Rupley
Thank you for the advice, Steven. I will definitely save the outside deck rail for last now. Do you ever have problems getting proper paint coverage in all the nooks and crannies if you build and assemble everything first? Wondering if I should plan on painting the sub-assemblies before I put the whole thing together.

Ive never used rub-on decals before either. Any advice there? Im planning on painting on the flight deck markings, but dont know how well the dry decals will work for the ship name and number. Apply on top of a gloss coat?
30. September 2020, 22:51
Steven Van Dyck
Casey, if you would afterward find corners that are left unpainted and can't be reached with airbrush, just use a fine brush and finish the job, or mask off the undesired surface. For dry-decals you don't need gloss, they were in my Pontos wood deck kit for the Independence class so I guess they work best on a raw surface. [img1]
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Take good care to cover the entire decal surface with the pencil, or it will rip. Here a link to my Princeton build where I used that Pontos set. CVL-23 USS Princeton | Project by StevenVD (1:350)
 
1. October 2020, 10:58
Casey Rupley
I finally have all the major PE sub-assemblies created and ready to be primed. Horrible instructions, lots of frustration, many fights with the carpet monster, but everything looks good. The main mast was quite challenging, but I'm impressed with the end result. Bottom of the hull and the black strip are also painted.

Next up: priming everything above the waterline, then getting the main structure attached. Then I'll start attaching all the subassemblies. So far so good, I guess. Just taking forever.
1. November 2020, 22:24

October 31, 2020

Casey Rupley owns this item
31. October 2020, 14:53

September 24, 2020

Casey Rupley now follows Slavo Hazucha
24. September 2020, 22:41
Casey Rupley added a new photoalbum.
78 images
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Project: Hasegawa F-4J
1:48 F-4J/S (Eduard FE319)1:48 F-4 Phantom II Ejection Seats (Quickboost QB 48 004)1:48 F-4J Phantom II 'VF-102 Diamondbacks' (Hasegawa 09727)
11 | 20. September 2020, 22:05
Slavo Hazucha
Cool clean Phantom in a really nice color-finish!

And quite a job on the intakes, but since it is well within visible range, the result really paid off - looking very realistic on the finished model 👍
21. September 2020, 09:15
Spanjaard
very nice Spook!
21. September 2020, 16:22
Casey Rupley
Thank you, Slavo and Spanjaard! It's actually more weathered than the photos reveal. I haven't quite figured out how to get the lighting to show that detail correctly. I feel like this model and my F-14 are pretty dirty, but they don't look that way in my pictures.
21. September 2020, 18:03
Michael Phillips
Very nice Phantom Casey! I really love those markings, excellent choice. Sometimes pics either show a model to be much less or even much more weathered than in person. But either way, you have a very realistic finish on this one!
22. September 2020, 17:17
Casey Rupley
Many thanks, Michael. I have to admit that I was half-tempted to do this one up in VF-84 markings given my desire to do them all (and they flew the J model), but I was anxious to do some color for a change. I was tired of grey.

I'll have to keep playing with my lighting to see if I can find the magic combination. I'm also taking pictures on my phone. Think I might need to adjust the white balance. Or, just not care too much and get over it. I'd rather build than get carried away with photography.
22. September 2020, 17:39
Neuling
Top presentation of a very clean and careful build! 👍
23. September 2020, 07:58
Bryn Crandell
Excellent Phantom! Love the marking choice as well. If you are happy with how it looks, then I say it's all good.
23. September 2020, 12:05
Casey Rupley
Thank you, Bryn and Neuling! And thats a great piece of wisdom, Bryn. I only need to impress myself, which is admittedly difficult for a perfectionist.
24. September 2020, 00:06

September 23, 2020

Casey Rupley added a new photoalbum.
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Project: Tamiya F-14A
1:48 Grumman F-14A Tomcat (Tamiya 61114)
13 | 19. September 2020, 04:57
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Michael Phillips
That is amazing work if that is your first real model, and even if it wasn't it would still be (and is) amazing work. And of course love the markings choice! :)
22. September 2020, 17:21
Casey Rupley
Thanks, Michael! Yes, it's really my first "real" model. I had only done 4 models before it in all my adult years, which were only for fun and without knowing what I was really doing. YouTube really kick started my passion for modeling, and the video by Scale-a-ton was a great step-by-step I was able to follow so I could apply some practical skills.
22. September 2020, 17:28
Demigod
A beauty to behold! Well done!
22. September 2020, 17:30
Casey Rupley
Thank you, Demigod! I've only been on Scalemates for a week now. I didn't know what to expect and I'm overwhelmed and humbled by the comments thus far. So many good modelers in this forum.
22. September 2020, 17:49
Slavo Hazucha
Very nice job on the Tomcat indeed - one can see where the inspiration is coming from - I to watch scale-a-ton & a few other channels regularly to grab ideas for details... 🙂 👍

There is a Tomcat Group Build running until the end of the year, your´s would definitely be a nice contribution there! I´m on scalemates for something over a year and can tell you it is a really good place to learn/share/show/discuss. You get lots of support when you ask questions, all really cool here 🙂 Hope you find your place here, your stuff is definitely something to look forward to!
23. September 2020, 07:47

September 20, 2020

James Barrett@Casey Rupley
Loving your new photo booth I see
20. September 2020, 22:11
Casey Rupley
Yep! Pretty much been taking pictures non-stop for the last 4 days.
20. September 2020, 22:29
Casey Rupley
Only one left to shoot is the B-1B, and I don't yet know how to get good pictures for an album since it won't fit in the booth. I think it's time to being a modeler and stop being a photographer, for now.
20. September 2020, 22:33
James Barrett
Yeah, that thing is huge.
20. September 2020, 23:13
Casey Rupley added a new project.
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Completed
1:48 F-4J/S (Eduard FE319)1:48 F-4 Phantom II Ejection Seats (Quickboost QB 48 004)1:48 F-4J Phantom II 'VF-102 Diamondbacks' (Hasegawa 09727)
 
1 | 20. September 2020, 21:58
Casey Rupley added a new photoalbum.
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2 | 20. September 2020, 03:02
Casey Rupley added a new project.
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Completed
1:48 SR-71 Blackbird (Testors 7584)
 
1 | 20. September 2020, 03:04

September 19, 2020

Casey Rupley added a new photoalbum.
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8 | 19. September 2020, 18:27
James C
Nice 2 seater 👍
19. September 2020, 18:33
Nathan Dempsey
Yes, that's a nice one Casey.
19. September 2020, 21:18
Casey Rupley
Thank you James and Nathan! I built this one OOB with the hopes of taking it to nationals this year. Guess it will sit on a shelf until next year.
19. September 2020, 23:08
Casey Rupley now follows Jos Jansen
19. September 2020, 19:26
Casey Rupley now follows Jos Jansen
19. September 2020, 19:25
Casey Rupley added a new photoalbum.
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2 | 19. September 2020, 19:15
Casey Rupley added a new project.
1:48
Completed
1:48 US T-38C Talon II (Trumpeter 02876)
 
19. September 2020, 19:11
Casey Rupley added a new project.
1:48
Completed
1:48 TA-7C Corsair II (HobbyBoss 80346)
 
19. September 2020, 18:22
Casey Rupley added a new project.
36 images
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Completed
1:48 Grumman F-14A Tomcat (Tamiya 61114)
 
19. September 2020, 04:52
Casey Rupley added a new project.
1:48
Completed
1:48 F/A-18F Super Hornet (Hasegawa 07238)1:48 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet exhaust nozzles - opened (Aires 4639)1:48 F/A-18F Super Hornet cockpit set (Aires 4279)2+
 
1 | 19. September 2020, 03:23
Casey Rupley completed this item
19. September 2020, 03:21
Casey Rupley completed this item
19. September 2020, 03:20
Casey Rupley and Michael Phillips are now mates.
19. September 2020, 02:58

September 18, 2020

Casey Rupley added a new photoalbum.
32 images
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Project: Tamiya F-117A
1:48 Lockheed F-117A Nighthawk (Tamiya 61059)1:48 F-117A Stealth Fighter (Caracal Models CD48138)
12 | 16. September 2020, 23:40
Skywalker
Really nice paint job.
17. September 2020, 00:01
Michael Phillips
That is a beautiful paint job! Also makes me realize the F-117A is much larger than it looks.
17. September 2020, 00:49
Casey Rupley
Thank you both! In comparison to my other 1:48 jets, this one definitely seems a bit over-scaled. I have never seen one in person, so I'm not really sure how they compare.
17. September 2020, 02:21
Spanjaard
it look really nice, but I have a question, you printed the starts and then cover with foil and then tape on top to then cut the tape..., why not print the starts in the masking tape directly? there are A4 sheets of it.
the way you did it looks great, but directly on a sheet of masking paper would have been much easier.
18. September 2020, 21:15
Casey Rupley
You are absolutely correct. I didnt even think about that. I was only working with what I had on hand. I will definitely put some of that on my shopping list. Thanks for the tip!
18. September 2020, 21:22
Nathan Dempsey
Nice build Casey. Beautiful work masking the flag on the bottom.
18. September 2020, 21:22
18. September 2020, 21:49
Roland Gunslinger
Beautiful 👍
18. September 2020, 21:52
Casey Rupley wants this item
18. September 2020, 13:39
Casey Rupley added a new photoalbum.
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8 | 18. September 2020, 03:14
Michael Phillips
Beautiful work! Is this Tamiya or Hasegawa? The album says Tamiya but the attached kit in your project is Hasegawa. Either way you nailed it!
18. September 2020, 03:54
Casey Rupley
Good catch, Michael. It is indeed the Hasegawa kit. Updated now. And thanks for the compliment!
18. September 2020, 04:33
James C
Very nice 👍
18. September 2020, 06:27
Casey Rupley now follows Michael Phillips
18. September 2020, 04:51
Casey Rupley wants this item
18. September 2020, 04:25
Casey Rupley added a new project.
1:48
Completed
1:48 F-16CJ Fighting Falcon "Misawa Japan" (Hasegawa 07232)1:48 F-16C Cockpit Set (Aires 4191)
 
2 | 18. September 2020, 03:19

September 17, 2020

Casey Rupley is a member of Albuquerque Scale Modelers
17. September 2020, 22:28
Casey Rupley now follows Fabio Cannova
17. September 2020, 15:56
Casey Rupley now follows James Barrett
17. September 2020, 03:17
Casey Rupley added a new project.
32 images
1:48
Completed
1:48 Lockheed F-117A Nighthawk (Tamiya 61059)1:48 F-117A Stealth Fighter (Caracal Models CD48138)
 
1 | 16. September 2020, 23:16
Casey Rupley
In case anyone is wondering, i only broke off the front pitot tube twice.
17. September 2020, 02:32
Casey Rupley started this item
17. September 2020, 00:06
Casey Rupley started this item
17. September 2020, 00:06
Casey Rupley added a new project.
2 | 16. September 2020, 23:35
Casey Rupley
My first ship and I had the bright idea to take on the most ambitious PE project I've ever done.
17. September 2020, 00:01

September 16, 2020

Casey Rupley owns this item
16. September 2020, 23:32
Casey Rupley owns this item
16. September 2020, 23:32
Casey Rupley owns this item
16. September 2020, 23:12
Casey Rupley just joined this community.
15. September 2020, 17:07
15. September 2020, 21:02
Gerald Willing
Hello Welcome here Gentleman 🙂
16. September 2020, 08:08

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