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Forum member Andy Mason (amason61) shared his great work on this striking hornet. Very nice Andy!
Okay guys and gals, here she is! This is my Hasegawa F/A-18A 1:48 NSAWC Top Gun/Adversary. It’s built OOB including kit decals. Tamiya paints on top. Model Master grays on the bottom.
Agape forum member Brock (longbowmech) shared pics of his Tuskegee Airmen P-51C. Great work Brock!
Here is Accurate Minatures P-51C kit. The fit was not great. The Tamiya kit can’t be beat! The only reason I bought the kit was for the awesome decal sheet that came with it. The sheet gives you many different red tails to build.
Kermit Weeks down in Polk City, Florida has a Mustang in Ina the Macon Belle markings and you can pretty much eat a meal off the wing it is so clean. I decided to build the Belle and weather it as it would have possibly looked in WW2. I looked at many different pictures of Mustangs in WW2 to try and come up with a way to weather Mustang and try to keep it clean because the Tuskegee Airmen would polish their birds in between missions.
Agape forum member Rick Lorenz (Spruemeister) shared his work on this TBM Avenger in the not-so-often- seen Atlantic scheme. Excellent work Rick!
After a discussion about Accurate Miniatures following the weekly Bible Study, I thought I would put up a couple pictures of an old build of mine from… can’t remember. Oh well. Its one of the better kits I’ve ever built which is a testimony to AM and their products, not to my meager modeling skills.
Also I needed an excuse to test run a new photo set up. 4 desk lamps set up around a 66 quart semi-translucent plastic tote, with posterboard background and my Nikon D-50 on a tripod. 18-55mm lens, in program mode and incandescent white balance. I can’t remember who I stole this idea from. I think it was here on Agape.
I still don’t have the depth of field issue solved, but I have another lens option to try. I like how they turned out for the most part. Enough to keep tweaking it a little.
I must have built this in my pre-weathering days. Kinda clean for North Atlantic duty.
Agape forum member Gil Hodges (g.hodges) shared these photos of his striking F-4C. Great work Gil- those stripes are cool!
This is the Monogram 1/48 kit with the IPMS Phoenix Nationals decals by Two Bobs. The stripes are painted and the intake covers are Koster vac parts. I managed to fit a True Details resin cockpit into the model.
Agape forum member Aaron (RonnieRex) shares his competed work on Tamiya’s great 1/48 Corsair. Great work Aaron!
Agape forum member Bo Roberts (jabow) shares his experience building this awesome looking Airfix B-57. Great work Bo!
B-57s were stationed at an AFB in my home town and I had several occasions to give these aircraft a good up close ‘look-see’. They were very well maintained in the mid/late ’50s so I elected NOT to weather this model at all. (Peace time military personnel have all the time in the world to keep equipment in top-notch condition.)
Used SAC landing gear and Terry Dean’s nose weight. Vac-u-formed the Canopy with .010 in plastic and glued it in place with WHITE GLUE!! Used Eduard Canopy mask and canopy DID NOT pull loose when removing mask. Haven’t tried picking up model by the canopy because it’s too thin. Hope this removes all questions about using white glue to attach canopies!! It works and I used it exclusive for my vacuform canopies!
Decals are from Xtradecal, #48077. (The blue in the star & bars looks just fine inside but too light in the bright sunlight.)
Tamiya gloss black was used overall and a real pain to get right; I’ll do better next time!! LOL!! (Ever said that before?)
The kit is okay, but NOT up to the standards of Tamigawa. The pilot figures are closer to 72nd scale and were NOT used. True Details 48th seats for the B-57 are likewise too small so I modified kit seats.
I did use a technique that I’ve never used before. I built, filled seams, painted and decaled the wings, fuselage all separately. After decaling each component, I assembled it all together. I used a lot of white glue to fill the wing-to-fuselage and tail plane-to fuselage seams!! A lot!! But a wet finger can smooth it all out W/O sanding!! Touch up with gloss black paint and you’re done!! Wish these joints were Tamigawa quality!! Oh well, it’s black and that’ll have to do.
Forum member Tom (spitguy) posted his finished work on Tamiya’s nice A6M2 Zero. Great stuff Tom!
I just finished this kit – I wanted to tackle a simple kit so I could focus on pre-shading. The late 1941 IJN Grey on this Zero was the perfect pallete. I also wanted to improve on my canopy and complete my first model with an open cockpit.
On this canopy, I masked with para-film and hand painted it. Then I dipped in future and then hand painted a dull coat on the frames. The canopy was the last part to be installed – I kept it sealed in a ziploc bag until needed. I am pretty pleased with the results – it turned out much cleaner than installing on the model before painting. However, I would like to achieve a more integrated look with the fuselage – I’ll have to think about that.
This was also my first kit “save” – after attempting to prime the model with a store bought can of auto primer in sub-freezing weather, I had a gloppy, spotty finish. In a moment of panic, I wetted down a paper towel with acetone and wiped it off. Well, needless to say, the primer came right off, along with every panel line or subtle detail. So after sulking for several days, I got back on the horse and began carefully sanding and rescribing the panel lines – on the upper surface and fuselage, just about every panel line was re-scribed…I probably got them deeper than needed, but using my usual primer, a black pre-shade, and a very light wash, I was satisfied with the results.
This aircraft is from the Pearl Harbor raid – I weathered it a little heavy imaging this aircraft was used extensively after that fateful day. Thanks for looking.
Agape forum member Mark Houpt (mhoupt) posted his finished work on this great little Airfix MiG. Thanks for sharing it Mark!
How do you know when a kit is finished? When there are no more parts on the sprues and the box is ready to toss. And that is where this really nice Mig-15 sits right now. She is DONE!
Agape forum member Richard (RJ Tucker) posted this work of his great looking F-101. Thanks Richard!
This model depicts F-101B Voodoo assigned to the first unit to employ the F-101B: the 60th Fighter Interceptor Squadron circa 1965.
This is the Ace 1/72 scale kit from Korea with instructions in Korean with absolutely no multilingual labeling. Clearly, it was intended for the domestic market. This is the same tooling as the Revell kit; it even has the Revell logo on the inside of the fuselage. I replaced the seats with True Detail resin ones, and dressed up the cockpit with an Airways photo-etch set. The kit canopy actuator arm part was grossly out of scale, so I modified it using a straight pin. The decals are from the SSI 72-307 sheet. The blue & white stripe/ bird decal started to come apart in the water despite several clear coats; I guess the clear coats keep them from completely shredding. Regardless, after I pieced them all back together, it doesn’t look quite right…..sigh. I painted it with Model Master enamels and used Alclad II for the bare metal areas and landing gear. Since this aircraft is the epitome of the Cold War struggle, I just had to mount the Genie nuclear rockets on the model.
Agape forum member Gary (scmodeler) posted this great looking car build. He titled it “Sunrise Chevy”! Great work Gary!
David Willis (Agape forum member Circuitrider), shares his great work on this Willys MB. Awesome stuff David!
This is Tamiya’s Willys MB straight out of the box. The kit is a delight to build. It practically falls together on its own! The only short-coming is the kit decals. They are rather thick and slippery. I used several coats of Micro-Sol, and Walther’s Solv-a-set in order to get them to comply.
The kit was weathered using steps outlined in Jim Wechsler’s new book called “Building and Detailing Realistic Sherman Tanks”. I now it’s not a tank, but the steps Wechsler uses in the first build in the book translate easily to any armor-type build.
I was quite humbled when this project won first place in the “Soft Skins” category at the Magic City Flying Circus meet in Birmingham, Alabama.
Please feel free to share your comments, positive or negative, on the build and how I might improve!
John Neill shares this fabulous work he did on a Jewish warrior from II Samuel. Great work John!
“Benaiah chased a lion down into a pit. Then, despite the snow and slippery ground, he caught the lion and killed it.” II Samuel 23:20
The basic story line is about Benaiah, one of King David of Israel’s Mighty Men – David’s Captain of his Bodyguard – who is seen in the Torah/Old Testament book of II Samuel.
My hope was to capture the Israelite Warrior of the 1,000 BC era – Warrior, Chaser of lion, King’s Guardian.
Agape forum member Roy McKenzie posted his work on this great Bf-109B. Excellent job Roy!
I started this kit back around 1996 and just finished it today, 1 February 2011. Hobby Craft’s 1/48 Bf109B in the markings of the Condor Legion, Spain, 1938. I added an Airwaves PE cockpit and True Detail’s resin wheels. The kit is painted in Xtracolor X221 RLM 63. All the markings are painted except for the top hat and the 6-10 which are from the kit decals.
Agape forum member David (SF49erinnm) shared his completed work on the classic 1/48 B-17G. It’s great to see that kit, David! You did a wonderful job!
I generally dont weather my models as I have ended up botching most of my attempts. I’m calling this one done except for the green bands need some touch up where they join at the top of the fuselage. This was a “slap together just to get it built, some seams still visible etc. The clear parts fit was not the best.
Forum member RJ Tucker posted photos of his first completed build for 2011, a great looking F-4C. It looks awesome!
This is an F-4C of the 191st Fighter Interceptor Group of the Michigan ANG. My first for 2011.
The Viet Nam war impacted the US Armed Forces long after it ended. One of the consequences of the wartime attrition was the delay in modernization of the Reserve and National Guard. As the Phantom production no longer had to make-up for combat losses, the active USAF Fighter Wings transitioned to the F-4E, making Phantoms available for the Guard and Reserve. Since the F-4C was the closest USAF version to the original F-4B interceptor, it went to units with the air-defense mission. The 191st Fighter Interceptor Group of the Michigan ANG traded in their F-101Bs for the F-4C. These Phantoms quickly shed the green & brown camouflage for the Air Defense Gray scheme.
In February 1982 the 191st packed up their gear, boarded their Phantoms, and headed to Tyndall AFB to conduct live fire intercepts with their new mount against F-102 target drones. This was one of the few times ANG planes would fly with a full load weapons and expend them in a realistic scenario.
This is 1/72 Hasegawa F-4C kit with an Eduard F-4F zoom set, True Details bang-seats, Hasegawa Weapons Set III, and decals from the SSI sheets: 72-164, 293 & 484. The missile decals are from the Hasegawa kit & Scale-Master sheet SM-39. This model depicts a live-fire exercise participate or an alert aircraft hence the full missile complement.
Tom Winter sent me these photos of his gorgeous big scale Eduard “Emil”. Tom said he built it straight out of the box. With all the goodies the kit comes with, what else do you need? Thanks for sharing these, Tom!
Forum member Andy mason shared his great P-51 build with us, his first completed model for 2011! Thanks for sharing these Andy!
Figured I’d start of the New Year with a first for me — a plane with a spinner! Been working on this one all week of vacation and was able to put the finishing touches on it today. Strictly an OOB build (including the decals). And, yes, that is a scratch-built replacement scoop at the bottom rear of the plane. The satin clear coat is still drying as the pics are being taken.
Jame’s Kelly (forum member jkelleycrna) shared his first completed build of 2011, and it looks great!
This is Revell of Germany’s 1/48 Rafale B. Great kit, terrible decals (Cartograph, too). Like, old Academy bad decals. I built it to the point of being ready for primer, then lost interest in it- 1 1/2 years ago(!) Lots of scratchbuilt stuff in the cockpit, including the ejector handles and new parachute headboxes on the seats.
I decided to finish it a couple of weeks ago, and figured I’d have it done by New Year’s Eve. Alas, the decals were matte-finished, brittle, and impermeable to all solvents: MicroSet, Mr. Mark Softer, Solvaset, and even Future brushed under the edges. The edges of the wing Tiger markings still peeled back, and rolled up. I ended up slicing the leading edges off, and repainting the differences by hand. Otherwise, it’d have been done in 2010.
Agape forum member Jim Deck (ShutterAce) posted these pics of his Sonderkraftfahrzeug 223. Great work Jim!
I’m calling this one done. I used it to experiment with weathering for some upcoming builds. I thought it was over the top but the armor guys at the club meeting last night thought it was pretty good so I brought it home and dull-coated it.
Forum member Ernie Schafer presents his first build of 2011- a Predator! I’ve seen this in 1/72 scale, and it’s quite large even for that scale. I bet it’s really big in 1/48! Great work Ernie.
Here is the Predator finished!! My first finished build of the year to boot! The finish is Model Master Light Ghost Grey over a light preshade and a grey oil wash of the panel lines. Over all finish is a coat of Micro Flat, I used some weathering pigments to simulate the dust on the tires, rusty effects on the brake rotors and the exhaust residue. The nose pitot is scratch built from brass wire as none is included in the kit, the tab is made from paper soaked with super glue, and stretched sprue for the secondary pitot on the tab.