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Old 11-21-2016, 10:47 AM   #1
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Some Kit Builds

I've just started 1/400 airline collecting and posted a couple of photos in the 1/400 scale threads. In that post I mentioned I'd been building model aircraft for years, mostly US Navy birds.

I thought I'd post a few photos of my builds here. Just want everyone to see, while I'm new to die-cast airliner collecting, I've been an aircraft guy for a long time.



A Hasegawa 1/48th F6F Hellcat. Kit was modeled after the Hellcat in this well known WW 2 Pacific USN Carrier photo.



Notice the "096" roughly painted on the cowl. Grumman painted the last three digits of the a/c bureau number on each aircraft. The squadrons usually painted them out, but things were rushed aboard the USS Yorktown so the fighters went into service as delivered.



A Grumman F3F-2 fighter.



A Grumman F4F-3 Wildcat fighter.



A French SPAD.



An AH-1Z Viper of the USMC for something modern.



A UH-1Y Yankee USMC Huey.



And so that they aren't all military, a DC-3.



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Re: Some Kit Builds

Lovely builds N34 all of them but there's something special about the Spad,excellent job on the rigging and welcome to Wings....
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Thanks Vince.

The SPAD is the 1/48th scale Eduard kit and unlike my other builds, was completely hand painted. I didn't use an airbrush at all.

I thought I'd try hand painting the camo since all WW I birds tended to be hand painted anyway.

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No problem N34,you did a great job with the hairystick,even at 1/48 those WWI fighters are still small...
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Very nice builds ! Well done !
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Re: Some Kit Builds

Here are a few shots of my build of the Amodel 1/72nd scale Learjet 60XR.







The color scheme is my own using some of the kit's decals and some slanted numbers from Draw Decals.

The kit isn't an easy build.

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Fantastic job ....

Edit: What did you use for the paint,airbrush or rattle can...
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That Learjet looks amazing!
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Thanks for the kind comments.

Vince, The model was airbrushed using Model master Acryl acrylic semi-gloss black. Once the decals were applied, a couple of coats of gloss clear were added.
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Vince, The model was airbrushed using Model master Acryl acrylic semi-gloss black. Once the decals were applied, a couple of coats of gloss clear were added.
Cheers N34,you've said about an airbrush before but i know a couple of people that prefer rattle cans for a plain colour and just keep the airbrush for camo (just bein' nosey in other words )....
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Vince,

Speaking of being nosey...

I like using acrylics because of the lack of smell and easy clean-up. I'll use rattle cans if that's my only color choice, or if I'm painting white. I've never found a white paint, acrylic, enamel or lacquer that airbrushes well for me. Rattle can whites go on much easier.
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I only use acrylics and the hairy stick,given the hassle of extracter etc in an enclosed space the only time i've tried a can was on a couple of 1:43 cars outside and it didn't work out as planned!...
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Re: Some Kit Builds

I thought I'd post a few more shots of some kit builds I've done over the last 10+ years.

This is the Accurate Miniatures 1:48 scale SBD-3 Dauntless from the US Navy's Bombing-six squadron aboard the carrier USS Enterprise (CV 6) in 1942.

SBD-1 by Mike Dillard, on Flickr

SBD-3 by Mike Dillard, on Flickr

SBD-4 by Mike Dillard, on Flickr

SBD-7 by Mike Dillard, on Flickr

Using the two different sized roundels on the wings is intentional. USN forces in the Pacific experimented with different sizes and locations of the roundels because of friendly-fire aircraft losses. They finally realized the the red disk in the star's center was being confused with Japanese aircraft's "Rising Sun" red disk roundels leading to US aircraft being misidentified.

A current US Navy E-2C Hawkeye from the 1:72 scale Hasegawa kit.

E-2-3 by Mike Dillard, on Flickr

E-2-4 by Mike Dillard, on Flickr

E-2-6 by Mike Dillard, on Flickr

As a change-up, the 1:48 scale Italeri Bell 47 done as a restored commercial helicopter.

Bell-47-a by Mike Dillard, on Flickr

Bell-47-c by Mike Dillard, on Flickr

Bell-47-b by Mike Dillard, on Flickr

I added control wires and cockpit electrical cables to the model.

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Lovely builds N34,the Dauntless is a beauty and the Bell makes me want to watch M.A.S.H....
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Thanks Vince.

It is a shame that AM went out of business (although you can still find the kits) since they were engineered so well and made wonderful projects.

It is interesting that you mention MASH, since I intentionally didn't want to build the 47 as a Korean War bird. I was on a bit of a helo kick. ("Helo" is US Navy-speak for helicopters. Never call a USN rotary-wing a "chopper." You might find yourself flying off the deck to the sea below.) I built the two USMC H-1s pictured above at about the same time. (US Marine rotary-wings are helos too.)

The 47 is a simple build, so I thought it needed the visible control cables running to the tail rotor and the big cockpit bubble required some electric cables running from the battery and from the back of the instrument panel. There are plenty of restored Bell 47s flying so internet reference photos bear these cable runs out.

The decals are all from my spares stash and the colors were used from paints I had available. The kit is one of those you like to find that don't require lots of work and can still build up to make an attractive displayed conversation piece.

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