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TankerTweaker
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Missouri, United States
Joined: December 02, 2016
KitMaker: 33 posts
AeroScale: 10 posts
Posted: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 07:21 AM GMT+7

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After looking at photos of the Ethiopian Cessna 172s, all of them appear to have their glass windows tinted a clear green. This makes sense as they operate in a hot and sunny climate so the tinted windows will cut down on the glare and some heat. I decided to duplicate this by spraying the clear plastic windows with a dilute mix of Tamiya clear green. Here's the clear sprue before painting:



Here's the clear sprue after painting:



I am pretty happy with the way this looks, so the next step is to button the fuselage up (after installing the windows, of course)!
Have fun modeling!
Mike


Mike,
Nice work on the tinted windows.

Just a word of advice. Be careful with the side windows regarding handling of the model after they are glued in. Because the side windows glue from the inside, they can accidentally be pushed in after the fuselage half's are put together. This happened to me with the front passenger window. Fortunately, I have not glued the wing on so was able to re-glue the window in. I may try and keep the wing off during the whole painting process just in case.

Alan M.
Antilles
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Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Joined: March 22, 2015
KitMaker: 481 posts
AeroScale: 465 posts
Posted: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 05:15 AM GMT+7
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Can I finish this in time ? Who knows !

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Paul,
take Your time. The additional details look superb!

Oliver
KelticKnot
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Scotland, United Kingdom
Joined: May 11, 2015
KitMaker: 717 posts
AeroScale: 608 posts
Posted: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 04:23 AM GMT+7
Lovely C-47 Kevin !
And another Skytrain John! That was the kit i'd considered getting for the paratroop models which I could convert but I was kindly gifted a different kit and have decided to try and make my own.

I've been getting far too absorbed in the minute details....
Can I finish this in time ? Who knows !

Antilles
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Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Joined: March 22, 2015
KitMaker: 481 posts
AeroScale: 465 posts
Posted: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 02:29 AM GMT+7
Life has been very busy at the end of the last year and the begin of the new one. So looking at all these posts, there is a great progess with some really nice models!

Kevin: Your Dakota looks really fine! I like it very much. Congrats!

My Ju52 has not much improved. I removed all windows as there were some awful sink holes that I reckognized too late. So the window panels were dismounted, sanded, polished and got a wash of future.
Than I startet glueing the main parts together. The fit of this one is not nice.

So the last days ended up in applying putty and sanding for several times.
Additionally, the propellers of the kit were sanded as they appear to be too big (upper one in th photograph). In the literature I read, the original one looks to be much smaller (hopefully like the lower one in the photograph .


Oliver
JClapp
#259
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Massachusetts, United States
Joined: October 23, 2011
KitMaker: 2,146 posts
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Posted: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 01:14 AM GMT+7
Kevin, Sir, Both of those would be acceptable - they carry people and stuff, and they aren't themselves armed for combat.


SgtRam
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#197
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Ontario, Canada
Joined: March 06, 2011
KitMaker: 3,676 posts
AeroScale: 400 posts
Posted: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 01:02 AM GMT+7
Curious, would a German WW2 Assault Glider or a CH-46 Helicopter qualify for this campaign?
Cosimodo
#335
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Auckland, New Zealand
Joined: September 03, 2013
KitMaker: 829 posts
AeroScale: 142 posts
Posted: Monday, January 15, 2018 - 10:01 PM GMT+7
Great C47 Kevin! Love to see what else you pull out of the box.

cheers
Michael
V2Phantom
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United States
Joined: December 26, 2008
KitMaker: 148 posts
AeroScale: 144 posts
Posted: Monday, January 15, 2018 - 02:55 AM GMT+7
Kevin
Congrats on finishing your C-47. That is one great looking model! I especially like the weathering you did.
Have fun modeling!
Mike




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I enjoyed this one so much, I am done. Maybe I will have to look in my stash and build another.


john41492
#442
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Malacca, Malaysia
Joined: July 20, 2015
KitMaker: 99 posts
AeroScale: 88 posts
Posted: Monday, January 15, 2018 - 02:11 AM GMT+7
Hi All,

Looks like it's big planes for me this year. I'm in with this classic, apparently, I feel the need to work on my seam filling.

John

JClapp
#259
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Massachusetts, United States
Joined: October 23, 2011
KitMaker: 2,146 posts
AeroScale: 1,643 posts
Posted: Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 11:14 AM GMT+7
I found the fugitive wheel. (fortunately tile floor monster is much weaker than your typical carpet monster) I'll get these bits painted tonight.

JClapp
#259
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Massachusetts, United States
Joined: October 23, 2011
KitMaker: 2,146 posts
AeroScale: 1,643 posts
Posted: Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 11:12 AM GMT+7
wow, beauty! first across the line, congratulations

lots to lookat there. tiny decals and antenae, and i see you did some chipping and oil stains around the engine cowlings. first class work.

by all means start another. we'll be here for a few months yet
SgtRam
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#197
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Ontario, Canada
Joined: March 06, 2011
KitMaker: 3,676 posts
AeroScale: 400 posts
Posted: Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 08:42 AM GMT+7
I enjoyed this one so much, I am done. Maybe I will have to look in my stash and build another.



JClapp
#259
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Massachusetts, United States
Joined: October 23, 2011
KitMaker: 2,146 posts
AeroScale: 1,643 posts
Posted: Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 06:58 AM GMT+7
That did work well. Tinted windows will definately be a nice addition to the model
V2Phantom
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United States
Joined: December 26, 2008
KitMaker: 148 posts
AeroScale: 144 posts
Posted: Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 04:42 AM GMT+7
After looking at photos of the Ethiopian Cessna 172s, all of them appear to have their glass windows tinted a clear green. This makes sense as they operate in a hot and sunny climate so the tinted windows will cut down on the glare and some heat. I decided to duplicate this by spraying the clear plastic windows with a dilute mix of Tamiya clear green. Here's the clear sprue before painting:



Here's the clear sprue after painting:



I am pretty happy with the way this looks, so the next step is to button the fuselage up (after installing the windows, of course)!
Have fun modeling!
Mike
V2Phantom
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United States
Joined: December 26, 2008
KitMaker: 148 posts
AeroScale: 144 posts
Posted: Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 04:35 AM GMT+7
Jonathan
Those Electras are really looking good at this stage!
Have fun modeling
Mike
md72
#439
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Washington, United States
Joined: November 05, 2005
KitMaker: 3,818 posts
AeroScale: 2,526 posts
Posted: Friday, January 12, 2018 - 06:26 PM GMT+7
Well, this must count as progress. The fuselage is closed up, no I just have to clean up the seams and the doors.
JClapp
#259
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Massachusetts, United States
Joined: October 23, 2011
KitMaker: 2,146 posts
AeroScale: 1,643 posts
Posted: Friday, January 12, 2018 - 01:19 PM GMT+7
The two Minicraft Electras in grey primer, complete except for props and U/C -


time to start designing decals/masking plans to make this ( times two, N5511 also flew in this scheme) -



yes, I lost a nose wheel. maybe it will turn up before it gets vacuumed up -

JClapp
#259
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Massachusetts, United States
Joined: October 23, 2011
KitMaker: 2,146 posts
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Posted: Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 04:07 AM GMT+7
Absolutely, welcome aboard!

I would love to see that built.
Buckeye198
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Ohio, United States
Joined: May 02, 2010
KitMaker: 523 posts
AeroScale: 155 posts
Posted: Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 02:15 AM GMT+7
I have Hawk's 1/245 USS Los Angeles (ZR-3) dirigible kit that I've been stalled on for a few years now and I'm looking for a good excuse to finish it up. My original plan was to make a massive dio (the kit itself is over 3 feet long) of 8/25/1927, when the weather didn't cooperate with the moored airship and lifted its tail to a near-vertical position. I'm now thinking that I just want to build this kit for normal display, and then work on a smaller scale balsa or foam scratch-build for the dio...the engineering required to stand this massive and heavy plastic kit upright may be more than my mathematically-challenged mind can handle.

The kit is started, but only the gondola is in progress. Per the campaign's rules, ZR-3 was designed by Luftschiffbau Zeppelin to be a civilian passenger airship, as the Treaty of Versailles prohibited construction of weaponized airships. The US Navy saw ZR-3 mostly as an experimental platform, including the use of trapeze biplane fighters (perhaps this falls under the "military rapid deployment" category?), though it ultimately was most useful as a training ship, mail carrier, and propaganda tool similar to today's Blue Angels.

So what do you all say? Permission to join the campaign?
md72
#439
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Washington, United States
Joined: November 05, 2005
KitMaker: 3,818 posts
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Posted: Sunday, January 07, 2018 - 06:09 PM GMT+7
Got the windows installed. Nearly ready to close it up.

Bigrip74
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Texas, United States
Joined: February 22, 2008
KitMaker: 4,368 posts
AeroScale: 2,215 posts
Posted: Friday, January 05, 2018 - 08:04 PM GMT+7
Mark, I have looked for that kit for many years. Love the airplane, cannot wait to see your progress.

Mike, "DITTO" what Jonathan stated.

Bob
md72
#439
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Washington, United States
Joined: November 05, 2005
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Posted: Friday, January 05, 2018 - 07:22 PM GMT+7
Progress!!!! OK, not much but, I got a protected, heated spot to actually spray paint. Tried to primer the inside of the Clipper but the rattle can was effectively dry. Pulled out a ancient bottle of Floquil Marine primer, got it mixed back up, poured it straight into the airbrush and it worked! Sprayed just fine, no splattering, no clogging just plain old paint!

Also got the windows and the windscreen dipped in Future, so I'm pretty much ready to start assembling.
JClapp
#259
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Massachusetts, United States
Joined: October 23, 2011
KitMaker: 2,146 posts
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Posted: Thursday, January 04, 2018 - 04:39 AM GMT+7
Hello Mark, a beautiful Clipper, love that kit! good luck!

Mike J. good to see the cabin details going together.

what an amazing diversity of subject matter!

Ive got a "snow day" today, guess i ought to work on my models
md72
#439
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Washington, United States
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Posted: Wednesday, January 03, 2018 - 10:07 AM GMT+7
And stumbling right out of the starting gate, Airfix 1/144 Boeing 314 Clipper.



Plastic looks good, need to get it washed and paint the interior gray and I'll be on my way...
V2Phantom
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United States
Joined: December 26, 2008
KitMaker: 148 posts
AeroScale: 144 posts
Posted: Tuesday, January 02, 2018 - 03:29 AM GMT+7
Here's an update on my Ethiopian Cessna 172. I have been working on the cockpit and have that completed. It was a challenge trying to figure out the proper colors but there was enough hints in the photos I found to work out the probable color scheme. The red seats do have a dark wash to give them some texture but this looks washed out (pun intended!) in the photos.







Have fun modeling!
Mike