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OFFICIAL: Learning to Fly Campaign
MichaelSatin
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AEROSCALE
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Colorado, United States
Joined: January 19, 2008
KitMaker: 3,215 posts
AeroScale: 2,307 posts
Posted: Friday, November 30, 2018 - 09:22 AM UTC
Well, it's time to get this fledgling off the ground. Welcome to the Learning to Fly Campaign.

The campaign will run from 1 December, 2018 through 1 June, 2019.

If you haven't signed up yet, or want to see the rules, go here.

Please post your initial and in-progress photos as well as campaign discussion in this thread. Please post your finished build photos in the campaign gallery.

Looking forward to some great builds of those indispensable trainers!

Michael
john41492
#442
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Malacca, Malaysia
Joined: July 20, 2015
KitMaker: 181 posts
AeroScale: 169 posts
Posted: Friday, November 30, 2018 - 04:29 PM UTC
Welcome All!

Michael, thanks for taking care of the administrative stuff! This promises to be a fun campaign.

After conferring with the base director, my lovely wife, I'll be starting off with Hasegawa's 1/48 A6M2-K Zero trainer.



Sorry for the poor picture quality, they'll improve. Here's to a fun little campaign. I'm looking forward to seeing those gliders!

Enjoy!
md72
#439
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Washington, United States
Joined: November 05, 2005
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Posted: Friday, November 30, 2018 - 05:35 PM UTC
Just great, I'm driving to finish at least 2 kits in the next two weeks. And now I'm something like 6 kits behind I haven't even decided on which kit to do for this one.
PasiAhopelto
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Uusimaa, Finland
Joined: October 01, 2016
KitMaker: 236 posts
AeroScale: 134 posts
Posted: Friday, November 30, 2018 - 06:31 PM UTC
Checked my stash again, and found simpler advanced trainer kit than the FE2B I intended to build:



And I want to get more exercise with natural metal finish. Will user same markings as in cover art (Lakenheath UK, 1963). I believe other decal options (Taiwan, Vietnam and Thunderbirds) are for non-trainer roles.
RhinoSpit
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Bas-Rhin, France
Joined: September 22, 2016
KitMaker: 143 posts
AeroScale: 118 posts
Posted: Friday, January 04, 2019 - 07:37 AM UTC
My entry for this campaign

md72
#439
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Washington, United States
Joined: November 05, 2005
KitMaker: 4,126 posts
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Posted: Friday, January 04, 2019 - 08:33 AM UTC
Speaking of learning to fly, I'd like to build a Stearman Kaydet, and learn to gig a biplane in the process. Wish me luck.
c4willy
#305
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Christchurch, New Zealand
Joined: February 01, 2006
KitMaker: 1,589 posts
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Posted: Friday, January 04, 2019 - 09:23 AM UTC
Good luck Mark! The Revell offering is really good fit is almost perfect and the details are nice right out of the box. My youngest has recently built one courtesy of her dad's stash.
c4willy
#305
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Christchurch, New Zealand
Joined: February 01, 2006
KitMaker: 1,589 posts
AeroScale: 1,438 posts
Posted: Friday, January 04, 2019 - 10:17 AM UTC
I've just found a 1/32 scale Harvard on my local auction website at what I think to be a reasonable price with little interest being shown I might just join this Campaign yet.
goodn8
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Berlin, Germany
Joined: October 12, 2008
KitMaker: 654 posts
AeroScale: 628 posts
Posted: Monday, January 07, 2019 - 08:11 AM UTC

Hi John, thanks for hosting.Time to join.
Nice to see already some action here with fine kits.
Mark and Chris, it would be nice to have you aboard.

Pasi, I have a F-100F from Italeri and thought of it first
but decided to follow Franck with another Tiger Moth in a scheme. I like that a/c and kit but it`s so tiny...


So here's some first entry shots.























First dryfit show up some smaller fit issues; inside you can find a few injector marks and I'm not sure about the canvas structure comparing to the original plane with it's deadly smooth and shiny surface.



Let's see...
Th mas
john41492
#442
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Malacca, Malaysia
Joined: July 20, 2015
KitMaker: 181 posts
AeroScale: 169 posts
Posted: Monday, January 07, 2019 - 11:49 AM UTC
Hi All!

The base commander has said no new models until the ones on the bench are done!! I quickly hid the P-26, a future hangar queen? I hope not. Still the Spitfire is almost done, and the B-24 is getting there, so hopefully, I'll be posting some progress here soon.

Mark, don't think of it as 2 behind, it's 2 ahead! After all, you've got a good start. Also, if you don't finish there's always Hangar Queen 9, ready to welcome you with open arms.

I will say you did a respectable job on the F-94, which is a bird that isn't seen in too many displays. Be proud of your accomplishment!

Pasi, I like your choice. Being a cold war child, I have a special place for the F-100.

It's nice to see a couple of Moth's in the works. Thomas, I started using Mr. Surfacer 1500 (black), and in that scale it should level out the over-scale fabric. I've been experimenting on the way over stated fabric on the B-24, the results are fairly good.

Keep up the good work! I'm liking our progress so far!

John
JPTRR
Staff MemberManaging Editor
RAILROAD MODELING
#051
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Tennessee, United States
Joined: December 21, 2002
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Posted: Monday, January 07, 2019 - 01:02 PM UTC
Neat! I may sign up.
md72
#439
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Washington, United States
Joined: November 05, 2005
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Posted: Monday, January 07, 2019 - 06:44 PM UTC
Thanks John. The photos hide a multiple of sins. The Starfire was my first Alclad attempt. There were a number of bad seams, and I managed to get a number of hairs (cat?) stuck in both the primer and the final coat. I'm really impressed with the Alclad, I'm going to use it on my Bombers 2 entry an A-20C roll-out sample.

I've got plenty of monoplane trainers, but the Kaydet kept calling to me. Fortunately someone at RoG added the rigging diagram to the instructions, so I have half a chance.