Fantastic Flow

Construction has almost been on cruise control this time around. It’s amazing how you can go from frustration on one build to splendor on another. My current three builds are splendid, indeed! I am continuing to meet all my daily goals and then some.
I was able to sand all the seams on all three kits last night. It looks like I will be able to skip the filler. Today saw the wings and horizontal stabilizers affixed to the fuselages. All three needed some filler at the wing roots but nothing serious. With that completed, I will let the filler set up and get the cockpits masked off so I can prime all three tomorrow. If all looks good, I will begin painting them hopefully on Thursday.

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Moving Over to the Slow Lane

The pace has been slow and steady for the current trio of builds. I think I have given myself some leeway for the challenge and I am going to seize the moment to slow down a bit. Even with the decrease in production, the results are still forthcoming.
All three kits are basically in the same stage. The cockpits are finished and installed along with the fuselage halves and wings being completed. They all have a date with various sanding sticks and filler today.
All three have started off well. The only minor issue was with the Me-262. The engine nacelles needed a little shaping to fit into the wing slots. A little sanding and they had a decent fit. The Focke Wulf and the Hurricane have been flawless so far. Even the dry fit of the wings looks good. We’re in good shape on these three.

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Back to WWII

The fact that all three of my next builds are from WWII is purely by happenstance. I am in a WWII phase so it makes the picks a lot more enticing. This should be a fun set to dive into.
First up is Academy’s 1/72 Hawker Hurricane Mk.IIc. This is a typical Academy kit. Great all around. I have clipped the parts from the trees and will get some painting done tonight. The final product will be a night fighter version. The black belly on the Hurricane looks fantastic. The British had some attractive paint schemes.
Next is Academy’s 1/72 Focke Wulf FW-190A 6/8. I haven’t decided between the 6 or the 8 version yet but I have clipped the parts and prepared them for paint. Like the Hurricane, the FW-190 offers quality details. I’m eager to get going on this one.
The last of the three is Hasegawa’s 1/72 Me-262A. I’ve been trying to get this one built for while but other kits keep pushing it back. This is a great looking kit. Like the other two, the parts are clipped from the sprues and awaiting some paint. I’m undecided on a final paint scheme on this one. I like the mottled versions but I’m not entirely decided yet. Either way, this will be an enjoyable build.

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PV-1 Ventura

Last weekend was one of the most productive weekends that I have had in a while. Three kits finished and three more started. I’d say I am in a good groove. The last of the three to be completed is the Ventura. It was nice to get a bigger WWII airplane built and up on the shelf.
Like the MiG-25, the Ventura lacked in the detail department. An open bomb bay would have been nice to work with. The construction was pretty decent except for the engine nacelles. They frustrated me on several occasions. The rest was pretty standard building. I somehow managed to get overspray on the inside of the fuselage windows. I must not have done a great job of masking the openings off.
The Pacific scheme won out for this Ventura. I played with the thought of a British version but decided not to forego it. Maybe next time. For the decals, I went with a set from Starfighter Decals. Like with the Buffalo, they applied just as well. Overall, this was a good build. I learned a few ideas that I want to try the next time I attempt this kit.

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F2A-3 Buffalo

The next installment of the trio is the Buffalo. This “barrel with wings” was an enjoyable build. It could have easily taken only a few days to complete if it was a stand alone build. Hasegawa did a wonderful job with this kit. Decent detail and a great fit highlighted this build. I didn’t want to build a pre-war version so I used a set of Starfighter Decals depicting a late 1941 Buffalo from the USS Lexington. The decals were superb with great release and perfect thickness. This was an overall great build. It’s a smaller aircraft compared to it’s brethren, but I am thrilled with the outcome.

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MiG-25 Foxbat

I can quit my bellyaching and woe is me posts now! The Mig-25 is complete, as well as its build mates. This post should have been written a week ago but due to circumstance, here I am. It’s finished and that is what counts.
Hasegawa did a fair job of the Foxbat. For being such a large jet, I was left a little disappointed in the lack of detail. There is definite room for improvement. I opted to take a straight from the box approach and it is what it is. I am not overly enthused about the results, but it was my hand that created them. I wish I would have put a little more effort in adding more detail. I guess it’s a reminder for the next builds.
So construction was okay. There were a few minor snags along the way but nothing major. It actually goes together decently. There are few decals to this kit which made applying them a breeze.
When it comes time to build another Foxbat, I will look for more options. A detail set would be a great addition. I am unsure if they make one but maybe by the time I am ready they will. After building this airplane, I have been looking at various Foxhound kits. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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Out of the Clouds

Despite the extra hours at work, I am happily finding time to work on my builds. Not a whole lot, but just enough to make some progress. The success story of the day is the painting of the Ventura and Buffalo. I slotted some time and was able to get both a step closer to being complete. I will put a coat of Future on both kits in the morning and maybe start the decals in the evening.
I spent a total of five minutes applying the decals on the MiG-25. Ten decals in all. A little disappointing, that’s for sure. Regardless, it is coming along nicely. I will spray a coat of clear matte on in the morning and hopefully get it weathered in the evening. I can realistically see this one being finished Saturday.

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