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This has been a difficult week on the Accurate Miniatures 1/48 B-25B Doolittle Raider. Calling this the good, the bad , and the ugly week. The good is paint and decals done. The aircraft is nearly done with the exception of some minor details. I will be mounting it onto a resin base that looks like the deck of the USS Hornet. It will be tied down just like it was on its journey across the Pacific. The base is the Eureka XXL USN Aircraft Carrier Wooden Deck Base. It comes with a resin insert, wooden frame, and steel arresting cables. It is very nice and very detailed. I used a teak colored primer then top coated it with deck blue. I weathered it using some sandpaper and pastel chalk. The fit of the kit has been very good with minimal gaps.
The bad is the decals. The kit decals are poor. They are slightly off register and very thick. I had a rough time getting them to adhere to the model.
And finally for the ugly part. The Ruptured Duck logo aside from being difficult to adhere also was not very accurate and the coloring is wrong. It actually came off while I was painting the recognition and formation lights. After some internet searching I found the logo that closely resembles the original (as described in the book “Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo”) and was used on the aircraft from the movie. I had to make my own decal for this. It looks a lot better than the kit decal.
Stay tuned as I near completion of this kit representing a historic aircraft.
You can see all the build photos at https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-48-b-25b-doolittle-raider/
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For this week’s update on the Accurate Miniatures 1/48 B-25B Doolittle Raider, I am working on the interior. The rear upper turret is together and detailed. I added a piece of clear acetate for the safety glass on the turret. The cockpit and bomb bay bulkheads have been installed. I then finished the starboard side of the fuselage and added weights so the aircraft won’t sit on its tail when finished. Still lots more details to add and finish the port side.

You can see more build photos at [url]https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-48-b-25b-doolittle-raider/[/url]
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12/21/18
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This week I finished detailing the cockpit with photo etch accessories on the Tamiya 1/48 F-117A. Then the forward landing gear bay and strut was detailed with some 32 AWG wires. I decided to close the bomb bay. The kit had the bomb racks extended and I prefer a clean look. Next came the assembling of the fuselage. This had a minor issue. The resin cockpit tub is a little taller that the kit tub. I had to grind a channel on the bottom of the tub so the landing gear bay could fit into the channel allowing the fuselage halves to fit together. Beginning the detailing the fuselage now.

You can follow the entire build log at https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-48-f-117a-nighthawk/
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11/30/18
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The Hobby Boss 1/48 scale FM-1 Wildcat is now ready for displaying. I completed the painting and applied the kit decals. Also I added some EZ-Line for the antenna. Overall this has been a very nice kit to build. The detail is good and the assembly/fit is very good.
The decals went on without any problems and with a little bit of Microsol they laid down nicely. Aside from the addition of photo etch seat belts, engine wires, and the EZ-line, the rest of this is straight out of the box. Looks like I will need to look at getting some of the other Wildcat variants from Hobby Boss.

You can see all the build photos at https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-48-fm-1-wildcat/
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11/22/18
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The building of the Italeri 1/720 CVN-70 air wing continues. I have the SH-60’s, E-2C’s, and the F/A-18C’s completed. I like that Trumpeter molded the aircraft in clear but it does make them difficult to see while building. The photo of the SH-60 on deck looks great with the light showing thru. The F/A-18's unpainted look like a squadron of aircraft from Paradise Island (think Wonder Woman LOL) I still have the F/A-18E’s and the deck tractors to complete. The first order of the Shapeways 3-D printed deck tractors somehow were damaged during shipping. Did not see the damage as the shipper just sent an email. I contacted Shapeways and they contacted the shipper then sent a replacement set which arrived in perfect condition. They have awesome customer service! Should have this project completed by the end of next week.

More build photos in the build log at https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-720-uss-carl-vinson/
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11/2/18
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Following the recent passing of Senator John McCain, I went in search of a fitting tribute. My search unearthed a Monogram kit that was released or reboxed with options to be completed as a Blue Angels plane, or the markings for Senator McCain's A-4E Skyhawk from June 1967, squadron VA-46, aboard the USS Forrestal. This plane was not the one that he was shot down in and was captured as a POW, but was tragically destroyed in a fire aboard the ship that ultimately took the lives of 134 sailors and injured an additional 161. With that in mind it has therefore become a tribute to not only Senator McCain, but to those unfortunate sailors as well. During construction of the kit I discovered an original mold marking that said the mold was actually from 1977. This prompted a need for greater details missing from more modern kits. In that, I felt compelled to dress it up a bit with aftermarket wheels, ordinance, and additional decals for stencils and other markings missing from the original kit decals. It took longer than I expected to complete it due to a number of fit and other detail issues notorious to old kits, but I think it turned out to be a presentable and fitting tribute.

Enjoy!
George
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10/29/18
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The air wing is now being built up for the 1/720 Italeri USS Carl Vinson. I have completed the F/A-18C’s for VFA-34 and the C-2’s for VRC-30. The aircraft kits come with minimal decals so I made some extra decals to include the tail code for CVW-2 and the numbers for the E-2’s and C-2’s. Having issues with getting the deck gear. Ordered them from Shapeways but received a notice from UPS that the package was damaged in transit. Not sure what the damage is but I emailed Shapeways and they are working the issue. Hopefully the replacements will be sent soon. So while I wait I am moving forward with the aircraft. Next are the SH-60’s of HSC-4.

All the build photos are in my build log at https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-720-uss-carl-vinson/
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10/26/18
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Moving forward on the Italeri 1/720 USS Carl Vinson I was able to finish the ship itself. I replaced the kit tower with the photo etch version, completed and rigged the island, and installed the rest of the parts on the ship. I also scratchbuilt the forward mast. I am now working on the air wing. The kit aircraft lack a lot of detail so I am using the Trumpeter aircraft. I will be building and detailing F/A-18’s (a few squadrons), E-2C’s, SH-60’s, and C-2’s to fill the flight deck. The kit crash crane looks fine and has been detailed. The 2 deck tractors that came with the kit are pretty sad looking. I ordered new 3-D printed deck tractors from Baconfist on shapeways. They should be here in about 8 days which gives me time to build detail the 30+ aircraft.

You can see many more build photos at https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-720-uss-carl-vinson/
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10/19/18
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1st time using photo etch, it sure can be a pain, but it sure looks good
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