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  1. I'm going to replicate BuNo 9058 as it would have served aboard the USS Akron in the early 30s for a couple reasons...first, everyone always seems to model 9056, the red one and second, by the mid 30s Washington demanded that the colorful paint jobs be eliminated, so the tails were all painted a blue-black and the flying trapeze insignia was removed. A bird from the early 30s would carry all the color and markings. This will be a box stock build, with the exception of scratching the secondary gunsight, which the kit instruction sheet calls for. The decals have all the bureau numbers, allowing one to build of any of the six aircraft. Each a/c was assigned a different color as well, 9056-Red, 9057-White, 9058-True Blue, 9059-Black, 9060-Willow Green, 9061-Lemon Yellow, the color was applied to the engine cowl, wheel pants, the upper wing chevron strip and the fuselage strip. The carrier film was yellowed on these so they spent some time in the window before they were clear coated, turned out ok Started assembly by attaching the horizontal stabilizers, so I could get the gaps filled and sanded before the primer coat Then painted the interior with light sea gray...Testor Model Master color, a coat of gloss will be applied before the halves are joined together the throttle quadrant needs to be detail painted seat assembly was painted natural metal the engine assy was painted black and dry brushed with aluminum That's it for today
  2. Started a log on the Sparrowhawk, not much there yet though Sparrowhawk
  3. I was diggin' through my storage again...I don't recall what I was even searching for now, but came across this...the old Williams Brothers, Curtis Sparrowhawk in 1/32 scale. These were cool little fighters meant to be deployed aboard the airships USS Akron and USS Macon in the early 30's. (and everyone thought Marvel had thunk up the flying aircraft carrier)
  4. Hi Lou...working headlights were a requirement for gassers, but coloring them was not...that was just something a lot of teams did some would also tint the windscreens...glad you like the effect
  5. You got that right Good old Denis can always be counted on Thanks much Sam and thank to all for the like and comments, here at last are the final pics... The nose doesn't line up as well as it did in post 45 nor is the paint as nice...the nose dives and subsequent repairs took their toll... noticed the background was real dark, should have bounced a flash... so re-shot... this may be my favorite view. The bumper and taillights are scratch items...plastic tube cover in home-brew metal foil, tails are red sprue backed with the same foil... a close second debating adding the grill piece? same foil on the windshield trim and the end Thanks to all who followed along and participated in this log...not sure what's up next, I really should get back to the Hanna but the Sparrowhawk needs to see some bench time too...either way I'll post my decision and an appropriate link here. THANKS again, all you guys kicking in makes it fun
  6. Hey Denis, Not that you need any help but I found this and thought you might find it interesting https://www.oldmodelkits.com/blog/plasitc-model-kits-how-tos/construction-of-the-jupiter-no-119-locomotives-from-mpcs-the-general/
  7. Still waiting on headlights....hopefully tomorrow
  8. That was in Hanger One...I think it was 3/4 scale, but large enough to fit real birds on it...crazy to see, there are probably some old yellow shirts out there that remember

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