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    Models of: Macross - Aircraft - Armor - Warships and R/C Makes it better!

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  1. Thank you guys. This will be a light frigate, but similar to the littoral combat ships - just better armed. Hopefully the three water jets will get it going quick when done. Your Defiant came out great Thom. It looks very similar to the way the battle damaged the show models. - MT
  2. Alright, I forced myself to get on the computer and finally download my camera. Here's what I've got done so far. Hasegawa's Tri-Tool was the inspiration to make the aluminum jig for making all the windows the same. Each one was scribed to make them the same versus just cutting on some lines. More work, but better accuracy (unless you have a laser cutter). All the cutting for the windows created bowing, carbon fiber rod was used on various areas to stiffen it up and straighten it out. Actual ships have girders between the windows in some cases, so I used Evergreen I beams and did that. Then they will double up to hold the windows when painted - no masking them off - YEAH! The clothespins are tiny craft ones, not full sized ones. Its starting to look like something now. - MT
  3. Ahh, the simpler daze! That came out great Derex! The gold stand does look good, like the Solid Gold Dancers did - see what I did there - MT
  4. Thanks guys! Those LEDs are looking great! - MT
  5. Speaking of races... I almost forgot to post these. Our club build for the upcoming shows - NASPLANES. Its NASCAR, only planes. Rules: 1/48th scale, no clear canopies, no detailing and everything must be WWII era. So the guys made a 12 foot long track and we made mounts on our planes for 1/4" acrylic rods. I used an old large ploycap to hold mine up. Guess which one is mine? Being weird, I just happened to build the only pusher, the Shinden. I wanted a shiny spinner so I lathed it in steel and polished up. I had to make my own decals since there are none available in 1/24th which is what everyone else used. Sorry, no close ups yet. I had to rush so much I forgot to get photos of mine! I'll have to wait until our build finishes the tour circuit. - MT
  6. Looking good Zombie! I remember building the original kit. You can make it! - MT
  7. "Some parts of this kit were apparently designed to test your patience." Because filling gaps and sanding is so much fun - not! That's a bad fit. - MT
  8. Now that's a way to get ahead! Nice improvements! - MT
  9. Looking great guys! Great Star Wars and some Macross rising from the dead. I saw an original Defiant at the thrift store for like $32 (USD). It looked bad so I dismissed it. But first I saw an original Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea flying sub and was interested until I saw it was poorly assembled and obviously opened. Also too expensive. That put me off the first one. I think someone got rid of their childhood models. Just not good when you want to build it before they do. I gotta put down my work and post some pictures!
  10. I don't get on the computer for a couple of weeks and miss a lot! Great stuff all the way around guys! - MT
  11. Yeah, Duymon, Y-M-C-A-! By the way, I waited nearly 25 years to get my own shop, so it didn't come easy. A little here and there saved up... Derex, I'm givin' your B Wing an "A"! Nice n clean. - MT
  12. Arbit, that LED sequence is great! Duymon, nice finishes on those. Derex, the decanting is a lot of work, but it looks like you have a smooth finish going on. I forgot to take photos of my plane, but as part of our club build, we each built a 1/48 scale warbird and finished it in a NASCAR paint and decal scheme. The 13 foot track the club built is awesome with all the planes on it. I'll have to post photos when I get them. Then I built a 1/72 Osprey with hooks on it. We had to take our models and run them along a cable to make carrier landings using the hooks and a tailhook. I built the Osprey (only plane I had in the right size) and the other photo shows our "carrier deck." It was actually a lot of fun and something different for a change. Back on the ship now. It is taking forever, but it is a PAIN making everything aligned right and getting rid of seams. I'm sure you can see all the clear super glue joints used to fill the gaps a lot of the complicated angles create. Next time I'm drawing this in 3D and cutting parts out digitally. That's it for now. - MT
  13. That looks cool! The first photo looks like you have the toy next to a comic book. - MT
  14. Its quiet over here at MW today! The lifting strakes are now done. It was a pain bending them to fit and then using a ton a glue to seal them down. A whole day of sanding just to clean them up and the other joints. Where you see a visible joint is a lot of glue. The top of the bow is just sitting on to measure the rest of the top sides. - MT
  15. Your finishes are always so smooth Electric Indigo! There's sides on it now! The gaps will become "steps" to provide stability and add lift to get it on a plane. - MT
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