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PostPosted: Fri 05 Oct 2007 17:04 pm 
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I'm not sure if I should post all my kits here, or just the Airfix ones. So until I figure it out, it's Airfix only.

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I've always loved airplanes, for as long as I can remember. My dad Flew B-52's (among other things) and I guess I've had it in my blood. I moved to Ireland when I was 12 and lived there for about 8 years. That's where I started my modelling, and it was almost exclusively Airfix. By the time I started college though my model building had pretty much stopped.

I moved back to the states back in 97 to finish college and joint the USAF. I finished Nav School and EWO school and got my first choice of aircraft, the B-52. Been at it ever since. I got married back in 03, and my wife is a big scrap book maker. So before long I found myself back in the swing of things building kits while she works on her little projects.

Airfix is still my favorite model maker. Nostalgia I guess. But they are somewhat harder to come by in the states. (And they never did make a Buff kit) I build almost exclusively in 1/72 - again because it's the biggest scale I can get a Buff in. I do build the odd 1/144 and 1/200 kit, but only if it's a Buff. And I'll build the odd 1/48 scale Forward Air Controller Aircraft (the O-1 and O-2) like my dad flew in Vietnam. But apart from that it's 72nd scale only.

For some reason I have this thing for the Airfix Beaufighter and Blenheim IV kits. I have three of each waiting on me. I just need to get my skill up to the point where I can do them justice.

That's it.

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My crew from the last deployment. Beeker, Cusack, Nare Lobo and Hobo.


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Nice Bloodhound, seems to be de rigeur to do a base for it for some reason, nice idea on the cd. By the way you can post whatever make of kits you want.
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I've only completed one Airfix kit since my return to mdoeling, and it's the good old Bf-109G-6.  Unfortunately, it looks pretty bad since I just didn't want to break out the airbrush.  At any rate, it won't be making an appearance here.  So for now all I've got is a  Bloodhound.  And here she is:

Updated 08 Oct 07:

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I finally finished the Land Rover and the RAF Troops.  I had to make the Land Rover windshield out of the plastic lids from some babyfood.  You can't tell from the picture but it actually turned out quite well.  The plastic is nice and thin and very transparent.

I took a big shortcut on the grass for the display base.  Rather than using plaster to build the foundation and then wallpaper paste to attach the model train grass, I simply used my airbrush to spray green over some coarse sandpaper.  It looks pretty good from a distance, and took all of about five minutes.

The launcher base is a mini-CD that I gouged with a heated knife and sprayed with a couple of shades of grey and white.  Again, not the optimum solution, but a very quick one.

Edit: 07 Oct 07

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Ok, Most of the kits I have built are displayed at work, so I probably won't be taking photos of them anytime soon.  Having said that there are few kits I keep around the house, mostly in my son's room.  Here's a formation of 4 Dauntless divebombers I built a while ago.  (Testors 1/72) - A truly truly basic kit, it doesn't even have wheel wells.  But it builds quickly.  (Even faster when you're doing four at once)

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And here's the formation with its escort of two F-4F Wildcats.  (Revell 1/72)  These were some pretty old kits but went together decently.  Ignore the terrible job of gun port stains I did with my airbrush.  Turns out black is a terrible color to work with.  Who knew?

Updated 08 Oct 07:

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Here's my defiant.  It was an old bagged kit, probably the oldest one from my stash.  When I built this as a kid I thought I was a terrible modeler, I just couldn't seem to get it right.  Turns out it's actually just a difficult kit to build.  Nothing fit well, and there was plenty of flash to deal with.  As I feared the original decals didn't survive contact with water, and my attempts to seal them only caused them to wrinkle.  The serial numbers were the only part I could save.  Fortunately I had a Revell Spitfire Mk V which was able to donate the remaining decals.  (I hate doing this, screwing up aircraft codes intentionally, but I had no choice)

You can't really tell from the photos, but I tried something new with the canopy.  Instead of free-handing or masking and painting, I just got some vinyl black electrical tape, cut it into long thin strips and positioned that as the canopy frame.  It seemed to work out pretty well, though it did take a while.

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An old Beaufighter Kit from the 60's.  Somehow the decals survived which is good.  I had serious issues with masking pulling up the acrylics I was using to paint.  So I ended up not masking at all, just free handing with the airbrush.  It worked out ok, but the fuzzy boundary between colours is a little unrealistic.  (But I do think it looks cool)

Updated 25 Nov 07

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Finally out of my life forever, the Yak-7D by Maquette.  The worst kit I've ever built.  Very soft plastic, tons of flash, and nothing fit on the entire kit.  In fact several parts were molded directly onto the sprue.  Fortunately the soft plastic masde it easy to cut them away.  The kit was finished thanks to a prop from the Hasegawa Spitfire Mk1, Decals from the Revel Mig-25, and a Pilot from the Zvezda Mig-3.  About half of what you see is nothing but painted filler.  All in all a truly, truly terrible kit.  Now I have only the Maquette Me-163 left to dread.

Update 18 Dec 07:

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The Kitech F-16A.  (Actually and Early F-16C)  The second worst kit I've assembled.  Topped only by the YAK.  Nothing fit right.  Worthless decals.  I got it because it was cheap.  It was a slow build, because I didn't like working on it.  Still, the kit does have some redeeming virtues, and eventually made a decent display model, so I can't complain too much.  

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The Dragon/Testors 1/200 B-52H.  A tricky build, mostly due to the scale.  Builds into a nice early H model, with the 20mm vulcan in the tail and two AGM-28 Hound Dog Missiles.  Being a Buff Flyer, I'm fond of the kit, but it was really beyond my skill level when I assembled it.  Hopefully I'll do better on the other two in my stash.

Updated 31 Dec 07:

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My latest completion, Academy's 1/144th F-16A.  Not a great kit, but it made a decent diversion while I cranked out my firefly and Spit Mk1.  Unlike most academy kits, this one actually comes with some pylons and weapons.  Having said that, the nose really doesn't fit and the canopy was designed incorrectly.  It's worth what I paid for it, and looks ok from a distance.  Overall it was a good distraction to keep me from rushing the "real" kits I was working on.

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And here's that firefly.  The kit comes from the 70's which meant the decals were useless.  I picked up a set of aeromaster decals and chose this version from the North Atlantic in '52.  It's a good kit, no real vices with the exception of the exhaust assmbly.  I have to admit, I know almost nothing about the aircraft, and only built it to get it out of my stash.  Still, I think it built up well.

Updated 01 Jan 08:

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Here's the Hasegawa Spit Mk1.  Apart from some minor decal issues, it was a pleasure to build.  Personally I'm not a fan of the two-bladed prop, but since the Yak ate my three-bladed prop, this was the only option I had.  Still, it makes for a nice early spit, and I've got to say, I do like the look of the black and white underside.

Updated 19 Jan 08:

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The classic Airfix EE Lightning.  Honestly, I wasn't a fan of the kit, and struggled through it.  The Fit was OK, but the detailing was somewhat sparse so it was difficult for me to really make the kit stand out.  Hindsight being what it is, I should have looked into some after market stuff.  But still, it looks ok on a shelf, and I'm sure none of the other guys in the squadron will know what it is.

Updated 22 Jan 08:

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The Academy Hurricane Mk IIC.  A thoroughly pleasant build.  Everything fit well, and the detail was excellent.  In fact my only negative comments are the lack of the hurricane's prominent rear view mirror, and the decals, which had an annoying white border.  Otherwise, a highly recommended kit.

Updated 10 Feb 08:

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Finally finished the Airfix Blenheim IV.  I'm not sure why, but I love this plane.  I know it was much maligned during the early days of the war, but I love the look of her.  The kit went together decently well, with the standard fit problems of the older kits.  (I messed up the right side pilot's window, leaving a gap I couldn't fix)  The wing light cover was missing, so I had to replace it with one made out of an old baby food container.  Still, all in all, not a bad build.  And now I only have two left in my stash.

Updated 17 Feb 08:

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Here's the PM Fokker D.XXI.  It's an ok kit, but to be honest, it's far below airfix standards.  There's almost no detail whatsoever in the kit.  Still, it builds up ok, and is good for airbrush practice.  The kit is a decent diversion.

Updated 22 Mar 08:

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Here's my PM AT-11 Kansan.  Not a great kit.  It has pretty poor fit in general, and half of the fuselage was warped.  Still, it cost next to nothing and it had a few redeeming virtues, so I can't really complain.  Lets just say I wouldn't build another one.  (Or any other PM kits for that matter)  It's just not worth it when there are so many other kits out there that build up so nicely.

Updated 25 Mar 08:

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The Revell Spit Mk V.  All in all a pleasant build.  No significant vices.  I like the options it provides - clipped or eliptical wings.  The build was entirely uneventful.

Updated 06 Apr 08:

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Here's my recently finished Heller 1/72 P-39 Airacobra.  It's built OOB with the exception of several fishing weights to keep it off it's tail.  It was a very srtraight forward build, no problems at all.  Honestly, I'd forgotten how nice some of the Heller kits were to assemble.

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And here's my Chematic/AGA 1/72 F-84G Thunderjet.  This was a stinking pile.  Nothing fit, worthless decals.  Even from the bargain bin this is one to avoid.  Thanks to some Tamiya decals this builds into a good 1:1 model of a toy F-84.

Updated 3 May 08:

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The 1/72 Kitech F-18A (actually an F-18C).  Like any Kitech kit, it's not that good.  Terrible fit, and useless decals.  But this one was cheap, came with a good selection of weapons and was a decent subject to pratice pre-shading.  I really can't reccomend the kit to anyone, but if you're looking for a knock around, this one's not bad.

Updated 17 Jun 08:

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The 1/72 Academy F6F-3 Hellcat.  A joy to build, it pretty much fell together.  It can also be built as an F-5, and has the option of rocket armament it so desired.  I'm not the world's biggest Hellcat fan, but I think it builds up decently.  In retrospect I would have done some of the painting and weathering differently, but still, the kit will look ok on the shelf.

Updated 19 Jun 08:

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The Dragon 1/72 F4F-4 Wildcat.  It was a pretty decent build, the wing fold assembly was a breeze to assemble.  In fact the only assembly issue was a tricky undercarriage, but that's pretty standard for Wildcats I gather.  This kit comes with a section of aircraft carrier to serve as a display base which is a nice touch.  To be honest, I built this kit because it's the smallest kit in my stash in one of the biggest boxes.  Now I've got more space to continue my buying, and it doesn't take up much in the way of shelf space to display.  Not a bad deal at all.

Updated 28 Jun 08:

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The 1/72 Airfix FW-190D-9, a quick simple build.  This kit has my favorite box art of all time.  The only downside to this build was the translucent decals, it affects the overall finish.  Nevertheless, I love this kit.  A pure joy to build.

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And the Airfix 1/72 Bf-109G-6, built at the same time as the Fw-190D-9.  I love this kit.  I could build it forever.  I know there are many who think it's old, and should retire, and I'm sure they are right, but I will be happy to keep assembling the old girl for years to come.  It was a very basic assembly, and a quick build.  Like every 109, it's just hard for the finished product to look bad.

Updated 4 Jul 08:

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Hobbycraft 1/144 F/A-18A.  Not much to add. A nice kit, if you're into small scale aircraft.  Not much to add really, I built it more as a time killer than anyhting else.  It was cheap and built up nicely.

Updated 12 Jul 08:

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HobbyBoss 1/72 Bf-109G-2 (Trop).  A great build.  Minimal cockpit detail, but no vices at all.

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Airfix 1/72 P-40E.  A nice clean build.  It takes a little work, and to be honest, I could have spent more time sanding and smoothing, but I find I wanted an easy build, so I kept it simple.  It's a straight forward assembly, with no surprises.

Updated 16 Aug 08:

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Airfix 1/72 Bristol Blenheim IV, finished in the kit's other scheme.  I've got a soft spot for North Africa colour schemes, and I love the Blenheim IV, so this kit was an inevitable build.  I tried a few firsts on this one, Vac canopy, decal framing, sludge wash; overall nothing was spectacular, but the kit ended up looking ok.

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The Maquette Messerschmitt Me-163B-1a Comet.  A truly terrible kit.  I will never again buy a maquette airplane kit.  Nothing fits.  It took tons of filler and hours of sanding.  The plastic is like Wax.  The end result looks OK, but it isn't worth the effort.  Maybe if this was the only 163 out there, but for my money, get the Hobbyboss kit.  And with this build my stash is officially Maquette free.


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 Post subject: Re: Cusack77's Portfolio
PostPosted: Fri 05 Oct 2007 17:29 pm 
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I'm not sure if I should post all my kits here, or just the Airfix ones. So until I figure it out, it's Airfix only.

You may post all your own work, regardless of manufacturer :wink:
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Nice Bloodhound

How did you know that was going to be next :scratch:

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Updated 20 Oct 07. See above.


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Nice formation of Wildcats 8-) and your Defiant looks better than mine :oops:

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Greetings, fellow Yank!  Your skills have improved mightily, Grasshopper.  IIRC, alert duty would provide some time for modeling-- if alert duty still exits.


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Excellent Builds Cusack!!!!

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Ayup cusack...

Lovely Builds...

I like your Lightning and Firefly... class stuff!

Oh, and the Bloodhund too!  :D


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Great builds Cusack!!!...especially like the Spit & Firefly!!!  :clap:


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Updated 3 May 08: Added Kitech F-18A


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Some really neat build there, Cusack. Good to see you're up for a challenge with the likes of Kitech, Maquette, Chematic and PM– not the easiest of kits!  :shock:  (Then again, neither are some of the earlier Airfix kits).  I really like your Heller P-39, and agree with you that they produced some really nice kits.  Great stuff.


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Updated 16 Aug 08: Added Airfix 1/72 Blenheim IV, and Maquette 1/72 Me-163 Comet


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The Kitech F-16C Fighting Falcon, Not a good kit.  There were several fit problems, and the decals are completely useless.  But the kit is very very cheap, and comes with a good selection of weapons.  With some patience, and aftermarket decals it builds up into a decent Viper.  For the price.

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The MPC 1/72 F-104G Starfighter.  Not a great build.  Nothing really fit well, sanding and filling was required for almost every join.  The kit decals are for an F-104C, not the F-104G that came in the box.  It was a problematic build, I can't really reccomend any other Starfighter kits, since I haven't built any, but there have to be better ones than this out there.


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Hi Cusack

A great and varied collection which is a real joy to view. I like your hurricane and the ME 109s, but they all look good to me.

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Hobbyboss 1/72 FW-190D-9.  A pretty standard easy build kit.  Went together with no real difficulties.  It took a little research to figure out where to put all the stencils they provided with the kit, but apart from that a hassle free build.


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Such a great variety of aircraft subjects. Looking fwd to seeing more.

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