Conflict: Vietnam – Kiwimodeller.com Indochina/Vietnam Wars GB
The Indochina Wars were a series of wars fought in Southeast Asia from 1946 until 1989, between communist Indochinese forces against mainly French, South Vietnamese, American, Cambodian, Laotian and Chinese forces. The term "Indochina" originally referred to French Indochina, which included the current states of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.
The focus of our GB will be the first and second Indochina Wars.
The GB will be launched on 1st November 2016, and run until 1st November 2017.
The build is open to any scale and any subject that played a role in the First and Second Indochina Wars.
The model must be built in its entirety within the specified build dates and the build should be accompanied by a thread in the group build forum documenting regular progress. Post shots of your sprues at the beginning of your thread.
By the end of the GB (and no later than 24 hours after the completion date) participants should post five pictures of the completed build in the GB completed builds thread. There is no entry fee for the GB, but a donation for the upkeep of Kiwimodeller is welcome The winner of the group build will be decided by popular vote.
Voting will run for the week following the 1st of November 2016, ending Midday the 8th of November 2017. A deadlock will be decided by a separate run-off vote.
I was going to build the 1:24 Huey i have for this GB, but my girlfriend is making hints about "that big model i bought you" plus i've been wanting to crack into this since i unwrapped it!!!
So for this i will build Duke Cunninghams famous Mig Mauler "Showtime 100"
I'm going to build this pretty much OOB as this is a large scale Tamyia kit and comes with all the bits you expect, an incredibly detailed cockpit, rubber tyres, metal gear etc... even screws and screwdriver!!! also has the right decals !! and they aren't rubbish!!
I will be getting some MK20's though as they were on the Plane during the famous last flight of the aircraft, i'm really hoping i have some TER's in the spare box... i think i do,.. other wise scratch build them!
Here is the bad boy!
And some pics of the box and the lovely...thank you Tamiya... moulded fuselage which stops that HORRIBLE problem of the top seam..... why isn't this done all the time? its brilliant!!
Cheers KitmodellerNZ! do you mean the internal intakes? Was thinking of making this aircraft with gear down so if mine don't shape up I may well be getting some FOD covers! Already ordered a set of resin MK20's Just hoping I have the TER's for them.
really looking forward to this,... and a bit nervous.....
Yeah, the internals are ugly. There's a gap in there. You can get seamless intakes for them, but for the money, I wasn't going to go down that route. All I added were the aftermarket seats. The only thing I was nervous about with this build, was how to achieve the effects on the metal on it's ass end.
One other thing is that panel insert on the fuselage spine. It sits too recessed, so need to be raised up slightly to sit flush.
So had a 24 hour model marathon.... been left to my own devices this weekend so just went nuts..... forgot to take a lot of pictures.
So here is the sprue for the cockpit bits!! mad!
got all the missiles and belly tank sorted last night- remote for scale! just finished a 1:72 phantom and the scale is still freaking me out
missed a whole bunch of shots closing the bottom up and doing the pipes (left cans off for painting) but got cockpit painted.... terrible shots way more detail inside....... bang seats and pilots go in last - nose held on with tape and this point
tail on, nose on and about 100 other do-dads from the kit instructions, man need to read them carefully so many aerials and fins and bits
And thats where i have got to .....possibly more tomorrow if i don't clean the yard and house
Love these big Phantoms, and so far have resisted the temptation to buy the Tamiya kit (built the Revell filler queen in my youth without the filler... I remember that fuselage seam well... yuck). Watching this build with interest and my credit card limit set to zero!
Update In Stash:
Lots of 1/35 Armor mainly WWII German and a few Modern British/American pieces, 1/32 Aircraft and 1/48 Aircraft. Aircraft chosen to replicate RNZAF and RAAF types through the years. Some RAF & USAF types exist also.
Got some paint on it last week, thought it was too light, checked with my US Navy Jets consultant (Azza) and he agreed, so coat number 3 and it looks right
And since my new TER's are on their way I have decided to cut up the resin Mk 82's and glue them together. This is the 3rd time I've dealt with resin weapons and it was just as 'orrible as the last time(s), now fins are straight each one can stand vertically and the seam is now puttied and sanded (just had the tape off in this picture), ready for painting.
hopefully will get to the tail this week and show off my alclad skills or lack of it,....the F4 tail is like the pinnacle of doing metal right.... I'm a bit nervous, but I have a plan (most of which I stole from you guys)
so did the first layer of Alcald Dull aluminium on the tail after some serious masking.
I thought I'd tackle the cans,... not too happy with the first pass. too dark and not enough burnt metal or the violet/blue showing through... the light doesn't help it looks better with the naked eye. I think i'll re do these.
Tamiya Metallic Blue X-13
Alcald Pale Burnt Metal
Alclad Jet Exhuast
Watched History channel last night a program called "Dogfights" episode showed Phantom 100 off the carrier Midway tangling with Mig 17 & 19's while flying CAP,knocked down 2 before the Migs bugged out,excellent graphics,actual Pilot & RIO related the exchange,well worth a look
Cheers NSM,i will check it out. I saw a Nat Geo doc (I think) on the Showtime 100 fight, it turns out at the end both pilots ejected after nursing their crippled F4 after being knocked out by a SAM over Nam Dinh. ) into the sea and were rescued.
So I did some more on this over the weekend...was not feeling well so turned up the heat in the man cave and used a lot of disposable dust masks!
I marked up the radome, cockpit flash and walkways, after being inspired by Kitmodellernz, not sure I will attempt the NG falcon...that maybe a decal.
Its ready for the wash.
Started building the pylons for the Aim 9's and Rockeye's I can see why you had to eject the TER before you could fire the missiles, I wonder why the missiles weren't carrier on the outer pylon (which wasn't even fitted). Thanks so much to rwkennard our fellow kiwimodeller who supplied me with the Trumpeter weapons set which had a pair of TER's!