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The subject of this group build is to take a model off your shelf that's been sitting there unfinished and finish it.
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TOPIC: Craig's Shelf Queen #1 - Hasegawa 1/48 A-4M Skyhawk

Craig's Shelf Queen #1 - Hasegawa 1/48 A-4M Skyhawk 6 months 5 days ago #1

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Narrowing it down, but there are a lot of choices to be had...:woohoo:

I've been slowly amassing shelf queens over the decades. Weapons of mass construction, you might say :pinch:

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Hasegawa 1/48 F-18 Hornet prototype
Eduard 1/48 Morane Saulner Type I
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Craig's Shelf Queen #1 - What to do? 6 months 5 days ago #2

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Such a lovely display cabinet dedicated to collecting unfinished builds!

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One hell of a mess

Craig's Shelf Queen #1 - What to do? 6 months 5 days ago #3

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Finished builds cabinet is to the right of this one. This was my grandmother's china cabinet, so was repurposed when I received it from her estate many years ago. Needed the room in the other cabinet for the finished builds, so the unfinished ones accumulate here. I really do need to get a bigger cabinet to replace both.

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Hasegawa 1/48 F-18 Hornet prototype
Eduard 1/48 Morane Saulner Type I

Craig's Shelf Queen #1 - What to do? 6 months 5 days ago #4

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My vote is for the Viking for what it's worth :)

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Craig's Shelf Queen #1 - What to do? 6 months 5 days ago #5

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Thanks, but I'll be working through them myself to determine what will get the kiss of life. There are a lot in there I have no desire or motivation to finish at present, so needs to be something I know will get done, and I'm already leaning towards 1 of 3.

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Hasegawa 1/48 F-18 Hornet prototype
Eduard 1/48 Morane Saulner Type I

Craig's Shelf Queen #1 - Hasegawa 1/48 A-4M Skyhawk 6 months 5 days ago #6

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Decision made - I will be bringing this one to final gestation.
Hasegawa 1/48 A-4M

Here is where it was when the thread was last updated:


And here is what it will look like when complete:

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Hasegawa 1/48 F-18 Hornet prototype
Eduard 1/48 Morane Saulner Type I
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Craig's Shelf Queen #1 - Hasegawa 1/48 A-4M Skyhawk 6 months 5 days ago #7

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This was sent to the Shelf of Doom because I was not happy with the white paint I started spraying on the underside. I used Gunze acrylic which went on quite smooth, but stayed too soft. I need to strip it all off and repaint. I have discovered Mr Color Super White lacquer which goes on flawlessly and dries super quick and very hard. It's my new go to for anything white.

I also need to strip back the centreline drop tank and Brassin AGM-65s, which were all painted, but which don't look as good as I'd like (that and I managed to break one of the Maverick fins and it needs proper repair).

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Hasegawa 1/48 F-18 Hornet prototype
Eduard 1/48 Morane Saulner Type I

Craig's Shelf Queen #1 - Hasegawa 1/48 A-4M Skyhawk 6 months 5 days ago #8

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Far out, that's an impressive collection of 1/2 done kits.
Watching here to see how your pick of queens finishes up :)

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Craig's Shelf Queen #1 - Hasegawa 1/48 A-4M Skyhawk 6 months 4 days ago #9

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So I had a little time at the bench last night and managed to strip the paint off the drop tank, Mavericks and launch rails, and nose landing gear, and properly repair the Maverick fin. I also found a set of Eduard Brassin resin A-4 wheels which include a new, separate nose fork, so chopped the nose wheel off and fitted the new fork.

Next will be to strip the partially painted underside of the actual aircraft while trying to avoid damaging the cockpit paint or inside the flaps. Once the paint is fully stripped and everything masked again, I'll post some progress pics.

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Hasegawa 1/48 F-18 Hornet prototype
Eduard 1/48 Morane Saulner Type I

Craig's Shelf Queen #1 - Hasegawa 1/48 A-4M Skyhawk 5 months 4 weeks ago #10

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Got the base white colour on the stores, wheels and nose gear tonight. Mr Color H156 Super White. I have just binned ALL of my other white paint. This paint goes on flawlessly and hard as nails. I was sanding and polishing the few flaws in the drop tank for a respray after only 10 minutes.The fun part now will be to mask and repaint the complex colours on the Mavericks. And they are both different.
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