Is it funny that, throughout this entire thread, everybody was bringing up different things that bug them and it was fine. But all of a sudden so many are coming to the defense of the incorrect use of the word build! Amazing. You know, using incorrect speech, no matter how accepted it may be, says something about the person who uses it. And it usually isn't something good. But I've noticed through many many years on forums like this that any time you deviate from the accepted paradigm it starts trouble.
I have scanned through this entire thread (Yes, I have no life and nothing better to do!) and I can't believe nobody has mentioned this. Well, actually I can because it has become so ingrained, especially on modeling forums and those annoying car shows, that nobody seems to even notice anymore. The word build. It's like fingernails on a chalkboard to me. Build is not a noun! It's not, really. There's no such thing as a build. It's a verb. You can build something, you can build a model, you can build a car, you can build a building, but you can not build a build. I have well over 250 completed model cars in my collection and there's not a build among them. So stop it. Please. Another one? NASCAR. There's no such thing as a nascar. NASCAR is an acronym that stands for "National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing". Just like build, it's not a noun and there's no such thing as a nascar. The vast majority of models in my collection are NASCAR race cars, NASCAR Monte Carlos, NASCAR Ford Torinos, etc. There's not a single nascar anywhere in the room. Stop the carnage, please. There, I'm sitting down, I feel better now.
Sometimes it works out. I built this Dodge Demon a few years ago. The body is an MPC orginal, molded back in the '70s. The chassis, interior, and engine all came from the AMT '71 Duster 340 kit of much more recent vintage. Everything fit surprisingly well.
Since my wife and I are empty nesters in a 3 bedroom home space is not a huge problem. (Although no matter how much you have, you could always use more, right?) So one of the extra bedrooms has been turned into a model room/office. I built a long work surface against one wall that serves as my model work bench and my work-from-home space. And the other end is my wife's "office" for her rental home business. Then there is a central peninsula that holds the shared printer and my photo scanner and some other computer "stuff". My airbrush station is out in the garage.
It's far from IPMS ready but it will look just fine hanging from the model room ceiling so I'm happy with it. I'm also glad to be done with it. It took up a lot of room on the workbench and there were times when it was tricky finding ways to hold it and move it around while working on it. No more "big" planes for me!
These just might be the best decals I've ever used on a plane or a car. They're super thin, very opaque, go on easy, and snuggle down perfectly. There are about a hundred little small stencil decals like you usually see on military planes but since this will be hanging from the ceiling I think I'm going to save my eyes and my nerves and skip 'em!
Took a break for a while (vacation to Florida actually) but today I got the heavy lifting part of the paint job done.
Masking off the de-icer boots took 3 or 4 times longer than it took to actually spray them. Next I can start adding some the detail parts, gun turrets and such, then it's decal time. Man this thing is huge!
Well, years ago I did this using a disc of clear styrene on which I airbrushed the spinning prop effect. (it looked better before being coated with years of ceiling dust! )
The plane is positioned as if turning on to final, gear down, flaps down, pilots head turned to look where he's turning, etc. I'm not planning on doing this with the B-17 however because, well, there's four of them and I've gotten lazy in my old age!
Because I don't have any room for a display that would be that size. From the beginning I planned to hang this thing from the ceiling. I guess I always knew that most of the interior would be impossible to see (especially hanging from the ceiling) but it was fun and interesting to paint detail it anyway.
. . . you close it all up! I caught myself picking out some of the small details on a side panel with a paint brush and I stopped myself. "What are you doing? You'll never see this stuff!" And even worse, this thing is too big to sit on any of the shelves I have and for sure won't ever see an IPMS contest room so, from the beginning, the plan has been to hang it from the ceiling in the model room. So you'll see even less detail! I have to stop sweating the small things.