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Re: Lockheed's Vega - The Golden Eagle of a Golden Age
Reply #48 - May 25th, 2020 at 10:00am
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I have been inspired so often by projects I have followed here

I have to say this is true for me as well. Most all of the techniques and methods I have learned came from this group of very giving people,many thanks.
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Reply #47 - May 24th, 2020 at 8:20pm
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I was pleasantly surprised when I read your initial post on this build. I have been inspired so often by projects I have followed here. I’m gratified to know that I was able to inspire another. Thank you, Neal
  

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Reply #46 - May 24th, 2020 at 7:34am
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Thank you, Friends!  Your comments mean so much...they're what keeps us going.  Smiley

Heywood...as I said in the beginning...it was your Air Express that was my inspiration...such a grand creation!  Consider this...a large model demands detail from all its little pieces...while a small model allows the viewer's imagination to fill in what's "missing."  That's a real credit to your Air Express...she's all there for everyone to behold, and there's nothing lacking.  Wink Smiley

Thank you, Toulouse...you're well on your way in our hobby.  Don't be too tough on yourself...or Ben.  Wink Grin  Actually Toulouse, this is a journey in which you'll never arrive...there's always a little further to go.  Smiley  But don't stop now...your goal is just over the next ridge.  Cheesy

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Reply #45 - May 24th, 2020 at 4:18am
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Another inspirational build.

Fantastic techniques.

Thanks Kerak.   Smiley

I just hope that as well as our enjoyment from model aircraft building we can all use your build examples and ideas for improvement with our own efforts.

We may get a little better as each model progresses.

Thanks also to all S&T posters for your time and effort sharing your smarts and how to ideas with us all.

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Reply #44 - May 23rd, 2020 at 11:51pm
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Neal - what a masterful job on the little Vega flyer! Your printed tissue, the landing gear, the engine and cowling, the cockpit windscreen framing - all are just terrific. She’s a beauty.
  

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Reply #43 - May 22nd, 2020 at 8:53am
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Thanks Tom...Mike...the canopy glazing was a total pain in the ask!  Shocked  I decided to attempt installing the glazing one panel at a time...and that turned into a real challenge.  In fact...I finally called it finished when I got to those last outside fuselage panels...BUTTT...every other panel is installed!  Good enough!

So I've now got my Vega...that was the goal.  Smiley Wink  I became "acquainted" with Roscoe Turner along the way as well...very interesting man...larger than life, as they say.  My motto...if you're gonna build a model...get into it...all the way.  To go for a swim, you've got to get wet. Grin Grin Grin

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Reply #42 - May 22nd, 2020 at 6:31am
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Nicely done and the windscreen came out just as well as the rest of the plane.
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Reply #41 - May 21st, 2020 at 10:59pm
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Love your artsy spinning prop pic!  Makes her come alive.  Ditto what Mike said!
  

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Reply #40 - May 21st, 2020 at 9:45pm
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Thanks, Mike...it's the Hamilton Standard label on the prop blades (the red paint on the Guillows label).  Wink

Much appreciation for your kind words...a vote of confidence from a real pro like yourself.  Smiley

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Reply #39 - May 21st, 2020 at 1:46pm
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Beautiful model Neal - I think this is my favorite out of the many nice builds you've shared here on S&T.

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Reply #38 - May 21st, 2020 at 12:14pm
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Had enough of this fun...completed.

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Reply #37 - May 20th, 2020 at 11:05am
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You've done Roscoe proud!!! Smiley
  

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Reply #36 - May 20th, 2020 at 8:48am
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Nicely done! Amazing that Turner survived those days to live on into his 70s!
  
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Re: Lockheed's Vega - The Golden Eagle of a Golden Age
Reply #35 - May 20th, 2020 at 8:06am
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Something old and something new, a bit white and lots of blue...I've submitted for 98 percent completion...lacking some glazing and a prop.

I've taken some artistic license with Roscoe's Vega (here and there)...landing gear struts were dark blue on original...but should have been a contrasting color...white.  Hope Roscoe doesn't mind...which of course...he'd be more than happy to see things the way I do.  Roscoe Turner lives on....

Did you know that Roscoe Turner was one of only a literal handful of civilian aviators to be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross by act of Congress?  Yep...for his contributions to the progress and success of American aviation.  Consider this...he began his aviation career as an observation balloon pilot on the Western Front, WWI...for the U.S.Army Signal Corps!  For me, it wasn't only that RT was a great flyer, but that he loved it so much...and that he truly loved the public.  That was his real claim to fame, in my opinion...he liked people.

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Re: Lockheed's Vega - The Golden Eagle of a Golden Age
Reply #34 - May 19th, 2020 at 12:23pm
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Thanks you so much for your kind words, Scigs.  As for craftsmanship, there's nothing quite as remarkable as your treatment of all those vintage models that we hold dear.  I thank you for that as well.  Your models are a delight.

As for the "old ways," I'm just trying to make up for my own building inadequacies.  Wink Grin  I too come from the days when we used to apply tissue with a brush and clear dope...hey, it worked...but darned if glu-stick isn't handy!  Cheesy

As for dope and ink...never had any trouble when doping over printed tissue-cals, etc.  The problem is water...spritzing and shrinking...that can really destroy an effort.  Rattle-can clear finishes can also "raise Cain" with ink-printed finishes...unless it's taken in very light stages or protected with dope (lacquer) first.

There are a lot of trade-offs from old to new...but I have to wonder if the builder's fulfillment is really the same as having "done it the old fashioned way?" Wink

Anyway, great to "hear" from you again, Scigs! Smiley

Neal

PS...I'm still waiting for someone to use black thread to simulate control surface separation lines.  Shocked
  
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