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DOC.129
06-15-2012, 12:00 PM
All right guys, here's my collection of 1/32 scale reno racers I've been working on for the last year. This is how I've been spending the offseason and getting my fix when I'm not getting updates from aafo. I started with the Ghost right after it happened as more of a therapeutic build and I guess it snowballed from there. Now I'm hooked on building my collection of my favorite racers and I don't see it stopping anytime soon. With all the custom work that goes into each one, finding the time is the biggest challenge. I have four other projects going right now- Critical Mass, Miss Ashley II, Precious Metal, and Dago (all in 1/32). The Bear and Voodoo and maybe Sumthing Else is next... I know they're not perfect but it's the best I can do so go easy on me.

I've been secretly admiring the amazing work of Big Jim and Xmwrench (that 1/24 Ghost Wrench did was a work of art).


http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7218/7190166487_d0ee421fd5.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/brian_brunetti/7190166487/)

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8156/7190166733_ea1141819e.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/brian_brunetti/7190166733/)

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7080/7375410600_0b595de034.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/brian_brunetti/7375410600/)

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7099/7375410804_4ca0262d7a.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/brian_brunetti/7375410804/)

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8142/7190167567_5632caf9ac.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/brian_brunetti/7190167567/)

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7245/7190168247_a565a1f921.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/brian_brunetti/7190168247/)

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7224/7190168619_951a657438.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/brian_brunetti/7190168619/)

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5457/7190168981_d328611ccb.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/brian_brunetti/7190168981/)

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8021/7190169185_cb97c1ca39.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/brian_brunetti/7190169185/)

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7072/7375413036_c6f975344e.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/brian_brunetti/7375413036/)

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8024/7190169515_97acdec6b9.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/brian_brunetti/7190169515/)

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7223/7190169791_2d9d01e50a.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/brian_brunetti/7190169791/)

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7218/7190170127_49a9bb33cf.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/brian_brunetti/7190170127/)

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5334/7375412538_71c42914e9.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/brian_brunetti/7375412538/)

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7217/7375415514_07de99543b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/brian_brunetti/7375415514/)

Thanks for looking!

Brian Brunetti

Leo
06-15-2012, 12:20 PM
Sweet!
I'm impressed, nice work.

V1670
06-15-2012, 12:21 PM
??? Go easy? Man..those things are GORGEOUS!! Good job on every one of them. Good luck with the future projects. Be nice to see them "in-the-flesh".

taglialavore
06-15-2012, 01:43 PM
Awesome work DOC !!
Canīt imagine how do you guys get those custom markings.
T:thumbsup:hank you for posting it.

FlyKidChris
06-15-2012, 01:50 PM
Color me, impressed. Nicely done.

Speaking of color (and therefore, the markings), I'd like to read how you finished each one (especially September Fury).

Well done, man, well done.

xmh53wrench
06-15-2012, 03:49 PM
:thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup: :thumbsup:

WOW DOC!!!!! Those are amazing!!!!!! And all 1/32!!!!!!

Big ol lunkers:D:Dmy scale of choice as well.

Thank you for the compliment on my 1/24, I would also love to know some of the particulars as well....excellent, excellent job.....man they look good

.......I think we should have a little model show in Reno on Sat or something:yes::yes:

AirDOGGe
06-15-2012, 06:41 PM
... I know they're not perfect but it's the best I can do so go easy on me.


Heh-heh. An artist is always his/her own worst critic, and you, my friend, are indeed an artist. VERY nice work.

DOC.129
06-15-2012, 10:32 PM
Wow! Thanks everyone for all the very kind words. It really means a lot to me to hear you guys enjoy them. I have a lot of fun chopping the stock models in to unlimited racers (most of the time).

Particulars? Where do I start? Each one has about 100 hours in to it. I have to give some credit to Keith Davidson, he's helped me with some of the decals (specifically 232). Taichiro's unlimited drawings in 1/48 makes the artwork a lot easier than creating from scratch. As far as the fab work goes, i would bore everyone to death if i went into detail about each one. I start with spending hours studying any pics i can find of the real thing. Come up with a plan and start cutting, sculpting (Miliputy), and lots of sanding, lots! I tried to make all the custom parts you see and don't see. The canopies are the most difficult part to create and I haven't found an easy way to do it yet. Ideas? Wrench?

The pics don't detail them as they are, would love to show them in person if there was a way.

Anyway, I can't thank you guys enough for appreciating them. Thanks again!

Brian

stuntflyr
06-16-2012, 09:05 AM
So the Sea Fury is a Hobbycraft kit?
Chris...

flyingjibus
06-16-2012, 11:00 AM
Stunning. I would give my left nut to have those on my shelf. You ever give any thought to building them for money???

DOC.129
06-18-2012, 03:36 PM
232 Started as a Hobbycraft but I used quite a bit of Fisher parts to complete it. RB is 99% Fisher, can't take any credit for that one.

flyingjibus- No, I've never thought of building one for $$. I just build them for my own enjoyment. Building them to sell would probably drive me crazy trying to get the quality to a level worthy of selling.

flyingjibus
06-18-2012, 04:44 PM
would it make you feel better if I under paid you?:D

canadair
06-19-2012, 02:45 AM
They are beautiful, fantastic work!

But regards making them for money,
my suggestion, would be to build them as you do now, at your expense and on your schedule and then offer it for sale once complete.
That way you are not working to a deadline, people can see what they
are going to get, and they either pay what you would like or not,
but at least you are not under any pressure to complete them to by a set date.
I suspect you would sell every one you offer.
"never pre sell"

deepsky
06-19-2012, 04:44 AM
Very nice work! Love the Super Corsair. Was that the old monogram kit?

DWYER
06-19-2012, 07:18 AM
One word "WOW"!!! Great work you are one talented individual. I'm jealous.:D

Good word for sure!

DOC.129
06-19-2012, 09:53 PM
would it make you feel better if I under paid you?:D

LOL.....probably not but I have no idea what they're worth.

Just out of curiosity (and only curiosity), if you could have a model of any unlimited, which one would it be?

Brian

DOC.129
06-19-2012, 09:57 PM
Very nice work! Love the Super Corsair. Was that the old monogram kit?

Sure is that old POS kit dated from the 70's. I normally go for the old cheap kits on ebay since i'm going to be chopping them up anyway. However, the 40 year plastic was so brittle on this kit, I wasted too much time restoring it.

How could you tell? No flaps?

DOC.129
06-19-2012, 09:59 PM
One word "WOW"!!! Great work you are one talented individual. I'm jealous.:D

Good word for sure!

Thank you very much, you are very kind!

V1670
06-20-2012, 03:52 AM
Just out of curiosity (and only curiosity), if you could have a model of any unlimited, which one would it be?

Brian

Miss RJ. She was gorgeous in the white paint scheme. 2nd would be when Balz acquired her and re-painted it as Roto-Finish Special. Such a beautiful airplane.

flyingjibus
06-20-2012, 10:35 AM
LOL.....probably not but I have no idea what they're worth.

Just out of curiosity (and only curiosity), if you could have a model of any unlimited, which one would it be?

Brian


Tough question.

If I had to choose just one, I think I would go with Miss Ashley II as it would be the hardest one to get/build.

2nd choice would be the Rare Bear in its 91-92 Scheme

Big_Jim
06-20-2012, 10:46 AM
232 Started as a Hobbycraft but I used quite a bit of Fisher parts to complete it. RB is 99% Fisher, can't take any credit for that one.

flyingjibus- No, I've never thought of building one for $$. I just build them for my own enjoyment. Building them to sell would probably drive me crazy trying to get the quality to a level worthy of selling.

The Fisher kit is suwheeeeet. Expensive, but worth it. Limited run kit, and I don't know how many are left. The perfectionist in me needed to make several 'modifications' to the kit (rear props are too long, spinner is too pointy and needs to be reshaped, top of the tail is not tall enough, exhaust stacts are too long, needed to change the upper engine cowl intake, and add a ventral fin, etc.) to get it just right, but it's a great $250 'starter kit'. :-) Very long term project for me too and in no hurry to finish (plus, Missie will kill me if I finish this kit before his 1/32 Strega). But I chose to do mine in the 1976 version flown by Mac McClain and the winner at Mojave.

Like I said...long term project, but it's gonna rock when it's finished. I already have a spot on the shelf for 'best in show' trophy from my local IPMS group!

DOC.129
06-20-2012, 11:26 AM
I like those choices and will definitley end up building RJ and Roto at some point but I have to agree with flyingjibus, Miss Ashley II was a work of art, one of the most amazing planes I've ever seen. I'm 28 so I never got a chance to see some of my favorite unlimiteds but I remeber seeing Ashley II as a young kid and thinking it was the coolest thing I ever saw and, still is.

I've actually started working on Ashley II but am hung up in a few spots- almost every part on this model is going to be from scratch.

I plan to start the Bear soon ('95 three-blade prop)

DOC.129
06-20-2012, 11:44 AM
Jim, that thing already rocks, that thing is rad! Amazing work!

I love how you used a $250 kit as your starter kit...

Paul Hastings
06-20-2012, 07:40 PM
All right guys, here's my collection of 1/32 scale reno racers I've been working on for the last year. This is how I've been spending the offseason and getting my fix when I'm not getting updates from aafo. I started with the Ghost right after it happened as more of a therapeutic build and I guess it snowballed from there. Now I'm hooked on building my collection of my favorite racers and I don't see it stopping anytime soon. With all the custom work that goes into each one, finding the time is the biggest challenge. I have four other projects going right now- Critical Mass, Miss Ashley II, Precious Metal, and Dago (all in 1/32). The Bear and Voodoo and maybe Sumthing Else is next... I know they're not perfect but it's the best I can do so go easy on me.

I've been secretly admiring the amazing work of Big Jim and Xmwrench (that 1/24 Ghost Wrench did was a work of art).


http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7218/7190166487_d0ee421fd5.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/brian_brunetti/7190166487/)

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8156/7190166733_ea1141819e.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/brian_brunetti/7190166733/)

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7080/7375410600_0b595de034.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/brian_brunetti/7375410600/)

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7099/7375410804_4ca0262d7a.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/brian_brunetti/7375410804/)

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8142/7190167567_5632caf9ac.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/brian_brunetti/7190167567/)

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7245/7190168247_a565a1f921.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/brian_brunetti/7190168247/)

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7224/7190168619_951a657438.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/brian_brunetti/7190168619/)

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5457/7190168981_d328611ccb.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/brian_brunetti/7190168981/)

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8021/7190169185_cb97c1ca39.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/brian_brunetti/7190169185/)

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7072/7375413036_c6f975344e.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/brian_brunetti/7375413036/)

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8024/7190169515_97acdec6b9.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/brian_brunetti/7190169515/)

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7223/7190169791_2d9d01e50a.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/brian_brunetti/7190169791/)

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7218/7190170127_49a9bb33cf.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/brian_brunetti/7190170127/)

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5334/7375412538_71c42914e9.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/brian_brunetti/7375412538/)

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7217/7375415514_07de99543b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/brian_brunetti/7375415514/)

Thanks for looking!

Brian Brunetti

I built a 1/32 scale fantasy racer a few years ago......a Bf-109K at Reno would be cool!

Paul Hastings
06-20-2012, 07:42 PM
Woops! not the 163!

Paul Hastings
06-20-2012, 07:44 PM
Here's the photo I meant to attach!

RAD2LTR
06-20-2012, 09:24 PM
Here's the photo I meant to attach!

That is really cool. I did a 1/48 SeaFire (Griffon powered ;) ) with clipped wings and the radiators removed from the wings. Oh the fun one can have with models, even though you will never see one like it race. A racing ME109 would be super cool.

Will

Paul Hastings
06-21-2012, 05:09 PM
Thanks RAD2LTR! I'd like to see that model!

RAD2LTR
06-22-2012, 12:55 PM
Thanks RAD2LTR! I'd like to see that model!

My Seafire isn't nearly as good as your ME109. I can't say I'm good at modifying kits, and this one has some rough edges so to say. I'll shoot a few pics this evening if I have a monent. I've got an entertaining air race being played out, a pair of clipped wing F4Us, the Seafire, a Seafury, a Bearcat, a Tigercat, P51, another stock Seafire as well as an early Sptifire, and bringing up the rear is a Black Widow. If the shot is taken from the right angle it looks like the whole mess is flying into a poster from the first Phoenix 500 air races.

Will