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C-119J Model Top View by dinobatfan
C-119J Model Top View
Here's a top down view of my C-119J that I wish I had throughout the build of this plane. Trying to find any kind of top down view or schematic for this plane was an still is one of the biggest obstacles with this plane that I had to overcome. Any reference including the flight manual for this plane has no top down view of this version of the c-119. Actually, any reference for this version of the C-119 has been difficult to find period. The critical area of the top view of the plane and the cargo door/wing root areas were tough to almost non-existent for me to find. I wound up taking a best guess at this area. After I had completed the area and had gotten the color coats of paint on the plane, THEN some good shots of the plane showed up on the internet of a C-119J at the USAF Museum in Dayton, OH. Still to this day though, there are no top down views of this plane. With this photo I hope to correct this deficiency.
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C-119J Completed 01 by dinobatfan
C-119J Completed 01
I've submitted a number of WIP progress photos of this customized Testors/Italeri C-119 kit over the last several years and here it is....completed at last!!! :) This kit has quite a story and history that I'd like to share if I may....

While I've submitted pictures of it in progress over the last couple of years, this kit has been one of my longest in progress projects. I first started this kit way back in the fall of 1997. Yes, it's been in the works off and on for 18 years or so now. Like a fine wine it's properly aged now. It was never supposed to take as long as it has, but it did mostly because there is so much that I wanted to with this kit that I am both uncomfortable with and even afraid of that I have stressed out every step of the way on this kit and have wound up setting it down for several years at a time in not being ready or able to deal with each next step towards getting it done. This kit is a very important one to me in that it is for my great father and I really wanted to showcase my skills well here and really didn't want to screw it up (and there is sooooo much here to screw up that could have ended this project). 

 The things involved here that I was not comfortable with and that I HAVE screwed up with in the past are white paint jobs, bare metal paint jobs, decals, clear parts, very old and super fragile decals, scratchbuilding parts, and casting parts. As you can all see though, it all worked out and came out well at last. Though not a contest level model, it is what I and my father wanted, a well done, professional level display model.  I have never seen a J model C-119 built and there wasn't much reference available (especially where a straight top down view of the plane was concerned or good views of the cargo door/wing root area were concerned. I had to make a best guess at the contours here.) Of course good photos and reference became available once I was past the point of no return on being able to change or rework some contours of the special J model cargo door.

 What makes this model so significant and important to my father and I is that this plane is the version and in the colors and markings of one of the planes he worked on while in the U.S. Air Force when I was young and the Aurora 1/72 scale model of this plane was one of the main inspirations in me getting interested in airplanes and building models in the first place. So it is built as a return tribute to him for the wonderful world of art, modelbuilding, and aircraft that he started me on and encouraged throughout my youth. He is very pleased with how this model came out.

The model is a composite and best guess from talks with my father and photo reference of similarly painted C-119Gs of that era. The plane was originally stationed at Hamilton AFB, CA. in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
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  Wow! I can't believe I haven't made a journal entry since the beginning of this year. How time does fly!.... Yow! Sorry about that folks! It's been a busy year to this date to be sure. Mostly it's been good, just pretty busy with family, work, and even some model building here and there. I've actually gotten some models finished of which I'll be sharing photos of here soon, starting as soon as I finish this entry.

 I won't bore any of you with a full play by play rundown of all I've been up to but just a couple of the highlights that have been going on are as follows:

- the biggest one probably is that I've finally fully retired from military service at the beginning of May of this year. This feels long in coming, and I was really ready to do this, and it feels great! I retired having served 15 years active duty U.S. Navy, 5 years active Navy Reserve, 5 years inactive Navy reserve, and 3 years with the California Air National Guard. 28 years military service total. It's been a good run, and I've seen a lot, done a lot, and met a lot of great people but I am sooo glad to be honorably done at last. I figure not bad for someone who didn't plan on doing a full military career in the first place. ;D I didn't get as high in rank as I would have liked (them's the breaks...) but I've learned, experienced, and gained so much that this is more than reward enough. I figure it's a win-win for the government and I. The government got it's money's worth out of me and I sure got my money's worth out of the government and did make it all the way to an honorable retirement with my health, sanity, and family intact. That's a pretty good deal right? :D   

- for my 47th birthday this year my wife treated our kids and I to a visit to the Space Shuttle Endeavour and the California Science Center! What a great present!! I've followed the space shuttle program loosely from beginning to end and this was the first time I had been able to see a space shuttle in person, let alone up close. I did take quite a few photos of the space shuttle and may share a few here if any of you are interested. I think a couple are interesting enough and artsy enough to be worth sharing here.

- As I mentioned above, I've also been able to actually make some time to build and complete a few models too. I'm getting caught up with some long overdue backlog model works and commissioned pieces. Wheew! This feels soooo good to be accomplishing at last. I have 2 more backlog commissioned pieces to complete, which will hopefully be completed by the end of this year, and then I can start on several new works that are in the pipeline, and get back to work on some of my own long in the works pieces. Family goings on permitting of course. ;)

Between family needs and doings, and work goings on, it seems like I am busier than ever and once I get home from any given workday, get dinner, take time for my young and fast growing daughters, take care of some chores, there's not much left of me for creative stuff.  All's good right now though and I'll share what I can when I can. 

Thank all of you out there in the DA community so much for the interest in my work that you have shown me. Your friendship is very much appreciated! :D Happy creating as always to all!!! :D


P.S. I thought it was a fantastically great thing that the supreme court made LGBT marriage in all 50 state legal at last and that the ACA(Obamacare) was saved from the chopping block again. I'm thinking many conservative and republican heads just exploded over this. :D I wish they did anyway.... ;)
  • Mood: Content
  • Listening to: Jimi Hendrix Experience CD
  • Reading: Darwin's On the Origin of Species
  • Watching: Planet of the Apes Movies(originals)
  • Playing: Modelmaker (Yaay!!)
  • Eating: Sloppy Joes
  • Drinking: Orange/Pineapple Juice
Well the holidays have come and gone and the new year is well underway and I got busy enough that I didn't even put up any holiday greetings here or over on Facebook. My apologies to all but I do hope everyone had a good holiday season and that 2015 is shaping up well so far.

 In the media I have been troubled with the Charlie Hebdo killings and did find President Obama's State of the Union address interesting if not terribly surprising. I don't usually go to this area in a public format such as this but I am curious to find out if anyone or everyone thought the Republican response to the President's address came off to them as a poorly done Infomercial for the Republican party as I did. I thought it was a rude showing on their part, but not surprising given their actions towards President Obama throughout his entire presidency. To be honest, I am neither entirely Republican or Democrat, they both have their game playing at times, but the Republican party over the last bunch of years has just gotten worse and worse and have not impressed me in the least....unless you count the depths of garbage they will go into to try to make trouble wherever they can. This is all of course just my opinion.

Anyway, enough about that. My holidays went well, but flew by before I could really even stop to enjoy them. I did get hired on as a permanent staff member of the Riverside National Cemetary, which I am very pleased about and I did decide to finally retire from the Military Service (the Air National Guard) this coming May, which I am very much looking forward to. This will bring to a close 28 years of military service. Hopefully, it will open up some model building time and time for some other art as well. We'll see how that all works out.

Thanks to everyone who continues to look in at my work from time to time! It's very much appreciated. I do have a lot to work on and to share so by all means, please do continue to stop by once in a while. :D

Take care everyone and to all...as always....happy creating!!!! :D
  • Mood: Content
  • Listening to: TRON Legacy Soundtrack CD
  • Reading: Six Frigates
  • Watching: Big Bang Theory :D
  • Playing: Dad
  • Eating: Pizza
  • Drinking: Cinnoman Tea
Mk1 Colonial Fighter Completed by dinobatfan
Mk1 Colonial Fighter Completed
Here's a shot from mid December of the completed Mk1 BSG Colonial Fighter I've been working on for the last several months as a commissioned project. It came out well and my customer is very happy with it. It took forever to complete, not due to any complexity or troubles with the project, but just to life getting in the way way more than I wanted it  to do. Oh well, it worked out well in the end, and my client was very wonderful and very patient with me. :D The kit is a resin custom kit and was very well cast and was a breeze to build with very little cleanup needed and great fitting of parts. The landing gear is a little fragile and brittle, but still works well and holds the model up just fine. The power cart and other field accessories a scratchbuilt and kit bashed items from my spares box that were added just to give a bit more interest to the kit base.
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  Wow! I can't believe I haven't made a journal entry since the beginning of this year. How time does fly!.... Yow! Sorry about that folks! It's been a busy year to this date to be sure. Mostly it's been good, just pretty busy with family, work, and even some model building here and there. I've actually gotten some models finished of which I'll be sharing photos of here soon, starting as soon as I finish this entry.

 I won't bore any of you with a full play by play rundown of all I've been up to but just a couple of the highlights that have been going on are as follows:

- the biggest one probably is that I've finally fully retired from military service at the beginning of May of this year. This feels long in coming, and I was really ready to do this, and it feels great! I retired having served 15 years active duty U.S. Navy, 5 years active Navy Reserve, 5 years inactive Navy reserve, and 3 years with the California Air National Guard. 28 years military service total. It's been a good run, and I've seen a lot, done a lot, and met a lot of great people but I am sooo glad to be honorably done at last. I figure not bad for someone who didn't plan on doing a full military career in the first place. ;D I didn't get as high in rank as I would have liked (them's the breaks...) but I've learned, experienced, and gained so much that this is more than reward enough. I figure it's a win-win for the government and I. The government got it's money's worth out of me and I sure got my money's worth out of the government and did make it all the way to an honorable retirement with my health, sanity, and family intact. That's a pretty good deal right? :D   

- for my 47th birthday this year my wife treated our kids and I to a visit to the Space Shuttle Endeavour and the California Science Center! What a great present!! I've followed the space shuttle program loosely from beginning to end and this was the first time I had been able to see a space shuttle in person, let alone up close. I did take quite a few photos of the space shuttle and may share a few here if any of you are interested. I think a couple are interesting enough and artsy enough to be worth sharing here.

- As I mentioned above, I've also been able to actually make some time to build and complete a few models too. I'm getting caught up with some long overdue backlog model works and commissioned pieces. Wheew! This feels soooo good to be accomplishing at last. I have 2 more backlog commissioned pieces to complete, which will hopefully be completed by the end of this year, and then I can start on several new works that are in the pipeline, and get back to work on some of my own long in the works pieces. Family goings on permitting of course. ;)

Between family needs and doings, and work goings on, it seems like I am busier than ever and once I get home from any given workday, get dinner, take time for my young and fast growing daughters, take care of some chores, there's not much left of me for creative stuff.  All's good right now though and I'll share what I can when I can. 

Thank all of you out there in the DA community so much for the interest in my work that you have shown me. Your friendship is very much appreciated! :D Happy creating as always to all!!! :D


P.S. I thought it was a fantastically great thing that the supreme court made LGBT marriage in all 50 state legal at last and that the ACA(Obamacare) was saved from the chopping block again. I'm thinking many conservative and republican heads just exploded over this. :D I wish they did anyway.... ;)
  • Mood: Content
  • Listening to: Jimi Hendrix Experience CD
  • Reading: Darwin's On the Origin of Species
  • Watching: Planet of the Apes Movies(originals)
  • Playing: Modelmaker (Yaay!!)
  • Eating: Sloppy Joes
  • Drinking: Orange/Pineapple Juice

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David R. Everett
United States
Current Residence: Menifee, CA
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Favourite genre of music: Classic Rock, Showtunes
Favourite photographer: Alfred Cheney Johnston
Favourite style of art: Anything creative and stylish
Favourite cartoon character: Calvin and Hobbes
Personal Quote: Hope for the best, expect the worst, deal with whatever happens
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Joe-Maccer Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015
Cookie Eater by Joe-Maccer :iconfaveplz: Thanks, David! 
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12jack12 Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
All these cool Sci-Fi models, I have to keep my :eye::eye: on you :nod:
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dinobatfan Featured By Owner May 27, 2015
Thank you very much! I have been away for awhile in the last few months so I haven't added anything new lately. Sorry about this lapse. I've actually been building some models and have been caught up in a lot of life and family goings on. Nothing bad, just life goings on such as lots of honey-dos, helping daughters with home work, being tired from the daily job, and the like. Please do check in from time to time. I will be updating and adding more soon..as in the next few days. I'm very glad you like my stuff! :D
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kanyiko Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A very Happy Birthday to you!! :hug:
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dinobatfan Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015
Thank you very, very much!!! :D My birthday was indeed a great one and you've helped make it better! :D
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kanyiko Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad to hear that!! :hug:
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happyshorty Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
love the models you build, very talented. Music wise if you like abba check out Blackmoores knight, its what richey blackmore  is doing now.Wink/Razz  
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Steele-IceHeart Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the fav! :)
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Laphroaigh Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014
Thanks for the fav!
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for faving.
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