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My first article here!

Hello everybody!
I am following iModeler for the last 2 or 3 months now. So, I thought I should participate, too.
I do especially appreciate your DAILY NEWS thread!!! A lot of unknown pictures and impressive facts – brief and entertaining.

This is my latest finished project: Douglas D-558-1 Skystreak manufactured by Special Hobby in 1/48.
I always wanted to build one of these early jet testbeds; this particular aircraft was at that time still constructed with rectangular arranged wings. It made its first flight in 1947. The aim was to explore transonic speed. The later X-1 (for example piloted by Chuck Yeager) was much more famous.
My personal challenge was to catch that red gloss finish and to try to imitate the surface of a salt lake (which I have never seen in reality).

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36 responses to My first article here!

  1. What a cool build Michael, Great finish on the red and a nice figure as well. I look forward to seeing more of your builds, and let me be the first of many to welcome you to this fantastic site.

  2. Welcome, Michael. Really excellent first post. I think you caught that gloss red (and the base) brilliantly. As Marc says, I hope it’s the first of many.

    ‘Liked’

  3. Hi Mike , welcome aboard, you made a really nice job of this ,it’s not one that I’m familiar with but I will have a look at a kit for myself.
    Neil.

    • Hi Neil, thank you for your reaction. Although that aircraft looks simple it was not so easy to build it: it is a short run kit……not so much details and a lot of filling and so on. But fortunately these companies take care of those not so common items.

  4. Nice job Michael @michaelg34. From what I remember, that base looks like the real deal! Well done.

  5. Great looking model. Now I have to go search eBay and find this (it was released in 2008).

    I have seen (and stood on) the lakebed at Muroc/Edwards, and you “got it.”

  6. Welcome aboard, sir….nice build !

  7. Welcome to the group. Great finish

  8. Welcome Michael! Great first presentation. We are all looking forward to seeing more of your work.

  9. Hello Michael,
    Welcome aboard of this select group of “world”modelers.
    As mentioned by Gary: “Great first presentation”
    Regards, Dirk

  10. Well done Michael, look forward to seeing more in the future. Welcome to iModeler.

  11. Neat looking bird. Welcome to the asylum.

  12. Beautifully done, and welcome!

  13. Good job, you know you have a whole year to continue teaching us things like that
    Congratulations

  14. Great start Michael, love the aircraft.What are you working on next?

    • Dear David, thank you very much for your comment. I always try just to work on 3 projects at the same time. Your comment gave me the idea for my next article: on the aviation side I am building RODENs Cessna Bird Dog at the moment. So my next article will be a kind of WorkInProgress article showing the cockpit – hope you will like this one, too. BR/Michael

  15. You have done well on your first “showing” Michael. I’ve never been to the salt flats but it looks just like your base from the photos I’ve seen. Besides, Tom was there and said you got it right.

    Well done, Sir!

  16. Welcome aboard, and a lovely build to start things off! Well done.

  17. Gorgeous build Michael, welcome to iModeler!

  18. There is a usually a pinkish hue to a salt lake, I think you got it.

  19. Thank you for your comment! I like your Italian topics; there is one Macchi MC 200 in my stash waiting to be built; I like their shape and colours./BR Michael

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