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  1. 1/48 HobbyBoss F/A-18D Hornet

    Hi Arie Thank you. The Hataka paint behave brilliantly. Dries to a very nice, smooth finish (smoother than their RedLine acrylics). I used 50:50 Orange Line thinner to paint, and built up,the colour.
  2. 1/48 HobbyBoss F/A-18D Hornet

    Thank you Glynn.
  3. 1/48 HobbyBoss F/A-18D Hornet

    Yes, up against the F-16. Incredible to think both airframes are that old, but still very capable aircraft.
  4. 1/48 HobbyBoss F/A-18D Hornet

    Calling this done. After cleaning of the UMP wash, I gave the whole airframe a matt coat, in readiness for next stage of weathering. For this I used AK pigments for the first time. Lesson learned from this, you don't need much. I've used Humbrol, and Vallejo pigments in the past, but with the AK ones, you only need the smallest amount on a brush. So the wing control surfaces, which were done first, seem a little over done. Colours used were Smoke, Burnt Umber, Light Grey, and Light Dust. I did use a small amount of Tamiya Weather Master Oil Stain on the drop tanks. With the weathering completed, I removed the masking from the canopy, then attached all the undercarriage and doors, the crew ladder, and fitted the seats. Overall, a great kit, with only one major issue. I had to cut 4-5mm from the section between the front and rear cockpits (and the cowling too), in order for the tub to fit in the fuselage. Other than that, there was no problem. The Meng missiles are excellent, as are the Eduard Brassin rocket launchers. Another first was using Hataka Orange Line lacquer paints. I used HTK-C037 Light Ghost Grey, and HTK-C035 Dark Ghost Grey. Problems with the original Repliscale aftermarket decals caused a delay in the build. They were supposedly for a Gulf War VFMA-121 Hornet, but some of the grey markings were lighter than the main colour, were they should have been darker. So I had to source an alternative SuperScale set, which were more accurate. So here it is, all finished. Ian G-6 by ian gaskell, on Flickr
  5. This is my completed 1/48 HobbyBoss F/A-18D, of VFMA(AW)-121 Green Knights, from Operation Desert StormOverall, a great kit, with only one major issue. I had to cut 4-5mm from the section between the front and rear cockpits (and the cowling too), in order for the tub to fit in the fuselage. Other than that, there was no problem.The Meng missiles are excellent, as are the Eduard Brassin rocket launchers, and the Quickboost seats.Another first was using Hataka Orange Line lacquer paints. I used HTK-C037 Light Ghost Grey, and HTK-C035 Dark Ghost Grey.Problems with the original Repliscale aftermarket decals caused a delay in the build. They were supposedly for a Gulf War VFMA-121 Hornet, but some of the grey markings were lighter than the main colour, were they should have been darker. So I had to source an alternative SuperScale set, which were more accurate.The display base is from Coastal Kits Display Bases.So here it is finished. Ian G by ian gaskell, on FlickrIan G-5 by ian gaskell, on FlickrIan G-6 by ian gaskell, on FlickrIan G-8 by ian gaskell, on FlickrIan G-8 by ian gaskell, on FlickrIan G-10 by ian gaskell, on FlickrIan G-11 by ian gaskell, on FlickrIan G-12 by ian gaskell, on FlickrIan G-13 by ian gaskell, on FlickrIan G-15 by ian gaskell, on Flickr
  6. 1/48 HobbyBoss F/A-18D Hornet

    Been a gap in my updates, mainly due to a change in work shift.Now as far getting the decals applied. Had a mishap with the original set, as some of the decals were to light a grey, and were lighter than the airframe colour, where they should have been slightly darker. Managed to track down an OOP set of SuperScale decals, for the Gulf War USMC Hornets, in Canada.Pylons, fuel tanks, and weapons ready. The Meng Sidewinders are exquisite. The decals are sealed with Alclad's Aqua Gloss, and the next step is give the whole airframe a UMP Dark Dirt wash. DSC_0156 by ian gaskell, on Flickr DSC_0157 by ian gaskell, on Flickr DSC_0157 by ian gaskell, on Flickr DSC_0159 by ian gaskell, on Flickr DSC_0160 by ian gaskell, on Flickr DSC_0161 by ian gaskell, on Flickr DSC_0163 by ian gaskell, on Flickr DSC_0165 by ian gaskell, on Flickr
  7. 1/48 Kinetic Su-33 Flanker-D

    Thanks Les. I'd seen that update from Kinetic, and was about to put the link up myself. Have to say, the revised instructions are a 100% improvement over the old set.
  8. 1/48 Kinetic Su-33 Flanker-D

    Hi As I pointed out to John, I can’t even remember were this would go., sorry.
  9. 1/48 Kinetic Su-33 Flanker-D

    Hi As I pointed out to John, I can’t even remember were this would go., sorry.
  10. 1/48 Kinetic Su-33 Flanker-D

    Hi John Sorry, I no longer have the instructions, and I can’t remember. Apologies for not being much help. Ian
  11. 1/48 HobbyBoss F/A-18D Hornet

    The upper fuselage has now been sprayed with Hataka's Orange Line (lacquer) Dark Ghost Grey.Very pleased with the way it's come out, and again, the finish is really good.The last photo shows the dry fitment of the Attack Squadron resin exhaust nozzles. These have sprayed in Vallejo's Metal Colour Exhaust Manifold. DSC_0143 by ian gaskell, on Flickr DSC_0144 by ian gaskell, on Flickr DSC_0146 by ian gaskell, on Flickr DSC_0145 by ian gaskell, on Flickr
  12. 1/48 HobbyBoss F/A-18D Hornet

    Priming done, with UMP black primer, and some marbling with Akan Faded White, and Vallejo Light Khaki.I've also decided to replace the kit exhausts, with some very nice resin ones from Attack Squadron. This is my first time at using (modern) lacquer based paints. I've used Hataka's Orange Line Light Ghost Grey, and Dark Ghost Grey, for the airframe. Coverage is brilliant, and the finish is very smooth. I only had to wipe the needle tip once in 30 minutes of airbrushing. Couldn't do that with acrylics. Underside is done, and tomorrow I'll do the topside. DSC_0138 by ian gaskell, on Flickr DSC_0139 by ian gaskell, on Flickr Untitled by ian gaskell, on Flickr Untitled by ian gaskell, on Flickr Untitled by ian gaskell, on Flickr
  13. 1/48 HobbyBoss F/A-18D Hornet

    With the fuselage together, and wings attached, I decided to improve on the kit. The instructions call for the control surfaces to be assembled flat, and flush to the wings. The rudders are moulded into the one piece vertical stabilisers.With the flaps, it was a simple case of cementing them into their lowered/extended positions, and a slight adjustment made to the flap hinges, under the wings. The flaps were help in place with some Tamiya tape, until set. The rudders were cut so that they could gently bent into position. Warming the vertical stabilisers first, helped with this procedure. So, I'm now about ready to start priming, and that goes for all the "hangy-off" bits too. DSC_0122 by ian gaskell, on Flickr DSC_0125 by ian gaskell, on Flickr DSC_0126 by ian gaskell, on Flickr DSC_0128 by ian gaskell, on Flickr DSC_0129 by ian gaskell, on Flickr DSC_0130 by ian gaskell, on Flickr DSC_0131 by ian gaskell, on Flickr DSC_0132 by ian gaskell, on Flickr DSC_0133 by ian gaskell, on Flickr DSC_0136 by ian gaskell, on Flickr
  14. 1/48 HobbyBoss F/A-18D Hornet

    I find the Hataka paints ok John. Usually I thin them 50:50, but that can vary depending on temperature. It’s best to use their own thinners though, and lay down thin coats, and build up the colour. A couple of drops of flow improver helps too. And a bit more thorough on the airbrush cleaning afterwards. Up till now, I’ve only used Hataka’s acrylic, but I’m going to try their Orange Line lacquer based paints, when I do the main colours. Im told they are even better than the Red Line. Cheers Ian
  15. 1/48 HobbyBoss F/A-18D Hornet

    Cockpit completed, and seats finished. Although the kit supplied instrument panels are well detailed, the rest of the cockpit is a bit bland. With the combination of Eduard coloured PE, and Quickboost resin, it has really been brought life.All painted with the following acrylics:-Hataka A100 Jet Black - seatsHataka A054 Grey FS36270 - beltsHataka A004 Olive Drab (Early) - seat cushionsHataka A018 Olive Drab (Late) - beltsHataka A011 Light Polish Khaki - beltsMission Models MMP-041 Hiway Yellow - ejection handlesVallejo Metal Colours Chrome - belt bucklesUntitled by ian gaskell, on FlickrUntitled by ian gaskell, on FlickrUntitled by ian gaskell, on FlickrUntitled by ian gaskell, on FlickrUntitled by ian gaskell, on FlickrUntitled by ian gaskell, on FlickrUntitled by ian gaskell, on FlickrUntitled by ian gaskell, on FlickrUntitled by ian gaskell, on Flickr
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