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Everything posted by vesthepes

  1. F-86F-40 type of nose wheel spokes in 1/48 scale?

    Just change the wheel, like they did... don't overkill that, it's just a wheel
  2. Chengdu J-7 color

    I did the J-8II in white, each panel a different tone, but still white
  3. F-86F-40 type of nose wheel spokes in 1/48 scale?

    There are five different nose wheel types on the F-86. Same wheels can be used on the T-33. Sabers and T-33s in the Yugoslav AF switched wheels often, that means you could see the same plane with different type front wheel. If you don't have the full rim one just use another one...
  4. SAC White Metal Legs - Quality Control Anyone?

    I used the kit legs on my Academy Hunter without any issues. I don't know how they go with the Aires wheel bay... But the plane itself even with resin cockpit and other stuff isn't heavy enough to pressure the legs...
  5. Hawker Hunter F6.

    Hehe, I am more of a wine person, but I feel you ... and the whiskey guy I still have one Academy in the stash with some AM leftovers and to be honest I don't know if I would do it all over again... but it is not because of the fixes, I believe it just isn't the easiest kit to build. As I recollect the most annoying thing was the construction and the fit of the intakes with or without the correction (basically just sanding the intake edge to make it appear larger/wider). The same goes for the nose parts, it's quite a challenge. As for the fixes, IMO you can easily skip the dog tooth fix. Positioning of the speed brake and the tailplanes is quite easy, you shouldn't worry there, just move it to a different position or let it be, as it is not something major to notice. Sanding of the too pointy edges and the bullet on the tail is easy. The nose is a hard fix to correct so I didn't bother. But it bothers me the most. I also have some regrets of not fixing (or buying) a vacu canopy, which is too short when you cut the back frame. I thought it would be okay if I pose it in open position, but the canopy is too narrow, to slide back down the spine... Funny thing is the cockpit is barely visible in its all black color and not that important, but the seat really pops out. I don't remember having any issues with the fitting of the wings to the fuselage, but it might be I have just forgotten that part. Just make sure the trunking of the intakes is done correctly. As mentioned the kit wheels are way too small. Anyway, just go for it and enjoy the build. When done, with or without corrections it still looks like a Hunter, which is very beautiful. cheers
  6. Ooh, 36,8 € to my place. I really like the kit, but that's just ridiculous...
  7. Hawker Hunter F6.

    here's a WIP on a F6 Hunter I did some time ago, including a resin cockpit and Aeroclub add ons... for me the biggest issue are the ill shaped intakes... Hope you find some tips here. cheers
  8. Just got mine. Looks very nice, no bubbles etc..., quality decals, tons of G4 pdf material on a CD, masks...
  9. F-111E, 68-020 "My Lucky Blonde"

    Hello chaps Nice to be around this one, the wait is over... I am pretty sure this is going to be a pleasant and entertaining group build, as it is usual here on BM... I'm in with a colorful F-111E carrying a nice noseart. Not sure about its role in Libya, all I know it was the commander of the sqd. flagship and that the noseart brought luck to the pliot back from the days of Vietnam. Hopefully someone can add some info o the subject, I'd be very happy to hear. Initially I was thinking of a downed F-111F 70-2389 callsigned Karma 52, but since I don't have the decals for it, I'll stick with the E version. Plus I've heard the IP in the Verlinden set is to match the E and not the F version... I cannot confirm it yet, I will have to take a look at both of the panels and then compare it to the resin one... Anyway, here's obligatory stuff: classic Libyan raiders markings... eduard etch old Verlindern set, still very useful a must too bad both afterburners are open, but still better than the kit offering this last item is very nice, but I sincerly doubt I will use, as my place on the shelf is limited and this beastie's wingspan is not a joke... that's about it for now... cheers, Vasko
  10. F-111E, 68-020 "My Lucky Blonde"

    Uhh, the time is running out and I have loads still to do... Been waiting for Gunze colors for the beast to arrive... I still have strong hope I will pull it through While waiting on that I did all the other stuff like wheels and undercarriage... thanks for looking in, cherers
  11. 1/48 Hobby Boss F-111F Aardvark **FINISHED**

    Wow!! Fantastic. I love it.
  12. "A" vark

    Great looking Vark. Impressive painting!! great work so far!
  13. F-111E, 68-020 "My Lucky Blonde"

    OK, the back and front part are together... One of the parked F-111 configuration was with the wings swept back at 54°... so that's what I did. So huge! What did I get myself into... The join looks like a battlefield. The plastic block didn't work as I thought it would. But at least I could sand and press it without worries as it is of structural use...
  14. F-111E, 68-020 "My Lucky Blonde"

    Thanks, I hope the solution helps... but I can't take the credit for the idea. I saw it somewhere way back when I was collecting all the info regarding the build...
  15. F-111E, 68-020 "My Lucky Blonde"

    Thanks chaps. It's been a pleasant build so far, but there a huge flaw on the Academy kit. I don't know if someone mentioned it before. The seam line between the capsule and the fuselage!! I have no idea what step should be first to get this airframe closed up without the troubles on its hump... Here's what I thought could help out. Took me an hour to make it, but it should make things easier later on... The decision was made: No clanky wings! No loose pylons swinging with fully loaded MERs! Off with the mechanism! Static it is! The resin exhaust are a nice substitute. They are an F version which had unique ones, but the differences aren't that noticable IMO.. cheers
  16. F-111E, 68-020 "My Lucky Blonde"

    Back with a little update. The front windshield had some problems with alignment, so putty was needed for some gaps. The center piece canopy rib was placed with its resin part. Makes the office even more busy... Whats worse than constructing with curved and roundly bent PE. Well, attaching it to a clear part I guess... There was quite an easy solution for this and it works ok so far. First I dipped the canopy parts into the floor polish (different brand, depands where you live), next step was masking. The PE comes in to layers, no problems with gluing that. I recommend removing the rearview mirrors prior to bending. To attach the framwork onto the clear parts I used two sided scotch tape cut into tiny strips. So far, so good cheers
  17. F-111E, 68-020 "My Lucky Blonde"

    Truly a big plane... I have heard about that, but it's an unoffical kill for the EF-111 and was never confirmed and Iraqis never acknowledged that. The kill was given to an F-15 which was on the F1's tail... On the other hand, there's a confirmed EF-111 kill, that crashed into the ground, trying to escape a missile fired by the Iraqi...
  18. F-111E, 68-020 "My Lucky Blonde"

    Thanks, still haven't decided whether to ditch the wing linkage and close it up in static position. I took some time to cut up the canopy. Scary at first but actually quite simple. A thin saw and some patience... cheers
  19. 1/48 FB-111A

    Great comparison of the fuel tanks. We can see now how the kit offering in both cases is way off in length...
  20. 1/48 Hobby Boss F-111F Aardvark **FINISHED**

    Great job on the vac canopy, my personal nightmare. Two thumbs up!
  21. F-111E, 68-020 "My Lucky Blonde"

    A little update... Added some detials on the IP "cover", to be more precise "nuclear blast shield"... No instructions by Verlinden for the HUD, but the part wan't hard to find... The capsule went together quite OK. I was surprised by the instructions to insert a 60g weight into the nose... 60g!! way too much IMO, so I ended up inserting 15g which should be enough Removed the resin parts from the stubbs and cleaned up... The movable wings mechanism make this kit quite a clanker.... is that a correct term? Too much Lego for me... it does work, but not quite like it should... thanks for looking in... cheers
  22. 1/48 Hobby Boss F-111F Aardvark **FINISHED**

    Very nice. Great job with the wash, looks very convincing!
  23. "A" vark

    Nice start, following with big interest!
  24. RF-111C 6 Sqn. RAAF Base Amberley 88 - completed

    Excellent job Rich, awesome scratchbuilding!
  25. F-111E, 68-020 "My Lucky Blonde"

    Thanks for all the info chaps! I found out that the mission was called "Operation Ghost Rider" http://www.shaw.af.mil/News/Features/Display/tabid/6145/Article/719405/remembering-operation-ghost-rider-and-el-dorado-canyon.aspx More details in the office: Some itsy bitsy pieces still have to be added and some fell off in the process of painting... cheers cheers