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Andrew

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  1. Work continues to transform all these bits into more recognisable shapes: Rear fuselages were joined as well, but only after I'd scribed some absent panel detail on the fins of each kit. Inspiration for this embellishment came from the odd Esci kit languishing in the stash; to their credit, the panel detail on the Esci kits is arguably superior to that of the Hasegawa kit (not that it's bad, just missing in places), despite being even older - anyway, the plans in the Daco and Verlinden books were invaluable for this task. In the picture below, the fuselage at the front is for the F-104S and you might notice that I've removed a piece of the forward edge of the ventral fin so as to depict the steeper rake of the F-104S variant - I do occasionally remember to make the necessary changes at the appropriate juncture, not several stages later when it's nearly/already too late! This is the F-104S rear fuselage again, showing evidence of some pretty tired moulds. The surface on the underside of each half was 'wavy' and where the halves joined needed a fair bit of filling. Also, a small portion of the exhaust opening was short-shot, enough that I couldn't ignore it but luckily not so badly that it was anything other than a straightforward fix to rectify (a curved sliver of plastic was glued into the squared-off gap and then filed/sanded/scraped to shape) I think what I'm trying to show here is that I've thinned the edge of the kit's exhaust nozzle to a more realistic degree and removed a considerable amount of flash. I've lost some detail as a result, but I think it's still an improvement. It's a great moment in the life of every Starfighter kit when you can join the pointy bit to the hot bit, and I got to do it twice: I've even started to clean up the main undercarriage legs (and test-fit them, along with the 'keel' portion of the main undercarriage bay), but I'm still not sure how best to approach painting the undercarriage. I'll work it out I'm sure. thanks for looking and for your kind words.
  2. Almost 9 Hobbyboss 1/72 F-14 Tomcats

    How goes this latest addition to your grand feline opus, Tony? Hope you're keeping well.
  3. Mirage GB chat

    Wow! Thanks very much to those who voted for my build - what a surprise! My two Mirages really benefited from a number of forum members sharing their experience with the Special Hobby kit and/or their knowledge of the Mirage F1; I remain deeply grateful for this kindness. A huge vote of thanks to the hosts and all who contributed to the Group Build as well - I was very pleased when the start date finally rolled 'round, as it seemed like an eternity had passed between when it was first proposed and it actually starting. Andrew.
  4. Hi Ray, thanks for stopping by! It's true about the multiple builds - one day I'll just settle for one of something on the bench. That day is fast approaching I'm sure, but not before I've finished a couple (at least) Starfighters for this GB. Hope you can get started on a build or two of your own...
  5. If so, then I'm equally lazy - you've described my rationale for the approach perfectly. To be fair, and in the interests of complete disclosure, I can't claim credit for the idea, just its implementation on this occasion... I saw something similar done years ago in a magazine article by (I think) Diego Quijano, where he sprayed a dark colour through a fine mesh to replicate a grille on an S/HH-60, also in 1/72; I thought the result was very realistic and have tried it only recently on my AMK Kfir build I started for the Mirage GB. Thanks to you both for your kind words.
  6. J.A.S.D.F. F4 Phantoms

    Thanks @Latinbear for sharing your lovely images - the blue camouflage jets are particularly interesting, but they are all a great treat.
  7. 1/48 Hasegawa TF-104G Italian AF

    Great choice Lex, I'm looking forward to it.
  8. Thanks very much Giorgio. Painting the exhausts was fun, but sadly won't be very visible... at least I know it's there!
  9. I've made some progress on these kits over the last few days, including work on the cockpits... ... starting with black primer (Gunze's Mr. Finishing Surfacer 1500 Black): ... then some cockpit grey (FS36231, or Dark Gull Grey), also courtesy of Mr Color: ... and a dark grey wash (mix of Future, water and Tamiya acrylic colours): ... and finally some black/very dark grey (Tamiya acrylic mix) and detail colours (Tamiya enamels) applied to the consoles and instrument panels: I've also devoted a bit of time to the other end of the jets, as the exhaust ducts and turbine faces need to be painted and glued in place before the aft fuselage halves are joined. In fact, I've probably spent too much time on these exhausts, as I doubt that much will be seen (or that many will go looking once the jets are finished) down the dark length of these 'tubes', but I couldn't help myself and I had fun trying to achieve the appearance of the hot end. Again with the Mr Surfacer 1500 Black: and some graded green (dark to light), utilising Hataka's newish lacquer paints in appropriate tones: then some dark metallic colour at the escape opening and 'dotted' along the length of the tube/duct (the latter to represent what I think are cooling perforations in the real thing): This is how I achieved the 'dots' - the piece of etched grille has been bent to shape to sit inside the tube half and I sprayed the dark colour through it. It fits the bill very well and was a serendipitous find while trawling through one of many 'boxes of bits': In fact, the whole process was so enjoyable that I did a couple more sets... ... it would be reasonable to assume that another couple of F-104s will soon make an appearance appear on the bench... thanks for looking, Andrew.
  10. Dutch F-104G - 1/72

    Surprising! I think the symbol moulded below the arrow is kanji for 'up' and your first photo seems to suggest that... Anyway, if you've got it to fit and the fuselage goes together better, then crack on. Nice instrument panel too!
  11. Excellent, thanks very much for the answer and the bonus information - I knew you'd know!
  12. Thanks James, I hope to keep the progress, er, well,.... progressing. I find the Daco book indispensable, irrespective of the small scale I'm working in and the fact that it's heavily oriented towards German, Dutch and Belgian variants - the details it reveals are amazing. I also have the old Verlinden Lock-On book on the F-104, but it is a generation or three behind the Daco book in terms of the sheer quantity of illustrations and information contained. Andrew.
  13. Hi Giorgio, Thanks for looking in. I'm grateful for the link and your information - it was your post in a Real Aviation topic on Italian Starfighters that inspired the F-104S CB. I think that I'll complete both of the Italian jets with relatively heavy loads, each with four tanks and a centreline store (recce pod for the F-104G and a practice bomb dispenser for the F-104S) - they just look that bit more purposeful when carrying lots of stuff... If I may, a question for you about the 28 Gruppo F-104G: the jet I do won't have the camera fairing immediately behind the nosegear bay, but will carry the Orpheus pod. Were these jets also called RF-104G? cheers, Andrew.
  14. Thanks very much Craig, Both my Italian Starfighters will be in standard camouflage (grey/green over aluminum), so will look similar to each other; only the presence of a reconnaissance pod on the F-104G and other subtle differences will help to distinguish them. I really like the standard scheme of the mid-'80s with large roundels, huge code numbers and colourful unit markings, so I apologise in advance for the lack of special markings - steering away from the many special/commemorative schemes wasn't a difficult decision for me, but I understand why so many folks find them appealing. Here's a little bit of work on the cockpits done in the last couple of days... cheers, Andrew.
  15. My contribution to the GB will start with a pair of Italian Air Force Starfighters, a recce pod-equipped F-104G from 28o Gruppo and an F-104S from 102o Gruppo. Here's a jumble of parts from which I'll build the pair, and the eagle-eyed will spot more than enough bits for two models; with any luck I'll also attempt a third kit in the pile, an F-104J that was started many years ago. At some point in the intervening years I've attempted a refurbishment of the incomplete model, only to put it aside for a rainy day or a F-104 STGB like this... A bit of reference material - and the odd instruction sheet, in case I get confused about what goes where... Thanks for looking. Andrew.
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