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Bobski

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  1. If it came from this forum then it came from me. All the cockpits for all nations are painted the same colour, which is 36231. This is from the painting instructions for the actual aircraft. The overall greys for the Italian, German and Spanish aircraft are all FS colours as well.
  2. Good work. As an aside, the Squadron markings on the real jets are decals that are removed on ops, not painted over. Nice job replicating it though.
  3. 1) Eduard 2) Revell 3) Hasegawa (a bit too square for my eye)
  4. Dark Sea Grey should be a good start, but it varies depending on how weathered it is.
  5. I need to have the plastic in my hands, but having looked at the sprues and the instructions my first impressions are: - Clear instrument panel. Why? Most of the detail is wiped out in exchange for a HUD that will be in the way and probably get snapped off mid-build. - Better seat than the Hasegawa kit, although the belts look a bit dodgy. - They appear to have corrected the panel lines on the fuselage to represent a single-seater rather than just using the same fuselage from the twin-seater as before. - Assuming the 'censored' parts are included in the kit and not trimmed from the sprues, there's a nice set of inboard and centre-wing pylons in there for the first time. Shame there's no outboards though. - The same poor intakes. These (and the wings) were the main culprits for bad fit on the original kit, and it doesn't look like they've fixed them. - If by "Batch 3" they mean "Tranche 3" then more work is needed as it has none of the airframe modifications seen on a Tranche 3 machine (the most prominent being two small 'bumps' on the rear fuselage just in front of and either side of the fin). - Naff all ordnance and a single decal scheme with limited appeal. Good job I've got plenty of aftermarket decals! I'm keen to get hold of one of these to build it and compare to the old Revell kit. Will be interesting to see if it really is a "new tool" or just a tweak of the old one...
  6. You may struggle with detailed photos of parts of the F-35, especially opened up, due to security...
  7. Yes, those decals are suitable, if you can get hold of a set as they are extremely rare. You'll need some weapons though, as there are none in the Hasegawa kit other than a pair of AIM-9s. For a GR7 over Afghanistan you'd need: UK 540lb iron bombs or UK 1000lb iron bombs or UK 1000lb Paveway II. The two 1000lb bombs are available from Flightpath. The 540lb bombs are in the Airfix Buccaneer, again if you can find one. CRV-7 rocket pods (either the 19 shot or 7 shot pods) TIALD pod with pylon
  8. According to the latest issue of SAM, the 1/48 Buccaneer is due "early 2017".
  9. For me it's a toss-up between Airfix and Italeri. Italeri is more refined, but Airfix is a bit more accurate. Hobbyboss do a Hawk, but it needs some work to make it accurate (especially on the wings).
  10. They're due early next year as scheduled as far as I know...
  11. Tried these paints for the first time yesterday. Awful. They were thinned with their own thinners and all I got from my airbrush was dirty thinners, spots of pigment and a smell like cheap primary school poster paint. It didn't matter what pressure I used or the ratio of thinners to paint, nothing worked. I persisted though, trying thin coats and leaving each one to dry. No help. After the fourth coat I had no more paint on the model than I did after the first one, so I gave up and tried to clean my airbrush, when I discovered it was completely clogged. The pigment had separated from the liquid part of the paint and turned into a paste, which meant a full strip-down to try and clean all of the nasty gunk out. Some people will swear by these paints, and if you can get them to work for you that's great, but personally I think they're some of the worst paints I've ever used and would recommend they be avoided at all costs.
  12. There's the hardback on the top of the weapon that isn't present on the GBU-49, plus the ducting is different on the side of the weapon. Not sure about GPS lumps and bumps. It's a shame that no-one has yet done an accurate Paveway IV in 1/72.
  13. It takes quite a bit of patience to build as the fit isn't great and the plastic is a bit gash too, but the effort pays off in the end. The intakes in particular are difficult to get right and will need a healthy dose of filler to sort out the various gaps. I've also had problems with the lower wings on every Typhoon that I've built. Other things to watch out for are the instrument panel (it doesn't fit properly to the moulded glare-shield when installing the cockpit so you end up with a step) and the airbrake. If you want to close the airbrake then your best bet is to completely remove the recessed 'floor' on the upper fuselage that forms the airbrake bay.
  14. As I understand it, you could build a Block 40 from the kit if you changed the HUD and added the scab plates to the upper fuselage. I believe the main undercarriage is different in a Block 30 (different wheels and doors) so I don't think you can build one of those.
  15. Nope. UK aircraft have grey roundels, the same as everyone else. The only production aircraft that has coloured markings (as far as I'm aware) is the CO's jet from VFA-101.