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  1. InAF lost 3 planes: first MiG-21 and Su-30MKI and later Mil Mi-17 on a resque mission.
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    F-35 Colour

    Mr. Paint and Akan have non-metallic FS36170 Have Glass Grey paint. The metallic sheen is achieved by special Mr. Paint MRP-278 HAVE Glass – Special Matt Varnish. https://www.hmhobbies.co.uk/mrp-280-camouflage-grey-fs36170-f-16-f-35-use-with-have-glass-30ml.html http://hpns.eu.nettihotelli.org/shop/mrp-280-camouflage-grey-fs-36170 http://hpns.eu.nettihotelli.org/shop/paints/akan-acrylics/akan-usa-acrylic?product_id=72071 https://www.hmhobbies.co.uk/mrp-278-have-glass-special-matt-varnish-30ml.html http://hpns.eu.nettihotelli.org/shop/mrp-278-have-glass-special-matt-varnish
  3. Helpful article to make Hasegawa F-16C/D more accurate: https://www.usaf-sig.org/index.php/references/reference/113-kit-corrections-detailing/596-accurizing-the-1-72-hasegawa-f-16c
  4. Check out this one (a bit out of date, because there is no mention of Tamiya F-16CJ):
  5. I think that a better choice for making almost any F-16 in 1/72 is to cross-kit various Revell kits or/and Tamiya. The other choice for modern dual-seat F-16 is Kinetic. Revell has two-seat F-16B (04355) and single-seat F-16C Block 50/52 (04633). You will get both intakes, both engines (jet nozzles) and tails. Please study various Revell Germany F-16 packings, because there has been at least 10 different reissues since the nineties with different additional parts You can find PDF assembly instructions at https://www.revell.de Unfortunately, Revell has a nasty habit to stop manufacturing some models suddenly and as suddenly to issue them again in a new reissue, so if the models you need are "out of print", try eBay or similar. Revell's F-16 is better than Hasegawa's. The best F-16 in 1/72 so far is definitely Tamiyа, which is so far available only as single-seat F-16CJ. Model's fuselage is made in such a way that a dual-seat version is sure to follow. Various F-16 intakes, horizontal and vertical tails and jet nozzles are also available as aftermarket parts.
  6. This Finnish webstore delivers AKAn to UK also: Water-based, water-soluble acrylic sixpack: http://hpns.eu.nettihotelli.org/shop/su-32-su-34-russian-airforce-a?search=su-34 Lacquer sixpack(remember to also buy lacquer thinner): http://hpns.eu.nettihotelli.org/shop/su-32-su-34-russian-airforce-l?search=su-34 New two-tone Serdykov camo sixpak: http://hpns.eu.nettihotelli.org/shop/su-25-su-32-su-33-su-34-new-camouflage-a?search=su-34 You can also buy separate colors. The 10 ml pain bottles are quite small, so I suggest to buy 2 bottles of each needed color for as big subject as Su-34. The pigments of AKAN paint come from Finnish paint manufacturer Tikkurila. I personally prefer acrylic ones. Do not dilute more with than 10% of water or AKAN acrylic thinner.
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    Meng 1/48 F-35A

    Meng is the best kit of F-35A in 1/48 and has far less accented RAM panel lines than KittyHawk 1/48 F-35A/C kits. I strongly suggest RAM panel line decals or masks like this one: https://dnmodels.com/product/ram-panels-paint-masks-f-35-meng/ The color of the airframe is FS 36170 (Mr. Paint MRP-280 or Akan 72071). You can make the lighter grey RAM panels by adding some white to this same paint. After applying glossa varnish and decals spray entire model with Mr. Paint MRP-278 Have Glass Special Matt varnish to add slight metallic sheen to the airframe. Su sure to check the compatability of MRP-280, gloss varnish and MRP-278 on scrap piece of plastic first http://mrpaint.sk/index.php?route=product/product&keyword=HAVE&product_id=373 http://hpns.eu.nettihotelli.org/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=72071 http://mrpaint.sk/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=375&search=36170 http://hpns.eu.nettihotelli.org/shop/mrp-280-camouflage-grey-fs-36170 http://hpns.eu.nettihotelli.org/shop/mrp-278-have-glass-special-matt-varnish
  8. The Hasegawa is the best OOB option. If you really want to make it with weapons bay open, you could crosskit it with Academy B-35A (a superb model by itself). You can also treat the Hasegawa F-35A in the same way. The RAM panel painting masks or decals are a must for any 1/72 F-35 model.
  9. Finnish Hawk (in the recent 2 grey scheme): If the engraved panel lines of otherwise remarkable Airfix kit are too massive to your taste and you do not want to fill and rescribe them, use Italieri kit instead. The FiAF seat belts and are different from the RAF ones. FiAF uses later type ejection seats only with boxy headrests. I recommend Avalon 7001 BAe HAwk in Finnish Air Force decal set. Hawk on the ground usually has fully extended landing flaps: you can use CMK set. Super Etendard: The only game in town is Academy kit.
  10. Academy F/A-18A, F/A-18C and F/A-18D models are the best ones.
  11. I would get a HobbyBoss Rafael model and compare it dimesionwise with Heller/Ilaleri/Revell model. That should clarify HobbyBoss underscale Rafale issue.
  12. Try HobbyBoss 1/72 Rafale kits. All 3 of them come with 2 kind of fuel tanks. https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/image/10117807
  13. The F-22A exterior paints contains stealth particles that makes them more or less metallic depending on lightning conditions. You can use Hasegawa 1/48 F-22A painting instructions as a guide. It recommends tinting basic Gunze greys with Gunze metallic colors. This feathered edge camo is easy to paint with airbrush but very challenging by brush. https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10098636
  14. BTW, there's very interesting article about painting F-35 in Meng AIR Modeller 73 (August/September 2017) magazine.
  15. F-35C Cockpit https://www.hobbyeasy.com/en/data/j59n2uqqutmmcxcxafb7.html F-35C FOLDING WING SET https://www.hobbyeasy.com/en/data/w8r5fbicaqppd4kxb82i.html 35C Vertical Tail & Horizontal Tail Set https://www.hobbyeasy.com/en/data/nwfbx1gb0skpkglulthl.html F-35C Lightning II Anthology Joint Strike Fighters Part Two https://www.hobbyeasy.com/en/data/f76cgdcnp3uxtr9gpkeu.html F-35C Lightning II Mask Set for Kittyhawk https://www.hobbyeasy.com/en/data/1yoefs2dsulu1chy0bv0.html Eduard PE BigEn https://www.eduard.com/store/Eduard/F-35B-1-48-1.html F-35C Lightning Gear (KH) http://www.luckymodel.com/scale.aspx?item_no=SAC-48275 Try to find some RAM Panel line masks or decals. Maybe you can partially use the ones for F-35A/B. I suggest you google some KH F-35C build articles.
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