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  1. Great start. Watching with interest. I purchased this kit last year and did an easy rescribe of the entire kit using some new tools....and BAM, I get deployed for a year. So it's sitting at home awaiting my return. So in the mean time....I'm going to live through your build Steve, hope you don't mind me watching closely. Cheers Collin
  2. Looking forward to this kit, just desiring good fit like the animation above shows. Watching the O-2A build on The Modeling News gives me some pause. https://www.themodellingnews.com/2021/10/build-review-part-i-148th-scale-o-2a.html Cheers Collin
  3. Interested in how these HB kits build up and look when finished. Value for the $$$? Cheers Collin
  4. Nice job and inspiration. I just took mine off the shelf to start decaling it tomorrow. Cheers Collin
  5. Very interested to see how that UV resin window experiment works out. Been great following your build here if an iconic kit. Cheers Collin
  6. It's the last 20% of the model. The dreaded last 20%....or as the Model Geeks podcast calls it....MoJo Killers. Decals on, wash on, flat coat on. Canopy unmasked. Now its time for: Painting the pilot Painting and detailing the ordnance & Sniper pod Landing lights Mounting the weapons and stores Installing the engine nozzle Static wicks...a lot of them And a coat of graphite powder on the main body to simulate the shiny yet grimy look of the HG. Off we go....
  7. A-7’s dropped Walleye II as well. Guy in my Airwing was a former A-7 driver (flying Hornets when I knew him) and was kinda famous for dropping his WEII and smacking his target, while his wingman’s AAW data link pod went bad....so he tuned up his buddies Walleye II with his pod and drove that one into the target. Walleye had a uniquely developed warhead, so a bit more powerful and destructive than a normal MK-84 warhead. Cheers Collin
  8. I’m taking a break from white paint for a bit, but I do plan on doing the red/white T1 two seat TF-18 with the Testors kit. Someday. Cheers Collin
  9. What part of Upstate? I grew up in the Binghamton/Johnson City area....was part of that local IPMS group before venturing off to college in the late 80’s. I think it’s still active. Cheers Collin
  10. About every bottle of my buff-able Testors MM metallic dark colors in my paint stash. Honestly I was like a witch making a magic potion, little of this...little of that. Recipe not followed. Sorry I can’t be more help. Thin coat of Future as a pre-decal gloss. After the decals and a wash, going to flat coat the model...then try a rub of black graphite powder to give it that metallic look similar to the first gen HG paints. Cheers Collin
  11. Sneak Peak. My 1/48 what-if in-flight....built up then put on the shelf...then taken back off the shelf and slowing working the decals and weapons. Eventual loadout will be 6 x WCMD in test config (orange test tail sections) and a few exercise-test HARM...along with a CATM 9M/9X x 2 on the wingtip BOL launchers. Cheers Collin
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