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  1. I agree that the detail is soft. The recessed panel lines are almost non existent, and will disappear under even the first coat of paint. The AIM-9E looks really wonky to me, the forward fins are too big and set back to far. I think that the chord of the forward AIM-7F fins looks too narrow, but it's not as noticeable. Something about the forward fins of the AIM-9M is not right, but I'm not sure. I think that is because the front of the forward fins has a blunt end rather than a continuous slope into the missile frame. Small details on the Fine Molds ASM-1 and ASM-2 are
  2. I picked up the F-4EJ Kai kit today from the local hobby shop for ¥3140 and the associated weapons set for ¥1400. There is not much that I can add about the Phantom that hasn't already been said, but I took some sprue photos for those that might want to take a look. Link to the album Here are some photos of the weapons in the weapons set. I will admit that I'm pretty underwhelmed by it, it is almost like there was a completely different team when compared to the Phantom kit. I would prefer the Hasegawa offerings in their weapons set over all of the Fine Mold
  3. There is a bit of a learning curve to using vector drawing programs. I use Inkscape, a pretty powerful freeware bit of software, and it's pretty good. I've had the die cutter for a few years now, but really only recently have I started using it more. P1030822 by J Hooper, on Flickr I primed the exhaust black, and used the Silhouette to cut out masks for the exhaust plug, the petals and the canopy. There was another piece not pictured that I cut to mask the intake plug as well. P1030827 by J Hooper, on Flickr Wing root reinforcing plates cut with
  4. Good Afternoon, Some work in progress for one of the attractive Arctic Aggressors from Eielson AFB in Alaska. Decals will be from TwoBobs. I've started with the Hasegawa kit in 1/72 scale and am doing some light work to address some of the weaknesses of the kit and a bit of extra. I'm not trying to super detail this aircraft, but out of the box, it is a bit simple for my tastes. P1030808 by J Hooper, on Flickr Some detail added to the glareshields and updating the gun muzzle vents to late type. As molded, the kit has the early vents, not accurate
  5. Great and detailed work so far, congratulations! Hoops
  6. My local hobby store has the Fine Molds F-14As at 3600 yen, and I'd say that's a pretty average street price in Japan. Cheers, Hoops
  7. I started providing references to Mark by sheet 72-006 and wound up either drawing the artwork for or providing the references for 44 subjects (just counted them up!) and another 60 that hadn't made it onto a sheet yet. We probably traded emails every couple of weeks, a very nice guy who will be missed by 1/72 scale builders. Hoops
  8. I am familiar with the set, but in all honesty, I'd probably just as easily make do the conversion myself. I've got the Albatros Modelworks decals already, and getting resin set to the US or Japan would be about as much cost/effort as replicating those part myself. If I am going to buy a Special Hobby kit to begin with, I would prefer them to release their promised AZ version. Cheers, Hoops
  9. When I saw there had been an update, it had gotten me excited that there may finally release the F1 AZ. Hopes dashed! Hoops
  10. This morning's work, at least I'm satisfied with the wing panel lines: rect5001-1 by J Hooper, on Flickr Cheers, Hoops
  11. The "F-16CJ Misawa Japan" has the parts for the small mouth intake in the box as well, just marked as not for use. Link at Hobby Search: 1/48 is not my scale, but this boxing of the Hasegawa kit should have all the parts that you need in it. It would not be as nice as the Tamiya kit, for sure, but you should still be able to build a nice representation. Cheers, Hoops
  12. Thanks Rob, I'll see if maybe I can track some of those down. If all else fails, I'll just have to approximate them. Cheers, Hoops
  13. That's actually the same artwork as what @cmatthewbacon posted, just rearranged. Thank you for the help though. I think that the two different sets of scale plans that I've found are also "heavily influenced" by the prototype. The Heller kit matches up with them, both include the leading edge landing lights and the dogtooth is further outboard. When you say that the wing profile is different, what is different about it? I'll probably only ever build one Alpha jet, so I'll try to get it right. This is from the other set I had found, but it has all the same
  14. Thanks M, but that's one of the ones that I had already looked at. The dogtooth on the leading edge of the wing is way too far outboard, the panel lines on the top of the wing are not very accurate either. The other ones I have found from "Plastic Kits Revue" suffer from the same problems. I only got that far before deciding it might be better to look for another source. Cheers, Hoops
  15. Good morning, I just picked up an old Heller Alpha Jet kit in 1/72 and I'd like to go about rescribing the panel lines. A good set of scale plans/line drawings would be very helpful for that. Those that I've scrounged up online are all significantly lacking, where can I find some good ones? Cheers and thanks! Hoops
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