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  1. Nice! I believe I flew on that very aircraft when I was a wee nipper in my prime!
  2. Thanks for the links, pictures and thoughts guys, shall know how to proceed now when I get to the flaps stage
  3. Hi folks I'm building a ZM 1/48 F-4C and want to display it with the leading edge Flaps/Slats in the drooped position. Having trouble finding detail pics of these when they're extended - is it safe to assume the interior area underneath them is the "usual" red, same as the Airbrake panel interior? Thanks in advance Tim.
  4. This looks amazing, you've made a boring paint job look alive!
  5. Paul Yeah, if you have some reference materials, by all means send them over - thanks a lot! Internet doesn't yield much in the way of detailed cockpit photo's, bit disappointing given the aircraft and it's history etc. I'm not too concerned about the nose-shape issues as you describe (well, I say that now but I'll probably end up tweaking it, but we'll see!) but definitely want to detail the rear cockpit - and, of course, have the canopy raised. Do you have any reference material of the weapons bay? Or was that incomplete on the actual prototypes? Again though, both lovely builds and they're getting my juices going for making the '23 my next build (second time around, first one got squidged in a house move) Oh, the ejector seat as well - is it just a standard ACES II model?
  6. Excellent work on both kits! Always loved the YF-23, much better looking than the Raptor and arguably a better aircraft. Question though - where did you get the plans/data for the rear cockpit, or was it something that you copied from the Collect-Aire kit over to the Hobby Boss kit? I've got the Hobby Boss Kit and want to do some work in the rear cockpit.
  7. Just about finishing the Farmer E, really enjoyed building it despite the known inaccuracies. Looks an aggressive and distinctive aircraft, and you can see the lineage from the Mig 15 to the 21. I'll watch this one with interest ☺
  8. When I first saw the pictures I placed a bet with myself that this was your work Arkady, and I saw that it was, and now I owe myself some money! Superb work as always, you have a certain style of kit building/painting that I find incredibly pleasing to the eye. It's strange though that there's not one particular thing I can say "does" it for me. More stunning work, pure and simple
  9. Ah ok thanks. I tried spraying Tamiya smoke for a similiar effect on my current build and royally cocked it up, but I have stacks of pigments so I'll try that instead. Again, lovely build, the metallic finish is superb ☺
  10. I've fought many (mostly unsuccessful!!) battles with Vallejo primer, and I've come to the conclusion that to preserve a small amount of my sanity, I'm not gonna bother using the stuff. I find it clogs my airbrush constantly, and end up having to spray at a much higher PSI than usual (say 20-25), and then the finish suffers. Ive never gotten to the bottom of why the above problems occur. I have used Vallejo Flow Improver with it with a certain degree of success, but to save the hassle I've gone back to rattle cans or Alclad primers (to use while the family isn't about).
  11. Bleeding gorgeous build! I'm very much leaning towards getting one of these, they look like a very nice kit! Out of interest, how did you achieve the staining on the panel lines behind the gun compartment? Is it pastels or pigments or something?
  12. I used Panzer Putty for the first time last weekend and it's a game changer for me. I've never come up with an acceptable camouflage scheme until I used the PP. I rate it very highly. It can be reused, soaks up paint and leaves no residue like blue or white-tack can, so overall very happy with it!
  13. The modelling world definitely needs more Dune! I'm a massive Dune fan and am going to enjoy seeing this one come together.
  14. Thanks mate! A little more done today, have finished the gear wells and test fitted the landing gear and no problems so far. I test fit the drop tank too, that fits just fine. ​ ​ I also took the cockpit parts off the sprues and undercoated them all. I was gonna upload pics of the cockpit parts and the 2 paints I'll use for it, Akan Emerald Green and Faded Emerald Green, but Photobucket is being a pain. More tomorrow!
  15. I've been working on and off on a TSR 2, so definitely anti-flash white, and as said earlier - the key is many thin layers. Of course it depends on your airbrush, but 20psi is too high for Vallejo, I find. More 15-18psi and no more I find Vallejo Air Acrylics (I'm assuming you're not spraying Model Color - it can be done but with lots of thinners!) a pain in the rear end to spray, but use them for at least 50% of my work, I find the airbrush clogs much less, and the finish is much better and smoother if I use Vallejo Airbrush Flow Improver - about 8 drops per half cup in the airbrush mixed well.
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