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Thom216

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  1. Nice! Very few Raptor builds. Gonna be checking in on this one!
  2. I see no short comings here... Looking god! EDIT - or good. take it either way.
  3. May have been said already, but that would look good for Space 1999 and 2001 as well! Very nice!
  4. Thank you @Roberto! Since I will soon have to mount the cockpit tub onto the wheel well I set about 'fixing' that. As is from the kit and the part is pretty bare, with detail only on the roof of the well and nothing for the sides. So I took an hour or two and drilled and fitted some wire and spare pieces of plastic to liven it up. Looking toward the rear. ...toward the front... ...and straight 'up.' Not exact certainly but better than what came before. The thick white piping is the cord from an old set of ear buds. I removed the electrical wire from inside and replaced it with some metal wire so it could be bent to shape. In fact that same braided copper wire from it was used on the side for more cabling. The little tank, made from thin evergreen rod is just sitting on it's shelf until after painting. Now to paint it. Model on! Thom
  5. It's not the kit that makes it shine, it's the modeler! Lovely paint work in the bays and those 'pits are sublime.
  6. If they keep the plastic from dimpling or shorting, I'm alright with a lil extra snipping.
  7. Been wondering about the wing sweep smudging myself and came across this on the y-tube. Looks like an easy method to use. I'll probably put some tape down before the pigment to keep from having to clean too much extra from outside the effected ares.
  8. And now I'm wondering, do I have the correct seats for a D-version SuperTom?
  9. The 'pit is just about done. A little weathering, some belts made from thin-cut tape and it should be ready to go. I did run out of my Tamiya flat clear, so I'll need to make a stop for that. And one of the seats, now just missing some belts... ...and the black hash-marks for the pull handles. I'm thinking some real thin and short black decal strips. I tried painting them, even using a pen, and they looked rubbish. Model on! Thom
  10. Lovely looking detail on those sprues! Not mourning at all the incomplete Modelcraft build I sold off!
  11. Cool progress. You boneyard comment reminded me of the mystery jets found out West. A few F-14s and F-4 hulks found in the 'wild.' https://sofrep.com/fightersweep/abandoned-us-military-f-14-f-4-found-field-anyone-know-got/ Would make an interesting dio.
  12. Thank you much, @Col. and @Dermo245! Steady though slow! I finished getting the trunking, or at least as far as the pin parks. The ones in the inlet I simply sanded smooth. Some work ahead will deal with the lack of detail in the gear bays, esp for the nose. The sides are completely flat and will benefit from some wire and bits of plastic. Keeping mind clearances for the nose gear! And a little more work done on the cockpits. Academy has made a nice looking kit, and that extends to their decals. The ones for the consoles and IPs settled down like dreams with a little bit of MicroSol. They just hug the details! And as said before, I had to piece together the ones for the IPs as these are not the A variants that the decals are made for. But I think they turned out alright. JUST DON'T CLICK FOR A BIGGER PICTURE. (Some things are best seen as they would in real life...) Modeling on! Thom
  13. Okay, considering the fan blades and exhaust all done. And moving onto the trunking, I started to fill and sand the sink marks on the inner surfaces. Model on! Thom
  14. Great job! Looks reader to reap!
  15. Okay, since I'm doing the D variant then I figure the decals on the sheet with not fit with the correct instrument panels for the SuperT. So I'm going to start 'carefully' painting those, starting with a base coat of light gray and then silver for the screens. Then some smoke for the pilot's screens and clear green for the RIO's. Then I'll (re)paint the surrounds and try to be neat about the rest. I will see if some of the decal panels can be fudged onto there. If the RIO's screen are too bright for a shut down machine I'll dip some Tamiya smoke into there. And the tub before decals added on the panels. Painting the seats and coaming. Just a first shot of black before tan for the coaming, green for the seats and then weathering for the black areas to come. For the belts, I'll be cutting some 'thin' strips of tamiya tape. And engine faces and exhausts, hit first with nato black and then dusted with AK Aluminum. The fan blades will be hit with panel line black for the spaces between the blades and then rubbed with a lead pencil on the high edges. The cone will be painted white. The exhausts will get a light hit of burnt iron and then also the same panel line black treatment for the recesseses. And while I'm at it, I should get the ejector release marks on the insides of the trunking... Model on! Thom
  16. Woops! There was a model-switch-aroo that was done! I started looking at the Revell kit (after the trip and buying it...) and looking at some other builds, and I decided to just pop for the Academy kit instead. The details on the Academy are far sharper and more filled out, plus the canopy on the Revell kit is doo-doo. It was too thick and too distorted, esp as I am doing it canopy down. I tried to find a vaform to replace it but had no luck so I popped for a whole new kit.
  17. Paints looking good! Nice fix on the HUD too. I'm also doing this scheme but with a different kit from what I 'started' from.
  18. Love how much they look like a VF-1 without the tail planes like that. Progress looking good. Hope they have a canopy for you. I was going to use the Revell kit until I saw that the canopy was doo-doo.
  19. Okay, paint has finally been thrown - as well as some glue too... Just some cockpit work and a little gray. Get that momentum goin! Thom
  20. So now we can make the zeppelin spaceships from Iron Sky.
  21. Well you know it's never part of the plan to let the Shame Shelf get so populated. And I'll get some skulls-n-bones on the shelf, I think for the FA-18 GB. Thom
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