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  1. Orangutan

    1/48 F-15DJ AGGRESSOR

    tedium. basecoated the exhaust interior (3 colours on the "petals". off white on the "tube". AK aluminium on the fan blades). cheers Shane
  2. Orangutan

    1/48 F-15DJ AGGRESSOR

    the ones by Legends Productions. now that the front end is more or less complete. started work on the aires exhaust (sawed the pour gates/blocks off) and a quick dryfit Cheers Shane
  3. Orangutan

    1/48 F-15DJ AGGRESSOR

    cockpit base coated and ready for oil washes a closer look at the instrument panel should have trimmed some of the decals to get a better fit. Cheers Shane
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    1/48 F-15DJ AGGRESSOR

    what deadlines .....i blame the summer holidays. got the cockpit and front wheel well basecoated blocks on the cockpit floor are to raise the resin ejection seat. size difference comparison (Legend Productions vs GWH). I hear that the GWH seats are oversized. Cheers Shane
  5. Orangutan

    1/48 F-15DJ AGGRESSOR

    the scheme in question > http://www.airplane-pictures.net/photo/493488/92-8068-japan-air-self-defence-force-mitsubishi-f-15dj/ Many thanks all on the book recommendations!
  6. Orangutan

    1/48 F-15DJ AGGRESSOR

    hello! apologies about the "disappearance". thanks to holidays and all. A small update, from an hour at the workbench. Backseat circuit breaker and miscellaneous piping. and 2 photos (of my own) from RIAT 2017 and Flying Legends Airshow 2017. Till next time, Shane
  7. Orangutan

    Merlin engine variants

    Hello, this question comes out of a want to build an RAAF Spitfire HF Mk VIII with engine, cannon bays, radio, flaps displayed. Rather than purchase the components separately, I was thinking to purchase the SIN64809 set by Eduard designed for the Spitfire Mk IX. would this work? Been scouring the instructions/reviews and noted that parts for the Mk VIII can be found in the SIN64809 set. Appreciate any references comparing a Merlin 60 (Mk IX) vs Merlin 70 ( HF Mk VIII) engine as well. Apologies if I got any details wrong. Cheers, Shane
  8. A quick build. this was finished over a week. the wet splotches you see on the solar panels are a black wash. Tried to vary the fuselage colours, but the camera doesnt really capture it well. things to improve >> Colour Variance on the solar panels, tried experimenting with splotches of black wash without luck (they were basecoated with Tamiya Rubber Black) Greater modulation on the fuselage Never rush a project comments and criticism welcome as always Cheers Shane
  9. Orangutan

    1/48 F-15DJ AGGRESSOR

    !!! by any chance would you have pictures of the cockpit? I am working on some mods, mainly a new circuit breaker for the back seat. Good tip on the masking tape. Shane
  10. Orangutan

    1/48 F-15DJ AGGRESSOR

    made some mistakes the avionics doors left a large gap. probably due to me being a little overzealous in sanding them. styrene card was used fill the large gaps. also note the odd disjointed panel lines (circled in red). another negative > GWH panel lines are really soft (having built their MIG-29). would be re-scribing pretty much the entire kit to deepen them. On the plus side, the cockpit detail is really nice and would be a joy to paint For those following, the deadline for this build is 26 Aug 2017, due to a club meet. Hopefully I will get more interesting bits done in my next post cheers Shane
  11. Orangutan

    1/48 F-15DJ AGGRESSOR

    getting the boring bits out of the way >> filler, sand, primer , (repeat!!) till we have this seamless intakes (well the front 3 inches at least). intake fans are from an Academy F-15 with silver paint applied. Cheers Shane
  12. Orangutan

    1/48 P-51D American Beauty

    thanks everyone for the comments! Airbrushed AK Interactive Polished Aluminium cheers Shane
  13. (Admin, please remove if posting videos isnt allowed) The Kit The aftermarket Legend Productions ACES II F-15 seats DXM decals Olfa circular cutter + lots of masking sheet /tape (the silly amount of masking required which will become apparent latter in the build) Hasegawa hologram (for the HUD) Hasegawa JASDF weapon set (for the AAM-3) Hasegawa weapon set B (for the ALQ-131) The Plane http://www.airplane-pictures.net/photo/493488/92-8068-japan-air-self-defence-force-mitsubishi-f-15dj/ WIP pics soon to follow. Cheers Shane
  14. Orangutan

    1/48 P-51D American Beauty

    Many thanks for the kind comments! Well, erm, Yes & No. No because there would be gaps present (on the wings's leading edges especially) if I did not use glue and filler Yes because the parts' tolerances are so tight that they stay together (mostly!) just by friction alone. Making dry-fitting a nightmare. Primer was Mr Surfacer 1500 Black Base > Gunze GX 2 for the high gloss Metal finish > AK Interactive Polished Aluminium this was dulled down a fair amount by a thin coat of Tamiya clear, oils, pigments. remaining colours are Tamiya Acrylic Shane