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  1. OK, it`s dry, so I could start sanding. I use normal sandpaper on flat surfaces and sanding sticks around the details. When this was done, I started cleaning the lines. I used a toothbrush. The next step was to cover the sanded parts with a layer of primer. As you can see the panel lines on Airfix model look much better now. They are narrower and more delicate. Of course, corrections will be needed in some places, but I will do them later (before painting). Now let's move on to the Italeri model. Here we have a
  2. Why? I like challenges like that, so be sure I will enjoy it! So let`s start. I cut main parts of both kits from frames. I filled shrinkage pits and assembled wings. Italeri first - no bigger problems, some putty was needed under cockpit area. Parts of the wings matched each other perfectly. Airfix took a little more work on wings, but after some sanding everything also fit. Some putty was needed at the bottom of fuselage halves. I decided to get on the panel lines now. My "patent" for too wide "trenches"
  3. Yes, it`s a shame that the best 1/72 Sea Harrier is almost 40 years old now and is... Italian! Hope that Airfix will make new tool someday, because I don`t see a real chance for new Tamiya, Hasegawa or Eduard... I have Kinetic`s 1/48 SHAR kit in a stash, which is not perfect, but something like that I would like to see in 1/72. Current Airfix kit looks as a toy after assembly. I`ll see what I can do with it. Last year I tried to improve Airfix` 1/72 Skyhawks (which also sucks and Fujimi`s A-4s from `80s are still much better), so I have some experience.
  4. It may be strange, but in my "Falklands War model collection" Sea Harrier is still missing! That's why I decided to make two at once. To make it more interesting, they will be models from two different manufacturers - Airfix and Italeri. They are most popular kits of SHAR in 1/72 scale on the market (so far) and are well known, but I`ll try to compare them on this occasion. Airfix kit is from 2011, meanwhile, the Italeri is a rebox of the old ESCI kit, which comes from 1983! It would be logical if Airfix was better, but as you know - it is not. So let`s see both kits.
  5. Very nice! I like weathering! Good job!
  6. Yes, there is a lot of lead in nose, in cockpit area and even in engines. Fortunately that was enough.
  7. I`ve just finished another model for my Falklands collection - 1/72 IA-58A Pucará, A-532, Grupo 3 de Ataque, Fuerza Aerea Argentina, Falklands War 1982. This particular aircraft is well known from photo taken in Argentina mainland before its departure to Falklands (BAM Malvinas, Port Stanley) on 27 May 1982. It took part in air raids on British units in Darwin/Goose Green area on May 28. It was later damaged in ground collision with Pucará A-514 and captured by British at Port Stanley airfield. Later used as training target and destroyed. I tried to recreate the look of A-532 from
  8. Fantastic! Seems that it`s not easy-to-make kit, but you did just great!
  9. Thanks for your comments, guys! I forgot about position lights!!! And it`s not my first time... But I've already done them (minute ago) so I can get on with the next model.
  10. My first finished model this year - 1/72 F/A-18F Super Hornet, VFA-2, USS Abraham Lincoln, Indian Ocean 2005. Hasegawa 00799 kit + Eduard PE parts + resin flaps by Res Im.
  11. It seems that we`ve found some interesting issue! OK - there`s nothing more worth for modeller than the word of real Aircraft Technician, and I say this with true respect! And it really won`t be a problem to get off those US RBFs from my Phantom`s Sidewinders (I think it`s 1 minute work). But I must be absolutely sure before I`ll do that. That`s why I paste some pictures from my research archive, so that you can make an judgment: Oh! That`s my bird! I see US RBFs on Sidewinder, but the resolution of this picture is not very good. Another Phantom
  12. OK, I got it. Is it possible that they've cut US RBFs and don't put British RBFs?
  13. As I know UK RBFs are red/white stripes, while US RBFs (as we use them on Polish F-16s) are all red with "REMOVE BEFORE FLIGHT" text on it (black or white). And all RBFs on British Phantoms and Tornados were UK's red/white stripes, as you've said. And I agree with you. But my point is that there was exception - RBFs on Sidewinders exactly in place that I've put them on my model. Like here: And they are also visible on Stanley's Phantoms in 1983/84 period. I don't know the reason - just noticed that.
  14. And you are right! But look at Sidewinders at Phantoms or Tornados and you will see this strange exeption! I think that those US RBFs came with AIM-9s "included" and were used only with them, even in RAF. So I've put them on my Sidewinders by purpose, not mistake. It was yesterday, so remember it well.
  15. I know British RBFs and even have Eduard's set, but on all pictures that I've seen Sidewinder's RBFs (even on Gulf War Tornados Sidewiners!) were American style, so I've used these one.
  16. Excellent Spit and whole collection! I'm interested in Korea War too, but I did't know that F.24s were in area! Thanks for sharing!
  17. British Phantom is my favorite F-4. Looks just awesome! I've always wanted to build a model of it and I'm happy that it's already finished. I don't know if new Airfix kit is much better than old Fujimi, but I've started this one few years ago, before Airfix released their Phantom. Proudly finished it today. In fact this model is part of my "1/72 Falklands defenders trio" collection. Tornado F.3 of 1435. Flight is already finished too, and maybe someday I will make Typhoon FGR.4, but I want to make it with Hasegawa kit (which I don't have), not with old Revell kit (whi
  18. Here is my 1/72 Phantom FGR.2 XV423 "D", 23. Squadron RAF, RAF Stanley, Falkland Islands 1983/84. Old Fujimi kit made "out of the box", except resin ejection seats (Pavla) and Sidewinders (Eduard). Decals are based on Print Scale`s 72-285 set. Thanks for watching!
  19. Yes, in fact I plan to build 3 Sea Harriers (1x 1/72 Italeri, 1x 1/72 Airfix and 1x 1/48 Kinetic), but first I want to finish my 1/72 "Black Buck" Vulcan B.2 before Airfix will release their new kit. https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235012564-avro-vulcan-b2-xm607-black-buck-172-airfix/ I don`t know how many lifes will I need to finish all kits in my stash, but over 20 of them are for my Falklands War collection, including 3x Sea Harrier, 2x Chinook, Dagger, Mirage IIIEA, 2x Lynx, Pucara, Wessex HU.5, Scout, Gazelle, Wasp, Neptune, Victor, 2x Sea King, Tra
  20. Here is another model from my Falklands War collection - 1/72 Douglas A-4P Skyhawk C-212 of V Brigada Aerea Fuerza Aerea Argentina, Rio Gallegos AB, May 1982. Airfix` kit, which needs a lot of work to look like A-4B. Built at the same time as my A-4Q - report here: https://www.pwm.org.pl/viewtopic.php?f=851&t=87504 I think that it`s the last Skyhawk I`ve ever built. Now I have 3 in my collection: A-4C, A-4Q and A-4P: The other 2 models were
  21. Thank you, guys! I hope I will finish my A-4P from Airfix soon.
  22. I`ve realized that nose is uncorrect after gluing the halves of the fuselage. It`s going too much down and is too flat underside. It`s more like nose of "C" version in shape, but lenght is accurate for "B" version. You can see all my corrections here: https://www.pwm.org.pl/viewtopic.php?f=851&t=87504
  23. Here`s new model for my "Falklands War collection" - 1/72 A-4Q Skyhawk of Argentine Naval Aviation, code 3-A-305 (ex-US Navy A4D-2 serial 144929), Rio Grande air base, Falklands War, May 1982. Built of Airfix` kit A03029, which seems to be a quite nice kit, but requires a lot of work because of terrible and stupid errors (worst of them is bad nose angle). I think that old Fujimi from 1980`s is still much better than Airfix from 2012. I`ve used PE parts from Eduard, resin fuel tanks from Brengun, resin ejection seat from Pavla and decals from Condor Decals and DP Casper.
  24. Here`s my interpretation of Oscar EW-5894 Fallus Tactical Fighter Bomber, USS Essess, 1991. I started to build this kit about 6 years ago (A01006 kit without "Hot Shots!" decals). Of course it was supposed to be fast and stressless project... It was not. I`m not happy with this kit, not happy with a final result, but I`m happy that I finished it and put it on the shelf. Model "out of the box" except decals and canopy (vacu from Pavla)
  25. Simple reason - they did not have stencils at this time!
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