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About alxzinbox

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  1. Amazing idea and execution. The debris scatter looks very interesting.
  2. 1/72nd Thank you everyone for your kind words! Cheers, Alex.
  3. Hi! I'd like to present the ICM 1/72 Zil-157 depicted here crossing a stream. My first attempt at a detailed natural landscape with resin water. Everything other than the truck was scratch built. The tree was created from twisted wire, masking tape and clump foliage. Stones, pebbles and gravel picked up from riverbeds during treks. I used pastels on the terrain and the truck to blend the weathering of the truck into the landscape. The resin water acts as a perfect adhesive to tie the scene together. Ripples added as a second layer using fast drying clear resin dabbed on with a brush. Cheers, Alex.
  4. This build is Perfection!! Everything's just right- it looks clean and reasonably well maintained. Yet, look closer and it's weathered. Brilliant restraint for fantastic results.
  5. Amazing build Tony! Very impressive considering the number of models passing thru your desk!
  6. That's shaping up real nice! The stenciling is after-market or from spares? I didn't have the "no step" as part of the kit decals. Looking forward to seeing it in the RFI! Cheers, Alex
  7. So that's the yoke of guilt I wear around my neck on this build. I decided I wasn't going to install the vanes on the sides towards the end- Ironic after all the effort towards realism. Now the build is wrapped up and parceled off to it's final destination at my permanent residence. I'll probably revisit the last bit just before it's finally installed in its display case. Cheers, Alex
  8. Hello everybody! After months of procrastination, I finally completed this model I had started on in August of last year. Details added: Scratch built Ejection Seat detail Full hydraulic lines on landing gear using stretched sprue closely matched landing gear bays (hydraulic lines and additional detail) scratch built ventral fins Scratch build Sub-sonic ramps in the intakes (missing in the kit) Riveting where ever appropriate (around cockpit and on the upper surfaces of the fuselage Improvement to the chin pod TVSU Drilled out a hole in the fuel dump pipe scratch built carrier deck base (with liberal dose of creative liberty in design) wheel chocks from styrene card Boo-boos include: Fogged up canopy due to improper future application Cockpit Instrument panel PE print lifted off the brass due to water damage during salt weathering Salt weathering was a MESS. Fortunately it was salvageable with spraying on the weathering again through a thin slice of dish scrubber as mask Spilled Alclad on a completed exhaust corroding away the plastic (again salvageable fortunately) Omitted AoA sensors on fuselage side (it would have been lost to the carpet monster anyways) "100" decal applied in reverse on starboard side Additional PE and accessories include: Dream Model cockpit PE detail set Dream Model Pitot Tube Infiniti Carrier Tie-down point PE set (including the chain) Pilot and RIO from Revell NATO Pilot set The model was a joy to build, and the option to pose the wings extended or retracted provides a lot of flexibility to displaying it. It also had a perfect blend of detail v/s ease of build. Kudos to HB for that. A special thanks to Parabat, Tony Oliver, Navy Bird and Ratmigs for all their inputs during the build process. Tony Oliver's experience with the kit helped mitigate a lot of problems I would have otherwise run into. The wooden pedestal was made by a colleague skilled in woodwork. Much appreciated guys! On to the pictures! The reason I was excited about this particular scheme was this die-cast model of the F/A-18F in the same Bounty Hunters CAG scheme. Do they look beautiful together or what! Ejection seat detailing with stretched sprue and Dream Model PE set Cockpit detailing with Dream Model PE set and tissue paper to simulate the canvas covers on the IP cowls Nose Gear bay detailing Nose gear Detailing... Everything eventually disappeared into the dark recesses of the aircraft Sub-Sonic Air ramp scratch-building. Hardly seen in the shadows, but good to know it's there Scratch built the ventral fins to recreate the prominent NACA vents Scratch build a carrier base using the Infiniti Tie Down PE set. There were a 44 tie-down points included, thus I had to keep the base to a small size despite increasing the distance between points slightly A parting shot taken from the balcony of our apartment during a glorious sunset. Thanks for watching! Cheers, Alex.
  9. Hi Oliver, Thanks for checking in! All's well, though I've not been a regular on britmodeller of late. The build has been crawling along slowly as Christmas and everyone's birthdays followed in quick succession. It's almost complete now, pending some final work on the tie-down chains. Here's a teaser I shot during a beautiful sunset recently I also scratch built a carrier base (with some creative liberties on the dimentions of the deck markings) I used a 1.3mm styrene card and drilled out 3mm holes on a 20mm x 20 mm grid. I've used the infini model USN carrier tie-down photoetch (Link) Scribing and priming Paint and weathering (didn't use sand-paper as it's pretty difficult to work with) Demarcation Stripes (un-weathered in the photograph) Should do the final photoshoot in a week or two as I have since moved on to other projects. Cheers, Alex.
  10. Wow! This is one perfect build! The finish on the canopy, even if it's not accurate as you mentioned, is what elevates this build. Great work on the weathering and cockpit detailin too.
  11. Amazing build Jay! Always a pleasure to see the venerable MiG-21 in 72nd and that too with such finesse. Your paint-job is marvellous, as is the detailing of the rivets and panel lines. The kit does look more the part with the beefed up exhaust too. Good catch on that one. The open cockpit is also just wow! The perfect end to 2016 for you! All the very best to you in 2017, and looking forward to all the models to come off your bench! Cheers, Alex.
  12. Yet another flawless build! The weathering is amazing as usual. I would like to ask though- how do you get your rivets so perfect? Looking forward to the next masterpiece!
  13. Wow!!! That is spectacular!! So simple yet so elegant. Great idea and execution. The figure painting is very good too.
  14. Nice paint work! The peeled paint on the white strips lends an awesome effect.
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