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alxzinbox

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  1. That's a brilliant idea for checkered canopies! Glad I stumbled upon this build. Top notch stuff all around!
  2. Very nice The camo pattern and weathering are perfect. The fuel leakage on the center tank is lovely! Great photography too!
  3. That's some incredible detailing! Looking forward to the rest of the build! Cheers, Alex.
  4. Hey all, A quick post of these two lovely little models I had a lot of fun building Trumpeter's 1/144th F-14D and Revell's 1/144th F-18D. Trumpeter's 1/144th kits are an absolute blast to build- low part count, perfect fit, excellent level of detail for the scale, and stress free. The perfect antidote for taking a refreshing break from your other high maintanence builds. I used the lo-vis Tomcatters scheme from the F-14D kit on the F-18D, despite the VF-31 not having the Hornet (they currently have the F/A-18E). Also for the eagle-eyes, the wing-tip rails are not acc
  5. So good. Nice work. You get the weathering just right.
  6. Hey All, I'd like to present the 1/72nd Academy F-16C/J draped in the splinter camo of the 64th Squadron. The decals were from the Hobby-Boss boxing. I took some creative liberties in choosing the Arctic Splinter camo as opposed to the reference in the box as it looked cooler (no pun intended?) I left the aircraft unweathered (it being Airforce and all) but went to town on the fuel tanks which wouldn't receive as much love as the aircraft itself. Thanks for watching! Cheers, Alex.
  7. Hey All, This build was a spiritual successor to my Hobby-Boss F-14D which I also hugely enjoyed building. Both builds are on different continents now. The build was mostly OOB with the exception of basic riveting (to justify the weathering) and rotating of the Nose Landing Gear (probably not technically accurate for a parked aircraft but adds a dash of dynamism). The HARM missile was borrowed from the Academy F-16CJ kit, and the pilot from the Hasegawa F-18D kit. Missiles all carry the blue ribbon of non-lethality Painted using Vallejo Model Air and Alclad II. Weathered
  8. Hi Roger! Nice build there! I've tweaked the color balance of your photos along with a few crops. Feel free to use them, or if you're not comfortable, let me know and I'll delete the photos. I've uploaded the edits here- https://imgur.com/a/UGJ533N
  9. Hi Markus! Thank you Sir I weathered using oil paints. The model was sealed with clear acrylic after decals. First pass was the region staining'' with lighter colors like Yellow Ochre and Burnt Sienna. Noteable areas include joints like the elevator and tail roots (where they join the fuselage) Then I worked the panel lines by brushing in a mix of burnt sienna + black and blending it out smoothly across the panel and rivet lines with a soft dry brush. I then used odorless turpentine (with a fine edge brush) to clean up edges (like around the airbrake or individual access plates
  10. Finally completed the flapship flighter of the Indian Air Force after years of it being on the wishlist. Built mostly OOB with some custom riveting, and IAF decals from spares. A big deviation from the norm is building it wheels up- So much fun flying it around the house with my son while making jet sounds and my wife rolling her eyes in the background :D Waited for a perfect spring evening to finally click photos in the golden sunshine at the park. Natural light makes for perfect photos!
  11. Amazing idea and execution. The debris scatter looks very interesting.
  12. 1/72nd Thank you everyone for your kind words! Cheers, Alex.
  13. 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 dryi
  14. 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.
  15. Amazing build Tony! Very impressive considering the number of models passing thru your desk!
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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 Drille
  19. 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 us
  20. 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.
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