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  1. Hi, Like to join with a stalled build from 2017 Mirage GB. Kinetic 1/48 Mirage IIIE. The build stalled when I broke the fin antenna and failed with the NMF. Will follow on with pictures later. Cheers, Mario
  2. I just got back from my workplace, and since the JS Shimokita had her microscopic parts on, I can't bring her on board my work site. But, I was able to spare some time on her and install all the vehicles and PE's. And after several hours, she's done. I also added several PE Figures. As planned I'm going to make a small diorama depicting the ship almost finished loading the vehicle. So, I'll go ahead and try to find what method I should use to make a typical calm water in the dock area.. Cheers, Mario
  3. Aaah... Noted. It's actually already on my to do list... Cheers, Mario
  4. Thanks @spejic... What hooks are you referring to? My current plan is to use a white thread as mooring lines and attach it to the mooring point on the provided dock... And use the provided fenders for the bumpers. Cheers, Mario
  5. Thanks @spejic, Adapting to your idea and reference pictures I played with vehicles; I'm following the deck tie downs point and placed the vehicle between the points, and as you can see it leave an empty rows on the center line of the deck just on the transparent area of the deck, so it won't cover the below deck visual. It might be not so accurate, but so does a transparent deck, right? 4 Type 82 Command Post Vehicles will be parked on the port ready to be loaded into the ship, while 2 4x4s stand guard near the loading ramps. As for the rigging, I use a poly strand which my LHS sells. Any comments are welcome. Cheers, Mario
  6. Back from the job several days ago and just found the will to continue with the LST.. The kit decals already start to yellow and has lost it's film, nothing that a coat of microscale decal film can't handle, although it makes the decal thicker. Also finish with the vehicle decals and painting. I decided to use 2 SH-60J and 1 CH-47 Chinook. Partly because I hope it will help mask any marking imperfection due to the decals. I played around a bit earlier with rigging hread and make some rotor tie down for the chinook. I will load up the ground vehicles later, but currently still trying to figure out the best parking spot for all vehicle but will still get a view of below deck. Any comments / suggestion are very welcome.. Cheers, Mario
  7. Great start... I never know the PLAN color would be good for JMSDF. For what it's worth, Mr.Color got a special set of modern JMSDF Color, which now they sell it separately. I use it, and looks just like the one I saw on the real ones. Cheers, Mario
  8. Small update... Finished the island rigging last night, and I decided to install the island on the main deck. Just like the dry fitting no problem found when glueing the island on the main deck. This would be my last update for the next 2 weeks, until I'm back home from work. Here she is momentarily displayed beside 1/700 USS Cole which I'm still working on her display.. Cheers, Mario
  9. This was actually intended for Lockheed GB But one thing led to another, I missed the build deadline, and finished it several days ago... So here it is.. Hasegawa 1/72 CF-104, OOB beside wires for the ejection seat. I use mostly AK Interactive Xtreme Metal, Mr.Hobby Super Metallic, and Mr.Color paints. Cheers, Mario
  10. Thanks @spejic n @beefy66.. I'd love to post larger image... But I think I've read somewhere the recommended size for posting image in BM Forum it 640x800... But here's some latest pictures with higher resolution... As for the boat launch well, I installed it rather early before closing the main deck, and before installing the lifeboat for easier access. I agree it was really tricky.. I ended up replacing one of the platform PE with the generic one by Lion Roar. Cheers, Mario
  11. Update... Painted the deck and hull, also added some railings detail on the main deck, and scratch small mast which shows in reference photos. If you see some discoloration on the main deck, it's started as an accident. I put too much flat coat and have white powder effect on the main deck surface. It strangely look like salt effect I sometimes see on vessel's main deck. So, I decide to play along and add little oil wash on it instead which also lessen the white powder effect a bit... I like the results and I consider the painting and wathering process on the main deck is done. So, I thought why not as well peel out the masking tape and dry fit the island... Cheers, Mario
  12. I knew it looks funny... I should've done more research... Unfortunately nothing can be done for now, unless ripping off the aft main deck section, which is too scary for me. Thanks for the info though... It will sure be useful for my LHD-6 build. Haven't got the kit yet... But yesterday the postman delivered a PE set for 1/700 WASP Class LHD which apparently I bought from the E(vil)Bay. And I swore this ship-modelling is just a fling.... Cheers, Mario
  13. Hi, Yes @spejic I actually start painting the trucks several weeks ago. And yes, I did considering to add containers.. but it will took more time and money for me so probably later. Meanwhile, the build continue with painting the deck and vertical area of the structure with Mr.Color 608 (JMSDF Dark Grey N4), then followed by masked the decks.. Dry fitted the island to determined the masked area... White for the fore decks and Mr.Color 607 for the aft, then red, then Mr.Color 608.. I want several area of the main deck to be transparent, and I'm hoping the red color will shows the tip of the cutaway. I also want to try some preshading to highlight the hull framing. I robbed this idea from the build by a member in this forum.. I noticed the kit lack of several antennas above the bridge and aft of the funnel area, so I scratched some from stretched sprues. I don't know the measurements of the real thing, so overscale are very likely... Although it does make the top deck area populated, almost like antenna farm saw in reference photos. Cheers, Mario
  14. I decided to finish the LCAC and the ground forces... I didn't use the PE parts for the LCAC because I'm planning to use it for other project.. Weather all the vehicles, and the internal decks with acrylic wash, just enough to give some variation on the shades. Then problem... I really don't know the proper arrangements of the vehicle inside the vehicle decks. So I took t liberty to load the tanks and AFVs first, with 4 unit of Type 74 MBT being loaded into the two LCAC. Later I will add some figures also Here's what it's look dryfitted with the upper deck and island.. I planned the soft vehicles (trucks, utilities) will be stacked on the upper decks.. All the vehicles are glued with pva, so it will be easily moved/changed if I got references.. Cheers, Mario
  15. Wow! That's even better than mine with all the PE on! You should continue your build @spejic ... Thanks to Spejic's pattern and instruction, I'm able to build additional modification for shimokita's mast... I will probably add more details as per spejic mast... Prior to building the additional platform, I add some PE grill and railings around the hull parts Also paint the interior.. the vehicle deck area is Tamiya XF-23 (Light Blue).. yes I thought it's just another Tamiya effort to only listed their own color code on the instruction sheet.. But when I went aboard JS Suzutsuki several months ago I saw light blue on their hangar wall.. The flood deck looks to have the same shade as the external of the ship, The instruction said TS-32 (Haze Grey). But I choose to use Mr.Hobby 607 (JMSDF 2704 Gray N5) instead. Mostly because I want to try to see how it looks compared to the real one. And it's spot one with the shade that JMSDF ships had on. Slightly darker than USN or RN grey.... Next...paint the island, and weather the vehicle deck and flood deck Cheers, Mario
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