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  1. Neat finish. Good job especially on the nose checkers, I still have nightmares from doing this exact same build earlier this year!
  2. Thanks ! According to EagleCals decals instructions, the Lil Butch artwork was for the plane crew. Elsie was Major Tice's name for his plane (which he carried over when he was assigned on P-38s).
  3. I have to admit, this is my third Thunderbolt this year
  4. Hello, I've just finished this Thunderbolt and managed to snap a few pics before breaking my main light. First foray into 48th warbirds, riveting and a "serious" NMF attempt. M boxing with the addition of Eduard wheels (failed to glue those squarely ), HGW belts, EagleCals decals and MrColor SuperMetallic paints. Til next time!
  5. Nice work so far, and I agree with you on the wash. I like the antiglare and antigrip zones though, looking good. If you haven't applied a gloss varnish yet, I think you should try to remove the decal film on your markings. MYK "ASU-DECA" decals are like transfers in that regard. Maybe do a test with a spare decal first.
  6. Great work on those intakes, thanks for the extensive photo documentation.
  7. Oh, a double phantom build by Giemme, on kits I own and plan to build soon, I have to follow this! I probably missed it while going through the first pages but is there a pattern image for those seamless intakes for the Hasegawa kit?
  8. Thanks! The long landing gear is one of the issues with the Academy kit, which I did not bother to fix at all
  9. Hi, Here's my recently finished Razorback as flown by Frank Oiler out of Duxford around 1943. A very nice kit, much more so than the Academy bubbletop which I built concurrently as Sleepy Jean 3. This was supposed to be a quick dual build to widen the Thunderbolt family and to try out some new techniques; it ended up taking more than a year to complete. The Barracuda decals worked out very well, although I failed at applying the cowling checkerboard perfectly. Still managed to hide most of the issues. I was since told on another board that stencils were applied in black on OD Thunderbolts, and noticed anyway that the real plane didn't seem to have any. Cheers!
  10. 5 new boxings appeared on HLJ with a FEB21 tentative release date. 3 F-4EJ Kais in 2 farewell liveries and an 8th Squadron blue camo, an RF4-EJ including new parts and pods and a vietnam era US F-4E.
  11. Nice start! I see you dressed up the IP coamings, you should check right now that they still fit inside the clear parts, the fit is tight and you probably don't want to find out at the end of your build Also, you should have fun with the MYK decals, they're actually similar to HGW wet transfers and great quality.
  12. The distribution MO is very peculiar indeed, it looks like they did not provide the Chinese market at all. It's also much more expensive than their prior kits.
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