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  1. Thanks @dashellis I'm just wondering how you came across my post 6 months later like a few other people have in the past couple of days. Thanks
  2. Hi everyone This is my 1/48 SU-30SM by Kitty Hawk. This was a very nice kit to build with great detail. The fit was good, only having large gaps on the air intakes and air brake. I had read reviews about the other su-27 and su-30 kits missing axles for the wheels but mine came with them so I'm guessing they have fixed it. The instructions did have a few mistakes, the paint guide didn't show the camouflage on the underside and showed the registration number from one of the other aircraft. The decals were decent but some of them took a few applications of micro sol to make them conform. Some of the yellow decals were very thin and clear so when applied to the model, they went a lot darker and hard to see, this was the same with some of the red ones. There were also some yellow decals that looked more of an orangey colour, I don't think they are meant to be that colour on the real aircraft but I could be wrong. The weathering made the orangey decals less obvious and orange which was good. For weathering, I decided to try something different to what I normally do. I applied a black oil wash on a gloss varnish, then coated it in matte varnish. I used small dots of white oil paint on the panels which I blended with a wet brush to try to make faded areas. I am happy with how this turned out. It was then coated in a matte varnish again. Thank for looking
  3. Hi everyone This is my 1/72 Su-24 by Trumpeter. The kit has nice recessed panel lines and rivets. The fit was good apart from the intakes and the nose which had a bit of sanding required. The landing gear were well detailed as well as the landing gear bays which had raised rivets and structure. Ak real colours Mig 31/25 was used for the grey and white primer for the underside. The decals were good but the stars and bull wouldn't conform to the panel lines and rivets even after many applications of micro sol. In the end, I just pushed the decal into the rivets with a needle. I mixed black and raw umber oil paints for the grey areas and highly diluted raw umber for the white areas. I had found some nice pictures which showed a really dirty underside near the engines which I decided to experiment and the results came out ok. The kit also came with many options for weapons but in the end I decided to just use the fuel tanks. Thanks for looking
  4. Hi @Black Knight Wouldn't that remove the inner part of the exhaust which the flash is connected to? Thanks Andrew
  5. Hi everyone, I am about to start the kitty hawk su-30sm which came with these resin exhausts. I need advice on how to remove the flash without damaging the part as I have no idea how to. Thanks
  6. @Pete in a shed the only detail was the tail rotor shaft at the top and the frame work on the walls. There are small boxes on the wall next to the door to the cockpit and that is it. I'll try take a picture.
  7. Hi everyone, this is my 1/72 Zvezda MI-26 of the Russian Air force. The kit was great quality with lots of detail. The inside was very detailed with lots of structure and the tail rotor drive shaft visible. Fitting everything in the fuselage halves was easier than I expected and was a quick process. The only fitting problems I had was the two engine air intakes which didn’t align properly with the engine covers. The rotor blades had strong joins to the rotor hub and came pre bent. I did accidently break one of the joins to the hub but managed to glue it on correctly. I sprayed it with a dark eggplant grey and air superiority blue on a small bump on the bottom and where the tail rotor gearbox is. The kit came with only two red stars when pictures showed it having a third one on the underside. I found a spare decal and tried to apply it to the underside. Due to what I think is structural support, the decal had difficulty conforming so I had to remove it. I then traced the stars that came with the kit and created a mask. It worked well but there were areas where the red paint had sprayed in to the white. I was going to redo it, but it is barely visible when the model is the correct way up. I bought the Begemot 1/72 Russian Air Force insignia decal set so I could create the aircraft Rf-06801. I took the blue 07 from the 1/72 Zvezda Mi-24 kit, it was a bit bigger than the one on the real aircraft but looked fine. In the pictures where four small red tabs on each wheel which I made from the red border on the decals sheet. In pictures of over MI-26, they had lots of streaks of faded paint. I tried to recreate this by covering the area in thinner and brushing white oil paint onto that are. It turned out well and gave a subtle effect. I finally added the doors and used a drill to spin copper wire together to look like the rope holding the doors. Thanks for looking
  8. Hi everyone This is my 1/72 F-15E made from the newly released Academy kit 12568. The kit was incredibly good quality with amazing fit and covered in recessed rivets. The only thing that disappointed me was the exhausts which where simplified and lacking a lot of detail compared to the rest of the kit. I improved them by removing the thick bits of plastic and replacing them with thin bits of wire. The model required a small bit of sanding around the area where the cockpit section connects to the rest of the fuselage but that was it. The Invasion were not included as decals and there was no information on how big they should be, so I photocopied the paint scheme and resized it to scale. This worked well and I think they came out well. The decals were very thin and went on well. They conformed to the recesses with only the need of micro set. I weathered it using oil paints for the panel lines to try make the surface more varied. I decided to try something new and bought some glow in the dark powder. I mixed this in with varnish and applied it to the formation lights. This worked out very well and I think it makes the model look very cool during the night and seems quite realistic. Thanks for looking
  9. Hi everyone This is my Revell 1/72 EH-101 Merlin HM.1 representing the aircraft ZH860. The Kit had incredibly good detail, it had raised rivets along the sides of the aircraft but not the top or bottom. The fit was very good and required minimal filling and sanding. I drilled small holes into the stairs (if that is what they are called) at the side to try copy how it looked in pictures. The decals where good and conformed well to the surface detail. For weathering, I used panel liner to make the rivets more visible and oil paint to add small oil leaks and exhaust stains. I also used it look like it had been at sea for a while. Thanks for looking
  10. Hi @Tripio Sorry, I dont usually take in progress photos. The only ones I have are before the decals and weathering were applied.
  11. Hi everyone This is my 1/72 Amodel AN-26RT. This kit had the worst fit I have ever dealt with. The fuselage had huge gaps along the top and in between the wings. The inside had a lot of detail, but you cannot see a lot of it. I forgot to add weight to the nose after sealing the fuselage, so I had to open the nose a fill it with weights. The panel lines where very shallow and some needed to be re scribed. I painted it in light ghost grey for the main body and medium sea grey for the nose. The decals did not conform well even after applying micro sol a few times. Thanks for looking
  12. Hi everyone This is my 1/72 AN-12BK-PPs by Roden. This is one of the most challenging kits I have made, due to the bad fit and quality of parts. The inside was well detailed but is difficult to see through the small windows. I had to fit in about a hundred grams of weight to stop it tail sitting. The panel lines were either deep or so shallow you could barley see them. I had to do a lot of sanding and filling between were the fuselage parts and the tail where attached. I painted it in Mig-0208 Dark compass ghost grey. The decals did not conform well even after having micro sol applied many times and a few of them tore when being positioned. In the end I had to pull a cocktail stick along the decals to make them conformed. Thanks for looking
  13. Hi @Romeo Alpha Yankee Yes it was the kit decals I used on the model.
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