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  1. I'm not a fan either. I was experimenting with some post shading and didn't thin the paint enough. It does build up nicely if you give it attention but I wouldn't be entering the Airfix boxing in a competition. But credit to airfix with giving you plenty of options such as 3 fuel tanks, and two types of bombs. Along with extra pylons if you want to try and convert it to an A-4E.
  2. It really is one of the best $14 kits you can buy. Is it the best 1/72 Skyhawk? Not a chance. But for the price it can't be beat, especially as a quick build. Most of the kit fits pretty well. There are fit issues with the air brakes so I recommend showing them deployed. Also the canopy doesn't fit quite right where it pivots at the top of the fuselage. All out of the box with a few missing final touches: No nav lights are painted and the gear doors are missing the signature red outline. Just got lazy at the end of the build and wanted to move on. This was used as a test bed for a
  3. This. The gear on this kit was atrocious. Overall though your model looks great!
  4. Thanks, finding reference photos was near impossible. The ones I did find showed restrained weathering on that speed silver paint job (because the mosquito was wooden not bare metal!)
  5. So here's one you don't see everyday. Surplus Mosquito FB Mk IV which was removed from service just about as fast as it entered it in the early to mid 1950's. In fact, I believe only Hasegawa released a kit with these markings back in '04. This kit is based off of those markings which saw action in the Sinai campaign before being retired fully in 1957. An example of the early IAF taking whatever aircraft any country was willing to sell. Everything was built out of box with the markings being painted on - no decals. I also custom printed/cut the canopy mask. Overall a fantastic kit
  6. Here's the det cord SVG file. https://easyupload.io/ktdes4
  7. Made the cut myself. I'll absolutely pass on the SVG when I get the chance.
  8. This is the Hasegawa AV-8B, Kit #07228. Built OOB with the exception of: Scratchbuilt (printed/cut) canopy det cord, using a Cricut Explore Air 2 SuperScale Decals #MS481249 I've built a few harriers but was eager to try a different paint scheme. I came across VMA-513's CO which is (to my knowledge) the only US harrier with some color in their scheme with the blue tail. I got hooked on it. Not to mention I never really see many modellers depicting this. Hasegawa has a kit depicting this specific scheme (#09815) but it is rare to find.
  9. The slats are molded separately so it will save time on attaching them. The attachment point is small enough that we can leave it on and just angle the slats down. To fill the gaps, on both the slats and flaps, I tried three different fillers and neither of them were good. This included sheet styrene, tamiya putty, and milliput. I eventually settled on Milliput as you can see in the images. Once dried we sand smooth and rescribe a large panel line to indicate the demarcation line where the flaps deploy/retract. Here is a shot of the flaps that have been rescribed.
  10. Here's where we're at with the wing modifications. First, remove the flaps using a razor saw. The flaps are two pieces on the real aircraft so we have to cut out those portions as well Next, we sand out grooves (I used a round metal file) to allow space to insert the flaps. This gives it a more realistic look and won't extend the size of the flap. Next, fit and glue the flaps in position. Finally, we sand smooth the hard edges at the top of the flaps to give it a more rounded shape. Then we fill the gap and
  11. ...and here it is sanded down. Also the 2nd part of the gear bay is installed underneath the fuselage.
  12. Plasticard cut to size and put in place. I then sanded it smooth, filled in the gaps and panel lines, sanded smooth again, and then rescribed the lines. I forgot to take a picture of the finished job though and will update this post with it when I can.
  13. As I'm working on filling the gaps and damage done by the gear bay I also wanted to close up the speed brake. Like a lot of kits where things are "deployable" (gear, speed brakes, flaps, etc.) usually dont fit right when retracted. The speed brake is no different. There are a lot of gaps around it along with a depression where one piece is higher than the other. On the real F-8 this is a flat smooth area. Ignore the two sharp gaps on the speed brake as those will be filled in when the rest of the gear bay is installed. Although that will need filling as well. You can also see the m
  14. As long as you're not stupid like me there should only be a very subtle step and gap on either side. But DONT fill it. It's supposed to be like that as the gear doors essentially sit in the gap flush. So you don't need any filler. My mistake caused such a misalignment that I had to fill it in flush
  15. No build ever completes without some sort of royal f*** up. In this case we have three so far. All of them stem from sealing the two fuselage halves together without more dry fitting. 1. As always I forgot to add weight to the front end of the fuselage. I really need a large LED sign telling me to ADD WEIGHT in front of my bench. Luckily I don't think the F-8 is rear heavy and shouldn't tail sit when built. If it does, I have some deluxe liquid gravity i can pour in the front intake (which has a sealed end). 2. I forgot to install the top fuselage wing bay. For whateve
  16. IF you can strip them without cutting them - because they are so thin. I've been having a helluva time doing that. I've resorted to burning the insulation off.
  17. Added some detailing to the wing bay. I really need to get some better wiring. Up close the larger wire is starting to fray. I should just suck it up and get some lead fishing wire as opposed to twist electrical (speaker) wire. It really won't be too visible as the deployed wing hump isn't that high. But it's enough detail to make it interesting if you peek quickly with a pen light.
  18. Work on the cockpit is complete. Both the seat and the IP are pretty well detailed. I would recommend forgoing the decals and just paint and drybrush everything. It's 1/72 scale so the details are insanely small. The seat is also pretty basic but it does include the ejection handles which a lot of 72nd kits don't even include. For the tub the instructions call for Dark Gull Gray and afterwards I gave it a dirt wash.
  19. Yes! I stand corrected: https://www.scalemates.com/kits/academy-12559-f-8p-crusader-french-navy-last-flight--1139425 Not sure how I missed that.
  20. This is a project I've been really itching to do after first completing this kit about a year ago. You can review my old build HERE (which also includes some thoughts on the kit). The kit comes in two flavors, VF-162 "Hunters" or VF-103 "Sluggers". My first build was the Hunters so in this one I'm going to do the Sluggers. In addition there were a few things that I want to do differently in this build. The slats are separate but not the flaps. All in the retracted position. This is wrong when building the kit wing "hump" up as the flaps and slats drop in conjunction with th
  21. Forgot all about this project! I've had a lot going on lately. I finally finished it though. All that it's missing is some antenna wire I'll attach later.
  22. More progress on the Corsair. All stencils and decals have been applied. Just needs some minor painting on wheels, gear, etc., and assembly. Again, all insignia and squadron numbers/symbols have been masked and painted using a Cricut cutter. I had a few peel off paint that I had to redo but it turned out great. Not entirely happy with the chipping overall but I do like how the chipping turned out on the leading edge. Also some of the small decals still show some thick film so I might brush on some aqua gloss and sand it back. Because of the gloss sea blue paint from Mod
  23. Most stencils have been painted on. It looks really good. I will for sure not be going back to decals. Just need to do the side of the fuselage and then add the smaller decals that are too small to paint.
  24. Thanks for the post. Interesting story you have there. For point 2, I am building a late '45 corsair -1D. Not sure if that helps or if the step was there post '45.
  25. Painted, chipped, and now applying insignias. Who even needs decals, I'm painting those suckers on! Stencil printed on oramask 810 using a Cricut. Exacto blade for scale. Painted up. A little bit of lifting on the arrow but I'll leave it as it looks weathered. Squadron insignias on the wings and tail. Also applied the tape decal to front fuselage (not pictured) that late corsairs are famous for. Takes longer than decals but definitely worth it. Next up is to apply US insignia and the remaining sm
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