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Min

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  1. My most recent completion, totally exhausted with the effort that went into decaling on this project. First off, the build. Pretty straight forward, fit was okay (but not a patch on Japanese and, more recently, some of the newer Korean engineering). There are quite a number of sink marks in the plastic though - perhaps due to the age of the molds themselves? I didn't worry about these too much as the markings would tend to draw the eye anyway. Almost completely OOB, only aftermarket used were the Master Model pitot tube and AOA sensors. Now the decals. I've heard that these are Cartograf - if so, thank goodness! My kit had an old and yellowed decal sheet. Quite a few were brittle and shattered on application. I suspect that being Cartograf they had some inherent strength which limited the number and severity of breakages. Even so, there were many hours spent playing decal jigsaw on a minute sub-millimetre scale. I ended up using Mr Color Levelling Thinners sprayed through the airbrush as the decal setting agent (after first applying Mr Mark Softer and then Micro Sol!). I restrained myself with regards to the weathering, this is a show-bird after all, but felt some oil streaks and stains on the underside were in order. Anyhoo, enough with my rambling... on with the pics! As always, thanks for looking
  2. Hang on a sec... @Greg B was that your 1/48 Kitty Hawk Fitter on the table that I ogled over?? If so... It was TOTALLY AWESOME!!! Hope you can tell me about it one day. On a side note, I felt the in-flight MiG-29 was the worthy winner in the 1/72 category on the day.
  3. Finished towards the end of 2018, this was a kit that I'd had in my stash for close to 10 years. Had held off on building it telling myself "one day, when I get better at this hobby and won't make a mess of it". Finally got tired of waiting and just bit the bullet. As I recall, the build was relatively trouble-free and I really enjoyed seeing it come together. I built the Austrian Air Force scheme because it was the only one available from the box, I did not manage to source alternative decals in time. Since then I've managed to get my hands on the more recent boxing by Hasegawa, this time with Swedish markings - can't wait to build and paint that one! This is a completely OOB build, weathering was kept subtle as I read somewhere that the Austrians kept their jets pretty clean. As always, thanks for looking
  4. Well this came as an unexpected surprise!
  5. Love how you managed to drop the flaps and slats! Great job!
  6. Oooh I'm building myself up to a Flanker... when I get enough confidence in myself to be able to do that plane justice - it's a favourite of mine, you see! For now, I thought I might just *ahem* Flog this rather mediocre effort...
  7. It was mentioned earlier that the Hasegawa kit is a little nicer, something you might want to consider? Personally, I think a good, new MiG-23 in 1/72 is way overdue. Am hoping the likes of Modelsvit will release one in the near future, seeing as how they're doing lots of neglected Russian subjects lately and their kits have been very favourably received.
  8. Ah! Someone who understands what it felt like.... I did not know the Hasegawa one was better, honestly I thought they were one and the same kit. No, I don't think I will do another one, at least not until a completely new, modern tool release comes along. There are some nice new Modelsvit, Trumpter and Zvezda Russians waiting in the stash
  9. So I really wanted a Flogger in my collection. The Academy kit was pretty much all I could get my hands on but, knowing the issues with fit and low level of detail, I was hesitant. Ended up biting the bullet after all and steeled myself to expect very little from the build. As expected, the cockpit detail was sparse (and that's being generous) so I stuck a pilot in there after having raised the seat to a more reasonable height, and closed up the canopy. The intakes on both sides of the fuselage had the most horrible fit; these needed large amounts of putty and coarse-grit sanding to shape and smooth the step/join. The main landing gear proved a tricky affair as well, being complex but poorly described in the instructions. I consider it a minor accomplishment achieving good alignment so the model sits evenly on its gear. Being a cheap kit I saw no point to putting in any aftermarket - so this is a completely OOB build. Please excuse the overall grey scheme, it is rather plain. Thanks for looking
  10. Thank you John, and everyone else for the kind words. I imagine the Tamiya one would be better detailed and have much nicer fit. Zoukei Mura have this exact same plane and markings available, but if you're looking to add the Revell one to the stash because of the low price then go for it. To be honest, the price was what made me get this kit (my friend/customer paid for the kit, but left it to my discretion as to which one to choose). From the reviews it sounded like a winner, and even if I'd known about the fit issues I'd still have gone for it anyway - but at least I would have been mentally prepared for the challenge. Min.
  11. Hot off the bench and finished just yesterday! This is a commission build for a friend, OOB except for the aftermarket seat belts from Eduard. Revell's 1/32 P-51D kit, whilst affordable, was not quite what I expect of a modern, new-tool kit in this day and age. Some notable issues around fit include: Just about EVERYWHERE! All major joins required filling and sanding, reminiscent (to me) of the very old Hobbycraft kits I'd built in the past. Details were soft and sprue gates were massive! Honestly, I switched to my more heavy duty cutters rather than risk my good nippers to get parts off before cleaning up the flash and burr lines. In short, I would not look to build another of this kit. I am so looking forward to going back to 1/72 after this! But... she's finished nonetheless, and I'm hoping her new owner will be satisfied with the results. Once again, thanks for looking
  12. Amazing work! What was the model like to build?
  13. Superb!!! Love the scheme, and you truly did it justice!
  14. @Hobo and @flashlight - I used Gunze paints, specifically for the camo they were H312 Light Green, H27 Tan, and H52 Olive Drab. The exhaust was Tamiya acrylics Gun Metal, given a wet coat of Mr Hobby Self Levelling Thinner over the top which I find changes it to an almost chrome-like sheen - be careful as it is very easy to over-do the thinners... too much and it will ruin the effect. Thank you all for the kind comments. Min.
  15. Zvezda kit built in the latter part of 2018. This was a practice build (and my first serious attempt at freehand camo work) before I tackled the Eduard kit. A mostly OOB affair, with the Master Models pitot tube as the only aftermarket addition. As always, thanks for looking
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