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    Late cold war aircraft and modelling them in 1:48

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  1. Filler

    F-111F Aardvark, Academy 1/48

    I've already commented once on how amazing this is and I just can't help coming back for another look. I've seen incredible builds of this Academy kit before, but this is just another level. I have this kit and a mountain of extras myself but I can't see me ever building it as I will never get anywhere close to this, not in eleven years yet alone months!
  2. Filler

    F-111F Aardvark, Academy 1/48

    That is perhaps the finest F-111 build I’ve ever seen and I’ve seen a few other incredible examples on here. I too would like to know what paints you used and I would especially like to see a couple more photos of the bay and Pave Tack pod. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Pave Tack modelled like that and I don’t think I’ve ever seen any reference photos that show such detail. Wonderfull work.
  3. Thanks for your interest Whirly. As is apparent, nothing has happened here for a bit as apart from limited opportunity to break out the cement, I've been struggling to find a satisfactory priming solution. I like Halfords rattle can primer but it's always seemed like a sledgehammer to crack a nut and I've been restricted to good weather outdoor priming due to the immense overspray. Anyway, I have just taken delivery of a bottle of Stylynrez (sp?) as the reviews are very good. Despite that, I'm still apprehensive of successfully putting it through my airbrush and getting it clean afterwards. On top of that I've been distracted by an Airfix Jaguar I'd started just before this STGB. The one evening I spent modelling was all about turning the kits overwing GR3 sidewinder rails into GR1 wing fences. This weekend looks promising though. Both Saturday and Sunday could see some F-16 action!
  4. Filler

    Bent/Twisted tail

    I guess it's best just to live with it. Just to be a bit clearer though, it's not the tail to fuselage join that is wrong, that's sat quite nicely. It's the tail itself, which is formed of two parts. It's the actual tail that seems to have a slight twist in it. It is quite strong because it's formed of two pieces that have been glued together. I'll probably just leave it as it's not too bad and if I start trying to heat and straighten it I'm sure I'll end up with an obvious mess.
  5. Thanks Eric. I guess the gun port might be another point that could be an issue.
  6. Filler

    Bent/Twisted tail

    I'm building an F-16 in the current STGB and I fixed on the tail on Monday evening. Last night while looking at it I have noticed that the tail is bent/twisted ever so slightly. It's quite subtle and the missus while she agreed that it isn't right said it's not really worth worrying about and there's nothing you can do (and returned to reading a book). But is there nothing I can do? I'm wondering whether a dip in some very warm water and a bit of manhandling followed immediately by a dip in some icy water might help? Or is that just crazy talk?
  7. I was asking yesterday about the difference between the F-16A and F-16A Plus kits in 1/48 from Hasegawa and Erik kindly pointed out those differences. I was asking because the A Plus kits seem to be very rare but the A in the Thunderbirds boxing does pop up now an again. After the Hasegawa kits, what is the best option for late 80's A versions as opereated in Europe by the various NATO air arms? Fabio, it's not for me to say but the 25% rule has been pushed in this GB already (by me inparticular) and with that scheme it would be crazy to get knocked back! Maybe the best F-16 scheme ever?
  8. Filler

    1/48 Airfix Jaguar OS

    That's a terrific paint job, both in finish and the quality of the wraparound scheme. I'm looking forward to some GR1 painting now.
  9. Does anyone know what the difference is between the F-16A and F-16A Plus kits in 1/48 from Hasegawa? I thought A's just went Blocks 1, 5, 10, 15, 25. The A kit was first released in '83 and the A Plus was released in '87 according to Scalemates.
  10. I'm with you Simon, it's not a bad kit at all. It's one of very few kits I've built and even I made a decent job of it. It's very close to the Hasegawa kit in construction. The one thing I think is quite well known about it and did catch me out is the join of the upper and lower wing halves. I found out the hard way and had to do some remedial work. I can't remember specifically the problem right now but I'll try and refresh my memory.
  11. It is a great scheme. Just a pity there's not many photos of it that I can find (although more than I can find of my other build). I agree about the kits rarity too. I feel lucky to have this kit. I will certainly take my time. I've put the tail on tonight but no photo yet. Too busy staring at the tail as I'm sure it has ever such a slight warp/twist. It's not obvious but it's bugging me. Don't suppose there's much I can do and wouldn't be surprised if I tried something it would go from hard to see 'sore thumb'. Thanks everyone for the kind words.
  12. Your explanation of the flap dropping was very clear Erik. I've ordered a fine razor saw!
  13. Thanks for the heads up Erik. It is indeed on the kits tail so I'll make sure to remove it. Which F-16 blocks did have this intake? I'm guessing 30/32's? No activity on the kit today I'm afraid but I have bought a fine razor saw. Yes, I'm considering copying your flap dropping - but I might still chicken out yet.
  14. Filler

    ***Finished*** PBS Falcons

    Well recovered. Dare I ask what happened to the intake?
  15. You looked to be at pretty much the same satge as me with my BAF F-16A build and lucky for us Rich was kind enough to let us join in. Really excellent work and a nice scheme too. You and Pappy are both doing some great stuff with this base kit and I’m feeling both inspired and in awe. Really wish I’d tried dropping the flaps as it really does make a difference to the model. Was it difficult and I guess you did it before you glued the wings together?