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  1. Thanks Martin, I am delighted to learn that 336 went on to serve with the 116th TFW and the photo is much appreciated Michael
  2. No, I used the kit main landing gear struts and you are quite correct, they do bend and the model wobbles around quite a bit. I have a couple more of these kits in the stash and aftermarket MLG struts would be high on my 'must have' list. The finished model is quite heavy. Michael
  3. Thanks Ron Sad story about the local hobby shop The 'FF' F-15A in the background is from the original Monogram F-15A kit before they modified it to have 'turkey feathers'. Michael 20200819_141449 by Ghostbase, on Flickr
  4. A very nice build which shows what can be done with the Hasegawa kit. Have always loved the French Crusaders and it was good to see them at airshows in the UK until the late 1990's. Michael
  5. My second Republic F-105G Thunderchief build of this year, the Revell 2007 issue of the classic 1/48th Monogram kit that dates back to 1982. She is F-105G 63-8336 'Patience' coded 'JB' operated by the 17th WWS / 338th TFW out of Korat Air Base in Thailand, January 1973. She is built OOB and uses one of the kit's five decal options and I am happy with the final result xIMGP4303 by Ghostbase, on Flickr The old Monogram 'Century Series' model kits were a breath of fresh air in their time and, apart from raised panel lines (which don't bother me), they still hold well today. The fit is mostly superb, for example I built and painted the wings as complete units and added them to the fuselage very late in the build and no filler was needed. xIMGP4306 by Ghostbase, on Flickr Painting was by airbrush using the Hataka acrylic USAF Paint Set (Vietnam War Era). Initially it went on well but I had major problems with a clogged airbrush and thinning issues. In the end I changed to Vallejo acrylics and a medium airbrush nozzle and the issue was solved. However the model did sit on the shelf-of-shame for quite a while! The paint was finished with an application of Humbrol Acrylic Satin varnish. xIMGP4308 by Ghostbase, on Flickr The decals are entirely from the kit and Revell really excelled themselves with this issue, with five different options from 1970 to 1980. I chose 'Patience' because I liked the artwork and that she actively served in the Vietnam War. The amount of detail was amazing with up to 228 decals on the one sheet. The decals went on generally ok but decal solution helped them to adhere properly and avoid silvering. xIMGP4312 by Ghostbase, on Flickr I tried not to overdo the weathering. I made a homemade wash using dark grey acrylic paint and thinners on the few recessed panels lines on the kit. I also used a set of Tamiya weathering powders to simulate hydraulic oil leaks as well as soot. I am still finding my way on this though. xIMGP4316 by Ghostbase, on Flickr Detailed armament - one AGM-78 Standard ARM and two AGM-75 Shrike ARM. The decals were from the spares box. xIMGP4318 by Ghostbase, on Flickr Detail photo of the rear fuselage and tail fin. I used Lifecolor metallics for the jet exhaust areas and inside the undercarriage doors. xIMGP4317 by Ghostbase, on Flickr A top view showing the SEA paint scheme and some weathering. xIMGP4320 by Ghostbase, on Flickr My final photo, the F-105G has joined her sister on the display shelf Michael xIMGP4322 by Ghostbase, on Flickr
  6. Started on 10th November 2019 so definitely qualifies as "phinally phinished" today, this is the 1980 era Italeri / Testors McDonnell-Douglas F-4S Phantom II in 1/48th scale. I think I paid £6 for it on eBay many years ago! I have built her OOB, air brushed her in Vallejo 'Air War' color acrylics in the TPS colour scheme, and she is marked as F-4S BuNo 155869 'MG-06' operated by VMFA-321, a Marine Corps Reserve squadron based at Andrews AFB. The decals are from the kit and applied remarkably well given their near 40 years vintage. On to the photos:- IMGP4297 by Ghostbase, on Flickr One think that is still quite new for me is weathering. I have added a home-made wash to the few recessed panel lines however I have two Tamiya Weathering Master packs and I have used them on this build, maybe just a tad too much although the USN/USMC TPS paint scheme could get a bit ratty after a while. IMGP4291 by Ghostbase, on Flickr The jet pipes and metallic areas were air brushed with Lifecolor acrylic metallic paints, a really easy brand of paint to use. IMGP4294 by Ghostbase, on Flickr My decision to build with the cockpit canopies open was a last minute one and maybe not a good decision. I should have painted the cockpit coaming either dark grey or black, also the inside of the canopies. The ejection seats are not exactly the most accurate or best built either IMGP4293 by Ghostbase, on Flickr A view of the other side. I had a bad fit issue on this side beneath the cockpit so the model will be on display from the other side. I do like the lo-vis paint scheme and the squadron's imaginative method of displaying their trident symbol (VMFA-321 are known as 'Hell's Angels'). IMGP4301 by Ghostbase, on Flickr And my last photo. I didn't have high hope of this kit but I am happy with the result, I do get some satisfaction from completing a kit of 40 years ago and purchased for £6! Michael IMGP4302 by Ghostbase, on Flickr
  7. Did a little bit more this morning, out with the 'Perfect Plastic Putty' and fill in the gaps:- 20210929_102139 by Ghostbase, on Flickr I have always been quite open that I dislike filling and sanding however 'Perfect Plastic Putty' is very easy to apply and can be smoothed using a cotton bud dipped in water. Not too unhappy with the results:- 20210929_105102 by Ghostbase, on Flickr The undersides not looking too bad either. 20210929_105126 by Ghostbase, on Flickr Looks like I might be firing up the air brush this week Michael
  8. Thanks Filler, this is really helpful and now I know I am looking for Norm 72. I have had a quick look through my collection of Vallejo Model Color and it looks like I will be able to use 893/95 US Dark Green (as FS34079) and 869/162 Basalt Grey exact match for RAL7012 (as FS36152). RAL9006 is a bit more of a challenge. I see that it is often referred to as 'White Aluminium'. I have a Lifecolor acrylic Metallic Set which has their UA793 White Aluminium so it looks like that should match RAL9006. I didn't know that the Norm 72 West German Phantoms were painted with alumimium undersides the same as the F-104G Starfighters were, have always assumed they were light grey so, as always, I live and learn Michael
  9. Wow! Bertie, you have taken the old ESCI kit to a whole new level. Superb! Michael
  10. Nearly a month later, life has got in the way yet again. I apologise for not following the Group for over three weeks now. I decided to really get started yesterday, try as put as much together as possible so that I can spend today applying filler and preparing for the application of paint. I'm not doing anything fancy, it's an old kit, just get it built! And, in fact, it isn't looking too shabby... 20210928_110836 by Ghostbase, on Flickr I have done a bare minimum on the cockpit and I think I have some old instrument panel decals that I could put in there. Will add the seats later when I have finished them. I have joined the wings, fuselage halves and jet air intakes. 20210928_110906 by Ghostbase, on Flickr The photo nose is just three parts on this kit; a nose cone as well as two camera bay halves. There are a number of transparent windows however there is no detail inside. I am going to paint the interior matt black and maybe put some card inside and try to simulate some camera lenses. So far I am happy with the fit which is better than I expected for such an old kit. The underside looks ok too. 20210928_111053 by Ghostbase, on Flickr Now, I might be changing my mind. The original kit does give an option for a West German RF-4E of Akg-52 in 1972. This was the original 'splinter' colour scheme with large 'Iron Cross' markings outlined in white and I think this would look pretty cool as well as standing out from all the Phantoms I have built over the years. These are the colour instructions: 20210928_111437 by Ghostbase, on Flickr The colour call-outs are as follows: Dark Green FS34079 Grey FS36118 Light Grey FS36440 White (for weapons pylon) Are these correct? I thought that the Germans used a different set of colour designations. There is a risk regards using the original kit decals which must be 40 years old however I have just made an F-4S from the same series and the decals were fine so I am willing to take that chance. Michael
  11. I can't believe the progress that you have made on this Phantom, last time I looked you were deciding how to overcome the very well known issue of the canopy-that-does-not-fit! The Italeri 2008 version of this kit also offered vanilla RAF 74 Sqn decals - ZE363 'C'. At this stage I tend to sit and gaze at the nearly completed model too! Michael
  12. The Vought F-8 Crusader was nicknamed the "Mig-Master" thanks to its exploits in the Vietnam War, she was also known as the "Last of the Gunfighters". There have been several 1/48th scale offerings of the Crusader from Aurora and Lindberg however it fell to ESCI to produce the first 'modern' F-8 Crusader kit in 1978 with an F-8E version. Monogram followed with their F-8E in 1988, then Hasegawa in 1996. The ESCI kit was reboxed several times but was only produced over five years. I have been intending to build a Crusader for years but never got round to it I decided that I wanted to try out two techniques; scribing and weathering, so the old ESCI kit seemed a good choice. It was! IMGP4273 by Ghostbase, on Flickr I decided to use the original kit decals to complete her as BuNo 150675 / 'DR-00' operated by Marines squadron VMF-312 "Checkerboards" out of MCAS El Toro, CA in 1974. IMGP4278 by Ghostbase, on Flickr This is the first kit that I have almost completely re-scribed. With the exception of the nose area around the four cannon ports I used a dental tool to replace all the raised panel lines. IMGP4274 by Ghostbase, on Flickr I applied AK Interactive FS 16440 Light Gull Gray over a base of Halfords grey primer and black lines. This was when I was still having problems applying acrylic paints via airbrush (now resolved) and I had to apply several coats which rather defeated the black lines! The undersides of FS 17875 White were applied with Halfords Appliance White from a spray can. Detail colours were from Vallejo, metallics were from a Lifecolor metallic paint set. IMGP4277 by Ghostbase, on Flickr Weathering was a learning experience. I started by mixing a drop of dark grey acrylic paint with acrylic thinners and I applied this to the scribed panel lines with a brush. I gave it a couple of minutes then wiped it with a kitchen roll in the direction of the airflow and this generally worked well especially on the top of the wings. It didn't work so well on the forward fuselage especially around the four 20 mm cannon, the "00" decals broke and had to be repaired. I also tried a couple of Tamiya weathering kits (normally used for AFV builds) and found that sand neatly simulated hydraulic fluid leaks, I might have overdone the cannon muzzles with Tamiya soot though! IMGP4280 by Ghostbase, on Flickr I also got creative with the armament! The weapons contained in the kit were pretty basic so I decided to take four AIM-9B Sidewinders from a Hasegawa weapons set and mount them on those very distinctive Y shaped fuselage pylons. In the real world of 1974 it is unlikely that any underwing stores would have been carried additional to four Sidewinders, the drag would have been prohibitive. However the F-8E was wired to carry the AGM-12B Bullpup so I added two of those also from a Hasegawa weapons set. The underwing pylons in the kit are best described as a work of fiction and I had to cut them back quite drastically. IMGP4279 by Ghostbase, on Flickr The verdict? I really enjoyed completing this old kit and the scribing and weathering definitely paid off. She now sits on the display shelf and looks every inch a hunched-up naval fighter jet about to roll onto the catapult then to be flung off the carrier to tangle with the enemy MiG-17 fighters. When you're out of F-8's, you're out of fighters! Michael IMGP4281 by Ghostbase, on Flickr
  13. Good to hear that I am not the only one I am just finishing an ESCI F-8 Crusader which has come out a lot better than I expected, yep I rushed some of the basics and don't they show! Good work with the oil paints. Michael
  14. Sadly, to the tune of Hot Gossip's "I lost my heart to a Starship Trooper"... I lost my scale modelling heart to an F-8 Crusader! I started this build with good intentions but I also had three more advanced ongoing builds, including an ESCI F-8E Crusader, but I never really built up any momentum for this 'Streak. This is where I am today, the last day of this Group Build:- StreakOne by Ghostbase, on Flickr StreakTwo by Ghostbase, on Flickr StreakThree by Ghostbase, on Flickr I did try to catch up this weekend however I am 172 miles away from my man cave and the much needed tube of Perfect Putty filler so best wait until I return and can do a better job. On the positive side the major parts are cemented together and she is starting to look the "Lead Sled" that she was. I have also decided to finish her in aluminium finish, maybe USAF or West German markings. I will post her when completed, probably this autumn. Thanks to the Group Moderators, we cannot do this without you. Michael
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