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  1. Too many choices! I just wish Tamiya would release a full blown B model
  2. Nice job so far mate. I'd suggest some nose weight, I've put some in each of the 5 Hasegawa kits I've built. As for the second kit, It would look to be 25% built to me. I normally gauge it by how many stages in the instruction book have been followed, but knowing not everyone looks at instructions it's hard to say. I'll bring in @trickyrich here to add a second opinion.
  3. Nice work so far mate. How old is the moulding? Looks nice and crisp.
  4. Have another 3 Ds and 2 A's in the stash and will be ordering one of the new A models when it's released! Plan for the D models would be VF-2 (Iraqi Freedom cruise) and VF-31 x2 (Iraqi Freedom and last cruise) and a VF-154 A model then Maverick's jet. Not sure what I'll mark the newest boxing up as though. Plus that plan could all change
  5. Cheers Alex! Thanks Werner. I agree; a few extras really make an already nice kit a little bit nicer!
  6. Up to you mate! If it's a separate model, I'd be inclined just to start a new thread and possibly link your old one in?
  7. Thanks all. Will make a decision soon enough...I hope @Dansk thanks for the offer mate, but think I've enough decals at the minute to keep my mind wandering!
  8. Thanks Pat. I've managed some more today. Firstly, the BAM exhausts I'd ordered a few weeks ago arrived: Much nicer than the kit parts: Lovely job @arnobiz! A new set of resin MICA-IR missiles also turned up, thanks to @coneheadff who sourced these from a European supplier for me: Again, much better than the kit offerings (excusing the casting blocks!): I moved onto the airframe, adding a few bits and pieces from the kit with the additions of the last few bits from the BAM set. Flare launchers, missing RAM panels and the distinctive VHF antenna behind the cockpit. The pylon for the Damocles pod was also fitted: A few small bits of clean up needed then I'm about ready to fit the windscreen then mask it and the cockpit along with a few other areas, ready for priming. More soon and stay safe. Dave
  9. 1/48 Eduard Hellcat MK.II 1844 Naval Air Squadron HMS Indomitable, 1945. Build thread Cheers Dave
  10. Hello all, Here is my recently completed 1/48 Eduard Hellcat MK.II, in the markings of 1844 Naval Air Squadron, flying off HMS Indomitable in the Pacific in 1945. Indomitable's Hellcats accounted for 40 enemy aircraft downed during their Pacific campaign. JX814 was flown by Sub Lt W.M.C Foster who became one of the few Hellcat aces in the FAA after downing 5 Japanese aircraft during Operations to secure Okinawa. JX814 was subsequently downed by AA fire from allied ships. The build thread is below: Built completely OOB other than an LF models camouflage mask. Paints are from MRP with the weathering being a mixture of Abteilung oils, Flory wash, Tamiya powder sets, AK pencils and dry brushing. Thanks for looking and stay safe Dave
  11. Calling the FAA MK.II done! Antenna wire (if that's what it is!) added from EZ line then just had to pop on the canopy and prop. My first ever Hellcat and I'm quite pleased with it. More pictures in RFI: I'll try and get the USN machine done in time but looking unlikely at the moment. I'll keep the thread updated! Thanks to all who have commented/followed thus far. More soon and stay safe Dave
  12. Nice! I've used most of my allotted leave throughout the year, days off here and there then 2 weeks being away in England. Also booked a trip to Malta next month over my birthday so that's more gone Cheers Alex.
  13. Nice entry Peter and good to see another FAA jet.
  14. Nice entry Tim, quite the opposite of Tamiya's brand new moulds! LN jets are always nice to see.
  15. Hello all, Here is my second entry for this GB, well the thread for it anyway as I'm very much undecided what variant and scheme I'm going for. Initially, I was going for F-14D, BuNo 164601 of VF-31 'Tomcatters' during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. Delivered to the Navy in April 1992, this jet served with VF-124 before being transferred to VF-101 when the former Squadron was disbanded in 1994. It was then transferred to VF-31 in 2000 and went on to drop 19 bombs during Iraqi Freedom. The jet then returned to VF-101 in mid 2003 with whom it served until retirement in 2005. It now resides in Castle Air Museum in California. I had the pleasure of seeing it for myself a few years ago: I then changed my mind and thought about BuNo 163898, which was delivered in December 1990. I don't have much information other than that on the airframe, but liked the low-viz and bomb tally. The kit: Aftermarket: Fightertown decals, New Ware mask, Master pitot tube and Quickboost seats. Might also invest in and try one of the Quinta cockpit sets. Anyway, one of these two options: Both would be loaded with 3x GBU-31 JDAM which was a fairly common load during OIF. BUT.... Then I wondered if an A model would be better: Which happens to have all the necessary extra sprues from the D boxing to make a late A model... Along with some ECM bumps from a Hasegawa kit (these and the extra sprues were kindly sent by @coneheadff a while ago), a spare vinyl boarding step reinforcement plate, Quickboost TCS, Furball walkways and a Master pitot tube: Along with the same Fightertown sheet as above would allow me to build F-14A BuNo 161276 of VF-154 'Black Knights'. 161276 was delivered to VF-2 in 1981 and spent the next 15 years flying with Squadrons based at Miramar. In 1996, the jet moved to VF-211 and then onto VF-154 in 1999 and flew as the COs aircraft up until it was scrapped in late 2003. During OIF, it dropped 45 LGBs, mostly GBU-12s (the F-14A was not able to drop JDAM). Another but... I heard the word Miramar..... Then remembered I had this sheet in the stash (glad I bought this, seems quite hard to get now!) And do this jet: With the addition of a set of Quickboost seats and a Quinta cockpit set. Decisions, decisions. But first, I need to finish a Hellcat, another Hellcat, a Rafale and start a Phantom. Maybe work will give me some special leave Dave
  16. Thanks mate. I haven't the faintest idea where the fret has gone!
  17. Back from a lovely trip away and now back to the bench. The USN F6F-3 build has stalled a bit so want to focus on getting the FAA machine completed. Weathering added with a mixture of Abteilung oils, dry brushing, Tamiya pigment sets and AK pencils. Once dry, I popped on the fuel tank and nav lights before removing the canopy masking and adding the wheels and landing gear doors. Quite happy with it! Will add the antenna line and add the finishing touches tomorrow all being well. On a side note, would anyone have the etch fuel tank straps left over from their build if they didn't use the tank? I have somehow misplaced the other fret for the F6F-3! Cheers and stay safe Dave
  18. I'll reserve my opinion until I build it! Probably will! Though later on in the cruise when less ordnance was dropped the jets regularly carried to 'dumb' bombs along with the LGBs as they were cheaper to ditch prior to landing!
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