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  1. This one will be a birthday present for our son, 22 years in late February, and an Ilmavoimat reserve Hornet armourer. I'll build the HN out of the Academy box but "MLU-update" the weapons from my spares - AIM-9X:s, AIM-120C:s, a Litening-pod and a pair of JDAM:s should look nice. Finnish Hornets were originally "just" F-18C/D:s without any A2G capability. That was very much changed in the MLU-program, and they now possess capability to carry and deploy JSOW and JASSM too (but I only have JDAM:s). My son said he often got to work on HN-457, the last Hornet built in Finland and then delivered to Ilmavoimat. The plane was named "Kreivi (Count Eric) von Rosen" honouring the Swedish nobleman who donated the first aircraft to our young - infant, infact - nation and its air force in March 1918. I know that specific plane is too much modeled one but I don´t think Olli knows that . V-P
  2. OK my first GB. I model planes with my 10 yr old son. We were talking about what we wanted to model and we wrote a long list of carrier based aircraft we wanted to complete. The Hornet fits in nicely and was on our list and then I spotted this GB! So thought I'd dive in. I've currently got a Tomcat on the go, and also a Sea Vixen with my son. I suspect the Tomcat may have to take a backseat while I work on this. I was originally just going to add the cheap 1/72 Italeri F/A 18 to my stash, but was advised by @PhantomBigStu and @vppelt68 that the Academy was a better bet for a few more quid. So I ordered one and it arrived today. The online seller packaged it in a lovely environmentally friendly cardboard package Mr Postie left it outside the house as no-one was in and it was completely sodden by the time I got home . Ahh well luckily the model box inside the package wasn't too bad (you can see the wet bits in the photos) and the only bit not in a plastic bag in the box was the instructions which were a little damp but nothing to worry about. Sooooooo. Plan is. Build this completely OOB. Not sure which of the 3 decal options I will apply. I'll probably let my son decide. I'll be hand painting using mainly Revell Enamels. I'm just about to see if there are any colours I need to order, and wash the sprue. Thanks for having us along.
  3. I thought that I would jump in with Academy's kit of the A-37B Dragonfly for this group build. The box has three sprues of parts (2 for the airframe, 1 for munitions), a clear sprue for the canopy parts and decal options for USAF or ROKAF aircraft. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr
  4. Place holder for: Which be built as A21-029 with the top hat and cane Box contents: and a few extras: I may not use the AIM-132s as all the photos I have of A21-029 show it unarmed. I have ordered a replacement set of decals from Hawkeye as the kit ones don’t look particularly accurate, especially the side flash and magpie which look far to pale. AW
  5. I shall be building this using the Eduard "Striking Eagles" limited edition boxing of Academy plastic, which inludes cockpit and exterior photo etch plus resin seats, wheels and cans. Two Bob's decals for the airframe identity and also perhaps for the stencils. It was hard to choose a specific aircraft from the decal sheet but I like the Twin Towers "Never Forget" logo which was also carried on the port nose. I'm saving my Academy F-15C MSIP boxing for later in the year but also have an Academy "Seymour Johnson" which might make an appearance in this GB - well, plenty of other aircraft to choose from on the decals. Mike
  6. This Academy boxing of the F-18 will be the first of my entries for the group build and will be finished with the Blue Angels decals supplied in the box. by John L, on Flickr by John L, on Flickr
  7. I will be joining with two builds, firstly the classic Hasegawa 1/72 kit using Hawkeye decals for a delivery scheme 77SQN jet. Next will be another 77SQN jet from the Academy 1/72 kit with OP Okra markings. I had planned both wheels up but I have a bit of AM for the Academy kit in the form of folded and drooped flap/slat wings which I should use. Images to come....
  8. Hello and welcome to my next "Work in Progress", a build of Academy's British Army AH-64D. I've not built a helicopter before and I decided it was time to put that right! Having spent the last 10 months working on Eduard's Coastal Command Liberator I wanted something smaller and, dare I say it, more out of the box which I should be able to get done in a month or two. First impressions of the kit are really good - the instructions are clear and the bits I have dry fitted so far seem to go together without much hassle. As is traditional I've started with the cockpit and it looks great with nice detailed control panels and consoles - no need for any aftermarket etch here! The only thing I've updated so far are the seats. These will be quite visible under the canopy and I've spruced them up a bit with some milliput cushions, embossed with a cotton cloth, and foil belts, here's the before and after: Then all the various bits and pieces got a shot of tamiya rubber black followed by a slightly lighter highlighting coat: I painted the cushions by hand with a dark grey, applied the plain green decals for the screens, gave everything a drybrush with another shade of grey and finally picked out the buttons and switches with a fine brush: It's nothing special but it's got a certain "pop" and I'm really pleased to have finished off a cockpit in a few hours for once! Hopefully this one should come together quite quickly, any tips or things to watch out for would be greatly appreciated! Thanks for dropping by, Sam
  9. So this is my first post in my first group build with my first kit for 15 years. I’m modelling the Academy FA-18E VFA-143 “Pukin Dogs” with the Eduard detail set. Made an ambitious start chopping the undercarriage wells about… …and moving the rudders. Sorry about the poor quality snaps. Wish me luck. See you all later.
  10. After the 2021 programme/newsletters (link) Here's the Academy 2022 - newsletter 1 http://www.academy.co.kr/6q/board_news_main.asp?pMenuId=BOARD00002&pCode=12365&pCategory=NEWS2 In the aircraft pages for Q1/2022: 1/48 - ref. 12345 - Douglas SBD-3 Dauntless - plastic Accurate Miniatures 1/72 - ref. 12573 - Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina 1/48 - ref. 12346 - Dassault Rafale C - Nato Tiger Meet 2012 - plastic Revell (yes 1/48th and not 1/72nd as wrongly indicated in the folder) 1/72 - ref. 12??? - Sikorsky CH-53D Sea Stallion - plastic Fujimi 1/144 - ref. 12627 - McDD F/A-18C+ Hornet 1/144 - ref. 12??? - McDD F/A-18D Hornet V.P.
  11. My contribution to the GB will be the 1/72 Academy F/A-18C, with the VFA-192 "World Famous Golden Dragons" markings. I had originally intended to use this kit as the base for a fictional what-if build, but I've decided to instead use a different kit for that project though, so now it's just going to be a quick & simple OOB build. The kit comes with decals for three different aircraft, I'm going to use the VFA-192 ones because umm dragons are cool... Someone else is building the same kit in the GB hopefully they dont pick the same markings
  12. My entry for this GB is the rather nice looking Academy F18. I am using the F18A+ boxing that has all the bits for a CF1, and plan on using PE meant for the Hasegawa kit for the wing tip missile rails, as the model will be unarmed. It is going to be finished in a Leading Edge Decal sheet for the RCAF 75th Anniversary colour scheme, which was bought at a Duxford Airshow some years ago. Just finishing off an Airfix Harrier GR1 and so full steam head with this and a Siskin for the Matchbox GB nest week.
  13. In 2022, Academy is to release a new tool 1/48 Mitsubishi A6M2b Type 21 Zeke/"Zero" - Battle of Midway - kit - ref. ? Despite rumours It won't be a rebox from the recent Eduard kit (thread) dixit words from M. Vladimir Šulc, boss from Eduard–Model Accesorries ltd., as from M. Gustav Jung, boss from Wolfpack Design, who's close ties with Academy Hobby Model Kits - see here: link Source: https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=4666693050091873&set=pcb.4666695563424955 V.P.
  14. Academy is to re-release its 1/72nd Lockheed Martin F-22A Raptor kit with ref. 12527 Sources: http://www.academy.co.kr/6q/board_news_main.asp?pMenuId=BOARD00002&pCode=9035&pCategory=NEWS1 https://www.facebook.com/academytoy/photos/pb.1450541581840342.-2207520000.1442819447./1718872271673937/?type=3&permPage=1 F-22A Raptor "94th FS, Langley AFB" V.P.
  15. Right, for the less-than-a-tenner group build I'd like to submit the Revell An-225 - wait, just kidding At the back of the stash I found this little beasty lurking : Bought it many years ago from the Big H for substantially less than a tenner.
  16. In 2022, Academy is to release a new tool 1/48th Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat - Battle of Midway - kit - ref. ? Despite rumours It won't be a rebox from the future Eduard F4F kits family (thread), dixit words from M. Vladimir Šulc, boss from Eduard–Model Accesorries ltd., as from M. Gustav Jung, boss from Wolfpack Design, who's close ties with Academy Hobby Model Kits - see here: link Source: https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=4666693050091873&set=pcb.4666695563424955 V.P.
  17. After the 2020 programme/newsletters (link) Here's the Academy 2021 - newsletter 1 Source: https://www.academy.co.kr/6q/board_news_main.asp?pMenuId=BOARD00002&pCode=12213&pCategory=NEWS2 The aircraft: V.P.
  18. About 20 years in the making (only somewhat literally), here is my first effort at the Academy kit of the B-29. Although a nice enough kit, some of the fit wasn't great. It is also a big model! I had to modify my display cabinet to get it to fit, and it also takes a lot of nose weight. Finished as Top Of The Mark, I wanted to model a Korean War B-29 after the introduction of black undersurfaces. Unfortunately, although I found a few different pictures of this particular plane they were all of the nose art area, so I had to make a best guess at the rest of the scheme. Some B-29s had the black go all the way up the rear fuselage and include the fin, but I found a photo of 28BS B-29s that showed just the lower half in black, so I went with that. This plane went through a few iterations of markings, from nude to covered nose art, then the black undersides, the latter with or without red stencilling on the nose gear doors. I used the Aeromaster sheet 72-129 from the 1990's, which had survived well but had an incorrect serial number, 44-61562, which actually belonged to Never Hoppen. Thanks to this helpful website, I discovered the correct serial number was 44-69763, and indeed one of the photos I used for reference showed the last three of this on the nose gear door. I raided my unstarted Korean War boxing for most of the decals, as they crucially include the red USAF text for the wing underside which I found to be otherwise extremely difficult to source! The Aeromaster sheet only offers the all-over natural metal with bikini-clad girl version, and no national insignia at all (a separate sheet was released for this, but only with black stencilling). I used various shades of Alclad to replicate the different tones visible in photos as best I could. Anyway, here are some pics. Due to the large size of the subject, it was hard to get the photos in focus! Thanks for looking. Mike
  19. Hi all, After what seemed like forever (though actually just 4 months, because I got sidetracked by other projects) I managed to finish Academy's 1/72 Hellcat, the kit itself isn’t bad at all, the shapes look good and the detail is pretty good too, though there are some downsides too, some of the pieces are a little thick, some putty is needed in some places and the cockpit detail is a little lacking, but overall, a pretty good kit. The kit is mostly OOB except for some Eduard photo-etched (used in the cockpit and engine) and resin wheels, and replacement gun barrels made out of brass tubes. I also added a resin pilot figure, which I painted, to add some scale to the build . The model was painted using gunze, AK real colors and mig acrylics. I used Illiad's millestone decals for this build, the decals where pretty thin and tend to break a lot. The weathering was done using mig enamel washes, and for the exhaust burns, I used Tamiya weathering powders. I am still learning a lot about modelling, especially aircraft modelling, so I took this kit as a challenge to expand my modelling skills; this is only my third aircraft model and, this was also my first-time doing exhaust burns. I hope you enjoy it! Comments and constructive criticism welcome! Next up an Airfix and Tamiya 1/72 P-51D mustang! My Dad helped me take a pic of the underside.
  20. G'day all, Here are a couple of P-40Ns done up on the colours of 75SQN (Special Hobby with Eduard interior) and 1 Aircraft Performance Unit (Academy). Both markings are from DK Decals. The 1 APU aircraft is in NMF and painted with Alclad Aluminium while the 75SQN is painted with Tamiya XF-62 Olive Drab and XF-53 Neutral Grey. I went with the NMF as I have some P-51 builds in mind down the track so wanted to test out my skills, which need a fair bit of work in regards to surface preparation while the Olive Drab I found is quite difficult to photograph. The 75SQN build was A29-521 "Svengali". On 9 August 1944, 12 aircraft were on a patrol when 3 out of the 4 aircraft in yellow flight suffered a collision. Yellow 3 struck Yellow 1 (A29-521) before becoming locked in an inverted spin with Yellow 4, crashing with the loss of both pilots. The collision ripped off the aileron and 25% off the LH wing from Yellow 1, exploding the .50 cal ammunition. FlgOff Jacklin flew the 200 miles back to base and landed without incident. The aircraft was repaired and later on served with 78 SQN. Anyway on the models, hope you enjoy. JayGee. Below are some pictures of the real Svengali from the ADF Serials Newsletter, which show how tough these work horses were and the dangers faced in the mopping up faze of the war.
  21. I built this one in a record time.Under a week.I wanted something relaxing after the resin c-140 I built a while ago.I only added the seatbelts and a gunsight.The rest is OOB including the academy decals.I used gunze paints and the varnishes are from ak and vallejo.Enjoy the photos
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    Su-27 kits in 1/48

    Hallo I want to ask you about your experience in the 48 scale of the Su-27 kits. In my stash I have the · Sukhoi Su-27 UB Eduard ex Academy · Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker B HB · J-11B PLAAF HB Tell me please out of your experience the pros and shortcomings of these kits. Actually, I have in all cases the nozzles from Resin, the metal landing gear and cockpit. Some resin parts or etched parts. Thank you in forward. Happy modelling
  23. So, the plan is to turn this into a model a model of this aircraft I've also got the Eduard single seater Ltd Edition kit, so "58" might also make an appearance to accompany "71" (and also have a standard Academy SU-27P kit which will become "711" the SU-37 "Terminator"). This won't be a quick build as I intend to return to it about once a week while other GB are in progress. The kit includes resin cockpit and PE but strangely the latter doesn't include the side panels so they will need to be painted. Digital camouflage to be done using Foxbot masks (and decals). Again I've also got their masks for "58" BUT they are identical to those for "71" despite the camo being applied differently to both airframes - anyway that stage is a long way off. Mike
  24. Good day, I completed the new tooled Academy B-52H Stratofortess earlier today. Here are the highlights of the kit………. 1. Paint : Model Master Dark Grey FS 36118 - Light Ghost grey FS 36375 - Interior yellow / green, Mission Models White - Tire Black - Olive Drab - Faded Olive Drab, MRP Flat White, Tamiya Chrome Silver - Titanium - Semi Gloss Black 2. Washes : Grey, light grey, black 4. Pastels : black undersurface exhaust streaks This is a very nice kit but I took too long to complete it. I fiddled around far too much and I should have been much more efficient with this kit. I enjoyed it very much and it goes together without any significant issues. My researched indicated that modern B-52`s are not all that weathered much with streaks and paint chipping and I reflected it as such with this one. The biggest problem I had was with the complex black striping found on the horizontal stabilizers of B-52`s. They folded over and I simply could not get it back to it`s proper pattern. Frustrated, I gave up and proceeded without the stripes. The kit supplied decals are a bit thin and are prone to folding over and tearing when placing. Academy provides a much needed windscreen / clear parts mask which aids greatly. I always liked the lines of the mighty “Buff” but I learned that 72nd scale offerings are difficult and tricky to assemble. 1 / 144 scale is much more manageable for larger aircraft types such as the B-52. I highly recommend this kit to all skill levels. I would consider it to be the finest B-52 in any scale. Thank you in advance!!!!!! Mike
  25. A build I finished a little while back but only just got around to it. It’s the academy late version with DEF barrel and fruilmodel tracks. I had to scratch build the spare track brackets as I lost the originals. Fictitious camo as I’m not a massive fan of tri tone and I liked the look of this two tone scheme. I used this as a test bed for a few new techniques. A few things I’m not that happy with such as the mud splashes and wet runs on the front but also things like the wheels and oil weathering on the top surface. I only built it as I got the tracks for a steal so had to get the kit to go with it. Anyway, onto pics: Thanks for looking, comments and criticisms welcome!
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