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  1. My latest completed model. This time F-117A from Tamiya. Markings for 82-0806, 7th FS, "Vega 31", shot down over Serbia on 27 March 1999, during the NATO bombing. Nice kit, easy to build, but you can go overboard with adding details, especially in bomb bays and wheelbays as I did. Expect full build article soon in Air modeller magazine. Kit: Tamiya (kit no. 61059) Aftermarket used: Eduard PE, (49286) Resin wheels from Res-kit (RS48-0016) Aires Aces II seat (4144) Quinta cockpit decals (QD48169) Decals: Caracal models (CD48138) Paints used: MRP paints, weathered with oils from Abteilung. The actuall piece of the shot down F-117.
  2. Afternoon all, Well after some very long builds I wanted to do something quite simple, and what could be simpler than Lockheed's hopeless diamond simple triangle! This is the 1998 Tamiya kit which showed it's age in places in terms of fit & detail but still had some impressive moulding and engineering so it went together very quickly - all in all this was a 2 week build, which for me is very impressive - the one before this took 6 months! For those interested, there is a very short WIP thread here: And now the finished build In hindsight I should've applied more contrast during shading as it's hardly visible now apart from in some areas like the tails. Oh well, something to consider if I build another all black plane...like Revell's upcoming 1/48 SR-71? I kept weathering to a minimum as most photos showed the Nighthawks (and this one in particular) were kept quite clean with only minimal staining/fading and some fuel stains The pronounced edges were highlighted with watercolour pencils as the references showed paint fade in these places The weathering was done with watercolour pencils, pastels and enamel washes. The one bit of colour on the model is hardly visible due to the angle of the tails, but they can still be moved which is good! A view I have always loved! The underside received some stronger weathering, panel variation and more prominent streaking as seen on the real planes Here you can see the colour variation on the exhaust due to heat, and some subtle streaking on the more vertical panels - as on the real thing these aren't very visible head one but can be seen from an angle. And here it is in it's place with my other 1/48 builds....now what next? Thanks for looking!
  3. After spending 6ish months on my Jagdpanther diorama, I think it's time for a more simple build, and planes don't really get much simpler than the F-117A Nighthawk - it has no stabilisers, no external mounts or pods, very few lumps & bumps on the fuselage and is basically just straight lines, all painted black! Despite it's simplicity, the Nighthawk is a favourite of mine due to it's unique looks and place in aviation history - it was the first true foray into a production stealth jet that laid the foundations for the B-2, F-22 and now the F-35. Also, I would recommend that anyone interested in the Nighthawk or aviation in general to read "Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years of Lockheed" by Ben Rich & Leo Janos. It details Ben's time at Lockheed's famous secret division from the beginning of U-2 development right up to his retirement after master minding the introduction of the F-117A - it is a fantastic insight into a series of programmes that largely occurred without public knowledge at the time. btw this thread title refers to the nickname of the prototype (Hopeless Diamond was a play on the famous Hope Diamond, and the codename for the Nighthawk during development, Senior Trend) Anyway, that's enough of the history lesson, time to take a look at Tamiya's rendition of the F-117A. It's an older code, but it checks out kit, from 1998, and re-released with a 1/48 HMMWV in 2008, but it's hard to find, and might be out of production. I managed to get a copy of the original 1998 version from HobbyLink Japan when I got my EA-6B. Despite it's age it still looks like a decent kit with typical Tamiya fit, albeit with very few parts. Great box art! I love these drawings and wish more companies had these drawing without any text or graphics covering them up. One piece upper fuselage - for 1998 (and today) this is an impressive piece of injection moulding. Tamiya clearly know modellers well and if included protection for the pitot tubes which they advise you not to cut off Quick check to see if it'll fit in the display cabinet....just about! Cockpit parts primed And assembled. This is a very basic cockpit so I'll keep the canopy closed. It's mostly oob except for some Airscale decals Cockpit in place and fuselage halves closed up - see I told you this would be a quick build! Since the sensor up front is not very detailed I've darkened the glass with Tamiya smoke to cover it up a little What is this mess??? There was a gap/step between the halves which I've filled and although it looks awful, it's smooth to the touch and any small scratches should disappear under primer Speaking of primer: I could say I'm building the Grey Dragon scheme and call it done now No visible gap, and a smooth joint - although some clean up is still needed And now that all the MRP blacks I could find have arrived, it's time to experiment and work out how to make a matte black finish seem interesting... Thanks for looking!
  4. Well here goes guys and gals. This is my first build blog, so not sure how well it is going to go I have a severe sight impairment, so I am not professing to be a master builder by any means, but i thought I would give it a try I am attempting the Monogram Pro Modeller f-117A Nighthavk kit which has been sat on my shelf for a year or so now I believe there are still a few of the kits about on ebay So here goes......
  5. Hi all, Just finished this for the Lockheed GB, have been working on it for the last 3 months or so. Wanted to do something different with the F-117a, so not only did I do the two-tone Grey Dragon (trust me, there are two shades of grey on the model!) but I also found this pic: so I decided to try to recreate the black lines/panels as well. Of course, I shouldn't be showing you this pic, as you can then just compare it to the model and see everything I did wrong! Anyhow, it's a Tamiya kit, so an enjoyable build! Used some Eduard PE for the cockpit/canopy and TwoBob decals for the Grey Dragon scheme. Also made a little 'Ladder Guard' that I saw in a couple of pics. Hope you like it, but please do send any constructive criticism my way, it's the best way to learn. And sorry for posting so many pics. Thanks! Kit: Tamiya F-117a Nighthawk Scale: 1:48 Paint & Weathering: Airbrushed with Mr. Paint, Weathered with Pastels. Extras: Eduard PE, TwoBobs Decals, little bits of scratch building Build Log: Here
  6. Hi Everyone, I have managed to squeeze 2 more builds into this year. I finished them a few days ago and have only just got the completed kit photos taken. Anyway onto the photos. Both B-2A F-117A Thanks for looking. Rick
  7. Hi Everyone, Here is a project that I started last night : Hobby Craft 1:144 B-2 Stealth Bomber and F-117A Stealth Fighter. This kit was bought from Bootneck (Mike) as part of my Stealth set and is going to be one of the projects I work on whilst my commissioned Redbull build is drying etc. Anyway here are the photos : Box Art B-2 Sprues F-117A Parts B-2 modified for closed landing gear doors for inflight display B-2 Assembled Ready For Painting F-117A Assembled Ready For Painting I will be starting work on painting of this kit over the next few days during breaks in progress on my priority project. Thanks for looking. Rick
  8. Hi everyone, looking for a bit of advice. I've been building a 48th scale F-117A Nighthawk. I've got as far as painting and decalling. But i'm having trouble making it look a little worn and tired. I've looked at plenty of photos and most F-117's do look faded and a little tatty. But if im honest i do dont know where to start without mucking it all up. So has anyone got some good tips on weathering a black aircraft?? Any help would be great. Thanks Martin
  9. Source: http://old1.trumpeter-china.com/a/en/produc.../0302/2071.html V.P.
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