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  1. After the A & B variants, Italeri is to release in 2024 a 1/72nd Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II kit - ref. 1469 Source: https://www.italeri.com/uploads/news/0hFsarN8VqpofmHNCQiD0phaHkvlSZQY30JTdrFK.pdf V.P.
  2. No secret that this is my favourite aircraft, and the IDF operates probably the most advanced and combat capable variant currently flying. 1/32 is 'my scale' and we are currently spoilt for choice with four great kits of the various marks of this 5th Gen jet. Italeri got there first with this fully licensed kit and I snapped one up as soon as they were available. I started it back in 2021 but it soon got lost amid the wreckage from covid but I was able to complete it for the Go Large Or Go Home GB this year. The GB just finished so go grab yourself some big-scale goodness over in the gallery and build threads! So, here she is! The pilot represents 'Captain Shin' or simply Captain S., the Deputy CO of Sqn 116 'Lions Of The South' based at Nevatim in the Negev. Tricked it out in full Beast Mode IDF-style, with Python-5 missiles and Spice-1000 guided bombs plus GBU-39 Small Diameter Bombs, GBU-38 laser JDAMs and AIM-120D AMRAAMs. Cockpit details were Eduard panels, Metallic Details wiring and upgrades, and Anyz knobs, placards and switches. The decals were a mix of kit, IsraDecal's set for this squadron plus the incredible 1-Man Army stencil set. I made two pilot figures which came from an Etsy seller, so they're probably knock-offs of a more reputable producer (sorry!) The 1-Man Army stencils were astonishing - everything here is painted on. I used Colourcoats FS36170 enamel paint for the main colour, with MRP FS36170 Camouflage Gray lacquer for the panel joins. The enamel was applied over an Alclad aluminium base to provide the slightly reflective sheen. The weapons bays were the biggest challenge - I used Metallic Details upgrade set to add detail. I'll never build open weapons bays again in this scale!!! They look great with the Eduard GBU-39s and kit AMRAAMs plugged in! Pleased that everything fitted! All the bombs are attached using small neodymium magnets for ease of transport, if I should ever need to transport it! The entire canopy section is also detachable for protection when transporting. The entire nozzle and engine section is a resin replacement from Metallic Details. I also used Reskit wheels. This kit goes together very well, unless you want to try an drop the flaps or do anything else not in the instructions! It all looks very symmetrical and balanced out of the box. The wonky bombs are just because of the magnet attachment points and they got a bit knocked with me handling the model for photos! The armament was a big part of the build and came from Academy (Python AAMs), Eduard (GBU-39 SDBs), IsraCast (Spice-1000), Wolfpack (GBU-38s) and the kit (AMRAAMs). I called this a bit of a kitchen sink build, (in that I threw every bit of aftermarket I could stash bar the kitchen sink) and I'm really pleased it turned out more or less how I'd hoped. It's also a big ol' beast in 1/32! Here's how it measures up against its predecessor! Anyway - the GB is finished, and this goes back on the display shelf - hope you enjoyed a potted tour of the build and I wish you all a very merry and happy Christmas break All the best and happy 2024, Alan
  3. After the F-35A (link) and F-35C (link) here's the Trumpeter's 1/32nd Lockheed-Martin F-35B Lightning II - ref. 03232 Release expected in China in late June 2023. Source: http://www.hobbyboss.com/index.php?g=home&m=article&a=show&id=230 Box art V.P.
  4. Indicated as new tool in the Revell 2024 announcements a 1/72nd Lockheed-Martin F-35A Lightning II - ref. 03799. Source: https://ipmsdeutschland.de/wordpress/2024/01/01/revell-neuheiten-2024-model-kits-2/ To be followed V.P.
  5. After the A & B variants, Italeri is to release in 2024 a 1/48th Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II kit - ref. 2833 Source: https://www.italeri.com/uploads/news/0hFsarN8VqpofmHNCQiD0phaHkvlSZQY30JTdrFK.pdf V.P.
  6. HobbyBoss is to release in 2024-2025 a 1/48th Lockheed-Martin F-35 Lightning II family. - ref. 85815 - Lockheed-Martin F-35A Lightning II - ref. 85816 - Lockheed-Martin F-35B Lightning II - ref. 85817 - Lockheed-Martin F-35C Lightning II Source: https://tieba.baidu.com/p/8854669690 V.P.
  7. News from All Japan Model and Hobby Show 2022, Tamiya is to release a new tool 1/48th Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II kit - nef. 61124 Sources: https://www.tamiyausa.com/blog/lockheed-f-35-lightning-ii/ https://www.facebook.com/TamiyaUSA/posts/pfbid0DsupchYkdFciHSQSSJ4ZDwo4vQymWPjsq8UmhVu8Jdp6Vz7QTGYLFXd8UK8dALnPl V.P.
  8. Hi, this my 'kitchen sink' build of the exciting F-35I Adir ('Mighty One'), the most advanced fighter jet in the world at this time. I'm using the highly-regarded Italeri 1/32 kit and adding a whole raft of aftermarket items to see if I can push myself to produce something really special given the extended runtime of this GB. I started it a couple of years ago (25% rule applies!) but only got as far as the cockpit: Using the dedicated Eduard Big Ed set among other things. This is as far as I've got at this point. More info is here if you want it: Look forward to joining you soon! Alan
  9. Hi guys, it's been 8 months since I last finished my model which was the Chinese J-7B. Not very productive during these months, huh? Ok, here is my Tamiya's latest brand new 48th scale kit. What is special to talk about this kit is the details. Tamiya has done a very good job putting in more details while not compromising the ease of building in their later kits. Engineering and parts breakdown are excellent. Of course there are many aftermarket detail up parts released in the market lately but the detail level out of the box is pretty acceptable especially in the weapons bay. I scratch-built the seat belts as Tamiya provided only the decals. The only drawback of the kit is the decals. They are thick and need a lot of decal liquids to soften and set. Otherwise it would be a perfect kit. This is a commission build and my client wanted me to do the Italian Air Force so here it is. Hope you will like it. I willbe building more as I am settled at the new place and have set up the workbench. See you next time, thanks. #tzwf35
  10. After the F-35A (thread) & the F-35B (thread), Italeri is to release a new moulds 1/72nd Lockheed-Martin F-35C Lightning II - ref. 1469 Source: https://www.italeri.com/en/article/816 V.P.
  11. After the F-35A - thread The 1/72nd secret item from the catalogue 2019 (link) is a new tool Lockheed-Martin F-35B Lightning II - ref. 1425 It's Halloween today... Sources: https://www.italeri.com/en/article/777 https://www.italeri.com/uploads/news/cDrllBUBxBek9FXxcMAV35oH9gczdzte2VMQmy7s.pdf https://www.facebook.com/ItaleriModelKit/posts/3256928964379701 test build V.P.
  12. Trumpeter has just released in China a 1/32nd Lockheed-Martin F-35C Lightning II kit - ref. 03230 Source: http://www.trumpeter-china.com/index.php?g=home&m=product&a=show&id=3780&l=en V.P.
  13. After the F-35C (link), Trumpeter is to release a 1/32nd Lockheed-Martin F-35A Lightning II - ref. 03231 Source: http://www.trumpeter-china.com/index.php?g=home&m=article&a=show&id=243 box art V.P.
  14. Italeri is to release a new tool 1/48th Lockheed-Martin F-35B Lightning II kit - ref. 2810 Not a bad news considering the only other available 1/48th F-35B kit is the Kitty Hawk one. Now we'll just need a better F-35C. Source: https://www.italeri.com/uploads/news/AY8p8Mc4VebT1GVJ5SVhR0wRFuvMlyG6nbu5dgSD.pdf Box art V.P.
  15. After the F-35A (link) Academy is to release in 2020 a 1/72nd Lockheed-Martin F-35B Lightning II kit - ref. 12569 Source: http://academy.co.kr/1aden/site/01_academy_kor/notice/2020_catalog.pdf V.P.
  16. In Autumn 2020 Airfix is to release a quick build new tool 1/72nd Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II kit - ref. J6040 Source: https://www.airfix.com/uk-en/shop/new-for-2020/quickbuild-f-35-lightning.html 3D render (so a new tool kit) V.P.
  17. In celebration of the Royal Danish Air Force 70 years anniversary on the 1st of October, the Danes revealed a F-16 in the have glass colours of the future RDAF F-35. Here she is together with her mate in “Dannebrog” scheme, a great looking couple wouldn’t you agree! (all photos by Flyvevåbnets Fototjeneste/ Flyverkommandoen) Link to the original press release here: https://www2.forsvaret.dk/nyheder/nationale_opgaver/Pages/F-16FORKLÆDTSOMF-35.aspx English article here: https://theaviationist.com/2020/10/01/danish-f-16-gets-have-glass-grey-paint-its-the-same-that-will-be-applied-to-the-rdaf-f-35s/ In case you are looking for the FS-paint codes, they are available here: Let me know please if further translation from Danish is required! Cheers Johnny b
  18. Hallo A look at the development of new aircraft. The high costs, overlapping development processes, and then static problems in many places. I consider this in the forum because I want to show the current weaknesses apart from any electronic development. From my own experience in development and design in large machine design and construction and series production, I can bring my experience to bear. I myself was there when vibration problems destroyed a large hydraulic power plant for the first time. At that time, the line from medium-sized machines to large machines was crossed. This means that the elastic modulus of the material and the spring constant of the foundation play an important role and shift critical speeds. So, you may have the nominal speed exactly on the critical speed. Many major projects in power plant construction failed and had to be improved over many years. The development of crack mechanics on the off shore oil platforms analogous to this. This development already began in aircraft construction with the F-18. Here the development goals were diffuse and ultimately the range of services behind the previous models. We only consider the aerodynamic and static quantities. No electronics. No weapon systems. With the A-380, for example, the problem of the wing tips. The static problem could not be fixed because the program was too advanced. This tanks in the wingtips never could be filled. Ultimately, it was stillborn. No success. The static problems of the spars and ribs on the F-35 show problems with all versions today. Local stress free annealing with laser on the A version, B and C version have to do the fatigue test again. If the basic design of the statics is so poor, such a device remains a coffin nail. This is far from a good program flow. The combined knowledge is not in the minds of decision-makers from today. They are only specialized. In this way, contradictory decisions are made, with the cost pressure restricting every leeway. At the same time, the absolute belief in the unlimited possibility of electronics blinds rational decisions. How do you see that? What do you think?
  19. 617 "Dambusters" Squadron - A Tribute Morning all! I hope that you are all well and keeping cool in the stiflingly hot weather that we've been having recently! To cut a long story short, last year was my first time at RIAT (and wow, if you haven't been before then I absolutely recommend it), As part of the RAF100 celebrations a flypast was arranged to pay tribute to the legendary 617 "Dambusters" Squadron with a trio of aircraft that they have flown throughout the squadron's life: the BBMF's Lancaster, a Tornado GR4 (courtesy of 41 Sqn), and a brand-new F-35b Lightning II (courtesy of the recently reformed 617 Sqn). This year has been special for 2 of these aircraft, as I'm sure you are all aware. The F-35b fleet is starting to be built up and achieved Initial Operating Capability (IOC) in January, and has recently been reported to have conducted their first operational missions over Iraq and Syria earlier this month. And as one aircraft enters the stage, another took its final bow. After almost 40 years in service and having stood guard during the Cold War, and after action in the Gulf War and over the Middle East, in recent years, it was withdrawn from RAF service in March. I saw the Tornado in flight for the first time in 2017 when I made my first trip to RAF Coningsby. After a morning of Typhoon takeoffs (including a practice QRA scramble) and lunchtime recoveries, we decided to walk to the opposite end and visit the BBMF hangar. And it was then, as we rounded the corner, that she appeared: A thing of beauty, for sure. Since then I've seen only a few more Tornadoes: one at a flypast at the 2018 Cosford airshow, another as part of the RIAT 617 Sqn flypast shown previously, and a trio of Tonkas at the National Memorial Arboretum as part of the farewell flypasts that took place in February. Enough of my rambling, time to have a peek at what I'll be building. So there we have it: 1x Airfix Lancaster 1:72 1x Hasegawa F35b 1:72 (with RAF decals from the Xtradecal sheet shown above) 1x Revell Tornado 1:72 (with extra bits: Xtradecal sheet for 41Sqn, Freightdog GR4 FLIR pod, and Master pitot and AoA probes. Right, that's all for now- more to come soon! Best wishes, Sam
  20. The last few years I’ve been on a bit of a WWII Pacific modelling spree and I felt it was time for a change. Why not build one Lightning when you can get two at twice the effort? As it turned out, both kits would require more effort than I had anticipated. RS Models P-38F This kit is part of my ‘Hellcats over the Pacific’-themed collection. Hellcats was a Macintosh flight sim from the early 90s, at the time a very realistic game. I racked up 100s of hours in it. My goal for this theme is to build all the planes in the game in 1/72 in color schemes related to the Guadalcanal and Leyte campaigns around which the game is centered. I picked the F-model for this theme because I think the early variants of the P-38 are the best-looking ones. On opening the box first impressions are favorable. Nicely detailed parts, subtle engraving. However, on putting it together it appears almost none of the parts fit without serious sanding or fettling. Not a single seam escapes the filler/sanding/filler/sanding treatment and this obliterates much of the detail, requiring re-scribing. Getting the tail booms aligned is a major challenge and I never got it quite right. It doesn’t help there are no locating tabs to strengthen the joins, I really should have used some plasticard here. The boom to wing joins must have split at least a dozen times during this build. Landing gear bays are a lousy fit and require much filler to blend in with the rest of the plane. Also pay attention to the parts numbering on the tail booms as they are handed which is not entirely obvious anymore after you’ve removed them from the sprue. What else? Canopy requires blending in with filler, oil coolers need drilling out, cockpit tub needs thinning on the underside, prop spinner diameter is a smaller than the nacelle, main gear attachment points are spurious, cannon and machine gun holes need drilling out, gear doors are a bad fit… I found out some of these things after painting which caused a lot of grief. Final assembly off the small parts took me five nights. Painting was straightforward, I used Gunze acrylics, and some water colors to do a panel line wash. Added a mix of light grey and Tamiya smoke to dirty up the radiators and exhausts. RS have squeezed in five very attractive decal options on a tiny sheet. The decals are nice and thin but they settle down very quickly and then refuse to move, even with decal solutions. Get them as close as you can to the right place when sliding them off the sheet. Not a world beater but altogether I’m happy with the result. It took me two years from start to finish to get it done, a considerable time of which it spent on the shelf of doom because it was so much work to get the airframe together in an acceptable fashion. Not an easy kit but with patience still a worthy addition to the collection and as far as I know still the best F available in this scale. Hasegawa F-35 Lightning II The perfect companion to the original Lightning! I was actually slightly disappointed when opening the rather massive box, at first glance I thought this was a quick-build kit. Rest assured it is not – Hasegawa has struck a superb balance between detail and ease of build. The cost of this is of course that the weapons bays are closed and cannot be opened. Building up the main airframe is a single short evening of work. A few small dabs of Mr. Surfacer are required to hide some small seams but that’s it. So how did it take me two years to finish such a simple kit? Hear my story of woe… From the start I struggled, as many others have, with the Have Glass coating. I thought my problems were solved when I read about Hataka’s Have Glass paint. I got a bottle at ESM2018 and proceeded in good spirits with the painting. The Hataka paint and I did not get along very well; no matter what thinner I used, it clogged up my airbrush. After spending an entire evening on it I got a good coat on it. I took a step back, looked at the finish and immediately had my doubts. The paint looked to me far too metallic. Looking at some photos of the real thing you can find pretty much anything between flat grey and shiny metallic so I decided to push on, against better judgement. The second hurdle was the RAM coating. Hasegawa provides some of the RAM paneling as decals but it has you spray the larger areas yourself. I tried to find a grey paint in my stash as close as I could to the decal grey and then spent two nights masking. I sprayed the grey, took off the masking and I was utterly dismayed. The colors clashed horribly. I left the kit for a few days to see if I could convince myself it was acceptable but I couldn’t. I removed the paint with thinner and the kit moved to the shelf of doom while I considered the next step. Over the next few months I looked at a lot of photos of the plane and other peoples’ models and read about paint mixes to mimic the Have Glass coating. I also found out the newer F-35s rolling of the production line had significantly toned down RAM strips, which made for a vast improvement in its appearance in my eyes. So back to the workbench it was. I had decided my way of doing the Have Glass would be to take FS36118 and add some silver into the mix. I prepped the kit for spraying. Before my first attempt I had sprayed the wheel wells in white and stuffed them with blu-tac. However due to the cleaning the white paint had been damaged and I had to remove the blu-tac before respraying. Disaster struck. The blu-tac had hardened and was almost impossible to get out. As a result, the back of the gear well came loose and disappeared into the kit’s innards. I tried to get it out but it was impossible to fit back in place without opening up the fuselage. I tried to open it wide enough to at least get the part out and the whole kit exploded into a dozen pieces – and not along any of the original mating surfaces… One of the top wings got torn clean in half, as did the stabilizer. The right intake was in smithereens and all the mating surfaces where a shambles. I don’t think such an easy-fitting kit has ever been subjected to so much violence, despair and tears by anybody over the age of 8 as this poor F-35. I spent 10 minutes being very angry and sad with myself, then took out the glue and started over. I got all the bits together apart from a tiny piece near the stabilizer, which I filled with card. Lots of gluing, filling and sanding later and the kit, minus some lost engraved detail, went back to the spray table. I applied my metallized 36118 and again took a step back. And again, I didn’t like what I saw. By mixing in silver with the grey, you put metallic parts into the paint but it doesn’t recreate the sheen you see in some photos. You just add glitters to what is otherwise a non-metallic surface. I spent another evening looking at photos (like the one below) and came to a realization that the sheen only appears in sunny conditions and even then it’s not always visible. As such, I argued, it is not dissimilar to the shine you get from sunny reflections on a polished or gloss surface, which you don’t try to mimic in paint either. I figured I could do without any of the metallic effect completely and still get a convincing model. I resprayed the kit in straight 36118. I decided not to use any of the RAM decals as they were the wrong color compared to the lighter shades of grey visible on some areas of the newer paint scheme and masked the lot. I added some white to the 36118 to paint these areas. On removing the masking I found the difference to be too subtle so remasked most of the areas, added more white and resprayed. I finally got a finish I liked. Decaling was quick and easy. I used FlevoDecals promotional sheet for F-001, the first test model of the Dutch Airforce, but changed the 1 and 0 around to make it into the recently delivered F-010, which of course sports the muted RAM taping. I used the Hasegawa decals sheet to source the stencils. All the other parts went on very quickly. The gear is nicely detailed and sufficiently complex to look convincing but still easy to put together. On mounting the canopy I found the sil part interfered with it getting a good fit with the fuselage. I could probably have avoided this by test fitting earlier in the build process but I solved it by just getting rid of it entirely. It’s not visible anyway with the canopy closed. So there we are. Two years of on and off building, filling, sanding, masking, spraying, stripping and cursing ends with a double Lightning strike.
  21. At Nürnberg Toy fair 2013. 1/72nd Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II by Academy - ref.12507. Source: http://www.primeportal.net/models/thomas_voigt7/academy/ V.P.
  22. Next Kitty Hawk 1/48th kit (http://www.kittyhawkmodel.com/) will be... the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II (ref.KH80102). Release date: July 2012. May I've to say that I'm not really excited by this new release. After the beautiful Kitty Hawk 1/48th F-94C Starfire, I'd have preferred new quarter inch kits of aircraft like the RF-84F Thunderflash, F-101A/C Voodoo, CF-100 Canuck, F-82 Twin Mustang, B-45 Tornado, B-66 Destroyer, F2H Banshee, FH-1 Phantom, AF-2 Guardian, F9F-8 Cougar, F-11F Tiger or AJ-2 Savage etc. Source: http://www.aeroscale...=...e&sid=11598 V.P.
  23. Hi all. I see Meng is prepping a new 1/48 F-35. I've been interested in an F-35 kit but there's one thing that keeps putting me off, and that's the raised surface detail with the sawtooth edging. The bits with the paler grey colouring. Every time I see photographs of the actual aircraft, the fuselage is almost completely smooth in these areas, but all scale model renditions show it raised. For purportedly being accurate, it never looks so. Does anyone know if this is indeed accurate and I'm missing something, because I could swear from any image of the real thing it isn't present in the fuselage. Appreciation in advance. Gaz
  24. From Osaka Hobby Festival 2017. After the F-35A Hasegawa is to release in March 2018 a 1/72nd Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II kit - ref.? Sources: https://twitter.com/sa_relations/status/926288421517123584/ https://twitter.com/hasegawa_model/status/927732348271112192 V.P.
  25. Sources: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234951970-orange-hobby-new-172-f-35c-testshots/ http://www.arcforums.com/forums/air/index.php?showtopic=270957 Orange Hobby (http://www.orangehobby.com/) from China is to release its first 1/72nd injected kit: a Lockheed-Martin F-35C Lightning II. The initial release of this kit will include not only an aircraft but also a flight deck tractor. Note the PE set. To be followed. V.P.
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