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  1. Bit of a last minute entry, I'd been planning to do this in the GB but hadn't managed to start till now, let's hope I can do it in a week and it doesn't end up in the KUTA build! It's typical Revell instructions, A4 booklet... The kit is pretty low on parts (not always a bad thing)... The cockpit is a sparse affair, but at least it comes with a little pilot, not my greatest painting but probably be difficult to see him anyhow... So in order to make life difficult (probably) I've decided to attempt to model the plane in flight, sometimes a difficult proposition based on fitment of undercarriage doors, luckily the front gear door seemed to have a snug fit. The rear doors needed a small amount of fiddling but I got them in, normally I'd like to reinforce the back with some styrene sheet or a bit of sprue but the whole bomb-bay and wheel wheels is a single tight fitting piece. I ended up using some filler to help hold the doors and fill some of the gaps. The kit has a lot of nice big fitting locators as can be seen. The clear parts are a single piece that fits from the inside, so the windows are flush, I masked them up as well as possible first, but the angles aren't tight so hopefully I got then close enough and can remove them post paint! There are only a few main parts (underside, topside, 2 halves per wing and a single tail piece) so the main construction was pretty fast, the only issue being given the angular nature of the beast it's hard to fit clamps! So it's been a very quick build so far, though I need to do some cleanup where I managed to make some glue fingerprints near one of the undercarriage doors!
  2. This is my 50th build which was a present from my wife. The academy kit is quite basic and does need some enhancing. I used Eduard PE and some scratch building and the pilot was from PJ Models. Painted with Vallejo. The base was designed for me by Coastal kit display bases. The full build can be followed on:
  3. Hi all, Sorry for the dodgy photo's - My digital SLR is about to have a foot to sensor interaction! Had to pick up my old point and press and see what I could come up with! Ok, so the kit... This was the Tamiya 1:48 F117 and Humvee box set. Picked it up at Waddinton airshow for significantly less than what it should be and was not disappointed when I opened the box.. Usually Tamoya quality, made of black plastic (in case your feeling lazy and cant be bothered to paint it, ha ha). If I'd have stuck to the OOB stuff I reckon it would have gone together a dream, then I decided to get the Aires cockpit and it all went horribly wrong. With that cockpit in you have to sand the bottom of the 'pit tub and the top of the front wheel bay. Or in my case sand THROUGH the cockpit floor so the seat falls through, then sand almost through the top of the wheel bay! NIGHTMARE. Anyway, I eventually got the two halves together after much sanding, glueing and lots of swearing, then after that it was plain sailing. Not alot else to talk about with it really from the build point of view, given the simple nature of the exterior of the aircraft it never was going to be difficult. You can build it bomb bay open or close, with or wihout LGB's, and that's about it. Painting was done with a can of black Halfords spray paint and some dry brushing along the panel lines, which I hope has come out in a couple of the photo's. Decals are pretty good (when you don't put them on over a Matt finish, oops) and that's about all there is. The hummer is pretty good, and comes with a couple of different options for painting and decals. Again, it went together pretty easily with good comprehensive instructions. I finally popped my airbrush cherry with the hummer and I think it came out ok for a first timer. A little bit of light weathering and 2 MP's later and the kit was finished. The ground crew and generator came from a Hasegawa set which I bought spare of the moment and the dio' base was made from Tamiya texture paint and some DIY concrete stuff from model zone. Again apologies from the outset for the dodgy pictures but lighting was pants and the camera worse (a good workman always blames his tools, I think). Anyway...
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