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  1. All bets are off ! It is rumoured to be a - money maker - unpreviously announced kit. Source: https://www.facebook.com/Kineticmodel/posts/1244366542397121 V.P.
  2. Source: https://www.facebook.com/Kineticmodel/posts/1811361739030929 https://www.luckymodel.com/scale.aspx?item_no=KI-K48115 V.P.
  3. Kinetic is to re-release its 1/48th Grumman EA-6B Prowler kit with new wings under ref.48044 The original kit ref.48022 In box review: http://www.cybermodeler.com/hobby/kits/kin/kit_kin_48022.shtml The box art of the "new" Prowler kit ref.48044 Source: https://www.facebook.com/Kineticmodel V.P.
  4. Serial number 4082 to be built using the Kinetic kit (and decals). Part of the appeal for this particular airframe is the fact that parts of the special livery vinyl overlays were lost en route from Poland to Orland - so I'm aiming to finish one side as it left Poland and the other as it arrived in Norway! As usual, Eduard cockpit etch and seat belts and I think there are some masks lurking around too: Back in a week or so, Mike
  5. BAe Hawk T.2 (03852) 1:32 Revell Originally designed as a replacement to the Gnat advanced trainer by Hawker Siddeley, the Hawk first flew in 1974, and started life as a private venture, much like a number of other widely known and loved aircraft. It was designed from the beginning for the training arena with two seats, but the ability to carry offensive armament was also important both for weapons training, and for the improvement of export sales to developing nations that couldn't perhaps justify or afford a single-roled aircraft. It entered service with the RAF in 1976, only two years after its maiden flight, and has remained in service with many updates ever since. A number of variants have been developed since then, mostly for export, including single-seat light-weight fighter Mark 200, and the highly adapted T-45 Goshawk that is used by the US Navy for carrier training. The T1A was a modified version of the original Hawk that can carry weapons such as a gun-pod on the centreline, and a pair of Sidewinder Air-to-Air missiles. This type is also used by the Red Arrows with some minor modifications to carry a smoke pod instead of the gun pod. The T.2 is currently now in service in small numbers with the RAF, with a glass cockpit and improved Adour 915 engine, based on the specification of the Mk.120 and 127 used by the South Africans and Australians respectively. The T.1 is intended to leave service in 2030, but in the meantime, it still serves alongside the more modern T.2. The Kit This is a not a rebox of the earlier T.1 and Red Arrows boxing that we reviewed a mind-boggling 10 years ago, but is instead a rebox of the 1:32 Kinetic plastic, which if you’ve not seen that kit before (and I haven’t), it’s not immediately obvious. The kit arrives in one of Revell’s deeper end-opening boxes, which seems to be made of thicker cardboard to hopefully avoid the dreaded collapse in the stash. Inside are five sprues in a grey styrene, a sprue of clear parts, a fret of Photo-Etch (PE) brass, decal sheet, instruction booklet and one of those annoying safety sheets. The first thing that strikes you as you peruse the sprues is that the tail section of the fuselage is heavily riveted, a feature that was missed off from the earlier kits native Revell. The shape of the tail “hump” looks better too, although whether it will meet the approval of the purists, but a quick Google makes me think it looks OK. The inclusion of PE parts is also novel from Revell, and very welcome as the usual alternative is decals, which are two-dimensional at best. Construction begins with the instrument panels and their coamings, which are well-detailed and have decals for the various screens and buttons, which should settle down over the raised details nicely with some strong decal solution, and has a PE HUD frame into which the two clear parts fit, and a lens part drops into the coaming. The rear seater’s panel is without the HUD, and has one of the MFD screens in a black cowling where the HUD would be. The canopy is made next, which is a fairly unusual step, and this version has the det-cord canopy breakers moulded-in, but as they are raised, you won’t be able to flood them with white acrylic paint like you could the old 1:48 Airfix kit. You do get a blast screen for between the pilots, and a pair of styrene rear-view mirrors for the front of the canopy. The crew seats are identical, and made up from two halves into which the seat pad is inserted, and the headbox top with the drogue-pack moulded-in slips into the top. Then the PE belts are shown being folded and installed over a few steps, including the short groin-belt that has the push-release buckle at the top end. The two ejection seats are added to the cockpit tub after removing a small area of raised detail in the starboard rear-seater’s side console, then the HOTAS duo and some rudder pedals are added to both cockpits and finally the rear bulkhead is glued behind the rear seat using a slot and tab to align it well. A full set of intakes are included on the sprues, replicating the Y-shaped trunking seen on the real thing, stopped-up at the rear by a representation of the front fan and bullet of the Adour engine. The two trunks are joined together at the rear, and each side has half of the starter exhaust moulded into the top, which will exit through the hole on the spine later on. At the rear the exhaust trunk is fitted with a rear face of the engine and has a very slender lip, thanks to some careful moulding. These two assemblies go into the fuselage on large sturdy pegs to ensure a secure fit and minimise any movement of the parts. Before the fuselage can be closed up, the single-part nose gear bay should be painted up and inserted, and this too has some decent detail moulded-in, although little will be seen once the leg is in there and the doors have been applied. Once the fuselage halves are together and the seams dealt with, an insert is slotted in under the rear with the strakes moulded into it, and the outer halves of the intakes can be joined to the inner sections that are moulded into the trunking. The spine behind the cockpit that has separate “bunny ears” for the ram-air intakes that feed the crew air-conditioning unit is also made up, but installed much later in the build to give you adequate chance to lose it under the clutter on your desk. With the addition of a few PE aerials under the rear of the fuselage, attention diverts to the wings. The lower wing is full-span as you’d expect for a low-wing monoplane, and has a box around the gear bay apertures against which you glue the detail inserts, which removes a lot of the opportunities to get it wrong. A central insert goes over both inner bay halves, and the upper wings are glued in place, with the bay roof detail moulded into their inner surface. The completed wings are then offered up to the lower fuselage and glued in place, adding some nav-lights on the intakes, and more strakes on the fuselage beside the tail. The elevators have separate swash-plates that fit into recesses, with the tab going through them into the socket in the fuselage, then you get the option of an open or closed air-brake, being careful to check that it doesn’t prevent the aircraft from sitting square to the ground once finished. A skin attaches to the blank space over the exhaust, and some blade antennae are slotted into the fin, next to the avionics box that projects from the leading edge. The main landing gear legs are a single part, with the retraction jack added as they are inserted into the bays along with their two captive doors, and the three-part wheels, which have circumferential tread on the two-part tyres. A little link is fixed between the bottom door and the leg before they’re inserted into the bay, with the last inner bay door fitted along the centreline. The nose gear leg has a split yoke with the three-part tyre trapped between them, then it is installed with its three gear bay doors and landing light attached to the starboard door. The flaps are separate, and can be posed retracted or deployed by using the different actuator fairings, and for the extended flaps, adding the additional spacer parts that pop out to fill the gap. Another small blade antenna is glued into a recess in the trailing edge fairing on the wing underside, and a centreline tank fits into two pre-prepared holes between the main gear bays under the wing. With the model righted and standing on its own wheels, the front spine insert with the bunny-ears gets fitted, and behind it two PE grilles are inserted into recesses in the fuselage, which has a realistic centre support and twin recesses behind it to give it a 3D look. The wing is outfitted with twin fences each side, and the windscreen with canopy closed or open glues in over the cockpit. There are a ton of sensors, aerials and blade antennae around the fuselage and nose, which includes a few clear ligts, nose pitot and AoA sensors on the sides, plus a crew-step to get the crew in and out. A set of Sidewinders are included for the wingtip pylons, with the option of leaving them off and covering the mating surface with an aerodynamic cap. If you are going to use “live” Sidewinders, there are fins moulded in along the seamline, plus separate perpendicular fins to add, and an exhaust insert in the rear. For a training round the instructions tell you to remove all the fins after you make it, and the painting guide gives you painting schemes for both options. Markings The decals are printed in Italy by Cartograf, which is a guarantee of good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin matt carrier film cut close to the printed areas. As mentioned earlier, the seatbelts and instrument panels are also supplied as decals, although the belts are identical to each other, and will of course look a little flat once applied unless you apply them to a very thin substrate to give them some thickness. Why bother when there are some nice PE belts on the brass sheet? There are two schemes on the sheet, both in black, which is the standard scheme, although one has a special tail scheme. From the box you can build one of the following: No.4 Sqn., RAF Valley, May 2016 No.25 Sqn., RAF Valley, Mar 2020 The colours are named in a key at the front of the instruction booklet, which is handy if you don't use or have access to Revell paints, although the dreaded paint-mix requirement for the limited Revell paint range can be a little frustrating at times. The Sidewinders are mainly Barley Grey, which is a mix of two Revell colours, and is never an ideal solution, especially when so many paint manufacturers have that colour readily available from the tin. An odd faunish-orange colour is used on the lights on the intake cowling lights, which is a mixture of clear orange and clear blue. Strange. Check your references if there’s any doubt. Conclusion It’s nice to see the modern Advanced Jet Trainer (AJT) Hawk T.2 in big scale for all you big scale adherents, and the availability in a Revell box will help it reach a wider market than perhaps the Kinetic plastic would otherwise see. One workmanlike and one fancy scheme gives you a choice, but with only 28 airframes in service at time of writing, and gloss black being the standard scheme, the fancy bits are all that they have to differentiate between them. Finally, be prepared to do a little polishing of your black paint job, as that always gives a black surface more realism to my mind. Check out Ultimate’s Polishing System if you haven’t got some already. Highly recommended. Currently, Revell are unable to ship to the UK from their online shop due to recent changes in import regulations, but there are many shops stocking their products where you can pick up the kits either in the flesh or online. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. 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  6. Entry No.2 will be built from the Kinetic F-16DG/DJ Block 40/50 kit - originally purchased at a very good price as I wanted the CC sprues (Harm missiles + pods). When it arrived those sprues were no longer included and had been replaced by two MER + Cluster bomb sprues. However I've since managed to do a swap to get a Harm sprue. Although this kit only has parts for an F-16D, I can take the unused F-16C parts from my Polish C/D boxing and build this as 92-0920 in the (Two Bobs) 2015 special livery reflecting 50 years of Wild Weasel operations: As the decals include a comprehensive selection of inert missile markings you can expect this one to have a fairly full loadout! Mike
  7. Another winner on approach by Kinetic a 1/48th McDD/Boeing T-45A/C Goshawk - ref. 48038 http://scalemodels.r...-C-Goshawk.html V.P.
  8. Since today (May 6th, 2012) the Lucky Model website proposes the Kinetic 1/48th Northrop F-5A/CF-5A/NF-5A Freedom Fighter kit (ref. K48020) as pre-ordable. Kinetic being closely related to Lucky Model, such advertisement indicates usually a very soon release of the kit. Source: http://www.luckymodel.com/scale.aspx?item_no=KI-K48020 Price P&P incl. : +/- £ 19.00! See also the two seats F-5B/CF-5B/NF-5B boxing thread: http://britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234944218-148-northrop-f-5bcf-5bnf-5b-freedom-fighter-by-kinetic-released-new-f-5ab-boxing-in-2018/ See also the Wolfpack Design F-5A Skoshi Tiger rebox thread: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234979803-148-northrop-f-5a-skoshi-tiger-kinetic-rebox-by-wolfpack-design-released/ V.P.
  9. I've heard great things about these Kintic Harriers and now I have 4 of various marks in the stash I decided I'd better build one. This is the GR3 which will be RAF Germany in the mid 80's scheme. 'Everything looks good in camo wrap' Hopefully it will provide a balance to my Fonduri Miniature Grognard in the French Fancy GB. Starting soon. Colin
  10. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kinetic is buzzing... Something really new (I think so as a little birdie tells me...) or something out of the pipeline (MIIID/B, Harrier GR.1/.3/.4, A-4 Skyhawk, C-17, F-18C etc.)? Wait and see. Source: https://www.facebook.com/Kineticmodel/?hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINE&fref=nf Source: https://www.facebook.com/KineticModel-France-284153468459310/?hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINE&fref=nf Source: https://www.facebook.com/kineticmodeljp/?hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINE&fref=nf V.P.
  11. M3A3 Bradley Cavalry Fighting Vehicle (K61014) 1:35 Kinetic Model The CFV variant of the Bradley is a scout vehicle that carries a crew of five, including two scouts that are able to dismount whilst leaving the vehicle fully crewed and ready to depart if necessary. It also carries additional communications gear, but is externally very similar to the M2 Bradley, with the same Bushmaster cannon and the ability to carry a TOW missile pack on the side of the two-man turret. It was designed in the 1990s as an update to the ageing M113, but ended up supplanting it in US service, and it has been a success in every theatre it has served in, although during the Gulf War a number were destroyed in blue-on-blue incidents that resulted in better recognition systems being employed from there on in. It is well-liked amongst crews, and the upgraded armour packages have improved survivability in a changing battlefield that includes substantial amounts of urban patrols. The A3 is a combination of new-build and converted A2s, and brings a major improvement in the on-board systems that affect the crew's situational awareness, allowing them to work better in concert with other Allied forces, including both the Apache helicopter and Abrams tank, two of the main weapons systems they are likely to be deployed with. In an age where anti-tank missiles have become a major danger to any AFV due to their ability to pitch-up and plunge accurately downward through the thinner top armour, the roof of the Bradley has been upgraded with titanium, and also includes all the previous upgrades to the A1 and A2 variants. The Kit This is an enhanced reboxing of the 2014 Orichi (no, I'd never heard of them either!) kit from Kinetic, and arrives in their usual top-opener box, with a painting of a NATO Euro camouflaged example on the front, with a small badge acknowledging CrossDelta's assistance with the included decals. Inside are seven sprues and two hull parts in grey styrene, plus a single dust-jacket for the top of the gun mantlet in a little ziplok bag. A sheet of Photo-Etch (PE) brass, a tree of poly-caps, decal sheet and the instruction booklet are also in the box, along with a separate painting and markings guide, which is in colour and printed on both sides of a glossy sheet, with profiles provided by AMMO. Detail is good throughout, with lots of surface detail such as anti-slip coatings, vents and fasteners for the appliqué armour, which is followed through with the optional ERA (Explosive Reactive Armour) package parts that are included, and is used on both decal options, but can be left off if you are going off-piste for your markings. Some slide-moulding has been used to improve the detail and simplify construction, especially on the main hull parts, which have the side-skirts and armour upstands moulded-in along with other detail that would once have been impossible to include. It still needs an additional number of rivets applying however, which can be found on the sides of sprue A. Cut these off with a sharp blade, and glue them on where indicated, which is probably best done early in the build process to avoid either forgetting, or knocking off any delicate parts. Construction begins with the lower hull tub, which is festooned with the suspension swing-arms and dampers, final drive, return rollers and finally the road wheels, which have a poly-cap at their heart and have separate tyres that will please anyone that doesn't like painting these in-situ. The idlers and drive sprockets also have poly-cap centres, and once fitted the remains of the final drive housing are added to the lower front along with towing shackles and a pair of small plates. Tracks are fitted early on, and these are of the link-and-length type, supplying all the straight links as a single part, which are joined with a few individual links, a short length on the diagonals, a few more links, and then another length to go over the top. There are a few ejector pins on the inside face of the tracks, but these are raised, so should be pretty easy to deal with in short order. The upper hull fits over the top of the lower hull at this stage, and ledges on small upstands inside the upper that will need careful alignment before the glue sets up, as there is a little "slop" at the rear on my example. The hull is closed up by adding the thick rear door, which has an ovalised smaller entrance in one side, tow shackles and towing cable attached to the outside. The frame fits into the rear and the door glued into that, as there's no interior, and the rear light clusters fit on the stowage boxes either side of the door. The decal options both have the ERA blocks on the sides, glacis and turret, but there is an option to leave these off, which exposes the appliqué armour that is moulded into the upper hull. If you elect to do this, you will need to add a little putty to the shallow sink marks that have occurred where the hull roof and sides meet, and to do this you will need to take care not to remove the detail of the panels. There are some alternative parts for the non-ERA Bradley, which you can use. The ERA blocks for the sides are moulded as a large single part, with front and rear angled sections finishing off the runs, while a mesh cover for the two engine grilles, another behind the turret, pioneer tools, an exhaust director, mudguards, and the mounting brackets for the glacis ERA blocks are all installed. The front blocks are fitted in three sections, and a couple of shot-trap eliminators are added around the turret rim and rear deck, and then the rest of the upper surfaces are detailed with the large crew hatch, more pioneer tools, lights, sensors and so on before the turret is constructed. As this is a no-interior kit, the interior breech is present in a limited form just to enable the barrel to elevate, with poly-caps added to permit the gun to stay put, coaxial machine gun, and barrel sleeve being added before it is sandwiched between the turret halves. The clear commander's vision blocks are inserted from inside the top section, and the turret ring is fitted to the underside, along with the smoke dischargers on the lower cheeks. The ERA blocks are attached to the appliqué armour panels, the various turret-mounted sensors are added, and the commander's protective glass shroud is fitted to keep him safe when he's got his hatch open. The barrel for the Bushmaster 25mm cannon is fluted for cooling, and is nicely slide-moulded on the edge of one of the sprues, with a hollow muzzle and flash-hider slots into the bargain. The bustle stowage has a number of extra ammo boxes for the coax MG arranged around the back, and the big optical sensor box on the top, loader's hatch and the TOW installation (handily attached with a poly-cap) all go on to make the small turret rather busy. The driver's hatch is last to be made up, with a large hinge part with PE vent, clear vision blocks and armoured covers included. The model is completed by installing the turret and driver's hatch on the model. Then it's time for the paint and decals. Markings There are two decal options available in the box, with colour profiles provided by AMMO, and decals printed by Decals are by Cartograf, which is a guarantee of good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin gloss carrier film cut close to the printed areas. Apart from the stencils, there are a selection of numbers and letters from A to G to enable the modeller to customise their model. The two options are the NATO three colour green/black/brown scheme, and the more familiar desert scheme, with no information forthcoming regarding their units, location of era of operation. There is also no placement guide for the exterior decals, which is going to need a little research on your part, although some of the decals for the front and port side are visible on the boxart. You can find a copy of the instructions and profiles here, although the product hasn't yet been added to the product listing on the Kinetic website. Conclusion Apart from the slightly rushed feeling for the painting and markings section, this is a nicely detailed kit of the Bradley that should do well for Kinetic. In association with
  12. It was a strong rumour, now confirmed by R. Chung, the Kinetic boss himself, in ARC forums. After the Sea Harrier FRS.1 (link) & FA.2 (link), the two seat Harrier T.2/T.4/T.8 (link), Kinetic is quite logically to produce 1/48th Hawker Siddeley/BAe Harrier GR.1/GR.3 kits. So time to open a dedicated thread, I think. Source: http://www.arcforums.com/forums/air/index.php?showtopic=287539&view=findpost&p=2798826 V.P.
  13. I've got a few kits in the nearly finished category and this one is the one I started most recently. Finished first probably because it was such an enjoyable build. Built out the box with Hataka Orange line paints.
  14. Completed yesterday & a tail sitter despite adding lots of Liquid Gravity in the nose. Not a great kit with a mix of sturdy & well moulded parts combined with a flexible fuselage around the wheel bays. Weapons are from the box & are chunky. Decals also from the kit, with many not mentioned in the instructions so I resorted to online searches and following other builds on here. Overall a frustrating build of what could, or should, be a simple kit. Edge
  15. New boxing for the Kinetic 1/48th F-16A/B NSAWC Adversary - ref. K48004 Block 15 Markings: - NSAWC 04 TOPGUN 90th Anniversary 2009 - NSAWC 60 2006-2009 - NSAWC 53 2004 Decal printed by Cartograf Decal design by FighterTown Decal Model Feature: Training ACMI Pod Related Links Source: http://www.luckymodel.com/scale.aspx?item_no=KI-K48004 V.P.
  16. For the 2001 Airshow at Leeuwarden AFB, F-16A (MLU) of the Dutch Air Force was painted with a special tail scheme depicting 323 Squadron's badge of Diane (the hunter). In latter years it has carried several other tail designs (most of which are available from Daco Products). The only photos I could find of this airframe from 2001 had rather boring loadouts but I did find an undated one where it has live GBU24s and AIM120s (though with a plain tail - so I've wielded my Modeller's Licence to produce this combination) It was built from the Eduard "Nato Falcons" limited edition boxing of the Kinetic plastic, which included resin seats, exhaust, wheels and photo etch for the cockpit and some airframe details. It is one of my earlier efforts which never got fully finished - I'm not too happy with the fit around the nose BUT Kinetic's use of multiple choice panels to enable various Block versions to be built can lead to fit issues. Painted with Gunze acrylics, decals are mostly from the kit though those on the armament were mainly from the FighterTown F-14 "extras" sheet. Mike
  17. Hi everyone, here is my recent completion for the Interceptors group build. It’s a Danish CF-104D made from kinetic’s 1/48 release and is OOB except for some (rubbish) decals that all silvered badly. Starboard side is going through a process of fixing that issue but Port side is shown here, with lesser but still present silvering and all. here’s the build thread: and it’s based on this airframe... And here with her older sister-
  18. Sooooooooo Not heard much from Quack for a bit Wonder what he's been up to Oh Lordy! It looks like he's been mashing a perfectly good Kinetic 1/48 Alpha Jet........poor thing...... Hope he's got a VERY good explanation for this...... Errrr, well, it's like this, y'see .......... I'd finished the 74 Sqn Phantom FGR.2 which I was quite pleased with - then looked around for summat else t'build. I've got a Revell 1/48 Tornado GR.4 which I want to finish as a Granby GR.1, but frankly it scares me a bit and it's likely to be a bit of a long slog (the way I do things!) I'd looked around for another (quicker) 1/48 Brit jet of the cold war era but nothing really took my fancy - unable to find an Airfix 1/48 Lightning F.6 or Canberra PR.9, which were on my "ooooh-I-do-fancy-one-of-those" list - couldn't even track down a Kinetic Sea Harrier. Eventually I decided to have a go at the Kinetic 1/48 Alpha Jet - and stick RAF roundels on it - just for a giggle. Chose this boxing as it even comes with QinetiQ markings.......... boxtop by Niall Robertson, on Flickr And look! It shows an under-fuselage gun pod thingy that fires little jet or rocket propelled bullets!!!! boxtop (2) by Niall Robertson, on Flickr I even thought I might have a bit of fun with a WIP thread.......... Started on the cockpit - IPs are quite well detailed but rather softly moulded, and I totally @rsed the painting. Not to worry thinks Quack, I'll drill out the instruments and fill the nice circular voids with paint, how neat! After burning out my dremel-oid drill (it was just tired, old and useless - like Quack) I tried the old pin vice. Unfortunately the panel ended up with some rather odd perforations - reasonably IP-like, but nothing remotely resembling an Alpha Jet IP! OK - bash on, but NO WIP, and Cockpit closed for once. Fabric cover on the cockpit coaming was done with a layer of tissue stuck down and wrinkled with PVA, then painted tan. So far so Good-ish. Fit was basically ok, but wait.....why are those huge deep panels lines so prominent? The ground crew could drop a sandwich in there, and lose it forever, unless they salvage a toastie at the end of the sortie. Losing some interest now - worse when realising that the Destructions are rather vague.........sometimes........often............a bit.........maybe........yeah, er.............better look at more pictures of the real thing.......again.......and again........ Losing even more interest now - just wanting to get on with it and switch to something I'm really captivated by - maybe I should've started the Tornado after all??? Oh look - there are predrilled holes under the wings that need filled since the SpaghettiQ aircraft were always too shy to allow themselves to be seen with underwing tanks or ordnance - no biggie - just wedge a bit of stretched sprue in there then shave it off and sand it down. Painting next! Yummy! Black! My Favourite! Actually - after a past disaster with an RAF Black Hawk ( I mean a Hawk ............ that's black!) I was reasonably happy with the finish with MRP paint on this. Decals went on nicely - Cartograph beauties kindly provided in the Kinetic box. A few overcoats with W&N Galeria Gloss to seal in the decals. Clever Quack ( ................. ) then decides to represent the anti glare panel on the nose with a neat patch of matt varnish-over-black. Masked and hand painted with thinned Vallejo matt) - truly horrible lines when the masking came off - really dreadful raised ridges that needed completely re-sanded, repainted, and re-glossed - then masked off again and sprayed with a little Alclad II Matt - Finally! a good finish! Except when the masking tape came off this time so did a chunk of the QinetiQ Q!!!!!! Dammit....they....were....sealed.....! Resisting the urge to dig a very deep hole in the garden - I (sort of) managed a decal repair using part of a Belgian roundel ........ not great, but ok from 6 foot viewing distance, without my glasses. Ever had one of those draining builds which seem ok initially but then you realise you're not as interested as you thought, and you just plod on making more and more silly errors as your interest wanes ever further?????? Anyway. It got finished! And it looks like this................ 20210404_095444 by Niall Robertson, on Flickr 20210404_095355 by Niall Robertson, on Flickr 20210404_095336 by Niall Robertson, on Flickr 20210404_095326 by Niall Robertson, on Flickr 20210404_095153 by Niall Robertson, on Flickr 20210404_095116 by Niall Robertson, on Flickr 20210404_095054 by Niall Robertson, on Flickr 20210404_095039 by Niall Robertson, on Flickr 20210404_095021 by Niall Robertson, on Flickr Now, anybody got any suggestions for the next build - at the moment it looks like the Tornado with Granby relish. Stay safe y'all. Keep calm and mangle plastic! Q
  19. Howdy, Something a little different from me. I'm not a huge fan of modern aircraft, but I'm a big fan of Australian Aboriginal art. This aircraft was painted to commemorate WO Leonard Victor Waters, a member of the Worimi people, and Australia's first indigenous aviator. WO Waters flew 95 combat missions with the RAAF in the southwest Pacific. On account of intense discrimination against Aboriginal peoples in post-war Australia, WO Waters was unable to find support for his efforts to launch an airline, and was not even allowed to practice as an automotive mechanic (even though he was a mechanic in the RAAF prior to becoming a pilot). He became a sheep shearer and died in 1993. The commemorative hornet is a long overdue albeit small gesture acknowledging Mr. Waters and the other Aboriginal men who fought during WWII and were then long forgotten. . . . . On to the build. The kit for this project is Kintetic's FA-18A+B/CF-188. I bought it in 2019 and started gluing some of the fuselage together, but abandoned the project frustrated by mediocre fit. The kit is only about 5% built, so I assume its eligible for this GB. The decals are by Model Maker, a firm I'm not familiar with, but they look nice. One of my modeling goals for this year is to finish up long abandoned builds, and this will be a fun way to do this one. Here is where I currently stand. Step one will be to add more filler to some of those joints and clean them up a little better.
  20. Kinetic is to release from 2019 a family of 1/48th AMD-BA Dassault Mirage F-1 kits. Source: https://www.facebook.com/284153468459310/videos/946333875574596/ V.P.
  21. After the single seat variants (thread here: link) next Kinetic Mirage family will be the MIII two seats variants. First announced boxing: 1/48th Dassault Mirage IIID/DS - ref.48054 Other variants should follow like IIIB/BE, 5BD etc. Source: https://www.facebook.com/Kineticmodel/posts/530695333764249 3D renders V.P.
  22. Kinetic is to reissue in March 2021 its 1/48th Dassault Mirage 2000D kit with dual GBU-12/22 bombs - ref. K48120 Sources: https://www.facebook.com/Kineticmodel/posts/1810632505770519 https://www.luckymodel.com/scale.aspx?item_no=KI-K48120 Box art V.P.
  23. FMA IA 58 Pucará (K48078) 1:48 Kinetic Model via LuckyModel Originally named the Delfin in prototype stage, the Pucará is a indigenous ground-attack and COunter-INsurgency (COIN) aircraft developed by the Fábrica Militar de Aviones, Argentina’s main aircraft manufacturers. It was designed to operate from rough fields if necessary, and was powered by two turboprop engines in nacelles in the wings. That, coupled with the long landing gear legs gave it adequate ground clearance when armed, even on the aforementioned rough fields. If first flew at the end of the 60s and was developed through the early 70s with various engines and other changes, until the first production airframe came off the line in 1974. The next year they were in service and engaged in COIN duties as their first combat sorties, but it wasn’t too long before the Falklands invasion led to the war that followed, by which time there were around 60 aircraft in service. Argentina’s decision to base the Pucarás at Port Stanley airfield led to a substantial number of aircraft being destroyed on the ground by various means, while ground fire took down another quantity, and the Harriers either scared the life out of them in the air or shot them down, famously the one downed by Sharkey Ward, which is one of the decal subjects of the kit (before he filled it with holes). After the war the British found themselves in possession of 11 airframes, six of which were taken back to the UK, and some are now to be found in museums. Several attempts were made to improve the aircraft, but suffered from funding issues and were usually cancelled before they got too far. With the few remaining airframes and subsequent new-builds hopelessly outdated, a programme was instigated to create the Pucará Delta, with more modern avionics, more powerful engines and other improvements. With their withdrawal from service in their original role, a few have been converted to Pucará Fenix (Phoenix) standards for maritime patrol, with a few more scheduled to join them, funds permitting. The Kit The Pucará has been very poorly served in 1:48, with mostly resin kits, some of them horrible - you probably know which one I mean. Now we have Kinetic bringing their new injection moulded kit to the market, and a lot of people that have been dreaming of owning a kit in this scale will get their wish without spending a small fortune and having to wrangle resin with its possible pitfalls. This is a brand-new tooling, and on the box there is a note that new engraving technology has been used in creation of the tooling, using lasers for crisp, fine detail. Having looked over the sprues under magnification, I can believe that because the myriad of tiny louvers around the airframe are excellent, as are the crisp panel lines and fine rivet lines. Very smart! The cockpit, and gear bays are also very nicely appointed and should look great under paint, especially with the Photo-Etch (PE) seatbelts. The kit arrives in one of Kinetic’s Gold boxes with black and gold accents, and inside are five sprues in grey styrene, a clear sprue, a small sheet of PE, decal sheet and of course the instruction booklet with the greyscale profiles in the rear. A lot of people have complained at the poor quality of these drawings in the past, and I’m sure they’ll do it again now, as the darker of the two is very difficult to see properly. Fortunately, our resident Rumourmongerer found some colour profiles online, so I’ve reproduced parts of them here. I’ll link to the original post by @Homebee in the Markings section. Construction begins with the two ejection seats, which are a variant of the Mk.6 from Martin-Baker. As there have been more than a few variants, check your references before you replace them with resin seats if you choos that route. Personally, I think they look pretty good, and are of the correct shape for the type. Each seat is made from eight styrene parts and has five PE belt parts, so have plenty of detail for most of us. The cockpit tub is well-detailed with side consoles to which the two instrument panels, rudder pedals and control columns are added, then the coaming is placed over the rear console with a PE edge fitted, before the two seats are dropped into their positions. There are copious colour call-outs in AMMO codes, which will help you get it painted the correct colours without having to pore over your references. Attention then shifts to the lower wings and fuselage halves, preparing them for use later by opening a number of holes for alternative antenna fits and the centreline tank. This brief interlude splits the completion of the cockpit in half, following up by adding the well-detailed nose gear bay to the bottom of the forward cockpit along with a few detail parts, then fitting sidewall details inside the fuselage to complement the work on the tub. With that done, we flit back to the wings, which have the similarly nicely done bays inserted into the bottom of the nacelles before the top wing surface is glued in place, then adding the aft cowling and exhaust, followed by the front cowling halves and a front panel where the prop later fits. A pylon with landing light is made up and inserted under the outer wing joint, and the same job is carried out in mirror image on the opposite wing. The lower wing panel incorporates a section of the lower fuselage, and these are mated together with an incitement to insert an undisclosed nose-weight before you do. The front of the fuselage spine is added behind the cockpit, and the big T-tail is fitted either side of the moulded-in fin, plus two loop antennae underneath them. At the front, the coaming is glued into the recess and finished with a PE rollbar added to the lip. The ailerons, elevators and rudder are all moulded into their respective flying surfaces, however the flaps that straddle the engine nacelles are separate, fitted on a number of actuators that are glued to the training edge of the lower wing. The two flap-sections per side are made up of two parts each and attached to the brackets, but for some reason this process has been split by the installation of the landing gear. The main gear have a simple straight leg with separate oleo-scissors and twin wheels at the bottom end, which have a sag on the tyres that is correct for the type, as they were inflated to lower pressures to cope with rough fields. There is a perforated retraction arm and various door control mechanism parts, with the nose gear somewhat similar, but with only one wheel. Scrap diagrams assist you with construction at this stage, then it’s a matter of adding the slab-like doors to each of the three bays. Like any reasonably modern airframe, there is a forest of antennae over the fuselage top, bottom and sides, plus shell-chutes and a crew step near the front, which are best left off until later. The canopy is nicely clear, although my sample had a small chaffing mark on the very top, which I’ll polish out before I build it. There are PE internal side frames for the canopy, plus a pair of rear-view mirrors, and a styrene knob for the opening and closing. Another scrap diagram shows the correct location of the side frames, and a pair of jacks are supplied in case you want to mount the canopy open. The windscreen part has a HUD within it, and a wiper blade on the outside, then the two props are made up from a single blade set, front and back spinner, with a three-part extension that gives them that weird look. Part C42 is often painted a bright sky blue, which accentuates the odd-look of the prop. The final parts of the airframe itself are a number of static-discharge wicks at the tips of the wings, elevators and rudder. Nice attention to detail. The average Pucará was often laden with weapons, and an important part is the 500gal midline tank that it carries under its fuselage. Smaller tanks can be fitted to the wing pylons, and a pair of BRU-42/A TER racks are included in the box, with lots of parts making a nice focal point under the wings. You’ll need to find your own bombs or rockets if you want to model one loaded for bear however. Markings There are two markings options in the box on a modest sized sheet that has been designed for Kinetic by Two Bobs Decals. One Argentinian and one Uruguayan. From the box you can build one of the following: FMA IA-58A/D Pucará Argentinian Air Force, Maj. Carlos Tomba, Falkland Isles, 1982 FMA IA-58A/D Pucará Uruguayan Air Force Full colour profiles can be found here. Decals are by Cartograf, which is a guarantee of good registration, sharpness and colour density, with a thin gloss carrier film cut close to the printed areas. Conclusion This is a kit I’ve been personally longing for for several years now, and I’m sure I’m not alone. It is well-detailed throughout, with sensible construction and although it only has two decal options, they are high quality in design and execution, although I can’t help wondering if there should be more stencils. This kit is now on my workbench, so if you'd like to see how it goes together, you can find it here. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  24. Hello friends Some of you may have been following my build report. Now it's time to hire it here at the RFI. It was different and was a lot of fun. So I am satisfied. I am open to constructive criticism.
  25. Perhaps I’m posting in the wrong spot - please move me along if this stuff belongs in the armour section, but I’ve always been very fond of these little support vehicles, and the collection’s filling up nicely. The NC-8A was built for a Miramar A-4 Mongoose diorama, the lovely little Tamiya Moto tug will go with a Late Corsair one day. The aftermarket companies are making some cracking accessories these days, the ALBAR is from Brengun and the chocks are Wheeliant iirc, amazing detail, the chocks actually slide along the bar and the ALBAR is articulated too. The Velinden vehicles are pretty hard to find these days, but they’re great little kits (save the diabolical dry transfers! Peddinghaus has been making proper water decals for the kits, although I haven’t tried them) I thought I’d long lost the two MD-3As I’d made and painted in the early 90’s (and was keeping an eye on eBay) until clearing out my son’s room (too old for Lego now, apparently) - Lo and behold a tiny camo box! I stripped them back using IPA, a few repairs and embellishments were added- tyres were built back up, new handbrakes and tie down loops made, etc. So here’s where I’m at right now, all a bit garish but it will all tone down with an oil filter all being well. The Huffer hose was shrink tubing and Tamiya wire, the Anti-Skid texture was a SprayMount undercoat, can held miles away for some nice big globs. It looks the nuts, but it’s not very durable, perhaps someone here has a better alternative? Never one to finish a project, I’ve been ‘catching up’ this offering from Kinetic - successor to the MD-3A, an AS3.....a White One. It’s ok as a starting point but needed a bit of scribing and a few other mods (new widened seat cushions, tie down loops, fuel filler etc) to get it up to the standard of the Verlinden tractors. That’s it for now. Part of me wanted to keep the 30-year old hairy stick finish I suppose, it wasn’t that shoddy really (considering what I was doing in the 90’s). The other part of me has an iwata and a Fightertown decal sheet. No contest
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