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  1. 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.
  2. Tamiya is to release a new tool (?) 1/72nd Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II kit. Source: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=615777313890734&set=pb.100063754112187.-2207520000.&type=3 V.P.
  3. Slightly late to the party - I wasn't intending to start this build yet, but I moved it up because for once I wanted to actually finish before the deadline! This is my first groupbuild entry in flippin' YEARS so I'm looking forward to it! Here's the much-maligned Kitty Hawk F-35B in 1/48: The kit has a poor reputation with bad fit at the top of the list. Let's see if I can beat it into shape! There's a lot of plastic in this - all of the weapons bays are capable of being displayed, and the lift fan and main engine nozzle are intended to be deployed in the hover configuration. It's well-presented with a colour instruction book and some very nice decals for about eight different options. Because the kit isn't challenging enough (ha!) I'm also going to use the Eduard Big Ed set. It's not exactly their usual Smörgåsbord of goodies, this one is quite cheap and just contains the interior and exterior plus masks and the RBF tags (completely redundant for this build!) The weather's very nice, so I might as well waste it and do some undisturbed modelling! Alan
  4. F-35B Wheels (648819 for Italeri) 1:48 Eduard Brassin Kit wheels are generally moulded in two halves, which means you have the resultant joins to deal with, possible mould-slip issues on single part wheels, and sometimes less than stellar detail due to the moulding limitations of styrene injection technology, especially in the tread department. That's where replacement resin wheels come in, with their lack of seamline and superior detail making a compelling argument. They are also usually available at a reasonable price, and can be an easy introduction to aftermarket and resin handling, as they are usually a drop-in replacement. As usual with Eduard's Photo-Etch (PE), small Brassin and Mask sets, the set arrives in a flat resealable package, with a white backing card protecting the contents and the instructions that are sandwiched between. Inside are three wheels on separate casting blocks, plus a sheet of kabuki-style masking tape, cut to shape to allow you to cut the demarcations between the tyres and hubs with ease. Detail is superb, with crisp raised Michelin maker’s mark and statistics on the sidewalls, and circumferential tread on the contact band. They are attached to the casting blocks via the contact patch for ease of removal without ruining any detail, and there is a slight bulge there to depict the weight of the airframe on the tyre. They are a drop-in replacement for the kit parts, and are patterned specifically for the new 1:48 Italeri kit, but could probably also be adjusted to fit any other F-35B kit you may have on hand. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  5. 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.
  6. Our friends at TG Decals have some new F-35 decals in the works for us, and this batch are all about the new Lockheed F-35, with the most up-to-date squadron markings and full set of stencils into the bargain. There are three sets, and they're broken down geographically, apart from the Carrier version - the B, which can go all over the planet on its floating airbase. Some quick pics for your delight Watch out for our review once they're back from the printers, at which point you'll be able to see them without the blue outlines of the carrier film
  7. 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.
  8. Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II DIE-CUT Flexible Mask (D72001) 1:72 Galaxy Model - For Hasegawa Kit While the Hasegawa F-35B is a good kit, getting the painting right on the kit is a real challenge if you don't want to resort to decals. The set arrived in a thick ziplok bag, which saved it from the beating the envelope received during transit. Inside is a nice glossy cover sheet that provides additional stiffness to the package, and where they consider that not to be sufficient (such as decals), a further sheet of thick glossy card is also added to maintain the product's integrity. This set consists of 2 sheets of pre-cut masks A5 in size of kabuki-style yellow masking material, plus a clear transfer sheet to avoid mis-shaping the masks on the way to the model; and an A4 full colour, glossy sheet of instructions that should help you make a good job. The masks provide the details of the design, which makes the task easier and less likely for the edges to be dragged off-course by lumps, bumps and compound curves. Where necessary a sequence of steps is numbered to guide you through the process without stumbling. Each mask is numbered in red ink, which seems improved and appears to be much more resistant to smudging than earlier batches, which is good to see. The numbers correspond to the diagrams, and additional parts are included for the roll-under edges that extend onto the lower wing and root extensions/chines. The properties of this type of mask lend itself well to masking of acrylic paint especially, which is less resistant to damage, so it makes an easy way of obtaining crisp demarcations with minimal risk of paint pull-up. You can find out where to buy these sets from their website by clicking the button below: Review sample courtesy of
  9. All fingers legs arms and toes crossed here that this coming week brings this particular model subject much closer to reality; subject to wind and tide, we should see a Royal Navy Aircraft Carrier back at sea for the first time in many years, ready for the first F-35B to land on later next year. These markings for 809 Sqn in HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH and HMS PRINCE OF WALES are largely from my own imagination and courtesy of my inkjet printer, but perhaps not that far from the truth. This is Fujimi's delightful 1/72 F-35B kit, with a little hacking about from me (e.g. the rather obvious auxiliary air inlet is missing on the kit) and my own decals. I haven't fitted any weapons in the open bays yet - but some scratch built Meteors and SPEAR 3s are on the workbench! For those who doubt that colour can ever be applied to these aircraft, check out the USN variants at sea now! And as a comparison, here she is alongside Italeri/Revell's old X-35B kit Edit - here is a link to my second build scheme and an update of this one post FoC Flying Trials: 2018 Updates FLY (ROYAL) NAVY ! FredT
  10. F-35A Die-Cut Flexible Mask (for Meng) 1:48 Galaxy Model If you read my review of the new tooling from Meng here, you'll have seen me mention it a couple of times. My reason for this is simple. It is an almost mandatory purchase if you value your sanity, or dislike complex masking jobs of any shape or form. Due to the different types of RAM applied to the F-35's skin, there are two distinct shades of grey, with a lighter shade around many of the raised areas, and a lot of the flush panel edges too. Without pre-cut masks it makes for a rather tiresome an long-winded masking session encompassing almost every part of the airframe. This set of pre-cut flexible masks endeavours to make that job much easier for you, with a large sheet of yellow Kabuki tape that has been cut and numbered up to 221 in red print, and a detailed photographic instruction sheet that shows you exactly where each mask goes. It's still a fairly large task, but infinitely easier than creating each mask by hand as you must otherwise do. The masks go onto the model after the application of the darker of the two greys, and when the set has been applied completely, you need to complete the wings and empennage with straight masking jobs. This has been done to reduce the amount of masking material needed and thereby the cost of the set. Even I can mask straight lines myself! The tricky shapes on the fin roots and at the tips of the wings have been provided for you however, so your work shouldn't take you too long. You also need to mask up all the areas between the detailed sections to prevent overspray. There is a sheet of clear acetate supplied that can be used as a transfer sheet as per the accompanying photograph too, which will assist in preventing any stretching of the masks due to mishandling. With everything completed, the lighter grey is sprayed over the entirety of the exposed airframe, assuming you have the presence of mind to mask any open bays and the clear parts yourself… you did, didn't you? Masks have even been included for the tyre sidewalls, the tips of the exhaust, the chin-mounted EOTS targeting system and two small lenses in front of the canopy. Kabuki tape is famous for its flexibility and its clean removal, so as long as you have prepared your model properly before painting, the dangers of paint lifting should be minimal, but always remember to pull tape at an acute angle to the surface, to reduce the forces on the paint finish and further reduce the likelihood of any paint lifting. Galaxy Model are in the process of facilitating easier ordering, as well as re-vamping their website, but you can presently buy the masks on what I assume is the Chinese equivalent of eBay, TaoBao! Hopefully, we'll see them take on a European distributor soon, and make it much easier to get hold of their products. They already have a new batch heading our way, so expect to see those reviewed in due course. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  11. These are, of course, The USAF F-35A by Hasegawa, the USMC F-35B by Fujimi, and the USN F-35C by Orange Models. I started these 3 in February and finally finished the F-35C today. First a couple of notes; I built the "B" first and used a Caracal decal sheet. The instruction said that the best color match for for FS-36170 was Humbrol 224 Dark Slate Gray. Since I only use Humbrol anyway that was fine with me and I ordered a batch. When it arrived it looked a little greenish. I called customer service and the rep said that it would depend on the lighting and that real slate had a greenish tinge. The fact that he had this answer instantly indicates that the get a lot of questions about this. I went with and for the most part after spraying it looks, mostly, dark gray. For the RAM I went with Humbrol 145 because it was the best match I had for the Hasegawa decal, more on that later. Speaking of the RAM these 3 builds show 3 different approaches, for the Hasegawa they are done in decals, mostly, For the Orange I used their masking set and painted them and for the Fujimi I just punted. For all 3 I used Eduard cockpit interioirs Now some pictures. First all three The Hasegawa went together beautifully with the great fit I expect from Hasegawa. The real blessing and curse of this kit is the RAM decals. It is a blessing because is saves you a ton of masking. The decals seemed to be thinner then the usual Hasegawa offering and they wen down beautifully with NO silvering. The curse is that they give you most, but not all of the RAM details. This means that you must paint the rest. Not too bad since the areas they left out were simple to mask, but you must also match the the decal colors. I first selected a color that seemed to match the decals on the sheet, but once I stared applying the they changed color on the model and did not come close to what I had painted. So now I had the bottom decalled and an unacceptable color difference. I couldn't remask and repaint because the masking would pull up the decals, so I had to strip it all down and start over. Humbrol 145 seemed to be the best match. It is a little darker, but was close enough. No dust infiltration! The Fujimi F-35B was actually the first built. This is a "snap-tite" kits and I found this to be an issue since the connections were so tight I had a hard time getting surfaces to mate and ended up clipping off must of them. Once don the fit was good. I toyed with the idea of opening all the doors and displaying it in verticle take off configuration, but they only allow most, but not all of the door to doors to be shown opened so I rejected that idea. Neither the kit instruction, not the Caracal decals gave any instruction for painting the RAM areas and I found some pictures showing them not painted, so I just punted (and American football term for giving up ) and ignored them Finally the Orange Models F-35C. The fit on this one was not as good as either the Hasegawa or Fujimi, but it still went together fairly well. The kit came with some PE parts for the interior and I used them along this a spare Eduard F-35B set I had. I also purchased the Orange mask for the RAM. This cam in 3 sheets and was very detailed. They did it opposite from the way I would. They had you paint the dark gray and then had you mask around the RAM areas. They also gave you most, but not all the areas to mask and gave no instruction on how to complete the masking. I used this video as a guide https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=6&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwjF7oSsy8fTAhUJbSYKHUZtC_wQtwIITDAF&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DbEfRDLEY3EA&usg=AFQjCNHJ7C3mlqFNV6va-am4lnNBAkON1g. It took 5 days to complete the masking, but I think it came out well. The kit came low vis and high vis decals. The low vis ones look like they were printed using an injet printer with some of the ports clogged and were useless. This meant none of the "no step" decals were usable. I looked on this a a good thing since I am so tired of applying the, :). The high vis ones were very thin and tended to fold on themselves, but went on with no silvering and look nice. Glad that is done.
  12. Chinese new brand? Shenzhen M-Legend is working on a new 1/72nd Lockheed-Mart F-35 Lightning II kit - ref. Sources: http://m-legend.com/cp_detail.php?cl=cp&topid=45359&id=13026165&nowmenuid=20001627&ppid=&cpath=45359:&catid=45359 http://www.arcforums.com/forums/air/index.php?showtopic=286736 Some people suggest Shenzhen M-Legend might have been the Fujimi subcontractor http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/57172-fujimi-72nd-f-35b/?hl=fujimi V.P.
  13. Lockheed Martin F-35CLightning II OrangeHobby 1:350 The largest of the three F-35 variants, the F-35C carrier variant features larger wings with folding wingtip sections, larger wing and tail control surfaces for improved low-speed control, stronger landing gear for the stresses of carrier arrested landings, a twin-wheel nose gear, and a stronger tailhook for use with carrier arrestor cables when compared with the F-35A. The larger wing area allows for decreased landing speed while increasing both range and payload. The United States Navy intends to buy 480 F-35Cs to replace the F/A-18A, B, C, and D Hornets and complement the Super Hornet fleet. On 27th June 2007, the F-35C completed its Air System Critical Design Review (CDR), allowing the production of the first two functional prototypes. The C variant was expected to be available beginning in 2014. The first F-35C was rolled out on 29th July 2009. The United States Marine Corps will also purchase 80 F-35Cs, enough for five squadrons, for use with navy carrier air wings in a joint service agreement signed on 14th March 2011. A recent 2014 document stated that the USMC will also have 4 squadrons of F-35Cs with 10 aircraft per squadron for the Marine Corps' contribution to U.S. Navy carrier air wings. On 3rd November 2014, an F-35C of VX-23, one of the Navy's flight test units, made its first landing on an aircraft carrier when it recovered aboard USS Nimitz; this started a 2 week deployment of a pair of aircraft for the initial at sea Development Testing I or DTI, the first of three at sea tests planned for the F-35C. The initial deployment was completed on November 14th. The Model This two aircraft set comes in a pair of poly bags which are stapled to a blue card header. The first poly bag contains the two fuselages complete with wings and horizontal tail surfaces attached, whilst the second bag contains two sprues of resin parts, a small etched brass sheet and a very small decal sheet. The detail on the aircraft is surprisingly good for this scale, with very fine panel lines particularly around the upper midships section. The mouldings are very clean and will require just the minimum of cleanup once they've been removed from the sprues. Each aircraft has separate outer wing panels which can be posed in either folded or extended positions, with the use of etched parts used to hold the panel when folded. The vertical tail surfaces are also separate and are glued into the slots provided which should prevent the need for any filler. The main and nose undercarriage are provided as individual resin parts, again with a nice positive mating area, and the detail is finished off with the addition of PE undercarriage doors for all three bays. Decals The tiny decal sheet only contains the US national insignia for the wings, in either hi or low vis which has been seen on the prototypes, although the nose insignia are missing and will need to be sourced from another set. Conclusion These are excellent little kits and will look great when mixed with other aircraft on the flightdeck of a Nimitz class carrier. If you’re intending to produce a model with a full squadron on, then not only will you need to buy a lot more sets you will also need to source some more decals, hopefully someone will release full squadron colours for them soon. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of Orange Hobby.com
  14. I need some help please. I have found very few references to what colours to use for the F-35 cockpit. Kitty Hawk are not at all helpful with no references in their instructions. Has anyone who has made either the F-35A or B got any colour reference please? Thanks Peter
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