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  1. This was started last year (or was it the year before?) for the Heller GB, it was not finished in the GB time frame ( can't recall why!) Anyway with a 1400 km move since then it had to be put away. And by put away I mean make it fit back in the box, so it was 'deconstructed'. I am now going to finish it off and have started its second assembly. The state it got here in And getting it back together. Here is a link to the original build thread
  2. Hello to all.Here is my latest finished model.The great italeri F-5A.I built it as a F-5C.I added a new pittotube and seatbelts.The rest was pretty much oob.Painted in gunze acrylics and sealed with the vallejo matt coat.The weathering is to a minimum on this one.
  3. Hello! Continuing my USAF jets saga, here is a USAF classic F-16C Bk30 in an Aggressor scheme. I found this scheme very attractive so I decided to have one in my collection. I chose the Revell kit, which is far from the definitive F-16C at that scale but it has the merit to be theclosest to the real thing... and cheap (the debate on the best F-16 at that scale is still opened!). As I selected for an Alaskan Bandit, I bough the "Solo Turk", no matter about the kit decals, and I was not disappointed by the content of the box. However, I put some AIRES resin add-ons, such as the cockpit, exhaust, wheel wells and the "big mouth" intake, far better than the orignal one. The surgery to adapt the resin piece to the airframe was not straightforward. To avoid more surgery inside the intake, I put a cover. Detailing the wheel wells was another challenge as there is a mistake in the AIRES kit. Thanks God the literature about the aircraft is legion. I drops the flaps, put slightly up the leading edges and riveted slightly the wings and some parts of the fuselage as well. I smoked the canopy slightly but strangely the effect doesn't sho on the pix. Painting the model was not so easy with the wraparound camouflage on a tortuous aircraft like the F-16. I selected the Tamiya "NATO Black", HU-147 for the FS 36628 grey, all slightly lightened. The FS 36622"Off White" is home made. The Two BoB decal sheet 72100 is absolutely superb, the only caveats are to find the little tiny white stencils in the sheet and instructions sometimes vague. I didn't put much weathering on the kit, as the photos of the real aircraft show a pretty neat bird (I am not a fan of flooding the model with accent panel lines to show each and every rivets at that scale but this is personal). I put a typical Aggressor mission configuration with a jamming pod in the centerline (aftermarket). the missile's fins are all re-made in aluminium can sheet. Here are the photos: The real bird: Mine: ...and the Bandit in its tarmac: I hope you enjoyed the model, critics most welcome! I plan to build a "B" version of the Viper, anybody can tell me which kit is the best at that scale????
  4. Hello Everybody! Here is number three and the last "Blackbird" of my USAF collection: The famous U-2. For this special bird, I chose the Special Hobby kit SH77070, sold as an U-2S or ER-2, enabling to build a Senior Span, Senior Ruby and Senior Spur/ASARS II configuration at the same time. The kit is quite good, shape and dimensions are overall OK. The problem is to attach the long wings to the fuselage, the best option is to add solid spars before gluing them. Also, the radome needs to be carefully positioned to the top of the fuselage, as it is vague in the instructions sheet. What I did to improve the kit: - Cockpit re-done; - Flaps down and airbrakes inner details added; - Extra works for the typical undercarriage, as quite basic in the kit. I finally scratch built the wheel wells, the rear u/c and the outriggers; - Air intakes, they need to be deeper. one as an additional air scoop inside, not given in the kit; - To have an accurate "R", I added some extra bumps after reviewing some photos. the antenna farm may differ from one aircraft o another; The kit is done as a "S" but the vacform canopy is for a "R", the "S" has a frameless front one. Painting the model was a challenge to me as I am not familiar with large aircraft. I used several shades of grey-black, but I kept the overall aspect quite clean, as the aircraft was in the 90'S during the Allied Force period. the lettering of the decals provided seemed too thin to me but I was lazy doing new ones...may be one day! Here are the photos: and the diorama: the pickup come from F4 Models, difficult to assemble, the crew ladder is homemade: As a conclusion, Special hobby provides a very good basis for a decent U-2R, but not an "S". Thank you for watching!
  5. Hello Fellow Modelers! Here is the second aircraft of my Blackbirds series: The Academy F-117A. When I started this project long time ago, finding an accurate kit of this strange beast was challenging, as all models available on the market were wrong to extra wrong! Finally, I chose the Academy kit, which has the advantage to have an opened bomb bay. However, I did a lot of modifications on the kit and spent some money in PE parts. The big challenges were to raise all the panels lines to have a correct faceted aspect, using thin Evergreen strip styrene and to cut the fake air intakes grils and to replace them by very fine mesh. I decided to represent the vertical stabilizers in the rest position but their complex geometry and inner profile doesn't t help. Flaps down was easier. Basically the kit has wrong undercarriage and wheels, poor cockpit, the wheel wells are not deep enough, poor representation of the sensors and the shape of the intakes is questionable to my opinion. For this, nothing to do but for the rest, I took wheels from an F-15C kit (they are similar) cockpit was entirely redone, a resin ACEII seat and a complete reshaping of the false wheel wells and bomb bay. A lot of work for a disappointing result; Painting and markings: "Normal" challenge with the black tint, I used the same technique as for my SR-71, several layers of brownish, blueish etc blacks. To remember the "good old days when I served in the FAF (I was on duty the night it happened in CAOC Vicenza), my model represents the famous "Vega 31" which was shot down by the Serbian Air Defense. Decals come from the excellent "Two Bobs" sheet. The photos: and the little dio: the Dodge RAM pick up comes from F4 Model, not easy to build, the transparent parts are too thick and the kit is basic for the price... As a conclusion, very disappointing, I will definitively build another Nighthawk, may be the new Hasegawa kit (THE model of this strange aircraft at that scale???).
  6. Hello Everybody! I start a series of three blackbirds with the SR-71 Italeri kit. I always wanted to build this wonder but the choice was pretty poor on the market: Hasegawa, Academy and Revell made some but they are all wrong in shape and details so the less-worst is, my opinion the Italeri kit. However, if you want to have an "accurate" rendition of this iconic aircraft, a lot of work needs to be done. The Italeri kit comes with a D-21 drone, and I was surprised by the size of the bird! To simplify on the work to be done, I completely reshape the nose fuselage section which is too close to a A-12 "double seater" (!), way too thin and too flat. This is a big surgery and you need a good drawing to capture the right nose shape, add the navigation device "hump" in the rear of the navigator position etc... The other challenge is to add some "fat" to the fuselage section, not easy. For the rest, the kit needs to be engraved carefully, I used some PE for the auxiliary intakes doors etc.. The cockpit needs some extra work also but you will not see that much once finished... The landing gears required some detailing, I have separated the middle wheel from the main undercarriage (it is molded in a single piece) and detailed the three wheel wells which are pretty empty. Painting the kit is another challenge, as black is not necessarily black so I used various shades of blueish, brownish blacks sprayed randomly to some panels. For the marking, I selected a/c 1967 in the late 70 style based at Kadena in 1978. The decal sheet is from Rocketeer Decals "Ichi Ban". Highly recommended! Unfortunately I have only one photo of the aircraft. A slight weathering was also made. So the Photos: The real stuff: mine: ...and a little dio: the Ford tractor comes from the Hasegawa kit but needs to be enhanced. The SR-71 AG-330 starting group is from the British supplier 'AIM-ground equipment' but unfortunately the wheels are in white metal and are useless. Two groups were made, one type equipped with Chevy engines and the other one with Buick engines. The ladder is scratch built. As a conclusion, a disappointing kit and I am not satisfied with the result... When a definitive kit of this beauty at the 72eme scale will be on the market ???
  7. Hello Fellow Modelers! Here is my last build for my Vietnam Air War saga: the A-37B Dragonfly. Obviously I chose the very nice Academy kit, which is OK from a proportion and dimensions perspective. I was surprised as it not an easy build, as this bird is quite small at that scale. I put some aftermarket PE and to add a final touch, I opened the gun bay. Conversely to Hasegawa, a good choice of ordnance is provided, thanks Academy! Camouflage and markings reflects a Dragonfly based at Bien Hoa, with a typical SEA pattern with some weathering. Internet gave me a nice B&W photo of a/c #335 with a red nose, but unfortunately I was unable to find any depiction of the squadron patch painted on the right side. This is my only omission on this kit, from a marking PoV. Here are the Pix: The real Dragonfly: Mine: And the little Dio: the idea comes from this blurry photo of the Bien Hoa ramp: As a conclusion, not an easy kit because of its size, but it can be built OOB and the result will be convincing. Hope you will enjoy mine!
  8. Good Morning Everybody! Here is my second and last USAF Skyraider build, the very nice Hasegawa kit, enhanced with some resin extras. The only challenge was changing the seat, which is a "bang seat" and needs to be completely scratch built. For the rest, no hassles. As I wanted to show an aircraft ready for some Sandy Ops, I put a full ordnance, some from the surplus box and others scratch built. The wing tank comes from the aftermarket, it is an A-4 Skyhawk one used by A-1H/J. As a marking, I chose the famous "Blood Sweat and Tears" because I had a couple of photos of it and also because this beast has been overspread with black paint on the belly. Enough talks, the photos: The real Sky: My BS&T: ...and a little diorama: As I had a A-1J extra fuselage coming from a A-1E "Fat Face" build, I decided to represent it as a wreck, used for spare parts and dumped in a corner of the airfield. After consulting the A-1 serial number, i found a good candidate and I did some easy surgery on the front end, scratch built the inner fuselage (unfortunately hidden in the dio) and finally a good strong layer of weathering "SEA style" to finish. That's it for the USAF Skyraider, hope you will enjoy the topic! Critics most welcomed...
  9. Hello everybody! A little deviation from my USAF jets series: two Skyraiders, all in Vietnam war style. The first one is the A-1E Skyraider, RVHP conversion kit. Of course, not a cheap built as you need to buy the superb A-1H/J from Hasegawa to recover most of the parts except the fuselage and canopy. But this is unfortunately the only option to get a decent "fat face" as the Revel kit is completely wrong. RVHP gives a fuselage, a very nice vacform canopy, some parts to create the "tub", a little decal sheet and that's it. So a good documentation is needed if you want a nice result from this investment and to master all the differences between a "E/ fat face" from its cousin, the H/J...and their are many! The surgery of the fuselage to the Hasegawa wings was done without any hassles, the fit is quite OK. What I did, to make it short: The full cockpit has been scratch built. The trickiest part was to make the unique ejection seats which are quite complicated to scratch built (However these seats were not present in all fat faces, a photo check is necessary). Thanks God, the rest of the "tub" has not that much amount of equipment, as in the real aircraft the seats and extra boxes were removed to save weight. Opening the nice canopy needs extra extra caution because you have only one. The engine: I selected a resin one (forgot the brand) and added wires; the typical front doors were removed; the undercarriage: Again the A-1E has some unique feature in this area such as an asymmetric front U/C doors with one including a landing light but not the other. Also, the wheel wells are different in shape from the H/J and the doors were removed; On the fuselage all the plates (cowling, antiglare) were made from aluminium can, much thinner. All the armament com from the surplus box, of cours not provided by RVHP. Camouflage: typical SEA, tired with some weathering. I chose an aircraft sporting a little shamrock on the left side seen in page 155 of the excellent "A-1 Skyraider in Vietnam, the last Spad war" which provides a good collection of pictures "in action". All decals are coming from the surplus box. So the pix: The real Spad: Mine: ...and the little dio: That's it for the Fat Face, hope you will enjoy it!
  10. Hello Everybody! This the last HUN of my series, the Italeri F-100F. From the experience of the Revell/Esci builds, this one went smoother but I applied the same amount of modifications to it. The challenge was to detail the large vacform canopy from inside. I add the same resin and PE aftermarket pieces as for the single seaters also. I wanted first to choose a NMF aircraft for the colors & markings but I found on Internet a series of pictures taken of an F-100F Misty FAC being refueled over the Mekong river that immediately captured my attention. So I decided to do that one because of the "war weary" aspect of that particular bird: a partially painted stabilizer, the other one painted not matching the SEA standards and above all the general tired aspect of the SEA camouflage: Luckily I found the right side of the bird but the photo was of poor quality. Here is the result at the 1/72eme scale: I tried to stick as much as I could to the real thing. The ladder and "willy pete" rocket pods are scratch built. ...and, of course the little dio: the bomb loader is from an Hasegawa set but modified and, exception to my rule, I added two pilots (painting little men is NOT MY CUP OF TEA!) Voila, this build was good occasion for me to discover the frightening world of the Misty FAC courageous pilots, I hotly recommend the book "bury us upside down" (Rick Newman & Don Sheppred) for those who are interested in this subject and more generally in the Vietnam Air War... Hope you will enjoy this "Double Hun", comments and critics most welcomed!
  11. Hi Everybody! Another Century icon from the bench: the F-100D "Hun". To pay tribute to the Super Sabre, I built two of them, an ESCI and the Revell (ignoring tha their are the same!), being really disappointed by the Trumpeter kit. So, first the Revell: As said, the Revell kit is a re-boxing of the old Esci/Italeri kit but, at least, it seems more accurate than the Trumpeter. Dimensions and proportions are overall OK, depending on the drawing you select: For Details & Scale, the fuselage is too long by 3mm and the vertical fin too high by 2mm but if you do the same comparison on the Burindo or Warpaint no4 , this mistake disappears! So, being lazy and not fond of a heavy surgery, I went on the easy way - ignoring D&S! However, far for being easy to build due to its age, a lot work awaited me, from front to end: - As usual, riveting, good news the engraved panels are OK; - Cockpit replaced by the AIRES one, needing a lot of adjustments to be fitted correctly inside the fuselage. The front shroud is scratch built. - Front wheel well, re-done with wiring and tubing; - Inner air intake "tunnel" made from scratch. Not easy because it has a shape of a crushed pipe. On the upper intake lip, a small bump is added for the prehistoric "radar"; - Airbrake well, some tubing is needed here even if you don't see that much when the airbrake itself is fitted; - The wings: Here, big problem: Revell gives a wing with the leading edge slats retracted, which is not the case when the aircraft is parked and not powered. So, I decided to buy the Obscureco resin wing (very expensive with the shipping) offering this option. What a waste of money! these wings are too short, badly moulded with a too thick trailing edge and a lot of bubbles, and finally completely twisted . Frustrated, I decided to cut the inner part of the leading edge slats from Obscureco, and graft to the Revell wing. The slats were glued later...This done, the AIRES resin main wheel well was put in place. Long, not easy but the result is OK. This photo shows the final result with the Obscureco pieces put to the Revell wing and the AIRES WW. - I did a lot of work also on the landing gears, wheels and doors which are too simplistic and wrong. (Too long to explain) - Horizontal stabilizers: a thin evergreen plate needs to be added top/below their root. - Exhaust: From AIRES, simply... - Canopy: Vacform, all details inside reproduced (thanks to a picture of a real canopy found by a US aviation "archeologist" in the Nevada desert searching for a Super Sabre crash). -External tanks: I tweaked the long banana-shape to make a 275Gal tank, not given as an option in the box. Painting was made with a lot of Alclad II shade of NMF. Exceptionally, I chose the marking given by Revell, very attractive to me. It seems that the blue of the fin marking is not dark enough it appears to me after the model was finished. (may be one day I will have the guts to change it). The USAF and "US AIR FORCE" letters should be dark blue rather than black. I did a little bit of weathering as the only photo I found of the bird shows a "old warrior" at the end of its operational time. Definitively not an easy build, but despite its age, this kit deserves the work and time spent on it to have a reasonable version of the Hun. The photos: The real Hun: My Hun: Next to come is the ESCI and a F-100F... Hope you have enjoyed reading this post!
  12. Hello Happy Modelers! I am almost of the end of my USAF Phantom saga with this the F-4C. For this version I chose the well known Hasegawa kit I had in stock since years but, quite disappointed by the level of details, I modified it quite a lot with PE, resin and other aftermarket goodies. So what I did: - Cockpit entirely reshaped with PE and some scratch build; - Resin ejection seats (forgot the brand); - Canopy from Taurus; - Resin wheel wells (AIRES), very difficult, needing heavy surgery! Quite a challenge to respect the correct thickness of the wing, the resin parts need to be sanded A LOT to be correctly inserted. - dropped airbrakes ; Shame on Hasegawa not providing this option! - dropped auxiliary belly doors; Shame on Hasegawa..... - Rear "hot area" reshaped to show extra metal sheets, riveting etc... - Resin wheels with the correct threads; - ...and obviously, a hard work to reshape the inner air intakes tunnels and front end of the engine... The whole kit was riveted slightly, I engraved the AAR receptacle and added/corrected some panels. I wanted to do a Vietnam-era F-4 and I found on the web a jaw-dropping series of F-4C/D color photos taken in Thailand and Vietnam airbases here: http://www.piccianiaircraftphotos.com/f-4c_phantom_page_one (highly recommended for Phantom Phanatics) and my choice was obviously this one, an old warrior/mig killer well worn from the 497th TFS: The old CONUS camouflage shows below the SEA scheme, which has been patched with different shade of green. Quite a challenge! After some investigations, it appears that the aircraft were ferried from US in their ADC camouflage then painted SEA "on the spot" with a disparate stock of poor quality paints, not necessarily the FS. Some sources said that the underside was kept white, but to my opinion, it is more on a case by case basis. Painting the model was time consuming as I wanted to reproduce as best as possible at the 72 scale the weathered effect depicted on the photo. I used various technics and I hope its OK! Markings are home made from surplus and Microscale sheets for letters, numbering and the owl emblem. For the ordnance, the bird is heavily loaded with bombs, missiles and ECM pods obviously not included in the Hasegawa kit So I used aftermarket for that. the ECM pod comes from the Monogram kit and was also tweaked. It seems unrealistic or exagerated that the beast can haul such a large amount of stuff but the photo is the proof! Enough blabla, here are the pix, made by a poor photographer (me): I made a little and simple dio to put the beast in situation with two elements: a bomb trailer, coming from the Hasegawa Weapon set but heavily modified because it is too basic and a MC-1a High pressure compressor, also from Hasegawa but entirely modified because completely false! Hope you will enjoy that build, critics most welcome!
  13. Good Evening All! Here is my second (and last) Starfighter at the 1/72eme scale, the Revell one. I must admit that this kit was difficult nut to crack as I found a major flaw in its design, not expected when I opened the box: At first glance, the kit seems great, nice engraved panels, a fair amount of details including the cockpit etc so I thought it would be an easy OOB built, even if Revell (or Monogram as it seems that Revell reboxed it) decided to separate the front end from the rear end of the fuselage, making an uneasy adjustment of both part . Alas! When I put the left part fuselage on some 1/72eme drawings, I found out that the general length of the fuselage is short by a good 5mm, affecting the elegance of this iconic fighter. . This photo shows the missing 5mm. If you compare the Esci/Italeri 104 to the Revell one, you will see that the second one is OK. So stupidly I started the surgery simply by elongating the fuselage by adding a 5mm evergreen section were the kit was already cut, thinking that it will do the trick. Another stupid error! This put the WW bay now too de-centered to the rear, so I have to revise my tactic and insert first a 5mm section rear of the intakes and another one at the rear of the WW bay, respecting the fuselage shape with Tamiya putty and sanding: This pix show the upper part evergreen 5mm insert just behind the air intakes. WWB modification. Also, the arrester hook is obstructed on early F-104 version. So I don't go into all the pain of this surgery (re-engraving, riveting, sanding...) but at the end of the day, I got a correct fuselage length. Hurray! As I love complications, I decided to add a resin exhaust, resin wings, flaps, aileron and slats down (very very fragile), to open some panels to show what is inside the beast using both the Verlinden kit (lower electronic bay and rear gun bay) and the CMK 7008 details resin kit (radar, upper electronic bay cockpit and ejection seat) and finally some PE. Another bad surprise welcomed me as the CMK kit, given and sold for a "C" version is in fact a "G" one, with a different radar and electronic bay! re ...if modifying the inner electronic bay and cover was not so difficult, modifying the small radar electronic black boxes and the dish was another story because first the photos are not legion and second the scale doesn't help. red arrows show what to modify from the original CMK piece for having a AN/ASG14T1 radar For the rest, the canopy is too flat and inaccurate so I vac-formed one, putting the heating system tubing which is showing up quite well on the real aircraft, the WW bay rear and front need some tubing an wiring even if you don't see that much after completing the model and I scratch built the front part of the 20mm cannon (strongly not given by Verlinden). I decided to show a Zipper in an interception configuration with two wingtip mounted AIM-9B and a pair of underwing drop tanks. All fins are made from aluminium can to respect the scale. I added the IFR probe, even if not showed on the photos; Painting the model was a classical use of Alclad II to reflect he shiny and well-maintained conditions of the aircraft. For the markings, I chose the 479th TFW Boss bird, quite colorful and I fortunately found two B&W photos of this aircraft in the Starfighter aficionados well known http://www.916-starfighter.de/ website. Decals are coming from the surplus box and the kit. Now the photos: The true Starfighter: The model: That's it for the Revell Zipper, ...and, as usual a little dio: the radome trolley is scratch built (from a Lockheed factory photo), the ladder, MA-1 and fuel browser are aftermarket product: That's it for the moment for my Starfigher saga, next to come will the D but still in the box. Enjoy the photos, thank you for watching and critics are always welcomed!
  14. Hello All! Let me present to you my version of the famous "Really George", Col Laven F-104C, one of the most striking (and expensive!!!) scheme worn by century fighter! I wanted to build the Zipper with this livery and I did a lot of research to find some photos of the real bird. Surprisingly, I found only few pix, but sufficient to start the work. Finding for inspiration from other modelers, I found that many "Really Georges" builds, whatever the scale and displayed in the Web sported wrong interpretations of this decoration. So my challenge was to do a "Really George" as accurate as possible. I chose the Italeri Starfighter, very basic and plenty of flaws but having the great advantage to be accurate in dimensions. However, a lot of work is needed to improve the kit, especially for the nose section which is too thin, in the cockpit, L/G area, external tanks and, not but not least the canopy which is too flat. This is, as a summary, what I did: - Riveting and panels corrections (e.g. NACA air scoop engraved on the front fuselage right electronic bay, Italeri did an F-104G air scoop, ventral air louvres...); - Nose / cone section: a 1mm evergreen card inserted to correct the shape; -Dropped leading edge; - Cockpit AIRES + ejection seat, "tweaked" to be the first version installed on early F-104C; - Arrester hook suppressed and ventral fin elongated; - All Wheel wells re-done with wiring and tubing, doors modified because too thick; -L/G with wiring and tubing, wheels from aftermarket; the front L/G has been redone from scratch, original too simple; - Vacuform canopy, to include the inner framing; - External tanks: I used the ones provided in the Revell F-104C kit, but elongated by 3mm. Fins are changed (for the early F-104C, all fins have the same dimensions) and made from aluminium soda can, as well as the two little finlets on the top of the tanks; Painting the kit took a little bit of time, using different shade of Alcald II, trying to reach the correct shiny look. Wing Extrados is white, but the intrados are left unpainted (NM). The most important: Decals: I bought the "Albatross ALC-72006" decal sheet to figure out that most of the decals were wrong in color and shape, especially the stripes which are not in color sequence and inverted. Rats! so I bought as replacement the Micro-scale 72358 sheet, the Rocketeer Decals one who seems to be the best was unavailable. What a deception! the Microscale decals were also inaccurate and, when correct, melted in little pieces in the water.. So finally I decided to do the decoration by myself, using yellow, red, dark blue and green decals sheets cut accordingly. It was long, painful, especially for the twist in front of the tanks, but I am not too disappointed by the result. As a conclusion, what was sought to be an easy build was a long journey but I hope the work is worth the result. Here are the photos: The real thing: My "Really George': ...And, as usual, a little Dio: the tow bar and access ladder are home-made, the little Ford F1 pickup transformed a s "follow me" comes from F4 Models, a nightmare to build! Enjoy and rendez vous soon for another F-104C build!
  15. Hello Everybody! After the "E", the "F" and the "G`" already presented, now its is the turn of the "D" version to continue my Phantom saga. For that Rhino I used the old Monogram kit, which was - and even after the Hasegawa relates - to my opinion, one of the best Phantom ever produced at that scale before the arrival of the FM series. The overall level of details is very good and impressive for such an ancestor, the cockpit is just stunning, you can even find the electric connectors on the AIM-9B of the kit! Shape and size obviously fit the plan, Monogram masters its subject but the downside is unfortunately the raised panel lines. Unlike Hasegawa, the kit comes with a full load of missiles and ECM pods and the little pilots are very convincing! Last but not least, the kit comes with the airbrakes and the belly louvres opened, which is not the case in the vast majority of recents kits at that scale, needing a painful surgery. This kit has a particular story as I bought it long time ago with the idea to do a "C" but, under the express order of my son, I built it OOB for him without too much work. Then - and after his permission - I decided to de-construct it completely, remove the old paint and start again with the surviving remains, not wanted to spend money in another pricey Hasegawa. I spent a lot of time engraving the panels, riveting the surface again and adding some extra works when it was needed (tail hot area with extra metal plates, dropped ailerons and obviously the intakes inner tunnels). For the cockpit, I used the original one enriched with some PE and wiring. In order to complicate a little bit the built, I opened the nose section to show the radar and the one upper panel on the left wing, using an old Verlinden kit. However, doing so I had to scratch build the whole radar blackboxes behind which were omitted by Verlinden (the radar is given in its stowed position). It took me quite a while to modify the radar antenna by adding the tiny IFF interrogator dipoles and the mechanism to extract the whole stuff from the inner fuselage. Adding details inside the radome was also an interesting challenge at that scale! I added an SUU-23 gun pod, but I modified the gun muzzle and fairing, as the kit and the Hasegawa ones are too simplistic. The missiles's fins are made from an aluminium can sheet. Color and markings: To please our British Modelers friends I chose a Phantom based at Lakenheath during the "good old days in East Anglia", belonging to the 48th TFW before the Aadvark era because I found few photos of some of their birds with an interesting variation of the traditional SEA scheme, the original FS 30219 Matt US Tan being replaced by a lighter color. XTRA Decals instruct to use FS 34201 (SAC Bomber Tan) but I was really not convinced by that tint at that scale, so I made my own mix (forgot the reference). Some patches of FS 30219 were still there, especially on the fin. I used the XTRA Decals X72072 sheet for some parts of the markings, the rest is home made as I wanted to represent 66-504, having a left and right photo profile. To finish, I made simple dio inspired by a photo but without figures (I'm far from being a pro in modeling figures) to put the model in situation. I used aftermarkets products (ladders and tool box from Brengun) and scratch built the rest for the accessories. Here are the photos, which quality is not tip top (sorry for that): The real Phantom: My model: the little dio: To conclude, if you have this kit, you can build it easily OOB and slightly sand the raised panels if you wish (not a concern at that scale) to have a fairly nice Phantom. Thank you for your patience reading this topic and enjoy the photos!
  16. I have just finished this UV-18B.This is the old matchbox twin otter.Wasnt so bad to build.I managed to do it pretty quickly.I used tamiya and gunze acrylics on this one.The decals are from caracal decals.
  17. Morning all, Allow me to present my yearbook for 2021. Starting the year in lockdown meant I was able to carry on with my pace of last year, and although life has got in the way in recent months and slowed me down a little, I've still managed 22 completions, which isn't bad going. For this year, I chose to build to American and Russian themes, which I find helps focus my builds and prevent burn out. As ever, all are 1/72 scale, and posted in chronological order. For those interested, more images can be find by clicking the links to the RFI thread. I began the year building the Century Series jets alongside WW2 Soviet types. Trumpeter F-100C Super Sabre Trumpeter 1/72 North American F-100C Super Sabre by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Arma Hobby Yak-1B Arma Hobby 1/72 Yakovlev Yak-1B by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Revell F-101B Voodoo Revell 1/72 McDonnell F-101B Voodoo by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Meng F-102A Delta Dagger Meng 1/72 Convair F-102A Delta Dagger by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Academy Il-2 Sturmovik Academy 1/72 Iluyshin Il-2 Sturmovik by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Hasegawa Polikarpov I-16 Hasegawa 1/72 Polikarpov I-16 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Hasegawa F-104G Starfighter Hasegawa 1/72 Lockheed F-104G Starfighter by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Trumpeter F-105G Thunderchief Trumpeter 1/72 Republic F-105G Thunderchief by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Clearprop Lavochkin LA-5 Clearprop 1/72 Lavochkin LA-5 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Trumpeter F-106A Delta Dart Trumpeter 1/72 Convair F-106A Delta Dart by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr I started to turn my attention to MiGs whilst continuing with USAF jets from the 48th FW at RAF Lakenheath Eduard MiG-15bis Eduard 1/72 Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-15bis by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr GWH F-15E Strike Eagle GWH 1/72 Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Eduard MiG-21MF Fishbed Eduard 1/72 Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-21MF Fishbed by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Hobby 2000 F-111F Hobby 2000 (Hasegawa) 1/72 General Dynamics F-111F by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Hasegawa F-4D Phantom II Hasegawa 1/72 McDonnell Douglas F-4D Phantom II by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Trumpeter F-100D Super Sabre Trumpeter 1/72 F-100D Super Sabre by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Zvezda Petlyakov Pe-2 Zvezda 1/72 Petlyakov Pe-2 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr GWH F-15C Eagle GWH 1/72 McDonnell Douglas F-15C Eagle by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr As the Russian jets started to get more modern, I went the other way with the US types Tamiya P-47D Thunderbolt Tamiya 1/72 Republic P-47D Thunderbolt by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr ICM MiG-25 Foxbat ICM 1/72 MiG-25BM Foxbat by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Zvezda MiG-29SMT Fulcrum Zvezda 1/72 MiG-29SMT Fulcrum by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr Airfix Spitfire Vc Airfix 1/72 Supermarine Spitfire Vc by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr So there we are. I may yet get another build finished before the end of the year, but it would be at a push, and I'm happy with that output. Thanks for looking, and for those of you who took the time to comment throughout the year Happy New Year, Shaun
  18. It certainly felt like the USAF had taken over Newquay Airport for 2 and a half weeks in June. I decided to stay away from the Airport during the four days of the G7 conference, the road closures and other restrictions would have meant viewing from a considerable distance with the associated frustrations of either low cloud or heat haze to contend with. Instead I decided to concentrate on the week before and after the conference when there were no such restrictions. I lost count of the total number of C-17 movements but I think that I counted 12 different serials, some visited two or three times.
  19. So my next new build will be the Italeri A7-E I've ditched the kit weapon sprue as i have over 1000 individual bombs/missiles/tanks suitable i'll be using them. Had a mooch about this afternoon and i've got 5 complete full loadouts Planning to build all 5 and change them as and when i feel like it. Going to use mini-magnets to attach the MER/TER to the wing pylons as well as the fuselage missile pylon(but that so i can take them off to clean or transport) Only issue i have is a lack of decals for 10 x Snakeye and 10 x Mavericks. No one does aftermarket that i can see. I have these 3 of these sets ;- and 1 of these I've exhausted my stash, but 150 individual new weapons will do that i guess Just need the weather to cool enough to get started.
  20. Hello guys.This is a double build I did for a customer of mine.I have built both models OOB.I have tinted the canopies and used the least ammount of weathering possible.The painting was done with Hataka have glass followed by several coats of light coats of ak real colors gunship grey.The decals were a pain in the you know what and performed really bad.I had a lof ot problems while applying them.The kit itself is a great one with no issues of any kind durring the assembly. Regards,Dragan
  21. These are a mix of Kinetic, Hasegawa and a Tamiya 1/48 kits. I'll post a few more if thats ok?
  22. A couple of my most recent completions
  23. US Pilots & Ground Personnel (Vietnam War) ICM 1:48 (48087) Figures This new set from ICMs is no doubt designed for their new upcoming 1/48 scale kits, but can be used elsewhere. There is two pilot getting ready for flying, one carrying as helmet. Also in the set is another officer figure (possibly maintenance) also with two ground crew. The uniforms are Vietnam era and the sculpting is up to ICM's high standards. Conclusion This is another great set from ICM and looks like a direct add on for their new kits (though they can be used elsewhere) Highly recommended. Available in the UK from importers H G Hannants Ltd. Review sample courtesy of
  24. Hello to all of you guys and girls.I have finished the old Italeri F-117A as a quick and pleasure build.The kit itself its quite nice and the fit is really good.I have rescribed the panel lines.I did add some simple cockpit details like some knobs and seatbelts.The decals used are for the only f-117a to be lost in combat and the decals came from balkan models set for the downed ac over yugoslavia.I have made a video build that I have posted on my youtube chanel so if interested feel free to look it up on the following link. Regards,Dragan
  25. Hello to all.I made this kit in the span of 7-10 days.The fit is almost perfect.A really top quality hasegawa plastic.It has decent details.I only added homemade seatbelts and toned the canopy.I painted the model with Hataka, ak real colors and tamiya acyrlics.The decals are a bit diffucult to work with but in the end I managed to use them effectivly. Enjoy the photos
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