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This is my 50th build which was a present from my wife. The academy kit is quite basic and does need some enhancing. I used Eduard PE and some scratch building and the pilot was from PJ Models. Painted with Vallejo. The base was designed for me by Coastal kit display bases. The full build can be followed on:
Hi all, Sorry for the dodgy photo's - My digital SLR is about to have a foot to sensor interaction! Had to pick up my old point and press and see what I could come up with! Ok, so the kit... This was the Tamiya 1:48 F117 and Humvee box set. Picked it up at Waddinton airshow for significantly less than what it should be and was not disappointed when I opened the box.. Usually Tamoya quality, made of black plastic (in case your feeling lazy and cant be bothered to paint it, ha ha). If I'd have stuck to the OOB stuff I reckon it would have gone together a dream, then I decided to get the Aires cockpit and it all went horribly wrong. With that cockpit in you have to sand the bottom of the 'pit tub and the top of the front wheel bay. Or in my case sand THROUGH the cockpit floor so the seat falls through, then sand almost through the top of the wheel bay! NIGHTMARE. Anyway, I eventually got the two halves together after much sanding, glueing and lots of swearing, then after that it was plain sailing. Not alot else to talk about with it really from the build point of view, given the simple nature of the exterior of the aircraft it never was going to be difficult. You can build it bomb bay open or close, with or wihout LGB's, and that's about it. Painting was done with a can of black Halfords spray paint and some dry brushing along the panel lines, which I hope has come out in a couple of the photo's. Decals are pretty good (when you don't put them on over a Matt finish, oops) and that's about all there is. The hummer is pretty good, and comes with a couple of different options for painting and decals. Again, it went together pretty easily with good comprehensive instructions. I finally popped my airbrush cherry with the hummer and I think it came out ok for a first timer. A little bit of light weathering and 2 MP's later and the kit was finished. The ground crew and generator came from a Hasegawa set which I bought spare of the moment and the dio' base was made from Tamiya texture paint and some DIY concrete stuff from model zone. Again apologies from the outset for the dodgy pictures but lighting was pants and the camera worse (a good workman always blames his tools, I think). Anyway...