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  1. Mirage 2000C No. 85 / 103 - LK Armée de l‘Air de France Special livery for the last flight ceremony of BA103 Cambrai-Epinoy, 2012 - ESTA 2E.012 Hello Dassault builders, my jet for this GB will be the Mirage 2000C, in a special livery. As for ordnance, I will go with a centerline bag, 2 Magic II‘s, and maybe 2 Super-530D‘s (if I can find some). the box: decalsheet by syhart: and a pilot and exhaust: Let‘s do this!
  2. Hello all, Here is my recently completed 1/48 Kinetic Sea Harrier FRS.1, marked as XZ451 of 801 Naval Air Squadron (formally of 899 NAS), which was credited with downing an Argentine Dagger and Hercules during the Falklands conflict in 1982. The build thread is below. Extras used included Eduard etch, Eduard mask, Neomega ejection seat, Aires exhaust nozzles, Flightpath FOD inserts, Flightpath 1000lb bomb and Master pitot tube. The paint is mainly Tamiya acrylic (XF-77 for the Extra Dark Sea Grey) with the weathering done using a mixture of Flory wash, Abteilung oils and Tamiya sets. I added some details to the cannon pods along with adding the rudder strakes and correcting a few issues with the kit. As this was an 899 NAS machine up until 4th April 1982, it felt only right to display it with both squadron patches: There are better finished models out there, but I'm happy to finally have a SHAR in my collection. Thanks for looking and stay safe Dave
  3. UPDATE: 1/48th - ref. K48100 - General Dynamics F-16AM Fighting Falcon - MLU NATO Viper - *** COMPLETELY NEW TOOL*** https://fb.watch/e5ohbB540U/ The long announced Mirage F-1, the Fiat G-91 or something completely new ? Source: https://www.facebook.com/groups/KineticBuildersGuild/posts/1634727710215508/ V.P.
  4. 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.
  5. Hi, This is my second F-104 for the Salty Sea Dog GB. This time a Kinetic kit, built as a MFG 2 aircraft with Kormoran missiles. There are Kormoran launch rails in the Kinetic Italian F-104G/S kit. I might use those depending on how detailed they are compared to the Daco parts and how easily the Daco parts can be adapted to the Kinetic wing. Cheers, Stefan.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 soon release from 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.
  8. Here is my last finished kit in 2022 - 1:48 McDD F/A-18A+ Hornet no. C.15-85, Spanish Air Force, ALA 46, Gando Air Base, Gran Canaria. Kinetic kit, this time almost completely out of the box (except Quickboost ejection seat and Eduard AIM-9JULIs). Maybe the standard Spanish AF Hornet`s livery is not very interesting, but this kit is my tribute to all Hornets from Gando AB, whose service is slowly coming to an end. Their presence (and noise) has always made all my stays in the Canary Islands more pleasant. Thanks for watching!
  9. The Wikipedia summary: The Canadair CF-104 Starfighter (CF-111, CL-90) is a modified version of the Lockheed F-104 Starfighter supersonic fighter aircraft built in Canada by Canadair under licence. It was primarily used as a ground attack aircraft, despite being designed as an interceptor. It served with the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and later the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) until it was replaced by the McDonnell Douglas CF-18 Hornet. I've wanted to build a Canadian Starfighter for a while now, but hadn't gotten around to it yet... so this GB is the perfect excuse to get into one! The polished aluminium with white wings and red tail will look absolutely stellar on my shelf if I can pull off a good finish. Until now I've been a strictly 1/72nd guy, mostly due to space constraints, but also because of my glacial building speed, and I don't really think my skills are up to par for larger models. However, I've written a loophole into my own rules: Canadian subjects can be 1/48th. (I've set a long-term goal to eventually build at least one of each major aircraft type that Canada flew in 48th. At the rate I build we may be retiring our F-35 fleet before I'm ever done.) Ubiquitous box shot: Of course I got some canopy masks from Eduard... but I also picked up their Löök set for the CF-104, which includes a 3D printed instrument panel and some nice PE parts for the cockpit. I'm eager to see how that goes together. It looks like it'll be a nice upgrade though. What the heck, I need to get another display cabinet from IKEA anyways...
  10. Kinetic is to announce a brand new tool 1/48th modern jet a/c kit in ten days at the Shizuoka hobby Show 2015. Bets are off. To be followed V.P.
  11. 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.
  12. Another (I mean after the AvantGarde Model Kits Kfir - see here http://www.britmodeller.net/forums/index.php?/topic/234925006-148th-iai-kfir-c2c7-by-avantgarde-model-kits-expected-late-march-2013-sprues-pics/ ) 1/48th IAI Kfir C.2/.7 from Kinetic (with decals design from Isracast) - ref.480476 Source: SAMI V.P.
  13. Hi all, its been a while since I’ve posted any build related things, so thought it would be good to show you all my latest build of the somewhat lovely Kinetic Harrier GR.1. Standard box pic with some added goodies: I utilised the build notes and resources from the Harrier Sig, kindly sent over to me by @Ozzy . Thanks Mate! The kit itself was a strange juxtaposition of nice detail with some poor fit and soft detail. Some of the fuselage panel lines for example were very soft and didn’t line up. Somewhat reminiscent of some more recent Revell kits. However for the most part this kit was a very enjoyable build. One annoyance was the SNEB pods which are modelled with the rockets protruding, the instructions advise you to sand these off but it looks very naff, so had to fill and sand and make masks for the rocket covers on the nose of the launcher. PITA! Unfortunately I had to make life hard for myself by attempting to fit an Aries cockpit, which caused me endless hours of fun/pain . Eventually got it to sort of fit by removing as much plastic as I dared but in doing so it caused the from fuselage to bow out a bit which caused problems later down the line with the windscreen. Ended up screwing up the first part and had to order a replacement from Kinetic which turned up as reasonably quickly as one can expect from Hong Kong ( in standard British fashion it took as long to make it the 50 miles from Heathrow to central Bedfordshire as it did from Hong Kong to the UK). Other aftermarket was a dream to use, namely the Reskit wheels which were fantastic, especially as the hub and tyre are moulded seperately, very thoughtful when it comes to painting! Enough waffle from me anyway, kit is an early GR.1 of 1(F) Sqn in the early gloss scheme of Dark Green / Dark Sea Grey over Light Aircraft Grey, all paints were MRP, except the varnish which is Alclad Klear Kote 50/50 with MLT (somehow this is still a tiny bit tacky a week after spraying ). Decals provided are by Cartograph and were perhaps the nicest I’ve ever used. Anyway, some photos! Cheers! Ash
  14. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 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.
  15. 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.
  16. I'm pleased to present my most recent build, Kinetic's 1/48 F-104G, their initial tool from 2019, representing aircraft 26+60 from Marinefliegergeschwader 2 towards the end of its service life, in the two-tone Norm 76 camouflage scheme. The Starfighter is displayed on a pre-made Zoukei-Mura base and features Eduard's resin Kormoran 1s. Like many of you, I imagine, when I sit down at the workbench, I just want to melt some plastic together, push some paint through an airbrush, and use some Japanese chemicals whose workings I don't entirely understand. But sometimes, my thoughts turn to that one kit in the stash. You know the one: filled with aftermarket goodies, with a full weathering approach and paint scheme already lovingly planned out, just waiting for the right moment, when you think your skills and confidence level can handle it. This is that kit for me. I wanted to just go for it. The build was mostly painless, though not without its quirks and hitches, most of which are my fault. Kinetic's engineering has really improved since my last kit of theirs, the 2013 tool Alpha Jet, which fought me severely a few years back. My main issue was with the wiggle room I had with the wing dihedral. I would have preferred a tighter fit with the wing tab inserts to avoid any uncertainty. I think I got the dihedral close to correct and, more importantly, set the same angle for both wings! I still find that if something can be posed open on a Kinetic kit, it's going to be work to show it closed. That said, I opted for closed airbrakes on this build, and it wasn't too bad; the interior brake detail just needed to be sanded down a bit, and I needed to build shelves from sheet styrene to keep them from falling into the openings. I kind of wish I had sealed up the electronics bay behind the cockpit, though. There's not enough detail on the included parts to really justify having it open without adding significant detail work. Too, the fuselage behind that bay is open to the hollow center of the model; I believe it's open on the real aircraft, leading to yet another bay, but I blanked it out with sheet styrene. I used a fair bit of aftermarket on this build: Eduard T-Face canopy masks; Eduard LooK instrument panel; Quinta 3D cockpit decals (for the close-enough F-104J, sourced before the invasion); Master Model metal pitot; Wolfpack resin Martin Baker Mk 7 ejection seat; and the aforementioned Eduard Kormoran 1s with launch pylons. The cockpit accessories were pretty much superfluous, since there's almost no visibility into the front office. The Eduard panel is fine; the Quinta 3D decals are a bit lackluster. I am, however, rather pleased with the Wolfpack ejection seat. My detail painting suffers from the harsh truth of the macro lens, but from RVD (respectful viewing distance) it looks the part. I used very thin strips of Tamiya tape, cut on an Infini cutting mat, to "paint" the yellow ejection handle stripes. I have a love-hate relationship with the Kormorans, I must confess. I hadn't worked with resin at all before this build, and though with the right tools (and proper safety precautions) I was able to wrestle them into shape, they're not actually both the same shape at this point. One is ever so slightly longer than the other, as they were rear-mounted on their casting blocks and I learned my resin sawing techniques on the fly. They look properly intimidating on the aircraft, but there's a catch. The Eduard Kormorans are, I believe, designed for the Hasegawa F-104; in fitting them to the Kinetic wing, I modified the existing hard point wing holes, with the result that the missiles sit too close to the main wheels, something I didn't anticipate while dry fitting everything. No way a crew chief lets my version of the Starfighter take off with the Kormorans' fins tearing into the tires. . . Paints were a mix of lacquers for overall coverage and acrylics for detail work. A black primer base of Mr. Finishing Surfacer 1500 Black went down first, and I used a black basing technique to attempt to create surface variation and the impression of wear. My source photos of 26+60 and its stablemates all show significant fading and scuffing of the paintwork, particularly the Basalt Grey (RAL 7012) top half. I used AK Real Colors Basalt Grey (RC212) for the upper color, and it thinned down very nicely for the mottle coat. I purposely tried to let more of the black primer show through in the blend coat to get that faded look from the source photos. The nose cone received a blend of Real Colors ADC Grey (RC211) mixed equally with Insignia White to represent heavy fading. The White Aluminum (RAL 9006) underside was painted with Hataka Orange Line White Aluminum (C190), and I used the same restrained mottle/blend approach as with the top color. One note about the Hataka version of RAL 9006, though -- I was under the impression that RAL 9006 was a color name rather than an actual metallic tone. The Hataka paint has metallic flakes, not so many as a "real" metallic lacquer but enough to be noticeable. The final dull coat with Winsor and Newton Galeria Matt knocked the shine down to a more or less acceptable level. For the high visibility RAL 2005 orange on the wing tip tanks, I used Real Colors Luminous Orange (RC207) with a hint of their Insignia White (RC222) for fading, laid down over my new favorite primer, Mr. Finishing Surfacer 1500 Pink. It's not just for anime figurines anymore! The pink primer covered the existing black primer quite readily, and the thin coat of orange I laid down on top of the pink really popped. I'm completely sold on using pink primer for yellows, reds, and oranges at this point. They'll be vivid, but I figure it's easier to tone down a too-bright red or orange than it is to pump up the visual volume of a dull and dark shade. I decided against an overall panel line wash for this build. I've certainly employed the technique before, but my source photos don't show significant panel line definition. I picked out a few significant panel lines using a thinned Paynes Grey oil wash. I used a slightly thinned Warm Grey oil paint to attempt additional fading and wear on the upper half of the aircraft. The effect turned out more like a filter than the Rinaldi "oil paint rendering" technique I was going for, but the end result is sufficiently run down for my purposes. The in-box decals come courtesy of Cartograf, and they behaved as one expects them to, given their provenance. Not too many stencils were provided, but there's still sufficient busy-ness about the aircraft to break up any surface monotony. I laid down an Alclad Aqua Gloss coat before placing the decals, and employed copious amounts of Micro Sol and Set, but I still got a bit of silvering on some of the smaller stencils, and I fully attribute that to my own error rather than the decals. The larger decals went down without much fuss, and artful photography and angles eliminate most of the unfortunate silvering issues for the smaller decals. If you've made it this far, thanks for reading and for taking a look! I'm pleased overall with the outcome. I feel like I stretched my skills a bit and I have to consider this one of my best efforts since I picked the hobby back up four years ago. Definitely room for improvement, but from an appropriate distance, it certainly looks the part of an imposing Baltic Sea enforcer, ready to complicate the day of a Warsaw Pact frigate, and it has nice shelf presence. To anyone associated with the Marineflieger, I apologize for the inaccuracies but hope you can see it as the earnest tribute I intend. Chris Baer
  17. 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 Markings: Mirage 2000B Mirage 2000D Mirage 2000N Mirage 2000BG Hellenic Air Force V.P.
  18. After its single seat 1/48th Northrop (C/N) F-5A kit (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234918577-148th-northrop-f-5acf-5anf-5a-freedom-fighter-by-kinetic-released-sprue-pics/?hl=freedom) Kinetic is to release a two seats (C/N)F-5B Freedom Fighter kit - ref.48021. Source: https://www.facebook.com/Kineticmodel V.P.
  19. The decision to buy 64 Hornets in 1992 was an epoch-making change of direction in post-war Finland. It was the starting point of the gradual harmonising of the Finnish defence forces with NATO structures. During the next 20 years Finland became more and more NATO compatible and last December the decision was taken to order 64 Lockheed Martin F-35 A Lightning II fighters to replace the ageing Hornets. The application of NATO membership this May was the culmination of the long process to join NATO. A couple of years ago I built the 1/48 scale Kinetic F/A-18 Hornet in the Finnish Air Force colours. The kit was excellent with many photo etch details and the instructions very informative. I didn't have any problems building the model. The two-shade grey camo of the FAF Hornets is fairly monotonous, though with only a few insignia and stencil decals. Although, I’m pretty satisfied with the outcome of the model I must admit that the paints did not give impression of the two-tone result I had hoped for. The two gray shades are very similar to each other and it is actually very difficult to see their difference. I painted the fighter according to the instructions i.e. the upper side with Xtracolor X135 Dark Compass Grey (FS 16320) and the lower side with X136 Light Compass Grey (FS 16375). I probably should’ve used a slightly darker shade for the upper side. On the tail of the plane there is the name ”Kreivi von Rosen” or in English ”the Count von Rosen”. He was a Swedish count that on March 6, 1918 donated the first plane, a Thulin Typ D to the air force of the newly independent republic of Finland. Honouring his generosity his lucky charm, the upright standing blue swastika became the FAF insignia until 1945.
  20. Hi gents, Well... I've started to be bored with my current projects and as an Israeli GB has been opened in my "brazilian modeling forum"... I couldn't resist and opened another box... The kit Some help: The progress so far:
  21. Evening all. I would like to add the second 1/48 Kinetic FRS.1 to this GB, this time XZ457. The only extras I will be adding (thus far) are the spare seatbelts from the Kits World 3D printed "Tornado" MB Mk10 seatbelt set.. And some reference material.... I can see the fun and games the @DaveJL is having with this build - sometimes it is better to go second... Thanks for looking, Icarus
  22. Hi all. It's been a long time since I've posted anything on Britmodeller and so I really need to change that as I enjoy spending time on here. This is my Kinetic Hawk Mk.127 Lead In Fighter (LIF) of the Royal Australian Air Force. I spent several wonderful years working on this aircraft during my previous career working for BAE Systems. The kit was okay, although the plastic is very soft. Ironically you can't make a Mk.127 out of the box mainly due to deficiencies in the cockpit, so I managed to acquire the Kinetic (Eduard) colour printed PE set to correct this. I also added PE seat belts from a TMk.1 set, master probe, Reskit wheels and Brassin AIM-9L's Thanks for looking. All comments welcome... Cheers, Tom
  23. Hello all, Here is my entry for this GB - Kinetic's 1/48 Sea Harrier FRS.1. A subject I've been wanting to do for a while, it'll be marked as XZ451 of 801 Naval Air Squadron (formally of 899 NAS), which was credited with downing an Argentine Dagger and Hercules. Kit: Extras: I'll be using Eduard's Big Ed set that has interior/exterior etch and masks, along with Neomega resin Martin Baker MK.12 ejection seat and Flightpath FOD inserts. The excellent decal sheet: Some references: Will be armed with a pair each of AIM-9Ls, fuel tanks and gun pods. I might go with a 1000lb bomb on centre pylon too but I'll need to re-read Commander Wards book in the run up to the build to refresh my memory on load outs. Still have a Mig-21 and F-14 to get built! Cheers and stay safe Dave
  24. After its beautiful Grumman S-2E/G Tracker (http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=74094&hl=tracker), Kinetic is now working on the short version of the Stoof, the S-2A, with catalogue ref.48039. Source: http://s362974870.onlinehome.us/forums/air/index.php?showtopic=257024 V.P.
  25. 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.
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