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  1. Hi guys, latest finished build from the new academy kit. Built over past month and a half or so. Full details in WIP (link at end) Pretty much out of the box, its a great kit with loads of optional parts to build nearly all versions. I built mine as an A Plus (later re-designated as B.) from the Pukin Dogs around 1990. Not many of these on the web - drab line utilitarian missile jets before the bombcat era. Only had to mod two things to suit the specific time frame - sand bumps off of the Aim-54’s to make them the C version, and then sand off the molded gps ‘bombcat only’ dome on the spine. Note that the kit doesn’t tell you to do that. Also a couple improvements I made to the kits parts was to drill out the fuel dump on tail and. TCS lens on the chinpod (inside then painted and filled with kristal kleer) Couple of additions to suit my build or because they were missing from the kit - 1. Decals obviously, including the using spares for correct markings for the later missles. Main markings from the old Revell A plus kit (italeri plastic circa 1993) 2. Home printed decals to detail GE nozzles inside & out. 3. Seatbelts from some spare etch as none provided with kit. 4. Mirrors for inside of canopy. 5. Nose gear retraction arm (spare from a hboss f-14 as you get two complete front gears in that kit) Wearing Mr paint blackbased over Stynylrez - dark ghost uppers light ghost lowers. Then a 50/50 mix of light ghost & white for touch up. AK xtreme metals for shiny bits - see wip for which ones where. Mission models paints for all hand painted details. Aquagloss pre & post decals. Mig ammo washes and oilbrushers for weathering. Mr paint super clear matt for final coat. Cockpit all hand painted - don’t like using console/IP decals. Painted a few stencils on seat headrest sides and on strut brace wedge as none provided on stock decal sheet. Enough waffle, any points or questions please feel free. Main paints used for scale. Thanks for looking and hope you like it. WIP -
  2. Hi gents, another F-14 finished this week... Been on and off this kit for about a year and a half. One of those you want to do but are scared to do it justice... This was the Executive officers jet from the Tomcatters final cruise. After landing back at NAS Oceana this jet 102 and another 103 were done up in some commemorative markings for the Tomcat sunset ceremony in September 2006. AJ103 had a full retro repaint in gloss gull grey over white with full colour markings and special tail art. AJ102 had the tails repainted to remove Felix and the AJ - they were replaced by the same artwork as 103 but done but in a low viz style. Also the vf-31 on the ventrals and the crew names were painted out as the jet was about being Grumman’s last fighter. Some jets like this one from the squadron also had their ‘Date of birth’ added to the nose gear doors. Sadly on the day of the parade, 102 taxied past the crowd but didn’t fly in the ceremony due to a technical issue. Before she and the others finally went the bone yard, vf-31 was re-added to ventrals and the names of the crew who flew her there for her last flight were put on as well. How I have tried to depict her is of the days leading up to said ceremony, so fresher tails and canopy sides and patches on ventrals to suggest overpainting. Panels all open for maintenance. Lantirn pod, fuel tanks and pallets/bombracks still fitted. These were stripped off by the ceremony. The kit - the Finemolds is supposedly the holy grail of F-14’s, yes it is nice but there are some bits that could be better. Still no perfect kit yet... I improved it with a few bits- from Finemolds themselves - Nano series injection seatbelts, Lantirn pod and brass pitot. Then some parts from my resin project - GE nozzles/tubes and AB faces, modded hasegawa bombracks to fit FM pallets and ‘empty’ bol rails and sparrow adapter. Details added/scratched - true details wheels, a brass rod strut to support open radome, u/c RBF tags, mirrors and handle inside open canopy, added rivet holes around edges of all open panels, drilled out sides of boarding ladder. Finishing - I used decals from a hasegawa boxing that contained the markings for both 102 & 103. (Box art features 103) The decals were quite light so lighter shades of Mr Paint were used for the tps scheme to maintain the correct contrast with the markings. Lantrin painted and numbered to match one it carried on return from last cruise. Post shade maskol technique for corrosion control effect. Metals all Alclad. All brushed areas like pit and open panels were detailed with mission models. Weathering done with mig ammo washes and oilbrushers. That’s about it. Sorry it’s pic heavy but there is alot to see on this! Also some are quite close in to show said details in kit and/or are overexposed so bear warts and all! Tony Main paints used for scale. General views. Pit area. In detail. Super close ups General undersides. Internals Again as always, thanks for looking.
  3. Finished! Hi guys. Going to try and do a wip for this new kit. Although one thing I have decided for 2020 is to concentrate on building and RFI’s, as WIP’ing can take up as much time as the build itself. Anyways moving swiftly on, going to build it OOB with just improvements by tools only eg thinning or drilling to modify the kit parts, no aftermarket at all. The only thing I am going to change is the decals for the version I want to build. Also will need to sort some seatbelts as none provided but that’s it. So this is going to be an A plus, early nineties. Most probably from vf74, the first sqn to get them. Should be able to piece together a nice bland tps line bird from my decal collection. So to make this an A plus I will not follow the instructions to the letter and use these parts instead All GE relevant engine parts. Std nose pitot. Fill AoA probe hole in fuselage side. Use NACA gun vent panel. Use tails with late T shape plates. Use Tall tacan spine antenna. Add second ecm bumps under glove vanes. Use beavertail with ecm bump. Use nose gear door with ecm bump. Leave ecm bumps on leading edges near intake walkways. Use mid main wheel hubs. Remove gps dome from spine. Modify Aim-54 to C versions. Fill P&W drain hole detail in nacelles. That’s all I can think of/remember for now as I’m writing this 250miles from the kit currently... It will wear Mr Paint for its main camo, as frustratingly despite having these paints for a few years now, (bought my first lot direct from Slovakia in 2015) I have yet to finish a kit in them. Metals will be AK xtreme and then any hand painted details with mission models. So whats been done so far - Not alot to show really! Mainly busy with ejection pin filling or removing (see pics I posted in the rumour monger thread) but got the cockpit and intake trunking parts started. Also prepped the rest of the metal parts to do concurrently in one metal spraying session as intake fans needed doing. I used ‘jet exhaust’ basically a black with a hint of sparkle for the carbon shrouds as once it’s had a matt coat looks quite good for that kind of thing. Rest is self explanatory. First improvement mods - Exhaust petals needed defining more before painting so they were all scribed right to the end (circled in pic) forgot to take a ‘before’ pic sorry. Also the fuel dump on the beavertail was drilled out while I had the pin vice out opening up pylon/pallet holes (not shown) Thats all for now.
  4. Hi guys, something I did a while ago but only just got around to photographing this weekend. These are the engines that come in the Fujimi 1/72 kits. Had a few upgrades- The TF30 had a resin nozzle added, The F110 had a hasegawa intake face and modded shroud. Nozzle and tube are based from brassin for F16CJ. Painted with ak xtreme metals for engines. Used lots of different base shades for interest and then applied the blue purple and dark orange (burnt metal) to make them look discoloured and used. Glossed and then a black pin wash applied. Carts done in mission with some decals from the scrap box. These are from page 25 of this WIP. Overview and products used for scale. P&W GE Thanks for looking.
  5. Friends, Here is the Tamiya F4U-1 Corsair with the “birdcage” canopy. I used a combination of Mission Models, Model Master, and an old Polly Scale paints. I added the Aires resin “dropped flaps” for added realism. Like most Tamiya kits, it was a trouble-free build process. I used the kit supplied decals. Highly recommended. Thank you in advance!!!!! Respectfully submitted, Mike
  6. My Mojo has been at an all time low for so long I can't remember my last completed model, but do know it has been over a year. I needed something quick (that is a relative term in this modeller's language) and simple to get over the finish line so picked a Meng Kids He177. This would also give me an opportunity to try out the new Mission Models acrylic RLM colours for the first time. I hope you like it as much as I have enjoyed building it. For a snap together kit the tolerances were amazingly tight, I had to scrape the paint off the pins to get things to fit. The clear parts were probably some of the clearest I've ever seen and the instruction booklet was well designed with some nice information on the real aircraft included along with some lovely artwork. All in all a testament to Meng's engineering and kit production techniques. The Mission Models acrylics were really nice to use and the colours matched the Kieroff Paint chips very nicely. Duncan B
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