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Tony Oliver

1/72 Hobbyboss Tomcat VF-21 Freelancers 1991 Mission Models Paint

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Hi Gents,

 

Hope you’re not fed up with these by the way...

 

Anyways here is the 8th completed cat from my hobbyboss project thats been running just over the past year or so. WIP link at the bottom of this post for those that haven’t seen it or want to find out more. 

 

This started out as a B kit and was turned into a late A (for the naca gun gas vents)  It is dressed in old Hasegawa decals from the ‘Independence’ boxing. Plane depicted is the Commanding officer of vf-21 Freelancers circa 1991. 

 

Wearing the new mission model aircraft shades with their metallics too on the hot parts from @TIGER HOBBIESLIMITED

Some mig ammo metal & crystal colours used for details along with oils brushers for weathering. 

Reference Mission paints, look out for a separate post in the paint section about these in more detail, hopefully by the end of the week. This is now my third build in mission paints (one ‘straight colours’ F-16, an NMF mig-15, and then this more complex paintjob using the transparent medium) and I am really impressed with them. So much that the next cat in the WIP will be wearing mission gull grey, a 1983 Slugger. 

Also due to their performance I have recently bought a load of RAF & RLM shades for other future builds from our own @Duncan B with his very efficient and well priced webshop 👍🏿

 

The kit was heavily reworked using aftermarket, spares, and some of my resin upgrades I have mastered combining the best parts from other tomcats available. Full list after the pics because that’s what you came here to see and not read more waffle! 

 

Scaling pic and products used: 

 

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Just missions for main paintjob less detail shades:
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Nose/front area:

 

 

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Tails:

 

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Uppers:

 

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Other details close up: 

 

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Jet pipes: 

 

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Undersides:

 

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A couple with the canopy off, will be secured on for good later. Cockpit adequate when viewing through glazing 👍🏿

 

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Sorry for all the pictures! 

 

 

 

So the build spec:

 

Base kit alterations:

-RIO footstep plate removed

-Fuel dump pipe drilled out. 

-Tacan blade made smaller. 

-TCS lens drilled out. 

-Glide slope lights drilled out. 

-Drop tanks moved back and outwards. 

 

Homemade decals for wing glove vane panel lines. (So much easier than cutting them out or scribing)

 

One off photo etch made to my measurements by PPD for formation light strip panels. 

 

Aftermarket:

Reskit wheels. 

Brassin Missiles & RBF tags

Aires tubes and nozzles. 

Quickboost front U/C doors. 

Attack Sqn Ventral fins. 

 

Other plastic kit parts either as they are or mastered include;

 

Hasegawa:

-RIO wedge/canopy strut base. 

-seats with etch

-cockpit decals

-afterburner faces with etch

-sparrow pylons

-engine cowls and fairings. 

 

Finemolds:

-Arrestor hook and base (better detail & panel lines/rivets. 

-pitot. 

 

I think thats about it...

 

Cheers for looking! 

 

 

Lots more waffle in this WIP, this freelancer is from hafway down page 17 through to 19 or so. 

 

Untill next time,

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that is a supurb build, heonestly looking at it If you hadn't have posted the shot will all the paints and pigments used I would have thought it was 1/48. 

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Another cracker!!  Your build rate is incredible!

 

Some really sublime painting effects and shades on this one, love the different effects that you have achieved especially on the top of the fuselage area.

 

Phil

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1 hour ago, PhantomBigStu said:

that is a supurb build, heonestly looking at it If you hadn't have posted the shot will all the paints and pigments used I would have thought it was 1/48. 

 

Thanks, one of the reasons I like to do it as helps to ‘scale’ the subject 👍🏿

 

1 hour ago, Booty003 said:

Another cracker!!  Your build rate is incredible! ***

 

Some really sublime painting effects and shades on this one, love the different effects that you have achieved especially on the top of the fuselage area.

 

Phil

 

Thanks again Phill, its what I’ve been trying to concentrate on these past few builds like with the sundowners bird - more faded and bleached uppers from several months at sea with dirtier and grimy/more streaks underneath 👍🏿

 

*** Ps the fuselage halves went together back in June for this one, been languishing for ages. Had a good spurt on it the past three weeks concurrently with the new airfix 262...

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After seeing this work of art I think I’ll just give up now.

 

Absoulutely stunning!

 

Tony

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2 hours ago, Tony Oliver said:

Hope you’re not fed up with these by the way...

Absolutely not, never!

 

Keep on coming with these. They are all sublime and this one is also very interesting because of the "parked" position of the wings.

 

Are these mission models paints soluble in water? (Haven't heard or seen any of these in my area)

 

Also like Phil said, this all at an incredible rate. That makes one per month (if we count the Me262 and probably others I haven't seen...)

 

Great job, love it

 

B.

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5 minutes ago, bearmatt said:

mission models paints soluble in water?

 

Yes they are B.

They have their own thinner/cleaner available as do most acrylics, and you can clean out your airbrush with water, finishing off with some of the thinner to get the last bits out. 

 

Thanks for the props pal 👍🏿

 

 

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Really nice Tomcat there, looks great

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Another cracking Tomcat.  Superb work on the weathering, the hot metal parts and ... well all of it really!

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Thanks for comments guys, much appreciated as always 👍🏿

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Bloomin' heck (or words to that effect) that's a bit special Tony. Very nicely done Sir.

 

Duncan B

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Oh yes! absolutely stunning, as usual, man that detail!! Awesome

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Absolutely gorgeous!

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11 hours ago, Valkyrie said:

Oh yes! absolutely stunning, as usual, man that detail!! Awesome

 

9 hours ago, F-32 said:

Absolutely gorgeous!

 

Cheers lads! 

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You did a fantastic job on this f-14, congratulations,

 

regards

Mirek

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Whoa!  Awesomely built and awesomely photographed!

You have a really good grip on shading/wash techniques to make the details stand out and trick the eye into believing it is real.

It's an inspiration.

Well done!

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In answer to your question..........NO, I for one am far from bored seeing your Cats. They look amazing so keep them coming! At some stage will you be doing a group shot?

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Another cracker, they all look fantastic by the way. Keep ´em coming. :)

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