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  2. my favs are F`s

    F-5 E Tiger II AFV 1/48 "Flogger FAB"

    That over-exposure make it look too clean and bold. I would preffer some more weathering of the nozzles' interior as well.
  3. my favs are F`s

    1/48 HobbyBoss FB-111A

    Alrighty, since this is the place for critiques, i dont like the lack of weathering. Especially the nozzles and the landing gear look respectively black and white... Reminds me of some sort of the early builds when the model was ready after the first coat of paint 🙂 Of course, it looks definitely better than my first models, but i would weather it just a hint more, at least.
  4. It's a heavy tank this platform, aint it 🙂 Man, this build is going on so wonderfully! The "Tank Odyssay". 😜 I cannot imagine what would be the situation with the shuttle's white plates coverage on the top... drybrushing or decals or some sort of texturizing or... can't wait! Let's get it on!
  5. Rex

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    I know that I am "dipping my toe into TomcatLand", but, I see a Choice, with a backup plan already in the box. Got the cockpit all detailed out and you want to open the canopy, try that option,,,,,,it turns out not to your liking,,,,use the other canopy option. (or try again with another kit from the stash) Beats the heck out of trying to razor saw clear parts to make multi-piece canopies from a one piece clear part. And attaching those clear parts to the frame shouldn't be any harder than attaching clear parts to the solid plastic of the fuselage. If a modeler can't do the latter, he'd never build the kit in the first place. (yeah, I know, that options adds 47 cents per box to the final cost of the model, making it totally unaffordable for some)
  6. yeah, there are different levels for different people. And for different aircraft with the same people. I want to get ALQ-51, -100, etc, justttt right for my F-4s. But for something like the F-14, all I care about is if the pointy end faces the front, and the wings sweep. F-16N are the same. S-2 and S-3 are the same deal. But, F-4, A-4, A-7, F-8, A-6, A-1, etc,,,,,,those I dive into the details. Some people just want a Spitfire,,,,,others want to get the tape correct over the gun ports and have exactly the right wing and engine make. (and the crowbar in exactly the right place and color)
  7. ross1562

    Finishing coat on model.

    Also, is a final coat of something absolutely necessary? For instance, the wheels have a nice Matt finish to the tyres after being painted alone, do I need to coat them in any final coat?
  8. my favs are F`s

    2 Tamiya F-14's staycation project

    Noice! Which is the first one and the 2nd one? 🙂 just kiddin. They look shiny and awesome!
  9. ross1562

    Finishing coat on model.

    Now im completely confused but that may be due to what I’ve bought. Humbrol spray gloss/Matt varnish’s. So there are two scenarios: 1. I have painted some pieces in enamel paints and they do not need any decals applied but I want to weather them with the enamel weathering products I’ve bought. What coat do I use before and after weathering? 2. I have completed the main body of the model with enamel paints. I have coated it in enamel gloss varnish and applied decals. Now I want to seal decals but then apply weathering after. What’s the process? Sorry.
  10. shion

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    Months ago, people talked here about the multipart canopy design. Consensus was it's not a good idea, injection parts tolerances don't match with this kind of adjustements and cutting a clear part is already a hassle, but cutting and glueing a clear part in the clear area is a big no-no. Reason why people on FB and here ask vehemently for a single part canopy. Finally, we've got a multipart canopy and a single part one. And you can take a look on the photos, provided, the multipart canopy show the edges of the transparents part at several areas. How modelers gonna glue them? So it's a little ironic, without the critics months ago about these design, no single part canopy. But ironically, people call now the same critics fundamentalists.
  11. Doppelgänger

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    Looks as though the jocks had been exercising a lot inside... Steamy windows.
  12. A-10 LOADER

    2 Tamiya F-14's staycation project

    I completely agree. Dylan, those pieces are looking extremely nice. Looking forward to seeing the rest. Steve "TOMCATS FOREVER, BABY...!"
  13. CANicoll

    Finishing coat on model.

    So on top of the decals (after a day or two to let them completely dry) apply your next clear coat - meaning one of the clear products from your favorite paint manufacturer. There are usually clear gloss, clear flat and clear 'matte' or semi-gloss versions available. If you already have an enamel clear coat under the decals, I would do an enamel clear coat on top as well. Mostly what you are doing is sealing the decals (and blending in any remaining clear carrier film as well) and any weathering you have done (or prepping the surface for the weathering). I've done clear flat over a clear gloss I used as a base for the decals with good success. I tend to paint with acrylics, so usually use an acrylic clear as well. Then enamel or ink weathering. But I've used water-based washes as well to good effect (Flory for example). I would think that anything that was 'pre-painted' can also take the clear coat to help blend everything together. Yes, you can do an acrylic varnish/clear coat over the enamel paint. Do you need to apply decals to these pre-painted pieces? If the paint is smooth (relatively shiny) then you might not need a clear coat first. Good luck! Chris
  14. A-10 LOADER

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    Agree 100% Steve "TOMCATS FOREVER, BABY...!"
  15. Whiskey

    2 Tamiya F-14's staycation project

    Ohhhh you lucky dog, you got to take a nap!
  16. HeavyArty

    Completed OH-58A 1/48 ESCI

    Looks good. All the time, most OH-58s fly w/out pilots doors since they can get very hot inside them. It also gives the pilot a better view. Or without rear doors. And no doors.
  17. Brian P: Fightertown Decals

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    I don't see where anyone has an actual production copy of this kit or is able to make any actual determination about what fits/works and what doesn't. I think the multipart canopy has a lot of potential and hope it works. If not, I'll use the 1-piece. But until I see a production kit, I'm really not worried about it. I can't wait for this kit. And in the meantime, I have a pile of Tamiya kits to not finish.
  18. Winnie

    1/48 SA330 Puma

    is this going to be a kit for sale? regardless, lovely work!
  19. I’ll be honest there are times where I look at a picture of an F-4 or another aircraft, I find the decals to correspond with said airframe, then find out that there’s a bunch of stuff added or deleted from the “A/B/C/D/E/F/G” designation and I’m just like whhhhaaaaa??? Is it really worth the effort haha?!
  20. Whiskey

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    Dave, its the same reasoning and the same people that complain about things like the shape of the Z-M F-4 rear fuselage. Im of the opinion that if it’s not what you’re exactly looking for then don’t buy the damn thing. If you want it to be an exact replica then that person should either a) make it themselves or b) go buy a real one. If it looks like a F-14 then it’s a f*^%ing F-14!!
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  22. Could be worse, could have a depiction of drone pilots like the “Jack Ryan” series on Amazon 😂
  23. janman

    2 Tamiya F-14's staycation project

    Zeppelin and Tomcats. What else do you need! 😄
  24. Slartibartfast

    F-101b Vodoo Revell 1/72

    I see only one teeny tiny bit the might suggest that was not a solid decal. From a foot (30 cm) away, one wouldn't see it. Excellent work!
  25. ChesshireCat

    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    Here's my take. Before going into a sobbing fit in the weeping room, maybe you need to look at the real thing! I did!! That's the best canopy out there period. The frame work is right, the shape of the curve is correct. Unlike some others. Gary
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