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ALF18

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  1. ALF18

    1/32 CF-18

    Can't say enough about how happy I am. The client should be very pleased. ALF
  2. Thanks, Mike. Love The Rock! Even for him, though, that movie was a bit over the top. Got the call from PEG about the door; closed it is. Phew. Much less fragile. Setting this aside for a couple days while I finish off the other build I'm doing, a big CF-18 for a guy in Cold Lake. ALF
  3. ALF18

    1/32 CF-18

    Thanks Phantom! Colin's decals were perfect. Here's the RCAF, pilot's name, and mission markings. Great finishing touches. I had to move the roundel further aft, because I had put it slightly too far forward and the RCAF was crowding the electrical outlet. Now to apply flat coat, and attach the canopies. Almost done! ALF
  4. ALF18

    1/32 CF-18

    I will delay delivery just for you, buddy! Actually, I haven't heard when the clients may be showing up to retrieve it, so I'm sure it'll be done and still here. Something to look forward to! Colin K, as I mentioned, came through with some decals for this. They arrived in the mail today. So excited! In preparation for the decals, I removed the old mission markings (which look terrible compared to Colin's decals). The tape I used took most of them off, but I had to scrape a bit more, because the clear coat and dull coat held some of the markings too well. Colin's decals are like Canmilair's; the whole sheet is one big decal film. I therefore cut out a larger piece of the paper backing, and then trimmed closely around the RCAF to limit the amount of carrier film that exists around the RCAF. Of course, this RCAF fits between the roundel and the big 'E' (electrical symbol) aft of the electrical door and fuselage crank. I realized that I put the roundel a bit too far forward, and the properly-sized RCAF does not fit between them. I therefore tried to remove the roundel; it was too well sealed in place. I then painted over the roundel and remaining mission markings. Here, I have started to dirty up that area with some pencil lead smudging. Next, clear coat, decals, dull coat. More soon! ALF
  5. ALF18

    1/32 CF-18

    Thanks, Elmo! Here is a closer picture of the avionics bay with its PE cover. Colin's decals didn't make it here before the weekend; I think the dog sled ran into some rocky roads at some point. Hopefully early next week I can finish this off. ALF
  6. I'm well aware of the conversion factors. Unfortunately, some of the weights are not labelled and I'm just guessing at how many ounces, and sometimes I have found the kit instructions can be a bit light on the required weight. I have installed a rock with CA glue in behind the flight deck, and will fill the nose with enough to do the job. The lines are so subtle on the Aurora (real thing) and on this kit that I was not going to worry about them. Rescribing is not on my list of fun things to do, and I am in this hobby for fun, period. Even that old Monogram Voodoo kit, with its huge raised panel lines, is not something that would incite me to rescribe. Took your advice of the extra behind-cockpit weight, as you saw in the picture at the beginning of this post. Looks like there may be a minor pinch-in here and there, but not too major. The next decision is what to do with the boarding door and ladder. I'm inclined just to close it off (fewer things to break over the years, and when it's not on MY shelf, the poor client sometimes has a hard time fixing stuff like this that is fragile and prone to breakage). I'll send PEG a query by FB about this. Luckily, the interior is not a problem if the door is left open, but then again it would look weird as just a blank black wall inside. And NO, I am NOT scratch-building an interior!!! 😛 Here the fuselage has been glued together and held with masking tape. Saw the movie Skyscraper with the Rock the other day, and loved his line: 'If it's not working out, you're not using enough tape.' Thanks for the comments and advice, guys! ALF
  7. ALF18

    1/32 CF-18

    Part of the Op Mobile set is a PE HUD, and thin plastic transparencies for it. The kit's HUD is plastic, and slightly thick. I also find that this kit tends to have a HUD that interferes slightly with the windscreen fit, so I am making the HUD as small as possible. Lots of fiddling required, but it looks pretty good. I used a green permanent marker to colour the plastic HUD projector transparency you can see through the HUD glass. For real, it looks a bit green when you look down on it (which nobody but a modeller ever does!). Lots of dry fitting of the canopy required. I've set this aside until Colin's decals arrive. Notice I have added the little PE avionics bay cover behind the seat. I'll get a better pic of that soon. ALF
  8. Hey all. I'm building this for a friend, who flew these big beasts for several years. Let's call him PEG (his nickname). He flew them mostly in Greenwood, Nova Scotia. When asking me to build it, he said something about making sure I didn't spend too much effort on the back end, where all the mission people sat... LOL. The flight deck and the outside were all he really cared about. I'm using this kit as a basis: These are the decals: The cockpit is very basic, with decals for the instrument panels. I didn't do a careful job of painting, because the cockpit will be dark and hard to see inside. The black on the upper panel is important, because the decal is transparent, so the fire handles, etc show up nicely with the black painted background. The main instrument panel is also transparent, so the plastic grey shows up behind it. I know that this instrument layout is not valid for the era where PEG flew these, but it will be almost impossible to see much once it's closed up. The wings fit together very well. The kit was not warped, and only a few clamps were required to get it to close up nicely. I am currently finishing up a 1/32 CF-18, and it's amazing the contrast in complexity between the kits. This one is a nice break. I'm paying close attention to the instructions. Even though this is a special boxing, there is still some information about differences between CP-140 and German Navy and USN P-3C. Here, I poked a couple holes at the left side of the part (aft), and will fill in some of the little holes in the shaded area you see on the instructions. The parts had a bit of flash on them, so I'm being very careful in looking at the pictures when trimming, so I don't inadvertently remove important things. These are the engine nacelles. Dry fitting of the main fuselage into the wings. I still have to see how well the cockpit fits inside before gluing all of this together. What's nice is the separate nose cone, which allows the addition of sufficient weight to avoid tail-sitting well after most of it has been glued together. I'll be able to tape the nose cone in place and see how it sits, without having to guess on the exact amount. The kit says so many grams, but I have no weigh scale, and I am using lead fishing weights that are in ounces... I HATE the Imperial weight measurement system! Sure I could convert, but I prefer to test it physically. The model comes with a little stand to prop up the tail, but I find that unrealistic and silly looking. Thanks for stopping by. More soon. ALF
  9. ALF18

    1/32 CF-18

    Now for the mission markings. The kit sheet comes with several options, and I had others from some old Leading Edge sheets. You can see I chopped some out to try to come close to what is actually on 770. This is the ref pic I used, courtesy of an avid photographer in Cold Lake (thanks, Megan!). I flipped it upside down so I could more easily mix and match the bomb markings. Here's the assortment of markings I cobbled together. Not perfect, but similar. This is what it looks like now. ***BREAKING NEWS**** As a result of some discussions on FB, Colin Kunkel, that wonderful guy, has come through with an offer to make decals of the correct mission markings, including the name of the pilot. He tells me that they're done, and have been mailed over the weekend. I can't wait. I'll rip off the cobbled-together decals of mission markings, and use his, as well as add the pilot's name. Should look really nice! Thanks Colin. Colin will also send some RCAF/ARC legends for the fuselage roundel sides. Meanwhile, much finishing work. External stores installed. Gear doors. Sniper Pod. Antennae. I also installed the rubber tires. Love the way they make the painting of landing gear super easy, and add a bit of realism to the model. On the CF-18, the tires are 250 psi (main gear) and about 200 psi (nose tires). They don't bulge much at all, so these look OK to me. Waiting for Colin's decals. I don't want to install the wingtip missiles yet, because they can get damaged in handling too easily. Checking the mailbox daily... can't wait! ALF
  10. ALF18

    1/32 CF-18

    Wow. Long time no update. I've made a lot of progress. Here is the front canopy (windscreen) that I am adding some of the PE to. Makes a bit of a difference. Main canopy, PE bits. I decided not to use the PE for the tiny mirrors. The kit parts were pretty good, and much easier to work with. With my fat fingers, it's more likely I'll smear CA glue on the clear plastic and make a huge mess if I try to use PE on that canopy bow interior. Paint started; detail paint to go still. I used a silver metal pen to represent the mirrors. Nice and shiny. Here is the overall jet with weathering done, and clear coat applied. Next step: decals! Decals applied, and dull coat applied. Now I can remove the masking tape from the cockpit and finish it off. The avionics hole is looking good. Seat being painted. ID light. I used some metallic pen to make the lens area shiny (before adding the clear plastic lens). Lens installed. I touched up the flaked paint behind the ID light after I took this picture. Next to the part this boxing of the kit says to use, is the CF-18 one with the ID light. More in a moment. ALF
  11. Beautiful cockpit; the Griswolds will be very comfortable. Do you remember where you found the advice on what to chop/grind to make the wings fit? ALF
  12. ALF18

    1/32 CF-18

    Starting to work on the external stores, canopy, and various antennae. Here are the GBU 31s (JDAMs). Still need to apply decals to them. Wingtip AIM 9Ms that I had built up previously; I made multiple missiles while building one kit, to maximize work done at the time. Sniper pod, ready for clear coat and decals. ALF
  13. ALF18

    1/32 CF-18

    Thanks Jamie! Things are coming along slowly, and my customer (a CF-18 pilot in Cold Lake) is happy with the weathering. He's told me he wants a load-out with two JDAMs, one AMRAAM, Sniper, two AIM 9Ms, and fuel. Unfortunately, we're a bit limited by the ordnance that comes in this kit. It's a great selection, but getting dated. ALF
  14. Same here. Thanks AFM! ALF
  15. ALF18

    1/32 CF-18

    Oops. Forgot to show you the main gear struts glued in place. This jet has been working really hard, and the techs have not had the time to keep it clean. I will also paint the appropriate expendables (chaff/flare) in the little recesses on the dispensers. Some views of the weathering so far. Thanks for stopping by. Next I am working more on the Sniper pod, external stores, and seat, as well as the canopy. ALF
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