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  1. Thx guys! That's just a big sheet of white cardboard. Now taking pics of a finished 1/32 Flanker... that's a challenge Marcel
  2. Thx for following and supporting throughout this build! Marcel
  3. And here she is. Apologies for not showing the final steps, I just wanted to get 'er done at this point. Also, I'll be taking better pics once it gets warmer outside, I like to take outside-lighting photos but if I take the model outside right now all the etch pieces will jump off.
  4. The truck-sized gap in the comparison imo is the lack of photo showing what is trying to be recreated. But as others have said, it could be one tool of many to use if the actual subject of the model has such an appearance (certainly no jet I have ever studied & modelled has a pre-shading or black-basing weathering pattern). A fundamental shortcoming in the black-basing and pre-shading techniques, if used in isolation, is that the discoloring effect is always just a darker shade of the "main" color, which is of course not the case on real aircraft. Marcel
  5. GREAT sheet, will definitely order! Marcel
  6. Thx guys! Ha, I sure do! On the Growler kit, even things you just don't think could ever be a challenge, like the reclining angle of the seat matching the corresponding angle in the cockpit tub, turn out to be little adventures. Not on this Tamiya gem. I really like the Heater-Ferris scheme plus it's nice to do the ultimate Navy/Marines Phantom version, so the J build has turned into this build. I will be using almost all the work I did for the J on this S, apart from the corrected MERs. Here is a good overview of the Heater-Ferris scheme on VMFA-112. I will be doing "03" and not "04",
  7. Here is the opening of my next project, a Heater-Ferris Phantom! Here is the exact aircraft I will be building... although I will load her up heavily with the LAU-10's and Mk.20's as already prepared in my now defunct F-4J build. There are some nice pics on the web showing VMFA-112 jets flying with live Mk-82's to the bomb range, so I think it's not too much of a stretch to really load this F-4 up. Key to the project will be the GT Resin conversion set, I will be covering the application of this in some detail. Before starting construction, I thought I'd start a little storm in a teacup b
  8. https://fightersweep.com/4067/oregon-air-national-guard-IFBUCf-15s-to-deploy-to-finland/#prettyPhoto/0/ Pretty cool! Marcel
  9. Very cool project, the loadout is going to look really interesting. I'll be following this for sure. Marcel
  10. Here are some quick closer views of the cockpit. Marcel
  11. John, she is coming along very nicely. Great to see some camo paint on her, love your choice of Tomcat topic. Couldn't agree more. Marcel
  12. Thx Chuck! Yes, cannot wait to move on to the next project now. The Growler will be the better model, because I added more detail to the cockpit on this build and the stance of the model is 100% spot on. I also just like the finish on the model, it looks absolutely real (probably not captured that well on photography). I have complained quite a bit about this Trumpeter kit (as we both do about TRumpeter kits <_< ), but three things that Trumpeter has done well are (1) Good shape accuracy (2) Nice panel lines and (3) Really sturdy landing gear that results in a perfect model stance wh
  13. Thx Chek! For the Typhoon intake mesh, my only advice is to use a brand new blade when cutting the Eduard mesh to fit the intake... and make sure the first cut is perfect, since you don't get a second chance. For the F-4S, I'll PM you. The reason for going for a VMFA-112 jet is that first of all I want to load it up with some serious AG loadout, VF-301 seems to pretty much never have carried AG while there are some nice pics out there of late-life VMFA-112 F-4S's heading to the range with live bombs. I also prefer the mirrored Heater-Ferris scheme that VMFA-112 had (same as VF-302), the da
  14. Wow, beautiful start to your "E"! Marcel
  15. Thx guys! Greywolf, I have had enough of seats for quite a while... I actually did the sears of my next project, an F-4S, with my Chico build already so by the time I need to do a seat again I won't know how. Quick question to throw out there: Does the Growler have the Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System in the back also? Thx, Marcel
  16. Chuck, I have the Two Mikes set, here is a review. Now that Two Mikes is back, maybe this will go into production again. Marcel
  17. Love the F-16, a good dose of new technology with just very clever design. PS Hard to believe it's been +25 years since the 1st flight of the YF-22! PPS On the intake discussion, all inlets of supersonic aircraft decelerate the incoming airflow to subsonic speed before it reaches the compressor. The basic challenge of a supersonic inlet is to decelerate the airflow as efficiently as possible, which means the difference in kinetic energy (from reducing the velocity of the incoming air mass) should be converted to an increase in pressure and not an increase in temperature (the basic thermodyna
  18. Hello Markus, Apologies for the confusion, I asked about the CVER and F-16-style TER in the same post. You can get the F-16-style TER in the Academy F-16 kit. There is still no CVER available in 1/32 afaik. Marcel
  19. Wowzer, you more or less have two of these builds going on?! The work on the display look very impressive. I used to have the head-on F-14 pic with the sun setting in the background framed in my hobby room also Unfortunately, it didn't make it on one of my many relocations. Marcel
  20. Thx Jman. Jake, Harold, glad the AGM-88's look the part to you guys. The Aires seats are done: The resin is nicely done and very easy to work with. Here are the seats test-fitted in the cockpit. The rear IP is also just test-fitted at this stage, I need to still add a few details to the cockpit. I have spent much of the day adding odds and ends to the area behind the rear seat. Also added some wires and canopy locks on the sills. Marcel
  21. Thx... Jman, those pics are from a Google image search. Here is what she looks like with things hanging under wings: :cheers:/> Marcel
  22. Thx guys! Regarding the color of the AGM-88's, they just look white to my eye... or at least so close to white that the difference is negligible (which is why most people incl. me evidently think they are white): http://olive-drab.com/images/id_aviation_weapons_agm88_02_700.jpg On the below two pics you can see that some sections are bright white while others are slightly off-white: Off-white nose tip: http://theaviationist.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/crw_1164.jpg Bright white center section and rear wings, rest is off-white: http://olive-drab.com/images/id_aviation_weapons_agm88_03_
  23. Boy, it's been 1.5 months since I last posted an update, time flies! I finally have the gear on the Growler, which is a major milestone for me, doing the undercarriage and wheel wells is always my least favorite part of a build. First off, some gear WIP pics: The Trumpeter gear is very nice and sturdy, this is one aspect where the Trumpeter kit is better than the Academy legacy Hornet kit. The attitude of the aircraft is also spot-on, unlike the Academy Hornet, which sits a little low at the back unless that part of the build is fixed. I used the Northstar Models wheels, they are
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