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  1. 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.



  2. Thx guys!

    I can't wait to see this one Marcel! Good luck :D/>/>

    I might need a "Tamiya-break" soon too if you know what I mean... ;)/>/>


    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.

    Cool! But what happened to the "J"?


    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", there are minor differences on the camo boundaries between the two. And as noted above, I believe the color designations are slightly off on the above drawings (should be FS35109, FS35164, FS36307 & FS36375 from left to right in the top view), including the colors of the intake-side stars & bars and intake warnings (should be FS36307 and not FS36375 at least for "03").

    In other Phantom news, I really like what Scale Aircraft Modelling did with their March cover:


    Since it's my Chico I'm very partial to the cover anyway, but the SAM guys very much make things come alive imo.



  3. 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 by hypothesizing that much of the common knowledge of Heater-Ferris F-4S colors is somewhat wrong. Here is what I mean (original pic is from Wikipedia and has no apparent copyright):


    I have spent many, many hours looking at Heater-Ferris Phantom pics and at this stage am pretty sure of the above, that is that the "mirror image" of the standard F-4 Heater-Ferris scheme used slightly darker blue-grays (the lighter gray are consistent).

    Much more to follow.



    PS I will finish the Growler just as soon as I get back home, stuck in the mountains with bad weather right now...

  4. Thx Chuck! Yes, cannot wait to move on to the next project now.

    How do you think this Super Hornet compares to your awesome F/A-18D?

    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 when completed (a major weakness of the Academy kit). It's taken a huge amount of work to get this far, I'd like to do a F/A-18E at some point but cannot see myself doing another Trumpeter Super kit, I really hope the forthcoming Revell 1/32 F/A-18E will be to the standard that Revell used to make kits (and not like the horrible EF-2000).

    Anyhow, next up with be that Heater-Ferris F-4S :woo:


  5. 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 darker of the blue/grey colors are relatively darker (FS35164 & FS35109) so that the scheme is in my opinion even nicer. I think I have the project pretty much under control at this point, just need to have the custom decals made.



  6. 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?



  7. 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 thermodynamic i.e. Carnot efficiency is dictated by the difference between compressor inlet temperature and turbine inlet temperature, so the compressor intake temperature should be as low as possible and the combustor temperature should be as high as possible).

    The simple F-16 style intake decelerates the air through one large shockwave, which becomes relatively inefficient at speeds over Mach 2. The variable ramp intakes decelerate the air through multiple, lower-gradient shockwaves and are therefore more efficient at very high speeds. Nowadays, aircraft top speeds are no longer restricted by engine performance (because the engines are so powerful), plus there is somewhat less emphasis on very high speed, so designers have chosen to go with reduced-weight, less complex fixed designs (that can also be made more stealthy).



  8. 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.



  9. 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.




  10. 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):


    On the below two pics you can see that some sections are bright white while others are slightly off-white:

    Off-white nose tip:


    Bright white center section and rear wings, rest is off-white:


    So it is probably fine to do them white or slightly off-white. Here is a pic of the exact jet I am doing, and the Harms look white (unless the undercarriage legs and inside gear doors are light gray <_< :


    Finally, the gray wash I gave my AGM-88's will have turned them somewhat off-white, so given all of the above I am calling my AGM-88 color spot-on :coolio:



  11. 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 superb.



    BTW this is how those lights I fashioned from colored Perspex turned out:


    Overall pic... I just love the finish I ended up with.




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