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Jay Chladek

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  1. If the Wolfpack resin boat tail is made for the new Academy kit, it might work (and I shall have to look it up as I didn't know one was out). As with any modification, it will depend on a lot of factors, but most modelers probably have the skill to make the modifications if they are determined enough.
  2. Yup, and that is why I did it the way I did. The burn marks and damage mirror what the actual studio model had, even down to using about the same pieces of cut and bent sprue in spots. Only thing that wasn't studio model based were the markings, which came from a Round 2 release Enterprise kit. I figure if TOS had the resources in 68, they would have marked it better than they did.
  3. Thanks. I tried to achieve a nice balance of real markings with the Macross appearance for something that would be attractive to fans of both. I am going to try doing something similar with other Macross models in the future (except for the VF-1s which will mostly stay with their on screen colors) to add a little variety to the mix. For my next project, I am thinking of something VF-143 Pukin' Dogs on either a VF-11 or a VF-19. I also want to do something with a VF-0, but they have a few differences from the "F-14" look (especially with the tail fin shapes) to make marking modifications a bit
  4. That area is easier, but there are so many other sub-assemblies on the Hasegawa kit that have more seams on them than what the Imai/Bandai kit has. I am about 85% through finishing one and the seam work has been a bit of a buzz kill. Plus, Hasegawa designed their kits with the landing gear down and it requires a bit of parts modification to build them gear up.
  5. Beatiful! Did you do anything special to represent the unique HUD these Kiwi Skyhawks carried in the cockpit? That is one of the few stopping points I ran into with my research gathering to do one of these.
  6. I plan to get some better images shot, likely after I apply some very might pastel chalk weathering. But for now this bird is clearcoated and essentially done. The fighters from Macross were heavily influenced by the F-14 Tomcat, so for the VF-4 that appeared in "Flashback: 2012" I decided to use some of that Tomcat influence to do up the model in different squadron markings. This is built from the 1/72 Wave kit, which is very nicely designed, albeit a bit expensive. I felt VF-31 markings would be the best since it would be nice seeing an "animated" aircraft subject belonging to a squadron tha
  7. Thanks amigo, I appreciate that. Technically I never stopped building. I have just had a hard time finishing and don't always document my builds online as I try to spend my time getting things done. But I hope to change that a little in the near future with upcoming projects.
  8. One bit I can pass along is I have had very good success thinning Model Master acrylic with Tamiya X-20A thinner. It sprays fine out of my Iwata Neo although I admit I haven't tried extreme low pressure settings yet. Things are starting to get a bit scarce as far as TPS colors go, but I can still find Light Ghost gray acryl on Hobby Lobby racks. Pre-thinned AV 70.615 Light Ghost Gray (which also is marketed as a primer) also seems to match Model Master very dang close, enough that you can blend depending on how much of a beat to heck weathered look you want. With US Navy TPS scheme
  9. Working on a relatively simple kit this past week. Got some decent painting done on it too. This is the VF-4 Lightning 3 from the anime series Macross. But rather than doing it up in the same markings everyone else does (i.e. Skull leader), I am doing it up from a squadron that utilizes an animated character as its mascot, VF-31. Plus I like the black radome used on their jets. The main colors I am using on the jet are a modern navy style TPS ghost gray scheme. AV colors light ghost gray was applied first as a primer, then I applied a rather thinned down mixture of Tamiya rubber bl
  10. Small box release of the original tool long box kit. The pylon alignment is going to be a chore because AMT cut the slots incorrectly. So if you square them up to the slots the engines will splay outwards. So you have to angle them in a bit. On mine I built it as a studio scale USS Constellation replica (droopy pylon and all).
  11. Okay, an ADF is pretty doable. Nice progress!
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