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Andrew Maverick Taylor

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    Airbrush, Model, Paint? What are these things?

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  1. Andrew Maverick Taylor

    LF: F-14 Decals 1/72

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    Grumman F-14A Tomcat (Design/Academy 1/72)

    Top work but I really do wish Academy would remould that kit. That nose shape is just hideous.
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    Tamiya 1/32 P-51D RNZAF 1 Sqn TAF

    Thank you for that. Yes it was a mammoth effort for both of us and I wasn’t entirely convinced that I would finish. I was still working on mine not long before the photos were taken.
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    Tamiya 1/32 P-51D RNZAF 1 Sqn TAF

    RNZAF mustangs had square tip props with no cuff. We had 30 of them but by the time they arrived, the war was just about finished and so they went into storage. We only had them for about 7 years.
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    Tamiya 1/32 P-51D RNZAF 1 Sqn TAF

    So I was giving my friend some banter last weekend who owns a hobby store and also does commission builds. He was asked to build three Tamiya 1/32 P-51 Mustangs for a customer. Having cut some initial parts from my kit I challenged him to build his three in the time it took me to build my one. Bare in mind here that he wasn’t building the engines and only doing moderate detail unlike me who was using every bit of the kit plus an aftermarket resin propellor set and aftermarket decals. Also that he is a professional full time day job model builder and I’m a mere mortal man cave dweller with only the after work evenings to do my modelling. Here’s my result, an RNZAF 1 Squadron Territorial Air Force aircraft followed by the three my buddy built plus one built previously. Make for a nice collection of Mustangs. It turned out we finished all of these models within 12 hours of each other using late nights and early mornings. Subtle tactics tried to be used to slow each other up but to no success. The week was fully committed to trying to out do each other. Was a gruelling week but glad to have finished this beautiful kit. All of the mustangs built, including mine are off to new homes with happy customers. Build items used: Tamiya 1/32 P-51D kit no: 60322 Quickboost Resin propellor Set Ventura Publications sheet V3268 Tamiya AS-12 silver Tamiya Acrylics Citadel Acyrlics Alclad Lacquers
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    VFA-147 F/A-18 picture

    I figured it might be a C. It was the straight antenna on the spine that threw me. The tail and spine blisters are the obvious giveaways.
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    Top Gun 2 Production begins

    In order for real footage to be used in this new film, the Super Hornet is the logical step given that it replaced the F-14 and also "Maverick" would be an instructor on the type. The photo that was released on Tom Cruise's page was taken at NAS North Island which is approximately 19 miles (30kms) south of the now MCAS Miramar where the original was shot. All the flying sequences however were filmed over the ranges near Fallon. The choice of North Island is odd in one sense because the Topgun school moved to Fallon in 1996 but on the other hand, San Diego was where it all started. I would like to think that at some point in the new movie that Fallon should feature.
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    VFA-147 F/A-18 picture

    For the Hornet buffs out there... I follow a page on Facebook (for my sins!) which routinely posts photos of Tomcats and Hornets. I have no idea where the owner of the page gets their photos from but I suspect he/she rips off a lot of photos from other pages and google searches and as a consequence is always being corrected for incorrect information. One this occasion the poster has included a photo that has me stumped. The aircraft is from VFA-147 Argonauts but I am unsure if it is an upgraded F/A-18A or an early F/A-18C. It has the straight blade antenna of an A but with the blisters of a C. I can't find any information about the aircraft eg Bureau Number or when the aircraft was on cruise with NG404. Could anyone shed some light on this?
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    Most Pleasurable Kits

    Tamiya 1/48 F4U Corsair Hasegawa 1/48 P-40N Warhawk Hasegawa 1/48 F-4G Phantom I can see a pattern beginning to emerge here!!!
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    Monogram 1/72 EF-111 Raven Prototype

    Thanks guys for the comments. Was a pleasure to build this kit. I'm a fan of unusual aircraft markings such as test and evaluation aircraft hence why I chose this scheme even though it does have the standard two tone grey colours of the production aircraft. I plan to build the Hasegawa kit with the markings of the same aircraft but later on in 1979 when it was with the 4485th Test Squadron and included day glow orange panels on the nose, tail and wings. Will be interesting to compare how the Hasegawa kit builds up.
  11. Take a look at how a real jet is masked: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zt_j6pksMcI
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    Revell 1/144 AN-124

    Stella work, she’s a beast.
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    Monogram 1/72 EF-111 Raven Prototype

    A back to basics build of the old Monogram 1/72 EF-111 Raven in the marking of AF66-041 2nd prototype. For the build I did a full rescribe of the panel lines. Something I’d never attempted before and I’m proud of the results. No aftermarket was used as the markings came from a Hasegawa EF-111 kit so too for the fuel tanks and wing pylons. Paints were mostly Xtracrylix, Model Master and Tamiya. Light weathering done with Windsor & Newton oils, charcoal powder and Alclad Blue hot metal highlights on the exhausts. An enjoyable build.
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    LF 1/48 South African Markings for Buccaneer

    Hi Anthony Imay still have my spare decals and instruction sheet from the RAF boxing of the Buccaneer. https://www.cybermodeler.com/hobby/kits/airfix/kit_airfix_8101.shtml Give me a day or so and I will get back to you with what I have. Regards Andrew
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    AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    Too true there. And for all the Tamiya F-14 fans that would like the option, Kasl Hobby have a resin wing set with dropped flaps and slats which uses a fibre glass spar to support it. Only difference with installation is that the entire wing is a single cast piece and anchors at the pivot points therefore the kit parts that the wings normally slide onto are not used. Apologies if someone may have already pointed this out. I'm not so sure that AMK have missed the boat here. Much like F-15, F-16 and F-18 fans among us, there's enough people in the modelling community that no matter what, are going to buy the next kit on the market for their interested genre despite any differences in moldings, detail, accuracy etc. I personally own at at least one F-14 kit from most of the manufacturers out there including old Monogram and Italeri types right through Hobby Boss, Trumpeter, Tamiya. I wouldn't be counting AMK out just yet until the kit is released for people to make up their own mind about it. In the meantime we can all bask in the sunshine of the wonderful Tamiya kit until the the next rendition comes along, then there will be a new ray of sunshine!!! Just thought I'd put a positive spin on the AMK saga.