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Everything posted by bashace

  1. I've actually bought a couple myself over the years, just never got around to cracking them open for fear of all those "modelers" requirements!
  2. Yeah, the weapons load-out is quite fictitious, but in the hands of a 13 year old, I could fight my way into any target and bomb the hell out of it and fight my way back to base! Back then I wasn't accustomed to seeing too many 1/48 aircraft models, so when he brought these home, our excitement was off the chart! It seems like a "smaller" model today...lol!
  3. Thanks John, this will be the USAF version. I didn't get the luxury of watching him build these, but he did modify their respective boxes to keep the finished models safe during his trip back home from training.
  4. A month! Maybe another day and it won't be tacky, gives me a little time to crack open the next project
  5. This is my second entry in this GB, it is 1 of 3 kits (A-4E Aggressor and F-16A Demonstrator are the other 2) I plan on building to revisit the kits my father built in 1980 for my brothers and myself while he was away doing training for the USAF. Will build it OOB using the supplied decals just as he built it, this was the model that I set as a benchmark in my early modeling career, I would stare at it for ours at all different angles imagining it in combat situations. The F-5 was lost in a move in 1985, a great loss to my collection.
  6. The next kit I would like to build is the Monogram F-5E Tiger II, this will be a nostalgic build that is 1 of 3 planned kits that will reproduce the kits my dad built for my brothers and myself while he was away doing training for the USAF.
  7. Wet sanding complete, shot her with Ammo by Mig Metallic Silver, even though it's an Acrylic, need to give these metallics a good 6 hours to dry before messing with it.
  8. The great thing about using silver as a primer is 1. it's a light pigment, and 2. it show's everything good or bad about the surface of the model! There were only a few areas that jumped out at me as something I couldn't overlook, took care of those with some spot patching with Mr Surfacer 500, should be an easy wet sand cleanup after it dries.
  9. I shoot at night when its down to 100F, the higher temp and wind make it impossible during the day. I don't have my spray booth here, so anything with vapors must be sprayed outside.
  10. Gotta love Tamiya Bare Metal Silver spray, silver is also great at showing what areas still need a bit of work. (I spayed it outside, just holding it while it dries inside)
  11. This is the RoG 1/144 C-17, I made the decals and a buddy did the build.
  12. Took some time to dunk the canopy parts in some Future a few times. Did a bit of wet sanding on the fuselage as well.
  13. When I move back stateside for good, I'm going to start building spacecraft for my man-cave! I love everything about the Space Program of the 60's and early 70's!
  14. That's considered "Museum Quality" in my display case!
  15. Weren't they the only kits in 1/48 that got the air intakes right until the release of the ZM kits?
  16. You can do it! I struggled with this kit a few years ago, finally just went for it and didn't worry about panel lines and stuff like that, bashed it into an F-104S for a little Tiger Meet our club had. She still sits proudly in my collection!
  17. This was my 106 after she came out of the primer booth, with the exception of the 737, the rest of the planes were the same scale!
  18. I can check with the MWR office here at Al Udeid to see if they have anything like that going on. I remember Balad AB in Iraq had an avid model group for a while, of course that is long gone now.
  19. The parts fit is almost exceptional, I will add a couple more of these kits to my stash in case I need a confidence build down the road, or to be an easy GB subject
  20. It's all the kit for speed of assembly, low parts count with excellent fit, not spending any time fitting pieces. The Tamiya Basic Putty is easy to apply and wet sands nicely, I've tried all the rest and still prefer it.
  21. General airframe assembly complete, the fit was good as any Japanese kit I've assembled.
  22. Packed the nose with a little weighted putty to keep her from being a tail sitter.
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