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Andrea Bolla

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  1. Try using a scribing template like this: insert the bomb in the corresponding sized hole and fix it with blu-tack: then you can use the template as a guide to roll the masking tape in a straight line.
  2. Just a small update, put some paint here and there... I know painting figures in not really my best skill decided to go with a tan (a bit to dark) flightsuit for both figures and added a new canvas cover giving it a "soft" look
  3. Did the same surgery on the original resin parts and decided to keep much more of the plastic bits: trying to differentiate a bit the two figures I added a kneepad to the pilot and also removed the oxygen masks and added the floating bags; a new oxygen mask will come from a couple of Academy pilots. At first I thought it would be impossible to fit the pilot with his boots, so I removed them but found it was not enough: cut the legs and changed the angle a bit solved the problem and made room for the boots too... but th
  4. For the pilots a friend gave me an Aerobonus F-18 pilot with seat to test, but the resin seat has a very different angle and it does not fit at all... before looking for a different solution I decided to try a bit of surgery: made a quick copy of the resin seat (just to save the original one if the test gave a positive result) and then: fit is promising, need to work a bit on the legs but it seems feasible; added the sides from the plastic parts and a bit of putty now have to do it again twice on the original ones...
  5. Hi everyone, the time spent around engine design and test was filled filled working on several areas of the model generating an high entropy build; at first I was curious about draping decals over cockpit panels, something I have never done before: gave a base coat of paint matching the decal color for the panels and then applied decals wetting them with microset solution and completing with a few coats of microsol decals performed very well with microscale products, without silvering or excessive distortions. Cockpit tub received
  6. If you prefer separate belts, then Aires with Fine Molds Nano Aviation seatbelts. Amazing work so far Lucio.
  7. After a bit of time spent reworking the 3d design I got this: a new low pressure turbine with the bypass duct and with the afterburner gutter
  8. Still working on the engines, both the low pressure turbine and the augmentor gutter are badly replicated in the kit parts: and the worst part in this kit: Thought about some aftermarket replacement but considering that IMHO the best representation of this area is/was done by Shawn Hull or KA Models, the first long OOP and the latter more expensive than the kit itself I decided to design my own replacement parts: first test confirms it's printable on my YHD-101: have to fix a couple of things i
  9. Hi everyone, after a long hiatus I'm resurrecting this build: putting aside the nose section that caused this stop I worked on the engines; decided to split the one-piece tubes into three sections to make it easier fixing the seam and paint: to clean the seam on the corrugated tubes I made a "tool" with superfine Milliput simply pressed on the inner surface: and then, working with a small ball milling bit on the two halves before gluing them, made enough space for a good amount of superfine Milliput and formed it with the "tool".
  10. Same problem here, also tried other email address posted here without success.
  11. intake trunks needs taking care of ejector pin marks and a bit of sanding to remove tool machining marks; fit is really good so they will become seamless with just a bit of MrSurfacer. DACO book just arrived so I started working on the MLG cutting the oleo and preparing to replace it with a polished metal rod: while drilling the upper part a bit of Milliput come loose...
  12. Just another small update: modded the IFR receptacle support to match the modified door and, instead following instructions, glued part U2 before inserting the tub/well compound into fuselage. everything fits good so far.
  13. English is not my first language, so maybe my choice of words is not always perfect. The "fancy review" I was talking about is the one you quoted in bold and it's quite obvious that it's much more a promo than a review. I never denied that there are differences between the kit and Grumman blueprints and never said the shape of this kit is perfect too. For sure they are fantasy or BS both the "machining marks" and all the "problems" around infamous part U2 in the japanese video. For panel lines width up to your taste... maybe we could ask Janissar
  14. All the well known shape issues are there (hips, IFR, tailerons, MLG oleo compression), up to you if consider them a deal breaker or not. IMHO the most annoying one is the IFR because it's so emphasized by the paint line running nearby; to my eyes the most offending problem in the hips area is the wrong cross section of outer engine nacelle extending to the inflatable bags, the extra width being negligible; for the taileron shape I doubt I can spot the difference on a built model so again it's up to your personal knowledge of the subject; I'm used to replace LG oleos with polished
  15. Considering that this thread is about the kit and not about fancy reviews I'm not moving the goalpost at all: I have the kit, courtesy of my wallet, so I can check the real thing before spamming whatever BS found over the net. Surface detail is exactly like any other top quality kit (after my post I also looked at a KH Su-34 through the same micro and it has a slightly larger panel lines with a better surface finish, I have not added those pictures to my post because I changed the micro setup a bit so to be correct I should have re-took all the snapshots again), parting lines are p
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