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  1. Looking for reference pics of F-14 intakes.

    Very well played, both of you.
  2. 1/48 Hobby Boss Su-30MK2 Venezuela AF

    Still working on the intake trunks. This is what I meant earlier with having the patterned side of the fod screens facing up: I had attached the little winglets/canards on the intake trunking (not shown) that are seen on Chinese and Indian versions. But just realized that the Venezuelan type does not have them so had to sand them down and fill the holes with bondo. Also, the rescribing has been very tedious on the parts. I decided not to replicate the series of rivets that are so visible on the Su-27 intakes. The faint red putty is where all the scribing mistakes are filled in: A few steps toward the in-flight pose. 5/8" acrylic rod and slightly wider brass tubing:
  3. 1/48 Hobby Boss Su-30MK2 Venezuela AF

    Epoxy putty gives infinite time to make adjustments to the front LG door on the outside visible side. Once set, applied super glue and then sprinkled baby powder to the remaining seams: I felt the need to remove all the main LG bays because I needed space/access for adjusting the doors here as well. It starts with little holes: Then a lot of sawing, scribing, dremel etc... Attached the bay doors to one another, rescribed the border between them and added strengthening support to the back: This is roughly how it will come together, at least that's the hope. You can see how much work it will take. These parts were not designed for an in-flight config:
  4. 1/48 Hobby Boss Su-30MK2 Venezuela AF

    Thank you, I will try to post a few more pics but hopefully it will go through this time. I've been pushing through this but have to stop and think many times. Here is a small update. I removed the mould seams, polished, and glued together the windshield and the canopy using superglue. I first did this on futured parts, but the grip was almost non-existent so removed the future and then joined them: Then, a future dip. It excites me:
  5. Tamiya Release Rumors?

    That's why it becomes so tiresome trying to parse through ambiguous, tease-oriented posts by the reps. It would be better if company reps on these forums either went all in, or did not say anything. Ambiguity is cute at first but quickly becomes annoying if there is no follow through by the reps and leads to all sorts of expectations and misinformation. Not saying that gtypecanare does that routinely, but whenever I read an ambiguous post about something I am possibly interested in, I have decided to just straight up ask what the real deal is.
  6. 1/48 Hobby Boss Su-30MK2 Venezuela AF

    Is there a num of pic limit on this new site? I was trying to post a reply with 7 or so linked pics but got an error page. A few trials later seem to be kickedout.
  7. 1/48 Hobby Boss Su-30MK2 Venezuela AF

    Something is wrong with the forums on my side. Can't post pics, can't get onto arc on my mac, now editing my test post on the cell. See if this works.
  8. How to Paint Gear Door Edge

    I've found parafilm to be useful. Needs some practice but once there it is relatively clean and painless: http://www.arcforums.com/forums/air/index.php?/topic/258352-148-hasegawa-f-18c-30th-anniversary/&do=findComment&comment=2495111
  9. Tamiya Release Rumors?

    Hi, do you have insider info and you're teasing, or are you in the same boat with the rest of us clueless what's coming next?
  10. Cleanup After Decal Removal

    Hi, since the residue is so localized, clean, and flake-free, I would simply mask and repaint a thin coat of paint if it were me. The white especially looks straightforward. The wing camo, I would airbrush (even without masking) on low pressure, thinned paint, diffuser crown off, with a steady hand.
  11. New Aggressor

    "The aircraft was painted overall matte black with the idea being that it would receive the rest of its multi-tone "splinter" style paint job before taking to the flightline for aggressor duties. One source says this black base coat was applied during a visit to the depot following a major inspection and overhaul." I guess now USAF is dabbling with black basing. Gotta work on that tonal variation though.
  12. HB 1/48 F-14A Tomcat: Update 10/6/17: Underway

    Looking very good. I regret selling my HB Tomcat. I did the same with an awesome Hasegawa package i had (all sorts of AM) which I regret even more. I occasionally think about switching to 1/32 but i found your comments to be a good reminder why one may not want to do that. My builds are already at a snails pace in 48, I wouldn't hold up well in 32. Looking forward to your next steps.
  13. 1/48 Hobby Boss Su-30MK2 Venezuela AF

    Here is the corner of an oval access panel that has been scribed and the rivets deepened, but not cleaned yet. You also see signs of slippage of the scriber at the top left corner: A close up of one of the rivets: Original (unscribed) lines: Scribed line (uncleaned) against original rivets and signs of Micromesh 1500.
  14. 1/48 Hobby Boss Su-30MK2 Venezuela AF

    Thank you all, I appreciate it. More scribing: I have been curious to see how things look up close. Here are a few pics. The setup: Below is the tip of the stainless steel sewing pin I use for scribing. I kept pieces of scribed styrene just to see how it looks: Here is the body of the pin for comparison: Below is the original surface (left) and scratches coming from Micromesh 1500 (right):
  15. Great, thank you very much!