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    Fightertown Decals and the Tamiya Tomcat...

    If you come out with your Tamiya 'update' sets, the demand for your original (complete) FT sets will increase. This will jack up the prices of those originals. If I am in the market for the Tamiya updates, I will need to find the originals which are now more expensive then they were (maybe $20-30). So I am paying for the update, plus the more expensive originals. I believe many people will shy away. The original owners will not have an incentive to lower their prices, because in the worst case, they have the originals anyway (they lose nothing). So your main target is possibly those who currently own your originals. I'd wager that that is not the crowd that will bring a lot of business as in my mind the stereotypical full FT decal owner who hasn't use them yet is not going to get too giddy about the Tamiya update set all of a sudden. This is especially true of the originals are with the 'collectors' rather than builders.
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    1/48 Hobby Boss Su-30MK2 Venezuela AF

    Thank you, I am now studying various pics to see how I can weather this further. This is where I get skittish.
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    1/48 Glenco J2F Duck

    Here is something you may both find useful:
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    1/48 Hasegawa F/A-18D VMFA (AW)-225 Vikings

    Yes, I like the a lot too. How about all the ACMI, LGB, MK, and 9x, where did you get those from? I have a very similar F-18C plan, but I am trying to collect the load out for it. Also, did you do any scratch building on the ACMI clamps?
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    1/48 Hobby Boss Su-30MK2 Venezuela AF

    Thank you. Admittedly, the colors still look off to me (blue gray too blue, medium gray somewhat weird) but I'll just plow through. I am now trying to give it a tired look as the first step toward weathering. A lot of post-shading with the lighter and darker tones of the base colors, applied with the airbrush (diffuser off). It takes a lot of time, but, it is relaxing at least: I went over the base colors multiple times, still trying to figure out the right balance. Then, I will try some spot weathering, and dirt and grime, or whatever strokes me in the moment.
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    1/48 Hasegawa F/A-18D VMFA (AW)-225 Vikings

    Very nice model, dramatic background and photography that matches the marking colors very well. You said Gunze paints, did you just use the standard 307 and 308 for the grays, or some other color?
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    Building Hasegawa Tomcats in the age of Tamiya

    Thank you for brining this up. I first picked up on this when the first pictures of the built Tamiya A started to appear. I had commented at that time but cannot bothered to dig that up right now. To me, it is the 'never ending' feeling of the tip. It seems to continue for too long rather than dipping at the tip and ending somewhat bulbously. It almost gives me the feeling that the tip area has an S-like 'double curvature'. I don't think this is physically there, but the drawn out tip gives me that illusion. The best analogy I can give is the difference between a Ferrari vs Honda Civic hood. Ferrari's keeps on going. In reference to your pic, my issue is the section between the radome tip and the crease in the paper. The fact that the whole radome seems overall thinner might be contributing to this, but I am not sure if those gross dimensions are really off (or the plan you have may not be 100% accurate like you noted earlier). I checked out many real Tomcat pics just for this issue, and I am 97% connived that something is off. Yes, the Tamiya rep here I think had mentioned that the real thing was accurately measured (laser?) but still....
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    1/48 Hobby Boss Su-30MK2 Venezuela AF

    Thank you all. Joel, you might be right about the difference in the colors, it might be just the color bleeding. In fact, my inspiration was just that; the 1-2-3 block! I was at a machine shop looking around and found a few of those. I asked the foreman if I could take it, he said no. So I just found a steel block laying there and machined it. Surprisingly, the tactile sensation of both the drilling and reaming were very therapeutic (luckily, I had taken a machine shop course a few years ago so they let me use the machines). I may have a few more inflight displays planned for the future. Thank you Kursad. I hope it will all come together with your decals. Right now, it is too clean, I am planning to weather it. So I don't know how it will turn up. I hope I can push through.
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    1/48 Hobby Boss Su-30MK2 Venezuela AF

    Thank you Captain, Joel. I can take no credit for the scribing or riveting; they were already on the kit. But, per my usual practice, I go over them all too deepen them to a consistent depth. It takes a lot of time and is a major PIA, but is necessary for me to stay motivated later on. Joel, the raised edge with the paint is difficult to explain. It is actually not normally visible, you could not get your nail caught on it, you could not feel it under your finger tips. But, when you apply a uniform color on top as the new base primer (in my case it was metallic black), you can still faintly see the edge between the color. It may even have to do with the different sheens of the bordering camo colors. I wanted those all gone so that after the thin primer, I could proceed with a new coat of camo colors without getting annoyed by what I could see underneath. So, my guess is that the dish sponge just brings all the colors to a similar sheen, which helps alleviate the visible difference under the primer. Hope this helps.
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    1/48 Hobby Boss Su-30MK2 Venezuela AF

    Next, I reapplied the camo colors, this time slightly adjusting the mid and blue gray colors. Also started masking off different panels with parafilm. I am now planning to weather this base camo. There is a lot of surface to cover, so I expect some finger strain with the airbrush.
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    1/48 Hobby Boss Su-30MK2 Venezuela AF

    The first set of experimentation went ok, but the colors.... I tried to fix the colors, but just didn't like how it was going. I decided to start over. So I scrubbed the whole think with an old dishwashing sponge to iron out any rough patches. With the flat paint and masking, there can be small but still visible steps especially along the color edges. This gentle sanding also brings a little bit of sheen which I like: And back to square one:
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    1/48 Hobby Boss Su-30MK2 Venezuela AF

    Hi, that is going to be the stand for the inflight pose. Btw, I was wrong when I said the block was sand blasted at the time. Now it is. A few update pics: Masking with silly putty seems easy, but can be time consuming:
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    Building Hasegawa Tomcats in the age of Tamiya

    I like that! A group build with no end date :)
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