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  1. For the wheel wells and intakes I went with the original kit parts and added detail with sprue bits and wire as needed. My luck with the resin parts in terms of fit etc were less than desired. Maybe it was just me, but I felt plastic gear bay/intakes gave better results with much better fit and stability. My 2 cents. Konbini
  2. Problem with editor meant 2 posts. This one with the picture. Apologies
  3. Hi there guys ( and ladies), Thanks Markus, BaconRaygun, Maj. Walt! minor update, progress has been slow but sure. I managed to stick on most of the upper surface decals. ReidAir’s mostly for jet 90-0825 markings. A mix of Tamiya’s decals thrown in where appropriate elsewhere as there are areas where tamiya specific sizing works better. An example is based on reference photos the big falcon stencil on the upper fuselage is sized better in the standard Tamiya sheet. I believe there are variations out there with different falcon sizes but this time the Tamiya is sized closer. Lots and lots of decal softener was used for the Tamiya markings. Eventually they settled down, but not without a fight. Here is a test fit with the canopy. I wanted to get the naming position right mostly. Have a lovely friday!
  4. Hi peeps, Another quick update. Clear coated the airplane and relevant surfaces with mr color gloss rattlecan. A quality check here to make sure its still smooth and detail-y. The coat was light, and fearing after multiple coats later I would lose some surface detail I did a round of panel line washing with tamiya's excellent panel line enamel. This is insurance against rivets etc getting too shallow later on. I started decalwork on the same layer. My plan is to seal the decalwork after with another gloss coat and do some more weathering work as required. I hope my plan proves good later on. More to follow in the coming weeks. Thanks!
  5. Tiny update. Finished 1 agm-88
  6. Hi there peeps, Haven’t updated in a while but here you go. Detailed up the nosegear area and installed it minus the wheels. Wife isn’t around so I got myself some airbrush love. Managed to spray the canopy pieces and other control surfaces like the stabs and flaps. hataka paint note: most of the paints spray on beautifully with a bit of help from some distilled water. Shout out to the help from the techniques forum. However the gunship grey still tends to dry between the needle and the tip. Note to self to try a different mix/technique if I spray hataka gunship grey again. Sprayed the bottom of the fuselage with mr color rattlecan clear gloss as a test. Looks alright so far. As promised, some mouth pics too along with the nosewheel.
  7. Is the toilet an actual area of the airplane with facilities, or just a flask with absorbant chemicals in the corner? Curious.
  8. My builds are always stagnating 😥 or should I say build, because I only have one. I am based in Hong Kong where the apartments are on the tiny side. Very. Tiny. I do not have a dedicated hobby room (jealousy overflow to those of you that do 😂) so I have to settle for my designated corner of the living room dining table. An A4 cutting mat is my area plus boxes where I keep random shtuff like resin bits. That's issue 1. Issue 2, wifey not a fan, of me long concentrating on builds and/or anything fumey. This restricts me to very very slow progress and rattlecan sprays on the balcony for the portions of projects I could resort to rattleys. As many of you may agree, sometimes airbrush work is very desirable, which is why I have one and a large compressor. It's hidden inside my bed on the non drawer side. wifey doesn't know. hence slow paintwork😂 Rant over a bit of steam blown. Back to browsing new kits for my beloved stash. Its so big now additions dont stick out. Konbini
  9. Hello guys, Small update. Sort of painted up the top bit of the tail and installed a BLOS mod to it. I removed the scope thingy first, and built the mod onto the tail via some super thin card. Finished with some light riveting. Konbini
  10. Thanks for the info! One of the options was for an OEF marking in 2012, are you referring to that or OIF? The single HARM is certainly different. I may do that and pair it up with a gbu-31 or something on the opposite station. Makes it a bit more interesting.
  11. Looks awesome ! Looking fwd to further updates.
  12. Thanks again for the kind words. I thought PE hand drilling with fine bits was impossible at first and had given up a number of years back. I gave it another go this time and after continual persistence on the same spot the bit went through. The bits dont last long though, either breaking or wearing out. Sadly I went through a few to get the pit done :(. Quick question, many pictures I seen online are of training loads for Misawa birds. Do live loads get flown? While I mull over what bird to decal up, I will work on the ordnance. This part is more wifey friendly. Cute looking missiles. Konbini
  13. It certainly took a while. A few fudgeups, broken tips, glued fingers and wires. Thanks for your kind words, trying my best to improve with each attempt while I still have my eyesight. After this project I'll do one or two 1/32 for an eyebreak. As always advice is very welcome if anyone sees anything I could do better. If anything appears weird I probably made a booboo and didn't realize.
  14. Good day to you, Thanks for the info! Surely would be an interesting build. 91-0357 was one of the options. Im considering that bird too. Again, thanks very much Konbini
  15. Thank you Matt! For the switches I used a 0.2mm drillbit and made holes where appropriate on the panel, for example, the side console. Most holes I drilled all the way through and inserted 0.2 or 0.15mm wire. I then CAed the wire from the back when I had 'wired' a row or two on the panel. Afterwards I clipped both ends(front of panel, back of panel) and grinded the back of the panel with a hard diamond file to remove the wire stubs. In hindsight, it would have proven useful if I had pre-grooved/thinned the back of the panel where I expect wire to go through. That could reduce the amount of grinding, both my teeth, wire, and plastic. For those parts where I cannot drill all the way through I drill partially in, with the next diameter hole for wire size(ie. 0.3mm hole for a 0.2mm wire). I take a decent length of the wire and dip one end into some CA, making sure I have a tiny bit on the end. Insert, quick check for looseness after a few seconds, clip. Eyes and brain rest follows. I hope this is helpful for you, as many many of the posts here on arc have been for me. Konbini
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