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  1. Hello all, This should probably be put in the figures section but since it doesn't get much traffic I am going to put it here. I bought this kit along with the ID4 Alien fighter at our local club show (IPMS Space Coast). The guy sold me this kit for $8. Lindberg did not do themselves any favors when they chose to put the painting of the alien on the box art. This is a pretty nice kit that I really had no interest in buying before this. The only reason I bought it was because of the eight dollar price point. I had a great time working on this kit and I think I used just about every tool in my modelling skills box to get it done. I used paints, washes, sponges, colored pencils, chalks, flocks, and just about any other thing I could throw at it. I found it very hard to get a good picture of it because its light color kept washing out all the details with my little point and click camera. These pics are about as good as I can get. This kit is 1:10 scale and was built straight out of the box except for the little tendrils that come out of its chin. The tendrils that came with the kit didn't look very good so I just twisted up some fine wire and glued it in. Even though the pose is a little static, this is a very detailed kit. Don't let the box art scare you away.
  2. Hello all, I recently purchased the Kagero Mini Topcolors for a P-38 that I am working on. I thought that I might say something about it for others who may be thinking about purchasing this product because what I received was a little different than what I was expecting. This is basically just a set of decals with very nice artists rendering of the aircraft profiles. For the set that I ordered there were 8 different schemes (7 with one aircraft that changed the anti glare panels from OD to black). The decals are printed in 1:72, 1:48 and 1:32 scales. There are no Stencils included, you must source those yourself. The decals were printed by Cartograf and the quality and usability are excellent. The decals are not numbered in any way so you have to relay on the profiles for their locations. This is fine for the P-38 since there were not many aircraft specific markings. I ordered my set from Amazon and the seller listed it as a book and decals. Saying the it is a book is definitely a stretch. It is 18 pages and there is a short description of each aircraft in English and Polish with the profiles. Mostly the profiles name the pilot, squadron and location at the time the aircraft was decorated as depicted in the profile. There may be one or two sentences about what happened to the aircraft or the pilot but that is it for any type of history of the aircraft. Then they give you various colors of stripes spinners etc. There are no FS color references or anything like that. It will say something like "Red nose and spinners and yellow outer sides of the vertical tails." It is up to you to come up with either the proper colors or good enough match to the artwork." I got mine for $20 shipped. I expected there to be more to the "book" portion of the product since at the bottom in big bold letters it states "Free decals for all 8 painting schemes in 3 scales". If you are not buying this for the decals you will be disappointed. If you are buying it for the decals then you get your moneys worth. Els
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    That is a nice little scene, I can just imagine this poor guy stomping around trying to warm up his feet and not die from boredom. The paint work and ground work turned out just right. Els
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    Iron Man Mark 24 "Tank" from Iron Man 3

    Twelve....Masking one Iron Man kit was enough for me. You did an excellent job on it and I think I like those colors much better than the red scheme.
  5. This was posted on the Modelling News site. Some pretty cool stuff for us Sci Fi fans. Shizuoka Hobby Show 2018 Sci Fi
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    SBY 2202 1/1000 Andromeda

    All the little details on your kits look so good it is almost a shame to paint over them. It reminds me of a ship that has just come out of refurb/overhaul. I wish I had that kind of patience. Els
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    ID4 Captured Alien Attacker

    Thanks guys. This paint was a happy accident. I spent quite a lot of time noodling a lot of different shades all over the kit. Then I thought I would thin down some aluminum to give it that metallic shine. I really thinned the paint and it looked pretty good as I was spraying it over the kit. Once it dried it was completely dull silver. I had painted it with Tamiya acrylics and sealed it between coats with some lacquer dull coat. After the coat of silver I sprayed it down with Windex and the silver immediately started coming off the kit. I dabbed it with paper towels and it gave a pretty nice effect. I wonder why it is showing links to the pics instead of the pics? I posted it the same way I post all my pics from Flickr. I posted a picture of my KC-10 in the group build section right after posting these pics and it shows as a picture and not a link. Investigate I will. Els
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    Hasegawa KC-10

    The new decals are on but I need a decal for the cockpit. I tried to mask it but that was a no go. Els
  9. Hello all, At our recent club show I was able to pick this kit up for $10. I had never seen this built up before and was surprised to see how big the kit was. I had a good time building this kit. Low parts count and not much filler so I was able to get to the part I like the most which is painting. I did not follow the recommended painting instructions and just did my own thing. https://www.flickr.com/photos/156383024@N08/41173299354/in/album-72157690673907170/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/156383024@N08/41173299294/in/album-72157690673907170/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/156383024@N08/41173299224/in/album-72157690673907170/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/156383024@N08/41173299134/in/album-72157690673907170/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/156383024@N08/41173299024/in/album-72157690673907170/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/156383024@N08/41173298994/in/album-72157690673907170/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/156383024@N08/41173298924/in/album-72157690673907170/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/156383024@N08/41173298764/in/album-72157690673907170/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/156383024@N08/40991681585/in/album-72157690673907170/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/156383024@N08/41173298664/in/album-72157690673907170/ And what would an alien ship be without a pilot...Just getting started on this. https://www.flickr.com/photos/156383024@N08/41173298524/in/album-72157690673907170/ Don't let the Crappy box art keep you from picking this kit up. It is very nice and has a lot of detail. There is plenty of room if you want to accurize it a bit more. Els
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    Hasegawa KC-10

    Well it is fresh out of the paint barn. It looks a little dark now that I have put the Future on it, I hope it lightens up again once I hit it with the flat coat. Time for some decals. Els
  11. You can doooo ittttt
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    Hasegawa KC-10

    I built a 72nd scale Japanese F-4 (Amigo) a few years ago that had yellowed decals when I bought the kit. I did the same thing, left the decals in the back window of my car for a few days until the yellow went away. Recently I pulled that kit down to dust it off and I found that the decals had re-yellowed to the point that they really showed up on a gray paint job. I think that I am done with yellow decals from now on. Even after you get rid of the yellow it can come back. As far as Amigo goes, I just put it way up on top of the display case so that I cannot see it very well. Els
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    The Showroom

    Capt. Wild Bill Kelso
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    Capt Wild Bill Kelso

    Another one off the shelf of shame....Wild Bill is done. The goggles turned out a little to red but other than that I am pretty happy with it. It will look good on the shelf with other busts. I was surprised at how nice the sculpt on this was for being designed as a shift knob for a vehicle. Thanks for following along. Els