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  1. Hello, this is my first try with Kinetic kit. The fitting was not quite good, with nasty seams on the rear fuselage and the base of windshield. I used a lot of putty and had to sand it with a FILE, yes, a FILE. I chose the Spanish scheme C.15-25 (15-12) in its 2015-2016 status (no roundel over left wing, no obvious walkway over LERX). I grabbed spare TAURUS and IRIS-T missiles from an old Revell Eurofighter Typhoon kit. As for the landing gears, I opted to modify them into in-flight mode. Putting the difficulties aside, Kinetic did a great job in depicting a modern F/A-18A+/B and CF-188 aircraft by providing abundent details including all the stiffeners and reinforcement plates to the vertical fins. As for the landing gears, I chose Hasegawa F/A-18F's main legs since they have the hinge details and were easier for modification. So the main gear legs are combination of Hasegawa (gear strut and wheels) and Kinetic parts (shock strut and side strut). As for nose gear, I just follow the instruction, except for replacing the shock strut with a 2 milimeter steel tube with modified torque link. Only to find that C.15-25 has its carrier landing indicator lights removed, and the launchbar was replaced by a dummy one. The decals were excellent to provide large number of stencils so as to depict the service panel markings for the aircraft maintenance crew. It was a fun build when the airplane gradually came into shape with its gears dropped as in flight mode, and the build brought about more fun when I came to the painting and weathering part. Generally I recommend this kit. http://wx3.sinaimg.cn/large/5140406agy1gd0t3b854oj218w0u0tkl.jpg[/img] http://wx3.sinaimg.cn/large/5140406agy1gd0t3bnktwj218w0u0wra.jpg http://wx1.sinaimg.cn/large/5140406agy1gd0t3dc22aj218w0u0n9q.jpg http://wx3.sinaimg.cn/large/5140406agy1gd0t3dvq6wj218w0u07h1.jpg http://wx3.sinaimg.cn/large/5140406agy1gd0t3esjumj218w0u0qfd.jpg http://wx4.sinaimg.cn/large/5140406agy1gd0t3f9czvj218w0u0qgg.jpg http://wx4.sinaimg.cn/large/5140406agy1gd0t3g12pzj218w0u0wru.jpg http://wx3.sinaimg.cn/large/5140406agy1gd0t3hg6xej218w0u07gw.jpg http://wx4.sinaimg.cn/large/5140406agy1gd0t3hu5k2j218w0u0anl.jpg http://wx1.sinaimg.cn/large/5140406agy1gd0t50xdesj218w0u0ao1.jpg
  2. The sun finally comes out, so I have the chance to take some shiney photos I took this photo for reference :-)Although I noticed in most case the undercarriage doors are closed when gears are down and locked
  3. 1/48 Short Tucano converted from hobbyboss EMB-312. The following parts are modified: 1\ the original three blade is converted into a four blade propeller 2\ jet pipes are moved to lower front fuselage 3\ the nose section is slightly modified to represent a smoother cross section on the Short Tucano rather than Embraer Tucano 4\ Added a frame and detonation cord to the original canopy 5\ Added the ventral airbrake, leaving it at closed position
  4. Finally realized that the airbrake is hung below lower fuselage rather than being integrated in to fuselage skin....so i made one out of placard Now it is finished
  5. A little update: canopy painted, decals applied. Detonation cords are made of some spare decals from other kits
  6. Really pleased to draw attention of those who know Short Tucano well. I did noticed that the ventral brakes are one of the difference between Short Tucano and Embraer Tucano. Unfortunately Hobbyboss kits represents the EMB-312 Tucano only, so there is no ventral brake on the kit. I simply decided to omit this airbrake, cuz I would like to build a Tucano with clean configuration (suppose it in closed position). Regards.
  7. I used oil paint solved by lighter liquids Regards.
  8. As far as I know, there are two major versions of Brazilian Tucano: the EMB-312 Tucano basic trainer and EMB-314 Super Tucano(which is actually a light attack aircraft). Hobbyboss has released both versions. Brazilian EMB-314 Super Tucano (Hobby Boss - Nr. 81727 - 1:48) The conversion set you mentioned above would be suitable for this version https://www.scalemates.com/kits/hobby-boss-81727-brazilian-emb-314-super-tucano--227138 Brazilian EMB-312 Tucano (Hobby Boss - Nr. 81763 - 1:48) This is released in 2017, a new tooled injection kit for the Embraer EMB-312 Tucano in 1/48th scale. And this is the exact kit that I am working on. https://www.scalemates.com/kits/hobby-boss-81763-brazilian-emb-312-tucano--1021562 Short Tucano is licensed version of EMB-312 Tucano, which is bulit by Short Brothers. This type features a more powerful turboprop and a four bladed propeller. Unfortunately, there's perhaps no injection kit in 1/48th scale now....(Airfix has released decent kits for 1/72 modellers)
  9. 1/48 Short Tucano converted from hobbyboss EMB-312. The following parts are modified: 1\ the original three blade is converted into a four blade propeller 2\ jet pipes are moved to lower front fuselage 3\ the nose section is slightly modified to represent a smoother cross section on the Short Tucano rather than Embraer Tucano 4\ I am going to add a frame to the original canopy
  10. thanks a lot! Literally it is a challenging kit. It does need a lot of putty and sanding. The fitting of its intake is a nightmare, haha.
  11. Hello, this is an old build finished in 2011. Built straight out of box.
  12. Hello ,this is my build last summer. I used S4804 (F-15C MSIP II flown by Jeff Hwang) but instead replaced its decals with Afterburners' 'Shogun Eagles'. Weapons came from difference sources( AIM-120Cs from Hasegawa's air-to-air weapon set, Sidewinders were from Tamiya's F-16C kit)
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