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  1. Greetings! Here is an example of Hobby Boss' SA-2 (S-75) missile released earlier this year. I have wanted to do a recreation of this abandoned SA-2 site in Libya for a number of years now: Building up the barriers around the missile would have made the base a little too big, so I have the missile with some random goats around it:
  2. Thanks for the compliments! The model is now complete with wheel chocks from North Star Models (https://northstarmodels.com).
  3. Greetings! I just wrapped up this nice 1/144 kit from Trumpeter. Mostly OOB, but with some modifications called out below. Box art: The aircraft like it was on the box art (much different background of course 😉). Base was from from Coastal Kits (https://www.coastalkits.co.uk/newstore/) Ladder was scratch-built from styrene strips: Engine covers were drawn in PowerPoint, printed on photo paper, cut out, and placed inside the engine nacelles: Wires were a
  4. Greetings, Here's a nice kit from Zvezda that I recently completed and made a simple diorama to display it. I had plans to add cabling and other equipment, but it was causing too much frustration...;) Figure is one of those 3D printed ones from Reedoak (http://reedoak.com). Here are some pictures:
  5. Thanks Ryan & Berkut! It would seem I used the Arma Models mask: https://arma-models.ru/catalog/bumazhnye_maski/am72135_maska_okrasochnaya_dlya_novogo_su_57_7319_dlya_sozdaniya_kamuflyazha_okhotnik_1_72/ The mask material is quite a bit thicker than say Tamiya tape, but still very flexible. Overall I was very pleased with the mask. There were times the pieces did not line up exactly and I had to cut some tape to bridge the gap, but that was easy enough to handle. And yes that is the Arma S-70 resin kit. As far as building a serial frame, I'm w
  6. Greetings! I have recently completed Zvezda's Su-57 model in 1/72 scale. I chose Bort 053 for it's different digital camo pattern: https://www.jetphotos.com/photo/9443536 I used a camo mask from eBay, the ResKit engines (https://reskit.com.ua/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=676), some Eduard cockpit details, numerous decals (Zvezda, Begemot, and Wolfpak), and added a couple antennas that seem particular to this jet. Paints were mostly Model Master with the light blue being a custom mix attempting to match pictures. Here are some p
  7. Thanx Ken! I got this set of pens (0.2mm) from amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07DS6SRZ2/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I only used the blue, brown, and black pens (and the black was just to go over the brown while it was still wet to darken it a bit). Oh, and I also applied lots of Tamiya weather pigments before and after.
  8. Greetings! After a long break from building, I was inspired last year by Haneto's 1/48 PLAAF Su-35 build: So, I dug out my Hasegawa 1/72 version and dove back in. And naturally as I was nearing completion of the model I learned of the upcoming 1/72 GWH version. 🤦‍♂️ Paints were a custom mix, decals from Begemot, the spares box, and a couple were printed at home. Here are the final results: I used Haneto's method for the engines using the Pigma markers (definitely better results than my previous
  9. Homemade using a silhouette Portrait cutter. Very useful tool. More info here: http://www.arcforums.com/forums/air/index.php?/topic/275658-mask-making-with-silhouette-portrait/& Just plain grey 78271. I had wanted to do the splinter camo, but I also wanted serial numbers and when I painted the tails, there were only pics of 78271... I may build 78273 or 78274 in the future.
  10. It's the newer boxing, but the low-viz markings were airbrushed using a stencil:
  11. Almost finished with the newer J-20 model: I will have a write up in the Display Case section when i have time to finish it later this month.
  12. ¡¡Thank you all for the kind words!!
  13. The canopy frame is just a piece of electrical tape on the inside.
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