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  1. So I was kindly given a set of parts for my F-16A OCU conversion by a member here, unfortunately it looks like the tires included were too big for the kit parts. Does anyone have a set of tires (actually just the main wheels for the smaller F-16C landing gear for the Thunderbirds kit? Thanks Dan
  2. Here's a few pointers: Use a primer, don't spray MM acrylics on bare plastic. Use some Vallejo "Flow Improver" *THIS ONE IS IMPORTANT* Use an airbrush nozzle of 0.4mm or larger. I find if I use the small 0.2 nozzle, at least for my Harder & Steenbeck it results in the paint either building up and then blasting out, or, to combat this problem one is inclined to add more thinner to prevent this. The only problem is the paint becomes then too thin for close in fine detail, mottling (think WWII Luftwaffe), or even in general it would take forever to cover things.
  3. For hard stuff like this that doesn't want to conform to the surfaces, use Walther's Solvaset, but go easy with that stuff and give it several minutes to work before applying anymore as it can easily attack the gloss coat.
  4. Yes sir, unless it requires a mask for hard edged camouflaged I try and freehand pretty much most airbrushing.
  5. Very nice work, I did one of these Hasegawa AH-64Ds back around Christmas time and thought it was a great kit, excellent fit, overall lots of fun to build. I'm still thinking of doing one of these israeli versions. I was hoping someone would do an new-tool AH-64D in 1/35th scale as a base kit
  6. its not really very noticeable, and theres simply no way to fix it now either. Every build has a few problems that usually only the modeler knows about...
  7. Nice save
  8. Can someone explain how to take good photos with just a basic set up? Like what kind of lights and their positions, background. I know cloudy days usually give the best natural light but I wanted to take some better photos. I also dont have a digital camera and just use my iPhone 6. Thanks Dan
  9. Can someone explain how to take good photos with just a basic set up? Like what kind of lights and their positions, background. I know cloudy days usually give the best natural light but I wanted to take some better photos. I also dont have a digital camera and just use my iPhone 6. Thanks Dan
  10. I find using the Model Master acrylics work good with their thinner, I also add in a little bit of Vallejo "Flow Improver" to prevent the nozzle tip from drying. Some of the issues I've had in the past using Model Master acrylics I've determined was due to using a nozzle size that was simply too small. I presently use a Harder & Steenbeck 0.4mm nozzle and I can still spray VERY fine and tight lines with great control but I have far less in the way of airbrush problems with it.
  11. Looks like when the forums were having trouble was when I was posting mid-update. Anyways. The project is still going, I had to wait a couple weeks for one of the paints I ordered to arrive. I used Mr. Hobby Aqueous H301, H306, H308 for the main colors, when I sprayed the H308 I thought it was too dark, but once I got the other colors on it mostly "corrected" itself, I still thought the H301 was a little too brown, and I'm presently in the process of "mottling" the base colors to break up the uniformity somewhat. Love these paints though, colors are really good, spray beautifully, and NO harsh fumes to contend with. I still have a little work to do with the bleaching and fading, but once that's complete I can adjust the color on the H301 so it has more of that dark gray/black hue to it, and then paint the base colors over where the crews touched up the paint. I'll take some more photos while I'm doing more of the weathering. Enjoy.
  12. Does anyone in the US have 1-3 bottles of Mr Hobby H308 (The aqueous version) I could buy from them and have it overnighted. The first time I ordered it from China (big mistake), then I ordered it from the UK and that was almost 2 weeks ago and I was told 7-10 days. Please send me a PM, PayPal for payment is easier. Thanks Dan
  13. Finding photos online of these areas and either close enough to make out the rivet work or high enough resolution is harder than one thinks. In fact, finding reference photos of the upper surfaces for doing the most accurate camouflage can be very difficult. I lucked out with the one I want to do and have photos of it from ALL angles. I just can't make out the detail.
  14. Well it's ready for painting, and took a lot less time than I anticipated, having a week off where I was able to get a lot of the conversion done certainly helped. Nevertheless, I suppose when you've developed and practiced certain techniques and have the right tools it makes things easier as well. I found the Stynylrez grey primer to be a little too dark and would make laying down the FS 36375 harder and require more paint. I decided against priming in all white though since I've found white in general can be problematic especially with larger surface areas. Since getting ahold of the Mr Hobby line of paints is difficult in the USA, I don't want to use more than I need. Mr Hobby sprays so nicely with Tamiya acrylic thinner and not having those brutal fumes from the Mr Color lacquer makes airbrushing much more pleasant. So I mixed up a custom batch of about 2/3 white, 1/3 grey which is pretty close to what Mr. Surfacer looks like. Now all I'm doing is waiting on the Mr Hobby FS 36375 that I ordered off of eBay weeks ago, however its now past due from when the shipper says it should arrive....since getting things mailed from China is dodgy, I went ahead and ordered them (and some other Mr Hobby paints) from a place in the UK a little over a week ago anticipating this, they seem more reputable; but watch they'll both arrive on the same day :-). I double checked pretty much everything in my references, panel lines, etc. while not perfect and I'm sure there's stuff that could also be done, it looks good enough to me. While I'm waiting for the paint to arrive, I think I'll start working on using Alclad for the GT resin exhaust. The next update will have more detailed pictures and descriptions about how I did the airbrushing of the camouflage. Once the whole build is done, I'll post a list of the major changes I did to convert the F-16CJ in an F-16A OCU.