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About Falconxlvi

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  1. Iโ€™ve just re-read this entire thread after picking up the Su-35S for $59 in the Sprue Brothers flash sale. Yufei, you provided such wonderful step by step instructions- thank you! I look forward to starting this kit! Steve
  2. Hello Scooby, thanks for stopping by! I can vouch for how durable HGW rivets are- I have manhandled this model! I scrubbed the riveted surface and masked over the rivets without any problems. Once they are on, they are ON! It took me about a week to do the main body and another week to do the cowl, which you have to do with free runs of single and double rivet transfers. I decided to take a slow and methodical approach and let the transfers dry overnight, instead of just 6 hours, to be safe. I am glad to see you order! I will be ordering more for sure! PS- I am looking
  3. Thanks 11Bee. Itโ€™s the first time Iโ€™ve ever tried varying a metallic finish like this but it wonโ€™t be the last! Steve
  4. The photoetch template definitely will! You can wipe it clean with thinner after each session and itโ€™s as good as new ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป Steve
  5. I am not sure they are protruding enough to capture a wash around the base of each rivet. I think the bottom is more or less done except for the wash in the panel lines and some weathering - so what you see in the pictures above wonโ€™t be too different than the final result. I can wholeheartedly recommend HGW rivets and they sell individual sets with lines and shapes that you could use on any project! Hello Crackerjazz, thanks for stopping by! I am a firm believer in mixing outside the cup, so I do not add highlight and shadow colors in the airbrush cup
  6. You guys made my day! Yes! Thank you for making this happen ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป Steve
  7. The forum is having issues with me inserting pictures to the captions above so I will try again. Sorry. โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€” Here is how the leading edges on top turned out... Ignore the tape and paint on the wing. I was just trying out various blue shades for the top color- it is NOT in its final finish. Note the rivets are clearly visible... Thatโ€™s all for today. Hopefully I will have the topside painted up next week - 50 shades of dark blue- wooot! Steve
  8. Update 4/8 I finished the metal surfaces on the leading edges and bottom of the aircraft. The overall finish is Tamiya LP-11. I used liquid masking on some of the smaller hatches and masked off larger panels spraying them with various mixes of Alclad and Gunze GX Clear Brown. Yes, there are some small surface imperfections left over from the transfers. I reached out to HGW and told them what I did up to this point - guess what? It was the Tamiya Compound causing me issues! It is essentially wax, an
  9. Hello Carlos, thanks for stopping by. The rivets do have some volume. They are just barely raised off the surface and show up under paint quite well. HGW recommends putting them on top of the painted surface for natural metal or over the primer for painted surfaces, and then just lightly polishing the painted surface to expose them. I applied mine over primer and they show through just fine after a few layers of paint - check it out! Steve
  10. That was done for a proof-of-concept test. It hasnโ€™t been done operationally. But it is a smart idea for all the reasons mentioned in the article! The shoulder stations are used all the time for other weapons like GBU-12s ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป
  11. Itโ€™s not possible - the PACS programming wonโ€™t allow it in USAF F-15Es. The PACS allows you to select the weapon type on each CFT side, but not the individual stations - you canโ€™t tell it that the upper shoulder stations are Mk 82s and the lower stations are GBU-38s, 54s, etc. It is fixed with EX ๐Ÿ˜‰ Steve
  12. I love it. Fantastic job! I wish this kit would be re-popped. They are going for silly prices on eBay. Iโ€™m sure your LtCol will love it! Steve
  13. Thanks Sean- I donโ€™t know about perfect, but itโ€™s coming along โ˜บ๏ธ Steve
  14. Thanks - itโ€™s a process and takes awhile (a week in my case!) but I think it really takes the Tamiya kit to the next level. Im looking forward to the topcoat too- lots of shades of blue/gray/black! Thanks for stopping by Jeff!
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