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  1. 1/48 Hobby Boss F/A-18C VFA-81

    Hey Stefan, thanks for stopping by, no worries, I'll take any info I can get. Would've loved if they were 83's ;) Funny thing, researching loadouts I've stumbled upon this thread on ARC. No lex fences on my jet during the mig kill hop? Very interesting! Here's a link to a story (more like a memo?) about V.Adm. Fox's retirement, with an image depicting the jet during engagement (note the painter and the user who posted the info regarding the removed lex fences). So now I'll have to decide wheter I go with what I know about Hornets in general or act on a suspicion that the jet didn't have lex fences during the engagement. AFAIK the Atlantic fleet (incl. Saratoga) was stationed in Red Sea, the fact the jet had only one external fuel tank, and huge bombload I guess it seems believable. It would certainly make for an interesting detail on a completed model. Aaah, decisions decisions. Cheers!
  2. 1/48 Hobby Boss F/A-18C VFA-81

    After much work I've managed to close the fuselage. Yeeeeeey! Watch out, there's 7 days of modeling in a pill. First, the cockpit. Sorry for the grainy pictures. I added some semblence of sidewalls. My focus was on painting the IP and side consoles right. I really like this stage of build. I drybrushed side consoles and IP with 36320, the same color I painted the tub with. It's not the proper color for the Hornet, but looks better to scale IMO. From afar this doesn't look bad y'know... After taking this picture I've noticed I did not paint the other pedal black. Not that they're black on the real jet. Shame I didn't take any pics before painting. I moved the IP a little to the back of the airplane, so it would sit better under the coaming. I also had to add some material to the upper part of the instrument panel since the part did not match the curvature of the coaming. I never really noticed how shaky my hand was during painting. Wow.... Here it is installed. Now the seat is a bit too high - canopy would not close. I guess I can sand it from the underside. Next time I guess I'd remove cockpit floor, so the seat would be sitting on the roof of the NLG. What did escape me entirely was the fact there is a hole behind the instrument panel. I'll see how much is visible through the windscreen and perhaps add something there. What took me the most time were the intakes. I figured I could copy my 1/72 scale method of doing intakes, so I did. Here's a shot before I installed the cockpit and joned the fuselage halves. I made the tubes out of 0.25 mm plastic sheet that I put over the Hasegawwa part. This provided me with a funny challenge. I had to pass the wheel wells. In the end I added a bit of glue to the edge of the wheel well (it was sanded first so the edge would not be that sharp). This softened thin plastic and made possible to bend the plastic tube a little where it attached to the wheel well. Hope this makes any sense. Initially I wanted to blend them with putty. So I tried it on the left intake first. I could not reach the putty with my sanding sticks. Damn... I rolled a bit of sandpaper and tried it this way with moderate success. I failed to sand all the putty so I didn't try it on the other intake. And just when I thought the hard part was over I had to paint the intakes. Why did I ever add that damn spreader before adding the intakes? Everything would be so much simplier if I just used intake covers. Left intake: You can just see the bend I made in the lower picture, it looks like the plastic was broken there. and right one: The front part of the intakes will be gray - the one from Hasegawa. My own part will remain white. The step that exist between the parts will help with masking. I hope ;) I've made the fan faces out of Fujimi F-14 fans. I just had to remake that long center part. In the end I decided to remove it and just use the plastic sprue visible to the left... ... and to the right. I've had trouble deciding should I make the shock cone coincal or rounded off. In the end I went for the round one. I can't tell You how happy I was to close the fuselage and add the nose. Finally something resembling a Hornet. Oh... and I cut the wings. I might have forgotten to mention that. Did You know that Hobby Boss Hornets lack that characteristic twist the real Hornet's wings have? Funny. This shows when wings are folded. So I thought how to make the wingfold. I decided to make some 3 x 4 mm, 1 mm thick rectangles attached to both part of the wings. Initially I thought about a plastic rod with some rectangles masking it, but somehow I thought this would be easier.I just forgot how bad I am with cutting similar pieces. Be it pieces of rod, wire or some rectangles. They theoretically should be identical. They're not. This works pretty nice. Doesn't look too much like the real deal though. Gotta see what I can do about it. Right now the outer wing parts are waiting for the glue to set. So, ready for one more curved ball? I really wanted to use the Hasegawa landing gear. The NLG is pretty much a drop fit. The MLG needed the locating hole to be enlarged. The detail is so much better (left one is Hasegawa). Oh... Hasegawa landing gear is metal, so some bending could be done. Not sure bending will resolve that one though ;) Don't worry I have a few ideas. Just have to check what will give me correct angle of the landing gear. Remember when I posted the difference in HB and Hasegawa Canopies size? I wasn't going to do anything about it. But I checked against Hasegawa upper fuselage. The darkened panel line is about 2 mm aft on the HB kit, counting from where the windscreen attaches. Yea... I'm going to try and fix this. I've added some 1,5 mm worth of plastic and I hope to sand and cut it to shape. And I'm doing this for no reason at all apparently, as the canopy will be opened on this one. You know, I thought of this build as a quick and pretty much straifght forward build. Oh man. As I'm moving forward I begin to think what to hang underneath. The most obviuos choice would be just the centerline tank. Easy, painless. Nope. Not me. I'd like to build this bird as it was sitting on the deck before the famous engagement with MiGs. So 4x mk84, centerline tank and a pair of aim-7s' and 9's. Only trouble is, I've no mk84's. The kit missiles will do, they're not terrible. There are some very nice Eduard bombs, but the price tag times two, since there are two bombs in a set, and the fact that I meant this build as a quick, cheap, out of the box build prohibit me from buying them. In my neck of the woods they're only about 20% cheaper than a Hasegawa weapons set. Oh... there's another idea. Hasegawa gives two mk84's along with some nice 82, and 83's. But again, money. Or perhaps I could just do one of loadouts with 6 mk83's. But I've only 4 mk83's. I don't fancy converting GBU-31's or GBU-10 to mk84's. Jdams I will probably need in the future. GBU-10's I might need. What I do have (apart from what seems like a twisted idea of punishing myself) is a nice set of 8 mk82's in 1/32 scale, leftovers from my 1/32 F/A-18D I'm building. They're not exactly the size of 1/48 mk84 though. I figure I'd need to extend the bomb by about 10 mm. I coud add about 1 - 2 mm in front, and the rest 8 mm where the bomb has biggest circumference. This way I might get away with the extension and not make it too obvious. Here's Hobby Boss GBU-31 and Academy MK82. from left to right, HB LGB (an gbu-16 probably), Hasegawa GBU-10, Academy MK82.
  3. Yak-130 'Mitten' - update 16/01/2018

    Awesome subject! Kit looks great on the sprues. Glad to see someone building it. Gotta say when I look at Your build I'm still a bit scared to start one. Keeping my fingers crossed!
  4. Nice project. Great work, as usual too :)
  5. I' keeping my fingers crossed! Great project, very interesting markings.
  6. 1/48 Hobby Boss F/A-18C VFA-81

    My Hasegawa Hornet is complete, and all that I need is to take some pics. So I took out this one. I've dry fitted parts and the overall fit looks pretty good. Only place that I'll have to be carefull is the nose to fuselage assembly. I begun by cutting speedbrake well. This ensured very nice fit of that part. Another step was to add intake side inserts. Since I'm planning on replacing kit intakes with Hasegawa ones I expect some work will be required. I did not glue the entire piece, just the aft part. Whis will help with the fit of these Hasegawa parts. Hopefully. Some more thoughts on windscreen. HB is a bit wider and higher. IMHO disturbs the look of Hornet's elegant nose. So I wanted to check the fit of Hasegawa canopy and... ooops... There's not a lot I can do about it. I could, in theory, add a bit of plastic behind the canopy, move all the details under the canopy and behind it a bit forward. I'm not really going to do it though. I think it'll disturb the proportions of the model. HB canopy is a bit too high for the Hasegawa windscreen. Whatever the case I'm not going to close the canopy. I just hope that the fact this gap exist will not have any effect on a finished model. Here's the comparison of the two parts. Right now I'm doing some work on the intakes, cockpit and wings. Frankly, cockpit might be a bit troublesome. As usual, some problems are self indulged. If installed as per instruction, one might end up with such a fine looking glove compartment. Simple fix is to install the cockpit to the upper half of the fuselage. I'll just have to check how this affects ejection seat height. For me it's quite prominent feature of the Hornet. Normally the seat looks like it almost touches canopy glass. That's how I determine proper height of on a model. The other minor problem are the sidewalls. There is no sidewall detail save for a gap. I'm pretty sure neither of these 'glove compartments' are present on a real Hornet. I'll have to decide if I'm going to build sidewalls from scratch or just extend the cockpit to the sides. If I choose the latter I might still add some sidewall detail. What's bugging me more is the way the IP sits under the coaming. Check how deep it is. I'll have to move it closer so it will show a bit. This might cause some trouble, especially with the stick placement. Check the gaps between the cockpit and sidewalls. Everything is dry fitted except for the turtledeck but I suppose the gaps will remain when I glue the cockpit. Hopefully, when I add the cockpit tub to the upper fuselage gaps will be a bit smaller. I hope to move the IP in line with the angled side consoles. Thanks for stopping by. If You have any suggestions be sure to let me know. I'll take any advice I can get :) Cheers!
  7. VF-143 F-4J and VFMA-314 F-4B

    Awesome! Love that VMFA-314 jet. Makes me want to go and grab one from the LHS. That's a lot of bombs... were all of them in a single kit?
  8. Hi there! So with my previous build slowly getting to an end (i litterally have one more thing to add before gluing canopy and calling it done) I figured I could try and squeeze one more build into this GB :) As usual the choice came with a story of its own ;) I was actually going for one more Hasegawa 1/72 F/A-18 (this time a single seater from VFA-113) in order to apply some of my new ideas to the build and to check how much time it actually takes to perform every task. Worthy goal I figure, nice decals too. But.... About that time it turned out that I've had to get rid of my 1/32 Academy F/A-18C. Insuficent shelf space for such a big beast. Along with the model went some very nice VFA-37 CAG decals from Eagle Strike. I think I actually regretted these decals more than the kit. So I figured, 1/32 is too big, but perhaps I could find some space for a 1/48 version, and off to a search I was. Funny thing - not too long after sale I found a cheap 1/48 Hobby Boss F/A-18C with Eagle Strike decals for a VFA-37 bird. Only issue was... You know... Hobby Boss 1/48 F/A-18C came with these decals ;) Doing some quick check of completed HB Hornets, checking my spares for any good parts left from my 1/48 Hasegawa F/A-18C that I build long time ago in a neighborhood far far away and going through my decals stash I came up with a twisted idea... On the sprues Hobby Boss F/A-18's look very nice. Indeed almost like Hasegawa, but with deeper panel lines. Interesting... I procured some VFA-81 decals from Lucky Model. Hey, there's one more VFA-37 there ;) Shame that Bulls don't cut it for this GB. I chose VFA-81 because I'd like a lo-vis, dirty airframe. The added benefit was that early Charlies still had straight type uhf antennae, screen style gun gas vents and straight center pylon. And that's just what You get in the box ;) When I was deciding whether I should grab a cheap Hobby Boss Hornet I couldn't find any direct comparison to Hasegawa Hornets. Considering that I found some suspicious areas on the pictures of completed HB Hornets I took off to do some first hand checking. Hasegawa is still on spures. It would appear that HB Hornet is a little bigger than Hasegawa. Lower fuselage, however similar isn't the same length. Difference in panel depth is obvious. Also some details are a bit different (wheel well shape and details, aux intakes, and even tailhook attachment). One of my points of suspicion were the fuselage AIM-7 stations. They just seemed off on pics of HB Hornets. They look fatter, less pronounced than Hasegawa ones. Wasn't expecting different locations of elevator attachments. Upper piece is Hasegawa. Sorry for the out of focus picture. For me, a dead giveway the model is a HB Hornet is the front windscreen. It looks a bit too fat, or too long. It's my biggest gripe with the kit. I happen to have a used Hasegawa F/A-18C windscreen laying around so the plan is to use it. As it turned out it's not going to be that easy. The entire HB cockpit piece is wider than Hasegawa. When I'll begin my kit I'll check. Oh... and then there's this: Another suspicious parts are the intakes. This time, Hobby Boss piece is on the sprues. They're bigger, more squarish. Dry fitting Hasegawa intakes to the HB parts show some difference in splitter plate thickness too. I plan on using intakes from scraped Hasegawa Hornet for this build. Finally, the upper fuselage. I aligned them by the front part. Funny thing about wing placement and the angle. HB is on top. I took some pics of clear parts for comparison, but they did not showing anything. It seems that HB windscreen is indeed a bit wider, and probably a bit taller than Hasegawa which makes it look too bulbous in the pics. I will take some better pictures when I get to that stage of the build. Hopefully this will be a pleasent stroll in the park kind of a build. I plan on using some parts from Hasegawa baby Hornet - windscreen and intakes and splitter plates. I think about using Hase metal landing gear. The HB opening holes are a bit too small to acomodate Hasegawa MLG's. Nothing a bit of drilling won't help. I just don't want to do it right now. So this is all that I've done right now. I'll get on this right after I finish my 1/72 F/A-18D. Till next time!
  9. Hasegawa 1/72 F/A-18D VMFA(AW)-224

    Model Master acrylics always seem to pull on me at some point... oooooops.... Generally it used to happen all the time, even after primer. Almost exclusively on shiny plastic - same as the one Hasegawa uses. So I give my models a good sanding with 1500 or 2000 grade paper just enough to dull the shine of the plastic down. I don't use primer anymore but my tape doesn't lift the paint as often. This is the biggest batch of paint lifted since I begun to use this method. Sanding also removes the mold release agents. Still, this particular fup is probably caused by the fact that I handled my Hornet without gloves - some grease from hands might have been transfered on it when I bent the rudder. Thanks! I'm keeping my finger crossed for the recovery of Your Hornet. I did use Wolfpack wingfold in the future and was quite pleased with them. I've used 1/72 E-2C wingfold, 1/72 legacy Hornet and Super Hornet wingfolds. Hornet sets are pretty much drop fit and with great detail - highly recommended. Still, I don't really use them any more because in the grand scheme of things they get quite expensive. I've planned for about 60 - 80 more Hornets, most of which will have folded wings. Yup... expensive! Besides cutting up wings and making my own wingfolds isn't such a big deal anymore. As I already shown, my model is decaled and got a final coat. All that is left is to finish the cockpit, seats, landing gear and put everything together. There were two hickups along the way, biggest being that tiger stripes decal, and the other one was during wash. I accidently removed part of the stars and bars. Had to replace them with some other ones. Not the worst of things... Kit decals were a bit too large. I removed all the national insignia decals and replaced them with some from my spare decals. I also printed some mesh decals for the nose gun vents and splitter plate mesh. The latter came out pretty good if I do say so myself. The nose ones are passable. From a distance ;) The tiger stripe decal fix needs a bit more distance. When viewed from afar and not in the direct light it looks passable. With flash.... I'll have to fix it a bit more. It doesn't really look THAT bad with naked eye. Hopefully by the end of the year I''ll have it finished. Thanks for stopping by!
  10. VFA-192 Super Bug

    I hope You didnt trash the build, doesn't look too bad. Keeping my fingers crossed for the recovery.
  11. Hasegawa 1/72 F/A-18D VMFA(AW)-224

    No worries buddy! I just like to add a lot of putty. It often saves me from adding another layer later. If I did proper job on cutting of elevators I wouldn't have to add so much putty. You really need to tell me how did You assemble that nose of Your Hornet. I botched rescribing that squareish panel on the side of the nose. However, I did manage to put some paint on my jet. And with black tails and gloss coat on: Eventually I decided on using front canopy piece from Rob Taurus. It was a bit too skinny for the opening, but vacuformed canopies are easy to spread wide. I also did a little trick on the movable piece of stock canopy - i sanded off the middle bar and put it in a slightly different position. Once all the painting is done and I remove all the masking I hope it'll show. I referenced position of the middle bar on the Rob Taurus canopy. Should the result be unsatisfactory I can always change the canopy for that vacuformed one. Thanks for looking!
  12. Hasegawa 1/72 F/A-18D VMFA(AW)-224

    Hope You had a blast. Always wanted to go into R/C cars and aircraft. Perhaps when my son is older ;) Right now however I have made some progress on my Hornet. A major one - fuselage is closed, fins are attached and I've filled all the joints that needed attention. Here's the nose. I've added 0,25 mm piece of styrene to the underside to change the angle of the nose and sharpened the tip. I'm not 100% convinced on the angle of the nose but I'm leaving it as it is. The fit is pretty good. The other side doesn't fit that smoothly. Nothing a a little bit of carefull sandind won't fix :) Aaaaand the intakes. Please excuse the dust inside. Yup, I'm definatly sold on this idea. Turbine faces come from Fujimi F/A-18. I did have to use some putty... before sanding... and after sanding. Most of it is my fault. I did not separate elevators smoothly enough. The gap between vertical stabilizer and aft fuselage is really noticable on finished models. Therefore I attach them to the outboard of their slot. This leaves a small gap between the upper aft fuselage and stabilizers. To achieve a more accurate look, stabilizers should be even more pushed to the outbuard. Nose needed only minor sanding to be flush with fuselage. You can also see effects of my sharpening of the nosecone. During sanding I accidentally slipped my hand which resulted in the rwr bulge flattening. I'll have to repair it later. So... right now there is a lot of small stuff to add - additional bumps for a "D" Hornet, antennae, fix some mistakes I've made during sanding, add iff bird slicers to the nose and clear parts. Hopefully I'll have my Hornet ready for painting by the end of the week. I'm even starting to think about making one more Hornet... Maybe a Charlie? Thanks for stopping by, and if You have any thoughts, please let me know!
  13. Nice work. Very nice paintjob. Can't wait to see it finished!
  14. Hobbyboss 1/72 CF-18A 425 Sq CAF

    Nice job! I've been wanting to build one more Hobby Boss Hornet for a while now. Funny thing it always reminds me of Hasegawa Hornet. Keep up the good work!
  15. Hasegawa 1/72 F/A-18D VMFA(AW)-224

    I've tried to do some more work on my model during weekend. I've left the canopy issue to tackle it some other time, but pursued the intake issue. First, I've tried to find a tube of proper diameter, but with no luck. Even if I managed to find a tube of proper diameter It was too thick on the outside and did not fit easilly. So I begun to improvise and I've tried three different ideas. First one was just to create short intake with no curvature, with zero angle towards intake mouth. Similar to what Aires did to their 1/72 Hornet intakes. They don't look bad, but they're expensive and troublesome (if, like me, You plan on doing this on every Hornet built, and I plan a lot of them). I took a strip of 0,25 mm styrene and inserted it to the side of the intake to form a sort of "C". All that remained was to close it from the inside. Sort of splitter plate extension to the inside of my intake. Hope this makes sense, even though in the end I forfeited this idea as too troublesome and the end product was too delicate. My other attempt was to form a trapezee from thin styrene sheet and fit it at an angle. It can be seen in the following picture (to the right). Of course I shoud've thought of some way to close the intake from the upside. Again, no easy way to do this as fitted. I was almost set on this way. After all stock intakes look worse. But... ...I've thought of making a tube. I've been doing this very late in the night, so this idea didn't come to me quickly, but I think it's best. So... I've formed sort of "D" shaped tube, cut and sanded one side to make it attach to intake lip at an angle. Ok, this does nothing to imitate elegant curvature of Hornet intakes, but it's much better than nothing. My first attempt proved too long. When I build the second one they were interfering with eachother. So I had to shorten it a bit. Of course, prior to fitting this tubes, I've had to scrape off my previous attempts... You know, I glued them... and even filled the gaps on the right one... Well... the important thing is I have a quick, easy and cheap way of recreating something that resembles intakes. Here they are both dry fitted. I tried to add some sort of fan faces to the end of my intakes but I failed. I didn't take any pics of my failures. Right now I might still have some spare fan faces from Fujimi Tomcats, so they'll have to do. I've also added some minor sidewall details, and modified Hasegawa Super Hornet aft coaming to resemble something that Deltas have in there. Since I've added sidewall details, I needed to make the aft IP coaming thinner. I tried something very similar on my Malaysian Hornet that I did for the Hornet's Nest GB in 2014 and it didn't look bad. Still I guess I should've made this part a little thinner. So this time instead of adding 1mm strip of plastic I added 0,5 mm. Not a lot of difference, but hopefully it will look better. Here are the pics of that builds cockpit. It's a little too wide so I hope this time It'll look better. If You have any ideas, tips, tricks, criticism or some let me have it :) I can't promise I'll apply everything, but I will try. Cheers!
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