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Fighting Eighty-Four

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  1. Attack Squadron etc. SHUTTING down

    You didn't happen to pick up any of the 1/48 C-130 flaps did you? If you did count me in for one!
  2. How to Fix Future Pool

    I brush future on. I have found I get much better results that way, avoiding both pooling and orange peel. Its also much faster as well, believe it or not. Just have to make sure you don't overload the brush, which can lead to runs.
  3. 1/48 Kitty Hawk Su-35S Flanker-E WIP

    After the Clear Blue I added Alclad Hot Metal Violet, Tamiya Smoke, and heavily thinned Alclad Jet Exhaust. This is where I was in a groove and neglected to take pics. But here is how it looked when I was done... (I still think I will go back in and tweak it a little bit. The colors might be a bit too pronounced still. And this is where I am right now... Still have a couple random panels and areas that I need to paint bare metal.
  4. 1/48 Kitty Hawk Su-35S Flanker-E WIP

    After the airframe aluminum had been laid down, the next step was to add Alclad Gold Titanium and Tamiya Clear Yellow to begin the heat -stressing effects... Next up was to add some Tamiya Clear Blue. I have found I like using this better than Alclad Hot Metal Blue.
  5. 1/48 Kitty Hawk Su-35S Flanker-E WIP

    Next up was the upper side, which is all high luster metal, so this was a little less complicated. But masking this part was a MAJOR PAIN IN THE ARSE!!! The kit is engineered in such a way that you pretty much have to attach the vertical tails during assembly, so that made getting in there to mask really tough. The little vents and whatnot in there also didn't help. Also, getting in there with the airbrush to paint all the nooks and crannies was also a nearly impossible task. Also painted the nozzles gloss black and sprayed them with Alclad Airframe Aluminum, as well as the horizontal stabilizers and the gun area and random vents...
  6. 1/48 Kitty Hawk Su-35S Flanker-E WIP

    I did much of the metalwork this weekend, and I did document some of it. But I was in the zone going from color to color so I did miss taking some pics of some of the steps. But I will try to mention what I did that I may have missed taking pictures of. First, I masked off the underside areas to painted in metal. I then painted a portion of the metal area on the underside in Mr Color Surfacer 1500 Black primer. After that dried, I masked the painted part off and sprayed the rest of the underside metal area Gunze GX2 Ueno Gloss Black. The reason I did this is that in pics there is a definite dull silver area and higher luster metal area, so I wanted to replicate that as best I could. So when I sprayed the airframe aluminum over the whole area, the silver was more or less lustrous depending on whether the black underneath was glossy or more matte.
  7. Overwhelmed with orders once again

    One of those orders is mine! :-) No rush, I am just glad to be able to get decals for two projects I never thought I would see aftermarket decals for (1/48 C-130H and U-2R). Keep up the great work Kursad, your choice in unusual and rarely done subjects is what sets your company apart from others and why I am a loyal customer always eager to see what you come up with next!
  8. 1/48 Kitty Hawk Su-35S Flanker-E WIP

    So I added the gloss coat and started working on the decals. I am using a mix of OOB decals and Begemot Su-35 Next Generation Flanker decals, but mostly using the Begemot ones. The colored OOB stencils have ZERO opacity, so when I applied red or yellow stencils they just disappeared into the dark paint. Luckily the Begemot stencils are much better. Had a huge issue with the square red dashed "box" decal that goes on the upper fuselage. Tried kit ones first, but they rolled and curled all over the place, and since they had no opacity the red just disappeared. I was going to use the Begemot ones, but the dashed lines were not consistent with what I was seeing in my reference pics (maybe they are correct for the blue camo scheme). So I used some leftover decals from an Eduard Su-27 kit. Hopefully these look ok today, was kinda scary looking last night with wrinkles. I will never get used to that wrinkling, even though most of the time they turn out just fine the next day. LOL Still got all upper and underside stencils left to do. Will probably take me a couple days to finish these. For now I only have one pic, since I really have only done the sides so far...
  9. 1/48 Kitty Hawk Su-35S Flanker-E WIP

    Thanks Joel! Changing the paint from Rubber Black to Gloss Black made a big difference as well. Thank you very much! Thanks Steve! I just love Flankers, and the Su-35 in this scheme really has a sinister presence to it. Thanks Peter! MRP is the smoothest spraying paint I have ever used. Just load it in the AB and spray. Easy peasy, no ratios to worry about. Now, granted, they are not cheap, and being pre-thinned they are even less of a bargain... but you can't put a price on ease of use IMHO. (I do still love Gunze Aqueous, and use it often as well) Thanks Cap! She sure is an elegant aircraft. Thanks speed! I agree, it is my 2nd favorite aircraft, after the F-14. But where the F-14 is brutish and somewhat unwieldy looking from certain angles, the Flanker is elegant from every angle.
  10. 1/48 Kitty Hawk Su-35S Flanker-E WIP

    Thanks Mario! I really think the overall shape is quite good on this kit, and the details are fantastic. Builds nicely too. As far as detail accuracy is concerned, I am not sure as I am no expert. I have heard there are some canopy shape issues, as well as the engine humps being to pronounced, but it is not something I notice at all. Also, I went back in and edited my last post, I accidentally posted the same image twice. So I removed the duplicate picture and posted the missing one.
  11. 1/48 Kitty Hawk Su-35S Flanker-E WIP

    Well, was able to tone down the Eggplant some, and I painted the anti-glare area Tamiya gloss black for better contrast, I previously used Rubber Black, which I use for black usually as it is more realistic in my opinion. I went a little too far on my mist coat of light gray, so I went back in with more eggplant gray, and while doing that I tried to give the paint some tonal variance to show some wear and fading. I may go back in with some more eggplant to tone it down further. But overall I am happy with the appearance now. I also finished painting all the gray panels and whatnot. I will add the gloss coat in preparation of decals tomorrow, and work on the missiles and landing gear.
  12. 1/48 Kitty Hawk Su-35S Flanker-E WIP

    Thanks Silenoz! I did not have a gloss coat at that point, so that really exasperated the issue. But I was able to get this better, which I will show in my update post. :-) Thanks Janissary! It is good to have you here watching, I hope I am able to make it worth your time. Thanks Joel, I appreciate that! Thank you Mario! Thanks Petrov, welcome to my build! Thanks Wolf! Yeah, I have not either. But then again, I try not to rescribe whenever I can. I am just not very good at it... at all. LOL
  13. 1/48 Kitty Hawk Su-35S Flanker-E WIP

    Here is where I currently am...
  14. 1/48 Kitty Hawk Su-35S Flanker-E WIP

    Thanks everyone for the info on the dental acrylic. I don't think that is for me, but it is always cool to hear other options! I actually bought some Bondo awhile back, but have yet to use it. Thanks Fox! Well, I got the primer and main paintwork done on this. The MRP Eggplant Gray is a bit too dark in my opinion (Can't even see the anti-glare black paint in front of the windscreen). So I think I will mist coat a light gray over it to tone it down a bit and to give it some faded look areas. This should bring this more in line with the correct color lightness.
  15. 1/48 Kitty Hawk Su-35S Flanker-E WIP

    Sure, I will take pics of each step of my process with these nozzles. Hopefully it will turn out nice. :-)