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  1. Calling Kitty Hawk! Replacement parts needed!

    I also have had good luck with replacement parts from them. They replaced cracked upper and lower fuselages for my Kitty Hawk MiG-25. You will probably hear from Sophia@Kitty Hawk soon...😉
  2. What's up with Lone Star Models?

    I bought his B-58 Hustler cockpit set, and despite no communication (his odd ordering procedure led me to wonder if he even got my order), mine arrived rather quickly after ordering it. Fantastic set too. I really hope he gets the Cobra Company stuff going. I am going to be making some orders for sure, I am still mad at myself for waiting to buy a bunch of stuff from Cobra Company and then getting completely shut out of everything. LOL Won't make that mistake again.
  3. 1/48 Kitty Hawk Su-35S Flanker-E, Russian Air Force, 2014

    Thanks Janissary! Thanks, rom, I really appreciate that! Thanks Sasa! I think that contrast is really what makes the model so interesting to look at. Hehe, yes, you should get one! :-) Thanks Silenoz! Thanks again Red for you kind words and support! Thanks CJ! Haha, yeah, I wasn't kidding! I build very quickly, and this one took me almost exactly one month. That seems to be my rate, one about every 3-4 weeks. Thanks Steve, metalwork is my favorite thing to do of all modelling tasks. I also look forward to my GWH Su-35 lol. Now only if someone would release an Su-30SM. I would build it right away if that happened! :-)
  4. 1/48 Kitty Hawk Su-35S Flanker-E WIP

    You know, it is interesting you bring that up. That is something I really had an issue with as well. I tried no less than three different sources for it, and what I settled on will surprise you. First, I tried the kit ones, but the red was so transparent (disappeared when applied to the dark paint) that I gave up on it right away. I refused to use the Begemot ones because they did not look right compared to pics I have seen. The dashes should be equal, but on the Begemot sheet they are of differing lengths. So I broke into one of my Eduard Flanker kits that have Cartograf decals in it, and tried those. They are full clear decal film inside the dash box as you mentioned. Even though I had a nice glossy surface and used microset and solvaset, the decal ended up looking like hell. On the other side I used my normal future as setting solution, and this worked much better (on larger potentially troublesome decals I usually have better luck with microset and solvaset, all others future works better for me). The next day checked the decals and the one side looked like absolute hell, and the other one was decent. So I removed the bad one and looked for a replacement. I have a Hobby Boss Su-27 kit in my stash, so I took a look at the kit decals, and they actually looked pretty decent. The area inside the box was actually cut out with a support piece connecting the edges with the X in the middle, so it wasn't all film. So I decided to give it a try, and it laid out really nice and the red popped nicely against the Eggplant paint, so much so that the other side looked like crap now. LOL So I removed the other side and used the other decal. Now I will just have to figure something out when I build the Hobby Boss and Eduard kits. LOL
  5. Using Perfect Plastic Putty

    I have bought both tubes of mine from eBay. I can usually find it for around $10 or less there.
  6. 1/48 Kitty Hawk Su-35S Flanker-E WIP

    Well, this project has been completed! Thanks everyone for watching, offering ideas and conversation, and for all the kind compliments.
  7. 1/48 Kitty Hawk Su-35S Flanker-E WIP

    Thanks Red! That was really fun to do. Not too many subjects allow you to get wild with color like that! Thanks so much for the kind words Joel! I am lucky to be blessed with a steady hand, and it seems to be getting better with practice.
  8. 1/48 Kitty Hawk Su-35S Flanker-E, Russian Air Force, 2014

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  9. Hi all! I present to you my latest project, the 1/48 Kitty Hawk Su-35S Flanker-E, "Red 08" in the unique Eggplant Dark Gray scheme of the Russian Air Force, circa 2014. This is really a great kit that has excellent fit almost everywhere, with the wing joins being the notable exception. The kit is not without other issues, however. The exhaust nozzles are molded in the straight position which would only be correct for a powered up machine, not drooped at rest. The stinger tail has flare boxes on the top, which is only correct for the prototypes and early production aircraft. Luckily for me, I wanted to do an early production Eggplant Gray aircraft so the stinger tail is correct OOB for my build. If one wants to do a current in-service aircraft, this would not be correct. Aftermarket used were the AMUR Reaver thrust vectoring nozzle to fix the droop issue, and Begemot Decals. The Begemot Decal sheet includes all the needed stencils for both the aircraft and weapons. The weapons are all OOB, and they are very nice, although I am no expert on the real ones, so I cannot comment on accuracy. But they look pretty accurate to me. I think this kit includes pretty much every Russian missile, bomb, and rocket pod currently in use. This will be a nice addition to my weapons bin ( The KH Fitter was the same way, so I am set with Russian Ordnance for a while!) I used copper wire for the static wicks, some thin scrap parts for the 4 straight probes near the nose cone, and a piece of scrap clear sprue to simulate the interior of the IRST. So, one of the things I really wanted to concentrate on this build was the metalwork. The real aircraft have an amazing array of colors from the heat-stressed titanium, and I am quite pleased with how that turned out. It does look a bit exaggerated in some pics, but in person the look is about perfect. The AMUR Nozzles are quite nice and are easy to remove from casting blocks, clean up, paint, and assemble. Very happy with these. I really enjoyed building this kit, and recommend it to everyone. I know the GWH Su-35 is coming, and I will be getting that one as well to do a blue camo in-service jet. But for someone wanting to do the splinter camo prototype or an early batch Eggplant jet, I would say get this kit. Hope you enjoy! Kit: 1/48 Kitty Hawk Su-35S Flanker-E Decals: Begemot 48-039 Su-35 "New Generation of the Flanker" Aftermarket: A.M.U.R. Reaver Thrust Vectoring Nozzles Paints: Gunze Mr. Surfacer Gray 1200 (main aircraft primer base) and Mr. Surfacer Black 1500, Akan Sukhoi Cockpit Blue-Gray, Mr Paint MRP-205 Eggplant Dark Gray, MRP-196 Light Blue, and MRP-032 Green for Wheels, Gunze Aqueous H305 Gunship Gray and H308 FS FS36375 Light Ghost Gray , Tamiya Rubber Black, Clear Blue, and Clear Yellow, Gunze Mr Color GX2 Gloss Black (gloss black primer for metalwork) and Alclad II Hot Metal Violet, Airframe Aluminum, Gold Titanium, and Jet Exhaust. Future Gloss coat for decals and Future+Tamiya XF-21 Flat Base 10:1 ratio for final matte coat. Mig Ammo Medium and Deep Gray panel washes.
  10. Revell Eurofighter Typhoon RAF in 1/48

    That is simply beautiful! Perfect weathering and nice, crisp paintwork. Well done!
  11. 1/48 GWH Mig-29 9.12

    Absolutely masterful finish Hammer! Very realistic, perfection, really. Bravo!
  12. 1/48 SU-17 M4 Kitty Hawk

    Beautiful Fitter Sasa! Your colors, paintwork, and weathering are top notch. Well done!
  13. 1/48 Kitty Hawk Su-35S Flanker-E WIP

    Well, this project is almost done! All I have left to do now is to paint the inner canopy frame and attach the canopy, so I will leave you with one teaser before the final reveal soon... Enjoy!
  14. 1/48 Kitty Hawk Su-35S Flanker-E WIP

    Thanks Red! Yeah, it might have been the paint, although I did not have the problem with the other Mr Paint colors I have used so far, but I have not used any Mr Paint colors this dark before, so maybe the others had frosting too, but I just didn't notice it before because the colors were so light or such a small area. Thanks Peter! I am quite happy with the missiles, particularly the Krytons. They turned out very nice especially the weathered metal aeas.
  15. I need a new compressor (preferably with a tank)

    I used a 1/4" quick connect and then a 1/4" to 1/8" reducer for the hose. I will take pics when I get home later so you can see.