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  1. Fighting Eighty-Four

    1/48 Hasegawa F/A-18C Hornet, VFA-86 Sidewinders CAG, 2006

    A few more pics...
  2. Hi everyone! Back again after taking another break from building for awhile... So here is my latest completed project, the 1/48 Hasegawa F/A-18C Hornet in VFA-86 Sidewinders CAG markings circa 2006. I was drawn to the large orange diamond on the spine, much like the old A-7s of the same squadron in the late 70s, so I knew I had to build my first Legacy Hornet in those markings. Soon I will build a Corsair in the same "diamond spine" style markings. The decals I used are from Afterburner Decals "Snakes on a Plane" sheet. These performed flawlessly like usual. The kit itself is really nice, great detail and fit was quite good other than the intakes. That was a bit of a struggle there to align. The biggest issue I encountered with this build was self inflicted, however. A couple of weeks ago I had a long weekend off, and I decided I was going to try to finish the build that weekend, despite having a considerable amount of things to do. So I decided to skip the future coat step before decals, which I have never done before. Well, the decals went down ok (I did get some silvering I never get however), but the big issue was the wash. Man, it was a MAJOR pain to get that off, even with turpenoid. So I learned a lesson, I will not skip that step ever again! As far as aftermarket, I threw in a Quickboost seat and Aires closed nozzles. GBU-16s are from Hasegawa weapons set D, and AIM-9Xs are from the Tamiya F-16C Aggressor kit. Now that I have built a Hasegawa Hornet, I will be interested to see how the Kinetic one compares. Kit: 1/48 Hasegawa F/A-18C Hornet "Golden Dragons" boxing Decals: Afterburner Decals "Snakes on a Plane" Aftermarket: Aires Closed Exhaust Nozzles, Quickboost Ejection Seat, Hasegawa Weapons Set D Paints: Gunze Mr. Surfacer Black 1500 (primer base), Tamiya Liquid White Primer (for marble coat), Gunze Aqueous FS 33613 Radome Tan, FS 36375 Light Ghost Gray, FS 36320 Dark Ghost Gray, Tamiya Rubber Black, Clear Red, Clear Green, and Smoke, and Alclad II Gloss Black Primer, Airframe Aluminum, and Burnt Iron. Future+Tamiya XF-21 Flat Base 6:1 ratio for final matte coat. Mig Ammo Deep Gray panel wash. Now on to the pics, I hope you like!
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    Fightertown Decals and the Tamiya Tomcat...

    Yep, that would be the SB Decals sheet Feisty Felines Part 1 Three Lives of F-14A Tomcat BuNo 160390. https://www.scalemates.com/kits/932045-sb-decals-48003-feisty-felines-part-1 This is a tough sheet to find, however...
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    Most Pleasurable Kits

    For me the 3 most hassle free kits I've built are: 1. Tamiya F-14A 2. Tamiya F-16C 3. Revell F-15E All in 1/48...
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    Free image hosting at Photobucket appears to be back

    While I will never again use PB again to host photos, it is nice to see pics in old threads again. I hope it stays that way...
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    FS: 1/48 and 1/72 Aircraft Kits

    Just want to mention Yang is a great seller, my kits arrived very quickly and in MINT condition. Buy with confidence.
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    Fantastic experience buying from Iron Eagle

    Just wanted to let everyone here know that may be interested in buying any of the kits Yang (Iron Eagle) has for sale on this forum to not hesitate! Paid on Friday, arrived on Monday (I do realize we are in neighboring states, but still). He shipped them out in less than 24 hours, on a weekend even! Fantastic packaging and the kits arrived in MINT condition. Thanks Yang! -Michael
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    Building Hasegawa Tomcats in the age of Tamiya

    I also agree that it is nitpicking, and I usually never do so (I am a good-enough kind of builder, for better or worse). However, the Tomcat is the one aircraft I do notice if something is off shape-wise, even if I can't quite pinpoint exactly why. I agree with CJ and Janissary that the shape of the nose is off just enough to bug me. Now don't get me wrong, the shape of the nose on the Tamiya is not enough to keep me from building many more one of those beauties, but I would be lying if I said it did not bother me a little. I didn't mention it in my previous post in this thread, but that is another reason why I will build the Hasegawa kits I already have and will consider buying more in the future for the right price.
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    1/48 Special Hobby AJ 37 Viggen, Swedish Air Force, 1993

    Thanks Calum, I truly appreciate your kind words my friend!
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    1/48 Hasegawa F/A-18D VMFA (AW)-225 Vikings

    That is one beeeeeeautiful model Eric! And as the others have mentioned, the photography is just stunning. I love these markings, and actually plan on doing an in-flight build of this exact same aircraft... some day. LOL However, I will let this awesome build fade from the consciousness of the masses before I make my attempt! 🤪
  11. Absolutely stunning work Janne! Your work just continues to amaze me more with each completed build. Take a bow, sir, this is a masterpiece, especially considering the work it took to get there.
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    1/48 Special Hobby AJ 37 Viggen, Swedish Air Force, 1993

    Thanks Brad, I appreciate the nice feedback! Thanks Chris! I tried to weather the camo without going too far, and I am very happy with the result. THanks Paolo, that is great info! I appreciate your help my friend. Thanks Cap, I always appreciate hearing your feedback. I am happy you approve! Thanks Ray for taking the time to comment, I appreciate the compliments! Thanks Janne, it is always flattering to receive a compliment from you. Hmmm, Viggeness... I like it! That is exactly what I was going for! LOL
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    1/48 Kitty Hawk Su-35S Flanker-E, Russian Air Force, 2014

    Thanks Matt, I appreciate the kind words man! Thanks AFM, I always appreciate your feedback. Thanks Mstor! I agree, the eggplant scheme is definitely my favorite as well. The KH kit is really not so bad, not as nice as the GWH of course, but nice in it's own right. Technically, you could also build an eggplant jet with the GWH kit as there are still some Eggplant jets in service that have the dispensers moved to the underside of the stinger. Thanks man! I am happy with the metalwork, although in the pics the goldish areas seem brighter than they actually are on the model. What an awesome video Zach, thanks for posting this. The flight characteristics of this jet are just so amazing... not sure how useful some of those maneuvers would be in a real engagement, but on the airshow circuit they are incredibly impressive!
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    Building Hasegawa Tomcats in the age of Tamiya

    I have built two Hasegawas and one Tamiya Tomcat. I have quite a few Hasegawa Tomcats left in the stash as well. I plan to build all of them, as I have learned a lot from my two builds so far and the last one only took me a month to build. It is really not such a beast to build if you deviate from the instructions in several key areas. I have so many Tomcat schemes I want to do that it doesn't make sense for me to get rid of the ones I already have, and if I find really good deals on Hasegawa Tomcats I would still buy them, assuming they have the late A parts or are a B variant. I will be buying each Tamiya and AMK F-14 variant kit released going forward as well (have 2 AMK on preorder and will get a Tamiya D as soon as it is available), but only Hasegawa kits if the price is right... As for your exchange inquiry, I would probably not do 2 for 1. For me, 3:1 would be a good enough of a deal that I would bite, but I do understand that it would tilt heavily in my favor as far as value is concerned.
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    Luckymodel email

    They may be having some email issues lately. I have gotten more emails from them than usual also, and oddly yesterday I received shipment notification emails from two purchases that I made in February that I have already since received long ago. So I don't know what that was all about. I would just hold tight and see if they are able to rectify the issues.