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Fighting Eighty-Four

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  1. Thanks Mark! I look forward to seeing yours done. Hahaa, thanks Zach. That made me LOL a little. I always appreciate your feedback my friend! Thanks Jeorg! I look forward to seeing yours when you finish! Thanks so much Janissary, I really appreciate your kind words, you are one of my inspirations here. The model is now in my office, so I will try to get some closer pics and underside, which for whatever reason I never seem to do when I take pics of my finished builds. *shrugs* Thanks Berkut, I am always flattered when one of the resident Russian aircraft gurus hereon ARC likes my build. 🙂 Thanks Steve, that is very kind. I am definitely proud of this one, and it is my favorite model I've built now. Wow, thanks Dave! That is indeed some lofty praise, and I have seen some amazing Su-33s built. So to be lumped in with that group is an honor in of itself. Thanks Rick! I am truly humbled by such kind words. I was going to enter it into the Cleveland IPMS show, but unfortunately I could not commit to being there all afternoon due to other commitments so I had to leave it out. Thanks goondman! I actually remember remarking to myself about how well the wings fit when they were designed to have the option of folding. Figured it would be a bit tricky, but I had no issues at all. Thanks Paul, it is great to hear your feedback, your amazing Flankers are an inspiration to me. 🙂
  2. Hi all! Back again with my latest completed project, the Kinetic Su-33 Sea Flanker. This is a model I have wanted to build for quite some time, and a quarterly contest with my local IPMS club (John Glenn, Cleveland) gave me the excuse I needed to start this one. The contest theme was "I've Got the Blues", which was to build something that was predominantly blue. I am happy to say this model won first place! By now I am sure you have heard much about this kit. It is complex. The detail is fantastic. Accuracy is pretty good. The instructions are, well, really bad. There is an updated PDF with new instructions online now, which are better, but still leave a lot to be desired. There are some part placement omissions, and seeing where exactly to attach parts can be quite ambiguous. But the worst part for me was the order of construction. It really just makes no sense. I built this basically just referencing the instructions every once in awhile to make sure I didn't forget something or I just wanted to try to get a better idea of how something fit together. I totally ignored the order of construction for the most part. Did I say this was a complex build? Yeah, it is. There are tons of parts. Fitment was actually pretty decent in most places, but I did encounter issues with the intakes fitting right and the nose cone fit is just poor in general. I had quite a step to deal with no matter how much I dry fit or sanded to get it better before attachment. I used a combination of kit decals and the Begemot sheet "Sukhoi Su-33 Sea Flanker - Mission in Syria". The kit decals really are quite nice, and the Begemot ones were as well, just like always. There are some things I did not do exactly correctly or accurately, but overall I am very happy with the end result. Here is what I used for this project: Kit: 1/48 Kinetic Su-33 Flanker-D, K48062 Decals: Begemot Su-33 "Mission in Syria" 48-051, OOB Aftermarket: Master Model Pitot Tube Paints: Gunze Mr. Surfacer Black 1500 (main aircraft primer base), Tamiya Liquid White Primer (for marble coat), Mr Paint MRP-195 Sukhoi Cockpit Blue-Gray, MRP-032 Russian Wheel Green, MRP-199 Su-33 Light Blue, MRP-200 Su-33 Dark Blue and MRP-201 Su-33 Gray, MRP-186 Light Gray, Tamiya Gloss White, Rubber Black, Smoke, Clear Blue, and Clear Yellow, Gunze Mr Color GX2 Gloss Black (gloss black primer for metalwork) and Alclad II Airframe Aluminum, Pale Burnt Metal, and Jet Exhaust. Future Gloss coat for decals and 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!
  3. Has anyone had any issues posting new topics in the Display Case? I tried for a couple days now to make a new post there and I keep getting this: Internal Server Error The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request. Please contact the server administrator at webmaster@arcforums.com to inform them of the time this error occurred, and the actions you performed just before this error. More information about this error may be available in the server error log. Additionally, a 500 Internal Server Error error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request. Plus I haven't seen any posts there since my last post yesterday on an existing topic.
  4. Thanks goondman! Interesting idea, I will have to think about that. But for now I will keep my free time for building models. 🙂 Thanks chinazou! I also am a huge fan of this camo scheme, it is one of the more attractive ones out there, along with the Su-33 one which I just competed recently...
  5. Thanks Zach! It's always a great compliment to get someone that is not interested in a particular subject to like a model of it, so that feels good! As far as the stands, I make them myself. Here is a link to how I do it and with what. If you are interested further, let me know, I can fill in some blanks and help you with the process... https://www.scalemates.com/profiles/mate.php?id=16625&p=albums&album=50194 Thanks Falcon, I always appreciate your kind words! Thank you Dylan! Thanks Moritz, I truly appreciate that! I do about a third of my models in flight, and truly love the look of aircraft in their natural state, in flight! Thanks Mark! I too am a big fan of this scheme. I hope to do and F-4EJ in it too sometime. Thanks Weirich, I appreciate the compliment from a fellow Ohioan!
  6. Hi all! So I am just now getting to posting pics of a build I completed two months ago... Been super busy getting married and work has been brutal, so haven't had much time to put together a post. Anyway, here is my 1/48 Hasegawa F-2A of the JSADF 6 Hikotai "Skull Raiders". First time doing an in-flight build in awhile, so it was good to get back to that. I love doing aircraft in their natural environment, and I think I will try to do them more often in the future. The kit is very nice, great detail, very good fit. I enjoyed the entire build, it was a nice change of pace from the complicated builds I have done lately. As far as aftermarket, I used the Hasegawa JASDF Weapons Set and Afterburner Decals 6 Hikotai Viper Zero set. I got really lucky finding that sheet at a local show for less than $10, so I was eager to put them to use! Other than that everything else is OOB. For the camo, I used the Mr Paint JASDF Blues set, and they seem to be a good match, if a bit dark. Here is what I used for this build: Kit: 1/48 Hasegawa F-2A (PT27) Decals: Afterburner Viper Zero 6 Hitokai (48-064) Aftermarket: Hasegawa JASDF Weapons Set A (X48-10) Paints: Gunze Mr. Surfacer Black 1500 (main aircraft primer base), Tamiya Liquid White Primer (for marble coat), Mr Paint MRP-295 JASDF Navy and Intermediate Blues set, Gunze Aqueous H317 Dark Gull Gray, Tamiya Rubber Black, Clear Red, and Clear Green, Gunze Mr Color GX2 Gloss Black (gloss black primer for metalwork) and Alclad II Airframe Aluminum, Pale Burnt Metal, and Burnt Iron. Future Gloss coat for decals and Future+Tamiya XF-21 Flat Base 6:1 ratio for final matte coat. Mig Ammo Deep Gray panel wash. Now on to the pics!
  7. Thanks CJ, I am always glad to hear your feedback on my work! I have done the marbling technique on two different gull gray over white builds, a Hobby Boss F3H-2 Demon and a Tamiya F-14A. Both times I made the effect less noticeable since it seemed that paint scheme seemed to hold up a bit better than the later TPS. I say go for it, underside too! It is easy to control how much of the effect you let through just by how much paint you put down over it. But be careful, it is easy to go to far quickly and lose the effect entirely.
  8. That is great news, I love that stuff! I think the big issue now will be if MRP can keep up with the demand or not.
  9. Thanks Bastian! This is still my favorite build I have done so far. 🙂 Thanks Tap, I appreciate that! Thanks Calum, I always appreciate your kind feedback. Thanks Sephen!!
  10. Looks like Kitty Hawk might be considering a Ka-52 as well (scale unsure). This cryptic post is by the owner of Kitty Hawk, Song Wang: https://www.facebook.com/groups/369828906819827/permalink/667734353695946/
  11. I noticed on FB today that Kitty Hawk posted a pic of the many Sukhoi kits they currently make and are planning for the future, and one picture REALLY caught my interest... It appears they are planning on doing the Su-30SM, which is the one aircraft I have most wanted to see made in 1/48. Pretty excited by this, as KH's Sukhois have been pretty good so far. 2nd row 2nd pic... https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2376754182583193&set=gm.659681941167854&type=3&theater
  12. Hi all! Back with my latest completed project, the 1/48 Hasegawa AH-64D Apache Longbow of the 1-285 Aviation Battalion, Arizona Army National Guard (ARNG) stationed at Marana, Arizona, from it's 2006 deployment to Afghanistan. The subject I chose is from Charlie Company, known as the "Lobos". The Hasegawa kit is very nice, but being that I am not as familiar with building Helos this one took a lot longer than most of my builds. So many dangly bits and protrusions! I added the Metallic Details Longbow radar and Aires Cockpit. The Aires cockpit actually fits very nice and looks fantastic, but with the enclosed cockpit it really can't be seen, so if I were to do it again I would probably skip this. I also used the Master Model chain gun barrel and antenna set, which is very nice, and the one aftermarket set I would definitely use again, as it makes a huge difference. The decals are a combination of kit decals and the TwoBobs IPMS 2010 sheet. I had some issues with the black line decals of the kit sheet, but the TwoBobs sheet went on nicely. This was my first use of TwoBobs Decals, and am happy with how they performed. I did not attempt to droop the rotors, because I once tried that on a previous build and it did not go well. Maybe next time I will try again, I got some good tips on Scalemates during my WIP that I will try in the future. Overall I am very happy with this build, and I am beginning to realize, for me, Helos are hard! I am much better at my pointy fast planes and can work with them much more quickly and efficiently. Here is what I used for this build: Kit: 1/48 Hasegawa AH-64D Apache Longbow 07223 (PT23) Decals: TwoBobs 2010 IPMS National Convention Sheet Aftermarket: Aires Cockpit, Metallic Details Longbow Radar, Master Model Gun Barrel and Antenna Paints: Gunze Mr. Surfacer 1200 (primer base), Mr Paint MRP-174 Helo Drab, Tamiya Rubber Black, Clear Red, Clear Blue, Clear Yellow, and Smoke, and Alclad II Gloss Black Primer and Airframe Aluminum. Future Gloss coat for decals and Future+Tamiya XF-21 Flat Base 6:1 ratio for final matte coat. Mig Ammo Deep Brown and Medium Gray panel wash. On to the pics, hope you like!
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