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  1. Fighting Eighty-Four

    1/48 Hasegawa AH-64D Apache Longbow, Arizona NG, 2006

    Some more pics...
  2. 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!
  3. Fighting Eighty-Four

    1/48 Su-30MKM Flanker-H (Hobby Boss Su-30MKK Conversion)

    Hello! I used a Rotary tool with a generic diamond cut wheel to get close, then sanded with sanding sticks to get the rest of the way to my pre-marked lines. Using a rotary tool with a large cutting wheel as I did takes some serious nerves, and you have to be very careful. That mofo eats through plastic instantly, which is both good and bad. LOL
  4. Fighting Eighty-Four

    Su-27M T10M-1 Prototype 701

    This is really awesome work Paul, as usual! Just love this scheme too. Bravo!
  5. Fighting Eighty-Four

    1/48 Hobby Boss Su-30MKM Flanker-H, Royal Malaysian Air Force, 2015

    Thanks Shan! I kinda like that about this scheme, as it is one of the few Flankers that are all one color, top and bottom. Thanks tonal! This is my favorite model that I have built so far (out of 34).
  6. Fighting Eighty-Four

    1/48 Hobby Boss Su-30MKM Flanker-H, Royal Malaysian Air Force, 2015

    Thanks Rom! Always glad to have your feedback! Thanks Steve, this is indeed also my favorite build of mine thus far. I am just so stoked how it turned out, especially how much surgery was involved, and being the first time I have done such a task. As for building more, next up is 1/48 Hasegawa Ah-64D with some resin bits. But compared to this one, the Apache should be a cakewalk. I will be starting it after I return from Bali at the end of this month. Thanks Andy! Yeah, the twin seat Flankers, in particular, have a very "all business" look to them, and this scheme really brings that look out. Thanks Zach! I always appreciate your kind words and support my friend! Thanks Ichitoe! I wanted to do this one lightly weathered, as these jets seem to be anywhere from pristine to minor wear. I too, am happy with how the weathering turned out! Thanks Ryan! The AMR nozzles really are fantastic, and this is my second time using them. I had previously used them on my KH Su-35. This time I tried to tone down the colors a little bit, but I still wanted to keep the affect intact. I am very pleased with how it turned out as I experimented a bit more this time. Thanks Paul, I really appreciate that coming from you. It was great having you in the build thread and really appreciated your contribution and feedback. I look forward to seeing your next project. Thanks Dave, I am glad you enjoyed the ride! I only do WIP threads every so often, as most of my builds are pretty boring OOB builds with a little extra here and there. Thanks Jonathan! I was honored to have you along for the ride. For the overall coat, I used H335 Medium Seagray. I had also considered H337 Grayish Blue, but decided to go with H335 in the end. According to my Scalemates project summary, I started this on November 21st and finished on January 11th... So about 7 weeks start to finish.
  7. Fighting Eighty-Four

    1/48 Su-30MKM Flanker-H (Hobby Boss Su-30MKK Conversion)

    Well, she is all done now! You can see the final pics here:
  8. Fighting Eighty-Four

    1/48 Su-30MKM Flanker-H (Hobby Boss Su-30MKK Conversion)

    Thanks Falcon... I got good news for ya... 😉 Thanks master! Thanks dox! She is all done now...
  9. Fighting Eighty-Four

    1/48 Hobby Boss Su-30MKM Flanker-H, Royal Malaysian Air Force, 2015

    A few more pics...
  10. Hi all! Well, it's that time again... Another finished project! This time it is the 1/48 Hobby Boss Su-30MKM Flanker-H conversion from the base Su-30MKK kit using the Naza Model Art MKM conversion. The build WIP thread can be viewed here: The Su-30MKM is the Malaysia specific variant of the Su-30, based off of the Indian Su-30MKI. It has canards and thrust vectoring exhaust in common with that aircraft, however there are many things that make the MKM unique among Flankers. It utilizes western avionics from France and South Africa, and many feature not seen on other Flankers. The twin-seat canard Flankers are among my favorite aircraft, however there is no kit in 1/48 of these variants (Su-30SM/MKI/MKM/MKA). Thankfully, the somewhat recently released Hobby Boss Su-30MKK gets you close, and the Naza Model Art conversion kit gets you ALMOST there. I also needed to do some scratchbuilding of the IFF "bird slicers" and a few other little things. I also need thrust vectoring nozzles, so for those I used the AMUR Reaver TV nozzles, which are really nice. I also used Fishbone Decals for the decals. The Hobby Boss kit is really quite nice. Great detail, and the fit is nearly perfect. Easy to build, it is really a simple kit. There are some inaccuracies in this kit, but they do not bother too much. The Naza resin is very nice, and fit the kit quite well once the necessary plastic is removed. This was my first conversion I have attempted, and I must say I was quite apprehensive about attempting it. But I decided to just dive in and do it, and came away relieved. I actually enjoyed it, and am glad the conversion parts fit well. I am no longer afraid of doing another in the future. I also used a Master Model Pitot, L'Arsenal Damocles Pod, and NeoMega Ejection Seats. There are a few small inaccuracies with this build, mostly with the cockpit IPs. But overall it is pretty close. Kit: 1/48 Hobby Boss Su-30MKK no. 81714 Decals: Fishbone Su-30MKM Royal Malaysian Air Force Aftermarket: Naza Model Art Su-30MKM Exterior Conversion Set, A.M.U.R. Reaver Thrust Vectoring Nozzles, L.Aresnal Damocles Pod w/Nahar Pylon, NeoMega K-36DM Seats, Master Model Pitot Tube Paints: Gunze Mr. Surfacer Black 1500 (main aircraft primer base), Tamiya Liquid White Primer (for marble coat), Mr Paint MRP-090 Lemon-Gray Russian aviation primer and MRP-181 Light Gray, Gunze Aqueous H335 Medium Seagray, and H331 Dark Seagray , Tamiya Rubber Black, 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 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. On to the pic... Hope you like!
  11. Fighting Eighty-Four

    1/48 Su-30MKM Flanker-H (Hobby Boss Su-30MKK Conversion)

    Thanks Rom! You know, I struggled a bit with what to do with the air brake (closed or open). I agree with you it does tend to break up the sleek profile, but I decided to model it open for two reasons. 1. - there are so many lumps, bumps, protrusions, dangly bits, and other things on the MKM it just kinda fit in with the subject to have it open. With the open canopy, canards, and open air brake there is some really cool symmetry of angles these create as well. 2. - The airbrake itself is interesting. The inside of the air break itself is the Russian yellow primer, and the fuselage has some white rectangles that add interest. For an all gray aircraft, that little bit of yellow really pops! Thanks Dave! I really appreciate that, that is a wonderful compliment. Thanks Lucio! Next up for me is a bit less challenging project, the Hasegawa AH-64D, although I have considerably less experience with Helos (only built two so far), so this may be more of a challenge than I am expecting. 🙂
  12. Fighting Eighty-Four

    Glass Case RMAF SU-30MKM 1/48

    Very nice work Kamal! I am currently finishing up my own Su-30MKM, using the Naza set and Hobby Boss kit, so I can understand the work that went into this. Well done!
  13. Fighting Eighty-Four

    1/48 Su-30MKM Flanker-H (Hobby Boss Su-30MKK Conversion)

    So I got a lot accomplishedl last night, got the burner cans done (although I will hit them with a flat coat to tone them down a little) and the vertical and horizontal stabilizers, as well as the canards on. Also attached the deployed air brake and IRST clear part. This thing REALLY looks awesome in person, and it is my favorite model that I have built so far. I am really excited to get this one done! This will be the last update on the WIP, next up will be the final reveal in a couple days. Still have to finish the seats and canopy, as well as attach probes and pitot. Thanks to everyone for following along, I hope you enjoyed your stay!
  14. Fighting Eighty-Four

    1/48 Su-30MKM Flanker-H (Hobby Boss Su-30MKK Conversion)

    Thanks Mario, I appreciate the kind words! Thanks Jonathan, I am glad you enjoyed this build. I really have enjoyed this, despite all the work needed to convert it. I just love the twin seat canard Flankers so much, and the MKM is my favorite of those. Was glad to have ya along for the ride! Thanks, and I completely agree Falcon, the Kryptons are just one mean looking missile. It's hard to build a Flanker and not include some. LOL
  15. Fighting Eighty-Four

    1/48 Su-30MKM Flanker-H (Hobby Boss Su-30MKK Conversion)

    OK, update time! Well, she is on her feet now and got the weapons done, that took quite some time, even without many decals (kit does not come with many, and I didn't want to use the training markings. 2x Kh-31s, 2x Kh-29Ts, 2x RVV-AE (R-77 export version), 2x R-73s, and one Thales Damocles pod w/NAHAR pylon. I am very happy with how these turned out, especially the Kh-31s. Pics of MKMs show these rarely carry any weapons, so this will be a mostly fictional load, although it is possible. Getting close, the finish line is near!!!
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