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  1. 1/48 Special Hobby AJ 37 Viggen, Swedish Air Force, 1993

    Thanks Mstor! I think the Viggen splinter scheme is my favorite scheme on any jet. Even moreso than my beloved Jolly Rogers schemes. LOL Thanks BD! That is some serious praise there, but I still have a lot to learn. I still make many mistakes and am pretty adept at hiding poor construction. LOL Thanks Paolo! Yeah, I made mention of the issues with the load in my original post. It was brought to my attention on Scalemates when I posted it there. Do you happen to know the external differences between and AJ and AJS 37? Maybe I should just say it's an AJS. LOL Thanks Jeff! That is also some really high praise, and I appreciate that! Thanks CJ! The aluminum bar is 1/2" wide and 1/16" thick. I bought it from Home Depot in lengths of 3 feet, then cut it into 3 1-foot lengths (now I can do two more of these!). I think each bar as only like $2 or so. Very cheap. It is MUCH more sturdy than my previous method using armature wire. There is still a slight bounce being moved, but it is not bad, and the attachment of the model to the bar is much more secure as opposed to how I used to do it. It also looks much cleaner and professional. Thanks shan, I was unaware there isn't a 1/32 version of the Viggen. That is a shame for such an iconic aircraft.
  2. Which 1/48 SU-35?

    The Su-30SM/MKI/MKM/MKA is my most desired kit in 1/48, so imagine my surprise when I saw this: http://coldwarstudio.com/Su-30 SM/ Su-30 MKI conversion set for the Su-30 Hobby Boss kits product/ While it's not a new full kit, I will be getting a couple of these conversion sets for sure! Who knows how long it will be before that aircraft series is kitted. Agreed! While the F-14 is my favorite aircraft, I agree we don't need another new tool F-14, even from GWH. An Su-25 would be awesome!
  3. 1/48 Special Hobby AJ 37 Viggen, Swedish Air Force, 1993

    Thanks man! I appreciate the kind words. Thanks Zach, I appreciate that! I actually was slightly concerned the black stood out too much, even using rubber black instead of regular black. But I think it adds a striking element to the model against the greens and tan. Thanks Red Dog! I think the Viggen in-flight is a thing of beauty, so I knew right away I would do this model in that configuration. Thanks as always my friend! Thanks Jeorg, I appreciate the very nice compliment!
  4. Which 1/48 SU-35?

    Also keep in mind the Chinese boxing contains a VERY nice seated (and a standing, as well) pilot, which would be necessary for doing an in-flight build. The issue is that you would have to go with Begemot decals to do an eggplant scheme since that boxing only includes Chinese markings. But that is not a bad thing, it is what I did and you get many more options and like a zillion stencils for the weapons. You would then have an extra resin tail stinger and drooped nozzles that you could probably sell or keep for another project in the future.
  5. test - do you see the pic?

    Yep, I can see it as well.
  6. Which 1/48 SU-35?

    First, thanks Zach for the kind words about my KH Su-35 build. :-) Now, I have both kits, and the GWH kit is definitely the better kit, amongst the nicest kits I have ever seen in the box. However, judging by what you want to do I would strongly consider the KH kit for the discounted price. First, you want to do an eggplant prototype like I did, and that one uses the tail stinger that comes in the KH kit. Also, you said you want to do it fully armed to the teeth, and the KH kit gives you more munitions than you will know what to do with. The GWH kit only has air to air missiles. Also, the issues with the KH nozzles becomes moot because you are planning an inflight build, so you don't need the drooped nozzles. One thing to watch out for though, I had read somewhere that it is difficult to model the KH canopy closed. I can't confirm that as I didn't even try, but I did see an in-flight build of the KH kit so I do know it can be done. So, if you can get the KH kit for a steal, go for it. There is no doubt the GWH kit is superior, however the KH kit might actually be a better choice for what you want to do.
  7. 1/48 Special Hobby AJ 37 Viggen, Swedish Air Force, 1993

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  8. Hi all! I am back after a bit of a break with my latest completed model, the 1/48 Special Hobby AJ 37 Viggen from 7 sqd of the Swedish Air Force. The kit is actually very nice to build, and has some really nice detail. There are a few errors in the kit, all of which are well known here and other sites. I myself was not too concerned with these issues, as they did not bother me, and by doing an in-flight build was able to avoid two of the bigger issues (canard flaps droop on the ground and way too thin wheels and tires). That also did not keep me from making some mistakes of my own on this build, mostly concerning the weapons load. Apparently AJ 37s did not carry anything on the outer pylons due to vibration (although this was fixed on the JA and other variants), and I mixed green training munitions with live RB 75s. Oops. I chose to do the Fields and Meadows splinter scheme, because OF COURSE. LOL This is without a doubt the most challenging paint and mask job I have ever done, and it is not even close. This makes the F-16C Blizzard scheme look like a walk in the park. Even with the DN Model masks this was extremely tedious, and required much touch up when finished, and I didn't get some areas exactly right. But all in all, I was very pleased when I removed the masks! The paints are all Gunze Aqueous except the black, which is Tamiya Rubber Black. I think the colors are a very nice match. When I think of the Viggen, I think of a few things that make this aircraft iconic. The unique shape. The fabulous green splinter scheme. And of course the flourescent red day-glo practice markings! I couldn't resist putting them on my model. For these I used the Euro Decal Viggen Day Glo sheet. I did have some problems with this sheet, unfortunately. First, these decals are very delicate, and tore at even the slightest resistance once place on the model. In fact, I originally was going to do "34" for sq 6, but I managed to destroy the #3 as I tried to place it. So I changed the number to 45 and had to be verrrrrry careful with the #4 , #5, and the vertical fin numbers. But I will say the Euro Decals are much brighter and look much closer to the real thing than the decals in the kit and the TwoBobs sheet. I also changed up my in-flight stand set up slightly with this model. Instead of the armature wire I had been using, I decided to try using flat aluminum bar. That worked out very well and I think it looks much cleaner and more eye pleasing. I will be using this method from now on. Here is what I used in this build: Kit: 1/48 Special Hobby AJ 37 Viggen Decals: TwoBobs AJ/JA 37 Viggen, Euro Decals Viggen Day Glo numbers Aftermarket: CMK Bofors M/70 Rocket Pods, Eduard Maverick Missiles, Hasegawa Weapons Set C (for Aim-9Js to simulate Rb 24Js), Master Model Pitot set, and DN Model Splinter Camo Masks Paints: Gunze Mr. Surfacer Black 1500 (primer base), Gunze Aqueous H308, H309 Dark Green, H58 Light Green, and H310 Brown, Tamiya Rubber Black, Clear Red, Clear Blue, and Smoke, and Alclad II Gloss Black Primer, 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 the underside and black areas, and Deep Brown for the topside. Now on to the pics... Hope you enjoy!
  9. New Member

    Welcome Tato! You will find many modellers here that love the Phantom as well (including me!) Actually, your English is better than many native speakers I often see post, so all good there! If you had not mentioned that it is not your native tongue I would never have even noticed.
  10. Mig-25RBT by Michael Phillips-Superb!

    Hey, I just now saw this! Thanks for the kind words Brad, I really tried to make it look very worn and used. I am glad I was able to capture that in your eyes.
  11. Hobbyboss F3H-2 Demon by Fighting Eighty-Four

    Thanks Tom, I appreciate the kind words!
  12. 1/48 ICM MiG-25PD and RBF coming in 2018!

    Just saw in the 2018 ICM catalog that a 1/48 MiG-25PD and MiG-25RBF are in coming. I'm pretty pumped for both! https://issuu.com/icm2018/docs/catalogue_2018_small_c?e=32447008/57625963 Hopefully this link works... It's on page 15 of the catalog.
  13. 1/48 - Sukhoi Su-35 "Flanker-E" by Great Wall Hobby

    Same here. Got the tracking email and was charged the original shipping amount.
  14. Yet another 1/48 Tamiya F-14A (updated 28 Mar)

    I too have noticed this and mentioned it before. It is not egregious, by any means. But I have noticed the nose on the Tamiya kit looks slightly too pointy, compared to the Hasegawa nose, which looks more "correct" to my eye. The difference is small enough that I wouldn't notice it on any other aircraft, but since the Tomcat is my favorite I am more apt to notice the difference. Anyway, all in all the difference is so slight that it wouldn't keep me from buying or building the kit. In fact I have already bought three and built one. It;s easily the best engineered and fitting kit I have ever built (or seen). But in the same breath, I also will not be chucking any of my Hasegawa Tomcats either.
  15. Yet another 1/48 Tamiya F-14A (updated 28 Mar)

    Wow, that is fantastic work Cap! And of course I wholeheartedly approve of your choice in markings. ;-) Looking forward to seeing this one cross the finish line!!!