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  1. 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!
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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! 🤪
  7. 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!
  10. 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.
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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.
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    F-14A VF-41 1/48 decal options

    I don't see that particular scheme done as a whole on any sheet either. But I would not think it would be too difficult to piece it together using the Yellow Hammer or CAM set ( https://www.scalemates.com/kits/634674-custom-aeronautical-miniatures-cam-48-006-f-14a-tomcat-vf-21-vf-41) and some lo-viz stencils from another decal set or from a dedicated lo-viz stencil sheet. That Yellow Hammer sheet will probably be difficult to find, but the CAM sheet is readily available. Your biggest challenge is most likely going to be the large two - digit Modex numbers on the wings. Edit: Forgot about the BuNo. That is the biggest issue after some more thought...
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    Kitty Hawk 1:48 Su-34

    If it is anything like their other recent Russian aircraft releases (Su-35, Su-17/22), there will be a huge amount of weapons included. My bet is it will...
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    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.
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    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!
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    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!
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    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.
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    test - do you see the pic?

    Yep, I can see it as well.
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    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.
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    1/48 Special Hobby AJ 37 Viggen, Swedish Air Force, 1993

    Some more pics...
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    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.
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    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.
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    Hobbyboss F3H-2 Demon by Fighting Eighty-Four

    Thanks Tom, I appreciate the kind words!
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    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.