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  1. 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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    Great Wall Hobby Mig-29 decals

    I also used GWH kit decals on my SMT (9-19) variant. Performed very well for me as well, no issues at all.
  3. 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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    1/48 Hasegawa F/A-18C Hornet, VFA-86 Sidewinders CAG, 2006

    Thanks bud, I really appreciate the kind words and support. I am glad you like it! After some though I think I will just keep it here, despite the honor it would be to give it to them. I have never shipped a model before, and worry about the logistics of such an endeavor. Besides, it looks like you are giving them quite the sweet supply jets of their history! Thanks man, I always appreciate your comments on my builds! Thanks Peter, that is quite a compliment from you my friend. 🙂 Thanks Cap! Your kind words are greatly appreciated.
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    Tamiya 1/48 F-14 A Tomcat

    That is just stunning Peter! Having done this exact scheme on the Tamiya Tomcat as well, I can really appreciate what you have done here. The paintwork and details are just so crisp and well done. Bravo, man... Bravo!
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    710 Blue "older" Su-35

    Mr Matt Foley, you mind if an non-WI (Ohio) guy gets in on this? I really would like to get one of these sets too. If you don't feel comfortable doing that perhaps I can buy the sets and ship them out to you guys... I guess it depends on how much his shipping is for one set to the US and how much it would be to send three...
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    Su-34 Anti-glare

    How about NATO black? I think that is an almost black very dark green.
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    1/48 Hasegawa F/A-18C Hornet, VFA-86 Sidewinders CAG, 2006

    Thanks RK! Yeah, I noticed the sweet Hornet builds being posted too! I am just glad mine can be included in that lofty company. Thank you Zach for the really nice compliment! You made my day!!! Thanks man, I really appreciate that! Thanks Steve, that is quite a compliment! Thanks HWR! I wish you luck on your build. What are you building now? Thanks Darren! It is always an honor to earn that NOICE!!! Man, how cool would that be, to give it to the squadron. Not sure how that would work? Thanks Mstor! Thanks Janne! I like 'em dirty too, even though this one was not intended to be quite so dirty but due to my wash difficulties on this build it just kinda happened. LOL Thanks Ryan, I always appreciate your kind words! Thanks Mike, I really appreciate that!
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    OOB RF-4B Hasegawa 1/48

    That is beautiful work Collin! I really love the crisp paintwork and restrained weathering. I know this as I sometimes tend to take weathering to extreme on certain subjects, but I I really enjoy seeing a cleaner bird sometimes and this one nails that look.
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    Hasegawa 1/48 F/A-18C VMFA 212

    Fantastic work MG! Having just built this kit as well, I can really appreciate what I see here. Really diggin' the weathering! Much love from a fellow Ohioan!
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    1/48 Hasegawa F/A-18C Hornet, VFA-86 Sidewinders CAG, 2006

    A few more pics...
  12. 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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    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! 🤪
  21. 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.