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  1. marcopreto

    1:144 scale SH-3G Sea King (Sweet)

    Here's a quick update! The main landing gear is being upgraded. The photo shows the original kit part on the right and the improved version on the left. The gear structure was mostly built from plastic rod and thin plastic card. The wheels are the kit parts after being cut from the original part and turned in order to make them circular and concentric with the wheel hub. I'll try to post a step-by-step of this process in my blog, during this next weekend. Cheers Marco Preto http://mpminiatures.wordpress.com
  2. Here are a few photos of the early stages of construction of the model presently at the modeling bench. It's a Sea King, produced by Sweet Model, in their usual 1:144 scale. It is a very nice model, but the winch is not that great (compared with the rest of the model). So with that in mind I also decided to detail some other bits! The fuselage was glued together with little problem. The exhausts were drilled out and a brass tube was glued in an angle. The tail rotor was detailed using the blades from the 6bladed rotor (also included in the kit) and a scratch built hub (using brass rod and pe leftovers). You can see the original kit's part on the right. I hope to post more soon. Cheers Marco Preto http://mpminiatures.wordpress.com
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    F-16A IAF Op. Opera (Revell 1:144)

    It is finally completed. I hope you like it. Cheers Marco Preto http://mpminiatures.wordpress.com
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    F-16A IAF Op. Opera (Revell 1:144)

    Here are a few more photos of the progress made this last weekend. Decals are applied and base colors completed (but there are still lots of details to be picked up). The panel lines are being marked using a thin lead pencil (0.3mm). It works well for these tiny model, applied over a flat or satin surface and any mistake can be easily erased. The upper fuselage has this process at its early stages (just the rear is done so far). I hope to complete it soon. Cheers Marco Preto http://mpminiatures.wordpress.com
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    F-16A IAF Op. Opera (Revell 1:144)

    After a couple of weeks without any progress, here are a few photos of the camouflaged model. I hope to apply decals soon Cheers Marco Preto http://mpminiatures.wordpress.com
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    F-16A IAF Op. Opera (Revell 1:144)

    After a small break, this model returned to the workbench and it is now ready for its camouflage colors. I hope to post more soon. Cheers Marco Preto http://mpminiatures.wordpress.com
  7. Here are a few photos of the model presently on my workbench. It's Revell's 1:144 F-16C boxing, that I am using to build an Israeli F-16 A, used during Op. Opera. The kit includes all the parts to build a A model, but the Mk 84 2000pds bombs, used in that operation, are not. Although there are 1:144 Mk 84 bombs in the aftermarket offerings, I decided to build them from scratch, turning the bomb casings from brass rod and building the fins out of brass sheet (0.12mm thick). At this scale, they are only 26 mm long. I hope to post more soon. Cheers Marco Preto http://mpminiatures.wordpress.com
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    Boeing 767-300 American Airlines (1:144)

    Thank you all for your kind comments. The bare metal is a combination of AlcladII Polished Aluminium and Chrome (some panels also got a filter layer, using AMMO PLW or AMMO filters). The Greys over the wings/stabilizers are also from AMMO, from their acrylic paint range ( light grey A.MIG-209 and grey A.MIG-059). Cheers Marco Preto http://mpminiatures.wordpress.com
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    F-101b Vodoo Revell 1/72

    I'll be surely following this build! Cheers Marco Preto http://mpminiatures.wordpress.com
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    EA-18G Growler

    Thanks! If only I knew that story while I was painting it! Cheers Marco Preto http://mpminiatures.wordpress.com
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    EA-18G Growler

    What I thought would be a quick project (a few weeks, a month at most) ended up taking a few days more than a year! Long hours at work and a few other modelling projects took all the momentum out of this build and just recently, I got interested in it again and finally completed it yesterday. Here are a few photos of the completed model: It was built using Revell's 1:144 EA-18G Growler. I hope you like it Cheers Marco Preto http://mpminiatures.wordpress.com
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    F-14A VF-84 Jolly Rogers

    Uau indeed! Very nice model! If a may add something, it is regarding your photos: if your camera allows, try taking the photos with smaller aperture (use a high f/stop) as it will increase your depth of field (that way, ideally, you'll get the whole model in focus). I hope it helps and congratulations on an amazing model. Cheers Marco Preto http://mpminiatures.wordpress.com
  13. Here are some photos of a model completed a while ago for the spanish publication "The Weathering Aircraft" issue number 5 "Metallics" http://www.migjimenez.com/en/71-the-weathering-aircraft). It is Zvezda's 767-300 kit with only minor additions/modifications. I hope you like it. Cheers Marco Preto http://mpminiatures.wordpress.com
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    Sukhoi T-50-5R PAK-FA (finished 01.08.2017)

    Hi Seb: I'm eagerly following your updates! All the best Cheers Marco Preto http://mpminiatures.wordpress.com
  15. Here are a few photos of the early stages of this build. The trailing edges of the wings, elevator and rudder were thinned down, as well as the exhaust nozzles of the engine. The intake side of the engines was also smoothed out. All small antennas were removed to be replaced with scratchbuilt items. The lower fuselage stabilizers will be replaced by plastic card items (much thinner than the supplied parts) and I'm also thinking of replacing the gear legs and gear doors with scratch built items. The windows were polished but still need some work as they do not compare well with photos of the real thing. Besides this small issues the kit as been falling together with little effort as the part's fit is near perfect (the engines are just placed, not glued in the following photo). I hope to have more to show soon. Cheers Marco Preto http://mpminiatures.wordpress.com