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  1. Howdy! πŸ™‚ I can't wait to catch up with the recent pages and I'm sure it will be an amazing adventure. Just that last picture with the decals on and the weathering is enough to me to say ''it's gorgeous''. Gorgeous!
  2. Awesome looking! Yeah, lacquer paints love thinning. Btw, why are these darker sprinkles and unevently painted areas around the rear side of the canopy? Is it an effect (for after the masking) or maybe contaminated paint or so...
  3. 10x Mr.Happy & All! So the MLG is basically done (only a few tiny decals have to be added to the wheels), but the retraction is far from realistic... πŸ™‚ so no video of it. The wheel wells went through a major ''renovation'' mainly to accept the larger tires (aftermarket resin, a bit larger than the original rubber ones) - here they are before: And after. The still open/visible areas will be covered by the upper fuselage itself. It was a fairytale the whole fitting process and it's not pretty, but at least it works good. Note the doors are a
  4. These APU parts look like cyberpunk engines. πŸ™‚ And everything else is... simply put, awesoooome! Cheers.
  5. I'm joining the party a bit late, but... Awesome 3D prints, and it's looking gorgeous!
  6. Here is the nose landing gear retraction: The door is closed with just a pressfit, it fits flawlessly. And a few pix of the NLG extended: ...with a flashlight pointed at the bay: The MLGs are on the go. πŸ™‚ Cheers!
  7. Hi Mr.Happy and 10x for the kind words. πŸ™‚ Here is the update... the cockpit and NLG are finally ready (only a few minor add-ons are remaining, but I'll do them after the main assembly of the fuselage). Check it out: The IR provision on the bottom side is also ready, nothing much is visible, as I hope it will look nicely contrasting with the flat black surface of the fuselage once painted...
  8. 10x all! I can't believe it's being so long, but I'm so happy to resume this build. ☺️ So here are the most recent upgrades: 1) The zig-zag patterms along the front canopy edge are mounted: 2) the intake/exhaust ducts also: The engine faces are partially visible through the intake relieve doors when open: and 3) the air refueling doors are glued and sanded flush: Next I plan to finish the cockpit/nose gear bay assembly... Happy holidays y'all! πŸŽ„βœ¨
  9. Oooh, it is looking very very nice. A very GJ with these rivets... the decal film underneath adds an awesome illusion like there is a connection between two panels...
  10. Howdy! πŸ™‚ A very intriguing and nice looking rescribing adventure! Looks fantastic, but likely a very long adventure on the horizon... then adding rivets...
  11. That's a production line! πŸ™‚ A very nice topic for the build, and I like especially the Tomcat. How about the B-1, did you consider adding it to the collection as well?
  12. Lastly - the pilot figure/seat assembly. It is not 100% ready yet, there are small things left to do, like adding the hose and the control sticks. Anyway, here is the seat before the painting. And together with the pilot figure: and a testfit with the cockpit: Cheerio guys! All this was done quite some time ago... Now I started with the adding of the zig-zag PE patterms along the front edge of the canopy. A few days of drying and sanding, and hopefully updates are coming soon. πŸ™‚ 🍻
  13. Then, at one moment throughout these months, I started editing the bomb bays also to be open-able. For this, the doors should open and close, the launchers should extend and retract... and, those little ''airflow brakers'' (or I'm not sure about their exact names) should also move together with the doors. Their entire mechanisms were molded at once with the front walls of the bomb bays, so I deleted them, and will have to make them moveable as well. Meanwhile, the ''airflow brakers/disturbers...'' are improved by making them separate pices and making them with larger
  14. You have probably noticed the holes for their hinges... πŸ™‚ So yeah, I'll make them moveable - for two displays of the model - one in parked position (gear down, flaperons down, canopy open, etc...) and in in-flight mode with everything retracted. These are the ''hinges'': And testfitted inside the flaperons. There were quite some modifications from the flaperon side as well: The thing is... they don't work perfectly... Still quite a bit of adjustments are required, but I'm optimistic I can make them move as they should.
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