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  1. Chuck, I guess this doesn't come new to you: https://www.furballaero-design.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=32-002 Go black, but if you ever change your mind, take a look to the old Top Gun splinter (1986) and keep the all black finish for "the" black jet F-117.
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    1/48 Su-30MKM Flanker-H (Hobby Boss Su-30MKK Conversion)

    Lovely ! Looking forward to your next build.
  3. @cema_ga @coneheadff Thank you  for your nice words. For what concerns the air intakes, they are really a disaster... _____________________________________________________________________ Improving the Hasegawa 1:48 Tomcat – 03 Upper and Lower Main Fuselages (II) Probably, the worst issue of the Hasegawa Tomcat is the shape of the wing glove leading edge. A real deal breaker for me. Enough to drop any interest. Pic 20 shows the wing glove leading edge of the very accurate Tamiya Tomcat. Pics 21, 22, and 23 show the same part of the Hasegawa Tomcat. Some stripes of tape shows the misshape beyond any reasonable doubt. So, fixing the shape of the wing glove leading edge was mandatory not to drop my Hasegawa Tomcat into the garbage nest. Given that both upper and lower main fuselages are quite thick, my solution was to stick to my abrasive tools for a long session of wet sanding (pic 24). After about half a hour or careful sanding, the starboard wing glove was looking like in pics 25 and 26. After this first round of sanding, with the help of a precision contour gauge, I draw, and cut, the profile of the Tamiya Tomcat wing glove leading edge on five cards and I use them to check the upper fuselage reshaping (pics 27, 28, 29 and 30). However, reshaping the upper fuselage is not enough. The lower fuselage wing glove is too tall and must be reduced of .40 (1 mm). Using some tape as a guide first for a pencil and then for a needle, I first marked, and then I engraved, a line showing the area to be removed, as you can see in pic 31. A photo etched saw finished the job, cutting a .40 stripe of plastic away (pic 32 and 33). Pic 34 shows he final product, the reshaped upper wing glove and the shorter lower wing glove. Pic 35 compare the un-modified to the modified parts. Any kind of feedback is very welcome.
  4. Interested. In case my US ZIP 29205 Thanks
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    F-14 Strakes

    Thank you.
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    F-14 Strakes

    Hi, Someting is hanging from the rear of the F-14 strakes. I have no good pics to understand what. Can you help ?
  7. @whiskey I do agree with you, the Monogram/Revell Tomcat is way easier to build. The problem is that my AMS forces me to face increasing higher modelling challenges. @ViperZero @Coneheadff Hopefully this thread will be useful to both of you and to others eventually building this kit. _____________________________________________________________________ Improving the Hasegawa 1:48 Tomcat – 02 Cockpit and Wheel Wells (I) Second in my personal building sequence is the front and main wheel wells assembly, three small multipart assemblies. As you can see in pics 10 and 11, all the nose well assembly is easy and painless, calling for a good additional detailing and effect painting. Same is not true for the main wheel wells. Composed by no less than four parts each, to be sandwiched between the upper and lower main fuselages, the main wheel wells are a surprisingly problematic area (pic 12). After endless dry fitting, I have felt confident enough to commit first some liquid glue, mostly to get all parts in the correct position, and then to fill with cyanoacrylate glue every seams for a strong bond (pics 13 and 14). However, compared to what came later, this was a painless experience. See pic 15. The lower main fuselage is lacking of a surface on which glueing parts C15 and C16, requiring about an inch of .40X.40 Evergreen stripe to fix this problem, as you can see in pics 16 and 17. Furthermore, these two parts, each of them key for a correct alignment of the main undercarriage legs, are simple too short, leaving a large gap (pics 18 and 19).
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    Su-27 from Great Wall Hobby

    Great news ! I love GWH Su-35. Just the idea of a GWH Su-27 of the same quality is a true Christmas present.
  9. @Collin @Fighting Eighty-Four I want to thank the both of you for your replies. I am looking forward at your feedbacks. And I want to congratulate with Fighting Eighty-Four for his Adversary Tomcat. It is a very inspirational work. _____________________________________________________________ Improving the Hasegawa 1:48 Tomcat – 01: Mating together Forward and Main Fuselages (I) The Hasegawa 1:48 Tomcat is world famous for atrocious fitting between the forward and main fuselages. The simple idea of putting, sanding, and smoothing this joint has been more than enough for many modelers to drop every ambition of building this kit. Not to mention the work eventually necessary to restore all the related surface details. My choice has been to address this problem as a first thing, to throw all this kit immediately away in the garbage if I had not been able to satisfactory joint together these four (actually five) parts. To match forward and rear fuselage better, I first removed completely the two rear bulkheads of the two forward semi-fuselages. Then I sanded the inside of the forward and main fuselages with a metal file until the thickness of all mating parts was about the same (my digital caliper came very handy). Finally, I glued to all fuselage parts some .40X.125 Evergreen stripes, alternating one with one another (pics 01 and 02). As you can see in pic 03, 04, 05, and 06 forward and main fuselages now match one to the other much better. The forward fuselage is just a bit lower, but this is something that I can fix by pulling one side up and the other down when I will glue these parts together, so to be able to fix this join with the help of a little putty and a sanding stick. The two lower strips of Evergreen provide some support for lower fuselage part B4, whose gluing area is otherwise very narrow (pic 07). Finally, all this makes for a quite sturdy connection between main and forward fuselages. Now one fits into the other, holding up without glue (pics 08 and 09). Pics are taken with my tablet. Not much I can do to improve focus, etc. However, any advice about how to improve their quality is very welcome. More from me soon.
  10. Improving the Hasegawa 1:48 Tomcat – 00: General considerations I am a proud rivet counter distinctly affected by Advanced Modeler Syndrome (AMS). At 57, I am chronic. Given that AMS is not a life threatening disease, I refuse every therapy, keeping digging deeper into this hobby in the utmost contempt for the “out of the box” approach. So far, I refused from posting my work here or on any other forum. Doing that requires additional time and challenging abilities, like photography. In addition, English is not my mother language. In other words, this is going to be my first In-Progress thread and this is going to be the first time that I post here by my name and not by a nickname. The Hasegawa 1:48 Tomcat is well over thirty years old and very much has been said and written about it. Since when opening the box for the first time, I strong had the feeling that this kit was rushed up from the few years older 1:72 Tomcat, by any account relatively more accurate and detailed. Maybe this is the reason why fit is quite below Hasegawa standards in 1:48. Actually, I always believed this as the worst modern jet kit in this scale by this firm, but no other Tomcat was a better choice for a rivet counter like me. As a result, the Tamiya Tomcat was a very good news, but suddenly it left me with a bunch of obsolete Hasegawa Tomcats. I managed to sell them all my Hasegawa but one, a second hand kit missing the original box, instructions, and decals, but full of many spare parts and additional sprues that make possible a build of any version of the Tomcat. This kit is now on my workbench. In an attempt to please my AMS, my plan is to improve my Hasegawa Tomcat using only a few of the many aftermarket items produced for this kit over the years. For one reason or another, I often ignore Hasegawa's instructions sequence. In general, after studying the sprues long enough to get bored, I am used to writing my construction order, trying to break down the construction process into many different subsets. This time makes for six subset: Forward Fuselages Upper and Lower Main Fuselages Tails, Stabilizers, and Strakes Cockpit and Wheel Wells Wings Undercarriage Legs, Wheels, Seats, and Canopy Unless I change my mind on the way (quite possible), my intention is to build one of the first boat tailed Tomcat with the rear air brakes open and the wings swept forward, to take advantage of the options offered by this old kit. As for the aftermarket, I am planning to use nothing more than an Aires cockpit and some Royale Resin wheels, but I'm not really sure. About the markings, I have no idea yet. More from me soon.
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    Icelandic F-15's

    @Old Crew Dog, Regarding: " 16. No chaff and flare mods installed under the intake on A models." That is true also for post MSIP F-15A ? Your list on the discrepancies of 1:32 Tamiya F-15E would be very appriciated. Best,