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Lucio Martino

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About Lucio Martino

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  1. Sir, Let me say this again: We need you to downsize to 1:72 your FB-111 sheet.
  2. Other models as well. First one to be re-released was the EF-111A.
  3. KursadA, We need you to shrink your beatiful 1:48 FB-111A sheet in 1:72. To my knowledge, the few related old Micro/Super Scale sheets are very hard to find. In addition, Hasegawa is re-realising this kit, still tge best in this scale. Looking forward to that.
  4. Cercando questa decals: Super Scale 72-613 Google mi ha dato questo tuo vecchio annuncio. Vorrei chiederti se ce l'hai ancora e se saresti disposto a vendermela. Cordiali saluti, lucio.martino@tin.it
  5. I wonder if they will ever make available some drawings. We badly miss some accurate Thunderchief drawings.
  6. Hi, Any chances that the clear resin will turn yellow with the passing of time?
  7. @coneheadff Finally I know why so few builds of this kit... ____________________________________________________ Improving Hasegawa 1:48 Tomcat - 10 Main Fuselage (IX) Pic 107 shows the modified air intake upper surface. I rebuilt to a wider dimension the rear end of the air intake upper surface using some Evergreen stripes. The modified and unmodified sides of the lower half of the fuselage, and parts D1 and D4, are shown in pic 108. To get a better understanding of the overall shape and dimension of the air intakes, I needed to glue parts D1 and D4 to lower fuselage. Parts D1 and D4 are very rough. I clean them carefully, checking them continuously against the lower fuselage, nevertheless their joint needed few layers of Mr. Surfacer 500 to look acceptable (pics 109 and 110). Finally, pics 111, 112, 113, 114, and 115 show all these parts dry fitted outside and inside the air intake trunks. Any feedback is welcome.
  8. @coneheadff @Tomcat Trebor @Piker38 @Keroburner89 Thank you very much. I love your feedbacks. ___________________________________________________________ Improving Hasegawa 1:48 Tomcat - 09 Main Fuselage (VIII) From time to time my AMS becomes acute. That does not need much, let alone when it comes to something like you see in pic 91. G10 and G11, the upper walls of the air intakes, are clearly narrower than they should be to tightly meet parts B1 and B9. True, I reduced the thickness of the vertical walls of the air intakes because they look too thick, but not so much as to create such a gap. That the problem is even more manifest comparing parts G10 and G11 with the lower half fuselage, as shown by pic 92. Something did not work well in the air intakes of my Hasegawa Tomcat, but I could not tell what. Checking the dimensions of parts G10 and G11 I have to say that they are fine because multiplied by 48, the 14.91 mm measured by my caliber equals 715.68 mm, a value close enough to the 744 mm of the Grumman Tomcat (pic 93 and 94). At this point, getting bored of browsing the web and my books, I payed an inspirational visit to the Tomcat parked on the deck of the USS Yorktown (pic 95 and 96). I am working on this kit mostly to challenge myself with old school techniques, not to build a perfect replica. In that case, I would have pick a Tamiya Tomcat, either in 1:48 or 1:32. Given that, I stopped counting rivets and I choose to do what I could to make the air intakes, if not accurate, at least looking somewhat better than out of the box. To this extent, I sanded down even more the interior sides of parts B1 and B9 to wider the upper walls of the air intakes, and that was quite an easy job. Pics 97 and 98 show the un-modified and modified parts. At the end, I removed almost one mm for each side (pics 99 and 100). To wider parts G10, G12, G11, and G13, I engraved a deep line with a needle guided by tape. Then, using one of my photo-etched saws I cut them in two half (pics 101 and 102). As you can see in pic 103, after sanding down their excessively thick edges, I glued them together by inserting some Evergreen .125X.060 strip. Pic 104 shows the final products, wider, longer, thinner and equipped with new edges made with Evergreen .060X.010 strip. Next step was to wider the related sections of the lower semi-fuselage. As a guide for my needle I used a metal template for one side, and some tape for the other side because it was too narrow to use a metal template. Finally, I cut along the engraved lines using a photo etched saw (pic 105 and 106). More from me soon.
  9. Zac, Please do your magic and give us a new, omega shaped, canopy for the "1 72" Zvezda Su-27. It is a beatiful accurate kit, it would be worth a better canopy. Best,
  10. @coneheadff Yes Yes, the surgery solved the problem. Now I can insert subassemblies B10-B11 and B2-B3 either from the top or from the bottom of the lower fuselage without any problem. Thank you again for your attention @TheMongoose Just a short note to thank you for your nice words. ___________________________________________________________ Improving Hasegawa 1:48 Tomcat - 08 Main Fuselage (VII) The more I focus on this kit, the more I discover that my efforts to improve the air intakes are far from over. However, more on that in a future post because I need a break from the air intakes ordeal. Checking the upper fuselage, I can not precisely explain what it is wrong with the wing gloves of the Hasegawa kit, but they just do not look right, they just do not look the way they should. One good solution to improve this area would be using the etched aftermarket detail set released by A.M.U.R. Reaver (PE4804), but it is out of stock. Comparing the Hasegawa wing gloves with my references, they look simplified at least. To bring them up, the first thing I did was to remove an engraved line running along the outer edge. To this extent, some Mr. Surfacer Gunze 500 came very handy, as you can see in pic 79 and 80. Wet sanding came next, having care not only to remove all the excess filler, but to somewhat reshape the entire area. Pics 81 and 82 show these two areas after wet sanding and after heavy engraving with a sharp needle of all the separate wing glove finger seals. The fit between the inflatable bags, parts A10 and A11, and the upper fuselage is very flimsy. Positioned like in the pic 84 and 85, two small strips of Evergreen are enough to get these parts laying sturdy on the upper fuselage without any glue. With this two parts firmly in position, I could address another important missing detail: the sealant stripes sandwiched between the wing gloves and the wings. I simulated these with few inches of .10X.120 Evergreen, carefully cut using as a reference photos and the Tamiya Tomcat. Pics 86 and 87 show these strips glued to the bottom edge of the upper fuselage. At the end, fixing the missing sealant stripes was not so difficult. Not so difficult either is cutting and gluing six small pieces of Evergreen to imitate three small little things sitting in top of the each wing glove. Finally, with a 0.4 mm drill-bit I engraved the rivets running near the edge of the inflatable bags (pics 88, 89 and 90). PS: I would like some feedback on the quality my pictures. Focus, too big, too small, to bright, too dark, etc.
  11. Hi, What about Zvezda "Polite People" ? https://zvezda.org.ru/catalog/sbornye_modeli/miniatyura/poslevoennaya_i_sovremennaya_figures/rossiyskaya_sovremennaya_pekhota/ I am planning to build a tank, a T-80BV for a change, in a quite simple diorama. I wonder how good these figures are, and if are appropriate near a T-80BV. Cheers, Lucio
  12. Thank you dnl42 for your very clear instructions.
  13. @Tomcat Trebor @andrew.deboer @coneheadff @Keroburner89 @ViperZero Thank you all. Thank you so much ! _____________________________________________________________ Improving Hasegawa 1:48 Tomcat - 07 Main Fuselage (VI) When I thought I had solved all the issues related to the air intakes (pic 68) - ie the two sets B1 / B10-B11 and B9 / B2-B3 - I realized that they do not fit well to the lower fuselage, despite what shown in the instructions (pic 69). After another careful dry-fitting session, I had to choose between cutting some of the lower fuselage, cutting some of the upper edges of the B10-B11 and B2-B3 sub-assemblies, or trowing my Hasegawa Tomcat into the garbage. At the end, I decided to remove the areas shown in pics 70 and 71. This operation has not been easy. Pics 72 and 73 show how, with the help of a photo-etched saw, I did it. The following pic 74 shows the reworked, now shorter, lower fuselage part. These other two pictures (pic 75 and 76) show the lower fuselage halfway in this process. As you can see in pics 77, 78, and 79 the intake trunk sub-assembly is now clear from any fitting problem. As a result, my Tomcat won't fly into the garbage. At last not yet.
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