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Lucio Martino

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About Lucio Martino

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  • Birthday 05/24/1961

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    Roma, Italy / Columbia, South Carolina

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  1. @Gwen Phoenix I am doing well, thank you, and I am happy to read that you are getting part V3. Your question about replacing pats J5 and J11 is a very good one... ______________________________ Improving Hasegawa 1:48 Tomcat – 19 Wings (IV) ... the best solution would have been to create a resin copy of parts J5 and J11 but I've never had an AMK Tomcat. The AMK wings that I'm using in this project are leftovers from a kit already assembled with the wings at maximum sweep by my friend Alberto Borzellino, and I haven't found the courage to ask somebo
  2. @GW8345 First of all I would like you thank you very much. Your help is very important for me. _________________________________ Improving Hasegawa 1:48 Tomcat - 18: Undercarriage Legs, Wheels, Seats, and Canopy (IV) Another update, a short one. This time it is about the undercarriage doors. In my opinion, out of the box they are too bare (pic 272). Just to make them looking a little more interesting, first I thinned them somewhat (pic 273). Then, I enhanced their appearance with some 10X20 Evergr
  3. Thank you for your prompt answer. Nothing set in stone yet but of all early F-14A here is where I am going to: https://www.airfighters.com/photo/184737/M/USA-Navy/Grumman-F-14A-Tomcat/161135/ Not perfectly my planned configuration, canopy is closed instead of open and I can't tell about the airbrake, but it's almost there. Can't tell either if the spoilers are shut flat or up the 5 or 15 degrees, surely they aren't at 55, that's why I was asking. I trust you that the 55 would be the most accurate, but - honestly - I don't like it. Barring 55°, what woul
  4. I have two questions regarding the F-14 wings. First: I don't know what to do with the wing spoilers. According to this reference: http://www.anft.net/f-14/f14-detail-wingcontrol.htm I have three options: 1) down, 2) up 5°, 3) up 15°. Which of these three possibilities is the most congruous with the following configuration: canopy open, only rear step open, ladder closed, tail airbrake open, and wings in the "dirty" configuration. Second: According the same source, in a landing configuration slats should be down at 17°. Now that I am working on the AMK wings, I can't tell
  5. @Gwen, Thank you again for your attention. Yes, the G-Brass legs are copies of the original ones but much stronger, and that is really good ! _____________________________________________ Improving Hasegawa 1:48 Tomcat - 18: Undercarriage Legs, Wheels, Seats, and Canopy (III) With some plain plasticard I hided the two original holes making the side bulkhead of the main legs whells more interesting. Well, it's all "gizmology", no accuracy here. Soon after, I began the tedious job of reproducing that tangle of tubes and cables characteristic o
  6. @GW8345 I have another question for you: What about the flap actuators? Red or natural metal? _____________________________________________ Improving Hasegawa 1:48 Tomcat - 18: Undercarriage Legs, Wheels, Seats, and Canopy (II) Sorry for the bad quality of the following photos. Maybe I'm wrong, but I don't think possible that the F-14 undercarriage legs are as angled back as in the Hasegawa offering. Something must be wrong (see pic 260). Maybe the main legs are too short or maybe parts F78 and F79 are too lo
  7. Improving Hasegawa 1:48 Tomcat – 17 Wings (III) When it comes to the wings I have to say that the AMK instructions are somewhat confusing, drawings are relatively small and very "crowded". However, before I venture into actually building the wing, there are a couple of things I'd like to figure out with your help. The first is the angle of the wing spoilers when they are deployed while the flaps are extended. According to AMK they are almost vertical to the wing, but I think that is wrong for a plane sitting on the ground. And then I have no i
  8. Improving Hasegawa 1:48 Tomcat – 16 Wings (II) Mating the AMK wings with the Hasegawa fuselages turned out to be much easier than I thought. Clearly, these two kits have a lot more in common than it seems at first glance. In my opinion, the best strategy to insert the AMK wings into the Hasegawa fuselage is to adapt AMK central spar, part V3 (pic 243 and 244), to the Hasegawa upper fuselage, part A7 (pic 245). To this exent, only three quite simple steps were required: The first was to cut off the two pins on part AMK
  9. @Mr. Happy @RichB63 @Sernak Thank you all. It is because of your interest that my Hasegawa Tomcat is again on the workbench. @Storm About the Aires stuff I do agree with you. Every time it is always the same, an exercise in cutting and sanding. Check this thread to see how much I had to work on the Aires cockpit to get a fit. That's why I didn't go for the Aires wheell wells. Nice to know that I am not the only one loosing interest in a build. @A-10 Loader Thank you for your offer that I decline. Back in the days, I had five Hasegawa Tomcats in my stash: an ea
  10. When the Tamiya Tomcat hit the shelves, it quickly became clear that the Hasegawa Tomcat was obsolete. However, at least in my opinion, it wasn't such a despicable kit to send it to the trash can. No, it was time to build it, taking advantage of the two areas in which it had something more to offer than the Tamiya Tomcat: the wings deployed with flaps and slats down and the open airbrakes. What surprised me much was to find how poorly detailed and difficult to assemble the deployed wings were. Furthermore, flaps are visibly of the wrong dimension, while their actuators are greatly
  11. ... is looking for a new home. Private messages if interested. Lucio
  12. Hi from Columbia, South Carolina. - ESCI 1:72 F-100D Super Sabre (8557) - Academy 1:72 F-4J Phantom (12529) - Xtrakit 1:72 FA.2 Sea Harrier (XK72006) - Platz 1:144 A-4E Skyhawk (PD-20) - Badger 350 Airbrush (never used, as new but not in the original box. A spare needle is included) Contact me via PM if interested.
  13. To those who have followed this thread, I feel the need to say that I have not given up on this project. The reason I haven't published anything new is that last spring I had to drop off my Hasegawa Tomcat in Rome, Italy on my way back here to the United States. Unfortunately, I had other priorities in packing. I still don't know when I'll be back, but as soon as I get this kit in my hands, I'll work on it again and keep you updated on my progress. Cheers, Lucio
  14. Very, but very inaccurate. However, take a look here: https://www.kitshow.net/int/MDL_25_Su15-Flagon.php
  15. Hi, As you can see in this picture, the propellers of the Tamiya and the Hasegawa 1:48 BF 109E look different. Which one of them is shapwewise the most accurate? The Hasegawa propeller is the one on the rigth. Lucio
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