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  1. Rescued another partially finished build from the boneyard. Kittyhawk's 1/48 F-94C remains my favorite of all their offerings. I love the subject and this kit seemed to fall together. Finished with Alclad and Tamiya acrylics. Decals came in the box. My next post will involve a trip to Vacuform Land. Stay tuned.
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    Eduard MiG-21PFM

    I have so many of Eduard's 1/48 MiG-21s in the stash but this is the first I've finished. They might be my current favorite kit in that scale. This is a PFM in Mongolian markings. Painted with Tamiya acrylics, washed with oils. Decals from an aftermarket sheet that I picked up from Hannants ages ago.
  3. I started this kit in the summer of 2005. Got as far as painting it, then the build stalled. Twelve years later, I decided to finish her. This is the venerable 1/48 Monogram kit, converted into a C model using the long since out of production Cutting Edge conversion set. Cockpit is from Black Box (and isn't accurate for a C-model, but back then it was the only option). Painted with Tamiya acrylics, if memory serves. I managed to lose a few parts (mostly on the undercarriage), so I had to do a bit of scratchbuilding (speed brake, for example). I'm happy to finally call this one done.
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    MiG-25BM - 1/48

    One of my recently finished builds. Kittyhawk's much discussed MiG-25 converted into a BM armed for an SEAD mission. Nose, missiles, and pylons are from a 3D printed conversion set I found online. It was designed for the Monogram kit but worked with KH's version with a bit of sanding and filling. Other than that--and some adjustment of the wings to match the BM--the kit was built out of the box. Painting her was the real challenge. First tried Vallejo Model Air but the colors didn't look right and I hated the way they spray (more power to those who can make these paints work). I ended up going back to Tamiya acrylics and don't know why I ever thought about trying something else. Decals were from the spares box. The nose number isn't accurate but I like the contrast of the red on the camo scheme. All in all, KH's kit wasn't the nightmare so many claim. Definitely not a shake the box kit, but a fun build.
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    Eduard MiG-21PFM

    Finally got around to building one of Eduard's 1/48 MiG-21s. Such nice kits. Finished painting earlier today. Hopefully decals (for a rarely seen air force) later today.
  6. Doing some herd thinning and figured I'd start with this one. More kits to follow. Hasegawa's 1/48 F-4EJ kai "20th Anniversary 301SQ" boxing. Sprues are still in the plastic. Package includes Aires' exhaust nozzles (4118), True Details intakes (4822), and AeroMaster's Japanese Phantoms cheet (48-529). Asking $100, shipping is free to CONUS. Paypal preferred but I'm flexible. PM or email if interested: smigarc<at>gmail.com
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    Soyuz launcher and spacecraft

    Space subjects have kind of taken hold of me and this is the first in what I hope will be a series of launcher/spacecraft displays. This is New Ware's 1/144 Soyuz kit (built out of the box) posed next to the 1/72 Realspace Soyuz (with some scratchbuilt details). I added a couple figures to provide a size reference and threw on an old Soyuz pin I found online. The final picture is a teaser for the next project: the old Rho Models 1/144 Proton-Zond paired with my own scratchbuilt 1/48 Zond capsule. I can do a more detailed post on that project if anyone is interested.
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    Kitty Hawk's MiG-25

    As far as fit, I've built WAY worse fitting kits before, including from some of the major "fantastic" manufacturers. All this one takes is a little, wait for it, modelling skill. It's been a crazy late summer, early fall. I'm hoping to maybe get paint on it in the next couple of weeks. Fingers crossed.
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    Selfridge A-10 markings in 1/48 scale

    The Selfridge open house was always a great time. I went to the first one post-Desert Storm. The 355th was there with a couple of their A-10s. Turns out one--Georgia Girl--was flown by a former student of my father's. I got, and still have, a poster with shots of the nose are from every plane in the squadron. A few years ago I approached a now-defunct decal company about doing a 355th Desert Storm hog sheet with the nose art, but obviously that never happened. I still have the poster and all the reseach material I was able to gather though.
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    Kitty Hawk's MiG-25

    First coat of primer is on. The section I was most worried about--the nose--isn't in bad shape. The printed parts are a little interesting under paint. Note the almost wood-grained pattern on the nose. I'm hoping it will go away as more layers of primer are applied and sanded. The wings need the most work and I suspect will require a complete rescribe before this is all said and done.
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    Kitty Hawk's MiG-25

    I'm going to put primer on the kit tonight. Will post a couple pics. I suspect it will be the first of many coats since I've had to do a lot of filling and sanding.
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    RAF Marauder Mk.1

    Got the Lone Star B-26 conversion set yesterday, along with the Red Gecko decals. I'm thinking of turning the Monogram kit into an RAF Marauder Mk.1 based in North Africa, but I'm having a hard time finding info on any differences between a USAAF B-26A and the RAF version. I'm assuming the cockpits and armament are the same, but can that also be said for the rest of the interior (radio/navagation stations, etc)? Thanks in advance.
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    building the KH 1/48 F-101A/C Voodoo

    So wait, if I decide to buy a KH F-101 and build it because it meets my standards for quality and interest, regardless of the errors I know are there, that makes me ignorant or a shill? I think someone said it up thread: People are losing perspective. We aren't launching a rocket or doing brain surgery here (Revell Visible Man exempted, of course).
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    MiG-21 Bis SyAAF

    Having built my fair share of MiG-21s and one scratchbuilt cockpit, I have to say that your cockpit is one of the most impressive I've seen. Really nice work.
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    Kittyhawk 1/48 Mig-25