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  1. And she's basically done! I just have to clean the drop of paint off the starboard wheel, only noticed that in the pictures! Happy with the result, especially the mods made in construction. Learned a few things. Kind of unhappy with the quality of the clear parts, they have weird internal distortions that no amount of polish or Future seems to fix 😞 Made a small change to the open engine nacelle, it didn't make sense to me that the radiator ducting would always be removed with the cowling, so I fabbed up the top portion of the duct. Full album of the build: https://ibb.co/album/cpeX0a Thanks for looking! Waiting for Kitty Hawk's upcoming Su-25 new tool as a next step, to be painted in Ukrainian AF digital camo.
  2. Time to wrap up those extra bomb bays behind the landing gear. I found schematics of the interior structure and tested out scratch building the bay doors. It's a really awkward shape to work with and it's really my first serious attempt at this level, but I'm happy with how it's turning out. The other door will look better, I started with the less visible one to figure this out. Also discovered and fixed an omission in the kit: the landing gear doors have actuators linked to the landing gear. All the hook ups for them are molded into the kit, but the actual rods were missing. Added rods, now it looks complete!
  3. Weathering continues.. A few small details left like nav lights, gear doors and antenna.
  4. Does "if it looks right, it flies right" work in the opposite direction too? Definitely a unique subject. Looks like you're off to a good start. With all those angles, I wonder how it would look in digital camo that's fashionable east of Poland these days.
  5. She's starting to look like something! The paintwork, chips and decals are sealed under dull coat, on to detailing and weathering. Note the engine open cowling frame is not painted. I need to figure something out there, find it hard to believe the real thing has big chunky box beams line that. The specs in the glasswork is remaining adhesive and paint. After almost 6 months under wraps, peeling all that masking off was a nice cherry to end the xmas vacation. And of course now that I look at the pictures, I notice all the points where I goofed.
  6. The holidays have been productive! Airbrush is firing like new (needle bearing wasn't preloaded properly), AK real colours have been tamed with proper thinner (IPA was a poor choice for these paints). I love them now. Good bye Tamiya. Base colours, markings and decals are on and I'm having fun with chipping and wear marking in the exhaust and prop wash stream, as well as fueling ports and service hatches. Next step is to seal it all with clear and proceed to washes. Loving how it's coming out: Happy New Year all!
  7. Looks like a great start! Pictures appear a bit grainy, but what I can see, I like 🙂
  8. I just have to say that every time I come here, I'm blown away by the builds on this forum. Always a humbling experience. I had a lot of technical issues with my airbrush which are still not fully behind me, but was able to basecoat the underside. Downtime gives me ideas so there are a bunch of firsts for me here: - AK Real Color set. I should love this paint, but what I thought would be an easy shoot turned into fiddling with thinners and getting a "furry" finish instead of a nice smooth even colour. Will need to get AK's own thinner for the upper surfaces, hopefully that solves it. - AK Real Metal. LOVE this stuff. In the images below, the flaps were first rubbed down with Real Metal aluminum, semi-dried Maskol rubbed over future chipped areas, and then painted over. Same for wing leading edges. Love how the resulting chipping came out. In rough landing fields, the lowered flaps would catch rocks/dust kicked up by wheels and prop wash, wearing off the paint, and that's what I'm trying to replicate here. - I had an idea for adding stretching and deformation that metal skin develops with use: each square of skin between rivet lines has Future floor polish brushed on to create a slight bump, on top of primer. In a couple of spots I put way too much (clearly visible bumps) but most squares show a very slight bump that's hard to capture in photos. Hoping with glosscoat they will pop out. Also I have way too much paint on the underside now, upper surfaces should fare better. Happy holidays!
  9. Great work! That cockpit is impeccable. Definitely eyeing this as next build.
  10. Thanks! Yeah apparently they weren't used very much operationally so photo references are scarce. Too small for payloads worth the trip and probably undesirable Cg effects. Currently using flight sims as reference of what the inside looks like. Anyone in Moscow care to take a trip to Monino for pics? 🙂
  11. Picking this up again after summer break. I have her masked and about ready for primer, but after much deliberation went ahead and opened the rear bomb engine nacelle bomb bay on one side (for now). I haven't found anyone else do this, and there is VERY little reference on what the inside looks like, but I do have blueprints so this should get interesting. First time I hack up a good solid part like this, definitely nervous this late in the assembly process. First cuts to get the contour right... What have I done. All those plastic edges are going to need to be thinned down. Pretty happy with the result though! Test fit of a FAB-100 in there. Looks right! I don't think I'll be hanging the bombs since the model already has one engine cowling off. Nobody hangs payload on a plane during maintenance, right? Edit: fixing image hosting
  12. Hello again! About ready to close up the fuselage. I've added a few extra wires and conduits along the way. PE might have been helpful, but all things considered I'm happy with the results. Big parts mocked into place. It's definitely still a plane!
  13. This is gorgeous! What are you using for metal paint?
  14. Whoa! That's an interesting choice of kit, looking forward to how this turns out. Looks nice and crisp so far!
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