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  1. Any 1/48 AIM-9P or 9N?

    I am not sure what an AIM-9N is but you can find AIM-9Ps in the Academy Phantom and AFV Club F-5 kits. They are also available in Hasegawa's Weapon Set B and the new Meng Short-Range AAM set. Mark
  2. AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    Actually that looks like a LANTIRN. Note the angled intake. The LITENING one is straight. Mark
  3. AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    The Tomcat uses the LANTIRN Targeting System and not the LITENING pod. Mark
  4. 1/48 Eduard Spitfire Mk.IX

    Hi Joel, I have used Mr Mark Softer exclusively ever since I picked up this hobby about 15 years back. To date I have used it with no problems on decals from all origins with the exception of those from Academy. Nothing with the exception of industrial lacquer thinner reacts with those decals! The "trick" to using it is to be really careful after application so instead of using a rolling motion to wick up the excess under the decal, I gently dab the q-tip from directly above the decal. This will ensure that it doesn't irrecoverably skew the decal out of shape because of an accidental slip up. Which brings me the my next small update. I have applied a wash over a gloss coat. I used Tamiya enamels. Mark
  5. 1/48 Eduard Spitfire Mk.IX

    Thanks for the continued encouragement, everyone! I have completed the application of the stencils and decals in general. They were thin and reacted well to the Mr Mark Softer which I used. Next up will the panel line wash and weathering. Mark
  6. Question on hasegawa 1:48 F-16C

    According to f-16.net, the aircraft on the box art is an F-16C Block 25E. OOB it is possible to do a Block 32 from the kit but only the earlier ones without the beer can RWRs on the wing leading edges. Mark
  7. 1/48 Eduard Spitfire Mk.IX

    Thanks again for all the positive feedback. Now that the painting is out of the way, I started on the decals. One of the reasons why I chose this particular scheme was because of the swastika kill markings. I'm hoping to display it on a turf surface after finishing. This is just a mock-up. Mark
  8. Tamiya Release Rumors?

    The ironic thing is that Eduard will be making money selling aftermarket parts for the Tamiya kit! Mark
  9. AMK 1/48 F-14!!!

    Update on the Tomcat via AMK's Facebook page. Mark
  10. 1/48 Eduard Spitfire Mk.IX

    Thanks for the kind words gents. A small update today. Masked and sprayed the code letters in RAF Sky. Masked and sprayed the exhausts with Mr Color Burnt Iron. And an overall shot of the build. It is ready for a gloss coat and then the decals. Mark
  11. 1/48 Eduard Spitfire Mk.IX

    After yet another round of masking, I sprayed the invasion stripe areas in flat white and masked out the black parts after that. Then I sprayed flat black in the appropriate areas and removed the masking tape. As the AML decal sheet provided vinyl masks for the roundels, I sprayed them too. Some touching up to be done but they generally came out alright. Mark
  12. 1/48 Eduard Spitfire Mk.IX

    I've been working on this for the last month or so as part of a Spitfire group build with a couple of local modellers. Kit is Eduard and I'll be using decals for a 310 Sqn bird with invasion stripes from AML. So far the build has gone on without a hitch with perfectly fitting parts and excellent detail. Cockpit was painted with Mr Color lacquers and weathered with various enamels, oils and pigments. Then the fuselage was closed up and the transparencies were masked in preparation for paint. The model was then primed with Mr Color Surfacer 1200 from a rattle can and pre-shaded with Mr Color tyre black. For the camouflage colours, I used Mr Color's mid to late war RAF camouflage colour set. The bottom was sprayed in medium sea grey and the top in ocean grey and dark green. As the actual aircraft camouflage was done using rubber masks, I decided to use a masking tape to simulate the hard edged camouflage that resulted. I also masked and painted the yellow leading edges by firstly applying a white base followed by the yellow. The propeller was painted with a light green from Mr Color's Gundam range which closely matched the RAF sky colour and flat black with yellow tips. Decals were then applied over a gloss coat. This last photo shows the current state of play with the masking for the invasion stripes being applied. Mark
  13. 1/48 - Sukhoi Su-35 "Flanker-E" by Great Wall Hobby

    More photos. Source: https://tieba.baidu.com/p/5346848944 Mark
  14. New Tool Bf 109G-6 from Tamiya

    For the prop guys. Enjoy! Mark
  15. Tamiya Release Rumors?

    From photos it seems that the only 1/48 new tool aircraft from Tamiya is the Bf 109G-6. The only other item of interest is a repackaging of Italeri's 1/32 F-35A but with JASDF decals. Mark