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  1. Mine arrived yesterday (7 days from ordering from LM to arriving on my doorstep is pretty amazing these days). I look forward to a thorough assessment from someone who knows what they're talking about. Jon
  2. My KH kit arrived today. The schemes are spectacular. However, given some of KH's history with the accuracy of markings, I would love each and every one of them to be redone by Caracal. I've no idea which I intend to do, although if I had to plump for a favourite it would be the VF-21 GSB FJ-3 with the yellow tail and huge 'I' marking. Jon
  3. No idea if it's any good or not... https://www.scalemates.com/kits/minicraft-model-kits-11666-usaf-t-51a-cessna-150--186923 Jon
  4. Thanks Dave. I'll keep an eye out to see if it gets discounted before considering a purchase. Jon
  5. I watched this earlier. I hope someone who knows what they're talking about is able to offer a critical review to assess the accuracy. I think for a £100 it looks disappointing, especially when I'm waiting for the Su-33 to come out at a similar price point and rather more impressive moulding and details. Jon
  6. Thanks Brandon. I hope you have fun with the two-seater! Cheers Jon
  7. Hello all, This is the last kit to make it to the finish line in 2020. It's been a productive year. This is Kinetic's 1/48 F-16B made from the F-16A/B NSAWC Adversary boxing. The decals are from the kit, although I did not like the 'TOPGUN' marking (too wide) so masked and sprayed it. The blues are MRP and the greys are Mr Color. I've really struggled to photograph this one and it's not quite blue enough. The only aftermarket are some Wolfpack resin seats and an Eduard resin nose wheel. The pitot is brass tubing. The kit is a pig that was no fun
  8. This, absolutely this. It seems quite a rare approach, but I credit it with me actually finishing stuff. Also, I do force myself quite often to model when I don't feel like it. It's like exercise: there's an activation energy to overcome, but the results are worth the effort and discipline for me. Jon
  9. How about the F-CK-1 in 1/48? There are two decent kits out there but practically no aftermarket decals and I hear that the AFV Club kit decals are not great. Jon
  10. While I'm at it, I'll also put in a request for decals for the Fouga Magister. No one has done any aftermarket French air force markings for the AMK or Kinetic kits in 1/48. A really long shot would be to ask for some 1/48 decals for the AU-23A Peacemaker to replace the useless Roden ones. Jon
  11. The FS30279 and 30140 are MRP. The FS30219 is Hataka (orange top lacquer). HTH Jon
  12. Excellent! And while I'm at it, no one has ever done decals for an early F-84E (without the canopy framing) for the Revell 1/48 kit... Jon
  13. Any chance we could get some markings for the FJ-4 Fury in 1/48? There is almost nothing out there 😞 Thanks Jon
  14. I finished a Hasegawa F-16A in October. I enjoyed it. I'm making a Kinetic F-16B now. I'm not enjoying it. When I'm done, the Hasegawa one will look better because of the nose and being a much better and more cleanly moulded kit. Jon
  15. Thanks! Thanks for the feedback. I've just discovered I can improve my website by moving to Wordpress.org. I shall be attempting this in the next week or so, which should improve the image quality. Jon
  16. Hello all, My eighth completion of the year is the venerable Hasegawa 1/48 F-16A. I believe this tooling originates from 1983, which makes it kind of sad that IMO this is still the best kit of the F-16A available in 2020! Aftermarket is limited to a Quickboost seat and Eduard main wheels. The nose pitot is scratchbuilt. Paint is MRP and Hataka lacquer and the flat finish is Mr Color GX113 thinned with Mr Rapid Thinner, which has resulted in a grittier finish than when I use Mr Leveling Thinner. The decals are from the Kinetic F-16A/B kit and are not quite accurate in detail.
  17. Yes - I'd love a GSB HUP-2 option. The kit only comes with a yellow USN airframe. Jon
  18. This is excellent news and I shall get one. However, isn't it bizarre that in my stash I have a 1/48 Sycamore, HO3S-1, Retriever, H-21, SO.1221 Djinn and I've built a HUK-1 but...still no AH-1G! Jon
  19. Thanks! I went with a combination of interior green and black as suggested by the instructions. However, US Marine HOK-1s that are in museums tend to show a grey interior. I couldn't find a single colour image of a Navy HUK-1 in the gloss sea blue scheme, so I had to guess. Jon
  20. Thanks for your comments! I don't know anything about the 'Pedro' designation, but the HUK-1 became the UH-43C in 1962, right around the time the model is from. As far as I can tell, the HH-43B/F had a different engine, tail, tail booms, rotor mast housings and fuselage. I don't k know if AMP plan on doing that kit, but I think it would require almost an entirely new tool. Cheers Jon
  21. I received my replacement canopy/windscreen part this morning. It fits *much* better to the fuselage than the part that was in the kit. I'm annoyed it's taken this much effort and £5 to make up for Italeri's poor QC, but at least I have something that's buildable now. Cheers Jon
  22. Hannants Lowestoft is indeed amazing, but basically a warehouse where you have to work to find what you're looking for. It's shut to visitors at the moment. Hannants London, however, is nothing special. It used to be prior to moving to its current location, but these days it's a fairly small shop with limited stock. It's main use, for me, is you can pick up orders from there with a 10% discount, which given I can travel in London for free, is a facility I occasionally use. Jon
  23. Thanks! It's all written here: https://jonbryon.com/amp-1-48-kaman-huk-1-huskie/ Jon
  24. Hello all, This is my latest finished model, AMP's HUK-1 Huskie in 1/48. It's the most fun I've had building a model in a long time. There's no aftermarket and I only made some small changes to better reflect this particular airframe. Paint is Mr Color 365 and the decals are from the kit (although I replaced the national insignia). It's a tiny model (excluding the rotors, about the size of a 1/72 WWII fighter) with lots and lots of parts. The close-ups show a much rougher finish than I would like, although in real life it looks pretty smooth. Comments welcom
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