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  1. I can seccond that the color mix suggested by Hasegawa gives a perfect raptor sheen. The kit is nicely detailed and imho aftermarket sets are not really needed (I used an ejection seat by Eduard though) apart from one aspect: The decals in the kit are colorwise really bad. More specifically the light grey used for the tail markings on the kits decals has a distinctive brown hue to it whereas on the original the color is almost the same as the ram coating on the leading edges which is probably more like light ghost grey. Also in my two copies the air command badges were only partially printed.
  2. Hmmm maybe, but I am not 100% sure. I haven’t seen the Quinta Decals in person yet but the combination of a great oob cockpit together with cockpit decals and some careful painting also leads to some spectacular results (see for example hanetos Su-35 build on this site). Great Wall Hobby does a great job in that regards.
  3. Hey @Curt B. I have the new boxing. It has plenty of air to ground ordonance but less air to air missiles (only 4 R-73 and 2 R-77 - no R-27s which were included in the first release). The rest of the plastic is the same as the previous release. Plus it comes with markings for two eggplant schemes and one regular. I read somewhere from Haneto that GWH switched from this release on the decal manufacturer and I can only say that the decals are pretty decent (there have been plenty of complaints about GWH decals in the past). A little bit on the thick side (think slightly thinner then the new Tami
  4. I would say GWH got the color for the radome wrong in the instructions (at least for the eggplant scheme). Neutral grey is a pretty good match - MRP makes a special paint for the radomes and dielectric panels for the Flankers but it is very, very close to Mr Colors neutral grey and comparing with photographs this seems to be a very good match.
  5. Has anyone one of the initial 3000 kits with the bonus tinted canopy and one spare to sell? I managed to crack mine 😩
  6. To bring this while discussion back to modelling issues I have a question: how does the seat belt arrangement on the left relate to the one on the right on the real ejection seat? To me with no knowledge about the flanker it seems like two completely different ones? Does anyone have a reference photograph for the option on the right?
  7. I love the splotchy tonal variations especially on the blue-grey. How did you achieve this? Blackbasing or postshading or....?
  8. MRP (formerly known as Mr Paint) makes a FS37170. FS36076 is way too dark and blueish (it is actually the closest FS match to the russian “eggplant “ dark blue grey as seen on Su-34, Su-35s ...).
  9. I recently build (well it‘s not 100% complete, still some of the decals missing) a Tamiya Tomcat as my second model since coming back to the hobby as an adult and it is amazing what result one even as an almost beginner with some care can achieve. The engineering and fit is almost perfect.
  10. AK interactive also make that color in their Real Color line which looks to me pretty much spot on.
  11. It‘s also officially fs 26170. These areas are covered with some radar absorbent material giving them a different sheen and slightly lighter appearance. With earlier production batches this color differences was more stark but that changed some 2 or 3 years ( can’t recall exactly). I would go with a slightly lightend fs 26170 and give these portions of the airframe a more flat finish.
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