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    British rock, cars, biking, golf, triathlon, good movies, wines, beers & whiskies. Modeling wise: Russian jet aircrafts and products of the Grumman Iron Works in hi-viz. Both naturally in 1/72 scale.

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  1. Wow. Looks pretty much flawless. Gorgeous work!
  2. Now, if I really would want one of newer ones -Fine Molds, GWH or Academy - I'm left a bit confused for they all seem to have their advantage. I've understood the FM kit can go together without any filler and it has some very nice openable panels - even the spine. Anyone who has the Daco F-14 book knows the detailing possibilities this opens up. The GWH seems to have very exquisite surface details, while Academy includes options for several models and configurations and seems to fit quite nicely. Clever solution with the windscreen too.
  3. I don't know about it's price these days but I really enjoyed building my Fujimi A Tomcat. If you can get it cheap and don't care about extreme detailing on the newer kits (this has nice crisp details too, I mind you), it's still worth building.
  4. Thanks! Never encountered those before although I did a lot of research on the subject before the Christmas when trying to get some better quality marker pens for my daughter.
  5. Nice looking bays! A Sakura pen? The brand is familiar so this is a kind of marker pen, right?
  6. Yeah, that really seems to be the case after finally watching the excellent video. You really gave it some serious hell! I thought the ART model Flogger would be a nightmare to build (since it looks rather ugly in the box) while this (in my case '23MF) would be something much nicer.
  7. I admit I didn't watch it through. I watched the beginning with fast forward cause I wanted to see the paint shop stage. 🙂 Now I have time for the whole video. 🍿
  8. Sure is gorgeous! I prefer ARC when showing and seeing other people's models so I'm glad you posted it here. I've got one R.V. Flogger (23) in my stash and in the box it certainly looks better than the ART model kit (27K) I've got. How was the fit?
  9. Just out of curiosity, what would you say how much was your total budget for this project at this point? 😀 That's an awful lot of resin, I gotta say!
  10. Thanks for this delicious review! I have a soft spot for these old 1/72 Matchbox multi-color kits (and especially for these sunset stripe boxes!). They were part of my childhood and I'm always eager to read inbox reviews of them online. I was and still am a jet guy, so propeller kits like this are complete novelties for me - and very interesting too!
  11. You're welcome! And yes, do test it out first!
  12. Thanks for your kind words! It's awfully quiet here so it's extremely nice to hear comments especially when I'm very inexperienced in armour. Like many great innovations, this too happened by accident. 😄 I'm fond of the end result though and that's why I left it there and even took some close ups. The fenders were treated with Ammo of Mig Jimenez dust pigment, most probably "Europe Earth". Remember this was supposed to represent dry summer conditions on the Russian steppe. Then, I decided to add some fresh, more wet mud for the chassis, cause maybe they had encountered a mud pit somewhere anyhow. Ammo enamel based Wet Mud was used here and I sprinkled some on the top of the fenders (that were treated with dust pigment) as well. This is where the magic happened. Since the stuff is so thick and yet solvent based, it made these nice but restrained and genuinely wet looking spots!
  13. So beautiful! Pure plastic - pure fun. Just like in the old days. I've done builds like these for my son who's now seven. Some years ago a Tamiya (not Italeri reboxing) 1/72 jet and much recently some tanks to go with traditional plastic soldiers. I have to say it's very different from the usual model making and so very relaxing. No need for reference photos from the internet or books, no mixing the right shades for painting, no filling, no decaling. Just slamming the plastic together with minimal sanding! Pure joy!
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