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    Helsinki, Finland
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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. janman

    2 Tamiya F-14's staycation project

    Zeppelin and Tomcats. What else do you need! 😄
  2. Lost my interest. 😄 Way too crude for my current taste. But since I would really like to do a FinAF bird someday, who knows!
  3. janman

    Tamiya 1/48 F-14A

    Nice cans!
  4. Ah, just found it. Uh, looks pretty gross. A fine execution by you, but there's something on the kit that really doesn't look right. At least the nose is way off.
  5. Hajo L, have you built your Learjet yet? Would be nice to hear some first hand experience. I just noticed my LHS would have it in store and I got a bit interested. A Finnish AF version, of course.
  6. When the cat sees me doing some modeling, he always wants to participate... Pretty annoying! Some progress. I really got sidetracked with the Kh-22 although I wasn't going to include it. At some point I *was*, but that's years ago.😀 It needed some puttying and therefore restoration of the surface details. Yesterday I primed it and today I gave it a coat of aluminium. Now it only needs some decals (nice sheet provided) and some dark grey for the nose. I added metal rods for the missile rail which lock down the missile with the rail via corresponding holes on the missile. There should be one hook-like locking device in the middle as well, so I'll have to scratch it.
  7. janman

    Eduard MiG-21MF in 72nd scale

    Very good point with the cross section! I use stretched sprue way too rarely but I'll try to keep it in mind.
  8. Beautiful work with the pit! I truly like how sharp it looks. Once again I really feel like I too should get one of these big Tamiyas, cause they simply look so awesome!
  9. Modelling with a kitten. Never easy... The main landing gears were attached on Friday and fit well. They also seem the bear the weight of the model. I had to trim the front gear leg slightly (I had expected this since I had modified the front well - and consequently the gear leg itself) to get the fuselage of the aircraft pretty much horizontal. I'm also fiddling with the Kh-22 (AS-4 "Kitchen") missile again... This is the Amodel version, which seems pretty accurate although needs some attention. I was filing one of the seams and the cat just couldn't keep his little paws off from the quickly moving file. Luckily he finally got tired! Even though I'm building a dumb bomb carrier, I'll probably finish the "Буря" missile and make it removable so I can show the Backfire with this load as well. Looks much cooler with something hanging from a wing too!
  10. janman

    Su-34 Kitty Hawk

    Wow, I really like what you've done with the kit. Those gear wells look exquisite!
  11. Dunno, but that expression is more than suitable when describing how Trumpeter designs their kits. 🙂 I would really like to do a 1/72 Blackjack someday (despite the size of it) but considering it was released before their Backfire, it must contain tons of similar mistakes and simplifications...
  12. Another half-arsed attempt from Trumpeter are the aerials on both side of the lower fuselage just behind the front LG well. A scratch built raw version looking a bit like a hockey stick versus kit's sabre teeth. I know I've mentioned it many times during the build, but majority of the detail parts on this kit are pure fiction and should be checked against good reference photos. Seems the kit was designed with the help of very general photos from some distance and without much close-ups, not to mention physical access to the plane.
  13. Details on the vertical tail are not accurate enough. There was no navigation light so I had to scratch it (just below the uppermost aerial). The little pod below the light needed some modifications as well. I also added the static dischargers on the trailing edge. One is still missing. There's a quite shiny strip of (probably) stainless steel going around the rear fuselage between the painted part and the exhausts themselves. This was made of aluminium tape. I might tone it down a bit and add some variation of colours for the burner cans.
  14. janman

    Eduard MiG-21MF in 72nd scale

    I love the attention you're giving this bird. And the amount of great references we've been given as a side dish!
  15. This came too late for me but it looks good!