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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. A-6E Intruder

    Now where's that Raiders of the Lost Ark meme where the Nazi screams and melts down after seeing something horrible...😁
  2. The next project

    Will try to find today!
  3. A very interesting project! Wonderful details.
  4. The next project

    Gianni, I did not use any AM gear wells. I added some fuel and hydraulic lines there but nothing for the wing area since, as you already described, it's pretty impossible. I remember we had some speculation a while ago here on ARC about using Revell F-13 wings which have cavities inside the wings. I did have aftermarket wheels from Equipage and they are really nice. I have a lot of photos of Finnish bis MiGs (several examples, some with even full walkarounds), so feel free to ask me if you need more references. Always ready to help a fellow MiG builder!
  5. The next project

    Great start! I love the pit details and especially what you've done for the tub. It's a nice kit. When I built mine (the thread is somewhere here on ARC) I was surprised how good it was. Nowadays nobody is when thinking about their recent kits. Surely many smaller details needed corrections and scratching. One example that comes to my mind are the main wheels. No AM stuff there on your model?
  6. A-6E Intruder

    I don't know what's your excuse, but I still have this infantile habit, where I basically never read through the instructions before I start a new project. It probably comes from when I was kid and didn't want to look too far ahead and find out of all the exciting stages beforehand! Although it clearly has it's dangers, I still do it. 😳
  7. A-6E Intruder

    Can't wait for the markings!
  8. That is a very worthy suggestion, Mike and I might just do it. I *wasn't * going restore anything. ☺️ But I've had this feeling that after all this work - and all these years - the finished model just can't pop up from some sort of vacuum.
  9. Thanks, guys! It was only a couple of weeks ago that I finally registered in to another photo hosting site. Loosing the PB links on my WIPs really drained my mojo for a long time! I've been building models during that time though and even finished something but more of that later. Now some real progress after yesterday's status report! The bombs. The bomb bay is now loaded with 18 FAB-250s. There would be room for more of course, but even this does the trick in my opinion. When I purchased them (all the way from Australia!), the AM resin FABs seemed to be sold out everywhere so I managed to get hold of only two sets. They constitute the lowest and the most visible layer and are worth every Australian dollar. If you manage to find them, go get them! The rest are modified from the kit bombs. Seems some realignment is needed for one or two. Here we go:
  10. Awesome! It truly looks like it was made of stainless steel like the real one!
  11. Yes and no. I've gone through most of the prominent ones though and added a lot more where they are most visible - like the intakes. The original riveting is way too uniform in size and shape and doesn't stand out from the fasteners. They all look the same. So, typical Trumpeter. I would never build another. :D On the other hand, since the Backfire arguably is one of my all time favourites, I just have to pull through with this despite everything that has happened during these years.
  12. Still trying to get most of the bay details right. Luckily I stumbled upon yet another video showing the area while it was loaded with free fall bombs for some Syrian mission. The finished racks were shown with photos earlier (a year ago...) but just like everything else those links are dead and gone. Some completely scratch-built details for the bays according to reference photos. Another view still without weathering.
  13. 1:32 Trumpeter Harrier GR.7

    Been a journey but it looks magnificent!
  14. The last time I posted I was fiddling with the bomb racks. I'm ready to attach them now and will post more as soon as possible.