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  1. Build 9 of 2021 is an Academy AH-64D kit modified to depict the AH-64E Apache Guardian that the TNI-AD (Tentara Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Darat or Indonesian Army) deploys. The TNI-AD AH-64E notably features the engine exhausts of the AH-64D. There are also miscellaneous features unique to it that I used plastic card to replicate. The kit itself fits very well with only some minor areas of concern and is highly recommended if you're looking for a modern AH-64 kit. Finished in my usual acrylics with only a basic panel wash done.
  2. Build 8 for 2021 is Shin Kazama's F-5E Tiger II from the manga/anime Area 88. Kazama pilots the Tiger II from Chp 5-10. This is the first aircraft he flies that sports the iconic flaming haired Unicorn on its tail. The kit is from Hobbyboss which fits OK but is not quite accurate in the details. Markings and the Shin Kazama figure are from the Hasegawa F-8E Area 88 kit. Construction was straightforward and I added modified F-16 missile rails for the AIM-7 Sparrow missiles and an additional pair of AIM-9s for a 6 mi
  3. Build 7 of 2021 is a shelf queen from all the way back in 2008. This is the first Hasegawa F-4 kit that I finished after starting and stopping at least 3 others. Built OOB with some mods to get it to be a more accurate F-4J. Decals from Yellowhammer and is of Showtime 100, an F-4J from VF-96. Pilot Randall Cunningham and RIO Willy Driscoll are the only US Navy Aces of the Vietnam War who got their third, fourth and fifth kills in Showtime 100. Painted with acrylics and mildly weathered with oils
  4. Thanks! Definitely overtaken by the Tamiya kit but at least it was a trouble-free build
  5. Build 6 of 2021 is a 1/72 F-16C Block 30 from Hasegawa depicted at the time it was deployed in the late 1980s as part of a hunter-killer unit with an F-4G Phantom II out of Spangdahlem Air Base, West Germany. Decals are from Xtradecals and painted in acrylics with only mild weathering done only. Except for the scratchbuilt LAU-118 AGM-88 rails, this was an OOB build. The exhaust nozzle is a major mistake as it's only correct for an F-16C Block25/32 but I was too far into the build by the time I realized it.
  6. Build 5 of 2021 is a straight build of the other workhorse of the Luftwaffe during World War II. My build depicts Hermann Graf’s personal Fw 190A-5/U7 during his command of Ergänzungs-Jagdgruppe Ost (Fighter Training Group East) which was based in occupied France in 1943. Hermann Graf (24 October 1912 – 4 November 1988) was the first pilot in aviation history to claim 200 aerial victories. Some fitting problems with the cowl and starboard wingroot but otherwise the build went on without issues. Painted with acrylics and weathered to taste. A build log and more p
  7. Very nicely done! Is that an aftermarket cockpit or using one of those Quinta 3D console 'decals'?
  8. Thanks! It's 90s vintage and details are good, but I'm sure it can't compare to the new Tamiya G-6. I think this one will be a faster build.
  9. Build 4 of 2021 is a Shelf Queen originally started by my son. This is a rebox of Fujimi's mold and fitting was quite good. I went back in and fixed some of the gaps and seamlines that were remaining. Painted in acrylics and weathered to taste. My build depicts ‘Red 2’, a Bf 1009G-10 piloted by Fedlwebel Eberhard Gzik of JG300 in October 1944. Many photos and a build log can be found on my site > https://www.rocketpunch.biz/completed-kamodels-48-bf109g10/ T
  10. Thanks! You're too kind. I got lazy and only did very minor weathering only actually. 😄 Thank you!
  11. My 3rd build of 2021 is an OOB build of the SV-51y with Twin Boosters that appeared in the OVA series Macross Zero. It's deployed by the Anti-UN Forces in the anime but I've gone with a Russian Air Force marking and a custom color scheme because the kit decals were yellow and unsalvageable. Done with acrylic paints and mildly weathered only. A lot more pics and a build log on my site: https://www.rocketpunch.biz/completed-hasegawa-72-sv51y/
  12. Thanks! Harry already took the other Harrier to rescue his daughter 😄
  13. Build 1 of 2021 is a 99% out of the box build of the AV-8B Harrier II. The 1% is the scratchbuilt yaw vane indicator forward of the canopy and weapons from the Hasegawa weapons sets. WP-03 appears with the stores she carried in the bridge attack sequence in the movie True Lies. I managed to settle all the fit problems except the canopy. Not really happy how that one turned out. Also, part of the 'MARINES' decal tore so I had to replace it with a darker alternate. Otherwise, all acrylics and weathering with oil paints.
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