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  1. Improving Hasegawa 1:48 Tomcat – 00: General considerations I am a proud rivet counter distinctly affected by Advanced Modeler Syndrome (AMS). At 57, I am chronic. Given that AMS is not a life threatening disease, I refuse every therapy, keeping digging deeper into this hobby in the utmost contempt for the “out of the box” approach. So far, I refused from posting my work here or on any other forum. Doing that requires additional time and challenging abilities, like photography. In addition, English is not my mother language. In other words, this is going to be my first In-Progress thread and this is going to be the first time that I post here by my name and not by a nickname. The Hasegawa 1:48 Tomcat is well over thirty years old and very much has been said and written about it. Since when opening the box for the first time, I strong had the feeling that this kit was rushed up from the few years older 1:72 Tomcat, by any account relatively more accurate and detailed. Maybe this is the reason why fit is quite below Hasegawa standards in 1:48. Actually, I always believed this as the worst modern jet kit in this scale by this firm, but no other Tomcat was a better choice for a rivet counter like me. As a result, the Tamiya Tomcat was a very good news, but suddenly it left me with a bunch of obsolete Hasegawa Tomcats. I managed to sell them all my Hasegawa but one, a second hand kit missing the original box, instructions, and decals, but full of many spare parts and additional sprues that make possible a build of any version of the Tomcat. This kit is now on my workbench. In an attempt to please my AMS, my plan is to improve my Hasegawa Tomcat using only a few of the many aftermarket items produced for this kit over the years. For one reason or another, I often ignore Hasegawa's instructions sequence. In general, after studying the sprues long enough to get bored, I am used to writing my construction order, trying to break down the construction process into many different subsets. This time makes for six subset: Forward Fuselage Main Fuselage Tails, Stabilizers, and Strakes Cockpit and Wheel Wells Wings Undercarriage Legs, Wheels, Seats, and Canopy Unless I change my mind on the way (quite possible), my intention is to build one of the first boat tailed Tomcat with the rear air brakes open and the wings swept forward, to take advantage of the options offered by this old kit. As for the aftermarket, I am planning to use nothing more than an Aires cockpit and some Royale Resin wheels, but I'm not really sure. About the markings, I have no idea yet. More from me soon.
  2. Back around 2000-2001, I was building 1/48 scale models with my four younger children, ages 5-12. Some were successful, some not. Alot depended upon their own skill, enthusiasm, interest and patience. While my younger daughter was very musical, she loved history and listening to my stories. The family joke was that on every vacation road trip, we had to stop by at least one or two aviation museums or US battlefield enroute. She wanted a "shiny" plane, so we chose a Monogram 1/48 T-6/SNJ Texan. I picked up a set of Microscale decals #48-74 for a Marine version. She started painting details and parts, gluing major sub-assemblies, and foiling the wings, stabs and one side of the fuselage with Nestle Crunch bar wrappers. We used either Bare-Metal Foil or Microscale foil glue on the unshiny side after carefully cleaning, straightening and pressing the foil. Time for another move [& 6 or 7 more since], and there it sat for ~20 years. I rediscovered it while looking for another kit to work on for COVID, and she suggested that we finish it. So she and I did. However, the Microscale decals shattered on hitting the water, so I substituted generic letters and numbers [with white shadow, unfortunately] and the largest 1/72 U. S. MARINES with tiny CHERRY POINT station name on the tail. Here is the link to album on SCM. Enjoy, Dutch
  3. Hello fellow enthusiasts, I have searched everywhere I can to locate the Caracal Decals CD48048, which is the 1:48 decal sheet for the YF-23 kit by Hobbyboss. No one has them in stock anywhere. If anyone has this sheet and wouldnt mind parting with it, I have cash on hand and would love to buy it off you. I am interested in the full sheet, but I will not hesitate to buy partials or partly used decal sheets. Anything helps! Thanks guys, JC
  4. Hello everyone, I have searched everywhere I can possibly search on the internet to try and locate the Caracal Models YF-23 Prototype decals in 1:48 scale. Is there anyone out there that may have one of these lying around? Partial or full I will buy it. Thanks in advance to anyone willing to help. JC
  5. Hi guys, just a quick heads up for you that the AG-330 Star Cart kit is now officially released and available on my website. Mainstream injected plastic, PE and Cartograf decals with full stencils, ID markings and instrument gauges. The kit can be built as a Buick and Chevy engined variant, the starter probe in stowed or extended position. https://www.hypersonicmodels.com/product/ag-330-start-cart Also available from these stores: the48ers.com F4dable Models BNA Modelworld Further outlets t.b.a. Cheers, Jeffrey
  6. Hi everybody, I’m new to the forum and I’m not sure if I’m posting this kit right. Forgive me if not. I have a few different Model Airplane kits that I would like to sell to someone who would actually use them and also not rob me on price completely. So, the first one I would like to sell is 1:48 “ Italeri DC -130 “ Asking price: $120 plus what the cost to ship it to you also. Ready set , GO!!
  7. Finally I can post this build. The Eduard Ltd Edition Harrier GR 7 using the Hasegawa moulds and a spot of Eduard magic makes this kit one of my all time favourites: and I am honoured the build made it into November's issue of Airfix Model World. Here are a few more pics that didn't make it into the publication..
  8. Guys, a few days ago I've released my latest product, a correction set for the Zoukei Mura Phantom kits. It rectifies the shape error in the aft fuselage parts, at the engine "shoulders". As you can see, this is not a "drop fit" set - cutting of the fuselage is required as well as some sanding and blending to integrate the replacement parts seamlessly. I do provide self adhesive guide strips though that will give you the precise cutting line, based on existing kit panel lines as well as thorough instructions. I think the Zoukei Mura Phantoms are great kits, probably the best available but the shape problem is there and I wanted to fix it. Whether you care about the shape error or not, whether you think it's worth correcting or not or whether you don't really care for ZM's Phantoms altogether is totally up to you. Decide with your wallet. 😎 The set installed, after blending and primer: Refined surface detail at the chaff/flare bucket door: Cheers, Jeffrey
  9. Hello Fellows, Does anyone know what happened to RedStarScaleModels out if Atlanta GA? Their Facebook domain expired and it seems they just disappeared. Any insight? Many Thanks, afoxbat
  10. A replacement for the dodgy Academy kit then https://www.airfix.com/uk-en/shop/new-for-2018/hawker-hunter-f6-1-48.html Shane
  11. My last build for 2017 is a commission from the navigator of XV426 which flew with 56sqn RAF. The scheme is from the final scheme of the aircraft including the red cockpit surround which was added by the Norwich Aviation Museum who now owns the cockpit section of the aircraft. Using the excellent, but now dated Hasegawa FGR 2 kit along with Eduard cockpit set. Painting was done using Vallejo air and the decals were a mixture of kit and spares. The Spooky II mascot is a 9G mm figure by aerobonus.
  12. Curious if there are stencils (or decals) for WWII era US Navy type font. Specifically I'm after two sizes of the number "21" in 1/48th scale to build a VC-42 Avenger off the USS Bogue (see upper right, below).
  13. I build models for the exciting project : Hawker Typhoon Preservation Group who are restoring a genuine and what will be the world's only flying Typhoon MKIB. There's been a bit of a rush on lately with customers wanting a quarter scale model of the Typhoon! So I have ended up building four at once! Three mar2ked as the actual airframe 'RB396 although they wanted invasion stripes on her which she never had: therefore there is some artistic licence going on!; and the fourth one is the aircraft that first trialed the use of Napalm bombs in the UK which was flown by David Ince who sadly passed away this year. However the timing is perfect for these four as I have organised in partnership with Romsey Modellers a special Typhoon display at SMW 2017 next week, which is aiming to spread the word about the project, so if your off to SMW please come and see us either at the Typhoon display or at Tangmere Sector Modellers display in the same hall. The kit I used is the Italeri which is quite basic but goes together well and is enhanced by eduard cockpit set. Iv used Mission Models paints for the first time which worked beautifully: Decals are from xtradecal and their RAF number and letter set.
  14. Hi all, This is brought about by a SU-27 airport scene, showing the ice and snow began to melt under SU-27, and it’s also the first Russian aircraft to try. Because the hatch connection of HobbyBoss is so terrible ,I consider my canvas cover up, canvas using the recommended method to a friend Zhong, who interested can find his tutorials. The scene platform also get lots of proposal of many friends, thanks a lot!
  15. Last chance for a decal list, I'm putting the remainder onto eBay soon. Please contact me at xraflad@hotmail.com for an updated list of decals for sale. cheers Peter
  16. Here is my entry. I'll be clearing off the bench to focus on this one. Not sure about the Lynx decals yet. But they're in my stash, and if I can't find anything else I like, I may use them. Damn, but this is a big model!
  17. I finished this kit on 19th April , 2017. This kit included of Kasl conversion(cockpit,air intake FOD, exhaust nozzle & rocket pod), True detail ejection seat, Hasegawa weapon and Hi decal.
  18. Hello all, My fourth build for 2017 is Hasgawa's F-16A in 1:48 scale. The model represents an F-16A serving with the Royal Netherlands Airforce, No. 311 Squadron, around 1985. The model is of an aircraft attending a bombing range exercise, hence the captive AIM-9 missiles, and live cluster munitions. The graffiti on the bombs is inspired by this photo taken at exercises in Skrydstrup, Denmark in 1986. The kit consists mostly of Hasegawa parts, but the drop tanks and ejection seat were cannibalized from a failed Tamiya F-16. The BL755 cluster bombs are from a Kittyhawk Jaguar, The AIM-9P is from Academy's phantom, and the ALQ pod (not really visible in these photos) is from Hasegawa's RF-4E. Paint is Tamiya, for the most part. The exhaust is Model Master Metalizer Stainless Steel. Decals are from the box, and had held up surprisingly well considering their age and pedigree. The walkways were hand painted.
  19. Hi guys, I'm urgently looking for the Afterburner decal sheet "48-081 - F-15 C/D Eagle 65th Aggressor Squadron". If someone out there is willing to sell please let me know. Cheers, Jost
  20. AIM will be releasing new multi-media kits of the Cessna 310 A & B and the USAF U-3A variant in December 2016. These will also be our first kits released in 1:48 scale. For more details please visit our website page at http://www.aim72.co.uk/page182.html Neil Gaunt
  21. Good afternoon (here in London...), I've got a new product, actually two, ready for ordering in my web shop. These are T-38 whee sets, an early type applicable to T-38A models until the 70s/80s and a late type for all later T-38A's and the current T-38C model. Both sets are designed for the Wolfpack kit, but may work with other kits (well, if you want something that looks like a proper T-38 in 1:48 there are really no other kits...). The Early set: The Late set: And both types of nose wheels (both are included in each set): Some moulded-on plastic detail needs to be removed from the kit landing gear struts so the new brake assemblies (featuring very delicate detail) can be fitted. Cheers Jeffrey Hypersonic Models
  22. Hello Guys, this is my first post in this forum! I hope you enjoy the pictures of my F-16 from Spangdahlem - Germany. The kit is from Tamiya and I used some aftermarket stuff to get the best results.
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