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  1. Hi all! After about 3 months, this one is finally finished! The 1/48 Academy MH-53E Sea Dragon from HM-14 Vanguard, callsign "Vulcan 552", circa 2013. This aircraft was destroyed in an accident in June 2012, but with no injuries or fatalities luckily. I have wanted to build this kit for quite some time, but wanted to wait until I felt my abilities were high enough to do it justice. Well that time is now! The Academy kit is really quite nice, great detail, and it really fits very nice everywhere. I used very little putty on this build. But there is one big achilles heel with this kit. There are no rivets. The actual aircraft has them EVERYWHERE. So I decided to try my hand at adding rivets for the first time. I did so using the RB Rivet-R tool, and it worked very nicely! It was, however, VERY time consuming and VERY tedious. It took me pretty much a full week to do it all, as I could only do so much in one sitting before I had to leave it be. The one nice thing is that apparently Academy must have intended to add panel lines where the rows of rivets should be, because there are VERY faint lines where the rows of rivets should be. They are hard to see, but if you use some lighting and look at certain angles they can be seen and used as a guide for the rivet tool and tape.
  2. Haven't done much modelling the last few years, and I've been looking through a lot of builds lately, of the Tomcats that have come out in the past few years (while I wasn't building any!)---I don't think any has been praised as "clearly the best one ever"----that said, I'm wondering what one "has the best odds of looking good when built". A master modeler can deal with any issue in any kit---that's not me! I'm looking for one where I won't have to spend 100 hours trying to get parts to fit. I would basically want to "slap it together out of the box, and be proud of it". Skills are rusty, patience is less than it used to be. (and thus, 98% accurate will be good enough, even as a Tomcat fan---subtle shape/accuracy issues aren't a deal killer) Scale is actually not much of an issue---1/72 or 1/48. I want the "best result with least amount of work", period. Whatever scale that kit is, is what it is. That likely means "how well the sub-assemblies fit" will be #1, but other things come into consideration too-----I notice that the 1/72 Fine Molds kit seems to have a TON of open access panels. That means a ton of panels that even with extremely good fit, will never look as good as if they were simply molded in place, closed. So open panels=bad, for my purposes. (same for slats/flaps!) A "clean" build here is the likely goal, everything buttoned up and in the air. (MAYBE gear down, but canopy closed, steps retracted, flaps up). A lot of the recent kits also seem to have butt-joints (i.e."glue it and pray it's aligned just right") for fairly important sections, I see a lot of comments about that lately. I can build extremely precisely, but I need to have someway to know whether it's perfect, or 0.5 degrees off, or 0.1mm too high... I have seen both praise and hate for the 1/48 AMK----"in theory" it should be easier to build due to one-piece weapons, "canopy glass separate from the frame" and a one-piece forward fuselage----but it seems maybe the pieces that are there, don't fit? I've seen one build absolutely hate the fit, and a whole lot of "praising it from the sprues without building it". Would like more opinions of actually-built ones, as their weapons and canopy are very appealing to me, as canopies and weapons are often what I do worst on. PS---this may be heresy, but it there's one thing I don't care about and never have, it's the cockpit. Cockpit detail (or lack thereof) should not be a factor at all, in what "the best-to-build" recent Tomcat kit is. .
  3. Academy is to rebox soon the Revell F-86D as 1/48th North American F-86D Sabre Dog "ROKAF - 108th Fighter Interceptor Squadron" kit - ref. 12337 Sources: http://www.academy.co.kr/6q/board_news_main.asp?pMenuId=BOARD00002&pCode=12112&pCategory=NEWS5 http://mmzone.co.kr/mms_tool/mt_view.php?mms_db_name=mmz_media&no=5946 And as Academy is reboxing the Revell Sabre Dog for the Korean market, Mono Chrome is to do the same for the Japanese market with the full support of Academy ! Mono Chrome - 1/48th - ref. MCT501 - North American F-86D Sabre Dog "JASDF" Source: https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10699703 V.P.
  4. Hi all! Back again with my latest completed project, the 1/48 Academy Su-30MK2 Flanker-G of Tentara Nasional Indonesia Angkatan Udara (Indonesian Air Force), circa 2014. This model was inspired by my wife, Cicila, who is from Indonesia. This model is now proudly displayed in our living room and she is very happy with it! Having some issues posting this post in it's entirety, so I will break it up into multiple posts...
  5. Dear ARC Colleagues A few photos of my Academy F-8E from VF-162 based on USS Oriskany in 1967. Lets see if my photos work here?? Regards Andrew
  6. Hello All.... Old build .. Posting the pictures now.... Out Of Box build with no enhancements anywhere. The kit was a MCP kit so had to do basic primer and preshade to bring all the parts in one uniform color... Super kit to build... I love the color of this scheme just had to have one ... Love the F4 shape too ... So will be adding more to the Display.. ... ;-). Enjoy the pics.....
  7. Hello Phantom Phans. This WIP is for the forthcoming Brigade Models conversion set for Academys F-4B into the prototype F4H-1. I have obtained from Kevin a pre production test shot of the mouldings as seen at SMW this year. This does not include canopies or decals as they are not ready yet. Availability of the set should be March next year. Kevin has agreed to add a second seat so later small radome aircraft can be built. Any changes for this will be up to the modeller, as the main purpose here is for a first flight aircraft. Also, there are no instructions (I suspect I may be writing them now). Onto what you will get. This first picture shows what you get. This first pic shows the parts, except for canopy, decals, and the pitot probe, which I do have. This pic shows where to cut on the wings (for the perforated airbrakes) and the fuselage. Close up of the wing where the airbrake goes. Note that either the wing can be cut, or alternatively, the resin part could be used as a master to drill your own holes in the wing. Here is a close up of the fuselage cut point. And the cut made. Another part that needs cutting is the forward under fuselage (part F40) The resin intakes and the kit trunking is being joined. Some fettling may be required for a perfect fit. Airbrakes being sorted. Airbrakes fitted. Note that the gap is my fault, not the kits (my cutting skills still need work). First look at the front fuselage. The black parts are kit parts. They mate to the resin perfectly. That is all for this introductory part. Ted
  8. Greetings everyone, Thanks for stopping by! It is finally great to be coming back to this hobby after taking several years off this hobby to concentrate on my pilot career development. A lot has happened in those years and fast forward to 2019, with my career now stabilised, I can take time to get back into this hobby which I have always loved. I have since gotten a new airbrush and completed 3 airliner models as well as to play around with the airbrush. The first airbrushed model was a Thomson Boeing 787 and the most recent finish being an A380 in the livery of Thai Airways which can be seen here! Both are 1/144 scale. The second airbrushed model was a 1/200 Singapore Airlines anniversary special Boeing 747-400 and was gifted to my flight school as an appreciation gift. ---------------------------- Now that I have sort of gotten the hang of the airbrush, it is time to dive into my comeback project proper. I am still learning as I speak so I will welcome any form of feedback along the way that can help me improve on my airbrushing techniques. Without further ado, allow me to introduce this project proper. It is Academy's 1/32 rendition of the Israeli F-16I SUFA which I bought many years ago, but haven't gotten round to building it till now. I do not plan on investing in aftermarket resin products as I would like to exercise my creativity licence in scratchbuilding in order to enhance the kit parts. The only aftermarket product I will be investing will be IAF F-16C/D stencils with bonus SUFA stencils by Sky's Decals as I noticed some errors in the kit decals. More on that later. Starting off, I didn't follow the instructions which started in the cockpit, but focused on detailing the wheel wells first. While I could get away with not detailing up 1/72 or 1/48 kits, 1/32 feels totally naked leaving them as it is, so I worked on sprucing up the wheel wells with spare wiring, soldering flux, cables, stretched sprue, rods and whatever I can find lying around to enhance the realism. Using whatever references I can find, this was what I ended up with. Pardon the white mess though in some of the parts 🙂 NLG well The left MLG well The right MLG well The MLG well Landing gear struts Lastly for the intake, I tackled the seam lines by gluing the entire trunk consisting of all 4 parts together and roughly cleaned up the seam lines with putty and sanding. I then used the pour and dump method for the intake. Several rounds later and creating a huge mess lol, this was what I got. I'm really happy with the way it turned out though I will go back to touch up on the strut later! 🙂 Thanks for looking! Qian
  9. I have heard a lot of good things about this kit so I decided to pick one up and I started the build immediately. It is really a good kit but not perfect. I have mixed feelings about rised rivets. I know this is how it supposed to be but you need to be very carefull to not damage them while handling the parts. And I am not talking about sanding but just holding in hand. The pit lacks of seatbelts which is painful especially since it is hard to find any good pictures showing how they look. Nevertheless the parts fit together pretty nicely and the kit seem to be well engineered. So this is what I accomplished so far. I still need to do some touch-ups in the pit where the paint is missing but here are the pictures.
  10. First, let me start off by saying that this is NOT a review by me. I am wholly unqualified to put off such a thing, as I am just getting back into model building after decades of not building for various reasons. Anyway, I just happened upon a review like none I have ever seen before, and believe me, over the last 6 months, all I have been doing is researching the kits I hope to build. So I found this Korean page, giving the most thorough and detailed review I have ever seen. The review has more than a dozen photos of the aircraft depicted in the kit, from inside the cockpit, in-flight, and close ups of just about every part of the real aircraft in LARGE high quality images. This is sort of a "one stop shop" review for anyone trying to build as close as possible to the actual helicopter. Here is the link, which you will probably need to translate, but the pictures speak for themselves! Hope this helps, and definitely enjoy! https://www.themodellingnews.com/2019/04/in-boxed-135th-scale-usmc-ah-1z-shark.html?m=1 The rest you will have to see for yourself! If you are going to build this bird, or you just have a love of helicopters, copy the link and bookmark it, or better, download all the photos while they are available, you never know when it may be taken down for some reason. Hope this helps, enjoy guys! Anthony
  11. Another one for the pile! I snagged this 1:288 Academy kit for maybe $12 a few days ago. I wanted a shuttle kit that would be quick to build, small, had the tailcone, and decals for Enterprise. For this kit, I want to depict Enterprise during her first free flight in 1977, during the Approach and Landing Tests. The finished model will be going to a friend a co-worker, a fan of nerd stuff, table top games, space exploration, and NASA. We have had many conversations about different TV shows and the space program and video games, he is a great friend and colleague. He has actually gotten me into watching some Star Trek: Next Generation and I'm really enjoying it, so the shuttle to be gifted to him must be Enterprise! This isn't meant to be a Christmas gift, and will likely get to him next month. Inside the box, everything seems to be present. The amber color for the stand and the 747 cockpit windows is an interesting choice. The orbiter comes with no clear plastic for the cockpit windows which is fine. This is going to be a very basic build, but I'm still hoping for better than those wooden desk models you see at the visitor centers. The 747 will be built up eventually. As of right now, seams have been puttied and sanded smooth. I'm not a fan of kits that mold the black underbelly and white fuselage separately but its a concession. The kit will be primed with Tamiya white today, and then masking will begin. The initial paint scheme for Enterprise with the white cockpit is simple enough and lacks a lot of the markings the production orbiters have. The orbiter seems to have captured the look for the most part. The OMS pods are too tubular, too round, but otherwise should make for a good desktop representation. I'll make a pitot tube out of some very fine wire for the nose. I don't have a photo readily available, but the kit decals are sparse. I'm going to cannibalize a second Hasegawa Egg shuttle's decals for the NASA worm on the payload bay doors, and the USA on the wing. There is no easy way to depict the entry hatch on the initial Enterprise, and the decal that comes with the Academy kit represents a hatch on a later production orbiter with the tile detail. I'm not going to stress too much over it. Again, going for a good representation and not a contest winner. The orbiter will be mounted on a display base with the ALT patch. With work winding down and Christmas vacation coming up, I should hopefully be able to finish this and some of the other kits on the bench soon. More to come!
  12. Hi all! I would like to share one of my latest completed projects, the 1/48 Academy U-2S Dragon Lady. I actually finished this one about a month or so ago. This kit consists of parts from the old Hawk molds (from well before I was even born!) with updated parts to make a modern Sierra. So it goes without saying that this kit contains raised panel lines. So I decided to go ahead and rescribe all of the panel lines, which I have never done before. Let me just say, I am not so sure I will ever do this again! I really HATE doing it, and I am pretty much terrible at it. I found that I sometimes had to force myself to the bench for a modelling session that I knew was just scribing. But, alas, I pushed through it. I used some aftermarket on this one, which included a Cutting Edge ASARS II nose, Pavla Cockpit set, and Caracal Decals. The nose required a little work to fit, but nothing terrible. The cockpit is very nice and dropped pretty much right in, and the decals used were quite sparse, but performed quite nicely. Overall, I am happy with the end result, however I am quite aware this is not my best effort. The re-scribing just sucked the life out of my interest in this kit, and just kinda went though the motions to get it done. Here is what I used on this build: Kit: 1/48 Academy U-2S #12307 Decals: Caracal U-2R/S & ER-2 CD48126 Aftermarket: Cutting Edge ASARS II Nose, Pavla Cockpit Set Paints: Gunze Mr. Surfacer Grey 1200 (primer base), Gunze Aqueous FS 36118 Gunship Gray and H2 Glosss Black, Tamiya Rubber Blackand Alclad II Gloss Black Primer, Airframe Aluminum, and Burnt Iron. Future Gloss coat for decals and Future+Tamiya XF-21 Flat Base 6:1 ratio for final matte coat. Molotow Liquid Chrome also used. Mig Ammo Deep Gray panel wash. Without further ado, here are the pics, hope you like!
  13. murad


    2 year old shelf-queen with ams: 1/35 Academy 1327 1/35 Griffon Model LB35022 7.5cm Kw.K 40 L/48 Barrel w/Middle Type Muzzle Brake 1/35 Black Dog T35087 Pz Kpfw IV Ausf J accessories set 1/35 Eduard 35553 Schurzen Pz.IV Ausf.H turret Zimm 1/35 Star Decals 35-85 PzKpfv IV Part 2 - German Tanks in Italy #6 1/35 MiniArt 35003 German TANK CREW 1/35 Eureka XXL ER-3505 Towing cable for PzKpfw. IV
  14. Looking for more info based on a conversation in the R-M GB, if the Academy nozzles fit onto the Monogram burner cans for the F-14A, would it be too far of a stretch to assume that the Aires set for Academy would fit the Monogram as well? @twong figured out how to work it using the kit parts so I'm curious if any resin parts would work too.
  15. - Special Hobby 72027 Bristol Beaufort Mk.VIII - Hasegawa CP117 Bristol Beaufighter Mk.I - Special Hobby 72030 Firey Firefly Mk.I - Sword 72045 Spitfire Mk.Vc trop - Special Hobby 72126 F2A-3 Defender of Midway please contact me directly at mholly_27@hotmail.com I'm in NYC. TIA Mario
  16. Hello all Here are pics of the build process for this kit, the model is already finished and you can see it here. Complete model This is the academy kit along with the eduard photoetch set and cmk cockpit resin set which also include a vacuformed canopy and photoetch parts. The kit was modified to make it more accurate or to enhance the detail; my knowledge on this subject is limited so feel free to comment about so others could benefit. If you are going to build this kit I recommend to correct the wing dihedral at least, otherwise the model will look odd at first glance, in this pic you could see the difference. The first modification was to carve the oil filter duct to make it thinner and to insert the detail from the eduard set. The wheel wells in the kit are too shallow, pieces of thick styrene strips were glued to the top side in order to increase the depth. The wells were cut through and then covered with thin plastic card. A more accurate representation would be to extend the wells all the way to the upper wing. The spent shell chutes were cut off and covered with hollowed pieces of sprue, also you can see that the flap sections were replaced with parts from eduard. The two tiny white squares in the center are styrene strips to support the upper wing part at the proper height and were added before cutting off the flaps otherwise it would be difficult to properly align them. Detail on the wells were added using styrene strips and eduard parts.
  17. Okay call me crazy but I picked up this Testors M3 Lee kit for a quick build. I need decals though for it (and have nothing in my spares that comes close) as it comes with no decals. I can use either option from the Tamiya kit or from the Takom or Academy kits. I just need something. ;) Happy to buy and/or reimburse shipping costs. Thanks, Lee
  18. Hello all Looking for a simple project to give the first try at acrylics paints, pulled out this model from the stash. Japanese WWII aircraft are the least of my interest subjects so, in my mind, everything about the zero was well documented and the only topic unsettled was if the hinomaru paint flake off as bad as the rest of the paint or crews keeps it in pristine conditions. I thought a few clicks on google would solve this but instead realized how little I knew. After several months of work in the model, web surfing and two books read finally got it completed, still managed to get some accuracy things wrong but here it is, comments and critiques are always welcomed. Academy kit, CMK cockpit set, Eduard detail set, Aber and Master gun barrels, EZ-line antenna cable. Painted with Tamiya acrylics, Vallejo primer, metallics and flat coating. Weathering with pastel chalks, Tamiya panel line accent, AMMO pigments and oil brushes Regards Carlos
  19. Decided to go with Academy's new FA-18F Super Hornet (new tooling). Going to build this as an air to air specific interceptor with all air to air missiles (6-8 Aim-120C/D and 2x AIM-9X). Weapons spread will be 2x Sidewinders on wingtips, 2x AMRAAMS each on two underwing dual LAU 115 launchers, and two AMRAAMS on single LAU 127 launchers. May put another 2x AMRAAMS on additional single LAU 127s on each wing for 8 AMRAAMS total (less realistic build). Using the Hasegawa Weapons 5 kit for most of the AIM-120s and the LAUs. I do have the option of using the Attack Squadron ones I purchased, but I have a huge mess of CA glue to clean to make them look halfway decent. Also doing this SuperBug in Jolly Rogers livery as included on the box. Initial bits: Top and bottom connected with intakes (masked internally). Sensor Pod also attached. Wondering if I should use a razor saw to cut the Flaps apart for a bit of added realism. Turbines painted in a mix of Alclad Pale Burnt Metal and Steel. Exhaust bits also painted in Alclad Pale Burnt Metal and Steel mixed (not sure of ratio). Cockpit tub is painted in Dark Gull Gray as well as all the instrument panels and the inside of the upper airframe structure. All the LAUs, missiles and drop tanks are painted. 2 underwing tanks in Light Ghost Gray, underbelly in MM gloss black. Up Next: Cockpit tub detailing, installation, and completing assembly. Then primer, preshading, and base coat(s).
  20. Prices do not include shipping. I can take Paypal or money order or cash at your own risk. My e-mail is kbtaylor1204(at)comcast(DOT)net 1/48 Hasegawa FGR Mk.2 package - $65 --Aires 4361 Exhaust nozzles --Aires 4288 Cockpit set --Aires 4415 Wheels & paint masks --Eduard 49 262 Color P.E. set Academy F-4C/D package - $85 --Academy ROKAF F-4D kit missing kit decals --Wolfpack WP48192 F-4B/C/D exhaust nozzle set --Wolfpack WP48173 F-4B/C/D Martin Baker MK.H5 seats --Aires 4688 F-4C/D wheel bays with covers --Eduard Brassin 648 142 F-4C wheels --Eduard 49672 F-4C Color P.E. interior --Quickboost 48 720 F-4 arresting hook --Hypersonic Models a/c intakes --DEF Models DS48006 F-4 FOD covers set --Furball 48-032 Gray Phantoms - Early F-4Cs in Vietnam --Furball 48-041 F-4 Canopy seals --Furball FWT 48-001 Transparent blue windscreen tint Zoukei Mura SWS F-4J package - $85 PENDING --Eduard Brassin exhaust nozzels --Eduard Brassin wheels --Legend productions Martin Baker Mk.H7 seats Zoukei Mura SWS F-4S package - $80 PENDING --Furball FPE-003 P.E. set --MAW Decals 48-006 VMFA-232 & 333 --Legend productions Martin Baker Mk.H7 seats Zoukei Mura SWS F-4C - $65 PENDING Decals Furball 48-046 F-4 Walkway decals - $4 Kits-World KW148118 F-4B/C/D Phantom Stenciling for Gray/White scheme - $10 Eduard D48024 F-4C Stencils - $10 Warbird Decals 48-037 F-4C/D Stencils - $10 Zoukei Mura SWS48-04-D01 F-4J (UK) Decals - $15 Icarus 48005 F/RF-4E Stencil Data White - $15 IsraDecal IAF-38 RF-4 Phantom Stencils for camouflaged schemes - $15 1/72 Revell Breguet Atlantic - $30 Revell Breguet Atlantic Anniversay - $35 Eduard L-39C Weekend Ed. - $20 Prefer to sell but if you have any of the following you'd like to let go.... looking for these WNW kits at this time... Hansa Brandenburg W.29 Re.8 Harry Tate Felixstowe / Hansa Brandenburg W.29 Duellist Fokker E.III / DH.2 Duellist Camel / LVG Duellist Thanks for looking, Kevin
  21. murad

    Magach 6

    Academy kit no 1367, IDF blazer with kmt 4 mine rollers built entirely OOB, cheers.
  22. Hello friends Here I bring you one of the main fighters that the United States used in the Second World War. It is the P-47 Thunderbolt in its long-range N version. It is made of the brand Academy at 1/48 scale. https://youtu.be/9ly3cgH2VgU Greetings and I hope you like it
  23. This is my first build. Had lots and lots of issues throughout the process, but finally was able to finish it and am pretty happy with the overall results! If you'd like the full backstory on the journey, check out the in progress thread: Enjoy!
  24. Began this build well, then disaster struck in a moment of pure idiocy. I laid it down in a puddle of plastic cement..... Nice. Then, I had this: Will not be using heat guns so nonchalantly anymore. FLash forward a week later: This is after 5-6 rounds of putty/sand and priming. No scribing, and some detail is gone, but oh well, its workable. Close up on the fix. Fast forward another week (to last night): First coat of MM Gunship Gray is down and smooth as can be hoped for. Now I wait. Let it cure up for 72 hours minimum and work on weapons/other models in the meantime.
  25. Hello partners Model F / A-18C Hornet, scale model 1/32 scale Academy. The model is on a surface that simulates the deck of an aircraft carrier. A greeting and I hope you like it
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