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  1. 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. .
  2. Hello all This build started in 2005, back then I thought it was a good idea to include pictures of the sprues as a way to publish an in-progress report in a “formal” manner as I saw done with other modelers, so here they are along with an Aires’ cockpit set. While searching for references, I noted that some characteristics of the Corsair were, to my taste, oversimplified in the kit, like the exhaust tubes, tail landing gear and it's bay, radiator intakes, brewster bomb rack and to some extent the main landing gear. I guess Tamiya choose easy of build over accuracy, especially on the underside that is not seen most of the time. What is surprising to me is that, after 13 years, except for the Aires Main gear bays I don’t know of any aftermarket options for this items; Ultracast’s exhausts only replace the kit’s parts but won’t tackle the whole area. The decision was made to butcher the model to enhance the accuracy. Here are the pictures I took back then. Don’t remember why I stopped at this point but must have been a combination of missing references, hope for new aftermarket options and lost interest in the subject. Anyway, I decided it was time to continue. Carlos
  3. Selling the last released (July 2020) detailing sets of Metallic Details: - Jet nozzles for aircraft model SR-71 Blackbird (Testors/Italeri) in scale 1/48 - $61.60 Set contains resin parts for detailing jet nozzles. - Jet nozzle for engine F100-PW for aircraft model F-16 (Tamiya) in scale 1/48 - $17.60 Set contains resin and photoetched parts for detailing jet nozzle. - Engines for aircraft model B-17G (HK Models) in scale 1/48 - $39.60 Set contains resin and photoetched parts for detailing engines. - Detailing sets for Cockpit for aircraft model F/A-18C (HobbyBoss) in scale 1/48 - $17.20 Set contains resin and photoetched parts for detailing interior. - Detailing sets for Exterior for aircraft model F/A-18C (HobbyBoss) in scale 1/48 - $17.60 Set contains photoetched parts for detailing exterior. - Detailing sets for Landing gears for aircraft model F/A-18C (HobbyBoss) in scale 1/48 - $22.00 Set contains photoetched parts for detailing interior wheel bays and landing gears. - Detailing sets for Ladder for aircraft model F/A-18C (HobbyBoss) in scale 1/48 - $4.85 Set contains resin and photoetched parts for detailing escort ladder. - Detailing set for aircraft model Airbus A320neo (Revell) in scale 1/144 - $14.30 Set contains resin and photoetched parts for detailing of exterior for aircraft model. - Detailing set for aircraft models L.1049G, C-121C (Revell) in scale 1/144 - $18.70 Set contains resin and photoetched parts for detailing of exterior for aircraft models.
  4. Good day to you all, It took a while, but finished (a while ago, but haven't posted until now) - 1/48 Tamiya F-16CJ (14FS Misawa). I threw all the goodies at it I could and scratch build areas where applicable. Goodies included: Eduard BIG set Eduard aim-120cs, aim-9x, sniper pod, agm-88 Eduard wheels Meng satellite guided bombs (for the gbu-31 v3) Speed Hunter Graphics SEAD Specialists Master pitot and aoa probes Master static wicks KA models exhaust GT Resin left hand side ecm pod I may have left some out and will edit the post again if so happens. Mainly painted via Hataka paints. A quick summary of the build itself: The build started with the wheel bays, as I was waiting for some eduard bits to arrive. After test fitting some resin parts for the intakes/bay against each other and the bottom of the fuselage I decided best route is to use the kit plastic wheel bay/intakes and put in the work. The cockpit was a mix of eduard and scratch build bits as best as I can make limited by hand size and eyesight. After the intakes, gear/bay, and cockpit where detailed and painted, closed the model halves together and clamped them overnight. The intakes, although straight from the kit, decided to fight against me but had enough flex to stay fitted once the glue and plastic dried. Model was then pre shaded and sprayed with the appropriate colors of the real jet. I then weathered it to taste using mainly the Tamiya panel line accents - the model was lightly weathered. Next i put together and painted the exhausts. A long time passed between that stage and the recent corona months because of personal drama at home as well as an injury. All good, as the virus hit worldwide giving me an excuse to dust off my model. On the final leg I finished off the weapons, sniper pod, and canopy. A few weeks past as I searched for a gbu-31 v3. I initially tried to get one 3d printed but settled on the Meng kit plus some detailing made it acceptable. A few more tweaks after that I finally threw in the towel and declared it finished. Any more fiddling I'm afraid Murphy's law might kick in and I might do something I will truly regret. This was kind of foreshadowed by my flying instrument panel/hud which I had to repair. In the end it took a very long time, but the actual model went together relatively without fuss. Here are the finished pictures, enjoy! Let me know if I have missed anything, areas I haven't covered, post or picwise. Many thanks! Konbini
  5. Doing a little something special this week.This week we will be looking at a pre-production version of Tamiya's new P-38 Lightning in 1/48th scale.
  6. Good day folks, My second post after a long long time in lurk mode. Kit is a Tamiya 1/48 f-16cj. Constructing the basic block 50 of one of the birds in Misawa. Has been done by people before me by the hundreds, but here is another. This first post of the WIP is some pics I documented up until now. The aircraft is waiting for further progress (ie. When the wifey takes a few days to do lady things with her friends). Off topic: she doesnt know I have an airbrush and compressor. Its hidden inside the bed on the side without the drawers. If shes here, no big paintwork. Back on track, Goodies include: Eduard sets for the interior, exterior, and bays. Eduard missiles aim 9x,120c, 88 (still trialing them, some need a treatment of heat to dewarp the bodies) Eduard sniper pod KA models ge exhaust. I got the set for the f-14 but it butt fits ok to my inexperienced eye. Detail level is godlike. Comes with masks for the dark burnt areas on the outside. I cant recommend this enough. MM pitots and static wicks Other items are various gauges of wire, wave corp clear lens thing, for the hud. Ill update as this project progresses. Thanks! I hope the image picture stuff works. The insert other media came up as red for flickr so I posted just the link. Edit: got it to work from Imgur. Gotta do it one by one for now. Im still new to this. Removed original flickr link. to get best possible fit with rest of the build I figured best to do the intake and bay area myself, so finger grease and patience it is. After a layer of grey primer Mostly painted. And test fitted. After this I glued up the 4 part intake trunk, lots of CA and sanding and pouring, repeat, I put the bay in the belly, the other intake bits and nosewheel bay in, and closed it up. Unfortunately got lazy and didn't document that bit. Ill post finished intake mouth pics when I get the masking out. That's it all closed up. Legs were added in as well as the hydraulic plumbing. Sorry terrible angle. Cockpit area wip. Mostly eduard bits and scratchbuilding where appropriate. Glareshield and hud. Again Eduard bits. Lens is made from a wave brand clear lens thing. I tinted it with tamiya clear yellow/orange. HUD glass in place. The eduard ones were too thin (i think thats a first) so I used projector film. KA models fabulous cans. I first sprayed the whole thing with black primer. Followed by a glossy rattlecan spray. Outsides were masked. Insides sprayed white. Afterwards the masking was reverved and an Alclad mix of magnesium and pale burnt metal was sprayed. This was butt fitted to the tamiya part with copious CA. Masking, grey primer, black preshading, and hataka paints followed. This is where the model is now. Konbini
  7. Hi there! Just finished this nice Tamiya kit. Everything OOB and the only real flaw was one of the decals sheet, the smaller one, most stencils. Without exception, all of them cracked as soon as I tried to move them. I used warm water, cold water, decal solution, you name it, with no success. In some cases I was able to join the pieces and have them in place. But, as I said, a very nice kit. Hope you’ll like it. Cheers!
  8. I have a few for sale. All prices in $US and INCLUDES SHIPPING TO CANADA/USA ONLY. Payment by PayPal (preferred) The list (all 1/48) Hasegawa AH-64A + Eduard Zoom color P/E (no kit box) $35 F-1 6SQN Sea Camo #07354 $30 Hobbyboss FJ-4B $30 Italeri AB-212/UH-1N $30 Hawk T.Mk1 $30 Kinetic A-6E $45 EA-6B (original release) $45 Revell F-8E + Blackbox cockpit and Eduard P/E (no kit box) $30 PM or email to DGerard1966(at)bell.net Thanks Don
  9. Returning to armor kits this week as well as a special edition kit to boot. This week we are looking at Tamiya's rendition of the Panther Ausf.D in a special 50th anniversary boxing.
  10. Sticking with armor this week, and going to be taking a look at Tamiya's 1/48th scale M1A2 Abrams kit.
  11. PE4828 R-77 (RVV-AE) Grid Fins PE4829 F-14D and A-late Detail Set for Tamiya PE4831 Su-33 Exterior for Kinetic All made of steel with a thickness of 0.05 mm.
  12. Going small scale this week, looking at Tamiya's petite A-6A Intruder kit in 1/100th scale.
  13. Hi gents, I want to show you my progres on this great kit, cheers! Antonio
  14. Geoff at Furball certainly has been busy this last several weeks! 1/48 Legacy Bug Bandits: https://www.furballaero-design.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=48-070 1/48 Colors and Markings of US Navy F-14s Part I: https://www.furballaero-design.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=FDS-4808 1/48 Colors and Markings of US Navy F-14s Part VI: https://www.furballaero-design.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=FDS-4814 1/48 Colors and Markings of US Navy F-14s Part VII: https://www.furballaero-design.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=FDS-4815 I know what I'm getting myself for Valentine's Day! 😂
  15. murad

    T-55 Enigma

    Tamiya's Enigma built oob, lovely piece of kit!
  16. It has been a while since I've built a Tamiya kit and wow, how nice it is to put together a kit that REALLY FITS! So many pieces just go in place and some I had to really work to get apart so I could glue them in. Sweet! Here is the box shot: I've opted for the extra decals from Tamiya to do the very interesting aircraft of 2nd Lt Shunzo Takashima of the 244th Air Group. Also some Eduard Brassin but at this point I'm not sure I'll use the wheels. The kit wheels actually look pretty good as it. And the Brassin exhaust is not hollow so I'll take a closer look with the kit pieces to either keep this an OOB build or go with the resin exhausts. Naturally the place to start is the cockpit and even in this small scale has a lot of detail. Sadly, there is only one option for the canopy and that is closed. Hmmm In a larger scale I would have thinned or replaced the gunsight glass but here I'm not sure how much you will actually see. The instrument panel is a decal and the details show up MUCH better in pictures than in actual size. But the detail is impressive! A little bit of silver dry-brushing on the right side switch panel and the right side of the instrument panel. Not a huge fan of the decal seatbelts but with the closed canopy, it was not worth going aftermarket. I'll hit them with some flat before installing in the fuselage. Interior paints are all Vallejo with the exception of use of Tamiya Buff on the seat back. There is some detail in the fuselage sidewalls: And with the radiator housing sides in place: The fit was perfect. And getting the fuselage together: Have dry fitted the cockpit which slides in from the bottom and now have the nose and spine pieces installed. The fit is perfect. More to come! Thanks. Chris
  17. https://www.ebay.com/usr/micjam81 Greetings everyone, I have some really cool stuff up for auction this week. Take note that the very rare Tamiya 1/32 F-16C Thunderbirds and the F4U-1A Corsair kits start at 99 cents! Here is the full list: Tamiya 1/32 F-16C Thunderbirds Block 25/32 Tamiya 1/32 F4U-1A Corsair AirDOC USAFE F-4 Phantom II over Germany reference book - full color and hundreds of pics AirDOC USAFE F-4 Phantoms in Germany - Early F-4D, F-4E, F-4G & RF-4C decals AirDOC USAF F-4 Phantom II stencil markings for F-4D, F-4E, F-4G & RF-4C decals Black Box 1/32 F/A-18A Hornet cockpit & accurate early tails Fightertown Decals 1/32 F/A-18 VFC-12 Fighting Omars Ambush Fightertown Decals 1/32 F-14 VF-102 Diamondbacks Operation Enduring Freedom All items are in new condition and I will gladly combine shipping. If you are looking for anything modern jet-wise in 1/32, shoot me a message to: speedofheat (at) gmail (dot) com Thanks and best regards, Michael James Dallas, Texas, USA
  18. Pictures to follow, but I am in with Maverick's Tomcat, using Tamiya's F-14A, Fightertown 48077 and some other bits and bobs.
  19. Hello again. :) This F-15E model is something like 2 models in 1, so enjoy this photo session in its second mode - the "parked" mode! For more - here are the links with the "in-flight" photoshoot and the WIP topic. No loadouts this time, to reveal more of the view....
  20. Some details of new PE set are installed on model. The set made of 0.05mm thick stainless steel and has many optional parts. ALM_3718 by Alexey Matvienko, on Flickr ALM_3717 by Alexey Matvienko, on Flickr ALM_3716 by Alexey Matvienko, on Flickr ALM_3715 by Alexey Matvienko, on Flickr ALM_3714 by Alexey Matvienko, on Flickr ALM_3720 by Alexey Matvienko, on Flickr ALM_3693 by Alexey Matvienko, on Flickr ALM_3694 by Alexey Matvienko, on Flickr ALM_3697 by Alexey Matvienko, on Flickr ALM_3699 by Alexey Matvienko, on Flickr ALM_3700 by Alexey Matvienko, on Flickr ALM_3705 by Alexey Matvienko, on Flickr ALM_3708 by Alexey Matvienko, on Flickr ALM_3710 by Alexey Matvienko, on Flickr ALM_3713 by Alexey Matvienko, on Flickr F-14_Tamiya_instruction_PG1 by Alexey Matvienko, on Flickr F-14_Tamiya_instruction_PG2 by Alexey Matvienko, on Flickr One more little set of stiffeners around the airframe is also 0.05mm steel. ALM_3719 by Alexey Matvienko, on Flickr PE4819.Instr by Alexey Matvienko, on Flickr http://amurreaver.ru/
  21. What's the closest shade of blue, made by Tamiya , in rattle cans. I have no airbrush and have a huge dislike for Testors only because I have used their spray paints and they take years to completely dry. In fact I have Testors BAB in my paint locker. Tamiya lacquers smell to high heavens but dry in minutes. Also what's the best after market 1/72 Blue Angels F/A-18C decals.Thanks---John
  22. Little behind on getting these videos posted so am gonna try to get cought up today. Looking at a little different subject matter than I have been looking at in the past with Tamiya's 1/48th scale M8 Greyhound kit.
  23. Hello friends, here I bring you another German vehicle. The Panzer Kampfwagen IV Ausf.D made from the Tamiya house at 1/35 scale. The kit has included 3 figures which have been made included in the model. https://youtu.be/ab0IKGWWHsQ Greetings and I hope you like it.
  24. murad

    Pz.II ausf.C

    meh of a kit, built oob. it's a pretty recent molding, not the afrika corps pz.II from BC alas it's uninspiring at best unusual for a contemporary tamiya kit dunno why. anyway, enjoy.
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