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Janissary

F-15DJ Hasegawa 1:48

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Hello, I just finished my latest model.

You may find the progress pictures at: http://www.arcforums.com/forums/air/index....howtopic=201620

I put hi-res final photos at: http://picasaweb.google.com/levburkara/201...Mv7mI6hr6WN5wE#

As I am constantly looking for ways to improve my skills, I would welcome any and all suggestions for the future (hence the post under Critique Corner :monkeydance: ).

Here are some of the pictures from the final album:

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Edited by zidane

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Outstanding!!

Zidane, that turned out absolutetly superb.Beautiful work all round. :yahoo:

You have done an excellent job on a very nice scheme......well done. :monkeydance:

Cheers,

Jeff.

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Very nice! best i have seen for this bird...

and the canopy...shinest i have ever seen....

Excellent i wish i could paint like you some day! :monkeydance:

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I've seen some awesome shots of magnificent work, these are no exception as they show the build as crisply and clean as any I've ever seen; Of course the subject makes it all possible. An outstanding job of the build in all phases. If there are such things as error free finished models we may be looking at one.

Edited by Angels49

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Zidane, that came out beautifully! What attention to detail in the stencils and light grey lines amongst the camo. Very well done!

The only critique I have, and it is oh so, so minor, is the right tail should have a red beacon light. Actually, I would not even consider it a critique.

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Fantastic Eagle ! :whistle:

I love it, we don't see to many F-15J/DJs built and to see one done this beautifully is a treat ... :huh:

Gregg

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Beautiful :P The metalwork on the rear fuselage is particularly impressive :worship:

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Thank you very much. It certainly has many issues but it's a great learning process that I hope never ends. Ken, thank you for pointing out the fin lights. I totally missed that.

Incidentally, I am having trouble in the following steps, may I ask for your feedback while it's fresh in my mind?

(1) Microsol or Tamiya softer? I can't get the decals to really blend with the surface. Their thickness is still noticeable. For the first time, I used Tamiya softer on the first few decals but found it to be much thicker than Microsol and it leaves a residue. I use its own brush attached to the lid. Once I saw the residue formation, I switched back to Microsol but still not satisfied. In both cases, I use Microset under the decal, apply the decal, wait for it to dry for about 30minutes, then apply Sol/Softer. Next day, I again apply Microsol.

- Is it the number of applications of these that is the key?

- Is microsol or Tamiya softer any effective when the decal is completely dry? Or, should they be applied while the decal is relatively wet, like within the first 10-20 minutes? I am starting to think my second application the next day is futile.

(2) Some of the decals are colorful and stark and they don't seem like they 'belong.' I know some people use very very thinned down grey and mist it over the entire model. Shall I do that? I am afraid to ruin it though. Are there any tips in this technique?

(3) I keep reading about filters but don't know what they are. I searched online but did not find much useful info. I would very much appreciate any information about what their purpose is, and how it is applied.

Sorry for the long list, but I am at a loss with these :( Thanks very much in advance!

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Looks fantastic Zidane! Really good job. !

I see some little mistakes, but it´s really cool

Edited by Honza K.

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Thank you Honza! I have made significant changes to the way I do certain things after I came across your posts about a year ago. I think I learned the most studying your builds. No matter what though, I don't think I will ever understand how your create your rivet details in the most impossible places on your models (eg, the upper wing root of your A-4) :thumbsup: How does the tool fit in there, no idea...

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I don't think I will ever understand how your create your rivet details in the most impossible places on your models (eg, the upper wing root of your A-4) :thumbsup: How does the tool fit in there, no idea...

Thank you too Zidane... It´s very very easy... you must make a rivets on wings before sticking the wing with fuselage....

It´s many ways, how to make a rivets in many period of build.

I am very happy, that my builds are inspirative for somebody.

And about little mistakes I wrote...

Check this two areas...

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Thanks a bunch! I broke the left horizontal stab today but it should be easy to put it back. Honza, the mistakes you pointed out are right on, especially seem line down the bottom! Also, the lighting unfortunately does not reveal it but many decals remain that thick still. Hope I can do a better job at decaling (it's the most fun part for me).

My next project will either be a Hase F-18F, or Hobby Boss Tornado. Can't wait to start working on the new one :thumbsup:

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Wow, I've come back to this thread several times to look at your finished model pictures. Very nice finish of a great choice of paint schemes.

Rodney

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This is one gorgeous F-15. The camouflage and paint weathering is just top notch work, as are the metal areas around the engines. The contrast of the decals versus the paint is the only thing that jumps out at me but you already noted it yourself. Next time you could try some heavily diluted Tamiya Buff misted over the model after you have decaled it to cut buck on the starkness and blend them into the finish. That aside, this is one of the finest F-15 models that I've seen posted here. Beautiful job.

Cheers,

Alby

Edited by Albert Moore

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Very nice work, you had that at the Columbus show yesterday and now I wish i'd taken a closer look.

Tweak it up where the judges told you the problems and you'll kick *** and take names :thumbsup:

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Hello Burak,

WELL DONE SIR!!! Guys, I got the distinct displeasure of competing against this F-15 this past weekend with a Natural metal Hase sabre. The venue was the Blizzardcon in Columbus. That -DJ looks alot better in person than it does here, even though it looks great as it sits. I have to tell you that his model took a first place in the 1/48 scale jets. Again well done. It was a great pleasure to meet the builder and talk to him face to face. We are going to try to stay in touch, either through here or emails. I vote for the Hobbyboss Tornado Burak :thumbsup: .

Great meeting you and keep in touch, :thumbsup:

Jack aka BUGFAN

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Beautiful build, beautiful scheme. :whistle:

I need one of those in 1/32!

Congrats on completing such a nice model and congrats on winning at the contest.

:wave:

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