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PAF Blue Diamonds

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This is going to be a quick one I hope, needs to be done by the 20th of Feb. Growing up on Clark Ab in the Philippines, I remember watching the Blue Diamonds perform at one of the airshows. When I saw that Microscale did a decal sheet that included markings for the Blue Diamonds F-5A I just had to do one. This will also be a nice companion for my Starfighters Inc F-104D.

Here's a link to some pics of the various aircraft they used as well as the F-5A that will be the subject of this build.

http://aerobaticteams.net/paf-blue-diamonds-gallery.html

I'll get some pics up shortly, not going to pause for too many due to the short suspense.

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I've built a couple of these Hasegawa F-5 kits, they are easy to build but a lot of work to finish. To make part of that task easy, I seperate the stabs from the lower rear fuselage piece. This will really make sanding easier later on, you will see.

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Since I'm not going to use the wing pylons, gonna plug them up with a sploch of putty.

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Fuselage halves joined, all the ugly stuff that's gonna require putty is starting to show.

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Imagine trying to sand this stuff flush with a pair of stabs in the way.

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A big lesson learned, finish them seams on the intakes before you glue them to the fuselage.

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Lots of ugly putty.

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These intakes are going to be a lot of fun.

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Woohoo, club meeting with photoshoot was a bust, gonna do it next month, so that buys me more time to finish it without the rush.

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Yeah, they're one of the almost forgotten demo teams, I think they disbanded in the late 70's.

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Used a twisty tie to get a small piece of wire to beef up the stab install.

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Gaffled the wing tanks from a Hasegawa 1/72 T-38 (actually an F-5B) kit. The primer and wetsanding seems to be an endless battle with these kits (at least for a sausage finger builder).

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Some Vallejo Silver to show all the spots I missed priming and wet sanding. Installed a couple of QuickBoost resin air scoops on the rear fuselage to give it a little detail. Decided to cut off the pitot tube and reinstall it later, was definitely getting in the way.

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This looks great! I like your idea of using silver as a primer coat to catch any seems that need filling. I usually prime with a more typical white or gray but this looks like a neat way to do the final check.

Lovely looking aircraft also!

Have fun modeling!

Mike

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Some Vallejo Silver to show all the spots I missed priming and wet sanding. Installed a couple of QuickBoost resin air scoops on the rear fuselage to give it a little detail. Decided to cut off the pitot tube and reinstall it later, was definitely getting in the way.

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