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1/48 AMK IAI Kfir C7, Arava Guardians Sq., 1990

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Hi all!


Here is my 1/48 AMK Kfir C7, from the Arava Guardians Squadron, circa 1990.  I used Master Metal Pitot and Aires seat, and the decals were OOB.  The decals were actually quite nice, I had no issues with them at all.

The kit really fits nicely, and considering I just built the Tamiya Tomcat previously, saying that means something.  It is not in the same league as the Tamiya Tomcat as far as fitment is concerned, but everything fit great except the nose assembly to the forward fuselage.  There was a step on both sides that I had to deal with. 

I am very happy with how it turned out, but there are a couple of things that I messed up.  First, the green is too dark.  I lightened the green I used, but I should have lightened it more.  Probably should have been a 60/40 green/white mix.  The other is I forgot to add the mirrors to the canopy.  I could go back and add them, but that will be pretty difficult at this point.   If it starts to bug me too much I will do it.


Here is what I used on this build:


Kit: 1/48 AMK IAI Kfir C2/C7

Decals: OOB

Aftermarket: Master Metal Pitot, Aires MB Mk.10 Ejection Seat

Paints: Gunze Mr. Surfacer Black 1500 (primer base), Tamiya White Liquid Primer (for pre-shade stippling), Gunze Aqueous H308 FS 36375 Light Ghost Gray (underside), Gunze Aqueous H310 FS 30219 Brown, Gunze Aqueous H312 FS 34227 Light Green, Gunze Aqueous H313 FS 33531 Sand, Tamiya smoke (post shading), and Alclad II Gloss Black Primer, Airframe Aluminum, Burnt iron, and Jet Exhaust. Future Gloss coat for decals and Future+Tamiya XF-21 Flat Base 6:1 ratio for final matte coat. MIG Deep Brown for panel washes.


On to the pics!  I hope you enjoy!





















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Gorgeous work there Mike, stunning looking kfir,  I hope to see it in person some day



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On 12/25/2016 at 0:06 AM, Stinger16 said:

Gorgeous work there Mike, stunning looking kfir,  I hope to see it in person some day




Thanks Jeff!  Not sure if this one will end up at the Cleveland Show in 2017... Depends on if I build any single engine aircraft any better than this one this year.  :-)

On 12/25/2016 at 9:36 AM, Bravosierra001 said:

That looks awesome! Your finish and paint work is outstanding.





Thanks Brandon, I really appreciate the kind words!


On 12/25/2016 at 9:03 PM, IJ001 said:

Superb work, really nice finish.




Thanks Ian, I really appreciate the compliment.

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