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STRIKE TEST EA-6B 1/48 OOB headed for the display case at work

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Kinetic 1/48 EA-6B dressed up in VX-23 garb circa 1991-ish.  You can dig around the in progress section to see the build in-progress...needless to say I am glad it's done and I'm ready for a beer. 

 

Cheers

Collin

 

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Nice!!!! :thumbsup:

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Eye watering.  Fantastic work.

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That's really nice. :thumbsup:

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That turned out great! How did you end up doing the tint on the canopies?

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I just keep coming back to look at this model.  Chipping on the nose is well executed.  The intakes both inside and out are flawless.  Perfect gold tinting, not too over done as that is so easy to do.

 

Not sure if the mask just needs to be peeled, but the small triangle at the top of the front windscreen needs to be cleared:

 

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There are a few things I messed up.  One being the canopy eyebrow section I missed (as mentioned above).  The other is I forgot to color in the AOA lights on the nose gear door.  

 

This kit fought me so much I have no desire to go back and correct (maybe I will get some mojo and correct the lights).  

 

Question asked about the tinting...that's a conversation I really should have with another beer in hand.  Looking over photos and having flown next to these aircraft in the fleet....the canopies aren't yellow and the gold tint really only comes out in very specific light conditions.  Normally it's a dull bronzey-dark(er) tint compared to the clear foward canopy.  I spent about two weeks trying every type of Future bath with food coloring or other tinted paints and it just plain sucked.  I couldn't get a smooth and clear (yet tinted) finish.  The tinting color in whatever fliuid I had either was inconsistent or highligted particles in the mix.  I was using pure Future, in a uber clean environment, and it took about 50 tries before I was somewhat happy with the results (what you see here)...which is basically a touch of Tamiya Smoke in Future dipped over and over.  Very frustrating experience.  

 

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Collin,

 

A pat on the back along with a case of your preferred beer is in order for your perseverance in getting the canopy just right and finishing her up. The strike test livery is really eye-catching and one I considered for my current A-6 project. The items of concern listed above could probably be left as-is since only the trained eye could spot them and the overall presentation is more than good enough. Additionally, when reworking something already built, you always have to consider the risk/reward factor, especially if you don't plan to enter your model into a contest where the noted items could count against you.

 

Again, great Job!

 

 

 

-Elmo

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Great job Collin!  Prowlers are just so COOL!!

 

Jake

 

 

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Schweet Prowler, Collin! :clap2:

 

-Gregg

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4 minutes ago, Andrew Maverick Taylor said:

Did you print those markings yourself or did you get them from a sheet?

The STRIKE squadron marking on the tail football were custom decals made up by David Aungst. The rest of the markings were scraps from different Prowler sheets and the numbers on the tail are from Steel Beach. 

 

Cheers

Collin 

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