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18 hours ago, Aigore said:

Outstanding!

Very much appreciated.

1 hour ago, SERNAK said:

Beautiful work Steve.

 

I particularly like the weathering you have applied. it must have taken you quite sometime to study, experiment, and apply the right hues.

 

:thumbsup:

Thank you.

Since I didn't have a picture of either of these two actual jets, I used bits and pieces from various reference pics I have on them. The painting process was pretty straight forward. The hard part is knowing when to stop before you've gone too far.

Steve

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Greetings all,

Small update for today but, still moving forward on these.

I flat coated the upper TACCO / SENSO windows on both jets and also painted the small side operator's observation windows. I kept going back and forth on how to paint these small windows and, what color to use? There was no way I was going to be able to hand brush them without leaving brush marks so, I finally decided to use the pre-cut masks I made for them so I could airbrush them. I had to trim down the masks so they wouldn't come in contact with any decals. I mixed up some Model Master enamel Semi-gloss Black and sprayed two coats on each window. They are not perfect but, they are a lot better than if I had painted them by hand.

There are a few small things to address on the ES-3A and then she'll be caught up to the S-3B. At that point I guess they both will be put on hold until Phase Hanger Resin puts out their resin intakes (fingers crossed).

Thanks for checking in.

Steve

 

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15 hours ago, Collin said:

You nailed the rear windows. 

 

Collin

Thanks Collin, it's good to get positive feedback from guys who worked on and flew her.

Steve

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Hi Steve, awesome progress! Hadn't checked in for a while; I'm really liking what you've done and the weathering is really making it pop. Not sure how much practical experience u have at weathering but your results are looking really good. 

 

These builds have been nothing short of complex and time consuming; glad you've stuck to it!

 

-Elmo

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3 hours ago, wardog said:

Hi Steve, awesome progress! Hadn't checked in for a while; I'm really liking what you've done and the weathering is really making it pop. Not sure how much practical experience u have at weathering but your results are looking really good. 

 

These builds have been nothing short of complex and time consuming; glad you've stuck to it!

 

-Elmo

Thanks very much Elmo, again high praise from someone such as yourself.

Actually these two are my second attempt at "weathering" Naval aircraft. The first being my 1/18th scale F-14B conversion.

I never was a fast builder so, throw on top of that research and compiling info on the subjects and the builds time-span really grows. I just wish I didn't have to put them on hold waiting for intakes. I really want to get them finished and put them behind me.

Thanks for your continued support.

Steve

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19 hours ago, BastianD said:

Just stunning! Well done 🤩

Much appreciated, thanks.

Unfortunately, these two jets are now on hold until Phase Hanger Resin puts out their S-3 intakes. 😢 ( fingers crossed ) I suppose I can do some work on their display bases in the meantime.

My plan was to finish the intakes and mount them to the engine pylons. Then I can flip the jets on their backs, epoxy the engine pylons to the wings and, mount the outboard pylons as well. Then I planned on flipping the jets back over and installing the wings and the wing fold parts. Everything else is already finished and just waiting to be installed.

I'm hoping to get these jets done sooner than later but, at this point, it's out of my control.

I really appreciate everyone's kind words and for following along to this point.

Steve

 

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2 hours ago, dekon70 said:

I contacted PHR last week about the S-3 intakes and was told they are on hold until he catches up on orders.  So hopefully soon.

Yes, Mike and I text fairly regularly and I've been asking for updates. He's busy getting ready for the Nationals and said after that he'll get them done, hopefully before the end of the year.

Steve

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