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WIP : Hobbyboss 1/72 F-5E Tiger II ‘Area 88’ Pt.2 – Painting & Finishing

The construction phase went quite smoothly but as we shall see, I had a few problems after that… First up is a base coat of black. The engine area was painted in Vallejo Metal Color Pale Burnt Metal and the nozzles with Vallejo Metal Color Exhaust Manifold. These were then masked off with the nozzles …...

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WIP : Hasegawa 1/72 F-4J Phantom II Pt.3 – Finishing

BuNo 155800 NG-100, an F-4J, callsign Showtime 100, from VF-96 Fighting Falcons, was the aircraft flown by Pilot Lt. Randall ‘Duke’ Cunningham and RIO Lt. (jg) William ‘Willy Irish’ Driscoll when they scored their third, fourth and fifth kills to be the Navy’s only two ‘Aces’ of the Vietnam War....

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WIP : Hasegawa 1/72 F-4J Phantom II Pt.2 – Painting

Instead of stripping the pebbly paint I decided to simply sand and buff smooth as much as I can. I could only do the best for the hard to reach areas like the inside of the inner pylons though. I also tried to improve the fit of the canopy onto the fuselage. This kit really …...

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WIP : Hobbyboss 1/72 F-5E Tiger II ‘Area 88’ Pt.1 – Construction

This is a semi-serious build of an F-5E Tiger II. Semi-serious in that it will be wearing the markings of a fictional F-5E from the manga/anime series Area 88 by Shintani Kaoru. This F-5E was piloted by our hero, Shin Kazama from Chapter 5 to 10. This build however would not be possible without Hasegawa’s …...

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WIP : Hasegawa 1/72 F-4J Phantom II Pt.1 – Construction

One of my oldest Shelf Queens, I started this kit in 2008 and had never finished it beyond the start of painting. I figured I should finally finish it up. My initial cockpit work from 2008. Belts were done with masking tape. The F-4J doesn’t have the arrowhead reinforcement plates on the stabilizers. These were …...

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Completed Builds

Completed : Hasegawa 1/72 Lockheed Martin F-16C Block 30 Fighting Falcon

Kit InfoBrand: HasegawaScale: 1/72Media: StyreneMarkings: Xtradecals X00872 and kit The SubjectThe Lockheed Martin (originally General Dynamics) F-16 Fighting Falcon is a multirole jet fighter. It currently serves in 25 nations, with over 4,400 aircraft built. Commonly known as the ‘Viper’, it features innovations including a...

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WIP : Hasegawa 1/72 F-16C Blk 30 Pt.2 – Painting & Finishing

Ok time to put paint onto plastic. For this build I’ve gone back to doing pre-shading: in this case, it’s black preshade over a base primer coat of light gray. In the 1980s, F-16C was still in its original sccheme of 3 shades of gray. I used AK 3rd Gen Pale Grey for FS36375 (bottoms, …...

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Completed Builds

Completed : Hasegawa 1/48 Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-5

Kit Info Brand: Hasegawa 09883 Scale: 1/48 Media: Styrene + resin figure Markings: Kit The Subject The Focke-Wulf Fw 190 (nicknamed Würger; English: Shrike) is a German single-seat, single-engine fighter aircraft designed by Kurt Tank in the late 1930s and was widely used in World War II. Along with the Bf 109, the Fw 190 became the...

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