Author: Ed.

On the Bench

WIP : Hasegawa 1/72 F-16A ‘TNI-AU’ Pt. 1 – Construction

It’s August again and time for my annual TNI-AU (Indonesian Air Force) build to coincide with Indonesia’s independence day on 17 August 1945. This time it’s the Lockheed Martin (then General Dynamics) F-16A Fighting Falcon (or Viper) Block 15 OCU delivered to Indonesia in 1989. i’ve had this boxing of the...

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WIP: Revell 1/72 F-16AM Viper – Construction & Finishing

This is another Shelf Queen that’s back on the assembly line. I found this kit while re-arranging the mess that was my storage. As you can see, I was quite a bit into the build already before abandoning it many years ago. Anyway let’s see how this Revell kit compares to the Tamiya and Hasegawa …...

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Completed Builds

Completed : Platz 1/72 Mitsubishi F-1

Kit InfoBrand:  Platz AC-9Scale: 1/72Media: StyreneMarkings: Kit The SubjectThe Mitsubishi F-1 is a Japanese single-seat, twin-engine supersonic strike aircraft that was in service with the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) from 1978 to 2006. Jointly developed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Fuji Heavy Industries, it...

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WIP : Academy 1/72 F-14B Tomcat Pt.2 – Painting & Finishing

Painting a weathered F-14 is always challenging but fun. The key I think is to build up the effects layer by layer. I began with a base coat of black with the marble coating using white and brown. Note I avoided the panel lines and have kept them black except for areas in the rear …...

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Completed Builds

Completed : Hasegawa VF-1J Valkyrie Eggplane

Kit Info Brand: Hasegawa 65789 Scale: NA Media: Styrene Markings: Kit The SubjectWell… this is an eggplane version of the VF-1J Valkyrie, the classic mecha from the anime series Super DImension Fortress Macross. It looks like an egg and it’s cute. The KitThis kit was released in 2010. There are very few parts but...

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WIP : Platz 1/72 Mitsubishi F-1 Pt.2 – Painting & Finishing

Due to how the gearbay doors work on the real F-1, this kit requires the landing gear to be installed from the beginning. At first, I was worried that I would break them during the painting stage. However, it allowed me to a make sure that they fit properly and strongly. The landing gear were …...

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Completed Builds

Completed : Fine Molds 1/72 Incom T-65B X-wing Starfighter ‘Red Five’

Kit Info Brand: Fine Molds SW-1 Scale: 1/72 Media: Styrene Markings: Custom The Subject The X-wing is a starfighter used by the Rebel Alliance during the Galactic Civil War. It is so-named due to how it resembles an X when its S-foils are locked in attack position. It is armed with a laser cannon …...

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WIP : Fine Molds 1/72 X-wing Fighter – Construction & Finishing

My next Star Wars build is going to be Luke Skywalker’s Red Five from Star Wars: A New Hope (ANH). The kit itself has been in my stash since it was first released in 1999 and checking the decals they haven’t fared well so I would have to mask and spray the color scheme. First …...

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WIP : Platz 1/72 Mitsubishi F-1 Pt.1 – Construction

Took me a while to get this post up but it’s finally here. This is a modern kit of this 1980s strike fighter and is the only other option besides the old Hasegawa release. I began as usual with dryfitting the majority of the parts, using masking tape to keep the parts in place. The …...

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WIP : Hasegawa VF-1J Egg Valkyrie – Construction & Finishing

This was a long time coming and it’s time to finish it. I decided to go with the J head and the kit also includes the A head. I added more details including: adding aft vent details using plastic card filling the hollow area on the tailfin section with epoxy putty scratchbuilding fans for the …...

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