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WIP : Hasegawa 1/72 AV-8B Harrier II Pt. 2 – Construction, Painting & Finishing

Gap fixing took some time as quite a few prominent joints didn’t fall on natural panel lines. There was a noticeable seamline where the LERX meets the wing which required filling and rescribing of the whole area. The bottom was relatively free of annoying seamlines. The fit of the gunpod though… The gunpod system is …...

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WIP : Hasegawa 1/72 AV-8B Harrier II Pt. 1 – Construction

I started this kit in early December 2020 thinking that since it was from Hasegawa I should be able to finish it by the end of year and hit my target of a dozen kits completed. Alas, I had too much faith in Hasegawa. This kit really needed ‘some basic modeling skills’ after all. What …...

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WIP : Fujimi 1/72 A-4F Skyhawk Pt. 2 – Construction, Painting & Finishing

Work continues with the smaller details that need to be addressed. First up is the mis-molded tailhook which eventually broke during my handling during construction. I cut off the tailhook bar and replaced it with 0.5mm plastic rod instead. I drilled a hole into the actuator side and inserted the rod to get a more …...

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WIP : Fujimi 1/72 A-4F Skyhawk Pt. 1 – Construction

I’ve been wanting to build an A-4 Skyhawk armed for an Iron Hand (air defense suppression) mission for a while now and have heard good things about the Fujimi kit. Let’s see how it goes together shall we? The ejection seat has very fine belts molded on but I replaced them with 0.7mm masking tape …...

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WIP : Academy 1/48 F-16A ‘TOPGUN 51’ Pt.6 – Painting & Finishing

So we finally come to the meat and potato parts of the build: painting and finishing. I begin with a base coat of Mr Hobby Black Surfacer 1500 thinned with Mr Leveling Thinner which results in a smooth and semi-gloss surface. This is now my go-to base coat when I can spray outdoors. For the …...

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WIP : Academy 1/48 F-16A ‘TOPGUN 51’ Pt.5 – Construction

It’s been a long WIP but it’s finally the last post for this one. The kit only comes with decals for the console details although it comes with detailed foot pedals. Very odd choice by Academy. There’s no open canopy option although I’ve always intended to keep this one closed anyway so I’ll live with...

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WIP : Academy 1/48 F-16A ‘TOPGUN 51’ Pt.4 – Construction

Since I took the time to correct 1 aspect of the kit, I inevitably had to go ahead and try to correct the other more obvious ones. Unlike the Hasegawa kit, the missile rails here are separate but was designed to fit in a strange way with the connecting point being visible. The tab also …...

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WIP : Academy 1/48 F-16A ‘TOPGUN 51’ Pt.3- Construction

Work continues wiith corrections and making my life easier after assembly. The Aggressor F-16A usually flies clean without any pylons and stores. The kit comes with the holes for the pylons already open and will need to be filled. First I closed up the holes from the inside with plastic plates. I then inserted sprues …...

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WIP : Hobbyboss 1/72 F-14A Tomcat ‘VF-41’ Pt.4 – Finishing

OK it’s time to finish this kit and I can call another one done. I painted the missiles on the side while everything was going on. Hobbyboss provides black missile bands for some odd reason but I’m now used to simply mask and spray them instead. Wolfpak only includes the markings relevant to the subject …...

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WIP : Hobbyboss 1/72 F-14A Tomcat ‘VF-41’ Pt.3 – Painting

My painting process has been quite standard now for a while with minor variations depending on the subject at hand and how ‘beat up’ I want the end result to be. As usual I began with a stealth coat of black. For this buld, I sprayed Mr Surfacer Black thinned with Mr Levelling Thinner outdoors. …...

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