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WIP : HGUC 1/144 RGM-79D – Construction & Finishing

The next build for my RGM collection is the RGM-79D GM Cold Climate from the ‘Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket’ OVA series. As usual it was pretty much cannon fodder but at least it put up a fight. Anyway the kit is one of the earlier releases from the HGUC line so …...

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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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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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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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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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WIP : Academy 1/72 F-14B Tomcat Pt.1 – Construction

Another year, another Tomcat. This time it’s the much talked about new mold F-14 from Academy. It’s been getting raves around the community. Hopefully it lives ups to the hype and I can retire my old Hasegawa kits. First impressions though is somewhat disappointing as Academy has chosen to simply re-use the boxart from the...

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WIP : Wave 1/72 Legioss Eta – Construction & Finishing

This is a snapfit kit from Wave Corporation of the main mecha in Genesis Climber Mospeada. As you can see, the color separation leaves much to be desired and painting is definitely required. I’ve had this kit snapfitted for a few years now and the plastic had become more brittle. The result was that I …...

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