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WIP : Hasegawa 1/72 F-16C Blk 30 Pt.1 – Construction

While waiting for a spare canopy for my F-100F build, I decided to start on another SEAD aircraft, this time a 480th TFS Blk 30 F-16C based in Germany and deployed as part of a Hunter-Killer team with F-4Gs in the late 1980s. At this time, the HTS Pod hadn’t been developed yet so the …...

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WIP : Hasegawa 1/48 Fw 190A-5 Pt.2 – Painting & Finishing

So unlike my previous WWII builds, I’ve decided to keep the cowl separate for ease of painting. My marble coating is usually quite haphazard so I decided to try a finer look to it for this one. I also avoided marble coating most of the panel lines. It’s a lot more work doing it this …...

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WIP : Trumpeter 1/72 F-100F Super Sabre Pt.1 – Construction

There has never been an official F-100F Wild Weasel I kitted so the only route is to modify a base 2-seater Super Sabre. Well, how hard can that be right? The base kit will be the Trumpeter F-100F kit from 2010. No photo of the box as I’d thrown the box away to save space …...

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WIP : KA Models 1/48 Bf 109G-10

Next up is a Shelf Queen I dug up to finish. The kit inside the box is actually a Fujimi mold but with an additional fret of photo-etch. The kit was started by my son and as you can see here, it’s actually almost at the painting stage already. I began by checking my son’s …...

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WIP : Hasegawa 1/72 SV-51y Pt. 3 – Painting & Finishing

The exhausts are intricate and required some planning to paint properly. Since I have a custom scheme in mind, I decided to foollow my own path for the exhaust colors too. First up is a base of gloss black. The upper sections of the exhausts were painted Vallejo Metal Color Burnt Metal Exhaust over a …...

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WIP : Hasegawa 1/48 Fw 190A-5 Pt.1 – Construction

The Focke-Wulfe Fw 190 (nicknamed Würger; English: Shrike) was one of the workhorses of the Luftwaffe during World War II. It’s therefore a popular subject for model kit manufacturers. By all accounts the Hasegawa offering is detailed, fits quite well and comes in a lot of variants. The boxing I have is the A5 variant …...

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WIP : Hasegawa 1/72 SV-51y Pt. 2 – Painting

With so many subassemblies coming together, there are inevitable gaps which thankfully, were easy to tackle. The first thing to be painted is the canopy frame which was given the cockpit color of greenish blue. Then an overall base coat of black is done with Mr. Hobby Finishing Surfacer Black. Thinned with Mr Hobby Levelling …...

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WIP : HGUC RX-78GP01 Pt. 2 – Painting & Finishing

General malaise has slowed down my builds but I’m trying to ramp it up again by finishing this one. I managed to lose the insert on the left torso so I scratchbuilt something out of plastic plate and Kotobukiya minus molds. Painting begins as usual with a base coat of black. My GP01 will have …...

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WIP : Hasegawa 1/72 SV-51y Pt. 1 – Construction

My annual Macross build begins with this one, a part of a build-off with my good friend Maxwinamp from Out There. He is done with his while I’m still taking my own sweet time. Ah well. Anyway, beautiful CGI boxart as usual from Tenjin Hidetaka. A dryfit shows a surprisingly huge kit. As usual with …...

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WIP : HGUC RX-78GP01 Pt. 1 – Construction

I’ve had this kit snapfitted for a few years already so I thought it’s time to finish it before Bandai eventually releases a new version. Except for the overly large hands typical of older HGUC releases, I’ve always liked the proportions of this kit. So there’ll just be very minor mods on this one. First …...

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