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WIP : Trumpeter 1/72 Su-30MKK TNI-AU Pt. 4 – Painting

To prep for the second gray color, I masked off the pattern with Tamiya Masking Tape for Curves. The TNI-AU uses solid demarcations for their camouflage so the tape would be OK. However, the tape just won’t do sharp curves so I ended up going back to using blutack for these. The second gray color …...

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WIP : Trumpeter 1/72 Su-30MKK TNI-AU Pt. 3 – Painting

Unlike my previous builds, I need to paint the exhaust area around the Su-30 first. As these will be metallic colors, I’ll need a glossy base. I begin with spraying a base layer of Tamiya X-18 Gloss Black. Reference photos show that the exhaust area is a myriad of shades of dark metal colors. I …...

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WIP : Trumpeter 1/72 Su-30MKK TNI-AU Pt. 2 – Construction

Trumpeter offers a ton of weapons to mount onto the Flanker. I went with a pair each of R-73E (AA-11 Archer), R-77 (AA-12 Adder), R-27T (AA-10B Alamo) and KH-31P (AS-17 Krypton). I couldn’t resist having the Krypton anti-radar missiles: TNI-AU SEAD! I added pins using brass rods to the rails for added mounting points for …...

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WIP : Trumpeter 1/72 Su-30MKK TNI-AU Pt. 1 – Construction

This one has been on my to-do list for a while: a Sukhoi Su-30MKK deployed by the Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Udara (TNI-AU). The plan is to finish this by 17 August, Indonesia’s independence day. Let’s see how I deal with a fixed deadline (I’m usually not good with it). I first took a …...

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WIP : Airfix 1/48 Defiant Mk.I Pt. 4 – Finishing

I was very pleasantly surprised with the quality of the Airfix decals. The carrier film is thin and they went on very easily. Color fidelity is also very good and they reacted well with Mark Setter and Softer. I went with N1572/KO-I due to the unique placement of the KO-I. Alas I found out after …...

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WIP : Bandai 1/144 RGC-80 GM Cannon Pt.3 – Painting & Finishing

Painting begins with a base of black using both Tamiya XF-1 Flat Black and Gunze Surfacer Black. Surfacer gives a smoother finish especially when thinned with Mr Leveling Thinner. Unfortunately the smell is a lot stronger. For the joints and other gray parts I used Mecha Color Grey Z. The black parts were given a …...

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WIP : Airfix 1/48 Defiant Mk.I Pt. 3 – Painting

Painting begins with a base coat of black. Then the usual marble coat with white. The first color on is AK Interactive Dark Earth. The paint was thinned and had Vallejo Glaze Medium added. With the reduced opacity the marble coat still shows through. I then masked off the dark earth sections with blutack to …...

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WIP : Bandai 1/72 Cosmo Zero

This was to be my ‘easy build’ that I like to do while tackling more complicated ones. A Bandai kit is as straightforward as it can get with the usual easy to assemble snapfit construction. I’ve never watched Yamato 2199, the remake of the original 1974 TV series but I’ve found their re-imaging of the …...

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WIP : Hasegawa 1/72 VR-1D Valkyrie Pt.4 – Finishing

Before weathering can begin, I needed to close up the cockpit. So first I installed the ejection seats. The pilots were then cemented into place with CA glue. At this point I noticed that there’s a spot near the port side of fuselage (near the instrument coaming) that didn’t get painted due to my masking. …...

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WIP : Hasegawa 1/72 VR-1D Valkyrie Pt.3 – Painting

Unlike more recent Macross kits, the VF-1 kit has quite a few obvious seamlines that require filling. The joint between the nose and the fuselage in particular required some sanding down and re-scribing. It took awhile but it’s time to put paint to plastic! First on as usual is a basecoat of Tamiya Flat Black. …...

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