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WIP : Hasegawa 1/72 VF-22S Sturmvogel II Pt.8

I’ve decided on the color scheme! Nope, not going with splinter camo this time… πŸ˜€ For the darker shade of gray, I’m using Life Color Light Gray (FS 36251). The camo was done freehand. This is actually my first time I’m airbrushing Life Color and I have to say that while it hand brushes very …...

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WIP : Lockheed Martin F-16A ADF ‘AMI’ Pt. 2

Work on the cockpit begins. The consoles are all decals. Looks decent enough especially since I’m keeping the canopy closed. Ejection seat next. There’s quite a few details missing like the prominent canopy breakers and the green oxygen bottle on the left side of the seat. I added seatbelts using strips of masking tape. They...

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WIP : Hasegawa 1/72 VF-22S Sturmvogel II Pt.7

Painting continues. First I masked off the bottom to prevent overspray. Then the lightest shade is sprayed. This is Model Master Neutral Gray. I think I’ll switch to white primer from now on. It’s so hard to differentiate the gray of the paint and the gray of the primer I have on the kit. πŸ˜› …...

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WIP : Hasegawa 1/72 VF-22S Sturmvogel II Pt.6

Painting begins. First up I sprayed the bottom an overall Gunship Grey. The outside of the vertical tailfins were likewise painted in Gunship Grey. I decided not to preshade this time round. Notice the hole I drilled onto the bottom of the kit to prepare for the rod and base. Yep, it’s slightly off-center. And …...

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WIP : Hasegawa 1/72 VF-22S Sturmvogel II Pt.5

Work has resumed. I’ve been playing around with the line art to come up with some interesting camouflage schemes: Right now I’m leaning towards #07 or #09 but I’ll see how it goes. Meanwhile, I’m finally done with the endless putty + sanding. The top was given a grey colored primer while the bottom was …...

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WIP : Lockheed Martin F-16A ADF ‘AMI’ Pt.1

I previously previewed this, decided to just try to quickly build one (yeah right). This will be the F-16A ADF (Air Defense Fighter) from the Italian Air Force (AMI – Aeronautica Militare Italiana). As of 2011, the AMI operates 27 ADFs in an air defence mission. The Hasegawa kit is from the 1980s and it’s …...

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WIP : Hasegawa 1/72 VF-0C Phoenix Pt. 5

Haven’t touched the project in a while. I always get bogged down in the puttying stage. Heh. Below is actually my 3rd round of sanding. Meh. But I’m planning to enter this into Plamo’s WOOB competition and the due date is end April so I have to go go go! Build Log Part 1 | …...

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WIP : Hasegawa 1/72 VF-0C Phoenix Pt. 4

There’s a long seamline all the way down from the intake to the exhaust. Sigh. Some work needed to be done to close the rear landing gear doors. As mentioned before, it’s clear Hasegawa means for this kit to have the landing gear down. I added some plastic card to the inside of the gearbay …...

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WIP : Hasegawa 1/72 VF-0C Phoenix Pt. 3

Urgh… many many injection pin marks. Some in crazy places. Like below. What were you thinking Hasegawa? πŸ˜› Some badly molded parts too. Nothing that putty can’t fixed though. Pin marks inside the intake is a typically Hasegawa thing. Simple to fix but annoying. Some of the parts will actually be hidden. So hidden that...

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WIP : Hasegawa 1/72 VF-0C Phoenix Pt. 2

Handpainting time! First up the ejection seat which is pretty straightforward. Black with OD cushion. I decided to give the pilot a tan flightsuit like what US pilots wear now in the Middle East. Bright helmet and shoulder pads though. Just because… πŸ™‚ The center console is next. Since the VF-0C will be in-flight, the …...

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