Previews

Preview : 1/72 F-4 Phantom II kit comparison (Fine Molds, Fujimi and Hasegawa)

The fine folks at Fine Molds have a reputation of superbly done kits and the latest kit in their quiver is the F-4 Phantom II, the first versions (the Japanese EJ and EJ Kai) of which were released in December 2019. With this new kit in my hands, I now have F-4 kits from four …...

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A look at Rocket Punch in 2020

I finished 11 kits in 2020! I would have finished 12 if not for the long build that F-16A TOPGUN 51 turned out to be. In any case, at the beginning of the year I set a target of 10 completed so I managed to go 1 kit beyond the target. Unfortunately it’s not because …...

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Completed Builds

Completed : Fujimi 1/72 Douglas A-4F Skyhawk

Kit Info Brand: Fujimi F-24 Scale: 1/72 Media: Styrene Markings: Superscale 72-828 The Subject The Douglas (later McDonnell Douglas) A-4 Skyhawk is a single seat subsonic carrier-capable attack aircraft originally developed for the US Navy and US Marine Corps. While relatively lightweight, it was nimble, had a top speed of more than...

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On the Bench

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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Completed Builds

Completed : Academy 1/48 Lockheed Martin F-16A Fighting Falcon ‘TOPGUN 51’

Kit Info Brand: Academy 1688 Scale: 1/48 Media: Styrene Markings: TwoBobs ‘F-16 NSAWC Vipers’ 48-069 The Subject The Lockheed Martin (originally General Dynamics) F-16 Fighting Falcon is a multirole jet fighter. It currently serves in at least 25 nations, with over 4,400 aircraft built. Commonly known as the ‘Viper’, it...

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On the Bench

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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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On the Bench

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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Completed Builds

Completed : Hobbyboss 1/72 Grumman F-14A Tomcat ‘VF-41 Black Aces’

Kit Info Brand: Hobbyboss 80276 Scale: 1/72 Media: Styrene Markings: Wolfpak Decals 72-048 ‘TAC-Air’ The Subject The Grumman F-14 Tomcat is an American supersonic, twin-engine, two-seat, twin-tail, variable-sweep wing fighter aircraft developed for the United States Navy’s Naval Fighter Experimental (VFX) program after...

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