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WIP : Fujimi 1/72 F-14A Tomcat ‘Top Gun’ Pt. 2 : Painting

Painting begins with making sure the canopy frame is in black. I then base coated the whole kit with black primer, which in this case is Mr Surfacer Black thinned with Mr Levelling Thinner, which results in a smooth and slightly glossy finish. I wanted to build up the weathered finish layer by layer so …...

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Completed : AFV Club 1/48 Northrop F-5N Tiger II ‘VMFT-401 Snipers’

Kit InfoBrand: AFV Club 48101Scale: 1/48Media: StyreneMarkings: TwoBobs 48-124 F-5E VMFT-401 Snipers The SubjectThe F-5E Tiger II is an upgrade of the F-5A Tiger. Introduced in 1970, it has more powerful engines, a lengthened and enlarged fuselage, larger fuel capacity, better avionics, better aerodynamics and more crucially, a radar....

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Completed : Hasegawa 1/72 Lockheed Martin F-16A Fighting Falcon ‘Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Udara (TNI-AU)’

Kit InfoBrand: 1/72 Hasegawa 00188Media: StyreneMarkings: Kit and Zotz Decals 72-016 ‘Vivacious Vipers #2’ The SubjectThe Lockheed Martin (originally General Dynamics) F-16 Fighting Falcon is a multirole jet fighter. With over 4,400 aircraft built, it currently serves in 25 nations. Commonly known as the ‘Viper’, it...

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WIP : Fujimi 1/72 F-14A Tomcat ‘Top Gun’ Pt. 1 : Construction

I’ve always wanted to model Maverick’s F-14A from the first Top Gun movie but I never had access to the markings. That was until I got my hands on the DEF Models JD72004 F-14A Tomcat Decal set – Movie Collection No.1 sheet. I’ve had this Fujimi kit for a long while now and had taken …...

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Completed : Hobbyboss 1/48 Douglas A-4E Skyhawk ‘Navy Fighter Weapons School – TOPGUN 55’

Kit InfoBrand: Hobbyboss 81764Scale: 1/48Media: StyreneMarkings: Fightertown Decals 48-092 ExtremelyAdversarial – A-4/TA-4, F-5, F-16 The SubjectThe 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...

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WIP : AFV Club 1/48 F-5N Tiger II Pt. 2 – Painting and Finishing

I went back to my tried and true method of starting with a base of black. Then a marble coat with white. Note that I avoided painting over the panel lines as much as I could and that I’d left the nosecone in gloss black. This was then masked off. For markings for this kit …...

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WIP : Hobbyboss 1/48 A-4E Skyhawk Pt.2 – Painting & Finishing

Time to sling paint on this thing by beginning with something different this time: I primered in gray and didn’t bother with mottling or preshading. The markings came from TwoBobs 48-018 Top Gun TInker Toys!! sheet and the color callouts were FS20400 (light brown), FS30117 (medium brown) and FS34079 (medium green). Going from...

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Completed : Bandai HGUC 1/144 RGM-79D GM Cold District Type

Kit Info1/144 Bandai HGUC 038Media: StyreneMarkings: Random The SubjectThe introduction of the MS-09 Dom by the Zeon forces proved to the Federation that while the RGM-79 GM was a capable MS, it needed to field a more maneuverable and better-performing MS to match up with the Dom. Late in the War, the RGM-79D was introduced. …...

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WIP : Hasegawa 1/72 F-16A ‘TNI-AU’ Pt. 3 – Painting & Finishing

So in the last post I’d taken off the masking of the walkways and was checking my work and I felt that there was something wrong… At 0.7mm the walkways were too thick. They need to be thinner. So out with the masking tape again and I carefully painted the colors of the scheme over …...

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A look at Rocket Punch in 2022

I’m sounding like a broken record but I completed 11 kits for 2022. I’m again one short of my target of a dozen kits built. Seriously, how hard can it be to get a dozen done? Some stats about my site and builds: I published 22 posts for a total of 15,587 words the site …...

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