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WIP : Kinetic 1/48 Alpha Jet Pt. 3 – Main Construction

With everything requiring multiple dryfits, trimming and adjusting, progress is going slower than I would like. Anyway, onwards we go. First up though, is a picture of the seats by themselves which I forgot to show in my previous WIP post. The Alpha Jet’s flaps remain raised while on the ground so while it’s nice …...

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WIP : Kinetic 1/48 Alpha Jet Pt. 2 – Main Construction

Work starts on the main body starting with the intakes. These were painted insignia white on the inside and come with the engine fans at the end which I painted jet exhaust color. If you peered into the intakes, there are obvious lines where the 2 halves join and is really very difficult to fix …...

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WIP : Kinetic 1/48 Alpha Jet Pt. 1 – Cockpit

A few years ago, I tried to build the Kinetic F-16 kit. I gave up after only a few steps as the kit ‘requires basic modeling skills’. Since that time, has Kinetic improved? Let’s see with one of their newer (2013) releases, the Alpha Jet. I’m heavily referencing this build on an Alpha Jet build …...

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Completed : Tamiya 1/48 Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat

Kit Info Brand and Kit Number: Tamiya 61034 Media: Injection Plastic Markings: Techmod 48018 Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat The Subject The Grumman F4F Wildcat is an American carrier-based fighter aircraft in service with the United States Navy, United States Marine Corps and British Royal Navy in World War II. It was the only fighter available...

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WIP : Tamiya 1/48 Wildcat Pt. 3 – Weathering

I decided to model an ace’s Wildcat. In this case, it will be Marian Eugene Carl’s F4F-4 from September 1942 while stationed in Guadacanal. The decals some from Techmod, a Polish decal maker. The decals went on very easily and reacted well to Mark Softer. Markings are sparse and I was done quite quickly. After …...

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WIP : Tamiya 1/48 Wildcat Pt. 2 – Painting

Tamiya lives up to its reputation of having kits that require minimal seamline fixing and I’m onto the painting stage quicker than usual. First up, I did a base coat of Tamiya XF-1 Black thinned with lacquer thinner. This is now I preferred primer since I haven’t been able to figure out acrylic-based primers yet. …...

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WIP : Tamiya 1/48 Wildcat Pt. 1 – Construction

My next kit is hopefully a straightforward build of the Tamiya 1/48 F4F-4 Wildcat. This was the workhorse of the USN and USMC during the first half of the Pacific campaign. When I opened the box, I realized that I had already assembled most of the parts into subassemblies previously. This includes having already painted …...

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Completed : AFV Club 1/48 Northrop F-5E Tiger II ’26th TFTS’

Kit Info Brand and Kit Number: AFV Club AR48102 Media: Injection Plastic, Photo-etch, Resin Aftermarket: Seat from Wolfpack Design WPD48089 Markings: TwoBobs 48-216 F-5E PACAF Gomers #2 The Subject The 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,...

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WIP : AFV Club 1/48 F-5E Tiger II Pt. 5 – Finishing

The resin ejection seat was painted separately and left out until final assembly. The cockpit is much improved with this lone aftermarket part and I highly recommend it. The nose gear is a straightforward build. The kit gives you the option of an extended nosegear. If I’m not mistaken, the nose gear takes on that …...

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WIP : AFV Club 1/48 F-5E Tiger II Pt. 4 – Finishing

So work has finally continued after not having touched this kit since end of June. Markings are from TwoBobs’ 48-216 F-5E PACAF Gomers #2. As usual, some layering of decals are required but once cured they look great. I then mildly weathered and panel washed the kit with my usual thinned oil paint sludge. The …...

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