Tag: Jets

Completed Builds

Completed : Hasegawa 1/72 Lockheed Martin F-16C Block 30 Fighting Falcon

Kit InfoBrand: HasegawaScale: 1/72Media: StyreneMarkings: Xtradecals X00872 and kit The SubjectThe Lockheed Martin (originally General Dynamics) F-16 Fighting Falcon is a multirole jet fighter. It currently serves in 25 nations, with over 4,400 aircraft built. Commonly known as the ‘Viper’, it features innovations including a...

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WIP : Hasegawa 1/72 F-16C Blk 30 Pt.2 – Painting & Finishing

Ok time to put paint onto plastic. For this build I’ve gone back to doing pre-shading: in this case, it’s black preshade over a base primer coat of light gray. In the 1980s, F-16C was still in its original sccheme of 3 shades of gray. I used AK 3rd Gen Pale Grey for FS36375 (bottoms, …...

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On the Bench

WIP : Hasegawa 1/72 F-16C Blk 30 Pt.1 – Construction

While waiting for a spare canopy for my F-100F build, I decided to start on another SEAD aircraft, this time a 480th TFS Blk 30 F-16C based in Germany and deployed as part of a Hunter-Killer team with F-4Gs in the late 1980s. At this time, the HTS Pod hadn’t been developed yet so the …...

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WIP : Trumpeter 1/72 F-100F Super Sabre Pt.1 – Construction

There has never been an official F-100F Wild Weasel I kitted so the only route is to modify a base 2-seater Super Sabre. Well, how hard can that be right? The base kit will be the Trumpeter F-100F kit from 2010. No photo of the box as I’d thrown the box away to save space …...

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Completed Builds

Completed : Hasegawa 1/72 Boeing AV-8B Harrier II

Kit Info Completed : Hasegawa 1/72 Boeing AV-8B Harrier IIKit Info Brand: Hasegawa 00449 Scale: 1/72 Media: Styrene Markings: Kit The Subject The Boeing (previously McDonnell Douglas) AV-8B Harrier II, the second generation of the Harrier Jump Jet family, is a single-engine ground attack aircraft capable of vertical or short takeoff...

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On the Bench

WIP : Hasegawa 1/72 AV-8B Harrier II Pt. 2 – Construction, Painting & Finishing

Gap fixing took some time as quite a few prominent joints didn’t fall on natural panel lines. There was a noticeable seamline where the LERX meets the wing which required filling and rescribing of the whole area. The bottom was relatively free of annoying seamlines. The fit of the gunpod though… The gunpod system is …...

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WIP : Hasegawa 1/72 AV-8B Harrier II Pt. 1 – Construction

I started this kit in early December 2020 thinking that since it was from Hasegawa I should be able to finish it by the end of year and hit my target of a dozen kits completed. Alas, I had too much faith in Hasegawa. This kit really needed ‘some basic modeling skills’ after all. What …...

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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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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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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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