Tag: US Navy

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WIP : Academy 1/48 F-16A ‘TOPGUN 51’ Pt.3- Construction

Work continues wiith corrections and making my life easier after assembly. The Aggressor F-16A usually flies clean without any pylons and stores. The kit comes with the holes for the pylons already open and will need to be filled. First I closed up the holes from the inside with plastic plates. I then inserted sprues …...

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WIP : Hobbyboss 1/72 F-14A Tomcat ‘VF-41’ Pt.4 – Finishing

OK it’s time to finish this kit and I can call another one done. I painted the missiles on the side while everything was going on. Hobbyboss provides black missile bands for some odd reason but I’m now used to simply mask and spray them instead. Wolfpak only includes the markings relevant to the subject …...

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On the Bench

WIP : Hobbyboss 1/72 F-14A Tomcat ‘VF-41’ Pt.3 – Painting

My painting process has been quite standard now for a while with minor variations depending on the subject at hand and how ‘beat up’ I want the end result to be. As usual I began with a stealth coat of black. For this buld, I sprayed Mr Surfacer Black thinned with Mr Levelling Thinner outdoors. …...

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On the Bench

WIP : Academy 1/48 F-16A ‘TOPGUN 51’ Pt.2 – Construction

More work with plastic plates in this post. Let’s get to it. The gearbays on this kit are all bare. This is especially obvious when comparing them to the ones on the Tamiya kit. The intake when fitted leaves a noticeable step on the port side joint. Luckily it’s only a matter of trimming the …...

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WIP : Academy 1/48 F-16A ‘TOPGUN 51’ Pt.1 – Construction

Seeing as how badly I’d done my 414th CTS F-16C and how it has fallen apart, I’ve decided to have another go at an F-16 for this year’s annual Aggressor build. Based on some research, I thought the Academy would be a simplified version of the Hasegawa kit and therefore would be a quick build. …...

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On the Bench

WIP : Hobbyboss 1/72 F-14A Tomcat ‘VF-41’ Pt.2 – Construction

An easy detail to add is to drill out the fuel dump pipe on the beaver tail. It didn’t look right at all blanked off. This was drilled and I used an X-Acto blade to widen the hole. Hobbyboss molds the canopy correctly, in that there are prominent detonation cords for each section (if only …...

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On the Bench

WIP : Hobbyboss 1/72 F-14A Tomcat ‘VF-41’ Pt.1 – Construction

This kit has been in the backburner for a while now, partially assembled. It’s time to get it off the Shelf of Doom. Having built a Hobbyboss F-14 before, this one went more smoothly. This kit will wear the markings of ‘Fast Eagle 107’, the F-14A from VF-41 Black Aces during the Gulf of Sidra …...

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Hobby News

Upcoming : RPG Models 1/35 Phalanx CIWS

Back in the early 2000s, I saw the resin Hobby Fan 1/35 Phalanx CIWS at a local model shop. I really wanted to get it but 1) it was resin and 2) it was expensive so I resisted. I’ve always wanted one though. Lo and behold, RPG Model has just announced the imminent release of …...

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Hobby News

Upcoming : Great Wall Hobby 1/72 F-14D Tomcat

Who doesn’t want more F-14s anyway? This one is coming from GWH in June 2019 (I think). Parts break down seems to fall between the Hobby Boss and Hasegawa kits. GWH has developed a reputation for highly detailed and yet good fitting kits. Something that Hobby Boss and Hasegawa F-14s aren’t with the latter. The …...

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Completed Works

Completed : Hobbyboss 1/72 Grumman F-14B Tomcat ‘VF-102 Diamondbacks’

Kit Info Brand: Hobbyboss Scale: 1/72 Media: Injection Plastic Markings: Cam Decals 72-046 Tomcat Alley: Grumman F-14B Tomcat The Subject In 1987, the Grumman F-14A received its first major upgrade in the form of the F-14A+. The original TF30 engines were replaced with the F110, which provided a significant increase in performance, range...

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