Tag: US Navy

On the Bench

WIP : 1/72 Academy F-8E Crusader Pt. 5

I decided to give Lifecolor UA035 Flat Light Gull Gray a go and it turned out to be a more ‘correct’ shade of FS36440. Layering over the previous warmer shade of gray probably changed the color somewhat but it’s OK as long it looks more ‘right’ to my eyeball 1.0. Since the Crusader marking I’m …...

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WIP : 1/72 Academy F-8E Crusader Pt. 4

After another round of fixing the seams and rescribing, I called it done and did a final primer coat to prep for painting. For this kit I used Vallejo White Primer instead of the usual Tamiya rattle can primer. It required multiple thin coats but at least it doesn’t smell as bad. As is the …...

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WIP : 1/72 Academy F-8E Crusader Pt. 3

Work continues on this kit with fixing seamlines. This kit has a lot of panel lines and rivets that get obliterated due to sanding. I rescribed with a needle + pin vise combo using a strip of dymo tape as a guide. I choose to not redo the rivets just because :). It was also …...

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WIP : 1/72 Academy F-8E Crusader Pt. 2

Now it’s time to put the two halves of the fuselage together. First up, the myriad parts I needed to assemble before hand. Incidentally, all were sprayed white. Academy provides a long trunking so you can see into the nose intake. Nice. From left to right: the MLG bay, the belly flap bay and the …...

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WIP : 1/72 Academy F-8E Crusader Pt.1

Like all aircraft kits, I started with the cockpit. The details are basic but acceptable for 1/72. Control panels are recessed but Academy conveniently includes decals. The ejection seat is made up of 4 parts. It doesn’t have any seatbelt details. This is handbrushed, washed and drybrushed to bring out the details. I decided to...

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WIP : 1/48 A-4E Skyhawk ‘TOPGUN 56’ Pt. 1

This one’s been in the backburner for awhile (what else is new?) so it’s time for it to see the light of day again. The plan is OOB with decals from TwoBobs Decals. Back when the US Navy ran the United States Navy Fighter Weapons School aka ‘TOPGUN’, it operated A-4 Skyhawks in the role …...

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Previews

Preview : 1/72 Hasegawa F/A-18C ‘Chippy Ho History’

Kit Info Manufacturer: Hasegawa Scale: 1/72 Media: Injection Parts: 285 (95 x3) Price: IDR520,000 (est. USD53) The Subject The McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) F/A-18 Hornet is an all-weather carrier-capable multirole fighter jet, designed to attack both ground and aerial targets. Its primary missions are fighter escort, fleet air defense,...

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Preview: 1/72 Hasegawa Grumman F-14D Tomcat ‘VF-101 Grim Reapers’

Kit Info Manufacturer: Hasegawa Scale: 1/72 Media: Injection Parts: 197 Price: Rp. 285,000 (est. US$31.00) The Subject The Grumman F-14D is the final version of the Tomcat. It is at home in both air-to-air and air-to-ground missions and is considered the most versatile platform in the US Navy arsenal. Primary differences between the D...

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Completed Works

Completed : Hasegawa 1/72 Grumman EA-6B Prowler

Kit Info Manufacturer: Hasegawa Scale: 1/72 Media: Injection Plastic The Subject The Grumman EA-6B Prowler is a four-seat electronic warfare aircraft designed to jam and deceive enemy radar and communications facilities. The Prowler requires 4 crewmembers: 1 pilot and 3 Electronic Weapons Officers (EWOs). In 1980, the latest modification...

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Completed : Hasegawa 1/48 Grumman F-14A Tomcat ‘VF-84 Jolly Rogers’

Kit Info Manufacturer: Hasegawa Scale: 1/48 Media: Injection Plastic The Subject Developed in the 1970s as a long range ‘fleet defender’, the Grumman F-14A Tomcat is the premier combat aircraft of the US Navy. Armed with a maximum of 6 AIM-54 Phoenix missiles, the Tomcat’s radar can track dozens of targets at one time,...

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