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#1 Dragon

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Posted 02 December 2017 - 05:33 AM

I'm gonna color my world blue with Academy's F/A-18C dressed up as a VFC-12 Ambush adversary bird. I'll be using Fightertown Decals to do Ambush 06. In addition to the decals, I'll be using an aftermarket seat and of course the mandatory G-Factor brass landing gear.

 

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I'll be trying out the Bombshell Brew paints on this build, anxious to see how they perform. Supposed to be a rainy day in the PNW, so it'll be a good excuse to jump into this build.

 

Mike 


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Posted 02 December 2017 - 05:37 AM

Go Mike Go!  Should be a fun one to watch. 

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Posted 02 December 2017 - 09:30 AM

I'd be interesting to see how your Bombshell Brew paints perform. I had not heard of this outfits until now, so I'll see from your go around if I need to invest into any. So, follow along shell I. :)
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Posted 02 December 2017 - 10:32 AM

My top five Hornet Adversary schemes, looking for 1:48 decals for this one a long time

 

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Posted 02 December 2017 - 12:48 PM

great paint sheme

looking forward to that

Have fun

 

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Posted 04 December 2017 - 06:05 AM

I decided to start this build off doing the centerline fuel tank. I wanted to do a quick and simple subassembly, so I could try out the Bombshell Brew paint. My paint of choice is Mr Color, and although I'm really happy with how it performs for me especially when doing freehand camo work, I'm always open to trying a new product. 

 

I really like the squeeze drop bottle Bombshell uses, makes paint dispensing easy, and the bottles have, what I'm assuming is, a ball bearing to aid mixing when shaking the bottle. The line has a wide range of colors for adversary aircraft which suits me with my current interest in adversary aircraft. After playing around with the paint consistency and air pressures for awhile, I found a combination that I thought performed the best for me. So, I tired it out on the fuel tank:

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I found the paint sprayed and covered nicely without any issues (the tank as pictured has a coat of Tamiya X-22). I still need to play around with the paint consistency and air pressures though as I wasn't able to get a nice tight demarcation line between colors that I like. More practice needed!

 

A couple of other issues were exposed though. First, the paint colors don't match the decal colors.  I've read it's difficult for decal printers to match the FS colors. I've had similar issues with low-viz decals. The second issue, the paint colors don't match the colors of the aircraft, see the pic posted by Lud13; their hue or shade just isn't the same as the colors on the aircraft. I understand that lighting conditions, camera settings, and one's computer screen settings can affect how the colors are seen, but to me, they aren't close. 

 

I'm going to get some AKAN paints and see how they look.

 

Mike


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Posted 04 December 2017 - 01:55 PM

I took some detail shots of this bird a few years back, maybe they can help?

 

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 09:22 PM

Mike..

:yahoo: gonna enjoy this Hornet scheme of yours. NEAT start .

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Shawn, those are SUPERB workarounds and will be vety useful for Mike.

Thanks .

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La calma è la virtù dei forti !

Potius Mori quam foedari.


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Posted 07 December 2017 - 05:25 AM

Shawn - some great shots you have there. I'll definitely be using them for reference. Thanks!

 

Maru - thanks for the encouragement. Hopefully, I can do it justice!

 

A small and quick update. I ordered two AKAN paint sets from Linden Hill. One, is the Russian Deck Aviation set, and the other is the USSR Deck Aviation set. Fingers crossed the colors are a better match. 

 

I spent the evening painting the wheel wells white and prepared them for a wash. I'll let the paint and clear top coat dry a couple of days before applying the wash. 

 

I've also decided to do something I never do and that is to use a resin cockpit. Reading folks posts about their frustrations and the challenges getting resin pits to fit was something I didn't need to inflict on myself. However, I have been wanting to expand my modeling skills and test myself, so why not give this a try. Any advice is most welcomed!

 

After painting the wheel wells, I started cleaning up some of the resin pieces that were the easiest to cleanup.

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I need to cut the pour block off the pit piece and the ejection seat. The seat comes with PE seatbelts, never used these either. Should be comical figure them out.

 

Stay tuned for me probably getting frustrated and bailing to a seat with cast seatbelts!

 

Mike


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Posted 07 December 2017 - 06:59 PM

Mike,

Painting looks NEAT... good job...

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Posted 07 December 2017 - 07:34 PM

That looks like the Aires cockpit if I’m not mistaken ... I used it on my current hornet build and was thrilled with it, I’m sure you will enjoy it too. Detail is incredible, and fitting it wasn’t that tough.

Good luck!

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Posted 08 December 2017 - 02:19 AM

Jim - yes, it is the Aires cockpit, and and I agree on the detail, very nice. I can see why folks include resin cockpits in their builds! Happy to hear the fit wasn't all that difficult. If I may ask, how much of the resin cockpit bottom did you have to remove? The kit cockpit has a notch in the bottom to allow the top of the front wheel well to attach to it. How did you address this with the resin cockpit?

 

Thanks,

Mike


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#13 ClumsyDude

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Posted 08 December 2017 - 02:05 PM

Yeah, I had to sand the bottom pretty hard to get it to fit - it was quite papery and translucent by the time I got it where it needed to be, but I managed not to sand through it. As with most things in modelling, taking your time and checking regularly is the key. I started with my Dremel but finished off with hand sanding.

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Posted 08 December 2017 - 02:58 PM

happy to help, its a lovely scheme


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Posted 08 December 2017 - 11:08 PM

Nice start Mike. What’s life without setting yourself a little resin challenge - as Jim says, sand, fit, repeat (ad infinitum)... 

 

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