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  1. Thanks for posting your build, Bryan. You've pointed out some issues and tips that haven't been covered in other posts so many people will benefit from your post. I think you're being a bit harsh on yourself about your scratch made seat belts - I think they look good. I'm also a big fan of thinning kit parts, which elevates the model to a higher level and doesn't cost anything other than time and effort. You've really improved the appearance of the kit in this respect. I like Academy's approach to this kit and I think it's smart from a business perspective (which is why they exist, after all). They've focussed on good engineering and fit, as well as lovely exterior detail. Obviously they've reduced the cost of manufacture and the RRP by omitting a lot of internal parts and detail - extras most buyers probably aren't interested in. I think Academy has pitched this at two distinct markets to optimise their sales. The first market is the lucrative 'high volume sales' market of those who don't buy very expensive kits but want attractive, detailed subjects that are relatively simple and enjoyable to build. The second market is the discerning modeller who uses the kit as a base for a project incorporating aftermarket accessories. I think they've covered both bases really well. I really hope Academy profit nicely from this kit, so they can develop and sell an AH-1G version of this classic helicopter. Just my two cents worth...
  2. Hi Lee, You are in a very similar situation to me in that I haven't built a model since 2001. Like you, I've just started a build that I'm going to post in the 'in-progress' section of this site soon and, also like you, I'm not spending lots of money on after-market accessories. I agree with Tim Hepplestone; it's really nice to see you enhancing the kit parts rather than simply spending your hard-earned on a plethora of after-market accessories. Don't get me wrong, I love the accessories that are available 'out there' but, sometimes, it's just nice to see someone enhancing the kit parts and achieving a really nice result. I can't wait to see more of your work. Cheers, Wayne
  3. Bryan, You've done an amazing job on the exhaust. I can't believe it's all Tamiya - not wishing to denigrate the brand! I've just bought a KASL exhaust for a future project and now I'm wondering why I bothered - even though it is a beautifully cast facsimile of the P&W exhaust. Funny enough, you don't see many Tamiya 1/32 F-16's built with the P&W exhaust.
  4. Love your work, Bryan. The F-16 is my favourite fast-jet and I really like the way you're detailing many of the kit parts, rather than simply shoe-horning aftermarket resin accessories into it. Have to ask you - is that the KASL exhaust you're using or have you tweaked the kit parts? Also really good to see Mike Reed chime in - I'm also a big fan of his F-16 projects on Zone-Five.
  5. I agree with everyone else. That's a lovely model and the parachute just adds to it in a really nice and effective way. BTW, did you tweak the True Details parachute with etch or is that the way it came?
  6. Firstly, let me say I know very little about Luftwaffe camouflage so I'm in no position to challenge anything postulated on this forum about this subject matter. Having said that, Wouter has commented on the camouflage of the first Bf-109 depicted in that series of images. He has indicated to an area immediately rearward of the cockpit that appears to show two different coloured paints. To my eye, that appears to be the shadow of the canopy's armoured glass on the fuselage. I'm not saying this is a single tone scheme, I'm simply saying that that particular area of the airframe appears to be affected by shadow. Just my 2 cents.... Cheers, Guys.
  7. Hi Matt, Wow! You say you got into this hobby when Tamiya's gem was available, so your experience level is probably less than many of the contributors to this fantastic forum. To my eye, you've already developed a pleasing style that's different to many of the builds I see. I like the way you appear to have used lighter shades of paint to highlight some edges and surfaces of parts, such as the ribs in the wheel bays. (Please correct me if I'm wrong.) Your paint is finely applied and you've achieved a sense of realism, particularly with the cockpit sidewalls. To cap it off, your photography is top-notch - just the sort of sharpness and clarity that allows us to appreciate your fine work.
  8. Hi Anthony, Loving your build. Do you have any other detailed reference photos of the avionics bay you're building? I'd love to see the area out of shot to the right side of your photo as well as the interior side of the door/panel. Cheers, Wayne
  9. Hi Christian, Wow!!! What a model. I love this website because of the polite nature of the members, as well as the awesome builds. I love looking at models that have all the aftermarket accessories as much as l love the out-of-box builds. Yours is a beautiful model and I'm somewhat surprised at the lack of aftermarket accessories, given the amazing outcome. I'm surprised that the intake region looks as good as it does, since you didn't use Chris' amazing Zactomodels intake. I love the way you broke up the 'normal' pilot's position by turning his/her head to the left. This just adds to the sense of realism. As I said, I love your model and you aught to be proud of your efforts. You have certainly inspired me to build my F-16D to the same standard!1
  10. Beautifully executed, Tony - Love the result. As others have said, you are highly skilled in brushed finishes. All the best with your modelling endeavours and here's hoping that you return to good health soon. Wayne
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    Gee whiz, you American modellers are lucky only having to pay US$24 or so for this kit. The kit is retailing in Aussie hobby shops for around the US$60 mark and Hannants are selling it for about US$42. I just paid US$60 and rationalised it by knowing I'm continuing to support my LHS. I know the importers have to make a profit, as do the retailers, but I can't help feeling that we're getting shafted down under.
  12. Beautiful work, Miloslav. Tell me, do you ever sleep?
  13. Hi Kev, Regarding your photography... Firstly, there's no substitute for a dedicated macro lens in these circumstances. There are a number of things that govern depth-of-field, including your aperture (f/stop) and camera-to-subject distance. The closer you move towards your subject, without adjusting your aperture/f-stop, the more your depth-of-field decreases. You may get some acceptable shots using your zoom lens by following these basic rules: 1. Try using a small aperture of at least f/22 - be careful, though, because extremely small apertures can cause other image issues. 2. Stabilise the camera on a tripod or improvised rest, such as a wheat bag (the type you put in the microwave and heat up to apply to sports injuries etc...) 3. Use a remote shutter release or the camera's timer function to ensure you don't move the camera during image capture. 4. Try focussing about a third of the way into your subject because a reasonable amount of your image that is in acceptably sharp focus lies between the camera and the point you focussed on. HTH
  14. Lovely work, Thunnus. Clearly you have plenty of patience and an eye for detail. I know you've lashed out and bought quite a few after-market goodies for your kit but this is a classic example of how you can save yourself some money by modifying kit parts and achieving a great result.
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