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  1. All I did was copy the URL, no [img] tag in front or end of the URL when I put it in the “insert image from URL” button. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  2. Sorry for the lack of updates. Summer hit, then I underwent some surgery (all is well) and as always happens life gets in the way. I'm hoping to get back to this in the near future. As of now, the cockpit is in the fuselage and the whole airframe is together. I'm wholly dissatisfied with the fit of the closed wingtip air brakes. I'm puzzling over those and how to resolve them to my satisfaction. After that is done, some minor details to add to the airframe and it will be ready for prime/ paint. Marc B.
  3. Funny thing is, when shipping was free I'd just buy whenever I wanted as there was no advantage to buying a single kit or bundling several. Now, however, I find myself waiting to make it worthwhile or go in with a few friends to split shipping costs. I actually haven't bought anything from them since they switched to their new method. The Camel is definitely in my future along with a Salmson. I dread what the shipping, taxes, etc will end up being. Marc B.
  4. Very nicely done, sir! Funny little things tend to catch my eye; in this case I really like the paint treatment you gave to the rubber bladder tanks behind the seat. Really quite convincing. Marc B.
  5. Wow. I always marvel at how people can take an otherwise basic simple kit and turn it into such a masterpiece. Lots of passion put into that subject. Hats off to you sir. Marc B.
  6. I agree. A new tool Hasegawa basic kit would be welcome. For people that just want a basic accurate canvas to do various schemes/ nose art it would fit the bill. Not every Mustang we build needs the Tamiya super-kit treatment (I have two, and that's enough for me). Marc B.
  7. Tamiya's is definitely the winner for accuracy and ease of build. My friend picked up a pre-owned one recently for $120 CDN. As for only a Block 50 out of box, while this is true, if you can still purchase sprues from Tamiya or if you can manage to get the block 50 and the Thunderbirds boxing, I think you have everything to do two kits from an F-16C block 25 through 52. You would have to source a WAR HUD for a Block 40, though.
  8. Their diorama ground work items I found quite nice for my armour modelling needs and as said before, their carrier deck vehicles were very nice. Also what got me going from a simple model "assembler" with not much thought of what I was doing to my current standards was Verlinden's 'On Plastic Wings' book. Don't forget this was before the days of the Internet so resources were very limited on "how" to do this stuff. It launched me forward into scratch building, weathering, etc. and every technique from that book I tried just *worked*. I would still highly recommend that book to a novice aircraft model builder. Along with Shep Paine (whom I had the pleasure of meeting with and having a few beers with at one of our model shows in the early 2000's),Francois Verlinden propelled this hobby forward at a time it needed it and inspired many of us to the level we are at today. As such, I too find it a sad day to see them shut down and cringe worthy to see some of those dioramas get trashed. Sad day. Marc B.
  9. Which kit are you referring to, Tamiya? If so, it seems like they included USAF AIM-9Es in the J kit or did they just pooch the AIM-9D/Gs? Marc B.
  10. Awesome start on the Frogfoot. I've really got to get back to the bench and finish mine. Tip: for the gaps at the nacelle to fuselage join and the tail base, Perfect Plastic Putty worked great for me. I applied it with a large bore syringe and after completely dry swabbed away the excess with a damp q-tip. Marc B.
  11. Next up is a change in the weapons lineup. Originally I was going to use single FAB-250s on the end pylons (next to the missiles), but I couldn't get them to fit on the pylons to my satisfaction. So I returned to my original, original plan to use the MBD-2-67 bomb dispensers with a load of FAB-100s. Original issue with these was that they have box fins which I could not find in use anywhere... so I bit the bullet and modified them with a tubular fin group and new fin end. Here's my efforts on that front: Last up for tonight is a shot of my try at the hydraulic brake boxes of the main wheels. Real deal: My scaled interpretation: That's all for now... lots more is done, just no photos yet. Marc B.
  12. So, finally have some time to give some more updates. I'm calling the cockpit done. Aires resin cockpit set with scratched mods and details... all painted, weathered. Tub (prior to weathering): Instrument panel completed... Check the hud... I'm really pleased how this came out. And a few views of it all together: Marc B.
  13. Simmo, harvey, Mike and all the "likers", Thanks! It's always nice to share in a hobby that is usually a solo affair. Marc B.
  14. More progress... This time I'm concentrating on the 'pit. need to finish that off so I can close up the fuselage. I made a small addition to the instrument panel. On the new right side panel the pilots instrument panel lamp was relocated to the upper right corner, so I shaved off the original and relocated it and added the electrical cable for it. Next up are the lap belts... these things are 7 photoetch pieces each... maddening! I'll add these after the seat has been painted. On the seat, I added the cloth seat pad/ backrest as seen on the Ukrainian K-36 ejection seats. To that I added the tie downs in the four corners. The shoulder harness is tucked in behind the back pad for stowage. Here's the real deal for comparison. So here is the whole cockpit ready for priming/ painting. It's not glued together, just assembled for the picture. That's all for now. Marc B.
  15. Minor update... Nipped off all the jack screws and pads from the kit sway brace pads. Only two vice the proper three per side and in the wrong location as supplied in the kit. Here's all the new jack screws, pads and reshaped sway braces ready for assembly. Marc B.
  16. So after all that, I was able to close the engine/ intake assembly in the engine nacelles along with the wheel wells. These are all seam filled and have had all the panel lines and rivets restored, plus I filled the line for the surplus air scoops that are not on this version. That was done with perfect plastic putty, which is not. It has it's uses, but takes some getting used to. These have since been glued to their respective fuselage halves. Nacelle end shot... Last up for tonight is my re-work of the instrument panel. If you recall earlier in this thread, it was mentioned how the Ukrainian Su-25M1 has a slightly different instrument panel where the right side is a different arrangement and the coaming area is squared off instead of the kits 45 degrees. So here is a shot of the real deal for comparison: And my re-work... There is a little bit of instrument fudging going on here, but It captures the general look, I think. I cut up the existing Aires PE right side panel to get the look. I've done a bit more to it since these shots (leading edge of coaming for eg.) That last shot *may* not be an accurate depiction, but I can find NO​ ​pictures of the forward side of the coaming and how the new squared off area fairs into the existing coaming for the 25M1, so I made an "artistic" choice. Well, that's it for now... more updates when I have a chance. Marc B..
  17. Okay... update time again. First up is an issue I noticed early on with the wings... specifically the leading edge slats. Built as is they end up sitting flush with the wing top... sort of defeats the purpose of a slat. So I had to add small riser blocks to the slat actuators to lift them off the wing surface... works much better. The slats, after attached, don't have the downward angle that I'd like but at least they are not pointing up, like the original kitted ones. While working on the wings I had to attach the flap mechanisms. For some odd engineering reason, Trumpeter chose to make you capture each flap in two halves around the mechanism with a locating pin... I thought "why?". So I clipped the pin off glued up the slats separately and now they simply slip on so I can glue them on later whenever I want. Top shows with pins, bottom has them clipped off. Paint!, finally got some colour on this kit, even if only on inside parts. Here's the compressor face, intake (painted Testors MM Chrome Silver + a hint of brown and black) and Aires engine exhaust all painted and put together: For the keen eyed observer, you may notice something amiss in that last shot... If anyone catches it, I'll explain, otherwise it'll be my little secret. Hint... those are not the kit exhausts. Marc B..
  18. @harvy5… perfect, that is what I had assumed. Marc B.
  19. All good now. Kidney stones and I are old adversaries. I've had 50+ stones over the years… and a healthy supply of pain killers. Marc B.
  20. @harvy5, as a follow on, I assume that guided air to ground missiles (Kh-25, Ch-29) do NOT take up one of the two spots in the ballistic computer? BTW guys, sorry for no updates of late… was down for a week with kidney stones and what progress I've made is not terribly interesting. More should be coming soon. Marc B.
  21. Excellent info, harvy5, did not know that. Marc B.
  22. @RNoAF: Initially I wasn't, but with better pictures I can see the right side of the main panel on the Ukrainian M1 is quite different than a standard Frogfoot 'A' with the 45 degree coaming slope replaced by a squared off panel with a different instrument arrangement. So, yes I will be modifying the panel. As well there is a control box hanging off the port side canopy framing with an array of red and black knobs. I've already scratch built that item. Marc B.
  23. Some small progress today. Finished off the B-8M rocket pods, All glued up, seams all filled and added the rear 'handles'. The real deal: My meager efforts: I was going to forego loading a pair of Kh-25ML AGMs as their exhaust was rather poorly done... decided to see if I could improve things, and lo and behold, was easier than I thought. Great! says I... then I find out these are pretty much obsolete and not really used that much anymore. Oh well, good for some other kit. And started re-shaping the sway braces. Supplied in the kit they are just rectangular in shape, where the real thing is quite complex. The real deal: Forward- Rear- start of my effort: That's all for now. Marc B.
  24. Once you click on that link and see it.... it cannot be unseen. There's all kinds of wrong going on there... please give generously to the airframe crew psychiatric fund. Marc B.
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