etendard reacted to wunwinglow in Tornado F3
Hi all, thanks again for the comments, much appreciated!
Last night, tried the belly insert, I am still pondering the best joint arrangement to limit the cutting, but make it strong enough. The basic kit is very twangy, especially when it is cut up a bit! Anyway, this is what it looks like currently. Sorry the plastic is a bit translucent, so it doesn't photograph terribly well. Once I have finalised the design I'll prime a set. The intake trunking needs a few adjustments more as well. But I'm pretty happy with how it is coming along!
etendard reacted to wunwinglow in Tornado F3
Next little update, I managed to get all the dreadful sellotape goo off with some workshop degreasing liquid, and reassembled using masking tape. The ducting is inside, I will add a couple of blocks to keep it in the right place when used in anger. The pic also shows the belly insert which includes the air conditioning unit exhaust, which is a different shape on the F3. I have a few adjustments to make, then it is on with the rest..... Thanks for watching!
etendard reacted to DannyVM in Belgian F-104G Starfighter. Italeri with lot's of aftermarket WIP.
I started to add some Eduard colored PE seat belt's onto the ejection seat................to be honest i don't like them at all regarding the color that is used and the grainy appearance. Instead i re-painted them in a more appropriate color.
First two pic's with the colored PE added to the seat (not painted yet)
Second two pic's, PE seat belt's re-painted.
In my opinion, it look's much better now.
etendard reacted to Wolf Buddee in Bitten by a Mosquito!
Everyone needs a couple o' good belts now and then............especially the crew of a Mosquito.
Last week I got my RB Productions Sutton Harnesses in the mail so I could finally complete the seat assemblies for my Mossie. Everyone has a favourite when it comes to aftermarket seatbelts. For me it's RB Productions. They're fiddly to assemble but once made up they look fantastic. The attachments for the shoulder harnesses are from the kit. I simply cut off the kit photo-etch belts and attached the RB belts to them. After the belts are assembled and anchored in to place they can be made to drape realistically by working them with water and a wet paintbrush. When dry I gave them a light coat of Tamiya's flat clear lacquer spray and then a careful wash of dark brown from The Detailer.
Next step is figuring out the wiring in the machine gun bay and hopefully adding the BarracudaCast ammo feed chutes. Then I have to add the plumbing on to the forward bulkhead in the lower cannon bay and this part of the cockpit is done. I've already completed the tail planes, tailwheel bay, fin and rudder but haven't taken any pics of those yet.
etendard reacted to reconspit in Trumpeter F-8J Crusader VF-24 (Vietnam air war group build)
after completing all those MiG's and Sukhoi's, i finally finished my Crusader.
This was actually my third Vietnam group build entry, which i sadly did not finish.
Now i call it done..
I used the Eduard photo-etched cockpit stuff and Zotz decals. Colours are all from Vallejo and washes from FloryModels.
I hope you guys (and girls) like it....
etendard reacted to johncrow in Su-33 Sea Flanker
I've been working on the rear fuselage/stinger area...didn't some general once say something to the effect "No plan survives contact with the enemy"? My plan is not dead yet...but I may be reviewing that DNR order. I think the general goals I am hoping to achieve are sound, but the route to them is bumpy at best.
Here's what I'm hoping for, both pictures courtesy of Ken Duffey:
Here's where I am at:
The parts are just taped in place right now. I need to finish the nacelles before attaching the other parts. There's still a lot of shaping and filling to do...and that's where I think I may be in trouble. The panel and rivet detail that was once present on the Zacto parts is gone as I did a lot of reshaping and reprofiling. I'm not sure how I should proceed. Should I assemble the 3 stinger/boattail parts, then scribe/rivet them, then attach the whole shebang to the fuselage? Or should I attach the left and right boattail pieces to the fuselage, then scribe/detail, then attach the stinger? Either way I go I can forsee difficulties. Detailing once everything is assembled will be difficult, as among other things, I don't see now I'd get my templates in place to scribe the oval hatch covers and some of the other panel lines. Even if this detailing is done before final assembly, some of those details will be lost when the new stinger/boattail is attached to the fuselage and will have to be done again.
If anybody has ever run into a similar dilemma and has come up with a good way to tackle it, I'm all ears.
And yes, one of the intakes is temporarily missing....epoxy and CA are no match for my ham-handedness.
Thanks for stopping by,
etendard reacted to johncrow in Su-33 Sea Flanker
One more tiny milestone. I scribed in the hinges/foldlines in the horizontal stabs. I also added what look to be some reinforcements with pieces of thin card. The stuff I've done is simplified and not completely accurate, but it's much closer than the stock stabs.
Thanks for stopping by,
etendard reacted to Menelaos in 1/32 British Phantom FG.1/FGR.2 conversion for the Tamiya F-4J?
I would like to have that one among the decals...
etendard reacted to Zero77 in AFV Club 1/32 F-5E Tiger II !!!!
Of course i'd be happy to see that.
But i dont think a simple letter would be enough to make the guys from this or that manufacturer to produce the kit we want. Otherwise we would already have a Mig-25, F-111, Rafale, Blackbird, Mirage 2000, Delta Dagger and Delta Dart, and many other ones....
etendard reacted to LSP_Ron in New Releases
There is too much negativity here lately on new releases in my opinion. We have many new companies bringing new subjects in our scale and even with their flaws it is a godsend. I am personally tired of seeing the slamming of manufactures on research errors. Pointing out errors is fine, but these new players are getting zero thanks for giving us something new. If it isn't perfect, belly up and model it perfect or start your own company to sell to us.
I am sure those watching us are open to change to improve but we are getting a huge vibe of perfectionism or it's crap and that's not right. LSP is not a place to slam manufactures for flaws, it is a place to identify them, find a solution and share that, a place where changing them or not is up to the builder and not judged, change or leave as is is accepted, a place where beginners are welcome and we want them to contribute. Being so critical on a new release surely doesn't encourage more to join for fear of a lack of knowledge. Not cool..
I commend these folks for bringing forward these releases, hats down, flaws or not
etendard reacted to DeanKB in Trumpeter...or
I don't disagree with Jennings, except that people who buy Trumpy kits are not "suckers". They just like kits that build up without too many problems and look like the picture on the box.
That does not mean they are wrong, it simply means they have a different idea of what the hobby brings them. After all, many people are in stressful jobs, bringing up kids, paying the mortgage (me!) - and they want to relax and enjoy their spare time building a model. They'll not get themselves more stressed by worrying over certain details or shapes. They have sub-contracted that worry out to the manufacturer. They just open the box and the result is recognisable as a Spitfire, 109, etc. Job done, result achieved, enjoyment achieved.
I think that is the "normal" modeller. We are not normal, we strive for levels of realism that most people don't believe is worth investing the additional time, money or work to achieve.
In other words, Trumpeter are not going to be too concerned about what we think.
etendard reacted to Jennings Heilig in Trumpeter...or
Clearly that is the case. It was a very, very long time ago that P.T. Barnum made his famous observation that there's a sucker born every minute.
Producing a model kit that is "100% accurate" is impossible. These are not miniature airplanes, they are artistic sculptures of airplanes (ask any kit designer). They can be made with outstanding scale fidelity to the shapes, outlines, details, and proportions of the real thing, and that can be done at no more expense (not a single penny) than what it costs to produce a crappy representation of the real thing. But as long as people are willing to fork over good money (and in Trumpeter's case, exorbitant money) for mediocre products, they have no incentive to produce anything else.
I'm not sure of much of anything in the world. But I am sure that *some* people are concerned about accuracy even if some aren't. Or perhaps I should refine that, and say concerned about reasonable scale fidelity to the shapes, outlines, details, and proportions of the real thing. Others aren't, and as I've said over and over and over, that's fine. Where we get into trouble is when one camp assumes that their position is the only true and right one, and that anyone who believes otherwise is a "rivet counter" or some other epithet.
I happen to enjoy seeing a company produce a product that demonstrates a love of aircraft (why else do we do this?), and a deep understanding of the way real airplanes are designed, built, and used (curved piano hinge anyone?). I'm happy to support a company that demonstrates a desire to go a little extra to produce a kit with excellent scale fidelity to the real thing. To me, that includes not festooning it with pockmark rivet holes that no airplane in history has ever had, getting the basic shapes right, and demonstrating an understanding and appreciation of the subject. The Tamiya 1/32 fighters are prime examples. They go the extra mile to make them right. Are they 100% perfect? Nope. Aside from almost anything written by Mozart, nothing any human ever made was 100% perfect.
I wonder if people would give me a pass if we printed national insignias on our decals in the wrong size? Or if I just used a font that was "close enough" even if the real thing was clearly hand painted and every letter looked different? Would I get a pass the way kit manufacturers get a pass on crappy kits? I seriously doubt it. We'd be taken (rightfully so) to the woodshed. Not saying I never made a mistake on a decal - far from it. But I go to every possible length to ensure that what I put out is the absolute best I can do.
The 1987 Yugo GL was a piece of crap car, but it was super cheap. And you got exactly what you paid for. These days, it's like people are still building the Yugo GL, but they're asking Mercedes Benz prices for them. Sorry, but I'm just not interested.
My grandpa used to tell me: there are two ways to do something - the right way and the other way. And he was right.
etendard reacted to marauderdriver in KH 1/32 F11F DOA?
I guess if they are going to make these kits in 1/48, then LSP needs to change to SLSP Sorta Large Scale Planes.
Oh well Now I can start to focus on some of the conversions I've bought, Starting with the GT Resins F-4B and Eli's Sundowners decals
Both on the way, or a BIG @$$ Tiffy with it ALL HANGIN' OUT, or a 2 seat Lightning, Skoshi Tiger anyone, Oh I know, Tornado F-3.
I gotta a big Japanese Sub coming too HMMMMMMM! and a GATO in the shed.
Probably finish this !/144 KC-135R for the wife of a soon to be Retired CMSgt, who loves the 135's from the BLOODY 100th wing at RAF Mildenhall
Then back to my WHAT-IF CRRRRRRRRRRRRRRAAAAAP!!!!!! Sorry Glen