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    S-3B Viking - scratchbuilt

    Hey Ben, congratulations!!!! That’s awesome news. You will be struggling for a bit to squeeze in modelling time for a bit, but it’s a pretty amazing thing. Cheers Jim
  2. I know there are only a few of us ... and I know it’ll never be as popular as the new P-51 - but I have to say, I’m dead keen to see more of the new Revell super hornet - sprue shots, previews - but I’ve found almost nothing on line. Isn’t it supposed to be out about now? Jim
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    F-14B UPGRADE 1/32 Tomcat

    Inspirational stuff ... those wing sweep bags are the best I’ve seen, ever. Bravo! Jim
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    Bell 206 B BG Air Force 01

    Terrific work as always Chavdar ... well done. Jim
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    F-16 Thunderbird #1

    Wow, that looks really terrific! Jim
  6. This’ll be super ... I did some armature work on my tomcat diorama but nothing as ambitious as this. Reckon you’ll really enjoy it, it’s an wesome challenge but tractable with some elbow grease (which you clearly have in spades). Cheers Jim
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    SA-23E Mitchell-Hyundyne Starfury

    Bloody phenomenal work Vaughn ... I’m amazed! Well done. Jim
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    1/32 A-10 sporting the 107th FS tribute scheme

    Super crisp, I really like it! Jim
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    DesTROYer's 1/32 RAAF F/A18 B Hornet A21-103

    This is really rocking Troy ... can’t believe how quickly you’re going, and your work is top notch. Took me months to get to where the fuse was together! Jim
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    Tamiya Spitfire Mk IX Kicked Up A Notch: Last Post

    Chuck, awesome work as always ... I have several of your builds bookmarked and to me, each is the definitive resource on that kit. This one will be as well (probably co-bookmarked with Wolf though I must say). Jim
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    LSP Christmas Raffle Winners!!!

    So now that Maru has won a kit, are we going to see a WIP?? Jim
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    F-15E --- 1/32 --- in PARKED mode

    Awesome Milan ... even here on LSP it’s rare to see a build that looks so much like the real thing. Jim
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    Any news on the Revell super hornet?

    No F until September?? Guess I’ll just have to wait ... not that I’m likely to finish my current build before then at the rate I’m going I suppose ... Jim
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    Any news on the Revell super hornet?

    Thanks Meindert! Those are great shots. Jim
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    Good carrier flight deck reference.

    For my tomcat launch diorama I just did a lot of google image work. You will find a lot of different vibes for the deck ... some look more of a light grey, others much darker. Some have prominent tyre marks, others they’re scarcely visible. Staining and bleaching seem to be common. My advice would be, look at a heap of photos on line, and pick some characteristics you want to replicate. Then (IMHO) you need at least six layers of weathering to make it come to life. Good luck - you’re a great modeller and you’ll definitely make it sing. Jim
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    1:32 F-90 Superstar

    Ohhhh Dan ... that is properly super awesome. What a cool project! This is why we visit LSP ... Jim
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    F-16 Thunderbird #1

    Seat looks great ... how did you do the cushions? Jim
  18. Hi everyone, I'm off with my first 1/32 WIP on the forum (and, if I'm honest, my first 1/32 kit since a hasegawa hornet back in about 1988 ... I can still remember what a mess I made of the decals). I've decided to stretch my skills a bit and go for an air show finish (because goodness knows I'm not too flash when it comes to spotless gloss). Here's the bird I'm trying to replicate: I've got the 1/32 academy kit, together with loads of aftermarket goodness: - Dmold resin intakes, - Rhino burner cans, - Aires cockpit, - G-factor landing gear, - cutting edge decals (thanks very kindly to LSP member Rohan C, who sold me the latter); and - some really beautiful Airscale cockpit decals and placards. Being a glutton for punishment, I'm going to try to find someone to turn the decals into masks and do the whole thing as paint masks ... not sure if it's brave or foolish. Haven't been able to get anyone to commit to make the masks yet so fingers crossed we can make it work. Anyway, on with the photos! I managed to get almost a full weekend at the bench last weekend as Mrs ClumsyDude took the kids up to Cairns to visit the outlaws (big win for everyone really). I didn't take photos of all the stuff, I figure y'all know what the academy hornet box looks like ... but I did get a nod to tradition with the "Washing of the Resin Bits". The quality of all of them is really superb. The Aires pit is just superb - thanks Nic (Zero77) for your awesome review. It will be a serious test of my skills to do justice to it. So construction (as the kids say) starts with the cockpit. I got going first on the Aires seat (detail is amazing) and had a crack at the seatbelts. They may be inaccurate for a RAAF hornet - I've only found one decent reference photo and it isn't clear at all what's happening with the belts. So I've gone off a really detailed set of photos I found over on Aircraft Resource Centre. Seat is likely to look like a NASA hornet, hopefully they're pretty similar to the Aussie ones. For starters, there seems to be an extra lap belt (seems weird but the photos don't lie). So I used an Aires buckle and added a belt made from a sliced up US $1 bill. Here we are with some PE origami for the main belts and buckles: SEAWARS cylinders made out of Albion alloys micro tubing Ready for primer! I had really been dreading the PE belts, but with a solid bit of annealing they turned out OK. Very pleased! More PE origami on the rudder pedals:
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    DesTROYer's 1/32 RAAF F/A18 B Hornet A21-103

    Troy - merry Christmas, and can I say, SWEET project - I reckon it might be my next one. I think A21-103 had the SIDS red nose a few years back, I was thinking about doing that one - like you with scaled up 1/48 decals for the tail markings. Will be watching with INTENSE interest. Jim
  20. Gaz, Peter and Sandokan - thanks, and merry Christmas! Jim
  21. Thanks all ... @Neo - 4-6 thick wet coats of Mr Super Clear gloss on top of mist coats - there’s a full step by step a few pages back. Cheers Jim
  22. All RIGHT y’all, time for one last update before Christmas - I’m on holiday until the new year so no more modelling for a while. So here’s the progress - what you see here took pretty close to a full day's work. Here are the polished inner flaps: I’m pretty happy with the shine, but then take a look at this - not too happy with the receding blue paint around the panel line: I don’t know how I’ll fix that - a wash might work, or I might need to spray some blue and re-polish. I also managed to get one of the slats done ... Again, pretty happy with the shine - but my screw up on this one was polishing through the paint on the bottom side (you can see the white primer showing through at the top of the slat in this shot): Here’s the polished slat next to its mate, which still has the nasty orange peel: At this rate I’ll just about have it done by Christmas (Christmas 2018 that is!). Thanks all for following along, I really appreciate the comments. Hope you all have a terrific holiday season & new year! Cheers Jim
  23. Thanks Mike! It’s funny what you say about "spit shine", I do use spit with my sanding (I find it works better than water, just like it did on parade shoes back in the day). Appreciate the encouragement, it’s a big help keeping the mojo up. Got one more update to post before Christmas ... will hopefully get to it this afternoon. Jim
  24. Thanks Chris. I have sprayed the lacquer straight over the decals - this is what I usually do, and don’t usually have issues. Of course, this time wasn’t usual, and I was very lucky to be able recover after the wrinkling on the nose roundel. It has spooked me about this strategy in future ... Chavdar, good to see you again! I do have to ask myself why I make it so hard, and I don’t have a good answer for you, other than it’s the only way I know to get the finish I want. And it is kind of rewarding after all that work to see such a nice gloss ... pretty much makes it worth it! Cheers Jim
  25. Thanks Squizzy! More of an update tomorrow or Saturday I hope. Jim