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  1. The Revell 1/32 scale F-18E was supposed to be released last Summer 2017. Accordingly to the Revell guys I spoke at the IPMS NL Euro Scale Modelling show, the F-18E is now to be released April 2018. The RRP is about EURO 80,- in Germany.


    On the Revell display table during Euro Scale Modelling many test sprues were seen of this new REVELL F-18E 1/32 kit. An impressive amount of parts with complex shapes. (On the clear sprue a single seater and double seater canopy was seen).


    Here are the 2 photos I made:







    I have also the 1/32 F-18E of Trumpeter in the stash but will await until the Revell kit is released to make a comparison.



    Thanks Meindert! Those are great shots.



  2. 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.



  3. 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!




  4. Nice work Jim. This jet is going to be spit shine in the end. I need to seat down in comfortable chair and go through the entire thread to see your incredible elbow work as whole. In mean time, keep up the good work ;)


    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.



  5. Hey Jim, big thanks for posting the extra detail on your approach, really insightful! are you able to spray the lacquer based clear straight over the decals or do you do something else over them first?

    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 ...



    Maybe I told you before, but this birdy will become at another work of art of yours :)

    One thing I just do not understand - why are you used so hard methods for gloss finishing?

    Of course, you show to us another great how-to achieve it :)

    Cheers Jim ;)

    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!




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