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Dukie99 last won the day on September 2 2017

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  1. Slowly but surely we are getting close. Underside weathered and landing gears installed. Need to weather the wheels though. Pitots have been installed. I think I will be able to finish this one before end of December and I am looking forward to the next GB (Eastern front) because I plan to build the Su-25 grand daddy, the Il-2M3 in a tank hunting configuration. Cheers, David
  2. Excellent result, this a very attractive scheme. I hope my transparencies will come out a shiny as yours, they look great.
  3. Hi Brad, I plan to pose the cockpit open so the not perfect fit does not both me. For the gun access hatch, I will pretend it is soviet style fit... joking aside when you look at some pictures of 1/1 Su-25, there are a number of panels where they could have used some putty... cheers, David
  4. I am back. I have to admit I lost much of the drive for this kit over the Summer. Nothing wrong with the kit but I could not get going. We also had new baby in February (our fourth) and as she has become more active, my time at the bench as been reduced, but no complaint as she is strong, healthy and a super happy baby most of the time. I have continued working on the Su-25 but at a snail pace. I should be able to finish it by year end but who knows. This is where I stand now, camo is free hand with MRP colors, decals are from Linden Hill (highly recommended). I used Flory wash (sand) on top and will use grime on the bottom. I was not entirely convinced with the MRP color but their grow on me. I will most likely spray highly diluted sand colored paint to tie everythin together and mute the decals a bit. Still working on the ordnance, which are a pain in the neck. Cheers, David
  5. Congratulations, you can be very proud of this one and thank you for the history lesson, it made the WIP that much more enjoyable. Is there any other airframes used in that conflict that you could model in 1/32? Cheers, David
  6. I have started my MvR boxing this afternoon to see if liked the kit enough to buy some more, some very cool schemes in the upcoming boxings.
  7. Hi Dave, I was actually thinking of starting my F/A-18+ kit. I have a ton of aftermarket but no am decals so I would be honored if I could use decals made by you. pm me if this is alright with you. Cheers, David
  8. Thanks Chuck. The drop tanks come from the 1/32 Revell Hunter kit. I went through a lot of kits in the stash to find something that was close in shape and dimensions and the Hunter drop tanks were the best match. I corrected the shape with Miliput and added the fins from plasticard and recycled pylons from the Flightpath detail set to graft them on the drop tanks. For reference, I used the Isradecals publication "AH-64A/D Peten and Saraf", which is very comprehensive with detailed walk around of both the Peten and the Saraf. I would say that in 80% of the pictures in that book showing Apaches in flight, the bird is sporting the drop tanks. I don't think there is any picture where the IAF Apache are carrying rocket pods. For me the drop tanks were the nr.1 mod to do to make it look like a Peten. I would love to do a Saraf, but that would be a much more ambitious project. I honestly think the kit is a very good base and it's too bad there is not more AM for it. Imagine an Aires pit, Brassin Hellfires and Quickboost Longbow radar, then I would start a D in a heartbeat. Cheers, David
  9. Hot on the heels of the two Cobra builds, I have just finished the old Revell AH-64A in 1/32. I built it as an IAF AH-64A Peten. Let's say it is my approximation of a Peten, I certainly do not claim exact accuracy, but I tried to include the main features of the Peten: the larger sponsons with the flares dispensers, the chaff dispensers under the winglets and the droptanks which you see all the times on the IAF Helos. I used an old Verlinden detail set (where the PE was missing, bummer), the flightpath AH-64A detail set and the antenna, pitot and chain gun are from Masters. The dcals are from Sky's decals. The flightpath set is very good and worth the effort: the wheels, the hellfire and all the wire cutters (nose, wheels, underside, topside) are from the set and do make a huge difference on a kit which is a bit barren but which fits well and has great raised rivets. I am very happy with it, not perfect by any means but I hope you will enjoy it. Cheers, David
  10. Thanks for the info, I am warned:)
  11. Woah! That is one stunning build. The weathering is amazing. How is the kit, I was thinking of picking up the Italeri Desert Storm issue when it finally comes out. Is the fit of the Aires pit and cans good? Congrats, David
  12. Excellent work and I love the background story. I built this kit as a Mi-24P (using upor conversion) and I agree with you that it is a very well engineered kit and a pleasure to build (just like the Hip). I wish the same Trumpeter team would tackle the Mi-28 or the Ka-50/52. Quite a feat of navigation for the Impalas to fly at low level to intercept moving targets which were probably also flying quite low. Looking forward to the next update. Cheers, David
  13. I wish I would be wrong because I would love nothin more than building a Falkland Seaking but the kits DRA05111 to DRA05113 and DRA05115 to DRA5117 are all 1/72 kits...
  14. Kent, I will make myself a Mojito and pretend I got to Cuba for the week-end on the wings of your creation.
  15. I play Carcassonne with my three kids (age 11, 9 and 7) and it is a lot of fun with lots of extensions available. Recently I started playing with the two older ones "Memoir '44" where you can replay the famous battles of WW2, last week-end we played the scenarios of "Pointe du Hoc" and Omaha Beach. Very good way for the kids to learn about WW2 and the game is very interesting to play for adults and younger ones and good replay value. Cheers, David
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