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Everything posted by Dukie99

  1. Thank you for the kind words. This is really a nice kit and not a difficult one (it is not HpH difficult). I just finished decaling the bird and the decals are very good quality, very thin with good solid color. I was concerned that the white would show the GSB underneath but it is not the case. This is the scheme as seen in the movie The Bridges at Toko Ri. If you google it you find on You Tube all the aircraft footage of the movie, which I found extremely helpful to place the decals (especially the dragon) as the instruction sheet was very very dark and it was hard to see where certain decals went. There is a full sheet of instructions on the placement of stencils but it seems that I have no stencils in my kit but it is not a biggie, I think looks good as is. I need to add a coat of future to protect the decals and then finish the cockpit and install the landing gears, the airbrakes and the ordnance. Getting there. Cheers, David
  2. I finished this build over the week-end. Apologies for not updating the WIP, but there was too many things going on in the real life so posting took a back seat. Not my best effort but this is a great kit and the AM available is really good. The weathering is minimal and it actually looks better in real life than in pictures and now sits nicely next to the little ICM i-16 Polikarpov in my display cabinet. All markings have been painted using montex mask (also for the transparencies), which worked really well but patience is needed not to screw up the russian stars. I hope you like her. Cheers, David
  3. At last some colors. I decided to paint the main airframe GSB and then do the masking for the silver coroguard before glueing the pylons and the movable surfaces to make it easier. There is still a few blemishes I need to correct but so far so good, it is very enjoyable resin kit. More progress soon. I have started with the ordnance, a full bomb load, 2 500lbs and 6 250lbs. Stay safe everyone. Cheers, David
  4. Thank Iain. I have now a complete airframe. The moving surfaces are just dry fitted and there is still a few places where I need to putty and sand but were are close to applying some GSB. She is now under primer (alclad Grey microfiller, sanded smooth). It looks like I will be working from home for the next 6 weeks. As I will be saving two hours of commuting every day, I am hoping this will translate in more bench time. We shall see. Everyone stay safe. Cheers, David
  5. Made some good progress. I finished the cockpit glued it inside the fuselage and then expoxied the wings. I also glued the wingtip tanks. The fit is very good for the wingtip tanks and at the wingroot, not so much at the back and in the front nothing that a little sheet styrene and putty cannot correct. It is a fairly big model and so far this is a very enjoyable build. Cheers, David
  6. OK I have made a start. Dutifully following the instructions I started with the cockpit. The quality of the resin is really awesome and compared to HpH there is very little clean-up required. The IP is made of a photoetch face to be glued on the resin dash with a acetate sheet with the dial printed on it in between. There was just a little problem with that: The dials on the acetate sheet do not match the photoetch face So I got rid of the acetate sheet and used airscale early jet decals and the ginter book as reference. Decals went on the resin dash: Then I glued the photoetch face and added UV cured glue (Bondic) to simulate the glass, problem solved Cheers, David
  7. I will join this GB with the Fisher Panther. With the fatface Skyraider conversion, this is my only Fisher kit, so I will try to do it justice. I have given the entire kit a thorough cleaning of diluted bleach and will get started soon. Box shot, instruction manual and the reference material I will use. Cheers, David
  8. TAC scale dynamic makes AGM-12B Bullpup in resin. Two on sale on ebay right now. no idea of the quality but they are cheap. https://www.ebay.com/itm/TAC-SCALE-DYNAMIC-RGM-12B-BULLPUP-RADIO-GUIDED-MISSILES-2-1-32-SCALE-32025/253829326907?hash=item3b1968283b:g:Y6UAAOSwc~xbJfHe https://www.ebay.com/itm/TAC-Scale-Dynamics-Bullpup-Missiles-Radio-Guidied-32025-Super-Rare/233302021563?hash=item3651e255bb:g:ShMAAOSw0eNdQaO3 will follow this project which as per usual is awesome. Cheers, David
  9. I built the A recently for the multiengine GB. I don’t know about the fit of the Aires wheelbays in the UB but in the A the fit of the main wheelbays was great and the front wheelbay was 1mm short but that was easy to correct. The Aires cockpit for the A has gorgeous details and fits very well. Same for the engine details. Masters does very good pitot tubes and armory does excellent resin wheels. My only regret is that for Russian mud movers there is almost no aftermarket ordnance available. If company like Videoaviation or Eduard Brassin were doing Russian ordnance they would make of fortune out of me... Cheers, David
  10. Good start. I built this kit last Summer as a IAF Peten. I posted RFI pictures here. The Masters gun is a must. I had both the Flightpath and the Verlinden set but did not use all parts to retain my sanity. The flightpath set brings lots of nice details to the tail wheel and avionics in front. The main rotor blades would benefit from being curved at bit under boiling water as OOB they are straight and give you a strange look. have fun. David
  11. Hi there, I did not do as much modeling as I was hoping for during the holidays but I did make some progress. I am almost ready to close the fuselage. So far it is a problem free build everything fits well and it's a well engineered kit. The engine will never see the light of day so I just painted it but did not bother with any weathering. The IP is eduard photoetch and the seatbels are HGW. Till next time, thanks for following this build. Cheers, David
  12. Merry Christmas everyone. A day of rest for me playing board games with my kids and wife, good times:)
  13. Not yet but I will find out soon enough if it sands well...
  14. Please enter me as both recipient and donor. I will donate these two kits for two separate prizes Cheers, David
  15. I will participate to this GB with the Hobbyboss IL-2M3. This has been in the stash for a while and I have a fair amount of aftermarket for it. I plan to build a version sporting the 37mm gun pods and pretty much nothing else in terms of loadout. I have the excellent Yefim Gordon Il2 book as reference. Box shot and aftermarket resin wheels Reference I have started by filling all the rivets and panel lines on the tail. As per the Gordon book, the Hobbyboss kit is not necessarily wrong, some Il-2 had a metal tail, but I like the smooth look so I filled the rivets using MRP liquid putty. I will let it dry thoroughly and will then sand it down. More progress soon hopefully. Cheers, David
  16. And it is finished. Aside from the major let down of screwing up the bort number due to careless masking (I now pretend it is heavily weathered...), I am happy to call this one done. I think it is a very good Trumpeter kit with lots a good aftermarket available. I could be tempted to build another one (in a few years...) Some picks and then I will move on to the Eastern Front GB with another sturmovik. Cheers, David
  17. Thanks guys for the kind words. I am on the home stretch. Loading her up with the gun pods and the rocket pods. Dumb bombs and AA missile to follow. Cheers, David
  18. 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
  19. Excellent result, this a very attractive scheme. I hope my transparencies will come out a shiny as yours, they look great.
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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.
  24. 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
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