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  1. themongoose

    Kit Bash Stinger

    Time to relax for the evening. Feeling pretty good about this. The plane itself is done! Cockpit is unmasked, I can finally get those glamour shots the pilot wanted before i closed it up for painting. I used AK Interactive pigments and fixer for the walkways. This was so much less involved then some of the other methods i read about. Ptrcolored and it has texture to it like the antislip surface. tomorrow and onday i will end up doing the painting and decals for all the ordnance, looking forward to that. It’s getting pretty heavy, may have to get a steel rod instead of plastic. Will have to see if my balance point worked out or not for the final decision.
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    Kit Bash Stinger

    Here’s a teaser for today! I’m chained to the bench today on a mad dash to finish her up...
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    1/200 USS Arizona, with the works

    I’m building a combination Hasegawa and Academy hornet now myself. Will watch for your build if you post it.
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    Kit Bash Stinger

    Just one pic tonight but it represents about 10hrs of work. Always surprising how much time passes when you sit down and do decals! Flaps are on and weathered, gun burn marks on, exhaust painted but not on yet, landing gear doors ready to go on, and pylons ready to go on (all sitting on left side of the booth). tomorrow I’ll finish up decals and put a matt coat on it. My pilot decal fell apart. Not sure if i want to put another name on it or not yet. I may put out a call on the trader board first. Then Saturday it’s all weapons day! My sons going to start the base for me and then Sunday it’s time to travel with it. Going to be a busy few days for sure. Comments and critiques welcome. I still have some time for changes built in.
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    Boeing 747-400 flying around...in a gymnasium !?

    That boy has skills. I'd have hit something for sure!
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    Kit Bash Stinger

    Looking like i may get this done for the local club meeting! Finished the major weathering under the fuselage tonight. I decided on oil dot filtering to match the brown tones seen in photos of desert storm Hornets, except my oil dots are actually acrylic dots as I’m using water based artist paints. Here’s a few transition shots. after pulling the dots down i dabbed at the edges to try and soften them. I did this in 2 layers at this stage. Turning out kinda bright. In hindsight a dull coat rather than gloss may have helped this. Wetting the surface before putting down the dots wasn’t effective at dulling the colors because it just smeared the paint around and wouldn’t stay on the surface. so I seald it with dullcoat and then sprayed a mist of thinned light ghost gray at a high angle across the surface. What do you think, still too dark? Would blending in some dark wash along the edges and across the surface bring it together or to much do you think?
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    Hornet over Hanoi

    Hey I saw you cut the slats off. When you do those can you post a few detailed pics please? I couldn't figure out a good way to do it on mine and would like to learn for the next one I do. Looking forward to your updates!
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    Revell 1/32 BAe Hawk T.1A

    Yes those seats are ballers nicely detailed.
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    Zvezda Star Destroyer - a new detailing project

    wow I can't image how much work that must have taken! You can be proud of the output for sure
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    Tweezer aid

    I used liquid electrical tape but i like the wax idea better. The liquid electrical tape is really stringy and makes a bit of a mess, which was unexpected since i was just dipping a fine pair of tweezers into it! It was a fiasco on my modeling bench lol
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    Hornet over Hanoi

    That IP does look good, nice job! Those flaps bring back ugly memories for me lol, your filler looks just like mine did.
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    Kit Bash Stinger

    Calling it a day. Time for a beer and some nfl football. I see Hornets over Hanoi is updated so maybe I’ll read a few build threads first... Here she is with a gloss coat on her, ready for weathering. The last one is a collage of all the small parts i did as well. the mottling really shows up under the gloss clear. Assuming it will fade when the matt clear goes on. Anyone with experience with this that could confirm how it looks with matt clear?
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    Kit Bash Stinger

    It's been a completely uninterrupted day in the paint booth Another 2 hours gone and the bottom is done in light ghost grey. The tails were supposed to be LGG too which I almost missed. Glad Dave Roof has the graphics with his decals for sure as I kept that sheet right next to me all day. Here's something I really like about this system...I think I said that a few posts up too haha. These 3 pics are for a repair I did. Once I had the mottle coat finished I noticed some poor filler work, yeah I know go figure lol. In order of progression you can see how the repair goes and prior to the top coat it's almost unnoticeable. I still need more work on my sanding and filling but it's getting better.
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    Kit Bash Stinger

    Who hoo thanks for the encouragement Anthony! This morning the bottom mottling is all done. Starting with th small parts was definitely the wayto go. If for no other reason this method is great for impoving air brush skills. Recognizng when it needs cleaned out and when my strokes are getting sloppy, like going too fast. So heres where I’m at plus a shot of all the different mixes and a bonus, had a few pieces of cork board left from my daughters room decorating request that were put to good use.
  15. Ahh the perfect update for my Sunday morning coffee! I traveled back a bit for a refresher too. Would have to say I honestly noticed that area around the gun before reading your note on it. Knowing your work though I figured it was that way on the real thing. I’d say go with your gut on it and if it seems too light tone it down some. There’s been 2 Thunderbirds for sale on the boards lately, now I’ve gotten the bug again to buy one lol, must resist! Keep up the great work