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  1. Thanks all! It will be 2 mods again - parked and in flight. I added pe edges in the F-23 and it went well, so I think it really is a good way to make the edges sharp.
  2. congratulations, Peter! What a clean and sharp model! She looks awesome in these light colors.
  3. The edits of the tip: i smoothened the top curve and implemented a PE edge for strenght and now it's super sharp and pointy. Nice. Here a comparison before-after:
  4. Ohh maaan, this is sweet. The wahering in these overall pics... beautiful!
  5. Tried to capture some at sunlight. Note how thick the frames are.
  6. The cockpit. I know that not much of the PE panels will be visible, and yet i used them. Looks pretty decent. And with the seats and the pilots. The figures are 100% improvisation - completely carved out of plastic. Then a little bit of glue and melted plastic shavings are added to increase the volumes. And paper tape here and there. It's not bad, but the sillhouettes are important.
  7. Looks sweeet! I like that color(s) and the shine. The riveting details are nice, undoubtly. Can't imagine so much time without paint, and finally the beast is painted. Congrats!
  8. My first time, certainly. I was most afraid of cracking the parts like glass when I touched them with the saw, but yeah...it is plastic, not glass. And I made some quick trials on the leftover transparent sprues. I used a dremel tool with a saw at quite higher speed. It cut through it like butter. Then lots of sanding along the lines of the cuts, by following the engraved lines for the frames. So I easily nailed the exact lengths of the "windows". And previously traced these exact locations where to glue the plastic frames. And all fitted just about seamlessly. Another "little" fear was the use of superglue to fix the parts, fortunately there were no fogging issues from the inner side. For the real gluing of the parts I used a new liquid glue by Revell, especially suitable for transparent parts. It worked fine and the capillary action even helped it penetrate between the frames and the windows, and thus made the edges look black. ....it's a huge windshield although the scale, and I couldn't leave it without optimization.
  9. oh yes, oh yes. The windshield is prepped. The three vertical frames have a substantial depth, which even in this scale should be noticeable. Here is how it looks on the plane: Just masking and painting the frame from the outer side wouldn't be enough. So i cut the transparent part in 4 pieces, and added the 3 vertical braces. After a lot of measuring and testfitting, the transparent pieces were glued, and then after lots of sanding, filling, sanding, i sprayed black to see the overall look, and after another fine sanding: Then after polishing and tinting from the inner side. It went very well. And a small testfit with the cockpit. The PE panels are visible, and the cockpit is basically done too, but still i have to scratchbuld 2 pilot figures and mount the seats. And then i'll post more photos.
  10. 10x Squizzy! Rather few things to do and yet i tried to complicate them The windshield is on the agenda now and i tried to do something quite risky, i'm doing it for the first time. So i'll post pics if all goes well, but it has to...
  11. Thx Brian! Yep, she's a monster. The wingspan is greater than the F-15s length. And I have no idea where to store it, other than on the wall ) ...gotta figure it out.
  12. Intakes - the seamlines are filled and sanded as much as i could, but they are not perfect. Lots of curves tiny places and the sharp edges are on top... it was a hastle. Then i painted them almot black. Btw check out the boundary air intakes - i tried to "open" them and at least that way they will accept the wash easier. Then glued the intake ducts: And basically this part of the plane is done with the painting. The exhaust decks are mounted too, still not painted:
  13. Thx Paul! The "engines" are mounted and i just uploaded the pics. Looks gorgeous... i'm sharing in a gifty....
  14. 10x guys a lot! Peter, yes, that's slightly messy and unpleasant - the pouring in the intakes thing, but I kinda discovered the key. It's just important to prep the intakes relatively well - with the filling of the seamlines, then the sanding. The intakes have to be as much perfect as they could. Pouring the paint in, is simply for more evenly painted surfaces in an easier manner. Of course the thick paint fills the little imperfections, but only like scratches from the sanding. It does not act as a filler to fill the seamplines. After a complete dry, the seamlines appear through the paint again. I discovered that one too. But if the intakes are prepped justly - the pouring method only facilitates the painting.
  15. The wings are prepped, with the filling/sanding and PE in the edges. Only some panel lines are left to be filled, but perhaps later. So, from both sides: Check out the edges. Lovely. Then i started filling the panel lines on the fuselage halves... just more glue with a little bit of plastic shavings and putty. The intake nacelles fitted flawlessly btw. And, here are the intakes themselves - painted by pouring home interior paint in, while the compressor faces are with metalizer, then black, and drybrushed. The glare inside the intake is from a thick lacquer coat. And the echaust decks are prepped as well. I had to slightly enlarge the openings to fit seamlessly. So far so good. And i testfitted - they fit perfectly to the fuselage.
  16. Lovely plane. Will be interesting...
  17. Absolutely agreed! And no matter the scale, more or less, it should look like the real plane. The small scale is not an excuse.
  18. The doors on the bottom fuselage fit real good as they are oob: And i made them even better after some rubbing and sanding. The doors for the landing gear are not glued of course : And a little up on the wings. All control surfaces are with trimmed profiles and are glued to the wings. This is how the real inboard flaperons`profiles look like: And here are the outboard flaperons (they all are with nearly the same thickness) - one as it is OOB, and one after the trimming to fit the already thinned wing's trailing edge: It may be little, but there is some difference. And finally i will have to try to make their entire surfaces a little more flat, but at a later stage. MEanwhile - another important upgrade - the mid to outboard flaperon cunjunction - that small triangular shape on the wingside. It has a bevelled conjunction with the mid flaperon: So, the wingside - done; the flaperon side - still oob: And after:
  19. Hi! The stand looks mighty epic! It definitely has an advantage regarding the storage space - I suppose you could always dismantle the models and store them as usual, like standalone models. And occasionally, on a greatest inspiration requirement basis perhaps, you could always assemble the stand with the models, and enjoy them. At least I do it that way for the flying settings...
  20. Happy modeling! Now that's some "fuel on wings".
  21. This is how much the profiles of the trailing edges are thinned. The wing on the top side is oob, and on the bottom side is already thinned. And, for instance, a little zoomed, here is with red the exact lines of the cutouts:
  22. I especially like how weathered they are, and yet the colors are contrasting.
  23. Thank you! I think it would have been something like "Northrop Rulezzz" )))
  24. 10x all! Btw, got inspired, and.... i call it "Irrelevance of scale, and time". )
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