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    MarioS reacted to F`s are my favs in F-15E --- 1/32 --- Tamiya   
    10x Steve and yes, i did the entire display case - it was quite a journey - a lot of cutting and sanding, and it`s still far away from complete. This is just the bulk of the display case - to have where to store and keep the plane out of dust, etc. At some point i`ll have to paint the base with something (i don`t have an idea about that) and to implement a long LED band all along the front vertical edge. And maybe will embed 5 small lights nearby the 5 conrners of the base, at a small angle and pointing diagonally... with cables and batteries hidden on the bottom side of the base... but at least the overall shape is done.
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    MarioS reacted to F`s are my favs in F-15E --- 1/32 --- Tamiya   
    Lttle bit of this,
     

     
    and that:
     

     

     
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    MarioS reacted to mydesign in F-35 decal idea   
    yep, very good idea.
     
    It took me days to mask my 1/32 scale F-35 model all those panellines and edges on doors. Over 30 feet of tape!
     
    Progress has been slow on my model but coming week I will continue with decalling.
     
    Look here:
    https://designer.home.xs4all.nl/models/f35-32/f35-32-1.htm
     
    Meindert
     

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    MarioS reacted to red Dog in Completed - Desert Storm Air to Air refuelling: KA-6D&A-7E   
    The Mk82s I'll be using are from VideoAviation.
    They were released not so long ago and looking at the type of weapons in the kit and in my stash, I knew I had to buy them.
    First they have the typical fire retardant coating but the Hi drag tail are much more detailled than the usual kit's weapon.
     

    Resin is videoaviation, Light grey is trumpeter and dark grey is academy (F/A-18)
    Both academy and trumpeter are too skinny. The tail is different, the Trumpeter and academy sport the Mk15 tails while video aviation has the BSU-86 tail
    Still, even the Mk-15 tails are underdetailled
     

    They come in three pieces: BSU-86 tail unit, bomb body and fuze (not pictured)
    Attaching the body to the tail requires precision and careful sanding of the resin support to ensure a well aligned bomb unit.
     

    The difference of detail when looking from behind is quite important. Eventhough the tail units are not the same, the trumpeter and academy Mk15 lack details
     
    The only negative point about the resin bombs is the fact that the attachment point are already predrilled. Since they could be installed on many different pylons, the predrilled holes will hardly match anything and will need to be filled and redrilled at the relevant location according to the used pylon.
    For the rest they are gorgeous and I'm sure the fire retardant coating will greatly help giving depth to the weathering of the weapons.
     
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    MarioS reacted to F`s are my favs in F-15E --- 1/32 --- Tamiya   
    I`ll give it a few hours for the glue to dry justly and then the good pics... until then - enjoy some silhouettes. That beast is huuuge... i just don`t have more words right now...
     

     

     

     
    Btw that transparent thing underneath is the top cover of the display case which is still not completed too... but kinda there...
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    MarioS got a reaction from Youngtiger1 in Make the others jealous   
    Also, the last few of The Weathering MAGs that I've been waiting to come in from Europe have now arrived I'm only missing one waiting for the reprint.
     

     
     
    And below are some of the more recent magazine & books that I've been collecting in the last few years
     
     

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    MarioS got a reaction from MARU5137 in F-15E --- 1/32 --- Tamiya   
    The reason why it is slightly shaking while taking these pics is because the amount of light at the front of the subject is not enough which causes the shutter speed to go slow to let in more light. By putting a good light source (sun) at the front of it. It will cause the shutter speed on a camera or on your phone to take the photo at a higher speed which should avoid the shakiness and also a more crisp photo.
     
    I hope that helps Sorry if you already knew, just wanted to mention it just in case.
     
     
    Looking forward to seeing some good photos of your build   
     
     
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    MarioS got a reaction from MARU5137 in F-15E --- 1/32 --- Tamiya   
    Milan,
     
    The amount of detailing you've put in those nose bays is Amazing and the amount of work you've done to get to this stage, that is truly a love of modelling. Great work thanks for showing us all.  
     
     
     
     
     
    Milan, Can I ask you when you take your next lot of photos by any chance can you put the light at the front of the subject or maybe take it outside on a really nice sunny day it will really make that model of yours stand out a lot more. The photos here have got too much white glare at the background that is washing your image subject away and making it grainier and out of focus.
     
     
     
     
    Great Model Milan   
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    MarioS reacted to F`s are my favs in F-15E --- 1/32 --- Tamiya   
    All the nose bays are done. Finally. Can`t believe, honestly... That`s the last and second biggest bay:
     

     
    A quick walkaround with all the bays open + the radome
     

     

     

     

     

     

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    MarioS reacted to F`s are my favs in F-15E --- 1/32 --- Tamiya   
    And a bit longer video too::
     

     
    The nose section is basically ready for gluing to the fuselage....
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    MarioS got a reaction from mpk in Make the others jealous   
    Also, the last few of The Weathering MAGs that I've been waiting to come in from Europe have now arrived I'm only missing one waiting for the reprint.
     

     
     
    And below are some of the more recent magazine & books that I've been collecting in the last few years
     
     

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    MarioS got a reaction from mpk in Make the others jealous   
    My F-35B's came in, only took 5 days (also got a F-35C not in the photo) got them locally cost me an extra 40 bucks (for the B's). But that's the way it is.
     
     

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    MarioS reacted to LSP_K2 in Make the others jealous   
    Some excellent references there, especially the Daco and Reid air stuff.
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    MarioS got a reaction from LSP_K2 in What's the story on the Italeri F-35?   
    Have a look at the links below, it'll give you an idea what you may want to think about it. I think it's good, I haven't done anything with it in the box but I like it   
     
     
    http://largescaleplanes.com/walkaround/wk.php?wid=185
     
     
    https://imgur.com/a/cNPgR
     
     
    Cheers
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    MarioS got a reaction from Out2gtcha in Make the others jealous   
    Also, the last few of The Weathering MAGs that I've been waiting to come in from Europe have now arrived I'm only missing one waiting for the reprint.
     

     
     
    And below are some of the more recent magazine & books that I've been collecting in the last few years
     
     

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    MarioS got a reaction from Out2gtcha in Make the others jealous   
    My F-35B's came in, only took 5 days (also got a F-35C not in the photo) got them locally cost me an extra 40 bucks (for the B's). But that's the way it is.
     
     

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    MarioS got a reaction from mpk in What's the story on the Italeri F-35?   
    Have a look at the links below, it'll give you an idea what you may want to think about it. I think it's good, I haven't done anything with it in the box but I like it   
     
     
    http://largescaleplanes.com/walkaround/wk.php?wid=185
     
     
    https://imgur.com/a/cNPgR
     
     
    Cheers
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    MarioS reacted to ShelbyGT500 in 1/32 MUG-29A (9-12) (from Revell to Trumpeter)   
    Hi guys
    I'd just spoke with my friend - owner of CWS and well we have some good news here
    He makes an entire new cockpit for trumpeters kit, which is including: the cockpit itself, new canopy frame, the canopy itself/clear parts/ and of course parts which will resolved the problem with the shape of the upper part of the fuselage / just like Martin's photos with cutouts and the kit /
    The releases coming this autumn /octomber, november/ of 2017
    Cheers friends
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    MarioS reacted to chuck540z3 in Tamiya F-15C Kicked Up A Notch- Dec 1/17: DONE!   
    July 19/17
     
     
    Near the end of all my builds I find something that I wished I had changed or modified earlier.  In this build, it's the chaff and flare dispensers, which are not totally correct and hard to paint.  Searching around, after the fact of course, I find that there are some really nice ones made from PE brass and resin, although they can only be displayed in the “empty†situation, leaving square holes.  I would have, could have and should have installed some of these earlier, so now I'm doing a band-aide type of modification using some Eduard PE parts.
     
    According to Jake's books and many different pics I can find of these dispensers, the flare dispensers are in a 2 X 3 configuration (6 total) and are reddish, while the chaff dispensers are in a 5 X 6 configuration (30 total) and are silver/white in color.  The kit has 4 dispensers on each side and they are all 4 X 5 (20 total), which is close to the chaff boxes for accuracy but miles away from the flare boxes.  I also found that there is almost always blanking cover plates on at least half of the boxes and the distribution of flare and chaff boxes is all over the map, with no real common pattern.  What to do?
     
    There are PE blanking plates found in the Eduard F-15E kit, although you have to cut each one separately out of a 4 X 4 part, but no colored plates for the F-15 at all.  Using colored chaff and flare dispensers made for an F-18E, I cut out a 2 X 3 flare box that fit the kit parts, but the orientation of the flares are out by 90 degrees to the real deal.  No biggy.  For the chaff dispensers, I was able to cut out 3 X 4 parts that fit which is wrong, but the colors of both dispensers are pretty accurate and let's face it, these items are underneath and can only be seen clearly with a mirror if the model is displayed over one.  I found that the blanking plates are generic grey jet ones most of the time (not always), so I painted all of them F-15 light grey (FS 36251, which has a tinge of brown) to add some contrasting interest to the overall blue.  These look very colorful and unrealistic right now, but with some weathering soot applied at the end of the build, I think they will look pretty good later.
     
     

     
     
    To prep the model for a gloss coat, in this case Tamiya X-22 acrylic, I used Mr. Laplos polishing cloths to smooth the paint finish further and remove any dust and other imperfections.  This makes the dark blue paint look even lighter with an uneven and flat finish.  Recall that I used a LOT of white to knock down the intensity of the blue (see post # 842 above), which was way too dark to begin with.  Did I go too far lightening the blue?.....
     
     

     
     
    Of course not!  I learned the hard way many models before, that a gloss finish will make dark colors look much darker than before and even after a subsequent flat coat finish after decals, the lighter color never seems to come back to where it started.  Anticipating this would happen yet again, I made the dark blue at least 25% lighter than what I wanted for a final color, so that after a gloss coat, it looks like this……
     
     

     
     
    Now a “walkaround†of the model as it stands right now.  I'm pretty happy with how those toned down rudder hinge bulges and raised rivets turned out with the new glossy reflection.
     
     

     
     

     
     
    If you look close you can see a very little bit of "orange peel" to the gloss finish, but that will all disappear after a satin coat at the end of the build.  If you can't lay down decals successfully on this finish, something is very wrong.  At this stage you can fill panel line and rivet detail with the gloss coat, because the detail has been captured and sealed in.
     
     

     
     

     
     
    I'm also really happy with how the nose cone turned out.  The kit part does not fit very well, so you need to do a lot of sanding and dry fitting to get it looking smooth to the front fuselage.  The scratch built front windshield vents and windscreen trim looks OK too.
     
     

     
     
    The main gear wells will get some attention when I install the landing gear.  It looks like I need to fill a small divot on the near stabilator, even though it's on the bottom.
     
     

     
     
    The top of intake PE mesh remains clog free.
     
     

     
     
    Now another tip:
     
     
    How I sprayed Tamiya X-22
     
     
    1)  Thin X-22 with (Edit) 50% Tamiya lacquer thinner (yellow cap).
     
    2)  Use an airbrush with a relatively large needle and a bit higher flowing pressure than you usually use with paint.  I used an Iwata airbrush with a 0.3mm needle and my flowing pressure was about 18 psi.  I tried my 0.18mm Iwata and it kept drying at the tip, causing sputtering.  The 0.3mm needle didn't sputter once.
     
    3)  Start at an end close to you and spray away from you, getting the surface nice and wet before moving forward.  This reduces spray “dust†of dried X-22 ahead of the airbrush, which doesn't get a chance to dry as it gets wet again as you move the airbrush forward.
     
    4)  Spray parallel to wing roots and other 90 degree obstructions, again to avoid air turbulence and dried dust.
     
    5)  If you get dust and other crap on the model while spraying- and you WILL!- keep moving and leave the dust alone.  You can sand it out later.
     
    6)  Always spray on a horizontal surface if possible.  This means holding the model at 90 degrees when spraying the sides.
     
    7)  Spray one side, then turn the model to spray the top or bottom.  Let it dry for at least ½ hour, then spray the other 2 sides.
     
    8)  After the X-22 has dried for one day, sand out the imperfections with #1,000- #1,500 sandpaper or polishing cloths, clean up the dust, then spray the entire model once more.
     
     
    Although Future/Pledge (FP) can work great and I have used it successfully many times as a gloss coat, the X-22 is just plain easier to use.  It doesn't run, it dries much quicker and it dries to a much harder finish, allowing light sanding within an hour.  My only complaint with X-22 is that it is only sold in small bottles, so for a model this size you will need at least 2-3 of them.
     
    Next up, Titanium rear panels!
     
     
    Cheers,
    Chuck
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    MarioS got a reaction from mpk in Make the others jealous   
    Yeah well good luck with that,
     
    You might as well just hit your head against a brick wall  they really don't care (That Much) there at eBay besides just taking our call and processing our claim and refunding us and that's about it. I've had 4 cases this months alone they've all been refunded to me (Thanks) but one of them, the seller was in China, I bought 3 F-35B's at 1/48 scale off him, been waiting 2 months for them to come in.
     
    So I get a reply... “Your customs has not been pass through. I can send again. can you close case??â€
     
    I notify eBay, they tell me to keep it open or they cannot guarantee your money if you close it. They send him an extension to resend them, so what does he do, he refunds me the money two hours later. I complain to eBay saying this sounds to shonky, this guy's a crook do something about it.
     
    And the guy on the phone just keeps repeating to me “I don't understand Sir, you got your money back Sir†they don't really care; ended up buying them locally they're coming soon. 
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    MarioS got a reaction from MARU5137 in Tamiya F-15C Kicked Up A Notch- Dec 1/17: DONE!   
    Very amazing detailed painting their Chuck as everyone's mentioned above.
     
    I've been watching these emails come in my phone all day, I've got about 20 or so just from “Kicked Up A Notch†and have just had a chance now to have a look at my computer… nice.
     
     
    Plus, as you've mentioned the detail under that paintwork does stand out especially now with those bigger photos you've showing.
     
     
    Thanks,
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    MarioS got a reaction from Youngtiger1 in Trumpeter 1/32 MiG-29A - first Pics   
    Yes very nice looking plane, too many schemes to choose from. As mentioned above those decals are available but if you are in favour of the Tiger head but don't like the digital camo scheme you can always wait for Trumpeter to bring out the MiG-29US and use the scheme below.
     
    I hope to eventually buy two Trumpeter MiG-29 A's and maybe make one as a Polish Air Force and the other one as Slovak Air Force One. Only problem there is no 32 scale sheet for it!  hopefully some decal company might come to the rescue and design one for both the MiG-29AS & the MiG-29UBS in 32 scale…
     
     
    But if that doesn't happen I'm quite happy to give it a shot myself, what have I got to lose (a week on the computer) I mean it's not that hard I'm more at ease trying to scratch design a decal sheet then scratch build and an entire 32 scale plane, so far I've collected roughly 90 photos of the MiG-29AS 0921 as reference as far as the camo goes I can cut it out on my old Roland plotter and with the images (tiger head), well hopefully  if someone could please steer me in the right direction to some reputable company that does one off decal prints…
     

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    MarioS got a reaction from Youngtiger1 in Trumpeter 1/32 MiG-29A - first Pics   
    Thanks for your response CaracalModels but that's disappointing to hear maybe somebody else might want to give it a shot.
     
    But if all else fails, well if you if you can scratch build a model plane I'm sure you (I) can scratch build/design some decal sheet for the MiG-29AS 0921.
     
    Where there's a will there's a way
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    MarioS got a reaction from ClumsyDude in RAAF 20th anniversary hornet - the perils of polishing 23/12   
    Great looking shine you got there Jim, it's looking good
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    MarioS reacted to ClumsyDude in RAAF 20th anniversary hornet - the perils of polishing 23/12   
    Ok, got a fix going on the horizontal tails. I ended up getting a bit frustrated with it so I moved to the vertical tails.
     
    First order of business was to see whether I got the same gloss cancer on the vertical tails. So I did a corner of the tail - you can see (if you look closely) the difference between the polished front corner and the unpolished gloss on the rest. Same routine as before, I'll repost the process because I'm too lazy to go through the pain of reposting my Photobucket images. Start with 1200 grit wet sanding (I use saliva, not water ... some will call me disgusting, but it seems to have a viscosity that works better):
     

     
    Then 2000 grit:
     

     
    Then Tamiya compound, red, blue and white. Each gets three applications before moving to the next.
     

     
     

     

     

     
    Looks ok to me! So I polished up the rest of the tail. This took about an hour.
     

     
    You'll note that I lost a bit of blue on the fence near the top of the tail; that won't be hard to fix. I also lost a chip of red near the top rear corner. Pleasingly, I have been able to retain most of the surface detail, despite far too many layers of paint.
     
    So then it was a big deep breath, and on to take my chances with the outside of the tail. Same process, and an hour later, here are the results on both sides (this time with Tamiya modelling wax applied as a finish):
     

     

     
    Not too unhappy with that (although I've lost a lot of surface detail on the outside ... not the end of the world, as I decided against a wash, but still a little disappointing). Now I just have to figure out how to flat-coat the slime light without masking and ruining the gloss.
     
    Thanks all for following on.
     
    Cheers
    Jim
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