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Crew Dog

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  • Birthday June 29

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    1/32, Late Cold War-Modern, DCS

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  1. Awesome work on her! This was one of the jets that made me enlist in the USAF (they sadly "retired" her the year I joined.) I built Testors offering years back.
  2. While the fuselage sections were doing their thing, I moved on to the other major surgery for the kit: cutting the wings to fold them. For the most part, it was a straightforward process, minus the jagged bits on the upper trailing edge, but the plastic was soft enough to repeatedly score the cuts true. Luckily, and a testament to this kits design, once the main parts of the wings were assembled, the flapperons lined up perfectly and flap hinges went on without major adjustment. However, as this will be representing a jet that has just been brought up on the elevator from the hangar deck and handed over to the ordies for arming, the main flaps will be dropped. That's where my first "uh-oh" moment happened. During installation of the flap tracks, Murphy reared his ugly head and flung one of the outer tracks into the nether, never to be seen again. Obligatory panic searching ensued, to no luck. But, I did find numerous shavings from cutting out the main bays, so I said "I can make my own track with these." So, after numerous trims and test fits, a "scratchbuilt" flap track has been installed. From what I know on KC-135's (the jet I worked when I was in the USAF,) it is definitely a passable representation of the track, but of course I will leave that for y'all to determine. This pic shows the original tracks And this is my homemade one And with that, we are now caught up to my current position on the bug. Next step, after I order the Aires closed burner cans and Ammo by MiG jet exhaust paint set, will be to do the engines, add D Mold's seamless intakes, and close up the rear fuselage. Anyway, thanks for stopping by the hangar!
  3. I remember you mentioning something along those lines in your WIP, Chuck, and I did consider going that route as well, but I was unsure how the knuckles would stand the test of time with the rods being clipped in the gaps
  4. Nice work, sir. If they all build as nicely as this one, I may need to move out of my preferred era and put together an old kite
  5. If not, the kit supplied are sitting on the bench, just in case
  6. @Out2gtcha My recommendation came from someone who built the bug with the kit-supplied main legs, and since the supports are just thin white metal rods encased by the plastic, she ended up kneeling worse than a C-5 (that and I wanted the knuckles to be empty space as they're supposed to be rather than have rods sticking through them, but now I'm just being pedantic .) I actually had a bit of a tough time scouring them out, so maybe I won the lottery and got a set with a higher tin ratio. As of now, they don't seem to want to flex for me. I did try to hunt down a set of G Factor's (since @chuck540z3 used them on his CF-18 and that thing turned out amazingly) but not even the 'bay had any.
  7. Thanks Max, I want this one to be my best one yet...till the next one
  8. Pulling up a chair to learn for when I get around to mine (will be doing the NA variant.) Interesting point that I just noticed, the box art seems to omit the leading edge kink. Is it modeled on the actual molding of the wings?
  9. My next step was to tackle the gear bays, and on the recommendation of another modeler, I sprung for SAC's mains. The nose bay was pretty straight forward, with only modification to the cockpit tub required to get the two to play nice (as seen in my previous pictures.) The major undertaking was cutting out the area for the mains, which while I'm a bit more confident on doing such major surgery thanks to my Revell MiG-29, I was still extremely nervous to remove such a large section. But, slow and steady always wins the race. After numerous dry fittings, I felt the mains were at the correct position and attached them to the lower rear fuselage, as well as sealed up the forward section and finished up the turtle deck. As you can see here, I've also added a bit of wire to simulate the hydro line going to the drag strut on the nose gear While waiting for other bits to set/dry, I went ahead and worked on the bang seat and wheel and tire assemblies. I have to admit, looking at my previous models, I'm definitely getting more confident in my skills! Sorry for the photo dump, but I'm actually really excited for this project. Anyway, hope you enjoy and thanks for stopping by the hangar!
  10. Main difference I see right off the bat is the ResKit ones have the seeker head covers (copy of North Star?) where Eduard doesn't. Also, Eduard's fins are molded on, while Res Kit's are separate, and the Eduard seeker is three pieces while Res Kit is molded in. Maybe get the Eduard for the bug and the Res Kit for when I get my AV-8B/NA
  11. Do they? Might have to give them a look, since from what I've seen, the North Star ones are the only ones that go sufficiently deep at the rocket motor Edit: Just had a look, thanks for the suggestion @markiii, also, just found Eduard has released 1/32 Mav's
  12. Excellent work, sir. I agree, the big AEG should be your next go, unless you happen to come across an Albatros D.III. Any plans to make a diorama out of it?
  13. I tend to go AM happy on all my models, and many get at least a new pit. I did go a bit overboard on my Revell MiG-29A that the General happened to find for me (including possibly the last CAM pit for it.) I recommend if anyone can still grab this old kit, get the Zactoman correction kit, really brings it to life Judging by your location, I think your assumptions are correct, sir. Not a lot of fans of big scale there. And from what I've seen so far, this one is indeed more welcoming, thanks guys!
  14. As promised/requested, here are some pics of the front office. It's currently all sealed up in the front fuselage, and I used Aires late cockpit and gear bays. I'm throwing a lot of AM at her, because while all reviews I've read on this model say it's one of the best 1/32 out there, I want this one to be the best one I've ever done. AM list includes: Aires pit, gear bays and closed nozzles; True Details wheel and tire assemblies; DMold seamless intakes and corrected spine; Eduard GBU-12; CAM AGM-65 (unless North Star restocks); Zactoman's AIM-9M; and videoaviation GBU-38's. I'm planning on doing a "double ugly" configuration, as that would've been the most common loadout for the timeframe I'm trying to model. Anyway, enjoy the pics and thanks for stopping by the hangar!
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