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  1. Looking for aftermarket pilot and gunner figures to add to the excellent Academy AH-1Z kit. Your recommendations are appreciated!
  2. Hey everybody! New set out - AH-1Z for Academy newest release in 35th scale. Features exterior and interior canopy masks and substitutes for most of the insignia included in the kit.
  3. Every year the IPMS FAME CITIES Ed Kinney Chapter sponsors a contest theme for – ‘Anything USMC ‘- in memory of Ed Kinney. This year I'm determined to have an entry. With the parts from spares and the Academy kit supplied by red dog and Dragon plus a detailed review of The Designers page I think I'm ready to turn Hasegawa's prototype F-18 into a Desert Storm F/A-18A! I picked up an Avionix cockpit and tail modification kit, got some stainless screens from AMUR.Reaver, now I just have to decide which Flying Leathernecks decal sheet to buy. I've got to have it ready for the September meeting. I've spent the last couple weeks pouring over Pete's Scale Hornet guide so I'm totally psyched. This will also be my first big effort at weathering so please feel free to throw out any guidance as we build this one together 😆
  4. This build was for our local clubs Marine tribute in honor of past club President, avid modeler, and Marine Ed Kinney. I wanted to do a Desert Storm Hornet from the Hasegawa F-18 kit I had. Going through all the options I decided on a stinger from VMFA-451 because it received a purple heart for damage incurred from a SAM missile to the sidewinder station. The Warlords frlew out of Shaikh Isa AB in Bahrain. The Warlords were also the first Marine unit to attack Iraqi locations in Desert Storm so there was alot of history here to model. This has been my most involved build, which ended up taking 6 months to complete (although there were a few family interruptions and that leaking 2nd floor bathroom lol but that's another "remodeling" story). Forward dating the model, which was essentially the prototype AC, was a chore helped along by 3 great LSP'ers. A big round of applause to RedDog, Dragon & Dandiego who donated parts from their stash, the Academy kit(a special note, that's RedDog's belly tank you see), and some aftermarket resin! To this I added the Avionix cockpit and tail resin F/A-18A conversion set, AMR Reaver screens and vents, Flying Leathernecks decals, TwoBobs ordnance decals, a Navy pilot from my stash plus alot of scratch building. My logic on weathering was that since this stinger was in action my first time weathering efforts would be ok if they were a little on the heavy side. I learned as I went along, practicing on the Haz parts I didn't use before doing the real thing. I used The Scale Hornet by Jake Melampy for reference. My WIP page has all the details on scratch buildings and techniques used to complete the project. Check it out! Let's start with some main profile shots and then I can add some details in second post (Note the flap and tail position are set for the takeoff orientation I use on the stand).
  5. I've seen on Metro Hobbies website there is an upcoming release from Academy of a 1/32 F/A-18+ Limited edition with RAAF decals. Does anyone know what scheme will be with this release? Is this one of the "special projects" Steve at Ronin Graphics has been hinting at on his Facebook page? https://metrohobbies.com.au/academy-1-32-f-a-18-vmfa-232-red-devils.html
  6. Well, here goes... Not every prototype aeroplane was a success, and here are a couple that weren't The one on the left will be the unique F.1/4 (or 4F.1, or whatever) taper wing prototype built by Sopwith in 1917 and tested at Martlesham Heath. I bought an Academy kit ages ago pretty cheap, and read reviews of the kit afterwards. The wings were, um, unusual. The usual description is 'like a starving cow' which is pretty fair. I could see I was going to have to do a lot of work on them to get something reasonable so I shelved the kit. Only, in the back of the Camel datafile is a lovely drawing by Ian Stair. hmm, what an interesting 'plane. And if I was going to have to work on the wings anyway.... On the right is B3811, delivered in July 1917 with a Gnome Monosoupape engine. This is the Academy Clerget Camel kit, which I also bought cheap. I'm afraid I'm a bit of a bodger, so fitting one of the less usual engines appealed to me. The engine is the Roden one, the Academy Clerget has gone into the taper wing plane In the middle is the Part photoetch kit (S32030) - it's very useful for dressing up one of these kits - I've just ordered another one for 3811 Looks like this is just the wrong time for this thread, I guess LSP is about to get overrun with WNW camel builds Richard
  7. Well, the HK Mossie is in the homestretch so time to join in on this GB. In addition to the kit, I've got the Eduard Big-Ed set and the Master brass barrels for the nose gun.
  8. Here's the boxtop of my entry. It won't be started right away as I still have other kits on the workbench that need to be finished. I'll probably do it straight OOB.
  9. I've finally finished a model of my own for the year, although I could have picked a better kit to start with. I bought this for about 9 bucks years ago when it was about the only Mirage III you could buy in the scale. I had visions of converting it into a Mirage V Dagger, but with the coming of the new Kinetic kits, I don't need to do that anymore. There isn't much to say about the plastic, apart from; it's a poorly detailed, ill-fitting, obsolete relic. A Britmodeller member was kind enough to send me his leftover decals from the Eduard kit and these were really nice to use. If you have this in the stash, just buy the Eduard kit. I did get the pink a little dark, but it'll do.
  10. Having a break from wing things for a little bit. I have been wanting to build some type of 1/35 tank for years and after seeing some great examples at a recent model expo I was hooked. I purchased and have been building my first ever armor vehicle being a cheapish but pretty good quality Academy Tiger 1 tank. Being my first I just want to have fun and even got my daughter helping me. No great expectations or modelling skills here just fun. Just knowing how beat up these things were is comforting to know I will be able to cover up any mistakes. I still want to end up with something to be happy with so I'm not quite just slapping it together and I am learning how to use my new Aztec 470 airbrush. Having good sessions and not so good (with airbrush but getting better) So far,,, fun factor 10. The basic build was easy and not tooooo time consuming. I'll post the rest of the build in pictures.
  11. Well, I'm in. Started cutting styrene today. Which kit? Stay tuned. Want to make an in-flight display with some troops on the ground too. M-ATVs, to be correct. Two or three of them. Yes, we are going to the Stan... Regards - dutik
  12. Hello Is there a after market ATAR nose. For the Academy F/A-18D Hornet? Also seamless Intake's that is the right size!!! not like the narrow ones in the kit Thank You Danny
  13. As a companion build to my F-5C, here is one a little more straight forward. I had forgotten about this kit in the stash. Upon opening the box, I noticed that I had started a bit of the cockpit. Mostly I had removed some of the panels in front for replacement with PE. So this definitely is less than 25% done. You can just make out the replacement PE panels on the left side of the box. Carl
  14. Hello at the moment work is going slowly on my cobra and i have fun building helos. So im going to build a few more. This is wha i hope to reach when compleet. What i will be using as a base kit is the academy black hawk. It whas a second hand kit and there where a few things done but not much. For reference pics i just used google and now i have a pic of 150. now the only thing i need is paitince and a lot of plastic card. Mark
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