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  1. On a trip to Munich way back in 2007, I photographed the F-104G in the Deutsches Museum, thinking that it would be great to build a model of a Luftwaffe Starfighter one day. Now that I am about to embark on that very mission, it is interesting to look at my photographs and see what I thought were the salient features of this beautiful aircraft. Maybe it was all the stencilling? Or the use of English and German? Or the plumbing jungle in the wheel wells? Possibly the vintage mil.spec. nature of the cockpit? Or the blinding contrast of the dayglo tip-tanks? Certainly the Jabo unit marking! On its own, the F-104 is a remarkable aircraft, but wearing German colours it is a whole lot more. It has links to the aces of WWII, bribery from American industry, a staggering library of accident investigations and yet a loyal following from those who flew and worked on them. Despite all this history layered on top of it, Kelly Johnson's futuristic thoroughbred still shines through. Even anchored to the museum floor, one can sense a twitching of muscles - ready to blast off at any moment! I on the other hand, decided not to go racing off and start glueing stuff together quite yet. It takes a while to get a feel for this kit. Doogs (yes, from Texas) has written quite a bit about it and I have followed his suggested aftermarket recommendations. After fiddling with select parts, I can see where I will be spending some time improving on the kits mouldings. The wheel well, just because it is a fetish of mine, will need a lot of work! The cockpit is luckily a better moulding and shouldn't need too much surgery. The fuselage sides were carved by the Italeri B-side however, and will need attention. This is my favourite sprue in the kit. Probably still get some extra attention. Where's the glue? Sean
  2. Just browsing the Hannants website, and the TF-104 description says "AMI fully upgraded moulds. Finely engraved recessed panel lines and rivets." I know the fuselage is obviously different from the single-seater, but that too claims to have "finely engraved recessed panel lines and rivets"...
  3. Coming sometime in the future to a magazine (hence only one photo - sorry, no more or I'll be in trouble with the Editor), here's my rendition of the Italeri two-seat Starfighter. The subject was an aircraft of 31 (Tiger) Sqn, Belgian AF, 1983. The tip tanks were used for the 1983 NATO Tiger meet, just before Belgium finally retired the F-104. Decals by DACO, intake covers & chocks by Video Aviation, pitot by Master, and RBF tags by HGW. Thanks for looking.
  4. New Revell boxing of the Italeri Mirage III due shortly... https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/RV3919 Nice Ardennes markings from 1993. The R and O variant options suggest further markings are included. Got one on preorder Tony .
  5. Hello to you all I will enter the F-104G from italeri for this group build and will be build like the have flown in Belgium We have done two colors bare metal and SEA camo i will try to go for the baremetal i will put a practice bomb dispender on the central pylon I have the kit for a time in the stash it whas a hard desicion on what to build for this group build so much to fit in Now here is the box All the extras i have for this one Start will be slow because i also have my su-27 to finnish Mark
  6. The generosity of the people on this site never ceases to amaze me. Kevin (LSP_Typhoonattack) sent me his full sheet of Nieuport 17 decals which included the set for Billy Bishop, so I'm back underway with this build - thanks Kevin!! Here is the obligatory box shot: And the decals Kevin so kindly sent (the bottom is not shown and are Russian markings). I really needed the fuselage markings, the Canadian Maple Leaf, and the rudder markings. All impossible to find: All silver aircraft (my last build was all black - I may be getting into a Monotone rut here...). I always rig the fuselage lines before putting the two halves together - much easier than trying to add later. That does require painting (and sometimes decaling) the side of the fuselage before assembly as well, but in this case, taking care of the top and bottom seams was not that much of a problem. The struts fit very well and this is probably the easiest time I've had aligning top and bottom wings. I did follow the instructions exactly (not that it was very complicated..) and it fit perfectly. This aircraft was not really marked up in any particularly interesting way, just done very simply, but the markings are still unique in terms of the font for the letter and numbers, how the tail number is painted and of course, the Canadian Maple Leaf next to the cockpit. Hard to see in this picture but I cut out and inserted a 'glass' windshield in that triangular 'A' pillar. Will shoot a clear coat after the decals have dried. A little tricky with the rigging but should be ok. What I really liked about this aircraft is the blue (oh maybe this should have been in the Color Me Blue group build?). This is actually Vallejo's Arctic Blue Metallic and I really like how it comes across. In various pictures of this aircraft, Billy Bishop's plane seems to have sported some very pretty blue so hopefully this is pretty close. Before the serial number decals... And after: The white surround of the lettering is one of the characteristics of this aircraft (and maybe others of the group) that I think is rather unique. Front and back of the wheels. The tyre color is my now-standard go to for rubber: Vallejo's RLM66 Black Grey. It just looks right to my eye. Still want to so a black wash to pull out the rigging and the eyelets. And the engine, mostly to be hidden in the blue cowling. Ok, next stop is the landing gear rigging, and then on to the wings! Thanks for looking, comments welcomed! Chris
  7. Hi guys ! I've started this build last august, and have been working only on this one since then, but it took me so long to get it done.... I chose this "simple" kit as i thought it would be a quick build. It was definitely not. I built it almost OOB, except a PE detail set for the cockpit and belts, and the Furball decals sheet. I added a few details here and there that were lacking the Italeri kit. Otherwise the kit is a nice kit, with correct fit, but prepare some putty if you need to make the doors closed. The canopy did not fit at all, i just dont know if it was my fault or not. The paint is MRP, the lighter grey of the zig-zag being a custom mix of MRP. The whole aircraft received the have glass finish (clear varnish with metal particles from MRP) and the zig zag were flat coated to get a different finish. Unfortunately, due to the many touch-ups i have to do, this effect is not as noticeable as it should be. What was a real PITA and took me the most of time was the masking. I spent several weeks on it (ok, i also had a lot of work at this time and did not spent hours on my build every day !). Well, i was very happy to finish it. Then i had to wait for almost 3 weeks to shoot the pictures as it was raining EVERY day since more than a month.... Crazy ! (Now it's snowing !). I know some people dislike this aircraft (i understand, you're taxpayers, too ! ), but i hope you will like that model. I wanted something very modern in my display, and now i cannot have anything more modern than this one. Here is a link to the WIP thread : http://forum.largescaleplanes.com/index.php?showtopic=70567
  8. Hi there, When I saw last Friday that the next GB would be in honor of USAF 70th birthday, I thought I would build the latest addition to the family, the F-35A. This one will be built OOB with the exception of Furball Aero decals to portray a Nellis based bird. I have actually started on Saturday but I am obviously nowhere near the 25% mark. I have so far assembled the engine and the cockpit. I am still debating whether to pose the cockpit open or closed but I am leaning towards closed, purely for aesthetic reason. I will not install the pylons and will display the internal bay open with the ordnance provided. I will wait for the F-35b to build a Marine bird with all the pylons installed and fully loaded. I will use Mr.Paint colors and have glass varnish for this build. Here are obligatory box shot and the two halves of the fuselage dry fitted: Cheers, David
  9. hello everyone, this will be my second 1/32 planes to be build so far, in the market there are only 2 sabres in 1/32 scale, one by Hasegawa and the other by Italeri, between the two Italeri is the best so far in detail, but it have lots of problems with the molded pieces and some fitting issues, will see how it turns out. For this one i will use some AM stuff, all resin pieces, the cockpit, wheel wells,airbrakes, and metal pitot tube. I have found some injection problems in some of the big pieces, for example in the aft part of the fuselage some panel lines and rivets are almost invisible due to poor injection pressure into the mold, it will be shown in pictures later one, and some distortion on the wing upper surface due to the same problem before. So far i just did some cockpit work, the sabre cockpit is really plain in details, not much knobs on the side panel, and the panels and knobs are all in black color, so i used my imagination and to give some contrast and life to the side panels i used some data decals around some knobs so it wont look plain and toyish in apperance about the instrument panel, it is the old fashion way, a front pohotoetch cover (to flat in detail) and an acetate face in the back for instrument dials (at least this will give the look of glass cover in the instruments, not the best panel ever made but in the model it look quite in scale and real and here you can see the shine on the instruments looking like real glass
  10. Welcome! Come in and take a seat in the House of Flying Daggers! This will be a double build featuring Revells Mirage IIIE kit and Italeris Mirage IIIC kit together in Argentinian colours. Not to forget a good amount of AM parts! The Revell IIIE will be build as a Dagger in service during the Falklands war. Isracasts conversion to the rescue. The Italeri IIIC will be build as a homeland defender. Argentinia didn't use IIICs? Well, they did! They aquired a batch of CJ from Israel to replace the losses of the Falklands war. These CJs were modernized during IAF service life and got Atar 9C angines and Mk.6 ejection seats. So a Eagle Deseigns Mirage III/5 Atar set will be put into use, as well as parts from Fisher Resins cockpit set. Lets see what we have in the stash: The "blue" Revell kit has gone, but I have a "green" Revell at hand. Still waiting for Italeris kit, that should arrive within the next week. Also added some more useful stuff for the project. Here is what I need to build the Dagger: Kit, conversion set, some more decals (just in case, and for the other airplane too), reference book, brand new paintset for Falklands war, and a pilot. Of course I need a pilot! It's a flying Dagger! Started to cut styrene and to dry fit resin parts. This is intended to be a long-term project, to be finished at Easter next year. So take a seat, grab some popcorn, and take care of the Flying Daggers! Enjoy! - dutik
  11. OK, I just couldn't stay away so here's my newest GB entry. I'm just waiting on one to arrive for the Interwar years GB and then I'll have one in both. Although it's the final version of the infamous Lawn Dart, Brad OK'd it as being representative of the type. For AM bits, I have the Aires cockpit set and wheel bays, Eduard wheels, GT Resin burner can and exhaust, and the Zotz decal sheet. Carl
  12. YES! http://www.italeri.com/news_scheda.asp?idNews=643
  13. Hi, This is my first completion of the year... yes, we are in december, i'm ashamed.... To sum up, it is the Italeri kit, with the Aires cockpit (which was a real PITA to fit), the huge DACO decal set, Eduard resin wheels, Master Pitot tube and the Videoaviation Mk.85 dummy bomb dispenser. Except the Aires cockpit and a few badly soft looking panel lines that build was pretty straightforward with no real difficulties. This Aires cockpit harassed me until the end as i still had to make modification in order to close the canopy. I had to remove some material and redo the 2 tiny brackets for the locking system behind the headrest. You can find the WIP here : http://forum.largescaleplanes.com/index.php?showtopic=57921&hl I'm still highly incompetent to take pictures. This time, i tried for the first time a blue background, as i found a large sheet of blue paper in my basement. But as it seems to change the colors a bit, i also took pictures without background. I think the pictures are not very good, and i really lacked some light, as the days are pretty dark at this time. Please let me know if you prefer the picture with the blue background or without it. Thanks for looking !
  14. I pulled this out of the stash with the intention of slapping it together in a week, but that didn't quite happen. This is a pretty bad kit and thankfully I only spend $2 on it. The canopy, air intakes and wings have less than great fit and required a fair bit of attention. They still aren't prefect, but they're good enough. This was the F-21 Lion boxing, however the decals were shot so I turned it into an Israeli Kfir C-1. Decals were left over from another kit and I added, drop tanks, bombs, bomb rack and sidewinders out of the spares box, along with a pilot. It'll be a decent 4fter model to sit on the table for Make A Mirage at Wings model show next month.
  15. Are these New or a Roden repop's ? Do not see all new tool markings on the box!!! http://www.themodellingnews.com/2015/05/we-go-back-to-knights-of-sky-with.html#more Sopwith Camel http://www.italeri.com/scheda.asp?idProdotto=2481 Nieuport 17 http://www.italeri.com/scheda.asp?idProdotto=2482 Cheers
  16. Here is my current project, the F-86F-30 from Italeri. I live about 45 minutes away from where the aircraft on the box art is kept. I have been watching it fly and sit in the Valiant Air Command Museum for quite a few years. After the annual airshow this spring, I decided I needed to build a version of it. This won't be a completely accurate version of this F-86, but it will be representative of it. I haven't decided if I am going to make the markings as the plane is now, or when it actually flew with the Skyblazers. I picked the kit up a couple of months ago and have slowly been working on it. The only aftermarket that I am adding is a set of Harold's resin wheels and HGW seatbelts. I know the kit has some inaccuracies, but I am going to live with them and hopefully get a kit built! I didn't get any pictures until just recently, so some of my work is undocumented. I started by closing in the back of the gun ports and re-drilling them, trying to make them a little more accurate. I am not going to have the gun bays open and the gun ports will have the plugs in them. Next I worked on getting rid of the seam on the intake and exhaust. I also thinned down the back of the exhaust to make it look more scale. I don't want to use the intake and exhaust covers unless it really doesn't look right after I get them painted. For the cockpit, I used some sheet styrene and styrene rod to add some details. I didn't go crazy, just a few that I noticed in pictures. I did the same thing with the seat, just added a few details with sheet and rod. to be continued. . .
  17. I've been meaning to post pick for weeks now but haven't had time. I didn't weather her, debating if I should though....... Here is the build thread.
  18. mark31


    Hello now my F-84 is comming a end and its slowing down for paint to dry. I havemade the disicion to make a start on thenext kit. this one will also be foild. The kit im going to use. The markings im going to use are from col.W.B.Wilmot Suwon. some of the aftermarket only the nose ring is behind in the mail. Mark
  19. I've had this old Testors kit kicking around the stash for ages. I bought it with the intention of building it which kept me from selling it when they were going for 250+ on Ebay because I thought, pffft, who's going to bring out another kit of this ugly looking tractor...hmm Dragon apparently. So since I passed up the chance to make a stonking great profit, I might as well build it. I have made some modifications. I left out most of the glass as looking at pictures these were either destroyed or removed anyway, I took the tools away from the back of the cab and I replaced the horrendous hard rubber tracks in the kit with some workable links from ModelKasten. All the stuff in the back came from the spares box along with the MP-40 holder in the cabin. To this, I added an Italeri ZIS-3 76mm anti tank gun. These weapons were captured by the hundreds and the Germans would often put them straight back into service, with some weapons being modified to fire German 75mm ammunition. For it's age the gun is pretty good and went together with minimal work.
  20. I know, that Italeri Starfighter is not supposed to be the best model ever, but in this year catalogue, they have an A/C version. http://www.italeri.com/imgup/Preview%202014_LR.pdf Check page 5.
  21. HI everybody. I'm in with the new (so much discussed.....) 1/32 Italeri F-104G. I've started the seat an pit, but I have no time (Just received my Macbook back from repair, so many things to fix....) to put pictures from the job today. Will put them tomorrow with MY comments from the build. Thank you for looking, Cheers, Jamme
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