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1/72 JASDF F-35X

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hey guys

I have been playing around with this F-35 for a few weeks now in between another project I have been tinkering on which will also soon be finished.
I've often thought the F-35 was pretty ugly and so decided that I may have to do something about that. I'm not sure it's as pretty as it could be, but I am happy with it

I've reversed the wings and made them out of sheet styrene. I added some canards because canards are cool and reversed the tail fins I also added some body panels which you can't really see under the paint. The decals are from an F-15 kit I had lying around except the roundels which I painted on

It was just a fun project to help try lift my stymied modelling mood of late.

Anyways, tell me what you think - good or bad

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thanks for looking guys
Si

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Great concept and colour scheme, Si.

 

Although I'd have liked it more with just forward swept wings without the ugly 'W' planform 'elbow' joints.

 

One thing I'll suggest for next time is to lightly sand the cementing edges of your clear parts, then stain them black with drawing ink - a Sharpie or Pilot Pen will do - before gluing them to your model. That'll eliminate those annoying edge refractions that otherwise stand out too much.

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On 3/8/2019 at 11:05 PM, Chek said:

Great concept and colour scheme, Si.

 

Although I'd have liked it more with just forward swept wings without the ugly 'W' planform 'elbow' joints.

 

One thing I'll suggest for next time is to lightly sand the cementing edges of your clear parts, then stain them black with drawing ink - a Sharpie or Pilot Pen will do - before gluing them to your model. That'll eliminate those annoying edge refractions that otherwise stand out too much.

Thanks for the suggestion regarding the canopy. I should've fixed it up before I posted pics but I just wanted it off my bench. I'll go back and fix it another day 

 

I went with the wings in that configuration as I wanted the "raptor" look; as if it were attacking with wings out spread like that.

I know I mean :) 

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That looks like it could be right out of Ace Combat. Nicely done. 

 

I've wanted to do one of the JASDF F-15s from Patlabor 2 for a long tim which would be somewhat similar. 

 

Carl

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