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Trumpeter 1/32 F-18E VFA-143 Pukin’ Dogs


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Well after dragging my feet for three years, I have finally finished this monster. Trumpeter kit, Eduard PE sets, Quick Boost ECS vents, Wolfpack Design GBUs, Northstar wheels/tires, and Fightertown decals. Scratch built cockpit details/wiring, venting in the intakes, landing gear details, fuel panel/door, canopy/A/C power panel/door, venting on LEX, nav lights on LEX. Had to shave off the built up area on the tails where the slime lights are, both on the inner and outer tail panels. Also drilled out every rivet on the aircraft as I found them to be soft. Painted with Vallejo acrylics and finished off with VFA-143 Pukin’ Dogs decals from Fightertown. Overall satisfied with the kit, but would have liked a little more detail. The fit of the kit was very good, did not have any real issues in that department. I would recommend this kit as long as you are willing to fix the tails as that added build up where the slime lights are is just to big to overlook

 

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49706890131_c67ad32777_k.jpg72580D00-ADFF-487D-BED6-F8F4C3CA8889 by Scott Giost, on Flickr
 

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49706354413_88e6820a3a_k.jpgB30A2FE0-D5D9-4E41-9566-FD381AC51422 by Scott Giost, on Flickr
 

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Welcome aboard Scott!

 

:post1:

 

Great model - beautifully finished - love it...  :thumbsup:

 

Can I ask a favour: the original images are huge and made your post slow to load - any chance you could upload smaller images in future?

 

Iain

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Very nicely done and kudos for showing us the ultra close-up pics that hide nothing. I understand this kit is hard to build cleanly, but you have certainly done that in spades.  Your decal work is also exceptional!

 

Cheers,

Chuck

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