I'm a sucker for aftermarket goodies, but in this one's case many of them were necessary. I bought this kit years ago and have robbed a few items (missile & a wheel) from it for other kits, along with a few parts that were missing (antennas & pitot).
Hopefully I can provide a semi-convincing finish. I see the paint call-outs on the Zots decal sheet says the underside is Flat Aluminum. Is this a paint coating or actual natural metal?
6. September, 14:06
Nathan Dempsey Just added photos of the completed seat and a scratch built replacement part for the landing gear.
6. September, 14:34
Gary Dahlström Looking good Nathan, especially the ejection handles! I'm trying to understand your question: Are you asking about the finish IRL, if they've painted the bottom of the craft or left it a natural bare finish?
I just found a picture that leads me to believe it is a painted "aluminum" color. I noticed in this picture that there's one small spot on the nose of the drop tank that has a worn area definitely showing natural metal that looks entirely different from the remaining aluminum color. The main problem is that all the pics I have that the aircraft look really well maintained.
7. September, 00:17
Nathan Dempsey Worked on the AS-30 missile today. Had to modify the nose to make an AS-30L by sanding it down and creating the laser receiver. Also I added a small aluminum tube for the 3rd engine and drilled out the other 2 engine bells.
7. September, 17:29
Roland Gunslinger Nice progress The scratchbuild landing-gear part looks professional!
Nathan Dempsey Just added Model Master 4851 Yellow Zinc Chromate to the wheel and air-brake wells.
8. September, 20:05
Nathan Dempsey Work continues. Today I dipped the canopy in Future and attached the HUD glass. I should finish attaching the canopy later today.
9. September, 19:17
Jos Jansen I know this kit, made myself a RAF Jaguar ... they are all from the same molding, mine was a Revell kit. They're not that detailed as you may want, but the kit builds nicely. Looking really forward for the next steps you're gonna make
10. September, 04:55
Michael Phillips Very nice progress so far! Cool subject too. Taking a seat and watching the progress here!
10. September, 13:41
Nathan Dempsey Jos: Yes, this is an older tooling and is definitely light on detail, but I'm happy to report the price of $15USD made me forgive much of the shortcomings! Lol
Michael: Thanks and welcome!
Well it is time for me to lounge for a while now as I just spent 30 minutes on my hands and knees looking for a photo-etch mirror that I had BMF Chromed.
10. September, 17:18
Nathan Dempsey Attached the Eduard antenna parts on the vertical stabilizer. I like the look compared to the very thick kit parts.
10. September, 18:01
Nathan Dempsey Today I was able to attach the canopy and get it masked. Also had time to use the AK Xtreme Metal paint again on the exhaust area of this build.
Today just doing preparations for paint and I finally attached the pitot. Also more prep work on the resin Armory wheel set. Quite nice as you can actually read Dunlop on the sides of the tires. Added a comparison shot of the kit & L'Arsenal ATLIS II pod.
17. September, 19:10
Clifford Keesler Looking very nice Nathan. I built that kit not to long ago, used all the aftermarket stuff for the Airfix kit. I have the Kitty Hawk one, which I have been tossing around getting the Zotz's Kosovo decal sheet for it. I have a ESCI GR1 which I am going to do in the Operation Granby scheme.
Laid down the Neutral Grey today. Everything went a-ok with the paint, but I did notice a couple of spots on the fuselage that needed rework. Luckily they were quite small and I only needed to repaint 2 small areas.
18. September, 19:17
Christian Kohl Hey Nathan, looks great, very nice job! I'm curious what will happen next..
19. September, 15:55
Jos Jansen Love your dedication Nathan to making this kit a stunner ... !
19. September, 19:08
Nathan Dempsey Thanks Christian & Jos! Your positivity will keep me going
Work has stalled a bit during the weekend due to a busy schedule at home. I should be able to apply the green part of the camo tomorrow. I'm also going a bit more slowly as I'm doing post shading with the airbrush and trying not to over-do it.
20. September, 16:41
Nathan Dempsey Green color has been applied. Hopefully later this evening I can continue shading. I really like the pattern the French applied to their Jaguars.
21. September, 17:54
Slavo Hazucha Nothing beats late- and post-Cold War European Theatre close air support camouflage! Hogs, Harriers, Jaguars just rock!