Clifford Keesler Thank you very much Daniel, Nathan and Alexander. I hope to start the salt weathering tommorow. Progress has been slow, as I am also building Maverick's Top Gun A model for my son. It is a Revell kit, so it got a total re-scribe.
17. September, 22:55
Donald Dickson II Hmmmm. I have the early version boxing now tucked away in the stash. This doesnt look as easy as the Tamiya seems to be. LOL
Slavo Hazucha ooouch - but with a 32-scale Mach-2 missile hitting ground, Pitot tube & one LG door sound like an +/- acceptable trade...
on a completely different note, happy to see this coming up - a very nice build with a cool cockpit - is this OOB & how did you find the big 104 from Italeri? I particularly like the layout & sillhouette of a green-grey camo Starfighter with 4 tanks. Five prolonged "fast looking" shapes in a very nice symetric config, would make a nice in-flight one day... + always nice to see a Thunderbirds tail in the background
17. September, 10:52
Clifford Keesler Thank you all for your kind remarks. The re-build is well under way. Nose around cockpit is rebuilt. I have to rebuild the seat rails. @Slavo thank you much mate. It was OOB, with the exception of PE cockpit detail. It was a very nice build, fit was excellent and decal sheet was massive. I think it offered 9 different schemes. I have plenty of Star Fighter decals left. I want to do the "C" model that is out now. They also released an updated J and S version with the rece pod.
17. September, 20:19
Nathan Dempsey That's a nice one Clifford. I feel your pain with the rebuilds!
17. September, 20:51
Clifford Keesler Yea my wife wasn't to happy with that one getting broke, she bought that one for me when it was first released. But repairs are going well.
17. September, 22:58
Donald Dickson II Oooofff. That sucks my friend. But, as Slavo said, that sounds as if it wasnt as bad as it could have been.
Clifford Keesler Yea you have to be careful breathing that stuff. I used to build R/C model aircraft when I was younger. We used silk and dope to cover them with before they came out with the iron on coverings. I spent many an hour with my eyes going round and round. Smelly stuff. LOL.
23. July, 01:25
Gary Dahlström I still have a couple jars of Aero Gloss kicking around. Every so often I pop the top and use it as air freshener. *Good times*
23. July, 18:43
Augie I did aeromodelling in air cadets.. doping balsa aircraft.. I swear I was the one flying after that.
23. July, 19:45
Clifford Keesler I do not know if you can even get Aero Gloss, or any kind of dope anymore. I have a whole stack of balsa and tissue models.
Sergej I Here we go, Cliffort, first cat-dog is on her feet. Beautiful! Bar is set, I will get back to mine after August. Still need to pick up a package of corona in Greece lol, hopefully I get the state-sponsored 2-week bench time.
3. August, 21:57
Clifford Keesler I will be looking forward to seeing your excellent build completed.
Clifford Keesler It has been pretty good so far. There was a rather large step where the radaitor scoop met the fuselage, and that was after sanding the base down before installing it. But I sanded it down and puttied it, so it should be ok. That is the only issue I have had with it so far.
Clifford Keesler So, made a start on this one today. Spent 3 hours cleaning up and gluing cockpit parts. Not real impressed with parts fit so far. I had to put a fair amount of putty where the side panels join the cockpit tub,so as not to have unsightly gaps in the cockpit. I was surprised at the amount of flash on the parts of this kit.
20. August, 02:16
Nathan Dempsey I have this exact same kit. I honestly haven't looked at it closely so it will be very interesting to see your build. If you have a specific need for detail shots of of some specific area let me know. The FL Air Museum has a real one outside and it's literally 5 minutes from my house. FYI: The cockpit looked stripped though...
Clifford Keesler Thanks Nathan, and welcome aboard. Welcome Roland. Thank you Danumurthi. Started in the the photo etch today. While waiting for some stuff to dry, I decided to install the main wheel wells, God what a freaking nightmare. Nothing fit the way it was supposed to, no wonder so many opt for the resin wheel well replacments. Finally got them in, but they are also going to require putty. I will get some pictures tomorrow. Who said Hasegawa kits were good? LOL. Actually I love their F-104 kit. I have their F-16 and F-86F which I have not built yet. I also forgot you do not get any weapons with them either. Luckly I have a set of F-14D weapons, but will have to buy an aftermarket weapons decal sheet. Ok rant over, will continue with the build tomorrow. I am sure not going to be defeated by a Hasegawa kit. LOL.
Does any one know which color of gray are use on the F-14 three color camo scheme? I keep getting conflicting color callouts. between instruction sheets, decal sheets etc. Is it Light ghost gray, dark ghost gray and neutral or medium gray, or something else? Help please.
Slavo Hazucha Ah, managed to discover the second MiG! Looks like this one spent some out-of-shelter time under the elements - very nice job indeed
13. August, 11:16
Alexander That is one heavily weathered MiG - I like it . Turned out very nice.
13. August, 15:54
Clifford Keesler Thank you very much Roland, Slavo and Alexander. Your kind words mean a lot. I personally think I over weathered it a bit. But did not want to take the chance of trying to re-paint areas to tone down the weathering. Although I did see some pretty beat up ones in my reference phptos.
My wife just came home from Goodwill, and boy did she have a surprise for me. A Monogram 1/72 scale RB-36H, still sealed in the original packing, and she paid only 40.00 for it. I am as happy as a Pig in S*** I have been wanting this kit forever.