Interesting subject. Just watched a documentary the other day of the development of Swedish aircraft. This was included.
I picked up this kit last weekend on a whim! I'm looking forward to staring it!
Nice! I really enjoyed building this one, and very pleased with how it turned out. If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask. If you post a build album I will follow along as well!
Any recommendations and tips on the spointer camo masking would be very gratefully received!
Well, first, MAKE SURE YOU GET A MASK SET! Unless you are a tape masochist, do not even attempt to mask this yourself. I used the DN Models mask set and it worked pretty well for me. Don't sweat anomalies, soft edges from tape and mask lifting, or improper placement until after all the colors are down. You can always go back in after and clean up edges and other errors. If you look at my build album, there are some pics of my progress and comments made along the way. It may be of some help:
Special Hobby AJ 37 Viggen - WIP | Album by Fighting 84 (1:48)
Noted. Thanks Michael! The chap on the stall at IPMS said that there was a "Special Hobby" Mask set due out next year, but if you were happy with the DN models one then I might go with that as it is more of a known quantity!
excellent build. well done
With the AGM-65's how did you get the join between the main part and back part of the missile parallel and perfectly lined up?
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Like it very much! Congrats! 👍
Very nice Raptor Michael, very well done.
Thanks Ricardo and Clifford, I appreciate the kind words!
Nice work! What stand is that?
Nice. I have academy on the table.😉
February 6, 2021
Thanks Slavo, Soeren, Daniel, Jos, Nathan, James, and Clifford! You flatter me with your kind words. I appreciate it so much!
I have finished the metalwork and added some more parts, and she is now fully on her feet! Still have to finish the gear doors and start on the weapons, as well as paint the seats and finish the canopy. Getting there!
Very nice Michael! Looking forward to the final rollout 👍!
Excellent work Michael.
comes along beautiful. like it!
You really seem to have the hang of making carrier-borne aircraft - this is another fine specimen of your talented scale modeling ability. 👍
Only little complain I have is that the weathering looks more "dusty" than "muddy" as I would expect from a Rhino. Though maybe that's just due to the lighting and the black colour.
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Will be doing this one in-flight like my Hasegawa Raptor model from early 2020. Will be nice to have them displayed next to each other in such a configuration.
i am in!
Pulling up a seat Michael.
big black christmas tree, watching 👍
Following 🙂 👍
January 7, 2021
Great idea Michael...I will unfortunately only be a spectator at this GB, I have too many other projects for now...😄
Well, here are some options I quickly came up with based on what I think this will include:
I am sure there are some I am missing, but this would be a good starter list...
Jos, I would really like to see you tackle a Raptor.
Slavo's what-if F-23A sounds pretty cool.
My entry will be a T-50 PAK FA from Zvezda (which is russian for Star). If things go my way, a what if MiG 1.44 might join the party.
Nice list Michael!
OK guys, I set this up. Here is the link:
Scalemates 5th Generation, UAV, and Stealth Groupbuild 2021 (1. Januar bis 31. Dezember, )
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January 5, 2021
Thanks Spanjaard! I appreciate the kind words
It looks great Michael, well done. What is your next project?
Missed the build, but at least came in to see the result... Which is a thing to see, no question about it! While I myself do not think about doing something that does not feature a jet nozzle at the end, or at least a metallic finish, it was a pleasure to see some of the 4-th gen masters do a prop... Great job Michael, and a cool choice of topic 👍 Maybe a Pyrenean He-111 to accompany it, some day?😉
Thanks Slavo and Clifford!
Slavo, you never know... but it will be quite some time before I do a WWII aircraft again.
time for everybody to build WWII ones and not be ashamed of comparison with your build😉
Very accurate depiction. Beautiful paint work!
Very nicely done Michael.
Nice one! 👍
Thanks Maciej, Dutch, Clifford, Gareth, and Sergej! I really appreciate the kind words. Fear the Bones!
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I agree with Daniel, doing a WWII 'quick build' once in a while is quite refreshing.
It's beautiful Michael.
looking very good, smooth camo 👍 did you blu-tack this?
Thanks Daniel, Patrick, Clifford, and Daniel! I think I will do another one one of these days.
Daniel, I used Tamiya tape for curves for the camo. Love using that stuff! I never got very good results using Blu-Tac, so if I want hard edges I use the tape, and soft edges I just do it freehand.
Anyway, this one is done! Thank you all for coming along for the ride, you comments and feedback were greatly appreciated as I moved along with this project. You can find the completed album here:
Hasegawa Bf 109F Friedrich - Completed! | Album by Fighting 84 (1:48)
October 31, 2020
Ohh another SU. That looks like a another GB😉
I´m looking at this one too, an SM is interesting in itself & as a base for some wilder re-builds, perhaps 🙂
Do you have the actual kit already?
In any case, will be there once this gets in motion!
Hmmm, that is a good idea Roland. Maybe a Russian Aircraft GB so that it could be opened up to any Sukhoi, Mikoyan and Gurevich, Yakovlev, Mil, Kamov, Ilyushin, or Tupolev of any era. Russian Aircraft in Russian Markings. Anyone in???
Slavo, Yeah, there are plenty of cool options for this aircraft, I am having a hard time deciding which one to go with. Right now I am thinking Russian Navy with the dark gray upper side and blue camo underside (which is pictured and a really cool scheme), but the MKI prototype with the blizzard camo is super cool too. Also the standard Russian AF SM blue camo scheme is nice too.
I do not yet have the kit, but I have a pre-order in at Lucky Model for this one. I may end up getting a second one one of these days so I can do two options. I think the twin seat Flankers with canards are the coolest looking of all Flankers.
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Great choice indeed. Will be a stunner in your hands Michael 👍
Nice camo! 👍
Taking a seat on this one.
WoW... This is leftfield for you mate, good choice of kit.
Welcome Erik, Sergej, and Michael!
Yeah Michael, this is definitely off the beaten track for me. But this will be a bit of a laid back build for me, completely OOB other than decals and not going to worry to much about details and accuracy, although I will try my best to be accurate as a whole.
Anyway, the album for this build has been started, and can be found here:
Scalemates Messerschmitt Bf 109 Group Build 2020 | Album by Fighting 84 (1:48)
Not much to report so far, just some assembly and priming of the cockpit. My paints arrived Friday, so I am good to go there.
Now these are some original markings! Glad to catch this build as well. Enjoy Michael! 👍
Fantastic work on this A-7!
Beautiful, I am so tempted to switch to 1/48 scale...
well done 👍
I know I've already commented on this build Michael, but I must say that today I attended an outdoor (full bio warfare garb) bazaar for model kits and I saw the kit from your project on someone's table and just kept staring at the open box and thought about your build. I must say the seller noticed and joked, but I brought up your album and showed him. After I sat the box back down the seller took the kit off of his table and returned it to his car boot. You moved someone's kit from the "I don't need this kit" pile to his "I have to build this" pile. That's freakin' awesome.
Thanks Donald, Clifford, Erik, Sergej, Gerald, and Nathan! You all have brightened my cold rainy Monday with you kind words.
Nathan, that is the coolest thing I have heard in quite some time, and put a massive smile on my face. Thank you for sharing that with me. There is no greater compliment than to know my work inspired someone!
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Alvast knap bezig, Michael. Ziet er een vrij complete kit uit. 👍
Agree with every one. Excellent looking model and weapons, nice save on the gear. I really like those markings. Are they aftermarket? or kit.
That was a dumd question, just realized I built the same kit, and those markings defenitley were not in the box. LOL. Will have to try and find that set for my next SLUFF.
Thanks Michael, Clifford, Slavo, Mathijs, James, Urban, and Günther!
Clifford, I used an Aeromaster sheet for these markings, but it is a bit hard to find. I also had an old Superscale sheet, but I ended up not using it since it is so old.
Well, this one is done! Thank you all for following along and offering support and help along the way, it is greatly appreciated!!! The final rollout can be seen here:
Hasegawa A-7E Corsair II - Completed! | Album by Fighting 84 (1:48)
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Very beautiful work! The way you photographed it gave a very distinguished look.
Thanks Neuling for taking the time to comment, I appreciate the kind words!
Following you now. Impressive portfolio!
@Casey, you are completely right, well observed.😎
@Michael, What an amazingly done model collection 👍
Thanks Casey and Rui, I truly appreciate the kind words and glad you like my collection!
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Wow, those weapons have as many decals as the kit. Looking awesome!
Ah, I knew those missiles looked strangely familiar 🙂 AMK stuff!
Missed a lot of steps here as it seems, all great improvements! 👍 really like the black-on-black-touchups, something to keep in mind, I always struggle with getting black surfaces more interesting. great stuff michael, this cat is a truly beautiful composition in all aspects 👍
I'm drooling. It's beautiful. Where did you get all those weapons markings. I have all the weapons, but no markings. Sprue Brothers sells a marking sheet, but it is out of stock at the moment.
Thanks Jos, Slavo, Zhou, Alexander, Daniel, Nathan, Daniel, and Clifford!
Jos, what happened on yours? I am glad I can motivate you though!
Slavo, actually the kit includes no weapons at all. The decals come with the missiles that I used from the Meng Long Range US Ordnance (Phoenix and Sparrow) and AMK US Ordnance (Sidewinder) sets. The Figthertown sheet does include missile stencils though, but I figure I will save those for OOB missiles some day.
Clifford, the markings are from the Meng and AMK Weapons sets I used.
Well, she is all done! Thanks everyone for coming along for the ride, I appreciate all of your feedback, ideas, and encouragement! Pics can be seen here:
Hasegawa F-14B Tomcat - Completed! | Album by Fighting 84 (1:48)
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Beautiful job on the rotor head. What did you use for the wires and tubing?
Thanks Kerry, Jos, and Clifford!
Clifford, I bought a set of differing thickness copper wire from eBay awhile back for this kind of thing. Works very well and easy to manipulate. I used two different gauges of wire on this model.
Well, she is done! See the finished pics here:
Academy MH-53E Sea Dragon - Completed! | Album by Fighting 84 (1:48)
Congrats! It's an amazing build.
This is pretty much the right word for it: amazing!
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