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15 | 5. November 2020, 19:20
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Clifford Keesler
That is looking very nice Michael, glad to see you back at it.
14. January, 00:24
Nathan Dempsey
That's looking really nice Michael.
14. January, 16:16
James C
Awesome paintwork Michael
14. January, 17:33
Konrad Limmer
Nice mate !
A Little Late but hey the Party goes on :)
14. January, 17:59
Daniel
Nearly done&looking great! What are your colors of choice for the grays?
14. January, 19:34
Michael Phillips
Thanks Jos, Clifford, Nathan, James, Konrad, and Daniel! It feels good to be back. I feel the mojo starting to flow through my veins again as I start making this Big Bug come alive!

Daniel, I am using Gunze Aqueous H307-FS36320 /H308-FS36375. Always felt these colors are spot on with these paints.
14. January, 20:14
Slavo Hazucha
Wonderful tonal variety with that pre-shading! The Tomcats go, the livery stays - this will look marvelous once all markings & elements come to play. I almost want to give the Hornet topic another try, I´ve seen and keep seeing such wonderful works done with the F-18 all around me. This one being in the lead element of course
14. January, 21:14
WhiteGlint
Really nice pre-shading and paintwork, Michael.
15. January, 12:13

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Michael Phillips
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.
7. January, 21:19
Jos Jansen
Following!
7. January, 22:42
Spanjaard
i am in!
7. January, 23:59
Gareth Windsor
Pulling up a seat Michael.
8. January, 01:37
James C
Cool project
8. January, 02:09
Daniel
big black christmas tree, watching
8. January, 12:43
Sergej I
Following :)
8. January, 14:56

January 7, 2021

Michael Phillips Well, here it is! The "Rise of the Machines" Scalemates 5th Generation, UAV, and Stealth Groupbuild 2021. Feel free to join the fun! It will go on all through 2021, so no hurry for those waiting to get kits, want to build multiples. or who are slow builders.
7. January, 20:43
Jos Jansen
Great idea Michael...I will unfortunately only be a spectator at this GB, I have too many other projects for now... :D
7. January, 22:45
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1:48 Chinese J-20 Mighty Dragon (Trumpeter 05811)
Chinese J-20 Mighty Dragon
CN Military People's Liberation Army Air Force (Chinese Air Force 1949-now)
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Slavo Hazucha
Speaking for myself, as long as an F-23 (not just YF-23) "what if" is OK, its the only thing I need to hear to grab myself a little distraction from the current MiG-31 mammoth-build... :D

Also, since 5-th gen takes long to develop & bring to service in real life, if it´s open 12 months, it´s actually more realistic!
5. January, 15:46
James C
Could be interesting I have the Hobbyboss YF-23 that's been tempting me from the stash.
5. January, 17:03
Jos Jansen
Mmmmm...no 5th gen fighter in stash, any suggestions?
5. January, 17:04
Michael Phillips
Well, here are some options I quickly came up with based on what I think this will include:

F-22
YF-23
F-35A/B/C
J-20
FC-31
T-50 PAK-FA
Su-57
F-117A
B-2
MQ-1
RQ-4
RQ-7
MQ-8B
MQ-9
MQ-25
XB-47

I am sure there are some I am missing, but this would be a good starter list...
5. January, 18:29
Maciej Bellos
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!
5. January, 20:27
Michael Phillips
OK guys, I set this up. Here is the link:

Scalemates 5th Generation, UAV, and Stealth Groupbuild 2021 (1. January until 31. December, )
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Rui S
Excellent paintjob and photos
3. November 2020, 22:15
Michael Phillips
Thanks Erik, Björn, Alexander, Nathan, David, and Rui! I really appreciate all the kind words!

Well, I fixed the landing gear issue and reattached some doodads that I had knocked off and forgot to add before taking the original photos. Both landing gear snapped while trying to remove them, so I had to kinda guess on the angles, I think I am close but at this point close is good enough for me.

I took some new photos after fixing all of the issues. Now it's on to my next project!
4. November 2020, 04:37
Spanjaard
very nice!
4. November 2020, 23:35
Michael Phillips
Thanks Spanjaard! I appreciate the kind words :)
5. November 2020, 13:45
Clifford Keesler
It looks great Michael, well done. What is your next project?
6. November 2020, 00:23
Slavo Hazucha
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? ;)
1. January, 22:51
Michael Phillips
Thanks Slavo and Clifford!

Slavo, you never know... but it will be quite some time before I do a WWII aircraft again. :)
5. January, 03:17
Spanjaard
time for everybody to build WWII ones and not be ashamed of comparison with your build ;)
5. January, 13:32
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Patrick Hagelstein
So clean, yet so subtly grimy... Amazing work!
14. October 2020, 01:31
Michael Phillips
Thanks Patrick, I appreciate the kind words!
14. October 2020, 14:50
Maciej Bellos
That is a beautiful mean looking cat!
28. December 2020, 13:38
Dutch
Very accurate depiction. Beautiful paint work!
28. December 2020, 13:51
Clifford Keesler
Excellent Cat.
4. January, 01:40
Gareth Windsor
Very nicely done Michael.
4. January, 02:41
Sergej I
Nice one!
4. January, 22:53
Michael Phillips
Thanks Maciej, Dutch, Clifford, Gareth, and Sergej! I really appreciate the kind words. Fear the Bones!
5. January, 03:18

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1:48 Soviet Attack Helicopter Mi-24V/VP (Zvezda 4823)
Mil Mi-24V Hind-E
CZ Military Vzdušné síly Armády České republiky (Czech Air Force 1993-now)
221 Helicopter Sqn. 7360
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Eelco Gregoire
It turns our great. I've always loved this camo.
29. October 2020, 07:43
Michael Phillips
Thanks Michael, Patrick, and Eelco!

I am happy with how this one is going. The Hasegawa 109s are not state-of-the-art, but they are easy to build and detail and accuracy are not as important to me with something like this outside my normal area of interest. I kinda like this change of pace from the normal jets and helos I do, so I might try to squeeze in a WWII prop plane every once in a while to "cleanse the palate" of my usual more complicated modern projects.
29. October 2020, 17:49
Daniel Klink
You should be Michael. Beautiful camo version and perfect implemented in the kit
29. October 2020, 17:53
Patrick Hagelstein
I agree with Daniel, doing a WWII 'quick build' once in a while is quite refreshing.
29. October 2020, 18:28
Clifford Keesler
It's beautiful Michael.
30. October 2020, 00:20
Daniel
looking very good, smooth camo did you blu-tack this?
1. November 2020, 09:32
Michael Phillips
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.

2. November 2020, 04:05
Michael Phillips
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)
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Roland Gunslinger
Ohh another SU. That looks like a another GB ;)
30. October 2020, 13:19
Slavo Hazucha
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!
30. October 2020, 22:39
Michael Phillips
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???
31. October 2020, 00:49
Michael Phillips
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.
31. October 2020, 00:52

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1:48 Messerschmitt Bf109F-2 (Hasegawa 09010)1:48 Messerschmitt Bf109F in Spanish Service (SBS Model D48034)
Messerschmitt Bf 109 F
ES Military Ejército del Aire (Spanish Air Force 1939-now)
Morón air force fighter school 6*135
1943 - Moron AB
 
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Michael Phillips
Welcome Jos, Eelco, Daniel, and Sven!

Jos, I look forward to seeing your Indo Flanker! The Hobby Boss kit is really nice. While I did not use that kit for my Indo Flanker, I did use it as a base from my Su-30MKM conversion. It is a very pleasurable build, very good fit and well done overall. I think you will really enjoy it. If you have any questions along the way, just let me know! I am using a combination of MRP and Gunze paints for this, and these are actually coming from Sprue Brothers here in the States, which is why these will be here in such short order. It's the decals that are coming from Europe. Hungary, to be exact via eBay. Estimated to arrive by November 5th.

Daniel, the Super Hornet is still next. In fact, I may start it if before I finish the 109 if I get done with paint before my decals arrive next month. I took a look at the 109 kit last night and even started some assembly, and I really think this one will be a very quick build (even for me), so much so that it might need to be paused to wait for the decals.
15. October 2020, 20:23
Jos Jansen
By the time I start with the Flanker, I'll definitely let you know. Below the link to the my project, if you have any tips and tricks in advance, please let me know. I've seen your Malay H version, really beautiful!
TNI AU (Indonesian Air Force) | SU-30MK2 Flanker-G | Project by Banshee13 (1:48)

Sorry, my friend, I didn't read it correctly. I have also ordered from Sprue Brothers a number of times, within a week I often had the ordered items delivered, really great! Hopefully, you will get the decals from Hungary a little on time ...?! Your 109 is going to be a stunner, no doubt about it.
16. October 2020, 08:14
Michael Phillips
Thanks Jos! I can't think of anything offhand, but I will be following along with you build so I will only be a message away if something comes up.
17. October 2020, 01:58
Erik Leijdens
Great choice indeed. Will be a stunner in your hands Michael
17. October 2020, 07:09
Sergej I
Nice camo!
Taking a seat on this one.
17. October 2020, 07:20
Michael Hickey
WoW... This is leftfield for you mate, good choice of kit.
17. October 2020, 11:36
Michael Phillips
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.
19. October 2020, 17:22
Patrick Hagelstein
Now these are some original markings! Glad to catch this build as well. Enjoy Michael!
19. October 2020, 17:28
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Michael Phillips
Thanks so much Thomas!

Good to hear you are well Marko. I look forward to seeing your Hellduck reveal!
17. October 2020, 02:00
Donald Dickson II
Wow! Another home run sir! And another scheme I wont dare try to match!
17. October 2020, 02:16
Clifford Keesler
I'm speechless sir. Just outstanding, well done.
17. October 2020, 02:22
Erik Leijdens
Fantastic work on this A-7!
17. October 2020, 07:07
Sergej I
Beautiful, I am so tempted to switch to 1/48 scale...
17. October 2020, 07:11
Gerald Willing
well done
17. October 2020, 21:58
Nathan Dempsey
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.
18. October 2020, 03:16
Michael Phillips
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!
19. October 2020, 17:07
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Mathijs Beenhakker
Great to see her on her feet again ;)...just a question...will you keep the insignia's that white?...they were painted with the same white as the aircraft itself...Right??
11. October 2020, 08:58
James C
Looking fantastic Michael and well used and abused from carrier ops.... Very nice save
11. October 2020, 18:40
Urban Gardini
Glad I could be of help mate!
12. October 2020, 05:55
Günther Decock
Alvast knap bezig, Michael. Ziet er een vrij complete kit uit.
12. October 2020, 08:59
Clifford Keesler
Agree with every one. Excellent looking model and weapons, nice save on the gear. I really like those markings. Are they aftermarket? or kit.
12. October 2020, 22:17
Clifford Keesler
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.
12. October 2020, 22:20
Michael Phillips
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.
13. October 2020, 03:22
Michael Phillips
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)
13. October 2020, 03:23

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Bernhard Schrock
Micheal; you done an excellent work. Very realistic finish and in each picture one can see the pure power of this Heli. Chapeau.
9. August 2020, 14:26
Treehugger
I suspect someone likes the dutch angle. :)
9. August 2020, 15:52
Michael Phillips
Thanks Andy and Bernhard, I am truly humbled by your kind words. Inspiring others through my work is the best compliment one can receive.

Treehugger, I actually had to look up "Dutch Angle" because I did not recognize the term, and sure enough, yep, looks like someone (me LOL) does like using the Dutch Angle. LOL
10. August 2020, 18:14
Neuling
Very beautiful work! The way you photographed it gave a very distinguished look.
11. August 2020, 08:40
Michael Phillips
Thanks Neuling for taking the time to comment, I appreciate the kind words!
12. August 2020, 14:45
Casey Rupley
Following you now. Impressive portfolio!
18. September 2020, 04:54
Rui S
@Casey, you are completely right, well observed. 8)
@Michael, What an amazingly done model collection
18. September 2020, 10:48
Michael Phillips
Thanks Casey and Rui, I truly appreciate the kind words and glad you like my collection!
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ZHOU Kun
Nice to see the missiles done! This is a great build.
5. September 2020, 07:50
Alexander
Missiles and Seats look great! I like weathering on the Phoenix's, the slight discoloration on the white seeker heads. Can't wait for the final reveal.
5. September 2020, 11:08
Daniel Klink
fifty shades of grey...
5. September 2020, 11:09
Nathan Dempsey
Wow, those weapons have as many decals as the kit. Looking awesome!
5. September 2020, 12:14
Daniel
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
5. September 2020, 20:03
Clifford Keesler
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.
6. September 2020, 01:12
Michael Phillips
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.
6. September 2020, 19:13
Michael Phillips
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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Michael Phillips
Thanks Slavo, Nathan, and Clifford!

Spent the last few days doing lots of little detail stuff and the rotors. I added some plumbing to the main rotor head using copper wire. It is not super accurate, but it is busy and looks the part. That was quite tedious to do. I am almost done now, so expect the final reveal within a couple of days!
30. July 2020, 04:22
Kerry COX
Pipes, Pipes ! Pipes ! and more Pipes. !!!!! How I love this stuff. :)
Excellent effort Michael. Great work. ;)
30. July 2020, 05:13
Jos Jansen
Beautiful details Michael, those are the cherries on the cake 8) ...!
30. July 2020, 20:57
Clifford Keesler
Beautiful job on the rotor head. What did you use for the wires and tubing?
30. July 2020, 21:44
Michael Phillips
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.
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Guillaume Blanchet
Congrats! It's an amazing build.
1. August 2020, 01:38
Pero Sušić
This is pretty much the right word for it: amazing!
1. August 2020, 06:05

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Daniel
Looks like a real war machine, very impressive work! especially how you got the sensors & cameras on the nose to look so realistic!
5. May 2019, 20:39
Michael Phillips
Thanks Jos and Daniel! I thank you all for the kind words!
8. May 2019, 14:56
David Barclay
Another stunner Michael!
9. May 2019, 10:35
Michael Phillips
Thanks David, I appreciate the kind words!
11. May 2019, 05:38
Dutch
Excellent work Mike! Impressive pre-shading and weathering. I have never seen a clean Apache, so your gentle weathering really brings out the details and colors. top-notch work, sir! K/r, Dutch
16. July 2020, 15:00
Daniel Klink
As usual outstanding result Michael... The Paintwork is stunning
16. July 2020, 15:34
Clifford Keesler
Excellent job on that Apache, well done.
16. July 2020, 21:50
Michael Phillips
Thanks Dutch, Daniel, and Clifford! I appreciate the kind words! It is always nice to see an older build come back up :)
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Scott Dutton
Looks great
25. February 2018, 21:18
Michael Phillips
Thanks Alistair, ice, David, and Scott!

ice, I take it you were in or are a fan of a different squadron? :)
26. February 2018, 04:46
Jos Jansen
Wooaw Michael...that's absolutely a real nice German Tonka !

I did some research and I recently purchased the Hobbyboss Tornado IDS. I wonder if this kit has the same quality as the Revell one? What's your experience with this Revell one...?
28. June 2020, 07:33
Skywalker
Congratulations, well done.
28. June 2020, 08:28
Neuling
David Thor is right!
28. June 2020, 09:55
Nathan Dempsey
Nice work Michael. That's an inspiring build sir.
28. June 2020, 16:28
Michael Phillips
Thanks Jos, Skywalker, Neuling, and Nathan!

Jos, from what I understand, the Revell kit is considerably more accurate in shape, I think detail is similar, although the detail on the Revell is very impressive and likely a bit better. BUT, and this is a big BUT, this kit is a MAJOR P.I.T.A to build! It has been a couple of years since I built it, but I do remember thinking that I really did not want to build another Revell Tornado after I finished, although I am now not of the same thinking, since it builds into a very nice model.
28. June 2020, 20:37
Augie

Michael, your spot on, the revell is considered more accurate.. but a pain in the arse to build.
Hobby boss one has some interesting shape issues around the nose and cockpit.

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Jos Jansen
Nice Michael!
31. May 2020, 23:41
Michael Phillips
Thanks Tim and Jos, I appreciate the kind words!
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28. May 2020, 16:24

May 27, 2020

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May 15, 2020

Michael Phillips will attend
Scalemates F-14 Tomcat Group build 2020 in
Scalemates F-14 Tomcat Group build 2020
US 1. May until 31. December 2020
15. May 2020, 14:56
Soeren .
Awesome to see you attending here.
What F-14 are you gonna build? :)
15. May 2020, 15:23
Michael Phillips
Thanks Soeren! I am trying to decide, actually. It will either be the 1/48 Hasegawa F-14B of VF-103 that I have on hold that is already started or perhaps an AMK F-14D that I recently got. That is why I have not added an album to the group build yet. Decisions decisions.
15. May 2020, 18:26
Soeren .
Hehe
Both are indeed interesting subject's.

I was thinking of joining too, but im not really sure
15. May 2020, 18:41

May 7, 2020

Michael Phillips added a new photoalbum.
1 | 7. May 2020, 14:34
Michael Phillips
A recent viewing of some HD "The Final Countdown" YouTube videos has inspired me to take a few screen grabs from the clips. These are some really good references for anyone wanting to do a Final Countdown VF-84 Tomcat.

One thing that is really cool with this scheme is the fact it has the high visibility markings over gull gray top and white bottom, but what is different from the other VF-84 scheme of the era is the fact that all of the upper surfaces are gull gray. Previously they had white on the upper surface of the horizontal stabilator and flaps area. Soon after this movie VF-84 moved to the smaller US roundel to the right of the "vagabonds strip" instead of the large roundel centered in the vagabonds strip and removed white from the underside.
7. May 2020, 14:36
playtime 222
Great film. Love the aerial sequence with the Zeros. The air wing at the end was unimpressive though considering :D
7. May 2020, 16:05
Jos Jansen
BAMMMM....you rock Michael, awesome! This is what I absolutely can use for my VF-84 Cat. I definitely go for this variant from the film, beautiful those larger US roundels...and I love the old skool Navy white with gray ...
7. May 2020, 18:12
Spanjaard
Awesome! I have it on my project list for a very long time..... pictures will certainly help!!!
7. May 2020, 18:17
Roland Gunslinger
Watching!
Because there are more than one cat builds in progress, i created a Group build event. So we can bundle our builds
Scalemates F-14 Tomcat Group build 2020 (1. May until 31. December, )
Feel free to join!
7. May 2020, 18:40
Jos Jansen
Iam in Roland...great job, finally a group-build again...joy!
7. May 2020, 18:59
Michael Phillips added a new photoalbum.
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Erik Leijdens
Another amazing model Michael !
27. April 2020, 19:47
Donald Dickson II
Wow. If mine turns out even 1/4 as nice I will be happy
27. April 2020, 22:42
Matthew Stec
Beautiful
27. April 2020, 23:14
Michael Phillips
Thanks Erik, Donald, and Matthew! Your compliments keep always motivate me to get going!

Donald, your Flanker is really coming along nicely. I think you should give yourself more credit, your work is pretty awesome too!
28. April 2020, 03:37
Daniel
Very very beautiful work on that flanker michael, looking both mean and elegant and again spot-on!
1. May 2020, 19:12
Michael Phillips
Thanks Daniel, I appreciate the kind words. That is what I love best about Flankers, mean and elegant at the same time. Love them ALMOST as much as Tomcats. Almost. LOL
4. May 2020, 18:56
Tobi
Amazing build! The clean yet weathered look is stunning
5. May 2020, 19:42
Michael Phillips
Thanks Tobi, I appreciate the kind words! That is exactly the look I was going for, overall clean with a little bit of a worn look to it. :)
7. May 2020, 13:57

May 5, 2020

Michael Phillips added a new photoalbum.
2. March 2020, 04:50
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Eelco Gregoire
Nice work Michael
5. March 2020, 23:47
Michael Phillips
Thanks Peter, Scott, and Eelco! I appreciate the kind words!
6. March 2020, 14:06
Christian Ristits
Missed that impressive build, love it and congratulations!
4. May 2020, 18:31
Sebastien G
Amazing job!
4. May 2020, 18:49
Michael Phillips
Thanks Christian and Sebastian! I am really happy with how this one turned out. :)
4. May 2020, 18:55
Ricardo Reis
Like it very much! Congrats!
4. May 2020, 22:07
Clifford Keesler
Very nice Raptor Michael, very well done.
5. May 2020, 00:41
Michael Phillips
Thanks Ricardo and Clifford, I appreciate the kind words!
5. May 2020, 12:44

April 30, 2020

Michael Phillips owns this item
30. April 2020, 04:36

April 27, 2020

Michael Phillips added a new photoalbum.
4. March 2020, 15:03
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Soeren .
Thats one fantastic looking Flanker!
Bravo!

Btw what did you use for weathering?
22. April 2020, 16:31
Megan Harris
Yeah, how do you get the awesome faint brown weathering on the surfaces and panels ? Looks incredible
22. April 2020, 17:05
Michael Phillips
Thanks Patick, Nathan, Daniel, Slavo, Soeren, and Megan! I really appreciate all the kind words.

Slavo, yep... I was going for an all out air to air load on this one. Unrealistic, perhaps, but fun to arm to the teeth!

Soeren and Megan, for the weathering I really only used two things. First, I used Mig Ammo Deep Gray wash, which has a bit of a brown cast to it and really gives the model life. My secret weapon, though, is Tamiya Smoke. I spray this, heavily thinned, to give it the brownish dirty areas. I try to be restrained with this, as it is easy to go overboard with it, but it really give a nice affect with little work. Give it a try!

Oh, I almost forgot... I did do one other thing... I sprayed very light coats of the light gray base color onto the darker camo areas to give the paint a bit of a faded appearance. I initially overdid it a bit on my first try, but it was easy to fix by just going back in with the darker gray again to tone it down. I did that before the gloss coat and decal stage, the wash and Tamiya smoke was done after the decals, but before the flat coat. Hope this helps!
22. April 2020, 19:49
Daniel
Fantastic work Michael, your surface treatment is always on point, even including the unintended treatment :D Great looking flanker
23. April 2020, 07:59
Michael Phillips
Thanks Daniel, I appreciate the kind words! Hopefully I won't have any unintended weathering in the future. That was a scary moment! LOL
23. April 2020, 14:14
Günther Decock
A very nice job with the flanker, Michael.
23. April 2020, 14:52
Michael Phillips
Thanks Günther! I appreciate the kind words!

Well, this one is done. Final pics can be seen here:

Academy Su-30MK2 Flanker-G - Completed! | Album by Fighting 84 (1:48)

Thanks for being along for the ride on this project, it was great to have you all!
26. April 2020, 04:55
Spanjaard
Simply awesome result
27. April 2020, 18:27

April 26, 2020

Michael Phillips completed this item
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Michael Phillips completed this item
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Michael Phillips completed this item
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April 20, 2020

Michael Phillips now follows Slavo Hazucha
20. April 2020, 19:57
Michael Phillips now follows Jos Jansen
20. April 2020, 19:57

April 13, 2020

Michael Phillips added a new project.
1:48 EMB-314 Super Tucano (HobbyBoss 81727)1:48 EMB-314 Super Tucano Part 1 (FCM 48-047)
Embraer EMB 314 Super Tucano
ID Military Tentara Nasional Indonesia Angkatan Udara (Indonesian Air Force 1974-now)
Skadron 21 TT-3104
2013 - Abdulrachman Saleh AFB
 
26. March 2020, 03:44
Jos Jansen
Haha fantastic Michael, recently I also bought this kit ... great prop plane! At first glance, this is a reasonable kit from Hobbyboss don't you think?
26. March 2020, 07:05
Michael Phillips
Yeah, it really does look like a nice little kit. I have seen some nice looking models of this kit built! This one will likely get moved up in the queue quite a bit at some point.
26. March 2020, 23:04
Jos Jansen
Michael, this kit is highly recommended...put in front of your next build queue, you're now infected by Indonesian aircraft build, awesome!
13. April 2020, 09:59
Michael Phillips
LOL yep, I have a strong connection with that country, so it is only natural I would become infected by them. LOL

My next project is for a contest that may or may not happen this summer (LOL), so I will keep that one next since it is probably going to be a long and complicated build. But I am really thinking about doing this after that one. I am going to need an easy one after that! We shall see!
13. April 2020, 19:31
Slavo Hazucha
I´ll just hook in here in case the idea gains traction ;)
13. April 2020, 21:52

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Michael Phillips added a new article to his personal gallery:
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March 22, 2020

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22. March 2020, 03:08
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