Ricardo Reis Thanks, I believe this is because HobbyBoss did not go out of the Gunze range; the Tamiya is a much better match
17. September, 13:03
Ricardo Reis First decals going down; I think the blue came out too dark, will try a lighter panel lines wash
27. September, 20:57
Clifford Keesler Looking very nice Ricardo. How is the kit? I have been wanting to build that one.
30. September, 00:48
Ricardo Reis Thanks Clifford; the kit's fit is bad, and the texture of the plastic is very rough at points; engraving is also irregular and detail lacking on the front engines and cockpit; it is, however, the only game in town if you want to build a Yak-38 and it's becoming to look like a Yak-38, so... go for it!
30. September, 09:42
Clifford Keesler I think I shall sir. You confirmed what I had heard about lack of detail, but not the fit. But that is why they call it modeling right.
30. September, 15:25
Ricardo Reis Mates, need your help. I'm trying to finish the Yak-38 and I have a question regarding loadout. I would like to hang a couple of UB-16 rocket launchers on the outside pylons, and then a UPK-23 gun pod on the inside of the right wing and a UB-32M on the inside of the left wing. Would this be a probable loadout for a service Yak-38?
20. October, 13:45
Nathan Dempsey I've seen a picture somewhere that has that load except instead of the UB-32M there was an Aphid AAM on one of the inboard pylons.
21. October, 23:04
Ricardo Reis Thanks Nathan; due to lack of solid evidence, I chose the safe path and will use the UB-16 and UB-32 on both wings; another common loadout I seriousloy considered was no weapons at all, as seen in most photos, but in the end I prefer to have something hanging.
Treehugger Also, did you drill out the tracks before inserting the wire? Unsure if this is necessary, but I think I've heard others pointing out that drilling out the tracks might be necessary.
10. October, 11:33
Martin Oostrom Drilling out the holes is useful. There sometimes are some casting burrs. I don't bother with the bolt heads, I just make sure the open ends are on the 'inside' of the tracsk, facing the hull of the tank.
10. October, 14:21
Ricardo Reis Well, I made the wire a little shorter, so that there is a hole after the wire goes through, where the bolt half fits; this makes it easier to glue with CA gel and it looks better too; I did not drill the holes prior to inserting the wire, only those few where the wire wouldn't go through. Regarding Martin's suggestion, that is not possible because the tracks are not reversible, one of them will face outwards
10. October, 19:14
Martin Oostrom Oh, that's too bad. Mine had a left/right bag of links.
10. October, 21:31
Olivier Impressive ! I really like the way you treated the inside (engine, seat...).
15. October, 11:54
Ricardo Reis Thank you - still some details to add, but it's almost there!
15. October, 12:01
Ricardo Reis Tracks have been applied today, finishing off some oil applications and then I'll move to the base and figure painting & weathering