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Martin o added a new project.
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1:72 F-14A Tomcat (Hasegawa 00544)1:72 F-14D Tomcat (Great Wall Hobby L7203)5+
8. March 2019 at 09:42:47 Share
Melchior Heavy maintenance! I'm in!
8. March 2019 at 10:17:44
Martin o Welcome!
8. March 2019 at 10:20:07
Pierre Wanna see where that project leads!
8. March 2019 at 10:26:15
Martin o Welcome Pierre! Me too!
8. March 2019 at 10:40:19
Calvin Gifford Good luck! That album image looks like the hulk of a bird VF-154 gave to the USS Kitty Hawk when she arrived for ABE training! :-D
14. December 2019 at 05:37:16
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Patrick Hagelstein I can totally understand your remarks on panel lines and rivets and see that a high gloss CAG bird doesn't need that particular level of detail. It's a different thing when going for a grimey beat up line bird; that's when all those details add up to the weathering and mottled look. Still, looking at this particular build: WOW!!! Just WOW! Really well done!
27. October 2019 at 17:45:00
Martin o thank you!
27. October 2019 at 17:57:43
27. October 2019 at 18:11:11
Oleg Bogolei Looks fantastic!
27. October 2019 at 19:34:27
Oleg Smilyk Looks very nice!Well done!
28. October 2019 at 17:49:03
Martin o thanks Olegs :)
28. October 2019 at 23:18:28
Holger Kranich Oh these beautiful lines! Well done Martin!
29. October 2019 at 08:26:23
Calvin Gifford Very nice looking Tomcat! Only one thing - VF-154 never flew the F-14D Supers. But if they had it would have looked just like your build! ;)
14. December 2019 at 05:33:16
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December 11, 2019

Martin o
That was quick..
1:72 F-14A Tomcat (Great Wall Hobby L7206)
F-14A Tomcat
Great Wall Hobby 1:72
2019 | Changed parts
5. November 2019 at 09:16:59 Share
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Patrick Hagelstein Today I received the kit! Not only did G.W.H. cut out the wrong vertical stabilizers (I can live with that, as my build had the scab plates retrofitted anyway) but also cut out the P&W engine (rounded) shrouds!!! :o The shrouds in this kit are the carbon fibre GE-110 (square) shrouds for the -B and -D..... Why go through ALL the hassle of cutting out those parts (I certainly think it's more labor intensive hence more expensive to cut the parts out than to leave 3 grams of plastic in the box) and ending up with an 'unbuildable' kit? WHY???..... :o

The AIM-54As look cool though... ;)
27. November 2019 at 22:05:31
Patrick Hagelstein Otherwise I'm just totally flabbergasted by the insane level of detail now that I'm holding it part for part next to FineMolds offering.... :o The Hasegawa and Fujimi Tomcats are great kits coming from the late '80s. The FineMolds Tomcat blows those completely out of the water! Then comes G.W.H. with even more refined details and just those rivets and little thingies one would only see up close next to a real Tomcat. I have to come up with a solution for those missing parts but this is definitely the Tomcat I'm gonna build up as a detailed representation.
28. November 2019 at 00:41:01
Simon Zhang they are starting to send replacement parts in China
28. November 2019 at 02:05:39
Patrick Hagelstein Is there a way to contact G.W.H. from outside China then?
28. November 2019 at 03:09:01
Simon Zhang All I can find is an email address:
29. November 2019 at 01:09:02
Patrick Hagelstein Great! I'll give it a try!
29. November 2019 at 05:31:43
Patrick Hagelstein Well... Sent an email to Simon's address but heard nothing back.......
11. December 2019 at 20:46:59
Pierre So they basically cut the wrong sprues at the factory... Will be interesting to see whether there is any support for western customers.
11. December 2019 at 22:05:25
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December 6, 2019

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1:700 SMS Magdeburg (1911) (Armo 700-24)
SMS Magdeburg (1911) Imperial German Navy
Armo 1:700
2018 | New tool
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1:700 Courbet/France/Jean Bart/Paris (Armo 700-26)
Courbet/France/Jean Bart/Paris French Navy
Armo 1:700
2018 | New tool
6. December 2019 at 13:42:00 Share
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1:700 Friant (1899) (Armo 700-28)
Friant (1899) French Navy
Armo 1:700
2018 | New tool
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December 2, 2019

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November 25, 2019

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Updated: November 18, 2019
Project: 2x F-14A VF-1
1:72 Grumman F-14A Tomcat (FineMolds FP-30)1:72 F-14A early version - nose tip & Angle Of Attack probe (Master AM-72-034)1:72 Grumman F-14A Tomcat (Eduard 73650)
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Pierre I do not have a huge experience so I might just be talking out of my hat, but from a quick look at your last tomcat I'd say the main issue is some of your coats were laid down a bit too thick. It might be easier in the long run to find the sweet thinner ratio/pressure spot with your airbrush for proper atomisation/coverage and very thin coats than having to do heavy sanding to reach a satin smooth aspect (that and those panel lines will be more consistent).
Plasmo's videos and other youtubers where you can actually see the paint behaviour when they're spraying were a very useful help for me.
18. November 2019 at 13:52:36
Martin o haha yes, I suspected that as well. a lot to learn. after all, only been working with airbrush for a few years. the sanding and polishing is a good backup for when my painting won't cut it.
18. November 2019 at 15:10:15
Patrick Hagelstein I was reading the whole conversation to learn that you're not going for a black Tomcat but just have it as a base for further painting up a Wolfpack Tomcat. I'll just tag along from here on. :)
18. November 2019 at 16:14:27
Pierre Scale-a-ton is another very useful and informative channel to watch for airbrush painting (and other tips of course).
18. November 2019 at 18:39:26
Patrick Hagelstein ScaleModelAircraft too!
18. November 2019 at 19:06:31
Martin o Thanks guys! I follow most of these and some others. gonna be worthwhile to revisit some basics before putting down that hi-viz coolness. I know i did manage some nice results before, I guess its just when something really important shows up, my skills get worse :)
18. November 2019 at 19:13:53
Martin o Hey guys, I have no pictures yet but I have to thank Pierre for his careful, diplomatic critique of my airbrush basics :)I started relearning the basics and while the white coat on the underside is still quite sub par, the FS16440 surface is just beautiful.
25. November 2019 at 09:31:59
Pierre Glad you're getting to the result you wanted!
25. November 2019 at 19:34:58
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1:72 Air Wing All-Stars Tomcats Part One (Furball Aero-Design 72-004)
Air Wing All-Stars Tomcats Part One
Furball Aero-Design 1:72
2015 | New tool
25. November 2019 at 13:06:47 Share

November 22, 2019

Martin o added a new photoalbum.
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Updated: November 18, 2019
Project: 2x F-14A VF-1
1:72 Grumman F-14A Tomcat (FineMolds FP-30)1:72 F-14A early version - nose tip & Angle Of Attack probe (Master AM-72-034)1:72 Grumman F-14A Tomcat (Eduard 73650)
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Patrick Hagelstein Yep, now I see what you mean. Where the Stars'n Bars is in the red band, there is a very fine white line. Good! On the outside though, where it is painted on the grey, it doesn't have that line. But maybe that's what I mentioned before, that everything has this fine white line surrounding it and that's where the printer comes into play. I just feel sorry that the printer couldn't live up to the quality he was supposed to deliver.
24. July 2019 at 14:34:21
Martin o Yes, I have to check my source data about the white lines around the roundel outside the stripes. At this point it is difficult to pinpoint exactly where the issues lie. I feel like this is a huge and fruitful lesson but I do not even want to think about the money lost.. The work will continue though!
24. July 2019 at 14:49:02
Martin o On the other hand, I firmly believe that, despite the mistakes we found, this is still better than what is available on the market. The entire squadron is there on the sheet! Nobody has that in this scale :)
24. July 2019 at 14:51:39
Dominik Weitzer super work on the decals! looking good in my view.
love the F14.
24. July 2019 at 14:54:38
Martin o Thank you Dominik!
24. July 2019 at 18:48:00
Martin o Hello, I am gonna be printing another sheet and I am looking through the original sheets to see if maybe there is something I could reuse. What do you guys think of the last pics in this album (#12-15)? The screenprint technology obv makes the edges a little fuzzy but the modex numbers at the very least are quite usable, no?
18. November 2019 at 08:38:26
Patrick Hagelstein As you said, the edges are a bit fuzzy but the modex numbers are crisp.
18. November 2019 at 14:28:42
Spanjaard Nice job on those decals
22. November 2019 at 11:54:11
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November 20, 2019

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1:700 HMS Agincourt (FlyHawk Model FH1310)
HMS Agincourt
FlyHawk Model 1:700
2019 | New tool
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November 5, 2019

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1:72 F-14A Tomcat (Great Wall Hobby L7206)
F-14A Tomcat
Great Wall Hobby 1:72
2019 | Changed parts
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October 27, 2019

Martin o added a new photoalbum.
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Updated: October 22, 2019
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Patrick Hagelstein :D So, basically the gun vents and the refueling probe cover then? ;)
7. October 2019 at 13:42:03
Martin o yes, just that :) when they are inserted, they sink a little too much. I would maybe use something to put under them next time
7. October 2019 at 14:03:00
7. October 2019 at 14:17:31
Martin o The colors are on. some fixes still to do but varnish and decals are close now :)
14. October 2019 at 08:07:30
Patrick Hagelstein That is some serious masking there, Martin.
14. October 2019 at 14:17:56
Martin o Not entirely happy with the wash so I am gonna try to take some of it off. Otherwise, the decals look nice and the cat stands on its own legs now :)
22. October 2019 at 07:57:54
Patrick Hagelstein Other than that, it's coming along really well!
22. October 2019 at 13:32:34
Martin o This build is concluded! Pictures here! Complete | Album by mnn (1:72) thanks everyone for following, ecouragement and help!
27. October 2019 at 11:14:45
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October 10, 2019

Martin o
hey, any of you guys know anything about this jet or rather, the paintscheme? It looks crazy cool and I want to build it! but apart from modex 104 and that it is an alpha, I could not find anything..
10. October 2019 at 15:03:16 Share
Patrick Hagelstein The Dark Side keeps lurking.........
10. October 2019 at 18:25:42
Maciej Bellos Could be one from VF-1 aboard USS Kitty Hawk in 1983:

10. October 2019 at 19:59:16
Martin o YES, THANK YOU MACIEJ! it is VF-1 alpha BuNo 161290, NE 104, 1983. you pointed me in the correct direction and in a Britmodeller thread, I found more pics :)
10. October 2019 at 21:01:45
Maciej Bellos Those are great pics Martin! It's my turn to say thanks! That's one of those nice Tomcats one must build. If you ever build it I'll take front row center. It looked like a Ferris cat, so that was my first thought, and boy I was surprised to find decals, albeit for NE100. You completed the search Martin!
10. October 2019 at 21:37:31
Roland Revolvermann I just wanted to write that too :D
Found the 105 (161292) in „F-14 Legends of warfare" book (page 32). It's the same Heater-Ferris scheme...Thx for the Link
10. October 2019 at 21:40:13
Patrick Hagelstein Way cool!!! :o
10. October 2019 at 22:40:43
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October 9, 2019

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Updated: October 8, 2019
Project: SMS Lutzow
1:700 SMS Lutzow 1916 (FlyHawk Model FH1301S)1:700 German 8,8cm (3,4 in) SK L/45, FLAK L/45 (Master SM-700-055)1:700 German 30,5cm (12 in) SK L/50 (Master SM-700-053)1+
8. October 2019 at 10:01:37 Share
Martin o I was really curious about how those metal barrels work so I went ahead and installed them. Quite a bit of work but not as bad as I expected. The Flyhawk kit is incredible, I keep looking into the box every day :)
8. October 2019 at 10:04:26
Slavo Hazucha Nice, particularly the casemate battery gets a massive boost in scale detail! Poor Lützow took quite a beating, are you by chance going for a Jutland dio?
8. October 2019 at 10:29:14
Martin o Not a dio specifically but I will definitely try and complete the I. Aufklarungsgruppe, just waiting for the kits to be made :) As for Lutzow, the kit even includes the destroyer which was used by Hipper to switch ships mid battle so they will be side by side but no water base is planned..
8. October 2019 at 10:35:34
Dave Flitton Watching!!!
8. October 2019 at 11:55:41
Slavo Hazucha So I guess the Lützow will not be depicted in the state when the exchange happened ;)
8. October 2019 at 12:09:55
Martin o haha I would not have the heart for that Slavo :) I am still recovering from cutting into the Hasegawa Tomcat :)
8. October 2019 at 12:11:17
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9. October 2019 at 11:02:16
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1:72 Su-25 Frogfoot (Clear Prop! 72017)
Su-25 Frogfoot
Clear Prop! 1:72
2020* | New tool
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October 7, 2019

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1:35 Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.J Late Production/ Pz.Beob.Wg.IV Ausf.J (Rye Field Model RM-5033)
Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.J Late Production/ Pz.Beob.Wg.IV Ausf.J 2 in 1
Rye Field Model 1:35
2019 | New tool
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October 1, 2019

Martin o added a new photoalbum.
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Updated: September 3, 2019
3. September 2019 at 15:17:50 Share
Martin o As you might have noticed, the picture in the project is not really a delta. It is a late alpha tomcat camo scheme on an F-14B. Because I do not like the default VF-2 options in the GWH kit, I'd like to ask if anyone here on scalemates has decals for F-14D from the VF-213 squadron, specifically the jets in the album. I am willing to pay for those or send the original sheet in the GWH kit in return (or some options from the hasegwa kit). If I am unable to get the VF-213 decals, I will just make it in the "what if" VF-154 hi viz colors :I thanks for any help
3. September 2019 at 15:22:44
Patrick Hagelstein Grumman F-14D Tomcat (Hasegawa 00811, 1:72)
Martin, do you mean these kind of markings? I don't have that specific kit, just wanted to check, so other mates could chime in.

1:72 Grumman F-14D Tomcat (Hasegawa 00811)
3. September 2019 at 15:41:27
Martin o yes, the kits are somewhere out there. could not even find those for sale. guess its gonna be a black knight.. too bad, the livery is quite common in the other scales. I have it in stash for 144 and for 48 I guess everybody else has too :)
3. September 2019 at 16:23:50
Pierre Heh, the exact scheme I'm planning to do with this new GWH kit, using this decal sheet: F-14B & D Tomcat Decal #2 (Modelkasten DC-6, 1:72)

They're still available over at HLJ. Obviously I haven't used them yet so I don't know how good they are, but the sheet looks very sharp and the film quite thin. Edit: The only issue I noticed is one red Beware of Brast stencil (which might be a joke, because the other of the pair is correct ;))

1:72 F-14B & D Tomcat Decal #2 (Modelkasten DC-6)
3. September 2019 at 16:29:15
Pierre Also, I think AJ213 164602 was a Delta, not sure about the other plane you have pictured in your album.
3. September 2019 at 16:59:27
Patrick Hagelstein Huh... Never knew about that one... Good that I do know though! :)
3. September 2019 at 17:07:11
Martin o thanks for the info Pierre, I might get the sheet from HLJ but my wife confessed a dislike for the blacklion jets and wants me to do the knight. who am i to argue right
3. September 2019 at 17:44:47
Patrick Hagelstein So true Martin.... I feel the need, the need for..... BKR!!!
3. September 2019 at 18:04:13
Martin o In the end I will go on building the what-if Black Knight, NF100 decals on 16440 HiViz paint on a white base to make the plane bright. It is very much in progress, I will post some pics in the evening.

ALSO: I have finally found the main flaw of the GWH kit. The person building it :) Mostly it's me messing up the build as opposed to the incredible kit. It is really better than Finemolds.. Fingers crossed for an Alpha
1. October 2019 at 12:16:37
Patrick Hagelstein I'm with you on that Alfa! The initial sprue shot on showed Bombcat parts already, so there should be more to come.
1. October 2019 at 12:42:00
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September 26, 2019

Martin o added a new project.
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1:700 Fuso (Fujimi 43115)1:700 IJN 15,5cm/60 (6.1in) 3rd Year Type barrels (Master SM-700-006)1:700 IJN 36cm/45 (14in) Vickers and 41st Year Types barrels (Master SM-700-009)
26. September 2019 at 08:35:11 Share
Martin o added a new project.
Albums: 1 with 4 images
In progress
1:700 SMS Lutzow 1916 (FlyHawk Model FH1301S)1:700 German 8,8cm (3,4 in) SK L/45, FLAK L/45 (Master SM-700-055)2+
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September 18, 2019

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1:72 F-14D Tomcat (Great Wall Hobby L7203)
F-14D Tomcat
Great Wall Hobby 1:72
2019 | New tool
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Patrick Hagelstein Please tell us what you feel right now! :D Is it living up to your expectations? ;)
3. September 2019 at 18:58:04
Martin o yes, do tell! i am waiting for my hobbyboss kit to arrive for my review gwh vs hobbyboss vs finemolds
3. September 2019 at 20:56:01
Maciej Bellos Following!
4. September 2019 at 03:27:04
Federico Burchianti It's a very impressive kit, it's more similar to a 1/48 with all the parts and complexity than to a 1/72. I have taken all the sprue and compare it to my Fine Molds F-14 (early A model). Both seem so well done that's difficult to say which one is superior (if one is superior to the other); there are many small differences and probably just assembling them I can have an exhaustive opinion. That said, I have excited to have such great models of my favorite aircraft; they have raised the level above even to Hasegawa and Fujimi (the -A model isn't bad at all) kits. Just a final note: the Greatwall F-14D has a completed set of missile (so yes, even the Sidewinders are in the box) but no air-to-ground armament or pods and, if you like to do a "flying" model as I like, you have to add the pilots.
7. September 2019 at 19:17:59
Patrick Hagelstein The weird thing is that really early hat a sprue overview with BRUs and LANTIRN pods included. Hopefully a Bombcat is not too long out as I intend to build mine as a late F-14A with TERs mounted on the BRUs.
7. September 2019 at 23:57:58
Federico Burchianti think I will do it 'out the box' as VF-2 CAG, armed with all air-to-air missiles. As I havè at least other 4 Tomcats on the stash, including a Hasegawa F-14D with both pods, I like the idea to use this one to make the F-14 at the apex of the career as fighter (-D version, mid '90s).

8. September 2019 at 07:21:10
Martin o Hello, my final review can be found here:
18. September 2019 at 12:17:55
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1:72 F-14D Tomcat (Great Wall Hobby L7203)
F-14D Tomcat
Great Wall Hobby 1:72
2019 | New tool
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Martin o Finally done, comments welcome!
18. September 2019 at 09:11:33
Holger Kranich Really a nice comparison! Thx!
18. September 2019 at 09:23:01
Martin o You're welcome Holger
18. September 2019 at 12:17:05
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1:72 F-14A Tomcat (HobbyBoss 80276)
F-14A Tomcat
HobbyBoss 1:72
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September 10, 2019

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1:700 Fuso (Fujimi 11379)
IJN Battleship
Fuso Photo-Etched Parts
Fujimi 1:700
11379 (113791)
2012 | New tool
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1:72 F-14A Tomcat (HobbyBoss 80276)
F-14A Tomcat
HobbyBoss 1:72
2011 | New tool
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1:700 SMS Lutzow 1916 (FlyHawk Model FH1301S)
SMS Lutzow 1916 Limited Edition
FlyHawk Model 1:700
2014 | Changed parts
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September 3, 2019

Martin o added a new project.
Albums: 3 with 52 images
1:72 F-14D Tomcat (Great Wall Hobby L7203)
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September 2, 2019

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Martin o I finally managed to spray the hangar. With the basic details on the deck complete, I will be able to finally put the two pieces together and seal the deal with the elevator. Looking forward to starting with all the details, the kit looks pretty basic right now.
25. June 2018 at 08:20:08
Norbert Steffens Hi Martin,

great. I'm in...
25. June 2018 at 11:08:14
Martin o The deck is now on the hull. The details I am adding are mostly inaccurate, sadly. Gotta use up those PE parts. Putting the 1/700 crewmen on will be fun
8. July 2018 at 22:01:15
Martin o After going mad several times from gluing the railings, the LSO post, rigging and stern lights are the last details separating me from the last and most anticipated build part. The small crewmen. The tiny metal sailors are overjoyed about hopping aboard their ship soon.
19. July 2018 at 18:45:31
Martin o Casting the Trackers/Tracers. Depending on how they go I am thinking of replacing the Greyhounds entirely to have the scene more accurate.
15. June 2019 at 13:17:51
Martin o The casting wasn't looking well so I opted for the Greyhounds. I am slowly adding the tiny figures with the tower and the left side of the hull remaining. After that, its only the rigging.
2. September 2019 at 09:07:10
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August 28, 2019

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1:72 USN F-4J "Show Time 100" (Academy 12515)
USN F-4J "Show Time 100" MCP
Academy 1:72
2015 | New tool
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1:72 F-4J VMFA-232 (Academy 12556)
F-4J VMFA-232
Academy 1:72
2017 | Changed decals
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August 21, 2019

Martin o
Hello, I see there is a TF30 engine in the 1/48 F-111 HobbyBoss kit. Would someone be able to share detailed photos of the parts G4, G5, G11, G12, G13, and G14? That would help me a lot in schratchbuilding the engines on my Tomcat build as photos of the TF30 underside are impossible to find. Thanks in advance for any help. Martin
21. August 2019 at 10:45:48 Share
Martin o thanks Roland! Looking through all the F-111s in the group build, I managed to miss it anyway. These pictures should be very heplful.
21. August 2019 at 13:13:11
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August 12, 2019

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Martin o Progressing on the intakes and engines. one of the intakes will be very visible on account of the engine being out of the plane so I had to sand everything down to perfection. That took a lot of time. Also perfection was not achieved. But I will move on. I changed the engine exhausts for the aires parts. They are lacking detail but the shape seems more accurate. I am working concurrently on finishing the panel bays and the intake ramp mechanisms so that the two fuselage parts can finally be glued together but there is a long road before that still.
29. July 2019 at 10:54:18
Martin o Working on the access panel bays. Soon I will be able to start filling them up with sweet sweet details. Tried to put the wings on to see the general scale. I will not use the hasegawa wings though. The GWH kit should arrive this week so I'm gonna use the wings from there.
12. August 2019 at 12:25:38
12. August 2019 at 12:54:34
Maciej Bellos Sorry, sorry, I missed this!
12. August 2019 at 13:13:13
Patrick Hagelstein I love the GWH kit! I even think it's better than the FineMolds one and that was awesome already! Can't wait to start mine after some other stuff on my table.
12. August 2019 at 14:01:41
Martin o welcome new faces! I am planning to review the kit, loot the wings and drop the box back to the stash lol. serves them right for first making a delta. There is a big commercial opportunity the model companies are missing imo. If they made a kit depicting the first prototypes, everyone would have to buy seven kits each. I know I would :)
12. August 2019 at 17:56:26
12. August 2019 at 17:57:28
Cuajete Nice job so far. Interesting...
12. August 2019 at 18:41:06
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July 22, 2019

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July 16, 2019

Martin o now follows Kerry Cox
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June 28, 2019

Martin o
seems the june release info was as accurate as the 2018 deadline.. :)
1:72 F-14D Tomcat (Great Wall Hobby L7203)
F-14D Tomcat
Great Wall Hobby 1:72
2019 | New tool
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June 18, 2019

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1:72 Grumman F-14A Tomcat (Eduard 73650)
Grumman F-14A Tomcat FineMolds
Eduard 1:72
2019 | Changed parts
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1:72 Grumman F-14A Tomcat (Eduard 73650)
Grumman F-14A Tomcat FineMolds
Eduard 1:72
2019 | Changed parts
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1:72 F-14A Tomcat (Eduard 73234)
F-14A Tomcat for Hasegawa
Eduard 1:72
2005 | New tool
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Project: CVN-65
1:720 Nuclear Carrier USS Enterprise (Revell 05046)
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June 13, 2019

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Project: 2x Stračena
1:144 MiG-21MF (Eduard 4434)
12. June 2019 at 21:44:06 Share
C. B. Nice little ones :) excellent camo.
12. June 2019 at 21:57:26
Martin o thank you
13. June 2019 at 06:06:14
Chris Greathouse These tiny scale builds blow me away! Well done, they look great!
13. June 2019 at 06:11:20
Martin o Thanks Chris. Currently casting 1/700 Trackers/Traders for my carrier so more tiny scale coming soon :)
13. June 2019 at 07:08:58
Neuling Small and beautiful!
13. June 2019 at 13:27:04
Martin o Thanks!
13. June 2019 at 13:46:07
Greg Baker Yeah, very nice work. It's not easy to get such great results from 1/144 scale. You might consider giving the panel lines a bit of a wash. Maybe not 100% accurate for the scale, but I find it draws out the colours that are otherwise hard to see at this scale. Just a thought.
13. June 2019 at 14:05:15
Martin o Thanks Greg. I did two layers of wash actually. it is more pronounced somewhere and less elsewhere. In the end I decided it looks fine. cleaning the excess wash was causing a lot of damage so I did not want to risk another go :)
13. June 2019 at 18:08:58
Greg Baker You know, now that I look at it a bit more closely, I can see it. It's just the reflection off the light that makes it seem shinier than it is. I know exactly what you mean though... some parts more pronounced than other. That happens to me all the time. Great work though, I love 1/144 builds.
13. June 2019 at 21:53:42
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1:72 Grumman F-14A Tomcat (FineMolds FP-30)
U.S. Navy
Grumman F-14A Tomcat
FineMolds 1:72
2017 | Changed parts
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25. July 2018 at 06:27:36 Share
Patrick Hagelstein Hi Martin, I just read your review again. One thing I noticed is that you commented on the Fujimi airbrake protruding. That's actually correct and not many manufacturers get this detail right.
12. June 2019 at 14:58:20
Martin o So you think it should not be sanded and rescribed? Interesting. Gotta check with the pictures
13. June 2019 at 07:14:18
Holger Kranich Real nice comparison of the 4 kits. You really pointed out the pro´s and con´s. Glad to have the Fujimi and Hasegawa at home. But now i need the Fine Molds one. And lets see what Great Wall Hobby offers us in the next time. GWH seems to be a great deal. Will you expand your comparison with the GWH kit?

Cheers Holger :)
13. June 2019 at 08:22:29
Martin o Thank you, Holger! I am definitely planning on expanding this not only with the new GWH which I will try to get ASAP but also the old Hobbyboss and upcoming Academy.
13. June 2019 at 11:19:52
Holger Kranich Yeah, cool to hear that! :D
And btw, it was a great relief for me, that you share the opinion that the Hasegawa canopy looks ... weird, at least. Now i know that i am not alone. ;)
13. June 2019 at 11:26:37
Martin o Yes it is a cause of great anxiety for me as I am otherwise heavily biased for the Hasegawa F-14
13. June 2019 at 11:28:21
Holger Kranich Oh i can imagine! I like the Hasegawa kit very much and have figured out that the Revell canopy fits quite good. A little sanding here and there...
13. June 2019 at 11:40:09
Martin o Ah yes, the canopy is the only good thing about the Revell kit :)
13. June 2019 at 13:45:38
Patrick Hagelstein Why? What's wrong with a WWI era F-14?
13. June 2019 at 14:31:17
Patrick Hagelstein F-14A Combat Air Museum Topeka | Album by Hagel (1:72)
This is a picture I took a while ago. Not as pronounced as on other airframes but you can see the raised trailing edge of the airbrake. Beware, it's only on the top one and only at the back.
13. June 2019 at 14:44:30
Patrick Hagelstein Pictures 4 and 5...
13. June 2019 at 14:45:03
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June 12, 2019

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1:144 MiG-21MF (Eduard 4434)
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June 10, 2019

Martin o added a new photoalbum.
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Updated: June 10, 2019
10. June 2019 at 08:55:50 Share
gorbygould Nice job!
I assume you've left the swastika like that deliberately.
10. June 2019 at 13:57:16
Martin o thank you. yes, the cross is deliberate. I changed some other details too. like the paint scheme on the nose. hope it wont offend the historical accuracy crowd :)
10. June 2019 at 14:56:50
gorbygould I'm not interested in historical accuracy. In my books, a good looking model is a good model.
10. June 2019 at 15:08:31
Martin o yup, i see it the same way
10. June 2019 at 16:57:59
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25. March 2019 at 08:17:45 Share
Martin o Slowly progressing towards the paint. The metal underside is polished and while the surface is not exactly smooth, I will accept this state as the positive rivets are nicely visible.

On the other hand there is no surprise at the rivets being messed up where it will be most obvious - on the top. While washing off the carrier glue, I broke the rivets on one of the wings and now I am trying to salvage the situation using free lines. Sad but important lesson.

Whoever is planning to use the HGW rivets - they are beautiful and the carrier glue can be washed away with just a slow stream of water or a gentle touch of a finger. Do not use wet cloth like HGW tells you :)
3. June 2019 at 08:30:35
Martin o Was left home alone for the weekend, naturally all efforts were directed to gluing and painting pieces of plastic. i started out by some preshading. Tried that for the first time ever and sadly, there is no noticeable effect. Will try on black base next time. also I confused RLM 82 and 83 causing me to have two layers in some places. Making the positive rivets to appear was therefore more difficult in those areas.

The undercarriage was a bit of a nightmare to position and glue, as was the propeller spiral.

Only the rigging remains on the todo list. That and replacing the wing root gun barrels which were lost. Probably gonna order some brass tubes to use in their stead.
9. June 2019 at 20:20:03
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June 7, 2019

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1:48 TBD-1 'Devastator' (Great Wall Hobby L4807)
VT-8 AT Midway 1942 Douglas
TBD-1 'Devastator'
Great Wall Hobby 1:48
2012 | New tool
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May 24, 2019

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1:72 Sikorsky SH-3G Sea King (Cyber Hobby 5113)
Sikorsky SH-3G Sea King USN utility transporter
Cyber Hobby 1:72
2013 | Changed decals
24. May 2019 at 09:18:19 Share
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1:700 The West Wings 3 (Pit-Road S-13)
The West Wings 3
Pit-Road 1:700
24. May 2019 at 08:07:01 Share
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1:700 The West Wings 2 (Pit-Road S10)
The West Wings 2 F-86, F-104, E-1, S-2, PS-1 & AFV/Artillery of the JGSDF.
Pit-Road 1:700
1994 | New tool
24. May 2019 at 08:06:58 Share
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Uncovering the Grumman F-14 A/B/D Tomcat (Daco Products 3b)
Uncovering the Grumman F-14 A/B/D Tomcat
Uncovering the Nr. 3b
Danny Coremans
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Uncovering the Grumman F-14 A/B/D Tomcat (Daco Products 3b)
Uncovering the Grumman F-14 A/B/D Tomcat
Uncovering the Nr. 3b
Danny Coremans
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May 20, 2019

Martin o now follows F_IV
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May 10, 2019

Martin o added a new photoalbum.
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Updated: May 7, 2019
7. May 2019 at 20:04:46 Share
Ben M Fantastic!
8. May 2019 at 17:51:46
Łukasz Gliński Awesome work. I think we all salute your weathering skills
8. May 2019 at 19:26:38
Casey Beckett Wow - that bird is beat! Impressive work!
8. May 2019 at 19:33:54
Slavo Hazucha Very nice finish, holding true to the original. MiG-21's are just hillarious weathering objects :) Great job in 72-scale!
8. May 2019 at 20:07:03
Martin o Thank you gentlemen.
8. May 2019 at 22:00:28
10. May 2019 at 12:19:10
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1:700 USS Hancock CV-19 (Trumpeter 05737)
USS Hancock CV-19
Trumpeter 1:700
2005 | Changed ???
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May 8, 2019

Martin o added a new photoalbum.
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Martin o thank you Maciej
10. April 2019 at 08:06:37
Martin o I am mostly done with the colors. There is some parts that hardly look perfect but I did not want to push my luck and risking ripping off what I already have so this is the state I will work with. All is sealed under a glossy coat for practical reasons, the plane will now be sprayed with flat finish and glossy parts will be highlighted using a brush. As could be seen, only limited use of washes was necessary (mostly on the underside). I will try to make a stencil for the nose number as it would have to be weathered as well and I do not want to waste a decal on that.
10. April 2019 at 08:11:05
Slavo Hazucha This is most impressive, especially in 1:72! Do I get it right that you put on all color coats bottom-to-top, then sanded away through the layers to the desired level? What tools/grain etc... did you use - I need to do something roughly similar on a future build and this result is very convincing!
10. April 2019 at 09:56:59
Martin o Thank you Slavo. It went: paint-scratching-sanding-varnish to seal. That was repeated for each color separately (light faded blue, dark new blue, light faded brown, light faded green, dark new brown, dark new green). The sandpaper I used was a worn 400 grit and new 400 grit. 400Grit is a little rough though, using 600 and a little patience could be more time consuming for better results I think. Great restraint will be needed and prepare to be fixing disasters all the time :) (now that I think of it, I am not sure about the grit numbers, I will check later)
10. April 2019 at 10:07:46
Slavo Hazucha Thanks a lot, sounds like a few evenings spent in the cycle :) Good luck on the finishing steps!
10. April 2019 at 11:54:48
Martin o the masking tape is off! Happy with the surface reflectiveness now. next stop are the stencil decals, hope they do not mess it up too much
11. April 2019 at 12:48:52
Alec K Wow, impressive weathering .
12. April 2019 at 01:43:05
Martin o The MiG is finished. Pictures in a separate slbum here:
Complete | Album by mnn (1:72)
8. May 2019 at 16:44:28
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March 26, 2019

Martin o and Bryn Crandell are now mates.
26. March 2019 at 16:07:46 Share

March 25, 2019

Martin o owns this item
1:48 Fw 190D-9 (HGW Models 481002)
Fw 190D-9 Riveting Set
HGW Models 1:48
2009 | New tool
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March 13, 2019

Martin o added a new photoalbum.
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Project: Flying Circus
1:48 Albatros D.III (Eduard 8097)1:48 Albatros D.III (Eduard 8438)1:48 Viribus Unitis (Eduard 11124)2+
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Björn Svedberg Looking great!
27. December 2018 at 08:28:48
Roland Sachsenhofer Very very cool project and impressive modeling! I will follow for sure!
27. December 2018 at 09:57:44
Predrag Ivanovic Awesome build report, those Eduard albatros are great,and so colorful that you could buld another after another and never get boring. Great project.BTW i started one(Revell reboxing) too and have one in stash (profipack), i glued lower wing before fuselage paint,that was my dilema. As I can see you did the opposite
27. December 2018 at 12:12:24
James C Very impressive work!
27. December 2018 at 18:00:58
Martin o Thank you everyone!

Predrag - I have glued the wings before as you can see in previous pics. I had to remove them later.. it is one of the disasters I mentioned in the album. Reattaching will be difficult.

Also I got the VIRIBUS UNITIS limited edition kit for Christmas so two more OEFFAG planes will be joining my circus.

The OEFFAG kits are also newer with a lot more detail. They look incredible!
27. December 2018 at 19:01:43
Predrag Ivanovic Martin o.I didn't figure that, out i saw lower wings glued on D. III,and you are right, later pictures shows fuselage without wings.
One more question, do you intend to extend the main legs on Albatros D. V? I found that they are 3mm short.
27. December 2018 at 21:14:20
Martin o there are a lot of other intricacies on the Albatros build. I also did not install the guns trying to save them from assured destruction during painting only to find that adding them later is showing to be quite tricky. So cool to keep an eye on that too.

as for the gear struts.. I still have time to decide. I found a few dubious references and I will scratchbuild new struts using that. If I do not like the results, I will use OOB
27. December 2018 at 21:52:08
Martin o after a few attempts at different ways to rig the planes, I settled on a way to do it using hooks which looks very nice as opposed to the original way of curling the thread with superglue. I am not gonna fix the original results to kinda keep the learning process visible for everyone to see. Sadly the yellow Albatros will be the messy testing plane forever now. Hopefully the others that will follow will turn out much nicer thanks to the yellow Albatros sacrifice. I am gonna take some rest from rigging for a while though. Prepare myself mentally.
13. March 2019 at 11:56:44
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March 12, 2019

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Albums: 2 with 30 images
On hold
1:48 Fw 190D-9 (HGW Models 481002)1:48 Bodenplatte (Eduard 11125)
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Martin o added a new project.
Albums: 2 with 48 images
1:72 MiG-21MF Interceptor (Eduard 70141)1:72 MiG-21MF in Czechoslovak service (Eduard 2127)1+
29. May 2018 at 10:08:46 Share
Martin o Adding the huge MF box here. Gonna be three birds now apparently.. Also I started on the first one. Not much pictures though. I will try to fix that.
8. March 2019 at 09:49:35
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1:72 Grumman F-14 A/B "Tomcat" wheels set (Reskit RS72-0006)
Grumman F-14 A/B "Tomcat" wheels set
Reskit 1:72
2016 | New tool
8. March 2019 at 09:41:24 Share
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1:72 F-14 Alfa probe & Angle Of Attack probe (Master AM-72-007)
F-14 Alfa probe & Angle Of Attack probe
Master 1:72
200x | New tool
8. March 2019 at 09:41:09 Share

March 5, 2019

Martin o owns this item
1:72 MiG-21MF in Czechoslovak service (Eduard 2127)
MiG-21MF in Czechoslovak service Dual Combo Limited Edition
Eduard 1:72
2019 | Changed parts
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1:48 Bodenplatte (Eduard 11125)
Bodenplatte Fw 190D-9, Bf 109G-14/Bf 109G-14AS
Eduard 1:48
2018 | Changed parts
Multi topic
5. March 2019 at 16:00:26 Share

January 29, 2019

Martin o
Hello. Does anybody have experience with ordering from Uschi van der Rosten? I ordered and paid a month ago, got an automated confirmation and then nothing. I inquired about my order on all the contacts they have on the site but no reply. Are they having an extended holiday?
29. January 2019 at 10:41:56 Share
Wim van der Luijt I'm having the exact same problem right now. Posted on Alex's (Uschi's) facebook too and still no response. Very strange as I have ordered from him before with no trouble what so ever.
29. January 2019 at 11:13:27
Martin o I just got an email few minutes before. They are having problems with German Post and it is taking them too long to process orders. They offered to return money but I have no problem with giving them more time now that I know.
29. January 2019 at 13:01:57
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