Just caught up with this one. The YF-23 is one of my favourite modern jets, and I so much wanted it to win the ATF competition. Oh well...in any case, the paint work you've done on the exhaust tiles is exquisite. You've really captured that look.
@Otto - I will use a metal rod & a wood base to have some weight at ground level - it´s quite a big model & I found this method working rather fine for me.
@Black Baron - deepened the lines a bit with a carving needle & then went through with a JLC razor-saw. the small angles were carefully cut through with a hobby knife
@Bill - in terms of shape innovation it keeps up even with the "6th-gen" concepts coming up now in the 2020´s... thanks - I went along the excellent sources from:
I´m sure you´d manage the same in 72-scale😉
Is this project on hold?
Hopefully it is just a video game that has stolen Slavo away.
Awesome stuff Slavo. I know that canopy isn't what you planned but the clarity and shine on the pre-dipped plastic is astounding. What treatment did you give it please. 👍
April 30, 2021
😄 Nice work. Huge sub! No build pictures? That must have taken a couple MRP bottles of paint. What airbrush did you use? It seems this "You paint it. I only want to build stuff" is normal at that age as it's the same thing with my son, who I've been trying to get in this hobby for a couple of years.
Thanks Clifford! - surely was "something else" 🙂
@Black Baron - nothing really interesting to report during the build... the ol´lady sports a rather good fit, actually excellent given the size and my usual cockpit tends to have more parts than this whole kit... 😄 project was in the "painting phase" before I managed to pull out a camera....
Precisely 2/3 of MRP black went on it, over a dark grey prime-coat in a somewhat cloudy pattern. Thought I´d need more, franky...
+ In my experience with the kids it´s really about catching the "window of interest" for a subject - then things go +/- smoothly...
Interesting comment re the kids. I think with younger kids it's more about the destination rather than the journey. As they get older the journey has some points of interest they look forward to. And really big kids only care about how many extra parts you can fit in a cockpit!
That Sub Brief YouTube channel looks intriguing - I hadn't seen it before. I'll poke around at a few videos. Thx.
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Jos, anybody can create such event (like you can create an event for your local club, for example). Just neede to go to events, and create one
Slavo, this album let me sitting here completely speechless. Astonishing
Your work is always amazing Slavo.
Great dialogue Slavo, your vignettes on the builds will inspire others!
Cheers mates - this project is a bit on hold for the 5th-gen build F-23, but every day I feel the mojo coming back to do some works on the MiG´s 🙂
While the F-23 is mostly a paint-job, this is an intricate project with a lot of planned detail-upgrades & co... Thanks for all praise & motivation!
@Jens - the AMK is objectively clearly a better kit, yet in some aspects the HB does better - stay tuned for further comparisons... what I do not do is comparing the actual measures in 48-scale - not my stage to add/substract a mm here/there on a wing/elevator etc... 🙂
Now for the MiG-21 GB - I hope it comes to life, got one on the shelf and a clear plan what to make out of it... Whoever gets to the MiG-21 first on his next project should start it 👍
January 24, 2021
Thank you - so you apply the oil dots, wait an hour or more for them to dry, then start the removal process. Let it dry more, the next day do more removal. I always let oils dry for a week or so after I use them for weathering, they do take quite a while to fully dry.
That's some great advice on using oils Slavo 👍
Just can't get enough of this beauty.... Thanks for upping it Guillaume 👍
I just about spit my coffee all over my computer screen... fanTAStic!
I'm speechless sir.
January 20, 2021
Really nice Slavo!!
Congrats to this beautiful rollout 👍!
a w e s o m e !!!
Wow Slavo.. just awsome m8
Did I mention this is one of your better builds ?! Amazing Slavo...you're a true modeling master mate 👍.
Thanks Christian, Maciej, Patrick, Konrad, Dominik, Augie & Jos!
@Christian - sorry to be so late - very happy to be called "likely minded" by the maker of such formidable big-scale machines and some very cool loking shaded finishes😉
@Maciej - a Block 52+ F-16 is very tempting indeed - I have a soft spot for 4th-gen modernizations which change the original´s shape and create "ugly ducklings" like this or the MiG-29 SMP...
@Jos - bud, I´m just a careful follower & interpreter of what I see the "big one´s" do😉 But this model was so far my happiest start-to-finish run, always bringing a smile to my face...
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I admire the finish on the exhaust! The 3 gray splinter camo looks so nice.
You sure did hit a home run with this one. OUTSTANDING!!!!!!!
Thanks ZHOU Kun, Björn, Mateusz, Clifford and Giuseppe!
Björn the Kinetic F-18 kit, with a lot of version-based & double parts is a great base for such works - it featured 2 set of main gear legs, making the retracting position easier to set-up with sawing & re-connecting the legs.
Mateusz - I spent a lot of time brooding over photos in different lights & angles to get the dark color right. Make it too grey or too blue and it just kills the appearance - suggestions from instructions were obviously wrong, I mixed various combinations of greys & blues and checked them in various light conditions before arriving at a tone I liked 🙂
That is absolutely fantastic! Photo 20, what a stunning job on that metal work! Congratulations on this perfect result!
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fantastic one, from start to finish...
Joyeux anniversaire Slavo, et c'est toujours un plaisirs de regarder tes réalisations
Thanks Bart - if you do want to do yourself a favor, get a recent GWH kit...
Merci Antoine et j'espère que je ne décevrai pas à l'avenir😢
Aha, tu maîtrises même la langue française
I feel like a TV show I'm addicted to has aired its' last episode. Bravo! Will be watching for the next riveting series by Slavo.😉
July 24, 2020
LOL! Good come back!
it looks amazing
more metal to work with...delicious!
Thanks Tim, Spanjaard & Andy - an old build really, I hardly had any tools or colors at that time (old were long gone, new not yet purchased 🙂 ), so its really very OOB with a bit of washing & few touches here & there... Nothing is airbrushed here, most colors left as they came in the box, as is the metal - it´s the original silver and chromed plastic from the box with some basic surface treatment...
a master at work, can do great things, even with simple tools😉
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That's a big kit and it will be awesome from Mr SuperbMetal 🙂
Mathieu thanks & already done! 👍
Hanno, Tim & Maciej - this will be an exercise in self-restrain... the movie plane barely displays any wear at all, being clearly looked-after for by a loving crew... 😄
Very far from the Russian service- and weather-beaten gear...
From the what it's worth dept. Most of the guys with a specialty paint job, and some without, would wipe down their plane with airplane fuel to keep them looking good. That started in WW2.
The R.A.A.F. discovered that polishing the Spitfire could increse air speed by five miles.
It doesn't sound much but every bit counts.
The paint oxidation was very rapid in the tropics.
Clive Caldwell even went as far as having one of his Mk. Y Spitfires stripped to bare metal being the C.O.
It was soon returned to camoflauge with the directive from higher up.
I'm sure Clive wouldn't have minded the extra attention being our top ace
Slavo goes to real planes...count me in👍
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a work of art... stunning. what an exquisite minute detail work and paint is out of this world
Just noticed that I haven't left a comment in the guest book: a masterwork and a piece of art. Looks absolutely like the original!
It is fantastic!
Great model building! Loved the WIP album too! I only think the model deserves better pictures (white clean background, not the black wrinkly one you have)! Fantastic, thank you for sharing and inspiration! 👍
Thanks Alec, Dominik, Patrick, Spanjaard, Bernhard, Rain & Ricardo! Sorry I forgot to check this older thread for some time...
Ricardo you are right, I need to up-rate my photo setup - maybe with the next one... or the one after that... 🙂