Greg Baker I'll probably build the new one with the Shin pilot figure. I got this one as part of a lot of Area 88/Macross kits. I was after the 1/100 Takara kits and this one and the F-20 were just part of it. I am looking forward to Kim's Harrier though. I wonder what's next? I hope they keep going. I'd Like to at least see the F-104 and the A-4 before they're done... but we're in no man's land already. I didn't really expect more than the first 3-4, so these are bonus!
Mark Sheppard I wanted to make this a sacrificial bird for practice covering with foil as a bare metal "what-if" USMC version, but the thought of having to sand down the raised panel lines and re-scribe this beast is somewhat off-putting.
Vegard Øksenholt If you got a decent airbrush you can use Alclad Chrome with Honey Base Primer underneath. Or the new AK Xtreme Metal range. You can also use Xtreme Metal on tube with paint brushes, and polish it with a piece of cloth. A lot less hassle and I'm pretty sure both of these options will give you a better end result than foil
05. December 2016 at 02:02:03
Mark Sheppard Thanks, Vegard. I admit I'm more of a rattle can guy than an airbrush guy (space is an issue). I have seen a few interesting Alcad/Tremclad/Krylon offerings that could offer interesting finishes, too. The big reason I wanted the foil practice is for my 1/24 RCAF Mustang project. Real foil will look amazing on something that scale...hence the sacrificial model. Maybe my CF-104 Starfighter is a better choice?
05. December 2016 at 19:19:10
Vegard Øksenholt I admit I have little knowledge about foil, but I do know about easier ways to obtain the same result. But if you enjoy foiling then go for it That's the most important thing. If you're looking for an easier way without using airbrush you should look up AK True Metal All you need is a flat brush and a piece of cloth, and you won't need to remove all the raised details.
07. December 2016 at 21:47:21
Mark Sheppard Excellent. I wasn't familiar with AK, so there's something else to explore.
Ulf Petersen Great model, Danumurthi!
Very accurate. The shading is phantastic. Only the panel lines appear a little bit overdone to me.
07. January 2016 at 07:47:35
Sören Reifert Awesome work! The paintjob and the weathering are looking amazing!
07. January 2016 at 07:57:41
Łukasz Gliński Great build, maybe the wash is bit too dark as Ulf already mentioned, but it still looks v.well
07. January 2016 at 09:41:07
Danumurthi Mahendra Agree with the panel lines. its a bit too overwhelming. I should have done it with med/dark grey rather than black.
07. January 2016 at 12:22:20
Vladimir Kafka perhaps looks a bit too "cartoonish" with all the shading and dark wash, but in a good way. I like it. It looks like a kit which you would use to attract youngsters to modelling. It looks so badass with that sharkmouth and rockets on the sides etc.
Alltogether very crisp and clean. I love the yellow window outlines.
07. January 2016 at 12:37:27
Ulf Petersen Oh, yes! Black is an extreme choice for the panel lines washing. Grey would be a better idea indeed - next time!
Danumurthi Mahendra Vladimir and Ulf - Thanks. Would love to work on another one to to try a different approach and see how different it will be. By the way... I cheated...the yellow window lines are decals included in the kit. Very thin and percise.
Choppa Nutta Mmm, as for no silly questions, here's one-
What is the square root of a pork chop ?
29. August 2015 at 11:15:09
Christian Bruer Well Choppa this was not a silly question but somehow a question about Life, the Universe and everything. And everybody who read his hitchhiker's guide to the Galaxy should know it is 42
I rather think his point in that brilliant book was that questions like "Life, the Universe & Everything ?", "WHO !? made us ?" and "What is the square root of a pork chop ?" are the very definition of silly questions and that just because a sentence may be grammatically correct it does not mean it is coherent of which Douglas Adams was the master.
I think that the book was a wonderful philosophical treatise on sillyness juxtaposed by the underlying pragmatic metaphor which underpins the surreal disposition of life, the universe and everything, and I really do mean that.
Rex This kit is very much NOT the Esci tooling, it is the Heller, the way I had it originally linked. All Testors kits were NOT from Italeri, some were Hawk, some were Fujimi, and some were Heller (F-8 and T-28, for sure)
Dean - This project is mostly an experiment to see if I can pull off custom large area decals (among a few other thigns.) If successful, I hope to build a more accurate and detailed F-8E in the same scheme.
28. April 2015 at 14:03:39
Evan Dwyer Looks very interesting! Looking forward to your progress.
28. April 2015 at 17:21:20
Mike Grant Cool. Is this a colour scheme you've designed yourself?
28. April 2015 at 20:38:18
Dean - Hi, thanks, yes, it originally was done as a request for someone's character but then it kind of jumped the tracks and took a life of its own to be what you see in the picture. I'm not too sure how I'm going to pull off part of the decal (the area around the griffin's leg in particular) just yet. I have a couple of ideas but I kind of dread the masking job.
Dean - Older kit with a lot of rivets, as is typical of its time. It does have recessed panel lines, however. There are some minor sink marks and a lot of flash. Low detail in cockpit consists only of a seat, a pilot, and a molded console --no floor/tub or stick. One piece canopy that slopes too far back. Lower end of shape and detail accuracy.
Ivan Kuryakov Excellent model! I'm was impressed by cockpit details ))
15. April 2015 at 07:25:42
Hanno Kleinecke It Is quite relieving to know that this kind of mishaps occur even to the best ...... You patched it up perfectly !
15. April 2015 at 08:58:04
Roland Sachsenhofer Bill, thank you for the information to the canopy seals. This are good news... I am always slightly frustrated being not able to reproduce those seals- thanks to Acadamy for solving this difficulty the easy and practicable way!
These pictures of your F-8 Crusader are mouth watering...