Hope you like it!
Weapons: AIM120C MRAAM / GBU-10 Paveway II
Aftermarket: Eduard PE set (49864) (Interior & cockpit)
Eduard PE set (FE865) (Seatbelts)
DN Models – Mask set ((48/827) (RAM Panel mask)
Decals: AFV Club 1/48 RF5-S Tigereye
I had the honour once again to participate as a judge in the 14th Annual National Aeronautical Engineering Competition in Singapore, supported this year by the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) to celebrate their 50th year. My contribution to the ‘Judges Table’ was a representation of a RSAF F35A in the guise of a 141 Squadron aircraft. Although signatories to the F35 program, Singapore has not yet ordered this aircraft, hence the reference to 2044 and the 75th Anniversary of the RSAF. Using the new Meng kit as the basis and adding some aftermarket photo-etch and a GBU-10 from the spares box, this was a fun build.
The model was presented to LTC Giam Tan, who as Head of RSAF Recruitment was present to award the winners of the RSAF Best Model in each category. It will now be displayed at the RSAF Recruitment Centre.
The model is entirely scratch-built, using (scaled-up 1:72nd) plans published in the book ‘British Experimental Jet Aircraft’ by Barrie Hygate. In addition, various other books, magazines, online articles and photographs were used for reference. I also paid visits to both of the preserved aircraft – WG777 at the RAF museum at Cosford and WG774 (in BAC 221 guise) at the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm museum in Yeovilton.
The model is constructed primarily from plastic card with the central fuselage being formed around a section of plastic water pipe. Aluminium sheet has been used for some of the components – e.g. nose cone, canopy & tail fin – and the model is ‘skinned’ in Lithographic plate (very thin aluminium sheet used in the printing trade), replicating the aircraft’s natural metal finish.
Various elements of the model operate. These include:
· The ‘drooping’ nose section (micro magnets lock it in the ‘up’ position);
· Moving control surfaces – ailerons (in opposition) and elevators (in unison);
· Wheels rotate, undercarriage legs extend when ‘unweighted’ and nosewheel steers;
· Canopy hinged.
The model won a gold at Scale Model World 2017, along with the IPMS Staffordshire Moorlands trophy for best scratch-built model – a very pleasing result, especially as this was my first scratch-build!
Hope you like,
This is my AZ Model Firefly Mk.1 in Ethiopian livery. It’s a horrendously bad fitting kit which calls for a lot of skill and elbow grease, but I did it.
In the kit there is a lot of absolutely beautiful resin from Aires (read: bad fit) and some very nice PE (photo etch) cockpit details.
Paints used are Gunze and Alclad2 Aqua Gloss and Klear Kote Matte. Decals are from the kit and are excellent.
This baby is not recommended for beginners!!!
Have a nice one!
This kit has an amazing quality and accuracy. I have spent approximately 100 hours to made it. I just send them to you to make them on-line. Hope you like them.
With Warm Regards
As I already had to mix these curious Japanese blue tones, which are described in the F-2A article elsewhere in the Readers Gallery, I started this Hasegawa 48th scale kit of the F-4EJ Kai in JASDF 8 Sqn service, which was rereleased recently.
Besides the Hasegawa kit I used True Details seats, the Wolfpack flaps and slats and Cobra afterburner cans. Otherwise I added the small stripes on the radar nose peculiar to the “Kai” version. The two anti-ship missiles came from the JASDF Weapons set from Hasegawa, whereas the decals are out of the box. And these decals were the only nightmare on this build, as they insisted on silvering. I rarely have such problems with decals in recent years. My system of having a Klear gloss surface and applying the decals also with Klear normally works easy and perfectly. Not so with these Hasegawa “bastards”. I overcame this after making endless small holes in each decal with a small needle and applying Microsoft Sol on each of them. That took several hours/days, but in the end saved the work invested so far.
I hope you like the result.
Maybe a F-2 two-seater or a T-4 will follow soon.
The paints used are Gunze and Alclad metals and coats.
Hope you like it!
The decals are from CAM pro.
Otherwise I did some weathering, added an exercise bomb disperser from a Hasegawa weapons set and a Sidewinder training round. The Sidewinder launch rails are from a Monogram F-4 kit, as they are a better representation of the real ones. Resin seats were also added.
Best wishes Jurgen J.
I love the Tamiya Phantom kits – still the only really decent kits in this scale, they aren’t perfect but they fit together better and are most accurate for variants covered.
Hope you be fine.
I am “Mehdi Nader”, a professional modeler who is living in Iran, Tehran.
I am one of your website’s fan. As the matter of fact, recently I’ve finished
a Revell 1:32 F-4F Phantom II WTD 61 “Flight Test” kit. Actually it took around 35 hours to be made.
I just wanted to share its pictures to you too .
Thanks & Regards, Mehdi Nader
This is yet another Revell F-4F Phantom in 1:72nd. This is my fifth model and is painted to represent aircraft F-4 IRIF (Islamic Republic of Iran). My opinion is the Iranian camouflage is one of the best colour schemes applied to any F-4. (What do you think?)
The ICE Phantom is a major upgrade for the F-4F, and finally gives the aircraft a BVR capability with its APG-65 radar and AIM-120 missiles.
Nice model of one of my favourite subjects, and I was very pleased with the results. Model was built in about 10 days in May and I built it with all restrictions.
In my country is lack of buying facility results in boycott. The boycott is unfair because that causes hurt to all people not to government. (Specially artists)
Mohammad Adl from IRAN 2013 Email address: email@example.com
The scene depicts an F-4 of VF-151 “Vigilantes” onboard USS Midway CV-41 circa 1979 about to be prepared – flighted etc, before being launched on a CAP mission.
Hope you like it?
Main decals were from the colourful F-4J Phantoms, very nice, more than could be said for the kit decals, they were dreadful, and I had to delve into my spares box, good old spares.
The armaments were Eduard but only the Sparrow and Sidewinders, I was going to use the Eduard kit on the bombs but the kit ones worked nicely. She was all painted using Tamiya paints.
Here is another of the stunning pieces by Hong Hwan Jang. Some incredible weathering on show here. Note the incredibly subtle airbrush work to get that authentic US Navy low-vis finish. Simply inspirational work. Thanks Hong Hwan.
This is the beautiful1/32nd scale Tamiya kit. It’s almost entirely from the box, the only exception being the Eduard cockpit set. Paints used were a mixture of Vallejo, Xtracryllics and Tamiya. The decals are from the kit and I had not seen them applied to a kit in any scale until I used them on mine.
I spent a long time on the base using mostly AMMO of Mig Jimenez, AK weathering products and you can also see other small accessories like leaves, grasses etc.
Glad you like it.
Aftermarket: Barracuda Studios resin wheels, Barracuda decals and cockpit stencils.
Painted with custom mixes of Tamiya acrylics. Weathered with oils and enamels.
James DiCesare (Dickerson)
It is a former Iranian Aircraft being delivered to South Vietnam still in its desert camouflage and used in these colours. The scheme was taken from the book “Fall of the Flying Dragon” from Harpia Publishing.
After all the work invested was honoured by a medal from the folks from IPMS Winnipeg at SMW 2012. Thanks!
Here is another of my recent Kinetic builds. This is the 1:48 F-5B in VNAF markings.
The mechanism to open/close the canopies were completely scratch built. A pair of resin ejection seats and photo etch mirrors were the only aftermarket parts I used.
The model was painted with Hataka paints from the orange lacquer based range over a black primer from Alclad.
Again the kit decals are very good and gave no problems at all.