I used Blu-Tac putty for masking the camouflage.
The kit is the one from AFV Club, which has just fantastic detail and is pure joy to construct. I can only fully recommend it.
The finish is with a decal set from HDL, who are always good for some exotic schemes and recently have concentrated on Iranian aircraft.
Colours are enamels from Xtracolor; a bit post-shading for subtle weathering was applied.
Painting was done using Vallejo Model Air acrylics with no shading or tinting. Future was used before decaling, and the kit decals (Cartograph) worked beautifully. I must have used too much Micro-Sol though because the Future layer was attacked and left looking quite cloudy and sorry for itself. A brush applied coat of Future sorted this out (luckily!) before a final coat of Model Air Flat varnish.
Weathering was carried out using the Filter method. Basically, “dirty” white spirit was brushed lightly over the entire model in thin coats to build up the affect. This toned down the paintwork and had the added effect of emphasising the panel lines. Exhaust staining was airbrushed on with a highly thinned Black/Brown acrylic mix.
This was a highly enjoyable kit to make, and coupled with the bright scheme makes an attractive model. I hope you think so too? Andy G.
Being myself, the aircraft is loaded with an Aires resin afterburner, resin air scoops (Quickboost), Master pitot tube, eduard sidewinders (which went a bit wrong), Aires resin ejector seat, eduard PE set and Aviprint decals.
VF-162 was embarked on USS Oriskany and with her A-4 Skyhawks undertook some of the most dangerous missions of the Vietnam air war. Regular missions to Haiphong and Hanoi took a steady toll of aircraft largely to AA and SAM missiles. The Commander of VF 162, Dick Bellinger, used this aircraft to down a Mig-21 in October 1966. In that year the carrier groups were running short of ordnance, so F-8 aircraft frequently launched with only two sidewinders rather than four. In the evening, helicopters would ferry sidewinders to carriers in the most need for the next day’s mission! The courage of the aviators on USS Oriskany can be read in the book ‘Bloody sixteen’ by Peter Fey
The figures are 3-D printed by Reedoak.
Hope you like it…
The diorama is in 1:48th scale using the Hasegawa F-8 boxing built out of box with pilot and deck crew coming from Hasegawa Deck Crew boxing. The flight deck was made from plastic card and strip and the deck tie-downs from White Ensign Models.
Hope you like it?
The markings came from Furball Aero Design decal sheet 4815 ‘Colors and Markings of US Navy Tomcats Part III’.
Extras used were:
• Quinta’s 3D decals
• Master Pitot tube
• eduard Brassin resin wheels
• eduard PE grill set
• ACMI pod from Bandit Factory.
For this kit I kept any weathering to a minimum as reference pictures showed this particular aircraft in quite a well kept condition. I kept the armament to a minimum with just an ACMI pod and 2 X AIM-9 Sidewinder drill rounds and no external fuel tanks or Phoenix pallets.
Decals from Furball (48021) I’m getting quite a nice collection of these !!
Glad you like it! Ian R.
Eduard Colour PE for the interior and seats
Brassin resin wheels
Decals from the kit – these were actually very good and surprised me as Tamiya decals have a reputation of being very thick and not settling well. I think they’ve finally got the message and sorted them !!
The helmets are the kit ones that have been drilled out to remove the head/O2 mask. Great kit – I just love them !!!
Info VF-1 DXM decals – performed very well
Phase Hanger early resin early gun vent and beaver tail – decent fit
Eduard Colour PE Interior and seat detail
Brassin Resin Wheels.
Typical Tamiya F-14 build – no issues – one of the best kits out there.
The markings came from Furball Aero Design decal sheet 4801 ‘Colors and Markings of US Navy Tomcats Part III’.
Extras used were:
• Quinta’s 3D decals
• Master Pitot tube
• eduard Brassin resin wheels
• eduard PE grill set.
For this kit I kept any weathering to an absolute minimum as these early F-14’s were generally kept in immaculate condition, especially when shore-based. I also omitted all armament including the wing glove pylons and external fuel tanks to show the sleek lines of the Tomcat.
F-14A Tomcat, VF-21 on board USS Constellation.
One of my favourite jet aircraft! The model is one of the Hasegawa boxings in 1:48th scale.
I used the Aires updates on cockpit and undercarriage bays.
The Flight deck I made from plastic card, the figures and deck equipment came from various sources, Verlinden, Kinetic and Hasegawa.
This model is the result of a somehow VERY long build – it took some 3 years from start to finish. And this model had a first life during these years.
My first try was for an anniversary scheme of the JASDF with some fairly old decals from Hasegawa with the Hasegawa kit; be aware of old decals from Hasegawa. I had to learn the hard way how they behave. They are disintegrating into something in between 50 to 1000 pieces! 50 pieces still can be handled, but a thousand pieces? That’s where I gave up.
The second try started with the Digital Flanker Decals from TwoBobs. Nice stuff in good quality. For this I sanded the whole model to get rid of the cracked decals and some paint.
Next step was to re-scribe the recessed lines wherever necessary.
The paint scheme involved some serious work for masking the whole thing, no guts – no glory.
The decals were pure fun this time and the whole thing was finished doing SOME weathering. Perhaps the weathering was still a little bit too much considering pictures of the real thing, but this last step of finishing a model is always the most enjoyable one!
By Dennis Deagle
I was inspired to build this kit because of observing the “combat” approaches made by the pilots returning from their daily patrol to Hickham AFB on the island of Oahu, Hawaii – whilst on one of our regular February escapes from the Edmonton winter. Then I saw the kit featuring the Hawaii ANG markings in a hobby shop over there. I didn’t buy it there because of a lack of luggage space but in fact ordered the kit at a lower price from Hannant’s. Go figure. It turned out that the HI ANG aircraft were repainted from the scheme depicted in the kit in 1994 or so, I am told, to a low visibility scheme. The last F-15A flown by the HI ANG is on display in the low vis scheme in the Pacific Air Museum on Ford Island at Pearl Harbour.
The HI ANG flies F-22’s since 2010 but I have not been fortunate to see any on approach or flying over the beaches – and I am not going to be there this year, sadly.
The build of the kit went smoothly enough and incorporates some aftermarket cockpit details such as colour etch and the ejection seat.
The finish is Model Master enamels – I was worried that there was so little distinction between the light and dark ghost greys but I see the contrast does show up on the photographs.
The jet nozzles, linkages, etc were finished following steps and the paints recommended on a Japanese video on the subject:
The markings are entirely the kit decals. The stencils were a bit of a chore to put on but the carrier film toughness worked to advantage.
The model took First Prize for 1:48 Multi Engined Jets at the Northern Wings Contest, a local show held in Edmonton in 2010.
I have to say that the kit was a bit of a pig to fit together but after filling and smoothing down the fuselage and nose joint the kit started to be a joy. The Eduard extra parts included the exhaust cans, ejector, seat and wheels. I decided to have this Eagle sitting on the ground with FOD covers to give the whole model a bit more colour and to provide another point of interest.
The front intake covers were again Eduard etch and the rear ones were scratched from a vinyl glove cut to size and stuck into place with cyano. The kit included Cartograf decals and enough stencils to make you go cross-eyed. After being choosy with the stencils I displayed this Eagle as 173rd Fighter Wing Oregon ANG based at Kingsley Field because the tail decals add a lot more colour. Paints were Xtracrylix but I only used these as a base and added colour and white to make a better shade to match the real aircraft. For the metallic areas, the exhaust cans and tailpipes I used Model Masters buffable metalizers. Once everything was weathered and bleached back I added Eduard’s new Fabric RBF tags.
Lastly, I decided to sit the model on a scratch built base to add more interest.
The quality is nowhere near what I usually see on the site, but with more experience and lots more patience hopefully I will reach the standards associated with your regular contributors.
With such a large scale, the decals are huge and I have yet to overcome the silvering problem. Build errors are also magnified at such a large scale.
You may notice some abnormalities, like a towing tug from an aircraft carrier and some fuel & oil drums, and jerry cans from WW2. With aftermarket kits almost impossible to get in South Africa, I have to troll the internet and import what I can, that is allowed to be shipped here. Import duties and taxes make it frightfully expensive and the exchange rate doesn’t help either.
Hope you all like it…
Hope you like it!
I am just getting back into the hobby after a 20 year break!
Unit: 346 Mira “Jason”, 110 PM
Serial: 122 (s/n.88-0122, c/n.2Y-12)
February 2010. The aircraft wore a special painting scheme in honour of 20th anniversary of 346 Mira.
Peri A .S.
Quick and easy build. It was a commission job. I did one tail art in 1:48. Someone loved it so requested to do it in 1:72
Colour scheme is from Pakistan Airforce C-130 award winner at RIAT 2016, I have also done that C-130 in 1:72 scale as well. Tail art is designed on computer then printed my own decals.
For paint Mr hobby Color 307 and 308 were used.
Enjoy the build…
This is my fourth model. We have limited equipment in my country; for example we haven`t any materials for weathering models. I made this model during about 15 days. I am still an amateur. This model is 1:48 scale. I made December in 2012. This model is with IDF (Israeli Defence Force) camouflage. We Don`t have any decal for IDF, but I tried painting some places.
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. (Especially artists)
Thank you. Mohammad Adl from Iran | email@example.com
I originally bought this kit years ago and had terrible problems with assembly of the intake which consists of four parts. Fit of these parts is not perfect and I had to use a lot of putty; filling and sanding seemed to be a never ending story so I put the kit aside. But the nice Dutch markings with a tiger on the tail challenged me to give it another try after a year or two. This time I used Milliput instead of standard Tamiya Putty to correct the intake. I sprayed the rear area of the intake with black, only the visible front area is white. This hid all the imperfections. I continued as usual an out-of-the-box build, only replacing the seats with Quickboost resin parts. The camouflage is airbrushed with Gunze Sangyo Hobby Color paints, the exhaust nozzle is sprayed with Alclad II paints.
In my opinion one of the best models that have been produced by Tamiya, the fit of the parts and the ease of build is amazing! Built straight out of the box with the exception of the squadron decals, the model features a highly detailed removable engine, removable and interchangeable weapons via Tamiya’s polycap system and an engine dolly (not shown in the photographs). The General Dynamics model was finished with Vallejo and Tamiya paints, Pro Modeller wash and “88 Superscale” 23rd Fighter Squadron, Spangdahlem decals.Although there are cheaper alternatives in this scale on the market, I would highly recommend this model, the detail that is included within the kit as standard is amazing. Hope you like my interpretation?
It was painted with MRP paints for the main colours and Alclad2 for the engine – various tones.
The Aires resin cockpit was used which is really nice but the instructions for installation are dreadful.
Weathering is done with various oil colours and Tamiya Accent Color.
Hope you like it!
I also replaced the decals from a Twobobs decal sheet.
Thanks for looking…
This has got to be so far in my modelling career one of the nicest kits I’ve had the pleasure of making. The amount of plastic in the box is astounding and you want for nothing (well I did) the choice of weapons is fabulous and you also get a radar thrown in!
I added a Black Box resin cockpit for some added detail, this set really does set the model alight over the kit cockpit, but the kit parts are still rather good.
The kit once again is finished in Mr Color paints and weathering is added using lights passes along certain panel lines with Alclad Jet Exhaust.
The Decals were not from the box as I fancied a Marine corps CAG aircraft from VMFA 232. The set I found were produced by MAW decals and were fantastic and performed very well with Micro Sol over a gloss surface.
The model received a commended award from the Southwell expo in 2011 and this made me quite chuffed!
Comes highly recommended
It has fitted together well with no major surprises and uses Aries ‘burner cans, Aries cockpit, DMold Intakes and Zotz decals.
Painting: finished with Gunze paints, Tamiya paints, Citadel paints, Mig Wash and pastels.
I chose to finish this model in the markings of VFC-12 “Fighting Omars”, an aggressor squadron of the US Navy right out of Top Gun. As soon as I saw this decal sheet, and scheme, I instantly had to do it and this was my inspiration for the build. These particular colours for “Red 06” are actually a real life muck up. Story has it that the paint shop tasked to carry out the scheme had run out of the actual colours required, so they just decided to mix up their own batch and this jet is the eye catching result. Could there have been modellers working in that paint shop….?
I had to custom mix the colours myself, with both shades of blue consisting of various Tamiya acrylics blended to match the markings on the decal sheet. The grey was easy enough; Vallejo model air 050 from the pot, and all of the demarcations were masked using Silly Putty “worms” with more silly putty filling the areas in between. I prefer this stuff over regular blu-tak as it is stickier and easier to mould, both aiding in the masking of tricky patterns such as this.
The wingtip ACMI pod was scratchbuilt from a section of the kit sprue, sanding the nose to the correct profile and with Tamiya tape used to represent the bands around the pod. Once painted, a random piece of wire was straightened and inserted for the nose Pitot tube.
The kit supplied figure finished the model off, with the helmet being hollowed out with a Dremel and placed on the cockpit sill.
I hope you enjoy my representation of this awesome looking aircraft.
Italeri 1:72 scale
This is the Italeri 1/72 kit, finished as a VFA-41 CAG Bird. It needed much work and I used filler throughout. The cockpit was improved with Eduard and spare seats. Weapons came from various sources. It’s finished with Xtracolor, Two Bobs decals, and a Promodeller wash sealed in with matt varnish.
This model features in the book I did in the Osprey Modelling Series on the F/A-18 (in case you recognise it!).
Plenty of additions including cockpit, filling the airbrake, some re-scribing and adds like the FOD guards etc etc.
Came out well in the end I think – 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.
These folks from HobbyBoss might have thought all the “A”´s had an intake with a splitter plate? WRONG, but too late for me when I realized it after building the bird following the instructions during my summer leave having no proper documentation available.
For some moments I thought about finishing it as an F-111 C, but after lengthy studies in all my books and magazines I found another solution. Well, the prototype was the one and only FB-111 A with a Triple Plow 1 intake as instructed by the kit and that’s what I ended up with. And it’s one of the few F-111´s in FS 16440.
Otherwise the build was straightforward and the SAC band is my first self-printed Decal! Talking about decals… the walkway decals in the kit are the wrong way. The “walkway” and “no step” inscriptions are switched.
I realized that second glitch also too late in the middle of applying the decals. I left it as it was and so far I guess only one guy at KMK in Mol/Belgium noticed it. He took some detail photos of the (non) walkway decals as published on the KMK site.
HobbyBoss….. They are working hard on a reputation as the instructions on their SU-24 also have a glitch!
The decals were homemade as they are relatively simple and I produced the images using MS Word’s drawing tools which I then printed onto inkjet printable decal paper using my quite primitive HP Deskjet printer and HP Ink cartridges (a must for decal printing as anything other than HP originals produces inferior results!).
It represents a Phantom FG MK.1 during their farewell tour to the U.S. Navy in August 1978, pictures of it to be found in the British Phantoms 1966-78 book by Double Ugly books on page 100.
The decal set is from Aeromaster – 48-557 Smokers Part 1.
I installed an Aires cockpit, but otherwise a built out of the box!
Next Phantom on the production line is a RF-4E in metallic blue.
Watch out and never be out of Phantoms!
This Phantom, well, it started life as an FG-1, I filled the leading edge slots in the tailplane, and used the kit supplied FGR-2 nose wheel leg and door. Cockpit interior was from Eduard and various bits of wiring were added behind the pilot’s seat. Ejection seats were from a set by ED Models. Decals were from AirDoc for RAF Germany FGR2’s