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Of course, if I'm going to re-start the B-1B, I should at least get cracking on the other half of this duo-build... the F-4E Phantom.

I really like these boxes from Platz.  I need several of the kits in this series for my Area 88 projects, but the elegance of the design makes me fight the urge to buy them all.

I think you can tell by looking at the sprues, which ones F-Toys intended to pre-paint and package and which ones were just "for internal use" to be cut away from the parts to be pre-assembled, painted and packaged.

Starting with the cockpit. It's small, will be full of pilot and behind a thick canopy, so I'm not killing myself on the details.

Assembled and a bit of dry brushed black on the instruments... good to go.

After careful inspection of the canopy, I have decided that there is NOT a seam running along the length of it... that will be safer for all involved, so I stand by my decision.  :-X

Time to paint the pilots.  Looking good, Shin and Warren!

Luckily they fit... once you remove their arms.  But who needs arms to fly an F-4E anyway, right?  ;)

Aircraft / Re: Area 88 1/144 - The White Swan (B-1 Lancer)
« Last post by strobez on Today at 04:27:44 pm »
You know what Dragon are going to announce the moment you finish scribing... :wacko:

looks great, i have built a Panda 1/144 B-1 a few years ago and im planning to refurbish it.
seeing this build kinda makes me want to make it in Area 88 colors  :mellow:

Funny you gents should mention that...  :rolleyes:

I as mentioned in the "My Stash Just Grew" thread, about a week or so ago my day job took me a bit further afield than it usually does, so on my way home I stopped by an “out of the way” part of Seoul I don’t normally visit.  There’s a “kidult” shopping floor in the “Int’l Electronics Centre” in Nambu. It’s a mix of PlayStation video games, anime “cuteness”, Gundam kits and pricey Iron Man statues. There is a hobby shop there, but it’s usually only got Gundam kits and overpriced Trumpetor tanks/ships.

Anyway, I was wandering around, minding my own business when low and behold there was a 1/144 Panda B-1 Lancer shivering and cold... languishing in the "unloved models" discount box, unceremoniously sitting on the floor in front of a shop packed to the ceiling with Gundam kits. For a mere $5 I just HAD to rescue it.

When I got it home, I realized that the inside of the box and the plastic sprue bags had a bit of mold (like the "make you sick" kind, not the "new tooling" kind), so after taking a picture of the box, I chucked it.

And then I washed the sprues, just to be sure there was no mold on them... but they were so big that I decided to cut them a bit... y'know... for easier storage... but then I cut them a bit more...

and somehow the cockpit got painted... and well... y'know...  ;)

Then a decal got applied to the instrument panel... just to check how good they are, of course... and a couple of pilots got painted...

So of course I just had to make sure they'll fit...

Oh, and the engines looked pretty neat, so I drilled out some holes for some LED lights...

And then I couldn't just leave them dangling, so I had to wire them up... but you need to assemble the engine interior to make sure they'll fit properly...

Yep they fit nice and snug.

Maybe just a bit of paint on the insides... something suitably dark iron-ish.

And then I just had to check that the lights work.  Might need to do something about the whole "shining through the plastic" bit though.

I'm not quite sure, but I think I'm building a B-1B bomber...  ;D

Aircraft / Re: Area 88 1/144 - kamikaze Cessna
« Last post by strobez on Today at 03:38:50 pm »
Thanks Brad! I agree.

After some of the earlier challenges, I decided to take a bit of a break from this one, but I’m back at it with renewed energy.

As a snap-tite kit, the fit is quite good, but there was still quite a ridge where the wing meets the upper canopy.  So putty and sanding to the rescue.

Time to get the pilot and passengers. The Cessna cockpit is very tight, and there’s half a DC motor sitting in there, so I had to relieve Shin, Ryoko and her father of some unnecessary bits... like arms... and legs... and some part of the lower torso to fit around the wires. ;)

My Stash Just Grew Again / Re: My stash just grew again 2018.
« Last post by strobez on Today at 03:29:23 pm »
Academy 1/144 Boeing B-47B/E Stratojet on the way!

Tell me how you like that one. I’ve seen it on the shelves here and been tempted to buy it.  I don’t really have a reason though, so maybe just need an excuse. ;)
Aircraft / Re: Super Stretch DC8
« Last post by PR19_Kit on Today at 03:24:25 pm »
I've primered most of the Super Stretch 8 (and the Calder 8 too) tonight, and it's obvious it'll need at least one more PSR session. but I guess I expected that.

Still working on the Aer Turas decals, and the guys who painted the titles were either on the Guinness or the potcheen the day they did them! Every letter is a different width and the strokes are all different too, it's driving me nuts!
A cracking job you've mad of those teeny weeny thingies, very nice indeed.  :thumbsup:

I'm tempted to get one to go with my Rotocrane, a sort of 'Little & Large' Fairey pairing.  ;D
My Stash Just Grew Again / Re: My stash just grew again 2018.
« Last post by PR19_Kit on Today at 02:43:56 pm »

Hmmmn.  The two seat Hunter is pretty poor, TBH.  The tailpipe is an odd mishmash of the small and big bore Avon and the nose is way off in shape.  That's a lot of very subtle curves and few have managed to get it right.  The Xtrakit T-bird is rightly reviled, I've never seen the Olimp one and I've only ever seen one of the VERY rare Skybirds '86 kit* in the wild.

The conversion kit that Modeldecal put out is pretty good, but that's long OOP and pretty rare these days too. Luckily I have one built and one in The Loft.

I've also got another T7 conversion in a dark grey resin that looks pretty good, but I have no idea who made it.

Odds and Ordinance?

It could well be, it's the same colour resin as their TSR2 Slipper tank set that I used on my 'Time Warp' TSR2. It's very moulded, that's for sure.
My Stash Just Grew Again / Re: My stash just grew again 2018.
« Last post by nighthunter on Today at 02:14:41 pm »
Academy 1/144 Boeing B-47B/E Stratojet on the way!
The RAF Centenary Group Build / Re: Westland Wrangler
« Last post by ericr on Today at 02:08:28 pm »
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