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Re: Moments of Zen
« Reply #870 on: August 15, 2019, 05:41:07 pm »
Well, this kit has been a challenge of my PSR skills... almost as much as sculpting the F-16's DSI out of Tamiya putty... :banghead:
The Monogram kit's molds are showing their age and have quite a few sink marks and the fit was bad on almost every seam but i've finally got that issue out of the way.
Only have to rescribe some lost panel lines and on with the show. Although i suck at panel line engraving/rescribing, i'm glad i decided to remove the raised detail and engrave it cause with the amount of plastic i had to sand out of the kit, no detail would be left anyway.









Although it's been giving me a lot of work, i'm enjoying this build. It's one of my favorite planes, it's my first 1/48 scale jet fighter build and it'll also be a first regarding the display. When i decided it would be better to put it on its wheels, i also decided to leave the canopies open and throw in a couple of figures for the dio display. I've never done that so let's see how that works out...
Concerning the decals, i think i've solved the issue, the Freedom models 1/48 F-20B/N's decals have the markings i'm after so, after a quick bank account check, i've ordered that kit from a Portuguese modelling shop. That's a kit i've wanted since it came out along with the F-20C, which i already have in the stash. :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Gonna keep on working on the Spitfire too, finish cleaning up all the seams and mask the canopy are the next tasks... It's also an older Monogram kit so, you can say i'm in the old school vibe... ;D

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Re: Moments of Zen
« Reply #871 on: August 16, 2019, 03:13:12 pm »
Ok, so i didn't do my research properly before i began building the f-5F and to do the bird in the scheme provided by Revel in this box,  the kit needs some surgery besides all the seam and gap work needed. From all the pics i've seen of the airframe 840456, it has the larger LERX and the "Platypus" nose. This is one of the F-5s bought by the US navy for the "FrankenTiger" conversion from E to F variant.
It's hard to say from some angles but close up shots show the nose pretty well and the bigger LERXs too... so, decision to make, should i make the mods or forget the whole initial idea of the real world build and go for a whif? First build in the new home would then be the first whif in the new home so that does appeal to me and the missus seems like she's willing to accept the change...  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Did some more work the F-5F but i'm starting to think about what whif i wanna build next, all i have at the moment are RW builds so, besides the Phantom which is almost finished, i need another whif on the bench... Time to go through the stash...  :mellow:
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Re: Moments of Zen
« Reply #872 on: Yesterday at 03:41:08 pm »
Ah!! The F-5F will be the next whif... :wacko: The real F-5F for which these decals are, has the extended LERX and platypus nose and this kit is the old F-5F so, i'm not goig to bother with tmore work on this kit, i already have the updates on the other F-5 kits in the stash so this one will become the "almost was" fighter of the PoAF of the eighties.
Both the F-5 and Spitfire are Monogram molds and both are nearly ready for paint... maybe next weekend. :mellow:



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Re: Moments of Zen
« Reply #873 on: Yesterday at 04:33:32 pm »
It's almost a blessing when builds go wrong.

"OH, DARN, now I get to make it a what-if!"  ;D ;D


I've had a couple go like that. It's like unloading a monkey off your back.  :laugh:
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Re: Moments of Zen
« Reply #874 on: Yesterday at 05:11:29 pm »
It's almost a blessing when builds go wrong.

"OH, DARN, now I get to make it a what-if!"  ;D ;D


I've had a couple go like that. It's like unloading a monkey off your back.  :laugh:

So true.. It wasn't that I didn't wanna build it as the real one but it's work that I don't wanna do at this stage. To further justify my lazyness, it'll be the only pointy nose of the F-5 family in my stash...  ;D
I'd already built one F-5 for the PoAF but in 1/72 with a two color camo, this one will be wearing a SEA camo, as it was released in the Republic's diary in 1980. Thinking of finishing the Phantom and the Tiger.
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