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  1. Making more progress. Airframe is together and primed. Using some cotton balls for support for the front landing gear doors. Foam would have likely been better but... it's what I had. Demo Team never ran Phoenix missile / bomb pallets, but I'll be putting on some air/air ordinance for display. My only knock on the Tamiya kit, it'd be nice if it came with internal canopy masks as well as the external! Primed using Tamiya AS-10 Ocean Gray.
  2. Progressing here on the Tomcat - another shot of the cockpit before assembling into the nose, and starting to put the fuselage and body together. This shot before I weathered the cockpit and sanded the stick boot (oops). Doing this build as a gear up flying replica, so needed to cut out a couple pieces to bridge the landing gear doors. A bit of cutting, sanding, fitting , and bracing, but overall okay. Kit's not designed for gear up display but it'll do! Starting on the nozzles as well. Thanks for looking!
  3. I certainly miss the Tomcat as well! What a beautiful, functional, and BA fighter jet. Putting the seats and Pilot / REO together. Using Fightertown Decals for the Tomcat Demo Grim Reapers specific livery. So far really enjoying the Fightertown decal quality. They are extremely thin and lay down wonderfully.
  4. Working on a Tamiya F-14D in 1/48 scale, in the livery that the Tomcat Demonstration Team ran in 2003; the one and only time I got to see a Tomcat live (and it didn't disappoint)! Here's a few reference shots on what I'm trying to replicate: Started as the box describes with the cockpit, but shaving most of the raised surfaces and replaced with eduard F-14D cockpit PE detail kit. The eduard stuff is really good. This is my 3rd aircraft model using their detail up photo etch and it's top notch.
  5. Outstanding build. You nailed the paint and exhaust colors, looks fantastic.
  6. Highest quality, level of detail, and realism. Top notch is an understatement!!
  7. My take on the Revell C7R kit. What a frustrating kit at times!! Didn't do a great job of taking WIP pics, chassis built more or less as it comes from the kit, with some fairly major sanding and trimming to get the body to sit down properly. Getting started. Using the Classic Racing Resins upgrade kit: Fit was pretty good, used CA Accelerator to get the glue to hold. Primer and sanding: Cut the plastic apart using a Dremel with a thin cutting disc. Not sure there's a way to get this body to sit properly with the factory plastic windows. More filler and sanding: Final assembly beginning: Used fuel filter screen to add more detail to the mesh grille opening: Used a 3D pen to and staples to make the front pitot tubes: Thanks for looking!
  8. Finished up my take on the Revell Corvette C7R. This one is done to replicate the #4 C7R ran at the 2019 Sahlens Six Hours of The Glen at Watkins Glen International. Unfortanently, the #4 car didn't make it more than 4 turns on lap 1 before being turned by an RSR... The build - Started with the Revell C7R kit - arguably one of the most frustrating builds I've had in some time!! This kit is borderline terrible in fit and finish. A LOT of test fitting and sanding / cutting, followed by more of the same. Thankfully I was able to glean some tips from those of you that came before me! Used the Classic Racing Resins C7R upgrade kit that upgrades the nose, rocker panels, wing, and rear diffuser. Fit and finish of the resin parts was okay, a fair amount of sanding and profiling had them looking decent. Cutting the nose and diffuser was pretty straight forward and a decent fit. Required some body filler to get the high/low but otherwise fairly pleased with them. The clear pieces on this kit were a royal challenge... ended up cutting all windows and headlights apart and fitting individually. A Dremel with a thin cutting wheel works great for this. Gravity Colors USA paint was used and dressed with Indycals and few customs I made to directly replicate the 2019 Sahlens Six Hours livery. Wheels and brakes are KMP-Scale Modeling which I feel really dress up the car and add realism to the kit. Thanks for looking! Inspiration: IMSA 2019 Sahlens Six hours of The Glen, #4 Corvette Racing C7R.
  9. Thanks all - fun little build. I was really impressed with the photoetch quality from Eduard detail kit.
  10. Did a tribute P51D Mustang for my pops who had the opportunity to ride in this beautiful plane. Used a few parts from the Eduard Detail up kit for the Tamiya kit. Use Gravity Colors USA paints, including their 'Chrome' top coat over a high gloss black base. .
  11. No words to describe this! Incredible build. Love all of the attention to details, the fine Kevlar and Carbon fiber details, the foil, everything. Incredible build, very well done!!
  12. Beautifully done! The engine detail looks great through the back glass. Looking forward to starting this one myself.
  13. Thank you all for the kind words!! It was definitely a labor of love - and at times slight hate... I tried two different chrome paint techniques, both over a high gloss black base. Both attempts turned out silver to bright silver with some reflection but neither came close to replicating the chrome wrap of the real GT4 car. Considering the actual car is a vinyl wrap I thought I'd give that a try to get the true mirror type reflection on the model. I used this hobby vinyl to wrap the body panels: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08ML9H1Y3/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 It's about 2.5 mils thick, and stretches decently. That said, it's adhesive isn't great but does work for this application. Further - DO NOT USE HEAT on this vinyl! Using a hair dryer didn't do much, so I tried a heat gun... which resulted in the vinyl very rapidly shrinking and creating rounded ridges in the wrap. There's probably a sweet spot in there one could find at the right temp but I found it was doable without the heat. Decals went on well on top of the vinyl. I used some MicroSet and Solvaset to seat the large Scudo Star on the door to rear quarter panels. Talk about patience with that decal!! The hood louver carbon fiber decals are from a sheet of Scale Motorsports CF, with a lot of Solvaset and careful Exacto work. Thank you for the comments!
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