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OFFICIAL: 3rd Generation Combat Jets Campaign
md72
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Washington, United States
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Posted: Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 05:14 PM UTC
Well, progress I guess.
PasiAhopelto
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Uusimaa, Finland
Joined: October 01, 2016
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Posted: Monday, December 10, 2018 - 05:40 AM UTC
And done:


Not perfect paint job, but nevertheless a fun build. Part fit was excellent with minor issues in wing to fuselage joint. Not a problem, but having a half a mm too short canopy was bit of a nasty surprise. I think I got it solved reasonably well with paint and careful application of CA. Would probably make sense to leave canopy open, which would solve the issue.

There are two more photos in the gallery .

And good luck to others with your builds, still few weeks to go.
MichaelSatin
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AEROSCALE
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Colorado, United States
Joined: January 19, 2008
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Posted: Friday, December 14, 2018 - 05:29 AM UTC
Progress on the AMK 1/48 Kfir C7:





I've got the dullcoat on now and ready to start attaching fiddly bits this weekend. Home stretch!

Michael
MichaelSatin
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AEROSCALE
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Colorado, United States
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Posted: Sunday, December 16, 2018 - 08:11 AM UTC
And finished.

AMK 1/48 Kfir C7 in the colors of 144 Sqn. IAF late 1980's-early '90's. I substituted a different aircraft number and name from the Kinetic kit as I always wanted to use that number style.





A nice kit if a bit vague in fit in a few places. But it looks good finished!

Here it is with a Kinetic C2 I did a couple of years ago.



More pics in the gallery. Great campaign John, and good luck to everyone who hasn't finished yet!

Michael
Nito74
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ARMORAMA
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Lisboa, Portugal
Joined: March 04, 2008
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Posted: Sunday, December 16, 2018 - 09:24 AM UTC
Nice progress Mark !

Great looking Mig Pasi !!

Terrific job on the Kfir Michael !

Another 2 great finished models ! Congrats !!
SHAKY962
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
Joined: May 21, 2012
KitMaker: 679 posts
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Posted: Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 04:35 AM UTC
First of all, I love the Kfirs Michael!!! Excelent Job!!!

Unfortunately we have a new pet at home, in an oversight I destroy the model

IMG_3809 by Shaky962, en Flickr
Buckeye198
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Ohio, United States
Joined: May 02, 2010
KitMaker: 576 posts
AeroScale: 187 posts
Posted: Friday, December 28, 2018 - 06:18 AM UTC
Jose, looks like a SAM really did a number there :/ sorry to see the kit end that way!

I haven't had THAT much trouble with my build, but I certainly haven't had the time I wanted to finish my full diorama idea. The Harrier is just about done, just need to put in a pin wash and some clear parts. I also apologize, I completely neglected to take pictures since my last update Finished project pictures coming soon, and I hope everyone else's builds are wrapping up nicely too!
Buckeye198
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Ohio, United States
Joined: May 02, 2010
KitMaker: 576 posts
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Posted: Sunday, December 30, 2018 - 04:38 PM UTC
Okay, finally ready to post pictures. The model is complete, sans armament…I’ll get to that in a bit. It's not perfect, but time is simply up and "done is better than perfect."

I don’t have easy access to paints made for modelers, so I mostly use airbrush-ready acrylic paints from my local art supplies store. Pros: cheap, accessible, decent color spread, removable tops make for less wasted paint. Cons: average pigment density and uniformity, and while I personally enjoy mixing my own colors it does not make for convenient (or often matching) touch-ups. Anyway after the primer and preshading, I made mixes for the RAF camo colors, then sprayed underside --> topside gray --> topside green. Tape made for a (mostly) solid line between topside and underside colors while the putty made for light-to-medium overspray on the camo pattern.


Then I forgot to take pictures for a while…my bad.

The canopy came out well with the Canopy Survival Kit + Micro Mask combo. The vinyl tape was a little stiffer than working with kabuki tape, but still separated near-perfectly from the plastic without ripping the adjacent paint. The Survival Kit is certainly more difficult than a kit-specific Eduard mask set, but the price and variety is worth it if you’re working with “generic” and broad canopies. (And that being said, I do not regret buying a mask set for my P-61 build, and would certainly get one again if I ever went up against something like an He-111!)


Decals were my biggest sticking point. The Airfix kit had Cartograf decals with excellent color, register, and clarity even on the minuscule stencils…but they were all so damn thick and silvered like mad! I don’t know if it’s something I did wrong or if it’s inherent with the sheet. Despite a good base coat of Future and over 10 coats of Micro-Set/Sol, they never softened up to fill in surface details nor thinned out the clear areas.



Whatever. “Better done than perfect” is the motto for this build. Sealed in with Micro-Flat, a panel wash with oils, a bit extra to dirty up the underside, lost a nav light to the Carpet Monster, turned around to actually defeat the Carpet Monster (!!!), then called it a finished product.






So no weapons or fuel tanks on the pylons? Initially this decision was because I wasn’t going to have time to finish them before the campaign deadline. But after experimenting with the diorama layout, it began to look unlikely that the acrylic rod anchor would be able to slide in and out of the model if the inner fuel tanks were mounted. Not horrible if I wanted to keep it in place forever, but that’s not my goal here. Plus there are tons of pictures of Harriers without stores, so there’s no sacrificing realism here




And here’s a quickie mock-up of the diorama, to be completed someday in the who-knows-when future! Base is a nice little Verlinden printout sitting on a thick foam board, figures are from a Fujimi deck crew set, acryic rod is an acrylic rod. (Oh and I bought a brass pitot tube replacement after I snapped off the plastic one, though it might be even more fragile than the plastic!) Here’s a short-rod version of the dio:


But I’m leaning towards a taller version:


Either way, the rod will likely go through the Verlinden base to keep everything better centered. Two major issues to work out:
1. Maintaining proper balance fore and aft. It’s pretty good with BBs plopped through the exhaust ports and settled in the rear, but that doesn’t make for a perfect and predictable center of gravity.
2. Roughing up the base’s surface. It’s printed on glossy paper and it just doesn’t look right. I’m wondering if it just needs a few coats of flat or if I need to do something drastic like apply a thin layer of scenery water or Mod-Podge and tap it as it dries to get that heavy anti-slip flight deck texture. Suggestions always welcome!


But for now, please consider my campaign entry complete! Oh and I’ll have my pics in the official gallery shortly…barring technical difficulties
md72
#439
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Washington, United States
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Posted: Sunday, December 30, 2018 - 08:09 PM UTC
Less than 24 hours to go. I've got most of the painting done, and about 1/2 the decals done. Rush rush rush.

but now I gotta get some sleep.
md72
#439
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Washington, United States
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Posted: Monday, December 31, 2018 - 06:22 PM UTC
Just under the wire, it's 10:30 in Everett. It's DONE!!!!!

Fought me tooth and nail till the end.

Back to fighting with the gallery page.
Kanguroo
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Vietnam
Joined: May 07, 2006
KitMaker: 403 posts
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Posted: Tuesday, January 01, 2019 - 01:22 AM UTC
Hi,

Rubby, what a beautiful scene with the enhanced AV-8.
Mark (md72), a nice-shaped Tigershark. I like it.

I failed with my project for this campaign. Sorry.
Happy New Year to all.
Regards,
K.
Nito74
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ARMORAMA
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Lisboa, Portugal
Joined: March 04, 2008
KitMaker: 5,378 posts
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Posted: Tuesday, January 01, 2019 - 03:42 AM UTC
Ribbons sent.

Great work everyone !!

See you on the next one !!
md72
#439
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Washington, United States
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Posted: Tuesday, January 01, 2019 - 04:15 AM UTC
Thanks John. The ribbon looks kinda neat up there, proud to have been pat of the design. I was a great campaign, I had a lot of fun. And just days before the campaign was over, the carpet monster released the missing instructions and decals from my original entry, the Testers F-21 Kafir.