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SimonD

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Ok the blowout's fixed, the paintjob is so rough I'm hesitant to put a wash on it. Unfortunately some of the wash from the bottom has leaked through to the top and it's given me a taste of what to expect. lol It's dirty. Ironically my flow improver arrived today. If I had a month left I'd strip the lot and start again. All good. Learning. [smile]

Anyway I've been chilling watching a few of the Aussie boys going at it. Found a plane spotters youtube channel. If you want to build a Hornet check it out.



This one too, don't bother reading the wanky comments, these boys did very well.


And I do love the F-111 at full tilt. I remember being on exercise (Pitch Black) up in the Northern Territory in the mid-80's. Pitch Black, back then was a full ANZUS exercise (before NZ went anti-nuclear). We had B-52's, AWAC's from the US. A4's from NZ. F-111's from us, the Mirage's were grounded as one ditched in the sea as we were heading up when the RAAF were doing their warm-up exercises.

We were warming up at Katherine and I was a Rapier tech. So I was out at one of our forward area fire units that was sitting up on a ridge overlooking a decent gully. When you're an anti-aircraft unit and you're on exercise with the RAAF, the really cool thing was you never knew when you were going to be buzzed. I'll digress but I was on an airfield somewhere, it was basically the middle of nowhere, and I was walking back to the Land Rover with a toolbox, whatever. And this A-4 comes screaming past and gives me a haircut. Bloody Kiwi does a 180 and then proceeds to touch and go on the runway. I gave him the finger and kept walking of course.

Anyway, you learn to keep your eyes peeled because you seriously can't hear them coming. I was on this ridge and I saw movement in the corner of my eye. I turned quickly to see 2 F-111's streaking through the gully, basically at my level, which wasn't very high in flying terms, these boys were low! And fast. Then the noise hits you, it's one of the very best feelings.

But the highlight of the exercise, we were out one night in Darwin, we had fire units stationed around the airport, and we were going up a road that aligns with the runway when an F-111 taxi's out. I pull up and jump the fence and walk to the edge of the runway. I wouldn't have been more than 75 metres from him. Fired the afterburners up and took off right in front of me. Now that was a moment I can tell you. lol

Anyway, I already have 2 F-111's in my stash and I imagine I'll build many more. It's a beautiful plane at full noise. And it's great I can build RAAF versions, my word.

So, a little indulgence while I try and figure out my next move with my build. lol

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Very cool video, lends itself to a diorama idea with the hook down, no gear low over the tarmac.
Thanks for sharing
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For sure Steve. I also watched one afterwards of a contractor burying them all for disposal, I was like, holy crap what a diorama that would make! Hang on, it's here somewhere ( It's 3am here atm, I'll post some pics of the build in a few hours. lol)

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The camo looks mint Simon ! I was going to suggest that you overspray the tan but you beat me to it lol ! Those nail polishers are really good for polishing the paint before the wash, if you get it smooth enough you can add the wash before the clear coat and avoid filling the engraved lines (I do it this way on most builds) wash is beach to remove off a rough surface, but it does give a really nice weathered effect so you should be fine mate

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Thanks for the tips Pete. I'll do all of that. I was thinking of trying to buff it down but I wasn't sure if I'd buff the peaks to the next colour and have it all spotty. lol (that would produce an interesting chipping effect, granted.) I just went in and finshed the build side of things, other than the .... pitot tubes? The small pointy things front and rear anyway. Here's a couple of quick pics. I'll be doing some buffing, a full clear coat (after I watch Bobby's wash tutorial again and see if I can get the underside a bit tidier), then decals. I'll have a think about what weathering I do. Fortunately the wash that has washed through has flowed the right way and does look like an oil blowout or something, if I get it smooth enough I'll wash the top too. Cos I want to.

Hasegawa have a few of these 1:72 Phantom kits and I reckon they shortcut the engineering a bit (this would be their cheapest kit). The landing gear was all wrong. From the start I only had one front wheel (only noticed when I started putting it all together. I know I only cut one off the sprue. First issue. Second, third and fourth the struts and landing bay covers were all wrong, they just didn't fit. At all. Lol. I got there in the end by breaking the support struts on the rear gear and just putting the gear covers on as best I could. two pieces (the smallest covers) went back in the box, just no way they could fit. So other than that, a great little kit for the money ($22au). Not at all unhappy.

A couple of pics, no close ups yet. lol


Sorry, the underneath is a bit blurry, it's now 4:30am and I'm not in photog mode right now. lol


The front wheels are off an F-111 kit I have, they are pretty close in size and are only blutacked in for now until I work out what I'm going to do. So if they look wonky that's why.


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You're an absolute treasure Pete, the buff worked! At least the decals will have half a chance of adhering. I took a couple of comparo photos. One wing done, one not. The wing that's done is much, much smoother to the touch. I have 4 stage buffers which are great (available in the nail section of any department store. Revlon, from memory. lol). I also did an experimental pin wash with my newly acquired oils on the underside and that worked ok. I had a little test up top and it didn't travel at all so I'll have a play with that after decaling. Check the difference:

Not buffed:


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I'll do the rest of the upper fuselage next session. The lower can remain hidden. lol

Apologies for the bit of movement blur, I have the camera set to a low shutter speed trying to avoid using the flash a bit.

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That is looking tip top Simon. You're progressing fabulously. [smile]
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Cheers Mike, yes the end is in sight I think. Better keep cracking, or I'll never get there. [smile]
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I'm not worried about you finishing Simon. [smile]
You've got it all under control.
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It is now, upper side is decaled, just letting it settle before I tackle underneath. That won't take long as this kit doesn't have a stencil sheet. Won't look as cool as the others, but I won't be tearing my hair out laying decals for a week either. (Sorry Chris. lol)
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Decals are on. [smile]



And clear coated.

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Very cool Simon ;-)
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Cheers Fabian, ...can ...almost ... taste .. the finish line. lol
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Looks great Simon, those Aussie markings look really good, and that camo is amazing mate. You have turned out a little cracker with this one.

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Thanks Pete, you especially held the torch when I was heading down a dark tunnel (no, not that dark tunnel! lol). Seriously thanks for the buff tip. It made all the difference. The decals slipped around ok.
I did have to use the Mister decal solutions on the bigger decals, the micros weren't doing it for me. I also plucked up the courage and attacked underneath with cotton buds and thinners. It's much, much better under there, still a rough nut, but my rough nut. [wink].
Calling it a night, tomorrow I'll give it a wash on top and have a think about some other weathering. Make the base, job's done. [smile]

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