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Brundledonk

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Looks fantastic with the decals on Steve ! The shark mouth is awesome, getting close to the finish now mate

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Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!![eek][cool][thumb][thumb]
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Now from the book of Armaments, for the Python fans amongst the group [thumb]

No issues with assembly. Ready for priming and assembly.



Base of white for the Sparrows and Sidewinders, then simple masking for the ends.



The bombs need the thermal coating on before painting. Simple masking before the application of Mr. Surfacer, per Mr. Waldron's video.



Now for those tricky yellow bands. Sprayed the ends yellow then with a coat of Future.


I tried to mask with 2mm masking tape but as others have noted, the conical section does not lend itself to a nice band.  I did find some various sized o-rings to give a try. They are still tricky on the conical section as they wanted to pop off. I had to be very gentle with the air pressure and the direction of air flow. I painted them olive drab. After letting them dry I anxiously removed the o-rings and found that they looked pretty good if I say so myself. They are not perfect, but I suspect that when they were painted on the real bombs it was not a 'precise" job.








Almost ready to be loaded on!





A little brush painting on the fins of the Sidewinders for the stabilizing mechanisms with silver and copper.


They were all treated with a wash of Flory Models Dark Dirt.


Everything seems to be coming together, just a little more to finish this plane for my group build entry.
Steve

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Looks great Steve. I am building the same Sundowners kit and have just started the decals marathon....can't wait to get to your stage!!!

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Great idea with the O-rings Steve, and the ordinance came out great

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Thanks everyone, almost there
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Nice work Steve, great tips on the armament painting too cheers. Good luck with the finale! [smile]
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Thanks Simon
Some more pictures, hopefully soon.
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I think I am done with this plane!!

I decided to have the air brakes deployed to improve maneuverability. I therefore picked up this Eduard photo etch set.










Here we are after final matt coat, canopy masks off. I had nearly knocked off one of the pitot tubes a million times, finally at the end I finished the deal and couldn't find it. So I used a bit of copper tube, sanded down one end, drilled a hole in the stabilizer and glued in place. After some paint, it looks pretty good.











There she is. I just need to attach the ordinance and take the final reveal photos.
There is one other small little detail to my project that I am trying to produce before the deadline.
Hopefully more to come after our Thanksgiving holiday here in the States.

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Looking wicked!! Those air brakes are awesome Steve!  It almost looks like a newspaper with all those decals. Can't wait for the reveal! [smile]
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Thanks Simon, glad you approve.
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It is time for the second chapter of this saga.
It had been my attention from early on to come up with something that was different than just the Phantom in flight. Doing some research (reading the description in the instruction manual from Eduard for plane 201 from the USS Coral Sea) it came to my attention that this particular bird shot down a MiG 17 in 1972. Therefore after doing some additional research I decided to build a MiG 17 and include it with the F4. Not a lot of 1/48 scale kits available but I was able to get the Hobby Boss version in along with some other goodies.
I wasn't sure if I would have enough time to get to it after my late start so I did not let the cat out of the bag. Even after wrapping up the F4 a couple of weeks again I still wasn't sure I could get it done. This was to be my first entire plane natural metal finish. I have been pushing along and it looks like I will be done by the deadline.
So with no further adieu, I present the Hobby Boss MiG-17F Fresco C.







Bag-o-sprues





Some extras:



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So here we go, more pictures to come shortly.
Thanks for looking

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Oh wicked!! [biggrin]
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I will try to catch everyone up with the MiG build as best I can. I am preparing to have a colonoscopy in the AM so I am currently in the process of clearing the pipes, so to speak. This keeps me close at home for obvious reasons.

As usual things start in the cockpit. The kit office is really quite reasonable, especially the sidewalls. Since I already had the PE set I decided to use it even though we all know it will hardly be seen as the canopy will be closed. Things begin as they typically do with removal of raised detail to make room for the PE.





The seat required taking the back off  the kit seat and attaching it to an alternate seat bottom that is on the sprue.



Now with it painted, PE on, some dry brushing and a light wash.






More to come.
Steve

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Well I'm pleasently surprised. Way to go Steve! Another epic build that will be tough to judge!
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