Had a bit of a setback when it turned out the pilot's arm on the throttle meant he could not be fitted in to the front office. He's there now, but it wasn't pretty. Will depend how far I get on painting this weekend if this makes it complete to Armistice or not. As mentioned it will be there at whatever stage it gets to.
In the meantime, here are the decals I drew up and printed for this kit, to match the photos of the jet, and which were not covered by the Impact decal sheet options.
Suffice to say that this won’t be finished before we leave on Friday, but hoping that paintwork might be completed. These guys went into the cockpit over the weekend, and have been cleaning up and masking the model, and started on the bare metal exhaust area last night. Hoping to have that done and masked off tonight, and then start on the white areas tomorrow night.
Had to break the pilot’s arm when he refused to get into the cockpit. He has now been happily reunited with the severed limb and join touched up.
Had to remove the RIOs feet to get him to fit in the back. This is a very handicapped crew but they still look pretty capable flying the jet.
Now that Armistice 2020 is done and dusted, I will concede (unlike some other orange-skinned guy elsewhere) that my opponent won this round, and Ian produced a quality model, so 1-0. But like the orange-skinned guy, I won't go down without a fight
So it's time to start the Armistice Challenge sequel. I will spend the next few weeks getting my F-4J painted and finished, but want to make sure plenty of time this time around to get a challenge entry finished.
Once we have agreed on the subject, we can start a new thread. For this round, I think it best to stay in our comfort zone, so I propose a 1/48 Hasegawa aircraft kit again. Had a look through the stash when I got home and these are the choices that I can offer for consideration.
F/A-18E/F or EA-18G
I would add SeaKing as I know that holds a special place for Ian, but mine is too far along to be considered. So there you go. Let's narrow it down and get this going as soon as possible so I have plenty of time to finish something.
The other option might be a Tamiya 1/48 Mosquito after the discussion I had with Ian today
Thanks for the kind words, Mr. S, very much appreciated. So from your list the only kit that we have in common (in the stash) is the AV-8B, and that isn't even on my radar just now. I've built an F/A-18, a Mosquito and a Crusader (all of which y'all have seen at previous shows). I'm definitely with you on building a Hasegawa kit as they never disappoint... would you consider dropping to 1:72 ?
I have a Tomcat, Eagle and F-111 as well as every single version of Phantom in the 'Gentlemans' Scale'.
Only problem is that of the first 3, none are really an option. No interest in F-14, already built the only F-111 I intend to build, all my Hasegawa 1/72 F-15s (8 of them) are well started. That leaves Phantoms, so we are back to an F-4. Not sure I'm ready to face another Phantom, but not ruling it out at this stage. The only F-4s I have in 1/72 are F-4E and RF-4E.
In suitable 1/72 Hasegawa jet kits, I also have:
Eurofighter A and B