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K2's 1/48 F-15C Tamiya *Decals Done* 3 years 4 months ago #1

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I started this before I came to this group, and I really need to finish it now. Since I am waiting on the decals to come (Thanks Grant!) for my Skyhawk, I thought I should crack on to this.

Most of it has actually been done, as you can see from the pics, the body is together, cockpit done, and all weaponry has been painted and finished. The landing gear will be coming together soon. I have clear coated the aircraft, and polished it as well with some polishing compound so the decals go on really well :)

This is all OOB, I didn't get any PE for this one, and didn't really think much into it when I first got her.

Cockpit from above. The detailing is actually a decal, not painted



From the rear (the tape you see is where I have been holding her, so I don't get fingermarks, or miscolouring)


From the nose


Weaponry and drop tanks

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Nice Work K2!! looking forward to seeing it finished!

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Nice...would be great to see it decalled and weathered up a bit...like the pit and paint scheme K2





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Im really a bit worried about the weathering up side of things lol. I have washes, but I don't know if it will look good once on, I haven't done something like this before, and really don't want to ruin that paint job lol. I am keen for it, just worried aye :unsure:

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do you have Flory's washes by chance...once dry they come off real easy with a damp almost dry cloth and cotton buds in those hard to reach places...leave on as much as you want or take it all off, up to you...will leave panel line details tho...always take off in direction of airflow too...once done and your satisfied spray a coat of clear over it and bobs your uncle...it good stuff and so easy to use

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Nice looking Eagle K2... really is a cool looking bird!
How have you found the assembly of this Tamiya kit... anything to watch out for?

I second the Flory's clay washes... they are very easy to use, and as long as you apply to a gloss/semi gloss surface they just wipe right off with a cloth, so are great for picking out panel lines etc. I'm not sure if they are sold here in NZ but I got mine direct from the UK last year. Took about 2 weeks by standard post.

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Love an F-15, always have.

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Nah, I haven't got any Flory washes - have heard a lot about them in the last few weeks though... might have to check it out at some stage. I have Humbrol enamel washes... I have put a very little bit on part of the wing (A few panel lines) just to see how it works... Will see. It would be better with acrylics, as water will take it off... will see what I can do

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Von Drinkoften wrote: Nice looking Eagle K2... really is a cool looking bird!
How have you found the assembly of this Tamiya kit... anything to watch out for?


Nah, everything went together really well to be honest. I haven't done any filling on it, though I'm sure some spots may have needed it, but once painted they were gone. Lots of recessed panel lines as well. The landing gear has little metal rods in them for strengthening as well, which is great for such a big bird.

The detail on the jet exhausts aren't anything to boast about though - from what I have seen on K1's thread, they are a lot more detailed on the Hasegawa kit. From what I understand that's the kit you get if you want a really good one. I got this one from MA when it was on special for half price :P

So far so good

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Awesome work K2. Man I'm scared to do weapons. Dont know how you all get them looking so nice. I think the best F-15 out there at the moment is the Great Wall Hobby ones. Pity no local supplier, but they aren't too hard to find overseas. As for the get exhausts, you get more detail on the "E" versions as they don't have the turkey feathers which according to some sites, the US didn't want to include as they were too expensive to maintain. The Korean and Israeli E variants do have them though. Hard to say which look nicer. There's something beautifully mechanical about the E's exhausts.

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The weapons weren't too bad. I use tamiya paints, so after they were cleaned up, primed them and sprayed with X2 - gloss white. Once they were dry, used masking tape to line up the black stripes, and all go from there :) Just patience

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Didn't do too much tonight. Painted up and put together the landing gear properly. Also did use some fo the wash in the panels lines, turned out pretty alright actually. It's not black, it's dark grey as well.

Going to take a while to wash all the panel lines, there's many to do lol


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Looks good K2





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Okies, so going to put this on hold until I get some flory washes through. I have tried to use the Humbrol enamels, but it really isn't working well. It's enamel, so doesn't come off in water, and I really don't want to put thinners on it and ruin the paint work I have done.

So, until K1's order comes through, I will be putting this one on hold :) I don't want to ruin such a beautiful bird.

So... another project I think! :)

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Alrighty... reviving this thread while I wait for the All at Sea GB to go full steam ahead.

Now the Phantom is finished, I thought it only right I finish this one up. Been over a year, might as well.

Shouldn't take too much to finish her - Just gotta figure out how to dirty her up since I have painted it already... Might just take some precise airbrushing, do some post shading... I'll figure it out.

Watch this space

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Xtr3meNZer wrote: Shouldn't take too much to finish her - Just gotta figure out how to dirty her up since I have painted it already...


Artists oils. Because they take so long to dry you can work them a fair bit to get them to your taste, and also just remove most of it if it doesn't work for you. You can even get a bit of a post shading effect. I start by giving it a gloss acrylic sealing coat, applying the oils as a sort of sludge wash, and then removing with a rag (dipped in just a hint of Tamiya enamel thinner) and cotton buds. You can also do multiple colours. On the Desert Storm Tornado I did, I started with a dark grey brown for the panel lines and grime, then a dusty light grey application to give a bit of sun fade effect. B)

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Thanks for that mate :) Going to be giving her a gloss coat tonight, and then work on getting the decals on... once that's done, I will be working through the weathering side of things.

Thanks for the hint Grant, I will give it a good go :)

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NO STEP!!!

A couple of hours in last night, and almost got the No step decals all done (They're going on really nicely, so it's not a big stress, it's almost relaxing!).. tonight hopefully will finish the decals, then another clear coat ready for some weathering... have to find some decent oils, and have an experiment..


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Looking good. You almost can't step anywhere on top of those can you?

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Lol, I know right - General rule - Don't walk on top of the F-15...

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Except for the 3 square inches to the left of the speed brake... :lol:

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Decals all done on this beast - two full nights and we got it done :)

Next up is the clear coat, and then weathering it with some oils :) Going to be interesting, and hopefully I can pull it off!!



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Looking good K2!! Lotsa Decals!
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Rattling through this one, Kane.

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Looking really nice K2. Now for some weathering
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Thanks guys. Not very confident with oils, and I think they are going to be the only option to really get her dirty and weathered. Hopefully I can pull it off alright. Will be clear coating tonight, and leave it to dry over the weekend...

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Some tips from my experience using oils over the years (and it's pretty much the main thing I use for my weathering)

I have found the best results with oils is to use them well thinned. I use Winsor & Newton oils for all of my weathering. The tubes I have are over 15 years old and still going strong. You don't need a lot per model. I find I only really use three colours for modern jets: Paynes Grey, Raw Umber and Titanium White. You can mix everything from a dark almost black to a muddy brown to a pale tan with these and a whole raft of variations. I mix them in a ratio of 20% oils to 80% white spirits for panel line work and reduce the thinner to about 50/50 for streaks and grime.

I do the panel lines over a large area to start with, and let dry around 30 minutes, then wipe the excess off using a clean cotton bud in the direction of the airflow. If the remaining effect Is still too heavy, then I'll use either a wide flat brush, dipped in white spirits, dabbed on a rag to remove excess and pulled in the airflow direction. If it is still to heavy, then repeat the last step using a cotton bud dipped in thinners with excess removed.

Once I have worked an area, I'll give it 24 hours to dry before going back and doing any more work on it, because even though the gloss coat protects the layers underneath, the oil/thinner mix can sometimes soften it, and you don't want to risk ruining decals or paint. Better to start with the oils too thin and build up, then too thick and have to remove excess, but once you get the hang of it, it's not hard and it's very effective. Feel free to ask if you'd like any clarification.

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Thank you very much for that great information. I will give it a go :) Gotta find some decent oils though. I have some, but some have gone missing, which I think is two of those colours lol.

Thanks again

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One addition I forgot, I use a small brush and apply the thinned mix along the panel lines and around any raised areas, rather than just slather it over the whole surface. Less chance of damage to underlying paint/decals, but doing it over Tamiya or Gunze acrylic gloss coat, have never had a problem. I tried Klear/Future a few times and had the paintwork craze, so another reason I have consigned that product to the "do not use" pile.

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HHmm... I have been using future... but maybe I'll go with the Tamiya then.. I am pretty sure I still have some around..

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