Doesn't get much crappier, but its really hard to find after market decals for the F11 let alone a model bigger than 1:72 still available!
So this is the early variant with the snub nose which the Blue Angels did fly in the late 1950's they did fly the long nose variant F11-F later on toward 1969 when they swapped to the A4's
I am building everything the Blue Angels flew - jet wise in 1:48 or bigger, I have always loved aerobatics teams (Thunderbirds, Fecce Tricolor etc) and knew a couple of the Kiwi Red chaps for a short while. But the team that had the most balls were definitely the Blue Angels!
Anyway so the kit is horrible white styrene, raised panels and exaggerated rivets, the good news is the fit looks ok, in fact pretty snug so whats ahead of me? take the panel lines or sand the lot off and re-scribe...i hate re-scribing...anybody got a time saving technique?
The cheap b@astards only give decals Blue Angels 2 ! wow there were only 4 in those days you think they could stretch to a further 3 numbers! or i make a stencil and paint the suckers on.
At least they give you a whole engine. Being a Lindberg kit I'm surprised how much like a Tiger it looks, normally they look absolutley nothing like what they are supposed to be.
Will be watching this one...
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People look at me funny when I say I own "Fifty shades of Grey". FS36118, FS36270, FS36375.....
Ok so the cockpit is sparse! the seat is not too bad... some detail, the rest of the pit is non existent. i could scratch build some stuff for it but the way the cockpit is closed up there's not a lot of point, and i'm not really feeling like putting lots of effort into this one.
So painted the pilot and seat up best i could :
Assembled the engine and painted/weathered the internal cockpit walls, thinking of exposing the engine on this build as it has the option, plus i don't fancy sealing the door up and having to sand back all the panels!
Decided i would show the engine so i painted it up and added some scratch built control and hydraulics pipes after pulling up a few reference shots of the JW25
Put the fuse halves together and pre-sprayed the intake edges and the leading edges of the wings with Alclad, now does anybody know how long this stuff takes to cure?? as i tried putting some tamiya masking tape on it about 6 hours after and it came right off, going to leave it for 24 hours, hopefully it can be masked over...does any body know?
Anyway model is actually starting to look ok, probably not hyper accurate and the detail is not great but the fit is pretty good.