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Academy 1/32nd scale F/A-18D Hornet


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               After a small break, I’m back at it again. 1. Assembling the fuselage components. One thing that came to mind from building this kit before, was how well things fix  together after a little sanding. Some parts required no filling or sanding. I used Tamiya regular white putty when I did need to fill something.

2. Priming,Paint, pre/post shading.  I used Tamiya regular primer for all the parts. Before priming, I wiped everything down with a cloth dampened with mineral spirits. This guarantees that any oil will be removed from the plastic prior to painting. I wore latex gloves while doing this. 
        After the primer was completely dry I applied pre-shading to all the parts. I used Tamiya flat black to go over all the recessed line. There’s no need to paint a perfectly straight line over the recess detail. This can be gradually covered up by your fuselage color. I did not want to go over board with the pre-shading. Slight variations in the panel lines is what I was shooting for. I added the fuselage color gradually so that you could see just the right amount of fading. Once I got the effect that I wanted on all of the parts and the fuselage, I finished with post shading. I simply took the fuselage color and added a little bit of white to simulate really faded spots.

 3. Adding the rear landing gear. The gear is more than strong enough to support the model. It went together very easily. When I built the first one, the wheels didn’t sit flat. They were angled out a Little. I made sure that wasn’t the case this time. If you like 1/32nd scale F/A-18’s, this would be a great addition to your collection.

Chris

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I tell you what, that landing gear looks tremendous!

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        Well, she rolled off the assembly line two days ago. As far as I’m concerned, this kit is an excellent build. Designed very well. After the decals were applied, I did a pin wash over all the recessed detail. I wiped off the excess with mineral spirits. The base is 3/4” plywood. To simulate concrete, I cut up squares of 100 grit sandpaper, and attached them with contact cement. Once built, it was airbrushed with several shades of Tamiya gray, and tan. To add oil and grease stains, I splattered Tamiya accent colors with a large brush. I taped and sprayed Tamiya yellow and black to simulate the lines. 
                  I decided at the last moment to add an aircraft tug from Aerobonus. The remove before flight tags are from Eduard. I had to scratch build the optical covers for the GBU-24’s, and GBU-10’s.  

Chris

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Oh that is just beautiful! Magnificent work Chris! That tarmac looks exceptionally realistic!

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