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Models and Hobbies / 1/72 FA-50 kitbash
« on: September 24, 2021, 01:30:26 PM »
Built 2018.

Used a Chinese f-16 kit (gray) I got on a going out of business sale years ago and an academy mcp T-50 kit (white). I'm pretty sure that a hasegawa kit will also work. looking at the picture below, side by side, the chinese kit looks exactly the same as  the hasegawa F-16 kit.

Started by cutting out the viper’s wheel well and dry fitting them on the geagle, it did require some adjustment but the alignment was pretty good.

Next was taking out the wheel doors on the geagle, modifying the vertical stab by adding the top with rwr and light from the viper. Cut out and swapped the wing tip rails, carved a gun port, put slots on the wings to insert rwr antennas.

Mix everything together and…

On the more serious side, there were some challenges and compromises made. A) The paint job was hard to match. The pictures tend to change shade or hue depending on the dominant background. finally settled on a light gray + blue + black mix which I’ll have a hard time duplicating. B) The wheel wells from the viper will fit but are not accurate. C) The pylon / rails for the underwing hardpoints also require modification. This was needed to clear the flaps on the real thing. D) The f-16 undercarriage parts were also used but with modifications. The main wheel actuator on the fa-50 is different from the -16. I used a paperclip with a white plastic sheathing to simulate it. Cut to desired length the paper clip,  then trim down the sheathing and now you have a scaled down actuator. 

E) The -16 decals (from an Italeri kit) were scanned, modified and printed out. In general, they are the same but require repositioning. Tried different printers to match the different shades of gray but kept getting a red / brown tint. Finally settled on a somewhat dark shade of a bluish color. F)  Don’t forget the antennas on the nose wheel door.
Btw, this model is only about 90% done.

Discussions about all nations and places / Bad jumpers
« on: March 11, 2019, 12:20:58 PM »
Never had the urge to get out of a fully functioning aircraft but for those who do, this might make a for a good training video:

Videos & Images / Apollo capsule?
« on: February 25, 2019, 02:44:16 PM »
Surprised to see a pic of what looks like a mock up Apollo capsule on the site below. Itís the sixth picture down. Can someone share the story on this one? Thanks!

General Discussion / Bald tires on FA-50
« on: October 30, 2018, 12:46:34 PM »
Administrator's note: This topic has been split off from Fighters are back in Basa


holy s**t! just looked at the enlarged version of this pic (click the one on adroth's post). that nose wheel does not look good, if it is worn out, that aircraft should not be flying until it's replaced. risking a plane for the price of a nose wheel? got passed the daily, turnaround, preflight inspections?

Models and Hobbies / PA m113 question.
« on: December 24, 2017, 05:40:11 AM »
Building a 1/35 m113 with the 1 meter turret (T60?) but could not find clear reference pictures. the best ( and probably only) one on the web shows the turret sitting on what looks like a 10 sided mount. This is the one with a .30 cal and the .50 missing.  From what I can tell, the turret looks like it is offset to the right of the vehicleís centerline but could not figure out how far.

The closest is the Canadian tlav but it has a modified roof, unlike the PAís, which maintained the original configuration.

Appreciate it if someone could share info on this one. Iíve spent many hours searching the web but could not find other pics. Its turning out to be one of the armyís best kept secret.

General Discussion / Ang Huling Isla
« on: December 12, 2017, 02:18:34 PM »
Did a search and it looks like it has not been linked yet. Check it out.

Models and Hobbies / PEFTOK
« on: October 25, 2016, 02:17:14 PM »
Doing research for an M24 Chaffee build when I came across this:
looks like the 10th used M24s, deuce and a half trucks, jeeps with .30 cal, radio and canvas roof (future projects maybe and my thanks to the author)

btw, if anyone has info: did the equipment used by peftok only carried us markings?

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