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Finished Academy 1/48 F-22A

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  • From: Phoenix, AZ
Finished Academy 1/48 F-22A
Posted by Fly-n-hi on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 11:51 AM

Hi guys, I just finished my Academy 1/48 F-22A Raptor.  I actually started this kit back in October or November but lost interest in it after a while...mostly because I saw how much work the intakes were gonna be.  So it sat in my closet until about 3 weeks ago.  I figured I paid good $$$ for it so I should finish it.

This kit is completely OOB although I did make some seatbelts from metal foil tape.  The fit was mostly good but then again this kit is very simple.  The 2 fuselage halves, the 4 flap parts, the 4 vertical stab parts and the 2 horizontal stab parts make up about 90% of what you can see.  Its kinda hard to screw that up.  The weapons bays fit like gloves.  The weapons themselves were really nice.  No matter how you arm it you will have some left over weapons to donate to other kits, too.

The one thing that sucks are the intakes.  They aren't very deep and they are really hard to make seamless.  And the turbine faces are pretty cheesy.  Also, some of the parts are too thick IMO, like the edges of the wings.

Unfortunately for me I'm going to be moving, getting married and moving again so this might be one of my last builds for a while.  Anyway, here she is:

This was the kit, of course:

 

Thanks for looking!

 

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  • From: Northern New Jersey
Posted by Tojo72 on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 11:59 AM

very sharpe looking build,I bui;t the Hasegawa earlier this year,it was a great kit,but more expensive.

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Posted by jeaton01 on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 12:46 PM

Nice job.

Good luck with all the moves, and I hope you snagged a sweetie!

John

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cml
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  • From: Brisbane, Australia
Posted by cml on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 10:26 PM

Very impressive build.  I love the detail on those weapons - I always get lazy towards the end of a build and just slap mine on, but yours look like the real deal.  The detail in the weapons bay looks great too.

Is the nose gear a metal part or just plastic?  I read a review a while ago, which complained the nose gear on one of the 1/48 F-22 kits was a bit too thin, how'd you find this one?

Thanks for sharing.

Chris.

Chris

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Posted by AT6 on Thursday, June 23, 2011 3:46 AM

While my model interest are more toward WWII, I think you built a very nice model. thanks for posting the pics.

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Posted by jetmodeler on Thursday, June 23, 2011 6:37 AM

Fly-n-hi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k206/Fly-n-hi/Academy%20F-22/IMGP3412.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

  

Looks so mean in that picture.Big Smile

Excellent job. I agree with you on the "Raptor Sheen". I think you did a good job of representing it.

Good luck with the move.

 

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  • From: Montreal, Quebec
Posted by wizardz on Thursday, June 23, 2011 10:13 AM

looks awesome!!

 

good luck for your move, and congratulations on your wedding.

WIP: 1/48 Italeri A-10 Thunderbolt II

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  • From: Phoenix, AZ
Posted by Fly-n-hi on Thursday, June 23, 2011 10:41 AM

Thanks guys for the compliments.  I really appreciate them.

I figure my fiance and I be settled in in about 1.5 years and then I can start building again.  I just hate to set everything up and then have to move again.  Plus I'm worried about some of my builds getting trashed during two moves.  Actually, I have to pack everything up to stage this current house for a sale which could take a while.  Tha't the real drag.

jeaton...yeah, she's a keeper.  She's into God, guns, and rock n' roll.  And she's cool with my hobbies.  She's easy on the eye's, too Wink

Chris, the nose gear is just the stock kit part.  I'm not sure if its 100% accurate or not.  It probably is too thin.  It is solid, though.  I'm sure that it will have no problem holding up the weight of the plane over time...which is heavier than it looks BTW.

 

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  • From: Irmo, South Carolina
Posted by Shipwreck on Thursday, June 23, 2011 11:26 AM

Fly-n-hi

Thanks guys for the compliments.  I really appreciate them.

I figure my fiance and I be settled in in about 1.5 years and then I can start building again.  I just hate to set everything up and then have to move again.  Plus I'm worried about some of my builds getting trashed during two moves.  Actually, I have to pack everything up to stage this current house for a sale which could take a while.  Tha't the real drag.

jeaton...yeah, she's a keeper.  She's into God, guns, and rock n' roll.  And she's cool with my hobbies.  She's easy on the eye's, too Wink

 

Nice build, Fly-n-hi. I have one by Academy siting on my shelf waiting for me to get more painting experience before I takle it. Best wishes on your wedding and your future. The "into God" part sounds real good. Indeed, keep her!

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     1/48 Star Wars X-wing

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     1/48 Nieuport Ni-17

     1/350 USS Hornet CV-8

    

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Posted by Medicman71 on Thursday, June 23, 2011 11:30 AM

Very nice Raptor!! How did you do the Raptor Sheen? I've heard several different ways.

Building- (All 1/48) F-14A Tomcat, F-16C Blk 30, He 129

 

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  • From: Phoenix, AZ
Posted by Fly-n-hi on Thursday, June 23, 2011 12:02 PM

Shipwreck

Nice build, Fly-n-hi. I have one by Academy siting on my shelf waiting for me to get more painting experience before I takle it. Best wishes on your wedding and your future. The "into God" part sounds real good. Indeed, keep her!

Thanks.  The good news regarding painting the F-22 is that most of the maskings are just a bunch of straight lines!  This was probably one of the easiest "complicated" masking jobs I've done.  The camo patterns were some card paper cutouts that I made.  In fact, I kept them in case I ever get a Hasegawa F-22.

Medicman, thanks.  The paint is a brand called Citadel.  It's used for figure painting and its marketed toward the guys who play games like War Hammer.  I saw someone else use it with good results so I tried it.

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  • From: San Antonio
Posted by paintsniffer on Thursday, June 23, 2011 12:20 PM

People keep raving about that Hasegawa F-22. I really think the Academy is the superior kit. I haven't built the Hasegawa so I can't speak to its fit, but the pictures I have seen of the Hasegawa look way too bumpy compared to the real F-22s I have seen.

I have built the Academy, and it was probably one of the best fitting kits I have ever put together. Places where you swear you are going to have trouble go together perfectly.

Excuse me.. Is that an Uzi?

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Thursday, June 23, 2011 1:00 PM

Congrads on your marriage, she sounds like a winner. Wish I could find a gal like that.

Anyway, fantastic F-22! Really nice job on the build and yes the paint is the icing on the cake.

I've got a half finished Italeri kit of the Raptor and frankly it's pretty gosh-awful...

"Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed." -G.K. Chesterton

 

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Posted by IBuild148 on Friday, June 24, 2011 11:41 PM

She looks good and I dig the slime lights and weapons.

Blessings on your marriage and move.

IBuildOne48

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Posted by 40.mm on Friday, June 24, 2011 11:51 PM

Yepper what they said, good luck !

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Posted by BaBill212 on Saturday, June 25, 2011 5:36 AM

Very slick looking bird,,,,,,  good job!

Mostly, thanks for sharing!!

Enjoy the ride!

 

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  • From: Northern Virginia
Posted by hutchdh on Saturday, June 25, 2011 6:34 AM

paintsniffer

People keep raving about that Hasegawa F-22. I really think the Academy is the superior kit. I haven't built the Hasegawa so I can't speak to its fit, but the pictures I have seen of the Hasegawa look way too bumpy compared to the real F-22s I have seen.

I have built the Academy, and it was probably one of the best fitting kits I have ever put together. Places where you swear you are going to have trouble go together perfectly.

Ditto My sentiments exactly!!!

Excellent build.

Hutch

 On the Bench: 1:48 HobbyBoss Ta152-C; 1:48 & 1:72 Hasegawa F-104G NATO Bavaria

In queue: 1:48 Academy F-4B & a TBD Eric Hartmann bird

Recently completed: 1:32 Trumpeter P-51B

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  • From: Phoenix, AZ
Posted by Fly-n-hi on Saturday, June 25, 2011 10:58 AM

Thanks for the compliments and the encouragement.  Hopefully things will move quickly with the home sales (she"s selling hers, too).  Unfortunately her's is a short sale and mine might be.  If we both short sale then we will have to rent for a few years to get out credit scores back up.  Sucks.

And as far as the Hasegawa kit goes I thought I might like to get another F-22 to build gear up and clean and hang it up from the ceiling.  And I've been finding the Hase kits for much cheaper than the Academy kits online.  You guys are right about it, though.  The surface detail is way too exaggerated on the Hase kit.  It looks like the surface of the Millennium Falcon.

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  • From: Northern Virginia
Posted by hutchdh on Saturday, June 25, 2011 11:03 AM

I may even try the 1/72 Academy offering for ceiling hanging....but I have so much in my stashhhhhhhhhhhh.....Stick out tongue

Hutch

 On the Bench: 1:48 HobbyBoss Ta152-C; 1:48 & 1:72 Hasegawa F-104G NATO Bavaria

In queue: 1:48 Academy F-4B & a TBD Eric Hartmann bird

Recently completed: 1:32 Trumpeter P-51B

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Posted by wadams on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 8:11 AM
I would love to see the pics on this discussion but photobucket is blocking them. You might want to check it out. I have checked with Finescale Modeling and there is nothing they can do to correct it.

Warren Adams

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Posted by Fly-n-hi on Friday, July 14, 2017 10:46 AM

Warren, yes its frustrating as heck becuase I have about ten threads like this.  Ironically I came across this post because I'm searching the forums for suggestions on new photo hosting sites!

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Posted by lawdog114 on Monday, July 17, 2017 10:44 PM
Stunning work my friend. Love the glow in the dark effect.

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Posted by seasick on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 11:54 PM

Super Nice, I also like that you have all the weapons bays open like on my model. Its reasureing. 

Chasing the ultimate build.

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Posted by Ultra on Thursday, July 20, 2017 1:21 AM
What a well put together build!
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Posted by plasticjunkie on Thursday, July 20, 2017 6:29 AM

Hi Fly

You did an excellent job on this one. The paint sheen looks to be spot on. Beer

I built the same kit some months back as a comission and was pretty simple to assemble. The decals were really good and gave you tons of options.

I ended up using a mix of the FS greys with silver paint as a recipe that I found on the web.

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  • From: Phoenix, AZ
Posted by Fly-n-hi on Thursday, July 20, 2017 3:42 PM

I appreciate all of the comments guys! Thanks!  Although...this is one of my older builds from 2011.

I think I've improved a bit since then! Here is the 1/48 Hasegawa F-22 that I finished about 2 years ago:

Here's the link to that thread:

http://cs.finescale.com/fsm/modeling_subjects/f/2/t/167183.aspx

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