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Complete - 1/48 Monogram F/A-18 "Hi-Tech"

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  • From: Michigan
Complete - 1/48 Monogram F/A-18 "Hi-Tech"
Posted by silentbob33 on Sunday, April 01, 2018 2:00 PM

Here's my next project, Monogram's 1/48 F/A-18A.  This is the "Hi-Tech" kit with a small sheet of PE in the box.  I won't be using the ladder, as I've read it's incredibly fiddly.  I'm also going to make a few modifications to the exterior to update it to a F/A-18C.  The cockpit is done and ready to go into the fuselage.  I'm going to keep the ejection seat out until after painting for ease of masking.

On my bench: 1/48 Tamiya Bf109E-3

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  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Sunday, April 01, 2018 9:13 PM

Pretty nice, Bob.

John

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  • From: Michigan
Posted by silentbob33 on Monday, April 02, 2018 8:09 AM
Thanks John, I really like the PE shoulder harness. I got the fuselage together yesterday, it looks like there will be a bit of filling and sanding in my future...

On my bench: 1/48 Tamiya Bf109E-3

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Posted by seasick on Monday, April 02, 2018 9:34 AM

Is that an old kit? The F-18 & A-18 were separate aircraft up until a year or so before the F/A-18 entered service.

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  • From: Michigan
Posted by silentbob33 on Monday, April 02, 2018 11:43 AM
Hi Seasick, the kit is from 1990. I didn't realize there was a difference between the F-18 and an A-18.

On my bench: 1/48 Tamiya Bf109E-3

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Posted by ManCityFan on Monday, April 02, 2018 2:18 PM

Hey Bob,

Good to see you back at the bench.  Your pit looks pretty darn good to me!!  Very nice work.  Looking forward to watching this come together.  You are certainly not having any problems with the "fiddly bits".  Big Smile

Dwayne or Dman or just D.  All comments are welcome on my builds. 

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Posted by silentbob33 on Monday, April 02, 2018 3:59 PM
Thanks for popping in Dwayne! It feels good to get some regular time at the bench again.

On my bench: 1/48 Tamiya Bf109E-3

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Posted by silentbob33 on Thursday, April 19, 2018 3:50 PM

I'm still plodding along.  Lots of filling and sanding on this bird.  Not to mention flash and ejection marks on every. Single. Piece.  But now she looks like an airplane.  Going to maske the cockpit and get some primer on her.

Also have the drop tank and ordnance ready for paint as well.

I probably won't be getting much in the way of bench time the next couple of days.  My kidneys have recovered enough that they've taken me off of dialysis, which is great news.  Tomorrow morning I'm going in to have the catheter removed and they want me to avoid moving my arm for a couple of days afterwards.  

On my bench: 1/48 Tamiya Bf109E-3

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  • From: Albany, New York
Posted by ManCityFan on Thursday, April 19, 2018 9:27 PM

Hey Bob, come on, admit it, you missed the filling and the sanding.  Big Smile

No more dialysis is great news!  Glad to hear you are recovering.

Looks like you were making good progress on this kit.  Looking forward to seeing some paint on it.  Just a couple of days down time isn't too bad, especially if it is for a good reason, like because you are getting better.

Good luck tomorrow, and hope to see you at the bench soon.

 

Dwayne or Dman or just D.  All comments are welcome on my builds. 

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Posted by JohnnyK on Sunday, April 22, 2018 4:55 PM

silentbob33

I'm still plodding along.  Lots of filling and sanding on this bird.  Not to mention flash and ejection marks on every. Single. Piece.  But now she looks like an airplane.  Going to maske the cockpit and get some primer on her.

 

Monogram kits have real issues regarding seams not aligning properly. I am working on a Monogram B-58 Hustler and every seam needs to be sanded, filled, resanded, refilled and resanded. I think the problem is the overall lack of alignment pins. Plus the pins are very small and tend to break easily. Dealing with these seams is a real drag and takes a lot of the pleasure out of modeling. 

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Posted by echolmberg on Monday, April 23, 2018 1:12 PM

Bow Down  You got all that work done in a couple of weeks while hooked up to machines and receiving medical treatment???  I don't get that much work done in twice the time and I ain't even hooked up to anything!  

Well, for starters, I'm glad to hear you're doing okay and on the road to recovery.  I also can't wait to see how your Hornet turns out.  I haven't built one of the Monogram F-18s in a long time but I do seem to recall how they do need a bit of TLC.  Fill.  Sand.  Repeat.  But we're model builders and that's sort of what we do.

Keep posting!!!

Eric

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Posted by silentbob33 on Monday, April 23, 2018 2:37 PM
I'll agree with you Johnny on Monogram kits and seams. Even though I love them, I always spend a lot of time sanding seams. I'm slowly getting better at it though. I just wish it didn't take so long. Thanks for the kind words Eric! It helps that my wife is very supportive of my "resting and recovery." It has been great getting this much bench time. I'm going to miss it when I get back to work. Thankfully I'm done with dialysis and the port is gone so that's 12 hours a week I get back.

On my bench: 1/48 Tamiya Bf109E-3

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  • From: Michigan
Posted by silentbob33 on Monday, May 14, 2018 4:30 PM

I can't believe it's been a few weeks since I last posted.  There have been some changes to my medications which have worn me out, and I haven't had the energy to get to the bench.  However, I finally managed to get some paint on.

On my bench: 1/48 Tamiya Bf109E-3

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  • From: Michigan
Posted by silentbob33 on Sunday, June 10, 2018 10:50 AM

And another long break between posts.  I finally got all the decals on.  They mostly went on fine, but the instructions that came with them was a bit lacking on the stencils so I spent a lot of time trying to find sources to show where they went.  In the end I went with my best guess on some of them.  I'm entering the home stretch now...

On my bench: 1/48 Tamiya Bf109E-3

  • Member since
    February, 2014
  • From: Michigan
Posted by silentbob33 on Monday, June 11, 2018 6:58 PM

Well I finished this up today.  There are a few issues but considering all the health issues I've been having and the side effects from the medications I'm happy with it.  The markings are for the CAG of VFA-151 circa 2005.  Any comments/critiques are welcome.

On my bench: 1/48 Tamiya Bf109E-3

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