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1/48 Hobby Boss F-84F FINISHED?

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1/48 Hobby Boss F-84F FINISHED?
Posted by keavdog on Sunday, August 11, 2019 3:32 AM

This is my first Hobby Boss kit and I'm pretty impressed.  Nice plastic and really subtle detail.  I had a few issues getting the nose gear well/splitter combo in but finally got it - mostly luck and a lot of weldon.  I've always been a fan of the open mouth birds - F-8, A7, F-100 and this one with the really different canopy articulation.  So here we go - a few pics.

Cockpit is nice - includes some PE for the seat belts.

Decal for the really busy instrument panel

More PE for the flaps - the kit also includes PE for the speed breaks.

After fighting with the nose gear well - which the instructions indicate you need to add the nose gear (I didn't - figure that out later but for painting my thoughts were...NOPE) I finally got her buttoned up.

So far its been a really nice kit outside of the nose gear well issues.  I'm doing this one in NMF so lots of clean up to do.

Crazy thing was the wings had a significant step joint at the root.   The fuselage had the same, complementary, step joint.  Normally I would have scraped and sanded them and cursed a bit, but after test fitting, it seems Hobby Boss did it on purpose.  The wings slid in perfectly.  Never seen anything like it.

Thanks,

John

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Sunday, August 11, 2019 5:26 AM
I remember building quite a few of the Monogram kits when I was younger. I'll be a spectator for this build.

 

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Posted by BrandonK on Sunday, August 11, 2019 10:21 PM

Ive built a few HB kits now and I've had great luck with them. I certainly won't hesitate to get more. I'll be tagging along to see how this one goes.

BK

On the bench: Alot !

On Deck: Alot more !

 

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Posted by TREYZX10R on Monday, August 12, 2019 8:02 PM

Office came out really nice!

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Posted by keavdog on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 2:02 AM

In wrestling with the nose gear bay and closing up the fuselage I completely forgot nose weight (none is mentioned by the way).   So I hacked up the the panel under the windscreen, dropped in a bunch of superglue soaked fishing weights and put a thin piece of evergreen over to seal it up.  Probably a bit of work to do on the windscreen - but hey, like I said - my hobby is fixing my mistakes :)

 

 

Thanks,

John

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Posted by Tickmagnet on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 6:54 AM

Looking good so far

 

 

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Posted by rangerj on Friday, August 16, 2019 11:50 AM

Is that the kit cockpit? What aftermarket parts have you used. I have this kit, but I have not opened it. Thanks for the warning on the nose weight. Intersting trivia on the articulation of the canopy. Pilots were warned NOT to rest their arms over the side of the fuselage with the canopy open. A canopy slammed shut on a pilot with his arms over the side and he lost both arms from just below the elbows.  I want to do a T-bird. 

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Posted by keavdog on Friday, August 16, 2019 2:34 PM

Yes,  that's all from kit.  I'm building this oob.   Theres a small pe fret with belts, spoilers and speed breaks.

Nasty business about that canopy

 

Thanks,

John

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Posted by keavdog on Saturday, September 7, 2019 1:43 AM

Little more work on this one tonight.  Bit of sanding and polishing getting ready for the BMF.  Got the horizontal stabilizers on.  Almost time to paint.

Thanks,

John

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Posted by keavdog on Saturday, September 21, 2019 2:35 AM

Paying the price for my "noseweight fix"....

 

Thanks,

John

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Posted by wolfhammer1 on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 9:58 PM

Looking really good.  Have you built the Monogram verson, and if so, how does it compare?

 

John

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Posted by keavdog on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 11:31 PM

I have the monogram kit but haven't built it.  Test fitting a few parts looks like excellent fit.  Crisp clean molds.  Typical era raised panel lines and rivets.  

The HB kit has very fine panel lines, nice detail, a PE fret and multiple canopy options.  

Thanks,

John

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Posted by BrandonK on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 10:06 AM

I built the F-84F straight wing varient in the Pro Modeler line and it was an excellent kit. I do like the swept wing varient more though, it looks better. Your kit is coming along nicely.

BK

On the bench: Alot !

On Deck: Alot more !

 

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Posted by JohnnyK on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 11:09 AM

Nice work. I think that Hobby Boss makes some fine kits. 

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Posted by TheMongoose on Thursday, September 26, 2019 6:05 PM

My first thought was “wish i could get a cockpit to look like that”. Really nice.  Did you anneal the PE belts? 

 

 I did my first HB kit just months ago, similar in that it was the F-84G. Details on their kit was impressive. Not overdone in my opinion. Looking forward to watching this come together.

In the pattern: A 23-Window MicroBus and an F-100 SuperSabre (foiled)!

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Posted by keavdog on Thursday, September 26, 2019 6:42 PM

Thanks guys.  Mongoose - I kinda just pushed the belts into place with the fat end of a toothpick then tacked a bit down with spots of super glue.

Thanks,

John

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Posted by dupes on Thursday, September 26, 2019 6:52 PM
Somehow I missed this kit coming out? Thought that the Kinetic kit was the most modern in 1/48. Looking good so far! Nice save on the nose weight addition.
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Posted by Greg on Thursday, September 26, 2019 7:05 PM

dupes
Somehow I missed this kit coming out?

And somehow I missed the whole thread so far.

Looking real good, John....and I agree on the cockpit. Yes

I too have never done a HobbyBoss kit yet and appreciate the positive feedback from you and the others.

BTW, not familiar with the F84. That sure is a nice-looking little aircraft. I look forward to seeing it all shiny-ed up.

-Greg

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Thursday, September 26, 2019 9:57 PM

I'm liking this one John.  I've been looking for the Monogram kit but this one is very nice.

Chad

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Posted by keavdog on Thursday, September 26, 2019 10:10 PM

Thanks.  It's a nice kit.  Would like to see if anyone else struggles with the nose gear bay or if was just me.

Greg, the straight wing f84 was the first aircraft use by the Thunderbirds.  Tamiya makes that kit with the markings.  The one I'm building is the swept wing F model was the most numerous and has an interesting canopy articulation.   And I just love the 50s era airframe.

Thanks,

John

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Posted by Greg on Friday, September 27, 2019 10:49 AM

keavdog
the straight wing f84 was the first aircraft use by the Thunderbirds.

That is a fun factoid!

keavdog
And I just love the 50s era airframe.

Agreed. It's like an art-deco design airframe.

-Greg

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Posted by Keyda81 on Friday, September 27, 2019 7:05 PM

I have a couple Hobby Boss kits in the stash, A-7 Corsair, and the F-105.  Haven't built one yet though.  Hopefully they are the same quality as your F-84.  Looking good so far!

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Posted by keavdog on Saturday, September 28, 2019 4:06 PM

A bit of sanding.  The gloss black shows some scratchs so a bit more polishing but happy with the outcome so far

Thanks,

John

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Posted by keavdog on Friday, October 11, 2019 11:19 PM

Got her all cleaned up - Novus polished, washed cleaned dryed.  Shot Tamiya gloss black and seeing some disturbing eyefish/pooling.  Perhaps it will level out - we'll see.  

 

Thanks,

John

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Posted by keavdog on Saturday, October 12, 2019 11:41 AM

The paint turned out fine all except the right wing.  Perhaps I didn't get all the soap off.  Ah well, I'll sand and respray.

Thanks,

John

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Posted by keavdog on Sunday, October 13, 2019 12:06 AM

Sanded down and repeated.  Same effect.  Not sure what the issue is but moving on...call it wing stress/damage lol

Thanks,

John

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Posted by jeaton01 on Sunday, October 13, 2019 1:38 AM

That's fisheye, John.  Not sure what really causes it but its like the paint isn't wetted out enough.  Better to get all the way back to bare plastic when that happens.  Or whatever the substrate is.

John

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Sunday, October 13, 2019 6:33 AM

John fisheye is from an oil or lubricant that is in it on the surface of the plastic. The paint is unable to adhere to that one little spot or spots and pulls away leaving a fisheye.

 

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Posted by keavdog on Sunday, October 20, 2019 10:45 PM

Layed down the Alclad tonight

 

Thanks,

John

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Posted by keavdog on Monday, October 28, 2019 10:47 PM

Progress - she's got legs

 

Thanks,

John

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