Tamiya 1/32 Taco 87-0310

Unread postPosted: 13 Dec 2005, 03:22
by Taco44
Well, here is my latest project. I am kit-bashing the Block 50 and Block 32 kits to create my Block 30. I didn't really find any wheel wells that I liked so I decided to spruce up the kits' with some sprue and wire. Hope you enjoy. Criticism welcome.

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Unread postPosted: 13 Dec 2005, 03:24
by Taco44
More MLG

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Unread postPosted: 13 Dec 2005, 03:27
by Taco44
NLG pics

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Unread postPosted: 13 Dec 2005, 03:29
by Taco44
More NLG

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Unread postPosted: 13 Dec 2005, 19:26
by Rexxxx
Wow! Nice work! Definitely a litte more ambitious than mine! Maybe I'll try 1/32 when I get some more time and money.

Rexxxx

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Unread postPosted: 13 Dec 2005, 20:27
by Guysmiley
That is a LOT of plumbing!

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Unread postPosted: 27 Dec 2005, 04:30
by Taco44
Ok, well I 've got the wells painted and applied a light wash. The only thing lacking is the light lenses and decals. Hope you enjoy.

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Unread postPosted: 27 Dec 2005, 04:32
by Taco44
and the mains.

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Unread postPosted: 27 Dec 2005, 04:33
by Taco44
and one of both.

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Unread postPosted: 27 Dec 2005, 18:11
by Rexxxx
Nice work, man! Lookin' good!

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Unread postPosted: 27 Dec 2005, 22:59
by Habu
Yup! I TOLD you guys! All the bays need is some good wiring, and bam! You're GOLD!...Jerry! Gold!

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Unread postPosted: 29 Dec 2005, 04:36
by Taco44
Thanks for the comments guys. Got my BB cockpit in today. Can't wait to see it assembled.

Unread postPosted: 30 Dec 2005, 17:03
by AfterburnerDecalsScott
Gonna just glom on to Sean's thread here.

Did the same thing, and didn't go with the aftermarket wheelwell. Used a bunch of fine solder and stuff. Its not CLOSE to accurate, but it has what Shep Paine calls "creative gizmology" and certainly look busy...especially when the rest of it is assembled.

Pit is stock with Eduard color stuff. Seat is Black Box. I didn't do with BB this time. I punked out and couldn't bring myself to hack on a $170 kit that much!

Markings are custon for the 421st from Desert Storm

Unread postPosted: 30 Dec 2005, 17:07
by Rexxxx
Wow. Nice work on the paint job!

Unread postPosted: 30 Dec 2005, 18:03
by Habu
Scott you already did the paint&decal before you finished the stab? Brave man....though it does look great. Just a note though, one of the very few niggles with the kit is that the vert stab will not sit down completely on the fuse. The poly caps will contract and lift the stab about a half milliemeter off the fuse's surface. I just glued mine in.

Unread postPosted: 30 Dec 2005, 18:40
by AfterburnerDecalsScott
Live and learn, LOL! I also didn't realize that the fin cap needs help to avoid the gap at the top of the rudder. Grrrrr! The rudder will have to be offset several degrees to have it took OK. I also didn't figure out the fit of the tail until after I painted it....another Grrrr.....but it will be OK...I'll just touch up the gunship after its on....nice that it has that gunship overspray. The skunk stripe about killed me. How do people do that in 1/72?

I'm back home now, and have a couple of weeks off, so I'll get some work done on it between chasing down the new 65th AGRS markings.

Unread postPosted: 30 Dec 2005, 19:06
by Habu
Heh, least now ya know. ;) Yeah I didn't even paint it until it was fully assembled and stuck on to the fuse. Didn't have any trouble, and I didn't have a skunk stripe to paint anyway. In 1/72, I use the same method, tac worms!

Unread postPosted: 31 Dec 2005, 00:43
by Taco44
Hey!!! get your own thread!! LOL, just kidding Scott. Looks great. Your work is amazing and a fine addition to this thread. I have a feeling those 65th markings are going to sell once you guys get them out. The 524th looks great as well. My order's on the way.

Unread postPosted: 23 Jan 2006, 01:34
by Taco44
Well, it's been awhile but I've tried to stay busy. I've attached the intake and done a little body work to get profile right. Hope ya'll enjoy.

Unread postPosted: 23 Jan 2006, 01:38
by Taco44
Some side profiles. The bumps on the side of the intake just in front of the wheel wells were sanded down to give the right profile for the lightweight gear.

Unread postPosted: 23 Jan 2006, 01:39
by Taco44
And finally some belly shots.

Unread postPosted: 29 Jan 2006, 09:01
by Habu
What's up with all the sanding though?

Unread postPosted: 31 Jan 2006, 00:30
by Taco44
Adding the comm/bit ball door made a little gap on the bottom that required some work. On the MCID intake from Tamiya, the sides are bulged in front of the wheel wells to represent the HW MLG of the Block 50. These bulges need to be sanded off to give the correct profile of a Block 30 acft. With all this I decided to primer the whole thing and sand till I got a real nice smooth intake. The original panel lines we're rescribed to keep their depth.

Unread postPosted: 31 Jan 2006, 05:05
by Habu
OIC...thought maybe it was all leftover from painting the wells.

Unread postPosted: 31 Jan 2006, 18:42
by JakeMelampy
Any more progress, Sean?

Jake

Unread postPosted: 01 Feb 2006, 03:32
by Taco44
Nope....been really busy at work lately. Hopefully next week.

Unread postPosted: 08 May 2006, 05:27
by AfterburnerDecalsScott
Herrrroooo....Hans Briiiix!!!

Any movement? :P

Unread postPosted: 08 May 2006, 06:00
by Habu
AfterburnerDecalsScott wrote:Herrrroooo....Hans Briiiix!!!

Any movement? :P


bwahahahahaahaha!

Unread postPosted: 09 May 2006, 20:38
by lawndart
AfterburnerDecalsScott wrote:Gonna just glom on to Sean's thread here.

Did the same thing, and didn't go with the aftermarket wheelwell. Used a bunch of fine solder and stuff. Its not CLOSE to accurate, but it has what Shep Paine calls "creative gizmology" and certainly look busy...especially when the rest of it is assembled.

Pit is stock with Eduard color stuff. Seat is Black Box. I didn't do with BB this time. I punked out and couldn't bring myself to hack on a $170 kit that much!

Markings are custon for the 421st from Desert Storm


Nice work so far Scott!
Love the Old Skool Black Widows decal choice too!

Unread postPosted: 09 May 2006, 22:52
by ghettobird
isn't the tail number you're working on an old 522nd tail?

Unread postPosted: 12 Jul 2006, 07:14
by Taco44
Holy Crap!! I almost forgot I was building a model. Well, I'm back home and done with TDYs for awhile. I'll get some more done and update. Yes, this was an old 522nd jet. It became our wing king in June 2003 as it was the first jet we accepted from Cannon during our transition from Block 40s.

Unread postPosted: 23 Jul 2006, 05:37
by Taco44
Ok guys, here it is as promised. I got the eng bay and engine done. Keep in mind that I'm building this with the engine installed, so not a lot of detail was put into it. Mostly slap together and paint. Hope ya'll enjoy. Criticism welcome.

Unread postPosted: 23 Jul 2006, 05:41
by Taco44
And now the engine. Since only the lower forward section will be seen through the access panels, this was the only section to receive parts and paint. Real quick build as not a lot of it will be seen. And for you nit-pickers, yes I know that the engine is not that silver in real life. I did this mainly for contrast and I know that probably most people that see this have never seen a GE in real life and won't know the difference.

Unread postPosted: 23 Jul 2006, 05:45
by Taco44
Here is a couple from the rear. Paint is applied but not a wash. This will be done later to weather the conv/dive seals.

Unread postPosted: 23 Jul 2006, 05:52
by Taco44
And finally some of the eng temp installed to give you an idea of what the access panels will look like.

Unread postPosted: 27 Jul 2006, 17:16
by Meathook
I am impressed but you guys have far too much time on your hands...you need to get out more...but Damn...nice work! :-)

Unread postPosted: 27 Jul 2006, 17:17
by Meathook
I am impressed but you guys have far too much time on your hands...you need to get out more...but Damn...nice work! :-)

Unread postPosted: 04 Aug 2006, 14:57
by rhinophan99
Great job so far Taco !! Keep up the good work ..

Hey is " Malph " still out there flying with the unit ?

RJ

Unread postPosted: 08 Sep 2006, 14:31
by f-18hornet
Hey man, very nice work :thumb:
You've rigorously hands.

Off topic: Can I upload some photos of other planes than F-16/22/35 only?

Unread postPosted: 04 May 2007, 11:10
by Habu
LIke what others were you thinking of?

Unread postPosted: 29 Jul 2007, 11:36
by f-18hornet
Habu wrote:LIke what others were you thinking of?


I've decided to upload my pic at www.fighterops.com/forum and try to search topic called "Some models for you:)".

Unread postPosted: 11 Aug 2007, 02:24
by Parkeran2
Hi,
WOW, That is awesome i don't have any critisim to give you unless you cout It is awesome.
Keep Soaring High
Parkeran2 8)

Unread postPosted: 13 Aug 2007, 22:01
by ghettobird
NICE WORK, BUT IT STILL LOOKED BETTER AS THE 522ND FLAGSHIP
NOT SOME TACO SCHMACO WING KING HA HA

Unread postPosted: 19 Aug 2007, 06:04
by Taco44
I agree. It's been one of the biggest piles we have. I think I am going to change it to 86-0350. The only reason I was going to do 310 was because I was the ADCC on it a few years back. I have been the DCC for 350 for awhile now and it proves to be a much better jet.

Unread postPosted: 27 Aug 2007, 21:54
by ghettobird
my favorite birds were your block 40's when they came to Aviano in 97ish . we got called into work on weekend duty to help gen up your birds for some kind of crapola going on. plus some "sensitive" member of the 31st FW tried to file a EEO suit because the side of your jets said "tacos"

Unread postPosted: 27 Aug 2007, 22:22
by Habu
Psssh! People will complain about anything won't they? I'd be proud to fly a jet with Taco emblazoned on the tail!

Unread postPosted: 29 Aug 2007, 07:30
by Parkeran2
Hi,
Those pics are awesome. :applause:
Keep Soaring High
Parkeran 8)