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Pit Road F-35J

Postby EnzoA » Fri Jul 06, 2018 18:08

Hey all! Been awhile since I posted here. I just picked this up from the store today and I started work on it. So far the fit is excellent, the nose just needs some sanding and reshaping as it was too narrow upon gluing it, which resulted in 3 different steps. It's a snap kit, but it's pretty good.

Hard for me to gauge the accuracy, but there's one thing this and the actual thing have in common-- a hefty price tag. I'd say it isn't really worth the $20 (it can buy you a 72nd one here), but hey, it's on my bucket list of 1/144 kits to work on. I'll be making this in the low-vis grey scheme with high-vis roundels. There's just something about it that makes the F-35 look intimidating, especially with an open weapons bay. I'm also taking some GBUs out of my spares and AIM-9s, as I have no AAM-3s.


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Re: Pit Road F-35J

Postby Wege » Sat Jul 07, 2018 6:32

It would be neat to have of those and the Revell F35 prototype...

Or even better.. the two prototype competitors as well as the above.. :)
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Re: Pit Road F-35J

Postby MerlinJones » Sat Jul 07, 2018 8:29

I was scanning to see how it differs from the Revell, besides the two additions above each intake.
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Re: Pit Road F-35J

Postby Wege » Sat Jul 07, 2018 8:52

I see extra bump in front of canopy, TCS notches on the wings? and extra lump near the rear of the upper fuselage..... as well as different intake shapes I think...
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Re: Pit Road F-35J

Postby EnzoA » Sat Jul 07, 2018 16:51

Revell's was based on the X-35B. The main difference will be on the canopy, additional vents for all the moving bits, no gun. Production variants have an EOTS sensor underneath the radome.

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Tonight's progress:
-Painted up the fuselage

To break the monotony, I used a similar technique that I recently used on a 72nd Bf-109F, spray white randomly along the fuselage. The secret is not to build a uniform layer, keep it random. After that, just mist the base color on.
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Re: Pit Road F-35J

Postby EnzoA » Sun Jul 15, 2018 14:29

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After a week with a fever and some last exams for the summer term, I finally got around with the decals.
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Re: Pit Road F-35J

Postby EnzoA » Mon Jul 16, 2018 17:07

Slowly getting there... Its been raining lately so I can't work on the landing gear doors that I painted wrong and repaint the inner weapons bay doors. I got to finish most of the decals, do some wash and weathering with oils as well tonight.

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(NOT SEEN): After I took these pics, I got around to shortening the landing gear door bay's struts. It's too long.
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Re: Pit Road F-35J

Postby ajmm » Mon Jul 16, 2018 20:13

Enzo that looks great! I love the subtle effect you’ve managed to get with the white.
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Re: Pit Road F-35J

Postby MattP » Tue Jul 17, 2018 4:05

I've got a couple of these in various marking options in the stash. Your build is looking GREAT!!!

Thanks for sharing!

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Re: Pit Road F-35J

Postby uberlight » Mon Jul 30, 2018 18:16

Enzo,

Nice and neat build , it's good to know that you sprayed a marble layer to kill the monotony of the grey surface.
What AB needle size did you use to achieve that ?
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