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    Thanks AR.
    Its called Tourist Season. So why can't we shoot them?

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    Earlier I mentioned how bad the Hasegawa 18C is. Well the D isn't any better. In their defense, these are old issue models, that have been reboxed. Both share the same sprues, with a added one thrown in to make the D (2 seat) model. A late 70s kit, that was updated with engraved panel lines in the mid 80s. Now molds are showing their age with flash, warpage and shrinkage.

    On to the kit

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    With these decals
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    To show how old the parts are, the sprues were labeled F-18a/TF-18A. Made before the training version got the "B" designation.
    The part number is molded into the part. If its large enough. Typical, 1970s stuff

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    Even with that thought, Hasegawa always has been known for really good molded in detail. Look at the wheel well and gun vents. There are recent releases from other companies that are no where near this good

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    Fuselage parts were warped and had a bit of shrinkage. Took a few hours of Hot water bath then bend the part a bit, More hot water then bend.....

    Got most of the warp out. Then came glue a bit. Hold till it dried, Then bend to get more lined up, glue, hold. repeat

    One side came out pretty good. A bit of filler and it will be fine

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    The other side was the one that had shrunk. Had to cut a shim from card stock to fill the gap.

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    The intakes were oversized. Got the front half sanded down. Still need to sand the backs
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    Cockpit pretty shabby. Bang seats not installed yet. The D model doesn't have a stick in back so don't follow the instructions and put one there. Instrument panel is wrong. But she will have the canopy closed and wont be seen.

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    Package from Sprue Brothers came today.

    Plan to do a asymmetrical CAS loadout According to one of my F-18 books one of the loadouts that the Vikings used was Maverick and gas tank on port wing, sniper pod on fuselage hardpoint
    And 2 500lb LGBs and 1 500lb JDAM on the starboard wing.

    So I ordered these sets.

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    You do good work! And you have a terrific understanding of the subject and that's a big help.

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    Paint time

    Coat of Vallejo Black Primer on the bird.

    I haven't jumped on the "Black Basing" bandwagon. I just got a bottle of Ammo by MIG one shot white primer. Played with it on a test model. Still trying to figure it out. But I also got a Ammo by mig paint set and am trying to figure them out also. They don't spray like every other acrylic paint. And the company is proud of that! If I wasn't so stubborn, I would have thrown them away.

    My normal primer is Vallejo Lt Ghost Grey. But its hard to see where you put the primer down when the plastic is also grey. 2d model using the black. I like it. Its gotten to where all I'm using is Vallejo Model Air.

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    Also started on the underwing stores. We have just about got to where everything is grey.on the Navy/Marine side. But I did old 500lb bombs (green, no heat resistant coating) with new paveway kits to add a little color. And all Marine Corps Sniper pods are Gunship Grey

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    I know... some guys swear by the black undercoating, and then bury it in layers of top coats and weathering. I know that gloss black is supposed to be used under the metallizer coats is necessary to give them depth. I haven't done it yet, but am willing to try. Your work is very good and I know you'll make it work.

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    Shot a coat of paint on the bird and worked on the ord.

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    I do like the black primer. But, it does hide stuff like scratches, mold lines gaps. Don't catch those till you put the first coat of paint on. Then you end up sanding and respraying after fixing the problems.
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