Battlestar Pegasus Part 1

As I mentioned in the video review, I’ve been wanting this kit for quite a while.  Having built Battlestar Galactica in the same scale. I’m really looking forward to displaying these side by side.  This is also my entry into the IPMS London 2019 One Year Build.

Here are the sprue shots to get things started.

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Hasegawa 1/72 F-18A Part 6

Returned to this project to start the decals.   Modern aircraft have quite a few decals and in 1/72 scale some are very tiny…

Considering the age of the decals they have been going on for the most part quite well.  I find they are ready to go within 30 seconds after dipping them in warm water. I thought the gloss coat I put on was smooth enough but the decals were very difficult to move once placed. 

All the main ones were placed until I had a problem with one of the decals that makes up the false canopy on the underside of the aircraft. This is a feature that Canadian Hornets use.  The idea is the false canopy makes it slightly more difficult to tell the orientation of the aircraft so, during a dogfight, this delay could be used to the Hornet’s advantage. 

In this case, one of them tore and then folded back on itself.  I’ve decided to paint that section as well as the nose doors where decals were supplied instead.  The color used is Tamiya XF-24.  Once that is done I’ll resume the decalling.  I’m not sure if I’m going to put every tiny stencil on following my three-foot rule.  If I can’t see it from 3 feet I may not put it on to prevent my eyes from going cross-eyed!