Hasegawa ASF-X Shinden
This is one of my latest projects. It is 1/72 scale, which is a bit small for me usually, but the whole shape and look of this aircraft is SO COOL!
For those who don,t know, it is a conceptual aircraft from the video game Ace Combat, as its name suggests, it is actually supposed to be a Japanese, and the kit comes with contemporary JASDF markings. It takes a lot influences from modern current generation warplanes, the styling is somewhere between F-22, F-35, Rafale, and the Russian forward swept stealth prototype (whose designation I forget!). It has two engines, mounted vertically, and it can be built in level flight or STOVL position. As a supposed “Air Dominance Fighter” like the F-22, it carries air to air ordnance, in the shape of AIM-120 like missiles, which although add something to an otherwise clean aircraft, cannot do anything for its stealth signature!
As it does,t exist anyway, I just thought it would look really good dressed in US Navy VF84 Jolly Rogers markings, and based on USS Nimitz, which I sourced from a Fujimi F-14A Tomcat.
I have sprayed the model in Mr Color US Navy colours, with various shades being used, all under shaded to add to the effect, much masking was used!! I have modelled it as a CAG bird, so it is a mix of lo-viz and hi-viz markings. I liked the yellow chevron markings, but these would not fit in the traditional side of the nose, so I put them on the canards, which i think is quite eye catching.
It is a very simple build, but looks very effective, its a pity it isn,t available in 1/48 though, as I would do more of them. I do now have another one, which has markings for a fictional air force, probably from the game, in a mixture of deep blue, and stealth type panelling, much like the effect on the F-35, I intend to build this one in flight, and will post it here when it is done eventually.
Happy modelling everyone, you are doing some great stuff on here!
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