I actually finished this model some months ago, but I did not feel like posting this guy earlier with the event in Ukraine and many friends in Kyiv and around trying to save their life.
Anyway, this is a classic model from Tamiya I bought in 1995. It took years before I felt the confidence, then the motivation to build this big model of more than 55 cm in length. Building this kit I really noticed the huge improvement we benefit today on new kits. For sure after more than 20 years, decals were dry but thanks to Reid Air Publications I was able to go with a nice version that did not require this awful brown camo used in Vietnam ;-P
The fitting of this kit was... mmmmhhh... grrrr... pfffff... not great and the putty was my friend. I also add tons of scratch builds (plus PE from Eduard) in the cockpit and the engines are from Reskit.
Based on pictures, I tried to create a lot of nuances and fading effects often observed on those aircraft. The metallic part behind the exhaust was done with the metallic pigment from Uschi van der Rosten.
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