Category Archives: 1/48 Scale

Italeri F-16D Fighting Falcon – Part 1

New beginning with Italeri 1/48 scale F-16D Fighting Falcon.

Extra detail set :

  • Aires resin cockpit set
  • Aires resin Wheel bays
  • Aires resin Exhaust Nozzle
  • CMK resin armament set
  • HAD Models resin exterior set

Plan is to make some maintanence and access panels scratch build as much as possible.

Planning open panels marked with red.

As first step resin wheel bays painted, weathered and detailed. Most diffcult resin wheel bay in my opinion because of very thin cable detail. Almost impossible to paint.

Here the results:

Nose wheel bay:

First open panel works:

8 panel at dorsal section of tail drilled first and inner area created with several plastic parts. Grey parts are kits parts and white parts evergreen plastic cutted proper shape for base inner detail.

Scratch builded parts so far are painted and weathered.

Various evergreen plastic rods added inside of spine holes.

Some of them painted in its place some of them outside.

Various metal wires added according to reference photos.

After last two pneumatic tube assembly where upper side of all other cables, first part of scratch build open panel job is completed with more than 80 extra parts.

Open panel lips are also created with evergreen parts.

Results after all scratch build work:

Next steps coming soon…

Iranian Air Force F-14A Tomcat

Hasegawa F-14A Tomcat 1/48

Hasegawa F-14A Tomcat 1/48 scale kit with Iranian colors.


  • Aires F-14A Tomcat Cockpit Set
  • Aires F-14A Tomcat Exhaust Nozzles – Open
  • Aires F-14 Tomcat Wheel Bay
  • Wheelliant F-14A Weighted Wheels
  • Master Model Pitot tube and Angle of attack probe
  • Eduard Brassin AIM-7
  • Eduard Brassin AIM-9
  • Hasegawa Weapons:B AIM-54
  • HI-Decal Line F-14A Tomcat Iranian
  • Scratch Build refueling probe
  • Vallejo Acrylics

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Hasegawa F-14A Assembly And Kit Detail

Hasegawa F-14A Tomcat, 1/48 scale, Iranian Air Force color with some extras.

Box number 07246 Pt46.

Total 294 parts, 6 of them photoetch for canopy and ladder, 6 of them metal part for wheel, and extra rubber tire.

All parts are engraved and nice detailed.

Although i used resin detail set, the detail of orijinal cockpit and wheel bays caught my attention.

Canopy detail with metal parts is really nice. No addition is need for that area. But clear part has seamlines along the canopy as standart hasegawa canopy.

Extra two pilot. Each has two head option. Option is Helmet sunvisor open or closed.

With little care air intake can be built seamless.

No chance to assembly sweep variable wing. You should choose sweep forward or sweep back assembly.

If you choose sweep forward wing than you can build the flaps extended. The detail is nice as you see.

Three option for IR Seeker equipment.

Detail of landing gear struts are nice also i added some cable for hydraulic lines detail.

Air brakes can be build deployed but detail is weak in my opinion. Detail of exhaust nozzle also insufficient detailed.

No weapons only pylons, two auxiliary fuel tank and TARPS pod. All loadings are extras.

AIM-9J and AIM-7E are from Eduard Brassin.

AIM-54 Phoenix are from Hasegawa Aircraft Weapons:B

Iranian F-14s has refueling probe with open panel and no detail for that coming from kit. Some scratch building is need for that.

Kit is completed with some extras below:

Short review of some of them:

And after painting of resin cockpit. Note: Aires instrument panels are colorless. You have to paint photoetch instrument panel.

Aires F-14 Tomcat Wheel Bay and after painting.

Canopy seamline is deleted and polished. Front clear part is detailed with clear green color and added some black plastic tape from inside instead of painting.

Front part is glued its place with CA glue and polished again.

Wheelliant F-14A Tomcat Weighted Wheels 148 001 used for tire.

Master Model F-14 Alfa Probe and Angle of Attack Probe AM-48 007 used for pitot.

Aires F-14A Tomcat Exhaust Nozzles- Open 4708 is used for exhaust.

Hi-Decal Line 48-021 is used for Iranian decal. They are really nice and thin.





North American F-51D Mustang

IMG_4415Tamiya 1/48 scale, box number 61044, F-51D Mustang with El Salvador Air Force color.

All panel lines are engraved and almost no fitting problem as a standart of Tamiya kit.

All detailed information about this kit was published on:

IN PROGRESS page “North American F-51D Mustang – Building Steps”.

Only pilot was used as an extra from another kit.

Nice decals are from Aztec Model. Latin American Mustangs 1 (48/72-014).

All colors are from Vallejo Acrylics.

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Republic RF-84F Thunderflash

Republic RF-84F Thunderflash – Tanmodel 1/48

img_4925Tanmodel 1/48 scale, box number 2201, RF-84F Thunderflash kit with Turkish Air Force colors, belongs to 1st AB. 114.Filo ESKISEHIR. 1956-1972.

This kit is the second production of the made in Turkey company      TANMODEL. First one was the 1/72 scale TAI HURKUS-A.

This RF-84F is sole RF-84F model with engraved panel lines in scale 1/48. Tanmodel filled this deficiency. Including really nice detailed cockpit, seamless air intake, detailed landing gears  and   amazing   camera parts.

img_4920 img_4915 img_4919Canopy is optionel open or closed. One piece canopy included. Ailerons and flaps are optionel extended or retracted. And camera bay can be build open or closed.

img_4910 img_4909 img_4908 img_4913Eight different decal pattern including Italian, German, Netherlands, USAF, French, Hellenic other than Turkish Air Force decal.

Skill level is 5 by 5 in my opinion. This kit not for beginner certainly. Even though only second kit of the TANMODEL, RF-84F is really nice and acceptable kit. Strongly recommended.

More detailed informations, pictures and building steps about this kit is shared in IN PROGRESS page. Click HERE

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Sukhoi Su-24M Fencer-D 1/48

Trumpeter SU-24M FENCER-D   1/48 Scale


Trumpeter 1/48 scale, box number 02835. There are more than 600 parts in a big and nice box.

More than half of the parts for armaments. There are very rich variety and almost all kind of russian aircraft weapons can be build.

Parts are grey plastic and has engraved panels. Rivet detail is very weak.

Radar section can be build open and kit gives nice detail for that in the radome.

Wings are swing wing. Spoiler over wings can be positioned up and flaps are extended. But you should fix wing unswept. If you want sweptback wing, spoiler must be down and flaps are retracted as i did which is very hard modification is needed. Because wings are cannot be build with flaps up. No place over wing for that.

Nose landing gear strut is optional, metal or plastic. Main landing gear strus are plastic but there are metal support core inside. Tires and rims are seperated. Tires are black nylon, rims are plastic.


  • Intakes are detailless thatswhy i made FOD cover from evergreen plastic.
  • Cockpit and seats are Aires resin. Instrument panel is colorless photoetch.
  • Wheel bays are from Aires resin.
  • B-13L rocket tubes are Aerobonus resin.
  • ZAB-100 bombs are Advanced Modeling resin.
  • Pilots are from Aerobonus resin
  • Ladder is handmade from evergreen plastic.
  • Chock is handmade from evergreen plastic.
  • Decals are from kits decal.

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North American F-100D Super Sabre

North American F-100D Super Sabre – Trumpeter 1/48



Trumpeter 1/48 scale, box number 02822, F-100D Thunderbirds kit is converted to Turkish Air Force F-100D Super Sabre.

Kit has totally engraved panel lines and rivets but they are very weak. Fortunately kits plastic is soft so i re-scribed and re-rivet all detail easily.


Movable surfaces like rudder, flaps/slats can be build active position. I prefer closed slats instead of open because lack of detail.

Landing gear struts was detailed with some wire and streched sprue.

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No canopy detail coming with kit. I added some Evergreen plastic .

Landing gear bay doors re-builded to make more accurate. I used some part of kit, Evergreen plastic and sprue.

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Pilots body and head are from another kit. Arms are spare resin arms, parachute is shaped epoxy putty. Seat is resin.

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  • Resin cockpit (Aires)
  • Colorless photoetch instrument panel (Aires)
  • Seat (Aires)
  • Wheel bays (Aires)
  • Exhaust nozzle (Aires)
  • Wheels (Aires)
  • Resin nose
  • Metal pitot tube
  • Stencils (Cam Pro Series F-100D)
  • Decals (Microscale Super Sabre of Turkish Air Force)
  • Bombs (Hasegawa Weapon Sets)
  • Paints (Vallejo Acrylics)
  • Reference Sources: F-100 SUPER SABRE IN TURKISH AIR FORCE Volume 1/2 by LEVENT BASARA

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