F35A joint strike fighter in 1/72 scale: : kit review & building report of the ACADEMY kit
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The gloss coat will also prevent tiny
air bubbles to settle below the decals that look bad on a model ("silvering").
Here the subtle zig-zag panelling is seen:
The nice undercarriage was set in place and painted an extra white coat with black details. Bay doors were set in place in the open position. I missed a couple of smaller inside doors to the main bay. These were cut loose from parts #9 + 10 and set in place.
The horizontal tailplanes were fitted
as well as the weaponbay doors. The vertical tails were NOT yet fitted.
F-35A airframe stencilling was applied from the Academy decals, also for the weaponry stencil decals are provided. On the decalsheet also various small NO STEP decals are found. The location of these is very vaguely indicated on the decal placement drawing, but are on the flaps, stabilizer, leading edges and some fuselage panels.
The vertical tails were also decalled.
code "F-001" was made by cutting from the G decal from the Academy kit
a "0" and the E became the "F".
The canopy of the Academy is crystal clear. To get a gold/orange sheen on the canopy, first a mix of Tamiya Clear Orange X-26 thinned with 50% Tamiya Clear X-20A was made. Pour the thinned Tamiya paint in a cup and dip in the canopy carefully, remove and let dry.
When dried, the canopy frames were
FS 36231 but not the wide central frame. It looks very subtle on the real
F-35A and a very tiny black tape strip was used instead made from printboard
tape. In the center of the rear canopy section I also added a very thin
metal wire as seen on a real F-35A. Set in place with tiny drops of white
The Netherlands ordered 37 Lockheed F-35A aircraft for the Royal Netherlands Air Force (KLu). Testing started of their F-35 aircraft with training the first pilots at Eglin AFB Florida. First test aircraft arrived end May 2016 at Leeuwarden for a first evaluation like noise measurements. Operational F-35A aircraft of the KLu will arrive not earlier than 2019 in The Netherlands.
and set in a scenery....
At Leeuwarden AFB, May 2016 below...
A nice test F-35A "F-001" of
the Royal Netherlands Air Force ( KONINKLIJKE LUCHTMACHT) as of beginning
2014 is now in the model collection.
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Update May 2016 and Dec 2016