Archive for March, 2014


MiG-15bis ‘Fagot’

MiG-15bis ‘Fagot’, Eduard profipack, 1:72
Eduard exterior set, Eduard flaps set

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Full article will be published in one of future Scale Aircraft Modelling magazine issues.

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Hi everybody! It seems that nothing much has been done in the past week but you probably know that feeling, when you spend hours on the model kit and little can be seen done. Well such tedious tasks were keeping me busy in the recent days. You may still remember (if not, check the previous post) of the nasty gap that appeared on starboard side of resin nose to fuselage join. That was taken care of, as well as all rescribing that was required around the nose as well as on the lower part of the fuselage. Pilots from Revell NATO set were painted according to some reference photos – day-glo orange suits with olive drab jackets. Trying to sit them in the ejection seats revealed they are too big and serious leg amputation surgeries followed, so they could be seated in the cockpit. Harnesses were done using thin Tamiya tape stripes. With all of this work done, it’s time to mask and fix the clear parts (dryfit looks good) and slowly prepare her for painting.

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See you next time!

Update no.2!

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Since this is gonna be wheels up model, gear bays were not installed. This in fact helped positioning the doors which fit rather decently in closed position and only a little bit of filling and sanding are needed for fixing them up. Wings were also glued in full sweep position but if I would do it again, I would fix them later before painting. Why, you might ask? Reason is the fuselage seam that runs below them, which would be easier to clean if the wings would be swept forward.

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The belly of the beast. Gear bay doors are not fixed yet.

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Air brakes were pretty much the same story as gear bay doors – a little filler and sanding required for closing them.

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Resin nose was finally attached. I had to hollow it a bit for better fit, but there will be some work needed to close that gap on starboard side.

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Port side, however, fit very well. Since the nose includes a portion of instrument panel cover as well as windshield edge, I opted for centering this part to avoid having problems attaching clear parts a bit later.

Next “work in progress” project I want to share with you is gonna be a German Navy (Marineflieger) Panavia Tornado IDS. I always liked the old-school look of white-grey Tornados armed with Kormoran anti-ship missiles, dashing low over Baltic Sea and that’s my vision I’ll try to recreate.

The kit I will be using is good old Revell Tornado in 1:72. I plan to build it pretty much out of the box with one noticeable exception – the only thing that doesn’t look good to my eyes is the nose area being too pointy. I found Dr. Peppers resin nose replacement and ordered Part metal pitot and AoA sensors while decals will come from Modeldecal sheet. Italeri’s weapon set will donate the Kormorans for the project and Revell’s NATO pilots set, the crew.

Cockpit is mostly done but not just finished yet. A little bit of washing and drybrushing brought most of the details out, but with the pilots inside and closed canopy, little of it will be seen in the end.

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As I mentioned before, I’ll be using Dr. Peppers resin nose replacement. One has to cut the front fuselage parts, but since the cut follows the vertical panel line, this task is rather simple. And it looks much better now than before.

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Northrop XB-35

Northrop XB-35, Cyberhobby 1:200

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Together with its older brother, jet powered YB-49 – built a couple of years ago, CLICK for the gallery.

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Model will appear in one of the future Scale Aircraft Modelling magazine issues.

A short clip showing some footage of XB-35 flight testing