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TOPIC: MMC 1/48 Dasault Rafale B. Mali.

MMC 1/48 Dasault Rafale B. Mali. 8 months 2 weeks ago #1

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It was a bit of a toss up, but I have gone with a Euro canard.

I will need to source decals and a damocles pod (L'Arsenal). Will arm it with AASM Hammers and a third tank from the Skunk model works French weapons set.

Mali, 2013. Side No, HO-113



Thus was runner up. Was thinking about Libya and carrying Pave way IV, Brimstone,
Lantirn & ASRAAMs.
Maybe if I have time at the end.

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MMC 1/48 Dasault Rafale B. Mali. 8 months 2 weeks ago #2

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Nice. Had not even heard of Operation Serval before now, so I'm now educated on another largely unknown (to me anyway) conflict. Amazing how many "small" wars there have been in between all the other "major" ones.

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MMC 1/48 Dasault Rafale B. Mali. 7 months 4 weeks ago #3

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I have built the naval version and it went together well, will be an interesting build

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MMC 1/48 Dasault Rafale B. Mali. 7 months 4 weeks ago #4

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Jason, when you built the 'M', did you use the fuselage missile pylons alongside the engines?
This kit doesn't have them, but I have seen aircraft picrures in theatre with them and carrying missiles.
Wouldn't mind compensating you if you have them still.

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MMC 1/48 Dasault Rafale B. Mali. 7 months 4 weeks ago #5

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Love the RoG Rafale. Built three of them, all What Ifs...



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MMC 1/48 Dasault Rafale B. Mali. 7 months 4 weeks ago #6

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I built mine so long ago I can’t remember if I did or didn’t. I don’t have anything left of the kit either, sorry can’t be of any help on that one

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MMC 1/48 Dasault Rafale B. Mali. 7 months 3 weeks ago #7

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Opened the box today.



And got out all the sprue out



Instructions start you in the cockpit, but. . .
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MMC 1/48 Dasault Rafale B. Mali. 7 months 2 weeks ago #8

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Woohoosh ...
I went flying instead,



I'll get my coat.
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MMC 1/48 Dasault Rafale B. Mali. 7 months 2 weeks ago #9

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Marcus - can I give you a 'heads up'

Mentioned that I've built three of these kits, and the biggest 'issue' that I found regardless of boxing, was the attachment of the main landing gear which has to be done before painting & final assembly. The instructions are really vague for this, so take-your-time and do a lot of dry fitting before committing to glue.

Also the definition of the radome is really poor. It joins on to the main fuselage immediately in front of the windshield, but the radome is about 6 or 7mm further forward - the number of times you see this painted incorrectly II




Found this old pic of my Greek Rafale from 2013 you can just make-out the actual position of the radome line.

HTH



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MMC 1/48 Dasault Rafale B. Mali. 7 months 2 weeks ago #10

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Apparently you have to have something with the time/date on with the box content photo before you build............
Don't make the mistake I did and just crack in to it or you won't be able to enter it either ;)

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'Yea, Though I Fly Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, I Shall Fear No Evil. For I am at 50,000 Feet and Climbing.'
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MMC 1/48 Dasault Rafale B. Mali. 7 months 2 weeks ago #11

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Quite, right you are, Gary.

Here we are then.

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MMC 1/48 Dasault Rafale B. Mali. 7 months 2 weeks ago #12

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Good luck Marcus. Looking forward to watching the build.

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MMC 1/48 Dasault Rafale B. Mali. 7 months 2 weeks ago #13

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Away with my family house sitting presently, so not having all my modelling gear I am just cutting pieces off the sprue and gluing subassemblys together. Scraping off burrs, sanding and the like.

It is quite a nice kit. Good moldings, nice engraving, better fit than some.
A little test fitting, scape an edge and add glue.



The HVAC vents are inserted and see through so I added a little brass mesh for effect





The rudder is assembled w/ glue but just sitting on the fuselage.

Interestingly the rudder is the only control surface in two halves. The rest are single piece moldings on the wings.
Makes for nice thin trailing edges



See. Like this

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MMC 1/48 Dasault Rafale B. Mali. 7 months 1 week ago #14

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Been putting some more parts together.
Get home in a few more days and will be able to get some paint on.

It's probably not accurate but I didn't want to see into the fuselage. Again, backed the exhaust with a bit of mesh. Then fitted the fairing to the outside.



The front gear bay is an insert, so in that goes



Actuator fairings and tanks.



Short one tank, so that is where the Skunk models set will come in. It probably won't be a perfect match but under the centre line it will serve just fine.

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MMC 1/48 Dasault Rafale B. Mali. 7 months 1 week ago #15

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Some good progress there Marcus!

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MMC 1/48 Dasault Rafale B. Mali. 7 months 1 week ago #16

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Un petit inspiration pour vous...







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MMC 1/48 Dasault Rafale B. Mali. 6 months 2 weeks ago #17

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Love the Rafale. Keen to see the end result

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MMC 1/48 Dasault Rafale B. Mali. 4 months 3 weeks ago #18

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Damn, it's been a long time between drinks.
Rounded up al my aftermarket, poor wallet. Now I will need to get on with getting on.
Resin. French weapons and seats
Decals for serials and insignias and a metal refuelling probe tip.
Everything I wanted has arrived so the rest is up to me.
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MMC 1/48 Dasault Rafale B. Mali. 4 months 18 hours ago #19

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Have done a bit more this last couple of weeks and Easter has also given me some time in the shed.

Wolfpack seats for the cockpit.
It's all black, trying to mess with the shades a bit to get contrast so something can be seen.



Plus gear and wells.
I scratched up the instrument shrouds while fitting the cockpit to the upper fuselage half so it needed a touch up and I forgot to paint the rear cockpit bulkhead. Company of one here.





Revells color call outs heavily favor their range of paint. So I . .
1 Read the callouts, look at a cross reference to my available paints.
2 disregard callouts
3 look at a couple of photos.
4 have a rummage through my paint and choose something close. . . ish.

It's working for me so far.

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MMC 1/48 Dasault Rafale B. Mali. 3 months 3 weeks ago #20

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Got the halves together. When the intakes and fin are on it will need some primer to show up the state of the seams. With the curved chines I can see some careful seam work being required.




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MMC 1/48 Dasault Rafale B. Mali. 3 months 3 weeks ago #21

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Coming together nicely. I dunno what it is with modern french aircaft, rather than most aircraft being function over form the french definitely swing the other way, not to say their aircraft aren't functional.

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MMC 1/48 Dasault Rafale B. Mali. 3 months 3 weeks ago #22

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I agree, for the most part the designers do make sure they are aesthetically pleasing. Rafale is a pretty hot jet, Eurofighter, not so, Gripen somewhere in the middle.

Names are the same. I guess it gives the pilots something to skite about. Not so great in the for the super hornet pilots, 'that's right honey, I drive a Rhino!'

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MMC 1/48 Dasault Rafale B. Mali. 3 months 3 weeks ago #23

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Looking the part Marcus!!

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