January 17th 2016 will mark 25 years since the US-led Coalition began airstrikes in a prelude to boots on the ground to force the withdrawal of Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi forces from Kuwait. To mark the 25th Anniversary, we will be commencing a Kiwimodeller Group Build, beginning January 17th 2016, and finishing on the 15th of July 2016.
The build is open to any scale and any subject that played a role in Operation Desert Storm. This includes Iraqi forces. The model must be built in its entirety within the specified build dates and the build should be accompanied by a thread in the group build forum documenting regular progress. Post shots of your sprues at the beginning of your thread.
By the end of the GB (and no later than 24 hours after the completion date) participants should post five pictures of the completed build in the GB completed builds thread. There is no entry fee for the GB, but a donation for the upkeep of Kiwimodeller is welcome The winner of the group build will be decided by popular vote.
Voting will run for the week following the 15th of July, ending Midday the 22nd of July. A deadlock will be decided by a separate run-off vote.
It's a big kit alright, I have the 1/32 Trumpy kit and the box is the biggest of any kit I have, it is massive! The kit itself is 63cm long by 41cm wide. One day I'll get round to it...
As the others have said, this is supposed to be a pretty good kit, even by tamiya standards.
One tip I have read many times over that applies to the 1/32 as well as 1/48 kits, is leave the plastic guard around the nose pitots on as long as you possibly can, because as soon as you take it off, you will start snapping them off...
This one is a really nice kit and I was tempted to do it myself for the ODS build. Kind of wish I had now.
The size really caught me out as well as never having seen one for real, I was surprised at just how big it was.
I'd always assumed it was roughly the same size as an F-18 but it's more comparable to an F-15!
Should look awesome once built and hope you don't have any probs with it.
Update In Stash:
Lots of 1/35 Armor mainly WWII German and a few Modern British/American pieces, 1/32 Aircraft and 1/48 Aircraft. Aircraft chosen to replicate RNZAF and RAAF types through the years. Some RAF & USAF types exist also.
Thanks Powder. I was looking for the tractor set on trademe on Saturday and couldn't find it. I had seen it around before. Admittedly I was searching using my phone. Good find on the 2nd hand kit too. Unfortunately I'm now broke till next month. Wifey's birthday shoes cost more than I planned for..... and I hadn't planned to buy this kit either
So I got cracking on this this afternoon, starting with removing the details from the tub and IP in preparation for the colour photoetch.
I also put pat of the seat together. I will paint these parts individually and put them together later, but the chair will go in after the body has been painted, especially as the big struts coming off the chair are to hold open the canopy.
I took a tip from another build log and used the included masks for the inside of the canopy glass. They are not precut but it was easy enough to do it by hand.
While I was at it I added the glass for the FLIR pod in the nose.
I used the Eduard masks on the outside. Not something I find easy, putting on a mask precisely, but I'm relatively happy.
Just looked at the next things I want to do. I'll be painting the internal parts before assembly, but that means taking care of the ejector pin marks that are all over the place, both raised and recessed. I really wish I had one of those Trumpeter chisel tools as some of the areas are tight and the marks are small.
I know it's not going to be seen, but I can't see the point of not trying to do my best each new kit I try.
This will be interesting. The doors of the bomb bay have a texture to them that will be hard to replicate after cleaning or filling the ejector pin marks.
Looking around it looks like I will have to buy in a chisel or two from overseas, so not until next month. Does anyone know a local supplier or does anyone have a chisel I could borrow for a week to let me take care of these ejector pin marks?
Kane, the circles on the cover panels are areas of detail, or more to the point areas where detail is missing. I cannot vouch that they're all in the correct location but there is a variety of fluid/hydraulic connection plates on these panels. I think the remaining bigger circles are likely ejector pin marks.