The subject of this group build is to take a model off your shelf that's been sitting there unfinished and finish it.
To start post photos of your model(s) in it's current state with a quick blurb of what version you were building and why it ended up abandoned. Then blog and post photos of you finishing it!
Extra kudos the older it is.
Had this kit for a long time and tried twice to get it done and it's gotten the better of me both times. I think I just psyched myself out trying to do it perfectly rather than just trying to do it well.
I got a bunch of the prep work done. I'll be adding some Brassin Snake Eyes as this is the kit without armament.
Speedbrake glued down
Other parts pretty much cleaned up. Will have a look at them again and then get them into primer
I need to make up the resin burner cans still. This is what stopped me last time.
Pity I stopped really as this was one of the better cockpit jobs I have done. PE helped of course.
Instructions and other parts still on the sprue. Im hoping to have a it mostly done before xmas. It may be wishful thinking at my speed but it's a goal.
So I'm stuck on the resin engines. I didn't quite understand the Aires instructions in regards to how the actuators went on and how much I should cut of the resin block. Now i have lost the instructions and can't seem to find any online. Hopefully there are spares as I have lost one and one I think is cut wrong.
Yup, that's perfect thanks mate, not that the instructions are great, but I needed to know roughly how far to put in the afterburner ring PE.
I did some work the other night starting the actuators on the engine exhausts. I'm just using PVA to give me time to get the parts in place and do any trimming I need to on the arms.
I'm hoping there's a couple spares here as I'm sure I've lost at least one.
I also tried the AB ring today. Thanks azzaob
It really is mostly guess work still and test fitting bowed the PE, but I really dont think you will notice. Thank's to the slightly cooler weather I will carry on tonight and watch some Star Trek Discovery while im at it.
and to be honest, looking at the kit ones vs the aires ones, I think I might use the kit ones, as although they are slightly thicker the detail on the ends of them looks quite nice.
Great work so far also, it really is a nice kit isn't it?
Slowly went through the process of adding all the actuators. I left them long to then trim them to size and glue the bottom end later.
Now I've added them all, I, not that fussed with the resin engines. Yes its nice molding but the couple of chips out of the exhausts are still an issue. I used rocket card PVA to fill them which has mostly worked but still no detail in them. Also the bad instructions, and my first time really working with resin parts meant I didnt know how far to cut the exhausts and one of them is not square.
I'm thinking now I may go back to the kit engines which are bloody good anyway.
I have started gluing the CFTs to the sided of the body. There's no locating points so it's a careful fit.
I completed gluing the rods in place on the resin engines. I cut the ends off to the right size, or mostly. I got it wrong twice and had to put in a little shiv of resin to fill the gap.
I also started adding more rods to the kit engines to see which I liked better. I think resin wins out, there are faults with it but there are also imperfections with the kit parts. Some are the fault of the parts, some are most definitely my fault.
I also primed some of the cockpit parts. I'll be leaving these parts in primer colour as I think it's close enough to what I think is the right colour. I got to use a Molotow pen for the first time to fill in the PE mirrors.
Was easy to over flood the area but I think it will work fine.
The inside cockpit walls were also primed so I can work towards closing up the front fuselage. Still needs some painting and weathering though which will be done by hand.
So with the heat, there's less time for me to do any building let alone painting, but I have tried and realised I need to rethink what I am doing next as I have been pushing trying to get this buttoned up.
Firstly I have closed up the forward fuselage. I had glued the seats in with the plan to paint it with the canopy on, but it wont actually close properly and since it will eventually be open, I dont want to remove anything from the canopy framing just to make it fit. Luckily I could break the glue seal and pop the seats out making it easier to mask.
I decided before I glued the rear area, I would test fit. Lucky too. I could have closed the gap in the middle of the area behind the cockpit, but it would have made for a big step between the 2 sections. Note for anyone else building.
Then the part that sits infront of the HUD got added. Because I am doing a PE hud I will need to fill the gap just behind this before adding that part. I'm unsure if I'll be doing that before or after I do the main painting.
Where I have started rethinking things is when it comes to the intakes. I sprayed a decently heavy coat of Stynylrez white primer in these. I know I am beyond creating seamless intakes but I did want decent coverage and was hoping to be able to put these in and close up the fuselage. Unfortunately it's not going to happen that way. looking at images of the intakes, I noticed the fuselage colour carries on further down the intakes. I did consider just usng the FOD covers that come with the kit and sealing this up, but I really want to show these off so I am back to planning to give these the best look I can.
I should have been doing more to this but have just got back into playing Elite Dangerous and loving it. Anywho....
Since the Aires PE burner rings were so tight, I decided to try the ones that came with my Eduard set. A much better fit and they have stand offs to get the height right, i can glue them directly to the fan blades
I am also seam checking the nose section, something I'm not that good at getting right.
Ive also started putting on other parts together. Not much else to report.
Slow and steady alright Tiger. I decided I better get off the PC and do some more to this before I go back to work next week.
I started by respraying the intakes which would get me ready to add the white intake paint, and give me an idea of how the paint colour would look. I decided to use Gunze H305 which looks lighter in this picture than in real life, but I think it looks pretty close.
With me not being happy with the PE burner rings that came with the Aires engines, I decide to use the Eduard ones which were designed for the kit engines. Since there was a little give in the fitting of the fan blades and the walls of the exhaust, I supergflued the tabs here and can squeeze them in when joining the parts without any worry. The landing gear also got some PE.
one of the nose wheel parts was lacking the holes, and not having a small enough drill bit to open the holes, I used an old airbrush needle. They will probably get filled in with the paint anyway.
Speaking of paint, the only way I could think to add the whites of the engines was to dip them, and this is the only paint I have to hand that was deep enough to do it. Gulp!
In a very McGuyver fashion, I super-glued a bracket for my claps to the wall of my spray booth. Hopefully I'll use this again.
I very crudely put a line where I would dip to, and then proceeded to ignore it by closing my eyes.
That was the easy part, getting them in the clamps was a pain and both slipped out and dropped. I really should have had the clamp so they could sit on some cocktail sticks and the clamp just hold them nicely instead of suspending them in mid air, but it worked so elegantly in my head. I also should have let the pain settle a bit, I didnt think about bubbles in the paint from shaking it up. Luckily there are no bubbles on the insides of the intakes. I'll leave these for a few days and see how they look. I expect I will also need to give them a good dip in Klear to get them nice and glossy.
Great Progress Kane! I used the same method for the intakes on the F-22..Took me a couple of goes to get it right ..took a while to dry too...but worked of in the end. Look forward to seeing the results!
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Coming along nicely Kane. I used a similar method on my academy eagle intakes except I sealed up the bottom and poured the paint in the top, let it sit for a minute or two then removed the bottom tape and let it drain out for a day or two. Had to trim excess paint off the end but it worked ok. Next time I will extend the bottom with tape so I can just peel the tape off and remove the paint lip at the same time. Similar method though. Hopefully it works out with the enamel paint as I think it is normally done with latex or waterbased paint. But fingers crossed!
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Cheers all and thanks for the feedback and suggestsions.
Grant, it's a little hard to paint as there's a definite change from body paint to intake white that is part way down the intakes. I could have done it before I put them together, but then I put them together so long ago before I even knew about different techniques. I did think about FOD covers as the kit comes with them, but decided I wouldn't let it beat me.
That's an interesting method G2. I think dipping is easier, but at least your way you could secure them first. I would just be worried about getting the paint in areas it's not supposed to be as these dont get filled all the way up. This paint is water / enamel whatever that is so its dry already. I think it could do with a 2nd dip but dont want to tempt fate. As Grant says, how much will you see anyway.
Nos, I remember you mentioning it, but I think you spun it too to get the best / most even coverage? It's what made me think of this remembering your build.
Fritz, mistakes and all, I think this has worked really well. Not that I recommend it for all intakes, but in this case Im quite happy so far.