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5 years 3 months ago #61 by grover
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Nice progress K2.
Ive almost finished the pit. Need to give it a coat of clear, then a little bit of a wash to bring out some detail and add the HUD.
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Another case of the mis-moulding on this kit. Putting together the rotary gun and there was a huge hole from one of the parts not fitting correctly. Nothing really to do but fill it up. I may throw in some styrene just to keep its mechanical look.
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5 years 3 months ago #62 by Xtr3meNZer
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I saw the hole also... wasn't too sure if it was supposed to be like that haha. Might have to fill it myself now! Just wish I had have known before glueing it together lol.

Pit is looking good dude :) I didn't clear over mine, just put the weathering right over the main paint to give it a varied paint colour job. Everyone to their own :)

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5 years 3 months ago #63 by Hadley
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Looking good guys, any idea what colour Tamiya acrylic I should use? Name/code would be mint

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5 years 2 months ago #64 by Xtr3meNZer
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Well mien was a bit light, but for my interior I used Neutral Grey, XF56. The outside I haven't quite decided, but I'm thinking XF59 Desert Yellow, maybe blended with a bit of flat earth or something along those lines... will find out

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5 years 2 months ago #65 by grover
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I'm. Using Gunze Desert Sand. Probably use some Tamiya smoke for post shading.

Not a huge amount of progress. She will be ready to button up today and I need to stop procrastinating and finish the canopy masking.
I've finished the cannon assembly and it's looking pretty cool. Pics later.

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5 years 2 months ago #66 by grover
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Sorry for the fuzzy picture. Phone has trouble focusing on small parts. The canon has had stainless steel on the mount and iron Mr Metals on the actual gun. The iron buffs really nicely to look more like dirty steel. I'll clear coat this and then add some different washes to it.
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All the other sub assemblies ready for primer which I sprayed this morning
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and then started gluing in the engine, and then cockpit in preparation for closing up the 2 halves.
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A small pin gets added to the tail fin for the rear propeller. Would have been just like me to forget it, but not this time
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2 halves ready to join up
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And she's starting to look like a cobra. I was quite surprised she fit together reasonably well. I would'nt say it was "Like a glove" but I've had some newer kist with worse fitting.
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I have already sprayed the intakes around the engine with Gunze Aqueous Sand Yelly, so I will be putting down some white tack to cover these holes while I paint the rest. If I can get the canopy masked today I will be happy.

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5 years 2 months ago #67 by Powder
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Looking good there Grover.
I take it Monday isn't a washing day. :P

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5 years 2 months ago #68 by grover
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lol, it is, but the washing is still in the machine :whistle:

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5 years 2 months ago #69 by Von Drinkoften
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Nice progress K1. Should look the shnizzle with the clamps removed and under a coat of paint. B)

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5 years 2 months ago #70 by Xtr3meNZer
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Nice progress there K1 - you did better than me, I forgot the engine when I glued it up!! I had to pry apart the bottom halves, and push it up into place... wasn't pretty I tell you, but eventually managed to get it in, and then glue it all on again. With any luck I'll be putting the first coats on tonight.

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5 years 2 months ago #71 by grover
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lol, I forgot the nose weight. Luckily I hadn't buttoned it all up so some tack and a lead sinker stuck down with pva.
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There's going to be a fair gap where the skids meet the fuselage. Any ideas how to close up these gaps. I'm thinking of putting something in the before I put in the skids.
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5 years 2 months ago #72 by Xtr3meNZer
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I'll have to get a pic tonight, but I did manage to bring it up a bit. I did some sanding along the edges, and a bit of scraping along the top of the skids which connect in, yes there was still a bit of a gap, but I managed to bring it right in.. I'll have to get a pic tonight.

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5 years 2 months ago #73 by Powder
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Looking at the photos on the previous page there's supposed to be a hole around the skids where they go into the body, but not the horizontal slot.
Is that as good as the fit gets? :unsure: I'd be hacking away at the body to try and get the skids sitting higher.

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5 years 2 months ago #74 by Xtr3meNZer
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Yeah, I did get the base of it up there nicely. Tonight she will be getting some paint :)

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5 years 2 months ago #75 by Flying_Kiwi
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......3 cobras rise from the desert....mine rises from the workbench.... THREAD HIJACK! :evil:

size isn't everything,....but just saying... :lol: :evil:



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5 years 2 months ago #76 by Xtr3meNZer
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Oh snap! is that 1/32?

Mine has been painted, but I can't get good pics due to low light constantly lol. Go to work before sunrise, get home as it's going down...

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5 years 2 months ago #77 by grover
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Nice Lucas. There's a joke in here about "compensating" :P

How'd the paint come out K2? Plenty of time this weekend for some day pictures after warbirds.
I just put the skids on this morning. A little bit of sanding will not be required in that area, but it's not too bad. Also put on the canopy. Will wait for that to dry properly before sorting out seem lines and gaps. No pictures either at the moment.

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5 years 2 months ago #78 by Xtr3meNZer
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Well I did pre-shading in Tamiya flat-earth. Wasn't very tidy with it on purpose lol. I then sprayed with the Desert Yellow (note I didn't use primer). It's come up quite dark, which is perfect for my build, as it's a darker yellow colour. For the American colours, I think it would be a bit lighter... This is the best pic I am able to get lol - just as a preview.

Post shading to come, maybe just some washes for that...

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5 years 2 months ago #79 by Flying_Kiwi
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grover wrote: Nice Lucas. There's a joke in here about "compensating" :P


I only ever build big models,... because i have little tool(s)

your snakes a looking real good guys!!! (oh ....just re read that...stop it..)

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5 years 2 months ago #80 by Xtr3meNZer
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Lol FK... something on your mind? ;)

What do you think about the Weapons Kane? the rocket tubes? I can only see them being painted separate at first, and then put together... But I'm not too sure as it goes together quite weirdly. Also the Rocket pod have been posted yesterday - sorry mate, been shockingly busy, and keep forgetting!

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5 years 2 months ago - 5 years 2 months ago #81 by Hadley
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Finally got some photos and got it started









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5 years 2 months ago #82 by Bishop
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I'm loving watching these rise out of the desert, and the 1:32 ring in. I build big models because they're the only ones I can see, compensating for blindness as it were. :lol:

Amateur plastic surgeon!

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5 years 2 months ago #83 by Xtr3meNZer
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Welcome to the fray Hadley.

Over this weekend, had no chance to get any building done... but I am looking getting a lot of this finished this week. Hopefully all going well anyways!

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Xtr3meNZer wrote: Welcome to the fray Hadley.

Over this weekend, had no chance to get any building done... but I am looking getting a lot of this finished this week. Hopefully all going well anyways!

Thank you sir, cockpit complete

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5 years 2 months ago #85 by grover
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I added some back to look at seem lines and gaps over the weekend. I have some work to do :whistle:
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5 years 2 months ago #86 by Xtr3meNZer
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I have a rather large gap underneath with the skid base - but I am not bothering to fix that up lol. Also the engine exhaust is going to be a paint to get perfect... so will leave it as I have done it... I know, not perfect, but this build was never going to be lol.

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5 years 2 months ago #87 by Xtr3meNZer
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Hi guys, might need some collective knowledge on this build...

I'm looking at the painting of it now, I have the main body done, but looking at the rotors and missile pods (the smaller ones).

I have found quite a good walk around for the Israeli Cobra (the one I am building) and there are a few questions I have. The Rotos appear to be black under the whole side of it? The missile pods, the have like a black cap at each end of the green tube... I have also seen some in the tan colour. Which would be better? Also wondering what the centre part of the main rotor should be? I have seen some in the tan body colour, and some in a dark, blackish colour?

Any help would be great.
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5 years 2 months ago #88 by grover
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From the images Ive downloaded I think there's quite a bit of artistic licence that can be had how we paint up the cobra. Here's some of the pictures I've gathered for reference
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5 years 2 months ago #89 by Xtr3meNZer
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Nice source there. I can see they're quite dirty... wonder if that's what they look like in service?

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5 years 2 months ago #90 by grover
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Spent some time this afternoon at the bench. A few days ago I had painted the glass as the internal colour, and also painted some seams as well to highlight areas I needed to work on.
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There was a fairly big gap between the cockpit glass and the fuselage I had to fill
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I decided to paint the TOW tubes olive green. These were hand painted and will need another coat. They seem to come in different colours from photos I have seen. I wanted to change things up a little and not have everything desert yello.
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I also masked off the leading edges of the main rotor blade.
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Next was all the little additional aerials and the cable cutters, as well as the pitot tube. Im sure the end of this swings and might warrant cutting off and re-positioning as the helo will be powered down.
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