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crazypoet

Grumman Goose JRF-5, Conversion to Portuguese Navy G21B

So this kit is both my first major resin build and, with the Signifer G21B Trans Kit, also my first full conversion.

 

Sadly not in 1:32, but this subject simply isn't (at least presently) available in my preferred scale. So 1:48 will have to do.

 

I've added resin components to other builds and done a fair bit of scratching, but this is stepping waaay out of my comfort zone. I have each of you as inspiration, and I plan to plagiarize shamelessly from your techniques and ideas.

 

I love the Signifer kits and the owner is a joy to work with. The Goose kit is already a beauty, with tons of resin components. The G21B conversion kit changes the airframe from amphibian to pure seaplane, completely replaces the cockpit, adds a dorsal gun port and - almost a kit in itself - the beaching trolley.

 

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I already had the Goose kit in my stash, and I ordered the conversion kit specifically for this GB - thanks for providing the inspiration! It arrived in my mailbox today, so I'm starting to plan my approach now.

 

I've loved the Goose since I first saw one many years ago. It's the one aircraft that I would actually love to own and fly (given time and opportunity) and I hope to do it justice with this build.

 

Later on I'd like to do a "Personal Fantasy" build of the Goose that I'd have for myself, using this same Signifer kit as a starting point.

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When I was a kid (and this time is long gone ;) ) I had the 1/72 Airfix-Goose built and I share your feelings about that plane. I always wished to own one, the real thing I mean. Only the Catalyna (the Cousteau one) and the Goose did that to me.

I wish you a lot of fun with that build and maybe you got an avalanche started and soon there will be a decent 1/32 Version of the bird (HPH, do you copy?)

 

Cheers Rob 

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I will follow this one...

 

I was to get this conversion some time ago but its in the wrong sclae but i doubt that wil lbe a Portuguese Goose in 1:32...

 

Maybe I will get it soon!

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So the first step happened...  boxes opened and inventoried.

the base kit is about 40% resin - all interior parts, control surfaces, engines, cowlings, floats and so forth.

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to this I'm adding the G21B conversion kit.  This replaces the cockpit in its entirety and includes the external components that convert the airframe from amphibian to pure seaplane, along with other G21B specific details such as gun mounts. And beaching gear.

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i will start mapping the build process this coming weekend.  It may be a couple weeks before I bring out the paint and cutters - I want to have a clear view of the build first.

the quality of the resin components in both kits is superb - I haven't found anything but the tiniest of casting flaws and the detail is crystal clear.  I'm truly looking forward to this.

 

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One side note to this... so far as I've been able to determine, only 12 of the G21B model were ever produced, all for the Portuguese Navy.  That Signifer took this on as a conversion kit is truly impressive

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I'm going to cheat a bit with the beginning of this build - since I have two complete resin cockpits (one from the base kit and one from the conversion) I'm going to use the spare to do an update of my resin painting skills.  It's a rare thing to have that kind of opportunity so I'll take full advantage.

 

i've focused so much on the wood and metal side of things for the last while that I need a refresher course! :D

 

Well, that and I'll be using some paints that I'm not familiar with...  so watch over my shoulder as I fumble through and scratch my head in public

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