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Ladies and Genteman.

Few days before my birthday a postman delivered parcel from Ukraine. Surprisingly it was this kit that I did not order, for a split of a second I had the urge to call Andrei and let him know that he made mistake. But , what a minute , where did he get the address to my highly classified location? Of course those two cheeky monkeys ! Ernie and John were gang up on me in order to poison me with the help of resin dust...... Thank You ! :)

I will not start with a picture of the box-art because it doesn't represent any progress and I have been working on this project for a month now, well more like 10 hours, whenever I have a minute to spare and empty kitchen counter to sand on.

This was in the box

 

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Dry fit was excellent, so I moved to the basic assembly. That went very smoothly . The only hick-ups that I should point at wat slightly bent tail section, inconsistent panel lines and rivets , that were rather square, then circle.

So I decided to drown everything in automotive primer and re-punch the whole beast.

 

 

 

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Moving forward, another part to address were wing roots, missing gun camera at the left side and one piece flange that overlaps the leading edge.

Naturally as I was punching away, I  was able to find few pesky bubbles, hiding sneakily under the surface :)

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there were some thickness issues with the horizontal stabilizers, trailing edge, etc. Not a biggie. Also the anchor point was slightly off set and had to be sanded down. New transition will be recreated with putty.

 

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Flare dispenser was of german origin , so I made one out of some spare brass, well it took several attempts to achieve semi-decent look :)

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on the picture below , you can see the opening with the dispenser casing removed, think me-262 or LW-46:)

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After I was satisfied with the thickness of the Vertical and horizontal stabilizers I drilled number of lightening holes to the back side of them, and described the detail. Message_1531458002202.thumb.jpg.a50f17a556939a4bd8f27d4225f075d2.jpgMessage_1531497053291.thumb.jpg.a3ce6b4f0a225901b2a3b007c1c04fe9.jpg

Note the circular fabric patches covering the aeration point, another reminisce of german engineering :)

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Some work on the main gun assembly :), the rest of the show will be provided by Master Barrels Mig-17 N-37 Nudelman 37mm gun tip.

You might also wonder , what am I going to do with those two 23mm tentacles, well I have a cunning plan,,,, TBC :)w_mig9_monino_12.jpg

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The area around the front undercarriage is quite complex, due the asymmetrical placement of the cartridge ejection ports. This detail is completely omitted on the model, so it had to be recreated, more cutting sanding to follow. Naturally the doors have different shape as well.

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Martin

OMG ... Awesome project and I thought John was fast. Even Superman, who is faster then a bullet, faster then a speeding train, could accomplish what you have dome in a few hours. Amazing work, simply stellar

And here I am struggling for finish my 48th scale Harrier so I can get to a few long awaited 32nd scale projects.

Keep 'em comin

Peter ;)

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Thank You Peter, as I said the basic assembly went super fast due the very nature of the super glue and 5 minutes epoxy drying time. The time consuming part is the riveting, I am bleeding patience on air bubbles like a mad man.

The real challenge will be detailing of the cockpit and gear bays , relatively visible bits that have to be scratch build.

Some riveting pics . The only part left is the top tail section of the fuselage, then lots of repairs .

  • here is the banana tail :)

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here a weak spot, the shape and scribing of this top cover drives me nuts, I might fill it and describe it, not just yet...

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  • this is going to be very cool, you can see the difference between the new circular rivets and the old , semi-filled squarish ones

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11 minutes ago, smitty44 said:

The torture I intended was not one of physical nature, but that of mental insanity. Looks as if I may be succeeding! :wallbash:

Right back at you Brother, just wait once you open your F-5 (evil laugh)

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wings basic rivet pattern done

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