Glueing wings on the Eurofighter – part 1.

I don’t know what Revell had in mind when they constructed very small tabs for the wing support.

Small tabs for wing support.
Small tabs for wing support.

So I decided to do something about it to strenghten the joint. By adding tubes that fit into each other, I could get a much better stability.

Plastic tubes.
Plastic tubes.

Jumping a bit, but the leading edge needed some attention too.

Leading edge not matching.
Leading edge not matching.

Some sanding sorted that out.

Off with the tabs!

The tabs cut off and sanded.
The tabs cut off and sanded.

Rods added to the wing halves.

Rods added to the wings
Rods added to the wings.

Luckily I did a test fit against the fuselage. It turned out the rear wall section was in the way for having a tube going right through as I first had thought.
I also accidently shot away half of the smaller tube, and still haven’t found it. I replaced with a piece of sprue that matched the size of the bigger tube (with some minor sanding).

The larger tube also had to be shortened to fit, as I had to use my Dremel to cut part of the wall. I wish I had planned this tube thing before I glued the fuselage. So now there a sprue rod going right through the body in the front part and a short tube in the rear part.

Wing rods and tubes.
Wing rods and tubes.
The wings.
The wings.

After some adjusting, I got the first wing in place.

First wing in place.
First wing in place.

Quite ugly on the underside though.

Quite a gap!
Quite a gap!

Got a bit of a gap on the underside. By using some mild violence, it is possible to close the gap, at least somewhat, but I think super glue will be neccessary.

Both wings in place, but still some work to do to close the gaps and tidy it up.

Both wings in place.
Both wings in place!

Next I’ll sort the wing gaps, and then put back the IP and hopefully close the cockpit. I also need to figure if I need to add some weight in the nose.

Eurofighter fuselage glued!

Insserting the cockpit and rear wall was no problem, but glueing the fuselage took a while, partly due to being made of three parts. A bit wobbly to keep the fuselage together while glueing one section at the time.

Fuselage assembled.
Fuselage assembled.

I shouldn’t have glued the canards as Revell suggested, as both broke off, one by one. I have to sort that later and have them in a fixed position. Often pointing downwards when parked. At least from what I can see on walk around pics.

I’ve glued the nose halfs, engine and assembled the radar. Not sure if I’m going to show the radar yet, although the nose can be made movable.

Nose, engine and radar.
Nose, engine, radar and parts to the front of the intake.

I’ve also started re-scribing the wings. Not many panel lines to re-scribe, so it should be a pretty quick job.

Re-scribing the wing halves.
Re-scribing the wing halves.

Next I will assemble the wings and glue them to the body. After sorting the surfaces where the wings will go. Even though the contact area for the wings are pretty large, it seems like the tabs are a tad bit small.

Fullback fighter update.

I’ve started to assemble the front and rear stabilizers. They actually fit quite nicely. However, I first need to sort some of the seams along the body. I don’t want to have them showing behind the stabilizers.

Rear stabilizers.
Rear stabilizers.
Front stabilizer.
Front stabilizer.

I accidently cut off the tab for the one on the other side by mistake, as I thought it was part of the sprue. I have to sort that, and also figure if they’re supposed to sit in a certain angle when parked.

Eurofighter cockpit almost done.

I used Magic Sculpt to add details to the ugly kit stick.

Improved stick
Somewhat improved control stick

Hopefully I didn’t make it worse. Perhaps a tad bit large.

I also made new rudder pedals from plastic. Here glued and painted.

Side panels painted and rudder pedals in place.
Side panels painted and ruddern pedals in place.

Control stick painted. I also added some bits of plastic to raise it somewhat.

Painted control stick.
Painted control stick.

The instrument panel was painted.

Instrument panel painted grey.
The instrument panel painted dk gull grey.

Then I painted the upper parts in black and added instrument decals.

Instrument panel with decals.
Instrument panel with decals.

Then I did a test fick of the whole cockpit.

Cockpit with stick and IP in place.
Cockpit with stick and IP in place.

With some wash and dirtying down I think it’ll look alright. At least a lot better than the things the kit provided.

Now I need to decide what to do with the “sight”. Next I think cockpit will be done and inserted into the fuselage.

Quick update on SU-34 seats and rear end.

I repainted the seats and now they look like this.

Seats repainted.
Seats repainted.

I got 2 decals to sort for the seats, and then wash and some dry brushing.

The upper rear part of the body was a bit fiddly go get in place as part of it fits in a slot in the engine cover. I decided to get the underside to sit nicely first.

rear end underside
Might need to fill a little.

With the underside right, the topside has a small gap, but I think I can push it in place and glue with liquid glue.

Small gap on upper side.
Small gap on upper side.

According to the instructions, the exhaust pipes are supposed to go in now, but I’ll wait until after the plane is painted.

Front gear bay in place and body halves glued.

Putting the front gear bay into place was a bit of a struggle. Partly due to the struts poking out from the bay. Now both are broken. Have to glue them back later.

Front gear bay in place.
Front gear bay in place.

The struts poking out from the main gear bays are also easy to break, and I think it would have been possible to glue them later. Not so with the front gear bay.

After that I glued the fuselage halves. No great problem with the fit, and I think most of it will be sorted with minor sanding. I had to glue it bit by bit, but quite easy with liquid glue.

Fuselage with wings glued.
Fuselage with wings glued.

The HUD consists of 2 parts of PE that is glued together with the glass pieces, and then glued to the sight. But I decided to glue the etch in place and then paint all in black. Hopefully I can fit the glass later.

Photo etch glued.
HUD/ssight etch glued onto sight.
Painted black.
Painted black.

Next I’ll sort the canopy and other stuff.

Home made belts for the Eurofighter seats.

I decided to try to make seat belts with Magic Sculpt. So I mixed a small lump and rolled a thin layer on a bit of plastic. Then I let it dry for about 20 minutes before I started cutting stripes with a ruler and a sharp knife.
I then put those stripes where I wanted the belts to go.

Belts added.
Belts added.
Side view of the added belts.

A few more details and the seat is ready for paint.