Lightning paint progress.

I decided to try and paint different shades of metallic on the wings and the underside, as they vary quite a bit in reality.

Painting metalics started
Painting metalics started

Masking and painting in sections.

More sections painted
More sections painted

Right now it looks like this!

All sections and wings painted
All sections and wings painted

I might paint some smaller panels in different shades as well, otherwise I’m ready to start masking for the topside camo, now that I got the colours I need.

Quick Mirage update

I’ve painted the landing gears and some other parts.

Landing gears painted
Landing gears painted

The front gear should have lights that I’ll paint and add later. I also need ot sort the tires and add a few brake lines.

BAC Lightning F3 finished

It took me about a week to build this kit. After the decals was done, I could assemble landing gears and all other stuff that should go on.

Decals done
Decals done
Landing gear and missiles added
Landing gears and missiles added

I let the plane sit upside down over night to be sure the glue for the gears would have set. So today I could take pics of the finished build.

Finished pic 1
Finished pic 1
Finished pic 2
Finished pic 2
Finished pic 3
Finished pic 3
Finished pic 4
Finished pic 4
Finished pic 5
Finished pic 5
Finished pic 6
Finished pic 6

Onto the next build! 🙂

BAC Lightning – Airfix 1/72 old kit

With little more than a week left on the Airfix groupbuild, I decided to have a go at this old kit.

Lightning F3 box
Lightning F3 box
Contents
Contents

As this had to be a fairly quick build, I decided not to put too much attention to details.
I painted the cockpit black and added some green to seat rest, and painted the pilot.

Cockpit and pilot painted
Cockpit and pilot painted

There was a few ejector pin marks to sort, and I also added some weight and painted the inside of the covers.

Covers and exhaust
Covers and exhaust

The fuselage went together well.

Fuselage glued
Fuselage glued

I had to tape the front to prevent the white glue from seaping out while drying. I also hade glued wings and prepared the missiles.

Weight added and wings glued
Weight added and wings glued

I forgot to take a few pics, so after the underside was painted, I masked it for the next colour.

Masked and ready for paint
Masked and ready for paint

Topside freshly painted

Topside painted
Topside painted

As I’m painting with Humbrol, there’s a bit of drying time between each cote. For some reason I didn’t have the proper colours in any other brand.

Here it is fully painted.

Painting done
Painting done

Next will be a clear cote to prepare for the decals.

The inside of the covers was also repainted, as the ejector pin marks showed too much.

Covers painted again

MiG-29 Fulcrum A – Revell 1/144

This is a kit I’m building for a group build or SIG for MiG planes. I choose this as a kind of warm up. So far it has taken a bit longer than anticipated.

MiG-29 boxart
MiG-29 boxart.
Sprue 1
Sprue 1.
Sprue 2
Sprue 2
Sprue 3.
Sprue 3
Decals
Decals.
Instructions.
Instructions.

As can be seen in the instructions it is not many steps and the build was fairly quick. The fit was fairly good, except for the nose which had a slight step that needed some TLC. Also the intakes needed a bit of putty and sanding as well as the underside of the wing joints.

Fuselage and wings assembled
Fuselage and wings assembled.

Someone else on the forum was building the same kit from another boxing, and he pointed out that there was a quite prominent detail missing.
After checking pics on the net I tried to sculpt something that looked like whatever it is on top of the nose.

While painting white on some parts for another kit, I painted the missiles.

Missiles painted.

I’ve asked if a friend of mine can use his CAD skills to create a seat, and then hopefully another friend can do one on his printer.

New arrivals today – 30-01-20

Got these two kits today.

Mirage IIIBE 1/48 boxart.
Mirage IIIBE 1/48 boxart
Mirage IIIE/5 South America 1/48 boxart
Mirage IIIE/5 South America 1/48 boxart

Both kits are Mirage from Kinetic, which will be interesting as I never built a Kinetic kit before. The South American one I intend to build in a Latin America GB.

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.

Eurofighter cockpit done, I think!

I did a wash and then some minor dirtying down in the cockpit. I think I’ll leave it at that.

Cockpit done.
Cockpit done.
View from the rear.
View from the rear.

There are 2 decals for the small black side panels. I haven’t decided if I wanna use them yet.

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.