Today we went to the large mall called Gekås or Ullared. I think I haven’t been there for 20 years or so. Quite a lot od people, but not as many as I’ve heard there could be when it’s crowded. I got myself a Bob Marley mug, 2 blues harps, a capo, a songbook, and I’ve heard that they possibly had model kits, so I had to check their toys sektion, and what I found was three different kits, so I got one of each! 🙂
Not much to choose from, but I’m happy! Could be fun builds! 🙂
I tried to mask the inside of the canopy and front glass, but gave up and decided to only mask the outside.
To be ready for putting the canopy in place, I had to sort a few other things. First I put decals on the ejection seats.
Then I glued the sight/HUD display.
I gave the seats a wash and then both seats and interior got a light dry brush with grey primer. I forgot to take a pic of that before I glued the canopy parts in place.
Then I painted the frames with grey primer.
I decided to go with the open fuel probe.
These three holes on the bottom confused me a bit as the instructions told nothing about them. I realized that they are for a mid pylon that isn’t used on the ECR model.
I found a rod that was close, drilled some and glued in place.
After it had dried, I cut them even, sanded a bit and then filled with some putty.
I’ll sand that down, and then it’s soon getting ready for paint. I just need to cover the inside of the intakes, air brakes and the wheel bays. I think it’s ok to add all small antennas and other stuff later.
All in all parts seems to fit quite well, and the fin only needed a little putty and sanding.
While handling the plane I accidently knocked off one of the stabilizors. So now it was time to sort this problem somehow. My options as I see it was either to glued them in a fixed position or find something better than the current rod system.
My idea was to find a tube and a rod that fit snuggly into each other, and by chance I had saved a few lollipop sticks that is hollow, and then I noticed that my ordinary wooden tooth pics fit very well. After removing the kit rod, I could put the lollipop stick in place and glue it, and I also drilled the stabs and glued tooth pics instead of the old mechanism.
I also did the same thing with the broken pylon.
Stabilizers in place.
I’ve also painted some of the load out with black primer.
By the looks of it they need some more attention to look good, and then some more primer.
Next will be sorting the canopy so I can start priming and painting the plane.
The seams on the front fuselage part is now sorted to my satisfaction!
I continued painting the exhaust parts. This time with a mix of steel and brown.
Not quite happy with that as I think it needs to be a lot darker colour to create that burnt look I’m after. I’ll do a test with a darker metal colour and perhaps more or darker brown.
I started using putty to get the weights in place, but that got too tedious, so I decided to use white glue instead. I poured some into the nose after having glued the radar in place. Then I dropped the rest of the weights and then some more glue to cover them.
Typically there was small gaps in some places around the radar were the glue could and did seap out, and I think it took 2 days for it to cure enough to stop seaping out.
After removing excess glue and touching up the radar, I could finally glue the front to the main frame. In the process, I accidently broke off one pylon. Somehow I have to sort that later. Maybe I fix the wings and pylons in one position later.
I took a pic of the pile above the plane, with all the missiles and other parts that I’m working on while other things is drying, not realizing until afterwards how much of the pile that could be seen in the pic above. Anyway here’s the pile again! 🙂
Not quite happy with the inside of the intake so I applied a little more putty that needs to be sanded and polished, and painted again to look good. Then they’re going on as well.
I’ll check all seams and also see if I can re-scribe missing panel lines. Then it’s time to add everything needed before painting with the black primer that also will double as the body colour.
The front wheel bay was glued to the bottom of the cockpit tub and then the whole thing was glued in place into the front fuselage halves that was glued together. Everything but the seats was glued in place.
The intake fans got a black oil wash.
The wings was connected, aligning the cogs.
Putty was applied to the fuselage seams.
Stabilizers was connected and put in place in the main body.
Then it was time to do the same with the wings, which took a bit of adjustment to fit in place.
Then the upper fuselage half was glued in place.
It wasm’t entirely easy to get the seams even, and they’ll need some work with putty and sanding to look right.
The exhaust parts was painted black.
The front fuselage needed some more putty as well as some parts for the intakes and air brakes.
The sander starter set I ordered arrived yesterday.
Maybe no bearing on this build more than that I started using some of them. I really liked the skinny ones as they made it easier to sand areas where the larger ones wouldn’t fit.
Some of the exhaust parts got a cote of steel and here’s a pic of the parts I’m working with at the moment, that needs to be done before I can progress further with the build.
Some putty was added to the fuselage seams.
I guess it’ll need more than that to look good. Working with the seams is a bit hard as the stabilizers and wings are in the way. I just hope I can avoid breaking anything!
If I am to believe the instructions, it’s only the Gulf war version who has those “danger” markings on the sides of the head rest. Have to check! Anyway, the seats can go in later and the cockpit was fitted into the front fuselage halves and glued in place.
A bit fiddly and I had to glue one bit at a time. For some reason there’s a gap between the front panel and coaming. Have to carefully fill it with plastic or putty. Hard to sand where it’s already painted.
I’ll sand and check all seams, and use putty where needed.
The wings have gears and turnable pylons, but as it is now the pylons can turn any direction, and really don’t sit very tight.
On the 1/48 kit there’s a mechanism to turn both pylons at the same time. I wonder why they didn’t do that on this one? Maybe they thought of it afterwards.