I started building this kit many years ago, built the engines and started to hollow out the exhaust pipes. For some reason I decided to put it back in its box. Maybe cause I found it a bit daunting with the etch (for a G) and having to rescribe all the panel lines.
Anyway, with increased skills, I’ve decided to give it a go again. A friend of mine sent additional stuff like resin exhaust pipes, propeller blades, machine gun and decals for an all black nightfighter.
I started by removing the parts to the wings, fuselage and fins and cleaned them up, as I need to rescribe them.
As usual Revell had put their copyright mark on the wing.
I’ve started re-scribing the wings.
All the straight lines are fairly easy, but some curved ones are hard to do as well as some that require a template, that I don’t have at the moment.
This kit was started on Christmas 2008, and for some reason ended up on a shelf. It was picked up in turns, were little was done each time. One of the things was removing old masking tape and blue tac and paint was touched up somewhat. And now finally I’ve taken the time to finish it! Here’s some pics of the finished build!
Here’s some pics of the finished Stuart Honey! Enjoy! 🙂
Even if the build totally took quite some time, it was a fun build. Nice with interior details even if they’re not seen with the top on. The worst part of the build was the stiff decals, which seems to be a problem on older Academy models. Newer models have decals made by Cartograph, that are excellent.
If I can find a suitable figure set I might do a small dio.
In attempt to solve the problem with the decals, I tried to use Pledge on a few of the stencils. It turned out quite well and I think I’ll use the same method for the rest of the decals. Meanwhile i glued rocket launchers, bombs and rear wheel.
Shortly after I also added tank and landing gears.
There I left it to dry over night.
Next to do is the rest of the decals before I paint it all with Pledge, then antenna and gun barrels and a few glass pieces needs to go on as well.
Now I finally have got all the decals and stencils in place!
The decals sure needs some work to sit properly, but with the stencils I might have found a method that might work. As they seems to look in place when wet, I used some Pledge and laid a thin cote with brush on a few stencils. Have to see how that turns out when dry. No return from that method though!
Gears, covers, bombs, and rockets sorted and some made ready to paint.
Then I painted the outside of the covers, bombs and rockets.
Next will be to get the decals to sit, make brake lines for the landing gears and then do some final assembly.
The original decals to this kit isn’t the easiest I’ve worked with. Even on relatively flat surfaces it’s hard to get them to confirm properly, and even with decal fluids it doesn’t seem to work as I want. I just might need to live with silvering in some areas. Also I need to buy stronger decal fluids, but that won’t help on this one I guess as I won’t get them fast enough.
So far I’ve done all the major decals and left to do is all the stencils, and normally stencils have a tedency to silver. I just have to see how it turns out with these.
I also must check that I have all other things ready for assembly later.
There are decals for 3 versions in this kit, one american and two russian. As there are russian soldier provided with this kit I decided to go with one of the russian options. Only three decals and the set I thought looked the coolest, but also turned out to be the most difficult.as one is quite large and covers the rear side of the vehicle. I actually broke the decals when sliding it on to the surface and then had a lot of problems moving the pieces around. I managed to get it right in the end and after some micro sol it sits quite nicely.
I assembled and painted some ammo boxes to put in the car.
I did a new test fit with the figures and guns.
Looks pretty ok to me. I still need to get the driver in place, but first some weathering. I sealed the decals yesterday, and today I used black oil colour to make a pin wash. I also painted exhaust pipe and some other spots on the underside with rust. Then I started working with Tamiyas weathering sets, adding mud and rust to certain areas.
I think I’ll need to do some additional weathering later. I’ll do some weathering on the figures, get the driver in place, and start to plan for a small dio. Might add some more mud once the base is done.