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RidgeRunner

F-105D Thunderchief 58-1155 (D-10) 1/72

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Me too. Yesterday was a day of gardening, although that is also a love of mine. I'm heading out to Reykjavik again. Fingers crossed the weather will be okay. 

 

All, any advice on producing the thicker, stepped, test probe? I was thinking about Albion tubing? Or simply thicker grade plastruct rod, sanded to give the step and pointed profile. Then build the vanes out of gash PE and thin wire?

 

Martin

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A little more done today. Nothing earth shattering so only one update image below:

 

1. filled, sanded and painted the interiors of the wing inlets

2. fitted the canopy - had some fit issues :(

3. tidied up the nose cone (removed the camera) and drilled out to 1.3mm in readiness for the test probe, which will be fitted once built. Now covered with a protective foam.

4. Wings fitted

5. Re-filled the nose gun area and its vents as they were not too good

6. Repaired the HUD as I broke part of it previously.

7. Using Frisket I drew out the outline of the nose "balloon" and the fuselage flashes. Once scanned I have a friend re-drawing them in Corel Draw ready for cutting of the paint masks

8. Fitted the brake chute cover and the remaining panels around the jet pipe

 

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Next I will:

 

1. tape around any seams etc needing filling to prevent or minimise damage when sanding. Then fill and sand.

2. tidy around the canopy

3. temporary mask the canopy

4. blank off the cockpit and the jet pipe prior to priming

5. Prime coat

6. Check for irregularities

 

That'll get me to the point of starting the paint job :)

 

Martin

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On ‎08‎/‎04‎/‎2018 at 9:32 AM, RidgeRunner said:

any advice on producing the thicker, stepped, test probe? I was thinking about Albion tubing?

 

I'm going for 1.3mm Plastruct rod with the standard pitot inserted at the end. I will taper the rod and add vanes to the brass Master pitot from PE.

 

Martin 

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I meant to say that the wings fit beautifully, finding the correct dihedral via the inner intake sleeves that form part of the fuselage. It was as easy as building with Lego ..... Other buildings blocks are available, etc, etc ..... Yawn....... ;)

 

Martin

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Nothing very exciting to report. She had now had the seams, etc filled and sanded. They are not prefect in some places and a coat of Humbrol 1 will show that up well for me soon. I've blanked off the cockpit and jet pipe and masked the front canopy (Montex). I've also built the wing tanks as well as the under fuselage tank. When I get time next week it'll be a coat of primer and checking for irregularities and correcting them. One thing I know about is the joint where I removed the dorsal wiring duct. It needed a more substantial filling so it currently has a Plastikard insert which I will shape later.  Thereafter it'll be the white undercoat for the yellow and International Red areas.

 

Thudbuild36

 

 

Martin

 

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Well, I did say it would be slow ....... I have given her a thin priming coat of Humbrol 1 today. Here she is:

 

Thudbuild37

 

This will, of course, let me find those areas that are not yet ready for paint, and need a little more attention. Pretty much, though, she is okay all round. Once dry I'll survey her and address any issues. As I said in my last post, there is little of great interest. At the moment. I am impressed how the "filled" rivets have come out. They are not completely full and flush but at least they are not so obvious and obtrusive. As the coats go on, albeit thinly, I'm hoping they will blend more in to the model and become even less obvious.  My next step in the painting process will be to apply a matt white undercoat for the areas that will be either yellow or International Red. For the yellow I am thinking Humbrol Pale Yellow (81). The International Red will be Mastercoat. With that said, though, I will be coming to a brief stop until the masks are ready for the flashes and nose balloon. I mentioned before that a friend is drawing these out in Corel Draw (which I don't have) and then cutting them on a silhouette cutter (which I also don't have). I'm excitedto see how they will be.  Aside from the main build I am getting the tanks etc together and cleaned up. She is going to have both wing and centreline tanks, the latter with calibration markings. Additionally the outer wing pylons will probably carry LAU pods, as shown in my images of this machine.

 

Again, apologies for the lack of excitement. I'll be back soon. Meanwhile I'll get back to the MIG-21UM, which has been sadly neglected!

 

Martin   

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Not normally my subject but it's very useful for all the processes at work here. Looking good at the  moment. In your own time, carry on.:yes:

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Just to say that having reached a hiatus on this build I can start preparatory work on my next two Thuds (Mr Toad and a B-model conversion), as well as wrapping up my MIG-21UM.

 

A question to the wise, though - given that I need to paint the flashes etc on 81155 in International Red rather than Orange, would I leave out the yellow undercoat and only apply white? Any thoughts?

 

thanks chaps.

 

Martin

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