Posted 04 January 2009 - 08:33 PM
I don't know what it is about this kit, or this aircraft, but since I've had the kit it's been wanting me to build it. Today I finally gave in and thought I'd throw my hat into this GB with it while I'm at it
I am doing it OOB, no frills at all, just for fun.
First job then was to put the cockpit together and paint it. This did not take long because there isn't much to it. At all. So I decided to glue the fuselage together before I packed up for the evening. The two fuselage halves fitted almost perfectly on test fitting, until I introduced the underneath part that is. Once that was glued in it introduced a warp which made getting the halves together a merry little dance. I had to glue it bit by bit from tail to nose in the end, and have ended up with a reasonable seam throughout, with a couple of gnarly bits underneath.
Notice the Old Skool instructions with useful photos and important messages at the side, like - "Never fail to put decals" You have been warned!
Unlike Dswoofie and his fantasy Sukhoi diagrams, the seats in my jet are an exact representation of the drawing
Posted 04 January 2009 - 10:18 PM
Edited by Glenn, 05 January 2009 - 12:24 AM.
Posted 06 January 2009 - 08:24 PM
As for the windows being tinted, thanks for the heads up Glenn, but as I said in the first post, this is a no frills quick and easy build for me so I am happy to overlook inaccuracies and omissions
Ok, I eventually ironed out all of the fuselage seams, and then I fitted the exhausts and intakes - which gave me some more ironing to do I've used superglue as filler throughout, so it is a bit hard to see exactly where it is in photos, but there is a fair bit on there. I used some to build up the decking behind the rear canopy as that was a different shape to the canopy itself, and one of the intakes in particular is pretty well loaded.
Before I fitted the radome I added a car wheel weight inside the front of the fuselage to counter any tail sitting tendencies the model may have had and then sanded that in as well. Eventually, I got everything smooth and rescribed and tonight I was finally able to fit the wings with a clear conscience
The top surface of the wing joint is easily as perfect as the fuselage fit wasn't......
But you pay for that with a pretty sporty gap underneath. It is the same both sides and will require further ironing, which I will commence after the wings have had time to fully set.
By the way, does anyone have any nice decals for a hi-vis scheme that I could buy or swap for? I'm not over keen on either of the options in the kit and I can't seem to find much online?
Posted 18 January 2009 - 08:28 PM
I have finished all the seams at last, and all have had a coat of Tamiya liquid filler with a further rub down. Tonight I put on the large vents behind the wing, having first drilled them out to enhance their appearance. I also fitted the main canopies and the refuelling probe.
The canopies are not too bad, but a slight bit of filling and sanding needs doing on them once the Alligator glue is dry to bring them up to the standard of the rest of it.
Posted 18 January 2009 - 08:55 PM
Are you going to have to scratch the turbine blades on the Jamming pods?