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AntoineG

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    1/72 from 30's to XXI century

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  1. Hi guys, No progress since last post. This is a bit frustrating but "c'est la vie". Thanks Vultures1 for your comments. Only three steps remaining before I can close the fuselage: cockpit, NLG bay and exhaust section. Looking forward to it. @corsaircorp, definitely not the same Antoine Cheers, Antoine
  2. Hi, Thanks all for your nice comments. We're getting somewhere now with the intake.... Probably some putty work to plan, but , hey, not to bad for a first. Thanks. Most of it will be hidden by the canopy though. Italeri proposes indeed the same main sprues in a previous box for a D (ref 1237) . The sprue with the IFR (if we are talking about In-Flilght Refueling) is not in the box for the E version though. Note that the NLG is different too and is specific to each box like other details. I can provide you with a picture of the sprues description form the instruction sheet if you like. Maybe you'll have more luck with the Hobbyboss kit for the D. If someone can confirm? @stevehnz, @heloman1 and @corsaircorp, thanks for your comments and welcome on board! @corsaircorp is this Antoine G you know coming from Paris area, working in the aerospace industry? Cheers, Antoine
  3. Hi, Hope you guys had a good weekend. Mine was really busy with only a few spare times for modelling. Progresses are made at a very slow pace. The gluing of both parts of the tube is very delicate. This morning, just by un-careful handling, all the gluing point that dried overnight broke. So here is it again, drying… To relax a bit, I worked on the cockpit and built the rear area. This is a simple but rewarding job. @Corsairfoxfouruncle thanks to your comments I feel more confortable, going into the right direction. As it is, the inlet tube provides a deep well for the NLG. And when you compare with one NLG wheel, it looks alright. @Vultures1Thanks... and that make sense... to me anyway Cheers, Antoine
  4. I have a few of that kit in my stash. Seeing yours confirms that one could get a lovely result. Great job !
  5. Beautiful !!! The assembly is fault-free, the paint job lovely, the choice of the scheme great (I like the big crosses on the wings). The light weathering makes it just perfect.
  6. Hi Guys, After reviewing Vultures1 pictures and some references, it looks like my initial approach was not the right one. Indeed, as dry-tested, the angle of the tube was too small and the duct was going straight into the MLG gear bay. This could have been corrected but there was a second issue: the top of the edges of the inlet “mouth” are to be sharp. Mine were not and with the method I used, there was no way to get it. So it was not too bad, but it was far from good. Hence, a change of approach was required. As the only fix point in the fuselage was the cockpit, I decided to use it as a reference and to start with the top of the inlet. This part is the continuation of the random which has a round section. Unfortunately, I don’t have any tube with the right diameter. So I used the larger one, I opened it and using the heat of a candle flame, I enlarged it up to the right diameter. After that, it was just a question of cutting it to the right size. The next step was to work of the lower part of the inlet. For this, the tube shape was a bit rework to give it a more “round” profile. And then a catastrophe stroke: the shape broke. Anyway, the plan was to place it on a block of modelling clay in order to have space to press the plastic down enough. Once the plastic shaped, it was cut at hopefully the right length. The following dry fit showed that it should not have been shorter… The top and bottom sections of the duct were glued together, but only at the front, in order to enable some adjustments. So here I am tonight, with the parts gluing quietly. Cheers, Antoine
  7. I like what you've done with this kit. Hope I'll be able to propose something as nice as yours. Thank you
  8. Sure, And Italeri provides a nice one. But where the fun would be? And I definitly prefer to see the "insides" of my kits. That also probably why I'm trying to have the canopy opened on my models whenever possible. Cheers, Antoine
  9. Hi, With the end of the Christmas break, the A-7 progress is slower but I try to keep it steady. I'll be interested to know how Fujimi managed the duct. I've got Heller's offering in my stash. As far as I remember, they do propose a full duct with the NLG bay attached to it. In fact, after checking on Scalemates, the duct includes everything (duct, cockpit, NLG bay) in a -very- simplified way. But at least you've got a nice duct Thanks Vultures1 Considering the A-7 architecture, the adaptation of an inlet duct evolved into a full sub-assembly (as proposed by Heller) including the duct, the nose landing gear bay and the cockpit: the duct as to be inserted between the two other elements, keeping in mind that: · the cockpit tube position as proposed by Italeri is considered as correct · according to my interpretation of the pictures, the roof of the NLG bay is the bottom of the duct · there must be enough space in the NLG bay to accommodate the NLG wheels (we may have some compromise here…) I’ll finish the duct (in particular by removing the seam) duct once I’m happy with its positioning. Thanks to the picture, one can also see that the curvature of the bottom of the duct is wrong (it should have been more concave).... to be honest, I think I can turn a blind eyes to that... As you can also see on the picture, I’ve started the work on the cockpit, cutting the back wall just above the cockpit opening. The plasticard squares will be used to provide support to the flat area behind the seat. I've also remove the attachment of the NLG and some plastic behind the seat. More on this later. Cheers, Antoine
  10. Hi, Good progress on the A-7 this weekend. First, thanks Robert for the tip on then fins. Correction done. And I also took the occasion to add some lines on the tanks as well as a full port. To be honest, it was quite a bit weird to have fuel tanks without at least one fuel port. Second, the P/E reached home. Fast service as always. Before starting gluing, I checked on internet for references on the cockpit… just to discover that everything behind the seat is wrong if you want to present the canopy open. I’ll come back later on this. Third, I’ve reach a level of detail in the MLG bays that I find satisfactory. As you mentioned it, Vulture1, there was a lot of pipes to add. I’ve probably missed some… Fourth, the mould for the duct was dry enough to start shaping it. So I gave it a go and had a something that looks a duct. Not finished yet. Cheers, Antoine
  11. Hi Vultures1, please take a seat! With the moulding of the duct still drying and the PE order on its way, here comes a dangerous time for a “quick built with as few additions as possible” . I don’t know for you guys, but this is the time, when: (1) one starts gluing whatever sub-assembly can be glued . In this case, the external fuel tanks and the wings. Those required a bit of filling/sanding for the joints and also some thinning down of the tanks' winglets. (2) one starts looking more closely at the kit and wonders what “little additions” would improve the end results… and with this kit, there are plenty. The first to me was the main landing gear bays. Italeri/ESCI proposed some fine details in the bays with what looks like an actuator. Unfortunately, when looking at some walkarounds on the net (for instance: http://nabe3saviation.web.fc2.com/waA7.html), nothing matches. In the reality, the bays are VERY crowded. So I’ve started adding a few bits of platicards, stretched sprue bits and copper wires of different gauges. Still working on it . Hopefully, I’ll have something to show tomorrow. Cheers, Antoine
  12. Hi Dennis, Welcome on board. I should say the Fist of the fleet was also among Santa's favourites... There is still time to change one's mind Antoine
  13. well... I'll try... it will be a first...
  14. Hi, The first step, waiting for the Eduard PE, is to create that inlet ducting. In my previous A-7, I used some rolled paper. It looked ok but not very close to the real stuff. Alt, how did you managed yours? This time I decided to create a shape in air-hardening DAS paste over which I will mould plastic sheets. Eventually it would end-up into two half ducts…. So, I placed in the fuselage a sausage of DAS paste. The cockpit tube and the nose landing gear bay are also placed to help defining the shape. After a couple of hours, I carefully removed it from the fuselage and let it dry… probably for a few days… Now is time to get some references over the net. I think I’ll go for the Greek option (it is the one Santa Claus prefers….). The idea is not to have a 100% accurate replica of the aircraft. It would be more a quick built with as few additions as possible and, most of all, a lot of fun that I’ll ty to share with you. Antoine
  15. Hello, I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and wish you all the best for 2020 with a good health, happiness, success and loads of models. Father Christmas has been kind to me this year as the lasted 1/72 release from Italeri of the LTV A-7E Corsair II was waiting for me under the tree. Despite the fact that this is in fact an old ESCI kit dating from the 80s’, it has very nice surface details and can be built from the box into a nice looking reproduction of the Corsair II. Well, I'm far from an expert in A-7 (maybe if there is one in this forum, he/she could provide his/her opinion on the kit) but I built it back in 2004 and still keep nice memories of it (I'll post some pictures if I can). From my humble point of view, the main issue of the kit comes from the massive air duct that is block by a plastic wall just a few millimetres from the inlet. Italeri proposes to hide this behind a nicely moulded cover but I prefer to see the A-7 big mouth open. So this means cutting through the wall and building a brand new duct. For the cockpit, only the minimum is provided with some decals for the instrument and sides panels. Whereas it can be sufficient (I used that option previously), I have ordered Eduard P/E to add a bit of details as I would like to finish the model with an open canopy. So this all looks like a nice little project that I hope will be finished shortly (as one wrongly says too often… ). Cheers, Antoine
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