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  1. Good evening morning. A relatively simple build here, aiming for OOB (apart from the bracing wires). Having built my first "modern" Airfix kit with the 1/48 Blenheim in the recent Bristol GB, I'm looking forward to this one. Thanks for looking, Icarus
  2. Thank you Arnaud - what beautiful potential additions. However, having spent quite a lot on the PE to try and get the cockpit reasonable, I will try the kit components initially to see how they look. Icarus
  3. So, cockpit now complete (apart from the HUD, which I will add later to try and stop it getting knocked off in the build). The extra PE and those Reheat decals work well. A test fit of the canopy looks promising, but also illustrates why I went for somewhat exaggerated weathering - even with the canopy as clear as this, I am likely not to fix the canopy, as it just clicks into place at the moment. This will also give me the option of mounting the cockpit open later if I wanted. Will need to touch up the base of the MFD with grey as well. Next steps are building up the main airframe, and then working out how to mask off the upper fuselage for the colour scheme. Thanks for looking, Icarus
  4. Cockpit coming together, with the PE detail really working for the instruments. I found some ancient 1990 Reheat 1/48 generic instrument decals, that have enabled me to make a pretty accurate representation of the original Rafale A i/p. Can't get the photo focus quite correct, but in reality it looks pretty realistic. The flash has accentuated the weathering in the rest of the cockpit, but I do think I may need to tone down the seat cushions a tad. Of course, when its all in the murk of cockpit tub the contrasts will be useful. Thanks for looking, Icarus
  5. So, early steps. I have used the kit plastic and then added the Eduard PE seatbelts, plus a bit of weathering. At least this is accurate. Unlike the cockpit tub that I will start work on today, which will by necessity will incorporate a fictional upgrade, to accommodate as much of the Eduard Rafale C PE that I can fit in! Thanks for looking, Icarus
  6. Agreed - no easy solution here, but great work Alex. So I am going to go for a little bit of artistic license, and follow the (invented) line of thought that the demonstrator might have been used as the basis to test some of the MFDs/instrumentation present in the modern Rafale C cockpit. Following this (invented) logic, I will see what bits from the Rafale C cockpit PE I can cram into the very interesting interpretation of a cockpit that comes with the Heller kit. Anyway, as I always said to my brother when we were building kits on the very same day that we bought them with our pocket money, "it's my kit, so I can do with it what I want". Just as well he ended up as the engineer!
  7. So, this is now complete (apart from a minor touch up at the nose probe base that I have just seen! I'll put some better photos in the Gallery later, then it's off to France for the Rafale A build. If I get time, I will also try build the 1/48 ESCI Viggen that I have in my stash for this GB, in the famous all red Danish "ghost" scheme. Thank you for looking, Icarus
  8. Evening everyone and thank you so much for the comments. Looking at reference photos of the original aircraft this had gloss finish, so I've been having fun with the micromesh polishing cloths today. I've also added the u/c - the front one was pretty complicated, but seems to have worked out accurate and strong. Enjoying this build. Thanks for looking, Icarus
  9. Good morning. With the Draken contribution to the Nordic GB approaching the "final straight", I thought I would make a start on this. Initial priming and painting shows that the kit supplied ejector seat will be fine with the addition of the PE belts, but the cockpit and instrument detail is pretty laughable (middle bottom on the photo below). I will need to get some aftermarket reinforcements for this, even if I'm mounting the canopy closed... So much for this being an out of the box build! Thanks for looking, Icarus
  10. So now with decals on. What an amazing paint scheme! Next step is to build up and add the various undercarriage and fragile bits, remove the masking from the canopy and cockpit space, then glue open. I also need to add the nose probe, with its "stipes", which could be a bit of a challenge. Hopefully then all will be complete, and I can start on the Danish "Ghost" Viggen. Thanks for looking, Icarus
  11. So, now with main structure built, masked, then good old Halfords automotive grey primer: Looking to lay down some of the ever reliable diluted X-1 this evening, then after micromesh polishing it's the main challenge in this build - those decals! Thanks for looking, Icarus
  12. Afternoon all. This is a relatively simple build, with excellent engineering, and is progressing well. I decided that I might leave the canopy open, so have invested in a resin ejector seat. Fitted and painted up as follows: I refrained from going the "full hog" with a resin 'pit, especially as the kit instrument decals have worked out so well! I added a few extra instrument dial decals from a generic set where there were some obvious inaccuracies, but that's all. This does mean the area behind the seat is a bit simplified, but I can live with that for the sake of sanity/finance. Thanks for looking, Icarus
  13. Kit: Airfix 1/48 Bristol Blenheim Mk. IF Markings: 54 Operational Training Unit YX-N, December 1940, RAF Church Fenton Extras: Nil Paint: Tamiya lacquers, Alclad metals and Semi-matt varnish. Weathering: Dilute Windsor and Newton Oils, artists' pastels, maskol over aluminium base "chipping", artist's silver pencil Original build here: Thanks for looking, Icarus
  14. Good afternoon. I picked up this Hasegawa kit unboxed as part of a Job Lot purchase. Looks complete, but we shall see. I have dug out the Master metal nose probe out of the vault to go with this as well... The main challenge in this build is likely to be the decals. I have seen plenty of online builds with the undercarriage up, which would make this easier. However, who wants a quiet life? The undercarriage will be down, which obviously means some surgical dissection on the decals down the line. Thanks for looking, Icarus
  15. Now complete. A wonderful kit to build - well done Airfix. I'll take some better photos later and put them in the Gallery. Now off to the French Fancy II GB... Thanks for looking, Icarus
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