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Hi fellow modelers, This is my finally built resin behemoth, the Anigrand Lockheed C-5A Galaxy. Enjoy! I had it on my shelf for almost 10 years, never dared to build it. Just too big, I was kind a 'scared' of it. But finally last year I had the guts: I'm going to start it and finish it! This is the kit with box art: This is what you get, a lot of resin: Bags with resin parts, here are the engines / gear wheels and parts / flap hinges: Crisp details and panel lines (nice work Anigrand! I have seen worse kits from Anigrand..): Nylon, brass and stainless steel parts for a sturdy gear construction: The clear windshield part: Very nice detail and panel lines: And a very simple manual.. Doesnt matter, the placement of parts speak for themselves with this kit: I didn't want to make the dull grey MAC Galaxy, so I decided to buy a DrawDecal aftermarket decal set for camouflaged and grey Galaxies: This will be the end result: Source: airliners.net First I reinforced the 2-part resin upper deck and lower deck with aluminium strips and screws. This is really necessary as it's a very fragile construction..: Then I reinforced the slightly warped wing halves with aluminium tubing: I glued the 4 fuselage halves parts together: Here's a test fit of the fuselage halves with upper deck, with a 1:72 Piper Cub for scale comparison: I strengthened the upper and lower deck construction to one fuselage half with little N scale screws and polysterene edge strips for extra support: I constructed the tail parts together, in total 168 grams and the size of a 1:72 Fighter jet kit: This kit needs a lot of weight in the nose, it's a potential tail sitter.. So I experimented with adding weights until I reached a balance. In this case I drilled a hole in the lower deck, and made a construction of M13 bolts and nuts and washers. A lot of them ; ) : Measuring and drilling holes for better and sturdier fit of the wings to the fuselage. Only glue is not enough and not reliable.. after all it’s only resin. With a dry fuselage-wing fit I heared all kind of sounds like crackling etc. So I decided to give that construction more strength. The holes are for little bolts and nuts that will connect the wings trough the aluminium strips on the upper deck: Glued washers on the underside of the wing holes positions, so the nuts and bolts have better grip: Drilling the same holes in the upper deck on the same position as the holes in the wings: Constructing bolts and nuts trough the upper deck, upside down so the remaining part of the bolts can be used for the nuts from the wings: The advantage of this construction is that I can adjust the height of wing position by fastening or loosening the nuts: Then i glued the fuselage halves together, in parts as it's too much to glue at once: Then I started sanding, a lot of sanding. The length of the fuselage is 1 meter! I secured the tail to the fuselage by using fine steel rods as split pens. Now the tail can’t come loose anymore: The 1/72 figure is standing next to a hatch. I read somewhere that there’s a ladder in the tail to this hatch, for maintenance. C-5 crews sometimes sit on top of the tail during airshows to have ‘a nice view’. Well I believe they have some view up there! The construction I made for glueing the wings to the fuselage to keep everything level: After attachment of the wings to the fuselage there were some gaps between the joints. So I used pieces of plasticard to fill it up, after that cutting to size and sanding and filling the joints smooth: Securing the bolt positions by sealing them wit Loc-tite: Dryfitting the part that will cover the construction of the wings: Filling and sanding the upper plate: Preparing to spray the landing gear by attaching parts to sprues with a tiny droplet of superglue. The wheels are on fabricated axes: Spraying the gear: Constructing the gear parts together: Test fitting the gear. As you can see, the pile of M13 bolts and nuts as nose weight in the nose section prevent it successfully from tailsitting! Attaching the cockpit windows to the fuselage and filling and sanding again: I used Tamiya surface Primer (2 cans) to prepare the monster for the camo paintjob: Ready for a camo ‘jacket’! The sheer size of it.. unbelievable: Only the gear of a C-5 weighs about 25000 kilograms in total.. Underside airbrushing: Did the camo paint job with a friend of mine at his house. It was real teamwork; constantly refilling and diluting paint for the airbrush while the other one was paintbrushing, one holding the beast in certain positions so paint could be applied at more difficult places, holding a lamp for extra lighting etc. Paintjob ready! Applying Gloss varnish for the decals: An evening applying decals. Not easy I can tell you, carefully manoeuvring a 1x1meter model in different positions while trying to apply thin decals! Preparing the decals. DrawDecal prints its sheets in 1 piece, so you have to cut out every single decal: This one is from Altus AFB, 97th OG. The only Galaxies which flew with the camo scheme and later the grey scheme on this decal sheet. Finally, after 2 months struggling and scratchbuilding with resin, aluminium and a lot of superglue, may I present: A 1/72 scale totally resin Lockheed C-5A Galaxy! Never thought I would actually manage to finish this kit. A final coat of matte varnish to seal the decals and give it the dull look: I joined the Scale Model challenge 2019 in Veldhoven, The Netherlands with this model. Didn’t win a prize, but I didn’t expect that either.. the models at that show were outstanding quality, from international professional modelbuilders. Hope you enjoyed it, and feedback is welcome! Greetz Dick
Say what? Well that's what it says on the box: Another one of those wacky end of the war flights of fancy that the German air industry became obsessed with. seeing as I have a workstation free, I thought its high time I did a resin kit so pulled this one out of the stash. Looks simple enough, there's plenty of prep to do on various moulding glitches etc (yup, resin dust is more toxic that a Justin Bieber song: face mask, spandex body stocking and total immersion of self in warm custard will be observed) First job is to run this through the ultrasonic cleaner and some Dawn dish soap. Noticed its missing its "nozzler" so some form of exhaust will need to be bodged crafted. Scheme wise, I'm thinking a touch of "The Man in the High Castle" if you get my drift... Cheers Anil