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  1. This is my completed build number 2 in this series of 1/72 Air Cadet glider builds, the Heritage Aviation resin kit of the Grob Viking. This is actually build number 4 in my glider collection. Although being a “simple” resin build, much work was done to the cockpit area including using a small dremel to grind out the whole area to produce a more in scale look, modified cockpit seats, scratch built IP, seat cushions and belts. The supplied canopy was a challenge to achieve a conformal fit to the rest of the fuselage, so a copy was made in resin and extended slightly in length to produce a new buck, to vac form a new canopy A small hole was drilled in the extreme front of the nose for the aero tow attachment point, and a similar under fuselage hole drilled for the winch launch attachment point. Finish is overall Tamiya X-2 white, thinned with Mr levelling thinner. The Tamiya Acrylics thin superbly with the Lacquer based thinners. The orange areas were applied using MRP International Orange Lacquer paint, with the nose area up to the decal trim masked and airbrushed, along with the wing tips and tail area. The dayglow wing bands were masked out and MRP Dayglo Red applied. Undercarriage wheels were hand painted in Tamiya tyre black. All decals were from the kit, apart from the earlier mentioned nose and tail trim. Small see through inspection panels were made by very shallow drilling the appropriate holes (two in the port tail fin and two under each wing), filled with grey paint and then some humbrol clear. The WIP can be found here….......... Completed Viking build pictures.............. Close ups can be a bit cruel! The actual internals are hard to photograph through the canopy, this is what they looked like early in the build: The Viking can now join the Grob Astir, the Slingsby T21 and the Slingsby T31 And a final shot showing size comparison to a good old Spitfire! Earlier builds can be seen here..... Sedbergh T21 Slingsby T31 Grob Astir Thanks for looking. Comments, questions etc welcome! Terry
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