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trickyrich posted a topic in Carriers Ahoy! GBAs usual something a bit different, not so much in the model, though it is resin, but in the colour scheme. For the base model I’ll be using Collect-Aire’s 1/48th RA-5C Vigilante, in resin. It’s a bit old and quite hard to find, but it’s still considered the best one available in that scale. The Trumpeter one has quite a few errors and really not worth the effort to correct. It’s a typical Collect-Aire resin model, some parts are nicely moulded while others…..well they’ll need some work. To help take the weight, cast metal U/C legs are provided. One item that is a bit of a worry is the VacForm canopies, they both appear to be a bit discoloured, hopefully it’s not too bad…. The only issue with the model was a broken cockpit frame on the RHS forward fuselage section, on the LHS one the fuselage was cracked. Ok now the extras….it wouldn’t be a build or mine without extras. The wheel bays are very basic, the cockpit is just as basic, and the exhaust nozzles…… The only replacements are form Aires and are for the Trumpeter model, so fitting them is going to be interesting!! For the colour scheme I’m going to do something completely different to the usual Vigilante colour scheme, I’m going to be one of the camouflaged ones of RVAH-13 (RVAH-6 was also a test squadron). During RVAH-13’s deployment on the USS Kitty Hawk (Oct65 to Jun66) the navy experimented with camouflage. At the end of their tour on USS Kitty Hawk they decide not to go with camouflage as the benefit from it was far out weighed by the issues it caused. There were 2 variations both with 3 colours; RVAH-6 went with Green/Dk Green/Grey and RVAH-13 with Green/Dk Green/Tan (USAF colour scheme). CtA (Cut then Add) provide a nice set of decals covering all the USN aircraft that wore these schemes. I started looking at how these new resin bits were going to fit and a pile of resin dust later……..well they’re going to fit, eventually! Well I’m glad it’s a 4 month build as I think I may need it, anyway it’s going to be an interesting build that’s for sure!
This is a bit of strange place for me to be in as I normally live in the GB section. A scary new place to explore! This is a build I started sometime ago for the Prototype, Experimentals, World Firsts & Record Breakers GB (that’s a mouth fully!) and for various reasons I was not able to complete. Now as a sort of Mojo restorer she’s back on the workbench. I’ve attached the link to the first part of the build for those interested. I had gotten to the stage where I was ready to fit the new mounts for the wings and elevators. These were to be pinned in place rather than trying to use the tiny resin stubs supplied on the kit parts. This would help give everything the strength it needed plus make sure everything was aligned correctly and at the right angle! Ok with the new mounts for the wings and tail done it was time to fit these. I needed to make sure that these new mounts were perfectly square with the body. The moulded mounts on the model were out quite a bit! The front mounts were off by nearly 5mm from one side to the other. The rear mounts for the elevators was I though correct at the time but it ended up being 3mm too high! Unfortunately I didn’t find this out until I’d glued the fuselage together! At this stage I also modified the lower rudder leading edge. During the early flights this rudder was longer and similar in shape to the upper one. Later on it was reduced in length and the leading edge squared off. This wasn’t the easiest of jobs to do as only the front 10mm had the new beveled shape, and everything had to be square as well. It came out pretty nicely in the end. The speed brakes will be closed on her but the insides these lower ones can be seen so I’m going to have to add details here. The model supplied parts are pretty poorly made (white metal and “off cast” resin) so I’ll have to scratch build this area. Not a big job just time consuming. Now the cockpit. I still not quite sure if I’ll leave the canopy open or closed, a lot will depend on if I stuff it up or not! The detail is a bit on the basic side but I’m not going to go too crazy here, just some careful painting and a few small extras. Luckily I have the Aerofax book on the X-15 to help out, it’s a great reference manual. With the basic work done on the cockpit I could close up the fuselage….and what a fun task that was! CA glue was no go for this stage as it dries too quickly (even the Gel stuff for this sort of work), and there was a bit of aligning required as the nose was slightly warped. So the Epoxy resin was pulled out, funnily enough I could have sworn the last time I used it it was the 5 minute type and not the 24 hour type I had in my hand?? I got the fuselage together eventually along with covering everything in epoxy. It was put aside to dry. While it was drying I found the 5 minute epoxy, now I was worried, I had a feeling the stuff I used was VERY old! Two days later it still hadn’t dried properly and the entire nose has moved to one side! The only thing that saved this now was that the epoxy hadn’t set, so I was able to carefully split the fuselage. The only time I’ve been glad for really thick resin fuselages. Once I’d removed all the old stuff and re-cleaned up the fuselage, it was re-glued with the 5 minute epoxy. This cured nicely and everything remained in it’s right place. Then some careful sanding back and she was done. I forgot to take photos of all this fun and games. Inbetween this I managed to almost finish the auxiliary tanks, they're now finally round and not oval. I now just have to start adding all the detail to them. (ones on the left are before filling and re-scribed, one in right are complete). With the fuselage done the upper rudder was fitted. The airbrakes will be closed on her, these were fitted later along with the Helium bottle that sits behind the rudder. It was around this stage I found out that the elevator were in the wrong position, luckily with a bit of “keyhole’ surgery I managed to get them in the right position, as seen here. I need to rebuild/make the fairing section where the elevator meet the fuselage. The main skids were fitted now as well, as I’ll be using the trolley at the rear these skid are in their flight position. It’s a strange combination on resin skid and white metal support here, namely to support the weight of the model. The support was actually too thin, it now sits on some plastic card so it’s at the right height. I still need to make the hinges for the struts, these will be from plastic rod and card. The cockpit is actually starting to look quite good, this is just the basic painting, I have a lot more to do here. ..and finally all together. The wings and elevators are just slide in place for the moment, but she’s starting to look really nice. Most of the re-scribing has been complete since these photos and the upper rudder is nearly completed. I’m really starting to enjoy this build, apart for a few errors a faults it’s a really nice model to build. I should be ready to paint her by the end of my next break.
trickyrich posted a topic in Prototypes, Experimentals, World Firsts & Record Breakers GBWell this is a totally unplanned GB for me and it’s only by chance I’ve decided to join. This baby just happened to show up on evilBay for the right price and I just couldn’t help myself, plus I’m a huge fan resin especially resin from Collect-Aire, I presently have quite a collection which I do hope to build…one day. So for this GB I’ve got the Ultimate Badass beast, the X-15A-2! She has held the absolute speed record for a manned aircraft for 50 years! Set in 1967 by William J. “Pete” Knight at 4519mph/7274km/h (Mach 6.72) at 102,100ft/31,120m, and a record that still remains for this type of aircraft! This is a typical Collect-Aire model (well better moulded than some releases!!) with some lovely details parts, the wheels suffer a wee bit form excessive resin flash but they’re easy to sort out. The white metal bits are some of the nicest I’ve seen. She comes with 2 vacform canopies (opps forgot photo) and a resin one which requires clear acrylic windows to be fitted (supplied. The decals are nice but I probably won’t use most of the as I planned to do her in her White Ablative scheme which she set all her records in. I won’t unfortunately be able to start her until the end of May due to work commitments but I intend to take some time off after that so I should be able to get her done.