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  1. Hello all - I began this build a while back, and ran into a bit of a stall mid last year. I figured I might post my progress to date, and perhaps I can find my mojo again to finish this once and for all. This is the new(ish) Trimpeter 1/32nd offering, with a few additions from Eduard, Airies, Quickboost, AFV club and a gaggle of various scratched bits here and there. As many here likely already know, the kit is relatively accurate in size and form, if not sadly underdetailed in the cockpit and wheel wells. Those areas were about the only places where detail was present on the jet, so I have tried to spend some time to add what I could. My progress to date is what follows. I have a more in depth build log (riddled with a few frustrations as I went) over on LSP for any interested in slogging along through pages of monotony. For brevity's sake, I figured I would concentrate more on the images themselves here instead, and keep the descriptions short. And here we are: The kit wheels and seat were in need of detail, so Eduard Brassin and Quickboost to the rescue: Obviously, a large improvement. The wheel set in particular makes a massive improvement, though the seat speaks for itself equally well. From here, I began to work on the cockpit and interior details. With the Eduard interior set in hand, I went to work improving the fair - but sparse and rather clunky - kit cockpit. I began with the ruder pedals: And after a bit of surgery: And then with the new PE added: In situ: Kindly disregard the poor PE placement of the floor panel. My learning curve with CA and PE was steep at this point. You can see the basic nature of the kit's switches and dials as well. A splash of paint, and things look better: And the kit main panel: The rear bulkhead begins to take shape as well: And the side panels begin to get their clothing as well: Beginning to look the part - though some touch up is certainly needed: Over the years, I found several images showing the layout of the cockpit, and there s abviously a bit of work to do to try and get things looking more prototypical. It seems that Trumpeter went the same way as Tamiya did with their otherwise excellent 1/48 kit, and based their molds on the pre-production testbed aircraft. The later active duty planes were more complex: One glaring issue Trumpeter managed to work into this kit was the over-large seat. The new version from QB looked great - but was far too narrow to fit the kit ejection rails properly. Here is the kit seat, sitting snug between the rails: And the QB seat looking exceptionally puny: Space on both sides for days: After a trip tot the local hobby shop. I found some C channel from Evergreen that I figured I might try on a hunch to take up some of the extra space: As luck would have it, the fit was quite good! So, apart from the seat still looking too narrow for the space between the panels, at least it wasn't knocking about without a connection to the rails of some form. With everything trimmed, and glued in place, progress was being made: Snug enough to hold things - even half way up the rails: All beginning to come together now. Some PE bits thrown at the rear bulkhead, and work begun on the FLIR turret and lens: Even tried to replicate the small pair of lights from the bulkhead on each side of the seat perhaps not the most convincing, but better than empty holes: More to come...
  2. Hi! I'm done withit for some weeks, but I was struggling with the photographi. I was told that the direct sunlight makes it better. I still dont know. Anyway sorry for the dust. It is a dust magnet. You can have a look about the construction here: And the result is this:
  3. B-57G Night Hawk Cockpit Set for Italeri Kit 1:72 Pavla The B-57G Night Hawks were B-57Bs modified as night intruders with FLIR, LLTV, and laser designator in the nose, capable of using laser-guided bombs; 16 converted for The Vietnam war. Italeri have brought us a decent model of the B-57G but it is lacking in the cockpit area. The kit supplied seats are good only for the first test version and the kit cockpit does not re-produce the Night Hawk. To remedy this Pavla have now brought us a complete new cockpit set. This includes the main tub, correct ejection seats, correct front & rear instrument panels,control yoke; and canopy ram. The parts are well cast though one of the rear ejection rails was missing from the review sample. It had not broken off in the box as its not in there at all. Conclusion This set from Pavla will enhance your B-57G model. Highly recommended. Review samples courtesy of
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