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  1. G'day people, Some of you may already have seen some of my progress in the GB forum under the 'Training Types'. I wasn't 100% sure that the QinetiQ operated jets were actually a training unit (the GB is for training types in the markings of a training unit) and the Moderator was not aware of my gaffe until I pointed it out. We decided that the main forum would be a more appropriate home. Here are the three posts that were over in the GB forum: Post 1 Well, I plan on doing this one in the green/grey camo of the ex Luftwaffe "QinetiQ" scheme. So far I have been cleaning parts up and getting the sub-assemblies together. I have strayed from the assembly sequence slightly and attached the outer intake parts directly to the ducts instead of the fuselage. I think this will result in a neater seam between the two parts and it will not effect the fit of the fit of the assemblies at all. I don't want to add too much stuff to the kit cockpits as being a training type, they are relatively clean and simple arrangement. My references show that the sidewalls are smooth skinned and there are only a few details to be added. I began by adding the portable wander lights beneath the cockpit sill and a couple of circuit breaker boxes. The left side got a couple of gubbins as well, That done, my attention turned to the exterior of the fuselage. Kinetic has engineered the kit so that multiple variants can be built from the same mould. In order to do this, several drop in panels must be added. The instructions call out the various panels specific to for different variants i.e A, B, E etc, however, at no point do they let the builder know what variant each of the construction options are! Fortunately, I know that the Qinetic jets are ex Luftwaffe Alpha Jet A's, so I added all the panels that corresponded to the A variant. The panels fit without a struggle once cleaned up. I brushed some Mr. Surfacer 1200 around each panel and then removed the excess with a cotton bud moistened with metho. Note also that the builder must decide at this point how they wish to depict the airbrakes as optional parts for both open and closed brakes are provided. Finally, I added little bit of detail to the cockpit tub. The right hand side of each cockpit has a recessed area for the map case. I added some .005" sheet to close off the map compartments. Some additional bits of scrap plastic were added behind the rear instrument panel coaming to depict The exposed electrical connectors and instrumentation visible from the front. Lead wire was added to 'busy' up the area. The rear cockpit map case was added as was some cabling to the rear bulkhead. Kinetic overlooked the rear cockpit throttle so I added that as well, although it is a little out of focus. cheers, Pappy
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