sunray Posted February 17, 2015 Share Posted February 17, 2015 This kit brings back memories. I got it on ebay for a few pounds. I have ordered new decals from Hannants as the kit ones are showing their age. The one thing I haven't decided on yet is to have wheels down or do it in flight the same way I did the Vampires I recently posted. Anyway the kit itself isn't that bad and it has raised panel lines as you would expect for a kit this old but they are very fine, so they should sand off quiet easily. Cockpit detail it a bit thin on the ground hence the photo etch. The canopy is a bit thick so I think I will be getting a vacuform one from somewhere. All in all I am looking forward to building this kit so watch this space. The first job I tackled was a bit of re-scribing. As I have said before the raised panel lines were very fine so sanding them off didn't take much effort and the good thing about the plastic was it left a slight shadow where the lines were.This are the tools I used to re-scribe. I will probably make this into a flying display it being 1/72, so this is how I make the internal fitting or mount for a jet to take the 5mm acrylic rod. I decided to do it this way as I find it light so it does put too much stress on the rod. I cut the kit jet pipe and slightly enlarged the nozzle by using a 5mm drill bit to take the rod. The internal mount is a piece of about 2mm plastcard just loosely cut and sanded to fit in the fuselage. Once I decided where it was going to go I covered the tip of a scrap piece rod with a red marker pen to mark where I was going to drill the hole to take the rod on the plasticard. With hole drilled I just glued in place and I added more bits of plasticard in strips to add strength. When I have glued the fuselage halves together, I will add more plastic strips on the other fuselage half to add more strength. Next on the Shooting Star I assembled the drop tanks. You get 2 option of tanks with the kit and I decided on the small tanks. The only reason for this was they were the ones I remember using when I first built the kit when I was a kid. As with most earlier kits released by Airfix the cockpit detail is a bit sparse and this isn't any different so I got to work with the photo etch by Airwaves. With the seat built I test fitted the resin pilot and apart from the position the legs were in it fitted like a glove. I then tidied up the pilot and adjusted the leg position and test fitted the cockpit tub, seat and pilot in the main fuselage. I added a piece of plasticard to the seat so that the pilot would stay at the right height and then I got the paint out. Today I received the vacuform canopies by Falcon and the Xtradecal set, both ordered from Hannants. Next I glued the fuselage halves and the wings together. I left out the pilot and the seat as I didn't want to damage them when sanding down the fuselage. On the wings I also glued the undercarriage covers in the closed position. I also added a bit more support to the internal mount for the acrylic rod. Just to be on the safe side. Once the glue had cured I sanded down all of the joints on the fuselage and wings. Now for the canopy. The reason I am using the vacuform canopy instead of the kit one is because not of the age of the kit (1973) but the vacuform is more to scale and it is a lot more clearer, allowing you to see more detail in the cockpit. First I cut the canopy form the main sheet. Then using fine scissors I cut a bit closer but just leaving a small lip. I have borrowed my wife's nail polisher as for the next job I think its ideal, but if you are doing for the first time I would use skinny sanding sticks as they will do the job. To get read of the lip and keep the shape of the canopy sand from the bottom not the sides. You can tell when you are at the correct depth is when the plastic is as thin as sellotape. Now use a fine skinny stick to finish off. Continue to sand until small holes appear in the plastic and it should just peel away. I find it easier to do bit by bit if you know what I mean. All done and here is the vacuform and the kit canopy. To finish off I attached the undercarriage covers to the front wheel well. It being an old kit I decided these need a bit of support so the won't sag in the middle and all I did was use scrap plastic. That done I thought I had better do a bit of test fitting before I glued anything else. 17 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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