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Hardtarget

HT's 1/72 High Planes Mirage IIIO RAAF

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I shall be partating with one of these to continue with my RAAF theme at the moment after the F-111C.

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Welcome to the GB, good to see another Aussie Mirage!

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Righthothen, lets get stuck into some action!

 

Box, love the artwork!

 

34713389484_761b3c06df_h.jpgDSC_0014 by stuart wellard, on Flickr

 

Sprues et all

 

34713382934_b5b46191c1_h.jpgDSC_0015 by stuart wellard, on Flickr

35515603726_5e23307c6f_h.jpgDSC_0016 by stuart wellard, on Flickr

34713384284_28ba33529c_h.jpgDSC_0017 by stuart wellard, on Flickr

35515604756_a63898a721_h.jpgDSC_0018 by stuart wellard, on Flickr

 

Cockpit assembly. The seat is made up of 5 parts which is a little fiddly

 

35515605356_01a43e9928_h.jpgDSC_0019 by stuart wellard, on Flickr

 

Wings seemed to gotogether well withtout much fettling

34713385924_824b292762_h.jpgDSC_0020 by stuart wellard, on Flickr

 

Fuselage and tail parts cleaned up and ready for assembly

35386715412_c1304b0ba8_h.jpgDSC_0023 by stuart wellard, on Flickr

 

Fuselage halves cemented together which needs careful alighment if you want to match the panel lines. Adding the spine is recommended at the same time otherwise you may have a slight gap along either side meeting the fuselage. the tail I had to slightly trim the tab for it to sit on the fuselage. The leading tail fillet tip is probably the trickiest to get to fit level and at right angles to the tail fin.

35515607536_9cb2263e98_h.jpgDSC_0024 by stuart wellard, on Flickr

 

Wings meet fuselage and there is a slight gap either side that needs a sligh filling in.

35386716512_fba96c3079_h.jpgDSC_0025 by stuart wellard, on Flickr

Intakes done, which i would note i think they have the parts the wrong way around in terms of the side plates as they didnt fit correctly so i switched them around and the fit was better and no gaps. All other parts ready for assembly.

 

34713388634_1497afe2f2_h.jpgDSC_0026 by stuart wellard, on Flickr

 

Nose weight added to the cone using PVA and liquid gravity.

35386718232_9a6cf5dfd1_h.jpgDSC_0027 by stuart wellard, on Flickr

 

Right thats all the assembly i can do until the pit is painted whichis next.

 

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Good effort Stuart and I'm picking up some useful tips here, at this rate you'll be ready for decals by the weekend - I'm envious!

 

Keep up the good work!

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I see these High Planes kits are going together will little fuss. Which decal option will you be going with?

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I'm popping in for this one Stuart. I've been wondering what the High Planes kits are like.

 

Looks very good, you're going at a cracking pace!

 

Great stuff

TonyT

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9 hours ago, TrojanThunder said:

I see these High Planes kits are going together will little fuss. Which decal option will you be going with?

 

mmm undecided at the moment so gladly consider a request. Quite like the 2 tone grey extended camo version but then i like a bit of colour.

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4 hours ago, TonyTiger66 said:

I'm popping in for this one Stuart. I've been wondering what the High Planes kits are like.

 

Looks very good, you're going at a cracking pace!

 

Great stuff

TonyT

Hi tony, welcome aboard. This is the older tooling i think they have released a new refined tooling i.e narrower panel lines but im not a rivet counter and so will build as it comes. i have toyed with sanding them completely down but there isnt sufficient plastic in some areas especially the wings which you can see 'through' if held up to the light.

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16 minutes ago, Hardtarget said:

there isnt sufficient plastic in some areas especially the wings which you can see 'through' if held up to the light.

 

I'd noticed that too!

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Its been a couple for months since i updated this thread, so here goes with the result of near completion.

 

With the weight in the nose set, the two halves were cemented and all given a coat of coal black with a grey wash to highlight the engraving.

 

23979090798_fd1b1d220b_h.jpgDSC_0007 by stuart wellard, on Flickr

 

The nose section was the cemented to the main to the main wing and body section. I think there is only a slight misalignment issue with the bottom after adjusting to make sure there was a nice join and continuation of the fuselage curvature.

 

23979088208_58eae85a25_h.jpgDSC_0008 by stuart wellard, on Flickr

 

Nose section added.

 

37121439764_daa5c665ad_h.jpgDSC_0009 by stuart wellard, on Flickr

 

There are a few fit issues leaving gaps on the under wing join lines and you can see the nose section join line to the fuselage which needed some attention.

 

23979089418_473ab472b1_h.jpgDSC_0010 by stuart wellard, on Flickr

 

All filled and cleaned up.

 

37783105566_74cf889741_h.jpgDSC_0001 (1) by stuart wellard, on Flickr

 

Main wheels and nose wheel frame were given a coat of AK extreme metal steel. The tyres will be painted a dark grey using my pot of Aeromaster tire black.

 

23979166148_cdcfe63006_h.jpgDSC_0009 by stuart wellard, on Flickr

 

Camo time. The instructions leave you to a bit of guess work as the top and bottom camo patterns to not meet up as they should so some online references helped a bit.

 

37121520124_03cb8448f4_h.jpgDSC_0019 by stuart wellard, on Flickr

 

37573761620_cf3b1f33df_h.jpgDSC_0020 by stuart wellard, on Flickr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Camo finished fuel tanks added. I realised at this stage that i had painted the radome too much up the fuselage which required some painting with the two greys.

 

37121451064_b05948144d_h.jpgDSC_0035 by stuart wellard, on Flickr

 

Decals added using Mr Mark Setter and softer. AC has just now been given a coat of Humbrol Clear and once dry ill give her a very light wash.

 

23979115638_32c9d2758c_h.jpgDSC_0036 by stuart wellard, on Flickr

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For a boring Grey aircraft that colour scheme is something special and rather attractive.

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Rather great and all but boring!

Did not know this scheme was asymetrical!!

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Great to see another over the line, and beautifully done in that scheme

and looking at the time you posted those photos you were certainly burning the midnight oil

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Oh she wasnt finished just yet ;)

Now she is....

 

Finished

 

1/72 High Planes Models Mirage IIIO

RAAF 75Sqd, Butterworth Malaysia 1981-2

Experimental scheme applied to aircraft at RAAF Butterworth.

 

37966829596_55f5811958_h.jpgDSC_0024 by stuart wellard, on Flickr

37311088804_2a3503072c_h.jpgDSC_0025 by stuart wellard, on Flickr

37311089374_7a6cc4f488_h.jpgDSC_0026 by stuart wellard, on Flickr

37311090074_4a0ddb912a_h.jpgDSC_0027 by stuart wellard, on Flickr

37311090434_56952f1955_h.jpgDSC_0028 by stuart wellard, on Flickr

37311088244_fc1338940b_h.jpgDSC_0029 by stuart wellard, on Flickr

37966828666_30bfc4fc8e_h.jpgDSC_0030 by stuart wellard, on Flickr

 

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Fantastic job Stuart, I've never seen that scheme bore either so that's an added bonus.

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