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Echelon 1/32 Lightning....time for a change


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I have a few of these in the stash - can I send them to you so you can do that part of the cutting out for me as its done so well :D

 

Now if only they could invent self cutting vac forms !

 

Sitting back and watching with interest and delight.  Crack on young man

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Yes. She is 4 years old now but she is still a chewer.

 

This is a big part of the Lightning F.2A/F.6 that Trumpeter completely missed. The kink in the leading edge of the wing. Frank Brown captured it superbly.

 

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I bought this wide dual sander from Flory models at Southern expo at the weekend. It has been invaluable especially with that kinked wing.

 

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Heres the kit gear bay. It acts as an wing spar/stiffener too. I may add more detail but then again.....oh who im I trying to kid , of coarse i will add more  detail.

 

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The vacformer turned up today and i eagerly rushed into using it. Set the top oven to 170 , gorilla taped the hoover nozzle to it and away i went. One thing i have noticed so far is that the PETg clear stuff hold the temperature longer that the plasticard that came with it , which is good. I also did not realise that vacforming would pick up the tiny little imperfections in the milliput master. It doesnt look bad for a first attempt , and im happy with it as a test. I wouldnt really use it on a model but it looks OK. Theres plenty of time later on for playing around with it. Back to the model for now.

Heres a couple of pics of my first efforts

 

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Nice work so far.

 

One thing I'd recommend though is to mount your canopy master on a 'plynth' of smaller dimension, so there's an undercut all around the part you actually want.

That'll allow the plastic to be drawn in tight to your shape. It'll need to be cut to release it from the master afterwards.

The downside is you can't just lift the sheet and reheat to try again after a fail, but the upside is a crisper moulding and less chance of a fail.

 

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I just made a nice accidental discovery. I was going to make a template for the plate panel with rows of small rivets on it that fits in the top of the wheel bay. I was using gorilla tape and noticed it had near enough the exact pattern embossed on it that i was looking for , so i used the tape itself! What a time saver!

 

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Hi there,

when you get the canopy sorted would you be willing to sell 1 or 2?

(It's for  an Echelon Lightning I recently bought :))

Cheers

BB

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Marvellous - good to see this. I have one of these on hand. I had two, but realising I would never build both sold one to an enthusiast. I hope he built it, as I hope to build mine some day. Looking forward to seeing yours come along.

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great post - remember this well - perhaps the ultimate vacform model? i dont know of any more detailed / comprehensive. 

agreed that if you were into x planes / project cancelled stuff you had to get into vacs.. 

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Interesting kit and nice work so far! :)

 

Håkan

 

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