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CliffB

1/96 Lindberg Shooting Star

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Hi all.

It's about time that I threw my hat into the ring with this one please.

 

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According to Scalemates, the moulds date from 1957, but this boxing is 1960s vintage.

The instructions are printed on the back of the box.  What more do you need? :winkgrin:

 

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The kit's alright really.  Raised panel lines, but they're very fine and thankfully there's nothing showing where the markings should go.

 

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The decals themselves were pretty yellowed, but in anticipation of this GB I took advantage of the Easter sunshine (remember that?), to bleach them back to useability.

 

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As you can see the red is out of register (probably OK in this scale), and one set of tail serials has been printed upside down :blink:

 

I'm going to be kicking my heels in a cold, damp watermill all day today (I'm a volunteer guide and not expecting much action given the weather), so I may be able to get this simple kit stuck together.  I might even put up the 'Mill Closed' sign, just to make sure! :wicked:

 

Cheers

Cliff

 

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This I want to see! 

I picked up their 1.72 kit once, took a look at the contents, and binned it. 

Definitely the worst kit I've ever seen. 

This, however, does look a lot better, so good luck with the build. 

I just had total success with the decal sheet from the ancient Revell boxscale Connie, say about 1958 or so. 

Fingers crossed for yours! 

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Thanks Rob.

I didn't manage to get anything done on the Shooting Star at the mill today, but a couple of hours this evening has seen me:

  • block all the see-through passages (plates over the air intakes and a piece of sponge in front of the jet pipe)

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  • assemble the main parts (after a little fettling)

 

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If only everything in life was this simple!

 

Cheers

Cliff

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I love these old 50's kits and it looks as if you're doing a great job.

 

By the way (and here's a massive off-topic diversion) I discovered today that modelling was a central part of the Lindberg family's life.  

Paul Lindberg's daughter, Christina, became a 1:1 photographic model and was featured in a late 1960's Playboy magazine.

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13 hours ago, bhouse said:

I love these old 50's kits and it looks as if you're doing a great job.

 

By the way (and here's a massive off-topic diversion) I discovered today that modelling was a central part of the Lindberg famiy's life.  

Paul Lindberg's daughter, Christina, became a 1:1 photographic model and was featured in a late 1960's Playboy magazine.

Thanks Brian

I'm a bit puzzled by the Christina refrence though - I always thought she was Swedish (IIRC that was part of the appeal :winkgrin:)

 

Cheers

Cliff

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14 hours ago, bhouse said:

Lindberg's daughter, Christina, became a 1:1 photographic model and was featured in a late 1960's Playboy magazine

...... No. Not seeing anything there that would preclude her from being Swedish 😇

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1 hour ago, rob Lyttle said:

...... No. Not seeing anything there that would preclude her from being Swedish 😇

Mystery solved.  

 

Google Paulette Lindberg and all will be revealed.......

 

Thanks again to Brian (bhouse), for flagging this up - it was definitely worth the diversion!

 

Cheers

Cliff

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Aha - thanks Cliff. One can always rely on fellow Britmodellers to undertake accurate research!

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Back to the more mundane subject of plastic modelling and my little Shooting Star is now ready for priming.  It's always good when there's a pilot figure included in a kit :winkgrin:

 

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I'm not that familiar with the F-80, but I was surprised at how portly it looks.

 

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I found that the canopy in my kit was cracked, but fortunately I had a second (more recent) boxing of the kit which was able to provide a replacement.

 

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Having decided to sacrifice this second kit, I used some of its other parts where they were better moulded than the originals (hence the assortment of silver bits).

 

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Cheers

 

Cliff

 

  

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10 hours ago, CliffB said:

'm not that familiar with the F-80, but I was surprised at how portly it looks.

Yea, I think that's the Lindberg line, rather than Lockheed. 

I could see with the 1.72 scale kit that it was well overweight. It had the look of being inflated.. 

The F7U Cutlass looks kinda interesting! 

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It looks as if the poor pilot has been caught and almost buried in a snowdrift.

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25 minutes ago, rob Lyttle said:

Yea, I think that's the Lindberg line, rather than Lockheed. 

I could see with the 1.72 scale kit that it was well overweight. It had the look of being inflated.. 

The F7U Cutlass looks kinda interesting! 

Oh well, I guess I'll have to live the bloating.

 

Apart from the Corsair (which I believe is a very famous Korean War machine), the other markings in the 'Fighters Four' boxing are pure fancy.

I think that the Cutlass markings belong on an F7U-3 (the definitive production version), but the kit represents the earlier F7U-1.  I therefore built it as one of the prototypes in last summer's Blitzbuild GB.

 

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I've built the Hellcat too (in the last MTO GB!), so just the Corsair to do now, in the 2020 STGB :)

 

Cheers

Cliff

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3 minutes ago, Col. said:

It looks as if the poor pilot has been caught and almost buried in a snowdrift.

Absolutely Col - but, as the Cutlass photo shows, things don't look quite so ridiculous once painted :blink:!

 

Cheers

Cliff

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7 hours ago, CliffB said:

I think that the Cutlass markings belong on an F7U-3 (the definitive production version), but the kit represents the earlier F7U-1.  I therefore built it as one of the prototypes in last summer's Blitzbuild GB.

 

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PM Inbound cliff regards the Cutlass. 

 

Dennis

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