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Serkan Sen

Legendary Blackbird - Part 2: M-21 Mothersip with D-21 Tagboard (Italeri Conversion)

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As my another ongoing Blackbird project is close to end and all necessary parts for this one were built during that project I decided to launch a parallel thread for M/D-21.

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This build will include all resin parts I casted for A-12 here:

 

There will be some addons on D-21 Tagboard, namely the nose and tail cones used during drone transportation.

 

Serkan

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Excellent! Glad to see another Sled on the way 👍

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4 minutes ago, Alan P said:

Excellent! Glad to see another Sled on the way 👍

Thanks Alan. The difficult part was to build main A-12 parts. The rest should be relatively easy. 😀

Serkan

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Just now, billn53 said:

Super! Can’t wait to see this one. 

Thanks Bill. Compared to your Hotrods and Phantom builds mines are still very primitive..

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3 minutes ago, Serkan Sen said:

Thanks Bill. Compared to your Hotrods and Phantom builds mines are still very primitive..

My builds are 90% assembly and 10% detailing. Your’s seem to be more like throw 90% away and rebuild from scratch :lol:

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I am an engineer. I have a talent to find solution for any technical problem. But I have almost zero talent for professional finish 😪

 

But I am proud of my Flankerstein build (my profile image) on which I have used many techniques first time. 😁

 

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Here is old Italeri kit to be converted to M-21:

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The kit was partially built when I bought it. Therefore it is very suitable for such butchery. As first step the lower and upper halves tail cones were removed;

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Unlike A-12 modification here I didn't remove inner elevons.

 

Here are the casted replacement parts versus original ones:

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Next is to place resin parts to upper and  lower surface halves.

 

Serkan

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25 minutes ago, neil5208 said:

Off to another good Serkan, this the third SR71 variant so far.

Physically 2nd. I have no idea when the digital project Part 0 will turn into reality...

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1 hour ago, Serkan Sen said:

Here is old Italeri kit to be converted to M-21:

I love these old Italeri boxes, I was very passionate about their kit when I was young. 😊

 

6 hours ago, billn53 said:

My builds are 90% assembly and 10% detailing.

And my builds are 10% of assembly and 90% preparation for assembly! 😜

 

Nice start, Serkan - as usual! I’d like to see the book authored by you about the building the Blackbirds.

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6 hours ago, Serkan Sen said:

But I have almost zero talent for professional finish 😪

That’s not true. Your «Flankerstein» work is very skilled, I’m sure that other modellers here will say the same.

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1 hour ago, Nikolay Polyakov said:

That’s not true. Your «Flankerstein» work is very skilled, I’m sure that other modellers here will say the same.

Thanks Nikolay. You are very kind 🙂. I must admit that I have learned a lot during that build especially from my mistakes.

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The lower half parts were assembled together and the gaps filled with putty:

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The nose area will be removed along the raised panel line and replaced by resin part:

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To be continued...

 

Serkan

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The upper half parts were assembled together.  First the modified rear cockpit frame was placed:

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Then nose part, kit refuel port insert, tail cone resin parts were glued to rear fuselage:

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Serkan

 

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The NLG wheel bay, resin lower front part and rest lower surface were glued together:

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Also drone stand holes were drilled before assembling fuselage halves:

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Next step will be to coat with primer.

 

Serkan

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All major parts were coated with primer:

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Next is to finish cockpit areas and glue the fuselage halves together.

 

Serkan

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Gosh that was quick ! It would take me weeks to get to that stage. I noticed you are using the kit exhaust, l was hoping you would do your magic on them.

Another SR-71 what's not to like 👍.

 

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Robert

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5 hours ago, Robert said:

Gosh that was quick ! It would take me weeks to get to that stage. I noticed you are using the kit exhaust, l was hoping you would do your magic on them.

Another SR-71 what's not to like 👍.

 

Regards

Robert

Thanks Robert. As long as all necessary parts available the progress is very fast.

I am not planning any resin replacement parts apart from my own parts. The exhaust seems to be not bad especially after comparing with the Revell one. Also I spent plenty of time to create 3D CAD model for 3D printing. The Italeri nozzle seems to me accurate and detailed enough.

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Regards

 

Serkan

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On 2/9/2020 at 1:27 PM, Nikolay Polyakov said:

I’d like to see the book authored by you about the building the Blackbirds.

Me, too. He's already got the photos!

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6 hours ago, Space Ranger said:

Me, too. He's already got the photos!

Lucky for him the Blackbirds have been retired or he’d be getting a visit from the CIA.

 

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Blimey another thread, I may have to give up modelling until all these are finished.

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On 2/9/2020 at 7:27 PM, Nikolay Polyakov said:

And my builds are 10% of assembly and 90% preparation for assembly

And my builds tend to be 10% assembly and 90% recovery from that. I really must dry fit more :)

 

loving the blackbirds so far, tempting me towards building something earlier than 1946.

 

i did build one many years in 1/144 acquired from Kellogg’s by saving tokens from Frosties boxes.

 

I used to work for a division of Prat &Whitney and I did get to see one of the engines in the flesh, a fascinating piece of engineering bigger than my car. And at the bleeding edge of technology. To get the pressure seal fit needed to operate at full speed the engine was designed so that the seals mated at temperature, as a consequence they leaked aviation fuel at lower temperatures and had to be in flight refuelled right after takeoff, some engineering to figure that one out.

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Arrgh!... Again old resin problem. It seems that I have forgotten to throw all parts into trash casted with shelf life expired resin. After primer coat the lower nose and upper tail cone parts started to bleed/sweat oily fluid:

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But not a problem. I have enough spare parts casted with new resin:

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The new parts were glued to related fuselage halves:

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Also inboard elevon root profiles were modified to fit new tail cone shape. The gap will be filled with plastic stock,

 

Serkan

 

 

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