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Bit of liquid green to tidy up the saw tooth.  Going to prime it next to see how it looks.  Bit more on the seats, few more details to pick out

 

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Now the rear canopy has a strange step up above the wing which isn’t there.  Not sure what I can do other than tape it straight and leave part of the canopy frame clear

 

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Compare that to the back canopy in the photo above

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Bit of primer on & she looks better than I expected.  
 

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bit of filling to do under the nose and remembered I hadn’t fitted the tail bullet yet

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First of all, great job you are doing on the old ESCI Alpha Jet. Nice to see someone building one.

 

Regarding that step on the rear canopy, I think the best way to "hide" it is to leave the area around it clear. There is a fairing on the real thing but much smaller. Seems the wing on the kit sits too high, overemphasizing this feature.

The canopy looks to be the worst part anyway (look at the junction of the windshied to the front camopy in the comparison pics).

 

Cheers

Markus

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3 hours ago, bar side said:

Bit of liquid green to tidy up the saw tooth.  Going to prime it next to see how it looks.  Bit more on the seats, few more details to pick out

 

l116kmH.jpg

 

Now the rear canopy has a strange step up above the wing which isn’t there.  Not sure what I can do other than tape it straight and leave part of the canopy frame clear

 

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Compare that to the back canopy in the photo above

Indeed, this quite odd. From the pictures, the end of the leading edge 'climbs' over a straight edged canopy. I would try what you said, but I would also try to sand off the curved frame. But this is me and this is your model, I know that sanding and polishing clear canopies might look scary.

Best regards,

Daniele

 

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Thanks @Shorty84 and @Dstream yes leaving the raised frame clear is the easy approach.  I can’t say I have had a lot of success sanding down clear and polishing it to a decent standard again.  To make it more complex the wing root on the kit is actually part of the canopy moulding , so getting in there would probably involve sanding good part of the canopy too.  It’s not ideal but I’ll have a look at it and see

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Consider that anyway, nobody will stick with a picture in front of your model and check it. It will be Ok whatever way you choose to do it. 😉

Regards,

Daniele

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More filling & sanding today.  Fitted the tail bullet & sadder some filler to blend it in

 

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On the canopy glass, you can see how bizarrely the wing roots is moulded into the glass

 

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And taped along the right line it’s hard to make out the raised line of the frame.  Think it will be ok left alone & painted along the tape line

 

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I have a feeling the canopy frames are wrong too, but again I will stick as the are & live with the iinaccuacy.

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The intakes look slightly the wrong shape to me too. Comparing the pictures of the model and the real thing at the bottom of page 2.

The kit intake has a thick leading edge & is a semicircle whereas the real one has a thinner leading edge and seems to have an almost vertical side.

The canopy is trickier. I wonder if they redesigned it with more of an upsweep at the rear to clear the wing? Which I agree does looks too high BTW.

And, I too enjoy the challenge of an older kit. Given the time I'd have a bash at this one, I quite like the Alpha jet.

I'd probably search for a better model and build them side by side to make it a bit easier though!

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Tough to tell on the intakes.  The edge tends t9 be painted black hiding the shape. This one has a view

 

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the kit ones are probably a little shallow and don’t come straight out from the body enough top & bottom.

Talking of old kits with errors & often modelled on the prototype, I once built an ESCI Tornado GR1.  I think they guessed the main undercarriage- no idea how they thought it worked & totally different to the Revell one I built later.  Learned from the chunky old ESCI kit though.  Here she is lurking.  Got a soft spot for her despite the problems

 

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5 minutes ago, bar side said:

Tough to tell on the intakes.

Yes, that French one shows that it should be semi circular, so they did get that right.  But the lip seems thinner than the kit. Is it too late to rub a bit away?

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3 minutes ago, Pete in Lincs said:

Yes, that French one shows that it should be semi circular, so they did get that right.  But the lip seems thinner than the kit. Is it too late to rub a bit away?

No I can get a curved file in there.  Still filling & sanding so quite doable

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I guess you can see a bit more here where they got the shape from.  I will probable make some blanks anyway so they can deceive the eye a bit

 

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Few more bits on tonight.  Vent on the body fitted - included in the kit but not clear where it fitted from the instructions.  Will need a bit of sanding down.  Rudder operator cover scratched and fitted on the tail side

 

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Pointy nose on, undercarriage doors on, gun pod on.  Cut the flap hinges & fitted the two parts to the wing & flap to test it out.  Going to fit the pylons after painting. Flaps going to be painted before fitting.

 

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Both sets of flaps done & lots of green filler to dry over night

 

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Quick rub down and touch up.  Think she is about ready for preshading & then paint

 

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I am planning to paint the body with the wings off to get the camo right under the wings.  Also painting the wing undersides before they go on will be a lot easier.  And I was going to paint & fit the pylons once the wings are fitted 

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