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1/32 Trumpeter F-117A Nighthawk - in 45 Days!?!?


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#1 DoogsATX

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Posted 16 February 2017 - 06:46 PM

Over on the SMCG Facebook group, we've just kicked off a 45 Day group build, since so many of us seem stuck in the builds-take-forever trap. For a change of pace, the idea is to build something faster, but still with intent and (hopefully) solid execution. 

 

After a lot of back and forthing, I decided to take on Trumpeter's 1/32 F-117. It's going to be fun adapting black basing and tonal variation to such a dark subject. 

 

Nothing much to report so far. I only managed to paw around with a few pieces last night in prep for really diving in this evening. But dang is it HUGE. 

 

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Aftermarket's going to be limited. Eduard exterior PE and wheels. Quickboost ACES II (I realize there are some minor differences between F-15E and F-117 seats...I'll deal) bangseat. AFV Club AR-coated canopy.

 

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I'm also stealing the throttle and top of a control stick out of an Academy Hornet to pretty up the cockpit somewhat. The kit amazingly doesn't have a throttle, and the control stick isn't up to par with the rest of the cockpit. 

 

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Beyond that, I've got some stupid tricks planned for detailing out the cockpit, adding the mesh to the FLIR window, and a few other elements. 


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Posted 16 February 2017 - 07:10 PM

I love this plane! This quick&pretty period sounds a little overwhelming, I can't imagine myself building something that big so quickly. Keep us updated! And wow, sure it's from the flat surfaces, but this canopy is so clear and transparent.

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Posted 16 February 2017 - 07:19 PM

I'm really counting on the fact that outside of the cockpit and bomb bay there's just not much that needs to be worked on with this kit. So once the cockpit and bay are done I can go pretty quickly into paint and weathering. 


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Posted 16 February 2017 - 08:42 PM

Just new on this forum but have been watching Your work via several media. Looking forward to see how You're gonna tackle this one, especially in such a short time. Always amazing to see how You're able to put down colours with rather stark contrast between them, and then pull it all together with some excellent weathering- & blending-technique's. It's gonna be interresting to see how You pull off this black-bird...

 

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Totally "charmed" by Your "less political correct" approach on Your Y-T tutorials/builds.  :)


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Posted 16 February 2017 - 09:29 PM

Matt

Looking forward to the build and the 45 day deadline is going to be a tough one.

Good luck

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Posted 16 February 2017 - 09:37 PM

And I thought doing a 1/32 Tamiya Spitfire was going to be a challenge...

 

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Posted 16 February 2017 - 10:19 PM

And I thought doing a 1/32 Tamiya Spitfire was going to be a challenge...

 

:frantic:

 

Heh. I justified this by telling myself "well if Becker's doing a 1/32 Tamiya Spit..."


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Posted 16 February 2017 - 10:19 PM

Could you take a few steps back and give us a few shots of your work space?
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Posted 17 February 2017 - 01:11 AM

Good luck with that one. Interested in seein how you pull off the blackbase on a black scheme.
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Posted 17 February 2017 - 01:25 AM

I'm looking forward to following this!
The f-117 is on my wish list, but I was hoping to do a 'grey ghost' version, can't wait to see this go together.

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Posted 17 February 2017 - 09:23 AM

Heh. I justified this by telling myself "well if Becker's doing a 1/32 Tamiya Spit..."

 

He's going to cheat like normal and do it with the wheels up! 


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Posted 17 February 2017 - 09:25 AM

Looking forward to seeing you work on this one Matt! 



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Posted 17 February 2017 - 04:19 PM

Trying to split time between editing my Kitty Hawk Su-17 build review (teaser - ugh) and the 117 and so I didn't have all that much time last night, and most of it was spend scraping away fictitious and hilariously raised RAM coating that does not exist on the actual plane. 

 

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This is pretty tedious stuff...but at least there's not much of it to tackle, and it's all on flat surfaces. It's more working around a fuselage the size of a pizza box that's the frustrating part. 

 

Also...the Trumpeter kit is lacking some serious detailing up around the FLIR window.

 

 

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This looks like a perfect application for my Silhouette cutter. So...time to capture the area dimensionally. Next I'll scan it in and lay out the details needed in Illustrator. 

 

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Posted 17 February 2017 - 06:53 PM

I think long stripes of electrical tape could work great for these patterns. Flat from the visible side, soft for punching the rivets. With what you plan to imitate the panels? Thanks.

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Posted 17 February 2017 - 07:01 PM

I think long stripes of electrical tape could work great for these patterns. Flat from the visible side, soft for punching the rivets. With what you plan to imitate the panels? Thanks.

 

I'm going to use thin styrene sheet. Probably in the 0.10 to 0.20 range. 


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