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#16 ericg

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Posted 23 August 2016 - 07:01 AM

BTW, that seam line on top of the (raw) fuselage will never disappear - it's the spot where a slide meets the mould. Keep the pics coming!


I mistakenly thought the C fuselage might have been retooled from the E fuselage tools.
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Posted 23 August 2016 - 07:44 AM

I am pretty sure this is an interchangeable slide, Eric. They can alter details by just changing the slide without touching the 'main' mould. 


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Posted 23 August 2016 - 08:24 AM

Hey Eric ... Nice work! ...

 

Will there be any masters for a conversion "III.O kit"?  :innocent:

 

Rog :)


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Posted 23 August 2016 - 08:27 AM

Looking forward to this build Erik! I always enjoy your builds!!
Cheers
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Posted 23 August 2016 - 08:39 AM

I don't understand how the molding process works fully, but the Mirage IIIE fuselage is longer than the IIIC. So although there are lots of commonality, they must be different molds. I don't think that they can just stretch or slide it. Panel lines etc are different. But notice that the intake above the speed brakes are in the same place so the rear fuselage parts are the same.

 

Here is a pic of my Mirage IIIC sitting on top of the IIIE fuselage still on its sprue. The length of the one piece fuselage piece is obvious. I have aligned the rear end of the IIIC fuselage section without the tail cone, with the rear end of the IIIE.

 

For those that have built the C they will see that the break for the intake piece is in a different place. But the leading edge of the wing, at the wing root is in the same place. It is most likely correct as the E has a longer nose.

 

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You can see the different intake positions and the longer nose on the E kit sitting below the C kit. I haven't examined the panel detail yet but the shape and length of the E looks damn good.

 

The C didn't build like a Tamiya kit, but it wasn't hard to do a good job so kudos to Italeri for getting the shape right. 

 

The E is special to us Aussies so I am looking forward to getting into it when the time comes in the near future. Got to finish the C first.


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Posted 23 August 2016 - 11:08 AM



Hey Eric ... Nice work! ...

 

Will there be any masters for a conversion "III.O kit"?  :innocent:

 

Rog :)

Hi Rog,

 

At this stage I will be doing a new panel/coaming, and RPK-10's for the model in resin, accurate for Aussie Mirages, and in very limited quantities.

 

Onto some building (this isn`t one of those cut parts off sprues and call it a build thread threads).

 

I have started the modification process of the instrument panel. I will be keeping this as close to `bolt on' as possible, so the panel has been glued to the coaming to make it one big part and then it will be further modified from there. The idea will be the same as my IIIC panel which just required cutting off the casting block to fit into the kit tub.

 

As TTAIl has quite rightly pointed out, the center pedestal is not accurate for a RAAF version, so it has had the detail scrubbed off and its profile slightly changed, ready to accept new detail. I have also sharpened up a small panel under the radar screen.

 

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Here is the coaming, which will be completely re-built.

 

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The rear parts of the engine, which will be barely visible. Alclad burnt Iron. Will just require a dry brush of silver.

 

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Some of the intake parts painted in Semi Matte Aluminium. These required a little work to smooth out their ejector pin marks. Nothing major.

 

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The inside of the jetpipe. PAinted Alclad Dark aluminium. I have filled the ejector pin marks and also filled a small hole which shouldn't be there. (was meant to accept the engine servicing stand)

 

I will do some post shading and a wash tomorrow.

 

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Now the mould seam on the rear fuselage. This was causing folks all sorts of grief on the IIIC and I saw some pretty drastic fixes proposed for it. 10 minutes per side and it is fixed..... easily.

 

I sanded around the seam, leaving the area requiring filler devoid of scratches. 

 

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Filled it with superglue

 

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Fixed using some Flory sanding sticks

 

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Posted 23 August 2016 - 10:31 PM

Nice work on the seam Eric. It does seem that some people spend more time complaining than the fix takes! 


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Posted 24 August 2016 - 12:05 AM

Eric

Super start on the RAAF Mirage and looking forward to following your build with great interest.

Keep 'em coming

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Posted 24 August 2016 - 03:48 AM

Coming along nicely Eric.


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Posted 24 August 2016 - 10:52 AM

Thanks guys.

 

I stripped off most of the detail from the front of the instrument panel.

 

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This enabled me to drill out and position a new Bezu ball, made from a small rod of plastic turned to a ball shape.

 

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Some further detailing included the instrument housing of the Bezu ball, and the rubber radar scope cover, made from brass and plastic card. I have also started detailing the lower console.

 

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As mentioned before, the rudder actuator fairing is very poorly shaped, so off it came with my trusty micro chisel. 

 

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I carved a new one from a scrap of resin. I will probably make some copies of this part.

 

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The exhaust in the process of being painted. I post shaded the corrugations with some burnt iron, then applied a wash to highlight the detail.

 

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Assembled, prior to close up. No aftermarket neccessary here.

 

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Posted 24 August 2016 - 01:16 PM

Hi 

I am very excited by your build , I feel you will go further into d├ętails , and I like this . good job for now  :thumbsup: ....as you are on the vertical fin , you can get rid of this little oval stuff under the navigation light ,I don't know where Italieri dug up this " detail"

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Posted 24 August 2016 - 01:58 PM

Wip always very instructive, I will follow it with great interest.


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Posted 24 August 2016 - 10:37 PM

I am already enjoying this.... and I don't even like jets :ninja:


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Posted 24 August 2016 - 11:01 PM

Thanks guys.

 

I am already enjoying this.... and I don't even like jets :ninja:

 

 

Peter,

 

I am preparing the master of the Instrument panel to accept Airscale enhancements. Glad you like it. 

 

Eric.


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Posted 24 August 2016 - 11:42 PM

Very interesting and instructive, Eric. With your permission i will keep your very good ideas for my own build !


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