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  1. ericg

    Gulf War Tornado

    Good to see Nick. Will follow you build, and hopefully you will dig up some good pics of the rear cockpit as that is why I paused building mine! eric.
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    Iconicair Supermarine Attacker

    It was Ian that did the review for LSP Gene, this is simply a work in progress!
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    DesTROYer's 1/35 AAAvn CH-47D Chinook

    Well done mate. It is really great to see that you are improving your skills each build. look forward to seeing it in person. Eric.
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    Iconicair Supermarine Attacker

    Thinking about the lack of fuselage internals, I came up with a possible solution. Not to say I will go with it but it might work. The Mig-17 had a Russian copy of a Nene, the Trumpeter Mig-17 has a reasonable depiction of one and it would be better than nothing. Here it is test fitted into the fuselage roughly aligned according to my references. The jet pipe is considerably longer than the Mig-17 so I have found some thin brass tube that is the correct diameter and length to suit. At least there will be something to see up the rear end! Whilst the kit instrument decals are OK, I felt the Airscale stuff just makes the panel pop. I used various decals from the RAF WW2 and early allied jets sheets. I will put on some placards and also clear instrument faces but I am pretty happy with how this part is progressing.
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    Iconicair Supermarine Attacker

    Thanks for the comments guys. I purchased both of the available reference books from Viceroy books, a Queensland based online book seller. They have a very good range of books and are well worth a visit. https://viceroybooks.com.au/ . They arrived just minutes before I left home to go to work, so I packed them in my nav bag in case I got bored on the trip! I painted the instrument panel Mr Paint Tyre Black. You can see the difference that the small mod has made to the depth of the holes that the instruments will placed compared to the earlier photo. It fits into the cockpit very nicely. The ejection seat parts. Built up, it pushes onto a peg on the cockpit floor. Once again, a lot of thought has gone into the ease of assembly of this kit. The wheels are a simple two part affair, and fit together very well using minimal glue. There is the slightest evidence of 3D printing in most of the parts as can be seen here but they will clean up easily. I wicked Mr Surfacer into the join between hub and tire and wiped the excess of with Mr Thinner to tidy things up a bit.
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    Iconicair Supermarine Attacker

    Forgot to add a link to the post on my Facebook page which has my in box preview of the kit: https://www.facebook.com/494289260747433/posts/1150494405126912/
  7. So I have a couple of projects on the go at the moment so another wont hurt right? I wanted this kit from the time it was announced a few years back. I decided to fund the purchase of the kit with the proceeds of my resin Boomerang panels, just to make the hobby cost neutral (yeah right!). I like obscure types and of course this fits the bill nicely. I also enjoy the uniqueness of building a resin kit and not having seen an Iconicair kit before, my curiosity kicked in so I got stuck into it whilst there was a bit of downtime in the Boomerang build. There have been a few in box previews of the kit here and on my Facebook page (Manscale Models), as well as others. The kit is quite exceptional right from the get go, being very nicely boxed and thoughtfully packed. Lots of zip lock bags, a stapled instruction sheet, photo etch seatbelts and nicely printed decals. I will try and keep this as out of the box as possible, with the exception of doing something about the lack of any internal structure, meaning there is no jetpipe, turbine face etc. On initial examination, it appears one may be able to see right through the model from intake to exhaust, a less than desirable feature of any jet model. A quick `on the workbench' pic. I got stuck into the cockpit parts. it is quite simple parts count wise, but very nicely detailed. All of the parts required minimal effort to cut from the casting block and glue in place. I have built up most of the small parts on the cockpit side walls. The throttle quadrant and side panels are very nicely detailed and will look great once painted. The instrument panel calls for a decal (provided in the kit) sandwiched between the main structure and the panel faces. I prefer to use Airscale instruments, so some additional work was going to be required. The faces of the panel are quite deep and would easily swallow up the instruments so I assemble the parts and then punched out some thin plastic card and inserted it into each hole to bring the instrument faces closer to the front of the panel. If you have the RP Tools punches, I used the 1.9, 2 and 2.4mm punches to achieve this. This part will look great painted and with Airscale decals. Parts fit is great. The wings come with some sturdy resin spars which almost snap into place. Alot of thought from Iconicair has gone into how this kit assembles, sometimes lacking in alot of resin manufactures. It is quite good. Glued into place with gel superglue, they make very strong structures.
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    CAC Boomerang

    Some more work. I wasn't happy with how thin the the fin was. It was quite pinched towards the top and didn't look right. It was also slightly warped so needed to be fixed. Out with the razor saw and I made a cut right down the middle of the fin. I then inserted some plastic card to shim it out to the required thickness. The rudder fits much better, it is straighter and now thicker! I cut out the rear part of the vac formed canopy and attached the inner fairings with superglue, once they were painted Mr Paint tyre Rubber. Dry fit. Starting to come together.
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    CAC Boomerang

    Thanks guys. Appreciate the comments. The kit is missing the floor of the cockpit, which is just the top surface of the wing. This was easy enough to whip up with some plastic card and a riveter tool. The engine mounts are quite troublesome and weak and didn’t really line up the engine too well in the cowl. I cut them off just short of where the engine sits and have fixed the engine in place once it was lined up, by drilling holes into the tops of the cylinders through the cowling and fixing it in place with 4 brass rods superglued into position. I will trim these down flush with the surface.
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    Beautiful work. I wish that the ‘extreme weathering’ guys would look at this model and use it as an example of how you dont need to go overboard on the post shading to get a great outcome. I love the subtlety of the weathering, sheen of the paint and the way that this model sits. Best of all, you have combined a great build and backed it up with an awesome finish, and taken the time to do the small things like flatten the tires to simulate the weight of the fighter. lovely! Eric.
  11. ericg

    CAC Boomerang

    Some more work. The ignition wiring is depicted as a rather frightening photo etch part. I could tell that this was going to be too much work, as well as lacking the 3D look more appropriate to models in this scale. I cut off the ignition leads and used the photo etch as a template glued to some thick plastic card and shaped. I then drilled some holes and glued in some copper wire Almost completed engine. I have used the excellent RB Productions Sutton harness. A little tricky to assemble but they look really good. I modified the lap belts as they aren't quite as complicated on the real aircraft as they are meant to be assembled. I cut off the kit grip and remade it from some copper wire with very fine copper wire wrapped around it. I also added the two gun buttons. The almost completed cockpit. I added some instrument wiring from copper wire.
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    CAC Boomerang

    Hi Matty, The part that I made is actually a glare shield fitted over the top of the flat instrument panel to cover the 4 globes mounted on the panel that light up the instruments, protecting the pilot from glare from those lights and directing the light upon each instrument. The pictures of aircraft that have the flat panel (as depicted using the photo etch kit panel) don’t have this glare shield fitted. Hope that clears things up. Eric.
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    CAC Boomerang

    I have cleared out some old messages. Should be good to go.
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    CAC Boomerang

    Some more work. I used the new British interior green from SMS and am very impressed with the results. Pour it in the airbrush and spray. This stuff is really good paint and is super smooth. I felt the seat needed a bit of work so I added some detail from plastic card according to my references. I primed it and then painted it silver, followed by some chipping of the interior green using AK Worn effects.
  15. Back when I was young and enthusiastic I produced this set: http://www.hyperscale.com/2013/reviews/accessories/eresinhawk12732reviewme_1.htm