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Everything posted by DoogsATX

  1. My bench WIP shots are all taken with my Nexus 6P. When I shift over to the light table, I use a Nikon D610 with a Nikkor 60mm macro lens.
  2. Sink marks - if you look very carefully you can see them here - before glue even touched the fuselage/wings
  3. Yeah I don't see any way to sand the rest of the wing down to their level without significantly screwing things up. Instead I'm going to be using putty to fill them in. NOT looking forward to it, but what can you do?
  4. Joining the fuselage = a super-fun seam to deal with! There's really no way around it, with the thickness of the plastic and the shape of the fuselage. First pass of Mr. Dissolved Putty and Mr Surfacer 500 didn't quite get the job done (showed up under primer): So time to bust out the 3M red stuff. LOTS of sanding with LOTS of different grades of sandpaper later: Moving around top. Masking the exhausts is tedious, but has to be done. Primer down! Mr. Surfacer 1500: Looking in the harsh light of morning, though, I found something rather deflat
  5. Been a frustrating couple of days - futzing with the -117 and making progress but not feeling like it. Fortunately I think I'm starting to pull out of the suck zone. Got the exhausts painted up - MRP Burnt Iron for the exhaust vent/baffle, then Alclad Magnesium and MRP Duraluminum for the exposed metal. Got the cockpit and FLIR and DLIR installed. The highlight here was that Trumpeter forgot to put a back wall on the FLIR bay, so you can totally look through and see the back of the IP. I did a quick spray of some styrene sheet to block it off. And...got the fuselage clo
  6. So those are lights! Was wondering what they were. Good call. I might even see about stuffing some Bondic in from the back. Work continued last night. Knocking down the heavy airframe RAM without knocking it out completely: This is one place where the single-piece airframe works against the kit - maneuvering requires some interesting logistics! Also, did a quick test-fitting of the nose gear last night. Still not sure if I'll use the metal or plastic gear (strength vs. detail...), but happy to report that it is extremely possible to install it after the fact, and that fi
  7. Excellent! One less detail to hassle with! Any insight on whether the thing needs ballast? Given how far back the main struts seem to be, perhaps not...but then again if I have to install the nose gear, I may as well do the mains at the same time and be able to set it down on its legs. If so...I can always test before I close everything.
  8. Those switches are some wire that I added. PITA to do it, but the side console detail really needed some life. For the canopy, I'm going open. I wanted to do closed, but it bunches in on the port side. I *could* brace it with something, but eh, I'm already this far along.
  9. I've got this close-up that shows some faint riveting - and I went VERY light with the wheel. Worse comes to it I can fill them in easily with some Mr Surfacer. Wasn't sure how common or not it was (need to go back through references), but figured I may as well go ahead and do it since it's a lot easier to fill the rivets later than it is to add them after the plates are glued in!
  10. So my plan to use acetate for the MFDs didn't work. I really wanted to find something identical to the acetate Aires, Eduard etc throw in. Thin but stiff. But the stuff I found was very floppy, and when glued in place, curved on me. Fortunately, PVA can be removed without too much issue. Since I need to keep moving, FICE is in full effect, and I ended up using Bondic for the displays. Not terribly pleased with it, but...need to keep moving. Cockpit sills and coaming painted up - reference pics show that the coaming seems to have more weathering than the rest of the cockpit
  11. I'm definitely not going with a DS 117 - going to stick with later in their service life so I can play with all the interesting surface wear.
  12. honestly I haven't even gotten that far yet - it's going to be black so I'll dig into markings when I get closer to paint
  13. Just some AMMO Medium Gray PLW to give the illusion of separate panels - nothing fancy.
  14. Progress continues to be made! FLIR and DLIR sensors. Have to say, I really love the depth that Trumpeter put into the clear parts, especially the FLIR. Some wiring on the bulkhead to liven things up a bit. Work on the canopy frame. I totally stole Brian's excellent tungsten cone idea, and man was that some fiddly work with the mounts. Scratchbuilding is definitely not my thing. The cockpit sill. This shows as a very light gray in reference photos - markedly lighter than the dark gull gray interior. I used some MRP Light Gray (for Slovak MiG-29s or something) mixe
  15. That's primer! And in many cases (intake lips, FLIR, cockpit...) they're going to have to be painted up before the rest of the airframe.
  16. You know that point in a build where you're doing a whole bunch of things, but feel like you have nothing to show for it? That's where the 117 is at. Installed DLIR mesh, cockpit and canopy PE elements, prepped control stick and throttle (using parts stolen from Academy Hornet), some light wiring work on the rear bulkhead, some light scratchwork inside the canopy frame. Further fuselage cleanup. Priming a lot of PE. There's a lot going on, but it doesn't look like I'm making any progress. Looking forward to when that changes, because it'll change suddenly.
  17. Yep - rear bulkhead is painted up but paused for some PE and wiring installation.
  18. So last night was a test run for the acetate. Using my Silhouette Cameo and the magic that is Adobe Illustrator, I whipped up some vinyl masks for the MFDs. The side consoles and instrument panel then got a coat of Mr. Paint WWI Night Camo Black - which is an absolutely gorgeous "not quite" black with a hint of blue tones. I love it so much that it's probably going to become part of the foundation for the exterior paint. Masks were then removed from the MFDs and all is well! I'm happy that I darkened the side displays to RLM 75, since even they seem somewhat light (but this is backed up d
  19. I think once I get the acetate down on top of the screens, they'll look the part well enough. I hope. Fingers crossed. As for the mesh...it's a tricky situation. I'm worried that putting anything extra on it will just make it *more* visible, which wouldn't really jive with the photography that's out there. But I might try putting some Uschi iron polishing powder on it. The iron one is similarish to graphite so it might be subtle enough. I really liked that optical mesh that I found...it's basically transparent...but without the glass it's just way too fragile to work with.
  20. More progress kind of in, around and all over. First up - the gear struts. Cleaning seams off metal gear is one thing, cleaning ejector pins though? Ugh. Next - getting a start on the instrument panel. I'm going about this one a bit backwards. I'm tackling the MFDs first, then will mask them and deal with the rest. I'm planning to place some cut-to-shape acetate film over them when I get to the far side to give them that nice glass-like appearance - so this is more for color matching than anything. Thanks to Brian I learned that the FLIR window didn't have any glass. T
  21. Man...giving the entire underside a scrubdown and then quick rinse to get rid of 1) the rough surface and 2) the detritus from removing said rough surface) took far, far longer than I anticipated and ate up much of the bench time last night. I did, however, manage to get the initial cockpit elements (and intakes not pictured) primed up. Mix of Badger's stuff and MRP. I know the Quickboost isn't exactly the right seat and that ACES IIs have minor differences, and that it's a bit small in the cockpit. But I'm heavily leaning toward building this with the canopy down so I'm not g
  22. They're VERY proud on the kit though. Planning to add them back with something a bit more subtle.
  23. Okay! I FINALLY wrapped up the Su-17 videos and got the last two segments rendering out last night, so from here on it's full steam on the 117. Got the silly raised diamonds removed from the bomb doors, and got the doors installed. Still have to work a bit at where they meet in the middle, but I think I might do that with some support plastic on the inside. Also, hard to see in photos, but the underside has some serious surface texture going on. So out come the sanding tools to take it back to smooth. Didn't get to make much progress on this front, but thankfully it's made easier
  24. LOL! This one's going to be making a bee-line for the trash can honestly. Will hope that the incoming Hobby Boss will score higher on the buildability index.
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