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Everything posted by Grunticus

  1. Not dead, just a ton of work with the launcher....tedious for me so I take large breaks from it
  2. The main missile is finished, bar some touch-ups to the panel line accentuation. After that it will be sealed in a coat of MRP matt varnish. The decals reacted quite well to handling, but do not react to Daco medium and strong setting solution. What remains is many sessions of filling, sanding and priming before I can start assembling the erector.
  3. Now comes the extensive and tedious task of assembling the missile erector. I say tedious because 1. There are many parts. 2. many past require cleaning up moulding seams. 3. Fit is fantastic here, not so there. The two main beams need especially extensive work to make them smooth. The upper one less so than the lower one, of which the two mating surfaces do not line up. If I could start again, I would have made a few square bulkheads to fit inside and help alignment. These seams below are numerous, but are easily eliminated with by scraping and sanding wit
  4. After three passes of putty and sanding it now looks acceptable to me. This was after the second pass. The booster section is almost complete. Fit was quite good and I had no problems aligning the parts. The side-plating parts are moulded quite thinly and dry-fitted well. The main missile is complete and painted with LP4 flat white from the new Tamiya laquer paint range, which I bought out of curiosity. I would say it compares well to Xtracolor in terms of handling and feel. Still, I will repaint it with MRP white, whic
  5. Main missile is up. As you can see all wings leave large gaps where they meet the missile body, that should not be there. Some work to do. Masking Filling Sanding I wonder why they engineered it this way. Lots of extra work.
  6. A little bit of progress. For some reason, because this will be a gift, I am taking extra care. I smoothed out the seams in the boosters, they look pretty good for a first pass. Surfacer 1200 revealed a few minor spots that nee a little touch-up. Fit so far has been good. The main missile halves were quite warped, but glueing them with Tamiya extra thin one inch at a time worked out. The seam was given a bit of Surfacer 500, and it needs to dry thoroughly for a round of sanding. The top booster assembly was a many-part affair. Fit was quite goo
  7. I was able to make a start yesterday. Construction Strat with the booster-half of the Nike. I can report the plastic is on the softer side. It reacts strongly to sandpaper, so I use finer grit and take more care than than usual for cleanup. So far part fit is so-so, but not bad. The ten-part connector ring, onto which the missile will be mounted. There are gaps that I need to address: Everything seems to be very flush with little of the panel lines visible:
  8. My brother in law served his Dutch Air Force time with these, working in a fire-control bunker in Germany. I decided to build this for him. There are not too many previews of this kit, and I found no build reports. So here goes. Impressions: Decals are very nice, and in register. The Dutch blue might be a tad too light though. Maybe I'll use masks instead. Some ejector pin markings are there, but they all seem to
  9. Excellent and stunning in that scheme! I have the same plan for my F-4D, and an F-14A as well.
  10. Thanks! Will comply and post in Non-LSP for this one.
  11. All right then, I will take my chances. It will arrive end of the month, then I will do a build thread here. Not many reviews out there yet, and I could not find a single build yet (but yes, it's quite new).
  12. I am going to build this for my brother in law, who worked with them in the Dutch Air Force. Is it an appropriate build for the In Progress forum? It's a large scale missile, not a large scale plane. Just checking.
  13. I didn't realise it was out earlier, thanks for clearing that up.
  14. I realise it's becoming a broken record so for the last time: this kit is engineered in the most annoying way, every step takes twice as much effort as it should, aided by the failing instruction format. Anyhoo. I spend small periods of time clearing one bit at a time and that helps to keep interest. Getting this (not yet glued and still to receive the small parts and PE): Is portrayed like this in the instructions (and this is a magnification): The assembled rear gun, before weathering. Gun body and nozzle from Kitty Hawk, rest from Eduar
  15. The 1/32 OS2U Kingfisher I am currently working on has the exact same setup, the gunner has his own stick. I will have to look if it was common to remove it in Kingfishers as well..The gunner's seat & assembly look almost identical, too!
  16. Thanks! I read the reinforcing advice in several build threads and will follow it. I will use brass rod.
  17. ...And as a close for today I added the springs and hoist cable to the seat assembly.
  18. I got on with some further construction. I cut, cleaned and dry-fitted the main float. It fits just fine once you drilled open the locating holes. Then I started on the rear gunner's position. Being all the wiser since starting this kit I used a microsaw instead of the sprue cutter to free the ring holding the Eduard psp plate from the sprue. As soon as I (gently) started sawing: Bollocks. Just bollocks There must have been a batch of cheap Polystyrene pellets on the market at some time, or, KH got shafted. I am in the business of producing plastics, and t
  19. Thanks Robert-Jan, after years of restricting myself to Dutch birds I kind of lost interest (except for an ML- KNIL Hurricane perhaps). This kit can IMHO be a lot of fun IF you know what you're getting in to. It does look like the end result can be very very nice.
  20. Very clean build and I will follow this. I just pre-ordered the Revell incarnation of this kit because of this thread.
  21. The He 162 is almost finished, I still have to cut masks for various markings but don't feel like spending time on it right now. The Kingfisher box has been staring at me for well over a year. I had started engine construction and I must say I never had a more disappointing and frustrating start to a kit in my life before. In the box the kit looks to be awesome. And it IS. Detail seems very nice overall. Why did I throw everything back in to the box over a year ago? The plastic: soo brittle that smaller parts just burst in to pieces very easily. The sprue gates
  22. Dutik, thank you for taking time to help me out on this one. No it doesn't, I was just drooling over the splinter cameo image Soooo tempting, this. It wold look awesome next to my Revell Me 262 in the same colours and also splinter on the wings. 120230 is in the right batch for the 'alleged' splinter cammo. I have to work a nightshift tonight which gives me time to suppress my scientific 'proof is needed' self and fire up my "where there's smoke, there's fire" side. Thanks all! Cheers, Leon
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