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Unless I build two - I want to do an Atlas Cheetah C... :)

 

So - this means a new nose, new windshield, new seat, new canards and modified wings (amongst other stuff...). I may use a resin bang seat...

 

So - whilst I'll try to keep to the 'spirit' of this excellent Group Build Idea - I strongly suspect the model won't be strictly eligable...

 

Hopefully you'll let me post pix anyway? It will (hopefully) show it's not difficult to update a '75 model Revell kit to the 21st century! :P

 

Will post first pix tomorrow... :D :D

 

Iain

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If it stays here or not, I'll definitely watch this with interest...

 

 

...there's somewhere a halfways carved nose for a 'D' in my appartment :)

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Unless I build two - I want to do an Atlas Cheetah C... :)

 

So - this means a new nose, new windshield, new seat, new canards and modified wings (amongst other stuff...). I may use a resin bang seat...

 

Iain

Are you going to do "Spots?"

I have thought one of my Mirages should go towards a Cheetah...so make some resin copies of your changes for me! :D

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Yup - me wants to do 'Spotty'!

 

Got the ALPS working again today - so can do the Cheetahs head as a decal (along with tail markings) and airbrush the rest...

 

Spotty

 

Oh - and I have some casting rubber/resin tucked away somewhere - no promises! :)

 

Iain

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I knew it!!! I don't know if I would do Spotty or one of the standard camo ones. It sure is a great scheme, though.

 

That is going to be a nasty job for the Alps with all the light and variable tones, though. I think I would do it mostly with my Epson, and just do the undercoat with the Alps.

 

Someday we should compare notes on decal making.

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Indeed - the soft tones wouldn't work too well on the ALPS - but I'll have a play...

 

It was actually a photo of one in the standard greys that first caught my eye - so it may end up a std 2 Sqn bird...

 

Iain

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Hehe, I ran across an article in a german magazin about 10 years or so ago, I fell straight in love with the Cheetah :) though, mine will be a doubleseater :D

 

And Spotty is certainly one of the most striking schemes ever made, to bad I'm not really into special and show paint schemes...

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Hi Iain,

 

If you do make moulds for resin bits to do the conversion, I'd be very interested as well!

 

I love to do that green, red and black Cheetah from the SAAF website you posted!!

 

Ted

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Hi KOTR, Ted, Erwin

 

Double seater Cheetah 'D' would be a stunner - and there's the very bright 2 Sqn airshow bird with huge sharkmouth and the SA flag on the tail - that would really stand out.

 

But I'll chicken out on that one for the moment - the single seat 'C' is an easier proposition!

 

Ted - will bear you in mind - but, as earlier, no promises!

 

Erwin, your post re straight kit/fun build - I can relate to that - I just have this nervous twitch that makes me want to modify everything - including Tamiya. :D :) :D

 

The early Revell 1:32 stuff was what I grew up on and I have a lot of them in the loft!

 

Sooo - tell yer wot - I'll do a straight out of the box (ish) Mirage III at the same time as the Cheetah (may add a little to cockpit and gear bays) - how does that sound? :) :D

 

Iain

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Well - I've read there was an extension behind the cockpit (as well as the new nose) - but still trying to confirm details...

 

Have asked the Q over on Hyperscale as Charles Hugo has been giving me a few pointers...

 

Will see what I can find - doesn't put me off - other than I need enough info to get it right! :)

 

Iain

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Most of these systems are housed in a new plug of about 58cm between the cockpit and engine intakes. As the cockpit is further forward, the spine is naturally longer with a slight hump just forward of the tail fin.

 

From the IPMS South Africa Website. Was a hell to load, but you might want to take a look there. From there goes also a link to a couple of photo albums, one of them featuring Spotty in its full glory and many different angles :)

 

I'd also like to mention the strenghten landing gear.

 

What put me off from making the 'C' is the lack of interior photos, as the cockpit is yet classified.

 

Edit: There we go :)

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Thanks - have been trawling the site - but not seen that - I did see mention of 600mm on one page...

 

Looks like the front gear bay is still in the same position as Mirage IIIE relative to the intakes and wheelbase...

 

Yup - cockpit a bind - but can't be too dissimilar to late model Kfir/Pantera cockpits - am searching for pics now... I'll use a spare Tamiya F-4J seat...

 

Ho Hum - reasearch is part of the Fun!!! :lol: :rolleyes: :blink:

 

Now - I promise to start cutting plastic later today... :rolleyes:

 

Iain

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Hmmm...interesting scheme Iain,

 

Doesn't Spotty's head looks like he swallowed a fly whilst riding with the visor up...either that or he's in the middle of coughing up a furball. The face looks weird to me...not quite a snarly look but the former.

 

Will look forward to seeing one built.

 

Cheers Matty

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