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F-117A Nighthawk (channelling my inner scratch builder)

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A bit forward on the main gear wells - close to completion there I think.  A touch of light weathering, some cables and wires and airscale placards to finish off the look.  Not much reference here, so a bit of artistic license was taken with a goal of some semblance of realism to the prototype.  Better than the bare bones kit parts at any rate:

 

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Next- on to the gear legs: some seams to clean up yet, wires to add, and a few other small details.  Hoping to be able to start adding things to the fuselage soon, and begin working on some of the larger assemblies.

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Looks like you got that gloss white down just fine!

 

Cheers, Tom

Thanks - though I still feel there's loads more orange peel than I'd otherwise like...but I've given up on the wells at this point.  I figured a light wash, and then just throw in a mess of cables and placards to hopefully draw the eye away somewhat.  The wells are good and tucked up under this beast at any rate, and with the shadow it casts...I'm not sure most will be any the wiser.  Hoping I can pull off a much better result on the gear legs themselves at least!

 

Cheers

 

Brian~

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Wow, look at those wheel wells. There's nothing wrong with some artistic work here and there. When nothing is available for reference...a good guess is next best thing ;) Beside, it's not like ever built model ever is 100% accurate to scale. I haven't seen one. So, your doing great!!

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Well thanks to your build I now have less money!

 

Just had to order the kit off eBay!

 

Fantastic and as it turns out inspiring build, as now I have to have a crack.

 

Keep it up and love the detail work, I'll be referencing it shortly.

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Well thanks to your build I now have less money!

Just had to order the kit off eBay!

Fantastic and as it turns out inspiring build, as now I have to have a crack.

Keep it up and love the detail work, I'll be referencing it shortly.

 

Heh - I didn't know I had that kind of power.  :)  It's really turned out to be a rather fun kit all in all.  I'd strongly recommend the Brassin wheel set, and the Aires cockpit at the very least...but for the most part, I've found the rest can be scratched without a great deal of difficulty or complication.

 

When can we expect your WIP thread here?  :)

 

Cheers

 

Brian~

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Don't want to hijack your thread, but yes I ordered what I believe to be all the aftermarket available: Eduard's PE and wheels, Aires cockpit, and some decals.

 

I have the Tamiya 1/48 kit with Aires bomb bay, and will use that as a template from which to scratch build the bomb bay.

 

Of course there is this thread as reference also, especially the wheel bays.

 

The difficult part will be the weathering of such a dark colour, but I have some ideas to play with.

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Don't want to hijack your thread, but yes I ordered what I believe to be all the aftermarket available: Eduard's PE and wheels, Aires cockpit, and some decals.  I have the Tamiya 1/48 kit with Aires bomb bay, and will use that as a template from which to scratch build the bomb bay.

Of course there is this thread as reference also, especially the wheel bays.

The difficult part will be the weathering of such a dark colour, but I have some ideas to play with.

 

Hijack? - not at all.  This airframe and it's subsequent kittings are far from the popular kid on the block, and I am all for any participation related to the F-117 I can get!  :)  I'm stoked to see your approach to the Aires tub in particular.  The only word of caution I would offer is to be extremely careful with the little lever switches - they are crazy delicate!

 

I think black finishes are not really any more difficult than stuff like NMF, but they do require some forethought and a touch of planning.  I think with the 117 in particular, there are so many variations that can be found that one can really go all out and try some different shadings and colors to great effect.

 

Do post away when you jump in to your kit!  I, for one, am thrilled to see any other gobblins under construction!

 

Cheers

 

Brian~

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A touch more done this evening.  I still have a little further to go cleaning up seam lines, adding hydro and electrical lines, and a few placards before I get the final finish on the main gear legs.  But I couldn't resist throwing the Eduard Brassin wheels on and tucking things into their eventual place in the main wells to get an idea of how everything would look once completed.  I also added the remaining PE to the gear doors, and worked on the new engine faces from Mike at Sierra Hotel:

 

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The main gear are really starting to look the part.  With the added detail in the well, along with the improved drag brace structure and springs, the resin wheels don't look over-detailed and out of place with the otherwise plain kit structure.  Now if I can just get my gloss white sorted I should be all set:

 

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A little closer shot.  I can see I need a bit more time cleaning up the gear leg and drag brace arms, but the basic shapes are there and look alright to my eye at least.  I also will be working out replacement landing lights from some MV Products lenses and a touch of scratch building for the backs.  The kit parts just weren't convincing in the least.  Apart from MV - does anyone happen to know if there are any actual hollow light products still available?  There was a Russian fellow I contacted a while back, but he's been out of production for some time now.  At any rate, here's the goods:

 

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The main gear doors and wheel covers with the Eduard exterior PE attached.  I would have liked to add the star patterned ribbing to the wheel indents in the doors with some very small styrene strip...but my initial effort came up pants.  I may still have a second go at it, but I'll need to re-think my approach.  The rest looks the part more or less - forgiving of course, the fact that the doors should be more 3 dimensional in reality, with ribs instead of simple lines on the PE bits:

 

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And the new engine face (compared against the original part on the left).  The appearance of the stators is greatly improved, and the first compressor blades really make the sale.  I know the center cone isn't quite the right shape (owning to this being a kit for the F404 from a Hornet, and not the F-117A), but I figure it's more than close enough given it may be somewhat difficult to see clearly once installed at the back end of the intake:

 

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Hope to get a first bit of paint on the gear doors and the remaining main gear leg in the near future.  Progress...slow and steady. 

 

Cheers

 

Brian~

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Thanks Gents-

 

I'm hoping I'll be able to get the paint sorted (#!*@ gloss white paint!!!), and can start on the lines and straps soon.  My thought for those is to paint a black stripe just a touch wider than the raised straps mounted to the legs, and then apply a tiny stripe of metal foil over the top a touch thinner in width.  Hopefully will give a believable appearance?

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Guest Peterpools

Terrific work on the nose bay and gear - looks simply terrific.

Keep 'em coming

Peter

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Terrific work on the nose bay and gear - looks simply terrific.

Keep 'em coming

Peter

The latest work has been the main gear bays...as opposed to the nose.  ;)   But who's keeping score?  :D  Hope to find time over the next couple of weeks to get these more or less wrapped up and then begin work on the larger assembly of the kit.

 

Cheers

 

B~

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