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The school holidays are upon us now so the BUFF has been seeing a little action...


I've not been happy with the rear turret set up, and I feel the kit's parts don't accurately resemble the real aircraft. Please excuse the terrible photo here (quick snap with the phone camera that I didn't realise was so out of focus) but as you can see...


48233909091_e004eda90d_z.jpgIMG_1127 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr


... it's not even close to the real deal...


48234106671_352e92fefc.jpgTail Turret by Thomas Probert, on Flickr


(Used for illustrative purposes only)


So, it was out with the hacksaw, and I removed the kit-supplied turret and began by building up the basic underlying structure with some scrap plastic card and some brass tubing for the gun housing:


48233983832_041e46924b_z.jpgIMG_1135 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr


This was then all blended with filler, and sanded to shape. I then added the radar domes from some scrap 500lb bomb noses as the kit parts were too small:


48233913081_9854c49b3f_z.jpgDSC_0172 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr


Pretty happy with that - we'll see what it looks like under some primer in due course.


As I explained in my earlier update, the kit panel lines are rather inconsistent and they've all been filled and an initial coat of primer applied. I've now begun to scribe my own panel detail onto the model - here's the nose:


48233910951_9bda28ffe9_z.jpgDSC_0179 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr


48233908081_ee5d85f53d_z.jpgDSC_0160 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr




48233906711_8d9c9c7ea7_z.jpgDSC_0168 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr


48233911691_40a9e5ce40_z.jpgDSC_0177 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr


The mid-section join has disappeared which is a bonus:


48233910031_df2563145a_z.jpgDSC_0181 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr


I've begun working on the spoilers - vanes still to be added:



48233987287_e6c9551003_z.jpgDSC_0174 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr


She's looking a bit of a mess at the moment, but I can assure to that progress is being made:


48233908356_a7a5cb4b95_z.jpgDSC_0158 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr


Until next time,



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On 7/8/2019 at 8:44 PM, Shawn M said:

great work on the tail, looks MUCH better


Thanks, Shawn. I'm not a stickler for accuracy, but even I couldn't live with the kit's tail turret - it was awful!


On 7/8/2019 at 10:50 PM, Out2gtcha said:

Excellent work Tom, with a model that size I'm sure progress comes even more slowly than normal.


Indeed. You can work for hours and hours on a kit like this and barely tell where you've been. Eventually, it all starts to come together and suddenly you have a model resembling the real thing...


Speaking of which, I've been having a play with the engines today. I didn't realise that the engines on the real H-models have such a 'nose-up' attitude on the wing: (pictures used for illustrative purposes only)


48251893477_888e4d5d82_z.jpgIMG_1236 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr


48251824591_5c03bb3636_z.jpgIMG_1237 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr


So I've been doing some careful trimming of the kit-supplied pylons in order to get both a decent fit to the wing as well as replicating the angle at which they sit:


48251893407_c6b0549e9c_z.jpgIMG_E1234 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr


So far, so good...


48251893892_69c77467ff_z.jpgIMG_1233 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr


Sanger have also molded the four pylons as identical pieces - in fact on the real aircraft the inboard/outboard pylons have a different shape due to the change in profile of the wing as you move towards the tip so I've been doing quite a bit of head-scratching today. I'll have some more pictures of my progress soon.


Until next time,


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30 minutes ago, Out2gtcha said:

Lovely! I did not realize the H-models had that nose up AOA either. That looks crazy in fact with that much up angle. 


I know! I originally was cursing Sanger as I thought the angle was totally out - turns out he'd done his research! I've still had to do a lot of trimming and fling to get a decent join with the wing surfaces, but I've got the angle about right I think - I'll post some more pictures soon :)

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Here's a few quick phone pictures of the engines now they've been installed:


48264908647_ca76461413_z.jpgIMG_1247 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr


I'm in the process of making the upper part of the pylons that extend over the wing as these are not provided in the kit - plastic card and Millput is the order of the day. These are yet to be sanded to their final shape:


48264837861_b4b8fc5723_z.jpgIMG_1248 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr


Larger working area needed:


48264908887_2787aa7db5_z.jpgIMG_1246 by Thomas Probert, on Flickr


I'm in the process of preparing the wing fuel tanks at the moment so hopefully another update soon.



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51 minutes ago, mustang1989 said:

This looks good. Really good. It must have been a real pain to get all of those engine pairs lined up perfectly side to side as well as the vertical alignment. Great work.


Indeed it was. Lots of careful trimming of the pylons and test fit, test fit, test fit.


It’s also hard to get a decent perspective as the model is so damn huge you have to step back a good few feet to get the overall picture - and the kitchen isn’t big enough to do that!

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