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Warrrrup guys :popcorn:

The Spirit has arrived. 




I admire this plane much, no doubt about it, and never build it as a model before, and heard only good things about the new Modelcollect`s release, and pretty much that`s the story... i hooked. I could say that i`m on a great Northrop wave along with my other build of the F-23A. I`m just about sure of the title - the Spirit of NY, cause one i definitely love this state and two - because of the plane`s previous nicknames (before the Block 30 upgrades) "The Shady Lady" and "The Ghost".


About the kit - hmmm, not the perfect kit, but keeping in mind its simplicity - i gotta make it real good. There is plenty of plastic in the surfaces; they are very thick, which will make the thinning of the trailing edges way easier. Cause they do need thinning if you want to make them perfect. The plastic is from a very good quality indeed, besides from the enormous panel lines, but they can be easily improved too. The manual is a complete waste of money in my opinion. The colorful glossy pages are a nice approach, but for what - only to show the 1-color paint scheme?! And it looks so thick, because the pages are thick (very), and not that it has plenty of pages. The decals offer 3 airframes:




Just an overview of the parts - nothing exceptional for a 1/72 scale kit. Packaging - 10 out of 10 - a huge box stuffed with sprues and parts - large and tiny, and it is a 1/72 kit.




And some proper enjoyment of the dimensions along with the fuselage of the 1/48 F-23 :)




Plenty of space for weathering....



Edited by F`s are my favs

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It does look like a significant improvement over the Testor's kit, but why have they molded such heavy panel line detail? The real thing is a smooth as a baby's posterior.


I'll be interested to see how this one goes together though... 

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@tomprobert, from a marketer`s viewpoint, i suppose the heavy panel lines are to make the kit more appealing for a greater age-span audiance. For people who prefer the glue-and-paint builds, the easy builds, where the wash makes the panel lines popup easily and quite contrasting. And because the plastic of an OOB kit if looks plain and flat - the kit can be interpreted as a simple, old or cheap one.... Just my opinion. I mean, there are people who don`t take into account even a single picture of the real aircraft when building a model - if the kit is overwhelmed with panel lines, rivets and details - then it`s a good kit and it is worth the price. Btw this kit has PE parts for the "invisible" interior :) which i plan to put off asside for other builds. 

While for the assembly agenda - i envision it with closed bays, only the landing gears will be open-able to allow for flying and parked displays. Maybe i`ll make some hanging details to hang the model vertically on the wall. Not sure about the control surfaces, but maybe they all will be in neutral position. Yet that`s my thinking only at this moment...

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I got it stared these days... from the landing gears :)))) They will be moveable to allow 2 display modes again - on the ground and in-flight. This gorgeous bird look so nice with its clean silhouette, but on the ground appears quite impressive as well. The nose gear was relatively easy - here it is lowered and painted:






And in the bay:




Lots of cuts and edits were required, but i think i perfectionized the main principle. The closing of the front (smaller) door was a little hastle, cause first it is small, and two there is no much space for the hinges. Indeed i had to cut some plastic from the upper half of the fuselage to accept the pins for the hinges. Here is how the doors look closed, from inside:






And open, from outside:



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Next, the MLGs... the quite more difficult thing. So the entire foot moves to house the wheels in a longitudinal way inside the bay, cause obviuously the Sirit's crossection is thin in these areas and there is no room for houseing 2 sets of wheels one above another. I made 3 hinges in total per gear - 2 small for the foot and the diagonal supportive strut, and 1 big hinge for the retraction of the entire pylon. And now they sit perfectly inside their bays. How they look 1 up and 1 down, w/the wheels on:








And only the pylons without the wheels - 1 extended and 1 with its imaginary position inside the bay:






And inside the bay:









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