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ICM Gladiator slow build. Finished!

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Hello all,

 

You might as well know that I'm standing on Max's @mozart shoulders while doing this WIP. Max led the way. I just followed.

 

As a modeller, my main interest has always been the Cold War period with the occasional incursion in the late WWII.

Although I have a fascination in the between-the wars planes and their shifting technologies, I never had the chance to build one.

Let me also add that this is my FIRST BIPLANE.

 

So hang on tight and let the ride begin!

 

A picture of my Belgian Edition ICM Gladiator,

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basically a regular release with a sheet of Dutch Decals added.

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I won't repeat what has been already said about this kit. Let me add that the design of this kit is exceptionally clever, making the building a real pleasure ...  except on one point. But more of it later. ;)

 

As usual, a fine coat of Mr Surfacer 1200 is sprayed on all the parts with the sprues still on.

It helps to bring on the details as well as the blemishes we'll have to deal with.

Then a careful study of the parts, especially since I'm new to the subject. Similar-looking parts are hand marked to avoid confusion.

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followed by a dry-fit of the different components.

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The cockpit is correctly detailed while being basic. It can be easily improved by refining and adding some smaller details like switches and map cases, ...

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Gun shell ejectors added

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Wing gun pod ejector slots

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Side doors opening latches refined

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Refined throttle

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Instrument panel is correct for MK I. Looks convincing with stock decals added

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That's it for today, folks.

Hope you like it.

 

Cheers,

Quang

 

 

 

 

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Hey Quang, really great to see you along, and what a fabulous start!  I like your methodical approach, augurs well for the future but I'll be interested to see what the "pleasure exception" is!  Such a tease. :o

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31 minutes ago, mozart said:

Hey Quang, really great to see you along, and what a fabulous start!  I like your methodical approach, augurs well for the future but I'll be interested to see what the "pleasure exception" is!  Such a tease. :o

Pleasure exception? You already know about it. You’re the trailblazer, remember? ;)

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15 minutes ago, Out2gtcha said:

Great stuff! I like the choice of scheme, always nice to see something different.


As a matter of fact, it was not my first choice. But somehow I thought I owe it to my host country.

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@MikeMaben @Biggles Thank you for your encouragement.

 

I think there's no better choice than a Gladiator for a first biplane. The structure is strong and sturdy much like a metal monoplane, the struts and wiring are reduced to a minimum.

Still there's this beginner's block about aeroplanes with 2 wings too many ! :BANGHEAD2:

Cheers,

Quang

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6 hours ago, quang said:

Still there's this beginner's block about aeroplanes with 2 wings too many ! :BANGHEAD2:

Cheers,

Quang

Ah but once you've mastered one there'll be no stopping you!

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27 minutes ago, quang said:

 

I don't know Richard. I picked it at random on the internet! :lol:

 

It's a 1909 Dufaux tiltrotor

 

I had to look it up...

 

Richard

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Back to the build: THE COCKPIT

The interior can be finished in a variety of ways: aluminium-dope overall, grey-green overall or a mix of the two. I chose to do mine with the skeleton armature in aluminium and the rest in grey-green as I find the contrast interesting.

 

Left side

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Paints are decanted Tamiya AS12 and Vallejo acrylic Green. All details in Vallejo acrylics.

 

Right side

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The side door is glued in closed position.

 

Seat and cockpit 'floor'.

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RB Productions Sutton harness prior to be installed

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Interior installed in right fuselage half, dry-fitted and stuck in position. Black goo under the cockpit after-deck is 2-part epoxy glue

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Everything in place with IP in situ

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Some other views

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That's it, folks.

Hope you like it.

Have a good day,

Quang

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