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Thanks for all the compliments gents.

 

Alain you are a good detective:ninja:

 

 

14 hours ago, viperfixer said:

What you see here is not the actual cable, but protective flexible tubing. The real wires run through this and in this case go to landing gear position switches like the weight on wheel switch, and also the landing/taxi lights and the nose wheel steering motor. Doesn't really matter for your result, just wanted to give some extra information as an aircraft technician.

 

Thanks for the info Viperfixer. You are right about the functions of the cables Being inside the flexible loom in stead of outside makes for a bit of a challenge to get a realistic result on a model. The very bottom cable is for the SPAD braking system and it transmits nose wheel speed.

 

Paint on. Tomorrow I will try and figure how to get the edges on the lights which Kitty Hawk has omitted. Alain I wish I had your painting skill when doing small work.

 

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Cheers

 

Nick

 

 

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hi Nick

these " twisted cables " look very convincing , I wish I could get such result myself ...good job !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

just for kidding :In France we have a verbal expression that says :" appelons un chat , un chat ." that mean :" let's call things by their name " ..so I took my dictionary ( not Google translation :)) , I 'looked for the  word " gaine " ( in French) and I found the word sheath  ( damned I didn't know this word :doh:) so , I rather say : " your flexible sheaths are very convincing !!!" .. is that the right word ????? ......I realize that I have to improve my English :D

Alain

 

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Hi Alain

12 hours ago, alain11 said:

hi Nick

these " twisted cables " look very convincing , I wish I could get such result myself ...good job !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

just for kidding :In France we have a verbal expression that says :" appelons un chat , un chat ." that mean :" let's call things by their name " ..so I took my dictionary ( not Google translation :)) , I 'looked for the  word " gaine " ( in French) and I found the word sheath  ( damned I didn't know this word :doh:) so , I rather say : " your flexible sheaths are very convincing !!!" .. is that the right word ????? ......I realize that I have to improve my English :D

Alain

 

I think the right word to use in English is "flexible conduit". Maybe one of our English first language members can comment. In the mean time sheath look good to me.:D

 

19 hours ago, viperfixer said:

Looking great and very realistic :clap2: I didn't know about the wheel speed sensor in the nose gear, the planes I know only have sensors that measure the speed of the main wheels, interesting to know, thanks!

 

Hi Viperfixer,

Most aircraft measure the main wheel speed for an anti-skid function where brake pressure is released or reduced when rotation stops. 

The SPAD (Systeme Perfectionne Anti-Derapant) works differently in that it is an optimum braking system as well.

The nose wheel speed is continuously measured after touchdown and the main wheels are braked to a speed of 70% of that of the nose wheel. The 30 % slip provides the theoretical max co-efficient of friction between rubber and tar. Theoretically it is impossible to stop in a shorter distance.

Dassault fighters from the G8 and F1 onwards have this system fitted.

Cheers

Nick

 

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On 11/27/2020 at 11:11 PM, Biggles87 said:

Just had a big catch-up, I didn't realise how behind I had got.

You're attention to detail is fantastic, the nose wheel leg is a work of art.

 

John 

Thanks for the compliment John.

 

The last two weeks have been frustrating. Only a little time at the bench and it seems like two steps back for every one forward.

I did manage to do some stuff. I made resin copies of the AB nozzle and wheels. The wheels I want to use on a different project.

 

The cockpit sidewalls were changed slightly. As the Mir 2000 progressed thru updates the cockpit layout changed quite e bit and the big difficulty was to find photos of the config in the late eighties, which is the period of the aircraft I am modeling. Eventually I went with this. 

 

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The windscreen and canopy have a small seam to remove. On the positive side of this kit it is the smallest of seams and can be left as it is hardly visible. I removed it as I had to add a new frame and cockpit seal to the windshield anyway.

 

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Alain send me the dimensions of the ladder and I changed the config slightly to be more representative of the earlier ladders. Thanks Alain:clap2:

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Lastly the wheels were modified slightly by enlarging and rounding the edges of the cooling holes.

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Nick

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I managed a bit of building on the Mirage this week. I tried to work on too many models at once as slowed the progress on this one but at least the cockpit basics are done. Only one or two small items like the throttle to add. The main gear legs are also done.

 

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Now onto the ejection seat. The Paragon seat I have left from an old F-18 is too large and another(forgot the brand but I think it is a CAM seat) has the wrong harness and is too wide. So this week I will have to work on the kit seat.

Cheers

Nick

 

 

 

 

 

 

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17 hours ago, shark64 said:

Doesn't Reeoak make a ladder for the Mirage 2000?

 Hi Shark64 

Yes they do. Unfortunately all my aftermarket orders keep on disappearing into the black hole of  the most corrupt postal system in the world. So only solution is to do scratch building.

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Nick

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Almost at the point of closing the fuselage. Then things will speed up a bit.

Started the cockpit painting. A bit of a dilemma here as the Dassault cockpit instruments are mostly dark colored. The aftermarket instruments do not reflect this well and are way too expensive for an semi realistic 2-dimensional representation. 

After much thought I decided on dry brushing some dull silver and toned down white. 

Tonight I will do the instruments and knobs which are colored and try and do the instruments on the IP with some instrument decals.

 

 

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Cheers

Nick 

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Thanks for the compliment Matt. The South African Postal system I am ashamed to say.

 

The IP and cockpit finished. I used two Airscale instruments and the rest from the Italeri 1/32 Mirage kit. ( Hint for Airscale to produce French instruments in 1/32)

Only piece to scratch build now is the throttle which KH has mysteriously forgotten to add to the kit.

 

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Cheers

Nick

 

 

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