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As promised, more pictures. I have completed assembly now apart from two antenna on the bottom, which will get added tomorrow. 

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I have added the landing gear before painting so that I can get a good, solid, glued joint. Time will tell if that was not wise! Also added enough weight in the nose to avoid it tipping up. About 23 grams if my memory serves. Certainly not as much as the 40g in the instructions.

 

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Just some final clean up to do and then on to the paint booth. 

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Agreed 100% about the flex on the rear fuselage and distortion, it needs an extra internal bulkhead a la vacform modelling. I found the undercarriage and wheel well covers very difficult and fiddly to do, even down to the underwing serial numbers being located on three different covers! 

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16 hours ago, mozart said:

Agreed 100% about the flex on the rear fuselage and distortion, it needs an extra internal bulkhead a la vacform modelling. I found the undercarriage and wheel well covers very difficult and fiddly to do, even down to the underwing serial numbers being located on three different covers! 

I have a cunning plan for the serial numbers. The version I am doing doesn't have any. I am not looking forward to doing the wheel well covers, lots of very small parts in close proximity coming together in a random fashion. What could possibly go wrong? 

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13 hours ago, MARU5137 said:

Don 

At least the Top Half is not naked. 

Looks good !

:popcorn:

Hopefully when you paint the other half there is not a difference seen .

Happy New Year. 

:goodjob:

 

Happy New Year to you too!

 

Just back from the LHS and now the bottom half is covered and we have a Black Arrow! No differences that are noticeable but this is a primer coat anyway. I have noticed some blemishes that will need some attention, but the overall look is lovely. I have some Tamiya LP-1 for the gloss coat and that will be applied next weekend after I have tidied up the minor dings and scratches. There are a couple of sink marks where the cockpit bulkheads are. They were not noticeable before, so will need some attention. I guess that's why it's good to prime.

 

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I had the chance to throw some paint around at the weekend. From this....

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To this....

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To say I am delighted is an understated understatement. The whole thing is (relatively) spotless and glossy. I used Tamiya LP-1 gloss black and I am amazed at how good it is. I think I thinned it about 60% levelling thinners to 40% paint, maybe a little thinner than that. It went on smooth as silk and has dried to a tough, glass, finish. I am also amazed at the dust repellant properties. It seems to set up a force field as the paint is drying that stops dust from landing on your model. Or maybe I dreamt that part.

 

The photo does not really do it justice, it looks more mirror like in real life. As with the X-18 paint, this has NOTHING to do with me or my abilities. I am an average (at best) air brusher and I never usually get this good a finish without help from the paint.

 

So, onwards. I will check for blemishes (and then ignore them) and mask up for the landing gear and tailpipe. I see decals in my near future.

 

 

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This weekend, I have been adding the fiddly bits of paint. It's fiddly mainly because of the masking.

Dull bits...

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Shiny bit...

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Dull but shiny bits...

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Some very minor touching up required around the wheel well, which I call a result.

 

My next task is attaching all the dangly bits on the undercarriage. All those very small, fiddly, parts is making me tremble and sweat already!

 

Until next time...

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