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Hi everyone!

I'm now on the final step stage before the painting stage.

Construction is pretty much complete but need to spend some time polishing the fuselage after all the sanding and rescribing and taking care of any possible ghost seams.

Overall fit wasn't bad at all with only the wing and tailfin to fuselage join and needing a bit of filler. 

 

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While all open panels such as the airbrakes and gunbay covers were clearly designed to be installed in the open position it only took a bit of sanding to glue them in place closed.

 

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I didn't bother cleaning up the fuselage half join on the underside since most of it will be covered by the central fuel tank.

The leading edge slats were also designed to be installed in the extended position.

Since I wanted to install them retracted, I sanded them as much as possible to sit flush with the wing and then fashioned my own activating struts from styrene.

 

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I also replaced the ventral vent louvers with thinner ones made from styrene sheet.

 

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Finally, for armament, I will installing the Super 530s, Magic 2 missiles and central fuel tank.

 

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Thanks for checking! :lol:

 

 

 

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8 hours ago, zaxos345 said:

:popcorn::popcorn:...waiting!!! :D:clap2:

 

John

 

Many thanks John! Can't wait to get to the painting stage! ^_^

 

2 hours ago, Marcel111 said:

That’s looking excellent!

 

Thank you so much Marcel!

 

2 hours ago, scvrobeson said:

Great work. The Mirage is such an elegant aircraft, and you're doing it justice here

 

 

 

Matt 

 

Thank you Matt! Totally agree with you. I'm really falling in love with the look of this aircraft.

French, in general, really make some of the most elegant jet planes in the world!

 

1 hour ago, Rockie Yarwood said:

This is really coming together nicely. Looking forward to seeing the paint go on!

 

Cheers,  Rockie

 

Thank you Rockie! Can't wait to start painting this one, too!

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1 hour ago, Zola25 said:

Looks really nice - Nice to see the cockpit from Grand Models "in action". I hope they will also do one for the two-seater D-Model.

 

/Niels 

 

Thank you Niels!

The Grand Models cockpit is a proper work of art and fits well, too!

I do hope they make other versions, too!

 

1 hour ago, Cheetah11 said:

Hi Spyros,

just confirm the aux intakes are right for the config you are doing.

Cheers

Nick

 

Many thanks Nick!

The aux intakes are one area I forgot to check for accuracy but glad to know they are the rights ones for this version. ^_^

 

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12 hours ago, spyrosjzmichos said:

 

 

Many thanks Nick!

The aux intakes are one area I forgot to check for accuracy but glad to know they are the rights ones for this version. ^_^

 

Hi Spyros

I am sorry I as unclear about the auxiliary intakes. They are the rectangular intakes behind the main intake. They are normally spring loaded in the closed position but open when the demand for air from the engine is too great for the main intake to supply. This only happens at low speed and high engine RPM.

Cheers 

Nick
 

 

 

 

 

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23 hours ago, Cheetah11 said:

Hi Spyros

I am sorry I as unclear about the auxiliary intakes. They are the rectangular intakes behind the main intake. They are normally spring loaded in the closed position but open when the demand for air from the engine is too great for the main intake to supply. This only happens at low speed and high engine RPM.

Cheers 

Nick
 

 

 

 

 

 

Ah, I see what you mean.

I think someone else also pointed out the same over on FB.

Unfortunately, I've progressed too far in the build to fix this.

Was also told the antenna positions on the top of the tail fin were inaccurate but have decided to leave them as is for now. 

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