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#31 ClumsyDude

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Posted 07 December 2017 - 07:33 PM

Wow, Milan, this is super ambitious. Good luck, I will be watching with interest as always!

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Posted 07 December 2017 - 10:21 PM

Jens, hi and thanks! Btw what means to convert the same thing into the same thing?! :))) U mean the edits of the numerours curves on the top side of the intakes? Cause i know that they are wrong on the YF-23 kit itself. Otherwise, the oob kit is pretty much a YF-23 version....

A tongue-in-cheek remark about Hobby Boss' poor rendition of a YF-23, and to make it look like a proper YF-23 I feel like it's going to be a conversion:)

 

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Posted 10 December 2017 - 02:41 PM

Some edits of the wings as well. So thick as they were oob... and here is the boundary where i cut the joint lines - almost half as thinner as before:

 

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The voidness:

 

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Posted 10 December 2017 - 02:43 PM

And glued:

 

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lots of thinning from the fuselage sides too:

 

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This changes completely the front profile view. Way better than the massive thick wings.


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Posted 10 December 2017 - 06:51 PM

Wow, Milan ... awesome and unique. As always!

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Posted 13 December 2017 - 06:14 PM

wow, keep at it!


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Posted 21 December 2017 - 05:46 AM

A little up. The cockpit is not the point at these pics as it`s not ready yet. But the nose landing gear is ready with the lowering and the retraction. And the main paint (white) is laid down too. Here is with the door closed - it fits flush as it was oob, just perfect:

 

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2 MLD sensors at the nose, just glued and still not flushed with the surface. I`ll have to wait them dry well, cause they are transparent pieces from some clear sprues, while the black is indeed a bunch of black chips from black sprues, melted in CA glue, and they slightly softened the transparent pieces. But hopefully they will be solid again:

 

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And, with the gear down:

 

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This time i used the simplest and easiest way for retraction. The entire gear is actually just 1 piece. And there are 2 magnets at the base of the main pylon. Respectively the cockpit tub is almost entirely removed to allow the "diagonal" strut of the gear to fit in the void space right behind the seat. Quite some plastic from the rear of the seat was removed as well, but it`s not visible. Furthermore there will be cables, a pilot figure and a tinted canopy over the cockpit, so i`ll not turn so many attention to the comsmetic touches in the cockpit. Just a couple of base colors...

 

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Posted 21 December 2017 - 05:53 PM

Wow!  I've never seen such ambitious chopping and sawing!

 

Great detail work!


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Posted 21 December 2017 - 06:08 PM

great troubleshooting on the gear retraction as well


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Posted 26 December 2017 - 11:42 AM

Merry Xmas, all the best to all of us!

 

Now on the big little update :) The nozzles area is done. First, the afterburner chambers were majorly edited. I changed the rings with 2 left from my F-15C in 1/48. Here are they on the right, and check out how tiny are the oob ones deep inside the afterburners chambers:

 

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The transition of the duct ends from rounded to squared was done with paper tape, which later absorbed very well the wash and the weathering:

 

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The nozzles - i used the oob pieces:

 

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and tried to make them 3-D by using a Raptor`s nozzle in 1/72 as a refference:

 

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They are just about roughly done, but i`m very happy with the result. Here is a testfit:

 

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Posted 26 December 2017 - 07:44 PM

Incredible...and fearless!  Well done so far!


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Posted 26 December 2017 - 09:55 PM

Love the scratch work!
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Posted 26 December 2017 - 11:17 PM

Now I know who should turn the Testors 1/32 YF-22 into a production build! Chop Chop


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Posted 27 December 2017 - 12:16 AM

Yeah, :) well, if there is a 1/32 F-22, i would definitely consider making it! I remember there was a discussion about it in a while, and even a poll... what happened... who knows... 



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Posted 28 December 2017 - 04:21 AM

Back when this was competing with the F-22, I always preferred the looks of the F-23.

 

Now, I think i prefer the F-22, but the F-23 is still a really cool plane.


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