After making resin casts of the flap actuator mechanisms, these were sanded down, cleaned up and glued to the underside of the wings. I temporarily fixed the fuel tanks in place and apart from adding a couple of aerials to the fuselage, the model is now ready to be cleaned down and undercoated. It’s not perfect as I had issues getting the wings straight and level but I’m quite happy with that.
I guess I could have added more to the model but I really need to get on with other stuff that’s in the stash it will do for me.
I needed six flap actuator levers for the Dornier 28 so late last year I made one from scratch then made a mould of that and a scratchbuilt ammo box for the Zvezda 1/72 PaK40. This weekend I actually got around to actually casting them in resin along with other bits for 1/72 A-7’s and other Dornier 28 bits that I made moulds for just to use up the excess resin;
I’ll make a couple of extra flap actuators because I am bound to lose one to the Carpet Monster.
One the actuators are cleaned up and glued to the model that will be it for the build phase as I finished the underwing tanks the other day so hopefully I can start painting it.
I managed to get three models a bit more towards the home straight, the 1/72 Dornier Do28 wing tanks had a box-like housing added underneath each one and these will be cleaned up when set, the 1/72 F-104 had the cockpit finished and canopy glued in place and finally the Zvezda 1/72 PaK40 was painted and gloss coated and just needs weathering before spraying it with a coat of matt varnish.
Regarding the F-104, I used an Aeroclub Martin-Baker ejection seat that I bought at the same time as the kit however after test fitting it in the cockpit I found the seat fouled the canopy and wouldn’t be able to close.
To remedy this I cut the headrest off the seat and filed it down until I was happy with the fit, I also managed to push the cockpit floor down which helped a lot;
Seat belts were added using a double layer of Tamiya masking tape cut into thin strips with buckles made from 5 amp fuse wire wrapped around a square section of brass strip. The ejection handle was added from copper wire.
Regarding the Dornier Do28 I was going to make it as one that I saw at the International Air Tattoo in 1994 but I would have to add a radome underneath the nose so I’ll stick with the original idea of a Marineflieger aircraft in three tone camouflage.
After the Zvezda PaK40 is done I’ll paint the crew and then have a go at some groundwork. I have made an ammo box from scratch and will make a mould of it and cast some extras in resin to go with the diorama.
Well….what a shit year that was, lets hope 2021 is better. Modelling wise I’ll be kicking off with six builds that I want finished which includes the two 1/72 Revell Tornado’s, the Revell Dornier Do28, Zvezda 1/72 PaK 40, Hasegawa 1/48 F-16C and the Hasegawa 1/72 F-104G. Speaking of which I’ve been wondering what scheme to finish it in and today I received this Xtradecal sheet that features an Italian Starfighter in Ferrari red so that is looking like the winner so far.
Also received today and the last kit bought in 2020 is the Eduard 1/32 Messerschmitt Bf108 ‘Taifun’;
I do have the 1/48 kit in the stash but this was a really good price from MJW Models so I grabbed it, especially when you consider the ‘Weekend’ edition is not that much cheaper plus it doesn’t have the goodies in that you get with the Profipack kits. Hopefully I can make a start on it in the new year as I do like the look of the 108 and being a fairly simple aircraft it should go together pretty quickly.
So with that I wish you all a happy new year and hope that 2021 is better for all of us. Thank you to everybody who has taken an interest in my work, left comments etc, it is very much appreciated and I hope more than anything you have found my posts useful. Also a HUGE thank you to my wonderful partner who has supported me and given me encouragement throughout the year when some projects went south and I felt like giving up. I love ya!
After fixing the issue with one Revell 1/72 Tornado, why not get the other one built? As well as the Hasegawa F-104, and the Revell Dornier 28, and the Zvezda 1/72 PaK40? It looks like 2021 is going to start a very productive year ( hopefully).
I had actually made a start on the other Tornado as I had built the forward fuselage at the same time as the first Tornado as I was planning on building them both together, however the fit issues put me off both of them. This also explains why there are two different coloured parts as I was mixing and matching, the Revell wings were already built when I decided to use the resin Airwaves ones. If I can’t get the warp out of the port resin wing I may fit the kit ones anyway.
Edit; I made a decision on the resin wings last night….
Looking at them and as well as the warp in the port wing, the strips of plastic sheet I glued into them to replace the rather crude inserts have also warped. I *could* replace them I suppose but I just want to get these two finished so I glued the kit wings together and will fit them after clean up.
Shame really as the Tornado looks great with everything down and out but maybe another time. One thing I did prove is that you CAN get the Airwaves wings to fit a Revell Tornado even though they were designed for the Hasegawa kit over 20 years or so ago.
While I’m on a tidy up spree with unfinished models, another one that was put into the ‘Box of Shame’ was a Revell 1/72 Tornado that I started earlier this year with the intention of finishing it as the ‘raspberry ripple’ Tornado GR1.T that was at RAE Bedford and now resides at the St. Athan aircraft museum.
The kit threw up a LOT of issues, one of which was the huge mismatch between the front and rear fuselage. I initially put this down to fitting some Airwaves resin wings that I had in stock for 20 years or so but after thinking about the model tonight I decided to dry fit another Revell Tornado that I have and it has the same issue;
So with that I had a play with the one I had started to see what exactly the problem was. I split the wing roots and immediately the problem disappeared when fitting the front and rear fuselage. This also helped the fit of the air intakes too as they now both sit nicely;
All that needs to be done here is to shim the wing roots, glue them, fill them then clean them up. The fuselage needs gluing and clamping to close the gap between the wings and upper fuselage but that should not be too much of a problem.
Another issue was the fin as the trailing edge is far too thick and needs thinning substantially. I had already glued the fin together but I carefully split the joint and will sand the trailing edge until it becomes acceptable.
Yet another issue (but a self-inflicted one) was the scratch-built panel on the bit between the cockpits as I had made it slightly too wide, this resulted in the canopy not fitting and another reason to set the model aside instead of throwing it.
It is surprising the amount of filling and sanding this model will require considering it’s not THAT old a kit and unfortunately this will see a lot of the finely engraved detail disappearing as the fit of parts is pretty poor. Anyway I’ll keep messing around with it to see if I can progress it anymore plus I might put the other Revell Tornado together too as I’m hoping to build stuff that I have seen at airshows in the 90’s and a German Tornado from the TTTE (Trinational Tornado Training Establishment) at RAF Cottesmore is one that I photographed at the International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford in 1995 during the flying out day on the Monday after the show.
I had a look at it the other day to see if it worth saving and although there is filler on it, I cleaned it up and it is very much worth salvaging especially considering how much Hasegawa F-104’s go for these days. I think I got to this point about 10 years ago or so and just got tired of the sanding and rescribing process and the reason it got shelved in the first place;
The only difficulty now is choosing a colour scheme. I was going to go German Navy but I’m saving that for the 1/48 Kinetic two-seater (when the missing sprue turns up that is).
Another option is for an Italian one that I saw at airshows in the 90’s but they were ‘S’ models plus I’m having trouble locating appropriate decals for the particular aircraft. There is a rather nice Italian F-104G in Ferrari red that although I never saw it could be an option too as that is featured on an Xtradecal sheet that I ordered today.
Whatever the decision that’s for the new year and I’m going to concentrate on getting this one built. One thing that did surprise me is the not-so-stellar fit of parts and the large amount of filler required. Also contrary to what usually happens with my builds, I’m not going to spend a lot of time adding details as I just want it done and looking pretty on the shelf.
In a previous post I was weighing up the possibility of doing the model as 59+22 as featured on the Prime Portal walkaround. Further reading on the German language walkaround site Scale News revealed (after I hit the translate button) that this particular aircraft was one of 10 fitted with underwing fuel tanks for surveillance missions over the Baltic in the late 70’s.
Looking inside the spares box I found a couple of fuel tanks from an Airfix 1/72 Red Arrows hawk (hence the red plastic) plus a couple of wing pylons that were roughly the right shape. I modified the front of the pylons and after gluing the tanks together I’ll clean them up and add what looks like a square cover at the bottom plus a filler cap on the top;
Comparing the tanks and pylons to the pics on the two walkaround sites they look as near-as-dammit to the actual things so it works for me. Also while I’m at it I made an actuator rod for the flaps (below the bottom pylon in the picture) and will make a mould later today or tomorrow and make some casts as I need another five.
I’m not sure if this will be finished before the year is out as I keep finding bits to add but hopefully I can get it done.
With the ICM ambulance done I’m trying to get this finished before the year is out. I had built the exhausts but Tamiya Extra Thin was too strong for the 5 thou (0.03mm) plastic I had used plus after looking at reference pictures the shape was wrong too;
Tonight I removed the exhausts and made new ones from slightly thicker plastic strip and improved the shape;
Much better! I just need to add the flap actuators and some aerials and I can then think about getting some paint on although I haven’t decided on a scheme yet. I’m leaning toward the one in the reference pictures on Prime Portal but if so I will need to add underwing fuel tanks and pylons so I may go for a different scheme.
I was planning on getting this done next weekend but I’ve actually finished it tonight. I’ll be doing better pictures for part 2 of The Modelling News article so keep looking there for more info.
This kit has been a joy to build and finish with the only niggle being the soft plastic that can lead to a warped chassis. I do like ICM kits a lot and may make a start on the RNAS Armoured Car which was also based on the Model T chassis.