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Johni's 1st Anniversary Build; Choices, choices.
Topic Started: Jul 10 2012, 02:59 PM (1,136 Views)
Johni044
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In preparation for the 24th, just not sure what to make. It's going to be 1/72 with wings, after that I'm uncertain at the moment.
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I may need to make and explane.
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Johni044
Jul 23 2012, 06:59 PM
I may need to make and explane.

Do a X-15 ...... thats "and explane" :jest:

Coat , hat , door :grins:

Andy
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Dammed predictive text.

Should be "I may need to make an X plane" so don't leave the building just yet Andy as you were on the right lines.

No it's not an X-15 (Mmmmm 1:72 X-15 under a B52 :hmm: :wub: ) no it's a bit more topical than that.

With the RAF accepting the F35 this week, I thought I'd go with the opened jawed X-32A which it beat for the contract.

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The plastic looks quite good with no flash, fine moulding with recessed panel lines.

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The decals are not what you call excessive, and the canopy is nice and thin and clear (not that you can tell in this picture)

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Typical Revell instructions but unusually no paint mixing required, just need to convert the colours to Humbrol.

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Options include air to air and air to ground munitions but I'm planning a clean version as I'm looking to get it turned round in sharp order so I can get back on the Hustlers.

You never know, I may just extract the Panda 1:48 F35B from the stash for a forced perspective photoshoot.
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CPNGROATS
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The jet with a grin... :woo: :rolleyes:
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AndrewR
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Now that looks like an interesting plane to have in the collection!

cheers

Andrew
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Thanks,

Just a bit brush work on the sprues at the moment
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Kids were quite quiet this morning so I was able to get a bit done:

Cockpit fitted
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Intake fitted
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Exhaust and vector plates fitted
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Even though I'm not having the weapons bay open, the instructions indicate to make and install it, so I have unpainted and the weapons have not been fettled but it does give an indication to anyone unfamiliar with the plane of their location and layout.
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And the fuselage halves joined.
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Have to say well done Mr Revell on the fit of this, it's excellent so far. After making the Airfix Typhoon I was expecting a lot of trouble with that chin intake, none of it, it went together like a dream. Not much seam issues to resolve either :clap:
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Kids were quiet this morning... :shock:

Does not compute!
Error!
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Making a pig's ear out of a silk purse.
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I can't compute how people work so quickly and well
Great start John :thumb:
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TimJ
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Off to a good start.

Looking at the intake I assume this lost out to the F-35 on aesthetic grounds if nothing else. It looks like a Basking Shark with it's mouth open. :D
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Jul 26 2012, 11:12 PM
Off to a good start.

Looking at the intake I assume this lost out to the F-35 on aesthetic grounds if nothing else. It looks like a Basking Shark with it's mouth open. :D

A sharkmouth What-if would look pretty impressive!
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Great start John .....one of the most ugliest aircraft in history ....no wonder the kids are quiet ...they must of seen it on the box and are too scared to go near your bench :jest: :jest:

Andy ;)
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Would it?

Basking sharks dermal denticles are numerous but very small, wouldn't it look a bit gummy ? :grins:

And :hmm: Rules :shrug:

Jesting aside, I know what you mean. I'm really enjoying the unique appearance of this plane, thought it was a right SLUF when I first saw it in competition with the X35.

After a little reading the X32 appears more to be "son of Harrier" and X35 "son of Freestyle".

BTW when I say "son of Harrier" I'm referring to the lift method, not it looks, I'm sure Sydney Camm would have anything that looks so aesthetically challenged aborted at conception.
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Mind you, given the problems with the F-35, you can't help wondering if the right aircraft won the competition...! :hmm:
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There is a train of thought that awarding the contract to the Lockheed bid was more political than on the respective merits of the design, Boeing has commercial aircraft whereas Lockheed's viability may have been in question if they did not get the contract. However I gather the Lockheed entrant was at the time closer to the remit of the competition.

Managed to get a little further this evening

First coat of Hu196 applied (I'm brush painting this one).
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Canopy masked
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And fitted
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Then second coat applied and masking removed from the canopy
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I will see if it needs any more coats in the morning, hope to get some clear and the decals on tomorrow evening.

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Your build is like the F35......Lightning fast :D
Great work John and nice to see the Hairy Stick making a come back ;)

Andy
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Jul 28 2012, 10:37 PM
Your build is like the F35......Lightning fast :D
Great work John and nice to see the Hairy Stick making a come back ;)

Andy

Well, I'm not sure that you could describe the development of the F-35 as "Lightning Fast". More like narcoleptic snail... :P


Q: Why did the F-35 pilot cross the road?

A: To get a coffee, while waiting for the aircraft to be delivered.


This model, on the other hand is looking very nice. :bow:

cheers


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That's coming along very nicely.

Can't help thinking that would be a nice looking aircraft if the intake was about half the depth it is. :hmm: But then I guess the engine wouldn't work too well. :slap:
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This has slowed down for a couple of days but it is kleared and decals applied, hoping to get the "pinstriping" done tonight and finish it off tomorrow.

The chin intake must be one of the defining features of this airframe, what strikes me with it though, is that for a "stealth" airplane it would appear that the ducting is a straight tube to the 1st stage compressor fan, now I thought that goes against stealth doctrine in that this is a major area for radar reflection. (Perhaps there are some undisclosed gubbins in there which I'm not aware of on the prototype).

Q Why did the X32 cross the road?

A To avoid it's own reflection.

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