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July 24, 2010, 03:46:37 AM
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mathai

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I got this kit for a steal on hlj.com and this is my first airplane model.
From some online forums I found out that its an Italeri kit that re-branded as a Tamiya kit.
One of the things I never expected was the size of the components.
Some of them are really tiny like this control stick for the pilot!  :twitch:


OK so now we start with the runners, just 3 runners, 2 gray ones and one clear runner along with a waterslide decal sheet.

Cockpit parts

Assembling the cockpit, sorry I forgot to shoot pictures of the painting progress of the seats and control panel  :(


Assembling the fuselage and body


I used a couple of rubber bands to hold the pieces in place while the glue dried.


Glued the upper and lower parts of the body.


Now I've attached the wings and tail fins/rudders. I used some clothespins to hold the wings firmly as they dry.


Ok thats all for now. Hopefully I'll post more progress pictures next week  :D




July 24, 2010, 11:18:18 AM
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July 24, 2010, 09:27:05 PM
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Yea that is the training model.  More or less the A and C models are single seaters used in combat where as the B and D are double seaters used mainly for training purposes.  I see a few of those on Cherry Point MCAS here in North Carolina.  Looking forward to what it looks like when you finish.

July 25, 2010, 01:50:01 AM
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Looks good so far.
Thanks! Although I think it wont be as good as your model  :D

Yea that is the training model.  More or less the A and C models are single seaters used in combat where as the B and D are double seaters used mainly for training purposes.  I see a few of those on Cherry Point MCAS here in North Carolina.  Looking forward to what it looks like when you finish.

They give you the option to build either the single or two seat configuration, I went with the two seat option  :-)
Why waste a perfectly good seat?  :razz:

July 31, 2010, 07:43:36 AM
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A very quick update this weekend;

Painted the main body with Tamiya XF-22 grey (which was darker than the grey I had in mind)
Lessons learned as a novice builder;
1. always fill seams and joints with putty and sand them down
2. primer is always a good idea
Sadly enough I did none of the above and hence the final result may not be as 'nice' as the models in this forum  :doh:

Next up I thought I'd get the missiles ready while the body dries
Got them painted and ready for the next step. Unfortunately that will have to wait till later as I'm short of time this weekend. Ah the life of a married man!  :lol:




August 14, 2010, 01:19:41 PM
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Ok its 90% done, I just need to add some decals and glue on the canopy. I gave it a good coat of Tamiya Clear Flat and as soon as its set I'll get started on the decals. Hopefully this is the last post of the WIP  8)

Landing Gear in place


Weapons


Sprayed flat coat


Almost ready

August 16, 2010, 12:04:43 AM
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I've completed my project!  :lol:
you can see the finished pictures on the models thread