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Cold War (1950-1974)
Discuss the aircraft modeling subjects during the Cold War period.
Hosted by Tim Hatton
Dassault Mirage III/5BA Heller 1/72
magnusf
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Posted: Thursday, February 01, 2018 - 10:21 PM GMT+7
I'm looking forward to you starting the top surface camo, you nailed those lower surfaces for sure!



Magnus
goodn8
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Posted: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 02:58 AM GMT+7

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I agree with Joel about the hand photo! Suddenly the scale becomes obvious and makes your efforts all the more impressive.



Paul, thanks a lot for stopping by and the compliment.
Don't think I'll do this amount on every 72-scale kit in the near future

Thomas
goodn8
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Posted: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 03:00 AM GMT+7

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I'm looking forward to you starting the top surface camo, you nailed those lower surfaces for sure!

Magnus



Magnus, thank you very much for your kind comment!
Sorry for not showing any progress on the top side though I wasn't lazy on my build - please see my next post, thats why.

Thomas
goodn8
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Posted: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 03:01 AM GMT+7
Hi folks!

Have to admit that I missed my aim in getting quickly foreward with the upper surface ...

Just before starting I did some research (again) and was really confused about the camo. The patterns differ much from unit to unit and even more from the early 80s onwards. Seems they didn't used the same references while painting. And the pale grey underside was only done earlier, later on all was covered with the camo color.

... so more research was needed as I had a look to the tanks.
Mentioned before, I'd like to go with the supersonic tanks - they were commonly rough painted and had not those wavy look like the big ones.
But the colors should be separated for my early bird, so I go my own way to represent a random split ...

Talking about the kits tanks
Should have done a serious dry fit before - the issue of the kit's engeneering you can see below. Anyone can point it out?
Wonder why I never read about it in any builds/reviews before, so thats why I didn't took care of it
It's a bigger issue when the flaps are lowered but even in straight position it is strange since the pylon went over the flap.
Anyhow, have to manage this!

After all it was quite time consuming and the progress is


Btw, before glueing the front canopy I added a small clear piece as a gunsight.


















Hope to move on soon, thanks for looking

Thomas
Joel_W
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New York, United States
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Posted: Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 05:51 AM GMT+7
Thomas,
I've seen similar pylon issues like that before, and there just isn't any rational excuse a manufacture can offer to justify such poor engineering. There is no way that replicates the real aircraft, and it further points out that there is next to no Quality Control or God forbid, building the kit straight out of the box looking for errors like this.

The only solution I can see to cut back on the Pylon overall length so it fits correctly, then reshape it. Unfortunately, that does require re-painting and re-weathering.

Joel
goodn8
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Posted: Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 07:16 AM GMT+7
Joel,
thanks for your support! Your tip sounds reasonable but I'm yet not sure what to do. Cutting, leave them off, go with the big tanks???

About the quality control you really point it out. And as you discovered yourself with those wrong decal colors on your Hellcat it's not only a kit's engeneering ...

So still after decades in developing kits, even the top companies are unable to take enough care to satisfy the customers for their money.

Thomas