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Best Starfighter Ever?
SteveAndrews
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Posted: Tuesday, December 04, 2018 - 09:22 AM UTC
Ladies and gentleman, I present the next step - the front landing gear and wheel bay. The approach is the same as that taken for the rear. Iím removing softly moulded detail so I can replace it with better PE or scratch built parts. The one exception is the roof of the wheel bay. This area is deeply recessed in the model and will be partly covered by other components so Iím living with the basic detail.



The side walls are not so lucky and had the attention of scalpel, chisel and sand paper. Here we goÖ



By the way, I took a photo of the original part to keep as a reference. In the process I stumbled on a nifty technique to take a life size shot so the photo is a sort of blue print. It only works with parts that are mirrored like the sidewalls here. With the camera on, I put one part on the screen of my phone and then prepared to take a shot of the other. By zooming or moving the phone I could get the subject perfectly covered by the first part sitting on my phone screen. Snap, et voila - a life size shot. Now I have something to help me get the details in the right position (or not if they were wrong to start with).

The landing gear strut is not one of Italeriís finest works. The detail is very soft. There are also heavy bur lines and a deepish ejector pin mark. I looked and thought ĎNope. Itís got to goí. Scratch building a new one is pretty simple (or at least it feels that way now I have some practice under my belt). The basic components are plastic strip in three diameters. Iím sorry but I donít know the exact measurements - I just rummaged about until I found pieces that were the same diameter as the basic parts of the strut.



First I drilled out the centre of the larger rods to match the diameter of the inner piston (the bit that does the sliding in and out on the real thing). Then I cut a larger ring at the base to the right size and slipped it over the piston. Next the upper thinner diameter part was slipped on. Crikey, there were more things sliding in more places than a dodgy movie, and the end result was more satisfying.



If I had it to hand I would have used brass rod for the inner piston, simply to add strength, but I donít have the right size. I did a little test and these short sections of plastic rod should be strong enough, especially with the core all one piece. Fingers crossed it all works out.

I started working on some extra details by slicing thin segments of rod. Itís hard to get a consistent diameter but perseverance paid off in the end. These are the rejects.



So far so good.

Happy modelling guys.
SteveAndrews
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Posted: Sunday, December 02, 2018 - 11:19 PM UTC
Hey Guys,

Wow, its an early Christmas present to get so much praise. Thanks so much for taking the time to say what you did.

Gaz, you're right, its got to be an open gun bay. Having spent so much time getting it this far I couldn't close it up now.

Thanks again, and happy modelling,

Steve.
GazzaS
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Posted: Saturday, December 01, 2018 - 04:51 PM UTC
Holey smokes, Steve!
That's just tremendous. The only problem is that it almost obligates a person to leave it open.

Still...

Just awesome.

Gaz
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Posted: Saturday, December 01, 2018 - 07:32 AM UTC
Steve,
On a scale of 1-10, it's a solid 10 Your PE work is some of the best I've ever seen.
Joel
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Posted: Saturday, December 01, 2018 - 07:12 AM UTC
Wow, the Vulcan looks impressive. Great work.



Jelger
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Posted: Saturday, December 01, 2018 - 02:56 AM UTC
It took a while, but finally the gun bay and Vulcan cannon are done. Eduardís photo etch really comes into its own here. For the first time since starting this kit I have a completely empty fret - I used every bit of PE provided. With a few extra items scratch built, I now have the best I could do. The photos show up some filling and refining thatís needed, and also remind me that I have a couple of missing details to add on the M61, but basically this is it. Itís not an exact replica - I had to compromise so I didnít go mad or attempt things beyond my skill - but in keeping with the theme of this build, I gave it my best shot. Iím excited to move on to the next step.

Hereís the gun bay with and without the M61 dropped in place.






Happy modelling guys.
SteveAndrews
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Posted: Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 11:51 PM UTC
Hi Joel

I have to agree. There's something very satisfying about a DIY approach.

Franck, I'll be careful! I don't want a 1/32 scale 20mm shell in the finger. Ouch. :-)

Have a great day,

Steve.
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Posted: Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 07:53 PM UTC
Don't forget to unload the gun before assembly
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Posted: Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 02:30 AM UTC
Steve,
You certainly succeeded in making the M61 look a lot more detailed and thus closer to a replica then a model kit part.

Honestly. I much rather see bits & pieces then just bought AM, as modelers at your skill level can turn those home made pieces into something very special, that is truly a one of a kind.


Joel
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Posted: Monday, November 19, 2018 - 10:16 AM UTC
Itís hard to see the changes made to the M61A1, but changes there are. A combination of small pieces of evergreen strip, stretched sprue, parts cut from spares, and some pin holes has added some of the missing details. At the same time Iíve been building up the interior of the gun bay using Eduardís lovely photo etch. Itís all a bit fiddly and painstaking but thereís a much more authentic interior coming together.

Either construction errors on my part or a little bit of optimism on Eduardís part means the photo etch interior is just a bit too big to fit into the area left when kit parts are removed. Sanding way the interior edges of the PE did the job. Hereís how it all looks now. Not finished yet but its coming along.





Happy modelling,

Steve.
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Posted: Monday, November 12, 2018 - 09:33 AM UTC
The F-104ís main armament is the famous M61 Vulcan rotary cannon. Italeri gives us the option to have the gun bay open, and they made an attempt at the M61 too. After cleaning up weíre left with a passable impression, however a quick look at photos of the real thing shows up the limitations in the kit parts; the details are vague and a good deal is missing. Really it would be best to replace it with an aftermarket option, but I donít want to hold things up so Iím going to try and enhance what is in the kit.



Iím emphasising some the detail by adding stretched sprue and small pieces of plastic card. Basically using the techniques described earlier. The Eduard set for the gun bay also gives a little panel. The shot below is an early work in progress view showing stretched sprue being attached. Iíll upload again more when thereís more progress.



Happy modelling guys.


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Posted: Monday, November 12, 2018 - 09:26 AM UTC
Joel,
Thanks a million. It's going to be tricky to paint I think, but fingers crossed.
Have a great day,
Steve.
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Posted: Monday, November 05, 2018 - 08:37 AM UTC
Steve,
The wheel Well looks fantastic. With some paint, and weathering it could easily pass for the real thing.
Joel
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Posted: Monday, November 05, 2018 - 08:01 AM UTC
When I was a boy it was common knowledge that too much time spent on a particular activity would make you go blind. Well, itís taken a few years but I realise that the activity in question is not what I imagined. It is actually scratch building. Thankfully Iíve finished the rear landing gear bay with my eyesight largely in tact. Here it is in all its glory - finished off with the big struts and pistons from the kit.





I need a bit of a rest from hoses, pipes and hydraulics so next up is the gun bay.

Happy modelling guys.
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Posted: Monday, November 05, 2018 - 08:00 AM UTC
Hey Matt,

That sounds like a very special experience. More power to you.

Have a great day.
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Posted: Monday, November 05, 2018 - 03:51 AM UTC

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Wow Matt, it's Christmas come early. Thanks so much for getting these photos.
What's your role at the museum?
With a big thank you,
Steve.



No problem Steve.

I volunteer at the museum as member of the Lancaster Crew and spend many hours there to keep our Lancaster flying.
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Posted: Sunday, November 04, 2018 - 07:22 PM UTC
Wow Matt, it's Christmas come early. Thanks so much for getting these photos.
What's your role at the museum?
With a big thank you,
Steve.
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Posted: Sunday, November 04, 2018 - 10:47 AM UTC
Round two - I don't mind crawling around on my back when it's not pouring rain out.










Top is front.


*Bolt might not be original... hahaha




Top is front again




From the first airframe - this hatch is behind the main gear bay on the left side and hinges downwards from center.



Looking up through that opening. Interior colours are original.
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Posted: Friday, November 02, 2018 - 02:05 AM UTC
Hi Matt

No worries at all. Thanks for trying and also thanks for the great shots you posted. Even covered up and ready for paint she's a lovely bird.

Have a great day,

Steve.
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Posted: Thursday, November 01, 2018 - 10:39 AM UTC
Sorry Steve

Wouldn't you know it, THE day I offered to grab photos for you the museum finally masked (specifically the areas you needed photos you needed) off for paint, after the project being neglected for most of this year!!!! Arrrgh. They were literally finishing up the air brake masking as I signed in.

I'll go back to get the nosewheel photos on the other one soon - it's outside and it was POURING rain today.







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Posted: Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - 05:22 AM UTC
Hi guys,

Thanks very much for the continuing encouragement.

Matt, I have a vision of two F-104's parked on your drive. I could do with as much reference as I can get so I will pm.

Joel and Gaz, you are gentlemen.

Happy modelling folks.
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Posted: Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 01:00 PM UTC
Brilliant!
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Posted: Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 11:06 AM UTC
I have access to a pair of Starfighters, so shoot me a PM if you need any photos taken.
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Posted: Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 08:22 AM UTC
Steve,
the amount of detail you're adding to the wheel well really is making a huge difference.
Joel
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Posted: Monday, October 29, 2018 - 11:25 PM UTC
Merci beaucoup Franck. It's a labour of love, and sometimes perseverance.

Thanks for looking in :-)