March 25, 2014 in Aviation
“You Dont see many of these at the model shows” its the 1/72 Extrakit Supermarine Scimitar.
And the reason you dont see many of them is it is a complete PIG to build the first thing i noticed at the start of the build was that one half of the fuselage pieces was around 3mm longer than the other one, the fix was to fill and sand the shorter one to match the longer one which actually turned out better than i thought it would once this was done and some re-scribing here and there it was time to fit the wings and tail planes these are just simple butt joints that need a something more adding to give some strength to the joints so i drilled and fitted some brass rods to the wings and tail planes drilled holes in the fuselage joint areas and glued all together, at this point i took my brain out of my head and for some reason glued the under-wing pylons in place DOH what was i thinking i forgot that the underside of the wings have the aircraft numbers in big bloody black characters that go under the pylons i did try to get them off but it was obvious they were well and truly stuck on, Ah well i will cross that bridge when i come to it.
So once all the masking was done to the cockpit and wheel wells i sprayed the whole thing with Alclad’s White primer gave it a slight going over with micro-mesh sanding cloth 6000/8000 i then sprayed the undersides with Mr Hobby Aqueous gloss white let that dry for a day then masked the white areas off ready for the Extra Dark Sea Grey, i can’t remember if i pre-shded or not i probably would have once all done and dry on with the Gloss coat and then the Decals these were ok if a little on the thin side but went on ok apart from the underwing serials i had to cut and mach them up it took a little time to do but i got there in the end with out to much swearing.
Not much left to do im on the home straight i fitted the undercarriage without any problems but when i went to fit the underwing fuel tanks i found the undercarriage doors and leg were just to close to the pylon but i had glued the pylons on the pr-marked outlines, so i made a the decision to leave off the tanks i looked on line and there is plenty of images
of Scimitars without underwing tanks attached.
It was at this point that i started to think that the EDSG was a little to dark for the scale and i wish i had used the lighter Dark Sea Grey, well theres not much i could do now ( or could be bothered to do ) so i decided to live with it
Ok Guys hope you like it
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