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Mig alley

March 7, 2016 in Aviation

Just in case you thought all I did was navy stuff. Some hot and cold war Migs. Mig 27 Hasegawa. Mig-21 Lindberg/imc. Mig -19 KP, Mig-17 Hasegawa. Mig-15UTI KP. SA-2 Flying telephone pole Gran’ Ltd?
One note , You really can’t tell but the Lindberg/imc was given a ejection seat/cockpit and exhaust can donated from an airfix Tornado.

Hobbycraft 1/48 scale Mig-17

July 16, 2015 in Aviation

Hello! So here is my Hobbycraft MiG-17. I bought this kit waaaay back in 1993 while I was in Virginia for AIT. I have been carrying it around with me ever since, and finally started it this past spring. If you can get this kit for free, or for maybe $5 at a swap meet then go for it, otherwise you might want to give this one a pass. The detail is pretty weak, there is no positive alignment for most of the parts, some accuracy issues… Anyways, I have had this one for far too long not to build it…

I used a True Details resin cockpit and everything else was out of the box or scratch built. The gun camera on the intake ring was missing so I made one of those out of aluminum tubing and Milliput. The ventral fin was way too thick so I removed it with my Dremel and replaced it from one made of plastic card and Milliput. The intake ring and exhaust pipe totally left the bare plastic interior of the kit visible, so I built up the intake trunking with stock plastic, and rolled up some more plastic to make the tube inside the tail pipe.

Paint job was Model Master enamels shot through my Sotar 20/20 airbrush, which does a nice job of spraying a tight line. I was afraid to use the kit decals since they had become so stiff and old, so I sprayed the nose numbers through a mask with my airbrush. The national markings were not as successful. Before breaking down and spending money on aftermarket decals, I went ahead and tried the kit decals. It took ten minutes for them to come off the paper but they did, and they settled down perfectly with some SolvaSet. I clear coated with acrylic and then weathered with oil paints for the first time. That was fun!

Despite the old standards of the kit, it was still pretty fun to build. I would do it again, but now I know where to improve. I would also like a do-over but with the Hobby boss Kit. Anyways, thanks for looking!



Soviet NMF Jets

June 1, 2013 in Aviation

This family of Russian aircraft includes the Mig-17, Mig-19 and Mig-21. They are all Trumpeter 1/32nd scale and are all finished with varying shades of Model Master “Buffable Metalizer” in the rattle cans, followed by a brushed-on coat of Future/Pledge as a sealer, then decaled. All required considerable nose weight and I found an easy solution to that ‘problem’. I cut off a finger of a latex glove and filled it with No. 8 birdshot lead pellets, then super-glued the the end closed. This eliminates the possibility of loose BB’s rolling around inside the models AND it’s flexible enough to contort into those hard-to-reach areas in the nose of some models. I used that same method just last week when I built that EA-6A Intruder – (I think that required the middle finger)….for enough WEIGHT, I mean!

Hobby Boss 1/48 MiG-17F

April 13, 2013 in Aviation

This was my first Hobby Boss kit. I started in earnest last fall and hit the first “snag” soon after. I had to repaint the seat several times to get the effect I wanted and stopped construction for several weeks. The I took up the gauntlet again. The plastic in this kit was sort of odd; in some places it seems quite soft but it also seemed very brittle at times too. I broke several parts just removing them from sprues, and this sure wasn’t my first rodeo. The fore and aft sections of the fuselage presented the next challenge. There was a terrible fit between the two sections. After I had them together, I found that it looked like “a bear’s *ss sewed up with a grapevine” (old sheet metal saying there…). Out came the Bondo and I went to work evening things up. Next step was re-scribing all the lost detail. The wing to fuselage fit sucked too, and I spent a few sessions wrestling that into shape. Then, I somehow lost one of the front gear doors and had to make another one. Believe me, I was quickly losing my passion for this build even though the MiG-17 was a long-time favorite of mine.

I wanted a MiG-17 of the North Vietnamese Air Force. I had looked at several paint schemes for this plane and finally decided on one. The full-scale plane like this is at the Air Force Museum. On-line research revealed that this scheme, along with 3 or 4 others all bearing number 3020, was claimed as being used on the mount of North Vietnamese ace Le Hai (7 kills). Hmmm…by this point though, the die had been cast, decals had been ordered and I stayed with the squiggly paint. I was worried that my Paasche H wouldn’t be able to do what I needed for those complex squiggles. I do have a double-action Paasche Model V, but I just couldn’t get it to cooperate at all so it was back to the Model H. At first I planned on doing a sort of “reverse” pattern. I would paint the darker color first and then use small blobs of Blue Tac to mask the squiggles and then spray the lighter color over those. Well, I had more than half of the underside done when I abandoned that plan. I don’t think I could’ve ever made that look right. So one fine Saturday morning, I fired up the CO2 and the Model H and just painted the darned thing. I wish my spray pattern had been a bit tighter but I finally justified my work by assuming that the original Vietnamese painter probably had a lot of over-spray too. So, it was onward through the fog!

I custom-mixed the pale color from Model Master Sand, Flat White and Faded Olive Drab, while the green is MM SAC bomber green. The decals are a combination of kit markings and aftermarket. Weathering was done with Flory washes and pastel chalks, colored pencils and a bit of dry brushing with Humbrol Matt Aluminum. Cockpit features are mostly courtesy of an Eduard Color Zoom set. I did scratch out the oleo boot covers on the front landing gear. The canvas boots were frequently found on the front and often on the main gear too on NVAF ’17s. My boots are tissue soaked in white glue and shaped around the oleo section. I broke both of the forward pylons/mounts for the drop tanks and had to wait for replacements, When they arrived and were painted, I had trouble getting the outside “legs” of both of these to fit tight against the underside of the wing. But, ah hah, a bit of internet research found several period pics that show the outside leg didn’t fit flush on the actual planes either.

I took a few pics of the MiG inside once finished just to document the actual completion and to get a few underside shots as well. After waiting several weeks for the wind to die down, I finally had a window of opportunity for a photo session at the airport. When I got out there and opened the box, the starboard pitot was laying on the bottom of the box. Arrghh!! Well, I wasn’t packing it in just for that.

It turns out that NVAF Pfc. Dam Dhum Phuc had backed a re-fueling truck into that pitot tube and knocked the damned thing off! Oh well, photography must march on! That was just one more SNAFU in what seems like a jinxed build from the start. At any rate, the MiG-17F is finished, and I like it alright I guess. Thanks for taking a look at her!


1/48 Hasegawa F-8E MiG-killer

March 22, 2013 in Aviation

Here’s one of my collection of US Navy MiG-killers, a 1/48 Hasegawa F-8E Crusader. I finished it in the markings of ‘Nickel 103’, an F-8E from VF-211 off USS Hancock, flown by Cmdr. Hal Marr. He shot down a MiG-17 on 12 June 1966, which was the Crusader’s first kill of the Vietnam War.

I used the Aires cockpit and wheel well sets, and a Seamless S*****s intake – which had as many seems to fill as the kit intake. I also scratchbuilt a boarding ladder and steps, a standby compass and a few other cockpit details. The AIM-9B Sidewinders are from my spares box, and I used Quickboost afterburner scoops and pitot probe, and a few Eduard photoetched pieces. The decals are from an Eduard sheet of F-8 MiG-killers.

All the resin aftermarket parts somehow threw off the fit – I had to do LOTS of filling and sanding on the fuselage seams, and I had to reposition the right main gear to correct the stance. I usually don’t use more than an aftermarket seat or cockpit, but I traded for this kit and it came with all these extra resin accessories, but they wound up causing lots of construction problems. I wouldn’t use them again.