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This was a tough build ! Very poor fit, especially with the upper wing and struts. But with some patience and good decals, it didn’t turn out too bad.
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Bernard E. Hackett, Jr. said on May 13, 2015
Phil, she’s been around for about 30 years, and nobody has seen fit to do another one in the one true scale. Be nice to have a 1/48th, from a mainline outfit, as well. Nah, another F-16 or F-35! Or whatever. Rats!
Phil Steele said on May 13, 2015
I figured it was a re-boxing of an old kit: but it had seven decal options. I couldn’t resist !!
Rob Pollock said on May 13, 2015
Very trim build, Phil. The dull finish is in keeping with a naturally weathered airframe.
It’s Dull coat over Tamiya gloss over Chrome silver. Nice thin coats.
Ramon R. Lomeli said on May 13, 2015
beautiful, especially at that scale! how small is that model after its all assembled? the rigging must have been an exercise in precision and patience – great work!
It’s about four inches long. The rigging is 2lb test mono filament fishing line, run thru #80 holes. Held in place with CA glue and painted with a brush or a marker.
Craig Abrahamson said on May 13, 2015
4″ long..!!?? I can only echo what Ramon said. Nice work!
Phil Steele said on May 14, 2015
Like I said—those are my real eyes !!!
Simon Whitney said on May 14, 2015
Nice work Phil, on what seems to be a pig of a kit.
Nice rigging mate.
Magnus Fridsell said on May 14, 2015
It’s an old Supermodel kit from the start, I have it in that boxing somewhere in my stash. And yes, not the most refined of kits but the only game in town. And you’ll end up with quite an unique-looking biplane! Like it a lot!
Ah ha–Supermodel !! That makes sense.
Greg Kittinger said on May 14, 2015
Nice looking build! I have that old Supermodel kit, so have this to look forward to! How do you get the #80 holes?
I just drill them out with a # 80 drill and a pin vice, after precisely measuring and marking the drill points. It’s just like laying out things on a blue print. I use dividers set up to measurements on a Vernier caliper.
Bernd Müller said on May 14, 2015
You made a very nice model out of that old kit, Congratulation for that.
George Williams said on May 14, 2015
Brilliant work, Phil, I love the look you’ve created with this old kit, especially in 1/72 scale.
Frank Cronin said on October 25, 2015
A great job on this. I really like what you have done
Phil Steele said on October 26, 2015
Thanks Frank. Glad you liked it.
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