Nord 2501 Noratlas 1/72 Heller
Well as always I am good to my word, I said I'd build the kit my peers picked and so here it is and it has not been easy.
Because of the way the kit is constructed it is possible to build the fuselage completely before moving on to the wings and tail booms and that is how I went about it and that is why I didn't notice that half the parts to build the tail booms were missing !,so a good ten hours into the build I found myself completely stuffed,had this been a normal build I would have slung it in the bin ,cursed the guy who gave me the thing and moved on but not this time ,Oh no ,I've made a commitment ,a promise, so I have no choice but to buy another kit just to get the missing bits.
So second kit sourced it was on with phase two the tail booms and wings, I won't kid you- this is a tricky kit, the tail fins have flat mating faces and no locating pegs ,so you are required to glue them in place on your completed tail booms and hold them steady until the glue goes off , you then have to fill the gap on either side of the fin on both booms without destroying the raised panel lines and when the time comes to add the wings you also have to add the booms and horizontal tail surface at the same time which requires securing the whole thing with tape and any other means to keep it all square while the glue goes off.It is at this point that you realise one of the tails fins you took so long over is not quite vertical and requires gentle force to bring it into line ,Sheesh!.
O.K. at least now she was starting to look like a Noratlas,When I started to build this I was going to make it more interesting by having all the doors open including the large clam shell loading bay but as I Iooked more closely I decided that would spoil the nice lines of the aircraft and went for the closed up option the downside is that although I had stuffed as much lead shot under the floor and everywhere else I could without it being seen through the open doors she is now a tail sitter and has to be propped up with a little piece of clear dinking straw.
There is far more masking than I am comfortable with on this kit,I used maskol on the portholes and Tamiya masking tape on the cockpit windows and it turned out not too bad though far from perfect,finally the decals,one of the good things about building early IAF aircraft is that they had very little in the way of markings just the identification codes on the booms and under one wing and the star of David roundels.
Well here she is,finished, did I enjoy the process ? yes definitely ,would I build another ? probably not but it has re-ignited my interest in early IAF aircraft ,next one for me in this series will be the new Airfix Meteor .
Thanks for looking and your comments are welcome. N.
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