RA-5C Vigilante – Trumpeter 1/72
Greetings fellow modelers!
This time I brought to you what I think is my best aircraft to date!
I have a customer who loves weathered aircraft, and I’ve been working for him for some time making some minor aircraft (like the MiG-23 that you can see here ==> http://imodeler.com/2018/03/mig-23-flogger-a-airfix-1-72/). This time he gave me the RA-5C from Trumpeter, and he specified “heavy weathering” as a priority.
When I received the model, it was a mess: it didn’t came in a box and some parts were missing (this only to save on the mailing service). So I listed every part, and only a couple of minor parts from the landing gear were missing.
So I started, as usual, with the cockpit. I must say that it’s one of the most detailed cockpits I’ve ever seen. It even comes with the dials in an acetate sheet!. After checking the real machine, and painting it properly, it was time to move to the fuselage.
I must point however, that you MUST set the forward landing gear before adding the cockpit to the fuselage (I learned this the hard way…).
And here comes what I think so far it’s the major problem: the fuselage union is logitudinal and doesn’t have any internal supports to add consistency. Unfortunately, this means a lot of putty to level it, and some rivets missing with the sanding process.
Anyway, the remaining parts are way better.
The model comes with an exceptional detail in the riveting and panel lines, and in general (excluding the fuselage), no putty is needed.
Then it was painting time! I started with cold gray (Vallejo Model Color) as base, and Primer White (also from Vallejo) for the under part. Then I started to add white little by little to the cold gray to get a lot of chromatic tones in certain panels. This process took me about a couple of days to complete.
After varnishing and adding the decals, it was the turn for the weathering process.
I started by enhancing the rivets with grey oil. Then, after the oil was completely settled, I added random spots of highly diluted black and white oil on the upper surfaces. After waiting a couple of minutes, I used an sponge with AK enamel thinner to mix those spots, and then with a piece of cotton I started to dry the oil, leaving a random pattern of spots, imitating the weathering from the use and climate.
After adding the armament, which by order form the customer were the Mk.43 bombs and flash pods, and the landing gear, it was completely finished.
In the end, It was a really good model to build, very enjoyable and pleasant. The customer loved it.
I think this is a “must build” model for every aircraft modeler, and it’s a really good model to have in your collection!
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Trumpeter 1/72 RA5C Vigilante Aircraft