Mirage F1 AZ 1/32 Scale, Scratch Build. Part 13
Its time for another progress report for you die hard followers of this build, Firstly I just want to thank all of you for the kind comments that you have given me so far during this build, you have no idea how much you all have motivated me.
Needless to say, this build has really pushed me to the limits of knowledge that I have accumulated during all my years of building aircraft models, especially since I started scratch building. I wouldn't class it as a fight to get this far, but more of a large amount of will power to continue, I cant even remember how may times I have had to re build parts to get the correct look of the aircraft.
so, lets start with what I have done over the last week end.
The undercarriage was scratch built earlier in the build, and now it was time to get it installed.
Firstly I made a jig from plastic card to help me with the alignment, drilled into the undercarriage bay and proceeded to glue in some aluminum tubing that was a smaller diameter than the undercarriage, waited for the glue to set, then I slipped on the undercarriage, did the alignment and glued them into position.
The nose wheel was a relatively simple affair, drilled a hole into the bottom of the bay, and installed.
Next I painted the wheels and installed.
I then made up the retraction jacks for the main undercarriage, with the piping, and installed.
I was extremely relieved that when I placed the model on the wheels for the first time I had managed to get the look just right... PHEW...
This week end I will mold the canopy and install as well as finish some detail work in the cockpit, as well as make the gear doors.
Hope you enjoy the post, and look forward to your comments.
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