Mirage F1 AZ 1/32 Scale, Scratch Build. Part 14
Well, its time for another progress report on the SAAF Mirage F1 AZ, I hope all of you are being entertained by this build, and are enjoying the progress pics. I was thinking on posting pictures of me throwing a tantrum from pure frustration, but I think that would have put people off building models for ever…
Well lets have at it,
I completed building the undercarriage doors, and installed all the internal linkages that allow the doors to close when the gear retracts, as well as the hydraulic jacks and piping, I still need to do some paint touch ups and a little weathering to tone down the aluminum a bit, then it should look about right, this I will do in the final stages of the build.
As you will see from the pictures I did a little weathering on the underside of the fuselage, while I was waiting for filler to dry on the cockpit.
Next was the front wind screen, this is always a challenge in the build for me, you want to avoid any scratches and damage to the finish,
I vac formed the windscreen 3 times, every time I vac formed I found a hair imprint, hence the tantrum, I did manage to get it right at the end, then I added the windscreen frames, installed to the fuselage, masked and painted, This seems easy, but it was quite a challenge to get the alignment right.
I still need to scribe and add rivet lines to show the canopy frame and do a few touch ups on the paint work.
Hope you like the progress so far.
12 additional images. Click to enlarge.