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Three space ships

Revell made this kit many years ago so I was kinda wondering if it was a copy of a real flying airplane. With data written on the kit instructions, it was a real flying machine. I found some photo’s of the real one on the net.

This kit was made in 1/144th scale which turned out just the right size for the model. The photos don’t show that there was any flashing on any of the parts. Another “in-progress” building photo shows that I added lots of “b-b’s” in all 6 nose sections, but that much weight was necessary to hold the models down on their nose gear.

I have used only thin and gap filing super-glue for a couple of decades building my models.
The glue is very friendly to any grit of sandpaper and it accept’s my Tamiya paint’s very well.

After “inspection” I have to re-scribe a few panel lines and make sure that there are no scratches left in the plastic. I sand my models from 320 down to 2000 grit wet/dry 3M sandpaper, using lots of clean water.

More inspection, then if everything meets my demands, all I do is paint my model with my pre-mixed Tamiya X-2 gloss white paint. From the onset of model building in 1984, I never applied a primer coat of paint as it’s a waste of time and material; (paint).

The model was in my clear. plastic case until we moved from Colorado to Irvine, California in 2016. Since then it has been in a semi-clear plastic box.

This is one of my favorite models!


27 additional images. Click to enlarge.

5 responses to Three space ships

  1. Hi Rodney @f2g1d!
    What a wonderful build, different from the “usual”!
    1/144 is a great scale for some subjects, like this one.
    I also like your “no use primer” comments. I go with you!

  2. Great result of this unusual build, Rodney.
    For this size of planes 1/144 is perfect.

  3. Yes indeed, it’s a nice size for this model, but I did not take the time to measure it, so now I wonder what the “length & span” is……….??? Dumb Me!

    As for an undercoat, I said NO, but when I paint yellow, red, light blue and any light colors, I alway’s “mist” on some gloss white first. Remember…”experiment” is the name of the game in anything you do in life. RJW!

  4. Here is another real photo and this ship has the “Virgin” paint job.

    1 attached image. Click to enlarge.

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