REVELL - 1/72 C-160 TRANSALL " Eloka "
Well, this kit has turned out to be a total PITA. Yes it's a skill level 5, but come-on Revell, at least make your instruction understandable!
To get this far, I've used MORE filler than on my previous 2 other kits, the inner cargo bay is almost impossible to fit without major cutting / sanding and filling. The main fuselage halves are a horrible fit, and to make matters worse, the recommended amount of weight still leaves the plane as a tail sitter.
Next problem was the landing gear and covers. To strengthen the undercarriage (main wheels) i drilled out the legs and used a steel dress-makers pin to re-enforce and so far, this seems to have worked.
After a LOT of bad language, I primed and airbrushed the beast, but only in the two colours I had ( I was so dis-heartened with this kit, that i just could not be bothered to order the third colour)
A gloss coat was applied, and the onto the decal, and there's a LOT. Some of the these are about a millimetre in size, and guess what...you CANNOT see them due to the camouflage pattern!.
I still have to fit the wheels (I'll be amazed if all 8 of the main gear actually touch deck), fit the cargo bay ramp, which I'm hoping will solve the nose-up problem, then add all the small left over bits, permanently fit the wings, tail plane and propellers.
Honestly, this model, when finished, could quite possibly end up in the "cupboard of shame"
More, better quality pictures will be posted later
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