Super Étendard Modernisé, Kinetic 1/48
Here is one of the first aircraft models I built after rediscovering the hobby, a few years ago. Built out of the box. The plane represented here flew from the Charles de Gaulle in the missions against Libya, in 2011. I tried to reproduce the dirty look the SEMs had during this deployment (a picture of a well worn SEM is included in the gallery, for reference).
I always had a soft spot for the Super Étendard variants, which I find especially beautiful planes, so I was very enthusiastic about building one. In retrospect, this kit should have waited until I gained a little bit more experience, as it has some tricky bits, with special mention to the canopy and horizontal stabiliser.
The clear part with the canopy extends to include not only the frame, but also a bit of the fuselage around it. This should in theory allow for seamless integration, but in reality the fit is not good, so I ended up needing several cycles of filling and sanding, which erased the riveting of the frame and some of the surrounding detail. Not having a riveting tool (I still don't), this meant applying individual tiny holes with a needle, with variable results. All this work, combined with my inexperience, resulted in a less than transparent canopy. Also, the instructions don't alert you about the need to apply a decal inside the canopy before you cement it in place. This decal looks like a pair of pointy triangles, or sharp white lines, in my pictures, best seen in the views from above.
The horizontal stabiliser can be posed in various ways, and I chose to have it "up" as in preparation for takeoff. But this resulted in a hole that required a lot of Vallejo putty. There is also a decal that has to be applied before you affix the horizontal stabilisers (including a photo etch part near their junction with the vertical stabiliser). This is not mentioned in the instructions, which required me to cut that into pieces, and manoeuvre them into location bit by bit.
In summary, I gained a model of a beautiful plane, and a lot of experience.
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19 additional images. Click to enlarge.