From the misfit model file - Anigrand 1/72 Hughes XF-11

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  • Jaime Carreon said 7 months ago:

    This one came to me from friend Jack in Florida after, I suspect, he got frustrated with it and put it aside. It was in a box of stuff he gave me after a visit, so I brought it home, tossed it onto the to-do pile and promptly forgot all about it. A few weeks ago I was looking for something else and knocked it off the shelf onto the floor, which broke the two verticals off. I had just finished another kit and was looking for something else to do, so I picked it up off the floor and got to it.

    There were a bunch of parts missing, and the right wing had a beautiful warp in it. I glued the fins back on and away I went. Props were among the AWOL pieces, so after some rummaging, a pair of 1/48 P-51 props fit the TLAR (that looks about right) requirement.

    This is a resin kit, so everything has to be glued with CA. There were bubbles an holes everywhere, and there was part of a cockpit.

    First step was to shoot a coat of automotive primer, which only proved how rough the model was. Then the fill and sand sessions began...

    The canopy came from a Model Craft 1/48 F-82 kit. It was about the right size and shape, and I had vac replacements, so after a little cutting and grinding, I got it to fit well enough to keep me happy. Fortunately, the clear nose cone was with the model, so I won't have to try to find one of those.

    Cockpit parts came from the junk box.

    Five fill and sand sessions later, I'm to what you see here. Main gear struts are on the model, but the nose strut was missing, so another raid to the junk box was in order. This was too short, so a little piece of aluminum tube will take care of that. Main wheels will also come from a pair of donor 1/48 P-51s. The gear doors are scratchbuilt, still need to finish those out. I got the warp out of the wing with a few sessions with and boiling water. That was a nail biter, as there is a very fine line between just right and "oh s--t!" There is no way this will be in an NMF finish as the prototypes were, so this will be a what if. I'm still trying to determine what that will be, but I'm leaning toward an ADC gray with some colorful markings.

    Here's the real one:

    And a cool article on the 1/4 scale RC model that was built for the movie, "The Aviator".

  • John vd Biggelaar said 7 months ago:

    Excellent work done, Jaime @jetmex
    An exceptional aircraft from an even more exceptional person.

  • Spiros Pendedekas said 7 months ago:

    Wow, great job, my friend @jetmex!
    Nothing better than seeing already started and stalled "difficult" kits to regenerate and get finished!
    Love the looks so far, it will be a great whatiffer.
    Looking forward to it!

  • Jaime Carreon said 7 months ago:

    Thanks! Definitely not a mainstream flying machine, but the odder the better!

    When the nose gear strut departed the airplane and disappeared, it also took all the mounting points with it. I needed something to mount the strut to, so I fashioned a new block from a piece of hardwood spar left over from one of my RC projects, setting it in place in the front of the wheel well with epoxy. Now I have enough to drill into to mount the strut, and since that part isn't original to the kit, I can also get the length right.

    I also rescribed all the missing panel lines and a few new ones. I'm not sure why people get so excited about that, as I never want to do that again! It might be easier on plastic, though. Thankfully, there are no rivets! The resin was soft in some places and harder in others. This is turning into a learning experience for sure!

  • Jaime Carreon said 6 months, 4 weeks ago:

    Off to paint today, not as smooth as I would have hoped. I thought I had cleaned everything pretty well until the white paint on the tail did all sorts of weird things as it dried. I had to clean it all off and start over again. It looks ok, still a little rough around the edges, but I hope I can cover all the goofs with the final overall color, which will be ADC gray. The aim here is to make the airplane look like it might have while in service in the early to mid 50s, with inspiration taken from the colorful markings used by Air Force fighter squadrons of the time.

    1 attached image. Click to enlarge.

  • John vd Biggelaar said 6 months, 4 weeks ago:

    Good progress, Jaime @jetmex
    From the picture it looks great.

  • Spiros Pendedekas said 6 months, 4 weeks ago:

    Looks great so far, my friend @jetmex!
    For sure the final gray will look nice and smooth!

  • Jaime Carreon said 6 months, 3 weeks ago:

    One step forward, two steps back. I thought I would paint today, but the model had other ideas. I got the main gear doors test fitted, and drilled out the nose gear well for the new strut. While doing that, the forward upper fuselage split. Mr. Cleaver would have been proud of the dark blue the air over my workbench turned, and yet again, the urge to fling this thing like a frisbee out the window was pretty high. I calmed down a bit when I realized that there was no place to put a firecracker in the model because it's all filled with lead so it won't tail sit!

    A little CA glue took care of the split and the seam, I'll need to repaint. I put her on the gear for the first time and got an idea how she'll sit. A few more small things to take care of and I'll try again to finish painting. But I think I'll wait a day or two...:-)

    2 attached images. Click to enlarge.

  • Spiros Pendedekas said 6 months, 3 weeks ago:

    Such things happen, my friend @jetmex! Luckily, nothing is irreparable, only needing its time (apart from graphic language ๐Ÿ™‚ ).
    Looking great!

  • Tom Cleaver said 6 months, 3 weeks ago:

    A triumph of skill and talent over resin!

  • John vd Biggelaar said 6 months, 3 weeks ago:

    Frustration levels get quite high when that happens, Jaime @jetmex
    Good you didn't use it as a frisbee, after some extra work it will look great again.

  • Jaime Carreon said 6 months, 3 weeks ago:

    That lipstick on a pig thing really works! ๐Ÿ™‚ I finally got the airplane painted, which went pretty smoothly. I wish I could say the same thing about the finish, which, even after all the sanding and primer, is still a little rough. But not rough enough for me to do it again! I'm glad I decided on the gray, gloss black would have required a lot more work. A coat of future helped smooth things out a bit, and there are still a few pinholes here and there to fill. It's been a good learning process, as this is my first resin model. Not anywhere close to contest quality, but at least not many others have one of these! Going through the dungeon for decals now.

    1 attached image. Click to enlarge.

  • John vd Biggelaar said 6 months, 3 weeks ago:

    From the picture she is a winner, Jaime @jetmex
    Looking forward to the decals being added.

  • Spiros Pendedekas said 6 months, 3 weeks ago:

    Great so far, my friend @jetmex! Looking forward to the decals, too!

  • Eric Berg said 6 months, 3 weeks ago:

    @jetmex - if thatโ€™s lipstick on pig, you sure chose the right โ€œcolorโ€. Looks great. Always wondered if Anigrand kits were worth tackling as they have so many interesting subjects.. Iโ€™m still on the fence based on your build report here.

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