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Navysteve

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Finally I have got around to starting my Lynx build. I served as an Aircraft Engineer on 847NAS from 2004-2006 and so I wanted to build one of our Lynx.

I have always planned to make this kit as XV614 which was shot down in Basra on 6 May 2006. I want to do this as a tribute to those from our Squadron who were killed in the incident. I plan to adapt it slightly from the instructions to make it as it was when we were in Iraq.

I have wanted to build this airfix kit for years, but felt I didn’t have the skills. But since I found the great step by step videos I have no excuse not too!

The first stage of the project was research. Trying to dig out some old photos from Iraq, which I don’t have many of.

I also watched through all the videos making a bit of what I would need. Once I had my shopping list I had to spread the buying over a few months as it all cost quite a bit. Especially when I factored in an airbrush and compressor!

So yesterday I managed to start building. The first step was the MicTel leads in the cabin, which I made from so old wire I found in the scrap bin at work!

Next was building the basic cockpit and adding the photo etch that could go on before being painted. I learned two things
1) laser glue is amazing! Especially when gluing curved etch brass.
2) there are two types of lynx ah7 Eduard interior sets! On only has cockpit detail and the other has cockpit and cabin detail. Guess which one I ordered. So I had to wait to get the right photo etch before doing some cabin detail.

The cockpit photo etch was quite simple. The exception was the air con controller and cable which was where the laser glue worked its magic. I glued on one end and set it and then bent the etch a bit at a time adding some laser glue with a cocktail stick before setting it and then moving on slightly.

So far I am pleased with the results.

Steve

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TedUSA

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First of all, thank you for your military service! What you have done so far is very logical and organized. Not everyone has the patience to work at getting aftermarket and other tools, supplies together before jumping into a project. I tend to leap and then look! Great work with the tiny cockpit details using wire and PE. Best wishes--we will be following.
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Navysteve

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Thanks TedUSA. I’m enjoying the build so far. The children are at their grandparents today, so I am hoping once I have my chores done I can do a bit more building! (It’s impossible with a 2 and 3 year old around!
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TedUSA

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Are you saying that is hard to model with a child hanging off each arm and a constant daddy..dada..dad..daddy....
Good luck with getting modeling time.

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Navysteve

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Made the most of quiet afternoon with the boys away.

I managed to finish off the interior PE. Then made a start on the seats. These were not easy at all! Very fiddly and to make them fit in the cockpit I had to do a LOT of sanding. I even had to remove the collective control sticks which I had glued in previously and sand them down drastically as well.

I did a dry fit together of the cabin and body sides after finishing the cabin PE and flying in the cockpit low vision windows. There will be a lot of sanding to get the cabin to fit together nicely and quite a bit of filler externally! But it should look good when done.

I also made the aircrew.the models are for a Navy Lynx crew and therefore are in flight overalls and life jackets. Where as in iraq our aircrew world DPM combats and aircrew flack jackets. So I have started the process of trying to sculpt the body armour.

All in all a good afternoons building

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TedUSA

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Glad you had some time at the bench. It’s therapeutic for me, like golfing and fishing is for other people.
Your project is coming along well!
I built an F-4 (started it a long time ago and hopefully finishing it soon). I had the seats in but not glued but when I popped the pilots in, the canopy would not go on! I kept chopping and sanding the rear pilot but I finally got everything sorted out. It seemed ridiculous at the time but The modifications don’t show. That pilot has no arse at all. Poor guy. Best wishes!

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