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Jason Gaspard

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Paul, 

The ethics may be a bit too heavy of a topic for most to feel comfortable posting about (after all, this site is dedicated to adults gluing plastic together [smile]). Maybe you should start a thread in the General Chat section...bet you'd get bites there.

Not to get off topic and bore those coming here to escape such things, but I'm not so much concerned by the fatal action being taken by software, mainly because I don't think that will ever happen, I think (hope) our military leaders would never want to relinquish that responsibility (power).

My main problem is that engagements are much easier to order when the only possible loss is a relatively inexpensive, easily replaced piece of hardware and I think that can potentially lead to overuse and lethal force being deployed where it may not be appropriate, there are always going to be some things a drone operator will not know or cannot see that a human pilot or eyes on the ground calling in an airstrike would.

The character of our civilian leadership worries me much more than the technology itself. One president in particular always seemed to lob a few Tomawks every time his approval numbers dipped. Add this to the disturbing militarization of police agencies and it gets scarier. Regardless, the genie is out of the bottle now...

The disuse of any tool that takes our people out of harms way would be unethical, it's misuse is even more so...

Now, back to gluing plastic pieces together...

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I thought seeing as you touched upon it in your opening comment it might be relevant here [smile]

You make a number of good points on an interesting subject but as you say, scary aspect of such vehicles.
Donald Chumps rising popularity is cause for great concern for all......

Anyhow, like you say, back to building and painting [smile]

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I apologize Jason. I went back and re-read you initial comments: ".......Keeping politics and ethics out of the unmanned drone discussion .......". I agree that styrene and glue are best for here and now. I am conflicted about the whole arena of drone technology. it is fascinating from a technical standpoint. anxious to see the kit built up and finished. best wishes!
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Ted, don't worry about it...I don't mind the discussion at all, I think it's important to remember once in a while that these things that bring us such joy and relaxation were designed to kill people and break things...just a bit of a heavy discussion that many people may be put off by...plus I don't want Bobby to think I'm pushing an agenda on his site...I enjoy hearing you have to say.

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Ted, don't worry about it...I don't mind the discussion at all, I think it's important to remember once in a while that these things that bring us such joy and relaxation were designed to kill people and break things...just a bit of a heavy discussion that many people may be put off by...plus I don't want Bobby to think I'm pushing an agenda on his site...I enjoy hearing you have to say.

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Best move to bring your Threat back to topic is start building Jason ;-)
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That'll be Monday Fabian, working this wknd...[frown]
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I opened the bags and had a play with some dryfitting tonight.

The surface and detail is quite nice


One thing that I can already tell will be an issue with the kit is the sprue gate attachment points, they are large and in several areas intrude into areas where pieces will interface (mainly the wing joins...not good since the whole damn thing is a huge wing). This will require some very careful trimming and sanding as to remove enough to allow proper fit without removing too much and creating gaps. Complicating matters is the fact that the plastic is pretty brittle.


I noticed another issue with the nose. Here it is dryfit (note the visible damage from the poorly placed sprue attachment):


but the real aircraft does not have these lines and steps


This lip is meant to help alignment and provide a gluing surface, but is it preventing the piece from coming up high enough to be flush with the rest of the fuselage. Just as well the detail needs to go, I have a feeling there will be quite a bit of sanding going on up front. 


Looking at the first steps (landing gear construction) I noticed the tread detail in the drawing and reference photos, but completely smooth tires in the kit...I wonder if there is a resin replacement set...


The main gear pieces all have pretty nasty seam lines that I will need to sort...



Gluing will begin tomorrow!


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Looks like this kit will need some TLC. But you got a lot of spare time from the absence of a cockpit and canopy ;-)
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With the wheels you could try supergluing to a cocktail stick ( toothpick) and then putting into a drill. Then spin them up and gently put the grooves in with a scribing tool.
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I may need to do that Paul, I've not found a replacement set yet...I am wondering if any 1/48 jet wheel set would work.

I've been looking at the intake, it's such a prominent feature, very complex masking and a seam to take care of. The intake behind this ingraved line needs to be white, fuselage color in front.


after assembly it will be buried inside the plane, inaccessable


This seam does not exist on the real plane, CA and a tricky sanding job is in the cards.


I trimmed off that lip


and thankfully, it solved the step issue I was having


I spent some time on the landing gear, removed all the molding seams, applied some lead wire, tape strips and copper bolt heads made with my hex punch set plus the PE pieces provided (tiedowns and catapult arm actuators)




And then paint


I love this color but Model Air really clogs up my brush...I'm just going to make a custom mix of Tamiya for the future...I had to clean the brush 4 times to paint these pieces!

Thanks for looking!









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Top job on the landing gear Jason!!
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Top job on the landing gear Jason!!


absolutely! got to be really good if it looks like that in a macro image! wow. nice scratch/PE

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The landing gear is looking great!
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I was really like the drone aspect of this plane, and it is totally independent not like Reaper/Predator with man controlling it.. This is one of planes that I really wanted, but one is enough.

Nice work so far! It is going to be quite big aircraft, needs a lot of shelf space, fortunately wings are foldable, any plans?

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