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I again painted the pilot as I did the F4 crew using Bob's technique of primer and base coat sprayed, slightly darker wash. Dry brushed with base coat followed by slightly lighter color for highlights. Some detail hand painting followed by sealer gloss coat followed by final flat coat. Gloss varnish on the visor and he is done.





A little later now he is in his seat. I flattened some lead wire to make his harness to go from the top of the seat over his shoulder. I then hand painted the harness. Pretty easy to do. I like how it lays.





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The engine comes next. It could be a great engine if you wanted to display it with the plane separated front from back. It is needed in its basic form structurally to connect front and back, as well as for the exhausts. As usual, even though it won't be seen, I felt compelled to paint the entire thing including the oxygen tank behind the bulkhead green.[smile]








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Now for a little filling, scribing, painting, re-filing, scribing etc. The fuselage is made up of four main pieces, two front and two rear. This of course gives us crossing seams at top and bottom. This part wasn't too bad. The wing roots on top were pretty good. There were large gaps at the bottom of the wing roots that required some stryene shims then some putty and scribing. The plastic in this kit is a little bit soft so it sand very easily, but you also quickly loose the detail, rivets etc. So there was a lot of back and forth going through the process to end up with a decent seam. This was especially true since I am planning on the NM finish. I will need to get a really good finish before priming.






To get things ready for spraying I needed to get the canopy ready. The windscreen and the canopy itself fit great. The only issue I had was that the canopy has heater wires as raised detail in the interior of the glass. I tried to hand paint it twice with lousy results. So after doing some research decided a different method was needed. I painted a heavy coat of Micro Mask on the interior. This pooled between the raised detail so I could then spray and theoretically only get the elements themselves. It worked ok, it's hard to see in the pictures as I used a very light color to just set them off a little bit.






Almost ready to spray.
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It took several sessions to get the kit into condition for priming. A lot of sanding, buffing and polishing. As I wanted a somewhat worn airplane I chose to use Alclad II Black Primer & Microfiller as opposed to a gloss black base.






I used Alclad II Polished Aluminum (105) for the aircraft and Aluminum (101) for the tanks and the rocket launchers so there would be some variety. This was my first time with an allover NM finish so I was a little anxious. I made sure I had the PSI down and I stayed close to the surface ~ 2 inches while spraying. They went down very smoothly without any problems that I could tell. The polished aluminum ended up giving me some variation in tones, especially around the top wing fences. Overall it gives it a degree of weathering texture that I wanted. At least that't my story and I am sticking to it. [wink]






That's all I have to show at this point. Thanks for checking it out.
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Very nice work all round Steve, those seatbelts are a cracking idea and look great! The NM finish looks very cool from here too. [smile]
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Thanks Simon
I am pleased with how it is turning out.
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The mig looks great Steve ! Lovely work on the metal finish, pilot is excellent too

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Thanks Pete, mam enjoying this smaller bird.
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Oh yes, the Mig is a great looking surprise! Can't wait to see the 2 together - inspiring work!
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Alright, the build is basically finished. Here are some quick shots after clear coat and some of the extras, gun barrels, pitot tubes, canopy unmasked.
Now finishing up the base for the two planes and some final photos.
Very excited!






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Very nice Steve. Can't wait to see it all together. [smile]
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The Mig looks great, can't wait to see them together

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Thanks guys.
I can't wait to get the pictures done and posted.
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