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hobbyhubby51

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Your build is really coming along Ted! the scoop looks nice [thumb][thumb][thumb] I have to applaud your venture into scratch building so soon after coming back to the hobby, I'm still kind of hesitant to try it but I want to give it a go someday.
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Your build is really coming along Ted! the scoop looks nice [thumb][thumb][thumb] I have to applaud your venture into scratch building so soon after coming back to the hobby, I'm still kind of hesitant to try it but I want to give it a go someday.


Neil,
Thank you very much for your comments. Each of us has the privilege of doing what we want with this hobby. No particular rules to bind us. On the Mig build I am trying to add interest since I am not using much aftermarket [except the ejection seat which I destroyed!!!]. There is so much really good AM stuff out there I am sure I will go in that direction on the second Mig whenever I got the $$$$$. My problem is probably going to be choosing the next kit to build from my stash, which kit is the next group build, etc.In light of all my choices, the second Mig may have to wait??

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I have been off the workbench due to family and the Thanksgiving holiday. can't wait to get back of course. the build is always popping up in my mind and I get this dazed look in my eyes as I daydream about the kit......yep, I'm hooked.



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On the bench this evening--Managed some forward progress today. Re-scribed a few panel lines, examined the fuselage carefully [primer will tell the truth], sanded the fuselage with 1000 & 2000 wet n' dry sandpaper [Tamiya finishing abrasives]. Cleaned up a bit with a toothbrush and water, then wiped everything down with kitchen paper towels for now. FINALLY, attached a wing with Tamiya Extra thin Cement [TETC]--just by the locating tabs for now--- and left to dry thoroughly before I attach the opposite wing and go about the job of filling between the wing root and the fuselage. The dry fit is OK, but not as we would LIKE it to be of course!



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I am using this color chart for most of my paint finish on the Mig 29:
http://www.cybermodeler.com/aircraft/mig-29/mig-29_profile01.shtml

UPDATE: I did print the above color chart and took it to my local model shop. The Gray-Green was supposed to be available in Tamiya as XF23 [X=FLAT]. Well, XF23 in Tamiya is "light blue" and if anything looks more like a blue-gray. I did see that Tamiya makes a Gray-Green as XF76. Looked perfect. Part of the above chart does have a fairly color correct diagram, although it virtually impossible to read the notations. Light Gray was supposed to be Tamiya XF80 which the shop did not carry. However, Tamiya XF19 IS A "Sky Gray" [LIGHT GRAY] and that is what I may use. If I want to , I can even add a few drops of white to make it lighter? As for the Dilectric Gray, Tamiya does have the XF63, and it is a dark gray labeled "German Gray". When I add XF1 Tamiya "Flat Black", I have most all of the primary colors for the Mig 29A finish. Cans take special metal colors, and the wheels, lights and other misc parts are bits of other colors.



NOTE: I now have what actually looks like a plane!

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More from the bench this evening:





Waiting till tomorrow for the other wing. all that styrene/fuselage with TETC needs to dry rock solid. GLAD that Bob taught the gap filling technique using
styrene sheet with all the details![biggrin] If I had used putty, it might have been a nightmare[?]

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UP early this AM. Actually attached other wing last night, then placed sheet styrene in gaps. This morning, trimmed styrene down, then applied Vallego Plastic Putty and Mr Surfacer 1000. Letting that dry before I continue closing the gaps and sanding. Final step is re-scribing the panel lines lost. SO VERY GLAD THAT BOB SPENT A LOT OF TIME IN ONE OF THE STEP BY STEP BUILDS [Trumpeter 1/32 tank build] DETAILING HOW TO USE STYRENE SHEET TO FILL GAPS...THANKS BOB!!!



I have also been using layers of Mr Surfacer 1000 to improve the finish on the open intake vents.

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Looking great brother!!! Man by the time you get finished with this bird, you'll be a Master!
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Looking great brother!!! Man by the time you get finished with this bird, you'll be a Master!


Neil,
As long as I have been working just on the fuselage I should be a Jedi panel scriber master, but no. I predict that when I have about 20 or so builds under my ninja sash I might be doing more professional work. I'll leave the title of Master for the rest of you guys!! Thanks for the compliment!



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Spent last evening, and some of this morning--lol, sanding down the seam filling along wing roots, rudders, and misc spots. The Skinny Sanding Sticks are lifesavers [thanks for recommending and demonstrating them Bob!]. Finished off with wet n dry Tamiya 1000 & 2000 grit sandpaper. A bit of cleanup with water, paper towel, cotton swabs, cotton cloth. I taped the flaps on and just stuck an elevator in place for a photo op.Really starting to look like a bird now.


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Looks great Ted!! Your hard work is paying off, that will be a beauty when done[thumb]
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Looks great Ted!! Your hard work is paying off, that will be a beauty when done[thumb]
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Ernie,

Thanks for the positive comments. I meant to log my time but forgot! I'm hopefully going to get out the primer pretty soon and see exactly where I am after all the "bodywork"

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Hi Ted this bird is going to be stunning. Great work.
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Hi Ted this bird is going to be stunning. Great work.


Thanks SteenT! With all the instruction, tips, encouragement, and inspiration on here from everyone, I have to make something out of it!!! Best wishes!

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Working around the bench PM 12/6 and AM of 12/7: Still working on the wing roots to get them smooth and uniform as well as all kinds of small panel areas. Considering cutting the outboard flaps on the wings? got to take an internal vote on that one. I've also been thinking about displaying the model with its drag chute out and lying on the [runway] base as if it had been deployed on a landing. Problem with that idea? canopy closed and no pilot. Got to think that one over--the canopy is just fastened down with Micro Krystal Klear [I think? or did I use some tamiya extra thin cement on the hinge area??]. If I could pop the canopy I could scratch build a ladder and put a figure on the ground representing the pilot??OR.......pop the canopy and have a seated pilot in the Mig as if he had just landed??  Decisions decisions.......all depends on the canopy really. Of course, I do have the other identical Mig kit with a canopy untouched..........................................oh my.

One detail feature that I have spent quite a bit of time on has been the centerline external fuel tank. In research I found that the tank was originally blocking the exhaust for the APU [auxiliary power unit]. The engineers got around the problem by placing an opening through the fuel tank for the APU vent pipe to pass through. The representation of the opening in the kit tank is not an opening at all but simply a raised rounded area where the fuel tank opening for the vent pipe should be. I opened the area and then fashioned a representation of the venting pipe to plug in. The plastic I used was really soft and it did not go completely through the tank. Who is gonna shine a light in there and see that the vent pipe does not go all the way through the tank???.....I don't know, but I know the difference and I could not leave it alone [OCD much?]. Besides, I knew that a metal tube would also look much better. Off to the hobby store for some brass tubing. Measured and cut to length with my knock-off Dremel-type tool. When the brass is installed it will look exactly like the real thing [well, close]. It will appear that there is a vent pipe passing completely through the centerline external fuel tank opening. TA-DA!!



The vent pipe is not glued in yet--the angle must match the opening. In photos of the real thing, there is a bit of weathering on the fuel tank from the exhaust of the APU.



YES, I need a bit of a manicure if I am ever going to make it as a hand model!!--LOL

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