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Looking great.

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I had already sawed off the nose, so I had to fill that gap, plasticard to the rescue!, applied thinned green putty last night, smoothed out tonight with cotton bud and lacquer thinner:
[20140717_211757_zpsmegjelqt] 

Removing the nose and omitting the cockpit tub made it a tail sitter, added weight by removing the bulb from a pipette and filling it with BB's and CA, since I don't have a cockpit to worry about I put it here
[20140717_211815_zpshuekmazm] 

nose seam will be on full display, thanks to the better than expected fit, very little sanding yielded:
[20140717_211822_zps72g5bbe9] 
[20140717_212007_zps9sjgs1ul] 

At least one of the intakes will have the FOD cover removed, so I took care of the seam with my new favorite filling method
[20140717_211941_zpstcifbr9t] 

Wing roots just needed a little Vallejo plastic putty
[20140717_212235_zpsxajth31h] 
Testing the trestles
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The perfect height for the ladder from the Tamiya kit
[20140717_214029_zpsih9ssbqk] 

The cans are hopeless but removing the engines would make it a bit too boring out back I think since the front will be the focus of the diorama...will try replicating FOD covers from foil and spraying with whatever I decide on for the Spraylat facsimile, thank you Gary for the recommendation, I will give it a shot and post the results.

[20140717_214550_zpslnzltbhp] 


Next up; scratch building the remnants of the (long gone) radar and sorting out the Spraylat. Priming is not too far away!

Thanks for looking!



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The work you are putting into this is looking really good, I love the trestles ! I'm looking forward to the next update

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I can hardly wait to see what all you do with the diorama. It will be unique and very interesting. I am hooked!
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Not much accomplished this week, sprayed and worked in the nose and started experimenting with weathering, this is just pigments which I am deciding if I like or not

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[20140723_221653_zpsunzbmyt9] 

Also finished filling/sanding and applied primer, look at that canopy fit…shocking! Plasticard and putty on right now and curing, will sand up tonight. Thankfully this will not be an in flight display because honestly I don't know what I would do if I weren't' going to paint over it...
[20140723_224647_zpsalybkwwq] 

I toyed with the idea of opening more panels (I even started cutting them out in the back there) but thought that would look too much like deep maintenance vs salvage, I will paint several to look like they have been removed and sealed back up. I have also decided on what to do re: exhausts, I will post more pix tonight.


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Looking good, can't wait to see how you finish her off..

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I agree with Andy, it looks very nice, I think the pigments look great too, it really looks like sand and dust have made their way into the nooks and crannies in the nose

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coming along well. you are pretty much in uncharted territory and giving all of us a lesson in mothballed aircraft. very interesting!
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Great stuff, the world is your oyster!
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Thank you, everyone for the kind words, I am flying blind here both in terms of scratchbuilding experience and knowledge of this aircraft, the encouragement is much appreciated!

Like I showed last post the canopy is hopeless, here is is filled and sanded back, ready to be covered by whatever I decide on for spraylat:
[20140724_220857_zpsrarniq5z] 

Looking at the ladder from the Tamiya kit something was missing
[20140724_214910_zpspogw1wea] 
this is better (and much safer, don't need to hear from the scale model health and safety/OSHA tyrants) - this is just 0.5mil styrene strips and 1mm circles punched from .5mil card:
[20140724_215916_zpshnuavnzw] 

Looking at  reference photos provided by a kind, helpful person with encyclopedic knowledge of AMARG I found a use for the rubbish exhaust cans, some card and wire turned them into a slightly less horrible looking back end of an engine - here is the result next to the inspiration photo:
[20140724_214456_zpsailb5rvu] 
needs weathered but I'm happy...

The other can will be installed with it's spraylat'ed FOD cover in place, laboratory film works better than foil or miliput, it is thin, conforms to the shape and sticks in place nicely, I expect this to look very realistic once sprayed
[20140724_214513_zpseavvnpq7] 
Toying with display ideas:
[20140724_214626_zpsxkiyoacc] 
Unrelated to build, but my lighting upgrade came in Amazon had it for $99!, so much nicer than the Ikea torchiere thing! Keen observers will notice an opaque substance on the canopy of the jet, will hopefully be back soon with much progress on the spraylat front!
 
[20140724_225256_zpsojbp0o8h] 

thats all till next time, as my pharmacology prof used to ask at the end of each lecture; questions?, comments?, snide remarks? [smile]







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congrats on the light. helps to see what you are working on. each time you post something its really exciting to realize the result you are headed for. question: what is "laboratory film". thanks
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Ted, laboratory film (Parafilm M) is a plastic/paraffin tape usually used in chemistry labs to seal open containers like test tubes or flasks or as a backup to a stopper or cork sealed container, it stretches, forms to any shape, sticks like mad to itself but nothing else. We use it at work to seal petri dishes, I liberated a few inches to experiment with as a masking material for canopies.

I'm glad you are enjoying the updates!

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Jason that really is looking like it is going to turn into a great little scene. Nice work on the engine and pallets etc. One thing can you please ensure you complete a full risk review prior to getting anywhere near that ladder in future. Thanks....be careful out there!!!!

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Quote:
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Ted, laboratory film (Parafilm M) is a plastic/paraffin tape usually used in chemistry labs to seal open containers like test tubes or flasks or as a backup to a stopper or cork sealed container, it stretches, forms to any shape, sticks like mad to itself but nothing else. We use it at work to seal petri dishes, I liberated a few inches to experiment with as a masking material for canopies.

I'm glad you are enjoying the updates!

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OK, parafilm! thanks for the ID. great idea to use it to create the cover for the exhaust.

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Several experiments on the Spraylat, tried adding powder, stippling, none gave the right look according to my reference photos, the closest thing to a success was painting on the latex, allowing it to dry then spraying over it with neat paint. Since the surface tension of the latex is so high I can pool it into the panels and it stays put for the most part. 
[20140726_165903_zps05fb0nzx] 
Spraylat is apparently a two stage process, a black layer goes on first to block all light, then covered with white to reflect the sun, remember this is in southern Arizona, 110F (43C) is quite common for extended periods (months) and it has been known to flirt with 120 at least a couple times per year. Black would be too hard to cover with white so I sprayed white first then trimmed with black (need to go back and cut back in with white, this much black should not show...
[20140726_165853_zpsikyxme7p] 
As you can see I applied the color and bleached/post shaded…want to do a little more but am afraid of going OTT.

I was in a masking mood so I attacked the BMF at the tail, invited the Alclad sisters to the party
[20140726_170015_zpsxawci7jj] 
The pencil marks are panels that will get the white treatment, I could not apply the latex before because the masking would have pulled it back up
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Stabilators too
[20140726_165829_zpsh87m5okt] 
Got lazy with my masking and need to go back and touch up (I know, the ejection pin marks are still visible and I did not clean up my sanding marks, the underneath will not be seen that much). Looking at this photo I also need to go back, mask off the jet exhaust and make the Aluminum a darker shade, this is too much contrast unless those panels were
BRAND new...
[20140726_165838_zpswxjfxrsd] 
Browsing thru my reference photos I came across another prop/display idea, I need this to look a little more realistic, but this is 90% there, it needs shrunk down a bit and the the general look of the sign just isn't right

[20140726_165946_zps49p6tssi] 
The decals I will need for the indexing #'s, storage category updates and inspection dates for the Phantom as well as the truck's markings need to be custom, options were to * make stencil from paper (not possible with a 3 point font and my eyes), * PE stencils (could not find in 1:48), * Verlindin make a USAF #'s sheet but it is expensive and would not have enough of each number so I would need 2-3 sheets ($50 plus shipping), * paying for a custom decal to be professionally printed ($$) and * make them myself.

There are a few manufacturers of waterside decal paper but only one is available locally, I had a 40% off Hobby Lobby coupon and they carry the clear Testors inkjet decal paper. Problem is I only have a laser printer. I am happy to report the fuser did not melt the film and destroy my printer, We will see how the decals look on the painted aircraft (I cut out some extras and tried on plain plasticard to see how they are to work with). This was just made in Word with some free fonts…this sheet only cost me about $2.50!

[20140726_170034_zpsqwetsile] 
I will need to hit these with a clear lacquer to seal them, I discovered that rubbing strips off the toner.

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