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Brundledonk

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Okey dokey work begins

There were a couple of little parts attached to the survival packs a quick look at the instructions showed that they were the gun muzzles, so I glued them on now to ensure I wouldn't lose them

I drilled the ends with a pin vice while I was at it too


I need to do a bit of mucking around with the cockpit before I can start painting as I want to make sure that the seats and pilots fit properly and won't get in the way of anything

A dry fit showed me that the resin seats sat a little low compared to the kit ones so I am using the kit rocket pack to lift them up a bit
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That's an awful lot of plastic for the price you paid.

You are going to enjoy this kit build. Did the instructions say how much weight was needed up front, if you were to do it with landing gear down?
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Both kits are the same mold I built the  German navy IDS version years ago but that tiger meet will be a pain with all the decals.
Hi Joe, I had a look in both boxes and it seems that all I've the main spruces are identical in both kits and the differences are supplied in separate sprues. Looks like different IPs and tanks/weapons mainly It's the decals that are putting me off the German version, I'm going with a Gulf war bird in this one Pete
Yea they do come with different weapons and tanks I forgot to state that thanks for correcting me. but the detail and recessed lines are impressive but if you can find any I would suggest metal gear and wheels cause the factory gear in these kits don't hold up well to the weight  and don't forget to add nose weight they are tail sitters.

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That's an awful lot of plastic for the price you paid.

You are going to enjoy this kit build. Did the instructions say how much weight was needed up front, if you were to do it with landing gear down?


There is a side note next to the stage that covers the nose radar and it suggests 55g, I imagine it needs a bit more than that once all the ordinance is on but at least I don't need to worry about it for this one

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Both kits are the same mold I built the  German navy IDS version years ago but that tiger meet will be a pain with all the decals.
Hi Joe, I had a look in both boxes and it seems that all I've the main spruces are identical in both kits and the differences are supplied in separate sprues. Looks like different IPs and tanks/weapons mainly It's the decals that are putting me off the German version, I'm going with a Gulf war bird in this one Pete
Yea they do come with different weapons and tanks I forgot to state that thanks for correcting me. but the detail and recessed lines are impressive but if you can find any I would suggest metal gear and wheels cause the factory gear in these kits don't hold up well to the weight  and don't forget to add nose weight they are tail sitters.


The lines are really nicely done on this kit but, they disappear to nothing on the underside of the nose so I guess a little scribing will be needed.

I think metal gear is a good idea for this kit as the kit one doesn't look like it could handle the weight.
But I will be displaying this one in flight so I don't need to worry this time

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I have had a good rummage around for a couple of pilots,

This one is from an f-18


There is a choice of heads, none of which are strictly accurate for RAF pilots but I don't really have a choice so,I'll have to get creative to try and make them work

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The hornet pilot is designed to sit in this design so he fits the seat quite well


I also dug the pilots out of a Tamiya F-15 but they won't fit without surgery


So I decided to use the pilot I had put aside for my Tomcat he fits a lot better

I had to file down the pilots backsides and do some major scraping around the legs to be able to get them sitting right and also allow the instrument panels to fit


It's a tight squeeze but it does fit


Major thinning of the front seaters legs required
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The results don't really show how much test fitting, sanding and scraping I had to do to get to here , it took ages lol



I had to go Frankenstein on the arms, to get his hands on the controls


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Next I needed to try and make the head boxes on the seats look a little bit more like the Mk 10a seats

A couple of motogp fittings glued to a bit of hose


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Things look better after a bit of primer



Both seats are ready for paint now


I needed to try and disguise the fact that the pilots are in US flight suits and make them look a little more like RAF pilots, I found some decent pics of pilots on net and noticed that they wear what I guess is a life preserver around the neck and shoulders so I had a og at sculpting them out of milliput

Because the putty is yellow they look a bit WW2 ish at the moment lol, hopefully paint will fix that

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Oh this is gold Pete! Pure GOLD.
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Doing a fine job on the seats and pilots.
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Looking good Pete.

Do you think you will need any more AM products? (Engine burners etc)..or are the box parts okay.
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Looking good! Nice small touches u added!
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