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MBB Lampyridae
« on: September 25, 2010, 10:37:11 am »
This is what I've been working on recently:



It's a Unicraft kit, and it's quite the worst kit I've done so far. As you can see, I've ended up replacing major components with scratchbuilt ones: the white items in the picture are styrene sheet. The wings are warped beyond repair, and the intake just plain didn't fit.

The intake area is also faceted wrong on the model: the bottom of the fuselage should have 2 facets on each side, as seen on this windtunnel model:




This is the wing assembly. Thanks to the faceted nature of the model, this was only an hour's work:
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Re: MBB Lampyridae
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2010, 12:14:49 pm »
"It's a Unicraft kit, and it's quite the worst kit I've done so far" seems to be quite a comman statment recently about the quality of the kits.
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Re: MBB Lampyridae
« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2010, 03:53:09 pm »
That is some awesome scratchbuilding  :o Exciting subject too  :cheers:
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Re: MBB Lampyridae
« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2010, 04:04:18 pm »
High level of dificulty :thumbsup:

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Re: MBB Lampyridae
« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2010, 04:42:55 pm »
"It's a Unicraft kit, and it's quite the worst kit I've done so far" seems to be quite a comman statment recently about the quality of the kits.

Recently?  They've been poo-poo (with an english accent) for years in terms of quality, but for a lot of their subjects, they're the only game in town.  I've got the Bird of Prey, and it's a horrid piece of semi-usable resin.
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Re: MBB Lampyridae
« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2010, 03:18:30 am »
This is the kit contents:




The inside of the fuselage top:


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Re: MBB Lampyridae
« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2010, 04:43:01 am »
Excellent work that !

And they call that a kit  :banghead: I can't make out if the middle bit is a resin casting with too much flash or a block of flash with the odd line in it.
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Re: MBB Lampyridae
« Reply #7 on: September 26, 2010, 07:00:26 am »
I'm sure it's possible, but the fuselage would be a bit more involved than the wings. As an alternative to calculating the sizes, you could start with a skeleton that matches the top and side view, and create the skin panels to match the skeleton.

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Re: MBB Lampyridae
« Reply #8 on: September 27, 2010, 06:45:21 am »
Interesting project Harro. As for Unicraft...as I said yesterday you do get that little bonus in every kit. The piece that you spend hours trying to figure out exactly what it's meant to be and then give up  :banghead: Hours of enjoyment guaranteed  :wacko:

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Re: MBB Lampyridae
« Reply #9 on: October 07, 2010, 11:13:54 am »
Holy cow!  I find myself wondering if it wouldn't be easier just to scratchbuild it. . .

That being said, it's quite an interesting subject, and looks like you got it well in hand.  I'm looking forward to following this one. :thumbsup:

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Re: MBB Lampyridae
« Reply #10 on: October 08, 2010, 01:18:42 am »
Unicraft models are not kits - they're lumps of poorly cast horrid resin and an invitation to do a lot of scratchbuilding.
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Re: MBB Lampyridae
« Reply #11 on: October 09, 2010, 05:21:03 am »
That kit looks horrific, although it does look like it could provide a sound foundation for lots of scratch building! good luck and I look forward to seeing progress   <_<

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Re: MBB Lampyridae
« Reply #12 on: December 12, 2010, 06:52:55 am »
Progress:

The airframe is together, I've added landing gear from an F-16 and it's being painted.

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Re: MBB Lampyridae
« Reply #13 on: December 12, 2010, 09:08:42 am »
Your work looks great!

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Re: MBB Lampyridae
« Reply #14 on: December 12, 2010, 09:11:16 am »
I'm constantly tempted to do the Lampyridae's bigger, unbuilt brother, the DASA TDEFS....

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