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Re: RF-20 Another FAR conversion
« Reply #15 on: March 12, 2014, 10:07:46 pm »
I dig your peace loving, Rastafarian inspired red wool F-20 Brad !

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I had never noticed the difference in the intakes before ! I guess I should be paying more attention eh ! And on that note, is it just me, or does the artwork on the Mono F-20 box make it look like a delta wing ?

Hmmmm.......

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Re: RF-20 Another FAR conversion
« Reply #16 on: March 13, 2014, 09:51:18 am »
Thanks everyone for your kind words and support :thumbsup:

New project, cool.

But, forgive me for asking.  Wouldn't have been easier to just add the nose from the RF-5 to the F-20 instead of the tail to the RF?

Yeah it would be and I had that same idea when I had first had the idea for this project. That changed as soon as I saw the RF-5 kit. AFV did a amazing job. It's a gem with a tons of beautiful detail, which I want to keep as much of it as I can.

Cheers,
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Re: RF-20 Another FAR conversion
« Reply #17 on: March 13, 2014, 01:27:39 pm »
I still say you should hold onto the other halves of both birds and do something with them as well.. the other side of the flip could be interesting, really.
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Re: RF-20 Another FAR conversion
« Reply #18 on: March 14, 2014, 11:43:54 am »
I'll echo Steven and agree with his view of the AFB F-5 series.  They are positively gorgeous.    It is the only kit I have ever thought of removing detail to ''improve'' the kit.   :thumbsup:

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I still say you should hold onto the other halves of both birds and do something with them as well.. the other side of the flip could be interesting, really.

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Re: RF-20 Another FAR conversion
« Reply #19 on: March 16, 2014, 02:12:27 pm »
I still say you should hold onto the other halves of both birds and do something with them as well.. the other side of the flip could be interesting, really.

I fear there wouldn't be much of the F-20 once this project is over. What's left of her may go into the parts box. I've already cannibalized the instrument panel, cowl that covers instrument panel, splitter plates and intakes... :-\



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Re: RF-20 Another FAR conversion
« Reply #20 on: March 16, 2014, 04:59:52 pm »
That AFV kit does look awesome..... :wub:
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Re: RF-20 Another FAR conversion
« Reply #21 on: March 17, 2014, 11:22:14 pm »
Hmm... I see your point on that, but then, who knows what else might have been replaced on the other planes.  Could leave it open as a potential Phoenix if you feel the motivation, and have enough concept parts, after the build...
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Re: RF-20 Another FAR conversion
« Reply #22 on: March 18, 2014, 07:25:00 am »
I still say you should hold onto the other halves of both birds and do something with them as well.. the other side of the flip could be interesting, really.

I fear there wouldn't be much of the F-20 once this project is over. What's left of her may go into the parts box. I've already cannibalized the instrument panel, cowl that covers instrument panel, splitter plates and intakes... :-\




If you were Sci Fi inclined; those left-overs look like they could easily become something Star Wars-ish!

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Re: RF-20 Another FAR conversion
« Reply #23 on: March 18, 2014, 10:43:02 am »
Old Wambat is right. Last night I was checking out the Fantastic Plastic website and saw something quiet like you parts. It was the Viper jet from the Caprica TV series.  Quite inspiring.

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Re: RF-20 Another FAR conversion
« Reply #24 on: March 19, 2014, 04:02:05 pm »
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If you were Sci Fi inclined; those left-overs look like they could easily become something Star Wars-ish!

Now all I see is some sort of X-wing ;D

Here's a small update....

The next big step is intakes. Do I change the RF-5 intake to look like the F-20's or graft on the F-20's  :unsure:  The F-20 intakes have larger openings and the splitter plates is totally different from the RF-5s. After some time trying to figure how to make the RF-5 intakes into look alike F-20 intakes, I figure just build and graft the F-20 intakes on. So the F-20 intakes are in 3 parts, the splitter plate, upper and lower intake. There is a small vent on the upper intake which I want to save. So after the intake were all together, I cut them off the F-20 fuselage just behind the small vent. Now with the new intakes in hand, I can eyeball where I got to cut the RF-5 intakes off and fit the new intakes. In the pic below, you can see the RF-5 intakes removed and the F-20's all sanded and ready to be glued into place. I also glued and fitted the wings to the fuselage.



Here she is with her new F-20 intakes glued and fitted.





I want to reposition the tail planes, so with my razor saw, I remove them. Later I will add a piece of aluminum tubing to the fuselage and tail plane. After looking at the kits nozzle, I decided to replace it. The F-20 was powered by a single General Electric F404 engine. Guess what else is powered by a single 404, the JAS-39! so I order Aires closed nozzle for the JAS-39. Another jem. Molded and cast beautifully  :wub:  Only some minor cutting and sanding to get it to mate up with the F-20. It's not glued into place yet, just mocked up for photo.



Still more to come!
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Re: RF-20 Another FAR conversion
« Reply #25 on: March 19, 2014, 04:27:20 pm »
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Re: RF-20 Another FAR conversion
« Reply #26 on: March 19, 2014, 06:53:14 pm »
Beauty. How do you make it all look so easy ?

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Re: RF-20 Another FAR conversion
« Reply #27 on: March 20, 2014, 03:59:07 am »
Those various bits look as if they jumped into position all by themselves! Magic stuff there.  :thumbsup:
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Re: RF-20 Another FAR conversion
« Reply #28 on: March 20, 2014, 11:37:14 am »
The engine exhaust cone is a great idea. Have you considered a paint scheme yet?
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Re: RF-20 Another FAR conversion
« Reply #29 on: March 20, 2014, 04:16:20 pm »
Thanks guys :thumbsup:

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How do you make it all look so easy ?

Looks are deceiving ;D  It took a lot of work, I should say it took a lot of sanding to get her to this point. Getting the F-20 tail to match up took about 10 hours (+-2), the intakes this past weekend took about 8 hours(about 4 per intake). And I'm still fill pin holes!  :blink:

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The engine exhaust cone is a great idea. Have you considered a paint scheme yet?

Yeah, it's really going to dress up the rear end nicely. As for paint scheme...... No, nothing sat in stone.  I've been all over the map.:-\  I would like to do a Tiger Meet scheme of some sort. Here's a few that I like  :wub:

http://www.airshows.co.uk/reports/overseas/2008/nato-tiger-meet/photos/nato-tiger-meet-16.jpg
http://www.amv83.fr/Asm/Sig/europe/northeurope/Norway%20F5A%20Tiger%20Meet%2095-3.jpg
Would love to this one...
http://www.air-passion.be/fas/engine/albums/reports/NATO%20Tiger%20Meet%202006/14_LEAB060928_Mirage_2000C_115_12-YM_GD_1538.jpg

I even thought about something clean and simple like this..
http://media.defenseindustrydaily.com/images/AIR_F-5Es_Armed_Swiss_lg.jpg

Even been toying with the idea of some sort of special anniversary scheme. This is what inspired that idea...
http://www.airliners.net/photo/Belgium---Air/General-Dynamics-(SABCA)/2411558/L/&sid=f862044a452f5d2ea8da5260b670a18d

I do know I want to try to do come custom dry transfer but  need to find a place that will do small orders and not want an arm & leg. We'll see  ;)

Thanks for watching,
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