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Re: A 'different' Airbus A-400M Atlas
« Reply #60 on: October 12, 2017, 12:46:59 am »
Ah, I didn't explain that too well, sorry.

The 'large rectangular part' is actually the rear door for the Atlas and I've glued the drop sonde bits to it already.

I've decided that 'Snoopy Too' had the upper part of its rear door sealed shut, and only the lower part can move, mainly because the upper part is a USELESS fit!  :banghead:

I've downloaded a bunch of pics of the original 'Snoopy' to see if I can figure where those aerial thingies should go.
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Re: A 'different' Airbus A-400M Atlas
« Reply #61 on: October 12, 2017, 01:02:12 am »
very cool. I know how much of a gap appears in those wing joints - they are like trenches! I made one of these a few years ago in an RNZAF scheme. If I were to do it again, I would make it into a jet engine version but I like where your going with this one
Looking forward to seeing more of this. Have you got a scheme in mind?

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Re: A 'different' Airbus A-400M Atlas
« Reply #62 on: October 12, 2017, 01:07:20 am »
It's going to look exactly like a large version of the original C-130 'Snoopy', mainly because the conversion kit comes with an excellent decal sheet that has all the DEFRA and QINETIC markings etc.

Luckily the sheet also comes with oodles of red-white stripes for the nose boom!  :thumbsup:
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Re: A 'different' Airbus A-400M Atlas
« Reply #63 on: October 12, 2017, 03:33:08 am »
I have a boom to paint soon and I'm rolling around the idea of chucking it up in my drill and letting the 15,000 RPMs or whatever spin it around while I hold my paint brush up to it. It either works, or slings paint all over the room.  ;D
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Re: A 'different' Airbus A-400M Atlas
« Reply #64 on: October 12, 2017, 04:46:13 am »

I have a boom to paint soon and I'm rolling around the idea of chucking it up in my drill and letting the 15,000 RPMs or whatever spin it around while I hold my paint brush up to it. It either works, or slings paint all over the room.  ;D


Both of the above I suspect.  ;D

If you have a variable speed drill it may work fine at the slowest possible speed though.
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Re: A 'different' Airbus A-400M Atlas
« Reply #65 on: October 12, 2017, 06:13:13 am »
Seeing it (there's no way it's a she  ;D) makes me think of a Dornier (I think) project back in the 60's/70's.
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Re: A 'different' Airbus A-400M Atlas
« Reply #66 on: October 12, 2017, 08:24:15 am »
The cockpit design team at Airbus Military must have been great fans of '50 Shades of Grey' as they used every one of them in the A-400M cockpit!

It's the very devil to paint, and it would have been a lot easier had I done it BEFORE I built the rest of the inner fuselage, but that's the breaks sometimes.  :banghead: :banghead:

Anyway it's done now and the canopy is in place, but not without a touch of a fingerprint on one pane, but it should polish out OK when it's dried off. I doubt I'll post a pic of the model's cockpit because you can't see much of it anyway, so I'm not sure why I bothered really.  :unsure:

Interestingly they have modelled the side-stick controllers about 2 FEET behind where they should be, as in the pic below. Which means they are behind the pilot's seats............  :banghead:



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Re: A 'different' Airbus A-400M Atlas
« Reply #67 on: October 12, 2017, 07:18:09 pm »

Well there's in-flight refueling tanks carried under the wings on the real thing.


Not on the RAF ones AFAIK.
They can be configured to carry hose and drouge pods under the wings, not "Tanks". And Kit is right, the RAF has no plans for their fleet to act in the tanker role............................. For now.
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Re: A 'different' Airbus A-400M Atlas
« Reply #68 on: October 12, 2017, 11:20:40 pm »

Well there's in-flight refueling tanks carried under the wings on the real thing.


Not on the RAF ones AFAIK.
They can be configured to carry hose and drouge pods under the wings, not "Tanks". And Kit is right, the RAF has no plans for their fleet to act in the tanker role............................. For now.


Mine has tanks, LOTS of tanks..........  ;D ;D
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Re: A 'different' Airbus A-400M Atlas
« Reply #69 on: October 13, 2017, 07:43:31 am »

Mine has tanks, LOTS of tanks..........  ;D ;D


Challenger, Chieftain, Churchill, Abrams.......  :rolleyes: ;D

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Re: A 'different' Airbus A-400M Atlas
« Reply #70 on: October 13, 2017, 08:48:43 am »

Mine has tanks, LOTS of tanks..........  ;D ;D


Challenger, Chieftain, Churchill, Abrams.......  :rolleyes: ;D

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Hehehe, not QUITE what I had in mind Alastair, and even if both rear doors worked (which they don't on my version) I'm not sure if an A-400M would carry an MBT, would it?  ;D
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Re: A 'different' Airbus A-400M Atlas
« Reply #71 on: October 13, 2017, 08:52:34 am »

Well there's in-flight refueling tanks carried under the wings on the real thing.


Not on the RAF ones AFAIK.
They can be configured to carry hose and drouge pods under the wings, not "Tanks". And Kit is right, the RAF has no plans for their fleet to act in the tanker role............................. For now.


Mine has tanks, LOTS of tanks..........  ;D ;D
That goes with out saying lol
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Re: A 'different' Airbus A-400M Atlas
« Reply #72 on: October 14, 2017, 05:37:00 pm »
I've got the canopy moulding fitted at last, but it's not that wonderful because the fuselage is too wide, as I've mentioned before. I've managed to PSR the joint somewhat, and after masking the windows (what a pain THAT was!) I've primered the whole airframe bar the one wing I was holding. It's a waste of time posting a pic as it's just a large grey lump of course, and I may need even MORE PSR on the canopy joint, but I'll see what it looks like in the morning.

Lots of bits and pieces to add yet of course, but it's getting there.
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Re: A 'different' Airbus A-400M Atlas
« Reply #73 on: October 15, 2017, 01:11:03 am »
The cockpit design team at Airbus Military must have been great fans of '50 Shades of Grey' as they used every one of them in the A-400M cockpit!

It's the very devil to paint, and it would have been a lot easier had I done it BEFORE I built the rest of the inner fuselage, but that's the breaks sometimes.  :banghead: :banghead:

Anyway it's done now and the canopy is in place, but not without a touch of a fingerprint on one pane, but it should polish out OK when it's dried off. I doubt I'll post a pic of the model's cockpit because you can't see much of it anyway, so I'm not sure why I bothered really.  :unsure:

Interestingly they have modelled the side-stick controllers about 2 FEET behind where they should be, as in the pic below. Which means they are behind the pilot's seats............  :banghead:



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How much of that can you see through the glazing?

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Re: A 'different' Airbus A-400M Atlas
« Reply #74 on: October 15, 2017, 01:22:35 am »

How much of that can you see through the glazing?


Almost nothing, even though it's 1/72 scale and the windows are pretty large. It makes you wonder why Revell bothered with most of it.

Bizarrely they've modelled the two crew rest bunks, which are located sideways across the rear of the cockpit behind a folding screen and they're TOTALLY invisible once you've assembled it.  :banghead:
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