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Aircraft / Re: Tintin - Polikarpov I-1
« Last post by KiwiZac on Today at 06:25:39 pm »
This being Tintin's first adventure - and the only one not to get a more modern remake
I always thought it odd that they never did a colour version of Soviets! Along with a (sanctioned) completed Alph-Art, this is something I've longed to see. I'd like to get a modern Congo for my Dad's collection...

I'm excited to follow along Greg!
Interesting how the Mars Liner looks remarkably like Musk's Falcon booster.

Isn't it? People used to laugh at the old idea of a rocket landing on it's tail as hopelessly naive, and then SpaceX went and did it. Mind you, I still don't fancy landing a manned one on rough terrain though: Musk's boosters have fallen over more than once, plus that cliff on the box top looks awfully close... :o
Aircraft / Tintin - Polikarpov I-1
« Last post by strobez on Today at 04:58:45 pm »
Now that I've just about finished off my Curtiss R3C-0 from Porco Rosso (more pics on that soon!) I decided to tackle another airplane while I'm waiting for glue to dry on various other projects (my favourite excuse!)

This time I decided to go right back to Tintin's first adventure... in the Land of the Soviets where he commandeers a soviet "aeroplane".  This being Tintin's first adventure - and the only one not to get a more modern remake - the vehicles depicted are rather... basic.  Still intrepid Tintinophiles have deduced that the plane is likely a modified version of a Polikarpov I-1, so that's good enough for me.  It will require a new flatter nose, and a modified tail and slight alterations to the undercarriage/wheel struts, but all in all well within the realm of the possible.

This was one of the kits that was held up for a long time "in transit" by - so I was quite happy when I first laid eyes on this box.

Not a lot on the bench here.  It's a pretty basic plane and a pretty basic kit.

The first thing I noticed were a couple of ejection pin marks that needed to take their leave.  Was relatively quick, easy and painless to achieve.

Of course those clean shiny sidewalls now need a bit of something... and that something comes in the way of some styrene strips!

Had to check to make sure it all fit together afterwards.  ICM has an interesting wing strut attachment scheme, so I did have to make a few minor cuts to my side-wall additions to get it to fit.  But better find out now than later.

A bit of aluminium paint to tie it all together...

Next up was the cockpit floor and seat.  I made a few adjustments to the seat (and gave poor Tintin at least a pillow to sit on).  I also tried to give the wood a more grainy feel to it this time.  I usually just spray on the brown and call it "wood-like", but this time I thought I'd give it a bit more attention.  I think it was worth the extra effort - so much so that I did the same thing for the instrument panel.

Figures, Cars, Etc / Re: Tintin Project - the Vehicles
« Last post by strobez on Today at 04:44:14 pm »
I'm still working on the Peugot 403, but by completing the Lupin III Fiat 500 I opened up a little space on my workbench for...

The 1938 Opel Olympia from Tintin's adventure King Ottokar's Sceptre! (trumpets blare!)

I've really wanted to do this one for a while now.  Mainly because it's the second half of the build that started with my tiny little Gillet-Herstal Motorcycle.  In the story Tintin chases off after the bad guys by "requisitioning" a handy motorcycle... and the bad guys are zooming through the countryside in a cool looking yellow/tan 1938 Opel Olympia cabrio.  So they really are a matched set.

Of course, if it was so important to my Tintin build, you'd think I could order the right kit, no?  In yet another episode of "Not Paying Close Enough Attention" I ordered Ace's 1937 Opel Olympia by mistake - and it's not even the cabriolet to boot!

Luckily after realizing the mistake and a quick study of the sprues that came with it, all was not lost.  In the tried and true tradition of a company trying to make the most efficient use of their production, Ace has seen fit to include both the '37 and '38 front grill/hood on the sprue (and the instructions just come with one of those little "x" marks to indicate it's not used).  So the only thing I'm missing is the '38 side pieces and the soft top.  The top is not really a big deal as the assembly basically allows either top to be used as a cabriolet-style - just depending on how tight the material is supposed to be.  Luckily in the Tintin images, there's no noticeable slack in the top.  So just paint it the right colour and you're good to go.

The smaller problem is getting rid of those triangle side vents from the '37.  I'm not sure how to replace them with the long skinny vents from the '38, but I'm sure I'll think of something.  Any helpful suggestions would be welcome though.

The larger problem is how to bridge the gap created by using the unintended hood/grill.  The front fits fine, but the sides still show a gap because the hood is narrower than it should be.  Luckily there's a handy space to attach a bit of styrene to cover the gap.

That covers it, but I'm still going to need a bit more to create the curved surface on the top of the hood.  I think a bit of trimmed "half circle" styrene piping and a bit of luck will get me there though. Stay tuned.

I got some paint down on the interior but promptly scratched the hell out of it wrestling with the back seat (I thought wrestling in the back seat was supposed to be more fun... nevermind...)

Both the interior and the back seat will need a do-over on the paint. I'm trying to add a bit of a undercoat shading to the seat.  I'm not sure why, once everything's assembled you'll be lucky to see it.  But I'll know it's there, so I'll be happy.  The same goes for the dash.  I wasn't satisfied with the flat plank of plastic and the half-drilled hole for the steering wheel.  The Olypia's got a beautiful curvy dash, so I glued a couple of bits of plastic together and filed/sanded them into place and then attached it to the front of the dash plate.  It will look much better... so I'd better make sure I get lots of pics before it's lost from view forever.

Plane Spotting / Re: Seen Over Your House Today
« Last post by joncarrfarrelly on Today at 04:40:16 pm »
One of the Boeing CT-133 ‘Silver Star’ chase planes, came over several times.
Commenced with the paint job.  Going with the early SAC natural metal and anti-flash white on the undersurfaces.  Gray primer on the fuselage.  White on the undersides of the wing and the flaps.  Kit allows flaps to transition up or down.  Interesting that the B-52 only has an up or down flap setting- no intermediate flap. 

Of course something as simple as under-flash white turns up a staggering amount of variations when you start to look at examples in my references and on-line.  White under the fuselage only, white half way up the engine nacelles, full white nacelles with pylons natural metal, full white nacelles and pylons.....   :banghead:  And I am just scratching what "natural metal" means.  Like the B-36 there seems to be significant variations in schemes whn you dig a bit deeper. 

Again very impressed with the quality of the molds.  Nice kit so far. 

Plane Spotting / Re: Henry Post Army Airfield 100th Anniversary Air Show
« Last post by Nick on Today at 04:00:01 pm »
Check the prohibited items list on the website - cameras and camera bags are on the list of prohibited items!

Reading that lot it's fairly clear they just want you to turn up, sit down, watch the show and spend money on the food and drink they are selling. Gotta cover costs somehow, right?  :wacko:

I appreciate the camera ban if it means you don't have some idiot in front right on the flight line with a 6ft high tripod and a lens like a missile launcher, all blocking your view of the show.
Just hope they turn a blind eye to small pocket cameras... but there might be a photography ban due to Fort Sill being an active military base.
Figures, Cars, Etc / Re: An Ify Bridge
« Last post by Ify on Today at 03:37:46 pm »
Shouldn't you use a palindrome for the boat's name? Like Glenelg, or Madam Adam, or Rotator? :unsure:

Good job, by the way! :thumbsup:
:laugh: That is a good idea missed.

Though the boat name, Bingal, does have some connection to a play on words.
Bingal, was the original (Aboriginal) name for Wardell, where the actual bridge is located. The name is close to the word bingle, meaning a collision. In this case a collision of two bow sections. As a hidden emphasis, there is a bingle, on the Bingal, by the deckcrew.
Don't worry folks, our intrepid 104 drivers will be supplied with heat and air-  worked for the X-15 and even the Hound Dogs could be topped off with fuel after they were used to assist with the B-52 take off. 

Forward basing, launch and egress routes were also carefully considered with the B-52/F-104 FICON program to minimize time in the cockpit and return profiles  :thumbsup:

No jet engine sound maker supplied with this one Kit- think that was only with the first pressings.  I will have to make my own jet engine sounds after Mrs.Sandiego89 goes to bed....
Spinners Strike Fighters / Re: Spinners' Strike Fighters Thread
« Last post by SPINNERS on Today at 01:29:53 pm »
Sukhoi Su-7A "Fitter-A" - Fighter Regiment No.923, Vietnamese People's Air Force, 1965

During the summer of 1953 the newly re-opened Sukhoi OKB began work on a new swept-wing jet fighter. The first prototype, designated S-1, featured a boldly swept-wing of 60° sweep with hydraulically boosted controls and was powered by the new Lyulka AL-7 single-spool turbojet fed via a nose intake equipped with a movable inlet cone for managing airflow to the engine at supersonic speeds. First flown on September 7th, 1955 with A. G. Kochetkov at the controls the prototype soon established a Soviet speed record of 1,350 mph (Mach 2.05) in April 1956. The second prototype, designated S-2, introduced some aerodynamic refinements but testing was delayed by an unreliable engine and the unfortunate loss of the S-1 in a crash killing it's pilot I. N. Sokolov in November 1956. Despite this, the first production version (by now designated Su-7A) entered service with the Soviet Air Force in 1958 as a tactical fighter for Frontal Aviation and continued in low-rate production until 1960 with just 132 aircraft built and seeing limited operational use in the Far East from 1958 before being retired in 1965.

Meanwhile, the Vietnamese People's Air Force received its first jet fighter aircraft in early 1964 when Fighter Regiment No. 921 was formed flying MiG-17's and they were soon followed by Fighter Regiment No.922 also flying MiG-17's. By the end of 1964, the Vietnamese People's Air Force joined the supersonic club when Fighter Regiment No.923 (led by Lt. Col. Nguyen Phuc Trach) was formed flying Su-7A's transferred from the Soviet Air Force via mainland China and flown by North Vietnamese pilots trained by Chinese advisors. On April 4th, 1965, Su-7A's of the Vietnamese People's Air Force downed two American F-105 Thunderchief's attacking the Thanh Hóa Bridge in a high speed GCI controlled 'hit and run' intercept against a large American air strike group. However, despite this early success, the Su-7A was completely outclassed by American fighters and the dwindling Su-7A force became grounded and eventually re-equipped with the Shenyang J-6 (Chinese-built MiG-19).

Quite a simple one this but I removed the undernose antenna from the Su-7B 3D model and also the outer wing pylons on the assumption that the real Su-7 fighter didn't have them. The stock Soviet silver skin is quite passable despite being low-rez. I like to use my own decals for national markings but the four digit VPAF numbers are already in game so it makes sense to use them. I just can't stand a bare fin so I've used their flag as a fin flash.

On the backstory - the first paragraph is true, whilst the second paragraph is definitely not!
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