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Title: Navy Zwilling jets
Post by: Tophe on April 12, 2019, 06:07:14 am
I have received the kit of 1/350 US Navy jets, and I plan to build A-7Z, A-6Z, F-14Z, F-18Z, S-3Z
They would be "half normal" double planes, like port normal and starboard modified/improved.
(http://www.kristofmeunier.fr/IMG_2749_USNavy.jpg)
Title: Re: Navy Zwilling jets
Post by: Tophe on April 15, 2019, 06:35:42 am
I forgot to say: this is a Tamiya kit with 10 aircraft included per kit:
(https://oimg.photobucket.com/albums/v670/Tophe2712/IMG_2751_USnavy_zpsem9keubi.jpg)
Title: Re: Navy Zwilling jets
Post by: Tophe on April 15, 2019, 08:20:39 am
I plan to build A-7Z, A-6Z, F-14Z, F-18Z, S-3Z
They would be "half normal" double planes
This is a preview of my project for the F-18Z: normal on one side and canard on the other side:
(http://www.kristofmeunier.fr/IMG_2747_navy18.jpg)
Title: Re: Navy Zwilling jets
Post by: Tophe on April 16, 2019, 08:20:31 pm
And here is the project for the F-14Z:
(http://www.kristofmeunier.fr/IMG_2747_navy2.jpg)
Title: Re: Navy Zwilling jets
Post by: Tophe on April 21, 2019, 01:21:44 am
The F-18Z is "on her way to be a woman" Real plane true plastic model...
(http://www.kristofmeunier.fr/IMG_2828_F-18Z.jpg)
Title: Re: Navy Zwilling jets
Post by: Tophe on April 21, 2019, 01:30:58 am
And seriously taking shape (at her tiny scale of 1/350)...:
(http://www.kristofmeunier.fr/IMG_2829_F-18Z.jpg)
Title: Re: Navy Zwilling jets
Post by: Tophe on April 21, 2019, 06:03:42 am
With the help of five dozen workers (hard workers, like ants), the F-18Z prototype is now achieved, ready for paint...
(http://www.kristofmeunier.fr/IMG_2830_F-18Z.jpg)
Title: Re: Navy Zwilling jets
Post by: Tophe on April 22, 2019, 08:03:57 am
HELP! :unsure: A complete mystery happened at home: the F-18Z has disappeared! Nobody in the family saw her anymore, and I have no animal (that could have stolen her), so... it seems she has flown away by herself alone... This is just impossible, unless here is a dream and I will wake up.
I am not joking. She was standing on the table, at 5 inches from the end of it, and nothing is on the floor either, nobody in the family has an explanation. As if she took off and reached liberty... Incredible for a Tamiya plastic model without engine nor landing gear...
Ahem, well, there was no big need of paint, grey is OK and there was no putty different color, maybe I will just photopaint black canopy on the previous picture and say this is the final aspect. Not after death but after disappearance. Is she Jesus Christ? Maybe... (I am a little surprised anyway) :unsure:
Title: Re: Navy Zwilling jets
Post by: kerick on April 22, 2019, 08:20:50 am
Go looking for something else and your phantom aircraft will appear! Well, Hornet aircraft anyway....... Always works for me.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Navy Zwilling jets
Post by: Tophe on April 22, 2019, 08:31:32 am
Thanks for the psychological support... ;)
Maybe she has gone to Heaven and will come back on Earth in 2 days...
In the meantime, here is the final picture of Saint-Twin-Hornet:
(http://www.kristofmeunier.fr/IMG_2830_F-18Zfin.jpg)
Title: Re: Navy Zwilling jets
Post by: Tophe on April 22, 2019, 11:22:01 am
Go looking for something else and your phantom aircraft will appear!
Thanks! The incredible miracle has happened! My 9 y.o. son found it again! Inside the adhesive tape roll under a hammer! Great! :bow:
Title: Re: Navy Zwilling jets
Post by: kerick on April 22, 2019, 12:50:59 pm
Poltergeist?!!!!!

I have a few of these jets in the stash. I might give it a try.
Title: Re: Navy Zwilling jets
Post by: Tophe on April 22, 2019, 08:09:17 pm
Poltergeist?!!!!!
Maybe, yes (even if I heard no sound - but I am a little deaf…) :-\ ;D
Title: Re: Navy Zwilling jets
Post by: Tophe on April 23, 2019, 06:41:15 am
Ahem, with my big fingers, it is less easy to colour canopies than with computer at 1600% zoom...
(http://www.kristofmeunier.fr/IMG_2847_F18Z_vrai.jpg)
Title: Re: Navy Zwilling jets
Post by: Tophe on April 23, 2019, 06:42:56 am
Here is the final model with the hiding elements, away from her now:
(http://www.kristofmeunier.fr/IMG_2848_f-18Z_all.jpg)
Title: Re: Navy Zwilling jets
Post by: Tophe on April 23, 2019, 06:44:11 am
From 4 points of view:
(http://www.kristofmeunier.fr/IMG_2852_f-18Z_x4.jpg)
Title: Re: Navy Zwilling jets
Post by: Tophe on April 23, 2019, 06:45:31 am
Now the A-7Z is starting:
(http://www.kristofmeunier.fr/IMG_2854_A7Z.jpg)
Title: Re: Navy Zwilling jets
Post by: kerick on April 23, 2019, 04:51:45 pm
I found the same Tamiya 1/350th set in my stash you have Tophe. I pulled out the S-3 Vikings and with a little inspiration from Stratolaunch and White Knight I came up with this small satellite launcher. Not sure if I want to make it NASA, Navy or private company yet.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/32739194147_7960abb632_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/RT3VNB)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/33804784658_1c6256129d_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/TvdmJN)

First coat of white so far. The satellite launcher is a 1/72nd rocket from the spare parts box.
Title: Re: Navy Zwilling jets
Post by: Tophe on April 23, 2019, 06:59:05 pm
Wonderful! :wub: :thumbsup: :bow:
I just wonder where you found 6 jet pods, I see only 4 in my own set... :unsure:
Title: Re: Navy Zwilling jets
Post by: kerick on April 23, 2019, 08:24:48 pm
Actually I friend of mine from Starship Modeler website sent me several spruces from his stash. Now I have to think of what to do with the other aircraft!
Title: Re: Navy Zwilling jets
Post by: Tophe on April 24, 2019, 06:45:36 am
Thanks for the explanation.

Now the crazy A-7Z is taking shape:
(http://www.kristofmeunier.fr/IMG_2855_A7Z.jpg)
Title: Re: Navy Zwilling jets
Post by: Tophe on April 25, 2019, 02:58:00 am
Ahem, with my big fingers, it is less easy to colour canopies than with computer at 1600% zoom...
As well (or as mediocre) with the A-7Z...
(http://www.kristofmeunier.fr/IMG_2859_A7Z.jpg)
Title: Re: Navy Zwilling jets
Post by: Tophe on April 25, 2019, 02:59:41 am
And from 4 angles:
(http://www.kristofmeunier.fr/IMG_2864_A7Z_x4.jpg)
Title: Re: Navy Zwilling jets
Post by: Tophe on April 25, 2019, 06:13:04 am
After the A-7Z is completed, here starts the A-6Z project...: :unsure: ;D
(http://www.kristofmeunier.fr/IMG_2866_A-6Z.jpg)
Title: Re: Navy Zwilling jets
Post by: Tophe on April 26, 2019, 02:33:21 am
Now zwilling the A-6s into a single double-plane/twin. It is not decided yet if it will be biplane or tandem wing, canard or T-tail...
(http://www.kristofmeunier.fr/IMG_2867_a-6z.jpg)
Title: Re: Navy Zwilling jets
Post by: Tophe on April 26, 2019, 07:01:19 am
The A-6Z is almost finished:
(http://www.kristofmeunier.fr/IMG_2869_A-6Z.jpg)
Title: Re: Navy Zwilling jets
Post by: kerick on April 26, 2019, 08:31:57 am
Hmmmm..... that T tail gives me ideas...... :wacko:
Title: Re: Navy Zwilling jets
Post by: Tophe on April 27, 2019, 12:56:48 am
Thanks (while these ideas are not satanic at all... ;D )

And the A-6Z tiny model is finished:
(http://www.kristofmeunier.fr/IMG_2870_A6z.jpg)
Title: Re: Navy Zwilling jets
Post by: Tophe on April 27, 2019, 12:58:35 am
And the A-6Z from 4 points of view:
(http://www.kristofmeunier.fr/IMG_2871_a6z-x4.jpg)
Title: Re: Navy Zwilling jets
Post by: Tophe on April 27, 2019, 05:58:28 am
And here is the project for the F-14Z:
(http://www.kristofmeunier.fr/IMG_2747_navy2.jpg)
After the A-6Z completion, now the F-14Z project turns serious:
(http://www.kristofmeunier.fr/IMG_2868_F-14Z.jpg)
Title: Re: Navy Zwilling jets
Post by: Tophe on April 27, 2019, 06:00:53 am
As there were extra wings for take off position, this will be the very first "supersonic triplane" ever!
(http://www.kristofmeunier.fr/IMG_2878_f14z.jpg)
Title: Re: Navy Zwilling jets
Post by: Tophe on April 28, 2019, 02:10:15 am
At this step, the F-14Z is the very first supersonic VG biplane:
(http://www.kristofmeunier.fr/IMG_2879_F-14Z.jpg)
But this is still too much "normal" for me, and the triplane layout will be required... ;)
Title: Re: Navy Zwilling jets
Post by: Tophe on April 29, 2019, 05:51:12 am
Painting in black the canopies is not easy, even with a micro pen:
(http://www.kristofmeunier.fr/IMG_2882_f14z.jpg)
Title: Re: Navy Zwilling jets
Post by: Tophe on April 29, 2019, 05:52:47 am
The F-14Z model is finished (yes, the very first supersonic triplane ever!):
(http://www.kristofmeunier.fr/IMG_2883_f14z.jpg)
Title: Re: Navy Zwilling jets
Post by: Tophe on April 29, 2019, 05:54:06 am
From 4 angles of view:
(http://www.kristofmeunier.fr/IMG_2884_f14z_x4.jpg)
Title: Re: Navy Zwilling jets
Post by: Tophe on April 29, 2019, 05:55:49 am
After the F-14Z is finished, now the last one of the set = S-3Z Twin-Viking...
(http://www.kristofmeunier.fr/IMG_2891_s-3z.jpg)
Title: Re: Navy Zwilling jets
Post by: Tophe on April 29, 2019, 09:32:00 am
I found the same Tamiya 1/350th set in my stash you have Tophe. I pulled out the S-3 Vikings and with a little inspiration from Stratolaunch and White Knight
Mine will not be a copy of kerick's: mine will be less fine, worse done, but more crazy - asymmetric canard biplane with jets above the top wing... :unsure: ;D
(http://www.kristofmeunier.fr/IMG_2893_S-3Z.jpg)
Title: Re: Navy Zwilling jets
Post by: kerick on April 29, 2019, 09:49:30 am
These are a lot more fun to play with than I would have thought! Carry on, my friend!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Navy Zwilling jets
Post by: ericr on April 29, 2019, 10:57:52 am
 :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

small is beautiful !

(and makes it easy to try out a lot of potential combinations ! )
Title: Re: Navy Zwilling jets
Post by: Tophe on April 30, 2019, 03:57:39 am
Thanks!
And I go on, with a smile on my face, yes:
(http://www.kristofmeunier.fr/IMG_2894_S-3Z.jpg)
Title: Re: Navy Zwilling jets
Post by: PR19_Kit on April 30, 2019, 08:41:39 am
I like the hi-tech assembly jig.  ;D ;)
Title: Re: Navy Zwilling jets
Post by: Tophe on May 01, 2019, 01:20:10 am
Thanks!
And now my S-3Z Twin-Viking is finished:
(http://www.kristofmeunier.fr/IMG_2896_s-3Z.jpg)
Title: Re: Navy Zwilling jets
Post by: Tophe on May 01, 2019, 01:21:09 am
the S-3Z of mine from 4 angles of view:
(http://www.kristofmeunier.fr/IMG_2897_s-3Z-x4.jpg)
Title: Re: Navy Zwilling jets
Post by: Tophe on May 01, 2019, 03:20:22 am
Here is the complete view of what I made from the set: 5 asymmetric zwillings (Twin-Tomcat, Twin-Viking, Twin-Hornet, Twin-Intruder, Twin-Corsair):
(http://www.kristofmeunier.fr/IMG_2901_navy_zwillings.jpg)
Title: Re: Navy Zwilling jets
Post by: kerick on May 01, 2019, 04:05:22 am
That’s a fine Air Force you have there!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Navy Zwilling jets
Post by: Tophe on May 01, 2019, 05:09:53 am
Thanks a lot!
while… ahem, the naval pilots could feel insulted: "hey, we are not an Air Force, we are the Navy!" :-\ ;D
Title: Re: Navy Zwilling jets
Post by: ericr on May 01, 2019, 05:22:43 am

incredible experiments !

Title: Re: Navy Zwilling jets
Post by: Tophe on May 01, 2019, 10:20:46 am
Thanks!
But don't worry: they are just dreams, without danger for test pilots... ;)
Title: Re: Navy Zwilling jets
Post by: Captain Canada on May 01, 2019, 11:20:47 am
Neat stuff Tophe ! What a fun idea you had here. I'm not sure if I like the Tomcat or the Corsair better. Maybe the Viking. All cool tho ! Funny about the table hidey hole ! Glad you guys found her tho.

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Navy Zwilling jets
Post by: Tophe on May 01, 2019, 08:04:02 pm
Thanks Captain, yes it was fun, with a high ratio pleasure/price for this cheap kit of 10 airplanes...