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Re: SNECMA Colibri (that's 'Hummingbird' in French....)
« Reply #30 on: October 14, 2019, 04:12:18 pm »
Kit,Your Colibri looks like Something You'd See in a Thunderbirds or Other Gerry Anderson Show Episode! Keep up the Great Work,Quick Q:any Thoughts on Color & markings for Your Project? Just Wondering & Good Luck :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: Dan

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Re: SNECMA Colibri (that's 'Hummingbird' in French....)
« Reply #31 on: October 14, 2019, 04:20:28 pm »
It's going to be NMF with some spurious Armee de l'Air markings Dan. Like the real thing but in service.
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Re: SNECMA Colibri (that's 'Hummingbird' in French....)
« Reply #32 on: October 22, 2019, 11:59:26 pm »
After LOTS of filing the fuselage is now glued inside the wing, a major step in the construction.  :thumbsup:

Sadly, while filing the sided so that it fits, the under seat window, which virtually the entire floor of the cockpit, vanished into the ether never to be seen again. :banghead: I'll have to cut a new one from clear sheet, but it's not flat on the real thing so I'm not sure how that will look as yet.

The cockpit and seat are painted now so the canopy and side windows should be glued in place soon.
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Re: SNECMA Colibri (that's 'Hummingbird' in French....)
« Reply #33 on: October 23, 2019, 01:50:48 am »
After LOTS of filing the fuselage is now glued inside the wing, a major step in the construction.  :thumbsup:

Sadly, while filing the sided so that it fits, the under seat window, which virtually the entire floor of the cockpit, vanished into the ether never to be seen again. :banghead: I'll have to cut a new one from clear sheet, but it's not flat on the real thing so I'm not sure how that will look as yet.

The cockpit and seat are painted now so the canopy and side windows should be glued in place soon.

I've used my wife's left-over fake fingernails for canopies.  They come in a variety of curves, sizes, etc. from pinky-sized to thumb-nail.  I'm sure there are clear ones out there - possibly one of those might work for you?
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Re: SNECMA Colibri (that's 'Hummingbird' in French....)
« Reply #34 on: October 23, 2019, 05:23:42 am »

I've used my wife's left-over fake fingernails for canopies.  They come in a variety of curves, sizes, etc. from pinky-sized to thumb-nail.  I'm sure there are clear ones out there - possibly one of those might work for you?


Now that's a REALLY good idea, thanks for that.  :thumbsup:
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Re: SNECMA Colibri (that's 'Hummingbird' in French....)
« Reply #35 on: October 23, 2019, 04:13:59 pm »
I've spent over an HOUR fixing the four landing gear legs and fins onto the Colibri's wing tonight.  :banghead:

Of course, being a Mach2 kit, the slots for the legs aren't wide enough to take them and need extensive filing. Not only that, the legs are different lengths, so each slot has to be custom filed!!!

My normal Revell Contacta glue seemed to have no effect on the Mach2 styrene so I had to resort to superglue, and that got everywhere. So much so that one leg, which I had to remove and re-position (for the FIFTH time!) managed to glue itself to my work mat, and it took a considerable amount of work to separate the blasted thing.

Right now I'm waiting for the glue to harden and I may, repeat may, post pics of it standing on its legs tomorrow. But you can bet I'll have to file the tyres to get it to sit level.  :banghead:
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Re: SNECMA Colibri (that's 'Hummingbird' in French....)
« Reply #36 on: October 23, 2019, 04:22:33 pm »
You always seem to go for these intensive builds. I like what F-RSIN boxes say, "For the enthusiastic modeller."  Yeah, you need to be pretty enthusiastic to do these short run builds. I applaud you for hopping on the grenades for us! I still haven't built a Mach 2. I have a couple....  the Seabee and ..well, maybe that's it. I almost started it once.....  ;D
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Re: SNECMA Colibri (that's 'Hummingbird' in French....)
« Reply #37 on: October 24, 2019, 12:12:08 am »

You always seem to go for these intensive builds. I like what F-RSIN boxes say, "For the enthusiastic modeller."  Yeah, you need to be pretty enthusiastic to do these short run builds. I applaud you for hopping on the grenades for us! I still haven't built a Mach 2. I have a couple....  the Seabee and ..well, maybe that's it. I almost started it once.....  ;D


Very true Brad, I don't seem to go for anything basic, do I? Maybe I'll do a 'Repaint Build' before long, just so the build process is straightforward. And it WON'T be a Mach2 kit!

Here's the Colibri standing on its four (level.....) legs. What a funny looking thing it is, and it's not even got a HINT of a Magic attached to it yet!  :o



You may notice it has the starboard side window in place too, but that's the ONLY one I've managed to fit so far!
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Re: SNECMA Colibri (that's 'Hummingbird' in French....)
« Reply #38 on: October 24, 2019, 12:42:26 am »
I think "Zut alors!!!"  is all I can say at this point.
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Re: SNECMA Colibri (that's 'Hummingbird' in French....)
« Reply #39 on: October 24, 2019, 02:10:21 am »
It's occurred to me that spray painting it, the INSIDE of the wing and fuselage I mean, isn't going to be all that straightforward..... :banghead: :banghead:
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Re: SNECMA Colibri (that's 'Hummingbird' in French....)
« Reply #40 on: October 24, 2019, 02:49:26 am »
It's certainly a strange looking bird.
Well done with your perseverance.
Fred

Another ill conceived, lazily thought out, crudely executed and badly painted piece of half arsed what-if modelling muppetry from zenrat industries.

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Re: SNECMA Colibri (that's 'Hummingbird' in French....)
« Reply #41 on: October 24, 2019, 06:20:20 am »
It's occurred to me that spray painting it, the INSIDE of the wing and fuselage I mean, isn't going to be all that straightforward..... :banghead: :banghead:

Might be easier to brush paint it ?  :rolleyes: Note that "easier" used in this context is purely relative
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Re: SNECMA Colibri (that's 'Hummingbird' in French....)
« Reply #42 on: October 24, 2019, 06:36:16 am »
It's occurred to me that spray painting it, the INSIDE of the wing and fuselage I mean, isn't going to be all that straightforward..... :banghead: :banghead:

Might be easier to brush paint it ?  :rolleyes: Note that "easier" used in this context is purely relative

In "full-size" painting there are angled brushes to get in awkward places. I wonder if those exist also for modelling.
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Re: SNECMA Colibri (that's 'Hummingbird' in French....)
« Reply #43 on: October 24, 2019, 06:44:02 am »

In "full-size" painting there are angled brushes to get in awkward places. I wonder if those exist also for modelling.

It's amazing the type of brushes that are available in artist's supply shops
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Re: SNECMA Colibri (that's 'Hummingbird' in French....)
« Reply #44 on: October 29, 2019, 03:45:57 am »
I woke from my slumbers this morning (sneezing immediately I might add :banghead:) to a clatter as the postie fired some stuff through my letter box.

I staggered downstairs to find not one, but TWO almost identical small packets, both from Australia!  :o



When I opened them I found two almost identical packets inside too!  :o :o



And inside them was a storehouse of Magic missiles, one set from Fred Zenrat and one from Old Wombat! Thanks a whole bunch gentlemen, you've made my day.  :thumbsup:



And there's some more en route from Korea too, soon I'll have more Magics than the Armee de l'Air!
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