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Area 88 1/144: Blue Cheese 7 (MiG-21 + Learjet)
« on: July 10, 2019, 04:07:18 pm »
For my latest 1/144 Area 88 build, I decided to dive into a flashback scene from the manga. Before he joined Area 88, Greg Gates, known by his call sign "Blue Cheese 7" ran a secret air ferry service for people seeking to escape from the Soviet Bloc. But when he helps the world-renowned Violinist Natasha Lavrovsky, the pride of the Soviet Union, to defect to England he runs afoul of the East German Air Force MiG-21s and has to do some fancy flying in his Learjet 35 to escape.

It took me a while to settle on the best starting kit for the MiG-21's given the large underbelly machine guns visible in the manga.  I ended up choosing a reboxing of the Trumpeter Chinese F-7II.  So let's kick this thread off with a pic of the least crushed box from my Ali-Express shipment...



The sprues look pretty good.



Did a bit of a dry fit, but the engine lights will need to go in almost first thing



Just a bit of paint on the inside, mainly for tone as it will be mostly covered later.



All buttoned up and most of the bits glued on... lights work!



All the rest of the bits glued on to close up the wheel wells... Repeat x2...



Some nose adjustments needed... those missiles look like theyíll work...



Nose cone drilled out



Looks better... and the length can be adjusted more carefully.



Take a seat, gentlemen...



Ready for take off! Well... almost.



Canopies attached and ready for masking.



Now let's turn our attention to the Learjet portion of the build.  Certainly comes in a nice big box.



Almost all the parts are on one sprue.  You can decided to open the windows or not... guess which one I'll choose?



test fit looks good, but the cockpit needs some scratch work.



Drilling out the holes for the windows is a bit nerve-wracking.



Yeah. the light will work.





Thanks!

Greg

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Re: Area 88 1/144: Blue Cheese 7 (MiG-21 + Learjet)
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2019, 04:12:26 pm »
I see you have a monster bottle of Tamiya cement to go with the monster paint pot Greg?  ;D ;)

It must be huge as I've never seen a 1/144 Learjet, so I reckon it's a 1/48 one and you're spoofing us with your 'Giant Modelling Tools' set.  ;D ;D ;D
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Re: Area 88 1/144: Blue Cheese 7 (MiG-21 + Learjet)
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2019, 05:05:49 pm »
You should see my garage... stacked to the roof with oversized novelty modeling equipment. The clippers are a real hazard... always falling over.  :wacko:
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Re: Area 88 1/144: Blue Cheese 7 (MiG-21 + Learjet)
« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2019, 10:29:12 pm »

You should see my garage... stacked to the roof with oversized novelty modeling equipment. The clippers are a real hazard... always falling over.  :wacko:


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Re: Area 88 1/144: Blue Cheese 7 (MiG-21 + Learjet)
« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2019, 02:47:05 am »
Well since I'm eating a blue cheese sandwich at the moment, it seemed only reasonable to click on this thread... ;D

Nice project!

Those missiles are drop-tanks by the way. They certainly make the early-pattern MiG look a lot sharper: a trick worth stealing in other scales, methinks...
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Re: Area 88 1/144: Blue Cheese 7 (MiG-21 + Learjet)
« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2019, 03:04:08 am »
Thankfully the plastic looks more like a MiG 21 than the box art.

I am fresh out of blue cheese but I am still enjoying this build.
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Re: Area 88 1/144: Blue Cheese 7 (MiG-21 + Learjet)
« Reply #6 on: August 26, 2019, 04:35:00 pm »
So time for an update on this project as well.  I decided to focus on the MiG-21s first and get them done.

So after painting everything with flat aluminium, I started masking off the different panel shades.  It wasn't too bad...



...until I remembered I had to mask THREE of these bandits. ;)



The paint job was a bit subtle, but looks good enough for me...



So let's celebrate with... MORE masking!



Oh look, I missed a few spots... of course.



Now for the numbers.. Címon... this should work...



All masked yet again and fingers crossed...



Damn... looks like Iím going to have to resort to decals...



While we wait for the decals to show up, letís finish off the weathering and get some work done on the base.



And there we go, decals applied and mounted on the base. This part is effectively done.



Now to move on to the Learjet 35.
Thanks!

Greg

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Re: Area 88 1/144: Blue Cheese 7 (MiG-21 + Learjet)
« Reply #7 on: August 26, 2019, 04:44:24 pm »
As for the Learjet... a little progress as well...

I painted the interior with Tamiya Dark Iron to block the light, otherwise it'll shine right through the white plastic.



Dark paint alone was not enough, so I raided then kitchen cupboard an added some "Larva" thin aluminium foil from the packed lunch supplies.



Greg is ready to get into the pilotís chair... that'd be Greg Gates... the Blue Cheese himself.



After some mashing, I got it all buttoned up. I thought I'd cleared the aluminium foil from the edges, but it still created some gaps.



putty... sand... repeat...
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Greg

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Re: Area 88 1/144: Blue Cheese 7 (MiG-21 + Learjet)
« Reply #8 on: September 06, 2019, 04:18:04 pm »
Nice! So cool to see bright light streaming from those windows. And, the irony of the company name "Gates" isn't lost, I'm sure.
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