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Offline strobez

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Area 88 1/144: Flamenco Flight (Buccaneer)
« on: July 10, 2019, 04:34:07 pm »
The other Area 88 project I'm working on is "Flamenco Flight" featuring a Buccaneer.  In order to hit the enemy's fuel storage facility, Major Roundel leads a squadron of planes through a narrow rocky chasm to evade enemy radar defences. To survive the mission, they need to dance the Flamenco of Death!

This one is slightly cheating - even though it certainly doesn't feel like it - but I'm starting with a pre-built kit from Area 88.  There's not a lot of other options in 1/144 except a vaccu-form from Welsh Models.  This seemed like the better choice, but hopefully it will look better than it started as once I'm done... no guarantees though!

So letís deconstruct it and make some improvements...

Still scrubbing off the paint, but letís add some LEDs inside...

The underside panel is made of some strange rubbery vinyl.  It needs to be replace.

Luckily I have a bit of tubing that should work.

A bit more fitting needed, but thatíll do.

Underside all wired out and glued up, so I decided to try out the base.

White primer... shows ALL the gaps.

Time to get serious on the air intakes... first then need to be thinned.

Reinforced with some polystyrene... I also destroyed one of the engines in the process, so a bit of scratch building using MiG-21 wheels as a starting point.

And looking good.  Now for some painting.

Interior of the intakes painted. Looks pretty good.

Now for a bit of work on the rear of the engine.

Letís get some paint on to see what still needs work.

Welcome to the show, Major Roundel... nice eyepatch!

It took a bit of squeezing (and cutting) to get them seated... but they're in.

Canopy on... ready to go!



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Re: Area 88 1/144: Flamenco Flight (Buccaneer)
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2019, 10:32:50 pm »
Cooer, that looks like a rather nice little model there, and with you giving it the 'Strobez Treatment' it can only get better.  :thumbsup:
Any aircraft can be improved by fitting longer wings, and/or a longer fuselage

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Re: Area 88 1/144: Flamenco Flight (Buccaneer)
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2019, 12:25:27 am »
I like the base with the picture from the inspiring manga a lot. Very cool idea and solution.  :thumbsup:

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Re: Area 88 1/144: Flamenco Flight (Buccaneer)
« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2019, 03:30:30 am »
Maintenance at Area 88 must be a complete nightmare with all those different types to service.


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