I had planned to do only one of the two tanks in this kit for the group build. However, I looked at the two kits more and more and decided I was going to build the whole thing. So I wanted to find a suitable base. I thought I had one when I bought a clearance jacket hanging rack from Target. but it turned out the mount was too long. What to do? I decided to cut the matchbox diorama in half, spread the two parts and fill in the middle with milliput epoxy putty. Below is the result.
An afternoons worth of work. The kit requires quite a bit of clean up. That’s not a result of flash but the plastic is very brittle, so care must be taken to cut the parts from the runners well back from the attachment point. This results in nearly every point being double cut… Once to remove it from the sprue and once to remove the remaining sprue from the part.
I also replaced the main gun with .08 inch (2mm) plastic rod since the kit one was tapered and the real thing wasn’t.
Since the engine pylons fit to the wing is a little less than perfect, I’m trying to affix them before painting. However, the engines need multiple colors on them and masking once they are attached to the wing is asking for trouble. Therefor, I’ve sprayed the metallic gray onto the engine exhaust areas and masking them off so that the overall silver can be sprayed after they are on the wings.
The wing to fuselage joint on this kit is tight… There was no need for gap filling. However, because the gap is so tight it’s difficult to get a good seam on the top of the wing. I put some CA on the seam and then dropped some baking soda onto the CA to cure it. A light sanding with some nail files knocked the CA/baking soda down quickly. Now onto rescribing the panel lines.
I worked on the landing gear this afternoon. Simply cleaned up the parts and sprayed them testors acrylic aluminum color. The tires were painted by hand with Vallejo black-grey. I then gave the parts an oil wash thinned with lighter fluid. I don’t think I’ll bother high-lighting any of the raised detail as the wheels struts aren’t very visible. Pics speak for themselves… Enjoy