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Unread March 25th, 2009, 04:42 PM
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Arrow Revell 1/48 F-5E Tiger II

Hi, guys =)

I started this project few weeks ago and would like to share with the progress.

What I am using for the build is:
1. kit itself =)
2. Black Box cockpit.
3. Two Bobs decals - Blue/Grey Saints.. aggressors. I am planning on building "01"



this one (pictures from cybermodeler web-site):



Unfortunately, there is not much aftermarket sets for the model. There is no photoetched (very strange that Eduard did not release any), resin sets are limited to Black Box (almost impossible to find, extremely costly to buy on ebay! i was lucky few years ago to buy it from hannants for some 12-15 pounds) and AMS resin set.
Black Box, I am told, has some problems with the seat, but I really like the level of details and crisp look. And, guys, that mechanism for opening the cockpit is a piece of art!

I really like this plane especially in Aggressor camo! I think that the Tiger II is an ultimate looking aggressor with its sharky look! Super! =)

The model itself is very old and lucks details. it has raised panel lines. I am sure you can find lots of reviews, so I won't go this route now.

My work on the model started with scribing.. =) I used Tamiya scriber and also Bare Metal scriber as well as some needle. I used drawings for references and some pictures.



I also used some Dymo tape as a ruler on curved surfaces.





I used some foil to imitate panel on the wings visible on the pictures



little by little re-scribing was done..

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Unread March 25th, 2009, 04:49 PM
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the panel lines are yet not perfect so some primer required and retouch to correct mistakes











a layer of primer is airbrushed





time for light sanding. I always do it with water. It gives me very smooth and fast result.





corrections again.. the surface of the model is rough in some places. Also foil had few scratches I had to deal with by some putty.





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Looking good! Please keep us updated. This is a project I hope to do myself.
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then I started with the cockpit.

Black Box as I mentioned has fantastic level of details!

First, a layer of primer. I used Alclad II Grey resin primer here.



the seat and IP are primed too





Then I aribrushed the cockpit color, I used Gunzyo paint and started painting the panels. For this I used dark grey Tamiya acrylic and small brush.





IP is painted in Ganzyo tyre black



started painting the seat as well. I usually paint it kind of rough first without taking care of belts and small details.







Next step I accurately brush details





step by step the seat starts looking better =)



finished seat

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Looking good! Please keep us updated. This is a project I hope to do myself.
Thank you! =) I am up-to-dating right now =)
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Unread March 25th, 2009, 05:14 PM
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OK, some more..

Working on IP, you will see the finished result later





Cockpit tub - side panels. I painted switches and buttons with a brush and dry-brushed it afterwards with some grey color.

here is already oil-washed and flat-coated tub





Then the difficult part.. behind seat canopy opening mechanism. A real challenge. Every step is checked with references..



Small rods are added from stretched plastic



some details need to be reproduced



and here they are in place. I also paint some of the rods and wires on this step



and finally everything is done! I need to add two actuators, but they should go in place once cockpit is inside the fuselage.





dry fitted into the fuselage.



few more shoots of the pit




Does it look close to the real one? =)

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Now I am working on intakes and exhausts... I really need to close the fuselage =)

The problem with intakes is that their shape is somewhat far away from being acceptable

See the picture. On the right is already corrected intake. It needs a bit more sanding/shaping in order to have it look accurate.





the main problem is that the model lacks air channels inside.. I will have to find a way how to imitate them. Does anyone has an idea? Schemes? I don't want to cover the intakes.. although it might an option in the end...

while I am thinking.. I started working on exhausts. They need to be sanded and shaped inside to thin them.. I used Dremel here





now - better!

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Guys, I would really appreciate your comments and critiques! Please.

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Well I got nothing to say, but kickass job on the rescribe. The intakes however, I'd just leave them be and put FOD covers on those. But that's just me
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Well I got nothing to say, but kickass job on the rescribe. The intakes however, I'd just leave them be and put FOD covers on those. But that's just me
Thanks! =))

I can't believe you r that lazy, man =))
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OK =)

let's continue...

I decided to make something about J85-GE-21 engine..

Disclaimer... I know that I do not know the size, number of parts , length etc of the engine.. so anything I am trying to reproduce is for imitation purposes only. Everything is de bene esse...=) i.e. good for the modeling purposes.

So... I took the "foil" cover from the wine bottle.. cut it in size I thought appropriate
then I used a ball-pen to draw few parallel lines along the forthcoming tube... Then I used Rosie the riveter to make some rivet across those lines..
I got this..







Then I bended it over a ball-pen to have need diameter and glued the ends with super glue.







Next is a try to reproduce what is inside this "tube".....
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a picture of the real one..


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a picture of the real one..


I thought only A-10s flew slow enough to get leaves in the tailpipe...
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absolutly beautiful job!!

I love the F-5, the solution for the cans is very clever my friend.
for the intakes i made this in the intakes of a Monogram F-18, maybe it helps.

http://www.zone-five.net/showthread.php?t=1431&page=4

Keep the fine good work !!
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Looks killer. Very nice work on the rescribe. What tool do you use?
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Very nice work there Sergey! How long have you been working on this model before sharing the pics with us? Good work on the exhaust and some good ideas too. Have you thought about using wine bottle foil for the intakes too? It gives you an excuse to buy another bottle, and the foil should be sufficiently malleable to bend it slightly. Due to the small size of the F-5s intakes, I doubt you will see much if you make them full length, so a representation extending 30 mms or so should be sufficient I'd think.

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Thank you all for the comments! =)
aeroteto, your idea might work for me as well, I need to find a place to buy some starting casting kit... But what I want to try is sculpting the intake channels with some modeling epoxy or may be clay.

Spaced, I think I mentioned in the first post the tools.
few more words. I used bare metal scriber, Tamiya plastic scriber and a needle in a pin-vise.
While Tamiya is perfect on the straight lines - very clean line and no need to sand afterwards - it is bad if you need to make a curve. On curves I like to use Bare Metal scriber. But the problem with it is that it tends to slip aside since the handle is difficult to handle =) The needle is excellent on small panels when I use scribing templates.
What I also usually do when scribe panel lines is that I make points with a needle at the start and at the end of the line. In this case a scriber tends to stop at these points. So I have cleaner result and no
overscribing.
Hope this helps. =)

Thank you, Jens! I've been doing this model since 11th of Feb 09 along with Vector's La-5 which is finished already

I thought about using the foil.. would be nice to open another red, agree =) But once the foils is bended into tube shape it would be difficult to curve it.

I'll keep you guys posted on that. =)

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Fanstastic job! Keep us update, please.
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Wow. Haven't commented because i was drooling over the work you've done. I have 4 of these in the stash so i am following this carefully and saving to reference in the future
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great tip on the exhausts, Thanks
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