I'm gonna call this one finished, although I might add some bombs to the empty pylons.
This kit was ok. Not the greatest fitting kit I've built and there are some trouble areas. The intakes are very difficult to make seamless...but it's doable. And the parts around the mouth of the intake didn't fit very tightly, either. The "hump" that runs from the canopy to the tail took alot of work, as well. The airbrake was a pain in the butt. I think they intended for it to be displayed open because it really didn't fit well at all. The seam where the wings meet the fuselage actually went together very snugly!
This kit is completely OOB. I only added a small tube for the APU exhaust, metal foil seat belts and some filler strips where I cut out the leading edge slats.
I drilled out the hole for the APU exhaust. The kit just has an indentation molded in. I used a piece of tube styrene to give it some depth.
In the pic above you can see that I glued the intake sub-assembly to the upper part of the fuselage. The directions called for it to be attached to the lower part. I found that it was easier to get a more seamless intake by attaching it to the upper half instead.
I sanded off the lame seatbelt detail on the seat and made my own seat belts out of metal foil tape.
To make the leading edge slats I just cut along the panel lines.
The instrument panel sat about 1.5mm higher than the glare shield. I looked at alot of photos of Typhoons and it looked like it was flush on the real plane so I filled it in with putty and smoothed it out.
I cut the burner cans so that I could paint the engine parts separately.
I'm not sure if I'd recommend this kit or not. Those intake seams are a real bear and the dorsal spine/air brake was more work than it should have been. If you've got the patience and are willing to put in some extra time then this can be a fun kit. If you've been spoiled by Tamiya F-16s and Hasegawa Super Hornets this kit will slap you in the face.
Thanks for looking!
Whatever problems you encountered during the build, you certainly overcame them "swimmingly!" What an amazing job! Thanks for sharing.....and inspiring!
You did a great job on your build! I have the Italeri Eurofighter and I`m wondering if it`s a re-box of the Revell kit?
I agree, you did a great job! Very nice outcome indeed. Thanks for sharing it with us.
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Thanks guys. I appreciate the comments.
I did some photo searches and realized that the rear of the canopy should be touching the aircraft instead of being suspended in mid air like it is on my build so I cut it off and fixed it. I'll get a pic of the correction. The kit directions were completely unhelpful there.
Great looking model and nice job on the modifications you made to enhance the kit!
If it's not olive drab... SHOOT IT!!!
Great looking kit. You nailed the sheen, did you finish it in satin or flat?
I've got the 1/32 version kicking around...trying to come up with some decent markings. I get so tired of all of the "just gray" birds these days. May have to do something a bit more "future" or "what if".
Whatever troubles she gave you, you handled very well! Nice job!!!
Great looking build! I'm into the 1/32 version now, and your tip about the assembling the intake to the upper fuse will save me lots of aggravation - I could see the fit problem coming, but not the solution. Thanx for the info and the inspiration!
Thanks again for the comments guys.
Here's a pic with the corrected canopy. Instead of being suspended in mid air its now in its correct position:
...as opposed to this:
Hercmech, thanks. I wet sanded the primer coat and the base color coat with 8000 grit sand paper to make it nice and smooth. I also brushed on a coat of Future for decal application. The final touch was Model Master Acryl flat clear coat. The MM flat clear tends to leave a little sheen on top of a Future coat.
Dupes, funny that you would mention the paint scheme. As soon as I finished it I thought "Wow, that is a really boring paint job!" Basically the entire plane is dark ghost grey. Don't get me wrong...its accurate, but it would look alot better with some kind of desert camo or something like that.
I always try to include the box art in case anyone wants to know which kit this is specifically:
Seriously, man. ANY camo! Desert, Jungle, Aggro, whatever. This modern a/c trend toward dull gray has got me down in the dumps!
wow great job! looks very neat. I like it a lot. one of my favourite planes
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Wet sanding is not something I have built up enough courage to try on a finished paintjob yet...but looking at how it comes out I will have to give it a try.