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Lindberg Douglas X3 Stiletto Build

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Lindberg Douglas X3 Stiletto Build
Posted by model make on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 1:29 PM

Builders

Have to add trim w/Xacto to my little assembly line list.

1 Wash parts 2 Trim 3 Cement Subassemblies 4 Paint 5 Final gluing 6 Paint touchup.

That's the working model for now.

See the need for clamps for gluing two fuselage halves together.

Will get Xacto clamps, little one and big one later.

Right now will get little red metal C clamp at Wallyworld for 88 cents.

Merry Christmas

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  • From: hamburg michigan
Posted by fermis on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 1:56 PM

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Posted by model make on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 3:02 PM

Fermis

When I consulted the Ouija board about this it said 'Get

the blue Xacto clamps and get a little metal clamp for now'.

I can't go against the Ouija board.

Merry Christmas!

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  • From: hamburg michigan
Posted by fermis on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 4:51 PM

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Posted by model make on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 5:20 PM

Fermis

If you want to debate about clamping you can start a post about it.

We're clamping it and that's that!

Merry Christmas!

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Posted by model make on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 6:11 PM

Builders

Glue together engine halves with Testors Plastic Cement.

It's the one ounce bottle with the red label.

No gap filling with that! It's the consistency of rubbing alcohol.

Then glued ejection seat halves and front on engines with

Testors Liquid Cement.

I think they have the names backwards.

The Liquid Cement is about halfway in consistency between

tube glue and thin Plastic Cement 1 oz bottle.

Merry Christmas!

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  • From: hamburg michigan
Posted by fermis on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 6:27 PM

model make

Fermis

If you want to debate about clamping you can start a post about it.

We're clamping it and that's that!

Merry Christmas!

 

Confused

Was just another way to accomplish the same thing...in the mean time, until you get clamps or whatever YOU want to do.

Can't argue with a ouija board....was just a joke...no need to get em twisted up!

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Posted by model make on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 12:07 AM

Fermis

Okay.That sounds reasonable.

Can't argue with using masking tape in some places, like to

hold a part up if it will fall over right after you let go of it.

I'm clamping two halves of fuselage together.

Just looks like job for clamp to me.

Merry Christmas!

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Posted by model make on Thursday, December 15, 2016 9:50 PM

Modelers

Glued together two fuselage halves today.

Did need to do a little trimming to close seams.

Next is gluing one piece main wings and one piece tail.

Merry Christmas!

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Posted by rangerj on Friday, December 16, 2016 9:32 PM

If I remember correctly that kit dates back to the 1950s and is probably older than most of the modelers on this forum. It is a good kit, given its age. Testors glue (liquid) is OK, but try Tanex 7 and/or Weld On # 1, #2, And/ or Weld On#3. There are others also worth trying. I use Testors when I want time to maneuver a part into place. The Testors gives you a little more time to get things straight and/or in alingment. Some of the other liquid glues set up much quicker. In your situation the longer setting time gives you time to get the parts aligned and clamped. Enjoy the build 

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  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Saturday, December 17, 2016 11:34 AM

Hey ! You gotta watch your Mout !

   The kit is old, Granted , But that ain't meaning we who bought it for our First plane are ancient . Choot we Chust got ouda de diapers. We is chust Oldt ! For all of this , a little tongue in Cheek and LOL.LOL.LOL. Oh , and Happy , Safe Holiday ! ! T.B.

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Posted by model make on Saturday, December 17, 2016 12:38 PM

Ranger J

It's a kit that's been in existence a long time.

I like these Lloyd ownership Lindberg kits.

All the times I was in Cedar Rapids and I

diidn't put two and two together and stop by Lindberg. Yikes!

Now they are starting to come out with this regimes's kits.

You can tell they have that artists artwork on boxes.

Merry Christmas!

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Posted by model make on Saturday, December 17, 2016 12:41 PM

Tanker Builder

Yes. I built one of these as a kid. Now I mean a Lindberg kit.

It was the Q Ship. Which they just reissued.

Must be some interesting medication there giving you.Smile

Merry Christmas!

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  • From: Parsons Kansas
Posted by Hodakamax on Saturday, December 17, 2016 1:19 PM

Since I built the X-3 as a kid, I always like to share a picture of the real, one and only X-3 built that I shot in the USAF museum as a reference. Have fun!

Max

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Posted by model make on Saturday, December 17, 2016 4:44 PM

Hodakamax

Some of the older kids had green putty.

When you saw that while they were working on

their desk in the bedroom upstairs that meant

they had experience.

Us little kids just had kit, some glue and maybe an

Xacto knife.

Suadron putty you can get today is probably the same stuff.Smile

Merry Christmas!

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  • From: Parsons Kansas
Posted by Hodakamax on Saturday, December 17, 2016 4:52 PM

Nope, it was the dark ages, putty had not been invented yet and I did not have an X-acto knife. My kit had a very low serial number in that day. First flight was 1952 and the kit was out shortly after that like 63 years ago and I would have been 11. Yikes! Smile Actually I was shocked to see the real plane. I had forgotten that it even existed.

Max

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Posted by model make on Saturday, December 17, 2016 5:15 PM

Hodakamax

We didn't have to go through that kind of depravation in

the early 60's. Civilization had made huge strides in progress.

Folks got me the Xacto workbench set one Christmas.

In a wood case that stood up and had just about everything you could think of..

http://www.hobbylinc.com/htm/exl/exl56002.htm

It had a vise like this only it was painted light blue.

Don't have it anymore but still have the Mattel Powershop.

Merry Christmas!

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Posted by rangerj on Saturday, December 17, 2016 6:56 PM

I almost hate to jump into this frey but here goes!!! I remember Testors tube glue, Revell tube glue, and Ambroids tube glue for plastic. I also used Sqaudron green putty to fill seams. Then I discovered automotive "spot putty" and today I use the acrylic version of the automotive puty as well as thick super glue to fill and shape. I used to make my own liquid glue by stirring sprue into acetone. Revell was the big player early on as well as Lindberg, Hawk, Aroura, Comet, and Monogram. Sometime in the 60s Frog and Airfix crossed the pond. Remember the kits with the decal markings etched into the plastic?

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to All. Even at my age I still want a new model under the tree. Go figure. 

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  • From: Parsons Kansas
Posted by Hodakamax on Saturday, December 17, 2016 7:49 PM

Check out this olde Aurora F9F-6 Cougar kit. No scale mentioned but the fuselage is only 6" long. It does have the decal markings raised for painting. I don't know if I should build it or preserve it as a kit.

Max

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Posted by dry58 on Sunday, December 18, 2016 4:04 AM
Max you may want to look that kit up at oldmodelkits.com. Might be worth some money.
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  • From: Parsons Kansas
Posted by Hodakamax on Sunday, December 18, 2016 8:34 AM

He

dry58
Max you may want to look that kit up at oldmodelkits.com. Might be worth some money.
 

Hey thanks!, I looked it up and it's valued at $55. I think I'll put it in the stash to impress people! LOL!

Max

1/82 is the scale listed for our info.  Smile

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  • From: Central USA
Posted by qmiester on Sunday, December 18, 2016 9:00 AM

Max

It's your very basic "Box Scale" kit. The first 1/72 scale kits I can remember were the little wooden solid scale models produced by Comet that sold for 10 cents at the local dime store. The first plastic model I built was a Revell USS Missouri I built in 1953 (I turned 9 that summer!)

(PS how cold is it out there this morning? It's -8 degrees F here in Ottawa this AM (-18 F wind chill and 1" of snow on the ground)

Quincy
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  • From: Parsons Kansas
Posted by Hodakamax on Sunday, December 18, 2016 9:13 AM

Hey Quincy, Just -4 degrees here with the same 1'' snow. This is the time of year that model building occurs, LOL. Ottawa Kansas?

Max

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  • From: Central USA
Posted by qmiester on Sunday, December 18, 2016 9:24 AM

Roger ur last

Quincy
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Posted by model make on Friday, February 24, 2017 5:25 PM

 

Painted the ole' X3 with Testors gloss white.

That is painted PART OF IT.

Painting white plastic model with white paint is a grind.Smile

Did not paint where I was holding the model.

Seemed like a wise thing to do.

Does this forum have a 'stick and tissue' building section?

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Posted by model make on Sunday, March 19, 2017 1:09 AM

 

Painted another section of X3 today.

Used Testor's Acrylic Cleaner instead of Testor's Acrylic Thinner

to clean brush with.

It worked a little better.

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Posted by rangerj on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 8:31 PM

I still do some stick and tissue kits for grins and giggles. Gillows has some fine kits. I went into a hobby shop some time ago and told them I wanted to buy some DOPE and they called the cops. Try finding the old Pactra DOPE.

If I recall correctly the X-3 was supposed to get us into the Mach 2 range, but never lived up to its expectations. Look at its wings and then look at an F-104. I would like to see a Bell X-5 in 1/48th scale, er Me 1011.

Anybody remember sonic booms, hiding under your desk at school as a way to survive an attomic bomb attack, lining up at school to get the polio vaccine and other prevention shots. The 50s were an intersting time.

If you get the early Lindberg kits they are usually the proto-type of the aircraft, e.g. the F-100, F-8 Crusader, the AD 4 Skyhawk, the F-104, etc. The kits were later modified to represent production versions. Lindberg was consistent with scale and not like others using "box" scale. Monogram was also scale consistent with 1/72, 1/48, and 1/32. 

Back then you had to have an FCC license to fly Radio Control models AND part of the test to get the license was knowing Morse Code.

Cheers 

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Posted by model make on Saturday, March 25, 2017 11:26 AM

Finished painting the top.

That's hand brushing with Testor's White Acrylic enamel.

Acrylic's are pretty handy for casual model builders.

Going to paint the bottom next.

Going to try something new painting wheels.

Actually something very old.

Turning wheels on toothpick while you paint them

Rio
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Posted by Rio on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 9:04 PM

Hi. Did you paint the engine bay, if so what colour.

 

Thanks

 

Rich

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Posted by model make on Thursday, June 15, 2017 10:05 AM

Rich

You ought to paint it zinc chromate color.

It's that yellow green tennis ball color.

Hope that helps.

Bob

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