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1/48 Bronco JF-17 - WIP

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1/48 Bronco JF-17 - WIP
Posted by Mopar Madness on Sunday, June 03, 2018 6:07 PM

Hello friends!  While the glue cures and paint dries on my Fw 189, I've decided to start on my contribution to the Aircraft of the Commonwealth GB.  This 1/48 JF-17 from Bronco looks great.  Detail is nicely molded and parts are flash free.  There is a strange texture on the upper and lower fuselage while other parts of the aircrafts exterior are molded completely smooth.  I don't know anything about modern birds so I'm not certain if it's intentional or not.  Also, the canopy glass has a mold seam. Now the real plane has a seam along the main canopy glass but the front glass seam will need to be sanded. Sad  Thanks for looking! Beer

 

Chad

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At the plate: 1/72 Airfix A-4 Skyhawk

On deck: 1/700 Trumpeter Graf Zeppelin

In the hole: 1/72 ICM FW 189A-1  

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Sunday, June 03, 2018 7:11 PM

After a spot of coffee I decide to tackle the dreaded canopy seam!  It’s, 2018, can’t these folks mold a canopy without a seam, lol! So, after 20 minutes of fine sanding and polishing, I removed the seam.  Next, I carefully brushed it with a Tamiya anti-static brush to remove the dust, then dipped it in clear floor wax to remove any residual scratching or hazing.  Fingers crossed here! Tongue Tied

 

 

 

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/72 Airfix A-4 Skyhawk

On deck: 1/700 Trumpeter Graf Zeppelin

In the hole: 1/72 ICM FW 189A-1  

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Posted by Phil_H on Sunday, June 03, 2018 7:18 PM

Mopar Madness
It’s, 2018, can’t these folks mold a canopy without a seam, lol!

It's not that they can't, it's there because they use multi-part moulds to get the proper shape. Look at the canopy from the front and you'll see it bulges outwards before tapering back in towards the frame at the bottom. The only way to do this is to use a 3-part mould, rather than the old top/bottom type.

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Sunday, June 03, 2018 7:31 PM

Phil_H

 

 
Mopar Madness
It’s, 2018, can’t these folks mold a canopy without a seam, lol!

 

It's not that they can't, it's there because they use multi-part moulds to get the proper shape. Look at the canopy from the front and you'll see it bulges outwards before tapering back in towards the frame at the bottom. The only way to do this is to use a 3-part mould, rather than the old top/bottom type.

 

Good point Phil.  I’m sure this also creates a much finer casting.  I’ll gladly give up convenience for detail! Big Smile

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/72 Airfix A-4 Skyhawk

On deck: 1/700 Trumpeter Graf Zeppelin

In the hole: 1/72 ICM FW 189A-1  

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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Sunday, June 03, 2018 7:36 PM

Ha - cat checking out the detail.  Cats love models, maybe too much.

Nice job on the seam.  What is the story of this plane?  It's like an f-18 and an f-16 had a baby.

Thanks,

John

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Sunday, June 03, 2018 7:43 PM

Yeah, she’s always in my business!  This is a joint fighter used only by Pakistan and China.  Pretty cool looking design for sure but I’m not to certain it could hold its own against the 16 or 18! 

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/72 Airfix A-4 Skyhawk

On deck: 1/700 Trumpeter Graf Zeppelin

In the hole: 1/72 ICM FW 189A-1  

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    May, 2015
Posted by Griffin25 on Sunday, June 03, 2018 9:02 PM

Calico's are the best cats! 

 

Griffin

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Monday, June 04, 2018 12:45 PM

Thank you everyone for the kind words! So, here is the final result after a dip in floor wax and a final polish.

Before and after...

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/72 Airfix A-4 Skyhawk

On deck: 1/700 Trumpeter Graf Zeppelin

In the hole: 1/72 ICM FW 189A-1  

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