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1/48 AFV Club U-2A Dragon Lady - Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards AFB, 1960

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1/48 AFV Club U-2A Dragon Lady - Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards AFB, 1960
Posted by Grant Dalzell on Sunday, September 8, 2019 10:03 PM

I know this kit has shape issues, but I don't care, looks like a U-2 to me, AFV Club have done a good job with this kit, goes together great, despite a couple of fit issues (which I think may have been my own doing) The wings fit on to the fuselage beautiful. I was concerned with the decals, but they conformed nicely with micro sol.

Metal work is AK Xtreme, Aluminium the base, and a few other shades on to random panels, also used Gunze, Tamiya, Vallejo metal colour, Flory dark dirt wash and AK Gauzy. 

Pretty big model, 32cm long x 51cm wide.

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    April 2019
  • From: Earth, Milky Way Galaxy
Posted by John 3:16 KJV on Sunday, September 8, 2019 10:45 PM

YesYes Great work! Big Smile

     “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

     For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”  - John 3:16-17

 

 

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    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Sunday, September 8, 2019 10:58 PM

Wow that is fantastic.  Nicest one I've seen. 

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    May 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Monday, September 9, 2019 1:26 AM

Beautiful.  Kit-included warts and all.  Yours is the first one I have seen built.  And in my favorite scheme too.

I have plans to try to graft an old Hawk U-2A forward fuse and intakes to this kit, assuming Lucky Models ever ships my kit.  I’ve been waiting since the end of May.  Again, I have yet to see anyone attempt this, despite much discussion about it.

From prototype photos of the U-2C mock up seen at hobby shows, it appears that AFV Club intend to correct the canopy sill line.  I hope they do the 2-seater as well.

Anyway, terrific job!

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    June 2017
  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Monday, September 9, 2019 8:19 AM

Very well done build. The multiple tones of the NMF really came out well. Is the sun shade over the cockpit a kit option or did you scratch build it?

OK. On the bench: Way too much to build in one lifetime, but everything is in the one true scale...

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    April 2014
Posted by Grant Dalzell on Monday, September 9, 2019 2:14 PM

fotofrank

Very well done build. The multiple tones of the NMF really came out well. Is the sun shade over the cockpit a kit option or did you scratch build it?

 

Cheers, the shade is part of the kit

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    April 2015
Posted by Mopar Madness on Monday, September 9, 2019 9:07 PM

Shape issues?  Looks like an awesome representation of a U2 2 ME!  Fantastic metallic finish. 

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/48 Tamiya Me262

On deck: 1/48 Tamiya Fw 190A4

In the hole: 1/48 Hasegawa Fw 190A4

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    May 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Monday, September 9, 2019 9:33 PM

Mopar Madness,

The main problem areas are the lower canopy/windscreen line and the intakes.  The canopy sill is too low and dips too far down as it reaches the front of the windscreen.  This causes both to look off.  This is not a “red line brigade” issue, as it is apparent just looking at the model.  The intakes should be straight half cylinders without any bulges.  It is unknown how AFV Club tooled the kit this way, and more so that Taiwan (where they are) operated the type.

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