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

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    April, 2014
1/48 AFV Club U-2A Dragon Lady - Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards AFB, 1960
Posted by Grant Dalzell on Sunday, September 08, 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 08, 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

 

 

  • Member since
    April, 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Sunday, September 08, 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 09, 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!

  • Member since
    June, 2017
  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Monday, September 09, 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...

  • Member since
    April, 2014
Posted by Grant Dalzell on Monday, September 09, 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

  • Member since
    April, 2015
Posted by Mopar Madness on Monday, September 09, 2019 9:07 PM

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

Chad

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  • Member since
    May, 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Monday, September 09, 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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