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Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 (Revell 1:144 scale)

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Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 (Revell 1:144 scale)
Posted by marcopreto on Friday, December 27, 2019 6:22 AM

The model I am working on is Revell's Eurofighter kit (single seater). Inspired by a photo of a Typhoon from 17 Sq., carrying 6 LGB, 4 AMRAAMs, 2 ASRAAMs and a drop tank in the center fuselage pylon, I started cleaning the parts and putting it together.
Here is its present state:




So far, the models as been trouble free! The 6 LGBs were in my spare parts bin and I will scratch build the 2 ASRAAMs.

I hope to post more soon.

Cheers and best wishes for 2020

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Friday, December 27, 2019 5:51 PM
I'll be watching

 

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Friday, December 27, 2019 6:16 PM

Me to, i do like the Typhoon.

''I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so''

On the bench: Academy 1/35th Warrior FV511

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Posted by UnwaryPaladin on Saturday, December 28, 2019 11:14 AM

1/144 and a Typhoon, two of my favorites!

Looking forward to more

 

Joe

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Posted by marcopreto on Saturday, December 28, 2019 4:46 PM

Here is a quick update.
The cockpit was painted and masking tape was used to make the seat harness. The supplied decals for the instrument panel and side consoles do a good job at this small scale.



The canopy was masked and glued in place. All the pylons are already glued (with the exception of the center one that is integral with the external fuel tank, but its position is already marked in the fuselage).



I'll try to apply some paint this evening.

Cheers

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Posted by marcopreto on Sunday, December 29, 2019 4:40 PM

Quick update.

Gear wells painted.

Main camouflage colour applied.

Cheers

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Posted by marcopreto on Monday, January 6, 2020 4:59 AM

Happy New Year!

Here's a quick update! There are lots of small decals on this one!

I still have to apply a few decals. Some of the already applied ones show some silvering; I'll solve it using Tamiya extra thin glue (you can check this trick on my blog).

Cheers

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Posted by marcopreto on Friday, January 17, 2020 4:57 AM

While the decalling continues, I was told that UK does not use that kind of LGB (GBU-16). So I decided to convert then to UK's Paveway II MK.13/18. I used the front and rear of the GBU-16 and turned a new center section out of brass rod.

Here's the first completed conversion.

 

Cheers

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Posted by marcopreto on Saturday, January 18, 2020 1:04 PM

Here is a video showing the LGB conversion process:

https://youtu.be/mD1hzKuqqAI

Cheers

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Saturday, January 18, 2020 1:55 PM

Thats coming on really well. And thats some work converting those bombs.

''I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so''

On the bench: Academy 1/35th Warrior FV511

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Sunday, January 19, 2020 4:16 AM
Marco you've have some serious machinist skills. And that's a nice lathe you have.

 

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Posted by marcopreto on Monday, January 20, 2020 11:55 AM

tempestjohnny
Marco you've have some serious machinist skills. And that's a nice lathe you have.

I am a newbie! I have this lathe for a little more than a year and it is beeing used more and more. It is a very simple model, very limited in what can be done with it, but still useful for small and simple parts.

 

Quick update, with the work I manage to do this weekend.

All decals are applied to the airframe.


After turning the 6 bomb center sections, two attachment points were drilled.


And after gluing them to the plastic parts, the bombs were completed.


Dry-fitting them to the airframe.



Next step will be to replace the AIM-120B (the ones in the kit are not that great) and scratch build 2 ASRAAMs.

Cheers

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Posted by marcopreto on Thursday, January 23, 2020 5:48 AM

A quick update (scratch building two ASRAAMs).

Eduard drawings were used (again) as reference for the ASRAAMs. Calculations were done to figure out the 1:144 scale dimensions and the body of the missiles was made out of 1mm PS rod (Evergreen), using files and fine emery paper to shape them.

To glue to wings in place (I still need to make them), I've made a jig, using a scrap piece of balsa wood, cutting a 1mm slot (almost 0.5 mm deep), allowing two wings to be glued at a perfect 180º without much trouble.



I hope to complete them this evening.

Cheers

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Posted by marcopreto on Thursday, January 23, 2020 6:04 PM


Here are some photos, showing the use of the jig to glue the missile wings.



The ordnance is all completed!


Cheers

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Posted by marcopreto on Monday, February 3, 2020 5:39 AM

Quick update with this weekend's work.

While I was painting the ordnance, a member of another forum called my attention to the fact that the bombs were very long.
Indeed, while I took all measurements from Eduard drawings while turning the brass body, I cut the plastic bomb parts along panel lines (a bit mistake as it resulted in a very long tail section). So after snapping all the tail section, I cut around 1.5mm and reattach them.





Cheers

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Posted by marcopreto on Monday, February 17, 2020 9:07 AM

Just completed!

This kit is quite nice and parts fit is almost perfect. A joy!








I hope you like it.

Cheers

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 5:11 AM

You have produced a stunning little kit there and some amazing work has gone into that. Thanks for posting this.

''I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so''

On the bench: Academy 1/35th Warrior FV511

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  • From: Naples, FL
Posted by tempestjohnny on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 5:39 AM
Beautiful

 

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Posted by UnwaryPaladin on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 6:39 AM

Marco, the finish is fantastic! The jig idea is so simple but effective. Ordinance has been weak on the 1/144 kits I've built, and very often not used. Some of the smaller missiles are impossible to get off the sprue, but your little tutorial gives hope!

Do you know of anyone who sells the more complex shaped understores? I don't have a lathe (or skill!) to turn my own and I haven't seen it offered in 1/144.

Thanks for posting

Joe

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Posted by marcopreto on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 8:58 AM

Thank you for your kind comments!

 

UnwaryPaladin

Do you know of anyone who sells the more complex shaped understores? I don't have a lathe (or skill!) to turn my own and I haven't seen it offered in 1/144.

Joe, I never used aftermarket ordenance in 1:144 scale (usually I use what I find in model kits, sometimes replacing the overly thick wings). So I can not recomend any aftermarket manufactereur. But there are a few (not many). You can search for a specific item in Scalemates (here's a link for an example seaching for AIM-9 Sidewinder in 1:144; https://www.scalemates.com/search.php?fkSECTION[]=Kits&q=sidewinder&fkSCALE[]=%221:144%22). Just search for the item you want and filter the search results for 1:144 scale. The database is not exhaustive but it is constantly being updated by all the community.

I hope you find it usefull.

 

Cheers

 

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  • From: Saskatchewan, Canada
Posted by sickdude on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 7:10 PM
Man alive! I'm blown away with how good you made this model, in micro scale no less! I applaud you sir, and can't wait to see what else you have in the works. :)

William (Willy)

 
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Posted by marcopreto on Thursday, February 20, 2020 4:10 PM

Here's a short video showing how I've used acrylic washes to shade detail and mark the kit's panel lines.

https://youtu.be/PoUA5z4Lhxk

 

Cheers

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