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2 30+ year old aircraft
Posted by mach71 on Thursday, July 30, 2020 9:42 PM

Going through a box of old photo's I found these.

 

 

The NF-104 was the 1/48 Hasagawa G kit converted by scratch build. 

I used an article in Fine Scale Modeler as inspiration.

I dropped the flaps/slats.

The Decals were pieced together from a bunch MicroScale sheets.

This was my 2nd time with the Model Masters metalizer. 

I never could get the shock cone extensions to look right, so it has "stock" cones.

 

I don't have a photo of the cockpit, but I highly modified it with the translator-controller.

I used putty to make the space suit.

 

The X-1 was built OOTB. 

 

I built these while based at Dover AFB from '88-'91. When I left I donated them to the Base Museum.

 

Good memories.

 

 

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Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, July 30, 2020 11:39 PM

Those both look really good. I wonder if they are still at the museum on base?

 

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Posted by mach71 on Friday, July 31, 2020 7:43 AM

Thanks!

 

I have no idea if they are still on display, the museum moved across the base after I left. I suspect they did not survive the move. I really should go back one day and see the museum. It was very small while I was based there, I hear it is much larger now. 

GAF
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Posted by GAF on Friday, July 31, 2020 6:09 PM

Those look neat, Mach!  I would have loved to build a replica of the 104 for the "Race Into Space GB".  Just didn't have the time or the kit!

Gary

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Posted by mach71 on Friday, July 31, 2020 8:06 PM

I had 2 kits with conversion parts. The 1/32 and 1/48 scale -104 that I considered for the build, but I chose Mercury capsule instead. 

I'll build one for your next GB if I can!

GAF
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Posted by GAF on Friday, July 31, 2020 9:55 PM

I'd like to see that, but I'm not so sure about running another GB.  Takes up a lot of time and not that much interest in space related subjects.  I have considered a GB based upon "X-Craft", experimental aircraft, (in which the 104 would fit), but there's not that big of a selection.  Every aircraft was "experimental" at one time, so it would have to be limited to ones that had only a few examples built (like the XB-70).

We'll see how my schedule goes.

Gary

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Posted by mach71 on Friday, July 31, 2020 10:26 PM

I would join that GB!

Hmm, now you have me thinking about the XB-70...

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Posted by mississippivol on Saturday, August 1, 2020 10:01 AM
Sweet builds! I have to confess, though, when I saw "30 years ago", I'm thinking 1950's; my, how the years have flown....
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Posted by Bobstamp on Saturday, August 1, 2020 10:40 AM

GAF
I'd like to see that, but I'm not so sure about running another GB.  Takes up a lot of time...

 

As a recently reborn scale modeller, I've considered joining a group build, assuming that one came along that interested me. I've even considered starting one myself, along the lines of "Aircraft that Inspired Change". Examples could be the early Comets, which revealed the hazards of metal fatigue, or the DC-2, which proved that airliners could transport people and goods profitably (not that any decent DC-2 models exist).

 

How do GBs take up “a lot of time” for the person who runs it? What are the “owner’s” responsibilities? I’m guessing that much of the time that’s spent running the GB involves moderating posts to keep discussions on track. That alone could be very time consuming. Are there other time-consuming problems?

 

Bob

On the bench: Italeri 1/72 UH-34 Seahorse helicopter; Academy 1/72 F-86F Sabre; Revell S.S. Hope, being built as the hospital ship U.S.S. Repose, and a diorama to illustrate the crash of a Beech T-34B Mentor which I survived in 1962.

GAF
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Posted by GAF on Saturday, August 1, 2020 7:34 PM

Bob,

Without derailing Mach71's thread even further, here's a link to my reply on Group Builds.

http://cs.finescale.com/fsm/general_discussion/f/9/t/185957.aspx

Hope it will help answer your question.

Gary

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Posted by lewbud on Sunday, August 2, 2020 1:52 PM

Bob,

If the link doesn't work, GAF's answer is in the General Modelling Discussion forum.

Buddy- Those who say there are no stupid questions have never worked in customer service.

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Posted by Bobstamp on Sunday, August 2, 2020 2:08 PM

lewbud

Bob,

If the link doesn't work, GAF's answer is in the General Modelling Discussion forum.

 

 
Thanks, lewbud. I've found it and read it. Good advice.
 
Bob

On the bench: Italeri 1/72 UH-34 Seahorse helicopter; Academy 1/72 F-86F Sabre; Revell S.S. Hope, being built as the hospital ship U.S.S. Repose, and a diorama to illustrate the crash of a Beech T-34B Mentor which I survived in 1962.

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