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I. D. Models 1/32 vac form AR-234

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I. D. Models 1/32 vac form AR-234
Posted by philo426 on Sunday, September 27, 2020 11:01 PM

Just cut out the parts.Lots of sanding ahead!    

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Posted by Tosh on Monday, September 28, 2020 2:25 AM

Great start, I'll be following along for the build.

Your friend's, Toshi & Ezra

Reside in Streetsboro, Ohio

 

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Posted by philo426 on Monday, September 28, 2020 8:36 AM

Thanks Tosh!it should be interesting!

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Posted by philo426 on Monday, September 28, 2020 10:40 AM

I ordered a paint mask set for the canopy assembly and a set of metal landing gear.Going to take a lot of weight to avoid tail sitting!

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Posted by philo426 on Monday, September 28, 2020 4:54 PM

Ok made the bulkheads out if thick plastic and boxed in the wing area.Phil likes structure!  

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Posted by philo426 on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 1:34 AM

Mocking it up and checking the fit...needs work but I can deal with it.Compared to 1/48 it is huge!I will.definetly have to hang it !  

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Posted by philo426 on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 7:51 PM

Joined the fuselage halves fit was poor (might be my fault)so I put a .10 styrene plate on top of the fuselage and faired it in.Rescribed some panel lines and I think it will do!   

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Posted by philo426 on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 12:17 PM

Painted the resin engines flat aluminum.I suspect they may be repops of the Revell 262 kits engines. 

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Posted by philo426 on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 12:18 PM

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Posted by philo426 on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 2:17 PM

Luckily I had a spare wheel well part for the nose. From a Revell 262 kit.

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Posted by philo426 on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 2:19 PM

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Posted by philo426 on Thursday, October 1, 2020 1:40 PM

Engine nacelle and wing assembly ongoing...

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Posted by philo426 on Friday, October 2, 2020 8:33 AM

Mounted up the wings with brass tubing that I flattened in my bench vise.Usef JB Weld to secure them.Will add putty to smooth out the joint.  

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Posted by philo426 on Friday, October 2, 2020 4:31 PM
  • Ok got the horizontal stabs and rudder installed.   
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Posted by philo426 on Sunday, October 4, 2020 8:10 AM

I cut the openings for the wheel wells and made them by wrapping a 12mm socket around a sheet if aluminum.I made flanges so that they could be installed from the outside.Took awhile to figure out how to do that .   

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Posted by philo426 on Monday, October 5, 2020 12:14 PM

Aftermarket metal landing gear has arrived.  

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Posted by philo426 on Monday, October 5, 2020 10:26 PM

Mocked up the landing gear..this is a surprise !No tail sitting!The only thing I can think if is that the vac form plastic is thinner and lighter than conventional styrene.If course once the engines are installed it will.likely change the balance and weight will have to be added.  

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  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 9:04 AM

In answer to your query re blocking your thread -- apparently not...or it was a temporary issue.

Cheers

Greg

 George Lewis:

"Every time you correct me on my grammar I love you a little fewer."
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Posted by Mopar Madness on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 11:50 AM

How is the integrity of the fuselage and wings with these vacuform kits? Is the plastic firm like a traditional kit?  I've been thinking about buying an old kit and seeing what I could do with it just for fun. When I was a kid, these were for advanced modelers only.

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/35 Tamiya JSU-152

On deck: 1/35 Bronco LWS

In the hole: 1/144 Revell S-100

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Posted by philo426 on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 12:16 PM

Well you have to reinforce the wing to joints with tubes or spars but the integrity is fine.

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Posted by Mrchntmarine on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 12:32 PM

Posting here to answer your block question....  Had a heck of a time finding this thread - the search engine on the site is useless - i put in your user id and it just had a post form like 2015 and 1 other thing......  good luck - looks interesting

 

Keep on building!

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Posted by philo426 on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 12:36 PM

Vac form kits require different techniques than conventional.plastic kits.I like to outline the parts with a Sharpie and scribe around them with a new #11 blade ,then you break the parts out.Then you tape a couple of sheets of 100 grit sandpaper to a flat surface and sand the parts in a figure 8 pattern until the fit is decent.Use liquid cement or super glue to join the parts and putty the joints.The best Vac Form kits are or were made by Contrail ,Rareplanes. And Welsh Models .Combat /ID kits require more work because they are so basic.Try a 1/72 vac firm kit to see if you like them.

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Posted by philo426 on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 12:04 PM

Made the airlerons out if 1/16" Aluminum.  

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Posted by philo426 on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 12:05 PM

Added some interior detail from the spare parts stash...

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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 1:13 PM

Having attempted one vacuform kit, I have the utmost respect for the skills to build these, particularly a more complex kit like you are doing.   Looking great so far!

Thanks,

John

Ain't no reason to hang my head, I could wake up in the mornin' dead 

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Posted by philo426 on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 1:57 PM

Thanks!I just wish they had included more cockpit parts instead of nothing!

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Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 1:59 PM

Mrchntmarine

Posting here to answer your block question....  Had a heck of a time finding this thread - the search engine on the site is useless - i put in your user id and it just had a post form like 2015 and 1 other thing......  good luck - looks interesting

 

But any other search engine works fine- just include finescale in the search.

Modeling is an excuse to buy books

 

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Posted by philo426 on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 2:00 PM

Ok airbrushed the primer coat...had to stop in the middle and mix up some more gray because I underestimated the surface area of a 1/32 scale kit!   

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 2:15 PM

So this kit had zero interior detail? You've made it look nice and complete. 

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/35 Tamiya JSU-152

On deck: 1/35 Bronco LWS

In the hole: 1/144 Revell S-100

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    March 2005
Posted by philo426 on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 3:26 PM

Nothing!so I raided my spare parts abd put something together!The canopy is large so empty would not do!

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