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1/48 Mauve A-4/V-2

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  • Member since
    September 2005
  • From: Central Nebraska
1/48 Mauve A-4/V-2
Posted by freem on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 11:30 AM

Started this while I wait for my AC unit to get replaced and the humidity in my house gets to a point where I can paint a couple other projects.

 

Ate up all the plastic in about 20 minutes. A bit of sanding to clean up seams and then prime and paint. Not sure of the camo pattern yet. 

Thinking of using JB Weld to assemble the white metal launch platform.

Chris Christenson

 

GAF
  • Member since
    June 2012
  • From: Anniston, AL
Posted by GAF on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 4:07 PM

I'm unfamiliar with the Mauve brand.  Looks like a simple enough build.  I have a Pegasus V2 model I hope to paint up as one of the White Sands research rockets.  Look forward to seeing how this one turns out!

Gary

  • Member since
    May 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 5:13 PM

Did you have a problem fitting the nose tip?  My kit was weirdly off-kilter and looked like a scissors!  I ended up cutting both tips off and aligning them manually.  For such a simple kit, it sure fought hard.

  • Member since
    September 2005
  • From: Central Nebraska
Posted by freem on Saturday, August 17, 2019 11:56 PM

Everything lined up fairly well.  Just a couple of ledges to sand and I checked the seams with aluminum paint and won't need filler!  I used liquid plastic cement for all the plastic. I have started the launch platform which is white metal and I am using JB Weld to hold it all together.  I'll post some pics tomorrow.

Chris Christenson

 

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Fort Knox
Posted by Rob Gronovius on Saturday, August 24, 2019 9:54 AM

I built this kit in the mid 90s, I liked it. Mine came with a white metal launch pad if I remember correctly, that was around 25 years ago.

  • Member since
    September 2005
  • From: Central Nebraska
Posted by freem on Saturday, August 24, 2019 11:46 AM

Here's the white metal base. Finished it a couple of nights ago. Hope to prime and paint it this week. I'm gonna do the splinter camo on the rocket.  I think I got this in '97 or '98 have to check my records.  Fun easy build.

Chris Christenson

 

  • Member since
    May 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Saturday, August 24, 2019 9:24 PM

I was given the kit around the same time.  It was quite expensive so I did not understand the giver’s eagerness to unload the kit on me.  His reason was ostensibly to get me to build it for our club displays.  But I found the kit somewhat of a bear to build, as it lacked finesse in molding.  Lots of parts required tedious cleanup and dry fitting.

I finished my kit in one of the B/W test schemes.  The white metal Von Braun figure was never cleaned up nor painted, and went AWOL ages ago.

Back in the day, the subject matter was considered quite esoteric, but just look around today and you will find V-2 kits in every major scale.

  • Member since
    September 2005
  • From: Central Nebraska
Posted by freem on Saturday, August 24, 2019 11:41 PM

I didn't have much trouble with the plastic except for a couple of ledges when the parts went together. The metal base required some filing to remove some seams and sprue residue and was a little difficult to keep some of the parts to stay put while the glue dried. I used JB Weld and 5 minute epoxy for the metal and liquid cement for the plastic.  If nothing it's helped jump start some quality bench time.

Chris Christenson

 

  • Member since
    May 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Monday, August 26, 2019 1:31 PM

Here's my A-4, built around two decades ago.

The in-scale Tiger was built by a friend and was thrown in for size comparison.  The A-4 was a large rocket, but could not compare to the ones built following the war.  I had a photo of a 1/144 A-4 next to an Airfix Saturn V, and it looked like a toothpick!  Sorry, I did a quick search, but the photo is on a external drive somewhere.

The white metal stand required lots of cleanup, as you know.  But it is pretty sturdy - and heavy!

Looking forward to seeing yours finished in camo colors.

  • Member since
    September 2005
  • From: Central Nebraska
Posted by freem on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 8:48 PM

That turned out great, Real G!  The base indeed weighs a lot, but it really replicates the real one from pics I've seen.  Maybe get some color on it this weekend.  Jammed up on a couple other kits I am tryihg to finish.

Chris Christenson

 

  • Member since
    May 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Thursday, August 29, 2019 10:22 PM

Hey, I pulled the dusty Airfix Saturn V and a Japanese mini 1/144 V-2 from the case and took some pics.  Side by side, the advancement of rocket technology in the span of 25 years is startling.

  • Member since
    October 2011
  • From: Guatemala
Posted by Adrian Urrejola on Thursday, August 29, 2019 11:33 PM

Beautiful!!

 

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