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Christmas Build Challenge 2021-2022: Aerosan

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Christmas Build Challenge 2021-2022: Aerosan
Posted by Real G on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 12:48 PM

OK I started my kit last night (12/20) to officially kick off the build.

I figured that assembling the lower and side hull pieces would still allow painting, yet bypass having to mask or scrape paint off the mating edges.  Ejector pin marks will be out of sight once all the seats and accessories are fixed in place.

Fit is pretty good, which is a relief, as the hull is made up from "flat pack" panels and the edges have to mate perfectly to avoid losing the raised detail (nails?).

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Posted by MR TOM SCHRY on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 2:02 PM

Looks like you're off to a good start!  Does the kit come with figures?

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Posted by Real G on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 5:36 PM

Tom,

It comes with these two guys from Miniart:

The two just invite a caption contest.  Like the guy on the right could be thinking "Yeah, right.  We ARE lost!"  Amusingly, although the instructions give part numbers for them, the sprues have none.

Trumpeter's kit of the same subject has a pair of guys seated and ready to go.

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Posted by MR TOM SCHRY on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 6:14 PM

Yeah, I made the Trumpeter kit this year and the figures in your kit are better.  The front gunner's hands won't reach the machine gun and the driver looks like a hunchback.  Good luck with the rest of the build and Happy Holidays!

TJS

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Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 11:21 AM

Looks cool G!!!

 

It would take a couple of bottles of vodka before I let anyone strap me in that crazy thing...

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Posted by Real G on Thursday, January 6, 2022 1:02 PM

I wonder how well it steered, given the long skis?  Probably like a WW II log.  Stick out tongue

I stuck the delicate suspension arms on last night.  The skis will remain loose until after painting and weathering.

It is super fragile now!  I'll cobble together a jig to set the ski alignment.

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Posted by John 3:16 KJV on Thursday, January 6, 2022 2:17 PM

Real G

Tom,

It comes with these two guys from Miniart:

The two just invite a caption contest.  Like the guy on the right could be thinking "Yeah, right.  We ARE lost!"  Amusingly, although the instructions give part numbers for them, the sprues have none.

Trumpeter's kit of the same subject has a pair of guys seated and ready to go.

 

 

Love it! 

Good work so far, RealG!

 

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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, January 6, 2022 9:42 PM

Wow, yeah fragile enough I'd be tempted to perma-mount the thing on a base after you finish so she doesn't get handled much.  

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Posted by Real G on Monday, January 10, 2022 12:30 PM

Gamera,

Yeah, the ski attachment points are fragile, as are the suspension arms, so a base would seem to make sense.  The skis have raised runners on their bottoms, so getting the skis nice and straight is tricky.  To solve the problem, I cobbled together a simple jig so help align the skis:

The triangle on the jig indicates the front - I discovered the front and rear skis have very slightly different track widths.

Ivan and Sergey discuss the upcoming painting process.

I think Ivan's head will need to be repositioned - he's not looking at Sergey!  Fit of the figures is 1970's terrible.

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Posted by Real G on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 9:48 PM

I am stuck at home this week because a coworker came down with COVID and might have given it to me. The PCR test has not come back yet due to a backlog, but I was down with flu-like symptoms since Monday.  Feeling better now, but still achy and with a sore throat.

BUT!  Big Smile  That means I could work on fun stuff.  Well, at least between naps.  I made some progress and will post some piccies tonight after I drag out my sister's old laptop (Flickr is smartphone-unfriendly).

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Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 11:49 PM

Yuck, hope you're feeling better soon G! 

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Posted by Real G on Thursday, January 13, 2022 1:18 AM

Thanks Gamera!

Oops, sis took her laptop to her apt it seems.  Sad

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Posted by lurch on Thursday, January 13, 2022 8:47 AM

Thats a realy cool looking kit. I will be watching to see how it comes out.

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Posted by Real G on Thursday, January 13, 2022 1:43 PM

Thank you for tuning in guys.  My work computer is now set up at home so I'm back in business!

The kit propeller is... um... backwards.  That is, the trailing edge is fatter than the leading edge, and the camber is on the front side.  Devil  To fix the boo-boo, I removed the hub detail and mounting shaft, and flipped them around.  Problem solved.

I took a quick look at Trumpeter's larger armored aerosan and IT HAS THE SAME PROBLEM.  What the heck?!  At least the Trumpy kit has a separate PE hub.

So I then pre-painted the hard to reach areas black and stuck on the remaining detail bits.

And then a blast of rattle can black primer.

A bout of COVID has slowed me down, but progress is being made.

As an aside, a friend gave me a full set of paint brushes for Christmas.  So I used a couple to paint the insides of the model.  What I have recently learned was that in the past I was putting too little paint on the brush.  I used Testor's Black Chrome Trim (because I ran out of my favorite Testos paint pen), a paint I never had any success hand brushing.  By keeping the brush loaded with paint and properly moistened with thinner, I was able to get good results.  Lesson learned.

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Posted by Keyserj on Thursday, January 13, 2022 7:18 PM

Cool little kit you got here G. Hope you feel better.

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John

On the bench:

 

                     

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Posted by lurch on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 8:22 AM

Any more updates? Also is that kit still available? I may try to make an rc version of that.

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Posted by MR TOM SCHRY on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 8:46 AM

You're making great progress on the little Aerosan!  I love that "jig" you made to keep the skis in alignment.  I knew a guy who was a good friend, a model mentor, and a master model builder and he made jigs for everything that he built, from railroad cars to WWI fighter planes.  Seeing your jig brought back many good memories of him.

TJS

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Posted by Real G on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 11:48 AM

Lurch, I don't think the kit is available anymore, but Trumpeter makes one that should be around.  DML had a 1/6 pre-assembled aerosan for their action figures.  It was cool, but I only have one Soviet tanker guy, so I passed.

Tom, I have been trying to get out the airbrush, but work and COVID after-effects make it tough.  By the end of the day I'm too pooped to do anything.  I'll try again tonite.

 

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Posted by Tojo72 on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 1:13 PM

That's really a sharp little build,looking good.

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Posted by Hutch6390 on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 1:47 PM

Firstly, look after yourself & do whatever's needed to get well.

Secondly, that's a great-looking model, more delicate than I'd have thought, and those figures look about ready to talkBig Smile  I like the custom-built jig, too!

Vell, Zaphod's just zis guy, you know?

   

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Posted by Real G on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 2:56 PM

Thanks Hutch!  I had not considered the effects of "long COVID", and was wondering why I still had a persistent cough and felt blah.  My coworker who gave me the bug told me he was having the same problems.  Sad

So here I am plugging away at home on my work project, thinking about airbrushing this evening...

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Posted by MR TOM SCHRY on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 5:12 PM

I hope that you take it easy and let yourself recover fully.  Models and forum posting can wait.  Stay safe and take care

TJS

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Posted by lurch on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 6:27 PM

Get well Real G. Mr. Tom is right. Take care of yourself first. Everything else can wait for later.

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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 7:14 PM

Maybe the prop is backwards since she's in reverse??? Stick out tongue

All joking aside please as the guys already said put your health first. Good excuse just to take it easy and catch up on some books and movies- or just a few good naps. 

 

Lurch: I think the 1/6th version or a scratchbuilt one would be better for R/C. I'm guessing the kit in 1/35th is about 3 inches/ 10cm long? Probably too small for a R/C installation - although the stuff is so much smaller these days it might be possible?  

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Posted by lurch on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 8:16 AM

I thinkl you are correct in that assumption. Maybe in 1/5 scale.  I will have to do more research on that and find out.

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Posted by MR TOM SCHRY on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 8:52 AM

Real G,

It just occurred to me that since Covid is a respiratory disease maybe airbrushing right now isn't a good idea.  Breathing in those fumes even if you wear a respirator isn't going to be good for you in your present condition.  Just something to think about.  Take care & stay safe.

TJS

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Posted by Real G on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 10:11 AM

Yeah, you guys are right.  I wanted to paint last night but thought the better of it.  Maybe this weekend if I can get rid of this sinus infection.

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Posted by Real G on Thursday, January 20, 2022 10:54 PM

So as the GB deadline comes up I only have this to show:

Ivan had his head repositioned a bit:

Sergey still does not look convinced of Ivan's combat strategy:

Sergey:  Hey Comrade, look like we miss deadline.

Ivan:  Even so, we must go on.  If we don't hurry, snow will melt!

Sergey:  So we keep go?

Ivan:  We keep go.  That is plan.

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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, January 20, 2022 11:08 PM

Well, I'd guess being down and sick is as good an excuse as any... Ick!

Hope you're feeling better now. 

I'm sitting here with my back sore from shoveling snow yesterday... 

 

Sergey: 'Maybe go with Plan V now...'

Ivan: 'Plan V?' 

Sergey: 'V for vodka.' 

Ivan: 'I think I like this plan!' 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by lurch on Friday, January 21, 2022 5:14 AM

Gamera I saw the weather for you guys out there. Its almost as bad as we get here in Wisconsin. Rest your back up I would like to see more of your great builds on here. 

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