Friday, March 24, 2017

Work in progress vol.21: North American X-15A2



Subject:
North American X-15A2
Scale:
1/48
Manufacturer:
Special Hobby
Price
US$55,00 plus shipping
Description
Injected plastic model with  resin parts and waterslide decals.
Comments
This is Special Hobby's 1/48 scale X-15A2 under construction. As a limited run kit, you have to deal with some special problems. First you will work with resin parts, witch is not a big deal, but you have to take extra care with the very small parts. Also, get ready to some serious fitting and sanding of the major assembling parts. Trough the next pictures i will show how i will build my X-15 out of the box.

1) The ejection seat: Made out of three resin parts, careful painting will reveal all the nice details.





2) The cockpit is next. You get several small parts for the control sticks. Again, careful painting shows all the nice details.





3) Adding the seat to the cockpit makes a nice combination.







4) Next i built the ground dolly. Several small parts turns it into a nice replica of the real ground transport device used specially after landing.







5) Now with some of the details completed, i turn my attention to the fuselage. To glue the rocket engine bell resin part to the fuselage i added some plastic parts to help hold it in place.


Then i glued the resin part. Fit was not that good, so i used superglue as filler. This led me to a lot of sanding and some detail around the engine bell was lost.







Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Kit review vol.32: Boeing IM-99 Bomarc SAM missile


Subject:
Boeing IM-99 Bomarc SAM
Scale:
1/56
Manufacturer:
Revell SSP
Price
US$25,00 plus shipping
Description
Injected plastic model with waterslide decals.
Comments
In january 2016, i published an article about the first release of the IM-99 Bomarc kit back in 1957 (review here). I have it's original boxing in my collection and recently started thinking about building my sample. Around July 2016, i discovered that Revell was planing a release of this kit once again and i waited very anxiously  to the this day. Last week finally i received my copy of the kit. I will preserve my 1957 Bomarc for the sake of modeling history.
Opening the box i found out that the molds have survived with few problems. Details are nice, and the kit has recessed panel lines. However, there are huge rivets, some flash and some obvious fit problems. Revell edited a new instruction booklet, but used the 1957  drawings (nice touch!). Decals are for the colorful version on the box art (also from 1957), but this time you also get two other options for finishing the bomarc: an overall aircraft grey USAF version and a Canadian missile. This kit will soon be on my workbench. I can't resist the nostalgia of building this one!













Friday, March 17, 2017

Aircraft walkaround vol.76: McDonnell-Douglas F-4N Phantom II


Subject: McDonnell-Douglas F-4N Phantom II
Location: Intrepid Air, Sea and Space museum, New York, USA, 2014.
Comments: The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II is a tandem two-seat, twin-engine, all-weather, long-range supersonic jet interceptor aircraft/fighter-bomber originally developed for the United States Navy by McDonnell Aircraft. It first entered service in 1960 with the U.S. Navy. Proving highly adaptable, it was also adopted by the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Air Force, and by the mid-1960s had become a major part of their respective air wings. The F-4B was the first major naval version of the aircraft. However, by the early 1970's, the planes were reaching the end of their service life and becoming obsolete. Ye Navy started a program to update this planes and kerping them in Service. The F-4N was the answer. Externally this planes were very similar to the original F-4B, but new electronics kept them at the edge of weapons technology and in frontline service.













Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Kit review vol.31: North American X-15A2


Subject:
North American X-15A2
Scale:
1/48
Manufacturer:
Special Hobby
Price
US$55,00 plus shipping
Description
Injected plastic model with  resin parts and waterslide decals.
Comments
This is Special Hobby's 1/48 scale X-15A2. This is my second review about X-15 kits. It is a limited run model, so it is not ideal for first time modelers as the 1/144 Dragon kit reviewed before is.  The larger parts of the aircraft are low pressure plastic injected pieces, while most of the small and fine detail is made of resin. This detailed parts are fantastic and add a lot to a otherwise very simple kit. Decals are provided for the dark colored livery of the X15 and for the white ablative coated finished using during it's last flights. The lettering on the original decal sheet was printed in wrong format, so you get another small one with corrected markings. This kit is already on my workbench and soon i will publish an article about it's construction.