[WIP] Grumman X-29A


gionc
01-07-2008, 10:16 AM
Guys I'm coming back to my old love: aicrafts modelling. What remains of my old airplane's stash survived for more than 20 years and 4 house's moving (plus 3 office moving), not a lot of stuff but 20-25 box in 1/72, 48, 32 with some rare pearls: better I warm up my hands a bit before try those.

The first attempt would be a connection ring with the car modelling world: a prototype in civil livery.

The beast:

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c159/gionc/X29A/EC90-357-3.jpg

Interiors are pretty simple and the job would be almost OOB (with a little surprise you'll see later), I'll install the seat (MB IRQ7-A) later to mask the cockpit area easily.

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c159/gionc/X29A/CIMG6121.jpg

Major parts togheter: details are engraved and very thin: my goal for this 1st attempt is keep engraving alive after putty and paint, or try to restore scribing, and do a finishing as thin I can...

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c159/gionc/X29A/CIMG6119.jpg

gionc
01-07-2008, 10:20 AM
And the little surprise: I'll try to do good use of this fantastic ref. to achieve a convincing multi-media parachute brake

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c159/gionc/X29A/EC89-216-5.jpg

Stay tuned!!!!

The only thing I'm very worryed are those yellowed and old decals... hopefully I'll aplly correctly... I had already some troubles on cockpit: decals are thick like cardboard and drink liters of Sol before adhere a bit.....

klutz_100
01-07-2008, 02:58 PM
Well! I didn't expect to find this in here!!! :rofl:

Can I watch if I am quiet? :D

gionc
01-07-2008, 03:50 PM
Well! I didn't expect to find this in here!!! :rofl:

Can I watch if I am quiet? :D

ROFL!!! Say me, buddy, how did you catch me here, far from home LOL

rockinanko
01-08-2008, 08:48 AM
FINALLY!

finally found another pro-car modelor on aircraft creations too!
for a while i thought this forum is one extreme CAR only site, judging from the petite entry, the J35 gripen work...

so much so i kept all my aircraft WIP quietly away...
good! count me in as your aircraft audience SIR!
i see you modify some posable flaperons there!
say, is this 1/48 or 1/72?

keep posting! i'll be 2 steps behind...

cheers!:runaround:
marc
SGP

klutz_100
01-08-2008, 08:57 AM
ROFL!!! Say me, buddy, how did you catch me here, far from home LOL
Fate :D

No seriously, yesterday for teh first time I noticed that there is a thing on AF called "modeling" and since I am looking for some inspiration for a new project, I clicked it and what's the top of the list latest post....? Yours!!! ROFL!!!

My eyes dropped out LOL

But it looks like a really nice project you are starting so I will happily follow along - and be a good boy this time http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y247/klutz100/SMILEYS/piliot.gif.

freakray
01-08-2008, 09:29 AM
Nice to see somebody else playing in other areas of our scale modeling world :cool:

I'm currently on an armor kick myself :naughty:

gionc
01-08-2008, 11:29 AM
Thanks guys!

@Marc: the kit is the Hasegawa 1/72 one: simple (just 2 sprues + trasp) but with delicate carved details. Unfortunately they leave our world just with a sandpaper pass LOL (aren't we searching a chance to finally learn how is a "scriber"? LOL). And yep I cut flaps since I seen all parked prototype with "sleeping" flaps.

@Ray: shot your tank's WIP boss and we promise to NOT to be so gentle ;) :D, really I'm curious. I love decoration/weathering possibilities that planes and harmours offers, not to meant dioramas: something I "guess" I'll ove since I never tried.

@Steve: is not the first time we're "syncro" ROFL!!!

Ok, on my stuff: I skip you intermediate steps like primer (and putty, primer, putty etc. for 1000 times), white matt acryl and 1K clear (a couple of thin layers): last touch and my beast is ready for decals. I designed a couple of missed decals: kit's stuff is probably for the first o for a generic proto: I designed graphics for the prototype I seen in my refs, printed on transparent and white paper and sealed with 1K clear.

The kit should have almost 20 years so decals was yellowed: I left a couple hours (may be 4...) under my UV device (bad weather here, UV stuff is the stuff I use for photo etching) and they're a bit better now: yep for sure better, cutting a bit of the base film they're usable.


http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c159/gionc/X29A/decals.jpg

P.S.: new decals seems a bit "fogghy" from this pict: it's just a reflection since they're already coated with 1k glossy clear... ;)

MPWR
01-08-2008, 08:47 PM
Great start. This is a real favorite of mine- both the plane and the Hase kit. :grinyes: :thumbsup: I did one years ago and it prominently rests on the top shelf of my display cabinet. The decals are maybe a tad yellowed, but it still looks great.

The kit decal shapes fit perfectly, so they will be a good pattern for your new set.

The X-29 had a number of experiments hung on the airframe during their flying days. The drag chute canister is a particularly cool looking one- I'm definitely looking forward to seeing this one come along.

freakray
01-08-2008, 08:56 PM
Gio,
Actually, I'm currently working on a Kubelwagen before moving on to something a little closer to heart, a 25lb field gun unit from North Africa.

quadzero
09-20-2010, 04:02 AM
Wow, the master takes to the skies. Beautiful progress so far. Looking forward to more.

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