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    Mar 6, 2010, 8:31 AM - Re: First Ever Official RPF Group Build - IT HAS BEGUN... #101

    Looking forward to your build, Jock.

    I'll be out of town today, so no building for me. But I'm on vacation this week, so I plan on getting a lot done .

    -Fred
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    Mar 7, 2010, 7:13 PM - Re: First Ever Official RPF Group Build - IT HAS BEGUN... #102

    Ok, here we are with this week's progress

    First up, the instrument panel




    Next, the cameras have been painted




    The wheels installed




    And the ejection seat and cockpit are nearly finished (just need to add seatbelts)





    So, anybody manage to get any work done on their builds?

    -Fred
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    Mar 7, 2010, 10:48 PM - Re: First Ever Official RPF Group Build - IT HAS BEGUN... #103

    Pretty good for being on vacation!
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    Mar 8, 2010, 10:04 PM - Re: First Ever Official RPF Group Build - IT HAS BEGUN... #104

    Hey Fred, are you doing yours with the landing gear + cart? Or scratch-building the skids?

    I think I'm going to do mine with gear up, as it would fly. It comes with one of those chintzy display lugs, but I kinda like the way it looks like that.
    Since this piece is practice though, I'll still put the nose gear and the cart together and paint... maybe I can figure out a way to flip out the nose gear...
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    Mar 9, 2010, 7:48 AM - Re: First Ever Official RPF Group Build - IT HAS BEGUN... #105

    Thanks Jock - vacation kicks all kinds of ass . I should do it more it often.

    I spent a good part of yesterday, trying to deal with the fuselage seam. This dang bird has 4' of seam to try and eliminate . Slow and steady, I guess.

    Hey Liz, this kit is probably the only kit that doesn't have the cart or the fuel tanks. But, it does have a pretty decent representation of the landing skids. So, I might spruce them up a bit and then look into maybe scratching the jack-cart-thing.

    In between fighting with the fuselage seam and going over reference material, I started playing with the wings - man, are they a bad fit. Takes some shaving AND some shimming to get them to match the reference material.

    -Fred
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    Mar 9, 2010, 1:17 PM - Re: First Ever Official RPF Group Build - IT HAS BEGUN... #106

    I just received the supplies needed for this project (metal & styrene rod & tubing). I starting with the basic square shape that is located in the center of the vehicle. I've been dealing with a stomach flu so this one pic & short description is all I can post at this time.
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    Mar 9, 2010, 5:04 PM - Re: First Ever Official RPF Group Build - IT HAS BEGUN... #107

    Looks like it's going to be an interesting build.

    Hope you feel better soon. We'll be here when you are.

    -Fred
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    Mar 11, 2010, 11:07 AM - Re: First Ever Official RPF Group Build - IT HAS BEGUN... #108

    Time for another update

    First up, the wings have been installed. These were a huge hassle. The left wings fit fine. The right side wings, had a huge gap. Noting I shaved down, let me push them any closer. So I had to fill the gap with styrene in order to maintain the proper spacing between the leading and trailing edges of the wing. You can also see the two long longitudinal seams that needed to be filled, going from the rear of the front wings, all the way to the end.




    Next, the vertical stabilizer. I had to build and paint it prior to installation. Once it's on, there's no way to finish it. This will probably be the final piece installed before painting. As you can see, I used a pounce wheel to add rivet detail.



    And finally, the dive brakes (the underside of the vertical stabilizer). This area would be unreachable once it's on the plane. All of the pistons have been replaced with metal rod stock for stability. The hydraulic lines are solder.



    Enjoy,

    Fred
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    Mar 11, 2010, 11:36 AM - Re: First Ever Official RPF Group Build - IT HAS BEGUN... #109

    Fred, you need to slow down! I thought we had till August to finish this...

    I ordered a revit maker tool and then I am going to get going. Looks like you did the same on the X-15?
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    Mar 11, 2010, 1:13 PM - Re: First Ever Official RPF Group Build - IT HAS BEGUN... #110

    jockdeboer said: View Post
    Fred, you need to slow down! I thought we had till August to finish this...

    I ordered a revit maker tool and then I am going to get going. Looks like you did the same on the X-15?



    Well, I AM on vacation this week and I try to make the most of time. Next week, it's back to the grind, which means only getting to work on it on the weekends.

    I purchased a 3-pack of pounce wheels from micromark.com. They're used for transfering paper drawings to wood. But they also make great rivet tools.

    And before I forget, I also had to scratch a new ball-nose as the one in the kit is entirely too small. This one is made from styrene round stock, sanded to shape.

    -Fred
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    Mar 11, 2010, 1:16 PM - Re: First Ever Official RPF Group Build - IT HAS BEGUN... #111

    Just starting on the Mercury capsule. Getting familiar with this vehicle and the kit parts. The interior will need a lot of added detail. Here are a few pics, and the obligatory coke can for scale. I'm going to build it with the astronaut figure in place, the hatch open, the escape tower on top, and the complete retro-pack in place.
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    Mar 11, 2010, 3:44 PM - Re: First Ever Official RPF Group Build - IT HAS BEGUN... #112

    Man, that thing's going to be big. I love the detail they added to the astronaut. Most included figures, barely resemble a human

    Can't wait to see what you do with it.

    -Fred
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    Mar 17, 2010, 1:09 PM - Re: First Ever Official RPF Group Build - IT HAS BEGUN... #113

    Hey gang,

    Been in the hospital the last couple of days, but I should have some progress pics to post up in a few days.

    From what I can figure, all that's left is some clean up work and then she goes in for paint. The paint is going to be the biggest headache. I hate trying to vary a black paint job - never looks right.

    I've also got my sights set on a 1/32 Bell X-1. It's an older Revell kit (1986), but I wanted to keep it in scale to the X-15. I'm thinking of doing a display with the X-1, X-15 and a Shuttle. First plane to break the sound barrier, the plane that set both the speed and altitude record (until it was broken by the shuttle) and the culmination of the research.

    Now I just need to figure out which is a decent shuttle kit .

    -Fred
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    Mar 17, 2010, 3:18 PM - Re: First Ever Official RPF Group Build - IT HAS BEGUN... #114

    Hey, if you're looking for a set, might include the SR-71 (highest alt sustained flight)


    Actually I want to do a 1/72 shuttle too... probably once I get better at models. Is Revell the only 1/72 out there?
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    Mar 21, 2010, 7:55 AM - Re: First Ever Official RPF Group Build Sign-Up Thread - all experience levels wanted #115

    PHArchivist said: View Post
    What do you plan on modifying in these areas?
    Sorry, did not see this question way back when. The fuselage has bumped out areas that are not on the plane to allow for pins on the landing gear doors, also the nose cone has a section that is thickened to allow the nose strut (?) to stick in. I am just going to grind those bumps and thickened areas off.
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    Mar 22, 2010, 9:43 PM - Re: First Ever Official RPF Group Build - IT HAS BEGUN... #116

    Time for the latest updates.

    Far as I can tell, with the exception of the fluid dump pipes that hang off the tail and the two pitot tubes on the nose, she's all together.




    Here's a close-up of the landing gear (sorta)




    And the inside of the canopy, with scratchbuilt camera, flood lights and control panel




    After I attach the pitots, she goes in for paint. But first I need to find a place that sells pipe cleaners so I can clean the funk out of my airbrush.

    -Fred
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    Mar 23, 2010, 2:29 PM - Re: First Ever Official RPF Group Build - IT HAS BEGUN... #117

    LizardJedi said: View Post
    Actually I want to do a 1/72 shuttle too... probably once I get better at models. Is Revell the only 1/72 out there?
    Hey Liz,

    I don't know about any of the 1/72 shuttles, but be warned, it's going to be pretty big. Even in 1/144, the shuttle and booster stand 18" high. When I (hopefully) get around to doing a shuttle, I'm going for the Revell 1/144 Discovery. It's supposed to have the most accurate shape, of the available kits - at least according to the space modelers I've spoken with.

    How's that X-15 coming along - any progress?

    -Fred
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    Mar 23, 2010, 7:42 PM - Re: First Ever Official RPF Group Build - IT HAS BEGUN... #118

    Yeah I remember hearing that the 1/72 is like, 24" long or something like that/ I'm fine with that, its just something that size I'd like to have an airbrush for, to make sure the large white and black areas are covered well.

    As for my kit... I've been really busy building an airplane that actually flys (school project), and its a little insane at the moment.

    Spring Break is next week though, so hopefully there will be some progress
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    Mar 24, 2010, 12:25 PM - Re: First Ever Official RPF Group Build - IT HAS BEGUN... #119

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    Mar 27, 2010, 12:01 PM - Re: First Ever Official RPF Group Build - IT HAS BEGUN... #120

    Well, went back to the drawing board on the nose. After looking at dozens of pictures, I couldn't get the profile to look right. Finally, I ended up cutting off what I had, shortened the nose by almost 1mm, thinned it a bit and used a metal BB. It now resembles the ball nose on the real deal.

    I also went and hollowed out the vectoring thrusters, so those look a ton better than before.

    And she finally went in for paint, today. What a nightmare black paint can be. First, I painted it a really dark grey (poly Scale Tarnished Black). Then I masked of a few panels, not really following any particular pictures of the real bird. Then over sprayed with Tamiya Flat Black (XF-1). I tried to do that in a sorta blotchy manner, to look like random paint fading. Then removed the masking and sprayed over that to tone down the contrast. Then I made a lightened version of the black by adding a few drops of white and did some random spraying. Not a total cover coat, more like zig-zagging, just to break up the color. Now, she's got her first coat of Future, so I'm just waiting for that to dry. Then I'll do a second coat and when that's dry, she goes for decals and weathering.

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    Mar 27, 2010, 8:00 PM - Re: First Ever Official RPF Group Build - IT HAS BEGUN... #121

    Well, I'm all the way back to square 2. Paint job went to $h!t. Could have been old paint and bad technique, but I couldn't recover from it. Every time I tried to fix it, it just made it worse. Tried taking it off, but there comes a time when you just have to know when to quit. And spending 3 hours trying to strip the paint and getting nowhere is that exact time.

    So, I cut out the cockpit, the wheel well and the camera system. Time to re-order another expensive kit and try again. Though now, I know some things I'll do differently. Most importantly - attach the landing skids last, instead of fixing them 10 times.

    Welcome to my life - 1 step forward, 93 steps back .

    -Fred
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    Mar 29, 2010, 4:48 PM - Re: First Ever Official RPF Group Build - IT HAS BEGUN... #122

    well, I'm making progress. I won another X-15 on ebay for about $20 below retail.

    And in better news, I finally scored a 1/32 Bell X-1 after being out-bid on 3 different auctions. Why the hell are these things so popular? But, I somehow got extremely lucky and found a NIB kit for $7 plus shipping

    -Fred
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    Apr 1, 2010, 6:30 PM - Re: First Ever Official RPF Group Build - IT HAS BEGUN... #123

    Both the X-15 and X-1 arrived today. The X-1 is completely molded in day-glo orange, which is odd considering you have to repaint it, anyway.

    -Fred
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    Apr 8, 2010, 9:16 PM - Re: First Ever Official RPF Group Build - IT HAS BEGUN... #124

    ok, back from vacation. I stopped at the air and space museum in dc to photograph the X-1 & X-15. The 15 was alot larger than I thought! Alot of nice hardware there. If anyone wants the pics pm me.
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    Apr 9, 2010, 8:39 AM - Re: First Ever Official RPF Group Build - IT HAS BEGUN... #125

    jockdeboer said: View Post
    ok, back from vacation. I stopped at the air and space museum in dc to photograph the X-1 & X-15. The 15 was alot larger than I thought! Alot of nice hardware there. If anyone wants the pics pm me.

    Dude, I'm building both, so post what you've got

    In particular, on the 15, anything you might have of the rear, i.e. landing skids, dive brakes (top and bottom - internal hydraulics, etc) and engine. IIRC, the cockpit on the Smithsonian bird, is closed. Is that still the case?

    And any cockpit shots of the x-1.

    Thanks, Jock

    -Fred
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