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Aero-space / Re: AV-22 and E-22 Tilt Rotors
« Last post by kerick on Today at 10:04:20 AM »
What about mounting the turret under the middle of the fuselage. Could still fire in every direction.
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Scifi and Fantasy / Re: Convair NEV
« Last post by The Big Gimper on Today at 09:29:44 AM »
Excellent work Frank. Appreciate the build narrative and the bill of materials.

I'll meet you out by Ceres say in 6 months?
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Scifi and Fantasy / Re: Convair NEV
« Last post by Brian da Basher on Today at 09:21:40 AM »
You've got a real talent for space vehicles, Frank!

It's a treat to see one of these built but I've never seen one done finer!

The shield in back is a great addition and I really like the astronaut.

Brian da Basher
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Scifi and Fantasy / Convair NEV
« Last post by Frank3k on Today at 07:46:51 AM »
This is the new(ish) Moebius 1/144 Convair NEV (Nuclear Exploratory Vehicle). This is not a re-pop of the old Strombecker kit, but completely new molds. It's pretty simple to build and the thick pins and attachment points almost make it a snap-tite kit. It's also very long and heavy - the kit parts are very thick.

I left the engine, connecting spine and crew module unglued, for easier painting and transport.

The kit seemed pretty bare, so I printed a radiation shield for the engine and a small manned pod.

With boxtop:





NERVA mod-2 engine detail with the radiation shield:


The astronaut is from a 1/144 Mecha "Mobile Staff" from Wave. The tether is some ABS that I squeezed out of the printer to clean the head after changing filaments. The pod is 3D printed. The canopy is a piece of clear sprue. The engines are from one of the Mercury capsules in the AMT 1/200 US Man in Space set. I bought the first re-release of the kit and it was cheap, so I didn't mind using it for parts... it's apparently both rare and expensive.



Another view:


The pod is pretty basic - front and rear rounded caps, cylindrical body with a bump for the pilot and a docking tube underneath. I printed it in ABS and smoothed it with Acetone vapors. Some sanding removed all the print artifacts.

The decals are from random kits. The UNITED STATES is from the Monogram re-pop of the 1/48 Space Taxi. It's yellowed, but I like the effect.
The paint is Badger Stynylrez aluminum primer, with some panels in Vallejo Metallics. The tank caps are a mix of  Badger Stynylrez white and gray primers.

Thanks for looking!
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Aero-space / Re: AV-22 and E-22 Tilt Rotors
« Last post by kitnut617 on Today at 07:20:17 AM »
I had originally thought of using one of those, the problem with it is the chin turret I have under the nose. I don't want any interference between the two guns so the GAU-8 has to be positioned higher than the bottom of the fuselage. I want the chin turret to be operational when the GAU-8 is in use.

The drawing you've attached though, gives a good idea how long the barrels and breach actually is, about 3 meters or 9'-10"
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Aero-space / Re: AV-22 and E-22 Tilt Rotors
« Last post by GTX_Admin on Today at 05:20:43 AM »
I suppose another option would be to do a faired in Gepod approach with the ammunition wrapping around the gun:

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Aero-space / Re: Consolidated PBY Catalina Ideas and Inspiration
« Last post by GTX_Admin on Today at 04:52:01 AM »
Just some more inspiration:


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Aero-space / Re: AV-22 and E-22 Tilt Rotors
« Last post by kitnut617 on Today at 02:59:28 AM »
Another idea I had was where to mount the GAU-8 --- originally I wanted to put it in an under-wing-stub semi-recessed pod, but because of where I have to place the sponsons (close to the fuselage) so that the RP's and Hellfires can be fired during a head-on attack, meant I might have to abandon the GAU-8 --- or place it in the front of one of the sponsons. I haven't decided yet.

Given the GAU-8 is over 6m long, are you sure it will fit as described?

The idea is just this part would be in the sponson, the drum would be stowed in the fuselage
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Land / Tamiya 1/24 Mercedes SLR McLaren
« Last post by kpnuts on Today at 02:24:44 AM »
Hi all well I've decided to start this one, it's supposed to be a see through model but I didn't like the fact that the roof of the clear body had the Tamiya brand moulded into it which you could clearly see so I decided to spray the body a solid colour.







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Tips, Tools & Techniques / Agama substitute
« Last post by Ifor on Today at 02:06:55 AM »
Could anyone recommend a good substitute for the agama metal pastes please? Specifically the steel and gunmetal ones.
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