Author Topic: Bison Patrol  (Read 1514 times)

Offline Kerick

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Bison Patrol
« on: May 09, 2022, 03:23:30 AM »
Here's what I'm starting with. It's the old 1956 Revell box scale 1/169th scale Bison bomber. I've had it in the drawer of doom for so long I can't remember where or when I acquired it. I just got it out and decided it's time to do something with it and this would be a great opportunity. I checked some photos and this model is a whiff in a box to begin with. So I'll be adding some lumps and bumps.





Since the GB has started I have removed what remained of the gun turrets, added a "stinger" cone in place of the tail guns and filled in the landing gear openings. More pics as the PSR progresses. I never had the gear or any other parts for it so this will end up on a brass rod when finished.
« Last Edit: May 09, 2022, 03:39:16 AM by Kerick »

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Re: Bison Patrol
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2022, 04:35:42 AM »
Too cool! I notice that Revell called this an "IL-38 Bison" ... so NATO codename has to be 'May;D

Also, Revell puts that box-scale at 1/169. Any plans to scale-o-rama your Myasishchev?
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Re: Bison Patrol
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2022, 08:48:57 AM »
The canopy on this one is a total glue bomb so a 1/72nd cockpit and canopy might be a good idea. Iíll have to consider it. I think I have a Skyhawk canopy lying around.
« Last Edit: May 10, 2022, 07:43:47 AM by Kerick »

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Re: Bison Patrol
« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2022, 06:03:44 AM »
Really interested in this.
I have the 1/72 vac form in the stack-o-shame, mostly because it is a monster.

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Re: Bison Patrol
« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2022, 07:50:08 AM »
1/72nd scale would be a real beastie! This aircraft is much larger than I first thought. And with a vacuform you would have your work ďcut outĒ for you!

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Re: Bison Patrol
« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2022, 10:16:38 AM »
Not only was the canopy a mess but now it walked off the work desk and disappeared. No real loss at all so Iíll just fill in the opening with plastic and place some blue decal instead. Iím going to try making some bubble windows by heating the end of a clear sprue until it forms a half round shape. Most of the PSR is done except little touch ups.

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Re: Bison Patrol
« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2022, 11:18:56 AM »
 :smiley:
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Offline finsrin

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Re: Bison Patrol
« Reply #7 on: May 11, 2022, 11:59:26 PM »
Out of 'drawer of doom' into the light to become MPA.   Nice for vintage Bison to get a life.

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Re: Bison Patrol
« Reply #8 on: May 12, 2022, 11:12:00 AM »
Itís more than about time for it! Iíve almost chosen to cut off the wings for other projects but Iím glad I didnít.

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Re: Bison Patrol
« Reply #9 on: May 18, 2022, 12:41:58 PM »
Most PSR is done. Glued white plastic in place of the wind screen a sanded that to the proper shape. I replaced the prop spinner with the nose from an old F-18 to give a more late model shape. Time for antenna and the IFR probe. I made the observation domes seen in most pics by heating the end of a clear sprue until it melts into a rounded dome like shape. Iím going to try the natural metal top and very light grey bottom as seen in most of the Bison pics. I drilled out the engine intakes as they looked terrible. Exhaust is just as bad but if I drill that out it will be a see through engine space. Iíll think of something. I could stuff in bits of black foam to block that. These intakes are round and should be oval anyway. Iíll have to invent a story line to cover that.

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Re: Bison Patrol
« Reply #10 on: May 20, 2022, 11:50:58 AM »
I added the parts as I described and then started with some silver paint. Its all one "tone" right now but I'll try varying the shade with flat and gloss on different panels. It worked on the external tanks for an X-15 so it might work here.











All the pictures of a Bison bomber show what appears to be an off white/very light grey underside. It might just be weathered. I might have to mix up something or just go with white. Also, I've already managed to break off the IFR probe. At least I found it on the floor!
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Re: Bison Patrol
« Reply #11 on: May 20, 2022, 10:33:11 PM »
Looks like one of those executive desktop models, right now! ;)
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Re: Bison Patrol
« Reply #12 on: May 20, 2022, 11:29:41 PM »
Very nice work Ken.

How did the Krylon paint work out?
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Re: Bison Patrol
« Reply #13 on: May 21, 2022, 12:29:40 AM »
So far so good.

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Re: Bison Patrol
« Reply #14 on: May 21, 2022, 07:56:24 AM »
 :-* very space-age.

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Re: Bison Patrol
« Reply #15 on: May 21, 2022, 08:29:38 AM »
Actually a couple areas have some orange peel. Wouldnít make it in a car contest.
The underside paint will cover the worst. Iíll see what flat and gloss coat does.

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Re: Bison Patrol
« Reply #16 on: May 21, 2022, 09:06:33 AM »
Everyone I seen was green.   Silver leaves that in the dust and looks Buck Rogers.

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Re: Bison Patrol
« Reply #17 on: May 21, 2022, 09:59:37 AM »
Iíll definitely use this paint on any more future b movie spaceships!

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Re: Bison Patrol
« Reply #18 on: May 22, 2022, 06:33:12 AM »
Zing !!!

looking great

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Re: Bison Patrol
« Reply #19 on: May 22, 2022, 01:24:00 PM »
I was looking at the underside under different lighting today and noticed I could see the shadow of the raised outline for the Russian stars that I had sanded off! The white or very light gray paint should take care of that.
« Last Edit: May 24, 2022, 09:25:48 PM by Kerick »

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Re: Bison Patrol
« Reply #20 on: May 24, 2022, 08:02:04 PM »
Lovely paint! looks great
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Re: Bison Patrol
« Reply #21 on: May 29, 2022, 06:04:17 AM »
The silver paint is still a little tacky. Iíll have to let it cure some more. I sprayed silver on a scrap of plastic, let it dry a couple days and sprayed it with the white Iím planning to use. Came out a little fishy but maybe letting the silver cure some more and spraying light coats might work.

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Re: Bison Patrol
« Reply #22 on: May 30, 2022, 12:57:37 PM »
I've been gone the last two days and the silver paint seems much better. I'll give it a few more days and check again.

Offline Kerick

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Re: Bison Patrol
« Reply #23 on: June 14, 2022, 01:29:36 PM »
Well, the paint has been an epic fail.





The silver paint was still soft and the masking tape I used pulled up the upper surface of the silver. Plus the white seemed to dissolve some of the silver paint. It's hard to see in the pics but the white has all kinds of bubbles and dimples in it. And the white paint was bad when I sprayed it on a couple of missiles I had scratched together. So both of those paint cans are in the trash and the Bison is soaking in brake fluid as I type.





I don't know why I didn't trash the whole thing except I'll probably never see one of these kits again.

Strange how Easy Off oven cleaner removed most of the silver but left a slimy residue while the brake fluid removed the slimy residue and the white but has a very slow effect on the silver. Organic chemistry I suppose.

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Re: Bison Patrol
« Reply #24 on: June 14, 2022, 01:47:30 PM »
I've seen a couple of pics where the Bison appears to be a light grey on top and white on the bottom I'll have to consider that.