Author Topic: 1/144 Scale Build #7: Rehab someone else's model by whiffing it!  (Read 4316 times)

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I recently picked up this F-Toys gashapon F-8 Crusader off eBay for just $2. Figured it would be a different sort of challenge. I was already getting a 1/144 JASDF weapons set from the same seller for a song, so I figured another two bucks I could do something a little different. I knew I wasn't getting a fresh model and that it was well-used. I have the ARII F-8 Crusader in the stash which I think is the only choice kitwise in Braille Scale other than maybe Aeroclub (whose A-7 I do have in the stash). But the overall shape of the Crusader kit lives a lot to be desired.

Top side, it doesn't look too bad. The Y-pylons for the Sidewinder missiles is pretty dodgy as it is, so that will be removed and I'll keep two of the four missiles for what I have planned for this build.



Underside is another story. There of course is the big gaps between the fuselage halves, that'll be easy enough to sling putty at to fix. No undercarriage came with this buy, the previous owner ham-fistedly glued the main landing gear doors in. The slinging of poo, I mean, putty and some sanding should help here as well as I'll be building this one up as a wheels-up bird.

After I took these pictures, I removed the missiles, tossed out the Y-pylon, removed the wing and the cockpit transparency and started filling in the gaps. Hellloooooooo, Squadron White.

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Re: 1/144 Scale Build #7: Rehab someone else's model by whiffing it!
« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2012, 03:47:41 AM »
Some possible inspiration:  The Christmas Air Battle of 66
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Re: 1/144 Scale Build #7: Rehab someone else's model by whiffing it!
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2012, 04:05:21 AM »
Some possible inspiration:  The Christmas Air Battle of 66


DAMMIT! I now have to source me more 1/144 Crusaders. You people are such enablers.

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Re: 1/144 Scale Build #7: Rehab someone else's model by whiffing it!
« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2012, 12:28:24 PM »
Latest progress shots:





Here's where things stand now. Slinged putty at all the gaps and generally cleaned up that hideous mess of how the previous owner glued the main landing gear doors on. I didn't glue the wing on (it's one-piece) as it will be easier to paint the camo scheme with the wing as a separate piece when the time comes. After sanding the puttied areas, I oversprayed the model with several light coats of Tamiya White Primer.

The cockpit will need some work. Since I hate doing cockpits, it will just be the bare-minimum. It looks like the top of the ejector seat was damaged, so some simple styrene scratchbuilding will help here along with something to make the panel and coaming more presentable. I'll also need to add the prominent air scoops that are on both upper sides of the exhaust section as well as scratchbuild the IR sensor ahead of the windscreen.

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Re: 1/144 Scale Build #7: Rehab someone else's model by whiffing it!
« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2012, 04:18:55 PM »
Some possible inspiration:  The Christmas Air Battle of 66


DAMMIT! I now have to source me more 1/144 Crusaders. You people are such enablers.


Heh, heh... >:D
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Re: 1/144 Scale Build #7: Rehab someone else's model by whiffing it!
« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2012, 08:54:52 PM »
Latest progress shots:





The camouflage scheme has been airbrushed on and added the prominent intakes on each upper side of the afterburner on the aft fuselage. The colors should be a a big clue what I have planned, I next plan to work on the cockpit to fix the broken ejection seat and then scratchbuild some pylons for the wings and a new set of missile rails for the sides of the forward fuselage. 

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Re: 1/144 Scale Build #7: Rehab someone else's model by whiffing it!
« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2012, 10:16:13 PM »
UK?  ???
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Re: 1/144 Scale Build #7: Rehab someone else's model by whiffing it!
« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2012, 11:50:47 PM »
This is the one I'm doing:


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Re: 1/144 Scale Build #7: Rehab someone else's model by whiffing it!
« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2012, 10:32:30 AM »
 :icon_jedi:  The Force is strong with this one............

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Re: 1/144 Scale Build #7: Rehab someone else's model by whiffing it!
« Reply #9 on: June 23, 2012, 03:06:12 PM »
Oh yeah!!!
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Re: 1/144 Scale Build #7: Rehab someone else's model by whiffing it!
« Reply #10 on: June 24, 2012, 06:25:31 AM »
If you need Komorans and/or Marinefleiger markings, I've got a 1/144 Tornado I can supply those from.

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Re: 1/144 Scale Build #7: Rehab someone else's model by whiffing it!
« Reply #11 on: June 26, 2012, 03:23:15 AM »
If you need Komorans and/or Marinefleiger markings, I've got a 1/144 Tornado I can supply those from.

Sent you a PM, Evan!

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Re: 1/144 Scale Build #7: Rehab someone else's model by whiffing it!
« Reply #12 on: June 27, 2012, 10:29:57 PM »
This is the one I'm doing:




That was my next guess LOL
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