Sunday, November 12, 2017

Military aircraft vol.88: Rockwell B-1B Lancer

Rockwell B-1B Lancer
US$50,00 plus shipping
Injected plastic model with waterslide decals (Two Bobs set 72-085 Dakota Backbone).
This kit has been in my workbench for 10 years! It is a record. Several times i tough of giving up this project in favor of the 1/48 scale model. However the first steps went really well, the problem being the final details. The nacelles are a big problem, specially the exhausts. Oddly, the wings have nice recessed panel lines, while the fuselage have raised ones. The fuselage also have the problem of being split in upper and lower halves that leaves you with a seam in the middle of the side panels, much more difficult to work with than the center joint line if the fuselage is split in half. In the end, i had to scribe the panel lines on the fuselage. The kit decals were damaged in a flood, so i got a new set from "Two Bobs" printed by Microscale. When the kit was almost done, i received the news of the Barracuda set to correct several of the problems of the kit, but i tough it was too late. I got the barracuda kit for my 1/48 scale model. The 1/72 B-1B was finished with the parts in the box, painted with Tamiya acrylics and Alclad II metallic colors for the engine exhausts. 

Friday, October 27, 2017

Walkaround vol.28: Renault FT17

Subject: Renault FT17
Location: Musée des Blindés, Saumur, France, 2015; Musée de l'Armée, Paris, France, 2015.
Comments: The Renault FT, frequently referred to in post-World War I literature as the FT17 was a French light tank that was among the most revolutionary and influential tank designs in history. The FT was the first production tank to have its armament within a fully rotating turret. The Renault FT's configuration – crew compartment at the front, engine compartment at the back, and main armament in a revolving turret – became and remains the standard tank layout. As such, some historians of armoured warfare have called the Renault FT the world's first modern tank. Over 3,000 Renault FT tanks were manufactured by French industry, most of them during 1918. Another 950 of an almost identical licensed copy of the FT (the M1917) were made in the United States, but not in time to enter combat.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Military aircraft vol.59: Eurofighter Typhoon

Eurofighter EF2000 Typhoon
Price (June 2013):
Out-of-the box, enhanced with resin details. Painted as RAF Typhoon in primer colors.
Aires late exhausts nozzles; Two Mikes resin intake covers; Eduard Remove Before Flight tags
Finally i finished this project. The last time i updated the progress on this model was October 2013! Now it is done. I decided to display every nice detail Revell put on this kit. The engine is particularly nice, with 72 parts! Revell could easily put it on the market as a kit because it looks terrific when completed. I know Roden did it with their nice World War I fighter engines. I finished the kit and placed it on a base with the engine on it's stand and also the missiles available for the kit. I scratch built the bases for the armament using evergreen plastic rods. I am pleased with the end result. Actually, i decided to build a series of 1/32 aircraft following the same presentation as this one!