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  1. John Wolstenholme

    Trumpeter 1:32 F-117A

    The kit-kat had to wait, as I felt in the zone. 136 pieces of plastic, resin and Cu wire later, the weapons bay door locks are finished to the walls. The more I look at the photo of the stbd weapons bay, p37 of the F-117A Walkaround, it seems to me the twin cylindrical objects are not on the back wall, but forward. Also, there seems to be a slight reflection from a ‘flash’, as if the front element of a camera. But then I may be delusional.
  2. John Wolstenholme

    Trumpeter 1:32 F-117A

    Hi MFareF’s, Steve and Joel, thanks for your interest and taking the time to post. Speaking of ‘interest’, discovered an error/problem of my making which led me onto something else. With the new ‘double doughnuts thingies’ on the rear wall, the sidewalls will no longer fit as these clash with the door locks – kit or otherwise. As you can see I have stripped everything off the sidewalls and started reforming the door locks, pieces only placed. So the back wall has to be redone. But an interesting thing in the SS Walkaround p15, where part of a caption reads “Air Force restrictions prevent civilians from getting closer than 20 ft”. Therefore, presumably all photos in print or on the internet of the weapons bays are of museum YF-117 examples? Now if you look at the photo of the stbd bay on p37 of SS F-117A you see the ‘twin doughnuts’, but looking at these port photos on ARC http://www.arcair.com/awa01/401-500/awa422-F-117-Brzozowski/17.jpg http://www.arcair.com/awa01/401-500/awa422-F-117-Brzozowski/18.jpg there is no sign of them. So a question arises in my mind, were these a std fit on squadron acft, or are these camera housings for weapons release trials only. Hmm, I feel a kit-kat coming on.
  3. John Wolstenholme

    Trumpeter 1:32 F-117A

    Hi Steve and Tim. Joel, I can easily relate to Old & Slow Started work on the front wall for the second time, having worked out how the air deflectors operate. There is a link rod between the doors and the actuation mechanism. I originally set the PE in the position of the kit moulded details which meant the link rods could not be connected to the doors. Fortunately, I was able to remove the PE for take 2, repositioning a little more outboard. With unclear detail and a mass of pipes and wires with no way of knowing where they come from or are going to, I have answered my own question regarding artistic licence. Still, the final result will be better than the kit.
  4. John Wolstenholme

    Trumpeter 1:32 F-117A

    Hello Alf. Hopefully more representative, than artistic licence. Now with hydraulic lines to the trapezes rear jacks. Like to do things in parallel, rather than having to come back to duplicate something. Not going to attempt the lines to the front jacks as nothing will be seen.
  5. John Wolstenholme

    Trumpeter 1:32 F-117A

    Thanks Joel, Slartibartfast, crushkill, Steve. After cautiously drilling the 20 No. ‘connectors’ on kit part B10 Cu wires added to give a more realistic appearance, based on the limited photo info. As such it is representative of the real thing, not that I would even attempt to try to do all the real detail anyway! I wonder if the Aires 1:48 weapons bay set is based on seen detail, or includes artistic licence.
  6. John Wolstenholme

    1/72 Tupolev Tu-22M3 "Backfire" by Trumpeter

    I await with anticipation.
  7. John Wolstenholme

    1/18th F-14B Tomcat conversion

    Just to satisfy my curiosity, is that an A-4 rudder in the first photo? Or maybe I am just barking ……. Good to see you back Steve. Regards John.
  8. John Wolstenholme

    1/48 Hasegawa F-14A

    Seen this somewhere before! http://imgproc.airliners.net/photos/airliners/9/1/0/1113019.jpg Regards John.
  9. “You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear”. Well, very much looks like you have. Purely a personal preference, for me the base/background colour doesn’t do your model proper justice with little fill-in flash to all that ordnance etc. Great conclusion. John.
  10. John Wolstenholme

    Trumpeter 1:32 F-117A

    Steve, formed from tubing. Having got both sides of the centre wall up to the same stage, it is now fixed to the base with the aft door jacks ‘plumbed-in’. Back wall is re-detailed, but haven’t a clue what the twin round thingies (electrical?) are for. Started on doors by fitting the P.E. parts which look far better than the kit renditions, but they are a PITA to remove. I am in need of a kit-kat, so good opportunity to catch up on some RC glider modelling for a change.
  11. John Wolstenholme

    Trumpeter 1:32 F-117A

    Thanks Brian, appreciate the ‘navy’ dropping in. Seems like all (?) the wiring goes through the weapons bay. Finicky job and still to be repeated for t’other side, but at least moving in the right direction.
  12. John Wolstenholme

    Trumpeter 1:32 F-117A

    Hi Jake and Steve, thanks for dropping in. Both sides of the centre wall(s) well on the way, now started with the plumbing. Redone the jacks to match the new bay ‘roof’ with doors placed. Probably end up using more ‘bits’ in the weapons bay when complete, than the number of kit parts to be used!
  13. John Wolstenholme

    Trumpeter 1:32 F-117A

    Most of the plastic card detail redone to stbd inboard wall. The hydraulic pipes will now run to the weapons bay door jacks, rather than as the kit into the ‘electrics box’.
  14. John Wolstenholme

    Trumpeter 1:32 F-117A

    My understanding is the GBU-24 was too big for the 117 weapons bay and the -27 is slightly reduced in length and with smaller fins. Committed to a nearly full refurb of the weapons bay so piping and wires are not set into the frames. Looking at the limited number of photos, the ‘roof’ exhibits varying depths. I have removed some spurious detail to the roof and all from the inner wall, then shaped it to the stepped roof. Interesting how you can still 'see' the moulded detail even though it is perfectly flush.
  15. John Wolstenholme

    Trumpeter 1:32 F-117A

    A straightforward WIP without methodology. A cursory glance at the kit gear bays and weapons bay and looks like this is gonna be a long haul. Made a start with 2x GBU-27s and removing all the moulded 'detail' on the weapons bay front wall.