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Gates Learjet 35A - RVHP 1/72

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Hi folks,

I haven't been with you for a long time now. But I kept on modelling secretly "in the dark", meaning I posted pictures exclusevly on French forums. The translation into English was just beyond my stamina. I will try to catch up now quickly before the project draws too much to a close :)

So here comes my Gates Learjet 35A project, scale 1/72, resin by RVHP.

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Many tiny parts, metal landing gear struts, all very breakable except for the large parts.

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Here is a quick assembly to get an idea of the small beauty.

Edited by Scalephantomphixer

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First goes the flattening of the body parts. Afterwards they mate quite well, nothing is wrapped.

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Then comes a dry fit of the cockpit parts. Both seats, the control wheels (missing on the picture) and the thrust set levers. The dashboard is meant to be a decal.

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Everything is small and basic. Once the body gets closed up little will be visible anyway. But you never know...

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Sorry folks the project just got a little stretch. Blame on me, I could not resist… :rolleyes:

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I cut the door open. All of the sudden I realize how much the interior calls for some scratch building 

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An H-shaped profile links the cockpit floor to the cabin. The operators' seats are scratch build too.

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Building the cabine.

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A rack of computers, side walls, arm rests and the rear wall. I made everything using Evergreen styrene. The computers are a quick PowerPoint design and I printed them on cardboard.

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Hardly any space left. The fit is tight :D

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Adjusting the new parts required a lot of patience: the door and its gasket were a nightmare built with lead wire and copper sheet.

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I removed the dashboard hood to allow a better access to the panel, on which I glued a temporary printed instrument panel.

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Here starts the building of the windows frames. The cabin windows need a perfect alignment, so I elected to build a brass frame for each of them.

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The file starts every trainees' nighmare : file straight!

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The mold fits smoothly.

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I cut small brass ribbons…

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… and bend them into a rectangular shape.

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Some solder et voilà! The correct depth will by achieved by filing, once the frame is glued to the body.

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The first frame fits nicely. I added a plastic window cut to fit, but in my opinion it is too flat.

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I use CA to glue the frames from the inside. Once the glue is dry I file off the excess.

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Here it goes: outside...

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... and inside.

Edited by Scalephantomphixer

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Here comes the result of the most recent storm in my brain : the cabin is nearly finished and "LUX FUIT!" :)

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The power comes from a 9V battery, a couple of resistors, LEDS and fibre optics.

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I built a radar boy with brass, a LED and a paper screen. A couple of red / green lights brighten up the scene. :)

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Design of the instrument panel, which I printed on transparent foil for inkjet printers.

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It took some time to find the best printer settings. The level of detail is ok with the scale, considering that a single MFD is hardly 2x3mm.

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Close-up… a LED back lights the instruments.

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Adding the panel support at the front of the cockpit.

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A sheet of brass holds the LEDs and the instrument panel.

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View from the front side.

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I applied a first layer of heavily thinned Mr. Surfacer 1200. Now I can spot all the tiny bubbles in the resin and try to fill them.

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Both body parts. There is some more work to be done before I can mate them.

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A tiny little cockpit :D

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The space is scarce but everything is there : the throttle quadrant, centre console, instrument panel, control wheels with the radio and autopilot buttons, the seat with its comfy lamb skin and the seat-belts.

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Correction of the fuel tanks.

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Drilling a hole to accommodate the wires to the NAV light. I added pins to strengthen the assembly.

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Now I need to drill the holes into the wing.

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The wing with both tanks and a couple of my tools.

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Milling the channels to receive electrical wires. I wear a mask to keep the hazardous resin dust outside of my lungs.

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A mini Led fits into the hole.

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A close up to sho the sheer tiny size of the LED, which was not easy to solder.

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Adding power.

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My project at an intermediate status.

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I had to wait for a green LED for the starboard NAV light. In the meantime I will be busy with the pilot.

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Sometimes a modeller meets tough decisions!

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Nothing for sensitive souls... Fortunately the poor guy will get back the head, the arms and hands.

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A badly handicapped pilot indeed! I had to file him down everywhere so fits the narrow cockpit: the legs, the heels, the seat, everything!

Edited by Scalephantomphixer

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There we are: the giant is seated, thumbs up, everything's ok! His right hand falls straight on the control wheel.

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The position seems correct to me. I cut his head off to turn it slightly to the left.

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