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Scalephantomphixer

Gates Learjet 35A - RVHP 1/72

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The antennas awaiting the paint. That Learjet is going to look like a hedge hog !

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A well defended hedge hog though, with its two ECM pods.The antennas gor various shades of paint..

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Building the brass door. The lower part carries two steps which I also cut out from a sheet of brass. I started by drafting a paper model to check the size and folding lines.

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Soldering of the foldings under the steps. Note how I attached the parts with wire to have both hands free.

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A more conventional way of holding parts. Here I solder the steps to the door.

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After adding a few bits... I tried to engrave the locking lever into a brass shield. Not bad for a première!

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The assembled lower door in front of the plane :)

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Please Pierre, stop to post your WIP's or some here realize that is better to change hobby :D :taunt:

Great work :thumbsup:

Roberto

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Thanks Platypus and Drake64 :D

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Both half-doors are attached to the fuselage with brass pins, fixed to a U-shaped brass bar that I soldered to the door skins.

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A ground view. I feel the doors look very inviting. I would just hop aboard :)

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The upper door inside is missing, plus some paint and a few antennas. The plane nears completion, yeahhh !!

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The race to the finish line has started... :-D

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The two half-doors, entirely scratched (brass, yogurt lid, paper). Note tboth pulleys for the retraction system on the lower door.

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Mounted on the model, the doors seem very convincing for the scale.

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Close-up. I painted the service markings on the upper door.

Tomorrow Sunday will come the last 5 antennas and the static dischargers.

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Just amazing! And this is 1/72 scale, not 1/48! I guess I'll never reach your skills. But then, I also do not have that kind of equipment in my workshop as you have. LOL!

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Here starts the last chapter of this build: the diorama to display the kit. I have a general idea about the layout, the details still need refinement.

To start with, I go back to my LiPo batteries which were awaiting their charger.

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Charging. A world in itself! Funny how many devices you can connect to charge a single battery. Expensive toys for "grown-ups", kind of... :rolleyes:

  • a power supply which converts the socket 220V AC into 12C DC for the charger.
  • a charger to apply a charing program to the battery, depending on its nature.
  • a laptop, connected via USB to the charger and a programme (LogView) to monitor the charging process

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Here is the general layout: an apron display (here on a leftover from a 1/32 dio). Around the plane various devices connected to the Learjet by hoses which hide the power lines.I stay unsure about the colors of the apron, because gray on gray hides the real highlight of the dio: the aircraft.

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Could your base be inside a hangar with a shiny white linoleum floor? That wouldn't hide the gray jet but still justify the ground equipment....

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Could your base be inside a hangar with a shiny white linoleum floor? That wouldn't hide the gray jet but still justify the ground equipment....

Now this is a brilliant idea, thanks Nate :thumbsup:

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So, I went for the clear linoleum, which shows quite well the plane! I created it by spraying a white color on the back of a clear plexi panel. It look just fine:D

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Then I made a box with ordinary plywood. I cover it with a dark veneer. A brass frame, soldered, angled and polished separates the wood from the white ground and gives a classy touch to the display.

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That looks awesome Pierre - the brass frame really classes it up!

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A full weekend, working non stop 14h/day to build the display stand.

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Applying the veneer.

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Here we are, after the tenth layer of gloss varnish.

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I like it very much :D

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Assembling the air conditioning unit. Here you can see how the electrical wires enter the unit at the back (I removed the temporary hose) and exit the unit at the wheels. From there they go through the "ground" into the dio box.

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Please Pierre, stop to post your WIP's or some here realize that is better to change hobby :D :taunt:

Great work :thumbsup:

Roberto

Yes, man !!

Wow. :jaw-dropping:

I sell all my stuff and buy me some rabbits or I´m doing garden work :crying2:

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Very, very nice work. The thickness of the brass really help delivers on the sense of scale which is not achievable any other way. Brilliant! I really like the simple white linoleum floor, it contrasts nicely with the grey aircraft which just would not 'pop' as well on a grey apron.

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