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1/72 Anigrand C-17A Globemaster - work continues

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So I have been working on this 'project on and off for the last few years.

Some previous work in a thread here.

Work has come a long way with interior work done but not finished.


Along with tinkering in the back end...


...I decided to see how to tackle the engines and pylons.

After an afternoon in the garage I have had some success. I glued one nacelle together and attacked the sides with files and sand paper to flatten them.

Picture is not that good but shows a slight shape change from the unaltered nacelle. I found after flattening the sides not as much work will be required with the lower lip.



I have added some putty to the inner intake lips to thicken them up after removing about 2mm of resin from each side.

I then turned to the engine pylons.


Anigrand supplies different shaped pylons for inboard and outboard. After looking at the Revell 1/144 kit it seems the inboard and outboard pylons should be identical.

The top pylon is an unmodified Inboard pylon, the hatched areas are to be removed to correct the shape.

The middle pylon is the unmodified outboard item and finally the lower is the modified lower pylon. As you can see I added material to the top as it is fairly flat on the actual aircraft and not sloped as Anigrand portrays it. I also extended it aft as it was too short.

So the engine intake needs cleaning up and some more shaping and the other 3 pylons need modification.While I am at that I will tinker with other areas such as the rear cargo hold


..and figure out how the cockpit windscreen and roof will be rectified.

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Well back to the nose section, I have used an upsized scan of some decals for the Revell 1/144 kit as a template for the windscreen panels. I transferred them to tape and then to a CD case.


The outlines were then scored with a hobby knife and removed from the surrounding plastic


Then test fitting and slight reworking of the cockpit area to get the bits to fit.


Finally I took part of the kit cockpit roof to fit back over the panel parts. All test fitting at this time.


Finally a comparison of the modified cockpit/forward fuselage shape compared to what the unmodified kit clear parts are like.



So it looks like I have overcome the dodgy windscreen shape of the kit.

Still some adjustment to be done and I will start adding the pillars and mount the roof.

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Thanks guys...

Does this help you any?



Yes Jeff, I suppose how far off I am with my correction work, a long way to go to make the nose look ike that.

Next update...

Windscreen pillars are in. Time for some adjusting




Panels are in loose and I may make up another set that will be a snug fit...

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Well the cockpit is almost there. Hit it with some primer today and it still needs some work. But I can say shape wise it is 99% there now

Cockpit test fitted - front



Cockpit test fitted - back end




How it looked when I first started, before any chopping at all


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I must say that I really am blown away by your continued work to get the front of this C-17 looking just right! Great scratch work in the wheel wells as well. Thank you for the shots with the P-3, that really does give a bit of perspective with regards to the size of this big bird. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your progress.

All the best,


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No worries Mark, gives a bit of perspective of how big this thing will be when finished.

Some more progress, a couple of pictures with the eyebrow windows added, just need to do the sensor ports next to the nose wheel well now.



Work has progressed down the back. I have been adding some detail to the left side including the now dissected wing spar box in the ceiling of the cargo bay.


I have also started to experiment with the insulation matting that seems to cover most of the exposed ribs. I am using kitchen towel roll wet down with diluted white glue.


On the other side, I have just about finished adding ribs and storage compartments and the other half of the wing spar box.




Finally, I hit the almost completed main wheel well with some paint...


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Wow! I mean, that's all I can really say, is wow. Fantastic work up on the nose, and then the interior as well. I do think though that the paper towel might be a bit aggressive in its texture. As odd as it may sound, what about trying Kleenex instead? It should work with diluted glue just the same, but having a finer texture might just give that look you're looking for. Just my two cents. Regardless, the build is really looking superb.



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  • 2 years later...

So another month on and the C-17 mojo is back.


I preparation for sealing up the fuselage I had to tape the subassemblies together



And then I had to figure out how much weight I needed to add to avoid and massive tailsitter



Fun Fact No. 1
The model before nose weight was added weighed approx 1.4kg


Fun Fact No. 2
The amount of nose weight required was approx 285g (not your piddly 5-7g for those wimpy injection moulded kits) 


Weight installed


Final weigh in


My cutting mat is A2 size




And finally, some size comparisons with a couple of in-progress builds





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The fuselage is now together, but before closing up I had to add a screen that goes around the entry door which can be seen on the left up front.





Turning my attention to seams and filling pin holes, oh what fun.


I am also fixing up the vertical stab. I had previously cut out the rudders so I could pose them slightly offset as they usually are when the jet is parked.



I didn't get it quite right the first time around, so now I have had to increase the size of the rubber cut out and lengthen the rudder panels.



The top 2 panels have been reshaped with the addition of some card. I also have to remove some material from the base of the fin as the curve is not quite right. You can just see the marked area at the base of the leading edge.

The area where the two parts of the cabin ceiling came together is a bit of a mess. I will fix it as much I can.


The horizontal stabs are getting some attention as well, I am drooping the elevators like on the real thing again when parked.



Time for more cutting, filling, and sanding.

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absolutely mental mate! But in a good way

Glad to see some progress on this again. I must finish off my VC-10 one of these days but I have no where to put it currently

I like the small touches like the Aussie flag

All you need now is a bush master to go in the back!

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   What an epic build. Years in the making.  Progress for sure is up to your usual standards and is just simply amazing.  Just hoping that the updates keep on coming no matter how long between them.



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  • 1 year later...

18 months between updates is not bad, though I have actually done some tweaking since the last update


So it's time to spend time on this build again with renewed enthusiasm.


I had issues with the nose and puttied areas cracking so off it came and a new nose fashioned with Milliput. The shape still needs refining. I was not happy with the cockpit windscreen pillars so they have come out along with the clear panels and they will be repositioned.


Finally, I got around to replicating the support structure and ribbing in the starboard main gear sponson. This is now getting some reinforcing work to the gear support tabs so it does not collapse under the kit weight 😄.


I also reshaped the sponson front sections to make them more true to the prototype. A lot of the Aaingrand shapes are oversimplified,  then again it looks like they just copied the old Combat Models kit so why go to any effort to make it look right?

Manufacture of the ribs that will support the gear leg support arms and the white metal gear parts glued together


Tail unit components with flight control surfaces removed, which will be repositioned in power off positions and rescribed. I have started scribing the details on these now using the Revell 1/144 kit parts for reference.
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C-17 with reference Revell 1/144 kit and C-130J-30 conversion that I am also dabbling with at the moment


The starboard sponson now has new detail and I could not resist a gear test fit. I did find that some legs are now going to be straight so I am replacing the mounting plate and making it larger so I can reposition the mounting holes to square up all the gear legs, three down, one to go.


More to follow ( and hopefully another 18 months won't pass.

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