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Trojan Thunder

Airfix E-8C JSTARS

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With another part started kit I will attempt to finish this B707 as an E-8C

 

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I have the Flightpath conversion set

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and the Wolkpak decals for 93-0597 which was originally delivered to QANTAS as a B707-338 VH-EBU.

The aircraft suffered major damage during mid air refueling when a tank in the wing over pressurised and ruptured (due to a test plug being left in the fuel vent system after maintenance) in 2009. IN 2012 the aircraft was reported to have broken up and parted out in Al Udeid, Qatar.

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Alright, cool. Nice to see the various 707/135 birds in 1/72nd.

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I spend so much time admiring all of the work in this GB, that I am not doing much with my own. Love it though.

Darwin

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Thanks for that Steve, This was a stalled build in another scheme, I am yet to start rework on this and when I do new paint will be applied.

I have quite a few reference pictures so I will be sure to check them when I go to paint it.

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Great! I will follow with interest.

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Started on the E-8C today. Mostly scribing and drilling out cabin windows and doors.

 

I started with the engines, some disassembly so I could fill the huge holes where the turbo compressor are attached on 3 of the engines.

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The Flightpath conversion comes with a number of scribing templates.

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I had to carve out some of the fuselage for a missing cabin door

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Also had to fill some poorly rescribed panel lines and fill some for the new rear cabin doors at the trailing edge of the wing root.

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Finally I glued the missing etch door to the fuselage.

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Outstanding work. That is going to be a beauty when you get it finished.

Darwin

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I had an BANGHEAD2.jpg moment with the RH cabin door, I had the template flipped when I chiseled it out!

So I have removed the glued door and need to chisel out the door's new location :(

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All fixed now...

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Also fitted the canoe radar

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...and have been filling and reassembling the engines

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Thanks guys,

 

Been tidying up some seams on the engines and noticed some different features on the actual aircraft. One big one is the Turbo compressor(TC) inlet are blanked over on the actual aircraft.

 

The other is that the number one nacelle also has the TC hump that most other B707s ( and the kit don't have).

 

A couple of other bits and pieces I have noticed are the Dual APU exhausts at the trailing edge of the wing and that all E-8s have a Cargo door on the forward fuselage.

 

So some scratch building and scribing on the way...

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I have scribed the cargo door in

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TC Pylon mods....

So out with the card stock, putty files and sand paper.

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Top pylon is unmodified, center TC hood modified and bottom pylon has scratch built ( still in progress) TC hood installed

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Managed to squirt some paint on the engines to check for filling issues.

Up to adding the etch antenna so I will attempt to solder the folded parts together, just need to get the work space organised for this.

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While the forums have been down i have made a little progress...

 

Added the etch antenna and some white metal GPS antennas. You need to 'laminate' two pieces from most of the etch ones, A pain trying to get the two sides aligned before the CA grabs. I thin out of nine done so far I might have got 2 with the sides aligned properly.

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I was about the use one of the conversion set intakes when I noticed it was a tad big. So I made a new one of better size, the supplied white metal one above what I made.

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And after a little putty and shaping

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The rear intake was again scratch built from some tube and putty

 

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And the some etch fitted to the wheels and gear legs

 

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Gear legs installed so the lower fuselage antennas can be fitted

 

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Looks fantastic Ray.   Weren't we supposed to stop work while forums were down?   Just kidding.   Can't wait to see more.

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Thanks Don, well I actually did not do enough on it as I was concentrating on a couple of airliners for another GB. Should have had it finished by now! 

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