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Airfix 1/72 E-8C JSTARS 93-0597 Conversion

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I started this for the Recce Birds, Part Deux GB back in July last year

 

Build thread here .

 

After seeing @Nanook's thread on his Revell build I dusted mine off to continue with it.

 

So I will continue the build here (until I lose interest again :rolleyes: )

 

Hmmm.... 8 months on the side table of doom, not bad!

 

As in my usual manner, I see @Nanook building the same type as me (different scale in this case) I decided to drag mine off the side table of doom (no room on the shelves at the moment) and see where it is at.

As I recalled I had to confirm some nose antenna placements and stopped there.

 

Out came the kit and the Pe and I decided to finish installed the antennas. I pretty much sorted out the positions of the antennas and fitted them. Then I realised why I had stopped, the PE antennas in the conversion set are too big, they almost look 1/48 rather than 1/72. I could live with it along the fuselage but they looked far too out of place below the radome.

 

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So there placement under the nose was short lived and I replaced them with smaller plastic replacements. They need some cleanup and final shaping after the glue sets.

 

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This meant I could use the oversized ones elsewhere. The conversion set is lacking a few extra antennas that have been fitted since it was released.

 

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I also added some more plastic replacement on the lower rear fuselage since I found it easier to make replacements out of strip and fit them.

 

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I also carved ou the lower surround of the front port door and added a PE part, hinges and door handle have to be installed as well to this and rear port door in due course.

 

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Looks like the area needs a tidy up as well. More soon.

 

 

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Wow, glad I could inspire you to dust this one off as it's an impressive build! Nice attention to detail and I agree that the PE antennas under the nose looked far too large. I'm on the fence about replicating the small antennas on my build as it is such a smaller scale. 

 

I assume the PE is from Eduard? What markings are you using? I am using the ones from the Minicraft kit for the JSTARS that was in Desert Storm.

 

Later,

 

Lee

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Thanks for helping me get this back on the road. The conversion set is from Flightpath and includes the resin antenna fairing, some white metal scoops (which I replaced) and trailing Edge HF antennas.

 

The decals I am using are from WolfPak sheet 72-077 for aircraft 93-0597 which in a previous life was a QANTAS B707-338C VH-EBU.

 

The aircraft was scrapped in after a 2009 a mid-air refuelling incident over the middle east where a contractor maintenance error caused the fuel tanks to rupture. The aircraft landed safely but was deemed uneconomical to repair and was eventually disassembled.

 

 

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Thanks for filling me in on the particular bird you are doing. A shame she had to be scrapped. :crying: If it's a Flightpath set it should be very good. I always liked their stuff.

 

Later,

 

Lee

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Pics wouldn't show. Could you check and/or repost? Thanks.

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1 hour ago, pminer said:

Pics wouldn't show. Could you check and/or repost? Thanks.

Not his fault. Issue with Photobucket change of rules so no 3rd party hosting unless you pay lots.

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Yep...PB pulled a fast one. Thankfully I'm not at 100% or over so I am going to stop adding picks to my account.

 

Later,

 

Lee

 

P.S. It is a TERRIFIC job he has done on this project!

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I now have a Flickr account and will be slowly uploading there. Spent the weekend sorting out my build images, I have them spread over 3 PCs at the moment.

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Ahhh...0597. I took delivery of that bird back in the day. Too bad what happened to it. It ended up being dismantled on site.

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Some progress has been made. I was not happy with the rear intake so I have been reshaping it; putty, file, sand, repeat....
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The engines were given some more work and I started to attach them to the wing, in boards first
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The out boards were bugging me, the rear edge had been damaged on both so I attempted to repair them with some card and super glue. After a few applications, I was still not happy with them so I robbed another kit of the rear nacelle sections and replaced them.
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Once the putty has been tidied up and the pylons rescribed they can go on the wing.

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THanks, Phil, will chat to you about it then.

 

Another engine fitted, some more detailing to go as I have to add a few detailing 'holes' down the back end.

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looks great Ray - certainly coming along.

I have no idea where you put all these massive planes once you've built them though - you must have a dedicated room for them?

I have a KC-135 that I'd like to build as well but I have no where to display it. I shall enjoy watching you build this one instead :)

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Thanks, Si. I do have dedicated man cave but space for larger models is limited (something I will have to sort out soon).It looks like I will have to relegate some models to the garage for storage when the time comes...

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I have almost finished all the mods I am making, One more item to scratch build before a final putty and rescribe.

 

I have added a few ports to the rear fuselage (Under the rear door), they have warning markings around them so I think they are some sort of exhaust ports?

 

Image from Prime Portal

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The final engine is installed

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The cockpit detail is OK, these are shots from another build. I did not have any for this one.

 

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It's looking great! Can't wait to see the finished project. 

 

I picked up the British 707-300 and I'll convert that to an E-8. Hopefully I'll be able to find some markings for a bird that's currently flying. 

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That's come together rather nicely! Very good work and a tremendous amount of added details and research.

 

Later,

 

Lee

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Some...

 

I have a thread in the Shelf Queens GB for it. Been tinkering with it a little.

 

 

Must get it finished since I am starting an E-3D for an RAF 100 GB on another forum.

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