Shaw Posted November 5, 2022 Share Posted November 5, 2022 Forward Hello. I'm new to posting here, but I've been following the site for a while... mainly to keep up with the progress of Tracy's (Vidar_710) incredible Excelsior project. I don't build a lot of models, and usually only when I'm actively studying a subject. Consequently, I'm not nearly as skilled as someone who practices the craft on a regular basis. That having been said, I figured that my current subject of interest might be worth sharing. My study models I've always had a fondness for the lifting body program of the 60's and 70's (similar to my love of the X-15 program, if not nearly as strong). A few months back I started looking into what info I could find on the HL-10 and along with the data collection I started building a study model at about 1/24th scale. The study of the HL-10 led to studying the M2-F2/3, and more recently the SV-5 project (X-23 and X-24a). What was surprising was that while I found a fair amount of data on the designs of the HL-10 and SV-5, there was very little on the M2-F2/3. So while plans could be pretty easily worked out by comparing and contrasting available drawings of the HL-10 and SV-5 with photos of the actual vehicles, there weren't any good drawings of the M2-F2/3 to start with... so I reverse engineered my own. Often times I don't take study models very far (which is why I rarely share them). In some cases I might only assemble sections to get a feel for a design... like these of the M2-F3 and SV-5P (X-24a). As I started getting deeper into the history of the M2-F2/3, I figured I'd build a more fleshed out version like my HL-10. And even though I hadn't originally planned on it, I got interested enough in the SV-5 project to start in on a more fleshed out version of that one too. Leading to a set of three 1/24th scale builds (at various stages of completeness). So I'm sure the question has cross some of your minds... where do I go from here? The HL-10 hasn't changed much as the other models have progressed. At this point my next overall step would be to hit the models (when they all reach the same stage as the HL-10) with automotive primer and start working out the remaining defects with glazing putty (repeating as needed). When I'm actually happy with the quality, I'll use these as masters for molds. I can then continue adding details to the models pulled from those molds. The masters for the M2-F2/3 naturally lends themselves to being able to make both versions of the craft. I'm working on keeping the SV-5 study model as generic as possible so that it'll work for both the SV-5D (X-23) and SV-5P (X-24a). At any rate, I figured I finally had something worth sharing with you guys. Quote Link to post Share on other sites
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