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Italeri 1/48 SR-71A Blackbird - renovation project


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1 hour ago, utley said:

I believe thats an inlet ice detector or an inlet temperature probe. They wont be that big as the real thing would only be like 6" in length with the probe being like 4-5". The pitot tube is the long pointy thing at the front of the aircraft.

 

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well if thats what they are, thats what they are. Im just going by all the instruments Ive worked on over the years on everything civilian thats not an SR71..

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6 hours ago, utley said:

well if thats what they are, thats what they are. Im just going by all the instruments Ive worked on over the years on everything civilian thats not an SR71..

Appreciated your reply, you were close! 😊

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Started the first round of weathering, by filling the ridges with a mix of white tan brown and grey Vallejo acrylic, diluted with water.

Hope the excess comes off easily 😅

 

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Working on the front landing gear.

The original from Italeri is poor in details, lacking the holes in the piece behind the wheels, only 1 lamp and wrong positioned, no wiring etc.

 

Let’s improve it.

 

 

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Cockpit can have the red lines around the windows, there are decals for it.

But I’m a little afraid they might ruin the looks.

 

what do you think, try to out the red lines on? Should they be on?

 

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Are they just cockpit seals? You would be barely able to see them, and look like they are situated inside the cockpit instead...think you're best bet is to leave them off.

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33 minutes ago, utley said:

Are they just cockpit seals? You would be barely able to see them, and look like they are situated inside the cockpit instead...think you're best bet is to leave them off.

You’re right, if I see the reference pictures they’re never that visual outside, just from specific angles. With decals, they would be visual prominently.

 

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Added the cans to the nose gear bay, I think for this one it’s enough detail.

Going into spraying into right colours, then add nose wheel strut itself.

 

 

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That has turned out rather brilliantly!

The streaking looks bang on under a matt finish, can't wait to see the glamour shots once it's finished 😎

Andy

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20 hours ago, ExchefAndy said:

That has turned out rather brilliantly!

The streaking looks bang on under a matt finish, can't wait to see the glamour shots once it's finished 😎

Andy

Thanks Andy!

 

see detailed picture, perhaps too much hence I doubt to tone it a little down. What do you think?

 

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