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1:72 Yukikaze Mave
Merlin
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Posted: Thursday, July 08, 2010 - 10:26 AM UTC
Hi there

I couldn't resist starting my first ModelGeek build as a bit of light relief from my usual Aeroscale fare! What better victim to kick things off than Platz's resin Yukikaze FRX-00 Mave fighter.





I reviewed the kit HERE. Seeing it fresh again after a few months reminds me just what a superb bit of resin casting it is! The one piece main fuselage/wings is one of the most complex shapes I've seen tackled. Anyway, I've cleaned off the few inevitable mould separation lines, so I'm all set to get cracking.

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Thursday, July 08, 2010 - 11:28 AM UTC
Whoa, that looks like a F-14 Tomcat that has been on steroids .
Looking forward to seeing you tackle a Sci-Fi kit, you had better finish this, as I'm dieing to see it done.
Andy
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Posted: Thursday, July 08, 2010 - 11:38 PM UTC
Hi Andy

It's certainly going to be a bit of a change for me!

Decisions, decisions... the outer wings can be fitted in two different ways. If you use the standard pieces, there's a rather awkward seam to fill to restore the smooth curve. But the "originals" fold and Platz include alternative stubs to allow you to position the wings how you want. Fitting these requires some surgery, but it'll do away with the seam and I may add a brass pin so the wings fold:





All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Friday, July 09, 2010 - 05:37 AM UTC
Hi again

I've made a bit more progress this afternoon. The unusual cockpit pod is unlike anything I've ever seen in a kit. It's cast as one piece with the solid tub embedded in a clear resin, like an insect trapped in amber. There are pour-stubs and a slight mould-line that runs around what should be an opaque lower area, so I've masked off the canopy and polished it smooth leaving a "frosted" finish to give paint something to bite.



More soon.

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Friday, July 09, 2010 - 07:26 AM UTC
Is the cockpit pre-painted, because the pics just show it as near enough a solid colour? And are there pilots in there?
Definite first for that style of cockpit, wonder if it will catch on .
Andy
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Posted: Friday, July 09, 2010 - 08:14 AM UTC
Hi Andy

No it's not painted and there's no crew. It's certainly a novel way of doing it, but I'd much prefer a more conventional approach - for me, half the fun in a kit is painting the interior details.

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Friday, July 09, 2010 - 11:19 PM UTC
Very impressive,
both as a design ,and as a piece of engineering to cast up not easy at all!

looking forward to your efforts, definitely a kit to challenge the comfort zones!

Cheers
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Posted: Saturday, July 10, 2010 - 06:43 AM UTC
A shame about the interior being untouchable but it looks as though the rest of the kit will make up for that! Neat looking bird!
Merlin...are the wing tips lite enough to be able to use rare earth magnets to hold them on and in wanted positions?...otherwise the pin and tube idea will have to do.
That gap you have there...would a piece of .005 sheet{usually clear sheet is that thin} fill the majority of that gap....maybe a bit of 30min epoxy sandwiched in there...?
Nice build - can't wait to see her done!
Merlin
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Posted: Saturday, July 10, 2010 - 07:07 AM UTC
Cheers Bob

Magnets... now that's a neat bit of lateral thinking! I've stupidly already made pins pretty hard to fit by adding the tail surfaces. So, yes, little magnets would make a great Plan B.

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Tuesday, July 13, 2010 - 04:57 AM UTC
Hi again

Well, I did manage to sneak in a couple of pivots for the outer wings:





Most of the model is primed with some old Phoenix Precision Paints railway enamel I bought in a sale donkey's years ago. It's quite a revelation, because it's really nice paint! I see they're still in production, so I'll order some of their aircraft colours.

All the best

Rowan