Yet another horrible Trumpeter kit! Xian JH-7

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    Yet another horrible Trumpeter kit! Xian JH-7

    Post  Scirocco on Sat Jul 07, 2012 2:19 pm

    This kit is known for the extreme mistake Trumpeter made in the fuselage height. And as probably they will not redo it (Well, probably not until I finish it after a long long time!), I am trying to correct it and update it to the current in service version, the JH-7A. It has some differences from the FBC-1 the kit is supposed to represent, such as a one piece windscreen (which I will try to make from an Italeri Su-27), twin ventral fins, a wider chord vertical fin (probably a mistake as it seems the same as in the FBC-1) electronic countermeasures. I have ordered the Aires Spey nozzles for the Fujimi F-4K whose plastic nozzles will be donated to this one. Reshaping of the lower nose area underway after second layer of milliput. Any suggestions welcome!






    And it should end something like this:

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    Post  bcauchi on Sun Jul 08, 2012 9:34 am

    What great looking aircraft you are choosing, that is another really nice model to build.

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    Post  naimespseudos on Sun Jul 08, 2012 10:24 am

    Not common aircraft.
    I will suite your editing.
    Good continuation

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    Post  Scirocco on Fri Jul 13, 2012 9:57 pm

    I tried to fit the Su-27 windscreen but it's the wrong curvature, and too wide. I think that the closest fitting one piece windscreen would be from an Italeri/Revell BAe Hawk, problem is I don't have one spare and no one seems to make a vacform replacement for it! Anyone has one spare from this kit please.

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    Post  bcauchi on Sat Jul 14, 2012 8:38 am

    If you don't manage to find, you can always hot form one yourself. Make a make mold using milliput or some other material and not form it.

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    Post  Scirocco on Sun Jul 29, 2012 2:05 pm

    Some progress but still more to modify. I had to move the tail fin rearwards, cut the parachute housing to lower it more towards the engine nozzles. The rear area in between the nozzles is being modified, and the Fujimi F-4K nozzles fitted in place nicely. The fences on the main wings were removed and the surfaces rescribed. Now I removed the tailplanes attachment points to lower them according to the photos.




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    Post  bcauchi on Sun Jul 29, 2012 3:25 pm

    Lovely work looking really nice, neat and crisp, well done, considering all the work you had to do to this model. Keep it up, a truly excellent job.

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    Post  Ray on Sun Jul 29, 2012 3:40 pm

    Great work so far Gordon Twisted Evil keep the putty wet Shocked

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    Post  J.Fenech on Sun Jul 29, 2012 4:25 pm

    Looking good so far, keep posting.

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    Post  skyhigh on Sun Jul 29, 2012 6:39 pm

    You are doing a very good job Gordon welldone... cheers

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    Post  matilda on Thu Aug 02, 2012 11:32 pm

    hafna putty...
    ouch!
    and yes it is exotic and yes, it is nice airplane...

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    Post  Scirocco on Sat Aug 04, 2012 1:15 pm

    Some more progress. I hope that the outline now looks acceptable with the available photos on the internet. The undercarriage is a little on the thin side in the kit compared to the real aircraft but that has to do for now! Some more sanding on the fin and then to the cockpit (don't we always start at the cockpit Question ). I still have to remove the anti-flutter weights from the tailplanes as they are not on the production aircraft, only on the prototypes.




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    Post  Wayne on Sat Aug 04, 2012 3:30 pm

    There may be lots of putty but it's turning out great.

    Keep posting


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    Post  Scirocco on Sun Aug 19, 2012 5:38 pm

    Some more progress on this one as well. Made a windscreen for it which turned out to much easier then the Harbin's nose! Also reshaped a little bit the nose, but I will fill up the underside a little bit (Along the yellow line on the photo to make it look better. Presently I am reshaping one of the fuel tanks as it is also incorrectly shaped (along with nearly everything in this kit!). I have also added what I assumed to be RWR antennas on the fin.





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    Post  skyhigh on Sun Aug 19, 2012 9:43 pm

    welldone scirocco... cheers

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    Post  J.Fenech on Mon Aug 20, 2012 3:35 pm

    Nice work!

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    Post  Wayne on Mon Aug 20, 2012 5:27 pm

    Looking prettier by the minute. Keep it up mate!


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    Post  bcauchi on Wed Aug 22, 2012 3:34 pm

    Excellent work, looking really nice!

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    Post  olivermifsud on Fri Aug 24, 2012 8:06 am

    keep it up excellent work

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    Post  Scirocco on Mon Sep 17, 2012 9:06 pm

    A few photos before the airbrushing stage. The corrected fuel tank is seen on the photo I used to correct the kit enlarged to scale on a photocopier. There are still more errors but I shall stop there and leave it as it is. It is much better proportioned than it originally was, and I'm happy with the overall shape as it is. The undercarriage is too thin, but I am not ready to make a new one from scratch!

    On seeing these photos side by side, I will try to replace the windscreen with a longer one and sand off some from the top side of the nose cone as it is too curved. The Canopy is a little short and a bit too high which I am willing to correct.




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    Post  Scirocco on Fri Oct 05, 2012 1:49 pm

    After reshaping the nose and cockpit area, here it is now, airbrushed after a preshading session. I think that the grey I used, AMC grey, is a little dark compared to the Chinese AF examples (it lloked such a good match in the jar!), and the Navy versions are still a little lighter. I still have to retouch some of the engraved panel lines that I scribed as there are some over runs, and a little filler is needed on the tail as well.




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    Post  skyhigh on Fri Oct 05, 2012 9:05 pm

    Gordon it's already looking great.... cheers

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    Post  AdriaN on Fri Oct 05, 2012 11:08 pm

    Now that the japanese and N.Koreans have stepped outside home and went to RIAT.. maybe the chinese will consider going to with this plane lol!

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    Post  Scirocco on Fri Oct 05, 2012 11:44 pm

    AdriaN wrote:Now that the japanese and N.Koreans have stepped outside home and went to RIAT.. maybe the chinese will consider going to with this plane lol!

    They have much better planes than this one now!

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    Post  Scirocco on Fri Oct 12, 2012 10:48 pm

    Resrayed in Humbrol 40 (Gloss Gull Grey) which seems to be a much better match. I had to redo the preshading, but I left it in a more subtle effect, as all photos I found show well kept aircraft. I have noticed that I have to do some more sanding in front of the canopy as the anti glare panel revealed a humped port side. This one sure was an exercise in sanding and filling!




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