Wednesday, 4 July 2012

PM 1/72 TA-154 Moskito - fill and sanding..

Now this is a cracker of a kit, not for ease of assembly but for weird reason, I'm finding it an enjoyable build..
Looking at reviews and the few builds I've found on the web, it sounds a real dog, but it has real personality, maybe seeing all the negatives about it, it generated that lost puppy feeling... it is softly moulded and has strange surface textures, the upper surface of the wing has engraved hinge lines, but the under surface has raised lines.

The canopy is surprising thin, but does have surface marks on it, that have polished out though, and looks fine with a coat of Klear/Future. Though there is no cockpit detail, just two very upright seats and a control column.

A bit of curvature problems in the fuselage, that needed a bit of scrapping to get a closer fit.

 
A bit of blending and shaping is needed at the wing /fuselage/canopy joints, there's three different shapes happening at this area.
 While looking at some references I noticed that the rear crewman, actually sat further rearward, so out with the electric engraver andremoved the bulkhead..
Now there's room for the crewman, which are two ex Matchbox figures.
 A floor and rear bulkhead added, and some sprue side consoles.
 Had to add the rear crewman as there isn't room to add him after his console has been built.
 Built some radar scopes for the rear guy to look at, and added a seat, armour plate, instrument panel and coaming. A bit of CD case for the window of the rear crewman.

Here is the canopy, not bad. It's had its inside polished and dipped in Klear/Future.

 The engine nacelles seem a bit soft and look small in diameter to me, so I wrapped a piece of 10 thou around the nacelle, sanded back the front of the nacelle and scribed some cooling flaps on it.
Looks a bit better to me, without too much radical surgery. Also had to slice the carburettor intake off, and will make some new ones.

Quite an enjoyable build.