RAF 100 GB : Red arrows Gnat

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RAF 100 GB : Red arrows Gnat

Joined: May 19th, 2013, 9:11 pm

June 11th, 2018, 12:06 pm #1

Hello folks
It's been a while since I last posted and this maybe my first post in the new format.

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For the 100 year RAF GB I'm building that British icon: the red Arrows Gnat.  This is the starter pack edition, so comes with glue, paints and brush, which is ideal since I was "on the road". The brush was cut down to fit my travel toolbox.  
Careful preparation of the parts makes assembly quite straightforward. I've done one of these before, so the tricky bits are known, I'd just forgotten how small the Gnat actually is.

Gnat_01.jpg Cockpit before painting black. There's quite a bit of assembly to do before the fuselage sides are glued together. According to one builder don't be tempted to leave off the main gear struts until later as you will be in a world of pain. I'v followed this advice (as per the Airfix instructions) I just hope they survive the seam clean up. 

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More soon, how difficult can it be? black cockpit, red colour scheme shouldn't take too long.
 
Thanks for looking
Andrew
<a href="http://www.network54.com/Forum/578046/m ... 383697822/" rel="nofollow">Part I</a>

<a href="http://www.network54.com/Forum/578046/m ... 83697822//" rel="nofollow">Part 2</a>
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Joined: November 19th, 2009, 8:27 am

June 12th, 2018, 8:48 am #2

Hi Andrew, welcome back! this looks like the perfect kit for taking on the road. I am looking forward to seeing how it comes out as I also have a second one in the stash to build. Happy modelling JB
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Joined: March 30th, 2008, 7:09 pm

June 13th, 2018, 2:51 am #3

Looking good, Andrew.
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Joined: May 19th, 2013, 9:11 pm

June 14th, 2018, 2:26 pm #4

A couple more photos from the build.

The model, sprues, tools and paint all fit nicely in the sandwich box. The foam is used to separate the parts and hold everything firmly in place. I didn't put it in the carry on bag in case they complained about the tiny knife blades and paint at the airport.

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The cockpit was painted using the acrylics supplied in the kit. The decals were helped in place with a dob of liquid cement (copyright WdeC). 

Since the intakes form the cockpit sides, getting them to fit properly is key to gettiing the whole cockpit assembly to fit. Nevertheless, the rear bulkhead needed a bit of trimming to get a good fit before the sides were glued together. 

I'll add a few more details when back home. 
Next job: eliminate the seams without damaging the various aerials and add the wings.

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Thanks for looking 

Andrew

 
<a href="http://www.network54.com/Forum/578046/m ... 383697822/" rel="nofollow">Part I</a>

<a href="http://www.network54.com/Forum/578046/m ... 83697822//" rel="nofollow">Part 2</a>
<a href="http://www.network54.com/Forum/578046/m ... 87746322//" rel="nofollow">Part 3</a>
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