RC-135S Cobra Ball - WIP - Part XV

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RC-135S Cobra Ball - WIP - Part XV

Joined: June 28th, 2007, 7:33 am

December 1st, 2011, 12:03 am #1

Just another small update on this project of mine (some pics already appeared here on Plastic Pics in a "special" for a Friend)

Detailed the upper wings sections that make the roof of main landing gears bays .



Assembled the upper wings panels, it was a long work in order to assure proper alignement .



No filling needed at the upper wings/fuselage joints .



Here are the main landing gears bays





At this point a Friend warned me the exhausts for the 2 air cycling machines just in front of the main gear bays on the fuselage belly were missing - AMT got the RC-135 kit from their previous KC-135 but forgot to double the air cycling machines air inlets and exhausts - the single exhaust present is also wrong because it appears as a poor grille representation .

Equipped with my Friend's info's I opened up 2 rectangular opening using Dremel micro-mill in the proper positions .






The to represent the rectangular duct of the exhausts I made a sort of U channel pieces .





Inserted the U channels into the openings and glued them in proper position .






The excess of plastic was cut off and the joint smoothed, the U channels were painted metallic steel








The wheels set detailed (thread grooves), flattened, painted and weathered .





The missing from the kit wing tips navigation lights scratchbuilt and installed .



Now a long panels rescribing session awaits me (I hate this task) to restore the fuselage panels and the engines panels were I made some specific templates from a very thin brass sheet because the standard Tritool templates cannot be put into the proper positions .

That's all for to-night !!!

Many thanks for looking and any comment/suggestion/critique well appreciated .








Alberto Accumolli

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Joined: February 27th, 2005, 12:37 am

December 1st, 2011, 12:20 am #2

That's what the guys in the Boeing aircraft assembly union will call this, unless you join them!

Excellent attention to detail and skills! I'm enjoying this!
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Joined: January 26th, 2006, 10:38 pm

December 1st, 2011, 12:44 am #3

Just another small update on this project of mine (some pics already appeared here on Plastic Pics in a "special" for a Friend)

Detailed the upper wings sections that make the roof of main landing gears bays .



Assembled the upper wings panels, it was a long work in order to assure proper alignement .



No filling needed at the upper wings/fuselage joints .



Here are the main landing gears bays





At this point a Friend warned me the exhausts for the 2 air cycling machines just in front of the main gear bays on the fuselage belly were missing - AMT got the RC-135 kit from their previous KC-135 but forgot to double the air cycling machines air inlets and exhausts - the single exhaust present is also wrong because it appears as a poor grille representation .

Equipped with my Friend's info's I opened up 2 rectangular opening using Dremel micro-mill in the proper positions .






The to represent the rectangular duct of the exhausts I made a sort of U channel pieces .





Inserted the U channels into the openings and glued them in proper position .






The excess of plastic was cut off and the joint smoothed, the U channels were painted metallic steel








The wheels set detailed (thread grooves), flattened, painted and weathered .





The missing from the kit wing tips navigation lights scratchbuilt and installed .



Now a long panels rescribing session awaits me (I hate this task) to restore the fuselage panels and the engines panels were I made some specific templates from a very thin brass sheet because the standard Tritool templates cannot be put into the proper positions .

That's all for to-night !!!

Many thanks for looking and any comment/suggestion/critique well appreciated .








Alberto Accumolli

G.M.B. BRANZACK
As usual Alberto, your high standards are being kept. Nice save on the new duct work.

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Joined: July 19th, 2011, 1:36 am

December 1st, 2011, 4:09 am #4

Just another small update on this project of mine (some pics already appeared here on Plastic Pics in a "special" for a Friend)

Detailed the upper wings sections that make the roof of main landing gears bays .



Assembled the upper wings panels, it was a long work in order to assure proper alignement .



No filling needed at the upper wings/fuselage joints .



Here are the main landing gears bays





At this point a Friend warned me the exhausts for the 2 air cycling machines just in front of the main gear bays on the fuselage belly were missing - AMT got the RC-135 kit from their previous KC-135 but forgot to double the air cycling machines air inlets and exhausts - the single exhaust present is also wrong because it appears as a poor grille representation .

Equipped with my Friend's info's I opened up 2 rectangular opening using Dremel micro-mill in the proper positions .






The to represent the rectangular duct of the exhausts I made a sort of U channel pieces .





Inserted the U channels into the openings and glued them in proper position .






The excess of plastic was cut off and the joint smoothed, the U channels were painted metallic steel








The wheels set detailed (thread grooves), flattened, painted and weathered .





The missing from the kit wing tips navigation lights scratchbuilt and installed .



Now a long panels rescribing session awaits me (I hate this task) to restore the fuselage panels and the engines panels were I made some specific templates from a very thin brass sheet because the standard Tritool templates cannot be put into the proper positions .

That's all for to-night !!!

Many thanks for looking and any comment/suggestion/critique well appreciated .








Alberto Accumolli

G.M.B. BRANZACK
Your work is really amazing, always love your progress updates Cant wait to see more up dates !



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Joined: March 6th, 2005, 3:23 am

December 1st, 2011, 11:33 am #5

Just another small update on this project of mine (some pics already appeared here on Plastic Pics in a "special" for a Friend)

Detailed the upper wings sections that make the roof of main landing gears bays .



Assembled the upper wings panels, it was a long work in order to assure proper alignement .



No filling needed at the upper wings/fuselage joints .



Here are the main landing gears bays





At this point a Friend warned me the exhausts for the 2 air cycling machines just in front of the main gear bays on the fuselage belly were missing - AMT got the RC-135 kit from their previous KC-135 but forgot to double the air cycling machines air inlets and exhausts - the single exhaust present is also wrong because it appears as a poor grille representation .

Equipped with my Friend's info's I opened up 2 rectangular opening using Dremel micro-mill in the proper positions .






The to represent the rectangular duct of the exhausts I made a sort of U channel pieces .





Inserted the U channels into the openings and glued them in proper position .






The excess of plastic was cut off and the joint smoothed, the U channels were painted metallic steel








The wheels set detailed (thread grooves), flattened, painted and weathered .





The missing from the kit wing tips navigation lights scratchbuilt and installed .



Now a long panels rescribing session awaits me (I hate this task) to restore the fuselage panels and the engines panels were I made some specific templates from a very thin brass sheet because the standard Tritool templates cannot be put into the proper positions .

That's all for to-night !!!

Many thanks for looking and any comment/suggestion/critique well appreciated .








Alberto Accumolli

G.M.B. BRANZACK
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Joined: April 16th, 2005, 12:42 am

December 1st, 2011, 1:10 pm #6

Just another small update on this project of mine (some pics already appeared here on Plastic Pics in a "special" for a Friend)

Detailed the upper wings sections that make the roof of main landing gears bays .



Assembled the upper wings panels, it was a long work in order to assure proper alignement .



No filling needed at the upper wings/fuselage joints .



Here are the main landing gears bays





At this point a Friend warned me the exhausts for the 2 air cycling machines just in front of the main gear bays on the fuselage belly were missing - AMT got the RC-135 kit from their previous KC-135 but forgot to double the air cycling machines air inlets and exhausts - the single exhaust present is also wrong because it appears as a poor grille representation .

Equipped with my Friend's info's I opened up 2 rectangular opening using Dremel micro-mill in the proper positions .






The to represent the rectangular duct of the exhausts I made a sort of U channel pieces .





Inserted the U channels into the openings and glued them in proper position .






The excess of plastic was cut off and the joint smoothed, the U channels were painted metallic steel








The wheels set detailed (thread grooves), flattened, painted and weathered .





The missing from the kit wing tips navigation lights scratchbuilt and installed .



Now a long panels rescribing session awaits me (I hate this task) to restore the fuselage panels and the engines panels were I made some specific templates from a very thin brass sheet because the standard Tritool templates cannot be put into the proper positions .

That's all for to-night !!!

Many thanks for looking and any comment/suggestion/critique well appreciated .








Alberto Accumolli

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Closed up the wells look very realistic.
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Joined: February 28th, 2005, 10:42 am

December 1st, 2011, 2:07 pm #7

Just another small update on this project of mine (some pics already appeared here on Plastic Pics in a "special" for a Friend)

Detailed the upper wings sections that make the roof of main landing gears bays .



Assembled the upper wings panels, it was a long work in order to assure proper alignement .



No filling needed at the upper wings/fuselage joints .



Here are the main landing gears bays





At this point a Friend warned me the exhausts for the 2 air cycling machines just in front of the main gear bays on the fuselage belly were missing - AMT got the RC-135 kit from their previous KC-135 but forgot to double the air cycling machines air inlets and exhausts - the single exhaust present is also wrong because it appears as a poor grille representation .

Equipped with my Friend's info's I opened up 2 rectangular opening using Dremel micro-mill in the proper positions .






The to represent the rectangular duct of the exhausts I made a sort of U channel pieces .





Inserted the U channels into the openings and glued them in proper position .






The excess of plastic was cut off and the joint smoothed, the U channels were painted metallic steel








The wheels set detailed (thread grooves), flattened, painted and weathered .





The missing from the kit wing tips navigation lights scratchbuilt and installed .



Now a long panels rescribing session awaits me (I hate this task) to restore the fuselage panels and the engines panels were I made some specific templates from a very thin brass sheet because the standard Tritool templates cannot be put into the proper positions .

That's all for to-night !!!

Many thanks for looking and any comment/suggestion/critique well appreciated .








Alberto Accumolli

G.M.B. BRANZACK
Bel lavoro Alberto!

Saluti

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Joined: October 30th, 2005, 1:44 pm

December 1st, 2011, 2:56 pm #8

Just another small update on this project of mine (some pics already appeared here on Plastic Pics in a "special" for a Friend)

Detailed the upper wings sections that make the roof of main landing gears bays .



Assembled the upper wings panels, it was a long work in order to assure proper alignement .



No filling needed at the upper wings/fuselage joints .



Here are the main landing gears bays





At this point a Friend warned me the exhausts for the 2 air cycling machines just in front of the main gear bays on the fuselage belly were missing - AMT got the RC-135 kit from their previous KC-135 but forgot to double the air cycling machines air inlets and exhausts - the single exhaust present is also wrong because it appears as a poor grille representation .

Equipped with my Friend's info's I opened up 2 rectangular opening using Dremel micro-mill in the proper positions .






The to represent the rectangular duct of the exhausts I made a sort of U channel pieces .





Inserted the U channels into the openings and glued them in proper position .






The excess of plastic was cut off and the joint smoothed, the U channels were painted metallic steel








The wheels set detailed (thread grooves), flattened, painted and weathered .





The missing from the kit wing tips navigation lights scratchbuilt and installed .



Now a long panels rescribing session awaits me (I hate this task) to restore the fuselage panels and the engines panels were I made some specific templates from a very thin brass sheet because the standard Tritool templates cannot be put into the proper positions .

That's all for to-night !!!

Many thanks for looking and any comment/suggestion/critique well appreciated .








Alberto Accumolli

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added all these very nice details on your model. You're more patient than me Alberto. Ciao amico mio.

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Joined: May 4th, 2006, 7:28 pm

December 1st, 2011, 6:23 pm #9

Just another small update on this project of mine (some pics already appeared here on Plastic Pics in a "special" for a Friend)

Detailed the upper wings sections that make the roof of main landing gears bays .



Assembled the upper wings panels, it was a long work in order to assure proper alignement .



No filling needed at the upper wings/fuselage joints .



Here are the main landing gears bays





At this point a Friend warned me the exhausts for the 2 air cycling machines just in front of the main gear bays on the fuselage belly were missing - AMT got the RC-135 kit from their previous KC-135 but forgot to double the air cycling machines air inlets and exhausts - the single exhaust present is also wrong because it appears as a poor grille representation .

Equipped with my Friend's info's I opened up 2 rectangular opening using Dremel micro-mill in the proper positions .






The to represent the rectangular duct of the exhausts I made a sort of U channel pieces .





Inserted the U channels into the openings and glued them in proper position .






The excess of plastic was cut off and the joint smoothed, the U channels were painted metallic steel








The wheels set detailed (thread grooves), flattened, painted and weathered .





The missing from the kit wing tips navigation lights scratchbuilt and installed .



Now a long panels rescribing session awaits me (I hate this task) to restore the fuselage panels and the engines panels were I made some specific templates from a very thin brass sheet because the standard Tritool templates cannot be put into the proper positions .

That's all for to-night !!!

Many thanks for looking and any comment/suggestion/critique well appreciated .








Alberto Accumolli

G.M.B. BRANZACK
Alberto,

A super update again, love to see this one ready, but also like it to see you build it.

Pieter
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Joined: June 28th, 2007, 7:33 am

December 1st, 2011, 7:54 pm #10

That's what the guys in the Boeing aircraft assembly union will call this, unless you join them!

Excellent attention to detail and skills! I'm enjoying this!
Alberto Accumolli

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